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Keystone Light - Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

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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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Reviews: 452 | Hads: 1,863
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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Photo of donmonkey1
3.04/5  rDev +53.5%
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 +11.6%
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 -23.2%
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 -41.9%
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 -15.7%
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 -16.2%
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 -25.3%
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 -32.8%
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 -28.8%
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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Photo of wordemupg
2.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass 3/1/12

A clear straw yellow with a few big bubbles floating around, cloa like retention in a bone white head, zero lace

S corn and lemon with some faint grains, smells very faint nothing offensive but not much at all

T perhaps a little apple juice to go along with what I smell, pretty basic not much going on here at all

M watery and a little flat, clean finish but then again the taste was pretty "clean" to begin with

O about as close too water as it gets, very little flavor but at least its not overly offensive

there's nothing too this one at all, I can't think of a reason for anyone too try this beer

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Photo of Jra1985
1.55/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a can into a glass.

A- Pale yellow with a very light one finger head. The appearance is probably the best thing about this beer.

S- Little or no aroma from this beer. Small hint of a malty smell but just barely.

T- Watery, not much else is detectable.

M- Very light bodied. Goes down smooth at least which is probably the best feature of this beer.

O- Not much to this beer. Better than some macros but there is alot better out there. No real reason to drink this unless you like a smooth watery taste

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Photo of RossPeterson
1.03/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow. Had this at a friend's party who really wanted to get rid of this. A good friend and I laughed and decided to seriously review this beer, pouring the can into pilsener glasses. The experience was not pleasant. I'm going to be constructive, but fair warning, I'm not going to hold back my lack of satisfaction.

A: The best part of this beer, which isn't saying much. Two-finger head with a short-lived retention. No lacing. I'm giving this at least a 1.5 simply because it had a bigger head than I expected. Very pale yellow. This will be the highest rating for this beer because...

S: This was the worst smelling beer I've ever had. Most people say a bad beer smells like piss; This one literally smelled like piss. Musky, stale grains; so the smell of your piss after eating a lot of toast.

T: This was also the worst tasting. I don't understand why people can walk into a liquor store, go past all the beers, get to keystone light, and buy it with a smile. For 50 cents more you could buy a beer leaps and bounds better tasting then this. I could hardly taste the stale cereal grains over the amount of carbonated water.

M: Most light beers at least have a healthy and satisfying dose of carbonation. This one did not. Finished without any tracing of flavor. Incredibly watery.

O: I really don't mean to give this beer a clubbing, but holy hell was this the worst beer I have ever had. Watery taste, horrible smell, and little carbonation. At least it's cheap, but honestly, there are beers 10x better for jut 50 cents more. Save yourself.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.11/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz aluminum can with unappealing label - "Hunting Season Camo Can" - given to me by an acquaintance. Served cold into a pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery.

Best before: Dec 29 2014. Side-poured fairly gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Could be fuller and softer. Retention isn't bad - 4 minutes maybe. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Weak watery translucent transparent pale yellow colour; quite dull and drab. Unappealing, but clean at least. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's not much to look at by any stretch, but it's not egregious of off-putting.

AROMA: Water, barley, faint grains, straw, and cereals. A light aroma which comes off a bit too sweet, but not cloyingly so. Light intensity.

I can't say I'm horribly excited to try it, but I've encountered worse in the style. Quite bland, if anything. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or egregious off-notes are detectable. Lacks any discernable hop profile.

TASTE: Pilsner malts, cheap barley, generic graininess, overly sweet cereals, straw, and an unfortunate light buttery note which hints at diacetyl off-character. Poorly constructed, imbalanced, and painfully simple. Bland and boring. I will say I'm glad it's not as cloyingly sweet as many other low quality light beers, but I'm not enjoying it much.

Lacks subtlety and intricacy.

TEXTURE: A bit refreshing. To its credit, it's not real watery like so many other bland light beers. High water hardness. Smooth and wet, with some sharp overcarbonation. Not as soft or light-bodied as would be ideal. It's too thick and heavy on the palate for such an insipid beer, but it's by no means overbearing - after all, it is a light beer.

OVERALL: Definitely drinkable - that's what it's for. Beer pong enthusiasts and broke undergrads will enjoy this is as a refrigerator staple, but it won't impress the discerning drinker. Thee are worse light beers out there, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an unpleasant brew with few redeeming characteristics. I can't complain about the price, but I'd discourage friends from picking this up.

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Photo of westonhood
1.25/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Simply put, this beer sucks but it gets the job done but not really. This beer would pour out of the tap with absolutely no head. People may ask you if your drinking apple juice because there is almost no carbonation. This beer is a very clear with a slight yellow tint, close to pee colored and has almost no smell to it, closer to the smell of stale beer if anything. This is an extremely light beer almost tastes like somebody put water in it, in fact the only reason you could have your brew taste like that is if you did add water to it.

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