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Keystone Light | Coors Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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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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Photo of drose23
2.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found in back of fridge after cousin left from a brief visit. Poured from 12 oz aluminum can into a frosted mug.

A: An almost see-through golden color with a finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Not much of anything. A very light corn/grainy aroma. Hints of banana at the end?

T: You're definitely getting what you pay for. 30 for $15 you can't set your standards very high. No real flavor besides a very faint grain taste that has no lingering effect. Almost as if drinking a very lightly beer flavored carbonated water.

M: Actually, pretty good. Smooth while not overly carbonated.

O: It is what it is. A marketable, cheap and effective college beer. I drink this occasionally as a lawn mower beer. Its drinkability is what makes it so successful. Not something to seek out if you are a beer snob. If you're looking for a cheap drink, go for it.

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Photo of flexabull
2.1/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ah, Keystone Light. This is a leftover from a fun weekend in the mountains.

Pours a bright and clear faint yellow color with a decent head.

Aromas are faint, I notice some mineral water, bread dough, and corn.

Taste is almost non existent. Some mineral water, light dough, and faint corn sweetness. Not good, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is actually ok. Smooth, decent body, carbonation is about right.

Overall, only when it's all you have left over from a weekend in the mountains. Not good, barely drinkable.

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Photo of Bierwolf
1.83/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can poured into pokel glass. "Born on" date of 07/02/2012.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a half finger of white, fizzy foam that did not persist. a few bubbles rising up in the glass.

Smell: grainy smell with a slight aroma of alcohol.

Taste: Dry with a metallic taste. Not very appealing.

Mouth Feel: Thin and watery with a slight bite.

Overall: Not a very appealing drink in my opinion.

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Photo of Ilafan
1.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer flavored water. I kind of hated this beer. It's innocuous enough, but it's like a lot of America lagers, especially light lagers. There just isn't much to it. And I get it; it's not supposed to be Earth-shattering. I get that it's just a water-downed beverage to suck down on a hot day. Still, why would anyone buy this if other choices were available? That ... I do not get.

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Photo of Beerlover619
2.35/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What can I say about Keystone Light? Its a cheap beer with an alright taste. Its pretty watered down with a slight beer taste to it.

Price is good for indulging in it. Mostly good for parties or a good lawnmower beer. Nothing to offensive about this beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.55/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a lager glass. Pours a dark yellow with a two finger head. Decent head for the type of brew, But the appearance is nothing special. Smells of cooked corn and various other vegetables, and perhaps a little bit of rice. Average for the type of beer. The taste completely follows the smell, And brings nothing new to the table. The mouthfeel is actually above average for an AAL, The amount of carbonation goes very nicely with the taste, The mouthfeel is more comparable to an MGD or something of the like

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Photo of RyanGoodman
1.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried after Busch light at an anniversary party. This one I actually poured into a plastic cup. Light yellow fizzy beer with bubbles rising steadily. Smell was nigh on nothing. Taste was of light club soda and a little beerishness. Mouthfell also falls flat. Not recommended, ever.

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Photo of Brenden
2.07/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For the sake of experimentation, I'm holding a little tasting of beers I happened to have but would never purchase myself. This is number four and I'm getting pretty sick of it.

This one looks like it's pouring out yellow-white but turns out to be the typical "straw" of most BMC products. The white head that tries to develop never quite does, dropping off more quickly than I've seen in a long time. Absolutely nothing remains. Bubbles are there almost just for fun (I know, people like their BMC nice and carbonated) and do nothing whatsoever for the head.
Apples. A little dust. Grains. One of the lightest aromas ever. Clean? Sure. I'll give it that.
This tastes like apple juice. I'm not joking. I'm only sipping as much of each of these beers as I need to judge them properly, but maybe I'm losing it. Apple juice. Grains. Hey, a little malt backbone...a weak one that can't support much, but something. Only below average instead of bad because there's no particularly offensive aspect and at least it's supposed to be a light.
Super light. Very crisp, even spritzy. Almost smooth. Almost.

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Photo of TroyMcClure
2.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say, as a University of Colorado Student, I must admit that I'm a bit biased, perhaps. Appearance: Don't really know, I suppose from beer pong I can say very light, practically no head near water. At the same time, incredibly easy to drink, those that say it is like water are not entirely wrong. Very watery, but at the same time, Very Cheap. If you are in the mood for some Beer Pong, go for it. Even in this modern age, very cheap and honestly Coors light is probably worse so go for it.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev +86.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured from can into red solo cup as apropriate. Pee color with minimal head.

Smell - none. None what so ever.

Taste - Nice smooth grainy beer with no aftertaste. As easy a drinker of a beer as it can get.

Mouthfeel - watery and refreshing

Overall - nice light lager. I enjoyed it!!!

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Photo of bier_uber_alles
1.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

no head at all on this bad boy. Looks like water mixed with 0.01 parts beer and has constitency of water. Drinks worse than water. no taste at all. no malts, no hops, no nothing. well, maybe some corn. i'd rather have a vodka and milk than this shit. notgood.

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
50 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.