King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
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 jwc215
2.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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2.29/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.18/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sudsy white head that falls to thin film. Beautiful clear gold color and lots of bubbles rising.

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

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

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

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.

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Photo of MetalRocker94
4.24/5  rDev +103.8%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.42/5  rDev +64.4%
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
1.32/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Photo of Bsimpson91
4.98/5  rDev +139.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dirt cheap beer with good taste and nice buzz if you're looking for one. The apperience is a classic pale straw with slight gold hues. I like the presentation of the beer. A simple design with the cobra. The aroma is sweet and inviting, soft yeasty and general smell of beer. The first sip is damn near perfect. Top end of sweetness and maltiness. The middle is tangy with a good amount of malt and finishes with a clean, crisp and dry swallow. The hop notes are grassy like all lagers however you don't pick up much. It's really all about balance. This beer is not sickening sweet and the adjucts are not noticeable. The feel is rather syrupy and not creamy. There is a decent amount of body. Nice crisp, clean and smooth. I really think this is a great cheap beer, don't hesitate to give it a try!

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Photo of brewnme
2.15/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MEEK6382
2.05/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of opd213
2.54/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npdevil27
1/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of CadillacWillis
5/5  rDev +140.4%
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 -15.4%
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 +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of joeywheeler
2.88/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of von_kaiser
1.18/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +140.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xolectic
2.34/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of vikinggary28
1.87/5  rDev -10.1%
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 +33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Psquared93
1.06/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Blazyboy
2.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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%
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 -48.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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