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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,695
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 143 | 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 TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nasty looking straw yellow color with a thick soapy white head and almost no lacing to speak of. Smells of corn and grain and a big waste of time and money. Mouthfeel is less than average and is too thin to be worth a damn. Drinkability is poor as well. Another poor BMC beer.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Ah, Keystone Light. Your history of ad campaigns is like a poetic ode to the Hindenburg. The tagline has always been, as the can proclaims, "Always Smooth," though the exact nature in which you communicate the beer's smoothness to consumers has changed over the years. Currently, you feature a cocksure unemployed thrity-something named Keith Stone who goes around attracting the kinds of women who get stuck in trees and telling elderly ladies to "hold [your] stones." The voiceover informs us that Always Smooth Keystone Light is "smooth brewed." If smooth brewing your beer doesn't become the next -bal aged then I'll be a horse's uncle. But perhaps the most infamous Keystone Light campaign was the "bitter beer face" series of ads, in which Keystone Light is said to be "America's Never Bitter Beer." The implication being that there are no hops in this beer. The implication being that I am going to hate Keystone Light. Let's get it over with:

Pours a a feint straw yellow color. It has the effervescence of fine champagne with the color and clarity of fine urine. One finger of indifferent head goes away faster than Beer Advocate members at a party that serves Keystone Light. The only time this beer has ever heard of lace is when the co-ed in the residency hall across the Quad drinks enough of these to cause her panties to drop at the behest of a 19 year-old who patterns his fashion after Jersey Shore's The Situation. This is unacceptable.

Aromas of bran, corn, and (and my brain might just be tricking me here) calcium deposits on the bathtub from hard water make for a delightful beer. I typed delightful, didn't I? I meant to type "bad." No hops at all, cuz why would you want to taste bitter? NO BITTERNESS HERE. Thanks, Keith.

Some beer's malt profiles take on a biscuit quality. Keystone Light's tastes like hardtack. You ever see microwavable breakfast sandwiches at gas stations? The ones where there is a "biscuit" for a bun? Imagine one of those that has sat out on the counter for two weeks and then imagine it mixed up with hard tap water and then imagine you putting that mixture into your mouth. Always Smooth Keystone Light tastes like that. With a side of, like, creamed corn. Does it taste smooth? I suppose that it does. Does it taste? Just barely.

Always Smooth Keysmooth Light only cares about one thing with respect to mouthfeel: is it smooth? Yes, by approximating water's mouthfeel it has achieved that goal. Such smoothness and complete lack of sense required to enjoy it leads to a drinkable product.

I like this beer about as much as I like MGD64, which is to say that I will pray that every can of this spontaneously combusts. Always Smooth Keysmooth Lighsmooth Smooth Beer for Smooth People Smooth is a terrible product. It delivers on its promise of being smooth. It will get you drunk. Those two things are why people purchase this dreck. Rating this as a beer, even against the light lager style, it doesn't measure up. Beers like this make me want to get my bitter beer face on in a hurry. My bitter beer face, mind you, is a huge smile. Sorry, Keith Always Smooth Stone Smooth.

Reaper16, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of brianweiser
3.8/5  rDev +112.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a long day on the tractor this bad boy really hits the spot. Goes down real good just like grandpa's moonshine used to. The hops are deliteful and I taste notes of barley. Not the most expensive beer but on a hot summers day this is like the Corona of the trailer court. All in all I really enjoy this beer. Real easy to get 10 down in an afternoon. Not much flavor to it, but that is why its so easy to drink.

brianweiser, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.43/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and bright very clear yellow with a finger and a half head that settles in less than two minutes.
Smells of pale malt corn starch and a slight mettalic hint. Childhood memories of Playdough also become apparent in the smell. The nose is pretty weak. After my first sip it was hard to detect the scent of this beer anymore.
Very pale brisk maltiness with a cream of corn finish. It has a slight nutty sweetness to it. No hops here. There are no faults to this beer aside from the fact that it is very very light. It is a thirst quencher all the way.
Lots of tiny bubbles and easy drinkability make these standard american lagers the soda of the beer world.
For a light lager it is better than a lot of others however Yuengling is probably still the best.

cooch69, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Shefus
5/5  rDev +179.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Budweiser might be the professional level king of beers, but this old grizzled war veteran of gettin hammered is collegiate level king of beer. To get the most out of this you gotta have it at room temperature, then pour into a big ole Solo party cup and start playin for a good ole time. If rated below a B you must have not had a good time at college, sorry you missed out.

Shefus, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
2.55/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz can cold..ice cold from fridge. Aroma hardly noticable through the can hole..thats probably a good thing. Appearance..the cans OK i guess..has the "mountains". Taste..OK strange yet likeable sour apple in the background..guess its from the corn..little grainy..OK OK average mouthfeel for the category Overall not a bad light beer..better than most but still need to drink ICE COLD>

Reidrover, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of floodgates289
3.08/5  rDev +72.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this is not a Sam Adams nor is it a Sierra Nevada. It is a cheap college kid beer and should be reviewed like one. $14 for 30 of them is a pretty good deal if all you wanna do is get nice and sloppy. That's all this beer is for. You wouldn't drink a Keystone Light with dinner (well, maybe if you watch NASCAR you would). Anyways, this is one of the better college kid beers out there. It's light enough to drink one after another and not get full. After a while you wouldn't even notice a difference in taste between this and any other 4.2% light beers anyways. In my humble opinion it is a sin to get inebriated off of high quality micro-brews and other respectable well crafted beers. If you wanna have a good night and save some money drink this. If you want something that will complement the flavors of the herb crusted sauteed salmon on your plate, drink something else.

floodgates289, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can into glass pint.

$1.59 / ea.

A: Brightest, yellowest beer possible. The glass is more opaque than the contents. Huge loose head that vanishes almost instantly leaving absolutely no lacing, and not even a ring of cover. The color is decent, the head is blasphemous.

S: A bit of an apple aroma with hints of sweetness and absolutely no hops. I realize they actually market around the absence of hop character, but there really should be something to smell. I like the apple character, but it is completely out of style.

T: Strong biscuit malt flavor, all the more noticeable because of the complete lack of hop character. It is smooth, but is also boring and forgettable.

M: Very light body, and very high carbonation. Oily up front, and crisp on the back end. Not too shabby.

D: Goes down easy, but I could just as easily be drinking ice tea and taking shots if my sole purpose is to get drunk. Waste of time to drink.

O: Could be much worse, but the beer fails because of its complete lack of personality.

dpnelson1978, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of subyman
1.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer brings back bad memories of high school and hang overs. I recently had one at a family get together and experienced it with a more seasoned palette than my high school days.

Appearance- Nothing to talk about really. Normal light lager appearance. No head, hardly any color, and absolutely no depth.

Smell- Stale yeast. No note of flavor in the smell.

Taste- Like my grandpa would say, tastes like puppy pee. I never knew what that meant until I drank this stuff again. There is hardly any flavor. This is good for pounding, but not for enjoying.

Mouthfeel- Thin and bodiless. Has the consistency of straight water.

Drinkability- For drinking in masse, its great. There is little taste to get tired of, very thin, and very light. Easy to drink a lot of if that's what you want to do. Again, not good for enjoying.

Overall its a beer for college/high school/rednecks that don't have much disposable income. This is not a beer drinkers beer, but a partier's beer. Its good at what its made to do, nothing more.

subyman, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of SteelKettle
2.63/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellow with white head the goes away quickly
Smell: corn and rice with a little malt
Taste: corn and grassy with very light tasting
Mouthfeel: light watery and heavy carbonation
Drinkability: very drinkable in large quanities

Overall: typical commercial light beer a little more affordable than the rest. and The Keith Stone commercials are pretty funny.. HOLD MY STONES... LMAO

SteelKettle, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
3.2/5  rDev +78.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad light beer especially for the price. It pours to a light golden color very similar to coors light. The smell is of malts more than anything. The taste is not to bad with a really light mouthfeel almost like water but it is really easy to drink which to makes it a decent light beer.

kdawg105, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
1.2/5  rDev -33%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer I've had too many times. It sold for sheer profit.

looks like straw water. Like rice water stool from cholera.

smells like rice water stool as well

lightly fizzy, like i'm drinking water that needs to go through the brita a few more times. sucks.

feels like the faster I drink it, the happier my mouth will be that it's gone.

Yeah its cheap. Good for pong with people you're not actually friends with (because they bought keystone)

ThePorterSorter, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.4/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A-Light as day. Teenie tiny head.

S-Corn? Corn water? Watered down corn water? Somewhere in between that.

T-Water. With slight grain stuff. But seriously, just water.

M-Slick but super light.

D-Designed to be imbibed in mass quantities. I guess it does its job. Feel awful giving it a 4 drinkability but you could conceivably drink this as a substitute for water.

VelvetExtract, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
1.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A-Pours a couple shades darker than water. No head or even a trace of a head.

S-Carbonated water, corn, and some grainy notes.

T-Carbonated water and some grains.

M-Very thin and carbonated.

D-It has no offensive flavors so its drinkable.

One of the worst beers quality wise I have ever had.

thegodfather2701, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
2.05/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a 16.9 ounce beer glass.

Appearance: Looks clean and crisp. Decent carbonation, thin head, very pale yellow color to the beer itself.

Smell: A little corny perhaps, but I can detect just a smidgen of hoppiness. For a light beer...yeah. Not very into this one.

Taste: A bit dull. There isn't a whole lot of taste to this beer, I can't point out anything specifically that makes this stand out. Generally swill.

Mouthfeel: Slimy, thick. Thicker than a light beer should be. Just a touch of carbonation taunts you as the last drop slides down your throat giving way to a residue that is both unpleasant and disheartening.

Drinkability: Ranks right in there next to PBR and Bud Light. Not very drinkable.

Bought it on sale at Kroger's (a local grocery store). $1 per 24-ounce can. Not quite worth it when you consider that Sam Adams is only about a buck-fifty more. *Shrug* Light beer.

Lauthaha, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
1.6/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last one of the night as this one just killed it for me. The gas station down the street was selling these for .79 I knew I was in trouble.

Poured into a pint glass it was not terrible, had a nice light golden color and a smooth, even carbonation level I could see through the crystal clear glass. Decently done. Unfortunatly that is where the fun ended as light corn, musky wet hay and just a mess took over from there. Not cool at all. Too light and way overcarbonated, the cold only served to mask what was a near putrid flavor. Wet corn and grass, week old clippings and a mess of grain. Just nothing redeeming here at all.

Overall I could see why this is is the top ten worst beers, wow. .79 could have been spent on gum.

mikesgroove, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of austinhensley
2.9/5  rDev +62%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddies and I were going camping and I asked one of them what kind of brewskis to get. He said he didn't care so because I was so impressed by the series of commercials I grabbed a case of Keystone Lights. Always smooth, like Keith Stone.

Not much to say. Microbrewed. Just giving the review strictly based on the numbers.

austinhensley, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of aasher
2.48/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My buddies and I had to pick up a case for some beer pong. It pours a crisp and carbonated pale straw yellow with a heaping white foamy head. The smell is very similar to Coors Light, no hops or malt or alcohol, or anything traditionally beer related. The taste isn't the worst in the world, again just like Coors Light. I think it tastes less skunky than an original Budweiser. The mouthfeel actually is very good for the style. It's very light and very crisp and fresh. It has excellent carbonation. For a beer that doesn't taste that great it's extremely drinkable. It's probably the most drinkable of the macros. It's pretty watery and you can pound these for quite awhile before you feel the effects. This is my party go to macros, excellent for drinking games or mass consumption.

aasher, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of VietPong
1.23/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My least favorite beer in the universe. Even worse tasting than Natty Ice. If you need a 30 rack on an extreme budget, take keystone. Otherwise, avoid it. Light carbonation, extremely watery, and no true taste. This is a cheap beer whose sole purpose is to get people drunk

VietPong, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of troobie
2.95/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Keystone Light, because Coors Light is expensive.

I poured this into a 22 oz. pilsner glass. There was a head, for about 5 seconds. It now looks like a glass of apple juice. Nothing on top and no carbonation present. I would never guess it was beer. Easily the worst looking glass of beer I've ever seen.

Smells like Coors Light. Apple and powdery. Sweet. The toasted malts present help improve the smell. Really doesn't smell that bad. There is nothing off-putting about it. Doesn't smell like the cheap beer that it is.

Tastes like a substandard Coors Light. Very sweet. Faint floral hint up front with some toasted malt flavor in the middle. Dry finish that leaves the mouth with a puckery feeling.

Carbonation is adequate with a light pour, but an aggressive pour is going to result in flat beer. About as substantial as water.

This seems to be one of, if not, the best selling beers in my area (regardless of style.) No reason why you couldn't drink this until you wanted to stop, even if that was next week.

This is what $12.99 a 30-pack gets you. I want to dislike this beer, but it serves its purpose well. Keystone Light is a great choice when you want affordable light beer in large quantities and may or may not want to get drunk.

troobie, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
2.05/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: An effervescent, crystal-clear and amazingly pale straw body capped by a little less than a finger of white head that fizzes out quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Thin and grainy pale malt with a bare suggestion of grassy hops.

Flavor: A thin, grainy, and husky malt body punctuated with a weak breeze of grassy and lemony hops. It's blander than bland, but that's to be expected. Not much of anything lingers enough for an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A watery body with prickly carbonation and a crisp and cleaner-than-clean finish.

Drinkability: Like the rest of the beers in this style, everything about the beer was designed for maximum drinkability. In a classic Catch 22, it's become so drinkable it's too bland to hold attention.

Verdict: Keystone Light is everything you would expect it to be. We're pretty much at the bottom of the barrel of "not offensive" beer here; this is as low as you can go without having unpleasant flavors.

BeanBone, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of russpowell
2.4/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12 pack to thank my neighbor, but she has been slow to drink them so for science's sake:

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of cream colored head that drops away quickly. No head retention or lacing

S: Light cereal notes, a touch of floral & citric hops, fades away soonish

T: Sweet cereal notes, some apple & white grape noticable up front. Watered down apple juice dominates as this warms, along some wet cereal. Finishes a bit watery, with a touch of apple sauce

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation, some watery feel. okay balance

Not too drinkable, but had no trouble choking one down. Certainly not the worst of this genre I've had, but you could've told me this was non-sweetened apple juice & I would've believed you...

russpowell, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.05/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

There is nothing impressive about Keystone Light, but it is a great beer for drinking games and that sort of thing. Not to mention the incredible low price, which is nice for poor college students. There is really no flavor to this beer, and it is very easy to drink. The only reason anyone would want to drink Keystone is to simply get drunk. If that's what you're looking for, then Keystone is your beer.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BluNeon
1.35/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I will not make this long. I just had to review this since I once lived in the #1 distributing town in the world for this beer(Macomb, IL).

I'll just say that this beer, in my opinion, is a disgrace to the beer world and pretty much is everything you don't want in a beer. The appearance looks like pee, the smell is nothing special, the taste is indeed AWFUL, pretty much like water that has a little bit of pee in it. Nothing to say on the mouth feel other than it feels like water essentially which is pretty boring. As far as drinkability goes, I don't know how people drink this because of how awful it is...

Well, I have spoken...Good day and good night!

BluNeon, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
2.48/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A- What is to be expected of a light lager. Pale golden, thin white head.
S- Smell is sweet, with corn and minerals leading the way.
T- What i can say is that this has "more" flavor than other light lagers. Whether one can translate "more" to "better" is debatable.
M- thin, and aggressive on the pallate due to overcarbonation.
D- Not the worst light lager. Not a recommendation though.

jsprain1, Jun 30, 2010
Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,695 ratings.