Molson XXX | Molson Coors Canada

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62
poor
552 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
552
Reviews:
227
Avg:
2.51
pDev:
26.29%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
96
For Trade:
0
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Photo of hero27
1.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

absolutely gigantic 25.4 oz can..
7.3% abv

Pours a light amber/gold with a small head of eggshell foam.
Aroma of sour corn grain & diacetyl..
Harsh caramel malt flavor and a generally lackluster overall flavor (even for a malt liquor..) Has a slight metallic, tainted rubber aspect to it as well.
Slick, sluggishly carbonated mouthfeel.
all things considered, the drinkability is pretty poor..massive can and oily body really turn me off..i can't really see myself drinking this again for any reason.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pint. golden color, white head. good lacing and rather nice retention level.

S: big and rich corn malt aroma, some alcohol esters.

T: I get some corn and wet cardboard, or at least the aftertaste does. some flowery flavors.

M: a little heavy, body-wise. good carbonation.

D: good drinkability, but nothing outstanding. good for a cheap buzz.

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Photo of DrJay
2.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, a little darker yellow than I expected, basically gold in color. It had a two finger cap of bright white, soapy bubbles that fell quickly, but left behind a surprising amount of clumpy lacing. A thin skim and collar stuck around for quite a while. Aromas of cooked corn, very sweet, a little bit of malt, no hops. Just a bit of alcohol here too. Not much in the way of bitterness, which let the sickly veggie sweetness shine through. Faint hit of hops near the end. Quick finish as far as the sweetness went, but there was some lingering coarse bitterness with a tingly alcohol/warmth. There's a little more body here than your standard industrial lager, which tempers the coarse carbonation just a little bit. Quite dry even with all the sweetness, and since it's not very crisp that really makes it less than an appealing drink after the first half glass. The best thing I can say about this beer is that if you're looking for a buzz, it's cheap and will get the job done.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear straw color with lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface. The head lasts for a surprisingly long time, providing an audible fizz as it settles to a thin cap. No lacing.

Husky and slightly acerbic malt aromas along with a little bit of sharp alcohol.

Lots of sweet flavors mixed with some lightly perceived alcohol. No hops to speak of, although they may be in there. Light bodied and highly carbonated. The finish is dry and clean.

Not really an expert of this style. This one didn't seem to be all that awful. It's no masterpiece, but drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For some reason gorcery stores in Va Beach carry almost no Canadian beer except Labatt's and this crap. This XXX is so popular the grocery store by my apartment sells it in singles! I finally broke down and bought one since I was on a Canadian fixation (hockey camps started is what I think got me). Poured a very light gold color with decent carbonation but a flatlining head. Mild alcohol smell in the nose, but this is mostly grains and barley with water. An alcohol burn reminiscent of St. Ides hit me.
There is nothing here but a sharp alochol burn that leads to a watery yet syrupy flow over the tongue and then a tastebud killer of a backbite. No way and I am going to have more than one of these w/ 7.3% ABV. If I said it was better than St. Ides would that really matter? Because it isn't - I was a sucker for that sugariness that they put in St. Ides when I was in high school...er, college.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled out of an oversize can picked up at Niagara Falls. Poured into my pint glass with a big, fluffy beige head that became a nice, sticky cap. Very good lacing and retention for a macro-brew. Bronze color completes an overall good looking beer. The aromas were strange, musty and stale like beer spilled on hay. The flavors were thankfully better than the aroma but still quite pungent, a syrupy sweetness like karo syrup obviously being used to mask the 7.3% ALC. Bitter hops in the middle and more caramel malt sweetness at the end. Slightly metallic. For being what it is (mass produced malt liquor) this is pretty good. But it's still tough to down one and the best I can say for it is A for effort but C for execution.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
1.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I should have known just by looking at the label. Black label with triple X. Exclamation of ABV content, and of course the real killer, a statement of how "super premium" the beer is. All crappy beers put "premium" or "highest quality" on their labels.

back to the beer

Pours medium gold and clear. Minimal head and carbonation. Smell is somewhat like sweaty pocket change, metallic, electrical? Taste is immediately alcoholic and quite grainy. It's as if I was going to crack a bottle of listerine and quickly get to gargling. Oddly enough the aftertaste is not as brutal as one would guess due to all the graininess. Mouthfeel is watery, astringent, lame. Drinkability is nil, I wanted to pour this down the drain almost immediately after opening.

If there is a ghetto in Canada, this is what the kids are drinking in the hood.

Thumbs down.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Very macro looking being clear and golden with a big white head

S: Extremely grainy and bready with cereal grains, but some hops noticeable as well

T: The taste is of tons of cereal grains with a nice hop touch. The alcohol is definitely present

Overall, this is not a horrible beer, but it definitely has a kick

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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 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 orcasteve
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

drank from a 25.4 oz can, this is the best that molson has to offer and it suckes, i drank many of these at 18 when i would go over the border into canada and then agan at 21 in school at beer pong partys. i hadent had one in awile so i got a can, some things are better left in the past. this is the case with this beer, its got the flavor of sour corn and thats about it. this is only good for funniling so you cant taste it. nasty nasty nasty, dont ever drink this if you respect yourself

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Photo of kinger
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My bachelor party was in Windsor, Ontario so my friends and I picked up a case of the XXX and a case of Molson Canadien to drink in the hotel before we hit the town. There were six of us so we each had four of the XXX's as we got ready. I love beer and have always had a damn high tolerance, let me tell ya after four of these bad boys I was definately feeling the flow. A great start to a fantastic night. The flavor is average at best, but lets be honest you don't plunk down yer cash on this beer for the aroma, appearance, or mouthfeel. You buy it because it will get ya going and quick. Just be sure to treat this one like a lady cause she will kick you in the balls if you abuse her.

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Photo of far333
3.01/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright and clear straw-yellow colored, with a big white head of tight foam that lingers longs.

Low aroma of corn, grainy sugar and floral notes.

Flavor of sweet and syrupy maltiness initially, followed by some mild phenolic band-aid notes. Some sweet apple and pear emerges also. Alcohol does not seem to detract.

Slick and slippery mouthfeel, but finishes a bit crisp.

Average drinkability, actually better than I expected.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.46/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a modest rocky white head with good retention and some moderate lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of macro-twang, some pale malts, a decent hop presence in the vein of a pilsener and a little touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is wet, smooth, moderate body. The flavor isn't too bad here...it's macro, but with more body. There is a decent underlying body, some well-balanced malt sweetness with some decent hop flavor and mild hop bitterness. Cleanly fermented with not many off flavors, although there is a faint higher alcohol flavor hanging in the aftertaste.

Overall, as far as "Ice" beers and malt-liqours go, this ain't too bad. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't pay more than $5.99/6 for it.

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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 rtratzlaff
2.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Solid white head sits above a gold bodied beer.
Produces some decent lacing.

Smells are super sweet with alcohol.

Taste is actually not as horrible as I expected. There is a good body that makes teh first sip actually slightly enjoyable. I have a feeling this will change. Ah, there it is... a slightly harsh flash of alcohol and grain. I am pretty sure there is a good bit of corn in this beer producing that adjuncty flavor and well as giving the mouthfeel a slight creaminess.
I really think the mouthfeel is what saves this beer from being completely unfit for consumption.
There's not a ton of flavor, but it isn't completely offensive in what is there. I can feel this numbing my brain though, so I won't finish the 25.4 fluid oz black can proudly displaying the ominous XXX. Molson XXX, Super Premiums Beer? It is two out of those three.

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

Poured from 12oz to standard pint, 3 finger white head, a nice golden amber hue.

smells of alcohol, rice, malt, yeast, corn

taste is sugary sweet, like yeast has been feeding off of sugar to boost alcohol (a typical malt liquory taste i suppose) , apples, corn, kinda astringent, fairly easy to drink for abv, bitterness, nothing really unique or tasty

mouthfeel is dry, watery and bitter

def. not the best malt liquor i've had, but hey - not completely horrible either.. i thought it drank fairly smooth for what it was.

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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 BBM
2.43/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank this tailgaiting, which I am convinced is the only way to drink a beer like this. It pours clear yellow with a foamy head. Aroma is sweet with notes of vegetables and corn.

Well it'll put hair on your chest, but that's not a good thing here. I think the key to drinking a beer like this is to just not think about it. Unlike more innocuous macros, this one is on a mission to get you drunk, fast, and with wreckless abandon. Despite that, I found myself knocking back 3 before it was all said and done. But it's not something I would recommend unless you want to get drunk on the cheap.

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Photo of thartman
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I actually picked this up because,.. #1. I was intrigued by the product, and #2, I had company coming over and I wanted a macro type brew available for those "less adventurous" towards my normal stash. I actually used to drink Molson Golden and have sampled Molson Canadian and Molson Ice at the Hockey game, and thought that this may be a step up. Wrong!

Poured a straw yellow, with one finger head. My glass was frosted, and it seemed to diminish the head rather quickly. Smell of grain and corn, and the alcohol hits immediately on the palate. Quite watery, with a heavy alcohol tasting finish.

Overall, not very impressed. Luckily, my guests did not even try one. Opinion?... not one of Molsons better products.

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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.

giblet

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up because I was broke, and I liked Molson Canadian. Big mistake.

Poured a clear golden yellow, nothing fancy, alot of head, last about 10 minutes and then disappeared, left minor lacing.

Smell was..alcohol..not much else, maybe a bit of malt.

Initial taste was a bit sour, alot of alcohol and a super sweet finish. Felt miserable after my first sip.

Mouthfeel wasn't great either, not alot of carbonation, felt undercarbonated.

Drinkability is low, if you want a session beer with a tad higher ABV, like this ones 7.3, look elsewhere. Even if your broke, try something else.

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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 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 rajendra82
2.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden yellow body was fairly good looking, and the good deal of forced carbonation resulted in a thin but durable head. The smell was better than I was expecting. Sweet corn smell was in there for sure, but a touch of hops was noticeable as well. Taste was sugary, syrupy, and watery, and there was not much flavor to be had from this over processed beer. It was not off putting by any means, just bland. A slight hop bitterness and a sourish aftertaste was the only nod towards complexity, intentional or otherwise. Not a bad feeling beer, as the body was creamy and a little sticky. Good thing I only picked up a single of this one from Green's, as one is probably good to get the review under the notch. Two would be one too many.

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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
2.51 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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