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Molson XXX | Molson Coors Canada

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2.51/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#46,434
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
580
pDev:
26.69%
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 237
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.58/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of ThreatLevel5
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty good beer, I will drink it again.

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Photo of LogMoss
1.37/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

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.

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Photo of KMcGrath
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was not that bad.

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Photo of Tbone2131
2.76/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.3/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.31/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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+

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Photo of Foyle
3.11/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.34/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Damaroth
4.43/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikexw
2.43/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The-Beer-Man
3.92/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great alternative to pilsners, from Northern Germany. Makes a great Radler too for light times and parties. I have already converted new beer lovers.

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Photo of ikidunot
1.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of thebadone24
3.63/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not a beer for the weak-palated. This is the beer for people who have ice water in their veins and spend their winters playing in a beer hockey league after hunting all weekend. That said, anyone from warmer climates aren't going to appreciate this beer for what it is. This beer is best enjoyed in sub-zero temperatures because it will be what keeps you warm. Think of this as the anti-Modelo.

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Photo of von_kaiser
2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jim67
2.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cdub70085
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Velivolus
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Wrigfen
3.28/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkmiller76
3.51/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 580 ratings