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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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222 Reviews

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 528
Avg: 2.51
pDev: 40.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of Knock201
4.48/5  rDev +78.5%
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.

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Photo of Babaauto
4.22/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the few beers that I like. Mainly for the rich malty hops taste that comes after a few moments of sipping it. Taste is not bitter but quite smooth for a strong beer. Alcohol level is pretty high, may be a bit more stronger than I think beers should have cauz it can give you a decent buzz in a couple.
This is one beer that I prefer to taste each sip rather than chug it down in no time.
Call me weird, but the last drop when the bottle is empty is my favorite of all.

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Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer often gets a pretty bad rap and it isn't fair because this beer isn't that bad at all. The first time I tasted it I thought it tasted a lot like a quality craft brew. It's pretty high in alcohol content and has a heavy feel but that can't really come as a surprise considering it's 7.30 abv. Don't listen to the people that trash talk this beer until you try it for yourself. If you like heavier beers, give this one a shot.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce can into a beer glass.

Appearance: The best feature of this beer is the head, hands down. Thick, yet airy, like a cumulus cloud. Dimples slowly down to meet the slightly darkened straw colored beer. Medium carbonation is visible. Not bad from the get-go.

Smell: Fresh popcorn, faint bitter hop aromas, very light malt base. Only a touch of alcohol is present in the nose. In that it is NOT unpleasant, I give it just a touch above average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: For a malt liquor, there's a lot of good flavor here. Beer starts out crisply, with some initial bitterness. As the beer warms on the tongue, the malt actually comes through with some subtle sweetness, almost a melon-like quality. Texture becomes slightly chewy, allowing for the flavor to be released. Aftertaste is almost non-existent, which I have found to be a positive quality with most malt liquors.

Drinkability: Cold, it's a great malt liquor. I'm not so sure how I would feel about it served at room temperature...so I won't wait too long to finish this brew.

Nice job Molson for making a decent Malt Liquor...a style renowned for its inability to achieve in taste what it achieves in ABV.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev +45.8%
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.


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Photo of dubman003
3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took a long time for me to try this beer, but only because its name made me suspicious. I had already put this beer with Icehouse and Natural Ice--heavy beers that were only valuable if they were used to get thoroughly wasted.

But when I tried the beer, poured into a cup, I was surprised. The beer is dark and complex, I had expected sour and dirty, but I must now praise the triple X. I can't say this beer excites me enough to go out and buy it, but if Molson called this Molson Premium (if that name hasnt already been taken), I think more people would take this beer seriously.

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Photo of putnam
3.64/5  rDev +45%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "strong pale lager or pilsener" category is populated with North American malt liquors and ice beers as well as many entries from the Baltic nations. There are currently 22 beers on this site with "XXX" in their names.

I'm unsure of the quality, especially as it pours a pale yellow, so the glass is filled only half way. There is no head to speak of. The nose, however, offers a spicy parade of pineapple, porridge and cane juice. On the palate it is strong and sweet with chewy, fruit gum and tea flavors. Fizzy and dry with slightly rancid tannins on the finish, this is serious beer. Secondary elements of butterscotch, paper, sweet alcohol, <a href="http://get-access.com?" onmouseover="window.status = 'goto: flowers';return 1" onmouseout="window.status=''">flowers</a> and green wood appear as it warms.

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Photo of mycroft69
3.63/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't get it. I look around this site at the reviews and see people complaining of everything from "industrial alcohol" to "lack of born-on" or expiration date. I've seen the bottles and tried the stock. They are doing everything they can to appeal to the U.S. drinkers. Molson has done much better, but the product is entirely drinkable, as far as I'm concerned. And I think they went way overboard in catering to those south of their border. Having enjoyed the best in Germany and England, I have also been a lover of Molson Canadian Export Ale and their Golden Ale, both produced in the 1970s and brews that have been strong evidence of Molson quality and ability from the oldest brewery in North America.

It's a damn shame that most U.S. beer drinkers have little or no experience with German beers as they are sold in Deutschland, where the beer makers had a revolt to preserve natural brewing, thus showing their concern for quality and taste, and the alcohol content is typically 12%+....and all at room temperature, no less!

And some people don't even have taste in their mouths.

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Photo of manofmanners
3.62/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like your typical Molson beer but it has some legs to it. First the color of it is a bit draker than others in the Molson Family of Beers. And it doesn't have the skunky Molson smell. It goes down smooth, but will fill you up fast, if your not drunk by time you are full. The high ABV gives it it's legs. Althought it does taste better ibn Canada, and has just startes being sold in the US, it is a good stand by beer for that night out. Just don't drink too much of itand think you can drive home afterwards.

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Photo of Fiset35
3.55/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally, this beer could only be purchased over in Canada--it's high alcohol content (7.3%) insures a quicker trip down the slide of intoxication.

Molson XXX was recently released in New York (Dec '03), and I was eager to be able to purchase a 12 pack right down the road-instead of having to hit up your friendly Duty Free.

The appearance of this beer is well kept. It looks like a delicious beer when poured, and has a creamy head. Less desirable straight from the bottle, but still good. Best when served *very* cold. You can definately smell the alcohol content well before the beer hits your lips - it is a very potent beer.

As for the taste; you may be overwhelmed by the sharpness of the alcohol if you have not had a beer like this before - however, the "bite" wears off soon after your first few mouthfuls. Molson XXX's taste is well received for such a high alcohol content--bitter, yet refined, and most importantly, not overbearing.

This isn't your father's beer. It's pleasing and relatively easy to drink for it having so much wallup in it. Molson XXX advises on it's packaging that "this is ultra premium beer, and to drink in moderation". Because of the alcohol content (7.3%), this may be good advice, but none the less, it is a pleasure to enjoy almost anytime.


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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a malty pale malt flavor with a little more body than thier other offerings. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly sweet; nothing special. The mouthfeel was good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine strong lager/malt liquor. It has some decent flavor and is easy to drink despite it's 7.3% abv..

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Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good tasting beer...if you had to condemn it it might be described as a little watery tasting. It is though a quick and pretty strong buzz.It is an above average beer but I'm not too sure about paying for almost 30.00 a case,I could just as easily buy beast ice and get the same effect for about half the price.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.46/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a modest rocky white head with good retention and some moderate lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of macro-twang, some pale malts, a decent hop presence in the vein of a pilsener and a little touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is wet, smooth, moderate body. The flavor isn't too bad here...it's macro, but with more body. There is a decent underlying body, some well-balanced malt sweetness with some decent hop flavor and mild hop bitterness. Cleanly fermented with not many off flavors, although there is a faint higher alcohol flavor hanging in the aftertaste.

Overall, as far as "Ice" beers and malt-liqours go, this ain't too bad. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't pay more than $5.99/6 for it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.42/5  rDev +36.3%
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.

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Photo of unit555
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This would be a beer that drinks easy enough to have a few on a sunny afternoon (not that I have seen many of those in Pittsburgh this time of year).

The appearance is good with a bright yellow color and an excellent clarity. This beer poured with a rich, thick head but it rapidly disappeared which awas a bit of a disappointment.

The scent came across with a light hoippiness and some fruit. The taste was fairly light with a long finish.

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Photo of steeler
3.36/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well well, I finally got around to trying this one. This is NOT a malt liquor, its a high ABV ice beer aka ice macro. Anyway, pours out a nice golden yellow color, with a inch ring of lace, that sticks, and there is vigorous carbonation. Looks nice. Smell is that bad molson smell, corny, wet cardboard, and the smell is definatly boozy, for ABV this high, no surprise. Im surprised this is brewed by molson, goes down kind of rough, has some hop bitterness, but finishes with blast of alcohol and cloying sweetness, decent. Mouthfeel is full, and surprisingly not over carbonated, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good on this one, if you can keep it cold it really does go down easy, but if it warms, not so good. So i docked it .5 for that. Anyway, this beer was great for a high ABV ice beer, drink this for the buzz, not the taste. But i will say, XXX has the highest ABV ive seen for a ice beer (more than max ice) and it really does taste alright. I recommend this.

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Photo of lilmissbeer
3.35/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.34/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first for me of the Molson line-up and it turns out to be a pretty good XXX. The beer pours a pure, clean looking gold with a smaller than expected white head that settles to a thin film after abit. Lace is carbonated and shortlived on the glass. The nose is alittle grassy with hints of alcohol. The taste is of alcoholic malt thats brown sugar sweet. Not too sweet but balanced by the alcohol more than the hops, which tend to hide. The mouth feels carbonated, perhaps an adjuncts feel,soft cotton. Drinkability is smooth. Make it cold for a crisp alcoholic bite. Not a bad offering to lead me to look into others in this line.

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Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/pale color with ample head. Aroma is somewhat malty and a bit sweet upfront. Taste is similar except that this has a stronger bite due to the ABV. Not bad for what's considered to be a malt liquor. Should be called CANADIAN Malt Liquor as it's seemingly more potent. I had this beer years ago but had forgotten what it was like up until now. Not too bad!

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Photo of theozag
3.28/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Please pardon my low mark for "smell," if you disagree. I'm afraid I am still suffering from some form of cold that includes sinus congestion. I did my very best to draw some aroma from this brew, but was only able to come up with faint sweet and perhaps citrus-like suggestions. Otherwise, I think you'll agree that this is a generally good beer.

Pours gold and settles to a medium-amber color over a snow-white head. That head remains for ten or twenty minutes, though it is noticably thinner by the end. The beer itself looks crystal clear in your glass. Start is flavorful but not overpowering, with a little bite courtesy of hop bitterness. This beer is full-bodied and its flavors include caramel, light creme, and wheat mixed with a generously smooth, malty texture. Finish is semi-dry and the creme feel of the beer is what outlasts the rest of its flavors. Aftertaste is heavy and very long-lasting but not repulsive (though nearly so).

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.26/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a one finger white head mostly clear. Fades to moderate lacing quickly. Smells of apple esters and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with sweet adjunct taste and flat carbonation. XXX is a malt liquor disguised as a Canadian lager. While it masks high alcohol content with a smoother mouthfeel and better taste, the finish is still harsh and the taste is still somewhat cidery; its just more exspensive.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium light gold with a quickly fading head but decent lace. A definate corn and rice aroma is present but also a sweet honey like smell as well - hop presence is faint. Again corn and rice flavors hit first but also the honey like flavor. Light hops. Alcohol is present but for a 7.3% beer with flavors this light it is hidden nicely and make it very drinkable. Growing up in Buffalo we went across the border and always grabbed this stuff. I haven't seen it in foreveer so when I saw it here in NC I bought a sixer. True that there is not a ton of flavor and in my youth I bought it just to get drunk, but it's really not all that bad. As a malt liquor is is above average and it does hide the alcohol nicely despite its lightness.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
61 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.