Hurricane Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2002

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Photo of jeffduyedi
4.7/5  rDev +136.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MetalRocker94
4.7/5  rDev +136.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Nice Golden with a very thick White Head.
Smell-Lots of Barley Malt and Sweet Corn. Lots of Yeasty Breadiness. And, a little bit of Hops..not much.
Taste- Very sweet..not sickly sweet though. Lots of Barley Malt, Corn up front with a slight Fruity note. Yeasty Breadiness in the middle. And a little bit of Hop Bitterness at the end. Finish is very crisp, clean, and refreshing.
Mouth Feel-Light to Medium with a Light to Medium Body.
Overall- Its a great Malt Liquor to try from AB-InBev. A nice well rounded beer flavored Malt Liquor with a slight Fruity note. Better than King Cobra in my opinion.

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Photo of Tuberoni
4.61/5  rDev +131.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer- I'm poor. Due to this,I have drank nothing but malt liquor. I have a unique taste in what I drink. I've always hated bitter beer, so heinies and becks can go to hell, piss waters.

I am an immense fan of Hurricane Malt Liquor. One does indeed have to brace for the smooth taste. Tilt your head back and slug down,4,5,6, even seven slugs, then place the 40oz down. Yes, the 40 oz you paid 1.68 for. Enjoy how it introduced itself on its way down. Enjoy the cooling feeling it gives on its way down. Love how when it enters your stomach, that it does not feel alien, but rather at home. Savor the creeper buzz that comes from rapid comsumption. Laugh at people who drink piss like heineken and overpay for it.

Appearance- It's telling you you're in for a fun night
Smell- why anyone would smell it is beyond me... it's a f*cking liquid! A drink! A BEVERAGE!
Taste- Unique, not at all bitter... very smooth.
Mouthfeel- Goes down naturally... mmm
Drinkability- Sadness occurs when your bottle is empty. It is magnificent.

Best part is, no hangovers the next morning.

That being said, after dinner, I'm gonna swing by my local beverage shack and snag two of these bad boys.

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Photo of Hartis
4.2/5  rDev +111.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it it's something that helps me sleep and deal with my day!!
Love it love it love it it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick
it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick

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Photo of AmericanMechanic
4/5  rDev +101%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok let's face it. Malt liquor is not a good nor classy beer but we all remember high school. I gave this ghetto/white trash beer a high review for exactly what it is in its own league. Fuckin awesome. Looks like piss kinda smells like it with notes of dank malts grains and crackers. Taste is about the same without as much of that malt liquor funk like steel reserve which in positive is the worse thing in planet earth other than shiner Holliday chear. Come on people if you got $1.39 to spare get rocked by the hurricane

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Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +101%

Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +101%

Photo of dude
3.77/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

"Brace for the smooth taste." What is that supposed to mean? If its smooth I shouldn't need to be forewarned. This pours golden and clear. Very little bubble activity. Smell is clean mostly, with a note of corn syrup. Unremarkable, really, but nothing offensive either. Taste is pretty darn smooth I must admit. Sweet and with a light vinous fruit taste also. This hides the ABV very well especially for style. I was pleasantly surprised to find no fusel alcohol flavors even as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel is smooth as well, perhaps needs a little more in the way of carbonation. Finish is dry and clean. Drinkability, for 40 standards, is top notch.

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Photo of 7beerphil
3.75/5  rDev +88.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I did not pour this into any glass. However, i give it an average rating for appearance, due to the typical ML label design and the color of the brew.

Smell is also average, for the style, very faint corn notes. No hop presence here.

Taste is rather smooth and malty. Not at all harsh and it is rather pleasing.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick, but not offensive. Goes down easy.

This is an entry level malt, but a good one at that. I've you've only ever had Magnum, then you are in for a treat with this. Otherwise, it's basic. But good basic.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.49/5  rDev +75.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok, rating this as it is. A Malt Liquor. So it's not the most complex beer. It's not the most popular style. I'm fine with that. Well excuse the rambling, time to review this Farm Store Refrigerator Shelf Turd. Ok, this bottle is pure sexiness. Mmm, an H with wings screams buy me! Well this is a good looking brew (no sarcasm). It's a nice shade of yellow with a hint of orange. There was a one finger white soapy head that went away fast. Well let's smell this now. This smells like Western America, Grains, Fertilizer and Rust. Not much to it, but with Malt Liquor it's all about the Bold and Smooth body on it.
Still I go into this beast with an open mind. This tastes better than Bud Ice. The flavor is a lot better than the aroma. There is a first wave of grains and corn juice. There is a sweetness to this brew that is both sweet and tart. With this there is no hop presence only a sweet slightly fruity finish no bitterness. The body on this brew is medium-light and smooth. Carbonation is a bit rough but for $2.50 a Forty, who can argue?

Overall: This brew isn't awful. I have no problem killing the Forty. Bud Ice Forty though is another story. I gave this beer it's fair shake. I know what it is, sometimes I like to spend $2.50 on a single....Forty Ounce! This brew is Worth a Shot.

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Photo of semihobo
3.48/5  rDev +74.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmm 40 oz malt liquor. This bottle was born on 8/17/05, very fresh. Didn't pour it into a glass; after much deliberation, I figured that since you're supposed to serve everything in the appropriate glassware, I would leave it in the bottle. This is the intended method... that said, I'm reviewing within the style.

Nice gold - amber color, almost like tequila. Meager head but whenever it was agitated at all it fizzed up again. Nice label.

Smell was a little funky, has the generic nasty beer smell. Adjuncts aren't too offensive for a malt liquor, the corn works okay.

You know, for a forty, this tastes pretty good. Corn and adjuncts with minimal grossness. Very smooth! Smooth at first when it's cold but also stays drinkable longer than most as it warms. I finished it over an hour after opening and didn't flinch from warm malt liquor stench. The label warns "brace for the smooth taste!" I guess I should have. Sugar and corn, something else added that's a little spice like, lots of alcohol warming.

Nice mouthfeel. Retains carbonation for a while, which is important in a forty ounce serving. Very crisp, the carbonation masks bad elements and is only a little overwhelming. You will burp your mind out, though ... I was belching up a storm.

As 40 oz bottles of malt liquor go, this is decent and very competitively priced. I only drink 40s once every couple of months now, but my friend who lives and dies with the malt liquor has a fridge stocked with 25+ of these babies at all times. Sometimes you want a forty, and this is a pretty good one. Recommended.

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Photo of tesguino
3.33/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the same thing like the others malt liquors, but with a touch of crushed hops; little better than its sister king cobra but still drinkable; good for the mexican food and snacks; try in a pint glass for look its color and head; my brother say about this beer : is like a schlitz malt but without the bull;

69% recommended.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.28/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, I was happy with this one, and also glad that even though I drank it out of a clear 40 oz. bottle, served in a tall beer glass, it was neither skunky nor slimy. Hurricane has a thick white head and a clear, golden color. Aroma is almost undetectable. Carbonation is medium. Mouth-feel is medium as well. This malt liquor is just as it's described: robust, bold, and slightly sweet. It finishes very smooth. I enjoyed it and would drink it again, although I'd like to find it in cans.


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Photo of Tpitty23
3.25/5  rDev +63.3%

Photo of AntG21
3.25/5  rDev +63.3%

Photo of WesternKansasMike
3.25/5  rDev +63.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #35 American Malt liquor, perhaps it is my general lack of quality drinking since the arrival of my son, perhaps this is the only beer I got to drink today, perhaps because I am so sleep deprived I woke up four stations past my stop on the metro this afternoon but I drank the whole 40 of this and enjoyed it. Fictional God there for the weak willed please help me understand this.

Poured from a 40 ounce bottle into a Paulaner dimpled 1 L mug. Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head with low retention, no lacing but steady carbonation of large bubbles.

Aroma is pretty weak but it smells like malt liquor, a little sweet, a little boozy. Not too bad.

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that it is a good beer. It is medium to light in body, sweet, decent finish, mild vegetal finish, flat on the palate, it is an adult soda. Not great but something to do while your baby finally sleeps. Cheap and not great but I did drink it, probably won't bother again though.

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Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking to tick this one for a while, but didn't want to take down a whole 40 by myself, a recent cookout at a friends house gave the chance to spread the pain. I'm going to give a detailed review. This was pretty much an average example of the style. It didn't have the harshness of most, and was actually almost pleasant. Most of the tasters found a slight apple taste that I didn't pick up.

This was surprisingly easy to drink and not at all unpleasant. If you're in the mood for a 40, you could do lot worse than grabbing one of these.

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Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is basically of malts and corn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall not that bad as far as malt liquors go.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

(As "Hurricane" with "Category 5" on the label but the ABV listed at the top of the label as being 6% ABV - not 8.1% or 5.8% or 5.9% ABV as I've seen on other Hurricane branded beers).

"Malt liquor." 6% ABV. 138 kCal per 12oz / 577.39 kJ per 12 oz. 0.00 fat per 12 oz. 4.20 carbohydrates per 12 oz. .90 protein per 12 oz.

Ingredients: Water; Corn, Rice and/or Dextrose Syrup; Barley Malt; Hop Extract; Yeast.

Glass bottle in the classic 40oz format purchased at a 7-11 in Manhattan for $3.31 including tax and deposit. Clear glass. Branded black screw-off cap.

Pours a clear pale copper body - obviously filtered - below an off-white cap of mediocre consistency and above average retention (~5-7 minutes).

Aroma hints at graininess in addition to decently disguised corn adjunct, cheap 6-row barley, and pale malt. Inoffensive. Doesn't suggest a syrupy or watery beer, but I'm reading it as on the thicker side based on this aroma. Hop profile isn't completely absent; I think I get some mild grassiness. Suggests an innocuous malt liquor with no egregious flaws but plenty of shortcomings in terms of complexity, depth of flavour, subtlety, balance, and build. Aromatic intensity is below average. Doesn't seem boozy and I detect no off-notes.

Taste is indeed innocuous and inoffensive, which is high praise for a malt liquor. Sure, there's a bit too much 6 row and pale malt sweetness as well as corn adjunct, and it's a bit too thick, but it isn't syrupy or watery and it isn't cloyingly sweet or overly adjunct-emphatic. I've certainly had worse, and there's a slight scintilla of grassy hop flavour to its credit.

Certainly not dialed-in, but it's not imbalanced. Shallow and simple, but approachable and pleasant enough for a 6% ABV malt liquor offered in the 40 oz format. Let's be fair - there's far worse out there. This may be a bit insipid, but that isn't always a bad thing in the budget beer category.

Texture is slightly overcarbonated and crisp. Unrefreshing owing to its slightly syrupy feel and overly thick presence on the palate. Has too much weight on the palate for a beer as insipid as this. Not oily, gushed, tannic, astringent, rough, hot, boozy, or scratchy. This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours, but it also doesn't clash with the taste.

Overall, it's mediocre at best, but it's one of the better (least bad?) attempts at the style I've tried recently. $2.99 USD plus tax and deposit is as fair a price as you'll find in Manhattan for such an inoffensive brew, and this is probably up there with Ballantine XXX in terms of my go-to budget 40oz format brews. Many will shit on this because it happens to be brewed by Anheuser-Busch, but in a blind taste test I'm confident it'd outperform most competing brands. Judging it strictly to style, it's actually pretty decent fare and I won't mind taking down the entire 40oz bottle.

Low C+ (3.05) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of jslice99
3.05/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed straight from the 40 oz bottle.

Not much of an aroma to it,light corn smell and some alcohol.

Taste is a little sweet, not terrible tasting.

Mouthfeel is light and it has a clean finish.

Overall its not a terrible malt liquor, it's decent for the style.

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Photo of Gingercheapskate
3.05/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a six pack of Hurricanes last night for myself and some friends. Taste is a lot like Bud, just a bit stronger. The metal can doesn't really help it, but I've had 40s as well, and they've tasted pretty similarly. The biggest negative of it is that it picks up the taste of the can towards the bottom.

Mouthfeel is okay, as is smell. The appearance is what you'd expect, not tremendous, but not bad either.

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Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev +50.8%

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3/5  rDev +50.8%

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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.99 out of 5 with 241 ratings