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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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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 239
Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a super light yellow/white color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is corn and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and lcking in body and taste. After the corn, the dominate flavor is WATER. Not worth buying or drinking. AVOID!!

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Photo of armock
2.03/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a straw color with a big white head no lacing

S - Is of malt and adjuncts

T - Surprisingly light not much is going on here malt and adjuncts

M- This on has a light watery body

D - It was a lot like drinking water that gets you drunk for a malt liquor it was very light in flavor and mouthfeel

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Photo of rgb2807
1.48/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is definitely the most drinkable 40 out there. Perfect for discrete high school gatherings. If you let this get warm it's like drinking cow urine. However, I think I'd rather drink cow urine than windex. (st. ides)

Hurricane is for getting wasted, and forgetting about the past, and nothing more. Its smoothness does make it easier to go down though.

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Photo of clayrock81
2/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of giblet
2.32/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


one dollar. thirsty. lookin for a buzz. = Hurry Kane!

not too bad for a cheap malt liquor. actually dont know bout the head cuz it was only in the can, my mouth and my gut. not too bad a taste for a corny malt. strong carbonation that scarred the back of my throat. it was hot so i kept chuggin.

not a lot to write home about. decent cheap malt liquor.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of uabigdaz
2.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark yellow reddish color with a quickly dying foam with very little retention. Just a splotchy thin amount remains. Smells okay, nothing special, but nothing that scares me away either. Overwhelming malt as would be expected. Tastes, interesting. Very thick taste, again, as would be expected. I can't pinpoint it, but the taste of this is somewhat unpleasant for me. Not impressive mouthfeel. As it's in my mouth I can't help but think "There's no reason to drink this besides the quick buzz", which also makes me feel strange.

Good party beer, but not a good beer.

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Photo of tesguino
3.33/5  rDev +51.4%
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 ski271
1.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium-light amberish-yellow with a small, creamy, off-white, slowly-diminishing head. Smell is a lot of corn husk and good bit of alcohol. Some grain. Taste-wise, we got more corn here and some pretty nasty fusel-like alcohol followed by a light dry finish and a touch of citrus that barely sticks out from behind the lingering alcohol burn. It has a medium-light body, a watery but astringent texture and moderate-low carbonation. Yeah, this is a cheapo alright. No reason to ever buy this one again. This is not for the beer drinker, this is purely for the person that wants to get drunk.... and it's good for putting out in shallow pans in the garden to kill snails.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I decided to pick this one up cuz the store by my house was out of most of the things i liked, and i figured trying another malt liquor.

Pours out a rich dark golden straw with a decent sized head. I really think most malt liquors (the ones i've seen) usually have a nice hue to it.

Smell. Seems to have a cloying sweetness. Small honey aroma....this beers seems quite potent.

Taste. I kept it in the freezer for a while, and though it's quite cold, the alcohol gives it a warming sensation immediately after i take a sip. Taste has lots of cooked corn flavors. It warms and the sweetness comes out quite strong.

Mouthfeel. Alcohol gives it a full sensation. Balance is a bit off (but what do you expect).

Overall. I am enjoying this slightly more than i thought i would, and at $1.50 a 40oz, it was worth giving it a try. I would venture to guess this is one of the better malt liquors, but i am making sure to only have it as cold as humanly possible.

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Photo of MagicHatter23
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've decided to begin my beer reviews by starting at the bottom of the barrel. Bought a 24 oz can of this with the sole intention of reviewing it for this site. Malt Liquor has one simple purpose: intoxication at a bargain. This is easily deciphered by looking at the marketing on the can. The slogan for this beer is "Brewed for a distinctive bold taste." This is clever rhetoric from our friends at Anheuser-Busch. The feces/urine mixture in the bottom of an outhouse also has a "distinctive bold taste," not unsimilar to this beer. Also, the 8.1% alcohol content is printed in font the same size as for the name of the beer. Nice.
Beer had a big head with huge bubbles that quickly disappeared. No lacing at all. Has that semi-cloudy dark gold color that lets you know you will probably be vomiting blood after enough of these. Clean malt/rice smell. Tastes just like it smells - nothing really sticks out. My favorite part was the astringent aftershock where the alcohol can be felt throughout the mouth. Mouthfeel is unremarkable until the bite at the end.
I noticed on each successive sip that I was disliking this beer more and more. Back in my drunk-on-a-budget days I would have quaffed a 40 of High Life or Steel Reserve over Hurricane, Camo, or anything else whose name has to do with natural disasters/combat. Poured the rest of this one down the sink. The good thing about this beer is that the person seriously drinking this to get drunk couldn't care less about its taste. I believe this beer would be best enjoyed 3 at a time out of a giant multi-valved beer bong.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The 24 ounce can, 8.1% abv.

Appearance - somewhat deepened golden color, a very white head froths up to about a finger then subsides with some thought to leaving lace but not quite getting it done. Moderate bead helps the head hold on a bit but it goes bare inside of two minutes.

Aroma - kicks off quite fruity and sweet. As it settles, it loses some of the sweetness and bends towards a more general grain and adjunct based beer scent. Interesting but fairly typical.

Taste - very grain/corn-fed flavor, sweetness is complementary and the alcohol is evident without really adding or taking away from the overall experience. No hop flavor except *maybe* a brief touch on the aftertaste, it's hard to tell if that's hops or fizz. The sweetness and alcohol create a rather 'wet' finish.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, rather burp-inducing. Feels a bit solid with the abv and sweetness.

Drinkability - not a beer made to experience the enjoyment of beer. Bud on steroids, not totally bad but watch out that next morning.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -6.8%
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 RBorsato
2.68/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow straw/gold with a decent white head at first and very light carbonation with slow bubbles. All adjunct corn aroma and flavor but not unpleasantly so... Medium bodied and smooth; quite easy drinking.

Not the mest ML I've ever had but certainly not the worst either...

Born On: 07/09/05
Tasted: 01/29/06

($1.69 / 40 oz. fat clear bottle with a twist off cap)

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Photo of semihobo
3.48/5  rDev +58.2%
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 Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color with a large white head, which soon utterly vanishes, leaving only scattered patches of foam and no lacing. There are lots of fat, slow-rising bubbles, however.

Aroma: Typical lager aroma with sweet corn and a slight, light tropical fruit note, no discernible hop presence. Mercifully, despite the clear glass bottle, there is no skunk aroma.

Taste: Opens with a cooked corn note, and a faint alcohol presence, soon followed by a slight metallic hop presence, which lingers on and on.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with stinging carbonation, rather soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: This is not among the best malt liquors that I have had, but at less than two dollars, tax included, for a forty ounce bottle, it is hard to feel particularly bitter.

Presentation: Packaged in a forty ounce clear glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I only ave ever consumed or seen this stuff in a 40 bottle. Cler darkish gold color, some head in the bottle. This was, as malt liquors go, not bad. It was sweet and adjuncty, but not over the top, and alcohol was not kicking you in the throat the whole time. Mouthfeel is neutral. Very cheap, not a good experience, but not terrible.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.2/5  rDev 0%
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 ElGordo
1.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh man. I bought a 40oz of this stuff when an actual hurricane was approaching North Carolina, but it did't really come my way, and it sat in my fridge for a couple of months. Aging probably didn't do this any favors. Drinking it directly from the 40oz bottle, still wrapped in the brown paper bag. Looks a rather sickly darkish yellow color, with a fizzy white head inside the bottle. Smells pretty bad - sour, slightly skunky aroma. Taste actually isn't that bad. Standard adjunct lager taste, with a bit more kick to it. Slightly thick mouthfeel. I'm gonna have some trouble getting the entire 40 down tonight.

Epilogue: I finished the 40. Then I had a bottle of PBR (baby steps, folks, baby steps). It tasted like a nice hoppy craft brew in comparison.

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Photo of Charthepirate
1.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

God awful. I'm normally not one to scoff at cheap beers, but this was truly awful. Drank mainly from the 40, but I poured a little out for review sake. No head, even with an agressive pour, and left this weird dotty stuff on the glass. Not a lacing, just.. gunk.

Smelled of nothing, slight fermenting corn smell.

For the love of god, do not let this beer hit your lips. The smell of fermenting corn comes even stronger on the taste. Fermented ass juice is most appropriate, no hops, no bitter, just ass. Finish is watery. only reedeming factor, the flavor is weak.

This beer is so flavorless it's easy to drink, but that's about it's only redeeming characteristic. Blah.


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Photo of CBFanWish
1.5/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is nothing I'm too proud to drink. It poured a urine color and consistancy. Luckily it did'nt smell like that, but it wasn't much better. I had a bottle of skunk. That's all I smelled. The taste was grainy with mild adjuncts. Nothing good here. Move on.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
1.65/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a thin, fizzy head that disappears immediately. Some carbonation. Color of apple... well, closer to white grape juice. Aroma of artifical sweetness, apple juice fruitiness; sour, twangy alcohol and little else. Taste of more sour, just sour (!) alcohol and sweetened fruit juice suggestions. Sweet, adjunctly beeriness; nothing really to see here, folks (shudder). Mouthfeel is thin, watery, a bit of carbonated fizz. Mostly just water--hardly even an alcohol kick, just water... Drinkability? Just make sure you give it your best shot before it warms up. Pretty awful. I try not to be too hard on the malt liquors and review them in their proper context, but this went down the drain.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2.07/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Haha everyone loves a good 40 ounce of Malt Liquor from time to time. I personally don't have much of a problem with Hurricane, in fact it is probably one of the better Anheuiser Busch Products out there in my opinion. Hurricane has a unique mouthfeel and a somewhat sweet taste. Its' really not that bad considering its a malt liquor.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.92/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, sometimes you do just have to go to the deli where nobody speaks any English whatsoever and grab a 40. This is definitely one of the better malt liquor 40's I have had. Ice cold, it certainly was not harsh at all on the taste buds. There definitely was not any discernible hop flavor...a grainy malt with a mild alcohol flavor just about rounds out the flavor. Usually near the bottom of a 40 I am pushing myself to finish it, but this one was real easy, probably because its one of the weaker ones at 6%. If you're 40 shopping, this isn't a bad choice. "Brace for the smooth taste."

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.06/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fellow BA, Genaro picked this 22 oz wide mouth bottle up from a gas station in rural Georgia, so we were expecting this to be a top-notch "Craft" brew. Turns out to be a "Crap" brew. This has to be the most horrible malt liquor ever brewed. The pale yellow color is no warning for the nasty tasting corn-mealy malt. The hops must be the cheapest available. Sugary sweet and cardboard flavored. It's bland and offensive at once. The pasty and alcoholic aroma is offensive. Shame on the Busch family for producing this “beer.” Just whom are they trying to hook on this awful swill? I couldn't find the "Might cause Blindness or permanent liver dysfunction” on the warning label. Hiss Boo, absolutely horrible!

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Photo of Shiloh
2.58/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5 marketing ploy for Hurricane should read "Buzz on a Budget" after all there is truth in advertising.
Nice colouring, medium honey hue, limited head with some glass ring...aroma is non discript and the taste is more than equal to the dollar value...This product is marketable...

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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
2.2 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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