Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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 BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's a fine day for Malt Likkapalooza VI. The sun is up, the birds are chirping and my palate is all set for whatever these two bad boys have it store. Molson XXX is the home can today. It must be the XXX that makes popping the tab feel a little illicit, like sneaking into a peep show. I've had too many malt liquors to expect much excitement, but who knows, this one could be the best of the lot. There's only one way to find out.

Slightly more orange than amber; the darker of these two and one of the darker malt liquors that I've seen. The three finger cap is dirtier white than Rockman's and has a fraction more character. It's also the stickier of the two, as evidenced by the impressive amount of lace. This is an attractive beer, no two ways about it.

XXX's nose is on the pleasant side, and that's even taking style into consideration. It has a sweet graininess, a mild fruitiness and a floral hoppiness that I don't mind a bit. Interestingly, there's very little alcohol noted. An amazing feat.

This is a better than decent malt liquor. It's sweeter, more floral hoppy, more refined and less boozy than the vast majority of its competitors, Rockman included. Alcohol is clearly noted on my second and third swallows, so I won't get too carried away. What's a malt liquor without the flavor of alcohol? I'm impressed with this one, relatively speaking.

As is often the case, the mouthfeels are virtually indistinguishable. Both from each other and from the rest of the world's malt liquors. It favors full over medium and has neither too much nor too little carbonation. It isn't great, but then I can't think how it could be improved either.

I'm not as thrilled with Molson XXX as I get deeper into the can. In other words, as it begins to warm up. The same changes are occuring in Rockman High Gravity, though, so this beer stays comfortably ahead in the race for the Malt Likkapalooza crown. Kudos to Molson on a hard fought victory.

Photo of steinlifter
1.7/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This poured a medium-golden, no head, just a thin sudsy collar.
Smell was vague and grainy.
Taste was a sharp alcohol flavor,which subsided into a sweet and grainy flavor.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, watery, bit of creaminess.
drinkability in my opinion is not good.
Frankly I was really disappointed. I was expecting a beer that tasted like other Molson products I have had such as "Molson Golden", instead I ended up with something that tasted like really cheap American Malt Liquor and at $8 a 6-pack I expected a much better quality product. I did not care for this at all.

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tried this as a poor man's winter warmer.
Drank out of the can, so couldn't really give an accurate appearance rating, but it looks clean and pale straw.
Smells of stale donuts, grain and alcohol.
Tastes about the same, some metal as well. Not much different than Molson Canadian, except no skunk.
Feels like water. Burns.
Not that good, but does have a punch to it.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Grundle20
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
It pours high yellow in to a pint glass. There is a pitiful white head which almost instantly dissolves in to a film on the surface of the beer. The beer displays no lacing to note.

Smell:
Not much going on here which is probably a good thing. If there's anything to note here it would be a very slight mineral water scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It drinks pretty full and foody with a wet hay flavor. The alcohol is strong and apparent displaying unpleasant astringency.

Drinkability:
Quite simply it's not drinkable. The ABV is way too high for a beer of this simplicity. There needs to be greater flavoring to make you feel like you aren't drinking yellow, water, and rubbing alcohol.

Bottom Line:
This beer isn't great, but as far as malt liquor goes you could be doing worse and at least this comes in 12 ounce servings instead of having to choke down a 40.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It got me pretty drunk quick...and i didnt like how present the alcohol taste was. Its a good beer just to sit around and get people trashed with but i dont think im ever going to buy it again. It poured a dark yellow with a foamy whit head that was gone quickly. Overall just like any other malt liquor except maybe a little better tasting.

Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Back in the day... when I used to drink Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian, I remember the beer distributor got this super premium Canadian import beer in and it was now legal to sell in a case in PA. It used to be the college kids would drive up to Canada and get it at the border because it was 7.3% alcohol. I admit, I went through a Molson XXX phase where I enjoyed the quick drunk off this beer but the wrecked morning where not worth it. I went back to Lager friend.

In all fairness, comparing this beer to the other common Malt Liquors around here, this one is less vile and even stomachable compared to the rest. That said it is nothing more than malt turned into alcohol.

Appearance: pours a deep gold clear with a whit fizzy head than fades fast and no mentionable lacing.

smell: Corn syrup, sugar, malt, canola, grain and alcohol are discernable with some effort. The nose seems largely clean and empty though.

Taste: Watery thin with a huge paint thinner like alcohol burn through the sweet malt body and a rough swallow, but then it has a super sweet (cloyingly sweet) corn syrup sugar aftertaste and a residual dry alcohol puckering effect.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly there is actually a malt body to this beer making it nearly medium bodied, with alcohol dryness and fruity sweetness left on the cheeks I might actually thing it was beer that I'm drinking (almost).

Drinkability: Unfortunately the further into this glass I get the more I feel my esophagus eroding away. The top of my stomach is not a fan so one, and I'm done. Good night.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of shivtim
2.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mmm, beer in an over-sized can with a name suggesting pornography. Does it get any better? (answer: yes).
Feels funny to pour this into a glass, but what the hell. Clear and yellow. Very macro looking. A foamy white head. Nose is corn and metal. Like if Corn Nuts had an aluminum flavor instead of the usual ranch or original. Taste is metallic and bland. You get a little bit of alcohol, but not that much considering the relatively high ABV. Drinkability depends on if you're already drunk and/or tailgating.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

25 or so ounce can. Very pale yellow clear body with about two or three fingers of head. Smells sweet and alcohol-ish. As is the practice for me when sampling malt liquors, I poured about a half a glass, then drink the rest from the can or bottle as the brewer probably intended. Tastes somewhat sweet with very apparent alcohol presence. Typical malt liquor. Having said that, I think Steel Reserve is better, and I'm waiting to see how my Dogfish Head Liquor de Malt in the fridge will be, but I bet that's better too (albeit about 65% more expensive). Not too impressed, but I wasn't really expecting to be I suppose. If you must have a Molson, go for the Ice. It's not much or a beer, but it's more pleasant and paletable, and probably cheeper to try and perhaps to buy as well.

Photo of Rudgers73
2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is a filthy mess.

When you open the bottle and bring it to your mouth the first thing you notice is this overwhelming smell of corn/rotting leaves/alcohol. This beer is rough around the edges to say the least. It is ligth and fizzy like other molson beers but then it bites you at the end.

I have had much stronger beers. They don't even have a hint of rubbing alcohol aftertaste like this beer. Molson, what's your excuse?

If you want malt liquor give mickey's a try.

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

This beer poured a brilliant gold color with an attractive pillowy head that left some lace on the glass. This looked much better than I expected. The aroma was typical for the style: corn, vegetable and some sweet malt mixed in. Taste was quite fruity with a light malt flavor in the finish. I expected a big shot of alcoholic burn but never got it. The mouthfeel was light and it was actually a pretty refreshing beer to drink. Hell, this is probably the least inoffensive malt liquor I've ever had. Did I get lucky or something? I'd take this over BMC any day and it was not a bad deal for $6.49 a sixer. I must be losing my mind.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear gold macro lager color, creamy, large white head.

Smell: Grain, corn, alcohol vapors, malt liquor.

Taste: Alcohol and grain, boring, but bad. The corn sweetness cloys the flavor, a bad beer made worse with too much alcohol and not enough flavor to balance.

Drinkability: Pass, this $6 6-pack tastes no better than many 40 oz. glass bottles.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$2.00 a pop, what do you get? Big ass can of sweet crap. Pours piss pale yellow, head hangs around for a while. Smells sweet but not overpowering. Tastes way too sweet, like fermented corn syrup, kinda sticks around for a while. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall more crap from a crap beer company, but if your low on $$, this will work.

Photo of flood
2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am sorry to be so short and undescriptive - but this is like natural light with an extra shot of alcohol - nice try but just not interested. Still watered down and skunky.

The only thing I can say good about this beer is that with the 7.3% at least you don't have to drink many to get drunk.

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

Photo of dubman003
3.65/5  rDev +47.8%
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.

Photo of Luigi
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a big Foster's style oil can. White foamy head. Not bad, the retention is pretty good. Smells like cooked corn, alcohol, and faint hop. Has a medium-light body and is highly carbonated. Alcohol hits the tongue fast and is paired with a sweet grain. Plenty of cooked corn to go around. Not much more to say about this beer. A beer for getting drunk very quick.

Photo of Hibernator
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Molson XXX
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label that reads K31523 01:38B
Served in an 8 oz juice glass for appearance, but I had this mainly out of the bottle

Pours a golden yellow. Mini carbonation bubbles fill the glass. Thin white lace for a head with some spotted patterns on the sides.

Light nose with some whiffs of mixed vegetables and grains.

Surprisingly, the mouthfeel is creamy initially with flavors of grains and sweet malt. Hints of vegetables such as corn with rice lightly drizzled in honey. Mini hop presence somewhere in there too. The finish can be tad harsh on some sips and reminds me that this is a 7.3% ABV brew.

Overall, a pretty average beer that packs a punch. A tad better than I remember it from the last time I had it. Not something I would normally purchase, but one of the better Molson products.

Photo of MarkBlackout
1.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I love "American Malt Liquors" but this Canadian pornomalt is awful. I bought a whole entire oil can to drink, and I must say it caused me great suffering. Molson XXX is super-astringent and terribly hard to drink. 7.3% is a good strong percentage for a malt, but not if it tastes this bad. Worthless. Tastes hot and cheap, and furthermore the can design is absolutely repellent and warns you against the almost total lack of refreshment this beverage provides. Maybe it's better in the bottle? I may never know.

Photo of sabrills70
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.