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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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452 Reviews

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 1,863
Avg: 1.98
pDev: 74.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 351 | 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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Photo of hoffhin2
1.66/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: light straw yellow, not appealing looking
Aroma: Doesn't really have any distinct smells. hints of the grains
Taste: Pretty smooth with lack in taste. There is a slight hint of lemon though giving off a somewhat sour taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a man of both macro and craft, this is my personal favorite macro American light. I poured it from the can into my trusty drinking boot for this review.
The appearance is light gold and very transparent, as with most brews of this style. Decent sized head, too.
Not much of an aroma here, so I can't honestly say its offensive to me. Nor can I say its the most amazing scent I've ever experienced, thus the 3 rating.
The mouthfeel is very light and crisp with virtually no lingering elements. This is expected with light American adjuncts, so I certainly wasn't disappointed.
The taste is very,very slightly more hoppy and noticeable than Coor's Light-the "main" light brew of the company. Another reason why I go for this when the occasion calls for it.
If I'm low on funds and just want something light, Keystone Light is my personal choice. For under $20 here in northeast Ohio, I really dig that price when I'm in a light beer mood. As I've said in my Budweiser review, while I venture out into more exciting territories in the world of craft brew, I have the old standby. This just so happens to be my light standby.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.34/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Keystone Light is a brew made by Coors. Pours a light yellow color. With a small white head. The cam says always smooth and I will give it that. This brew is smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. In my opinion this brew is better than Coors Light, this beer has more to it. I would get this over Coors light any day.

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Photo of IwillSueYourPantsOff
3.4/5  rDev +71.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Do I really need to explain the reason that this sweet nectar is divinely inspired? Sometimes people forget about the Big Blue can or its angelic cousin, Keystone bottles. I for one have not forgotten my muse.

Make no mistake, when I walk in and order a Keystone bottle it makes people sit up. Because those of us that know about this elusive treasure are part of a small but informed group. Not only does it make a statement in my hands, it makes a statement on my lips. Drinking it is like floating on clouds surrounded by softly purring kittens. It doesn't slap you in the face with gluttonous flavor or a greedy hue. No, it caresses your soul.

I read some of the reviews on here and yes, I acknowledge, plebes, that it is a common creation when dissected. Its smell, appearance and taste don't overwhelm you when inspected individually. Yes, it's average in any single category. But by distilling this down to its parts, you are missing the magnificence. In this case, the sum is greater than its parts.

I've found salvation and it looks like a chilled Keystone Light.

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Photo of watermelon
2.94/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: clear piss colored body( Im not saying this to be derogatory it really is the color of piss). Foamy white head that went away quickly.

S: Smells like cereal grains.

T: taste like water and cereal grains.

M: crisp and refreshing, just like water.

O: Its not bad, nothing makes it stand out from other AALs I prefer others more then this one though.

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Photo of Gingercheapskate
1.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

By FAR the worst beer I have ever had. I drink cheap beer on a regular basis, so this is coming from a place of experience. The appearance and smell are not notable, but not the worst. It's pretty flat with a very small head. However, I was drinking it warm. Smell is like you'd expect for a cheap beer.

The taste was miserable, as was mouthfeel. I likened it to drinking an onion, and that may be generous. While the Steel Reserve I drank a few nights ago was almost undrinkable, Keystone is by far the worst beer I have ever had the displeasure of drinking. While Natty Light is not a good beer, it's better than this.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.96/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Seen this before and always in cans. Sampled on 12/2/13. Bottled was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a very small white head. Some light spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. Above average carbonation as would be expected. The aroma with very weak and is just some grassy grains. The taste is about the same and pretty 'watery' as would be expected for this one. Has a slightly dry finish. Overall, it wasn't too bad for a cheaper brew.

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Photo of PantyHammer19
4.5/5  rDev +127.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best cheap beers on the market if your like me and enjoy tasteless watered down brew. You can't just drink one. Excellent on a hot day in the trailer park!

This tastes like watered down Coors Light.

A-gold with white head, doesn't last long

Smells like coors

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Photo of michiganminer
2.97/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank this for a half a year as my go to beer. If you buy Coors Light over this you are an idiot and wasting your money it's nearly exactly the same. It's not like busch vs. bud where they use corn vs.rice, this is identical to coors light. That being said it's not remarkable and seems like it takes more keystone light to get me drunk than other lights at the same ABV

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Photo of Darkmagus82
1.83/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear lighter straw color with a small white head of one finger height. The fizzy head fades very rapidly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is almost non-existent with only the lightest hints of some grain and a bit of corn.

Taste – The taste begins with a light grainy taste with some corn sweetness and a rather strange sour lemon flavor. The sour flavors grow stronger as the taste moves on with the sweeter and grainy flavors losing strength. A bit of a papery flavor joins the flavor at the end, leaving a somewhat drier and rather odd sour and papery taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and helps hide some of the off flavors a bit and makes it a somewhat more refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall – Nothing really good about it. Even for a light beer this one is a weak overall due to the sour and rather off flavors of the brew.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.26/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Keystone Light is a one of the top solded in United States

Appearance : It very light yellow with a lot carbonation

smell: some grains and little bit malt

taste: It has little bit of con flavor and grains to it. It is flavorless, flat, and somehow heavy despite being water down. It is not offensive is the best attribute of the beer.

Mouthfeel : It is highly carbonated.

Overall: Keystone light is not offensive. It has its place on college campus and with someone on budget. Keystone light worth the money saved on not buy higher e quality product like bud light , coor light or miller lite. Nope! The quality of coors light , bud light and miller lite way better then the cost saving of keystone light. I will not hate on keystone Light! It goes down smooth is what they say when it is watered down !

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Photo of 18CGL
2.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a typical economy-brand AAL. Not much going on with the beer. Inoffensive in the taste but there isn't really much for taste to begin with. It goes down smooth though and is cheap. To be honest, I couldn't tell the difference between this and regular Coors light. Since this is cheaper, I would probably go with this if your buying in this "style" of beer. Though, to be honest, even at these prices, its not really worth drinking in the first place.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
1.82/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, this beer is cheap. for cheap beer it does have one good quality. It is pretty smooth. The marketing boys took about the only decent quality it has and markets the crap out of it. It is very liught yellow and very fizzy. it smells skunky and is pretty smooth going down.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.66/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Closet aged. Poured from a can that "expired in January". We’ll see about that.

Pours a watery yellow with two fingers of white head that dies down instantly.

Smells like corn. Slight hints of grain. Actually not that bad a smell.

Taste is sweet, a bit sour/bitter, and almost medicinal. Watery as fuck.

Honestly, I prefer the closet aged over the cold stocked shelf beer any day.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.74/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Served in a can at the Nag's Head in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible active carbonation and some medium + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a sudsy one finger tall bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn, rice, and just a hint of grainy adjunct malts with a hint of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate vegetal malt flavor with corn featuring fairly strongly and some lighter hints of rice and grain - this beer is all adjunct malts. There is a hint of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: While the appearance is spot on for the style, the aroma and the taste border on the slightly offensive. This is not a very enjoyable beer to drink (slightly over carbonated) and definitely not one that I would grab again - or have another during a session. I actually remember this being slightly better from my college days but that was a long time ago and I likely had forgotten some of the badness. Also, just to note that the flavor actual gets worse as it warms up so I recommend drinking it extremely cold and quickly.

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
1.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a very pale yellow with almost no head

Smell - cat piss, mold, wet feet

Taste - unbelievably horrible, has a sour milk taste with moldy grains adding to the chaos

Mouthfeel - too acidic and super high carbonation. Does not want me to ever take another sip

Overall - extremely cheap beer and the quality reflects that

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a light clear straw yellow color. The fizzy white head recedes fast to a white ring around the glass. No lacing.

The beer smells very sweet. Faintly metallic. No ingredients stand out. Corn husk?

The taste is very sweet and metallic like the aroma. Very high carbonation.

The mouthfeel is watery, thin, and carbonated.

Overall, quite simply a beer that is hard to pick out any visible taste. It's sweet, watery, and metallic.

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Photo of ShreddedThumb
3.37/5  rDev +70.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since I attend one of the biggest party schools in the country (Michigan State University), I figured I should pick up a pack of Stones; moreover, the tap water on campus will actually kill you, so in theory, it's better to brush your teeth with Keystone.
Served in a 24oz can. Livin' large.

Appearance: After pouring some of the beer into a solo cup laying around my dorm, I am not surprised to find that it doesn't necessarily look stunning. I've enjoyed the dark amber of a Fat Tire, the golden Hopslam, and the supremely opaque Founders' Breakfast Stout. Keystone is plain and yellow.

Smell: The smell is personally nostalgic. There's a musky scent that attaches itself to aluminum. I enjoy the smell, and I would argue that compared to Bud Light, Coors, and the reprehensible Miller Lite, Keystone smells the best.

Taste: "Always Smooth" is true, particularly after my first 12 ounces of the tall boy. The taste is not offensive and not overtly watery, the latter being a criticism of Miller Lite and some other austerity-challenged beers. It's a light beer that tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Generally carbonated, light, unoffensive. No poor aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Keystone Light is a fantastic light and sessionable beer. Clearly, it is not the best beer on the market and most definitely not the greatest tasting; yet, if you are not planning on experimenting with craft beer tonight, Keystone Light is a worthy replacement.
I would recommend pairing Keystone Light with a large pepperoni and cheese pizza, a hockey game, three to four friends, and a constantly replenishing bowl of pretzels.

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Photo of echris310
1.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This cheap beer at its finest its drinkable taste just like cheap beer, u get wat u paid for.. not to 4get its honestly the best for house parties buy like 5 cases of these and its on :)

But anywayS....if u low in money or u just wanna save and get a good buss this is more than enough to keep u leveled

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.41/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Oh, man. Here we are. In my town, this was the drink of choice for high-schoolers looking to get crunk in their parents' basement while they were away. Utterly cheap, and utterly gross.

Poured it into a beer pong cup. It looked yellow and fizzy, with a little bit of fizzy head. Visible carbonation.

Smells like wet cardboard and husky grain.

No real actual beer character to this one. Slightly sweet, mostly skunky and carboardy. You get what you pay for.

Light bodied, high carbonation. Crushable while it's cold, but once it gets even a little bit less than cold, it becomes vile.

This is cheap for a reason. It's horrible.

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Photo of EdgeT
1.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Please don't buy this beer. Here is why, this beer is basically the same as drinking water! I cant stress enough how dull and watered down this beer tastes. The only thing I would recommend it for is for drinking games where drinking fast is key because anyone could down this beer with no effort at all. The can is a bit overdone, the logo is big and bold and stands out a lot which doesn't look so nice.
I now understand why they say 'Keystone is as smooth as Keith Stone'.

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Photo of NovoAleMan
1.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ah, Keystone Light. This was "the" college beer for me.

Pale yellow appearance. Nothing out of the ordinary for a light beer.

The smell is slightly corn-ish, pretty weak. Doesn't even smell like an actual beer.

The taste is very watery, there is nothing much to note. A slight initial kick gives way to blandness quite quickly.

Doesn't feel great in the mouth. Easy to drink, but nothing enjoyable.

Yellow alcohol corn water. That's basically it. I still drink it, only because it's very cheap. Give me an IPA or a stout any day over this, though.

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Photo of ilovemacros
3/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too special here. Just a good beer at a great price. This is much better than big brother Coors Light. This actually has some flavor. Great for a hot day at the beach or river. Good for BBQs or after mowing the lawn...etc. As light beers go this is one of the better ones. Plus, Keith Stone is just cool lol.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 mL can from The Beer Store, served ice cold. This is the Canadian version, listed at an even 4.0%, probably brewed up the road somewhere in Toronto. It's also #9 in my 'cheap lagers of questionable quality' review extravaganza, a series that started off with humorous intent, but has become little more than a masochistic grind. I reviewed the regular Keystone about ~300 reviews ago, and it was pretty gross, and honestly I'm hoping this one is too watery to be truly unappealing.

Pours a pale straw yellow colour, highly effervescent, and topped with one finger of fizzy, pearl white-coloured head that quickly diminishes to a thin cap and collar. The aroma is vegetal, sweet and completely void of anything resembling hops or barley malt. It really is pretty awful, and even grading with the 'light lager' rubric, it's just too off-putting to give it a decent score here.

Fortunately the taste is more in line with what I expected - watery and bland, but drinkable and fairly tolerable. Much like the non-light version, this stuff tastes vegetal and corny, but due to the diluted nature it is not as annoyingly sweet. Slightly metallic finish, with no aftertaste. A bit of a wet cardboard vibe, too. Thin-bodied and watery, with appropriate carbonation levels for the style. Very easy to toss back, like water, and I suppose it's fairly smooth-drinking. Probably superior to Keystone, if only because the nasty flavour is countered with more water.

Final Grade: 2.49, a D+. Keystone Light is a totally forgettable light lager that I doubt I'll ever pick up again. That being said, if you are a strict light beer drinker, you might as well save some money and pick this up instead of Coors or Bud Light - flavourless swill is flavourless swill, so there's no reason to spend any more than necessary. Why Keystone Light and Busch Light aren't massively outselling their more expensive counterparts will always leave me befuddled. Ah well, a fool and his money and all that. Unfortunately, I'm the fool in this instance.

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Photo of freditoj
1.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you are a in college/broke or both Keystone Light is a very good choice to get hammered for a very cheap price. At 1 dollar a can you can't go wrong with this beer. It is light yellow, minimal to no head. Smells like any other macro light lager, it tastes like Coors Light only a bit stronger with more hops. Overall a cheap beer to get the job done.

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
50 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.