Olde English 800 | Miller Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
54
awful
301 Reviews
THE BROS
44
awful
Read the review
Olde English 800Olde English 800
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are two variants, a 5.9% ABV and a 7.5% ABV version.

Olde English 800 is one of America's leading malt liquor brands. Commonly referred to as "OE800," it offers smooth, rich taste with a slightly fruity aroma that is a favorite among malt liquor drinkers. OE wears the crown because it is the King of Malt Liquors.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
1,013
Avg:
2.18
pDev:
70.64%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
170
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 1,013
Photo of BabyBastard
3.01/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the clear forty ounce bottle into my tulip, very pale straw color with generous head that recedes to a slight foamy top, bunches of carbonation bubbles float to the top thanks to that great laser etching. Average looking brew.

Smells a bit skunk like, probably attributed to that wonderful clear bottle, though I cannot say this is the absolute cause. Has that typical adjunct smell, corn like with rice thrown in for good measure. Uninspiring to say the least. Probably the worst part of this brew.

Taste is unoffensive, very light and lacking in flavor. Though not much flavor is present, this is one of the better malt liquors I have sampled. The subdued taste is most likely caused by the chilly temperature at which this was served, though my opinion is that all malt liquors taste better as cold as possible.

Feel is very light, decent carbonation makes it pleasant to drink. Alcohol content is hidden very well, barely noticable. No burn associated with this at all, but at seven point five, it is not too heavy in the alcohol department. Drinkability is good, in my opinion. Guzzled from the forty would seem to be the way to go with this brew. Serve ice cold and have a good time chugging that massive forty ouncer.

 1,239 characters

Photo of ale_man
3.03/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what you should expect from malt liquor.
For an interesting twist, try it warmed sometime, and I do not mean room temp. An acquaintance offered a sample of his preferred style of consumption which was to leave the bottle sitting out in the warm summer sun for a couple of hours. I have to say that it does mellow the flavor making it strangely palatable.

 360 characters

Photo of beer256
3.07/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is another cheap beer from my past.i think it the best of the cheap beers out there.the taste isnt as bad and the appearance of the beer is pretty good.keep in mind i keep saying cheap beer because thats what it is and im rating it against other cheap beer

 261 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small amount poured into a juice glass for head and aroma. The rest was drank from the elegant 40 oz bottle.

A - gold with a short-lived, bubbly layer of white head

S - warm, grainy, sweet

T - warm, grainy, corn, sweet, faintly bitter

M - crisp, light to medium bodied

For the style it isn't awful. I've had worse. The style usually isn't for taste. With that being said this is pretty drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to make this disappear and get a cheap buzz.

 466 characters

Photo of MetalandBeer
3.08/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

People are reviewing this like it's supposed to be a high quality craft micro-brew! STOP! It's malt liquor! Take it for what it's worth...

A side by side comparison of this to any other style of beer is rediculous....Malt liquor is in a class by itself, and should be reviewed for what it is, not what a well versed beer taster with an exceptional palate thinks a good beer should taste like...that being said:

Serving type: Consumed directly from a 40 ounce, clear bottle. I knew it was a"40 oz." because it stated that fact at least 3 times, in BIG font on the label!

A - Thick & yellow. Don't know about the head & lacing...pulled this one straight outta the 40oz. bottle.

S - Earthy like if you took wet corn husks and smelled them.

T - corn and sweet malt. Suprisingly clean finish compared to other Malt Liquors.

M - Very thin and watery when cold, thickens up and tastes like hay or wet grass as it warms. (that's why a 40oz. needs to be chugged!)

D - Smooth and tasty and tolerable as long as it's cold! It's engineered for a quick, cheap buzz...not to win medals! But in the "catch a good buzz on a budget" category....it deserves a Gold Medal!!!

 1,162 characters

Photo of vitesse
3.1/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

okay, where to start...
i gave this malt liquor a relatively higher score because i felt that it actually is one of the half-way decent representatives of the style -- not because i would prefer over a Duvel.

The beer has a nearly fluorescent golden straw color. It's almost blindingly golden. It's incredibly clear. There is a slight creamy head, but it dissipates really quickly.
The smell is GRAINY. That and a bit metallic.
There isn't much taste beyond the graininess, which hits hard and doesn't let up. No smoothness at all, but oh well. The alcohol presence is subdued, as is any maltiness or hopiness.
The mouthfeel is thin, incredibly thin, but that is par for the course with this style.
The drinkability is kinda high for the beer style. This brew is a lot less metallic and chemical tasting than the others. I just thought it beats out all it competitors in the macro-malt liquor class.

 907 characters

Photo of iman99
3.1/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have drank a lot of Olde English. I have drank a lot of beer and liquor. I have drank around 300 different beer brands and 100 hard liquor brands. I like to drink and I hope I can do something more constructive... Well for now I might go get one of these bad boys after finishing this review.

Olde English 800 is your average tasting 40 oz that you buy because its 2 dollars and you grab one and drink it and paint the house.

Everything about it is okay. From the color to the taste its neither good nor bad.

 512 characters

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.11/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

40oz bottle poured into a mug. Neck stamped APR0912.

Appearance - Pours huge rocky white head with good stick and lots of retention. Clear pale copper-gold body.

Smell - Corn. Slightly musky. Bread. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter, mild grassy hop up front that fades away almost instantly into a faint bubblegum sweetness with mild alcohol. Heavy muskiness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Somewhat sticky. Astringent.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is significantly better from a can.

 492 characters

Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with about 1/2 inch head. Weak malt smell. The taste is malty and not all that great. Feels somewhat bitter in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. I guess. This is a beer I drank a lot of in my youth but don't care for so much now.

 299 characters

Photo of BigBen61
3.14/5  rDev +44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As anyone else who enjoys malt liquors will tell you, this beer is not the kind meant for savoring. It is designed solely for getting hammered, however I do believe there are some redeeming characteristics for this "king of malt liquors" as Miller likes to claim. An easy drinking malt liquor with a palatable taste. I will say, however that the only positive about the aroma is that it is easily recognizable that it will get you messed up something quick. I did follow some suggestions of regular "malt advocates" and the consensus is they all look like piss so forget about it, the can however is a piece of nostalgic beauty, so it gets and average on this handle. I honestly believe that even though the taste is not pleasant, it is definately drinkable and therefore deserves a decent rating in both taste and mouthfeel. God forgive me for drinking this sh** and liking it. Long live IPA!

 893 characters

Photo of underagedbeerappreciater
3.16/5  rDev +45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this beer in more homeless peoples hand than any other on the ground at parks too so when i first tried it i felt i was joining some unspoken covenant of dirt poor alcoholics and it wasn't half bad a little stronger than colt 45 but 7.5 alc makes sure you feel it and feel it quick a little heavy on the stomach but tolerable classic malt smell little bit too much carbonation kind of leaves you with a thizz face if you chug it but its cheap and gets the job done

 474 characters

Photo of sqkzula
3.2/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-- The beer is a golden color, no cloud, characteristic of a light beer.

Smell-- Smells like a very alcoholic light beer. Not unpleasant, but not "smelly" by any standard

Taste-- Slightly watery, light, with hidden potency. Goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel-- Light, heavily carbonated, easy finish.

Drinkability-- Large quantity? Desired. Frequency? Not so much.

 371 characters

Photo of rrob311
3.2/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought several 40's of this a few years back in the middle of the summer.

A- Looks like regular beer, very clear.

S- smells pretty strong

T- I actually dont shotgun 40's so I kept this in the freezer while I poured mug after mug of this. Tastes pretty good ice cold. KEYWORD, ICE COLD.

M- Mouthfeel is normal, with carbonation. then again, I dont swish it around in my mouth.

D- This is my 2nd favorite malt liquor it gets you pretty trashed and is better than a lot of them out there.

 492 characters

Photo of PintOHops
3.24/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured some into a pint glass, drank the rest from a 40oz bottle.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a hazy copper/yellow with a small soapy head that dissipates very quickly, medium-high carbonation, and no lacing. Smells of very stale sweet raisins with musty malt. Lots of corn & mixed vegetables, with a hint of alcohol. As it warms a very sour, tart, alcoholic aroma develops (Very Unpleasant!)

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet spoiled fruit with very stale malt. Some bitterness at the end, as well as a touch of alcohol. A little cardboard flavor as well. Tastes sweeter with a touch of more alcohol as it warms (Not bad) Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well the drinkability is quite good for what it is. I'd say about two 40oz bottles, nothing to offensive about the flavor. The smell however is another story, best consumed while very cold. Let this brew warm a bit & a very offensive sour, alcoholic aroma develops. I didn't like that at all, but that's nothing compared to other Malt Liqours.

It's very cheap, very drinkable, and hell, let me say what where all thinking. It gets the job done, I recommend it if your low on cash & badly need something strong but not offensive. This is good decent Malt Liquor. Cheers!

 1,277 characters

Photo of aval89
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rating to style..

A- golden straw color. Maybe a shade darker than your average swill. Soapy head that settles at an uneven film.

S- sweet corn smell.. Minor alcohol fumes.. Surprisingly not bad..

T- corn syrup sweetness.. A bit metallic. Alcoholic fumes are light in the mouth. Almost like a wet cardboard type finish. Not bad for a malt liquor.. finishes crisp and clean..

Mf- crisp easy going mf.

D- again I was surprised at how easy it was to drink.. Its not world class but for what it is.. Better than most..

Cheap & effective..

Cheers!

 550 characters

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%

A- Just looked like a mass produced American style lager when poured into a mug. Thick white head that shriveled up to nothing. It was very clear and golden with lots of bubbles.

S- Wet corn husks and very sweet barley malts.

T- Same as scent basically. Sweet corn husks and barley malts. There is a prominent grainy flavor. No alcohol taste was detected. Very, and I mean very, light hop oil taste was there. Virtually no hops were noticeable. It just reminds me of a sweeter High Life really. Pleasant as far as malt liquor is concerned.

M- Mouthfeel here is medium, but it's still pretty mild as far as American lagers are concerned. There is a bit of a corn syrup thickness. It is thicker and richer than a Miller High Life for sure. The drinkability is extremely high on this beer. This and private stock are the most palate friendly malt liquors I've ever had.

*I'm looking at this beer as a malt liquor and a American style lager only. If I'm looking at in that category, it's a good beer. Like I said in the mouthfeel, Private Stock and this are the best malt liquors I've ever had. Private Stock was my all time favorite malt liquor. But there is nothing wrong with this beer as a malt liquor. And at the price this beer is at, it's a winner. Don't knock Olde English 800 till you've tried it for yourself.

 1,319 characters

Photo of ghostmech007
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint. Say's brewed by the Olde English 800 Company... yeah, right... nice try Miller

Just a standard pale piss yellow. A little head actually formed on this one but faded very quickly.

Smells of metal, alcohol, and malt. Not much to the nose.

Very crisp, the carbonation gives it a very smooth body. Grain flavor, bad stale hop flavor, but that is the only thing I don't like about the flavor. The alcohol content is all over the place, on your palate in your throat, your nose, and it's like this all the way to the finish. I kinda like that.

I like it! I know a lot of people don't like this brew but I mean come on for three dollars a six pack you can't be that and get a decent buzz afterwards. Awesome, definitely coming back.

 766 characters

Photo of theresasnakeinmyboot
3.27/5  rDev +50%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't understand why this beer has so many negative views. For 7 bucks I can get a 12 pack. That's better than most other brands that range from 8 to 12 bucks.

The taste is like good old carbonated water with a bit of a frothy golden feel to it. Slightly fruity but easy going down.

I know people enjoy their craft selection but com on we drink this stuff to feel good. Argue all you want about why you drink beer but honestly we all drink it for the same reason to varying degrees. For the price the quality of this beer is fairly decent.

 545 characters

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.35/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely not an "awful". It is very drinkable...not too bad. After seeing the gutter ball ratings this beer had, I went down to the 7-eleven, tonite, and bought a bottle of Olde English for 3 and a half bucks. Cracked that shit and drank a good, not great, but an all around decent beer. You can't drink this beer and expect the Ferrari experience....know that you are not driving a Ferrari, but a station wagon...expect that and you will probably enjoy this beer. Nice yellow color with a pleasing flavor and taste, nothing distracting here.

 557 characters

Photo of tikk
3.42/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type plastic 40 oz bottle, with a football style grip.

Appearance, the beer is a light golden color. Just enough to obscure anything viewed through the bottle.

Smell Is Malty And Almost Metallic.

Taste follows the smell quite nicely, I do detect a subtle banana flavor like a hefe, but very light on the tail end

Smooth as can be

Overall a perfect malt beverage. If you are looking for a world class beer, stay away. No hops or sour to speak of, but for an American Malt Beverage, this is amazing and it gets better after each sip.
Not a big fan of the new plastic bottles, but I feel like it would hurt less to get hit by one of these.
Seek out the glass vintage, it seems to taste better.
Cheers,
Tikk

 721 characters

Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the typical malt liquor way. Slightly dark golden with a thing ring of bubbles. Typical corny/grainy smell and a hint of burnt veggies. Sweet tasting and not overly grainy. Lot of corn in the flavor, but this one is really smooth. Mouthfeel is surpisingly not sticky, considering the abv, yet it still holds firm in the mouth like a higher gravity malt liquor. Highly drinkable and a nice change from Steel Reserve. I think I've found my new favorite malt liquor.

 469 characters

Photo of MarkBlackout
3.43/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Olde English is royalty amongst malt liquor 40s. Its light-amber coloration, hi-test corn-blessed constitution, and overall appeal are second to none in the malt liquor game. Enough "slummin' w. da homiez" bullshit; either drink this, or don't. No need to mock the poor in your poor attempt to cop a buzz. Olde English.. it might not boast the 'imported taste' of Private Stock, but it does have 33 crowns on the label. I counted.

 430 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.44/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear deep gold with a fair white head and amazing lacings. Aroma is malty and some corniness. Taste is very malty, bready, some wine like qualities, and just a hint of hop bitters. These products seem to be all about the malts. In my amateur explorations of the genre I think the best tasting MLs are at or below 6% abv. The rest develop a following for the easy drinkability and the effects on the brain. This brew is slightly in between the two extremes. Decent taste for the style and a good amount of alcohol. Not one I plan on having again unless getting drunk quickly is the objective. You can taste the Miller family resemblance as it reminds me of a Miller High Life that has more malts added until the 7.5% abv is achieved.

Edit 4/29/2014. I wanted to make clear we get a 7.5% OE 800 in Oregon. It is not labeled "HG" either. From a 24 ounce can.

 863 characters

Photo of AfricanPete14
3.45/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a huge fan of malt liquor, and Olde English doesn't disappoint. It has a strong citrus malt flavor along with sweet grains, and it smells of malt along with a metallic smell. The taste of it is pretty thick with a strong sweet grain and malt flavor. The mouth feel is pretty strong because it does get rather foamy which leaves a strong aftertaste.

 352 characters

Photo of nicholas2121
3.54/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Olde English 800 brewed by Miller Brewing Co. This brew is a malt liquor and it pours out a nice golden color with a nice light white head. Olde English 800 has an ABV of 5.9%. This brew has the look and smell of most malt liquors. The smell is sweet, with grains and malts. Nothing special but nothing bad. This brew has a lot carbonation. The taste is smooth and crisp for being a malt liquor. You get a hint of sweetness, but it is not over powering. This brew goes down nice. Mouth feel is nice too, nothing bad about this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.5 out of 5. I will pick this brew up again.

 609 characters

Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe