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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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Ratings: 495 | Reviews: 220
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
2.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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
1.71/5  rDev -30.8%
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
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
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
2.97/5  rDev +20.2%
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
2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
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
2.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of TheLocust830
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had five yesterday and got fairly buzzed, but had the sixth after an Ayinger Celebrator which really mad me understand why this beer is bad. There is simply nothing to it except a somewhat high alcohol content.

It looks and smells like Budwieser (man I hate that crap). End of story.

Taste is sweet and malty, and very weak. Conduscent to pounding. I really want to just finish it and move on to the Franzikaner Hefe-weisse that makes a sweet beer taste good.

On the other hand, i do enjoy the mouthfeel. Quite bubbly and thirst quenching. If you haven't had good beer before it, it is easy to drink in large amounts and get wasted, but I highly doubt any of you beer afficionados like me care about that.

If you want a tastey beverage and a healthy buzz, buy something else, but if you want to pound a six-pack quickly and brake stuff, by all means pick this stuff up.

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

Deep golden body is almost shiney. Head is 2 inches of thick bubbley off white foam. Nose has a dominent yeasty wheat feel. Also has a citrus rind feel, and a very common beer backround. Hits the mouth sharp, fruity and almost candy like sweat. Very smooth with almost a waxy bitter hue finishing off the palate. Has a slight resamblance to malt liquer. Big 25.4 ounce can at 7.3%, I was expecting much worse, but this is actually not bad. Very drinkable.

Photo of tweeder263
2.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a gold clear highly carbonated brew with a half finger head that drops quickly.Smells of grain and grassy hops.Taste of a typical macro type, with a little alcohol warmth in the ending.I wont say its horrible, its not, but wayy better macros are out there.

Photo of Cadyfatcat
2.59/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light golden amber color. Minimal head. Looks like nothing special.

Nose isn’t bad at all. Aside from the metallic alcohol note towards the beginning, there is a rather pleasant aroma of a light malt character with a little bitter hop. Nothing Amazing but something. Hey maybe I’m just really thirsty. Lets see if smells are deceiving.

Not bad….. Quite drinkable for a high grav macro. Watery onset without overwhelming evidence of the alcohol presence. A little unpalatably sweet and tart through the mid section with a grainy and refreshing aftertaste.

If I wanted to get fall on my ass get into fights wasted and do it cheaply, this would be my vehicle. But that might be disrespectful to beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro breweries making high gravity beers from their regular line is always a bad idea. This beer pours an oily straw color with moderate carbonation. Head retention is noticable, but not impressive. Smells vegetable sweet with corn sugars with some light-struck noble hops for bittering. Corn sugars and hops dominate upfront, giving little to fruity characteristics. Carbonation and higher alcohols give noticable levels of harshness and unnecesary heat to the mouth. Finishes a bit harsh, phenolic, and hot (for a lager). Aftertaste is a dry vegetable sweetness. Does not have a pleasant lager flavor, not is it a pleasant experience on the mouth. But, the Mackenzie Brothers would be proud. Ooh, ya becha!

Photo of medic25
3.09/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.26/5  rDev +32%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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..

Photo of ski271
3.19/5  rDev +29.1%
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?

Photo of aksavi
3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of aquatonex
1.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
1.68/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.16/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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