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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
60
poor

465 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of danielocean03
2/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear, bright urine colored golden yellow from a 12oz bottle. Left a thin, fizzy white head that fell fairly quickly to light white lacing. Smells grainy, and somewhat sweetly of generic malt and alcohol. Taste is very much the same, slightest hint of hops present. Alcohol by volume at 7.3% in a beer this simple is most definitely the most dominating factor in taste and aroma, showing this beer's true colors. This beer was not meant to be savored or really even tasted, but in fact to intoxicate. However, there is nothing terrible, in fact would call this beer bearable, much better than many macro products. Expected better from Molson though, but this beer's excessive abv with no other truly pleasurable attributes makes it boring and simple.

danielocean03, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

ElGordo, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of casualbeerman
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This "beer" has one and only one purpose. To get you hammered and quickly. It's a pale yellow. Not the really bright macro yellow, almost a watered down yellow. Smell is faintly of malts and mostly of alcohol. Taste is a bit sour, a little bit of grain, a little sweet, and almost no hops. Alcohol is definately the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is average I guess. Nothing stands out here either. Drinkability is good. Too good. Used to drinking much weaker beer, I polished off the whole sixpack of this when I tried it. Big mistake. I got completely trashed which was funny at the time because I didn't have to be at work in the morning, but not so amusing when I woke up the next day feeling like shit. This is smooth, drinkable, and the taste isn't really the least bit objectionable. But it has almost no character or body. It's basically really smooth malt liqour. Made for getting drunk. And none too cheap either at something like $7 for a sixpack. I guess a sixpack of this would beat the hell out of a 12pack of Natural Ice or a couple 40oz bottles of Old English (I'm assuming the second I'm not stupid or broke enough to try that garbage) like that, but it doesn't really have any other redeeming characteristics.

casualbeerman, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle left in my fridge from someone at my NYE party

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of corn and alcohol. Now, I like a good corn beer - but the smell of the alcohol is very present even at it's coldest.

Taste of corn and alcohol upfront with a trace amount of hops. Finishes fairly dry with an alcohol aftertaste. Drink it cold, because the taste becomes much worse as it warms.

Body is average for the sytle.

I have no desire to drink anymore than this bottle. The only "value" to this beer is if you are looking to get drunk. I imagine it's a big hit with the college crowd....

MaltyGoodness, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
2.17/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, straw yellow pour with an initially fluffy, 2 finger head that sizzles away quickly leaving no traces behind.

Aroma is sweet cooked vegetables, wet newspaper, grass, and some peppery bitterness.

Flavor is bigtime sweet corn and adjunct type grain, a bit of herbal/vegatable bitterness, and a gross, grainy finish.

Body is between light and medium, well carbonated, and has a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. No need to drink this. Not even for a buzz.

AlexJ, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of TheLocust830
3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had five yesterday and got fairly buzzed, but had the sixth after an Ayinger Celebrator which really mad me understand why this beer is bad. There is simply nothing to it except a somewhat high alcohol content.

It looks and smells like Budwieser (man I hate that crap). End of story.

Taste is sweet and malty, and very weak. Conduscent to pounding. I really want to just finish it and move on to the Franzikaner Hefe-weisse that makes a sweet beer taste good.

On the other hand, i do enjoy the mouthfeel. Quite bubbly and thirst quenching. If you haven't had good beer before it, it is easy to drink in large amounts and get wasted, but I highly doubt any of you beer afficionados like me care about that.

If you want a tastey beverage and a healthy buzz, buy something else, but if you want to pound a six-pack quickly and brake stuff, by all means pick this stuff up.

TheLocust830, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden body is almost shiney. Head is 2 inches of thick bubbley off white foam. Nose has a dominent yeasty wheat feel. Also has a citrus rind feel, and a very common beer backround. Hits the mouth sharp, fruity and almost candy like sweat. Very smooth with almost a waxy bitter hue finishing off the palate. Has a slight resamblance to malt liquer. Big 25.4 ounce can at 7.3%, I was expecting much worse, but this is actually not bad. Very drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
2.42/5  rDev -2%
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.

tweeder263, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Cadyfatcat
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light golden amber color. Minimal head. Looks like nothing special.

Nose isn’t bad at all. Aside from the metallic alcohol note towards the beginning, there is a rather pleasant aroma of a light malt character with a little bitter hop. Nothing Amazing but something. Hey maybe I’m just really thirsty. Lets see if smells are deceiving.

Not bad….. Quite drinkable for a high grav macro. Watery onset without overwhelming evidence of the alcohol presence. A little unpalatably sweet and tart through the mid section with a grainy and refreshing aftertaste.

If I wanted to get fall on my ass get into fights wasted and do it cheaply, this would be my vehicle. But that might be disrespectful to beer.

Cadyfatcat, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro breweries making high gravity beers from their regular line is always a bad idea. This beer pours an oily straw color with moderate carbonation. Head retention is noticable, but not impressive. Smells vegetable sweet with corn sugars with some light-struck noble hops for bittering. Corn sugars and hops dominate upfront, giving little to fruity characteristics. Carbonation and higher alcohols give noticable levels of harshness and unnecesary heat to the mouth. Finishes a bit harsh, phenolic, and hot (for a lager). Aftertaste is a dry vegetable sweetness. Does not have a pleasant lager flavor, not is it a pleasant experience on the mouth. But, the Mackenzie Brothers would be proud. Ooh, ya becha!

BEERchitect, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of medic25
3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems like only yesterday we were sneaking this back in from Canada during our underage trips to Niagara Falls... Now the mystique is gone after re-visiting this college memory. Pours a straw yellow with very little head. Smell is pleasant enough; a little malty. Taste is rather sweet on the first sip, mostly malty with almost no hoppy flavor. The alcohol is pretty obvious, and it's seems a little over-carbonated. Basically a good beer for getting drunk with your buddies watching hockey and eating wings, but not exactly a classic.

medic25, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its always scares me when my friend from Canada shows up with a case of this stuff. Pours a clear yellow color that is not very attractive. Smell is very faint with a slight sweetness. Taste is also very light for a 7.3% beer which is the scary part. Too easy to drink and obce you drink too much its too late. I try to avoid more then one of this beer on the headache the next morning is unbelieveable..

tgbljb, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.15/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium gold with a medium-sized, white, rapidly-diminishing, fizzy head. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Like a typical Canadian, some malts & lightly hopped aroma covering up a corny adjunct smell, but there’s also caramel, white grape, and a hint of nut in there. For the style, this is rather good.

Taste: Oh well, the smell got my hopes up and made me think it was better than I remembered, but the taste brought me back down to what I expected. A sweeter, malty adjunct and dries out a bit on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, watery texture, lively carbonation

Drinkability: Not exciting but crisp, balanced and refreshing. For the style, this is not bad. Not great either.

By the way, did you know that if you peel the label off and fold it (like a back page of Mad Magazine) so that the MOLSON says MOON, it makes a devil's face?

ski271, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of aksavi
3.1/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Much better than olde english 800 HG. A lot less "alcoholy", if that is a word. Despite the lesser %ABV, I felt this stuff after a single 11.5 oz bottle. I am now on bottle #5, and Will never go back to Olde English again. Goes down smooth, no aftertaste.

aksavi, May 14, 2005
Photo of CJfromPhilly
2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, somewhere between the urine sample yellow of BMC and the copper of a proper pale ale. Huge, foamy head that eventually settles down to minimal lacing that actually sticks to the glass (nice touch). High carbonation, endless bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the underside of the head. There’s gonna be some wicked belching & farting as a result of drinking this stuff!! Aroma is dry & dusty, cheap malt and a grassy smell. Taste is malt, with a metallic bitterness that comes from a mixture of the aluminum of the 25.4 oz "oil can", alcohol, and a (very) little pinch of hops. Thin, macro-like mouthfeel. Overall, slightly better than the big 3, decent beer for when you want something light & simple for washing down take-out food or after mowing the lawn. Or, if money’s tight and you’re looking for a quick, cheap buzz. A half step above your usual malt liquor, no more no less.

CJfromPhilly, May 10, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
1.85/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hmm, not a lot to say about this one...

Pours light-medium amber with a bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Good carbonation. Nothing special. Smells rather skunky, has a hint of wheat and malts in the nose. I suppose I wasn't expecting much from the taste, I have had Molson on tap in the past. It's drinkable on tap, barely. Bottled, however, was a little lacking. I suppose it would have gone better with some nice greasy appetizers or something. Eh, I won't ever buy this one on purpose.

aquatonex, May 03, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
1.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man, this stuff is harsh. I really question the production of a beer such as this. Pours out to a medium dark yellow color with lower carbonation. Harsh smell of alcohol is first noted, with little else as it's very over powering. Initial flavor is of cooked corn and alcohol, with a slightly chemical taste on the finish. If you're looking for a quick trip to drunk-ville, this is the ticket. Worth a try, but get this stuff as cold as you can to prevent vomiting.

Frozensoul327, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.15/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden straw with a huge head which rose tall, fell slowly and coated the glass.

The aroma was malty with a light crispness and very slight fruitiness. Some caramel aroma was detected. Some slight corn and apple aromas were also detected.

The flavor was malty and sweet as it first contacts the palate and then the beer dries out quickly. As the sweetness diminishes there is a moment of hop bitterness that quickly changes to a slight corny flavor (DMS).

The finish was dry and becomes even drier over time. As the beer dries out you are left with some slight hop bittering flavor and the corn presence. The body was just above medium. The corn flavors last long after the beer is consumed.

25.4 fl ounce master cylinder.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine brought one of these over for me to try. Pours a yellow/golden color with a thin head that disappears rapidly. None of the usual Molson skunkiness in the aroma, instead it's fairly crisp and clean with a bit of hoppiness. Malt dominates the flavor profile while the hops take a background. Crisp on the palate but with a fairly sweet taste that I didn't particularly care for. I really couldn't drink more than one of these and see no reason to ever purchase it myself. More than likely it's intended for the Molson drinker who wants to cop a good buzz on due to it's high alchohol percentage.

LarryV, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of unit555
3.35/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

unit555, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Color is a darker straw, and the head is made of large bubbles that go away rapidly. Smell is pretty much sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is again basically a bland sweet malt and strong alcohol. The beer is quite smooth though, and goes down well. If you are looking to drink malt liquors this might as well be it.

hobbes2112, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of those life sucks beers. Drown in your misery.
BUT!
It doesn't taste all that bad actually. It isn't something I would drink to relax and celebrate the glory of a good beer, but it sorta works.
Not only does it get you tanked, but i don't think it tastes as ass as molson golden and molson canadian.
Could be worse.

The design of the label make sme feel "dirty".

Shameful.

kbnooshay, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical brown bag malt liquor brewed on this continent.
Its original appearance was very nice...clear dark golden hue with a full finger head of tight white bubbled froth.
The carbonation was very light and the body was full.
Very little aroma other than that of alcohol.
Well balanced taste with the edge going to the malts.
Nice warming sensation as this strong beer is consumed.
Reminds me of the good old college days.

Shiloh, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of psugrad98
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a terrible beer. Medium straw with amber hues. Light lace and whispy head. Somewhat sweet astringent aroma.

Smooth and undercarbonated with cloyingly sweet cooked veggie taste. Mouth coating sweetness and smooth. Almost no trace of bitterness to offset the sweetness.

Very high in alcohol. I only remember my first one. The rest was little blurrier than I expected.

psugrad98, Dec 13, 2004
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.