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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 158 | 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 jdspears41
2.78/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best beers for a party. A case of stones (30) is usually around 15 bucks. If you are short on money and want a lot of beer its not a bad buy.

A-Very water-like and a hint of yellow.

S- No smell what so ever.

T-It goes down smooth and doesnt have a bad after taste like some american light beers.

M- Can be very foamy at times and has medium carbonation.

D-Easy to drink a lot of this beer, great tailgate or house party beer, other than that dont waste your time.

Photo of camel92
2.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
2.85/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was just drank straight from the can like a true champ.

The smell of this one is a watered down sewer like smell of water mixed with various grains. The taste of this one was not all that bad tasting mostly of h2o and a little grass. It is extremely easy to drink due to it's water like nature. I used to love this beer because to me it tastes slightly like power aid.

Photo of SteelerNation
2.68/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this 90% of the time during college, so even though in reality this beer is truly terrible, every time I drink it I remember college parties and beer pong.

A: Light golden straw macro brew staple with tons of carbonation that dies out instantly and almost no lacing.

S: Faint malt adjunct smell.

T: Hollow hop bitterness and watery grainy malt flavor.

M: Excessively carbonated. Very light.

D: I can drink 10 of these easy.

My favorite light lager. Brings back memories. Still terrible thought.

Photo of ronniebruner
1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a terrible yellowish color. It has the appearance of watered down beer. The taste is so light and unappealing that I could not finish more than two sips. The beer is heavily carbonated and has a horrendously skunky aroma. The head was non existent and thats not a bad thing. I would recommend avoiding.

Photo of lsrose
4/5  rDev +123.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The number of cans of this beer I have had numbers in the thousands. I will never drink another single beer more in my life than this one. For that reason, they must be doing something right and I have to give it a 4.0. This is a legend of a beer that will be around colleges for a very long time.

Photo of Wasatch
2.03/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, very slight hop note, grainy. The taste is kinda malty, kinda sweet, ricy. Light Body. Not Drinkable, another disappointment beer.

Photo of whatthehull
3.05/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Straw coloring, snow white head and no lacing

S - Apple, flowers, crystal malt and a bit of yeast

T - Taste exactly like it smells, but watered down

M - Nothing, it's like sparkling slightly beer flavored water

D - Goes down like water, you can definitely pound this beer

Final thought - This beer is only for when you have no beer money, want to watch your figure and don't want to get smashed but be able to drink all day

Photo of mdaschaf
2.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After finishing the beer I brought, all that was let was a keg of this.

A: Clear straw/yellow color, a little head which dissipated to a layer of small bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

S: Not a ton going on here. A little musty, but get a little grain and some corn.

T: Tasted almost like watered down apple juice. Not much flavor at all.

M/D: Very light, somewhat high carbonation. Overall, it is, what it is. Cheap light beer. Honestly, from what the keg prices were I don't blame them for getting this over the other less than stellar options.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +108.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keystone Light has a very thick, white (and, quickly-receding) head, and a clear, light straw appearance. Carbonation is moderate to high. The aroma is of sweet grains, and the taste is likewise of sweetness, with just a shade of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Keystone Light finishes refreshing, crisp, and dry. Overall, this is an okay light beer. It certainly holds its own against higher-priced light lagers.


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

Pumped from a keg at a party...eh why not??

A- Pours a clear light yellow color. Two finger white head that sticks around for a little bit. Streaks of lace that turn to web style lace as I drink this down.

S- The aroma on this is very muted. Some light sweet corn in most of the nose is covered by a large metallic overtone. Some light stale alcohol in the ending which turns a little sweet with a hint of must.

T- Carbonated water with a hint of sweet corn at best. There is a ton of metallic flavoring as well with a touch of sweet alcohol on the tail end. Very muted in the flavor. More so than the aroma.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but normal for the style. Sweet grains and metal are left on the palate. Aftertaste is much the same with a hint of alcohol. Flavors are very bland so I would say it's balanced for what it is suppose to be. The metallic taste is the only off flavor but it is there all the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This is not bad but I don't like the flavor or lack there of at times. Low ABV means I could pound this all night. Not that I would really want to.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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..

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.