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KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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67
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Cyprus

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 75
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Photo of Osiris9588
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a pale, sickly yellow. There's a thin white head that dissipates rapidly. The smell consists adjuncts, grain, and maybe a faint hint of lemon.

The taste is sweet, semi-sour grain, maybe a suggestion of hops, and little else. The mouth is light, watery and unsatisfying, with a cloying and annoying sweetness on the end, which is really unpleasant considering there isn't much flavor preceding it. It's drinkable, but I could only see myself drinking it while eating Greek or some other similar style of cuisine.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A giant 630ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Damn this is a heavy bottle!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale honey colour with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with a strong hint of overcooked veg and a whiff of stewed hops. Deeply unpleasant; it only deteriorates as it warms.

Tastes of weak, watery malt and adjuncts, followed by an astringent, almost herbal bitterness. Notes of overcooked veg, corn and stewed leaves. A faint hint of 'hot' solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is light and prickly - pretty standard. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of stewed leaves and veg.

Disgusting. I don't often slam beers, but this is just vile (and it's well within date). Watery and characterless, with a ton of unpleasant flavours. The label mentions maize - I reckon they should cut back on the adjuncts. Even if I were in Cyprus at the height of summer and dying of thirst, I don't think this would be welcome. Avoid.

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.07/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just ok, alright choice vs. bud

Photo of rastaman
1.73/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drinkable, but in no way interesting. Aha! cold filtered, like Carlton Cold, that explains the similarities! This however has more of a European taste and less of that Aussie chemical, aluminium taste, pretty boring though, very light, lightly crisp.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aw c'mon, this one's not so bad. If we're reviewing to style, then it certainly beats most (if not all) Amercian Macro Lagers.

Nice creamy, soapy head, but that light straw yellow doesn't look too appetizing. Looks a little sickly, a bit too pale, even for the style.

Aroma favors a corny malt element, and something sweet that reminds me of butterscotch candies.

Flavor is good, caramel/butterscotch maltiness makes this one of the sweeter lagers I've had. A grassy earthiness helps keep the flavor solid and enjoyable, and somehow I'm tasting the alcohol far back there, despite the minimal 4.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is rounder and creamier than most macros. Slick and buttery, yet the finish is dry.

Go ahead and grab this one over any of the lesser U.S. brewed macros, especially if you're hosting your pals who whine that they don't like "imports"...they'll probably like this, and maybe then you can turn them onto Victory Prima Pils or something.

Photo of Sammy
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible to taste, thin mouthfeel, better than many national brands, Easy drink, just very bland. Cheesy smell, big white head. Could not finish, but would in a very hot day with food to offset astringency in the mouth.Floral citrus somewhat malty aftertaste.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fresh sample from ipogios in a large 630ml bottle with a bright yellow, red and blue label. Best by 14/07/03 (4.5 months to go). KEO stands for Kypriaki Eteria Oinopnevmaton which means Cyprus Company for Liquors & Spirits. They also produce wines, brandy, ouzo and liqueurs.
It pours a bright yellow-gold body with brilliant clarity. It's topped by a bright-white head that displays very good retention, buoyed by fine and fast-rising bubbles. And it leaves some spotty laces as well! The nose is softly sweet with a gently grainy maltiness. The body is medium/full and combines with the fine and moderate carbonation to leave it gently creamy in the mouth. The flavor is surprisingly rich for the style (not robust, but characterful) with some sweet maltiness that's very well balanced by a leafy/herbal hop flavor and firm bitterness tightly rolled together into one flavorful but not complex package. It finishes dry with some lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. Refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of hotstuff
1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can:A mostly diminishing medium sized white creamy head that consisted of fine-small bubbles.The body was clear with slowly rising carbonation and the hue was light yellow.The nose was malty and hoppy and the flavor was hoppy with an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was somewhat tingly, smooth and medium bodied.There was fair lacing with this beer.This beer definitely lacks character.

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, mild, some grains, a bit on the boring side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, is just another ho hum adjunct lager.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says it's best served before 02/05/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a white creamy head. It smells grainy, with just a bit of sweet malt and hops. It tastes bready/grainy, with a bit of a sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and on the watery side. Drinkability is OK, but nothing great. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again either. Nothing really different than most typical macro-lagers.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow lager with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet malt with some very subtle dry hops. Taste is also quite bland with some lightly sweet malt but no easily discernable adjunct at least. No major flaws were found in this beer but enjoyment was also minimal.

Photo of MJR
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Into a KEO glass, pours possibly the lightest color brew I've ever seen. Pale gold? Straw yellow? No...it's even lighter than that. And crystal clear. The impressive head and lace are the only saving graces here, as they prevent the Appearance score from falling into the 1 range.

Smell: Faint aroma of corn, fresh hay, a touch of a floral scent, and the slightest hint of grain.

Taste: To be honest, there's not much there. A touch of sweet corn syrup and a faint grainy flavor is all I'm picking up...

Mouthfeel: Well...let's just say it compares favorably to some of the better bottled waters I've tried. Thin, watery, dry, and crisp...

Drinkability: Bad...really bad. While some would argue that this could make a good 'lawnmower beer,' I would prefer a tall glass of cold water first. Reminds me too much of the flavorless American macros we have to tolerate here...

A 'thank you' goes to Ipogios for sending this brew and it's proper glass.

Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has the faintest hint of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of an inch finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. The lacing consistently remained on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of corn in the nose along with some hints of grain.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of initial sweetness. No bitterness is discernible, although the hops mask any sweetness from the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is not that bad compared to others in the style and is relatively easy to drink.

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

The beer pours the quintessential lager pellucid golden yellow color with a preposterous sized head, that is semi-creamy and bright white in color as it dissipates it leaves a thin veil of lace to drape the glass. Archetypal slightly sweet malt nose, citrus fresh and crisp, the start the prototypical sweet malt and the top the expected somewhat thin body normally associated with this style. Finish is fair to middling in acidity and the hops apropos to the style slightly perfume like aftertaste, very dry.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 33cl bottle was given to me by my daughter on return from a holiday on Cyprus. I've kept it until today (1st Oct), Cyprus Indepenence Day.

This lager brings back so many happy memories for me. I used to visit Cyprus every year for a month back in the 70 and 80's. This was my staple diet.

Poured into a Duvel glass the beer looked very pale, golden and clear, bright and clean. A white, large bubbled head sat on top for a while. Sadly it soon became a wispy covering with a collar trying to cling to the sides.

The aroma isn't anything to write home about, some wheat if you sniff hard enough otherwise not a lot. Gets my normal 3 for lager aroma.

I would love to pontificate about the rich, wonderful flavours this beer has, but I'd be tampering with the truth. It is refeshing, crisp and dry, otherwise a normal Med lager is all it is.

This has the 'lawnmower' effect all over it. Great if you're knackered and sweaty, not so great if you want a real drink. It is also very pleasant drinking it in the sun on holiday in Cyprus.

Photo of Philipp
3.26/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint-glass.

A- Very, very, very pale yellow; foamy, bright white head; nice lacing at first.

S- Grassy notes, but not much to smell at all.

T- Crisp and clean, with a dry somewhat hoppy finish.

M- Really light bodied.

D- You can slug down can after can.

I was given this beer as a present, one of my relatives went to Cyprus and brought this back.
Actually, beer this light-bodied is something rather new to me, but surprisingly pleasant.

Photo of the42ndtourist
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After Ipogios' storming of BA, I was rather surprised when I walked into my local LCBO and saw KEO. I thought "I must try this Cypriot beer that I've heard so much about". So I tried it.

Disgustingly pale gold. I'm not sure I've ever seen beer this pale (although I've never drunk American macros...). The head is white and raises to nearly 2 centimetres in my pilsner glass. It drops down quickly, but a covering layer remains to the end with ample lacing. Points lost for the colour, points gained for the head.

Taste. Hops: there, but almost under the radar. I tasted a fair bit of corn (I think). Nothing special.

That's about it. No better and no worse than any other mass-produced euro-lager.

Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a floral hop.

The taste was mildly grainy with a touch of sweet corn. A fair dose of grassy hops dry out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was on the lighter side of the style.

Overall a clean and easy drinking lager. Nothing all that interesting - mediocre.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.26/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw golden with a white, meringue-like head of about two fingers. Head stands up and leaves some lacing as it subsides.

Aroma is malty, some earthiness, and a hint of lemon zest and green apples.

First sip is lemony, clean, malty, slight carbonic bite, and a short bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a slight carbonic prickle.

Very drinkable beer, overall good, nothing aggressive or offensive, good balance of malt and bitterness. Easy drinking beer for what it is.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear pale golden straw color with a large, rocky, foamy, sticky, pearl white head with decent retention that settles into a thin layer of patchy, sticky lacing.

S - Pretty typical for the style. Some faint sweet bready malt along with a good amount of vegetable husk and corn. Hints of honey and a very subtle grainy tang.

T - Typical for the style. Some sweet grainy malt with some vegetable taste as well. Hints of herbal/grassy hops and just a little citrus. Finishes with a slight grainy sweetness. Normal mass produced/easy to drink pale lager taste.

M - Light body with moderate to light carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

D - Easy to drink, as per the style, but it doesn't really make me want to go grab another. Enough flavor that I don't think I'm drinking water.

Notes: Best before 10/11/10. Typical American Adjunct/Euro Pale Lager that doesn't really have anything to set it apart from the numerous other beers in these styles. I'm sure if I was in Cyprus, it would make an acceptable sunny island beer, but other than being from Cyprus it doesn't have a lot going for it.

Photo of Rudgers73
1.72/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a very light yellow, appears very watered down. Quickly rising and then falling white fizzy head. Very active carbonation. The smell is bubblegum, predominately malty, and a little bready yeast. The taste has a stronge tinge to it. It appears to be a plastic/styrofoam/ceramic taste. Not sure where that's coming from. The rest of the taste is a bit citrusy with mild hops and a seltzer aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also a lot like carbonated water with a dirty C02 flavor. This beer isn't good at all...

Photo of thommo_nk
3.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Liked this more than I was expecting too, this beer is super fizzy and super refreshing. It is an honest no nonsense lager and the fact that you can buy it in 650ml bottles makes an attractive purchase.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.67/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hand-carried from Cyprus to Vienna (thanks, Henry!), the yellow 33cl can features a white and red label featuring a coat of arms above and a depiction of a medal below the name. Corn is listed as an ingredient. Best before 10/11/07, I opened it on 1/25/07.

Pours a clear straw gold under a thin and bubbly one finger white head that fades quite quickly to film, which then manages to last almost to the bottom. No lace. The nose has an interesting raspberry tone to it that almost compensates for the classic adjunct malt and metallic hops otherwise present. The mouth is light and very prickly. The opening taste is very light, of malt and water (emphasis on the latter). There's a slight bitterness in the finish, but this element fades very quickly. There is no aftertaste. Overall, a quite unremarkable, even forgettable brew.

Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 28/07/10:

Pours very light - touch of straw yellow - with a fizzy white head that starts with some promise of holding up, but eventually becomes wispy. Minimal dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is not much - inoffensive, but not much to write about - soft/mild graininess and a touch of cereal.

The taste is not much either. Some mild sweetness, carbonated water/club soda. Mildest touch of non-descript hops give some dryness in the finish, though that may come from the mildness of the sweetness along with the carbonation. Not "off", just bland.

It is light-bodied and rather fizzy. Not much more than typical for the style, though.

Reviewed per style. It's a fizzy, bland, hint of sweet, landing pretty dry, macro lager. I suppose that if you were visiting Cyprus, you could use it as a "heat-beater", but no reason to seek out and pay import price when there are plenty of virtually flavorless cheap macro lagers at domestic price (unless you specifically want to try a beer from Cyprus, of course). Generally inoffensive, but pretty vacant/bland.

Photo of richerd
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from the bottle. It didn't disappoint me but it didn't impress me either. I can see how this could be popular in its homeland as it tastes light, is somewhat refreshing and isn't offensive in the least. If I were a thirsty Cypriot looking for immediate refreshment I would reach for a KEO and call it a day.

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