KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 121
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.26/5  rDev +46.4%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of mjernewein
4.25/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have the beer on the island, on tap... you will be impressed. It is a very good local beer that is great if you are in Cyprus.

Again, repeat after me... on tap, on the island. It is a perfect beer during the July season when temperatures can easily top out over 100 degrees F.

I have no doubt that the quality of the export is questionable. You really have to understand the mentality of the island to truly understand why the export would be poor. I'm not going into details just trust me.

All that being said, the bottled version is still better than Bud. Also, the business people on the island don't yet know or comprehend the concept of "craft" beer. So, give that... they are doing pretty well for a production based beer.

If you want a real surprise, try Carlsberg on the island, on tap. They have an exclusive contract to brew. And, the Carlsberg has a distinctive flowery (chamomile) note there. (908 characters)

Photo of ipogios
3.97/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately the bartenders here in Cyprus DO NOT know how to serve draught beer.The appearance of this beer could have been much much better but unfortunately although it pours a beautiful golden colour it's topped by a very poor head of about 1cm. The aroma is the standard pilsener aroma with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is average and drinkability is quite impressive. Goes down very easily. If you are to try this beer prefer the bottle serving type (454 characters)

Photo of Matt77
3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently in Cyprus and decided to sample this local beer. I normally stick to ale so I'm not all that knowledgable about pilsners but I was very happy with this beer. It was light with just a little kick. The best way I can describe it is that it is what I imagine Budweiser tasted like before it got so big that tast didn't matter anymore. (349 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
3.76/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
It's a very light yellow in color, a lot like champagne. There is a sizable white fluffy head to the beer that leaves some decent lacing to match it's pretty decent retention.

Smell:
The scent is pretty much absent. What little scent there is smells like standard lager but it's not very odiferous at all.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It drinks very light and crisp. There is almost a cider quality to the beer. The initial flavors bring on unsweetened apples and the tail end of the drink brings more bready notes. The beer finishes rather crisp and clean with little aftertaste to speak of.

Drinkability:
I find it to be kind of an odd lager but drinkable none the less.

Bottom Line:
It's pretty unique in my opinion but I can't quite decide if I like it or not. It's better then most American macro lager but I can think of a plenty of better lagers for cheaper. (887 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.72/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear yellow color with not much head, but respectable for macro lager. I've never seen a beer this clear before. Smell and taste is pretty strong. I can't pinpoint the exact taste though. Mouthfeel is high carbonated and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. I don't know how often I'd drink this, but I'd say it's a little better than a standard macro lager. (369 characters)

Photo of utah44
3.66/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass and consumed after it warmed to the appropriate temperature.

Smell was malty and appealing. Mouthfeel was crisp and bubbly and very drinkable. Flavor has some light malt flavors and a pronounced almost sugary sweetness. Hoppyiness was minimal, but added a very nice flavor. The beer does not finish out bitter. The aftertaste gave a toasty malt qualiity at first, which subsided into a clean finish. Although this beer is classified as an American Adjunct Lager, this beer is not typical of the class. It is much better, reminiscent of a pilsener.

I would recommend this brew without reservation, to anyone who likes light sweet beer (664 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Poured 2 fingers of white head with a nice foam; poor retention and lace though. Body is cystal clear with a very pale, foil gold color.

S - The nose is faint given the glassware, but a soft bready malt still pulls though.

T - Opens with a crack of acidity and a pleasantly carbonated tingle. Biscuity malt and honey pull things back into balance, and a light herbal bitterness rounds out the finish.

M - Medium light body; feels almost full relative to the style. Very drinkable. Carbonation is well balanced.

O - I wasn't expecting much, but it wasn't a bad beer at all. It worked well with the fantastic Greek meal I had in the summer heat.

P - Pairs with the bright acidic, herbal, and garlic flavors of Greek cuisine. Because of it's light profile, the beer is more of a foundation for these flavors to build upon rather than a peer of equal intensity, but it fills the role well. (926 characters)

Photo of kmacphail
3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now this is not the normal type of beer I would go for, in fact this is not a beer, it is a lager.

It pours like a conventional lager, very pale yellow colour, although very clear. The head is standard for a lager, fine when poured, but then disappears after a few seconds. Upon pouring there is a faint hint of wheatgrass and very slight citrus hint on the nose.

However when this is drunk is when this comes into its own. It is a very refreshing taste, especially in Cyprus where it is exceptionally hot. It has a natural taste, not a chemical one like most lagers.

But the main thing about this lager is that you can consume a good quantity of this and not feel a thing the next morning.

Granted, it will not appeal to everyone. Don't think of this as a beer, it is a lager, compare it to other lagers and it comes first by a mile. Whilst I wouldn't drink it all the year round it is a good lager for a hot day. I just wish it was more readily available around the globe. (988 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 02/02/13 at 40 degrees into snifter
Weak aroma of grain
Head average (2.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing poor – few small islands and atolls, various size bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, few bubbles rising
Flavor very much of dimethylsulfide, slight bite; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct lager. The rapidly diminishing head detracts from the appearance, but otherwise this is a very good example of the style. (523 characters)

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 John
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise from a recent visit to a local Greek restaurant with a rather limited beer selection. A light colored lager with welcoming light grain and restrained, leafy hop aroma. Indeed a very fresh bottle. The malt flavor turns to a biscuity basis for the peppery Saaz(?) hops. This beer is everything a good pilsner needs to be. A good accompanyment to a light meal or on it's own as a thirst quencher. (413 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Pours like the allegorical hot tropical pale Pils....soft pale straw color, fair 2 finger frothy cap with moderate retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is subtle; grainy-honey sweetness and some hay.

Dry sticky mouth feel light body...faint malt spine. Faintly sweet malt character carries through to the front side of the flavor profile... Very sharp and spritzy up front with sweet pale malt some light hop tartness creating a sem-dry sweet and sour flavor...., finish is crisp, clean ,light, fruity, lemony... no off tastes but no after taste either.

There is a subtle resiny quality to this brew, the hops are discernible but not prominent. The mallts, while not overpowering, narrowly avoid blandness yet create a refreshing slightly cloying beer for hot weather drinking.

Certainly a premium light macro lager in a pseudo-pils style..not bad at all and certainly better than I expected. (911 characters)

Photo of baos
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into cool chalice with a square bottom.

A: Nice 3 fingers of head. Quintessential beer look.

S: Nice malts and grains. Maybe a bit of grape leaves in there.

T: Grape leaves again? Malts and bit of a hoppy brightness.

M: Very nice for this type of beer a bit heavy on the carbonation with light to medium feel.

D: I had this beer with fish kabobs at Santorini's in Fountain Square. Nice combination there. (419 characters)

Photo of thommo_nk
3.39/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.39/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at restaurant in Astoria.

A-Very pale straw colour with a medium sized head. Not much lace

S-light smell but with a pleasing grassy/floral hop aspect.

T-Very crisp and refreshing with a good dose of those floral hops. This actually tastes more like a German Pilsener to me. There is a good bite to it from those hops. It is also very dry and you do not get too much malt.

M-Light bodied and highly carbonated.

D-I was expecting a lot worse. This cut through the mezes very nicely and paired well with my tomato feta shrimp. Good thing it comes in a brown bottle. This is also the best of the Greek beers I have had so it is the go to choice for me when eating the cuisine (709 characters)

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 TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale straw with a thick white frothy head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. There isn't much to the smell, though some corn and grass does meekly come through. The taste is mild, with notes of corn syrup, rice, grain, and a mild bitterness. The body is pretty light, with mild carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Overall, not an outstanding brew, but a decent, refreshing offering. (429 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 andebrice
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For 12 US dollars a 6 pack at the store I was expecting a bit more. Smallish head, lighter color. Wheat grass scent not noticeably hoppy. Strangely reminds me of a wheat beer subtle sweetness very limited notice of hops. Very drinkable thinking more of a summertime hot weather beer. Kind of pricey for what you get but it was worth a try. (339 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally clear brew with light green tints. Fat, dusty haze. Nose is sweet wheat biscuit with notes of vanilla. Bready, thick feel in the mouth, with notes of vanilla and citrus lime that are overwhelmed by the creamy wheat dominating taste. Watery, shallow carbonation. (269 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keo, a Cypriot lager, after a fairly hard pour, shows a
big fluffy head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is
steady, and the nose is pretty typical light barley malt and
lager yeast. The flavor is a little wheat biscuit up front with
a mild grassy hop finish. I was expecting your basic macro
lager type taste all the way and I was pleasantly surprised.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean and crisp- altogether pretty simple,
but definately a step up from corn/rice lager. Give it a try. (484 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer really surprised me. I am not known as a fan of lagers and Cyprus is not known as a great brewing nation.

The beer poured well with a thin white head that held its lace well. The aroma wasn't very dominant and was just a thin malty nose. The taste was slightly spicy / peppery (saaz?) which I found quite interesting for a lager ( especially a cold filtered one! ).

Keo was quite a drinkable beer. Nothing super special, but, I certainly wouldn't knock the offer of one back. I have found this beer goes well with Greek and Lebanese foods. (557 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pale golden with a small white light head that leaves very little lacings.

S: Mild smell, nice bready malts. Cream and butter. Sweet.

T: Mild taste. Bready malt with some sweetness. Buttery.

M: A buttery sencation lingers in the mouth. Aftertaste is like that you get from cream. Body is medium and carbonation the same.

O: Adjunct Lager; I'm not sure that's right - but I have no better suggestion. Interesting. (427 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, half finger white head, lots of bubbles of the small to medium size variety. Well carbonated but minimal lace. Mild nose, so mild I'm not quite sure what it is... it could be malt with a vague citrus rind backdrop but I'm not really sure about that. Taste is mild again, hint of malt but mainly lemon-lime flavouring. Mouthfeel is crisp, unpretentious, clean drinking and refreshing. My first impression is that this is not bad at all for a premium beer exported from a Mediterranean island in the sun. As I finish the glass, a bit of gassiness is apparent. While this brew is not bad as far as macro lagers is concerned, its strength is also its weakness: lack of an identifiable presence, really no hops to speak of and little if any taste. I suppose it "goes down good" which would make it a winner with most lager drinkers in this province, but a steady diet of this would be very uninspiring to the initiated. (927 characters)

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