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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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of theirishdago
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +45.2%
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 +12.8%
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 -8%
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 +26%
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 -22.4%
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 -22%
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 -13.6%
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 +20%
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 -34%
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 -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%
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 +0.4%
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 +34.4%
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 -21.6%
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 -11.2%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.46/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rather uninspiring clear straw yellow, but at least the white head is rather thick and sticks around for a while. Aroma is weak and watery, but does have a good fruity overtone that keeps it from being a total loss. Flavor is better than I expected from the weak aroma - fairly strong, malty with a hint of fruit, nothing special but at least palatable. Texture is smooth, if a teensy bit slimy. Not too hot, but OK if nothing else is available.

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Photo of hero27
1.9/5  rDev -24%
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 +7.2%
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 -4.4%
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 +21.2%
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 -18.8%
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, college.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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%
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 +12%
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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Molson XXX from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.5 out of 5 with 569 ratings