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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,643
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 127 | 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 JayS2629
1.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- water and piss. Diluted pale yellow, almost clear. Fizzy head that fades fast and leaves no lace to speak of.

S- Don't try to smell too hard or you will snort it up your nose. Water, metal, corn and musty sweat.

T- Water, grain and corn, metalic notes and something musty. Pretty gross.

M- Fizzy water

D- Like water with metallic tones. Nasty stuff.

JayS2629, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.58/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Seriously. The bottled beer taste in a can, except this time, it was in a bottle. Crazy. Looks like water and human liquid waste product, together at last. Head and lace are as absent as any color other than diluted yellow. Should I give it points for clarity? No. Less clarity would be something to hope for actually.

Aroma is that industrial commerce type of smell of sterility and band aids. Vegetable and corn water tasting. Kind of has an assy bitter taste to it for supposedly not being that kind of beer.

This beer is not intended for consumption by anyone 21 years or OVER.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
1.35/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a urine-colored body and smells really like nothing which should touch a human's lips. Its really a sad excuse for beer. Unfortunately this swill is consumed greatly by mostly underage college students. I think if you are looking for a light beer go with Yuengling light or Sam Adams light.

Beerbluesbiology, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of larrytm56
2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drink this in cans on the golf course, and bottles at home. It is easy to find and cost effective. It tastes good, goes down good. It kills the thirst after mowing, and while playing golf.

Would rather drink water. Do not need to drink this again.

larrytm56, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of burgerandbeer
2.73/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I could detect no smell of any kind.

Color was a light pale yellow just a few shades above being clear.

When poured carbonation looked moderate but when tasted it was very little.

Pretty much tasted like a carbonated bottle water with very little beer taste.

But I could really pound these down while eating jalapeno stuffed olives. Which is exactly what I just did.

burgerandbeer, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
2.15/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cracked open the can at the end of a day of work while sitting at my desk. I was thirsty.

No aroma to be had. I cannot rate the appearance as the beer remained inside the can. I have filled in a 3.0 for appearance as a result.

Seltzer like carbonation and mouthfeel. No flavor to be had. Diluted coors light?

Faint aftertaste of boiled corn/grain mash. No bitterness at all.

This is a cheap beer. Nothing off-putting about it, but I'd rather have a bud, miller or coors light than this. It is unsatisfying to say the least. I'm not sure I would go to this after mowing my parent's lawn after mowing my grandparent's lawn in july.

I want to cut the can open to see the "special liner." Great commercials though!

nniicckkww, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of DKight
1.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer???

This makes Coors light taste like beer!

Pours clear, Smells clear, tastes clear. I spilt Sam Adams on my shirt the other day and have a stain. Spilt this, and its now whiter than any other shirt. Taste like piss water. Has no head. and no color... Still my favorite party/power hour beer..

DKight, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of IHC
1.2/5  rDev -33%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is the plymouth state university beer of choice!! Made for young party goers this beer is cheap and watered down to the max.

Taste: watery with just the slightest flavoring of beer!

Aroma: mild malt smell

Mouthfeel: very thin, light and simple no complexities

Finish: this is the best part of this beer the end!

IHC, Dec 11, 2010
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 zagduck
1.5/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is good for one thing and one thing only. A college party or tailgating when you are under the age of 25. It really has no redeeming qualities

Appearance: clear yellow color, like urine

Smell: corn and alcohol. smells kinda sour

taste: tastes exactly like it smells watery acidic corn flavor

mouthfeel: it really is overly carbonated

drinkability: really not that drinkable of a beer. it tastes so awful that i can be hard to drink sometimes.

avoid if possible

zagduck, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
1.88/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can pulled from the fridge poured into a SA perfect pint glass. best before JAN 31 11.

maybe the lightest colored beer ive ever seen. from the pour its completely clear, like water. in the glass is a clear transparent water like color with a pale yellowish tint. big fluffly white head that was surprisingly retentive for the first 5-10 minutes or so. a touch of lace at first. i would grade a 1.0 awful, but the head has atleast brought me to a 2.0.

heavy whiffs of mineral water and a touch of corn.

tastes like sparkling mineral water with some cooked corn and some light grains. thats it. VERY light and watery. way too overcrabonated, fizzy. very little actual beer taste.

this is made for the college kids wanting to pound back a case in a night. great for beers games and what not because it literally drinks like water. but IMHO, one of the worst of all the BMC light lagers.

dogfishandi, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of brown2cu
2.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a fresh date on the bottom.

Appearance: looks like pickle juice that has been diluted with water. I feel though that the appearance with this beer is pointless in condemning. I mean come on you don't buy keystone looking for a beautiful beer do you? of course not. But here goes. no head, no lacing, fair bit of carbonation can be seen.

Smell: sweet, syrupy, and adjunct grains.

Taste: Insipid and bland obviously. a bit malty with weak very weak hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and pleasant.

Drinkability: Hell, I'd take it over pabst. Easy to put down at college parties, however, on your own it is a different story.

brown2cu, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of gratedjuice
2.2/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

welcome to college beer. This is cheap, this tastes like water, this smells like nothing, and you can drink a ton of these. this is not a beer for a tasting experience. This is a beer for partying and getting really drunk on a budget. It has become my go-to have no money and need to play party games beer.

gratedjuice, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
1.63/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A two finger head from the pour, but it quickly bubbled down to a wispy ring of non clinging lace. Color is a 2-3 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell, not much of anything, some hints of molded corn and watered rice, with a off smell of decay. Flavors that present themselves are those of slight citrus zest, corn mash, and light malt. Feels like soda water in my mouth. The only saving grace for this beer is it is cheep and it will give you a buzz. Keep this in the back until all are drunk and then they won't care.

beerprovedwright, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Dlish
1.78/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours with a furry of carbonation, a white head that disapears almost instantly. Has a very nice yellow urine color to it.

This smell is F to the unky. Smells like old water and grape kool-aid and a bit of stale straw

Really drinking this, it remind me that this isn't so much a bad beer cause it taste bad as much as that it has no taste. I tasted carbonated water pretty the whole time. the tail has only a slight lemon zest of better mixed with the straw. I'm actually going to give the taste a high point average cause really it could be worse.

so its pretty carbonated and easy to drink, no wonder its in my dad fridge. I'm not gonna lie I def knocked back several of these in a night, many of time. But this is a pretty awful beer, i don't want to know how they make 30 beers under 15 bucks and make money. Plus guaranteed hangover!

if you have to go with a light lager, spend the money for simple times or a silver bullet. just saying

Dlish, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
1.2/5  rDev -33%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i cant believe i am drinking this but somebody left this in the fridge

pours very clear with almost no color a tint of yellow with a fizzy 1 finger head that faded to nothing and left no lacing

smell is not to bad - some apples/sweet corn

taste is sugary corn water that leaves an aftertaste of

mouthfeel is extremely light carbonated water

drinkability - yes i could pound these all day long but i do not want to drink this or ever buy this beer

jsh420, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of EsoxLucius
1.2/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

ugh, i poured it into a clear plastic cup at the party.

A: decent, foamed up nice, light straw, looked like it could be a beer.

S: metal shavings mixed with wet grain.

T: also metalic, mixed with sugar and wet grain.

M: fizzy, thin, and intrusive...

D: i'd honestly rather have water.

i got one swallow in... by comparison, BL Lime got two swallows to verify it was awful...

EsoxLucius, Nov 17, 2010
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 ChrisCage
2.73/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- Well I cant knock the look of this one...it comes with a thick white head that is dense and foamy, and I didn't find it settled super fast like I expected! Rather, it stays on as a thicker layer over the beer. It's very light in color, resembling a dry grassy yellow, and is also looking very clear. Carbonation, as expected, looks very bubbly. It actually leaves fairly heavy, sticky lacing on the side of my glass, however, it does slowly slide back into the beer.

S- Not much to report here, as it has a dry, grassy and grainy aroma. It also has no hop bitterness in there, which is expected. Overall, it is a mild aroma, but there is at least something there.

T- Again, nothing special to state. It doesn't have much of a flavor, but what it does have is an adjunct like flavor...corn mainly, and it is like the sweet water that canned kernel corn is packed in....but drier. No bitterness on the finish....just a slightly sweet syrupy flavor that lingers on the palate for a bit.

M- Thin and definitely watery body-wise. Surprisingly, the carbonation isn't as palate scrubbing as I expected it to be, so it's got that going for it. Not much else to say....just an average mouthfeel for this style.

D- You know, for a light lager, this isn't too bad, which is what I found with standard Keystone as well. If I'm ever looking for a light beer, I'll definitely consider getting this again...good to have around for company, or on a hot day. It's not offensive and unlike Coors light, this actually fringes on the definition of a beer.

ChrisCage, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nasty looking straw yellow color with a thick soapy white head and almost no lacing to speak of. Smells of corn and grain and a big waste of time and money. Mouthfeel is less than average and is too thin to be worth a damn. Drinkability is poor as well. Another poor BMC beer.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Ah, Keystone Light. Your history of ad campaigns is like a poetic ode to the Hindenburg. The tagline has always been, as the can proclaims, "Always Smooth," though the exact nature in which you communicate the beer's smoothness to consumers has changed over the years. Currently, you feature a cocksure unemployed thrity-something named Keith Stone who goes around attracting the kinds of women who get stuck in trees and telling elderly ladies to "hold [your] stones." The voiceover informs us that Always Smooth Keystone Light is "smooth brewed." If smooth brewing your beer doesn't become the next -bal aged then I'll be a horse's uncle. But perhaps the most infamous Keystone Light campaign was the "bitter beer face" series of ads, in which Keystone Light is said to be "America's Never Bitter Beer." The implication being that there are no hops in this beer. The implication being that I am going to hate Keystone Light. Let's get it over with:

Pours a a feint straw yellow color. It has the effervescence of fine champagne with the color and clarity of fine urine. One finger of indifferent head goes away faster than Beer Advocate members at a party that serves Keystone Light. The only time this beer has ever heard of lace is when the co-ed in the residency hall across the Quad drinks enough of these to cause her panties to drop at the behest of a 19 year-old who patterns his fashion after Jersey Shore's The Situation. This is unacceptable.

Aromas of bran, corn, and (and my brain might just be tricking me here) calcium deposits on the bathtub from hard water make for a delightful beer. I typed delightful, didn't I? I meant to type "bad." No hops at all, cuz why would you want to taste bitter? NO BITTERNESS HERE. Thanks, Keith.

Some beer's malt profiles take on a biscuit quality. Keystone Light's tastes like hardtack. You ever see microwavable breakfast sandwiches at gas stations? The ones where there is a "biscuit" for a bun? Imagine one of those that has sat out on the counter for two weeks and then imagine it mixed up with hard tap water and then imagine you putting that mixture into your mouth. Always Smooth Keystone Light tastes like that. With a side of, like, creamed corn. Does it taste smooth? I suppose that it does. Does it taste? Just barely.

Always Smooth Keysmooth Light only cares about one thing with respect to mouthfeel: is it smooth? Yes, by approximating water's mouthfeel it has achieved that goal. Such smoothness and complete lack of sense required to enjoy it leads to a drinkable product.

I like this beer about as much as I like MGD64, which is to say that I will pray that every can of this spontaneously combusts. Always Smooth Keysmooth Lighsmooth Smooth Beer for Smooth People Smooth is a terrible product. It delivers on its promise of being smooth. It will get you drunk. Those two things are why people purchase this dreck. Rating this as a beer, even against the light lager style, it doesn't measure up. Beers like this make me want to get my bitter beer face on in a hurry. My bitter beer face, mind you, is a huge smile. Sorry, Keith Always Smooth Stone Smooth.

Reaper16, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of brianweiser
3.8/5  rDev +112.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a long day on the tractor this bad boy really hits the spot. Goes down real good just like grandpa's moonshine used to. The hops are deliteful and I taste notes of barley. Not the most expensive beer but on a hot summers day this is like the Corona of the trailer court. All in all I really enjoy this beer. Real easy to get 10 down in an afternoon. Not much flavor to it, but that is why its so easy to drink.

brianweiser, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.43/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and bright very clear yellow with a finger and a half head that settles in less than two minutes.
Smells of pale malt corn starch and a slight mettalic hint. Childhood memories of Playdough also become apparent in the smell. The nose is pretty weak. After my first sip it was hard to detect the scent of this beer anymore.
Very pale brisk maltiness with a cream of corn finish. It has a slight nutty sweetness to it. No hops here. There are no faults to this beer aside from the fact that it is very very light. It is a thirst quencher all the way.
Lots of tiny bubbles and easy drinkability make these standard american lagers the soda of the beer world.
For a light lager it is better than a lot of others however Yuengling is probably still the best.

cooch69, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Shefus
5/5  rDev +179.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Budweiser might be the professional level king of beers, but this old grizzled war veteran of gettin hammered is collegiate level king of beer. To get the most out of this you gotta have it at room temperature, then pour into a big ole Solo party cup and start playin for a good ole time. If rated below a B you must have not had a good time at college, sorry you missed out.

Shefus, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
2.55/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz can cold..ice cold from fridge. Aroma hardly noticable through the can hole..thats probably a good thing. Appearance..the cans OK i guess..has the "mountains". Taste..OK strange yet likeable sour apple in the background..guess its from the corn..little grainy..OK OK average mouthfeel for the category Overall not a bad light beer..better than most but still need to drink ICE COLD>

Reidrover, Oct 16, 2010
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.