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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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457 Reviews

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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,881
Avg: 1.97
pDev: 74.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 371 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 CBFanWish
1.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

When one thinks of a cheap beer, Keystone Light is one of the first that comes to mind. It really has no true redeaming qualities about it, and as far as I'm concerned shouldn't be classified as a beer.
Poured from a can, it is a crystal clear yellow colour with a soda-like corbonation effect going on. With a total lack of a head, one can see why this beer is sold at such a low price.
The lack of head made it very difficult to take in any aroma what-so-ever. But, there was a faint, very faint scent of sweet corn. I wasn't surprised, I figured it would be made up almost entirly of adjuncts, anyway.
I tipped the glass back and took in some of the "beer". It had almost no taste at all. Mostly metalic with subtle hints of sweet corn and there the slightesy bit of malt. No hops anywhere to be tasted. It had a feel of ginger ale. Way over ther top with the carbonation.
Coors, who really have no integrity when it comes to brewing anyway, should really be ashamed of themselves with this product. There is a total lack of imagination and a lack of pride in every can. In my oppinion, Keystone Light should be boycotted by all. It is a complete and utter act of disrespect to the beer drinking community and a mockery to the intellegence of its patrons.

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Photo of RocketWidget
1.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No redeeming characteristics. I mean NONE. Pours a piss yellow color. Smell is…crisp? Clean? Nothing defining. One of the blandest tasting beers I’ve ever had. Gave it a 1.5 because it doesn’t actually taste foul, it just tastes like nothing. No hops, no malt, just alcoholic seltzer water. Drinkability is average, because it is quite drinkable. Then again, so is water. Gotta love hating light beers.

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Photo of JAL67
2.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A beer similiar to Coors lite. No taste no smell no nothing. It's yellow in appearance and you can literally throw it down. Not a beer that you sit back and enjoy...just throw it down, that's what it's made for. We all slam these kind of beers but...some beers are for quality and others quantity.

Guys just try it and enjoy it for the beer it is.


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Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Although the first time I had this beer was when I was playing beer pong, I decided not to write a review until I was able to drink this when i was completely sober. Keystone is pretty good for a light beer, I like it much better then its sister light beer, the Coors Light. Its slightly watered down, but not as watered Natural Light or Busch Light. A decent overall domesticated light beer.

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Photo of EagleTalon
1.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

What can I say about this beer that hasn't been said? not much. To make this review legit here's the breakdown: very pale, no head retention, weak champagne smell, no real beer flavor, no cheap adjuncty American beer flavor either, watery as Hell, finishes bland and sweet. Bah. It's a nice carbonated water product, but beer it is NOT.

BTW, I am drinking the watered down Okie version which can not be more than 4.0% abv/3.2 by weight.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It really is more than a 1.5 drinkability factor, but I couldn't bring myself to give any more credit for this flavorless shit. It pours a pale straw. The fizzy head fizzles into oblivion, though a seltzery effervescence remains. The aroma is of damp socks...nothing else. This beer (?) is more bland and flavorless than Coors Light, and that's saying something. It has nothing, in the way of beer, going for it.

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Photo of granger10
1.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit, the marketing was right, I didn't have a "bitter beer face". But then again, this isn't beer, and there's no such thing as a "bitter water face". Is there? I can't believe this is more expensive than any beer. It seems as if there's nothing in it at all.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you're looking for a light beer with reduced calories, this one fits the bill with just 104 calories, 5 grams of carbs, .7 grams of protein and 0 fat. It pours a crystal-clear light-gold body and a good-sized head of bright-white foam that vanishes almost immediately. Only a thread of a collar is left behind and, as might be expected, it leaves no lace. A generic beer aroma with a bit of yeasty sulphur greets you as you raise the glass - or specially lined can ;) - to your lips. The body is light and crisp with a fine, median level of carbonation that gives a bit of a tingle in the mouth. The flavor displays a quick note of sweet, adjunct laden malt before drying at mid-palate. It finishes dry with a light wash of alcohol and leaves just a thin film of sweetness in the mouth. It's a pretty vacant beer, but that's to be expected for the style. It's incredibly easy to drink - almost like a can of seltzer - but what's the point? There are more satisfying light beers available.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
1.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woemad
1.22/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of KingSpank
1.38/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of Marty
1.7/5  rDev -13.7%
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??

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Photo of Tballz420
1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
2.07/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ...

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Photo of Bruiser81
2.4/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Sidabeef7
2/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of JISurfer
1.4/5  rDev -28.9%
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
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.92/5  rDev +48.2%
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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.09/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of freed
1.81/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
2.1/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
50 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.