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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
60
poor

468 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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:
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 BeerNinja007
1.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big 25.4oz can, a paltry $2.29 from Lebanon Village Market in Lebanon NH. Code Jun1211 08225L. Served cold in a pilsner glass. It dribbled a bit on my desk, the can doesn't pour very well.

A: Clear, fizzy, pale yellow brew gives a big 3" of white head that settles after a while. Actually a pretty good looking brew. Head has decent retention, leaves spotty chunky lace and forms interesting 3D structure as it degrades.

S: Dear god. Smells like metal and hydrochloric acid. Like something you'd use to eat the algae off the bottom of a boat that had been in the water for a long time. I guess that's one way to hide this much EtOH in a brew this thin.

T: Mix of acid and alcohol up front and throughout. A good dose of metal. A bit of corny sweetness peeks out mid-palate. No hops at all. Finishes with alcohol on my breath and metal in my mouth.

D: Thin and watery, with a weird bit of corn sweetness viscosity. Serve this brew no more than ice cold and it might be tolerable. I put it in the freezer before attempting to finish the rest.

I probably haven't had this since college (~10yrs?) and I don't remember it being nearly this bad. Has my palate evolved delicate sensitivities, or has this gotten worse, or is this a bad can? Who knows. Battery acid. Battery acid. Bleh. Drain pour the rest (2/3 of it)

BeerNinja007, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Groucho75
3.1/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Groucho75, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.8/5  rDev +53.8%
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.

Lauthaha, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

secondtooth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of kagent777
2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from Ken brought back from Pennsylvania, Thanks, I think. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Decent looking light golden beer with a quickly settling head that leaves a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet cereal grains with no hops bitterness or fruit, just some solvently alcohol.

Taste: Sweet grains; not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Moutfeel is halfway decent, carbonation is fine.

Drinkability: Taste makes this one undesirable. Will not seek out again.

kagent777, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of pezfiend
1.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can into a frosty glass

A - light yellow wheat, pale and fizzy, ironicly head leaves a little bit of lace around the glass, slight urine color

S - lemon, old grass smell

T - metallic taste, slight alcohol, and strange chemical essence

M - Light and smooth but slightly oily, not good oily like an IPA but like i just licked the Exxon Valdez.

D - Unless, I've had quite a few glasses of burbon and actually good beer and didn't know what i was thinking, absolutely not.

Overall a horrible beer, I used to drink Molson Canadian in college and was a big fan, but this has got to be one of the worst offsprings of the Molson company, excuse me while I try to correct the flavor with a finer malt liquor like an Old English... Yeah, it sucks that bad

pezfiend, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a yellow gold color with a thick, creamy, frothy, two fingered head with massive amounts of carbonation.

S - Pungently aromatic with lots of lemons, grass, dry crackery malt, and some very mild and delicate herbal spice.

T - Mimics the nose with lemon grass, mild herbaly character, and a mild lemon twang that sits on the tongue to finish with a crackery lemon and mildly sweet finish.

M - Grainy, prickly, somewhat harsh and borderline light/medium body.

D - I can handle one, but then again, I can't really - ended up dumping the last third of the glass. If you're on a budget and want to get seriously messed up, buy a case of this stuff. For a lager, it's pretty serious octane.

jzeilinger, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now listen, I can be as beer snobby as the next guy. But just because a guy likes his casks and the Belgian street in Williamsburg doesn't mean he can't slum it once in a while. This isn't a good brew. Really it's not and I understand that. However, sometimes you have to let your inner college sophomore out to play for a while and this oversweet, grainy, corn infested rotgut does that for me.

It's pee yellow with a clingy cap and astringent maize for a nose. The taste is sweet alcohol and nasty, chemical hops on the roof of the mouth. It is, however, a malt liquor and by that that standard it's not too bad. It's only directive is to kill brain cells and form smiles and it does that for me.

daliandragon, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

one of the worst i have had in a while. grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a pint glass, consumed on 08/25/2010.

dull amber color gives way to loads of carbonation and a light puff of white that quickly fades and leaves a barren top across the glass.

aroma is off, skunked is the best word, with a boozy note that dominates at first. lots of off grain and malts, nothing really saving this one at all, in any way, its just nit gonna work for me. flavor is about the same, a little heavy, but carbonation keeps it from being syrup like, but still just not going to work for me as it was painful to take each sip.

overall i would have to pass and say never again, could not and would not do this one,

mikesgroove, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ddgo
3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a lot of people stray away from this beer, but i don't know why. has a strong bite, alittle corny though. wouldn't drink this beer at dinner, would only drink it to get wild. if you think this has a nice bite though, somehow find a way to try river horse's tripel.. good lord

ddgo, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours pale gold with a white fizzy head. This is a big can, so topping of keeps he head alive. No lacing, no bubbles.

Corn and light malt, and sweetness and alcohol. A hot sweet mess. Not really inviting.

Macro corn sweetness, some sweet bread and bitterness that is like grain husk, a bite of chemical alcohol, an d a sour/bitter finish. I guess the bitter husk was ok, but that's it.

Lighter bodied, but funny, a bit mouth coating. Alcohol gives you some pucker. It works.

I had this about 20 years ago. My oh my, has my palate changed. Hard to get this down. Bought as a novelty and glad I only got one, and that it was cheap. No reason to drink this. Strength of this beer is the only selling point.

OtherShoe2, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Babaauto
4.28/5  rDev +73.3%
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.

Babaauto, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Lexluthor33
1.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The look is golden with a small head.
Zero aroma. I inhaled deeply got some light malt hints.
The taste on first sip was very sweet followed by light malt flavor. Teeny,tiny hops that fade super fast with light fruit/corn hints. low alcohol burn with medium carbonation and a medium body feel.

Notes: The balance was so off,the beer was just awful. The flavors clashed,the idea to sweeten it to mask all the cheap stuff just made it worse.

Lexluthor33, May 30, 2010
Photo of Spica66
1.88/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Darker golden, 1 finger head, low carbonation.

S: Smells musty again to me. I wonder what is in this beer that gives it that smell?

T: Grainy and bitter. Strong alcohol. Yuck!!

M: It is smooth, but the off taste keeps me away.

D: I think I will not ever try malt liquor again after this...

Spica66, May 20, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
1.88/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden straw color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Overly sweet and grainy. Typical macro territory here.

Taste: Relatively tasteless. Has a bit of a sickly sweet maltiness to it and a faint alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: Blehh... This is pure swill. I only got it to play a drinking game with and I'm pretty sure that's all it's good for.

wahhmaster, Apr 26, 2010
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.

ExtraStout, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of cld253
2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So, I bought this because of the USA playing Suomi in Canada today, thought I would support our brothers to the north.

A- Surprisingly frothy, tall, white 2 finger head that dissipates quickly into nothing, no swirling is bringing this head back. Pale golden color.

S- Cheap cereal grain, ethanol. Faint, un-discernible DMS nose.

T- Like a cheap American lager, with a little vodka in the throat.

M- watery, but faint coating alcohol burn

D- Rough, but, I'm sure you would be drunk fast, and it would become much easier.

cld253, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of BigMike
1.2/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.
Pours mostly Amber in color borderline orange. About a finger of white head thats soapy and disappears quickly.

I'm really trying to open minded about this beer. The smell is not good. Its like sweet corn and grainy ass.

If the smell was not good. The taste is terrible. Rancid yeasty corn, sour. I'm sorry but i cannot even describe it anymore.

Mouthfeel was fizzy and each swallow was worst then the previous.

I couldn't finish the bottle. I only drank it because my brothers friend brought some to the house and i was curious. Well, my curiosity got the best of me. I wouldn't even recommend this to someone who just wants to get drunk. You can drink some liquor for that and not have to deal with this trash.

I don't want to be one of those reviewers who rips on easy targets but i'm just calling it like i see it. If i liked this beer i would say so. I gotta get this taste out of my mouth now.

BigMike, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden apple juice, pure white 1 finger head, settles to just around the edges quickly

S: Mild malty aroma, semi-sweet, but kind of tart also, almost like apple juice, pretty interesting, not sure how a malt liquor acquires that aroma

T: Kind of buttery and very sweet, all malt, but no grassy or grainy notes at all, just that sweetness, aftertaste is too sweet and not pleasant, still has some apple juice tart notes from the smell

M: Feels thick sometimes, especially because of that buttery note, semi-dry, hard to pin down, but around medium

D: Not super high, strange combination of flavors and thicker than it really is mouthfeel detract

Notes: This isn't a bad malt liquor, but it isn't a great beer either. It is definitely better than the average, but I still could not put down too many. Luckily, at 7.3% you don't need too many.

dpodratsky3, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of MadElf25
1.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When i first had this beer i used it to get drunk faster because of the ABV was higher then i then the usual beers that i had seen, but unfortunatly it is very harsh going down and the taste is quite bitter, this beer is not for beginner drinkers. the smell is undesirable so be prepared for it to taste the same.

MadElf25, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees The beer poured a big nice white head. The beer was also A nice golden color. The beer was a little sweet tasting but not too bad. Taste was kinda of confusing sort of a sour mix with sick cheap candy. I did not care for it and will not buy again.

Minkybut, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, malty aroma. Taste is crisp and a bit malty, not bad for a malt liquor. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is not that bad of a beer at all.

tone77, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of psujesus
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
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'

psujesus, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
1.45/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Beer 2 of 2 that a former housemate left. I needed to clear room in the fridge for the fresh case of Budweiser that the new house mate bought.

A: A pretty gorgeous golden amber with a dense, white head. Retention is pretty good, and there's a little lace.

S: Oh Jesus Christ. Cigarette ash, corn, sugar and a mild alcohol burn. Quite awful, really, it makes my stomach churn

T/M: A strange, strange brew. Opening up mildly sweet, with some sugar and caramel, before a sickly, artificial sweetness kicks in, almost Splenda-like. Carbonation is high, enhancing the strangeness of this beer. There's a hint of bitterness somewhere, but this just becomes watery mid palate, and stays that way, before an awful finish that's crisp, sweet and watery (WTF?)

D: Oh hell no, I've done my service for the day. Bye bye.

DefenCorps, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of theirishdago
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay this is my first time on here filling out a report, so please don't be so critical. I haven't had XXX, for a long time, at least not since getting into the craft beer. My local supermarket had this on sale fo 8.99 a 12-pack, so I couldn't pass it up. Anywho, this beer isn't really all that bad. It has flavor and body, the head quickly dissipates, but let's all be honest, you aren't drinking this because you are looking for a gourmet beer. All around this is a pretty good beer to get drunk on, not to enjoy for it's flavor.

theirishdago, Aug 28, 2009
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.