Molson XXX
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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #62
Ranked #50,128
2.53 | pDev: 27.27%
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
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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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rwarde from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.76/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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
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3.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

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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LogMoss from Georgia

1.37/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Jan 02, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Oct 22, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev +30.8%
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+

Aug 14, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Jul 21, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +45.5%
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.

Jun 17, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +41.5%
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.

May 26, 2018
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Damaroth from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +75.1%
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

May 13, 2018
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The-Beer-Man from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +54.9%
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.

Apr 19, 2018
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thebadone24 from California

3.63/5  rDev +43.5%
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.

Mar 08, 2018
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taters21 from Ohio

2.92/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice golden color with a half finger of head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smells of green apple, corn, booze, and light malt.
Taste is rather sweet with the corn, followed by malt and possibly diacetyl, ending in some light, grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is that of a lager, almost creamy.
Overall, not bad, but a bit under the bar for my tastes. I much prefer Molson ice to this any day.

Sep 04, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

24oz can bb 10/16/17 poured into a half liter skate mug at fridge temp 7.3% ABV. The beer is golden straw yellow in color with off white sticky head. It is leaving some lacing. Smells a little sweet and maybe musty? Taste is sweet with a little counteracting bitterness at the end. Noticeable alcohol as it warms. There is a barely perceptible hint of the AAL aftertaste but it's largely defect free. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and strongly carbonated. Overall, good. When you buy a 24 oz can of 7.3% malt liquor, you know what you're going to get. This is done mostly without flaws.

Jul 27, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

1.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

24 fl oz aluminum can somehow acquired at a bodega in Brooklyn for a scant 92 cents. Don't ask me how.

7.30% ABV. "No preservatives" (aside from hops, I assume...)

Honestly, it's a little better than I expected in spite of its syrupy sweetness and off-putting sticky mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. All I taste is cheap malt and adjunct. Simple and shallow fare with average duration and intensity of flavour.

Booze is evident, but it's not egregious.

I'll finish the can with some effort, but it's not the worst fare I've encountered. You could do worse at this price tier and ABV, but it's still pretty poorly built and lacks balance.

Low D- (1.80) / AVOID

Oct 07, 2016
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SteveS1111 from Georgia

3.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's different than the macrobrews taste wise. It really isn't that good, but it's got a unique character. Also, the head lasts a bit longer than it does with Bud or many of the other macrobrews. It has a higher alcohol content, but it does have some other good qualities besides that. I wouldn't say it's great beer, but it isn't terrible either.

Aug 28, 2016
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BeerFinch from Michigan

3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really, does anyone at Beer Advocate think any of the swill water beers are worthy? I've had all the molsons and all I can say is that if you're just looking for a basic beer without all the effort and let's face it, 'stuff' that ends up in a quality micro, this one is not bad at all. I can drink one or two without feeling full. It won't wow you, but it won't make you run for the mouthwash either. I'm surprised so many here feel it's so bad.

Jul 13, 2016
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Loxosceles from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look = Dark yellow, golden straw color
Smell = grainy malt and alcohol
Taste = strong grainy malt and sweet...and alcohol
Feel = highly carbonated and thick

Not bad for the price. Especially if you want something with more flavor and kick than a regular adjunct lager. I tried it on the rocks as well. That kicked out some of the carbonation and thinned it down, which made is smoother and more palatable.

Apr 30, 2016
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fortyfield from Canada (ON)

2.45/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look - A touch darker than your typical macro lager, head forms at first then quickly dissipates. Fairly high level of carbonation visible.

Smell - Grainy malt and booze. That's about it here.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, though perhaps the taste is slightly smoother than the smell would suggest. The booze is there but it doesn't burn, finishes quite dry with minimal aftertaste.

Feel - Appropriate level of carbonation. Slightly prickly feel on the tongue but not overwhelming.

Overall - Poor tasting brew but I admittedly gave it some bonus points for the price and strength. When served very cold, this is at least a serviceable beer. Though unless I ever end up unemployed for an extended period of time I don't plan on purchasing this again.

Jan 26, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a narrow pilsner glass: color is straw gold, head is off to bright white, nice bubbly lacing on the glass, very carbonated

Smell is very grainy, very flat flavored, not enticing. worst quality of the beer and only gets worse as the beer warms.

Taste better than many adjunct lagers, funny to think this is tagged as a malt liquor, but i guess thats where it falls when you put these ingredients together and get this result. Barley malt is barely present with a heavy grain focus flavor, corny, hops are flat in flavor.

Mouthfeel is ok at the start, but as it warms the brew becomes sharp from the carbonation and harsher grain flavors. I did have a thought that this brew was not so bad, but give it 5 minutes to warm up and it shows its true colors.

Overall, not so bad compared to many similar in the style and at this strength, but you need it icey cold to numb your tastebuds.

Nov 19, 2015
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cheesepuffs from Connecticut

1.68/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Super malty, super sweet, unbalanced, almost no hops to speak of, garbage. It reminds me of Malta Goya soda. It puts on a good buzz if that's all you're going for but there are tastier ways to get drunk. I'd rather drink twice as many Coors Lights than half as many Molson XXX's. I don't hate Molson Canadian but I cannot stand this Molson varietal.

Oct 13, 2015
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