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.

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Photo of homebrew311
1.68/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

There's nothing like a swill tick on a Sunday evening...

Pours a lifeless clear pale straw color with no head or lacing. Nose is corny, grainy, musty and metallic. There are hints of stale skunky character at the end. Taste starts with water followed by an addition of slightly sweet and musty grain notes that gain in strength. The finish is metallic and stale tasting. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Yeah, this one is pretty bad!

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Photo of vulgora
1.47/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

this stuff is cheap so thats good , in my area have never found a 40 or any bottle at all of this stuff

taste is kinda gross , the busch gross , over carbonated super thin , i am not a busch fan so if you like busch or budweiser then you should dig this . Its just so carbonated and snkaky

which leads to me to the next point , smell smells kinda corny and adjunky well sure its anheiser and its malt liqour so that doesnt say much but idk it smelled like busch but to the next level.

taste well like i said like busch but since its 6% instead of 4.6 it's more of a pay off, how ever id rather buy steel reserve,old english or hurricane . hurricane is also made my Anheuser and may be harsher , its also got more of a deeper drink and is less carbonated , and best part more abv 2% .

i used to think it was ok , but last time i drank it it was a day after i drank an ice house , the ice house was only 0.5 % less but was way easier to drink .

all in all its not that good imo , look down at the 40s the OE or HGs and you'll get more abv and more to drink for the price

id rather skip the 6% buzz and go for rolling rock if i had to choose between the two .

how ever if you do try it its only a $1.80 loss...

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Photo of Iuseryoucpu
2.91/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have only tryed Steel Reserve in a 24oz can which costs as much as the Cobra yet you are getting 16 less ounces. The price on the Cobra can not be beat but of coarse the taste can be beat. Try this for yourself if low on money it will get the job done and for only $1.65 for a 40 wow what a deal. Hats off to Anheuser Busch for that =)

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Photo of Treath
4.13/5  rDev +88.6%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, alcohol, light caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some adjunct and malt sweetness. Then some grainy breadinees comes in from a thin malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting and an extremely mild hops presence creating very little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, solid representation of style, considering the style it’s not too bad, but there are other inexpensive beers I would prefer if I were just trying to get a buzz.

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Photo of Bill_Murray
2.36/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I deliver for the local A-B distributor and am slowly making my way through the A-B lineup so if asked, I can give a little description of what we offer. I tried the hurricane high gravity as my first malt liquor and it was pretty gross, so I was reluctant to try this. But I did, and without further ado....

A- Yellow, straw-ish in a glass, but darker, almost orange in the 40 oz bottle

S- Not much to report, but a pleasant change from the overly hopped pine-sol-ish IPA I rated last

T- Bland sweetness, corn nothing really good or bad here

M- medium carbonation, kinda watery, drinkable

O- Obviously not a high-end sophisticated brew, but nothing offensive. I would not seek this out or list it among my favorites, but would drink again if offered. Better than the only other malt liquor I tried.

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Photo of HomieFlyLogroll
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

me and the homiezz was DRIVEN our motorbikes down in duh smokiez where wez all dicovered duh King Cobra..after downing a few 40'z yo it made us feel happy and stumble around...

if dis waz a multiple choice:

A. King Cobra (ice cold)
B. Hot Dog Water (warm)
C. A buddies piss (warm)

...I'd choose a BIG "A" every time..YO!

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Photo of chrontz1031
2.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Me and my homies be on a motorcycle tripz in a dry county needing something to drink we got ahold od dis shitz it was some fly azz shitz we pounded sum 40's and plaz some domino bitches it goes realz nize in a paper sack yo. We be getting tis shitz everz time we be ridin yoz dont fogetz to poorz sum out for the motoz that be gonz

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Photo of CMUbrew
2.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: 24oz tallboy can with a pretty badass label. Drinking this one straight out of the can. The only time you should be pouring malt liquor is on the ground for your dead homies.

S: Not much to smell. I can there's beer in there, but the smell is very faint. Just a touch of corny, cooked vegetable aroma.

T: Ice-cold, there's almost no flavor. A touch of ajunct is all that reminds me I'm drinking a beer. Adjunct and veggie taste comes out more as the can warms.

M: About as light, crisp, and water-like as I've ever had.

O: Nothing offensive here. It's way easy to drink, and I think that's the point. Weird to have something from AB that is actually enjoyable (not gross). Value isn't that great, approaching $2 for a 24oz.

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2.89/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You definitely wanna drink King Cobra as cold you possibly can. But in simplest terms though it's like drinking cornbread, very comforting and every bit worth the $2. I am listening to King Crimson (thanks to another member) and feel very happy. Of course I had 240z of a Riverside EDGE (which was MEH at best...) prior to this 40oz, but if you aren't completely stuck up up you can appreciate that Anheuser-Busch created a surprisingly edible concoction for $2.02

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a tiny white head. The head fades almost instantly with only a trace of lace.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of a sweet corny smell with some lighter hints of a bready nature as well as a little bit of a metallic smell.

Taste - The taste begins with a mix of a malty and corny taste with a light hint of caramel sweetness. Surprisingly, it maintains this flavor largely to its end where only a faint cardboard yet somewhat very lightly citrus hopped flavor come to the taste leaving a somewhat crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A slightly lighter creaminess and mouthfeel may have suited the corny and lightly citrus and cardboard flavors better as well as made it more drinkable. Even with this said, the feel is not awful for the brew.

Overall – Not an overall massively tasty brew, but it is wicked cheap (~ 3 dollars for a 6 pack) and is drinkable, so it suits a need and a situation. For what it is, it is pretty decent.

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Photo of JMad
2.23/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I poured some of a 40oz into a big glass mug. The beer was your normal dark golden/ yellow color with a white head that surprisingly left some lacing on the glass.

Basically no aroma is present, some corn, adjunct, and a slight sweetness is the only thing detectable.

No taste but light sweet corn , some bread and that's about it.

The beer is light with lots of carbonation.

For a malt liquor this beer is better than most. Honestly, I would buy this if I was really, really broke.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.18/5  rDev -46.1%

Another absolutely disgusting malt liquor. Only good for taping around your hands and chugging as fast as you can. As most of these beers tend to be, it gets absolutely horrifying once it warms up even a little bit. Astringent booze, syrupy sweet malt, no hop flavor, with grainy and husky off flavors. Stay away.

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Photo of IXCII
3/5  rDev +37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

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Photo of fastrodney
2.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle to a weizen glass.

A: Straw. Magnificent head - something malt liquors tend to do wonderfully...

S: Alcohol and adjuncts!

T: Alcohol and maybe some grains...

M: Thin and highly carbonated.

O: Some malt flavor, a little sweetness; not particularly offensive when cold. Alcohol is a little rougher than some of the other major malt liquors, but also not the worst... I suppose plainly middle of the road for the style

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Photo of Fusion7777
1.27/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Drank from the can as part of a college dare. Objective was simply to finish the entire can without drainpouring. Incredibly cheap but also barely palatable. Tasted like corn and gasoline, which makes sense since we found these at about $0.30 a pop at the local Sheetz. We did finish them however, and promptly autographed the cans upon completion to commemorate our worthwhile shame and regret. We displayed these trophies on our mantle for the rest of the semester.

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Photo of Raime
1.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ahhh yes, The King of the gorilla jungle ( AKA the East Side where I live ;) ) Had to review it eventually to see what all the hype was about, Seeing that the store I work at I deal with African American's on a daily basis, Many of who will bring in cans for the deposit just to buy a forty of this assumed-lovely stuff. In the word's of that UFC commentator, HEREEE WE GO!.

A - Dark gold, Almost brown. Slight froth caps it off.

S - Stale malt. Nothing more.

T - Follows the nose almost completely. Loads of stale malt upfront, Slight sugar in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, Party beer only. I don't get what the hype among Spooks is. Though definitely loads better than Steel Reserve.

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Photo of tdm168
2.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm reviewing purely on style. A small portion was poured into a juice glass for appearance, head, and aroma. The rest was consumed from the elegant twist cap 40 oz bottle.

A - dark copper with a thick, soapy, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - warm, metal, grainy, sweet, metallic

T - grainy, sweet, metallic, slightly bitter, warm

M - alcohol warmth, crisp, light to medium bodied

This is a typical, high temperature lagered, grainy lager with the typical off flavors for the style. For a cheap buzz it's solid otherwise avoid.

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Photo of neal8929
3.9/5  rDev +78.1%
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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Photo of intensify
2.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course im not going to pour this into a glass. It's meant to be drank out of the 40 oz. bottle.

Dark yellow, piss colored body. Excuse my professionalism. Not much on the nose other then wet straw and plenty of skunkyness. Taste follows closely behind but adds a malty flavor which is easy to gulp down. Has plenty of carbonation to provide for 5+ quality beers but goes down smooth and easy.

If you are trying to acheive a buzz then this is definately a go to beer. Not high quality by any means but for the price, who can complain

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Photo of troobie
3.01/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

If you haven't watched the two King Cobra commercials on YouTube featuring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, well, you should do that now: .

King Cobra's earliest graphics/labels are, in my opinion, some of the most brutal and awesome ever. You can see a gallery of them here: . The original 40 ounce labels are so 80's-hardcore that it looks like Charles Bronson himself designed them. Black, red, and gold label with an actual non-stylized King Cobra affixed to a dark brown glass bottle. If A-B InBev would sell that bottle/label today I guarantee that sales of King Cobra would skyrocket.

In either late 2006 or early 2007 A-B decided to change King Cobra's ABV % from 5.9 to 6.0. That's right, there is actually enough extra alcohol now that drinking 59 forties is like drinking 60!!!

As always, reviewed within the style of an AAL/Malt Liquor.

A: A one finger head from a hard pour into a pint glass. The sudsy head sticks around longer than expected before becoming a strong ring with an 80% paper-thin cap. Lacing is impressive for the style. The beer is an almost-still golden yellow that has some floaties. This malt liquor is equally attractive in a glass as it is in a 40 ounce bottle.

S: King Cobra was brewed prior to Bud Ice but yet the smell is Bud Ice turned up to 11, or, maybe Bud Ice is King Cobra turned down to 8? My brain hurts. Fruitiness transcends rotting banana and hints slightly of red berries. Strongly metallic and salty. There is even some Champagne smell from a hard pour. The alcohol is strong for only 6.0% ABV. If you have a familiarity with Natural Ice and Bud Ice you will be able to include this beer.

T: When cold this malt lacks any character. Even as King Cobra warms it's hard to pick out any noticeable themes. There is a sourness that is not enjoyable. Corn/malt is the predominate taste. King Cobra is malt liquor light/dry. It's as disappointing as it is acceptable at a 6.0% alcohol delivery system.

M: That unique A-B smoothness is present (most notable in Bud Ice.) Acceptable carbonation with an incredible smoothness.

O: It's hard to find a reason for this malt liquor to exist today. A-B has taken King Cobra's recipe and turned it into ice beers and high gravity malt liquors. This malt liquor tastes like a 50/50 combination of Bud Ice and Natural Ice. Fortunately King Cobra doesn't cut into Hurricane's market share for if it did I would expect that A-B would axe it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
1.56/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another classic, crappy malt liquor. Pours a deeper golden. Big head, no retention, or lacing. Smell is bad skunky malts. Taste is basically the same. A little hoppiness if you're really looking. Moutfeel is light and able to drink all night long.

Overall, this is a terrible beer.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very very light yellow-goldish colour. Can't stress the lightness of the colour enough. No head, but it left large soapy bubbles in the bottle.
The smell is sweet, syrupy, and a little musty.
The carbonation is REALLY high. Taste is not what I was expecting from that super-sweet smell. It is not a very sweet brew. Very light flavour with carbonation dominating the senses. The aftertaste is just a cheap mustiness. I was really expecting more flavour from this beer. More sweetness. But there's just nothing there. Maybe there's no syrup in this malt liquor. Maybe they really do use more natural brewing methods.
So, bland, cheap, and effective is how I would brand this beer. Normally a good thing for a malt liquor, but I like mine with flavour, so I'm going to have to say this one's pretty bottom of the barrel. No flavour at all.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A transparent yellow body with allot of foamy yellowtinted head and lace.

Smell: Candy like fruit aroma.

Taste: This malt liquor actually has a very weak taste. There is a great deal of starch to the flavor like a potato or something.

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a major amount of burn.

Overall: Alright for a malt liiquor very adjuct. Believe it or not, I don’t see this one in Missouri very often. I just thought that was a bit weird for an Anheuser-Busch product.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
2.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40oz into a pint glass (or at least the first 1/3).

It's straw colored with a nice white head and lots of active carbonation.

It smells of cereal. A bit of bittering hops.

It tastes like adjunct grains with a dry, alcoholic finish.

Watery and bubbly,

Overall I prefer Hurricane from AB, and Mickey's over this one. Not awful but pretty forgettable.

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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
2.19 out of 5 based on 520 ratings.
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