King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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56
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525 Ratings
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King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
525
Reviews:
186
Avg:
2.19
pDev:
36.99%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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1/5  rDev -54.3%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a finger of near-white head over a clear pale straw body. Head fizzes away in no time, and a lot of bubbles can be seen flying around in this one.

The smell of sweet corn is strongest, followed by a weak malt aroma.

Faint floral flavor (is this supposed to be hops?) starts this one off, then sweet corn takes over, with the end tasting of weak, pale malt. When I burp, I get corn and metal.

It's like drinking water. There is no real body here. Lots of carbonation, and it coats your mouth with an almost sickly sweetness. This coating doesn't last very long, but the flavor is insulting to the palate.

I decided to try this one days after the house of the "Cleveland Strangler", Anthony Sowell was torn down. News stories that covered his crimes and misdeeds said that he used this beer to lure the women he victimized, and I decided I had to review it.

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Photo of CarterSeaton
2/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev +37%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev +37%

Photo of jsisko01
2.14/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. The carbonation is so strong it sizzles.

Smell - The only smell I can point out is orange peel.. and maybe somewhat toasty. Doesn't smell as bad as I thought it would but it's nothing special.

Taste - Grassy, sweet, and kinda has a nutty toasted flavor to it. It's pretty bad.. The aftertaste is bitter and tastes like chemicals.

Mouthfeel - Very light body with high carbonation.

Overall - I guess it's not that bad for being $1.89 for a 40oz, but I'll never resort to drinking this again unless I'm poor. Haha

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
1.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white mousse that doesn't last any length of time. Honestly, I'm wondering why I even bothered pouring this into a glass.

S: Grain husks, roasted corn, and grassy, herbal hops mingle with metallic and fuel-like aromas. This smells simply awful...

T: At first, notes of mineral water, grain husks, roasted corn, grass, herbs, and cooked vegetables are easy to spot, but they are soon joined by a metallic tang and what can only be described as a kerosene flavor. The finish is prickly and harsh with mineral, grain husk, fuel, metal, and corn flavors.

M: Light bodied, dry, and spritzy. It feels gravelly in the mouth. Not drinkable in the least.

O: This is awful even by malt liquor standards. I think I may have been overly generous when I gave this monstrosity scores of 1.5 across the board. This may very well be the worst beer I've ever tried.

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1/5  rDev -54.3%

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2/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ronniebruner
2.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay, i will be fair on my assessment of this beer. Obviously malt liquor is not a gourmet beer, but this one is drinkable. First off, its cheap, and if youre broke or in a pinch, its not that bad. The downfall of this beer is the raunchy malt aroma which makes the taste all that worse. The beer pours like a stereotypical malt liquor and has the ubiquitous harsh taste.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.35/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight out of the old 40 ounce bottle...YEEHAW!

Appearance: Beer is a normal golden color, and it fizzes a little when I open it.

Smell: Slight toastiness with high ethyl tones. Also, have you ever eaten a bag of popcorn and then taken a pee? It smells like popcorn urine. But not in a terribly bad way. (???)

Taste/Mouthfeel: Astringent. Sour. Barely fizzy. Bad trip.

Overall: King Cobra is actually one of my favorite malt liquors...which isn't saying much, but for what it's worth, it's not terrible...

...oh who am I kidding. You get what you pay for.

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Photo of drowninginhops
1.12/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

32 oz bottle poured into a standard Budweiser pint glass. No apparent born on date,

A: Very clear pale straw in color with a white head.

S: Like Budweiser on steroids. Corn, cereal, etc.

T: BLLLEEEHHH. not worth it.

M: Ugh. Water thats about it.

D: Get trashed beer. not much more.

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Photo of JJBlanche
2.68/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say King Cobra is king as far as malt liquor goes. Olde English 800 and those of that ilk are undrinkable for me...gross on the back end. King Cobra, like the bros say, has a clean finish. Smells a bit funky, some kind of sharpness going on there, but it doesn't taste terrible. It's the rough equivalent of buying a 40oz of BMC, no better, no worse. Save yourself a few bucks and get two of these instead of a sixer of coors or whatever.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.18/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

32 oz bottle poured into a cheap Budweiser pint glass (this one doesn't even have the nucleation site on it...) No apparent date, but has some cryptic character strings stamped on the bottom of the bottle and on the label.

Appearance - Very clear pale straw body with a very thin white sticky head.

Smell - Musky earth. Corn. Sod. Witch Hazel. Not very appetizing, but hey, it's a malt liquor.

Taste - Very watered down ethanol. Corn. Musk. Staleness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Ugh. Water with a little slime in it. No body, just an uncomfortable slight stickiness and staleness in the finish.

Overall Drinkability - Haven't had this since I was 17, which is about a decade ago. Turns out there's a pretty good reason for that. My decision to rate this beer makes me feel like a dirty beer-karma slut.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.68/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff is awesome. It's called KING COBRA and it's a kickass can with a f'ing COBRA on the can. I mean seriously, that is some mean a$$ shiznit. Nothing says cool like drinking a malt liquor with a motherf#$*ing snake on the plane, I mean can.

A - Pale beer, little carbonation head, not a ton of stick on the sides.

S - How many ways can I say something smells like pale malts and corn? That's what it is.

T - Sweet pale malts, corn, slight bit of alcohol, watered down.

M - Carbonated, a little too much, and light bodied.

O - I don't like this beer other than the great packaging because you don't want to mess with a KING COBRA.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pale gold apearance. absolutely crystal clear. pale gold color. very effervescent with minimal head retention.

smells like corn. not really any thing else there.

tastes sweet like corn and it finishes dry with a big alcohol note that comes through and lingers unpleasantly.

this beer(or whatever) is as thin as water. nice carbonation though.

overall i say the problem with this beer is it is so this that it cant very well mask the flavor of the alcohol. on top of that the flavor of corn outweighs the flavor of the malt. and on top of that the sweetness outweighs the hoppy bitterness.

still i do have a sweet spot in my heart for this beer as it is the beer i drank the most of before i turned 21.

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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
2.19 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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