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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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 192
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5/5  rDev +142.7%

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Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +142.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good malt liquor and one of the cheaper ones in my area

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
5/5  rDev +142.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ive got to give this beer it's props as this is the beer ive probably drank the most of in my life

a- golden urine appearance, rapidly forming head that settles fairly quickly
s- smells like corn, a hint of alcohol and banana
t- tastes like corn, a hint of alcohol and banana
m- standard mouthfeel for malt liquors, very thin
d- this beer is exceptionally easy to chug but i dont recommend it for any other purposes

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Photo of whalers90
5/5  rDev +142.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

after watching this how can you not give a 5* rating???

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5/5  rDev +142.7%

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5/5  rDev +142.7%

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +142.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jeffduyedi
4.99/5  rDev +142.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PastorDavid
4.74/5  rDev +130.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i was stationed in Germany and tasted all of the offerings of my favorites was hefe wiesbier ....the filtered version was krystal wiesbier ........i tasted the blue ribbon krystal and when i got back stateside i was a little short on cash and the cashier offered me king cobra....when this ice cold only beer hit my lips it immediately brought me back to Germany ......i believe that this is why Becks bought budweiser jjust to get to the cobra and repackage it....all you snooty beer guys who judge by price.....(its got to be rock gut if its this price) .....can go get your hackershure hefe wiesbier or wiesen but for me i have found my go to beer id rather have this than most other domestic samuel adams is cool and i love many high end beers ......i think if they charged 4$ for it the snooty guys would rate it higher....

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Photo of Kmantie
4.68/5  rDev +127.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sheetmetalsorock
4.36/5  rDev +111.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

King Cobra is the only beer I buy! The price is excellent $.75 for a 16oz can. Its the only beer that has that "full" taste. You know your are drinking beer, when you drink King Cobra. I'm not sure about the appearance because I only buy it in the can. But if you drink King Cobra regularly you'll lose your taste for any other beers, because they are so weak.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.18/5  rDev +102.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be my new favorite malt, beating out Olde English. The color is typical malt liquor, golden and fizzy. I really love the taste of this beer because it has a perfect malt taste which isn't too thick or overpowering, as well as a very light taste of grain. The finish is extremely smooth with a metallic aftertaste. A very enjoyable malt.

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Photo of Treath
4.13/5  rDev +100.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. First time drinking it.

A- Nice golden color. 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Malts, alcohol, corn.

T- Malty, corn, some fusel alcohol. A little sweet. Leaves a nice malty aftertaste.

M- Slick, light, good carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down really smooth. It's an easy drinking malt liquor.

O- Overall, this malt liquor is quite good. It's easy to drink and has a great taste. Refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +94.2%

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4/5  rDev +94.2%

Photo of neal8929
3.9/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a can.

The appearance was completely unknown because.... it was in a can.

It has a weak aroma but not a bad skunky smell as with other cheap beers.

The taste is very smooth but very bland. There are no strong flavors here, but what did you expect? You paid 4 dollars for a 6 pack.

Mouthfeel. This is a great beer if you are just going to chug it down as fast as possible. It is very easy to drink. After you have about 2 of them, they start to taste so delicious.

Overall this beer is great for the price range. Compared to the other cheap beers that cost less that $6 a 6 pack, this is the best choice. You get a huge can and it packs 6% alcohol content.

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3.74/5  rDev +81.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured some from a 40oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold with a very thin head that reduces very quickly to a ring. Medium carbonation and no lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables, rice, some tart grapes, and a lite strange sweet aroma that reminds me of a freshly opened pack of gummy bears. Pretty clean, some stale malt, a touch of alcohol, and a sweet maltyness as it warms. Nothing offensive.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very sweet bread like maltyness, tart grapes and a hint of alcohol. Watery and almost tasteless finish, but finishes with a rice and stale bread flavor (Not offensive) Cooked vegetables, no bitterness, and overall not much flavor. No change as it warms. Mouthfeel is a little smooth, kind of thin & watery. Some lively carbonation on the palate, lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well overall this malt liquor is very drinkable with no disgusting aromas or flavors as it warms, like other malt liquors. King Cobra has a very smooth and clean taste. That being said, I would of appreciated more flavor. I didn't like its watery clean, and rice like finish. On the other hand, I guess you could take swigs off your 40 slowly & comfortably, without worrying about letting it warm.

Pretty decent, nothing offensive, Id say give it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev +79.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold. Tan head. Little lace. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp, cool freshness, exotic spices, sensual woods, and seductive musk. It gives a fresh warm sensation. The flavor really surprised me. Sexy citrus, lavender and woods. Top notes play with pistachio leaves, iced lavender, Chinese ginger, and mandarin peel. Following up are middle notes of celery greens, wild tiger lily, Indian basil, and Kashmir saffron. The finale comes clean with brisk bristlecone pine, patchouli, and clear musk notes. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of opwog
3.56/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I am putting my credibility on the line here, but there is really nothing wrong with King Cobra and it is probably one of the better beers that AB produces. Friends have always laughed when I mentioned having a Cobra, but in a blind taste test at the 2004 World Beer Cup, it took a silver in the American-Style Specialty Lager category.

I would like to see how this would be reviewed by BA people in a blind tasting alongside other lagers.

10:00 PM on a hot summer night with a couple of close friends, lighting up some coals and cooking up late night burgers and dogs. Don't be surprised to find me on the patio swing with a 40 of Cobra at my side.

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3.52/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a drinking horn (cow). Smells of clean-burning, all American corn. I suspect this corn came from America's heartland, but I can't tell simply from the nose. Tastes slick, fusely, and corny (I'm now sure this corn came from America's heartland). Taken in unison, I'd say these flavors make it taste smooth. But I won't let the smooth taste fool me... This malt liquor packs a 'king' sized wallop.

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3.5/5  rDev +69.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +69.9%

Photo of joe12pk
3.5/5  rDev +69.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light gold

S - A bit absent. There is some grain & corn.

T - Light corn and grain. Carbonation gives some bite in place of hops.

M - Medium- and quite drier than anticipated.

O - Very refreshing but a bit tame for a high gravity lager. If you must mow your lawn this year, King Cobra will balm the savage thirst.

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Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +65%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich clear gold with a modest white head and good lacings. Aroma is mild malts and a touch of corn. Taste is sweet malts with a typical macro amount of hops. Palate is just right carbonation for the style. The 6% is just right for a ML. This is the best mass produced beer that AB makes IMO. This is probably what Bud should taste like with maybe a touch more hops. Amazingly corny belches! From a 24 ounce can with a born on date of Jan. 9, 2009. So it was about two weeks old. Best tasting malt liquor I've had.

07-31-2014. From a 25 ounce can with new artwork. Had to down rate for appearance. Still has a big head but leaves quickly with no lacing. Taste is slightly down rated due to grape skin intruding somewhat. Still smooth and easy drinking once you get past the first couple of sips.
No longer the best M.L. I've had. just slightly better than average.

About two months old. No grape skin flavors this time. Better than average M.L.

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