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KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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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: 75 | Hads: 121
Photo of kegger22
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

KEO lager pours a lovely, clear blonde with a one finger white head that remained throughout as a skin covering. It has the aroma of wet cardboard, and I'm not calling that a bad thing, more of a neutral thing. The taste is the typical sweet, grainy lager, but there is a taste, it is not watery or skunky. The beer is light bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Call me crazy, but I like a respectable (unskunked), lager. And that's exactly what KEO Premium Lager is. (489 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (438 characters)

Photo of merryjoulton
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was a nice refreshing light slightly below average beer. I did not mind throwing back the 500 ml can with a greasy gyro and some scrumptious spanakopita. I wonder if I can find this beer in the store? I'd like to enjoy a few of these while grilling a nice rack of lamb over the spit and toasting some pita bread to dip in light creamy hummus. (352 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of sweet adjunct malt, and is relatively fragrant for the style. The taste is like the aroma. It is very simple, but strong enough that it isn't painful to drink. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation which is nice to see in this style. Overall, this is a decent beer that I could drink again. (438 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)

Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,738 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 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 BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

almost a clear golden color, the flavor is cerial grains and nothing else, verry light taste, almost watery, way to much carbonation, a compleat strike out in all catogorys. run away from this one it SUCKES, i dont think that even hops could save this one. (256 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 plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
2.3/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune de 330ml.

je me demande ce que veux dire Keo. on voit à l'étiquette que cette bière est brassée du coté grec de l'île. parlons bière..cette bière blonde commerciale est comme toute les autres, désaltérantes, rafraichissante, peu intéressantepout l'amateur mais combien agéable pour les actionnaires et les buveurs par grande chaleur. j'aurais aimé plus de corps, plus de houblon. (409 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 BuckeyeNation
2.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,598 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 feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (807 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
1.72/5  rDev -40.9%
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... (510 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 Globetrotter
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.1/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (354 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 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 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 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)

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