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.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.16/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--Dark yellow body with a faint off white head.

S--Sulfur, skunk and alcohol (yes, and nothing else)

T--Sweet malt and alcohol. No hop flavor at all.


D--Practically undrinkable. Did I say practically? I am a very staunch supporter of Molson products. I really like Canadian and some of there others. Molson Ice (long ago) was the first drink I could actually handle. To drink this is just tragic. Vote with you mouth and don't drink this. Don't even try.

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Photo of ShaneL79
1.17/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First beer I got drunk on. Stored behind my garage to hide from my parents for about 6 months before drinking. Beer was absolutely ruined, and it ruined me. It will always be a memory of the reason it took me another 5 years to get into beer.

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Photo of BigMike
1.23/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.
Pours mostly Amber in color borderline orange. About a finger of white head thats soapy and disappears quickly.

I'm really trying to open minded about this beer. The smell is not good. Its like sweet corn and grainy ass.

If the smell was not good. The taste is terrible. Rancid yeasty corn, sour. I'm sorry but i cannot even describe it anymore.

Mouthfeel was fizzy and each swallow was worst then the previous.

I couldn't finish the bottle. I only drank it because my brothers friend brought some to the house and i was curious. Well, my curiosity got the best of me. I wouldn't even recommend this to someone who just wants to get drunk. You can drink some liquor for that and not have to deal with this trash.

I don't want to be one of those reviewers who rips on easy targets but i'm just calling it like i see it. If i liked this beer i would say so. I gotta get this taste out of my mouth now.

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Photo of rye726
1.31/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

One thing I like about this is that it comes in a 12oz. I know that a bigger bottle results in cheaper beer, but a 40oz of malt liquor is too much for me to handle.

This stuff is pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The nose is of corny alcohol. Flavor profile was very bitter. An average light body. Well, even a 12oz is too much.

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Photo of baos
1.34/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

25.4 oz can into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Doesn't look that bad. Full one hand head on top of a golden color. Decent head retention and lacing.

S: Vodka and malts and grains, not so great.

T: Cheap vodka mixed with cheap American macro lager. Instead of the taste growing on me its getting worse. The first drink really wasn't that bad but as I near the bottom of my jar I just might be dumping the rest out.

M: Lots of carbonation with a light body.

D: Way too cheap alcohol tasting. I like regular Molson quite a bit, but not this one. Super Premium Beer it is not.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.38/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another one of my first beers that i was told to check out because it was "A Good Beer". Needless to say I found out soon enough that this beer isn't as good as the guy had told me. It's appearance is of just about any standard Pale Lager, a clear golden yellow color and foamy head. This had a fishy taste in my opinion. Kind of turned me off from ever having this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.47/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Beer 2 of 2 that a former housemate left. I needed to clear room in the fridge for the fresh case of Budweiser that the new house mate bought.

A: A pretty gorgeous golden amber with a dense, white head. Retention is pretty good, and there's a little lace.

S: Oh Jesus Christ. Cigarette ash, corn, sugar and a mild alcohol burn. Quite awful, really, it makes my stomach churn

T/M: A strange, strange brew. Opening up mildly sweet, with some sugar and caramel, before a sickly, artificial sweetness kicks in, almost Splenda-like. Carbonation is high, enhancing the strangeness of this beer. There's a hint of bitterness somewhere, but this just becomes watery mid palate, and stays that way, before an awful finish that's crisp, sweet and watery (WTF?)

D: Oh hell no, I've done my service for the day. Bye bye.

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Photo of John
1.51/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A buddy had a sixer of this he had carried back with him from Canada. Since he was in a sharing mood it would be rude of me to refuse...right? In this case I should have. Try this only if you like sickly sweet highly alcoholic tasting malt liquor. I could barely finish the 12oz. bottle. Yuck. This stuff should only be consumed with a paper bag around the bottle.

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Photo of pootz
1.51/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the "beer tub" at my Bud’s hockey opener. Yellow-gold.., instantly vanishing cap...fizzy... reeks of fusil,,tastes sweet and rough...alcohol bite and a fast finish This is so bad I bet Steelback is envious they didn’t brew it. complete shit.... but perfect for trailer park meet and greets or campus pub brawls or waking up with your teeth missing...or soothing a busted ankle after an old timers game you were out of shape to play in the first place.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.52/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

CAN you dig what I'm sayin'? The CAN kick is now in full swing. Luv ya, can! 25.4 Fl. Oz., baby!

My best aggro pour only resulted in a finger's worth of head, but it had good retention. The color was a deep yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had an underlying sweetness with a sharply overlaying scent of alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a sharp alcohol taste on the tongue. Finish was sweet, sickly sweet, in fact. It tasted like candy and I know what that means - lots of fermentable sugars = liquid crack. My skull began to hatch like an egg and I thought of a buddy who had suffered a debilitating illness and used Molson Ice (BT) to wean himself off of the meds that he had been prescribed. Halfway through and I began to question the wisdom of drinking the two half-of-a-55-GL drum CANS in my fridge back-to-back. One, it was a lot of liquid; two, it was high octane; three, it disqualified me from ever operating heavy machinery in my lifetime. It was the bubble gum-like finish that got me. I hate that in hefes, so why would I like it in a non-descript mass-market malt liquor?

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.54/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear gold with no head or lace. It seems to darken a bit as it warms. The aroma is of corn and bread crust. The flavor has notes of honey, sweet corn, and a slight hop snap, bland. The mouthfeel is light. Molson XXX is an acceptable beer, slightly recommended.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
1.65/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Not to bad, looks like a typical macro, straw yellow color, but with a slight orangeish hue. Nice 2 finger head but it doesn't last at all ad theres no lacing.

S - Malty smell along with some grain smells and a corn husk smell.

T - Bad, what else can I say. Metallic, sweet sugary finish. Not much flavor at first, but the finish is just God awful.

M - Yet again, no body to this, really bad.

D - I'm not sure I can even drink a whole one. I would have drank this in high school to get drunk, but now its just way to bad.

This is horrible, one of the worst malt liquors I have tried. The aftertaste just makes you want to pour out all of it. Will never reach for another one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
1.68/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man, this stuff is harsh. I really question the production of a beer such as this. Pours out to a medium dark yellow color with lower carbonation. Harsh smell of alcohol is first noted, with little else as it's very over powering. Initial flavor is of cooked corn and alcohol, with a slightly chemical taste on the finish. If you're looking for a quick trip to drunk-ville, this is the ticket. Worth a try, but get this stuff as cold as you can to prevent vomiting.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
1.68/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
1.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I love "American Malt Liquors" but this Canadian pornomalt is awful. I bought a whole entire oil can to drink, and I must say it caused me great suffering. Molson XXX is super-astringent and terribly hard to drink. 7.3% is a good strong percentage for a malt, but not if it tastes this bad. Worthless. Tastes hot and cheap, and furthermore the can design is absolutely repellent and warns you against the almost total lack of refreshment this beverage provides. Maybe it's better in the bottle? I may never know.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is my favorite for NY Ranger/NY Islander games. The main reason is because it is 8.6% alcohol. The color is a decent coppery color. The smell is on the slightly skunky side. The flavor is of strong alcohol along with a syurpy sweet taste. The mouthfeel is on the cloying side. During a rivalry I wouldnt want any other beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big 25.4oz can, a paltry $2.29 from Lebanon Village Market in Lebanon NH. Code Jun1211 08225L. Served cold in a pilsner glass. It dribbled a bit on my desk, the can doesn't pour very well.

A: Clear, fizzy, pale yellow brew gives a big 3" of white head that settles after a while. Actually a pretty good looking brew. Head has decent retention, leaves spotty chunky lace and forms interesting 3D structure as it degrades.

S: Dear god. Smells like metal and hydrochloric acid. Like something you'd use to eat the algae off the bottom of a boat that had been in the water for a long time. I guess that's one way to hide this much EtOH in a brew this thin.

T: Mix of acid and alcohol up front and throughout. A good dose of metal. A bit of corny sweetness peeks out mid-palate. No hops at all. Finishes with alcohol on my breath and metal in my mouth.

D: Thin and watery, with a weird bit of corn sweetness viscosity. Serve this brew no more than ice cold and it might be tolerable. I put it in the freezer before attempting to finish the rest.

I probably haven't had this since college (~10yrs?) and I don't remember it being nearly this bad. Has my palate evolved delicate sensitivities, or has this gotten worse, or is this a bad can? Who knows. Battery acid. Battery acid. Bleh. Drain pour the rest (2/3 of it)

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Photo of erosier
1.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a bright yellow color with a short and airy white head that laces the glass some on the way down. The smell is of faint malts, faint hops, and then alcohol. The taste is mainly of booze with some faint light malts and some hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is crisp but kind of harsh due to the amount of alcohol in it. The drinkability is not very good, but if you're looking for a beer just to get you drunk, this is it.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.76/5  rDev -29.9%
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!

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Photo of steinlifter
1.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This poured a medium-golden, no head, just a thin sudsy collar.
Smell was vague and grainy.
Taste was a sharp alcohol flavor,which subsided into a sweet and grainy flavor.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, watery, bit of creaminess.
drinkability in my opinion is not good.
Frankly I was really disappointed. I was expecting a beer that tasted like other Molson products I have had such as "Molson Golden", instead I ended up with something that tasted like really cheap American Malt Liquor and at $8 a 6-pack I expected a much better quality product. I did not care for this at all.

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Photo of giblet
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the first molson i had was as a freshman in high school. two buddies and i sucked down a twelver of molson golden. we loved it. i have liked molson for a long time.

with that being said, this is not good beer. pale color, alcohol smell and taste. not much else to say. it lacks character, body, and just about everything else. i have four more from my sixer, i guess i will finish them with some hot wings since i dont like the taste anyway

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of MadElf25
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When i first had this beer i used it to get drunk faster because of the ABV was higher then i then the usual beers that i had seen, but unfortunatly it is very harsh going down and the taste is quite bitter, this beer is not for beginner drinkers. the smell is undesirable so be prepared for it to taste the same.

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Photo of MTNboy
1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Dark bronze with an amber hue. As weird as this may sound it almost looks like watered down honey. It is fizzy and has an off white head.

Smell- Sweet it smells like cheap malt liquor.

Taste-It has an off bitterness and a sour fruit like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Average.

Drinkability- Great if you are just trying to get drunk.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
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

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Photo of Kinsman
1.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 25.4oz can (roughly 750ml I guess) into a pint glass. Bought this as a joke to celebrate a friends birthday and now I'm left to consuming it.

Crystal clear light amber/dark golden color with a bit fizzy white head to start but quickly fades.

Sweet and grainy on the nose and just a touch of alcohol as well. Hops seem non-existent. As it warms the little bit of sweet malt notes it had disappear and are replaced by a metallic tin-like aroma.

Taste is just about what one would expect, however a bit watery for a relatively high ABV macro. Some bread and cereal like characteristics. A bit of corn as well. Hop bitterness seems stale at best. The only reason this doesn't score lower here is because the wateriness keeps anyone flavor from completely ruining it all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated but a bit too boozy. Overall, there isn't much you can say about this beer. It only exists so Queebs can get drunk for no more than a toonie or two.

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