Molson XXX | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson XXXMolson XXX

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2002

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Photo of GrimmFandango
4.8/5  rDev +91.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of grumpyhat
4.75/5  rDev +89.2%

Photo of ksiazewski
4.5/5  rDev +79.3%

Photo of Knock201
4.48/5  rDev +78.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great cold or at room temperature. It tastes amazing and goes down very smooth. I will pay top dollar for it every time. The alcohol content keeps me happy as well. The only downside I can find is if it sits around long enough, it tends to have a lot of head, and in a bottle this can be a problem. All around a very good beer.

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Photo of MrGrumpfish
4.35/5  rDev +73.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Not as bad as they say. It's Canadian beer and is a decent option in upstate NY

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Photo of PhishPhan
4.25/5  rDev +69.3%

Photo of Babaauto
4.22/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the few beers that I like. Mainly for the rich malty hops taste that comes after a few moments of sipping it. Taste is not bitter but quite smooth for a strong beer. Alcohol level is pretty high, may be a bit more stronger than I think beers should have cauz it can give you a decent buzz in a couple.
This is one beer that I prefer to taste each sip rather than chug it down in no time.
Call me weird, but the last drop when the bottle is empty is my favorite of all.

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4/5  rDev +59.4%

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4/5  rDev +59.4%

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4/5  rDev +59.4%

Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce can into a beer glass.

Appearance: The best feature of this beer is the head, hands down. Thick, yet airy, like a cumulus cloud. Dimples slowly down to meet the slightly darkened straw colored beer. Medium carbonation is visible. Not bad from the get-go.

Smell: Fresh popcorn, faint bitter hop aromas, very light malt base. Only a touch of alcohol is present in the nose. In that it is NOT unpleasant, I give it just a touch above average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: For a malt liquor, there's a lot of good flavor here. Beer starts out crisply, with some initial bitterness. As the beer warms on the tongue, the malt actually comes through with some subtle sweetness, almost a melon-like quality. Texture becomes slightly chewy, allowing for the flavor to be released. Aftertaste is almost non-existent, which I have found to be a positive quality with most malt liquors.

Drinkability: Cold, it's a great malt liquor. I'm not so sure how I would feel about it served at room I won't wait too long to finish this brew.

Nice job Molson for making a decent Malt Liquor...a style renowned for its inability to achieve in taste what it achieves in ABV.

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Photo of Danflurry
3.75/5  rDev +49.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +49.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson XXX has a thin, stark-white head, a deep, golden appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a minimum amount of residual lacing. The aroma is bold- sweet grain and a faint hop sting. Taste is of sweet malt, whole kernel corn, and a subtle background hop bite. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Molson XXX Super Premium Beer finishes crisp, refreshing, sort of wet, corny, and surprisingly drinkable. This may be the smoothest high gravity lager on the market. No doubt, it's worth a try.


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Photo of dubman003
3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
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.

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Photo of putnam
3.64/5  rDev +45%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "strong pale lager or pilsener" category is populated with North American malt liquors and ice beers as well as many entries from the Baltic nations. There are currently 22 beers on this site with "XXX" in their names.

I'm unsure of the quality, especially as it pours a pale yellow, so the glass is filled only half way. There is no head to speak of. The nose, however, offers a spicy parade of pineapple, porridge and cane juice. On the palate it is strong and sweet with chewy, fruit gum and tea flavors. Fizzy and dry with slightly rancid tannins on the finish, this is serious beer. Secondary elements of butterscotch, paper, sweet alcohol, <a href="" onmouseover="window.status = 'goto: flowers';return 1" onmouseout="window.status=''">flowers</a> and green wood appear as it warms.

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Photo of mycroft69
3.63/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't get it. I look around this site at the reviews and see people complaining of everything from "industrial alcohol" to "lack of born-on" or expiration date. I've seen the bottles and tried the stock. They are doing everything they can to appeal to the U.S. drinkers. Molson has done much better, but the product is entirely drinkable, as far as I'm concerned. And I think they went way overboard in catering to those south of their border. Having enjoyed the best in Germany and England, I have also been a lover of Molson Canadian Export Ale and their Golden Ale, both produced in the 1970s and brews that have been strong evidence of Molson quality and ability from the oldest brewery in North America.

It's a damn shame that most U.S. beer drinkers have little or no experience with German beers as they are sold in Deutschland, where the beer makers had a revolt to preserve natural brewing, thus showing their concern for quality and taste, and the alcohol content is typically 12%+....and all at room temperature, no less!

And some people don't even have taste in their mouths.

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Photo of manofmanners
3.62/5  rDev +44.2%
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.

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Photo of Determined419
3.56/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fiset35
3.55/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally, this beer could only be purchased over in Canada--it's high alcohol content (7.3%) insures a quicker trip down the slide of intoxication.

Molson XXX was recently released in New York (Dec '03), and I was eager to be able to purchase a 12 pack right down the road-instead of having to hit up your friendly Duty Free.

The appearance of this beer is well kept. It looks like a delicious beer when poured, and has a creamy head. Less desirable straight from the bottle, but still good. Best when served *very* cold. You can definately smell the alcohol content well before the beer hits your lips - it is a very potent beer.

As for the taste; you may be overwhelmed by the sharpness of the alcohol if you have not had a beer like this before - however, the "bite" wears off soon after your first few mouthfuls. Molson XXX's taste is well received for such a high alcohol content--bitter, yet refined, and most importantly, not overbearing.

This isn't your father's beer. It's pleasing and relatively easy to drink for it having so much wallup in it. Molson XXX advises on it's packaging that "this is ultra premium beer, and to drink in moderation". Because of the alcohol content (7.3%), this may be good advice, but none the less, it is a pleasure to enjoy almost anytime.


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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
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..

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Photo of toti1972
3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevinxlovato
3.52/5  rDev +40.2%

Photo of TheHumanSkeleton
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

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