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 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 metter98
2.71/5  rDev +8%
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 BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev +2%
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 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 oberon
2.71/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev +16.7%
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 mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

one of the worst i have had in a while. grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a pint glass, consumed on 08/25/2010.

dull amber color gives way to loads of carbonation and a light puff of white that quickly fades and leaves a barren top across the glass.

aroma is off, skunked is the best word, with a boozy note that dominates at first. lots of off grain and malts, nothing really saving this one at all, in any way, its just nit gonna work for me. flavor is about the same, a little heavy, but carbonation keeps it from being syrup like, but still just not going to work for me as it was painful to take each sip.

overall i would have to pass and say never again, could not and would not do this one,

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Photo of Jason
2.3/5  rDev -8.4%
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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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 WVbeergeek
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

7.3% abv is the only thing that makes this malt liquor worth it, if your trying to get a cheap buzz and a killer headache in the morning we used to drink this stuff on trips to Canada before legal age however there's nothing that special about it. Pours a golden fizzy tone with white head that dwindles quickly leaves decent lace. Aroma consists of alcohol and sweet grainy mix of malts and adjuncts, no real hop profile. Taste: Sweet grainy adjunct ridden with a touch of rustiness, leaves the palate wanting more no real hop bitterness malt liquor is malt liquor however this is a more tolerable rendition. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a bit more consistency than most mass produced beers artificial carbonation bring on the belches. Drinkability well this beer has no real appeal to someone who really likes beer, however for the person looking for the gimmick of the high alcohol and doesn't know that XXX really stands for a Belgian style triple.

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Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of loose, bubbly head that quickly fades away. The smell is sweet and grainy. The flavor is sweet, grainy, and slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident, adding warmth, body, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, warm, and smooth.

For malt liquor this isn't bad. It's got flavor and body, but nothing too special. There aren't any of the off notes one may expect from the style. Rarely ever do I pick up this style, but this would be my go-to if I did.

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Photo of jwc215
2.54/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden with a thick, lasting head. Lacing sticks. Looks nice.

The smell is not so nice. Doesn't smell like much - some grain with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

The taste is of grain with some alcohol. There is a dryness to it - probably more from the carbonation and alcohol than from any hops. The taste is pretty typical of malt liquors.

The feel is light-bodied. A bit slick.

There are better malt liquors out there. While not undrinkable, this is a bland brew with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of Tone
2.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of grain, slight pale malt, rice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Malt Liquor. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, hint of pale malt, rice, and sweet alcohol. Overall, good appearance, but other aspects are lacking.

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Photo of tempest
2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to a friend for sharing. Poured a clear gold with a slight had. This is a pretty corny beer. The DMS is all over this suck in the aroma and flavor. It certainly doesn't improve as it warms and while at first it seems to be the next best true malt liquor to Mickeys, the additional "character" here (cheap chardonnay, cooked corn). There's worse out there, but there's no real reason to drink it, save for just trying it once.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.95/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tried this as a poor man's winter warmer.
Drank out of the can, so couldn't really give an accurate appearance rating, but it looks clean and pale straw.
Smells of stale donuts, grain and alcohol.
Tastes about the same, some metal as well. Not much different than Molson Canadian, except no skunk.
Feels like water. Burns.
Not that good, but does have a punch to it.

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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 tone77
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, malty aroma. Taste is crisp and a bit malty, not bad for a malt liquor. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is not that bad of a beer at all.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is grainy, slightly sweet, and some rice notes. The taste is sweet, slightly malty, grainy/ricy. Medium Body. I use to like just about anything from this brewery before, but not anymore.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Molson XXX

LOOK: Pours a clear golden color, white head forms and has some staying power, but eventually recedes to a ring.

SMELL: Has that cheap beer smell, mainly corn but certainly other adjuncts.

TASTE: Creamy malt and miscellaneous grain sweetness, and a good dose of processed hops that does provide a coarse bitterness. Still finishes on the sweet side. The alcohol is well hidden.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, slick on the palate leaving a bittersweet corn flavor behind.

OVERALL: This is much better than I remember. Used to pound these in college.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked: Sep2009-04312NB. Sampled on June 6, 2009. The pour is yellow to gold with a whole lot of carbonation bubbling up to a continuous bubbly white head. The aroma packs an alcohol punch with some distant malts and little else. Better than watered down mouthfeel but I would not describe it as medium texture. The taste is of corn, rice, weak malts and weak hops as well as a bit of alcohol. Typical for these kinds of higher ABV macro beers.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
2.51 out of 5 based on 548 ratings.
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