Molson XXX | Molson Coors Canada

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553 Ratings
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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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of ExtraStout
2.88/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale amber/gold with a small foamy head.
Aroma of sour corn grain & diacetyl.
Peppery, caramel malt flavor but generally a lackluster overall flavor. Slick, sluggishly carbonated mouthfeel. All things considered, the drinkability is pretty poor.

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Photo of cld253
2.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So, I bought this because of the USA playing Suomi in Canada today, thought I would support our brothers to the north.

A- Surprisingly frothy, tall, white 2 finger head that dissipates quickly into nothing, no swirling is bringing this head back. Pale golden color.

S- Cheap cereal grain, ethanol. Faint, un-discernible DMS nose.

T- Like a cheap American lager, with a little vodka in the throat.

M- watery, but faint coating alcohol burn

D- Rough, but, I'm sure you would be drunk fast, and it would become much easier.

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Photo of BigMike
1.23/5  rDev -50.4%
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 dpodratsky3
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden apple juice, pure white 1 finger head, settles to just around the edges quickly

S: Mild malty aroma, semi-sweet, but kind of tart also, almost like apple juice, pretty interesting, not sure how a malt liquor acquires that aroma

T: Kind of buttery and very sweet, all malt, but no grassy or grainy notes at all, just that sweetness, aftertaste is too sweet and not pleasant, still has some apple juice tart notes from the smell

M: Feels thick sometimes, especially because of that buttery note, semi-dry, hard to pin down, but around medium

D: Not super high, strange combination of flavors and thicker than it really is mouthfeel detract

Notes: This isn't a bad malt liquor, but it isn't a great beer either. It is definitely better than the average, but I still could not put down too many. Luckily, at 7.3% you don't need too many.

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Photo of MadElf25
1.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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 Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees The beer poured a big nice white head. The beer was also A nice golden color. The beer was a little sweet tasting but not too bad. Taste was kinda of confusing sort of a sour mix with sick cheap candy. I did not care for it and will not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
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 psujesus
2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this is your "social gathering" kind of beer, i only drink this if i wanna get drunk and want it done quick, 2 quick ones and im buzzed, a few more in a row and im good for the night

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, i think it actually looks and taste(though not much) better in this than a pint glass or straight from the bottle, not much of a smell to it, not a great tasting beer at all(best to just down it), good drinkability because it goes down quick if you dont think about it and you dont need many to feel 'good'

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.47/5  rDev -40.7%
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 theirishdago
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay this is my first time on here filling out a report, so please don't be so critical. I haven't had XXX, for a long time, at least not since getting into the craft beer. My local supermarket had this on sale fo 8.99 a 12-pack, so I couldn't pass it up. Anywho, this beer isn't really all that bad. It has flavor and body, the head quickly dissipates, but let's all be honest, you aren't drinking this because you are looking for a gourmet beer. All around this is a pretty good beer to get drunk on, not to enjoy for it's flavor.

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Photo of mycroft69
3.63/5  rDev +46.4%
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 puboflyons
2.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of GeezLynn
2.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This "super premium beer" is best left in its original habitat (the can).

XXX comes with a surprisingly decent head that holds up for at least 15 seconds. Standard piss blonde color of macros. Pungent industrial smell with some mineral twinge.

At 7.3%, I'd like to give the Canucks a little credit on this not-so-bad one. The black oil can with XXX label is also completely bad ass. I felt like a hockey player for 15 minutes. F#ckn A man!

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.15/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark copper.. little to minianl head.. mild carbination

S- Malty and other adjunct

T- not bad.. i liked it .. on a strong side of beers can taste a liquor after taste.. not bad ..

M- easy to go down.. not and over powering after taste..

D- better get a 6 pack its gunna be a long night.. cheers

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Photo of berserker256
1.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a darker-than-standard golden yellow... Darker than the standard Budweiser or Stroh's, that is. A non-stick head that looks like a bubble bath sits on top of the stinky brew. I say stinky because it smells like old musty grain and alcohol. Heavy earthy cereal grain flavor with some semi-sweet wet hay flavor. The two best features of this beer is its decent somewhat creamy texture and its 7.3% alcohol content. Otherwise, there's no reason to ever buy this again. It seems like the theory behind this beer is to take cheap ingredients and turn them into high octane alcohol drunk fuel as quickly as possible and in mass quantities. And that purpose it serves.

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Photo of Duhast500
1.95/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color was yellowish gold, had a slight foamy white head that deminisged quickly.

The smell was malty. Some grainy hop flavor.

The taste was a bit pale malt feel. A little sugary with a hint of grains.

The feel of this beer was a bit different than expected. A macro beer with a good name but not easiest beer to drink.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- golden yellow with a very slight white head that quickly dissipates away to slight white lacing, very slight carbonation

Smell- Slight grain and little bit of hop, mostly a corn and grain, not very strong in smell

Taste- Very light grain and slight corn flavor, very light and drinkable, definite maltiness to this one with little to no hop background in it, just alot of malts and slight sweetness,

Mouthfeel- very light body and smooth and drinkable

Drinkability- Very drinkable and very light considering its 7.2 percent alcohol, the style of this beer makes it very session able and one that you could go to in a bind to get messed up a bit after hard days work for a cheap 6 pack price, nothing incredible though can get alot better even canadain macros, not something ill be going back to anytime soon

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Photo of jrodvog148
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used to be more fun sneaking this across the border when you were only allowed two cases per person. I think it had a different taste back then too. Now sometimes I can't tell the difference between this and regualr molson ice. I still buy a case every now and then. Jsut don't let it get warm. Not one of the Molson's beers high points.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
1.65/5  rDev -33.5%
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 Nascartailgatefa
2.45/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

First had a Molson XXX in Montreal on a weekend trip. Drank it like it was a lite beer without realizing the higher alcohol content until it knocked me on my ass.

I put this beer in the category of lighter American beers. A little stronger tasting and obviously more alcohol content. Average taste(slightly bitter), smell, and appearance(straw color.)

Cannot reccomend this other than to someone who is looking to get drunk quick without resorting to hard alcohol.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one shortly after the Molson Canadian....not a lot of choice at the hockey game. Smoother and actgually more tasty than the Canadian, and higher alcohol to boot. Not as grainy as the other, and there was actually a hint of malt, though the alcohol hid most other flavors and scents.

While better than the Canadian, a far cry from a decent beer.

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Photo of tempest
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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 steeler
3.36/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well well, I finally got around to trying this one. This is NOT a malt liquor, its a high ABV ice beer aka ice macro. Anyway, pours out a nice golden yellow color, with a inch ring of lace, that sticks, and there is vigorous carbonation. Looks nice. Smell is that bad molson smell, corny, wet cardboard, and the smell is definatly boozy, for ABV this high, no surprise. Im surprised this is brewed by molson, goes down kind of rough, has some hop bitterness, but finishes with blast of alcohol and cloying sweetness, decent. Mouthfeel is full, and surprisingly not over carbonated, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good on this one, if you can keep it cold it really does go down easy, but if it warms, not so good. So i docked it .5 for that. Anyway, this beer was great for a high ABV ice beer, drink this for the buzz, not the taste. But i will say, XXX has the highest ABV ive seen for a ice beer (more than max ice) and it really does taste alright. I recommend this.

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Photo of PatrickJR
1.96/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz can into pint glass.

A - Pale straw, perfectly clear. Half inch of white, fizzy head rises and falls quickly. No lacing. Decent bubble activity from the bottom.

S - DMS is a rather large factor in the aroma, moreso than I've smelled in a lot of malt liquors as of late. Vague cereal grain, a touch of alcohol, and a metallic snap are evident as well.

T - At first I thought this brew was walking the line between good ol' macro lager and two fisted malt liquor, but I'm coming to the conclusion that this tastes like a macro with a shot of vodka. It isn't terrible, but it isn't what I'm looking for in a malt liquor. Early and mid palate flavors are almost nonexistant, carried away quickly by the carbonation. Mid to late palate a quick sweetness hits but is almost immediately pierced by a harsh burst of alcohol. Cereal grain flavor mingles around the edges but the alcohol is overpowering. Finish is dusty, metallic, and mildly astringent. The aftertaste itself knocks this beer down an entire half point; a sickening mixture of dirt, sugar, and a medicinal/crushed aspirin sort of bitterness.

M - Like the taste, much more akin to a regular macro. Body is thin and much less sturdy than most of the style. Carbonation is huge and doesn't let up.

D - Despite it's flaws, it isn't too bad to drink, though it's still low on the list even of "bad beers." As a sort of amped-up macro it might work, but it's far to crisp and dry for a proper malt liquor, not to mention I've had beers with almost twice the ABV of this where the alcohol was MUCH less noticable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.22/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

25.4 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a huge 2 inch frothy white head. Head retention is average, lacing is good. Not much to the aroma, it smells like corn, sweet malt and alcohol. The taste isn't good at all. There's a metallic bitter taste which is strongest, along with some corn and other grain. Not much aftertaste at all, which I have to say is a good thing for this beer. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Drinkabiility isn't good, but could be a lot worse. This beer looks good, but unfortunately it goes downhill from there. Not one of Molson's better efforts, that's for sure. Stick with the Canadian, Export Ale or Golden and stay away from this brew.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.48 out of 5 with 553 ratings
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