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KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 121
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews by TonyY:
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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at a Prisma supermarket in Kuopio, Finland. Brown glass. 33cl. Branded yellow pry-off crown cap. Bright albeit generic label. Best before: 11/11/15.

Expectations are average; this is my first beer from this brewery. Served cold into a mason jar. Reviewd live as a Czech style adjunct lager per KEO's website coupled with the ingredients list on the label (which identifies an adjunct - maize - as a key ingredient).

4.50% ABV. Unpasteurized.

No bubble show forms a it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. White colour. Average foaminess and frothiness. Soft-looking. More of a thick robust look would suit it better. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear pilsner yellow with vibrant golden hues. Clean and crisp looking. Appears well-carbonated. I see no yeast or sediment.

It's a nice looking adjunct lager with obvious pilsner leanings. While above average for the style, it doesn't have any stand-out unique characteristics.

AROMA: Maize reveals itself as a pleasant adjunct in the aroma, lending this a sweetness which never seems cheap or cloying. Pilner malts. Ester-free clean lager yeast guides the beer, evoking modest attenuation. Hints of honey. Pleasant floral hop notes. A bit of flower nectar/sunflower oil. Spring water.

Aromatic intensity is average.

I find it pleasant and inviting - surprisingly so for an adjunct lager. It suggests a clean, crisp, refreshing, and yes - simple - lager with an enjoyable taste. I'm looking forward to trying it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Hints of subtle honey, flower nectar, sunflower, and mild floral hop notes play off the key maize/barley backbone nicely, with clean spring water lending it a refreshing feel on the palate - replete with near perfect crispness. Carbonation is nicely dialed in, and its apt smoothness and wetness complement the light body nicely.

It's not syrupy or sticky, unlike many adjunct lagers, but it does have a bit too much thickness and heft on the palate for its shallow flavour profile.

I do find it nicely balanced for the style, and it boasts impressive subtlety - particularly in terms of the sunflower and honey. Pilsner malts keep it tasting fresh whilst lending it genuine body. It avoids the off-putting malt syrup flavours and cheap corn/rice notes so common in bad beers in the style.

I like how the plain flavour profile - simple as it is - is well-served by the light refreshing mouthfeel. Sure, there are opportunities for further complexity in the form of hints of lemon and/or citrus from hops, and the mouthfeel almost slides into syrupy territory, but overall there's an uncommon suitability of texture to taste.

OVERALL: Unexpectedly, Cyprus has delivered one of the best adjunct lagers I've ever had. It's far from world-class, but within its style I think it warrants attention. This may be the apex of macrobrewing, and I'd happily revisit this beer were it not for its pricetag in Finland. In Cyprus, though, I'm sure this would make a stellar go-to. Well worth trying if you try it with an open mind. I look forward to having more beers from KEO Limited, and KEO Beer is a shockingly drinkable offering for what it is; its pilsner leanings are what raise it above other adjunct lager expressions. And they seem to have their water chemistry near perfect.

Low B (3.51) (3,342 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Osiris9588
2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.99/5  rDev -31.6%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.07/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just ok, alright choice vs. bud (31 characters)

Photo of rastaman
1.73/5  rDev -40.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of dougieboy
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of freewill35
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of hotstuff
1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of apasternak
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of GeoCait
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of peandyd
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stampfler07
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MJR
1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of Highstplz
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (744 characters)

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KEO Beer from KEO Limited
70 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.