Hurricane Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor
BA SCORE
3.3%
Liked This Beer
1.98 w/ 240 ratings
Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,722
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
240
Liked:
8
Avg:
1.98/5
pDev:
38.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
36
Trade:
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Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
1.58/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had during a Halloween party that a friend was having. Someone brought several of these along for some reason. I poured myself a glass and off I went. It was about as pointless of a beer as anything I can remember. No head, kinda smooth but no flavor. Still haven't found a good tasting 40 yet.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev +54%
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 NeroFiddled
2.48/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I try to judge every beer I taste on it's specific merits; and I don't bring style or personal preferences into it. In fact, I'm a fan of malt liquors, but... ... this one is not real good. And that's very surprising since it comes from Budweiser, but in a way it all makes sense. This is a very clean (except for the fruitiness) unobtrusive lager. I feel it's a bit too limited for the style! That said, it has a deep gold color with a thick (but not very dense) head and a generic malt & hop aroma. The body is fairly light. I was expecting a little more flavor... it has a fruitiness but limited maltiness - and no hop flavor. Very low bitterness. Finishes fruity but very clean.

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Photo of nickfl
2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kegatron
1.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

40 oz bottle spread amongst several of us on 2/3/10 to celebrate Deuane hitting the BIG 40.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a fizzy bright-white head. This sticks around for the most part with a foamy look. The aroma smells of light floral hops, corn bread, and that's about it. And that's probably actually giving it too much credit.

The taste is sweet with a mix of corn and bread. I also made the mistake of actually letting this sit on the palate to you know, actually try to pick up some flavor but was overwhelmed with a disgusting flush of raw vegetable character. Blech! The mouthfeel is thin and watery and seems more like something that I would rinse my glass out, instead of an actual beer that I would sit down and try.

I tend to not want to try beers of this caliber, so my rating might be skewered a bit towards the low side but what can I say, this was some pretty terrible stuff.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 2nd (and last) of the crappy malt liquors I found in New Orleans. Not much to really say about this one, it's exactly how a malt liquor usually tastes. Bad appearance, sweet macro smell, and overly sweet, somewhat nasty taste. This isn't any worse or better than most malt liquors, they all seem pretty much the same to me anyway. Something this lame should have higher than 6% alcohol to be worthwhile for those needing a quick drunkening.

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Photo of duceswild
1.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

CAN you comprehend the effort it takes to find new CANs for the CANQuest (TM) these days? I was in DC over the weekend and stopped at a VA Safeway to see what was available and there were CANs of this one! Bingo.

Seemingly par for the Malt Liquor course, I got two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head that fell like they had been struck from behind. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was faintly fusel compared to many that I have put away on this hosed-up mission. The style is designed to knock you around on the cheap and I said as much to a fellow yesterday when he commented on my choice, stopping only when I noticed that he had some in his cart. Whoops! Mouthfeel was medium with a dryness that left me sucking for air. Wow! Finish was equally dry with a slight fusel flavor that lingered. Frankly, this was not as obnoxious as many offerings in the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale pour, I think this might be the lightest of the malts I have tried over the last week, with the same fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly though the ever present streams of carbonation all seem to still be coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is corn, alcohol, and a mess of wet hay. Just not what you want to come home to. This follows over to the flavor almost exactly as it was just all over the place, but maintained that almost day old bread like taste mixed with astringent alcohol and moldy cereal. Slick feel and just an almost gag inducing aftertaste. Just not built for this one at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.55/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at Deuane's 40th birthday bash -40oz..apropos eh? Poured into a 1/2 pint allowed to warm slightly

A - Golden, ultra clear with thick white head -the head settles o a slim band w/ tiny speckles for bead they almost appear to small to see any separation

S - Smell is corny and light with sugary nose that has cereal hints and mild fruitiness like corn syrup

M - The feel is highly carbonated sweet and alcoholic, drying as you expect a sugar enhanced beverage to feel, leaves no impression after the swallow really

T - Taste? It almost has it, but corn and sucrose flavor is not much to really comment on- the flavor leaves almost as soon as it appears. Even when warm it really comes off as pretty flavorless in general

D - not the worst malt liquor I can think of, but it really is more a case of worse than...? Not a bad example of the style, just not something that invites you to drink more of it

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Photo of orangesol
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Forty ounce bottle yo money yo bash...yep folks those are ol' dirty Bastard lyrics I have to pay homage to one of my seventh grade hereoes...Russel Jones one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Appearance is straw golden with a bright white head leaves thin lacing, yo. Aroma is semi sweet no hops grainy sugary tones harsh corn and rice. Taste is not overly sweet mild graininess no hop flavor very mild bitterness alcohol flavors in the finish kinda run of the mill. Mouthfeel light bodied somewhat sticky with residual sugars high carbonation. Drinkability is refreshing just doesn't do it for me as a whole, and I feel like this malt liquor is another bud product for the masses.

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Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of AlexFields
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -49.5%

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

Pours a nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly sweet, grainy, and ricy. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, with some rice notes. Light-Medium body. A nice looking macro, but not worth the money.

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Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +54%
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 drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev +58.1%
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 outoffocus
1/5  rDev -49.5%

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1/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of puboflyons
2.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the 24 fl. oz. can 10112-NB44. Sampled on June 19, 2010. Everything about this is typical for an adjunct high gravity malt liquor although not carried off as well as some. It pours pale yellow with a little thin white head that dissolves right away. While there are malt hints in the aroma, the main smell I get is metal. The mouthfeel is OK but the taste has a bit of corn and malts but the alcohol remains the most predominant ingredient.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Hurricane

We used to refer to this beast as "Slurricane"

APPEARANCE: 1.99 a bottle. They gave me a paper bag and put the bottle in it. In traditional fashion it was consumed appearing in its usual guise, the aforementioned bag. Nothing less than an average appearance in this most exceptional case.

SMELL: Sweet corn, unified grains, and a sweet green apple taffy scent. Malt liquor in many ways is like candy for drunkards and enthusiasts alike.

TASTE: Grainy and somewhat sweet upfront, but balanced by an odd cooked vegetable hop and grain one-two punch. Some flaccid bitterness but nothing really balances much besides the drying cardboard finish. Definitely an exceptional and perplexing dryness in a mostly stale fashion.

FEEL: Light bodied, champagne like carbonation, and more than ample stale dryness.

OVERALL: Now listed at 6% abv, this is a cheap, accessible and easy to consume beverage. It's alot more of a beer than the fruit infused lagers taking over the market these days. I'd stick with this over many of the lime or berry infused alternatives, especially when money becomes tight. You can do much worse, sadly.

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Photo of clayrock81
2/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ahh, the Old Slurricane. For those who haven't had the pleasure(?), drink a couple of these sugared-down dandies and you might be slllurrrinnnggg your words. Or just puking. Now, Bud's other 40 offering is King Cobra, which is hideous, but this isn't as bad. I think it is because it is smoother and doesn't leave a stinging backbite. It is also higher in ABV, so maybe I was just too drunk to notice. I guess if I had to pick between this and St Ides I would take this (although I probably gave St Ides higher marks) since it is not as dirty sweet.

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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.3% out of 100 with 240 ratings
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