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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 73 | 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:
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Photo of AlHam

New Jersey

1.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours light and clear, with a thin head.

Smells... well... bad. Has a clean and ever so slightly grainy scent. Even when fresh, it can take on a slightly "skunky" aroma. Smells best if served ice cold.

Taste. Somewhere between bad and non-existent. Tastes very slightly of malt, with almost no discernible hops. No aftertaste. This beer tasted best ice cold - the colder it is, the less flavor it has.

Serving type: can

10-22-2007 05:03:05 | More by AlHam
Photo of bminus


2.1/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

cases were 2 for $20 so it was kind of hard to pass up for a college kid.
pours golden yellow, head was non-existant. lots of carbonation.

smell was also almost non-existant... some musty corn maybe.

taste was not terrible since there was hardly any taste anyways.

it went down relatively smooth. can't say it was good but it didn't hurt to drink.

it's pretty drinkable if you're looking for a cheap beer to drink a lot of. it's pretty easy to drink and is so light you can drink it like water.

overall, i've had worse, but it probably sits middle of the road for the category... which in itself sucks.

Serving type: can

10-15-2007 04:50:30 | More by bminus
Photo of jdubjacket


1.5/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Takes me back to my poor, poor college days.

Stuff still tastes like hops(?) and...yes...bananas. Although the bananas are not intentional. It's just a bizarre coincidence from what I can gather. Stuff is a fizzy yellow color with a nose of... macro brewery. Drinkability is the high point due to the lower ABV. But the stomach cramps that come with this beer offset the lower ABV.

This beer is not good. Should be one of the many macro beers one should avoid.

Serving type: can

10-15-2007 01:49:43 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of Beerbuddha


1.5/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

**Needed something cheap for the ride home after, long hard day**

Appearance- N/A Drank out of the can.

Smell- Had a musty smell.

Taste- Had a musty, moldy taste. not much taste overall though

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery and carbonated

Drinkability- Not much. Just a cheap beer.

Serving type: can

10-07-2007 02:50:57 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of Bitterbill


1.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours from 24oz can s clear straw with a tiny head of foam that soon shrinks to nothing.

The smell is kind of strong but nasty. A messy grain nose and something that smells sourish.

The taste has a bit of hop bitterness but it has no appreciable base, no malt that I can detect, and actualll\y, what flavour *is* there is pretty bad. Yuck. Another drain pour for me.

Serving type: can

10-06-2007 16:36:52 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Floydster


2.88/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 ounce can out of a six pack bought from Blimpie liquor store in El Segundo

Poured into a frosted mug with a golden yellow color and no head

Smell was weak, but taste was good for a light beer with a little bite in the aftertaste

Taste did not stick around long

Could drink a bunch, very light

Serving type: can

09-21-2007 03:45:00 | More by Floydster
Photo of YellowTail


1.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

60 cents a can makes me happy.

app - golden pour with aggressive carbonation. little head just fizz.

smell - i guess that smell could be called corn. but its been shit beer my whole life. hard for me to smell anything but old parties.

taste - water. with a little malt flavor hiding behind misplaced sweetness.

mouthfeel - hard to analyze because the carbonation bites me so hard. once you get past that its not bad. but who wants to put up with it.

drinkability - its funny because this was always the beer i chose to shotgun because of its lightness and wateryness. I guess you could call that drinkability, but I'm not going to.

Serving type: can

09-11-2007 22:32:23 | More by YellowTail
Photo of bcgoldtoe


3.9/5  rDev +117.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Can poured into tall glass.

A= Straw colored, foamed up really nicely but the head dissipated extremely quickly, leaving no lacing whatsoever

S= As neutral as you can get in a beer. Some hint of diacetyl--maybe green apple and corn

T= Like Heineken light minus the hops. But try it because you'll see that this isn't such a bad thing when it's done right. There is NO skunkiness whatsoever, and no unpleasant unexpected flavors.

M= Extremely watery but not unpleasant

D= Extremely easy to put down.

Serving type: can

08-26-2007 20:17:27 | More by bcgoldtoe
Photo of mdup8819


1.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Exactly what I was expecting from a beer like this. A great beer for frat houses trying to stay drunk for months on end. Definitely an easy beer to drink.

I cannot detect more than water and a slight amount of alcohol.

Not much to this beer, other than the metallike taste and carbonation.

One of the worst beers if not the worst I've had, although highly recommended for college guys looking to get drunk quick.

Serving type: can

08-25-2007 02:21:02 | More by mdup8819
Photo of livingregret


2.73/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Serving Size: Regular old can

Appearance: Straw like yellow w/ a white head the fades oh so quickly

Smell: Well it smells like...cheap beer. A light corn smell w/ also malt

Taste: A touch of malt...a touch of corn

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated

Drinkability: Sure...you COULD pound these drinks out, but you would get no real satisfaction unless you enjoy a nice hang over from foolishly drinking this.

This drink is great if you want a cheap beer to simply drink w/ out wanting to have to worry about true "taste" or price.

Serving type: can

08-21-2007 00:22:10 | More by livingregret
Photo of zerofear13

New York

1.6/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Everyone recognizes Keystone as the cheap, college beer of choice. Pours out straw color and very carbonated into a pint glass. Smells strongly of corn and biscuit, with almost no hint of hop-smell. Unlike many light beers, the taste isn't too watered down; instead, it's replaced with the corn taste, which I do not enjoy, but I suppose someone does. The corn is followed by the bitter hops and over-carbonation. Carbonated, but drinkable because, like most light beers, it's designed to be not that filling. Overall, I understand why Coors would keep making this, but probably not the beer-lover's choice of beer. Unless you're in college, seriously strapped for cash, or feel like having an elaborate drinking competition, I wouldn't recommend Keystone Light.

Serving type: can

08-20-2007 02:05:14 | More by zerofear13
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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2007 00:46:54 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brad007


1.2/5  rDev -33%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a super-light yellow color with no head. Seems overcarbonated. Aroma is sweet and smells of corn adjunct. Nothing impressive here. Taste is lacking. Very thin and watery with only a slight hint of corn. Lame. No mouthfeel whatsoever. I think I can understand why this beer is rated so low.

Serving type: can

08-13-2007 00:31:41 | More by Brad007
Photo of plaid75

New York

2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell featured a boiled corn and light green apple bitterness.

The taste consisted of a light adjunct grain with hints of diacytl. I guess there were hops included - but I really can't be sure.

The mouthfeel was super light with some residual sweetness.

Overall not recommended. Too much corn sweetness for my taste. Just not good.

Serving type: can

07-14-2007 03:19:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of Halcyondays


1.18/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. can, had with relatives while watching a Dodger Game, there was no other beer to be had.

A: Drunk straight out of the can, so I'm just giving it an average score on appearance.

S: Virtually non-existent, but nothing objectionable.

T: Nothing upfront except carbonated water and a very slight hint of malt. After it warmed up for about 5 minutes, it got this rotten, acrid, cooked vegetable flavor that was very off-putting.

M: Light as water, no real mouthfeel except for the carbonation.

D: The horrible taste mentioned made it a drain pour, I couldn't finish it, a rarity for me. It also gave me a bad headache after one. This beer sucks and I don't plan on ever drinking it again.

Serving type: can

06-28-2007 22:56:40 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of garymuchow


2.75/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz. can for $.25. Couldn't resist. Rather hot day, let's see how it sits.
Sour malt aroma. Pretty simple and not all that pleasing. Sourness fades in time.
Big full white head that leaves very quickly. Constant bubbles rising, yet no head. Makes a nice thick creamy head if swirled. Darker golden color. Water clear. Typical.
Initial and very quick malty sweetness, then a bit of bitter, then a bold dryness, with a medium length and not too offensive taste. Adjunct increases in flavor in time and contributes to the sourness of the flavor.
On the heavier side for a light beer, yet appropriate for style. Much, much fullness from carbonation. More than one would fill me up quickly. Even with 1/3 a glass I feel full and pushing bloated.
Not terrible, not offensive, but not that good either.

Serving type: can

06-26-2007 01:36:21 | More by garymuchow
Photo of gestalt162

New York

1.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from a can out of a case- served cold.

Appearance- Tasted it in a can, but from previous experience with the beer, the appearance is very descriptive of the flavor- thin, pale yellow, very little head

Smell- Predominantly alcohol, with a trace of corn and other grain. Not very impressive.

Taste- Alcohol and water. Very watery, even for a light beer. Once the beer warmed up/aired out a little- about 10 minutes outside (70 degress Fahreneit external temperature) taste started to turn sour. Obviously meant to be consumed ice cold and in great quantities due to its lack of flavor.

Mouthfeel- Extremely thin and watery, hardly carbonated. You can drink this like water, especially if it sits in your mouth for longer than a second.

Drinkability- This beer is easily drinkable due not to its taste, but to its ease of consumption. A beer this thin and watery will not offend anyone's palate, or be too strong. This beer was created with the expectation that you will drink more than one (sometimes far more than one).

A good choice for those who like easily drinkable beer, who don't want to drink anything complex, strong, or overly flavorful, or are entering a drinking competition. Best served cold so as to mask its lack of real flavor and character. Even for a light beer, you can certainly do better.

Serving type: can

06-22-2007 15:31:07 | More by gestalt162
Photo of bluemoonswoon


1.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked one of these up during a house party and brought it home just to see what was there instead of pounding it down.12oz poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a bright and clear yellow. It could probably pass for ginger ale, but I've seen darker ginger ales than this beer. Fake bubbly white head dissapears after about a minute and does not even form a ring, not a sexy beer to say the least.

S: What can I say about the smell: it does not even get the cooked corn and rice aroma characteristic of so many of the marcos out there, but instead shoots even lower as there are faint scents of corn husk and that's it.

T/MF: The only thing noticable here are the bubbles and they are not even that great. Adjunct flavors of corn and even lighter taste of unsalted and unbuttered pop corn comes through and finishes super clean with absolutly no aftertaste.

D: It is super easy to drink this beer so that is why the score is as high as it is, I know I'll have this again as I am still in college but as soon as I am gone so will this beer from my life.

Serving type: can

06-22-2007 02:19:52 | More by bluemoonswoon
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2007 12:04:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Zorro


2.85/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale clear yellow beer with a decent white head, looks better than expected.

The smell is sweet and lemony with noticeable Nobel hop in the scent. Grain and more so corn are major scent components. Fairly strong cooked vegetable aroma.

The taste begins lemony with a good grain flavor and noticeable malt flavor. Detectable Noble hop spice but it isn't strong. Very slight oxidation flavor.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Better than average drinkability for a LIGHT beer and not a regular beer. Of the American light beers from the big three Coors Light is the one that I have always found most tolerable. I am VERY convinced that this beer is nothing but Coors Light with a different label.

Serving type: can

06-14-2007 04:42:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of Clockwork420


2.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Now please, lets all look at this reasonably?

Tall cans are 99 cents. I got 2 to drink on a hot muggy day. The appearance isnt worth probably seeing outside of the can. But I know a few things, like ITs highly carbonated and smelled like corn or some other vegtable.

Sweeter, carbonated, and easy on the stomach, not on the hiccups. I hiccuped (sp?) for a long time afterwards. I dont like High carb brews cause they always make me do it no matter how slow or fast I drink it.

High Drinkablilty due to the smoothness and the price. I can see this being a good High school or college drink for broke ass students.

I dont mind this one every once in a while.

Serving type: can

06-06-2007 19:53:44 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of pmcadamis


1.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Picked up a 24oz can at the grocery store. That's how these crappy beer reviews always start...I see a big ass can of something for 99 cents and I just can't pass up a deal like that.

A - Pale yellow, almost clay color with a very short lived head of active fizz. A ridiculous amount of tiny bubbles rocket towards the surface. After about thirty seconds, all signs of a head, a collar, lace, or anything like what a beer should look like are gone. But the bubbles just don't stop.

S - Lightly fruity. Some aluminum can notes along with an old wet musty smell. Just the smell of this reminds me of college, because this is pretty much what I drank whenever I wasn't drinking whatever shit-beer was on tap at our house parties.

T - Not much flavor at all. Rice and corn. I actually taste this more upon what I like to call "retro-gustatory-olfaction"...or burping through my nose. The aftertaste is pleasantly fruity, and I can't help but sort of like this 'cause it brings back so many memories of good times at EIU.

M - Raspy carbonation, really thin watery body. The mouthfeel is a dead ringer for Perrier.

D - Tastes like carbonated water, but if I really just wanted to get drunk (especially when it's hot outside) I could handle this. I don't know why I liked this so much in school...oh wait. I know. It was CHEAP.

Serving type: can

05-28-2007 04:39:40 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of zdk9


1.27/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

God help the person that has to drink this beer warm, as I found it barely chokable cold.

A- Pours a very light yellow with a finger of head that dissapears instantly. No lacing.

S- Mmm... corn syrup and sulfur

T- Mmm...corn syrup and lots of sulfur. Hops? What's a hop taste like? I couldn't tell you from trying this one. The sweetness of this beer is odd and not pleasant, it almost reminds me of diet soda.

M- High carbination, like a soda. No lingering taste or mouthfeel.

D- Don't even think about this tasting this one. If you'll be drinking it fast enough to not taste it, then by all means go ahead.

Serving type: can

05-23-2007 21:50:25 | More by zdk9
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


2.3/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured with little head, what did pour quickly subsided to absolutly nothing. Ugly yellow color.

Smell- Smells sickly sweet, over ripened fruit.

Taste- Distinct flavor of musty bread, not wholly unpleasant but certainly not great.

Mouthfeel- Feels a little weird on the mouth afterwards.

Drinkability- Suprisingly drinkable, if you want cheap beer.

Serving type: can

05-15-2007 22:09:09 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of BretSikkink


1.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't normally review these types of beers, but someone left one of their famous 30-packs in the fridge..might as well not waste them!

A:Really clear, pale yellow, weak head, little retention, no lacing.
S:Adjunct grain husk aroma, quite weak, a little cleaning solvent in there.
T:Not much to speak of, the malt character is very weak and polished, slightest hint of hop bitterness, dry finish, watery.
M:Extremely thin and watery again, like drinking air.
D:Slightly higher simply for the speed with which these go down. No aftertaste except for a slight adjunct astringency.

You can literally drink this beer with everything, as there is not a single flavor that could possibly interfere. The Light Lager category doesn't do much for me, at least there's a level of complexity and layers of character to European lagers and pilsner-style beer. Don't bother with this one unless you've got thirty friends and twelve dollars between them.

Serving type: can

04-27-2007 17:44:09 | More by BretSikkink
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.