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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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457 Reviews

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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,882
Avg: 1.97
pDev: 36.55%
Wants: 17
Gots: 371 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Light Lager | 4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I... uh... wanted to try something different, and well, I thought it'd be ya know, decent, like Hamm's is for the price.
I poured mine into a lager mug.

Look: Darkish pee yellow, unpleasant to look at, I think I'll just drink the rest I have from the cans. Doesn't pour much of a foam head, and what foam head it does have dissipates fast.

Smells kinda watery sweet, not much of a smell, but it does have a sweetness smell to it.

Taste: Tastes like stale corn and grains, not much flavor there

Feel: feels watery, mild carbonation.

Overall, I didn't think it would be this bad, I expected it to be mediocre but likable. I was wrong. Pay that extra dollar for something decent, or save 50 cents and get Hamm's and get something that at least has flavor and is enjoyable.
I won't be buying this again but at least I know what it's like.

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Photo of secondtooth
1.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had to add this one to the “done it” list, despite my wiser inclinations.

Appearance: Watery piss yellow. Big fizzy head, but no lace. Huh? But then again, who expects any grace from this junk lager?

Aroma: Corn. Creamed corn. Maybe a slight dusting of hops somewhere in there.

Taste: More of the creamed corn. It’s sweet and very very light, with almost no lingering aftertaste even. I say water is healthier and cheaper. So why pretend it’s “beer”? No, thanks.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: December 12, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner from a 24 oz. widemouth... OCCASION: another fun night will end with beer... APPEARANCE: clear, golden body that spouts effervescence upwards, exploding into a frilly, bubbly off-white head; spotty, lonely clouds are left in the wake of sips... AROMA: no bitterness? in the aroma, not the case--biscuit and oats make for a bitter, offish tear at the nostrils... PALATE: thin, watery, refreshing through its H2O-like texture....a bit fizzy early, light-bodied, and malty flatness in its beefy aftertaste... TASTE: corn, oats and syrupy sweetness make for a predictably drinkable, underwhelming light beer...for a couple hundred calories, not much of an experience...lacks the woodiness I recalled from the bottle in college, which is a good thing... no nuance, zero hop suggestion... OVERALL: having finished the mega can, I can say that my tolerance is tickled but not touched--this beer was meant for swift consumption and not offending palates...not much for me....

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Photo of metter98
2.02/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a steady column of bubbles rising from the center of my glass. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mirrors the smell, having flavors of corn adjuncts and a light amount of associated sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible, but there appears to be some underlying hops that prevent this from being too sweet, although it does become a little sweeter as the beer starts to warm up.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have any offensive aromas or flavors, but is rather one dimensional and only has flavors of corn and sweetness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of jsoneff
1.04/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

It's taste is an amalgam of lightly fermented hobo piss and ethanol, diluted with water that came out of the LA river. However, it has one of the highest alcohol content per dollar ratio's in the cheapest of the cheap light beer market. When we bough beer for parties in college it was keystone light, so homeless alcoholics and broke college students enjoy!!! Everyone else should steer clear.

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Photo of hdf561
3.3/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer for free from my friend at the coors brewery in Virginia. Drank out of a bottle smell is fine, taste is very light and smooth almost zero carbonation no after taste.

This beer is what it is it is trying to be a smooth light beer to drink a lot of and remain cheap and it does that very well. This is a beer for tailgating, cutting the grass, playing golf all day etc. Judging it against other micro beers is just unfair because it's not trying to be that.

Beer snobs avoid!

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Photo of thebeerman25
2.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

appearance-drank from a can so who knows

smell- smells like beer.

taste-bitter and bad


overall-not a good beer. would never buy. thank god it was free

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Photo of Sconnie25
1.81/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a pint glass. Had a yellow straw hue with lots of carbonation and a foam head that very quickly dissipated all together. Faintly smelled of grain and something sweet. Taste had nothing to go by. If I could describe it it would be beer flavored water. Definitely the worst beer I have reviewed so far.

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Photo of stevoj
1.47/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Why? I just had to, I guess. Looks like ginger ale, extremely pale golden, tons of carbonation, small white foamy head. Aroma not much to speak of, not bad, just very faint grainy smell. Taste is also a no-show, more water than anything else, some wet paper taste. No finish either, but then it never really started. Beer flavored water...

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Photo of geargroy
3/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone a while back told me he was at the coors beer tour and the tour guide asked the crowd what the difference of Coors light and Keystone light was. The answer was there was no difference. Tour guide went on to explain that when the light brew tank is emptied, the top half or so is bottled Coors light. The bottom of the tank is bottled Keystone light. Coors light is lighter, higher grade, and Keystone light is a little heavier. Probably what you all would call the bock of the tank. And this practice is part of all major breweries. The top half is higher grade and the lower half is lower grade. And that's all it is folks. Keystone light is actually tastier than Coors light. But Consumers want the top shelf stuff. Understood. I like Keystone light better than all the other light beers. I sometimes have to buy other light beers because Keystone isn't stocked. I really can't stand Busch light or Bud light. Miller lite is okay but is kind of flat tasting after a couple. Keystone light keeps up with taste. I am not a Keystone light homer but I like this beer in the Summer. Period. The College have no money get cheap beer thing gets old on here. I always go for Keystone light and I can afford expensive beer.

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Photo of BeerPredator
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

During college I drank probably 500 cases of this swill. I gave it a 4 for Look simply because as an American Adjunct, it is pale and straw colored, which is what you're looking for in that style. Cold and out of the can/draft it smells like wet straw; hot and sitting out all night/day/weekend it smells like my college house. I had to give it a 2 for taste just because although its tastes like slightly malty carbonated water, it IS extremely drinkable (used to split a 30-rack in half with my buddy and drink it over the course of the day tailgating). Has a watery mouthfeel that makes you want to keep drinking it if you've already had one or two or twelve.

Verdict: I cut my drinking teeth on this beer but as a grown man avoid it. But at the end of the day, based on style alone, I do think there are worse American Adjunct light beers.

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Photo of DrunkIrishman
1.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

There's really nothing special about Keystone Light. About as pale on flavor as it is in color. But this is my go-to summer beer. After working in the heat and humidity of southern Missouri prepping the bottom field for the upcoming deer season, the last thing I'm reaching for is a heavy (yet delicious) craft brew. BBQ with friends? Keystone Light allows me to keep up with my buddies without bloating like roadkill. The best part is the price. $15 for a 30-pack. Definately a "quantity beer." Overall, this isn't a terrible example of the style. God knows you could do worse.

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Photo of I_love_cold_beer
1.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've probably had thousands of these (seriously) back when they were "$13 bones for 30 stones." Provided me some great memories, and some times I don't remember, however, for a beer review, they're awful, nothing I'd go out of my way to get, hell, might even pass on one now if it was all I had. Just watery suds that'll get you drunk if you drink enough. The'll always have a special place in my heart, but never in my fridge...

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Photo of Lahoi
2.6/5  rDev +32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Go ahead, throw out my rating. I admit it, it's primarily based on nostalgia. I drank this crap all throughout high school and college. I was the keystone light guy. My buddies would buy a half case of "good" beer such as Budweiser, and for the same price I'd buy a case of stones. Could I drink a case? Sure...throughout the course of a week. But I always had enough to share with girls who didn't have any beer because they didn't have a fake ID. So, who's the dummy here? Plus, I really don't think there's much of a difference between this beer and some of the more popular light lagers such as Bud Light.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.7/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

25 oz can after painting.
Pale color smallish head. Light grainy corny aroma and flavor. Crisp light clean adjunct beer. It didn't totally suck, but would have been better with just more of something.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
3.24/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Not good at all. Extremely watery and tastes very flat. No matter what I drink this out of, can or glass, it does not taste good. There is too much carbonation every time I drink this. Would not recommend this one.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.59/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Sweet and slightly watery with hint of alcohol even though it's a low ABV. Somewhat high rating because regardless of the beer, I like high carbonation in lighter beers and lighter styles in general

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Photo of Schiller-
1.06/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

From a distance looks like it would be like any other cheap beer. Simply put, it's not. This is by far the WORST beer I've ever had. Not worth buying, not worth drinking.

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Photo of Treyliff
1.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a crystal clear, almost water-like straw color with a small fizzy white head that retains pretty long after the pour

S- pretty muted aroma, hints of cooked corn, whips of grass and some perfume

T- flavor up front tastes pretty much like seltzer water, it's that bland. Some adjunct flavoring mid-palate, the finish has an odd metallic flavor with just a hint of toasted malt on the linger

M- watery thin body with low carbonation leads to a watery mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- this is one of the most watery beers I've ever had, it simply has no flavor. It's certainly a stretch to call this beer

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Photo of vikinggary28
2.5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It smells, looks like, tastes, and feels just like Coors Light, but at half the cost! If you are having dozens of people over for a summer party, why not? If anyone at the party complains about the beer, let them know there is more room in the ice chest and point them towards the nearest store. Great for beer pong. If someone slops it on the table, no one is going to cry. If the morning after a party you go around your home and find a bunch of open, half drank cans, it's no big loss. Flat keystone light makes great snail bait in the garden. SEE! , your friends are getting a slight buzz AND you're saving your tomatos from pests. Another plus is that aluminum cans are profitable right now at recycle stations in most states AND my dog loves beer. I'm not going to waste quality suds on the mutt, but keystone light? Drink up Fido!

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Photo of KYGunner
2.15/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

In Monty Python 's Live at the Hollywood Bowl there's a joke about bad beer being like sex in a canoe.....it's Fu@$ing close to water. That joke came to mind as I drank this. There is a mild bubblegum, corn and hop bitterness as it finishes with a touch of metal but over all its just water. It drinks amazingly easy with little carbonation, like water. It's not overly offensive so I don't feel I can score it lower than a 2, it's just water and very little beer.

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Photo of Joey-B
4.09/5  rDev +107.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coors had originally been considered only a banquet beer. Wanting to get a lager share of the blue collar market they researched bringing a new beer on the market. It was there sole intent to garner that part of demographics.

However, they needed to consider two important factors. The first and most important was the financial aspect. What was it going to cost them to bring this product to market. Then a greater concern, was would the consumer like it? The problem was easily solved. The powers that be, asked what is our now most profitable brew? The answer was the “Silver Bullet,” better established as Coors Light.

There was no need for addition infrastructure. The equipment was in place and not running at full capacity. Rather than run silver cans down the line, just put some blue ones in.

Blind fold a Coors fan and offer hin a glass of Coors Light and a glass of Keystone. I will give you Las Vegas odds that they cannot distinguish the difference. There is none, only that keystone is more affordable. The best part is that you will save about 23%.

PS. Daughter worked for Coors Market Development about 20 years ago. Her insider info helped me pay off her college education.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Extremely light yellow, such as well hydrated urine.
S - Dusty rubbing alcohol.
T - Tastes like rubbing alcohol mixed with tonic water.
O - Baaaaad.
V - Really good value, stuff runs at like 12 bucks for a 30 pack.

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Photo of robinkimballbrand
4/5  rDev +103%

Easy drinking smooth, simple, light beer. I personally like Keystone light. Its very crisp and refreshing. Rating it on what it is, an american light beer, its one of the best you can get.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.44/5  rDev -26.9%

Got a dirty thirty camo cans for deer camp. After a couple you develop a nasty taste in your mouth. Makes a mean hangover also. Cheap buzz tastes like shit

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
50 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.