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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | 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 drunkboxer1
2/5  rDev +11.7%

In a half-drunken haze I bought 30 of these from Walmart. I thought it was a good deal at the time but on further thought I don't really think so. Having this fine fellow out of a beveled beer mug. It pours flat. It's pale yellow, which is fine by me, but the zero head and no apparent carbonation makes it look kinda gross. It smells shockingly sweet, corny, and of fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, and corny/grainy flavors wash over the tongue. There's a bit of an after taste that reminds me of putting a penny in my mouth. If this was a malt liquor I'd be a big fan, but at 4.2 percent ABV what am I getting? Thanks a bundle Coors... fuck you by the way.

drunkboxer1, May 22, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
1.63/5  rDev -8.9%

What CAN I review next? This was another find at my local sixer, but it was not much of a find. It was another fizzy yellow beer with a big white head with low retention. The nose was virtually nonexistent. The mouthfeel was thin and watery without much flavor, either. The finish made me wish that I had some actual beer, rather than the swill that seems to fill cans. Boooring!

woodychandler, May 18, 2009
Photo of Poormon79
4.25/5  rDev +137.4%

A. Golden yellow color. Decent carbonation. Minimal head

S. Not to bad for a light beer.

T. Has enough beer taste to be noticed as beer, but you go one with a beer taste, another with water.

M. High carbonation. Refreshing finish.

D. At a party drink all you can. At home sit back and enjoy your $14 thirty pack.

Final Thoughts: This is my party beer. For as cheap as it is, a very draikable good beer. Not my typical style but inexpensive and easy to drink. Not to mention, it tastes good. My favorite light beer.

Poormon79, May 09, 2009
Photo of andrew0790
1.43/5  rDev -20.1%

Just had this beer at a party the other night. I found that I actually couldn't taste it. Opened the can and smelled a little bit of sweetness, and some rice. Poured, there was just some foam that settled within 5 seconds, and left a liquid that appeared close to urine in appearance. The can actually said beer on it, and I'm glad I saw that, because honestly without it, I wouldn't have known.

andrew0790, May 01, 2009
Photo of sammyadams617
1.1/5  rDev -38.5%

What can you say really? You basically know what you're getting into when you reach for one of these, which is a night of getting hammered. More or less a sorry excuse for a beer, but must admit being in college, and at $14 for a 30 it serves it's purpose. Nothing to enjoy, just something to play beirut with and get drunk.

sammyadams617, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Macdoyal
3.18/5  rDev +77.7%


Appearance: Very light straw yellow. Not much much foam or lacing to speak of which is a big part of the low score.

Smell: Not much here. A little sweetness i might use the word grassy for the sweetness. I smell a trace of metal perhaps from the can and a smell i can't place if i had to describe it i'd say purple.

Taste: Seltzer water like taste. It's like you can taste the carbonation. Small amounts of malt sweetness and hops bitter. Which end clean with no after taste.

Mouthfeel: High Carbonation with a light refreshing finish. Nothing clings to your mouth, no after taste to mention.

Drinkability: High. This is a good beer for it's style. This beer in an ice chest will make your summer days uncomplacated and enjoyable.

Note: I was reminded recently how important it is to review a beer with in it's style to ensure fair and proper scoring.

Macdoyal, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of minterro
1.83/5  rDev +2.2%

very light and unattractive appearance

you can almost not smell it when u take a whiff

for a very cheap beer its not the worse

way over carbonated, can't stand it for long in my mouth

if there was something else I would drink it. but it is easy to drink.

I'm a college student, no matter how bad this beer adds up to a true beer, it is a great deal for its price. Compared to other cheap light beer this stuff is great. However, not a overall good beer.

minterro, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
2.45/5  rDev +36.9%

Ok, I am all for a macro beer because they serve a purpose. They get rednecks drunk, I cook brats in them and it's nice to take some to the lake and drink while fishing in +100° Texas weather. But this one looks like they didn't even try. The beer is the color of cornsilk and the head is greenish white, crusty and gone like Kaiser Sosie.

I am surprised to smell anything in a beer that is clearer then water with yellow food coloring but there it is. A light grain sent that lingers on the border between corn, rice and actual barley. A slight apple hint mixes with the confusing base grain flavors yielding a poor smelling brew. On the positive side of things at least it smells like beer.

Taste is actually not as horrible as I thought. The beer has the same confusing flavors as the nose. Corn, rice, barley? I don't know but what I do know is don't let it warm. The flavors get downright rancid as it approaches cellar temperatures.

Ice cold is where it's at on this beer. Then it's like drinking a bottle of water after just walking through the desert. I must admit that I do find this beer to be refreshing when cold. It does have a clean crisp feel with a nice bite that I attribute to heavy carbonation rather then hops. Drink this beer only in the shop while looking at a dismantled vehicle. This is shop beer to be drank quick for a light buzz and that's all.

jbphoto88, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of climax
2.28/5  rDev +27.4%

this mass consumption favorite offers little to the eyes... a clear pale gold straw color with relentless bubbles, the head faded faster than it formed. but on a hot day on the coarse it may not look too bad

nose was clean, though light, it was unoffensive. cereal grains, corn. and faint caramel malt. hints of fruity aromas/banana. i was almost afraid of the carbonation sending crackling bubble assassins up my nostrils...

flavor was clean, an extension of the smell....which really wasn't all that horrible. bananas and caramel are there if you bother to send a search party to extract them

feel was carbonation.... slick and watery

its no surprise that all the categories fall sub-par, but this beer has a purpose and that's to get you pie-faced, and honestly i believe its a better (and cheaper) alternative than bud-light

climax, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.42/5  rDev +35.2%

The lack of things to say is the worst part, it's a clear, light yellow with a slight white-tinge in the middle. plenty of carbonation, mildly crispy look, the "head" never really forms solid, it fizzes out pretty fast. gone. bye.

The aroma is sooo slight, it's hard to detect what's going on...it's s slight rice and corn maltiness, but it's muted, not hearty. I'm not really getting any hop or yeast aroma's but also no seriously gross "off" flavor's like metal.

The feel is crispy and light at first, but damn...don't let it sit around too long or it's just hard to finish, flat and thin.

Avoid if you can.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of cwps48
2.35/5  rDev +31.3%

Keystone Lite is really just a beer for beer pong. I drink them every so often, just because I typically can't afford anything nicer, and it's not like it hurts to drink it. It's relatively refreshing, lacks most flavor, and has a nice low alcohol content to it.

cwps48, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
1.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours an extremely pale body with strong carbonation, small head and no retention and no lacing. Smells and tastes very weak, watery with low malt and small amount of hops and grain. Strong carbonation, but not horribly strong carbonation. Overall Not the worst, but not good or even okay.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
2.48/5  rDev +38.5%

Let's face it: the only reason anyone (myself included0 drinks this beer is to get sloppy drunk. That being said, the drinkability is pretty damn good because the taste is not necessarily bad but because the taste almost doesn't exist. The beer just goes down nice and easy with no flavor at all. The other aspects are completely unremarkable.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
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.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
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.

brianlg, Feb 26, 2009
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.

Boehemyth, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Feb 21, 2009
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

VaTechHopHead, Feb 21, 2009
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...

acelin, Feb 17, 2009
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.

Vancer, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
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.

fingerlaker, Jan 12, 2009
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.

thekanna, Jan 12, 2009
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...

BedetheVenerable, Jan 12, 2009
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.

SickBrew, Jan 03, 2009
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.