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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,578
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 93 | 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 woodske1


1.7/5  rDev -5%

Key Light is better than Key ice but that ain't saying much. It should only be drank when ICE COLD and as a last resort.

The color/smell is non-existant. The Taste is bad...very copper tasting...the mouthfeel is the highlight, never a good sign for a beer.

03-03-2009 01:03:03 | More by woodske1
Photo of brianlg


1.05/5  rDev -41.3%

This is hands down the worst beer I have ever had. I've had it a few times at parties and could barely down it. I feel like this makes Natty Light look like jesus. The color is poor yellow and it smells like corn and urine. It takes like carbonation. It has a very smooth mouthfeel but the taste is just so bad. I would never, ever spend my own money on this. I probably won't even drink this if it's offered for free. I don't like bashing beer, but this is the worst I've had.

02-26-2009 05:55:21 | More by brianlg
Photo of Boehemyth


1.5/5  rDev -16.2%

When my friends throw parties, this is the kind of keg they get. It's cheap, and for good reason. It's the typical BMC light lager. Looks like tinted water. Smells like beer mixed with water. Tastes like water-diluted beer. It's over-carbonated as well. The best thing about it is it's not hard to take a few of these down (so long as you drink it quickly). It's a great beer pong beer: cheap and not too alcoholic.

02-24-2009 21:41:02 | More by Boehemyth
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.33/5  rDev +30.2%

I guess it's time to give an officially review to the local college favorite. It poured a yellow-tinged clear color with a single-finger head that didn't last long and a ton of visible carbonation. The smell is corn adjunct. The taste is watery and mercifully unflavorful. All there is is a bit of sweet corniness and a bit of a metallic taste. The mouthfeel is watery and highly carbonated, but not entirely unpleasant if the beer is cold enough. Thankfully for poor college kids everywhere this beer is very drinkable, and you may find yourself drinking half a case of this without noticing.

02-21-2009 20:59:14 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of VaTechHopHead

1.65/5  rDev -7.8%

This beer sucks....

Well BeerAdvocate is telling me I need to type more but there isn't much more to say about this beer. Only drink it if 1.) You are dirt poor or 2.) Are a college student. The later of the two applies to myself. Don't be temped by the sub $6 price for a 12 pack or the "specially lined can" whatever the f*** that means. Save your money, put it in your 401K or something, just don't buy Keystone.... I hope that's enough text for you BeerAdvocate

02-21-2009 02:50:05 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of acelin


1/5  rDev -44.1%

out of a can, into the solo cups. Red and Blue, with golden water cups, KU style.

A: really really watery, barely and color at all.

S: Smells like Keystone... do not want.

T: tastes like metallic urine water.

M: Like water.

D: Very drinkable, like water, metallic water...

Good for: beer pong, beer games - if you are really really cheap that is...

02-17-2009 07:53:00 | More by acelin
Photo of Vancer


1.48/5  rDev -17.3%

The ol' bro-law left a few cans in my DBF from the weekend, as a taunt. But whatdahec - let's see what we have here.

Clear straw yellow pour, a tiny white head popped up and petered out within a minute. Cooked veggies and cardboard in the aroma. Quaff is not much better, corn and husky grains. No malt, no hops. A freakin' glass of club soda with a hint of beer.

It may be cheap, but geez, it's not enjoyable trying to gag this stuff down. But man-up I will, it will not hit the sink on my watch.

02-17-2009 00:57:41 | More by Vancer
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.55/5  rDev +42.5%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to no lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with some adjuncts and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is less than average as well. It has a watery, pilsner malt flavor that's devoid of any real beer character. It goes down extremely smooth and finishes dry with very little malt taste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but it's nothing special, even by light lager standards.

02-08-2009 00:31:31 | More by WesWes
Photo of fingerlaker

New York

1.2/5  rDev -33%

I'm in college. A Keystone light review is necessary.

The apperance looks as if someone took a decent lager and added a ton of water.

The smell... What smell? All I smell is the aluminum of the can.

Taste... wee bit of a sweet malt in a lot of aluminum water. On the very, very end I noticed the tiniest amount of hops. Like a hop leaf.

Mouthfeel? Like water.

Drinkability? You can pound them all night. But why would you want to? If you just want to get drunk, buy cheap vodka and fruit juice.

The price? like $10 30, or as SUNY Oswego students say, a "30 rack," so I assume that this swill will be a popular brew for years to come.

01-12-2009 18:29:58 | More by fingerlaker
Photo of thekanna


2.23/5  rDev +24.6%

Appearance: Pretty much piss. Actively carbonated piss, at that.

Smell: Not much. Slightly metallic, with some yeasts and boiled carrots thrown in.

Taste: Starts off pretty much like any other BMC: yeasts reinforce a largely metallic adjunct flavor. However, this one ends with an artificial sweetness that's almost slick and buttery. At least they were trying for something different from the typical macro crap, even though they largely didn't succeed.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits the palate initially, but tries to quickly dissipate when the aftertaste kicks in.

Drink: Another beer pong beer for the records.

01-12-2009 07:22:02 | More by thekanna
Photo of BedetheVenerable


2.17/5  rDev +21.2%

Presentation: 12oz aluminum can...none of the witty slogans/sayings on this can make me any more excited about drinking this

Appearance: Very light yellow, with a super soapy head that instantly fades to NOTHING but the faintest ring

Smell: VERY light corny sweetness, no real malt, and NO hop presence

Taste: Kind of fruity, with LIGHT corn sweetness, NO hops...just a tad sweet and adjuncty...

Mouthfeel: Ultra light

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: NOTHING here...it's got massive drinkability, but so does water...and this has about as much character...it's thirst quenching...and...thirst quenching...

01-12-2009 04:58:00 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of SickBrew


2.1/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from a 12oz - specially lined can. This brew pours a light yellow with next to no head. Nose is faint and grainy like corn. Taste is light, only slightly malty and a touch sweet. No hops to speak of. Finishes clean and relatively dry. Body is very light and carbonation level is fair. All in all this is not a very good lager but I imagine one could drink a number of then on a hot day.

01-03-2009 22:59:12 | More by SickBrew
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

2.2/5  rDev +22.9%

A - Looks like water almost, very light color, forms a head but its gone in a matter of seconds, no lacing.

S - Umm, theres a smell?

T - I don't know what to give this beer for taste because honestly, there is no taste. Water has more flavor than this beer.

M - yet again, water, with some carbonation.

D - If you can drink water you can knock these back all night long!

This beer really has no taste at all to me, so I guess its really not a bad tasting beer. I guess that does make it a decent party beer because you could drink a case of these no problem.

12-30-2008 01:17:06 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of cleeze


2.1/5  rDev +17.3%

Probably the "better" outta that garbage corp. beer.

Now this shit is nastier than my Ex-Girlfriend!! FOR REAL NO DOUBT!!!

looks like infected piss... Plain and simple, I piss this shit. I WON't even play beer pong with this horrid disgrace of man-kind!

One awful aspect of this beverage (I REFUSE TO CALL IT BEER) is that it gives you some nasty ass shits. ONCE again, nastier than my ex girlfriend.

12-23-2008 16:40:20 | More by cleeze
Photo of BeerManDan


2.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Once when poured into a glass it was a very pale yellow with white foam and no lace. The smell of nothing was there. The taste of nothing was also there. But, what a nice inexpensive beer to have on a hot day after chopping a couple of cord of wood. Great summer sipper, and that's about all it's worth!

12-19-2008 03:27:42 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of dpsychoholic69


2.45/5  rDev +36.9%

I stopped by the convenience store on the way to deer camp to pick up some adult beverages. I saw this on sale for $7.99 for an 18 pack and figured what the hell, I remember drinking it in college and it was okay. But that was college.

A - Light, clear, yellow color with a thick head that dissipated quickly

S - Beer, cheap beer

T - Beer from a can, cheap beer from a can

M - Thin, flat, not much

D - Went down smooth, probably because I'd wisely iced it down with some ice and rock salt so it would get really cold. I could down several of these.

Yep, this is a college brew where those who drink it will care less what it tastes like as long as it gets you loaded, which is why they sell this stuff. Right? Good beer? No. Will I buy it again? Only for deer camp.

12-18-2008 03:49:48 | More by dpsychoholic69
Photo of Mistofminn


2.3/5  rDev +28.5%

12 oz can

Ah Keystone light, the typical beer for college partying. Really the only thing its good for is a quick buzz. It is decently drinkable, which is good if your going for a quick buzz.

Not much too look at, or smell, or taste. Has a decent carbonation to it, but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is its only upside in my opinion.

Really the only time I will ever drink this is when hanging out with my college buddies who haven't gotten past their "cheap beer" phase. I don't want to be rude after all.

12-10-2008 20:34:49 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of magictrokini


1.58/5  rDev -11.7%

Sadly, I have tried every type of Keystone, and this this the best one out there. Pours nearly clear, with tons of foam; which, coincidentally will look exactly like your pee after consuming a few of these. The aroma is metal, though that could be the can. Taste is metal and veggie, yum. Official beer of Delta Tau Delta at the U of A.

12-05-2008 22:37:19 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Offa


1.45/5  rDev -19%

This is awful, with a plain, stale rice taste.

Pale straw-gold, it has a medium, very airy and fizzy, white head that immediately vanishes to nothing at all.

The aroma is dischwater, faint chemicals, and something that smells kind of like old grain that has been sitting in a barn.

The taste is bland with a faint, stale rice element and a hint of faint grain in the aftertaste plus a very faint "Sprite" quality. The feel is rough, thin, and watery. Unlike Coors Light, which is almost mediocre and actually better than regular Coors to me, this stuff is dreadful.

12-05-2008 21:31:53 | More by Offa
Photo of Bagman007


1.58/5  rDev -11.7%

A- Clear pale yellow color when poured. Looks a little thick.

S- You can smell alcohol, but not really much else. Kinda seems like it might just be alcohol and water.

T- Terrible. Barely drinkable. Seems way to think for the type of beer it is.

M- Can barely stand to suck it down. Tastes worse and worse with every sip.

D- Avoid at all costs. This is terrible beer. Only good for college students while playing beer pong. Or people with terrible taste in beer.

12-01-2008 09:26:49 | More by Bagman007
Photo of kflorence


1.18/5  rDev -34.1%

Drank this one from the can. Very typical mass-produced light lager. Pale, straw yellow in appearance, smells of grains, hops, metal and skunk. Tastes very bland, some grains and metal flavor in there; very watery, lightly carbonated. Terrible aftertaste, yuck. Would not recommend unless you're looking for a cheap way to get drunk. No flavor or refreshment to be found here.

11-30-2008 04:14:01 | More by kflorence
Photo of matty


3.38/5  rDev +88.8%

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are your usual macro lights.No rare hops or exotic malts but guess what?? It's not suppose to it's a light lager.It is refreshing, light and perfect for those summer outdoor gatherings or Sunday football games.I recommend and will buy again!!

11-24-2008 04:27:21 | More by matty
Photo of pseudo

New York

1.55/5  rDev -13.4%

really, just a beer you drink at parties in college or what not, completely bad

look: well, it looks awful pretty much just a clear hardly yellow liquid with no head or lacing to be found (pretty much looks like a soda but more pissy)
smell: none to be found
taste: lol. pretty much tastes like mildly bitter water with too much carbonation
moutfeel: it feels terrible, way too much carbonation and then when the carbonation dies it just feels like what piss (probably) feels like. Not a pleasant aftertaste either
drinkability: well theres usually a lot of it around, its cheap, however i cant drink that much because its still so awful though

11-23-2008 06:07:46 | More by pseudo
Photo of MTNboy


2.38/5  rDev +33%

It had a very thin white head to start that just went away and left some lace. The body is very transparent and pale yellow. There is a lot of bubbles though. It smells of vinegar and fruit juice. It has bland taste for the most part. It is more corny and adjunct than anything. It is like a lot of beer of this style fruity and malt liquor like. It has a very thin and carbonated mouthfeel.

11-22-2008 15:08:04 | More by MTNboy
Photo of cford1


1.83/5  rDev +2.2%

Being my first review, I decided I would start with something I have, unfortunately, had a lot of.

A - Very clear, with really just a yellowish tinge, pours a lot like a coke would, with about the same head retention (none).

S - the smell is light, and almost hard to detect, no real malt smell, but something does seem beerish...

T - This is the main reason people I know don't like beer, because this is what they think beer actually tastes like. Its forcibly bitter, but not from hops, so I don't really know what they put in there.

M - Goes down like water, and I think that's the point.

D - Really for youth parties, where mass consumption for a cheap price is the main goal. I don't hate it by any means, and I'll probably have more in the near future. After each can/cup you are just left with a lot more to be desired.

11-11-2008 01:40:58 | More by cford1
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,578 ratings.