King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
King Cobra is an American malt liquor with a robust and full-bodied, smooth, clean taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.42/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(40 oz bottle, no bottle code or date... poured into a snifter, about 1/4 of the bottle at a time)

L: crystal-clear, slightly-pale gold colored liquid; little foam on the pour, only a thin collar remains... second pour yielded much more foam, but it deflates in seconds, though a few lil scars of lace circle the glass

S: no spray of skunk upon cap removal... light pilsner malt aroma with hint of cardboard... dried grass undertone, little alcohol present... certainly malty, but anemic intensity

T: one of the thinnest malt flavors/foundations I've come across in a malt liquor - little discernible sweetness, bitterness is relatively dull but has a mild peppery bite with could be in part carbonic acid, aftertaste is quite dry with perhaps minuscule notes of circus peanut and dried out candy caramel, but that's a stretch... the malt opens up a tad through subsequent sips, but the overall taste remains that of a 'premium'-grade Bud, underbelly as watery as some watery water

F: little body (take away the water and it's just air), little dimension, virtually no finish (if that's possible)... there's a light, refreshing kiss of soft carbonation with each sip... the engineering on this remarkable (or it's just water diluted with beer) - probably the second most watery beer I've ever had next to Natty Ice (oh wow! AB brews that too, surprise surprise)

O: impulse buy at a liquor store I'd never visited (along with a low-priced Johnnie Walker Green); pulled the bottle out from behind a couple others in a dimly-lit fridge, thinking the less exposure to light might bode better for any skunk present... one of the most neutral-tasting, boring-to-death, yet supremely-crushable malt liquors I've come across, which is its only compliment as it's not the least bit off-putting given that there's next to nothing going on... I would no doubt buy this again in the event I needed a dirt-cheap beer buzz in large volume

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.92/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Bsimpson91
3.67/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice pale straw color. The bottle and label are nice considering its more of a budget beer. The smell is pungent but not yeasty or bready, more like alcohol. The aroma is not great. The second you put it on your pallet you get a super crisp start. The malt flavor is slightly hidden as the flavor of alcohol comes through with some hop bitterness. In the end you get the malt again. The finish is very clean, the hops don't leave a aftertaste. The feel is very crisp and refreshing. Actually this beer reminds me of a German pilsner and tastes just as good. Im not a big fan of it but, for the price you are getting something worth your wild.

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Photo of brewnme
2.15/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MEEK6382
2.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of opd213
2.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npdevil27
1/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of CadillacWillis
5/5  rDev +141.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall KING COBRA IS MY DRANK!! I hated beer until theFirst time I had the taste its guaranteed great quality good time and feeling good why doing it bEFORE AND AFTER it's smooth , silk creeps up on you just like a snake it is a 10 and is the one and only drink that makes me want to know what I'm drinking so I can go get more cobra.

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Photo of cardfan212
1.76/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Drank from a glass 40 ounce bottle. Scores and review are based within the style.

Look - The label looked like a teenager whipped it up real quick in Microsoft Paint. The liquid inside was a pale straw that was as clear as a freshly cleaned window.

Smell - Nothing at all. By far the best quality of this beer.

Taste - Moldy corn, a wet stick, canned green beans. Weirdly salty for some reason. I've never tasted anything like it before.

Feel - Far too carbonated with a sickly thick, syrup-like body. Not pleasant to drink.

Overall - A real stinker of a malt liquor. Definitely one of the worst beers in general that I've ever had.

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Photo of QuentinDishaw
2.14/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of joeywheeler
2.88/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of von_kaiser
1.18/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +141.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xolectic
2.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 40 oz bottle, drank colder than room temperature but not chilled.

Very orange in color. Pours a small head that doesn't last long. Some short lived lacing down the bottle.

Smells like malts, corn. No boozy smell.

Tasted alright at first. Sweetness, corn, and malt flavor for most of the bottle. The finish at the bottom is unusually foul for a cheap beer and made me gag.

Not as syrupy as some other malt liquors. It's low in calories compared to most, so that might have something to do with this.

Overall, would not recommend even from a guy that likes really cheap macro beers. I only see it in 40 oz bottles, and even in its packaging/price range there are other beers that are better.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of vikinggary28
1.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It was a day before payday and I noticed I was down to five dollars in my pocket. Since I realized I couldn't afford a Sammy, Lagunita, or Dust Bowl I decided to buy a couple of ice cold cobra 40's. I was two gulps into my second 40 when I suddenly felt the urge to smoke crack and do a drive by. After finishing it I moved from my apartment into an alley and started urinating in public. I'm hooked.

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Photo of AmitC
2.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Psquared93
1.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Blazyboy
2.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Typical malt liquor, cheap an filling, I only recommend this if your looking to get a quick drunk

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.35/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Typical bottom-shelf malt liquor. I do admit to having drunk quite a bit of this, however, when I was much younger. Not as common around here lately, though.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
1.08/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of BenHoppy
2.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Ltdsaint
2.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Only buy when playing Edward 40 Hands with friends! But still, there are better 40s out there..

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +141.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Type: 25-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $1.49
Purchased: Sept. 12, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 12, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Bottom of can read, “17229” - assuming canned on Aug. 17, 2017, but that appears too good to be true

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Looking at King Cobra, it was the 28th-worst beer on Beer Advocate at the time of purchase. This was going to be awful.

Poured a straw-to-pale clear color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled light grain up front, which was immediately swallowed up by buttery creamy corn. It was almost like it was building to something (neither good nor bad) but decided to just stop instead. Also sweet syrupy malts, scrambled eggs, lingering fart, hints of honey and a touch of sweet caramel. Without looking, would think this would be a lager of some sort, probably American Adjunct Lager. Much better on the nose as it went down. Had me looking forward to trying it. (Smell - 2.75)

Was not digging the taste early on. First thought it was so damn light, crazy considering it compared to an AAL. Then got a weird creamy corn, sweet syrupy taste that had me shaking my head and scrunching my mouth. It’s almost like they forgot to add flavor to this. Still got scrambled eggs, wet fart, corn adjunct, light grain, hints of green apple and earthy grass. Kind of a mess really, every sip. Very unbalanced. Does not taste 6 pct. ABV at all, just like a typical AAL. (Taste - 1.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. This got terrible as it warmed. Wow. Actually almost dry-heaved. (Feel - 1.00)

Well, had to start somewhere with the Malt Liquors. Would not recommend to anyone, including the homeless or poor. (Overall - 1.75)

2.08 | 51 | D

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