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Keystone Ice - Coors Brewing Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 663
rAvg: 2.06
pDev: 33.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I remember having this one about three years ago as a palate washer and determined it was one of my favorite AAL's of all time, So I grabbed a $1 25oz can of it today at a gas station.

Look - Clearrrr yellow with a monster frothy white head that leaves a deep pit of emptiness in the middle.Carbonation rushing from the bottom, with no remaining lacing.

Smell - Well this isn't quite what I remembered...Grainy and chemical.

Taste - Either I was drunk when I had this last time or they actually got cheaper with making it. Tastes sour. the grains have gotten much, much worse. The chemical tinge makes this thing undrinkable.

Feel - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation,

Overall - Got much worse over the years. Impossible to drink. Rivals Steel Reserve in terms of terrible flavor. (787 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.6/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

25 oz can after more painting.
Dark straw color with a smallish head. Light grainy malt with hints of corn and green apple. Crisp light refreshing beverage with little body. Easy to swill, great on a hot day, but huge lack of flavor. (234 characters)

Photo of Alestorm4069
3.7/5  rDev +79.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It isn't the greatest thing, but isn't the worst. Cheap. Its swill really. Still not bad. Tastes ok. when people give things like this a 1 or 2 what are they comparing it to? (174 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
1.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a nice golden color with lots of carbonation but no head. Smells like highly fermented corn. A little sweet and some bitterness in the back of the throat and highly carbonated going down. (193 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.02/5  rDev -1.9%

Jared feels like a regular old ice-style lager tonight.

Appearance [2.5] : 3 finger head, recedes to about 1 within a minute. Body is straw with ultra transparency. Not much to talk about.

Aroma [3] : corn, malt, some banana liqueur, strawberry, fruit, straw and grass. Strong suit.

Taste [1.75] : spilled my beer again. It's malty, small bite of corn. Some sour funk at the end. Hops taste rotten. Sour alcohol nastiness at the finish. Not gonna philosophize this beer, it's a freaking macro ice paper bag beer. It's a little less than okay.

Mouthfeel [2] : it's a beer.

Overall [2.02] : pissed I spilled it all over my reloading desk. It's not great, not terrible - but almost. (684 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.02/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Words cannot describe the horrible taste of this beer (if I'd call it beer). I picked up a tallboy on my way home from work. I popped the top and had me a few swigs before throwing that nasty stuff out the window into the ditch. Tastes like watered down milky fruit loops. Don't waste your .99cents. (300 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.22/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light gold. A little darker than other beers of this style. White head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Grains with some sourness. Nothing offensive.

Taste: Corn and some sweetness. Maybe just a slight touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not too watery. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: An enjoyable beer for a hot day. Nothing to write home about, but nothing that makes it worthy of a drain pour. If you like this style of beer, then I think it's worth a look.

16 oz can
Best by: Sep 29 14
Served in a Pint Glass (537 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keystone ICE is an ICE brew made by Coors. Pours a nice amber color. With a small white head. The can says always smooth,not as smooth as the light. There is nothing bad about this brew for being 5.9 avb. Nothing much different from your other Ice Brews on the market. (268 characters)

Photo of Foam
2.52/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Here in Pittsburgh, PA. where I live, Keystone Ice/ass is one of the cheapest econo-swills one can buy . I picked up a 30-pack for $13.99 at a distributor .
It has that scary industrial grainy chemical taste to it.
A friend of mine says it reminds him of "lucky charms milk" .
A few will take the edge off a bad day or that too much coffee kind of anxiety but you don't want to have any more after that . This is I dare say "lawnmower beer" for when you just want something cold effervescent and alcohol-y .
There are worse cheap swills/malt liquors to be had so, this is NOT the worst cheapy swill out there but it is as I say , very industrial and a bit harsh after 2 or 3 and i've noticed the hangover can be pretty gruesome if you pound a bunch of it . (756 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
1.36/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a thin white head and pale yellow-gold color. Aroma is grainy, chemicals and faintly vomit-like and not much else. Flavor is corny, vegetal, grainy and not much else. Mouth-feel is light, overcarbonated and rough although the can says it is smooth. No mass produced beer that I have ever tasted that boldly claimed it was "smooth" on the label actually was. Overall, it is a cheap way to get drunk and not much else. (425 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
1.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

24 oz can poured into a goblet. Oct 28, 13 on the bottom.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with minimal head that is very quick to dissipate. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Overly sweet malt dominates the aroma. Not very enjoyable.

T: Drink these puppies cold as the flavor goes downhill once it starts warming up. As with the aroma this is a pretty sweet beer, reminiscent of an apple cider with no apples. Pale malts are present as well.

M: Light body with decent carbonation. Mostly clean finish, higher abv is hidden fairly well.

Overall this was the old standby for the college beer fridge and is just a beer you buy when you want to get drunk. (662 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.42/5  rDev +66%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly neutral nose. Somewhat of a sweet, but not really malty impression. Bit of fruitiness (apple cider) and alcohol. Flavor is on par with what the nose indicates. Very mild, but slightly tart apple fruitiness and only a hint of malt and hops. Carbonation is intense, but not brutal, and serves to cleanse the palate on the short finish.

Overall, a pretty good 'Ice' beer that's stronger than some 'Malt Liquors' and easier to drink than some brand-name 'Light beers.' (472 characters)

Photo of Smock19nathan
1/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I did not try this one in a glass, i dont think their is a sutable glass for it? Anyway it smells like corn/rice, it taste like corn/rice , and it has one of the most present tastes of alcohol of any beer ive ever drank, making it not so easy to enjoy. Ice cold from the cooler and drank with an open mind. This beer "to me" reminded me of a whiskey taste mixed with a glass of ice that had been melting for awhile. Im not bashing , its just not that good to me, probably my least favorite of all. (497 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pale clear gold with a small white head which faded immediately and leaves no lacing. The aroma has cooked corn and grain. Not at all appealing.

Tastes like water, corn, grain. and not much else. Bland, boring, and unpleasant. No hop flavor, or much of anything else I look for in a beer.

Light bodied, too much carbonation, and poorly made. Not sure who likes drinking this, or why it's still around. They probably sell a lot of this on April Fool's Day. (458 characters)

Photo of Winston_Smith
1.93/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Looks like most other cheap domestics... Straw-colored, with a half finger of paper-white head that quickly fades to zero.

Smell: Faint rice-ish, metallic smell. Not much going on at this party.

Taste: It tastes a like what it smells like, but a bit stronger. This stuff's pretty carbonated, and slightly metallic tasting. The metallic thing carries over from Keystone Light. It's drinkable. Ice-cold, it's actually refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, crisp, and thin.

Overall: As a party, "lets get drink for cheap" beverage, it works. People don't buy this expecting to be blown away (especially when the tall boys are 2 for $2.22). When I drink this beer, there's an intangible quality I can sense. I can't explain it, but it's the feeling that if you drink a lot of this, you will feel like death the next morning. (841 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of corn and apple juice in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has notes of apple juice flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t have much in the way of interesting flavors, unless you like adjunct malts and apple juice. (571 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has mild aromas of corn adjunct malt sweetness with a lighter almost chemical-like smell. Nothing special to report here and not inviting me to taste the beer.

T: Moderate crisp flavors of adjunct corn malts with a lighter presence of bready malts in the background. There is a light amount of apple juice like sweetness to this beer.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Crisp and refreshing, actually better than I expected after smelling this beer. Certainly not a beer that I would seek out again but not as bad as expected (or remembered from college in the mid-1990s). (942 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.14/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - pale, see-through, yellow with a big, thick, frothy, fizzy head that fades after a few seconds

S - grainy, a bit metallic, warm

T - sweet with some corn notes; very little flavor

M - crisp, well carbonated, light bodied, a bit thin

There's very little to report here. The flavor is sweet corn and grains. When it's ice cold you can drink a lot of it and quickly. Not something I would buy again. (403 characters)

Photo of troobie
3.76/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rated within the style. More specifically, rated as a macro ice lager which I wish was recognized as its own style by BA. Not everything falls under American Adjunct Lager.

One of my favorite macro ice lagers, although I tend to say that about most of them because I enjoy this style. Kudos to Coors for boldly claiming Keystone as one of their beers since the beginning with a graphic on every can/bottle/package.

$12.99 for a 30 pack, with 5.9% ABV, in 2014, in California. We're off to a great start!

A: A one finger fizzy head from a moderate pour. The head reduces quickly to a small ring that struggles to maintain for the entire glass. Golden yellow color. Clarity = Yes! Very still. Some lacing that doesn't hang on long. Only pour Keystone Ice out of its container to make it easier to drink. Bonus points for (eventually) picking up all of the Coors Light gimmicks: lined can, DOUBLE vents, and widemouth. It's evolution at work in the Coors family. Extra bonus points for the black can and consistently awesome but ever changing graphics.

S: Keystone Ice is not afraid to give you something for your nose! Strong ripe banana (even hints of maple.) Sour grains. Iron. Alcohol is easy to detect as the beer warms. Corn. To me it's not off-putting, but you'd have to appreciate an odorous macro ice lager. The smell fits solidly within the Coors family.

T: Coors Original (Banquet) turned up to 11. The sweetness and bitterness fight each other for dominance. I can say that this is sweeter and has more hop bitterness than any other macro ice lager I have had, which is to say flavorful for the style. Strong malts and grains with a predominant toasted bread flavor that lingers after swallowing.

M: Creamy with a high carbonation that leaves a delicate sting. This is more substantial than most of its competitors. Enjoyable and refreshing. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in both the mouth and esophagus.

O: Keystone Ice is better than the sum of its parts. This is THE macro ice lager I would use to introduce someone to the style. Although Bud Ice, another macro ice lager that I adore, is smoother it has less character, it costs more, is harder to find, and has less impact (drunkenness.) For ice beers available to me Keystone Ice is the winner. (2,312 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.46/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a big white head. The head fades very fast giving way to almost no lacing.
Smell – Some rather unappealing aromas of cardboard and metal shards mixed with a very light corn aroma.

Taste – A very crisp taste meets the tongue. It is mainly sweeter corn malt in nature but has a slight bready flavor as well. Toward the end there is a light papery taste, but it is very light. Overall I was a bit surprised as it was a crisper and more refreshing taste then the nose let on.

Mouthfeel – It has a lighter body with a slightly above average carbonation level. It is very much what you would expect.

Overall – It really has nothing going for it except its crispness. This would be good for right after a run or hard bike on a hot summer day when you want something without too complex a body and that is very crisp and easy to sit, relax, and cool down with. (938 characters)

Photo of LiquidSanity
1.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ap: Corn, golden yellow and transparent. Very pale but darker than your average light lager. Displayed little to no head and virtually no lacing.

Ar: Virtually no smell. Mild syrup/candy like odor. Hops? What's that?

Ta: The flavor is akin to malt liquor. Syrupy with corn flavoring and the generic adjunct flavors. Does little to entice additional sips. Very bland and watery.

Mf: The carbonation is visible but once applied to the lips, it disappears. Leaves a rather sugary aftertaste with metallic overtones. It fills the mouth no differently than seltzer water. Bland.

Ov: While it's easy to criticize adjunct lagers, this beer is effective at achieving a moderate buzz thanks to the higher ABV. This will forever be immortalized as long as there are frat parties in existence. It appeals to the younger, inexperienced and to the bargain hunters. You could easily buy a similar beer and not feel a thing. At least with this you are guaranteed some kind of result. While staying at this price point I would rather recommend an Old Milwaukee or PBR if flavor becomes a higher priority. (1,092 characters)

Photo of HighballurRollby
2.52/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm drinking Keystone Ice! I've never seen anyone ever drink this beer before, that's why I'm drinking it. One question I have is what is the difference between Busch Ice, Bud Ice, Natty Ice, and Keystone Ice? Probably not alot.

Well, pretty much what I expected here. Its drinkable, sure, but the only highlight I can tell you about drinking this is that it has 5.9 % ABV, of which I keep staring at as I drink this. Its sweet, metallic, has some corn in it, and looks like malt liquor. The can says it is specially lined, I wonder what is so special about the liner, and why it needs to be mentioned on the can? Overall, a "great" ice beer made by Coors, I'll be sure to grab another 24 ounce can for 1.25 for an affordable buzzz. (734 characters)

Photo of WetCoyote
2.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I do not know much about the "snobbish" beer stuff, mouthfeel? I know if its wet and if it stinks and if it tastes like the liquid at the bottom of my garbage can.

With that said, this could be worse. I had a bad experience with a 12 pack of "Game Day" beer last week. Was drinkable enough cause I wanted to get drunk, but I spent a lot of time the next day on the toilet. Might have been the Chicken Massala I had with it tho.

This at least, behaves a lot better, its got a better taste - or lack of taste is prolly better for an ice beer like this.

I love good beers, I love to get a good buzz. My budget at this point means I look for the quantity over quality sadly, and this works - OK for now.

For the fact it does not taste horrible I will mark it down like many others, as something to get a buzz on but at least drinkable to a degree. I cannot wait till I can afford better beer again. (898 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.39/5  rDev +16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"APR0912" printed on the bottom of the 24 oz. can. $1.49

Poured into a mug. Straw colored urine color, bright clarity, thin flimsy head that fades immediately to nothing. Rapidly rising column of carbonation, yet strangely there's no head at all.

Bland aroma, toasted popcorn kernels, wet grains.

Tastes like wet paper, white bread, a vague inkling of grassy hop bitterness. Ghostly aftertaste of malt, but it's more like stale bread. Clean aftertaste, a little dry, but no alcohol presence. Overall bland but not offensive, thin bodied with a medium carbonation level. Best served super cold in warm weather, then it's drinkable. Not the worst of the worst, to be sure.

KEYSTONE TO DA DOME!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsMFuynyYtk

Apparently just opening the can has resurrective properties. Gonna have to try this tomorrow with the inevitable hangover this beer will cause... (887 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
1.2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this from the Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA; 24 oz can for $1.50, figured why not? Apparently, according to the can, it was specially designed on the inside, yeah right...

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear, piss-colored yellow (this really is the most accurate description of the color). A two finger head that quickly dissipates into soapy suds. Boo

Smell: Smelled of corn and metal. That's it, really. Pretty horrible.

Taste: A bit better than the smell, but not by much. A strong taste of corn, followed by a metallic aftertaste. The alcohol taste is pretty well hidden, though.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but it leaves a sticky kind of residue. Weird, and not in a good way.

Overall: A terrible beer of this style, but if you're looking to get smashed, it's an ok option. I almost poured mine down the drain, but felt the alcohol coming on, and decided to finish it based solely on that. (931 characters)

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Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
53 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.