Olde English 800 High Gravity | Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity
Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 156
Photo of cardfan212
3.11/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a plastic 42 ounce bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The label looks outdated but weirdly endearing. It's bombastic nature draws your eye as it sits in the cooler. The clear amber liquid entices and encourages a night of bad decisions. This is the face of the end times.

Smell - Very sweet corn and a bombardment of booze assail the nostrils. It's familiar but not all too pleasant. I know what I'm getting in to.

Taste - Sweet but not too overpowering. Like sugar cookies and caramel. Not entirely repulsive. I can sense the impending morning after.

Feel - Surprisingly low carbonation, but a very thick syrupy body. Not all that pleasant or easy to drink, but it won't kill me. Hopefully.

Overall - A strange brew. It can't find a middle ground, but rather oscillates between extremes. Neither good nor bad, I can't pin it down. Better than it's lower gravity brother, but that's not saying much. This boy serves as a sledgehammer to the brain, and at that, it very much exceeds.

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Photo of ordybill
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 24 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. The aro.a is grain and alcohol. The taste is bland and slightly creamy. This is a "gas station beer" . it's not the worst of its kind but it is completely forgettable.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
1.31/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Awful. Slightly worse than ordinary OE 800. Unless I'm just wanting to get drunk really quick, and can't stomach the notion of cheap fortified wine, I steer clear of this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

24 oz. can:

Pours golden with a foamy head that descends, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is pretty much typical malt liquor. Decent for the style. Some alcohol. Clean.

The taste is of alcohol, sweet corn. A tannic-like dryness in the finish.

Smooth for the style. Alcohol is not harsh. Some malt smoothness closer to a strong lager than a traditional cheap malt liquor.

Drinkable for the style and abv. Scored in style, it's a decent cheap brew. Not as thick or syrupy as the original. I like this one better.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
1.56/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can. Wow, I’m surprised this got even this high. I was expecting bottom of the barrel stuff, but it’s not as bad as some other beers I’ve so far rated. Actually poured a nice head. Aroma is of corn. Tastes metallic. All in all, pretty horrible, but not as bad as I was expecting. Now, where’s my paper bag?

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.16/5  rDev +90.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two finger white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Grains mostly, some mild corn.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body, some sweetness upfront and in the finish. Really smooth.

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Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev +67%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear deep golden with three fingers of white head lasting about ten minutes. Sheets of fine bubble lace.
Smell is malts grain bin and a hint of grape skin.
Taste is grain bin malts with just mere bump of grassy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is slightly wet and a bit sweet.
Overall I normally get the 7.5% version but I thought I would rate this version as well. It is better than I expected for this type of strong lager.

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Photo of Squire
2.43/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light color suggestive of beer with a quickly disappearing white cap.

Aroma of sweet grain with a touch of floral hops.

Taste is sweet grain and yes, the hops are present. Flavors are more medium than full and are clean, without off flavors or alcohol fusels.

Texture is medium.

Overall it delivers a simple, clean, relatively dry malt brew with a bit higher alcohol. Much better flavor than one would suspect from the image/packaging.

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Photo of deebo
2.29/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank 3 40s of this as a young guy and can vouch for its dominating almost Hullicegenic effects. This is pure gasoline with hints of adjunct grains to make your head spin. A bold heavy highly carbonated mouthfeel to let you know that nitro glycerin is about to put every cell into a hyperbolic overdrive. Buckle up and hope you wake up with minimal bleeding.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.62/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'ts been at least ten years since i've drank ''O.E.''. I decided to get a 40oz of this high gravity thinking it wouldn't be very good but to my surprise it pretty much tasted like the regular olde english of my past which i drank a lot of in my teen years. It doesn't have the harsh alcohol taste a lot of the cheap higher ABV% beers have. Same taste, higher ABV% and still fairly cheap is a winner in my book.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 40oz PLASTIC bottle. Must be recent that they stopped making it in glass bottles. Light amber color, high carbonation, slightly thick mouthfeel, sweet taste, sort of medicine after taste. Didn't expect much and didn't get much. Would not buy again.

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Photo of mynie
1.06/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The Olde English I could get in the Midwest--the regular stuff, that's barely stronger than High Life--is totally drinkable. It's not great, and it gets easily light struck, but I'd honestly take it over a Bud. And sometimes I feel like drinking a 40 because I'm too lazy and self-hating to keep opening new bottles, and since the rat bastard sonsofbitches at MillerCoors started putting Mickey's into plastic bottles, I grabbed a 40 of OE.

But, what--what on earth? This smells horrorshow sweet, like the godawful Destihl imperial pilsener. Only remarkably even worse than that, as there's zero hops to balance it out. And, oh holy god, it tastes even worse than it smells, like a combination of raw white sugar and freshly burnt plastic.

I can only assume the mediocre-to-middling scores this has gotten are from confused drinkers who think they have the HG but are actually supping the regular OE. This stuff is undrinkable. I've never dumped out a beer so quickly.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 24 ounce tallboy into a shaker pint. A semi-aggressive pour produces about one inch of frothy head which actually proves quite sticky. The beer is a pale straw color with moderately high carbonation. It looks like beer.

Lots of fruity alcoholic, corn mash and cooked veggy aromas and flavors, along with maybe just a tinge of metal. A general corny sweetness becomes more apparent as it warms. In general, the alcohol content is well-masked, though a definite bite can be detected in the aftertaste. There may be some light floral hops at work here, as well.

I've been drinking this beer on rare occasions for many years. The old buzz bomb forties aren't available in my area anymore, but I wish they were. It is what it is and it ain't half bad. This is my go to beer for tomato juice beer cocktails.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head that retreats to a good lace throughout.

S - Fruity with some grain.

T - Tangy with a fruitiness with some slight grain/hop taste.

M - A little on the syrupy side with a decent bite.

O - Considering the price and the 8% ABV this is not a bad beer. Granted, it must be served and consumed ice cold.

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Photo of MarkSmith86
3.48/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do believe this is one of the better high gravity's out there on the market. It has flavor, it has a good amount of lacing poured into a frosty mug. Even though it was a 40 ounce bottle that I dont know how long its been on the shelf at the little corner market i visited on my vacation to minnesota, it was not skunky and tasted bold and refreshing in my opinion. To each there own this is better to me than the traditional olde english!

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Photo of Brad007
3.26/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First, a little story about how I came to possess this bottle of OE 800 HG. A friend was heading out of state and posted a picture of OE 800 HG at a liquor store to Facebook. I went, "Wow, I have to have this!", being that we can't find it in VT and I hadn't already ticked it off. I am the kind of guy who will try just about any beer once and it shows if you look at my reviews. It's who I am and it's not just beer. Anyway, friend snaps up the beer and being that we're both busy people, it takes a while to land in my hands. Now that I finally have it, I can't wait to review it. It helps that I have a pizza in the oven too.

Pours a nice yellow-gold color with a thin head into my glass. It seems pretty well carbonated too.

Lots of sweet, sweet adjuncts upfront. It's what I was expecting. Most malt liquors don't go past 6%-7%, despite our generous cap of 16%.

Ditto for the flavor. Corn, grain etc. But, it's mellowed out over time. It's actually pretty drinkable. I think that the higher ABV keeps the sweetness of the adjuncts in check.

Mouthfeel goes well with my pizza too. Washes it down clean. Very nice. No alcohol bite here.

I just want to say that this is a very nice malt liquor and I'm glad that I could try it. If it's one of those days where you want to drink cheap but you want a little more refinement, this does the trick.

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Photo of KentT
2.24/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a 24 ounce can. Purchased this at Sunset Liquors in Madisonville, TN. Appearance is a dark golden character. Smelled like corn meets grassy overtones. Tasted like a rich bready mix of apples and a little bit of a fruity nose. Mouthfeel suggests a light to medium BMC with more of a malt overtone. Overall, a good 8.1 AML as a whole. It is very decent for cheap. 2 will get you loaded in a hurry. Do drink this when cold, it is much worse when it gets warm. And when warm, it has something of an aftertaste to it.

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Photo of Raime
2.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Drank from the 40oz bottle. Darkinsh gold with a slightly frothy head.

S - Metal, aluminum, grains, alcohol.

T - seriously grainy up front, slight aluminum soon follows, small amounts of rice adjunct, and alcohol in the finish.

M - Light bodied with creamy heavy carbonation. Nice for what it is.

O - Overall, good for the price and one forty got me pretty well lit.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

40oz out of the bottle

Smell.... there isn't really any smell. Maybe some corn and a little malty goodness. As it warms, slight apple and fruit come out. Taste is slick and sweet, lots of grain, malt, and corn. Sickly sweetness like that of steel reserve(garbage juice). Finishes like rubbing alcohol. Not very pleasant, but if you drink it fast while it's ice cold, it can be inoffensive. While cold, the 8% is hidden well. If you let it warm, be ready for it to burn like cheap whiskey.

If you're looking for something to sip on, this ain't it. If you want something chuggable that'll get you good and buzzed, this isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of thisismyname
2.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sometimes a guy just wants a bottle of some good old cheap swill.

Here in BC, this is just called Olde English 800... I am writing this with regards to the fact it is a malt liquor, not just any other beer. I'm not expecting a plethora of flavours and smells to jump out of this one.

Consumed the only way you can cosume it: Straight out of the 40 ounce bottle. It would be a disgrace to both malt liquor etiquette and my Unibroue snifter to pour it into anything else but my mouth.

Prior to opening, a humble soapy head of large white bubbles is perched atop this translucent copper brew. An abominable sweet putridity begins to emanate from the bottle as soon as the lid is cracked open.

When ice cold, a majority of the typical cloying alcohol taste is muted and the brew is rather drinkable given the 8% ABV. Don't let this one sit too long. The flavours are minimal; however cheap grainy adjuncts, bread, and cooked corn are distinguishable.

Like all malt liquors I've tried, it is highly carbonated in a justified effort to mask as much alcohol flavour as possible. It is better to chug rather than sip beers like this.

Overall, it could be a LOT worse (Colt 45). This is and always has been my favourite malt liquor. It is a wonderful option when you're looking for cheap party material. I've downed more than 3/4 of the bottle and I'm already pleasantly buzzed.

FELLOW BEER DRINKERS: I warn you! This is by NO stretch of the imagination beer pong material. I have tried it and it's just tempting fate. It may be intended to chug; however, chugging at your own pace and chugging in a drinking game are 2 separate stories.


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Photo of troobie
2.29/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Rated within the High Gravity Malt Liquor style.

A: Being a Miller product I expected a huge foamy head but didn't get it. This was "freezer chilled" to help with the taste so it did have a chill-haze when poured into a glass. Color was orange as expected if you've ever seen Olde English 800. Maybe a darker orange as compared to its little brother. Some mild lacing.

S: Oh boy. "Full flavored" aroma. Strong sweetness. Caramel. Pennies, metallic. A bitterness that I hesitate to describe as a rotten smell. Think week old, mostly black bananas. Alcohol is present. Not a smell that makes me want to dive right in.

T: Better than West Coast Olde English 800 (7.5%.) There is some distinct flavor here where OE is lacking. Not the best flavor, but some personality is better than none. Ghetto Steel Reserve is what I'd call it. Steel Reserve turned up to 11. A very strange sweet-and-sour taste lasts from the middle to about 20 seconds past the end. At one instance it's too sweet, and, at the next, too sour. OE 800 taste is in there but buried under enhancements. It's best not to think about the taste on this one.

M: High carbonation. Creamy. Very substantial! You could cut this with a knife and fork. Syrupy.

O: A malt liquor that is better than the sum of its parts. Whereas Olde English 800 is usually WAY overpriced, Olde English HG800 is usually super cheap! Even better it seems to pack quite a punch for 8.0% ABV. If you just drink it and don't analyze it this is a great way to get relaxed for not a lot of money. Somewhat rare too.

Recommended over West Coast Olde English 800 (7.5%.)

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.91/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells like an Olde English. Has a musky wet corn smell. More musky than a regular Olde English. It has a much more metallic smell than I'm used to. So, that's disconcerting. Taste is extremely neutral. I was expecting something harsher from a high gravity beer. This is actually quite delightful. It's a bit bitter and has a corn flavour, but also a pronounced cheap malt flavour. The metallic flavour that I smelled is still present, but it's not TOO bad. Honestly, this is a lot better than I was expecting. It's a lot more bitter than I was expecting and somewhat less sweet. Very corn-flavoured and definitely some sweetness, but not more so than a regular Olde English. The only thing that makes it worse than a regular OE is that the bitterness is overly metallic in nature. That's gonna get old fast.

After consuming the entire bottle, I can say this: it will get you drunk in a very pleasant manner. I wouldn't drink it for partying because of the fusel alcohol content, which makes me sleepy, but it is excellent for playing video games and/or watching Stargate SG-1 until you pass out. That's right, nerds rejoice and have a damn good time.

Note: If you start sobering up before you go to sleep after drinking this, prepare to enter hell. There's no going back and there's no saving you. Filling up on food won't even help. Good luck not killing yourself. What is it in hobo beer that can make you feel so terrible?

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Photo of Wasatch
2.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, grainy/ricy. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy/ricy. Light Body. Not too bad, but would most likey not try again.

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Photo of steven9000
1.56/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one is the Canadian 8% version.

golden straw color with medium carbonation. The head is off white tight one finger head

smell- It has a really sweet alcoholic smell and thats about it.

taste- Same as the taste its really sweet and alcoholic. pretty bad if you ask me.

mouthfeel- its a medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

overall- What can you really say about this beer? Its pretty gross. If you want to get drunk for cheap then buy a olde English 800 thats all its good for.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.26/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Not a bad pour. Very light apple juice colored gold with a large, light, fluffy, sticky, bright white head. Somewhat thick, very good retention, and a decent patchy lace.

S - Pretty subdued. Sweet corn and malt with a touch of cooked vegetable. Some of that overly sweet, slightly tart and acidic apple, but not in a good way. Slight alcohol.

T - Typical malt liquor flavors. Sweet corn and malt flavors. A lot of sweet candish apple mid sip toward the finish. A bit of a cooked vegetable flavor as well. A bit of an off floralish flavor. Definite grainy finish.

M - Light, thin body with average carbonation. Dry, sticky finish.

D - Not offensive, but no where near easy to drink. Sweet, alcoholy, and a touch cloying/sticky. Not easy to drink plenty of.

Notes: Meh, not overly impressed, but what I more or less expected. Average high gravity malt liquor. Overly sweet with corn and apple and alcohol.

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Olde English 800 High Gravity from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.18 out of 5 with 156 ratings