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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
50
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457 Reviews
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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,882
Avg: 1.97
pDev: 36.55%
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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Reviews: 457 | Hads: 1,882
Photo of EdgeT
1.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -16.2%
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 +52.3%
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 +26.4%
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 -6.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.6%
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 -7.1%
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 -23.9%
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 +19.3%
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 +29.4%
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 -44.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +23.4%
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 +87.3%
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 -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

BLEEECH....
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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Photo of donmonkey1
3.04/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow with a white head that receeds like Coke with no real lacing.

Smell: Cereal grain sweetness.

Taste: Sweet corn in a glass of water with artificial sweetener added.

Mouthfeel: Watery, decent carbonation

Easy drinker, not offensive but not good. It's a cheap buzz but not a satisfying beer.

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Photo of rodney45
2.21/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found at any local crap establishment. 1.99 for a 24.

A: Straw clear yellow, with a big head that lasts longer than i would have expected, perhaps i poured it too vigourously.

S: Frat party vomit. I mean... correction... slight pils malt, and really nothing else... vacant.

T: First notes of... i mean seriously keystone, come on help me out here, im trying to be fair... maybe rice, marshmallows, raisins, and pilsner malt. No hops exist. No yeast profile. Non dry sweet finish. Non skunky since it was from a can. It wasnt bad actually

M: Might as well be drinking water. Which is fine for the style, which i will grade as such.

O: I refuse to hate on this beer as others have, i tried my best, like a highschool teacher grading a student's regents, but i cant really say there is much to this beer besides being a frat house, beer pong swill. I give credit to keystone for brewing such a marketable, high selling beer. You must see that the reason this beer sells so well, is clearly not the taste, aroma, look or mouthfeel... its marketing, and easy drinking. You can give this beer to any college girl in america, and she'll probably drink it. Enough said, marketing campaign finished. Shameful but profitable. I cant respect it, but i can understand it.

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Photo of TheCondor
1.52/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Keith Stone...the smoothest of beers. I gotta say, the first time I saw those commercials I laughed pretty hard. I also laughed pretty hard when I drank this, because its' so terrible. But I tied one on pretty good the other night and took noted on all the different beers I drank, so I could later review them!

A - Super pale yellow, almost transparent pour from the can into a mug. No head, no lacing, a lot of bubbles...probably going to be super-carbonated.

S - Metallic yeast. A combination of a bar floor and a machine shop

T - Nothing at all. Cold carbonated water with just a touch of yeast in there.

M - Finished nice and crisp, good level of carbonation makes it almost bearable.

O - Again, much like the other macros, good for a shotgun party, beer pong, frat house, etc. The commercials are still humorous.

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Photo of Marti403
1.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not much of an appearance with about a 1" head that quickly disappears. Smells like watered down...water beer. Taste like a normal american pilsner which lacks much flavor or imagination. Really crisp and tastes pretty much how it smells and looks. Let's face it, this is a drinking game beer so leave it for the tailgates or beer pong. Unless of course it's free, then the "free beer" rule applies. I stay as far away from this as possible.

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Photo of gustogasmic
1.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is some cheap shit, some light shit. Poured into my Red Wings pint glass on the eve of their NHL record-setting 21st straight home win.

Really, really light. Less golden than a PBR or Miller Light: really light straw. Transparent. There's no head, save for the huge and noisy one that lasts for about 10 seconds after the initial can-dump. A column of soda-like, quick-moving bubbles persists through the whole beer.

Smells like apple juice with aluminum shavings in it

Tastes the same, but with such little intensity of flavor that it is SLAMMABLE, especially considering the refreshing pop of the super-carbonation. The bigger the gulp the more enjoyable (this theory applies all the way to the 12oz-shotgun level. No small sips.)

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Photo of BTFU
1.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've had this beer on-tap, bottled, and in cans...and it still always manages to taste like metal and a blurry night.

A - Pale yellow with no head

S - It just smells like a bar after closing -- yeasty and a little malty

T - Virtually nothing. It's neither bitter nor sweet, but just leaves an odd starchy aftertaste

M - Carbonation is good in the beginning but goes away quickly

O - If you're in the need of a beer for a case race or shot-gunning you've found what you're looking for....but other than that, meh.

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Photo of djbow
1.48/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Incase you don't know, Keystone is "purge Beer". Purge beer is what the macro-brewers make when they purge the lines in their plant between brews. In this case, keystone is made after coors makes Coors Light. Now that is what I call "quality." LOL!

A - Very, very pale yellow. 1/2 finger white head with no retention. Active bubbles below the surface.

S - Corn. Skunk.

T- Sweet corny water with a touch of metallic tasting malt.

M- Thin, watery over carbonated.

O- Typical Macro light beer. Basically flavorless belly wash that tastes worse (more sweet metallic malt) as it warms. This must be why the promote consuming this beer as cold as possible.

The only good thing about this beer are the mildly entreating commercials.

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Photo of nickthetick
1.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: pours a clear golden straw into an American shaker with a thin skim of white head.

S: light corn and malt and maybe some grass.

T: the same as the nose; crystal malt, sweet corn and some grassyness.

MF: clear, refreshing and crisp.

O: a better water than it is a beer, there are so many better light lagers out there and this is just over all a bad beer.

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Photo of andersony17
1.41/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah the good ole Key Light, my favorite beer when at school, but a sip of dirt when at home. A very annoying foam overload when pouring. The color is a stereotype of beer. A smell of drunken memories. It tastes like nothing and doesn't really have any bite or kick. I only applaud the crispness, if that is a good thing.

This beer is great for shotgunning.

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