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Molson XXX - Molson Coors Canada

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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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 kbnooshay
2.42/5  rDev -2%
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 +3.2%
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 +21.5%
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 +47%
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 -23.9%
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 +43.7%
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 +25.5%
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 +2.4%
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 +8.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +22.7%
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 -27.9%
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 +13.4%
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
Photo of ChrisBowers
1.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 30, 2004
Photo of theozag
3.35/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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 +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.