Molson XXX | Molson Coors Canada

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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 acurtis
2.07/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Knapp85
1.38/5  rDev -44.8%
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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2/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet malts and corn in the nose.
T: The initial taste has notes of malty sweetness and the finish has some hints of bitterness. It becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not a bad beer for the style because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It tastes more like a “souped up” American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25.4oz fat can. Another Molson offering that I’ve only even seen in the States. And 'Super Premium', {cough} it would seem.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with three fingers of thin foamy, rocky white head, which leaves a dense snake of lace around the glass as it quickly sets in. It smells of sweet grainy corn, and a bit of saccharine alcohol. The taste is very sweet corn cereal mash, and even more sweetness, but not edginess, from the booze. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, mostly from the clammy, sugary nature, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes with a bit of the grain actually poking through the morass of lingering multivariate sweetness.

As far as malt likkas go, this ain't actually that bad – just too sweet in absence of the expected skank. The name resonates for some reason, though…

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro breweries making high gravity beers from their regular line is always a bad idea. This beer pours an oily straw color with moderate carbonation. Head retention is noticable, but not impressive. Smells vegetable sweet with corn sugars with some light-struck noble hops for bittering. Corn sugars and hops dominate upfront, giving little to fruity characteristics. Carbonation and higher alcohols give noticable levels of harshness and unnecesary heat to the mouth. Finishes a bit harsh, phenolic, and hot (for a lager). Aftertaste is a dry vegetable sweetness. Does not have a pleasant lager flavor, not is it a pleasant experience on the mouth. But, the Mackenzie Brothers would be proud. Ooh, ya becha!

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1.8/5  rDev -28%
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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3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz oil can.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer covering the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma reminds me of an American adjunct lager - lots of malt sweetness including both grain and corn. Very light hint of hops.

T: The flavor is a little more balanced than you sometimes get in this style, starts out a little sweet from the adjunct malts (grain mostly, a little corn) and finishes with light bitterness.

M: Just a little bit heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a beer that reminds of college, upstate New York in the early to mid-1990s and getting this whenever we went to Canada because it was not allowed to be distributed in the US at the time. Better than I expected for the style, this is actual a fairly drinkable beer for the style. Pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Molson XXX pours a delightful deep-gold and crystal-clear body beneath a short head of bright-white foam that receeds quickly. And although its head retention should be tempered a bit by its 7.3% alcohol, it hold only a very thin collar and leaves no lace. The nose delivers a surprising amount of graininess, however, which is nice, and some minor alcohol, sugar-sweet notes, and subtle yeasty fruitiness. There are no distinguishable hops, but it seems that they might be hiding somewhere in the background. It's crisp in the mouth, and initially bristles on the tongue. The body is medium, and in combination with its lightly zesty carbonation and splash of alcoholic heat, it has a somewhat aggressive feel across the palate. The flavor delivers a basic malt liquor character with no notable defects. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but that's fairly common to the style. The maltiness is not quite as grainy as the nose suggests, but nor is it sweet as some examples can be. A touch of spicy hops are also present, which is nice; and it finishes quite dry with a lingering slap of alcohol.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.83/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of oberon
2.71/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I was hoping for a decent offering from Molson and this comes pretty close,pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is lightly biscuity and grainy and some alcohol notes.Taste is slightly sweet and grainy but not much to it a lightly flavored higher alcohol brew but not much to it. Good for drinking with some bbq but not something to savor by any means.

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2.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 25.4oz oil can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is the same as a typical macro, light malt, adjunct and barley a trace of hops; with the exception of extra sweetness and less of a pungent smell. The result is a very non-descript and weak aroma overall.

T: The taste has much the same characteristics as the smell. It’s just like a macro lager, flavors of malt, corn & other adjuncts with very little hops. However, there’s a more sweetness to cover the extra alcohol. Which is what one usually drinks a malt liquor for, right? More alcohol and less flavor.

M: Smooth but not very crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very tasty, but doesn’t have a bad taste to it either so it goes down very easily with a kick that sneaks up on you (again, isn’t that the point of a malt liquor?). Overall, it’s good for the style, just don’t expect much.

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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1.5/5  rDev -40%

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2.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of woodychandler
1.52/5  rDev -39.2%
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 BEER88
2.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.11/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, white head.

Smell: Chemically, corny aroma with some faux floral hints and a bit of booze.

Taste: Vague palt maltiness with a big drizzle of corn syrup. Medium-high sweetness that, at times, can get a bit gacky. Fake flowers. Touch of alcohol. Drying, mercifully quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not good, but at least it wasn't as noxious or off-putting as some of it's ilk.

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2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's a fine day for Malt Likkapalooza VI. The sun is up, the birds are chirping and my palate is all set for whatever these two bad boys have it store. Molson XXX is the home can today. It must be the XXX that makes popping the tab feel a little illicit, like sneaking into a peep show. I've had too many malt liquors to expect much excitement, but who knows, this one could be the best of the lot. There's only one way to find out.

Slightly more orange than amber; the darker of these two and one of the darker malt liquors that I've seen. The three finger cap is dirtier white than Rockman's and has a fraction more character. It's also the stickier of the two, as evidenced by the impressive amount of lace. This is an attractive beer, no two ways about it.

XXX's nose is on the pleasant side, and that's even taking style into consideration. It has a sweet graininess, a mild fruitiness and a floral hoppiness that I don't mind a bit. Interestingly, there's very little alcohol noted. An amazing feat.

This is a better than decent malt liquor. It's sweeter, more floral hoppy, more refined and less boozy than the vast majority of its competitors, Rockman included. Alcohol is clearly noted on my second and third swallows, so I won't get too carried away. What's a malt liquor without the flavor of alcohol? I'm impressed with this one, relatively speaking.

As is often the case, the mouthfeels are virtually indistinguishable. Both from each other and from the rest of the world's malt liquors. It favors full over medium and has neither too much nor too little carbonation. It isn't great, but then I can't think how it could be improved either.

I'm not as thrilled with Molson XXX as I get deeper into the can. In other words, as it begins to warm up. The same changes are occuring in Rockman High Gravity, though, so this beer stays comfortably ahead in the race for the Malt Likkapalooza crown. Kudos to Molson on a hard fought victory.

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Photo of Jason
2.3/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.5 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin lacing, clear and pale golden straw.

Faint cooked veggie smell with mild husk and faded industrial alcohol.

Alcohol is quick to the tongue, lots of dextrin and alcohol on the palate. Sweet grain and cereal grain with a processed hop bitterness. Rubbing alcohol? Malt twang, rough in the mouth towards the end.

Every-time I sip this beer I have violent vision of sweaty bloody Canadian hockey fans pummeling each-other. I watery beer with only one purpose ... to get drunk, sad beer has to be like this.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.5 out of 5 with 568 ratings