Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 26.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002

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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Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
3.42/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these left over from playoff hockey. Figured I'd review it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden colourwith a fizzy one finger head that never really fully went away, just faded into a white halo and thin wisps.

S - Some light malts, corn, and even some fruit sweetness. Surprisingly good nose and the ABV isnt really detecteble.

T - This is more of what I expect. There is some malt sweetness, and some corn, but mostly you're tasting the 7.30% ABV in every sip and it only gets worse as the beer warms up.

M - Crisp and dry thanks to the carbonation, but the high ABV is definately noticeable.

O - Overall this isnt a bad macro. Its high ABV can really creep up on you, and once it warms up it tastes hideous, but for what it costs its worth the money.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
2.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: snow white, fizzy foam forms on the pour, dies out to a thin, perimeter scum... sun-shiny amber liquid, crystal clear... occasional thin streak of lace

S: vaguely similar aromatics to a dry, spicy Belgian strong pale like Delirium... bit of that lightly-toasty, popcorny, curiously buttery pils malt note that some of those abbey blond knockoffs have... a bit pissy on the edges

T: oooh... hmmm... might have let this sit a couple minutes too long before popping the seal... dank, blanket spiciness with a low hum of rubbing alcohol to fill it out... there's a dry, powdery sort of quality to the malt, drop of brittle sweetness... strong aftertaste of dirty nickels and paperclips... spectre of dry apple juice late... the marginal deficit in malt sweetness matched with the metallic nuance and a bland, mildly clove-like phenol lingering in the finish groups this more with those purposefully-potent Belgian pales... dirty and metallic overall

M: relatively dry with a light-medium flow on the entry, rounds up a bit on the follow through... this really oughta be drunk quite cold...

O: well... not my favorite malt liquor... bit of a European approach to its constitution that works to a disadvantage here... it might be alright if the metal element was toned down - there's obviously something tasty hiding below - has to get through unobstructed

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

I'm a big fan of Molson Canadian, and so far, I think I'm the only one in my neighborhood who says that. At the liquor store I work in, nobody buys the twelve packs, and the only Molson product that moves is Molson Ice. Nonetheless, I had a friend who went to Canada pick me up a twelve pack of a Molson beer they didn't carry in the states and he returned with a twelve pack of Molson XXX. Had no idea Molson was also known to bulk-package their own signature malt liquor, but you can never predict beer nowadays.

The beer is your archetypal malt liquor, with a surprisingly heavy bottle boasting thick glass. It's a sweeter beer, with high tones of corn husk, sweetness, and a sharp alcohol bite that gives you 7.3% abv with no subtly whatsoever. It's gonna take me a while to get rid of this twelve pack, given I cannot session this beer. Not bad, but nothing special, and a sharp downfall from the greatness of Molson Canadian.

Photo of oberon
2.71/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I was hoping for a decent offering from Molson and this comes pretty close,pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is lightly biscuity and grainy and some alcohol notes.Taste is slightly sweet and grainy but not much to it a lightly flavored higher alcohol brew but not much to it. Good for drinking with some bbq but not something to savor by any means.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale amber/gold with a small foamy head.
Aroma of sour corn grain & diacetyl.
Peppery, caramel malt flavor but generally a lackluster overall flavor. Slick, sluggishly carbonated mouthfeel. All things considered, the drinkability is pretty poor.

Photo of Jason
2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.5 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin lacing, clear and pale golden straw.

Faint cooked veggie smell with mild husk and faded industrial alcohol.

Alcohol is quick to the tongue, lots of dextrin and alcohol on the palate. Sweet grain and cereal grain with a processed hop bitterness. Rubbing alcohol? Malt twang, rough in the mouth towards the end.

Every-time I sip this beer I have violent vision of sweaty bloody Canadian hockey fans pummeling each-other. I watery beer with only one purpose ... to get drunk, sad beer has to be like this.

Photo of far333
3.01/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright and clear straw-yellow colored, with a big white head of tight foam that lingers longs.

Low aroma of corn, grainy sugar and floral notes.

Flavor of sweet and syrupy maltiness initially, followed by some mild phenolic band-aid notes. Some sweet apple and pear emerges also. Alcohol does not seem to detract.

Slick and slippery mouthfeel, but finishes a bit crisp.

Average drinkability, actually better than I expected.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

7.3% abv is the only thing that makes this malt liquor worth it, if your trying to get a cheap buzz and a killer headache in the morning we used to drink this stuff on trips to Canada before legal age however there's nothing that special about it. Pours a golden fizzy tone with white head that dwindles quickly leaves decent lace. Aroma consists of alcohol and sweet grainy mix of malts and adjuncts, no real hop profile. Taste: Sweet grainy adjunct ridden with a touch of rustiness, leaves the palate wanting more no real hop bitterness malt liquor is malt liquor however this is a more tolerable rendition. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a bit more consistency than most mass produced beers artificial carbonation bring on the belches. Drinkability well this beer has no real appeal to someone who really likes beer, however for the person looking for the gimmick of the high alcohol and doesn't know that XXX really stands for a Belgian style triple.

Photo of talaysen
3.15/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden color, head settles quickly leaving a very thin lacing.

Smell: Light, sweet smell.

Taste: Slightly metallic, bittersweet taste with minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability: Easy to become accustomed to the taste of this beer, it is farily light and goes down smooth enough.

Serving Type: Bottle.

Personal Note: I actually really enjoy Molson XXX. My rating is relatively low because in terms of beer, it's a bit wanting.

I drink this beer regularly (typically a case per week), and find that I've grown relatively fond of the taste of it.
I find that it's a great burger/grill food combination.

Lastly, at 7.3% ABV, I don't believe that you will find as light a tasting beer as this, with the same alcohol content.

Photo of Groucho75
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I may take some flak for this, but I actually enjoy this beer on it's own merits. Lemme explain....

First had this at a hockey game when the Thrashers were playing the Maple Leafs and the beer line wanted to cater to the audience. When in Rome, drink Molson, (if they're out of Peroni, I guess) so I waved my cash and asked for the black can.

Since then I've had this many times away from the ice and it still tickles my fancy.

Strong gold color with a healthy cream head that lingers before evaporating. Decent carbination in the pour and the bubbles stick around for a while.

The aroma does leave something to be desired. I used to sling malt liquor in the UK to the drunks; Special Brew, the purple tin, Kestrel Super, etc.. Sadly, this brew tingles the nose the way those regulars smelled, but they drank that stuff like water, so I can't hold it *that* much against this brew.

I found the mouthfeel to be rich and full and easy to drink. The alcohol was hidden well and didn't burn at all. Hints of corn and adjunct on the palate, granted, but again I knew what I was getting into when I bought this.

Overall drinkability is good.

Some of us can't drink Uncle Pliny's Arrogant Hop Enema each and every day, so this does the trick for me on those occasions when I'm half-way to payday and need something better than Yuengling or PBR.

I personally like it, but taste is a subjective thing.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25.4oz fat can. Another Molson offering that I’ve only even seen in the States. And 'Super Premium', {cough} it would seem.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with three fingers of thin foamy, rocky white head, which leaves a dense snake of lace around the glass as it quickly sets in. It smells of sweet grainy corn, and a bit of saccharine alcohol. The taste is very sweet corn cereal mash, and even more sweetness, but not edginess, from the booze. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, mostly from the clammy, sugary nature, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes with a bit of the grain actually poking through the morass of lingering multivariate sweetness.

As far as malt likkas go, this ain't actually that bad – just too sweet in absence of the expected skank. The name resonates for some reason, though…

Photo of dacrza1
2.19/5  rDev -11.3%
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....

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

AP: Totally clear, very active and bubbly, a Pale golden color with a small and thin but frothy and bubbly white head. Remains active until the end.

Nose: Malted grains and wheat, sour yeast, doughy with a very subtle herbacious hop scent.

Taste: The sour-yeastie and doughy flavors bust out first with a mellow, wheatie and soft-bread-like malted flavor. The suprise is the leafy hop flavor at the end.

MF: Light look and feel, crispy with a decent bite on the tongue and rather foamy-smooth going down.

DA: These brews are usually decent session beers, but just get a bit boring in the long run, this one, at 7.3 % is not a session beer.

Photo of psujesus
2.54/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this is your "social gathering" kind of beer, i only drink this if i wanna get drunk and want it done quick, 2 quick ones and im buzzed, a few more in a row and im good for the night

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, i think it actually looks and taste(though not much) better in this than a pint glass or straight from the bottle, not much of a smell to it, not a great tasting beer at all(best to just down it), good drinkability because it goes down quick if you dont think about it and you dont need many to feel 'good'

Photo of squezey
2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks and feels like your typical Molson going down but a bit heavier of course with more alcohol bite. Decent if you're looking for something average but will take much less to get a good buzz from.

Photo of tweeder263
2.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a gold clear highly carbonated brew with a half finger head that drops quickly.Smells of grain and grassy hops.Taste of a typical macro type, with a little alcohol warmth in the ending.I wont say its horrible, its not, but wayy better macros are out there.

Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
2.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This adjunct pours a clear golden, with medium lace that dissipates quickly.
Nose is actually pleasant, though corny.
Flavor is quite sweet, again, adjunct and corn/ricey, but smooth.
Nothing special or remarkable, aside from the high 7.3% ABV that it boasts of on the bottle. If flavor isn't your thing, but getting drunk is, here's your poison.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Molson XXX pours a delightful deep-gold and crystal-clear body beneath a short head of bright-white foam that receeds quickly. And although its head retention should be tempered a bit by its 7.3% alcohol, it hold only a very thin collar and leaves no lace. The nose delivers a surprising amount of graininess, however, which is nice, and some minor alcohol, sugar-sweet notes, and subtle yeasty fruitiness. There are no distinguishable hops, but it seems that they might be hiding somewhere in the background. It's crisp in the mouth, and initially bristles on the tongue. The body is medium, and in combination with its lightly zesty carbonation and splash of alcoholic heat, it has a somewhat aggressive feel across the palate. The flavor delivers a basic malt liquor character with no notable defects. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but that's fairly common to the style. The maltiness is not quite as grainy as the nose suggests, but nor is it sweet as some examples can be. A touch of spicy hops are also present, which is nice; and it finishes quite dry with a lingering slap of alcohol.

Photo of ElGordo
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a huge 25.4oz can with "XXX" oh-so-subtly situated in HUGE letters on the middle of the can. Can't say you didn't know what you were getting into with this one. Pours a bright golden color topped by a huge fizzy white head that actually has decent retention and a touch of lacing. Aroma of cheap adjunct malt and not much else. Palate is relatively inoffensive - adjunct malt (corn), a bit of rich sweetness, and maybe just a whiff of hops. Body is typical for a strong malt liquor - full and slightly chewy. Goes down very easy for such a strong beer. Probably won't buy this again, but it isn't terrible.

Photo of tempest
2.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to a friend for sharing. Poured a clear gold with a slight had. This is a pretty corny beer. The DMS is all over this suck in the aroma and flavor. It certainly doesn't improve as it warms and while at first it seems to be the next best true malt liquor to Mickeys, the additional "character" here (cheap chardonnay, cooked corn). There's worse out there, but there's no real reason to drink it, save for just trying it once.

Photo of beerluvr
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this sitting in my local beer store and decided on getting it...instead of my planned six of Bigfoot.
Pours with a fluffy snow white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Crystal clear pale gold liquid. Weak adjunct filled nose featuring corn with a light hint of fruitiness. The taste is first a bit of a winey flavor, then an alcoholic surge that's none too pleasing...tastes fake. Some hoppiness tasted along with light malt. Finshes with corn and alcohol lingering. Never again!

I don't know whether to be pissed at Molson for putting it out, or myself for being duped into buying it!

Photo of nicholas2121
3.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | 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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

25.4 ounce classic oil can; 7.3ABV, oh boy. Dark yellow corn like color with a massive dissolving bubbly head. Grains and sweet adjuncts in the nose, perhaps some light fruits are there. Zesty lip smacking carbonation with a massive blast of sweet grains. The body is medium, the alcohol is hardly noticeable with come and go flavorings of floral-like hops. The palate is pasted with grains and sappy corn. For American malt lovers, run for the door, for fellow BA's, maybe one and done. This has "drink me ice cold and where is the aspirin for the morning?" written all over it.

Photo of Kinsman
1.82/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 25.4oz can (roughly 750ml I guess) into a pint glass. Bought this as a joke to celebrate a friends birthday and now I'm left to consuming it.

Crystal clear light amber/dark golden color with a bit fizzy white head to start but quickly fades.

Sweet and grainy on the nose and just a touch of alcohol as well. Hops seem non-existent. As it warms the little bit of sweet malt notes it had disappear and are replaced by a metallic tin-like aroma.

Taste is just about what one would expect, however a bit watery for a relatively high ABV macro. Some bread and cereal like characteristics. A bit of corn as well. Hop bitterness seems stale at best. The only reason this doesn't score lower here is because the wateriness keeps anyone flavor from completely ruining it all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated but a bit too boozy. Overall, there isn't much you can say about this beer. It only exists so Queebs can get drunk for no more than a toonie or two.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.