Molson XXX
Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #25
Ranked #30,034
2.54 | pDev: 27.56%
Apr 23, 2022
May 24, 2002
Notes: 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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2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

This was not awful! Alcohols was well hidden despite cheap ingredients. Mostly inoffensive nose of malt and corn. Flavors similar with some bready notes similar to Molson Golden. I would have another of these for sure in a pinch.

Apr 23, 2022
1.36 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Apr 23, 2022
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2.79/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by neenerzig from Ohio

Got a 12 oz bottle of this for free recently. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this pours a very clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously and rapidly rising to the surface. Has a nice white head that's an inch thick when first poured that settles to a very thick surface coating and a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass and decent lacing. Head settles eventually to a nice film layer of surface foam and there is some pretty good lacing in the inside of the glass too after a few sips. Aromas of some bready malt sweetness along w/ what's likely corn and rice and not much else. Not the best aroma by any means, but not unpleasant or offensive either. The taste is pretty much the same, some bready, malt sweetness followed by rice and corn and just a slight hint of hop bitterness. As I get a few more sips into this and as this starts to warm up a bit, I'm starting to taste an unpleasant grassy, cardboard, metallic bitter like off flavor of some sort. Also a touch of hops. Has a crisp and also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel w/ moderate carbonation. That unpleasant grassy, metallic bitterness taste lingers on my palate after each sip. I'm not even going to finish this one.


Mar 12, 2022
3.04 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
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2.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by hankp59 from New York

24 oz can pours golden with a light white head and lots of small bubbles. A light malt with ad little hops on the nose. Mouthfeel is light with just a little bubble foam on the palate. The flavors are decent with a bit of malt and a generic hops. You don’t get the 7.3% bite you might expect. Has a sweet rather than dry finish. A decent North American adjunct beer. Try it if you like simple adjuncts.

Jan 14, 2022
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1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by xmanden from Michigan

From a can, poured into a frozen mug. Some malty bread corn smell. Clear gold with 3 finger head. There’s a slight sweetness to it and mostly malt. Not great but not horrible. Is it worth it because of the 7.3% ABV? No. If that’s your destination, you’re better off getting a good bottle of scotch or bourbon.

Oct 21, 2021
2.24 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 12, 2021
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5/5  rDev +96.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Bianchi

I read some of the reviews which are ridiculous??? Paragraphes about notes of, and hints of ??? Are you kidding me??? If your trying this beer and you're a beer snob then don't rate it! I tried this brew on my lunch hour at work with a sandwich and some veggies and it was great! Better than a Bud Lite and satisfying for a quick lunch brew during work break. I'm not a beer snob but usually drink good beer, Founder's Short's Sierra Nevada but for a cheap, satisfying brew on launch break, this beer is great! Notes and hints escape me. This is why wine snobs get bilked out of millions because they think they "know" wine tasting. Drink beer to enjoy, not to "examine". BTW, my great grandfather was a brew master from the old country who drank and made good beer and passed it down to his family. I've said enough, enjoy this brew!!!

Aug 22, 2021
3.28 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 27, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rwarde from New Jersey

This beer is a very good inexpensive choice it has a beautiful color and is a a little on the dry side with a maltiness to it, not hoppy. This beer needs to be drank very cold, the colder the better. The 7.3% AC is an added bonus to something drinkable and cheap. Great beer for hanging out with friends outdoors or fishing. This beer is not for snobs or others that need an excuse to drink beer.

Jan 31, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2020
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2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

This beer used to be ok when you had to go to Canada to obtain it.
I guess before the merger with Coor's.
Not it just tastes like cheap malt liquor. Corn and grass with the alcohol biting the back of your throat.
It tastes like the "Ice" beers hot there.

Nov 15, 2020
3.7 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2020
3.51 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2020
2.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
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2.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Another review from April 2017, screw top Molson. I don't even remember how I came across this.

Looks like we've been designated as a malt liquor. Ok, so I'm guessing they went with corn to bump this abv up to get placed in this category. Ok, never found Molson to be all super grain 100% barley feels anyways.

Pours the most common color appearance of anything under the rubric of beer, golden, good clarity, 1/3" white head with poor retention. Aroma of well, malt liquor frankly, corn and rubbing alcohol.

Yeah, taste is largely fueled almost fusel like fueled with some sharp booziness. Big carbonation. Not much for taste here, a stinging booze, mild high alpha acids, mostly corn notes, you'd have to search for something resembling a grain malt bill. I'm not saying regular Molson is all that, but its better than this. Its like they just wanted to amp the abv up and took the cheapest way of doing it. I dunno, it looks decent, and the carbonation and body are light, but you really gotta drink this one super cold to avoid the alcohol bite and sting.

Jul 07, 2020
3.22 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 21, 2020
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2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

I expected a lot more from this one. A dark yellow pour with minimal head. Scent is a mix of malt, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Taste starts out bitter and mellows into a semi-sweet malt backend. There is something off in the taste I can't define. Mouthfeel is on the light side. An aftertaste that is unfortunately dominated by an unappetizing metallic taste

Feb 02, 2020
2.83 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2020
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3.24/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Ipreferwhiskey

Stick to regular Molson. This xxx is very sweet and malty and not very good. It’s corny and sweet. Like you mixed BL Platinum and Miller High Life and added cheap vodka.

Dec 17, 2019
Photo of Bear61
4.94/5  rDev +94.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Bear61

Awesome BEER not fruity taste like a beer should not watered down or have to add a fruit or vegetable to enjoy .Best BEER on planet

Nov 15, 2019
2.87 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Aug 07, 2019
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4.86/5  rDev +91.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Flowitit85 from New York

One of my favorite go 2s! Not a incredibly strong taste with a decently strong feel! True rating would be a 4.99999. Love This 1!

Jun 12, 2019
2.6 by Zaktcc from Maryland on May 21, 2019
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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Bought a 24 oz can at a local party store in order to meet the debit minimum purchase. I figured I'd get something not necessarily compelling, but at least sweet and inoffensive. Well, I was wrong. From the can this one was boozy hot with sweet corn notes and a grassy, floral hop finish. After a few big gulps the booze heat lessens, but that mostly had to with the buzz the ABV was generating. There are other cheap, higher ABV brews worth the time.

May 12, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Not a bad beverage, gets better the more you consume ;) especially for the price a six-pack!

Feb 22, 2019
Photo of ThreatLevel5
2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

Pretty good beer, I will drink it again.

Jan 16, 2019
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1.37/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by LogMoss from Georgia

I am by no means a beer snob. In fact, I truly enjoy discovering diamonds in the rough amongst even the cheapest most overlooked macros. Many of them are remarkably smooth and imminently drinkable. You can casually drink them without noticing or being unavoidably reminded that you have sacrificed a great deal of quality for a very low price. Molson XXX is a beer that you can't sip casually and forget what you are drinking. It's the kind of beer that will have you looking at the glass with a furled brow, puzzled and disgusted each time you take a sip as if you might somehow be able to tangibly see the reason for and cause of your displeasure.

24 oz. tall can purchased from a Kroger store in East Atlanta for around $1.40. Poured cold into Weizen glass. Decent frothy head that subsides rather quickly to leave behind a watery almost non-existant lacing with no noticeable bubble strands flowing upward after about 2 or 3 minutes. The look is quite flat and watery, and color is much darker than I was expecting. Almost a light rust colored hue. Certainly not a classic bright yellow golden straw color.

Smell is not too terrible, although slightly perfumey. Undertones of saturated wheat, yeast and stale grains. Otherwise smell is somewhat nondescript. Judging by the smell, I was expecting a sweeter tasting maltier beer than what it actually is.

Taste is immediately offputting. The alcohol taste is overpowering and readily apparent. If I didnt know better i might think this was spiked with rubbing alcohol to achieve the 8% mark boasted on the can. You immediately know you are drinking an 8% and the alcohol is not nicely tucked away and understated like it is in some other high gravity contemporaries. I dont think the bitterness in this brew is coming from hops, but something else entirely, and I would describe the taste more as a dark sour than a bitterness. But even sour is too nice of a word to describe the taste of this beer. Absolutely foul. Dirty metallic spicy copper immediately assaults the tongue, and the aftertaste is similarly wretched making this beer damn near undrinkable.

Mouthfeel and consistency are also poor. Watery, although there is some slight spicy carbonation that trickles down the throat. Noticeable alcohol afterburn going down, that makes it difficult to discern if the burn is from carbonation or just alcohol. Somehow syrupy thick and watery thin at the same time. Truly a paradox, but not one that has you looking up at the stars pondering the complexities of existence, more of disappointed perplexed feeling of how is this possible. And why? Just why. Consistency of saliva coupled with the detestably offputting flavor makes for a truly terrible combination.

Trying to finish a glass of this is a difficult and unenjoyable endeavor. I want to hang on and finish this to give it an honest evaluation from start to finish, but it gets more disgusting and unpalatable with every sip, even given the best possible treatment, perfectly poured in a chilled Weizen glass.

Much Like Icehouse Edge, this beer took a basic smooth and simple template and crammed as much alcohol into it as possible through obvious adjuncts, leading to a grossly imbalanced final product. I dont mind tastefully balanced adjunct lagers at all, in fact in may cases I actually prefer them. But in Molson XXX, it is too obvious that the adjuncts selected were chosen specifically to raise the alcohol content and nothing else. There was no attention paid to smoothness, flavor or drinkability and instead of raising the alcohol content in proportion to the body and flavor of the beer, the alcohol outpaces Molson XXX's meager frame in all respects, pushing any redeeming qualities this beer might have far into the background, vastly overshadowed by an imbalanced, disgusting alcohol taste.

Overall, I was very disappointed, even though my expectations werent high going in, for a cheap high gravity gas station malt liqour, but I have had many others in this category that outperform this in every way. I expected more from our Canadian northerly neighbors. Perhaps this beer is designed with the sole purpose of warming you up in sub zero Canadian temps with an affordable alcohol content, but there are far more efficient and enjoyable vehicles for achieving this objective, even at this rock bottom price point. I found this to be in perhaps the bottom 3 of any beer I have ever tried. Hurricane high gravity is the worst beer I have ever tried, and if given the choice only between these 2, I'm really not sure which I would rather suffer through.

A truly miserable brew that exaggerates and accentuates all the negative stereotypes of cheap malt liquor, and then some. This beer should be completely avoided unless you are already 7-8 in and are just looking for a cheap nightcap to finish you off . Perhaps then you may not notice just how awful it really is, but again there are much better options to achieve this objective at the same price or less.

Jan 02, 2019
2.5 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
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2.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

Was not that bad.

Nov 29, 2018
2.76 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Nov 24, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +69.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Pours clear, pale golden with a two finger, white head. Aroma is corn syrup and light skunkiness. Taste is sweet corn syrup, moving to some minuscule hope presentation. Finish is all corn. If you love corn syrup, this is your beer. If not, there's not much reason to drink it.

Oct 24, 2018
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3.36/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got this from a beer store in London, Ontario whilst there for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had grain presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bread notes. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 22, 2018
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3.31/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

24 Oz can poured into glass
Look - like any average beer, maybe a tad bit more amber color with some foam not much lacing
Smell - Not a whole lot there, smells like a malty bread beer. Mostly grainy not much bitterness or sweetness detected.
Taste - Sweet. Fairly sweet malt and do pick up some of the alcohol which is to be expected. It has a sour profile almost like sourdough bread, not totally unpleasant but not great either. Not too much bitterness although it settles in after a while. I would say an IPA is a mix of bitter vs. sweet but this is a balance of sour vs. sweet. I don't particularly love the style and so that plays a part in my rating, it just doesn't taste all that great or satisfying, although if your plan is to get buzzed then this is fine. Prickly carbonation but that is consistent with Molson.
Overall, just an okay beer and okay tasting, price ect. so i will give this beer a grade of C+

Aug 14, 2018
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3.11/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Foyle from North Carolina

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 2" sudsy white head drops slowly with some mild lacing. Color is slightly hazy gold with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma of toasted malt, corn, floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a lingering boozy finish. Flavors sweet corn, yeast rolls, and floral hops. Overall: it is a bit cloying and sweet, but that is not unusual for the style.

Jul 21, 2018
3.34 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 20, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The clear deep golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly but visibly and leaves an ring of irregular patches of foam around the glass and a thin irregular island of foam on the surface. Eventually there are only a few patches of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates a couple of sheets of lacing that turn into small scattered patches of lacing that mostly recede to the surface of the liquid.

The aromas are mostly about the malt but there’s noticeable corn here as well. The hops are slightly grassy and in the background.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are mostly about the bready, crackery malt and corn sweetness. There’s also some grainy character from the corn and just a hint of grassy bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with the finely bubbled, moderate and persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the malty, grainy sweetness begins to fade to a slightly grassy, almost bitter and semi-dry ending.

Keeping style in mind, this is a reasonably tasty and drinkable malt liquor with a moderately high ABV and easy to drink. That said I’ll not be seeking out more in the future but only because I prefer a bit more hop flavor and bitterness from the hops.

Jun 17, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 6/18/2018. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light honey, nutty, corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with pale malt/grains and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light honey, nutty, corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light honey, nutty, corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Lightly increasing warmth of 7.3% after the finish. Overall this is a good malt liquor. All around nice robustness of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink for the ABV. Very clean and rich barley flavor profile, with decent earthy hop balance. Not overdone on corn/adjuncts at all. Pretty similar to Regular and Ice, with more barley flavor and body as expected. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

May 26, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +74.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Damaroth from Canada (ON)

I'm partial I like a strong beer. But I also like a smooth taste this beer has both. But it is definitely not for everyone. One or two is all you need to enjoy yourself on a quiet night. Best cold or with ice in a cup

May 13, 2018
3.25 by paulish from New York on May 11, 2018
Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 605 ratings