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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 46 | 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 pootz
1.51/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the "beer tub" at my Bud’s hockey opener. Yellow-gold.., instantly vanishing cap...fizzy... reeks of fusil,,tastes sweet and rough...alcohol bite and a fast finish This is so bad I bet Steelback is envious they didn’t brew it. complete shit.... but perfect for trailer park meet and greets or campus pub brawls or waking up with your teeth missing...or soothing a busted ankle after an old timers game you were out of shape to play in the first place.

Photo of blackie
3.21/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: My Dad had one in the fridge, so why not. Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice white head that doesn't quickly fade and leaves pretty heavy lacing. The beer is golden in color.

s: Smells like a standard 40 oz. malt liquor, but not really as offensive. Lightly metallic at times. Sweet grainy aromas with some bland hops. I like my ML aromas to be a little more pungent on the corn and grain side.

m: Lively, high carbonation and body on the full side of light.

t: Not really bad at all, but I'm sure glad it's cold. Pale malty start sports a moderate sweentess and the standard grainy flavors. Not much hop flavor to speak of...it's there, but it's very plain. Pretty rough around the edges, probably part alcohol and part subpar ingredients. Cleans up well with a moderate bitterness but a slightly harsh aftertaste.

d: pretty good for the style and ABV

Photo of potownbill
2.21/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank it right out of the bottle on a 95 degree day. Bad choice.
Wasn't able to get a look at it. Never made it to a glass,
Smell was alcohol, some grain.
Taste. Alcohol, grainy.
This is a beer that will impress only based on its alcohol content, but I have had many other beers with higher alcohol content that had flavor, character, and not dominated by alcohol. This one is a single purpose beer. Get drunk fast.

Photo of americanwolfdrea
2.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Now this was a heavy powerful beer. I definately give it credit for being a WAY better quality malt though. I thought it had kind of a strange finish, meaning it left a lingering taste. It does come from the Molson line so it makes it a well brewed beer, but it is definatly not on my list of most drank beers, sorry guys!!!!

Photo of bushbeer75
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

Molson XXX poured a clear deep color with a smaller white head that dissipated rather fast. Aroma and taste is of alcohol [solvent like], light malt and adjuncts. It’s crisp in the mouth with a fizzy carbonation that bounces on the tongue.

Molson XXX sure fits the Malt Liquor style. Its legacy will be one of alcohol over taste.

Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
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!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

25.4 ounce classic oil can; 7.3ABV, oh boy. Dark yellow corn like color with a massive dissolving bubbly head. Grains and sweet adjuncts in the nose, perhaps some light fruits are there. Zesty lip smacking carbonation with a massive blast of sweet grains. The body is medium, the alcohol is hardly noticeable with come and go flavorings of floral-like hops. The palate is pasted with grains and sappy corn. For American malt lovers, run for the door, for fellow BA's, maybe one and done. This has "drink me ice cold and where is the aspirin for the morning?" written all over it.

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

Poured from a 25.4oz oil can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is the same as a typical macro, light malt, adjunct and barley a trace of hops; with the exception of extra sweetness and less of a pungent smell. The result is a very non-descript and weak aroma overall.

T: The taste has much the same characteristics as the smell. It’s just like a macro lager, flavors of malt, corn & other adjuncts with very little hops. However, there’s a more sweetness to cover the extra alcohol. Which is what one usually drinks a malt liquor for, right? More alcohol and less flavor.

M: Smooth but not very crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very tasty, but doesn’t have a bad taste to it either so it goes down very easily with a kick that sneaks up on you (again, isn’t that the point of a malt liquor?). Overall, it’s good for the style, just don’t expect much.

Photo of StarSAELS
2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Allow me to preface this by saying that my preferred brew is an IPA—Dead Guy, Titan, Brooklyn. You know what IPA I mean—one so loaded with hops and flavor it would make a Bud drinker cry. So maybe I'm not in the right category of beers, but you gotta try new things, expand your horizons, you know?

So, given that, I think you should be able to smell a beer when you sniff it. Not so with this one. I barely smell anything. And there's pretty much no taste at all—a touch of malt, no hops, and a hint of the 7.3% alcohol.

Molson XXX looks like your average lager, maybe a little bit more honey-colored than most. Barely a head, even with an aggressive pour.

There's a little bite in the mouthfeel, and the finish is crisp but not dry, which I would have expected in a high-ABV beer.

If this is Molson's idea of "Premium Beer", I'd hate to see what the "cheap stuff" is. The mass-produced American "pilsnagers" taste better than this, but if you're looking for a high-ABV chugger, this one's it.

I wouldn't sit down and nurse this—I'd use it to get a quick buzz with no aftertaste—because something tells me that if it gets warm, it's gonna taste like...

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- light yellow body with white head

Taste-below average. taste is a mix of one you get with a marco-lager and pure alcohol

Mouthfeel-carbonation and lots of it

drinkability-the carbonation masks the below average taste and makes the drinkability average

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
1.76/5  rDev -28.7%
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
2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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.

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
2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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
2.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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
1.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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
3.01/5  rDev +21.9%
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
2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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
2.16/5  rDev -12.6%
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
2.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.