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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 1.79
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 1,772 | Reviews: 461
Photo of goblue3509
1.35/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a yellow almost clear color with carbonation very clearly shown. There is almost no head at all. The smell is of corn and that smell is very faint at best. The taste is of barely corn, it is very watery. The mouthfeel is like a pepsi it is very fizzy. Overall you couldn't drink a lot of these, it is filling and watery.

Photo of puboflyons
2.42/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked MAY1709-02352A. Sampled on June 23, 2009.

A - Prettty basic for a macro light. Pale yellow with lively carbonation erupting to a short-lived fizzy, white head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Nothing very extraordinary about it. Some hops but mostly metal and corn.

T/M - The mouthfeel is for the most part watered down and the taste has some weak hops in the background. Really it tases like a macro light, no more or no less.

Photo of colts9016
2.86/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour into a pilsner glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy foamy white head that lasted a millisecond. Well at least they were right when they wrote the BJCP manual. The color of the beer is a meduim light yellow straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: A moderate amount of a grain and corn aroma with a very light hop fragrant. There is a light sweetness in the background, probably due to the corn.

Taste: There is a low grain taste with lots of water. There is a very mild hop fragrant to the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is dry and lightly carbonated. The body of the beer is water, uh I mean very light. The finish, what finish. Okay my opinion now. It is bang on for what the beer is suppose to be. I think that this beer is good for two things drinking and peeing.

Photo of BirdFlu
1.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

In the depressing settings where one finds themself left with choices such as keystone light, it may be helpful to reflect upon the path that has led to such dismal circumstances. Beers such as this fall into a category where rating them is sort of a challenge. Essentially, all you can ask is "well, what did you expect?".. it smells like foam, however something can smell like foam I have no idea but the only thing that makes sense in the smell is generic beer foam. I suppose you're really just smelling adjucts. It has the generic adjuct taste of corn or whatever garbage is being used and a thin, watery body. Perhaps you could say there is a slight extra sour/bitter taste that gives it a modest hue of unique character when compared to the other light adjuct lagers from coors et al. Again, the best thing this beer could be used for is a catalyst for reflection upon one's own life choices, because if you are drinking this by choice then you have made some terrible, terrible mistakes.

Photo of mm546907
2.42/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light yellow in color, very transparent. Visible carbonation is there but not the most inviting thing i've ever seen. Since I would mostly just drink this from the can, not much need for the viewing pleasure.

S- Slightly sweet and very grainy in smell. Nothing to catch your nose by surprise.

T- Sweet and pretty grainy in taste. Fairly clean finish, but still flavor is not its high point by any means.

M- Plenty of carbonation going on but very thin. Pretty much the same as carbonated water.

D- While fairly drinkable, you'd expect to see it mainly on a hot afternoon, or a college party. I cant imagine really enjoying more than one of these unless I were shotgunning or beer bonging it.

Although this beer seemed slightly refreshing and had a manageable taste to begin with, As it warms the taste grows more and more burdensome. I think ill leave this one to hunting trips and already drunk college party goers.

Photo of therica
3.22/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've gotten into this stuff recently, for my standard "cheap summer swill" beer guzzler. Miller MGD had been the frequent on-stock beer in that category. For a cheapo beer and especially a light beer (104 calories), I'm sorry that few reviewers seem to have much appreciation for it! I'm rating it for what it is-- a cheap macro lager whose purpose is simply an easy to drink beer with meals or just for drinking, and not for uber-max quality.

A= typical weak pale yellow, some foamy head if I pour it (although this is your typical from-the-can beer anyways).

S= fair for the low-end beer category, sweet malts, hints of hops.

T= nice sweet malts, a lot more than most comparable macro lager such as Bud, Coors, Miller etc. Some modest hops flavor and hint of hops bitter.

M= clean, refreshed, with a light sweet malt residue and lingering hints of hops bitters.

D= very drinkable for its intended mass-swill purpose.

Photo of drunkboxer1
1.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of Poormon79
4.2/5  rDev +134.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of andrew0790
1.47/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of sammyadams617
1.1/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Macdoyal
3.13/5  rDev +74.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of minterro
1.8/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.42/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of climax
2.29/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5  rDev +33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of cwps48
2.37/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
1.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of JesseP09
2.43/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodske1
1.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of brianlg
1.05/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Boehemyth
1.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.32/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
1.67/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
46 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.