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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
46
awful

1,600 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev +11.7%

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1.25/5  rDev -30.2%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.1/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. I'll give it a few points here as it has pretty much nailed the light straw color with a short-lasting white head thing. Nose is grain and vegetables, mostly corn with a bit of squash. Taste is very, very light but all that's really there is a bit of grain and faint corn. Light body with pretty high carbonation. Gross.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of zestar
2/5  rDev +11.7%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev +11.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -44.1%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.5/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This review is the second half of Macro Smackdown XVI. In terms of America's best selling macrobreweries, I give Pabst the gold medal, Miller the silver and let A-B and Coors fight over the bronze. That doesn't bode well for my taste buds at the end of this comparison tasting. Then again, maybe one or both of these light lagers will surprise me. Yeah, right.

Keystone Light is the same shade of anemic gold as Natural Light, but it has a lousy looking lid. It's dingy white and looks like some sort of chemical reaction gone awry as it fizzes into nothingness within minutes of the pour. It's been a while since I've seen a worse looking cap on a glass of beer.

Thankfully, very little greets my nose when I put it over the glass. I don't have a preference between these two, even though they don't smell identical. Neither one is grossly offensive, so at least that's something.

Keystone Light might have a smidgen more flavor than its competitor. Then again, maybe it's because I keep drinking it second and the Natty Light flavor is still on my taste buds. Nah, that can't be it. What little flavor Natty Light possesses is classic 'hit and run', 'gone before it ever began' kind of stuff. This beer is a trifle sweeter and is beginning to turn nasty as it warms. Big surprise there.

Since the mouthfeels are essentially identical in terms of heft (as in 'a lack of'), I'll have to use carbonation to distinguish them. They're both lightly fizzy, but this beer is a fraction harsher. Less smooth, one might say.

Due entirely to its horrifying head, Keystone Light comes up the loser in the sixteenth version of this venerated series. Don't kid yourself, though. Neither one of these light lagers should have been brewed in the first place. The fact that it's a 2005 GABF bronze medalist makes me wonder if there were only three entrants that year.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
1.5/5  rDev -16.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
1.6/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last one of the night as this one just killed it for me. The gas station down the street was selling these for .79 I knew I was in trouble.

Poured into a pint glass it was not terrible, had a nice light golden color and a smooth, even carbonation level I could see through the crystal clear glass. Decently done. Unfortunatly that is where the fun ended as light corn, musky wet hay and just a mess took over from there. Not cool at all. Too light and way overcarbonated, the cold only served to mask what was a near putrid flavor. Wet corn and grass, week old clippings and a mess of grain. Just nothing redeeming here at all.

Overall I could see why this is is the top ten worst beers, wow. .79 could have been spent on gum.

mikesgroove, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -44.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Incredibly pale yellow. As with many other light lagers, the appearance is incredibly reminiscent of water. There is a fluffy white head, initially, which quickly disappears.

S: The smell is pretty bad. A large amount of gas from the carbonation stings the nose a bit, and then you are hit with the smell of rice and corn, with very little grain.

T: The taste is, not surprisingly, very light. It is sweet and is noticeably lacking in grain flavor. There is a complete absence of hops as well. As it warms up, it gets worse, so drink it fast.

M: The beer is very, very thin and fizzy.

D: The mouthfeel, along with a very cold temperature, is what makes this beer somewhat palatable.

womencantsail, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -44.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev +11.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
1.5/5  rDev -16.2%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
1.05/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Quite possibly the saddest attempt of a beer I've ever had. Really poor quality, I know guys who still drink this willingly and it makes me wanna rip my hair out. It's almost crystal clear in color, no flavor besides maybe a slight hint of barley. This is not a beer to sit back and enjoy it's more like something that your going to chug at a kegger in college and puke up a few hours later.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of zeff80
1.13/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pour out a clear/pale yellow. Highly carbonated. No head. Smells like corn. Tastes like very bitter ( not a good bitter, either) corn, maltand water.
Mouthfeel is very thin and very watery. It really leaves a bad aftertaste, too. Not really drinkable,at all.

zeff80, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
1.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml can, a licensed version, at 4.0% ABV, made in Canada due to MolsonCoors' tendency to flood the local market with product duplication just because, well, they damned well want to.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright, yet very, very pale yellow straw colour, with two fingers of fast-disappearing puffy and weakly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky lace around the glass.

It smells not so faintly of sweet, phenolic mashed corn, soaked white bread, and slightly vegetal and grassy, er, 'hops'. The taste is mildly grainy, actually none-too-sweet corn grist, stale, over-cooked rice, and equally less than subtle (as if we are forsaken) skanky, vegetal, and dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and just a bit overwrought in its playful frothiness, the body most certainly lightweight, and unsurprisingly fairly watery. It finishes like a ghost, making you wonder if there was any beer there at all.

As much as I wanted to claim to the contrary, due in no small part to years of enduring those inane TV commercials, I can't say that this isn't smooth and drinkable - it is indeed that. What it isn't, of course, is worth imbibing if you're looking for flavour rather than a somewhat beer-adjacent stomach filler.

biboergosum, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
1/5  rDev -44.1%

JAHMUR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you're looking for a light beer with reduced calories, this one fits the bill with just 104 calories, 5 grams of carbs, .7 grams of protein and 0 fat. It pours a crystal-clear light-gold body and a good-sized head of bright-white foam that vanishes almost immediately. Only a thread of a collar is left behind and, as might be expected, it leaves no lace. A generic beer aroma with a bit of yeasty sulphur greets you as you raise the glass - or specially lined can ;) - to your lips. The body is light and crisp with a fine, median level of carbonation that gives a bit of a tingle in the mouth. The flavor displays a quick note of sweet, adjunct laden malt before drying at mid-palate. It finishes dry with a light wash of alcohol and leaves just a thin film of sweetness in the mouth. It's a pretty vacant beer, but that's to be expected for the style. It's incredibly easy to drink - almost like a can of seltzer - but what's the point? There are more satisfying light beers available.

NeroFiddled, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of SocalKicks
1.75/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.03/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, adjuncts and grain with a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a thin malt and adjunct sweetness followed by some bready grain flavor. The hop presence is very mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, very light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not much flavor, goes down very easily since there isn't much to it and not filling for the same reason, this is one of the lighter of the light beers for whatever that might be worth, overall though it’s not something I would choose right away even amongst the very inexpensive beers.

TheManiacalOne, May 25, 2011
Photo of Jason
2.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can with no freshness date.

Appearance: Soda fizzle type head with no retention. Perfect strip filtered clarity showing a extremely pale yellow colour.

Smell: Clean with a faint astringent husky grain and creamed corn aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Off slickness in the mouth with a dense crispness that seems too forced … added dextrins? Very little malt flavour at all, bitter bit from a flavourless hop and astringent grain show it has some beer quality but not much. Finishes dry with no after taste … almost like drinking nothing at all.

Notes: It is what it is, a cheap crappy light beer. For people that are so worried about the price of beer and think they need to drink light beer this is for them. Sadly what they spend on a six pack, which most down in less than an hour, they could buy one bottle of real ale from England and actually have some respect for beer. Or even a bomber of Euro lager with real hop flavour ...

Jason, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Oh, I figured I would eventually break down and review a canned beer. Well, my roomate picked up a case of this stuff, and he swares by it. Yes pretty much this is his beer of choice, not only option, just choice. So, I figured I would review it, never actually had this beer in a can, just in high school as the typical keg swill. I cracked the can unleashing all of the artificial carbonation, and she pours a pale golden straw color that contains a very fizzy white head. Definitely nothing looking appetizing or impressive here. I continute to attempt to detect some aroma, and to my surprise it isn't repulsive as I had thought with a sweet lemon grass aroma with just a touch of hops in the background. With the still semi-pleasant aroma in my senses, I proceed with my first sip. This beer contains nothing great, in fact it is made with the cheapest of ingredients, but it actually brings a balanced flavor that is highly drinkable. The corn and rice, along with some malt produces a very sweet finish to this beer that in my opinion kicks Coors Light's ass. This does have some flavor to it, maybe not what I want out of a beer, but for the college student looking to relieve some stress and catch a nice buzz this beer does it's duty. I can't tear Keystone Light apart, because it has flavors that were designed to be completely unoffensive and in tact with the most amount of people as possible. The mouthfeel is like carbonated water, and yes this beer will go down in number with a low alcohol percentage you could probably put down alot of this, but in my opinion I really don't want to. I just wish this wasn't the only style of beer that's predominantly enjoyed by the masses, because they are missing out on a world of great beer styles. Oh, and by the way you better drink this one cold, because when it starts warming you will taste the difference.

WVbeergeek, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of russpowell
2.4/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12 pack to thank my neighbor, but she has been slow to drink them so for science's sake:

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of cream colored head that drops away quickly. No head retention or lacing

S: Light cereal notes, a touch of floral & citric hops, fades away soonish

T: Sweet cereal notes, some apple & white grape noticable up front. Watered down apple juice dominates as this warms, along some wet cereal. Finishes a bit watery, with a touch of apple sauce

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation, some watery feel. okay balance

Not too drinkable, but had no trouble choking one down. Certainly not the worst of this genre I've had, but you could've told me this was non-sweetened apple juice & I would've believed you...

russpowell, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
2.48/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my Grandma for letting me have one to review.
Poured cold from a 12oz can into a standard pint.

A - Straw yellow w/ a quickly collapsing white head

S - Somewhat corn and other light malt odors.

M - Fizzy w/ light body but not too thin for a light lager.

T - A little malt, a little corn taste, no bitterness, inoffensive as there is not much else going on.

D - A basic light lager, forgettable, but a decent example. So it may be "Always Smooth", but mostly flavorless in my opinion.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2007
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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.