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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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458 Ratings

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 27.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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 motleybrew
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%

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%

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%

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
Photo of ChrisBowers
1.95/5  rDev -21.4%

Thousands of drunk college kids from Boston swear by this stuff, saying things like "Ohh, its so strong, they're not allowed to sell it in the US." What a bunch of bull... I can think of a few dozen beers off the top of my head that beat this wimpy beer into the ground as far as ABV goes. With that being said, this beer tastes like gasoline. It does have a high amount of alcohol, but its all derived from adjunct garbage and it shows. Smells like wet hay with cooked broccoli mixed in. Think of this as Rolling Rock at 7.6%. Usually I like Canadian macros when put alongside their American counterparts, but this one is just no good. Its as rough around the edges as a bandsaw and its good for one thing: getting you drunk. If you're looking for a cheap drunk, don't bother carting this stuff over the border, just get a 40 of some American malt liquor and call it a day.

ChrisBowers, May 07, 2004
Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -8.1%

11.5 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin lacing, clear and pale golden straw.

Faint cooked veggie smell with mild husk and faded industrial alcohol.

Alcohol is quick to the tongue, lots of dextrin and alcohol on the palate. Sweet grain and cereal grain with a processed hop bitterness. Rubbing alcohol? Malt twang, rough in the mouth towards the end.

Every-time I sip this beer I have violent vision of sweaty bloody Canadian hockey fans pummeling each-other. I watery beer with only one purpose ... to get drunk, sad beer has to be like this.

Jason, May 04, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
2.98/5  rDev +20.2%

This is, THE Joe Rhodes beer of legend. I do not care exactly what one may say about his beer, my friend Joe has told many a tale about obtaining this brew, and, finally, I have done it. This is not an amazing brew by any means, but I am proud I could have sampled it (eps. during a Flyers win over the Leafs)

This is not some session brew, this is not something to go bragging about to your buddies (unless the like getting S$&-faced). This is nt amazing, but, honestly, it is not bad. It has the sweetness of a macro, adn the hoppy-ness to accompany it for some sense of balance.

this is not a bad, but not an amazing beer. It pour a dark golden color with a foamy head that lasts for a bit. Has some, not much, but some head to go with it.

Like I said before. it has a malty initial taste,and a pilsner-like hops after-taste. Very light mouth feel that could, not is, but could, be rather drinkable. It is an OK beer, and is something to at least try, weather you want to get s(*&-faced or not

PSUDREW, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of wsouloa
2/5  rDev -19.4%

I had this beer about a year ago when I went up to Niagara Falls, Canada. I kind of forgot about this one until I saw it appear in a liquor store by me. This was the only beer that people were drinking in the bars in Niagara, which actually consisted mostly of American kids. It is 7.3% alcohol and it seems like people had it for the simple reason that it would get them f'ed up. I never had enough to get me trashed but I am sure it can do the trick. The only thing I can really say to describe this beer is alcohol. It smells and tastes way too much like alcohol. It is hard to taste anything besides the alcohol taste in your mouth when drinking this. Don't waste your time on this beer unless you want to do nothing else but get drunk, and if thats the case, drink something else, leave this beer for the US frat kids and yups that go up to Canada.

wsouloa, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.42/5  rDev -2.4%

7.3% abv is the only thing that makes this malt liquor worth it, if your trying to get a cheap buzz and a killer headache in the morning we used to drink this stuff on trips to Canada before legal age however there's nothing that special about it. Pours a golden fizzy tone with white head that dwindles quickly leaves decent lace. Aroma consists of alcohol and sweet grainy mix of malts and adjuncts, no real hop profile. Taste: Sweet grainy adjunct ridden with a touch of rustiness, leaves the palate wanting more no real hop bitterness malt liquor is malt liquor however this is a more tolerable rendition. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a bit more consistency than most mass produced beers artificial carbonation bring on the belches. Drinkability well this beer has no real appeal to someone who really likes beer, however for the person looking for the gimmick of the high alcohol and doesn't know that XXX really stands for a Belgian style triple.

WVbeergeek, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
2.53/5  rDev +2%

Yawn...this is the so called "forbidden" molson brew that is really just their malt liquor! This stuff is golden/piss yellow with a small fizzy white head that dies a quick death. The aromas are sweet corn, alcohol and ajuncts. The taste is the same as the aromas, with a faint corn mustiness and a small hop snap in the boozy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but not terrible, and the same goes for the drinkability...This is a bad brew, but pretty damn good for a malt liquor!

francisweizen, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
2.73/5  rDev +10.1%

Saw this sitting in my local beer store and decided on getting it...instead of my planned six of Bigfoot.
Pours with a fluffy snow white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Crystal clear pale gold liquid. Weak adjunct filled nose featuring corn with a light hint of fruitiness. The taste is first a bit of a winey flavor, then an alcoholic surge that's none too pleasing...tastes fake. Some hoppiness tasted along with light malt. Finshes with corn and alcohol lingering. Never again!

I don't know whether to be pissed at Molson for putting it out, or myself for being duped into buying it!

beerluvr, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

all the hoopla and mystique about the infamous 'can't get it in the u.s. because it's so potent' xxx is a load of crap.i was expecting something other than what i got: a moderately souped up molson golden. pours a clear amber/yellow colour with a moderate head that runs away screaming as soon as it's formed. it was literally around for seconds. average, at best. the smell actually isn't that bad here: sweet with some grain, fruit and candy. a bit thin overall, but decent. sweetness dominates the flavour but is often too aggressive. there's a bit of alcohol warmth up front, but other than that, not much. overall, this seems to be a stupid gimmick that'll sell well in the short term, at least. certainly not great brews themselves, but i'd rather a molson golden or canadian over this one just about anytime.

SixpointJMH, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev 0%

Pours with a one-finger head that vanishes immediately leaving traces of lace. Clear golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose has a vague hoppy mustiness to it. Light-medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a strong alcohol flavor (7.3% ABV) with some hops in the background. Not a good attempt at a strong ale or super premium (whatever that is). $1.69 for a 11.5oz bottle. What is this?? A new way of raising prices? 11.5oz is 341ml so it isn't a normal metric size. The bottle *looks* like a 12oz.

jdhilt, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of theozag
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%

Please pardon my low mark for "smell," if you disagree. I'm afraid I am still suffering from some form of cold that includes sinus congestion. I did my very best to draw some aroma from this brew, but was only able to come up with faint sweet and perhaps citrus-like suggestions. Otherwise, I think you'll agree that this is a generally good beer.

Pours gold and settles to a medium-amber color over a snow-white head. That head remains for ten or twenty minutes, though it is noticably thinner by the end. The beer itself looks crystal clear in your glass. Start is flavorful but not overpowering, with a little bite courtesy of hop bitterness. This beer is full-bodied and its flavors include caramel, light creme, and wheat mixed with a generously smooth, malty texture. Finish is semi-dry and the creme feel of the beer is what outlasts the rest of its flavors. Aftertaste is heavy and very long-lasting but not repulsive (though nearly so).

theozag, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%

My buddy picked up a case of this, and I wan't really opposed considering the other selections in a country beer distributor. 7.3% is what mine reads, I've heard they're 7.9% in Canada, and I see them listed as 7.5% on the website. Odd.
The beer is a golden color, darker than most macros. There is little smell, slight alochol comes through thin grassy hops. Slight bitterness, some adjunct taste, good carbonation. The taste is remarkably clean for such a high ABV macro. The aftertaste is of sweet, faintly burning alcohol. This beer is meant to be had out of the bottle, not the glass. It's really very easy to drink. I certainly like it better than the other Molsons I've tried (Golden, Light, Canadian, Export). And it will drop you like a brick if you choose to drink it like any other macro. My head still aches after throwing back a case with some friends last night. Overall it's pretty good, coinsidering.

99bottles, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

According to the label, Molson XXX is a "super premium beer." With an abv of 7.3% this definitely deserves to be in the "malt liquor" category. This isn't as foul as some American malt liquors, but it has somewhat of a strange flavor which is hard to pinpoint what it tastes like.

Triple X pours a pale golden color with a 1 finger foam head which lasts about 30 seconds before thinning out, and it actually leaves a very light, whispy lace. Smell is quite light and neutral. There is some mild, sweet grains and maybe some mintiness and light adjunct "mustiness" in the nose. The mouthfeel is non-surprisingly thin and fizzy. The taste is on the sweet side. I can best describe the somewhat strange flavor as sweet, with a synthetic/plastic quality to it. The alcohol flavor is there, but isn't at all that overpowering. A light bitterness is in the finish. The weird synthetic taste continues into the aftertaste with some overripe fruits and adjunct "mustiness." I noticed some alcohol vapors going up my nose too, although it wasn't prevalent in the taste. The beer leaves a bit of a warming sensastion in the belly.

This isn't entirely bad, but I'll leave this stuff to those that just want a quick buzz. I was really surprised the alcohol doesn't dominate the brew, but I still wouldn't consider drinking this on a regular basis by any means.

Beastdog75, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%

Well I was hoping for a decent offering from Molson and this comes pretty close,pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is lightly biscuity and grainy and some alcohol notes.Taste is slightly sweet and grainy but not much to it a lightly flavored higher alcohol brew but not much to it. Good for drinking with some bbq but not something to savor by any means.

oberon, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
1.8/5  rDev -27.4%

Molson XXX is one of those beers that I always heard my non beer-afficionado friends talk about having to sneak into the US because it was so crazy potent. Kind of funny considering 7.3% really isn't that high compared to other (better) beers that have been available all along. So now we have Molson XXX available at every grocery store. Cause for celebration? Not really. The beer is a clear light orange color with a minimal white head, and no real lacing to speak of. Light malt aroma. Medium body, and the flavor seems more like a standard Lager than Malt Liquor. Very boring mmalt/hops combination, with a hint of alcohol. The finish is bubbly without a lot of flavor. Pass.

Dogbrick, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
2.9/5  rDev +16.9%

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.'

hustlemuscle, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%

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.

chilidog, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3/5  rDev +21%

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.

CBFanWish, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
2.78/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

beergeek279, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Fiset35
3.55/5  rDev +43.1%

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.


Fiset35, Dec 30, 2003
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3.63/5  rDev +46.4%

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.

putnam, Dec 25, 2003
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3/5  rDev +21%

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.

rabidawg, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of shirfan
2.78/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

shirfan, Dec 13, 2003
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.