Keystone Premium - Coors Brewing Company

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +73%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can marked MAR0110-A10062217. It had the typical pale yellow, overzealous but short-lived fizzy white head that you get in an American Adjunct Lager. The aroma is corny with a hint of malts. The mouthfeel is watered down. The taste is smooth enough for an adjunct lager with that corn and weak barley notes that accompany it. Believe it or not it almost ends dry. I can get through the can in about two minutes. There's nothing to love here but it is not as distasteful as some.

More User Reviews:
Photo of EsoxLucius
2.16/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

wow, bought this on a pinch along with some chilled heiniken to watch the montreal canadiens upset the washington capitals! what a great hockey game...

the canadian variant is 4.9%, brewed by Molson.

what a lackluster beer. Granted, it's dirt cheap... 8 bucks a sixer, it's well... onto it!

A: hyper white, disipating head, light golden yellow.

S: wow, terrible, probably the worst beer i've ever had to my nose! metalic to a new standard, beyond the horridness of coors light... i thought i had some shavings stuck in my nose! it was bad.

T: so long as i didn't breath, for a cheap beer this passed barely, it's mildly grainy, wtih some corn and mere malt trace... quite sweet.

M: not the worst ever, but pretty uninspiring, thin all the way through, luckily it didn't stick.

D: well, it's sweet and thin... so it can be pounded one after another... not sure if i want to see what over-consumption of the previous 4 catagories would leave you in for shape, but the two i had made it present that i can stand it.

Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz silver can with a canned on date on the bottom. It says this is a specially lined can on the label.

Appearance: Clear and bright pale yellow colour with minimal carbonation activity. Oddly head disappears quickly though a thin wispy white lace stays for a minute or so.

Smell: Cereal, cooked veggies and husky grain in the aroma as well as an odd out of place mildly solvent alcohol.

Taste: Light bodied with a smooth mouth feel and moderate carbonation, a clean palate of cereal and light malt seems typical. Hops throw a “monkey wrench” of a twang to the mix to put this brew out of whack and the bitterness tastes processed. Cooked veggies and a lightly solvent alcohol show flaws though these flavours are not totally unpleasant, just a nuisance. Meek flavours of grain which amount to little make up the finish also which is quite clean to say the least.

Notes: Not bad but not good either, so so at best. Drinkable would be saying too much though it is not unpalatable. Don’t going running out to your local packy to buy a whatever-pack and think your are going to have something to enjoy.

Photo of magictrokini
1.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A.K.A. Keystone regular. There should be a law about calling garbage beer "Premium." This is truly awful stuff. Fake, food-coloring-added gold pour with a huge white head. STRONG smell of day-old pee and wet leaves. Lots of metal and grain in this one, along with a distinctive taste of grass clippings. Stick with the light version, cheapos.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ugh, more of the garbage yellow faded appearance with water. No head or lacing, doesn't look appetizing in the least. Corny industrial robotics plant, full of oil and hydraulic fluid aroma.

Taste, has some weird sawdust component to it with water that comes together as diluted creamy. Like someone poured more water into your nonfat milk type of thing. This seems to be the worst in the Keith Stone series of beers. Smooths itself out a little ways down, but still, this is a tough beer to drink if you have any semblance of respect for your tongue.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.75/5  rDev +102.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Keystone Premium brewed by Coors Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.40% Also known as Keystone RED. This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a smell white head. The smell is nice with some grains and hops at the end. This brew has look and smell of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market. The taste is ok you pick up on the grains. the mouthfeel is smooth with no bad after taste. Keystone is a little light for being premium. Overall I'm giving Keystone Premium a 4 out 5. This is a nice drinking brew I would get this brew again.

Photo of HalfFull
2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a slender 12 oz. can, the type that doesn't stay put in your koozie. I stole the can from an unemployed friend's fridge as I knew this was an opportunity not likely to arise again any time soon. Pours a medium straw with a half inch of very white head. Retention was 7 seconds, leaving not even a hint of surface film.

Smell was a bit unexpected with some smoky overcooked grains, malt and maybe some rice, and a bit metallic in nature. Not much else to report. I notice an April 12, 2009 'best by' date on the bottom of the can, not the freshest beer I assume.

Taste again starts with overcooked grain and offers an odd stinging finish. Average drinkability for the style if you can handle the flavor, though I assume that if it warmed up a bit it may be a struggle.

Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and grains. Taste is crisp, some corn, just a hint of hops. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, great for beer games. Overall this is about your typical adjunct lager.

Photo of ChrisCage
2.88/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is the first of my series of reviews on cheap beer for an eveining :)

A- This pours a dry grassy color, and is very clear. The carbonation is very noticeable...there's many columns of big bubbles rising to the top. The foam head actually surprised me, starting out rather thick and foamy, but quickly disappeared into a thin film. There is some mild lacing that clings to my glass. Not the worst buck 'o beer that I've seen.

S- Very mild aromas, primarily of dusty grains, some slight metallic notes(not overpowering), and boiled rice. I wouldn't necessarily agree that this has a solvent aroma but there is some astringent tones that aren't really offensive, but they are there. Just underwhelming overall.

T- More of the same here, but what do you expect for $1/beer? Adjunct laden, with more noticeable metallic flavors, and also mixed into this is more dusty grains....primarily bland white rice and some corn. The sweetness isn't really balanced out well, but there is a very faint bitterness on the finish. The lingering flavors are really just more sweetness.

M- Thin and watery body, with the expected palate scrubbing carbonation. Nothing else to really report....just sweet, malty and smooth.

D- The beer is easy enough to drink and isn't the worst beer I've had....if I'm looking for cheap brew, I'll probably look at getting this again and I know that this would satisfy any beer drinker. The alcohol is well hidden due to the sweetness and this would be, as most cheap beers, a great chugger. I'm sure there's better but there's certainly worse!

Photo of mikesgroove
1.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

a new addition to the sunoco station on the corner, lol. wow that is sad. anyway picked it up as a single for a buck as i never saw it before.

poured a clear pale yellow with a fizzy white head that left very quickly leaving only bubbly pale liqudi behind. aioma is non exisitent. muted corn and grain and nothing at all to be excited about about. same corn, musky grain and muted flavor follows over from the aroma and the light feel just caps a rather bland expierence.

overall what i thought it would be, but tick away right.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.58/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Keystone Premium has a very thick, quickly-dissipating, stark-white head and a pale straw appearance with a few bubbles streaming up and no lacing. The aroma is faint, to be sure, but a light grain and sweet smell can be detected with a deep inhalation. Taste is quite watery, but a tiny amount of grains, sweetness, and hop bitterness can be picked up with some patience. Mouthfeel is very watery, and Keystone Premium finishes crisp, refreshing (much like water), and dry. Overall, this is a low average offering from Molson-Coors. I can see why it's not widely available. It's tolerable.

RJT

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer slips from the 12-ounce aluminum can a clear gold color with a modest bright white frothy head that erodes quickly leaving a thin coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is all malt, crisp and clean, start slightly sweet, thinly malted and the top cadaverous. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops light and the aftertaste dry, well it did wet my whistle.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.09/5  rDev +67%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tallboy can with a freshness stamp of MAR1510 on the bottom. Pours a very pale, clear yellow color with an airy white foam that fades in a matter of seconds to nothingness. Even for an AAL, this one does not look great.

Nose is light grains, cereal and a bit of sugary sweetness. Surprisingly, a bit of hops are present. Very light nose overall, but nothing unappealing or sour; pretty neutral.

Taste is most akin to watery, spent grains. Tastes kind of like corn Chex cereal. Carbonated water and a breath of alcohol pretty much completes the flavor profile. Body is about medium for the style and carbonation is high. Touch of bittering hops in the finish, and I mean the faintest of touches. This is not too shabby of a bargain AAL, goes down smooth and easy...quenches the thirst alright. Decent golf beer.

Photo of Pegasus
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale straw gold color, head with fat bubbles, resembles soap lather and disappears very quickly, no lace, a little carbonation. Faint aroma of grains, some alcohol, little else. Flavor is quite weak and watery with grain and faint malt, a little hop bitterness towards the finish. Typifies the failings of most macro beers.

Photo of shealoftus14
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

obviously similar to Key Light, nothing impressive as well. Only had it once or twice and that was enough. One of my friend's gets it all the time as his cheaper beer, I don't see why. Not the worst cheap beer I have had but definitely down there. Leaves a bitter aftertaste and not smooth.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.47/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts, grain and no hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts and grain followed by a light malt sweetness. There is almost no hops presence and not much flavor overall. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok and is not filling at all since there isn’t very much to the beer, mild kick, even for the inexpensive choices this is not a very good beer.

Photo of Alestorm4069
4/5  rDev +116.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly i was able to find this. I had never had regular keystone heavy, so i tried it. Not bad. Relatively Average. It's good. Average beer for low price.

Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, how has The CANQuest (TM) missed this one up until now? I got the other Keystone beers in and somehow overlooked this until my regular trade partner, tone77, noticed that it was not on my list of reviews and dropped a couple off for me. CAN you believe it?!?

The Crack & Glug produced barely a finger of fizzy bone-white head with lousy retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Nose was lightly sweet with a buncha adjuncts in the mix. Pretty standard, if you ask me. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with the expected lager sweetness intermingled with whatever adjuncts may have been handy, my guess would be rice, since corn is not too prevalent in this one. Finish was light and airy, to the point that I started to wonder if I was actually having a beer. This is just a whole bucha nuthin'. Bah.

Photo of flexabull
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Key Pre! Actually, this is now known as just Keystone, not Premium anymore. That's too bad...

Another leftover from a recent party. I must have a lot of friends/family that are either cheap, or don't like good beer. ;)

Anyways, pours from the specially lined can, a bright and clear gold color with lots of bubbles, and a decent head that quickly fainted to nothing. Doesn't look very appealing.

Aromas of sugar, sweet corn, and faint mineral water.

Taste is funky, a bit mineral like, with some faint cider flavors, creamy corn and dry bread. Finish is flat, with not much there. Not horrible, but not good tasting by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, with ok carbonation, but certainly watered down.

Overall, not good, and borderline drain pour. We shall see how much of this makes it's way into my stomache vs. the kitchen sink.

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.6/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like the Keystone Ice, I have never seen this one on the shelves anywhere around here. Not a big deal though, because it is nothing spectacular. Just a plain old cheap beer. Just like all the rest really, although it does have a better taste than Bud or Coors.

Photo of DNICE555
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Soupedupdiesel loves keystone light. He saw the red can and just couldn't resist. Just Keystone... no light? I knew Keystone was the downgraded version of coors light... not sure exactly how you downgrade a coors light. Who thought "Hey!, let's take an adjunct watered down beer and add some more water!!!" Oh yeah, a big corporation trying to make an even bigger profit off the innocent, hard working, uninformed consumer, by making a cheap product even cheaper. Smells, Tastes, and Feels Like carbonated water with adjunct flavoring.

Photo of goblue3509
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a white yellow color that is very fizzy with basically no head. There is no lacing with this beer. The smell is of corn and some malt. The taste is the same cheap corn and cheap malt. The taste is faint. The mouthfeel is okay not super carbonated. The overall drinkability is not very good, you could have a couple but no more.

Photo of packetknife
1.03/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahh yes. Keystone Premium. Imagine a guy at the top of a mound of woodchips. He keeps drinking water until he drizzles all over the woodchips. At the bottom is the copper waiting to brew up some Keystone. That is pretty much what this beer hints of. Stinky, wattery, woodchips, and piss. I guess if your pipes are clogged you can drink this.

Photo of Mick
1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The marquee note of Keystone was supposed to be the specially lined cans. It doesn't help. This is another example of macro companies attempting to woo the consumer by aversion. Coors, just like AB, makes what seems like an endless line of the same low end product packaged in whatever trend they think will draw a dollar from a new sector of the 18 to 40yo demographic. It is what you would expect from a macro-type company. Watery, very little hop presence. Insipid taste and a wash that leaves a heartburn and hard aftertaste.

I wont drink it, but to each their own if they choose to.

Photo of Beastdog75
1.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Anheuser-Busch has Natty Light. Miller has the Beast. And Coors? The Keystone line. "Always smooth and never bitter" says the can (or something like that), and it mentions how the can is specially lined. All the slogans in the world can't change the taste of this stuff. This is a sub-premium brand, and it shows.

Keystone Premium pours a bright straw color that reminds me of urine. There is almost no head: it's thin, fizzy, and disappears in seconds. The smell is of refined sugar and alcohol: kinda sweet smelling. The first impression I had of this were slight notes of cheap wine/grape taste, mixed with slight grain. Quite watery elsewhere on the palette, with what I can best describe as a slight bubblegum taste. The taste of alcohol is present in there too, with a tiny amount of hop presence. The hops add a small amount of dryness to the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean, with small amounts of bubblegum/grain. Tiny amount of alcoholic warmth as well.

Well, this stuff is definately not bitter, but it is very cheap tasting. Leave this stuff on the shelf for the frat guys to drink.

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Keystone Premium from Coors Brewing Company
49 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.