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KEO Beer - KEO Limited

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev +21%
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

sleazo, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

feloniousmonk, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
1.68/5  rDev -40.2%
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...

Rudgers73, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of andebrice
3.4/5  rDev +21%
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.

andebrice, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Globetrotter
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Globetrotter, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

Grundle20, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Metalmonk, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Osiris9588, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of kmacphail
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

kmacphail, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

allergictomacros, May 14, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

pootz, May 01, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

aforbes10, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Sammy
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Sammy, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of DrainBamage
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

DrainBamage, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

donnebaby, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

rousee, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Gusler, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of genaro
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

genaro, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of Andreji
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Andreji, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of hotstuff
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

hotstuff, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of TerryW
1.88/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

TerryW, Aug 16, 2003
KEO Beer from KEO Limited
67 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.