King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor
Anheuser-Busch

King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor
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From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Malt Liquor
Ranked #54
ABV:
6%
Score:
52
Ranked #30,527
Avg:
2.11 | pDev: 40.28%
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
374
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 01, 2023
Added:
Mar 18, 2002
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  94
SCORE
52
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King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor
Notes: King Cobra is an American malt liquor with a robust and full-bodied, smooth, clean taste.
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Had that one time at a party back in the day. I have had a wicked lot of beers from these guys, most of which are not at all good whatsoever, this included.
Jan 01, 2023
 
Rated: 1.63 by Beergod420 from Texas

Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 2.27 by Something8750 from Michigan

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.99/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured into a 12oz glass from an undated 25oz can.

On the pour a decent 1.5 finger white head formed. The head has decent retention but it's a pretty fast dissipation to a thinner cap. The body is a solid gold with lots of fine carbonation.

Aroma us a bit rough. Some off apple juice and a bit of a funky lager. A bit malty other than that but meh.

Taste has a bit of off flavor. There is a nice malty sweetness right off the bat and it's quite attenuated and stays pretty balance. There is a twinge of tartness, but for the style this is decent. Biscuity finish with a hint of corn.

Feel is drinkable and relatively crisp, but it's not the most chuggable beer with some odd esters here and there. Medium finish with a pretty neutral mouthfeel.


Overall for the style this is pretty good. I still prefer colt 45, or Mickeys, but this is a lot better than OE or Hurricane. Not bad for a cheaper buzz.
Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.19 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by VLStu from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +78.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The first time I ran across this beer was 30 years ago in Jacksonville, FL. I was in Florida for the Daytona 500 and swung by the Anheuser Busch brewery in Jacksonville on the way to Daytona. At that time, my "beer palate" wasn't all that developed, and the extra malt flavor of this beer was appreciated, since I was drinking pilsners at the time.
30 years later, I stumbled across the 25 oz cans in a local gas station (I never said it was highbrow) and decided to give one a shot. Upon arriving home, I cracked the can open and poured (most of) the beer into a 16 oz glass.
The color is light (for a malt) and the head is respectable due to the fairly high carbonation. The first sip brought back memories of the caramel-malt flavor I remembered from years ago. It was refreshing and was a good match for the 102-degree heat.
This is NOT a complex beer, nor is it something that one would go to the ends of the earth for. However, it is a good cold beer for a hot afternoon and has fallen back on my Lawnmower Beer list!
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 1.99 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 2.76 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Poerio

5/5  rDev +137%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Goes down super easy, but don't let the smooth taste fool you! This beer packs a punch which makes it a staple in my house whenever I can find it, but lately something has been afoot at the circle k and I can't find it anywhere.
Pours a nice golden color, gives you a little head, doesn't have a disturbing odor, satisfies your thirst when you take the plunge, and doesn't make you regretful in the morning
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5
40oz'er - no date

I bought this in honor of KingCobraJFS, that's what's up. Looks like urine and doesn't taste much better: intense blast of corn mixed with a touch of grassy hops and garbage can juice

Shout out to my cool cobras out there, TWU
Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by meanmutt from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
25 oz can. VERY aggressive pour yields a huge head over a beautiful golden body... completely fills my gigantic Warsteiner mug.

Smells like apples.

Taste is actually almost decent. Vastly superior to the Mickey's that I had earlier today.

Feels like the King of malt liquors.

Overall...I wouldn't be mad if someone gave me a can of this.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

2.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Pours golden yellow with a 1" white head, which fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy, bready, faint sweetness.

Taste is the usual corn associated with cheap beer, bready, grass, light maltiness, slight sweetness.

Light body, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

As far as malt liquor goes, this one is fairly ok.
Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.52 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Sep 21, 2021
 
Rated: 2.16 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BCole281 from Texas

2.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
25oz can, born on code 21059. Poured into an Arcoroc nonic pint glass.

A - pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that fades to a ring.

S - Faint malty and adjunct notes. The smell isn't very strong.

T - Taste is somewhat bland. Primarily malty corn flavor with a slight alcoholic bitterness at the end.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Goes down smoothly and finishes dry.

O - Inoffensive as far as malt liquors go; will likely pass on it in the future. Rated to style, YMMV.
Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 2.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Apr 19, 2021
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Rated by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
King of the Malt Liquors. Put some lime in there and you got decent high ABV beer.
Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
It's malt liquor, thicker than a normal lager, medium body, smells not very good, taste is actually pretty alright for what it is. Overall there is a lot better out there, but actually not terrible.
Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Jcole_thelegend from California

5/5  rDev +137%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Me and the bois slam down Bing Bobras. This beer has the power to truly bring friends together with its great price, great taste, and over all great look. When you drink this beer it isn’t just drinking a typical beer, it’s a bonding experience between you and your bois. It saddens me that I can never order this a bar and what hurts the most is the look that a bartender gives you when you try to order it. But, she doesn’t understand the true complexity this beer has. But it doesn’t matter when you’re slamming down Bing Bobra with your bois. Because, THAT is what truly matters.
Jan 13, 2021
 
Rated: 1 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2020
 
Rated: 2.28 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by geearreff from California

1.47/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
Tastes like a slightly stronger Budweiser. Considering it's made by Anheuser-Busch, I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case. Frankly, I'm not too thrilled with this drink.
Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 2.65 by Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

Mar 15, 2020
 
Rated: 1.22 by hardy008 from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Scott_G_Fisher

1.84/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
King Cobra is a very bland malt liquor that I recommend to no one. I liken it to the beer equivalent of Vodka, mostly flavorless. If you want a cheap beer, Icehouse Edge, Steel Reserve 211, Honey Brown are more flavorful choices.
Jan 16, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
The beer is very pale and sickly yellow with little to no head when poured out into a glass (but then again who drinks this out of a glass?). The smell is mostly of fusel alcohol and some corn and possibly malt. Not much hops. Not very appealing. The taste is better than the smell. It is balanced and the sweetness is balanced out by the whatever hops are in here acceptably. That being said, there isn't a whole lot of complexity or depth of flavor or anything like that. The mouthfeel is loose but foamy. Overall, not great but being a malt liquor, that makes sense. Its a simple malt liquor that gets the job done.
Jan 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.02 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Jan 07, 2020
 
Rated: 2.03 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Aug 06, 2019
 
Rated: 2 by mastershay from Arizona

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 2.74 by sumnerw from Texas

Jul 17, 2019
 
Rated: 2.78 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Jul 16, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

2.29/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
25oz can stamped 18337 (about 6 months old) poured into a vintage Spuds MacKenzie mug at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright golden yellow with fizzy nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and few bubbles. The aroma is chemical more than anything else, maybe a hint of corn. The taste is nuetral until mid palate where rotten corn and spoiled vegetable starts to come on before a buttery, oily unbittered finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and undry in the finish. There is a pretty slick unfinished fermentation finish and some spoiled / tart notes that linger. Overall, bad. At least pick a higher ABV malt liquor if it's going to be unpleasant. The only taste or feel that come through are the flaws.
May 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.55 by StevenC from Alabama

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
It's not the worst brew out there, but it's far closer to the bottom than the top. Had it last about 5 years ago, don't know why I bought it but I did.
It is a malt liquor, and as such it is not terrible example. As I should be judging it for what it is, the rating probably should be higher. But I did end up tossing out a little less than half of the 40oz bottle. It was just not good.
Jan 29, 2019
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

2.39/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
40 oz. bottle:

Pours clean, straw yellow. A fizzy white head descends to a thin island. No real lacing. Typical macro lager/malt liquor look.

The smell is pretty clean - some fruity alcohol. Cheap lager aroma. Not much worse than expected.

The taste is sweet without much flavor (some cooked veggies?) Pretty devoid of flavor except some alcohol and maybe a hint of grain. Relatively clean finish. Bland, cardboard like aftertaste, that is, thankfully, relatively short-lived.

Pretty smooth considering alcohol shows. But, thin - thinner than others of the style.

A watery, alcohol-forward (despite it being a modest 6% abv), bland, but relatively drinkable, cheap malt liquor. Sweet-leaning. There are better (and worse) malt liquors out there.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by JDMOTHERD from Ohio

2.29/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
So This is a buck or 2 by me. The smell well it smells burnt and like a gorillas ass but its my preferred 40 oz malt when theyre out of colt 45 at my gas station but this stuff will rip you apart fast after 3 40's I'm busted and in the back of a cop car you get what I'm saying lol. Not bad if you want to get ripped up real fast.
Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.18/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Appearance:
Sudsy white head that falls to thin film. Beautiful clear gold color and lots of bubbles rising.

Aroma:
Faint pils malt, rice, slight fruit juice note. No Hops.

Flavor:
Clean, grainy, ricey, slight bit of alcohol sweetness. No distinct hop presence in the mouth. No strong off flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Light and slightly rough on the tongue after a while but within tolerance for style. CO2 is high.

Overall:
This is a cheap malt liquor that drinks easy and has little in the way of flavor, good or bad. In the style category it is one of the better ones. In the grand scheme of beer, it is a bottom feeder for sure.
Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +100.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance- Gold, Thick White Head, Barely Bubbly.
Aroma- Faint and Subtle, Some Malts, Corny, Ricey, White Breadiness, and Almost no Hoppiness.
Taste- Sweet, Malty, Corny, Ricey, Bready, and Very Very Low Hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Light and Watery with a Light and Watery Body.
Overall Conclusion- Not one I'd go out a get. Its not what I'm looking for in a Malt Liquor. The body and flavor are kinda lacking. Somewhat unbalanced in the flavor category as well. However, its a great entry-level Malt Liquor. For those who are wanting to step their game to a Malt Liquor. Would recommend for that.
Oct 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev +62.1%
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
Aug 28, 2018
 
Rated: 1.32 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan

Aug 28, 2018
King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 52 out of 100 with 590 ratings