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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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 548
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 VALIS666
2.29/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The smell is the worst part about this beer as it is with most macro beers -- an unpleasant aroma of corn, stale water and cardboard. The appearance actually isn't bad, a medium-light straw with a good amount of lace. The taste is far from terrible, just a bit bland and on the malty side. If you need a high ABV for a BBQ or other sweaty outdoor event, you could do worse than XXX. You could also do a lot better, though.

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Photo of Raime
2.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer MUST be poured into a glass to be enjoyed. Anyway, Poured it into a glass, It came out a standard light yellow, With no head and no lacing. Below average of the type. Definitely had a strong smell of cooked, Perhaps slightly burnt corn. Not too bad, but not impressive. The taste was better than expected for it being such a high alcohol beer. Lots of corn, And some waffles?. Over all pretty good flavor. The mouthfeel does let a little bit of the alcoholic side of this brew come through, Although at $5.49 for an almost certain drunk in a 6 pack, This stuff is unbeatable. Although a warning, This will give you a next day case of the beer shits

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.02/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a large white head. The heads retentions rather weak and it fades quite fast giving way a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heavy of cereal. Corn is the heaviest with a lighter amount of wheat mixed of a slightly metallic and caramel aroma as well.

Taste – The sweet corn present in the nose is the first meet by the tongue. There are light hints of caramel more towards the middle, but these are very light in comparison to the sweeter corn flavor. At the end of a taste, an alcohol flavor works its way in. It’s not too potent and gives a nice warming feel.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good for the style. A little bit above average in terms of body with a medium level of carbonation. Very fitting for the brew.

Overall – This was not what I would call a great brew, but it did have some decent characteristics and did have a more potent flavor. It is very reminiscent of a malt, but with a little bit more flavor. Nothing great, but for the price (while not as economic as a malt like steel reserve) it works.

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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 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 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 BMMillsy
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Beautiful black can pours a deep copper color with fluffy white head. Aroma of burnt corn, malt extract, and a bit of bitter hop. Flavor follows with heavy malts for the style--actually rather flavorful--and a relatively smooth finish. This one is a light-medium on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall, this wasn't very good and yet was drinkable enough to put it above others in the style. High class college beer here.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch white head of medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow verging on golden. It smells of malt and grass. The taste mirrors the smell and there's a little dried fruit in the aftertaste. I've seen a few refer to this as boozy and I'd agree.

But here's the thing folks. This is basically BMC but stepped up in intensity in all categories. How many times have beer enthusiasts vented on BMCs for being watering, mild, simple, etc? Well here's one that tries to rectify and frankly people are scoring it lower than those BMCs they'd call guilty and give a C to. Not really fair. And boozy doesn't bother people when it's from Europe, or an American craft brew. In fact I wonder if you relabelled this bottle with something fancy and craftlike if people in a blind taste test would say the opposite. So, you don't have to love this beer, I don't love it either, but to be fair you probably shouldn't call this bad or below average and still give a regular Molson an average.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.84/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small dryness, but that's about it. In the taste, sweet to dry small malt and a small fruity alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruity alcohol like aftertaste. Light flavor and aroma, but a bit boozy nonetheless.

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Photo of papat444
2.24/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This and Labatt Bleue were what i started drinking, back when it was available in Quebec and before discovering Unibroue.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A very pale, yellow body with a surprisingly thick white head that actually clings to the glass.

Smell: Alcohol infused corn and maybe a hint of fruit but that's a stretch. Strong for all the wrong reasons.

Taste: Ugh, that lacquer-like flavor of malt liquor. Strong but not too overpowering like others. Still not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Some spicy bitterness that feels fake is is probably from the alcohol burn.

Overall: Actually looked decent but it was all downhill from there. Enough for a review and i could already feel a headache creeping up.

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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 barczar
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a large white head.

Aroma is corn adjunct and grain, alcohol and light citrus hop.

Flavor is fairly alcoholic and follows the aroma...sweet, corn, grain. But alcohol is dominant. Esters are present.

Body is medium full with medium carbonation.

Overall, more flavor than a regular molson, but the alcohol really comes through.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six to try it out as there wasn't a singles option where i was at. Light golden color with a small watery head. Smelled a bit of grain and and malt with some alchohol presence. Tasted watery and malty with not as bad of a booze tone as i had anticipated. Malt liquor like mouthfeel with a decent bite at the finish. Not too bad and better than expected.

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

A - Foamy head that settles to about a 1/8th of an inch. Color is of a light IPA. Slightly orange and a little inviting. More that I expected.

S - Slight bready smell with a touch of alcohol and a touch of citrus.

T - Taste is mild but not completely horrid for a mass produced adjunct lager. Slightest hint of citrus may indicate at least a presence of hops.

M - A little hoppy tongue feel on the sides and a little alcohol burn in the finish. Not overly carbonated like the other Molson's that ive had.

O - NOT TERRIBLE for the style but I still couldnt finish it. It just lacks character and depth.

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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 Derranged
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of oil cans after an ugly night. Poured into a pint glass:

A- Clear golden color with a thick fluffy white head.

S- Not too bad. Kind of fruity, some green apples along with malts and floral notes.

T- Kind of like the nose but not exactly. Grainy, sweet, fruity but with some odd astringent flavors to it, can't quite make out what it is. A little bit of booze burn shows up now and again. Overall the flavor wasn't very strong, it tasted a little watery at times.

M- Thin and very carbonated.

O- Not nearly as bad as I expected. It reminded me of a Euro Strong lager just a little. Its nothing more than just a way of getting drunk fast and for cheap. Not something I'll drink often but I might revisit this on a drunken night.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light stale orange with a brilliant clarity shows a strong feverish rise of effervesce. The head is proud, standing 2 fingers tall, creamy, with a dull egg shell coloring. Head retention is very good, as well the lacing that leaves a solid coating on the glass. Strong carbonation, great stay of the head and good coverage on the glass lace wise gives this some pretty good results for an malt liquor.

S: Light nose, very light alcohol detection considering the 7.3% which you would never pick up on. Light sweet toasted maize, clean, non-offensive. Average by style.

T: Sweet lightly toasted maize and grains. Sweet boozy alcohol mentions, some apple and hooch notes most associated by style. As it warms up the alcohol becomes much more evident and the driving force of the flavors.

M: slippery with an oily texture, tingly carbonation but is much more quiet then when first opened.

O: Overall pretty much in line with what I expected. The booze is the main focal point here, a decent visual when compared to others in show but is basically a sub-average drinking macro with a super premium label and alcohol content. Drinks better cold, needless to say.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.11/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured vigorously.. has a clear, perfect looking golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Has nice lacing..

Smell - Grassy, somewhat skunky, and sweet. Nothing much stands out

Taste - Pretty bitter.. Some spices I can't point out, maybe clove. And it's somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick body and well carbonated. The way the carbonation is actually makes me kind of bloated..

Overall - I thought this beer was going to be a lot better due to it's popularity, but I don't really enjoy it too much.

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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 soju6
2.06/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light golden color with a big frizzy head and ample lacing.

S: Has a skunky aroma with a musty sweetness.

T: Has a syrupy sweetness with a cheap whiskey flavor and a sweet sticky finish.

F: Light body, too sweet.

O: One and done. All I can think of is "Offical Beverage of Hockey Hooligans".

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.41/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got to check off the style... so here we go...

Pours an orange/amber color w/ a 2 finger off-white head. The lacing is actually somewhat decent on this one. Carbonation is decent on this brew as well. Nose is grain, fruit, and a hint of hops. Taste is the same, very flat and skunky vibe to it. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste, which is expected w/ the style. Mouthfeel is thin, and not really present. Overall, I will never have this beer again, and I recommend you don't either.

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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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Photo of jeranbrews
2.81/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "super premium" 24.5oz can into a 24oz glass mug.

A - Thick meringue like white head with small yeasty beads and shaving cream lacing. Clarity is high but color itself is a dull generic honey brown.

S - Lots of aluminum smells sadly. Smells like a 40oz. Generic malt liquor smells resembling freshly cut grass, corn and malts soaked in apple cider vinegar, wet rice, and corn husks.

T - Better than the smell would lead you to believe. Has a very distinct adjunct malt taste. No hops, no malts, no honey, no chocolate, not even any skunky flavors. If it were for the aluminum can taste in my mouth I might not know this beer was there. Leaves a slight "golden" aftertaste at the end of every non-exciting gulp. Must be the ABV talking.

M - No overly strong alcohol burn or fusil burn. A bit loose around the edges in a watery sense.

D - Beer does it's job of sending you into a light headed trance without putting too much hurt on the wallet. It's not the best beer around and I hardly think it's deserving of a title like Super Premium. If mediocre is their version of extravagance I shudder to think what the regular Molsen tastes like.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat (phat) can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear brassy color with a off-white head that vanished in 2 minutes.

S - grainy sweetness with a light hint of fuel.

T - grainy and bitter upfront leading to a bit of an odd sweet twang and some fusel alcohol.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it's a friggin malt liquor what did you expect?

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