1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

Not Rated.
Molson XXXMolson XXX

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

441 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 441
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 26.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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)
View: Beers (54) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Molson XXX Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 376-400 | 401-425 | 426-450  | next › last »
Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 212 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hustlemuscle


2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label says 'Super Premium Beer.' I don't know if this is because of the high alchohol content, or because they, Molson, put a bit more effort into brewing it than they do their other beers.

It seems clear the reason for this beers existance is for people to get drunk, and quickly. It is a pale yellow, and poured a weak head and left very little lace. It is very carbonated. It smells pretty bad, actually, a bit like a Bud but a bit more acrid.

But for it's vaguely unpleasant appearance, and sour smell, it actually tastes pretty good. One of the better macros that I have ever had, and goes down smooth, so smooth you can find yourself in trouble pretty quickly-if you can stomach it at all. Tastes more like corn than anything, and water more than anything like corn. Oddly refreshing, but certainly not a 'premium beer.'

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 01:29:38 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of chilidog


3.35/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first for me of the Molson line-up and it turns out to be a pretty good XXX. The beer pours a pure, clean looking gold with a smaller than expected white head that settles to a thin film after abit. Lace is carbonated and shortlived on the glass. The nose is alittle grassy with hints of alcohol. The taste is of alcoholic malt thats brown sugar sweet. Not too sweet but balanced by the alcohol more than the hops, which tend to hide. The mouth feels carbonated, perhaps an adjuncts feel,soft cotton. Drinkability is smooth. Make it cold for a crisp alcoholic bite. Not a bad offering to lead me to look into others in this line.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 03:14:48 | More by chilidog
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprise from Molson. I have not been a fan of them in the past, but a trip to Niagra Falls over the weekend changed that a little. Poured a pale straw yellow color with an average head and little retention. The smell was grain with litle corn, but little else when it comes to sensing adjuncts. The taste was less grainy and a bit more hoppy.
The alcohol content isn't what I expected it to be. I though it would be higher. I'm glad. It didn't taste like a high alcohol beer. It was good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:06:56 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of beergeek279


2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is light golden, with a bit of bubbly white head. The smell is a light malt. The taste is a light maltiness with just the slightest bit of hoppiness with just a bit of adjunct off-taste in the aftertaste, and alcohol isn't honestly noticable. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have another one at some point.

Like most of the reviewers have mentioned, I bought this at Canadian duty-free shops under the idea that "Wow, this is high alcohol, and cant get it in the US" and when I saw it in the cooler at Sapphire's, figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't quite as bad as I expected, and though not a world beater (and I've clearly had ABVs far higher), it's not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 04:11:22 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Fiset35

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally, this beer could only be purchased over in Canada--it's high alcohol content (7.3%) insures a quicker trip down the slide of intoxication.

Molson XXX was recently released in New York (Dec '03), and I was eager to be able to purchase a 12 pack right down the road-instead of having to hit up your friendly Duty Free.

The appearance of this beer is well kept. It looks like a delicious beer when poured, and has a creamy head. Less desirable straight from the bottle, but still good. Best when served *very* cold. You can definately smell the alcohol content well before the beer hits your lips - it is a very potent beer.

As for the taste; you may be overwhelmed by the sharpness of the alcohol if you have not had a beer like this before - however, the "bite" wears off soon after your first few mouthfuls. Molson XXX's taste is well received for such a high alcohol content--bitter, yet refined, and most importantly, not overbearing.

This isn't your father's beer. It's pleasing and relatively easy to drink for it having so much wallup in it. Molson XXX advises on it's packaging that "this is ultra premium beer, and to drink in moderation". Because of the alcohol content (7.3%), this may be good advice, but none the less, it is a pleasure to enjoy almost anytime.


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 17:30:42 | More by Fiset35
Photo of putnam


3.63/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "strong pale lager or pilsener" category is populated with North American malt liquors and ice beers as well as many entries from the Baltic nations. There are currently 22 beers on this site with "XXX" in their names.

I'm unsure of the quality, especially as it pours a pale yellow, so the glass is filled only half way. There is no head to speak of. The nose, however, offers a spicy parade of pineapple, porridge and cane juice. On the palate it is strong and sweet with chewy, fruit gum and tea flavors. Fizzy and dry with slightly rancid tannins on the finish, this is serious beer. Secondary elements of butterscotch, paper, sweet alcohol, <a href="http://get-access.com?" onmouseover="window.status = 'goto: flowers';return 1" onmouseout="window.status=''">flowers</a> and green wood appear as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 01:13:22 | More by putnam
Photo of rabidawg


3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. This is Canadian Malt Liquor, pure and simple. Pours golden with a fizzy, short-lasting white head. Aroma is harsh, fusel alcohol and sweet adjunct. Flavor is surprisingly full for such a beer, with no watery taste whatsoever, and is actually beer-like. But if you let this beer get anything greater than fridge temps and you'll feel it's wicked punch, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Decent malt liquor, and I'm reviewing it as such.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 21:28:04 | More by rabidawg
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the stuff of legend back in college when we had to cross the border to drink. Most of that legend, I'm sure, was non-availability in the states, and the 7.3 ABV.

However, now that it's being sold here, a review is in order. Aroma is almost pilsner like, but with a processed, cooked-corn DMS whiff. Fairly sweet, with only mild adjuncts lurking. To it's credit, this doesn't have the gym-sock off flavor of Canadian. However, the high alcohol is very conspicuous. Tastes about 1 part vodka to 2 parts simply-adequate lager. It may be observer error due to the very noticable alcohol flavor, but I feel buzzed after one bottle.

Really not horrible for a macro, and packs a punch; I can see why it was hallowed back in the day. Throw in a fancy yeast, a little more malt, and you could convince people they had something exotic and expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 23:49:16 | More by shirfan
Photo of bigbubba


2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing impressive about the look or smell of this beer. The taste is alright. Better than most other macro-brewed beers. The flavor is pretty good when ice cold, don't let it warm up. In fact one nice thing about the higher alcohol content is that you can get it colder in the freezer without freezing it than regular Molson. It has a good mouthfeel considering it's competition (Molson Can., Bud, etc.). Somehow it is very drinkable but can easily sneek up on you. I could definitely down a few of these with some hot wings while watching the Red Wings. But there is so much more out there to try why bother.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 00:22:15 | More by bigbubba
Photo of Ianhockey91


2.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours out with a straw color (much like any of the big 3 beers here in the states) and a white head with little to no head retention. Perhaps the best way to describe this beer is by calling it molson golden on steriods. Not a great beer not a bad one, it does not have too much flaver, very little hops, and very little malt, however it does have a kick which makes it almost worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 21:34:07 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of mschofield


2.6/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strong alcohol kick and taste, the story I've been told is this cannot be imported to the US because it would have to be labeled as malt liquor and Molson doesn't want that, it exists mainly to be in duty free shops waiting for Americans to bring it home (both 'facts' from Canadian bartenders - they sound good enough to me). Straw color, light head. I started buying it when I first started drinking, and even now years later I'll still pick it up every time I come back from Canada. Most of the appeal is as a forbidden fruit. It's better than AB products in every way - color, taste, ABV. King of the macrobrews.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 18:57:57 | More by mschofield
Photo of Ahhdball


2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold with a very short head that was short lived. Smelled like an average beer but seriously, this isn't a "taste me I'm a great beer". It's got 3 huge, silver X's on the front! This is the beer for slamming and getting ripped faster than the other MacroCrapperies can do it. Might as well enjoy the taste while you're doing it but like it's little brother Bradour it better be going down cold!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 23:16:50 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of scottum


2.73/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice potent canada brew... My folks left a few in the fridge for me so I drank them. Not a great beer, but it acomplishes what it sets out to acomplish. Da buzz comes on quick. Better than other non US import brews from canada that I've sampled

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 11:05:26 | More by scottum
Photo of inebrius


2.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sulfurous odor hits the nose like an errant high-stick dipped in stewed vegetables. Cloying flavor is only accentuated by the hops. Ugh. Ice-brewed: I think I'd rather eat the leftover ice than drink a triple X. Unless you're a sadist, not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 20:28:27 | More by inebrius
Photo of jtw5877


2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden/yellow hue with a thick white head which actually left lacy trails down the sides of my .5 liter mug. Tastes similiar to other macros, a metallic kind of flavor. A present from My Dad, who brought it back from a fishing trip in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 19:48:37 | More by jtw5877
Photo of John

New York

1.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A buddy had a sixer of this he had carried back with him from Canada. Since he was in a sharing mood it would be rude of me to refuse...right? In this case I should have. Try this only if you like sickly sweet highly alcoholic tasting malt liquor. I could barely finish the 12oz. bottle. Yuck. This stuff should only be consumed with a paper bag around the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 09:42:30 | More by John
« first ‹ prev | 376-400 | 401-425 | 426-450  | next › last »
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.