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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 91 | 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 7beerphil


3.83/5  rDev +114%

Bought a pack of 30 'stones, poured one in a glass and drank the rest from the can:

Very pale brew with a short lived foamy head. Smells of corn and some alcohol, it has a sweet and malty taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, agrees with their slogan. This is a very drinkable cheap macro, great for beerpong etc. Great price to boot!

10-21-2008 00:49:38 | More by 7beerphil
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


2.45/5  rDev +36.9%

Appearance: With a vicious pour a nice thick snow white head appears. When you blink that head vanishes and you're left with a pale light beer with virtually no head.

Smell: It really does smell like beer soaked carpets. If I'm being nice I smell a little of that famous American corn. Bread.

Taste: It's okay for the cheapest beer at Costco. We used it for a game of asshole and no one complained about the taste. It really doesn't taste like anything but if I had to pin it down I'd mention that maybe you could find some yeast and corn.

Mouthfeel: Dry, easy, pretty crisp.

Drinkability: How do you not give a beer like this a good score. Cheap american beers have to have something going for them, and you can drink these all night long baby.

Wiseman Justin reporting....

10-19-2008 21:41:16 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of illidurit


1.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Pale watery yellow with a slimy white head that fizzles into nothing immediately. Aroma is almost nonexistent. Metallic and corny. Flavor is lightly fruity, like artificial banana flavoring. Weaker than puppy piss but not offensive really. Almost preferable to the blatant adjunct juice flavor of most macros, if for nothing else than something a bit different. Thin and fizzy. Easy to put away several cans, I guess.

10-04-2008 08:33:17 | More by illidurit
Photo of Goliath


1.25/5  rDev -30.2%

Pours an extremely clear, pale golden color. A one inch white foamy head forms and disappears immediately. Terrible retention and no lacing.

The aroma is not great. Sweet pale malt and corn dominate.

The taste is terrible. Pale bready malt and corn.

The mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is low. Although it's low alcohol and arguably sessionable, it's just plain terrible. I could do without this beer.

09-29-2008 21:32:13 | More by Goliath
Photo of tbeck


2.65/5  rDev +48%

Picked this up from a local grocery store.

Pours a clear, pale straw yellow with a tall white head. Aroma is of barley and cereal grains. Not much flavor, slight hints of cereal grains. Moderate aftertaste of cereal grains. Very watery texture with a lot of carbonation. Not a great beer for enjoyment, except on a hot day.

09-28-2008 20:55:05 | More by tbeck
Photo of oriolesfan4


1.7/5  rDev -5%

30 pack for usually about $12.99

In my college days I must have had thousands of this beer. For a cheap beer this is the way to go. I'd rank it ahead of Bud and Coors, and it's about half the price. It tastes like water and goes down easy so great for drinking games and beer pong. It is what it is, cheap, easy to drink beer.

09-21-2008 20:07:32 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

1.88/5  rDev +5%

I picked up an 18 pack today because I needed something cheap and canned to tailgate with. Now that I actually pour it I can see how bland it looks. Pee yellow. Zero head. Zero signs of interest or life. Mildly sweet, grainy nose.

There isn't really much taste to speak of here. It's like drinking dirty water. Mouthfeel is thin and mediocre. Easy to drink but no real reason to.

09-13-2008 22:49:19 | More by daliandragon
Photo of schanker21


2.3/5  rDev +28.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Pilsener glass (heh, how many regular Keystone drinkers can say that?).

A- Pours a piss yellow (the piss of someone well-hydrated I might add) with a one finger head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet, sweet adjuncts. Corn, rice, and something sort of fruity. Not a strong nose, mind you, but one that is not the most enticing.

T-Very little. Water, some barely detectable hops, and some sweetness that I doubt comes from malts. Definitely not an all-malt beer, adjuncts are easily detected. Slight banana taste in the background.

M- Medium-light carbonation. The can says, "Always Smooth" and I would have to agree with that.

D- Drinkable, yes. Session beer, hell no. For me, this is the easiest of the cheap beers to drink because the taste is not as offensive to my tongue as say...Budweiser. This is where I say "Please excuse me, I am a college student." While I would certainly take a Surly Furious over this any day, sometimes I do like to indulge a bit and join in on the beer pong. When I'm looking for dirt cheap beer that I can actually drink (which is not very often) Keystone is where I go.

09-08-2008 19:07:09 | More by schanker21
Photo of BrewskiBanks


1/5  rDev -44.1%

This Brewski is an exceptional party beer and nothing more.

The smell and taste are both an overwhelming metallic beer flavored water.

Tis' nothing more than a cheap American brew with water from a dirty rain puddle.

The only upside is that you can scrap some change and purchase a thirty pack of this cheap brew.

You can drink as much as you want without the taste of beer, only metal, in your mouth.

09-07-2008 20:57:49 | More by BrewskiBanks
Photo of JBuff41413


2.03/5  rDev +13.4%

Keystone Light...First beer I ever drank. Lets get down to the review.

A- Light urine color with a big thin head that dissipates to nothing.

S-Not much here. A little earthy with a pretty strong metallic taste.

T- Beer flavored water at best. A little malty and that is it.

M- Water. Can't get any thinner.

D- The only high point here. Drink 12 and you could have more. If you are playing beer pong like in the old days lol. Then this works well.

I don't know why I pick this up every so often...maybe because it was my first beer and I like to go back to my roots. Unless you just want to get drunk....STAY AWAY!!

09-05-2008 03:29:41 | More by JBuff41413
Photo of Proteus93


1.7/5  rDev -5%

A: almost like water... VERY pale. A massive fizzly head that has some notability. NO retention

S: More aroma than I expected. That isn't necessarily a good thing. Husky, kinda chemical and astringent, grassy.

T: Quite grassy, kinda metallic. The flavour doesn't last long, which I suppose is a good thing. Kinda weird. Carbonation is something like Perrier that is beginning to go flat. Not very good at all.

08-30-2008 23:31:36 | More by Proteus93
Photo of CrellMoset


2.05/5  rDev +14.5%

Can courtesy (or perhaps not) of dkachur at a tasting at the home of proteus93. Poured into a Brooklyn footed pilsner glass, in the most inappropriate combination of glassware and beer imaginable.

Appearance: A completely transparent golden body with a huge foamy creamy white head that's gone as fast as it came.

Aroma: Husky and metallic, sorta harsh, with some grass and corn and eh a bunch of other pretty bad notes.

Taste: Oh blek. A really unpleasant creamy sweet corn malt note, the faintest hint of hop bitterness and a light grass hop note, and a few unpleasant chemically/husky/metallic notes. Pretty thoroughly unpleasant, really.

Mouthfeel: Thin and uneven, with a foamy, fast-fading, bubbly feel.

Drinkability: Watery and thin, it would be an acceptable lawnmower beer if it weren't for all the really unpleasant aromas and tastes.

08-30-2008 02:21:44 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Haybeerman


2.4/5  rDev +34.1%

Drank this at a football party at my son's house; it was cheap and they can drink a lot. He and I need to have a talk about beer.

A: Very clear pale straw color. Poured a one inch coarse, fizzy white head that dissipated immendiately. Decanted continuously. No lacing.

S: Corn, light grass; that's about it.

T: Bland, same as aroma - corn and grass. Can't say it awful, but really not much there - even to be offended by.

M: Very light bodied. Carbonated.

D: Drink it rue enough, but why.

08-26-2008 15:37:51 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of changeup45


1.43/5  rDev -20.1%

Very light-bodied, clear golden color. Not much head or lacing with this. It's a cheap light beer... Taste is quite watery and tiny. Almost thought I was drinking some of the can with it. Fine for when you're already drunk (if that's your thing) and a perfect beerpong beer. Other than that I'll pass. Don't women like to wash their hair in beer every once in a while to add body to it? Keystone can be used for that too.

08-23-2008 22:18:21 | More by changeup45
Photo of kinger


1.23/5  rDev -31.3%

Sampled out of the can during a round of golf. I first must admit that I despise light beer to begin with, but this was the offering that my buddy brought. Weak aroma, light pale straw color, watery mouthfeel, and a watery flavor. The flavor is extremely weak but not horrible. Overall junk that shall never pass over these lips again.

08-01-2008 12:38:02 | More by kinger
Photo of NOOGIE


3.13/5  rDev +74.9%

Look: Poured 16 oz. can into mug. Quick carbonation, foam appears then disappears. Bright yellow color.

Smell: Normal corns smell, barley, hops, and water.

Taste: Not much grains, barley, little hops, and water, just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Not much very thin, which isn't a bad thing. This beer you don't want in your mouth very long.

Drink: Thats where the $3 goes. To be able to drink Keystone Light in seconds. Smooth going down. Great beer for summer athletics and watching baseball or hanging on the porch.

A side note, it is much better to drink out of a can then in a glass. Out of the can it turns WARM instantly.

07-21-2008 06:41:56 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.6/5  rDev +45.3%

When I have to buy beer for a foursome of golf on a hot texas summer day, a 30 pack of 'Stones for 13 bucks is the way to go....better than nearly all bargain macros, and it is 4.2 ABV, not bad.

That being said, this is still not a high quality beer. I felt wierd pouring this into a pint glass. Pale straw colored, very little head.

Smells like CO2 and a hint of pale malts, only slightly offensive nose.

Taste is actually not as bad as one might expect from a bargain macro. Heavily carbonated and does not taste like much.

You could do worse in this beer catagory, put it in the cupholder on your riding mower.

It is what it is...

07-13-2008 04:59:13 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of berserker256


2.33/5  rDev +30.2%

Coors entry into the cheap beer field, I guess. It's on par with the Milwaukee's Best Light/ Old Milwakee Light/ etc. $12..99 for a 30 pack... give it to unwanted houseguests type of thing. Clear gold fizzy fluid with no head. Smells like an Iowa cornfield and/or a freshly mowed lawn. Tastes hopless with an extremely faint hint of sweetness maybe provided by malted barely. Thin and watery. Earthy. Mediocre. Exactly what one would expect from a 30 pack of beer for $12.99.

07-10-2008 22:53:27 | More by berserker256
Photo of hiikeeba


3.13/5  rDev +74.9%

A - Pours up crystal clear pale yellow with a white head that dissappears almost instantly

S - Slight smell of malt. Very faint.

T - A slight malt flavor, but very faint. Mostly, it is water.

M - Thin body balanced by intense carbonation

D - Since there's not much here to offend the palate, it is quite drinkable--if you don't want anything to get in the way of the alcohol.

07-04-2008 20:06:33 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of Durge


2.65/5  rDev +48%

Poured frsh from the old "college keg" this ill-reputed libation does muster a big white bubbly head with a little lace and a yellow gold color. Smells pretty weak with cereal and some citrus suggestion. Although this is obviously whimpy stuff by nature, it has a slight creaminess to it that I don't usually note in other light beers. But the flavor is a bit of the usual bready cardboard. Tolerable but only if you accept light beers at all in the first place.

07-01-2008 04:31:08 | More by Durge
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3/5  rDev +67.6%

served from a "specialty lined" can into a pint glass

A- Pours a very pale gold with a two finger head. Head dissipates to nothing in about 30 seconds. Leaves no lacing. Big surprise

S- Smells of sweet malts. Can pick out some corn adjuncts. Much better than expected.

T- Malty body. Can taste the alcohol and adjuncts mingling as the beer passes over the back of the tongue. Leaves a corn grit aftertaste. Not horrible.

M- Thin and carbonated. Like sparkling water

D- I was given one of these and reviewed it at the beginning of a party keeping in mind that it's a cheap mass consumption beer. A good beer for certain drinking games (i.e. pong and flip-cup) as it is easy to drink quickly and only costs $12.99 a rack (30-pack). Would I buy it any other time than for parties? Hell NO!!!

06-21-2008 01:26:33 | More by Bockrules
Photo of Getinthevan


1.65/5  rDev -7.8%

This has to be the cheapest beer on the planet not counting 40oz of malt liquor. $11.99 for a 24-pack? $13.99 for a dirty thirty? There's a reason why this stuff is sold incredibly cheap and it's not in the taste, that's for sure.

Color is kitchen sink/yellow and almost silvery metallic looking. Nothing at all impressive.

There's no smell until you taste it. It's weird, but there's barely anything coming out of the mouth hole.

Taste is practically nonexistant. It tastes like air, as it's pretty light to where it could just turn into thin air. Certainly taste goes out the window here.

It takes a whole can of this stuff to get at least somewhat of a mouthfeel on it. Why do you think it's the perfect beer to shotgun? Nothing impressive at all here.

Unless you enjoy drinking air or partying, I'd avoid this in favor of other beers. This is definitely for the cheapest at heart and the ones who want the party never to stop.

06-13-2008 09:03:37 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of Zap2008


1.45/5  rDev -19%

Keystone is probably tied with natural ice for the worst beer i've ever had. Overly carbonated.It tastes more like fizzy water than it does beer. I cant even give it a good grade for drinkability because it tastes too unpleasant to go down easy.
I understand what it is and what it's for, but anyone considering buying this should just shell out the extra 4 bucks for a rack of coors or bud.

05-07-2008 21:21:39 | More by Zap2008
Photo of rye726


1.02/5  rDev -43%

This is an old time favorite over at the CU frat houses. Seriously, they really love this stuff over there. And why not, its only like $10 a keg right? No, you could not pay me to drink this stuff. Even if one can get past the piss color appearance, there is a bitter grainy aroma to look over. Then the stale yeasty taste and over carbonated body really does the job. If you want something you can drink all night and never taste, go for it CU.

05-05-2008 17:54:04 | More by rye726
Photo of 1099


2.63/5  rDev +46.9%

This is one of my favorite light beers. Its always smooth (like it says it is), readily available, and great for college parties and such due to its low price! I like it because its cheap too. It really has no redeeming qualities other than cheapness and inoffensiveness. However, when I do things on the cheap, the stones always come and visit!


04-21-2008 13:28:42 | More by 1099
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
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