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KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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BA SCORE
67
poor

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cyprus

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

01-26-2006 01:19:39 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +11.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a white head. The nose is slightly grainy with a bit of husk. Not too much in the way of adjuncts; this is fairly clean. Taste is mostly just a bit of light grain and a tiny amount of sweetness. Feel is light and crisp and this drinks fairly well. If nothing else, a nice new country tick.

11-12-2010 11:47:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

2.98/5  rDev +6%

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.

07-21-2012 12:25:15 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Haystack yellow beneath one of the better looking heads that you'll see on a 'world lager'. The pour netted three fingers of vanilla milkshake colored creaminess that is beginning to leave loads of sticky lace all over the glass. KEO looks the part of good beer.

The nose, unfortunately, is business as usual. In other words, each sniff delivers a blast of husky grain and noble hops that have seen fresher days. One never knows how European beer has been handled, but this one hasn't yet reached its 'best by' date. For whatever that's worth.

KEO Beer is nothing special. It does nothing whatsoever to distinguish itself from hundreds (let's make that thousands) of Euro pale lagers. Not that there's much difference, but why isn't this beer classified as an EPL?.

The flavor profile consists of untoasted grain and grassy-musky hops, the whole tied up with a tattered ribbon of ho-humness. If you've tasted one of these things, you've tasted them all. A hoppy bite... or a hint of citrus zest... or anything the least bit interesting would have been nice. I'm too bored to delve any deeper into this immensely shallow lager.

Given the style, the mouthfeel is acceptable (barely). The beer is incredibly light and is barely carbonated, but since that helps the objectionable flavor from sticking around too long, I'm all for it.

The only thing even remotely interesting about KEO Beer is that it's brewed on the island of Cyprus. One more thing: it's further proof in support of my theory that only the world's worst breweries put the words 'Premium Beer' on their labels.

08-27-2007 12:28:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -11%

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.

10-27-2008 20:06:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

09-04-2013 03:03:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +21%

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.

03-12-2010 15:32:37 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +21%

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.

02-01-2003 18:06:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +16.7%

Very transparent, she is, this Keo, very pale almost-yellow, under a huge, pillowy snow-white head. Looks fairly good for the style.

Aroma: honey, corn, lemon, grain, and water. Can I smell the water? Somehow I can. Sweet-ish and pleasant.

Taste: soft, smooth, easy, refreshing. Very light, yet doesn't feel lacking. Just enough malt, and a modicum of hops. Some grainy grit plays on the palate, citric zest floats through the flavor. Thirst-quenching, for sure.

Perfectly acceptable. I can't find any flaw, really. I do like more flavor in the beers I choose, but for what this is, it is what it is, and that's all, etc., like Popeye used to say. Did Popeye ever sail to Cyprus? To see the Goon, with the Jeep? Oh, now I'm rambling.

So drink a Keo, and raise a toast to Cyprus! Yay! It's beer!

03-23-2007 09:40:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-17-2010 23:56:24 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

10-01-2008 20:16:46 | More by BlackHaddock
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -11%

Another surprise from my local trader, Tone77, who dropped off a nice selection of beers from hither and yon for me recently.

My pour produced two fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. It was not promising. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness and I began to wonder about the presence of adjuncts. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with more of that honey taste on the tongue, along with an unpleasant astringency. Oof. Finish left a kind of medicinal taste in my mouth. I would like to revisit this from a CAN, but one bottle was plenty.

04-03-2012 22:02:07 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a thin white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet corn adjunct malts, similar to corn syrup. There is a slight hint of lemon zest.

T: This beer has a strong flavor of sweet and musty corn malts that has quite a bit of lingering sweetness. Something akin to herbal and lemon zest notes are also in the background. There are some hint of light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Nothing too interesting in this beer, a bit similar to most of the American BMC beers. Easy enough to drink but a little too sweet for my palate.

07-21-2012 01:22:28 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -25.3%

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale yellow/amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint floral/hoppy nose. Starts almost sweet but hops dominate, boring, finish is dry and slightly bitter. Brewed Aug 12, 2005. $1.79 for a 330ml bottle from Lina's Beverages Painesville, OH.

01-07-2007 23:43:45 | More by jdhilt
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +13.2%

KEO is not even a half shade darker than champagne with just shy of half the amount of bubbles. The beer is coloured so light, with a complexion so pale, with carbonation so seemingly high that without its feeble head and infirm lacing we'd really have a tough time distinguishing it from a sparkling white wine.

The aroma has about the appeal of a school bus fire but, believe it or not, there's far more offensive beers out there. It is the smell of any mass produced, adjunct ridden lager. Luckily, that note of industrialized corn syrup doesn't stick or linger and, in any case, it certainly won't be doing any irreparable damage to your sense of smell.

I'd also classify the flavour as average, albeit, as expected, far from tasteful. A lot of people will claim macro lagers to taste like "nothing". To me they certainly taste like something (all things do, don't they?) and it's usually a solvent-y and sweet note of corn syrup. Fortunately, this doesn't taste like that - I suppose it kind of does taste like 'nothing' after all?

For it to taste like nothing means it must have no bitterness, no maltiness, no hops, no astringency, no sweetness, and most importantly no adjunct flavour. Indeed it doesn't have any of those things. Good on KEO for brewing a clean, palatable beverage. Shame on KEO for making it taste like nothing! Perhaps they should get into the bottled water business?

The only real way for me to enjoy this would be on a hot sunny island (in fact Cyprus sounds ideal). Still, it's a shame this would be my only option. If only these breweries knew how truly refreshing a hoppy pale ale or wheat beer can be in hot climate then the people of the Mediterranean would know much better beer - of that I'm sure.

01-06-2009 00:11:02 | More by biegaman
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

05-25-2014 21:42:35 | More by Latarnik
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plaid75

New York

2.68/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

04-17-2008 00:56:49 | More by plaid75
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-24-2004 22:03:23 | More by Gusler
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flagmantho

Washington

2.88/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is April 13, 2011.

Appearance: pale, light-gold color with two fingers of frothy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence. Pretty average looking.

Smell: light malt aroma with a hint of grain. Clean and mild; not a whole lot of character. Pretty much average for the style.

Taste: a bit sour and grainy, though there's a nice hop bitterness toward the end. Could be worse, but it's not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: light body, though a bit more body than I'm used to in the style. Carbonation is pretty decent, as well. Still, not startlingly impressive.

Drinkability: while the flavor isn't my favorite, it's pretty mild so it doesn't get in the way too much. At 4.5%, the brew is pretty quaffable. I'm sure I could put down a couple of these on a hot Mediterranean day.

08-26-2010 22:03:02 | More by flagmantho
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KAF

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -11%

07-09-2014 02:57:41 | More by KAF
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

10-15-2006 00:29:44 | More by bluejacket74
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

02-13-2012 15:06:49 | More by tone77
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

07-17-2012 18:41:00 | More by Evil_Pidde
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vfgccp

New York

3.6/5  rDev +28.1%

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.

08-03-2011 18:58:29 | More by vfgccp
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -28.8%

Got a bottle of this last week at Surdyk's in Twin Cities, Minnesota. Poured with a big white frothy head that quickly settled down and no lace. Color is pale yellow. Aroma was American Adjucnt Lager - that is simple "beery". Flavor is the same but fairly sweet. Not much going on. Think I'd be in for a hangover after a few too many of these. Body is watery and carbonation is spritzy. Finish is a little corn sweet. Totally forgettable.

10-01-2009 23:13:44 | More by drpimento
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KEO Beer from KEO Limited
67 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.