Axe Head Malt Liquor
Minhas Craft Brewery

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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #75
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2.01 | pDev: 51.24%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +88.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(24 oz can, code 17 067 21; purchased cold at Liquor Barn... split-poured between a glass mug and a Trillium tulip)

L: mild-moderately cloudy, amber liquid, lots of speckled sediment, which stays suspended as if in aspic... impressively cottony, chunky, off-white foam, sticking all over the (mug) glass, keeps a cap too

S: spicy, apple or apple-pie (cocktail) like esters/phenols; underlying doughy malt; ultra light beam of booze; altogether not too dissimilar from an imported, industrial Belgian tripel (and I've smelt worse with some of them)

T: on the palate, it's clearly a high-octane, rich-malty, pale malt liquor; the clove and old bubblegum spice is certainly interesting and does add a lil fancy flourish... mild-moderate spent-yeasty, nutty note pervades, which probably isn't there in a fresh can, but is certainly an unwelcome flavor stain here, though decidedly not off-putting... freshness flaw aside, the underlying pale malt base has an appealingly subtle, cereal-doughy character, rich and smooth; delicate apple-y note carries over; the booze is mellow, with a soft twang to it

F: silky-foamy texture, delicate chew to its light, but plush body; alcohol bite and warmth nearly non-existent... I'd liken it to the feel of a Vitus (weizenbock) - very nice!

O: overall, not bad at all... but if I was to try another can of this age, I'd drink it teeth-rattlin' cold, probably from the can... I would grab this again, even drink it from a glass, but it's gotta be newborn (1422)

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Photo of BPVandenbroek
2.24/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Crystal clear, golden colored ale. CO2 presents with the typical large bubbles of artifical carbonation. Head is bubbly and doesn't last very long.

The aroma is oddly sweet. Sort of a sickly, corn sweetness.

The flavor is vaguely unpleasant. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, large bubbles of CO2 rolling clumsily across the tongue. Sickly sweet flavor is coupled with an odd harshness. The finish is dry, the whole thing fighting itself.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.96/5  rDev +97%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 40 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - A nice clip art style logo. Dark brown glass prevents you from seeing the goodies inside. Not really great, but not awful.

Smell - Surprisingly pleasant smelling. A nice rich sweet malty aroma. Reminds me of a brown ale, bock, or some other sort of real beer.

Taste - Much like the smell, this is surprisingly good. Rich and full bodied with just the slightest alcohol astringency. No noticeable offputting fusel flavors.

Feel - Decently creamy and smooth. The 11% does have some burn going down though.

Overall - The highest percentage malt liquor I've had, but it drinks easier than some that are half the percentage. Surprisingly good and like a real beer. I wish it was lower alcohol, I'd keep this around as a mainstay beer with its cheap price and good flavor.

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Photo of 2DankFrank
1.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The did a decent job at masking the 11% abv with this sickly sweet concoction. And, that's about where the positive traits end.

It doesn't hit me as hard as an 11% beverage of the 40oz persuasion should, either. I suspect the aforementioned sweetness competes with the alcohol absorption, mimicking the effects of eating before drink. You'll still get to Destination: Shitfaceia, just not as fast or hard as one would expect.

Probably best to select your post-drunk meal and masturbate before consumption, lest erectile dysfunction and retardation set in. You're desperate enough- at least engage in some quality porn you can still remember.

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Photo of CarolinaWren1997
1.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Oh God, Help me... I sorry I am just taking a few sips of this Axe Head Beer. Have you ever gotten strep and got prescribed that awful shitty brown red liquid syrup? Well this is the beer version. Enjoy, Drink up Big Boy !

Look: Well F it If I'm going to be a little generous somewhere I may as well say Uh it looked like a Beer that wasn't going to taste the way that it did.

Smell: I recoiled.

Taste: Never again,,, Take one sip youll go EUGHHHHHHHH thats the flavor THATS THE TASTE "EEUGHHHHHHH"

Feel: Depressed.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.29/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Initially poured from 40 into a pint glass (just because I sorta feel I have too…), but then drank the rest from the bottle as it actually should taken down.

Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades very fast to leave a hint of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a mix of corn, hot booze, and a little bit of caramel.

Taste – The taste begins much less boozy then I was anticipating from the nose with it being mostly of a corn taste mixed with some sweetness of corn syrup and caramel. As the taste advances some of the sweetness fades all while the corniness gets stronger and is joined by some musty tastes. Toward the end some of the booze hits the tongue, but overall remains rather light (for a malt at 11% abv.) and ends up leaving one with a stale corn taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly more watery side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the high gravity malt liquor the feel is spot on and helps to create a more easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – For an 11% malt I was expecting a booze bomb, but really it was not all that hot. It certainly was more easy drinking then I was anticipating.

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Photo of Nesseight
1.6/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really hate having to give this a negative review, the Minhas Brewery probably did try so I will try to be constructive, and I don't think my beer is spoiled, but it is kind of revolting compared to competing tallboys.

When I pour it, it is about the color of a dehydrated piss (fair enough, what lager isn't?), there is almost no head as it dissipates in a nanosecond.

The smell is reminiscent of malt vinegar and thus smells more stale than it really is.

The taste is also kind of vinegar. Perhaps the brewery is letting too much oxygen in early on in the brewing process? I don't know where people are detecting hints of nuts and fruits, I can see maybe green apple, but I think that may be more due to the resulting tartness (and not a hoppy tartness) than actual apples being used. I am sure that it is not stale, but it isn't very pleasant (compared to competing products, there are cheap "high gravity(alcohol)" beers that I do like).

The feel of the beer is strong, bitter (in an astringent vinegar way, not a hops way), and hot, like siphoning gasoline if gasoline had a good amount of carbonation. The liquid itself is as thin as water.

The alcohol content hits like a few shots of tequila (I forced myself to drink this in case it's an "acquired taste" thing) but if you can afford to get decent tequila, pass on this beer.

I wouldn't buy this again but if I someone offered it to me I would make sure that was ice cold and chug it like I would a gatorade after exercise. I made the mistake of sipping this slowly enough for the chill to fade, not exactly the best way to consume a lager, especially not this one...

It's not liquid evil, but I had far better options to choose from and am glad that I only bought one of these...

It is still far superior in taste to the Steven Seagal energy drink.

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Photo of tone77
1.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was purchased at the Minhas brewery, after listening to an hour of propaganda about the quality ingredients and care that goes into their brewing process. Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is green apples, burnt tobacco. Taste is green apples, alcohol, gasoline, cigarette ash, more alcohol. Feels light and putrid in the mouth and overall is a disgrace of a "beer".

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.24/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served ice cold.

A 3 finger head forms and a slightly swirly honey colored body forms. 90% transparent. Head leaves a ring on top.

The aroma is melted plastic, wet moldy potatoes, toffee, baked grain, honey, & orange peel. This is met with a harsh metallic antiseptic note.

Taste is um....disgustingly complex. Or complexly disgusting. Like clinical depression. A sickly sweet banana bread/peel starts it off, followed by vinegar and fructose (think of ketchup), and an uncanny resemblance to a shot of cheap vodka finishing out the profile. Some lingering soppy brown bread crusts and more vodka. This is seriously bad.

The feel may even be worse, with a stinging carbonation, and a dry alcohol finish that actually chaps the throat and makes me raspy. RASPY. And suddenly, now I'm getting heartburn. I want to vote this category negative. Mods...?

Overall, this is one of the most disgusting beers on the face of this planet. I should have never trusted the mohawk guy. I think this was brewed with vodka. Or else vodka was added afterwards. It's like horrid, putrid, expired Hurricane mixed with several glugs of McCormick's or Skol. It's what a soul-less one night stand tastes like.

Hatred and depression do not even begin to define the way I feel about this beer.

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Photo of Sathanas
1.3/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hairspray-like alcohol, old, brown banana, slight caramel and unbelievably sweetness. Not the worst malt liquor, but its certainly fight hard for the title.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.84/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can into a wine glass. Pinkies out.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't very special, but hey it's 11%. Some specks of lacing are left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Huge, massive sugar notes are coming through. I'm also picking up some sherry oxidation, paired with some booziness. The alcohol comes through the more it opens up - ergo, drink it cold. It smells mediocre rather than hateful, I must say... (2.75)

Taste: Big sweetness comes out first, bringing notes of apple, caramel, and nuttiness. The finish is very boozy, natch. Holy crap, is it boozy. Not likable by any means. One good note about this malt likka are the restrained adjuncts - it tastes more like a bad strong ale than a bad malt likka. The shittiness of this beer sneaks up on me, rather than hitting me like a sack of bricks. (1.5)

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy, sweet, and massive. And ridiculously boozy, too. At least something like Steel Reserve can be willed down easily. This almost seems under-carbonated for a malt likka, too. Just a total chore to drink. (1.5)

Overall: Yep, it sucks ass. Which begs the question, why did I buy this beer? Total bile fascination, that's why. Well, I'm here to tell you guys: drink something else. SNPA, Guinness, Stella Artois, Steel Reserve, anything. I guarantee it will be better than this crap. Next! (1.5)

1.75/5: What the hell is wrong with me, intentionally buying bad beer?

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Photo of synergize
1.09/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Worst Malt Liqour i've ever tasted and i drink alot of malt liqours. Not very fizzy and the taste is reminiscent of pure failure. I keep re-trying to buy this and give it more chances and have only been able to finish it once. Not recommended. Better to pound 2 40 oz Colt 45's than this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minhas Craft Brewery "Axe Head Malt Liquor"
24 oz. "King Can", coded "13 194 21"
$1.59 @ Stop N Shop Liquor, Camden, NJ

Appearance: Deep golden in color bordering on orange in a full glass. Hazy. Very little bright white head subsides quickly. No lacing is left behind.

Smell: Surprisingly malty - I wonder if that's from oxidation. Some alcohol at 11.0% abv. Some fruity esters.

Taste: The alcohol is much more evident in the taste. Remains surprisingly malty... I'm guessing that maybe they're using less adjunct than the big boys do. Sweetish as well... almost a bit like unfermented wort. The expected yeasty fruitiness rounds it out with notes of grape, white raisins, and apple (maybe even grape jelly). Some phenols are present as well (clove?). Bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's barely needed as the alcohol more than balances it, stepping over the edge and giving it a ragged burn at the end.

Mouthfeel: Delicately fizzy, dull carbonation. Medium-full bodied with a dextrinous edge. Alcohol is apparent as well. So... soft, but with a slap of sharpness and a little bite?

Overall: More interesting than many of the mainstream malt liquors out there, but not nearly as refined. Sloppily hot with alcohol, yet there's still some charm to it.

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Photo of jwc215
1.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can:

Pours chill-hazed golden with a white head that descends to a lasting wispy island. Some lacing sticks.

Smells like typical, "cheap" malt liquor - corn, husk booze. The booze runs the show here. There is something reminiscent of standing near a gasoline pump. Unpleasant.

The taste is even worse. Very sweet. Cheap booze (rubbing alcohol and bandaids?), buttered corn and veggies. Fizzy, but not overly so for the style, allowing for some slickness.

Sweet, raw, and boozy, this is not enjoyable, and pretty tough to get through until about half-way through when the objective becomes to just finish it.

Warning: the side-effects of this could be as bad as the brew itself.

There are better, smoother, malt liquors out there.

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Photo of Caterwaul
3.66/5  rDev +82.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a buck and a laugh back in 2011, decided NYE was a suitable occasion to crack it.

Well, let's get it cracking.

Axe Head
Malt Liquor
King Can
Jolly Pumpkin Berlin Goblet

A: Pours a clear golden yellow. Big head, really- about 2.5 fingers. Retention is really impressive, too. It reduced to a ring over time, but it still looks good. Fluffy. Nice lacing. Uncharacteristic for the style, and certainly for the ABV.

S: When I first poured it, all I could get was cornmeal, wet slate, and fusel alcohol, but as it warmed up- okay, this is weird, but I got a lot of really nice grape/raisin notes and some nuttiness, too. Still with corniness, but pleasant. Impressive.

T: Woah! Okay- super sweet and a little spicy. A little bite to it, but not so unpleasant. The alcohol doesn't actually make a nuisance of itself. Kind of peanutty and grapey... White raisins... Corn as well, but like in the nose, not so unpleasant or out of control. It almost tastes like an abt. A good one. Quelle bizarre.

M: Extremely smooth for what it is and how high the abv is. Light carbonation. Medium-full body. Very drinkable, unqualified with any sort of "*for an 11% malt liquor" footnotes. This just drinks well.

O: This was really impressive and I'm hoping to find it again some day. A year and some change must have done it a world of good, looking at these other reviews, because this isn't bad at all, I'd say.

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Photo of shinerod
3.75/5  rDev +86.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a malt liquor that clocks in at 11 percent alcohol, I expected a very rough and quite frankly unpleasant experience. Curiosity got the better of me, however, and I cracked open the tallboy and prepared myself for the worst. Instead of revulsion, I was greeted by a sweet, fruity smell wafting from the opening. I didn't pour it into a glass, but drank it from a can as I normally do, so I didn't get the greatest look at the color, although it appeared to be a nice golden hue.
The real surprise was the taste. It wasn't the rocket fuel, sour apple concoction that I expected it to be, not at all. Rather, I would have to compare it to a sort of microbrew, as it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate. It was frosty cold, which likely helped out in the flavor department, but even as it warmed, the swill was thoroughly enjoyable. The price was absolutely unbeatable, at just over a dollar for 24 ounces. A great value, and a pretty darn tasty brew. I would give Axe Head an honest recommendation, especially for those on a budget who want a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.77/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No known freshness dating.
Bottle stamped
13 172 06

A= Pours a pale yellow color with a thin almost nonexistant head that falls fast and leaves little lacing.

S= Smells like malt liquor. Sweet corn and rocket fuel. This is the fuck up juice as we called it in the hood.

T= Tastes like a malt liquor of course. Sweet corn and alcohol pretty much. Typical of malt liquors.

M= Mouth is a little light on the bubbles for a malt liquor.

O= This is a typical malt liquor. Union made as the label says so I'm guessing secretly the quality is even shittier than normal. Lets get black out drunk.

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Photo of garymuchow
1.67/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I can't take credit for this, "tastes like cheap vodka, Belgian candy sugar and corn on the cob". Yup that's pretty much it.
Looks just like malt liquor should. Smell is quite horrendous.
One redeeming quality is the sugar flavor takes on a nice hint of caramel in some pulls that wasn't really all that bad, but it's surrounded by so much awfulness that I'm not sure it's worth it. So busy being offended by the taste that I can't remember what the feel was like.
Pretty much undrinkable - and I rarely pour out beer (too much Lutheran guilt, I guess), but this one made the grade.
Gee thanks T for this one. And we still get to work through another bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
1.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Novelty buy (aren't they all) for $1.38 at Trixie's in Madison. Apparently this is a hot seller there...

Pours into a Hamms goblet a pale anemic yellow, slow trails of carbonation rising up. Audibly fizzy head of white foam that fades after 30 seconds. There is some sparse lacing, but who cares, this is bonafide crunk juice.

Super sweet candy banana aroma when the can is opened, then the aroma takes a turn for the purple. Grape candy to be specific. So you have a grape-banana candy drink, that is Axe Head. Some dishrag notes of minerals and musty soggy grain, but the candy sweetness overpowers that.

Tastes like one too many nutrasweets dumped into a apple-grape juice box. Yuck is about all I can say. Thick and syrupy, coats the mouth and just about makes me gag. Once it numbs the palate it goes down easier, but that just doesn't sound right. Doesn't taste right either. Harshly astringent and gag-inducingly sweet. Way too much residual sugar. As it warms up the alcohol rears its ugly head, so drink as cold as possible, or just avoid it.

Simply put, this is gross, poorly made garbage to numb your brain with.
Wouldn't expect anything less from Minhas...

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pale straw yellow with a fizzy two finger head that dissolves to nothing in thirty seconds, no lacing left behind.

S. Heavy solvents. Almost turpentine-like aroma floating on top of a scent of partially rotten cooked corn.

T. A sugary mess of swamp-gassy fruit and corn grist. Horrible fusel alcohols blow the back of your head off. Not good. This one was definitely designed with the express purpose of getting people drunk for cheap and with no real consideration for anything else.

M. Kind of soda-like at first but the carbonation goes flat in record time for some unknown reason. Medium body, but the level of boozey hotness strips all the moisture out of my mouth. There's boozey, and than there's this monstrosity.

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.5/5  rDev +123.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the 24oz can (I also have a 40, but haven't cracked it yet)

I bottom opened it and poured into a Bud "Bow Tie glass" There appears to be no head at all, and it is a very deep amber color

This baby smelled like straight up booze. Bordering on rubbing alcohol

The taste is far above par for such a high abv ML. I truly mean that this is smooth. Compare it to the likes of 211 and you will be impressed.

It went down extremely smooth and produced an ample, but not over-the-top buzz.

Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to try a "craft malt liquor"

Now, I can't wait to crack open the 40oz!!!

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Photo of womencantsail
1.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

Pours yellow in color with a short lived white head. An impressively sweet aroma of corn and grains. Definitely quite a bit of booze on the nose as well. Impressive... The flavor is also intensely sweet, far too much for my liking. Boozy and appley, too. On the fuller side for a malt liquor with high carbonation.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Can shared by Bobby at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Translucent straw colored with a small white head. Not at all unattractive.

S: Big corn notes with apple and grain. Alcohol is brash and bruising, stinging my nostrils.

T: Sugary apple and corn with a lot of alcohol. Not as clean and crisp as Evil Eye Ice, for example. Alcohol is harsh in the grainy corn finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation.

Overall: This lacks the finesse of something like, say, Evil Eye Ice.

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Photo of memoulds
1.3/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is like Four Loko on steroids. It should be avoided at all costs. It is very, very pungent with a chalky aftertaste. Each swig is like a punch in the face. It's semi-foamy, but it dissipates quickly upon drinking it. I didn't pour it into a glass, because I used it for a drinking game, but from seeing it in the can, it appeared to be a very light, transparent yellow color. It feels heavy on the palate.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When seeing "11%" and "Mountain Crest", I knew this was going to be painful.

Clear straw yellow appearance with little head that quickly disappears. Smell is very sweet with a combination of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is very sweet and syrupy, picked up fruit and a huge amount of booze. Taking a swig burns almost like whiskey. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering grape, booze taste.

Designed to get you drunk for cheap; but with the amount of sugar (big hangover potential) and poor quality taste, you can get better malt liquors for an extra $1.

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Axe Head Malt Liquor from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 46 ratings