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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
52
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449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,832
rAvg: 2.07
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 312 | 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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Reviews: 449 | Hads: 1,832
Photo of SchmichaelJ
1.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought a case of Stones for a (non-beer drinking) friend, and was ashamed to take it out to my car. Nevertheless, I took home a can to review. It poured an extremely pale yellow color, with a really strange, artificial, loud soda-like fizziness. The small head disappeared to absolutely nothing but a dime-size pile of suds on the top of the beer. There was a faint scent of malt, I think, but it had virtually no smell. A faint malt taste was present, but the expected generic watewred down flavor was present. Never bitter because there's no hops! Or taste, really. Barely palatable, Keystone Light should only be consumed in emergencies or to avoid being rude while at a friend's place. Yuck. (697 characters)

Photo of woemad
1.22/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this out of a can at an alcoholic's house. It's his main support unit, sadly. Proof of my theory that anyone who drinks quality beer has no need to fear they are an alkie, cuz if you are one, this is what you'd drink.
Does this even come in bottles? Certainly, I've never seen it on tap, even in the seediest of bars.
This has a watery mouthfeel and taste, like it was bilge water someone stuck into a bottle across the street from a brewery. I had no idea it had so much as 4.2% ABV, which probably does the poor fratboys no favors at the end of the night. Because it tastes like bad water with a hint of beer in the background, I guess in a way its easily drinkable, so long as the drinker is unburdened by the need for flavor, character of any kind, etc. (763 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
1.65/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pale golden color with a modest amount of fizzy fast-rising carbonation. The snow-white head utterly vanishes in less than thirty seconds. Aside from the color, this beer could be mistaken for mineral water.

Aroma: Sweet, perfumy alcohol notes predominate, along with some weak grain notes. Not much here.

Taste: Begins with a slight zest of carbonation across the tongue, followed by a ghostly sweetness, some faint tart malt, and alcohol. Finishes dry, with a tired flourish of hops.

Mouth feel: Watery and thin, but otherwise not bad, relatively smooth, probably the best thing about this beer.

Drinkability/notes: In my opinion, a beer aimed at little more than fueling a quick buzz. Though cheap and available, it is far removed from good beer. Overall, quite shallow in character. (811 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
1.88/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Fills the need to have beers to rate across the spectrum. Typical low end yellow with a standard pale lager appearance, very little smell and next to no flavor except that of sweet malt with added adjuncts. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with forced cabonation and a bit of astringency. (284 characters)

Photo of KingSpank
1.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! I didn't think beer could be this flavorless. Now, in the past I've used the term "tastes like water" to describe beers in the past, but in all of those cases, I'd been exagerrating at least a little bit. But now I can honestly say that Keystone Light really tastes like day-old bath water. I honestly couldn't taste anything when I drank this beer aside from a sickeningly weak hint of yeast. Another terrible light beer from Coors. (438 characters)

Photo of Marty
1.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

There is no point in pouring this beer into a glass before consumption. The reason being that the point of doing so would be to accentuate the aroma of the beer by giving it some head in the glass. This beer, however, neither smells nor tastes good. It has no hops, and it tastes like some slightly dirty water you might find in a puddle while hiking. My buddies might contend that it's "not that bad" compared to some of the other mass-produced shite that college kids drink. But if you're looking for a session beer, why waste your money on 30-'stones when you could go out and buy a case of Pabst?? (601 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
1.65/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This was the first beer I was introduced to in college, after a solely bud heavy high school existence. Pretty similar to coors light, much lighter in taste. Good for catching a buzz.

Word to the wise: drinking 37 of these bad boys in one sitting can result in you winding up in school-imposed alcohol screening. (313 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can with no freshness date.

Appearance: Soda fizzle type head with no retention. Perfect strip filtered clarity showing a extremely pale yellow colour.

Smell: Clean with a faint astringent husky grain and creamed corn aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Off slickness in the mouth with a dense crispness that seems too forced … added dextrins? Very little malt flavour at all, bitter bit from a flavourless hop and astringent grain show it has some beer quality but not much. Finishes dry with no after taste … almost like drinking nothing at all.

Notes: It is what it is, a cheap crappy light beer. For people that are so worried about the price of beer and think they need to drink light beer this is for them. Sadly what they spend on a six pack, which most down in less than an hour, they could buy one bottle of real ale from England and actually have some respect for beer. Or even a bomber of Euro lager with real hop flavour ... (956 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
2.4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If I'm going to go with a cheap canned beer for budget reasons than this is what I choose. Looks like most other macros with a clear light golden color. There is a lot of carbonation and usually not much of a head. This stuff is very easy to drink, hardly any taste at all but without the metallic aftertaste of many other light beers. Use to drink this a lot in high school but not any more wouldn't mind having one for old times sake. (436 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Oh, I figured I would eventually break down and review a canned beer. Well, my roomate picked up a case of this stuff, and he swares by it. Yes pretty much this is his beer of choice, not only option, just choice. So, I figured I would review it, never actually had this beer in a can, just in high school as the typical keg swill. I cracked the can unleashing all of the artificial carbonation, and she pours a pale golden straw color that contains a very fizzy white head. Definitely nothing looking appetizing or impressive here. I continute to attempt to detect some aroma, and to my surprise it isn't repulsive as I had thought with a sweet lemon grass aroma with just a touch of hops in the background. With the still semi-pleasant aroma in my senses, I proceed with my first sip. This beer contains nothing great, in fact it is made with the cheapest of ingredients, but it actually brings a balanced flavor that is highly drinkable. The corn and rice, along with some malt produces a very sweet finish to this beer that in my opinion kicks Coors Light's ass. This does have some flavor to it, maybe not what I want out of a beer, but for the college student looking to relieve some stress and catch a nice buzz this beer does it's duty. I can't tear Keystone Light apart, because it has flavors that were designed to be completely unoffensive and in tact with the most amount of people as possible. The mouthfeel is like carbonated water, and yes this beer will go down in number with a low alcohol percentage you could probably put down alot of this, but in my opinion I really don't want to. I just wish this wasn't the only style of beer that's predominantly enjoyed by the masses, because they are missing out on a world of great beer styles. Oh, and by the way you better drink this one cold, because when it starts warming you will taste the difference. (1,867 characters)

Photo of Sidabeef7
2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is great alternative to Coors Light. Keystone tastes almost the same as as Coors but it costs much less. If you are a college kid and you don't want to be drinking Milwaukee's Best, this beer is the perfect solution. It has a crisp, clean taste that is about six dollars per twelve pack. Not the best beer, but a good quality for the price. (345 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
1.88/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

My rating is a little weird because, for me part of drinkability is price and this is dirt cheap. Purely as a beer this is not very good at all. The poor had a pure white head, as most of these beers do, that disapated in seconds. The beer itself was carbonated for less time than some chemicals on the periodic table exist. It tasted like I was drinking yellow sparkling water with alcohol in it. But when its as cheap as this I don't think I can complain too much. (466 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
1.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: This is like water with yellow food coloring. The
head is nonexistant, except for the carbonation at
first.
Smell: The smell is pretty bad. Smell's like a skunk, which are
pretty abundant around here in Radford.
Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell, SKUNKY! It's
aftertaste is just as bad too.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just like water. It leaves nothing
behind, ie coating.
Drinkability: I guess this is good stuff if you are a poor college
student or you don't have a job. I usually see it at
college parties. It is better than "The Bull" though. (597 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.92/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Keystone light is not all that bad for the money, but when you can have some decent stuff for a few bucks extra, why not drop a couple of dollars more ? It's very light in color, no head to speak of and has a bit of a watered down taste, even on light beer standards. If you are going to go with this self-proclaimed "Never Bitter Beer" do so when it is very cold, as drinking Keystone light at any temp above 50 degrees is asking for a churning stomach. Personally I do like this stuff, but then again I am a fan of Coors Brews. (529 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Ewwww... bitter beer face! Those commercials were probably the only redeeming quality of this beer (I especially like the one with Goldberg in it). This is one of Coors subpremium brands that is promoted by saying it'll never give you "bitter beer face." While it is true that this is an easy one to pound down, take the time to taste it and you'll know why you're paying subpremium prices for this.

Keystone Light pours a sickly pale straw color that is similar to its cousin Coors Light. The thin fizzy head disappears almost instantly and the carbonation is quite active. With all the fizzing about, this beer is quite noisy! The nose smells of sweet grains, alcohol, and a slight husky smell. The mouthfeel of course is very watery and fizzy. On the tip of the tongue, the beer tasted slightly of lemon in a way. Elsewhere, it is very watery with the adjuncts, especially corn, make their way through. Throw in a slight alcohol taste in there too. The malt taste is extremely slight as is the hops, which are there mostly to add a miniscule amount of dryness to the finish. After all, this brew was made to be easy swillin'. Aftertaste is clean for the most part, with a slight veggie taste present along with some corn. The beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

I would recommend this over Coors Light because this stuff actually has some taste to it. Another beer best left to broke college kids. (1,410 characters)

Photo of freed
1.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Can Coors taste worse? Yes. This was the swill that most of my friends drank in college. I had my share of it, but never bought any myself. If you can drink a case of beer yourself in a sitting, its not a good sign, and you may have a problem. (243 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.1/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

very clear, very pale, very little head and lots of carbonation. a light grainy aroma, no hop aromas or flavors but a hop crispness somewhere in the mouthfeel. for a light beer this isn't too bad. i'd rather drink this than miller or bud or coors light. has some very faint cereal grain flavors and a nice smoothness. regardless...it's watery, weak and wimpy. high drinkability makes this good swill for washing down any meal of the day, including breakfast. (458 characters)

Photo of aaronh
1.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A friend left one of these at my house on Halloween, presumably to scare me. It is a very pale straw yellow (hey, it's a light beer). It had a very foamy head that died quickly. Carbonation is fairly large bubbles, and feels harsh on the tongue. Overall mouthfeel is very thin, reminiscent of the hard cider I tried recently. The taste is somewhat masked by the carbonation, with a sweet note on the finish, followed by a metallic aftertaste. No aroma to speak of. My friends drink this often, but it seems like carbonated mineral water to me. Completely uninspiring. (576 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i thought the alcohol was 3.1%, but i could be wrong. a few of my friends drink this shit religiously. it is water. nothing else but water. water is better than a terrible beer, so it is not the worst you could do to yourself (225 characters)

Photo of yen157
2.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale, straw colored beer, without much smell at all, maybe a little grain. The foam quickly dies, and all that is left is a pathetic ring. Carbonation is what you would expect from a macro. The taste isn't too noticable. Grainy flavors, a little metal, a little corn sweetness, and a tiny, tiny bit of malt. I forgot about the hops, well, so did Coors when making this one. It's not bad or undrinkable only because it isn't offensive. (439 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.11/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Awfully pale gold, paltry white head, soapy retention, spotty lace. The nose is faintly sweet, kind of flat… boring. Amazingly plain tasting, flavorless, mildly sweet. I can’t taste any hops or malt. No body of note, water-like. Now I understand why it is so popular… because it is a beer for people who want to get drunk without drinking beer. Skip this mess; it’s not up to BA standards. (393 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
1.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very faint and can only identify enough to verify it is beer. The taste is consistent with the smell as it is faint too. It has quite a bit of carbonation that provides the only bitterness that it carries as there is no evidence of hops are even within 5 miles of the brewery. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery, but surprisingly due to the blandness, is very drinkable in large quantities. Watered-down Cheers! (519 characters)

Photo of proc
1.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Do these things still have the "specialty lined can"? I couldn't bear to look inside to see. A very, very weak offering. The taste is on par with most other light beers, but for some reason it has a funky, metallic taste to it. "Bitter beer face?" That's the face you make when you realize you could've and should've drank a better beer. (342 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.15/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As light beers go, this is the wateriest of the watery. My roommate loves this stuff because he can drink 100 of them in about 8 minutes. It's a bit high priced in comparison to other light beers (Nattie, Beast). They are basically all the same, so the cheapest one wins. You wont get a bitter beer face, but then again, you wont think you are drinking beer. (358 characters)

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
52 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.