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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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419 Ratings

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26.8%

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to be our strongest tasting lager using extra malt and hops in the brewhouse and fermented to give a smooth slightly sweet well balanced beer at 7.3% alcohol.

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Photo of Botulizard


3.5/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're acting as a beer "snob", it's not good, but if you're *trying* to mangle yourself (because it clocks in at 7.3%), you could do a lot worse. It doesn't taste bad at all, but it's nothing to write home about. It's clearly made for people who are trying to mangle themselves, so for the style/purpose, I'll call it okay/goodish.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 07:17:32 | More by Botulizard
Photo of nicholas2121


3.31/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Molson XXX brewed by Molson Coors Canada. This brew has an Abv of 7.3 . Now for being a higher abv it is not as dark as most brew with higher abvs. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. The smell, right off the bat, is sweet. It smells like malt liquor and it also has that look. The taste is bold, sweet, and refreshing. This brew has a different aftertaste but it is not bad. This beer goes down smooth, but you can tell the 7.3 abv. There is nothing bad about this brew. This beer must be cold to drink. Overall, I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 02:20:41 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.18/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: August 30, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner glass... OCCASION: watching The Tree of Life and trying to see what the director sees...APPEARANCE: pale golden effervescent body that holds a half-finger, off-white oily head; appears to be a pilsner; tracing is surprisingly consistent... AROMA: high-pitched doughy malts; toasted oats and cereal--not raunchy, but not appealing...PALATE: thin, slightly textured with the warmth of alcohol overtly at the throat; thirst quenching, yes...TASTE: blandly doughy; highly malty--the 40 ounce variety that makes this bitter and slightly abrasive... OVERALL: the XXX appeals for a purely frat-boy infatuation--I recall a good friend proudly plopping this on our curb, proclaiming the party to be "on"...otherwise, this lager scores a few points for not punishing with the alcohol, but t is worth seeking out almost solely for the alcohol per dollar ratio....

Serving type: can

09-02-2013 03:55:00 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Knock201


4.49/5  rDev +79.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great cold or at room temperature. It tastes amazing and goes down very smooth. I will pay top dollar for it every time. The alcohol content keeps me happy as well. The only downside I can find is if it sits around long enough, it tends to have a lot of head, and in a bottle this can be a problem. All around a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:31:58 | More by Knock201
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.66/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson XXX has a thin, stark-white head, a deep, golden appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a minimum amount of residual lacing. The aroma is bold- sweet grain and a faint hop sting. Taste is of sweet malt, whole kernel corn, and a subtle background hop bite. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Molson XXX Super Premium Beer finishes crisp, refreshing, sort of wet, corny, and surprisingly drinkable. This may be the smoothest high gravity lager on the market. No doubt, it's worth a try.


Serving type: can

07-14-2013 15:03:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Slickmick9514


2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gets me fucked up, even better by the pitcher, stage side at a titty bar in port ontario. Use to drink this by he case load in my 20's. a great beer to achieve the ultimate goal of drinking till drunk. The more you drink the better it tastes. Great memories.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:40:13 | More by Slickmick9514
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Molson XXX

LOOK: Pours a clear golden color, white head forms and has some staying power, but eventually recedes to a ring.

SMELL: Has that cheap beer smell, mainly corn but certainly other adjuncts.

TASTE: Creamy malt and miscellaneous grain sweetness, and a good dose of processed hops that does provide a coarse bitterness. Still finishes on the sweet side. The alcohol is well hidden.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, slick on the palate leaving a bittersweet corn flavor behind.

OVERALL: This is much better than I remember. Used to pound these in college.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 18:03:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BeerDocT


2.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ah, Canadian-brewed beers in big cans. I was a big fan of Canadian Foster's for many years until they started brewing it in Texas and Alabama. Also a big fan of Molson Golden until they started brewing it in Colorado. Been meaning to try this one for a review for quite some time. Hope it lives up to my previous experience.

Served in an Imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 2.5: Very light golden color. Looks kind of watery. I imagine the brewmaster was going for something different, maybe a "true golden color" or something. Regardless, dropping some 40L grains in there would have made it look more...professional.

-Smell 3.0: The bouquet is of sweet barley with some slight adjunct hints. This has a distinct lager smell, which is sometimes bad, but in this case is actually just average.

-Taste 2.75: Front is slightly sweet, with adjunct hints of corn coming through the taste. Middle is smooth and light with slight tastes of barley. Finish is big with waves of sweet, malty goodness. However, this quickly fades into a smooth aftertaste that features more corny adjunct flavors. Are there hops in this? Maybe kent golding or something way down the alpha scale. Also, there is a pervasive, unnatural quality to this beer. The word "industrial" springs to mind. It started to grow in my palate after each sip until I felt like just giving up and stopping my session.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Spot on for this style. Carbonation (CO2, of course) was refreshing and hit the mark. Nice, smooth mouthfeel, also.

-Overall 2.75: This brew is certainly not going to win any medals, but it is not the nightmare experience that some would have you believe it to be. It is a big beer and since it is a cheap beer, that means lots of adjuncts. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing regarding bouquet and mouthfeel. This is not a bad beer and you sure as shootin' could do a lot worse. I would recommend it to be consumed in limited quantities. Not a session beer unless you live in a cardboard box near the railyard.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 04:29:08 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of lilmissbeer


3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's what this beer is: a beer that tastes like your typical American mass-produced lager but cleverly hides almost twice the alcohol content. Sure, it tastes like Budweiser, but you will be way more intoxicated than you expect to be. Molson XXX packs a punch. If you want something cheap that gets you drunk, look no further. Not much in the taste/smell(reminiscent of corn) department, but it gets a 5 from me in the category of "how drunk I am after 2 of them" :) Refreshing, fun, overall I was glad I bought it and will probably buy it again unless I find another beer with 7.3 abv for 12.99 a 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:01:07 | More by lilmissbeer
Photo of jwc215


2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden with a thick, lasting head. Lacing sticks. Looks nice.

The smell is not so nice. Doesn't smell like much - some grain with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

The taste is of grain with some alcohol. There is a dryness to it - probably more from the carbonation and alcohol than from any hops. The taste is pretty typical of malt liquors.

The feel is light-bodied. A bit slick.

There are better malt liquors out there. While not undrinkable, this is a bland brew with noticeable alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 21:51:18 | More by jwc215
Photo of SometimesIfart


3/5  rDev +20%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer MUST be poured into a glass to be enjoyed. Anyway, Poured it into a glass, It came out a standard light yellow, With no head and no lacing. Below average of the type. Definitely had a strong smell of cooked, Perhaps slightly burnt corn. Not too bad, but not impressive. The taste was better than expected for it being such a high alcohol beer. Lots of corn, And some waffles?. Over all pretty good flavor. The mouthfeel does let a little bit of the alcoholic side of this brew come through, Although at $5.49 for an almost certain drunk in a 6 pack, This stuff is unbeatable. Although a warning, This will give you a next day case of the beer shits

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:31:54 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a large white head. The heads retentions rather weak and it fades quite fast giving way a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heavy of cereal. Corn is the heaviest with a lighter amount of wheat mixed of a slightly metallic and caramel aroma as well.

Taste – The sweet corn present in the nose is the first meet by the tongue. There are light hints of caramel more towards the middle, but these are very light in comparison to the sweeter corn flavor. At the end of a taste, an alcohol flavor works its way in. It’s not too potent and gives a nice warming feel.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good for the style. A little bit above average in terms of body with a medium level of carbonation. Very fitting for the brew.

Overall – This was not what I would call a great brew, but it did have some decent characteristics and did have a more potent flavor. It is very reminiscent of a malt, but with a little bit more flavor. Nothing great, but for the price (while not as economic as a malt like steel reserve) it works.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 00:03:47 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of metter98

New York

2.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet malts and corn in the nose.
T: The initial taste has notes of malty sweetness and the finish has some hints of bitterness. It becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not a bad beer for the style because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It tastes more like a “souped up” American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 01:34:59 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz oil can.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer covering the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma reminds me of an American adjunct lager - lots of malt sweetness including both grain and corn. Very light hint of hops.

T: The flavor is a little more balanced than you sometimes get in this style, starts out a little sweet from the adjunct malts (grain mostly, a little corn) and finishes with light bitterness.

M: Just a little bit heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a beer that reminds of college, upstate New York in the early to mid-1990s and getting this whenever we went to Canada because it was not allowed to be distributed in the US at the time. Better than I expected for the style, this is actual a fairly drinkable beer for the style. Pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: can

03-25-2012 23:19:49 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of loose, bubbly head that quickly fades away. The smell is sweet and grainy. The flavor is sweet, grainy, and slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident, adding warmth, body, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, warm, and smooth.

For malt liquor this isn't bad. It's got flavor and body, but nothing too special. There aren't any of the off notes one may expect from the style. Rarely ever do I pick up this style, but this would be my go-to if I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 19:03:40 | More by tdm168
Photo of BMMillsy


2.04/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Beautiful black can pours a deep copper color with fluffy white head. Aroma of burnt corn, malt extract, and a bit of bitter hop. Flavor follows with heavy malts for the style--actually rather flavorful--and a relatively smooth finish. This one is a light-medium on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall, this wasn't very good and yet was drinkable enough to put it above others in the style. High class college beer here.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 22:44:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.5/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch white head of medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow verging on golden. It smells of malt and grass. The taste mirrors the smell and there's a little dried fruit in the aftertaste. I've seen a few refer to this as boozy and I'd agree.

But here's the thing folks. This is basically BMC but stepped up in intensity in all categories. How many times have beer enthusiasts vented on BMCs for being watering, mild, simple, etc? Well here's one that tries to rectify and frankly people are scoring it lower than those BMCs they'd call guilty and give a C to. Not really fair. And boozy doesn't bother people when it's from Europe, or an American craft brew. In fact I wonder if you relabelled this bottle with something fancy and craftlike if people in a blind taste test would say the opposite. So, you don't have to love this beer, I don't love it either, but to be fair you probably shouldn't call this bad or below average and still give a regular Molson an average.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 09:36:32 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small dryness, but that's about it. In the taste, sweet to dry small malt and a small fruity alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruity alcohol like aftertaste. Light flavor and aroma, but a bit boozy nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 14:51:28 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This and Labatt Bleue were what i started drinking, back when it was available in Quebec and before discovering Unibroue.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A very pale, yellow body with a surprisingly thick white head that actually clings to the glass.

Smell: Alcohol infused corn and maybe a hint of fruit but that's a stretch. Strong for all the wrong reasons.

Taste: Ugh, that lacquer-like flavor of malt liquor. Strong but not too overpowering like others. Still not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Some spicy bitterness that feels fake is is probably from the alcohol burn.

Overall: Actually looked decent but it was all downhill from there. Enough for a review and i could already feel a headache creeping up.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 12:28:43 | More by papat444
Photo of B967ierhunter177


1.53/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear gold with no head or lace. It seems to darken a bit as it warms. The aroma is of corn and bread crust. The flavor has notes of honey, sweet corn, and a slight hop snap, bland. The mouthfeel is light. Molson XXX is an acceptable beer, slightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 13:52:56 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of barczar


2.3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a large white head.

Aroma is corn adjunct and grain, alcohol and light citrus hop.

Flavor is fairly alcoholic and follows the aroma...sweet, corn, grain. But alcohol is dominant. Esters are present.

Body is medium full with medium carbonation.

Overall, more flavor than a regular molson, but the alcohol really comes through.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:21:51 | More by barczar
Photo of kalkavekkian


2.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six to try it out as there wasn't a singles option where i was at. Light golden color with a small watery head. Smelled a bit of grain and and malt with some alchohol presence. Tasted watery and malty with not as bad of a booze tone as i had anticipated. Malt liquor like mouthfeel with a decent bite at the finish. Not too bad and better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 22:19:33 | More by kalkavekkian
Photo of dawatts


3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Foamy head that settles to about a 1/8th of an inch. Color is of a light IPA. Slightly orange and a little inviting. More that I expected.

S - Slight bready smell with a touch of alcohol and a touch of citrus.

T - Taste is mild but not completely horrid for a mass produced adjunct lager. Slightest hint of citrus may indicate at least a presence of hops.

M - A little hoppy tongue feel on the sides and a little alcohol burn in the finish. Not overly carbonated like the other Molson's that ive had.

O - NOT TERRIBLE for the style but I still couldnt finish it. It just lacks character and depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:08:49 | More by dawatts
Photo of Tone


2.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of grain, slight pale malt, rice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Malt Liquor. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, hint of pale malt, rice, and sweet alcohol. Overall, good appearance, but other aspects are lacking.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 17:55:33 | More by Tone
Photo of Derranged

New York

2.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of oil cans after an ugly night. Poured into a pint glass:

A- Clear golden color with a thick fluffy white head.

S- Not too bad. Kind of fruity, some green apples along with malts and floral notes.

T- Kind of like the nose but not exactly. Grainy, sweet, fruity but with some odd astringent flavors to it, can't quite make out what it is. A little bit of booze burn shows up now and again. Overall the flavor wasn't very strong, it tasted a little watery at times.

M- Thin and very carbonated.

O- Not nearly as bad as I expected. It reminded me of a Euro Strong lager just a little. Its nothing more than just a way of getting drunk fast and for cheap. Not something I'll drink often but I might revisit this on a drunken night.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 13:15:00 | More by Derranged
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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.