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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 121
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 allergictomacros
2.59/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yet another macro from the "import" section. This one's a lively bubbling straw colour in the glass with crummy head. Aroma is grainy with slight citrus hints. Taste is pretty mediocre. Sweetness is artificial with one-dimensional weak bitterness. Overly hard carbonation dominates mouthfeel. (292 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 aforbes10
2.07/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another of 13 beers from this month's Michiana Coalition of the Drinking. When this was poured i thought they'd put the wrong drink in the can. it looks like sparking apple juice. not good. Huge (4-5 inch) white head. Smells like miller lite and cat pee. Watery, metallic taste. some hops. finish is like watery malt liquor. no body at all. watery, boring, bland, kind of gross beer. no thanks. (394 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 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 CAMRAhardliner
2.17/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The label say this beer was bottled fesh, I sure hope they bottle their beer fresh. Yet another meaningless statement of quality on a beer bottle.

It pours a sickly pale straw, extremely pale. A moderate head leaves almost no lace. The aroma is light malt, spicey hops and cooked vegetables. The taste is unpleasant. Very sweet with bitter astrigency around the edges. Theres also a vegetable components, almost like rotten corn. The finish is mineral and watery with a slight sourness. If the bitterness in this beer comes from hops, its like no hops Ive tried before. The mouthfeel is thick and disturbing with eratic carbonation.

This is a watery slightly funky lager. Thankfully the flavor isnt fuller because that astrigency would make this undrinkable. Not recommend. (779 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 rousee
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On the label, there is an award that was bestowed on KEO --the "Golden Award" from brew '87 U.K. They must have had some pretty lame beers at that competition because there is no way this stuff deserves a gold medal.

Pours light gold with a 1/4 inch head of bubbly foam. The head is gone within 60 seconds. The carbonation is pretty good and continues for the duration of my consumption. There is very little nose - maybe a slight maltiness. It has a standard Euro-lager taste with a small bite similar to the stronger bite found in something like a Pilsener Urquel. There is some decent maltiness with elements of grass and even a somewhat metallic bite on the back. It finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is very average and at first it does have a thirst quenching appeal but it has a bit of an annoying aftertaste. The metallic bite just doesn't go away quickly.
I purchased this at a Greek restaurant/bar where they usually have another Greek beer called Alpha. I strongly prefer the Alpha over the KEO. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of genaro
2.44/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Once poured this beer was a very light, clear gold color. There was a creamy head that didn't last too long. There was also just a tiny bit of lace. The aroma was a meek one. It just had traces of hops and grainy malt. The taste was a little metallic and herbal with a little hop bite. Overall this was a light bodied beer that had a bit more substance to it than its appearance led one to expect. No doubt a decent hot weather beer. (433 characters)

Photo of Andreji
1.84/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Jeez, what a *particular* brew this is...

Expecting the sort of properties of any mediocre lager, once poured with its light straw appearance, slightly overwhelmed by some excess carbonation and no apparent (and should I say apparent) smell, I found myself shocked once drawing it nearer to the mouth.

An irreversably strong, cunning metallic smell took over and at times even became a bit too strong to tolerate, as the session kept on going and still had a 50cl bottle to go. The taste, very, very acidic in concordance with the smell, would be that of an extra-strength heineken if you ask me. and overcarbonated. certainly not the most pleasant of experiences for me, the cypriots. onto thrylos (other KEO product) now. (729 characters)

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 TerryW
1.87/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale yellow, no head, no lace, precious few bubbles. Rather boring to look at.

Keo's smell is of mild hops underlaid with just a suggestion of malt. Sharp – almost spicy – and hop-bitter on the palate. No remarkable flavours, quite watery. Dull and inoffensive. (266 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 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 AtLagerHeads
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold body with a white head that reminded me of dishwashing suds. The head disappeared instantly. Insignificant lacing from the few bubbles left after the head disappeared. The nose is small and barely gives off some hop and malt sense. Poor taste that seems like a lesser American macro, though there is a slight hint of citrus, mostly lemon. Body is watery and thin. Mouthfeel is OK with a bit of crispness in the finish. Seems like there are adjuncts prevalent in this beer. Not recommended. (500 characters)

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 BeerResearcher
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

KEO is a mild lager. Cold Filtering normally equates to flavor-removal. The straw to gold color is clear and clean. There's virtually no aroma besides the hops and that leaves in a hurry. The thin malt body can be noticed with an amount of concentration. The metallic and lightly citrus hops are the star of the show for this brew. Pretty white head with fine tiny bubbles. Keep in mind, this is a beer brewed for a hot sunny climate (433 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 the42ndtourist
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (708 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 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 zerk
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

550ml can.

Pours a light yellow-gold, with an ample white head and streams of carbonation. The aroma was a mixture of breadlike sweetness and a touch of spicy hops. Flavor is much of the same, with the hops contributing a bit of spicy flavor and a touch of bitterness.

The beer had a very light body and medium to high carbonation.

This is actually my second time reviewing this beer, and I thought it was much better the second time around. Still, this would rate as a very average European Pilsner. (509 characters)

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