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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev +21.5%

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2/5  rDev -19%

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2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light stale orange with a brilliant clarity shows a strong feverish rise of effervesce. The head is proud, standing 2 fingers tall, creamy, with a dull egg shell coloring. Head retention is very good, as well the lacing that leaves a solid coating on the glass. Strong carbonation, great stay of the head and good coverage on the glass lace wise gives this some pretty good results for an malt liquor.

S: Light nose, very light alcohol detection considering the 7.3% which you would never pick up on. Light sweet toasted maize, clean, non-offensive. Average by style.

T: Sweet lightly toasted maize and grains. Sweet boozy alcohol mentions, some apple and hooch notes most associated by style. As it warms up the alcohol becomes much more evident and the driving force of the flavors.

M: slippery with an oily texture, tingly carbonation but is much more quiet then when first opened.

O: Overall pretty much in line with what I expected. The booze is the main focal point here, a decent visual when compared to others in show but is basically a sub-average drinking macro with a super premium label and alcohol content. Drinks better cold, needless to say.

Photo of jsisko01
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured vigorously.. has a clear, perfect looking golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Has nice lacing..

Smell - Grassy, somewhat skunky, and sweet. Nothing much stands out

Taste - Pretty bitter.. Some spices I can't point out, maybe clove. And it's somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick body and well carbonated. The way the carbonation is actually makes me kind of bloated..

Overall - I thought this beer was going to be a lot better due to it's popularity, but I don't really enjoy it too much.

Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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 soju6
2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light golden color with a big frizzy head and ample lacing.

S: Has a skunky aroma with a musty sweetness.

T: Has a syrupy sweetness with a cheap whiskey flavor and a sweet sticky finish.

F: Light body, too sweet.

O: One and done. All I can think of is "Offical Beverage of Hockey Hooligans".

Photo of jayhawk73
2.4/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got to check off the style... so here we go...

Pours an orange/amber color w/ a 2 finger off-white head. The lacing is actually somewhat decent on this one. Carbonation is decent on this brew as well. Nose is grain, fruit, and a hint of hops. Taste is the same, very flat and skunky vibe to it. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste, which is expected w/ the style. Mouthfeel is thin, and not really present. Overall, I will never have this beer again, and I recommend you don't either.

Photo of Kinsman
1.78/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "super premium" 24.5oz can into a 24oz glass mug.

A - Thick meringue like white head with small yeasty beads and shaving cream lacing. Clarity is high but color itself is a dull generic honey brown.

S - Lots of aluminum smells sadly. Smells like a 40oz. Generic malt liquor smells resembling freshly cut grass, corn and malts soaked in apple cider vinegar, wet rice, and corn husks.

T - Better than the smell would lead you to believe. Has a very distinct adjunct malt taste. No hops, no malts, no honey, no chocolate, not even any skunky flavors. If it were for the aluminum can taste in my mouth I might not know this beer was there. Leaves a slight "golden" aftertaste at the end of every non-exciting gulp. Must be the ABV talking.

M - No overly strong alcohol burn or fusil burn. A bit loose around the edges in a watery sense.

D - Beer does it's job of sending you into a light headed trance without putting too much hurt on the wallet. It's not the best beer around and I hardly think it's deserving of a title like Super Premium. If mediocre is their version of extravagance I shudder to think what the regular Molsen tastes like.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat (phat) can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear brassy color with a off-white head that vanished in 2 minutes.

S - grainy sweetness with a light hint of fuel.

T - grainy and bitter upfront leading to a bit of an odd sweet twang and some fusel alcohol.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it's a friggin malt liquor what did you expect?

Photo of rudzud
3.38/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Photo of deadbeerriver
2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

For those who drink ass water just to get smashed (which is hopefully no one here), Molson XXX could be the way to go. It has more alcohol than any typical frat house party beer, same great taste -- which is nonexistent. Unfortunately (for the party), it doesn't come in a 30-rack of miserable cans.

My first Molson XXX was in a can, and a few years ago. It wasn't too bad then, or so I thought. I've been trying to get into micro brews and craft beer these days, so going back to Molson now? I should have cherished my first time.

The beer smells and tastes and looks like any typical, cheap malt liquor. Disgusting, and no other words can describe it. It's almost like drinking a Coors Light, just with nearly double the alcohol. But what can you expect when the two major companies, Molson and Coors, collide to produce some disgusting waste?

Hopefully this doesn't deem as slamming the beer, but I wasn't expecting my "second time" a few years later to be this awful. There really isn't much to say about this beer.

Thanks for the cotton mouth, Molson-Coors!

Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +61.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is grainy, slightly sweet, and some rice notes. The taste is sweet, slightly malty, grainy/ricy. Medium Body. I use to like just about anything from this brewery before, but not anymore.

Photo of talaysen
3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
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 Knapp85
1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another one of my first beers that i was told to check out because it was "A Good Beer". Needless to say I found out soon enough that this beer isn't as good as the guy had told me. It's appearance is of just about any standard Pale Lager, a clear golden yellow color and foamy head. This had a fishy taste in my opinion. Kind of turned me off from ever having this again.

Photo of GRPunk
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (from Duty Free at the tunnel) poured into a tumbler.

A- Giant, foamy white head with loads of carbonation in a clear, golden body. Great stick.

S- Lots of cooked corn adjuncts in the aroma with white bread accents. Almost a rubbing alcohol when warmer.

T- Assertive cornbread flavor. Slight alcohol. Slight sweetness. Little hop presence.

M- Foamy and bubbly carbonation. Light alcohol bite. Decently full bodied. Seemed "thicker" as it warmed.

D- Flavorful enough to limit myself to 2 in a sitting. Not good enough to crave more. Overall, not the worst beer I can think of. (Yinpu anybody?)

Photo of Looneybiz
2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a golden hue with lots of head and bubbles.

The aroma is very sweet and you can smell the alcohol.

Upon tasting you can pick up the alcohol too, but it masked with a malty sweetness but doesn't have a strong flavor to it.

Heavily carbonated. I almost couldn't swish it around in my mouth because of all the carbonation.

I would drink it again. It wasn't bad per say and the 7.3% alcohol does come in handy sometimes. I guess its all about what your in the mood for... If you want an easy drinking beer to get ya tipsy fast, this is your beer. But if you want to sit and enjoy a complex beer, this is not it.

Photo of foogerd
2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Typical clear piss yellow lager body with a massive white head and tons of lacing.

S- Awful, a faint rotton egg aroma mixed with corn and grain.

T- Taste vacillates between nothing and corn, not as terrible as the nose, but definitely not tasty.

M- Cant expect much here it feels like it should feel, thin and watery.

D- There are better ways to get drunk.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.