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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 27.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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 medic25
3.08/5  rDev +24.2%
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 +33.1%
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%
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%
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%
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 +4.8%
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 -25.4%
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 -32.3%
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%
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%
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 +35.1%
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 +4.8%
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 -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of those life sucks beers. Drown in your misery.
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".


kbnooshay, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
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%
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
Photo of manofmanners
3.63/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like your typical Molson beer but it has some legs to it. First the color of it is a bit draker than others in the Molson Family of Beers. And it doesn't have the skunky Molson smell. It goes down smooth, but will fill you up fast, if your not drunk by time you are full. The high ABV gives it it's legs. Althought it does taste better ibn Canada, and has just startes being sold in the US, it is a good stand by beer for that night out. Just don't drink too much of itand think you can drive home afterwards.

manofmanners, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
1.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Well, a friend of mine gave me a bottle of this stuff because he knows I'm a beer nut, and he thought it was great. Thanks for the bottle Jerry.
The beer pours an impossibly clear gold, the clarity you only get from microfiltration. An impressively plump white head forms on the pour, and actually sticks around through most of the glass. Very impressive, considering the alcohol behind this stuff. (Incidentally, it's noted in large print at the very top of the label, which I'm sure is a big point in their marketing.) The last 1/3 of the glass sits headless like a horseman. A couple blobs of lace here and there, surprisingly more towards the bottom, where it actually starts to sheet although the head is gone. Go figure.
The aroma is very sweet, with a big bicep of alcohol flexing and oiling itself like a bodybuilder. Typical macro squeaky clean lagering, with the alcohol adding only a faint boozey note. The malt is definitely adjuncty. I'd like to say corn, but it could be rice. No real hop aroma besides a faint floral whisper.
The flavor starts like it could be a regular bottle of Molson, but into the middle lumbers a big, juicy alcohol sweetness. Some vague fruitiness to it, as is usual with a beer of this strength, sweeping into a broadly boozed up finish. As the aroma suggested, no real hop flavor, just a touch of floral somethingness. Actually quite dry and crisp in the finish, leaving you with an adjuncty sweetness that I'd guess to be corn. Brisk carbonation, lightish to medium bodied, and a relatively easy drinking mouthfeel. As far as malt liquor goes, I'd take it over Olde English or St. Ides.
Don't let the small bottle fool you. This beer comes from a family with 40oz roots. The dry, clean finish is a plus, but not enough to take this homeboy off the front stoop. I think this beer is geared towards drinkers with one thing in mind when they buy a 12 pack. As Dave Chapelle in colonial garb would say....
"It'll get ya drunk!!!"

UnionMade, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a malty pale malt flavor with a little more body than thier other offerings. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and slightly sweet; nothing special. The mouthfeel was good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine strong lager/malt liquor. It has some decent flavor and is easy to drink despite it's 7.3% abv..

WesWes, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Molson XXX pours a delightful deep-gold and crystal-clear body beneath a short head of bright-white foam that receeds quickly. And although its head retention should be tempered a bit by its 7.3% alcohol, it hold only a very thin collar and leaves no lace. The nose delivers a surprising amount of graininess, however, which is nice, and some minor alcohol, sugar-sweet notes, and subtle yeasty fruitiness. There are no distinguishable hops, but it seems that they might be hiding somewhere in the background. It's crisp in the mouth, and initially bristles on the tongue. The body is medium, and in combination with its lightly zesty carbonation and splash of alcoholic heat, it has a somewhat aggressive feel across the palate. The flavor delivers a basic malt liquor character with no notable defects. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but that's fairly common to the style. The maltiness is not quite as grainy as the nose suggests, but nor is it sweet as some examples can be. A touch of spicy hops are also present, which is nice; and it finishes quite dry with a lingering slap of alcohol.

NeroFiddled, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crappiest beer I've had in a long time. Now let me explain. I have here a damn monster mega thirst-buster special. I thought Foster's only came in the short, fat 25.4oz oil can, but apparently this stuff does as well. It poured a clear golden colour just like anything else from Molson or really any macro for that matter. Snow white foam on top that subsides into a thin white haze after a few seconds. The smell is really weak and fruitless. Empty. Void of any characteristics to speak of. It has a sweetness to it. That's about it. The taste is a little sweet. Slight taste of corn. Very thin. Water thin. There's nothing there. The mouth feel doesn't completely suck, but close, but not completely. And at 7.3%abv, I had to give drinkability something decent, 'cause I bet I could drink a ton of this stuff.
Oh yeah, I don't how the bottle is, but this...crap...from a can, really takes on the metallic taste of the can. Not really bad, but alot worse than many other canned beers. If you want to get tanked quick and cheaply, this stuff is a buck nintey-nine for one of the Foster's style monster cans. Get two of them and you're all set. You want a quality brew, go else where.

SilentSabre, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of pezoids
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This "super premium" beer poured out an extremely clear golden color. Softly carbonated and topped with a thin white head that turned into a film after the second pour. The aroma has a strong corny/stale graininess, along with a touch of alcohol. The taste is a bit harsh, with corny malt liquor and funky malts. The adjuncts are apparent in this beer. I think it’s safe to say that you can call this Molson malt liquor. The hop aroma/bitterness is muddled and ambiguous. It seems like they took their regular beer and ramped it up with cheap adjuncts to just increase the alcohol. This beer misses the mark for me.

pezoids, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of davewrona
2.73/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this because of it's impressviely high alcohol content - 7.3%. Way too strong with a bad aftertaste. If you want to get drunk fast - drink a six pack! If you want to enjoy your drink - find another brand. Overpriced and over-rated. Get 2 cases of Yuengling Black and Tan for the price of 1 of these and enjoy it much more!

davewrona, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of motleybrew
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I saw the XXX in the convenience mart, it was the only stand-out on a shelf of boring pouring budweisers, labatts, millers and coors. I was looking for something with more substance and the 7.25 ABV suggested to me that there might be a chance. While I wasn't entirely disappointed with this beer, and I would probably again choose it over Molson's Export, Gold or Ice, it is a large brewing company brewing a beer that lacks real distinction, interest or style. It was decent in the mouth, decent going down, but if you are looking at characteristic that you might expect in a higher ABV beer...it isn't here. I rate the appearance as the only thing straying from average as it is a deeper golden color, and promised what the taste did not quite deliver.

motleybrew, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
1.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a slight hazy gold color with a fast fading thin white head and a few dots of scattered lace.
It smells of damp cardboard and crackers with a light alcoholic whiff.
At first gulp, a malty taste is noticed, but it gives way to a grainy cornflake taste.
A light citrusy hop flavor recedes behind a cheap vodka-like alcohol taste.
The beer begins to degenerate rapidly. At about the halfway point, I thought there was a faint herbal taste, but it never reappeared. If you’re desperate for a beer and XXX is all that is available, and you drink it, seek help!

BeerResearcher, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of canoehornpoint
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with no head. Highly carbonated. Aroma is a corny sweet maltiness which is exactly how the taste starts. This starts like a normal mainstream lager and finishes with a rough, full and strong alcohol taste. Well, I'm not really impressed but I've not fund a high alcohol beer that I'm thrilled with. And this, probably less than most. It's better than drinking muddy water, but so is Bud.

canoehornpoint, May 17, 2004
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.