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Keystone Ice - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
44
awful

642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 38.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 137
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
2.73/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

relatively drinkable cold, less impressive as it warms.

Smell weak, grainy and of alcohol.

alcohol present in the taste, which is okay, but basically gives the beer its only flavor.

mouthfeel weak.

what do you expect for the price? Not the worst beer I've ever had, though, and if you like the taste of alcohol itself, go for it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Foam
2.52/5  rDev +50%
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 .

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.02/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

Photo of priwen
3.22/5  rDev +91.7%
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

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.02/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Photo of DrainBamage
1.84/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
1.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a bit of carbonation and a yo-yo head.

Smell – This has a sharp, alcohol-soaked ricey grain aroma that would gag a maggot.

Taste – This was about as bad as I thought it would be. There’s very little taste here to be found except the vodkaesque sting of raw booze. The grain from the nose, as bad as it was, is actually missed at the taste.

Mouthfeel – The cheap, fizzy carbonation and sharp boozy notes made this one hard to hold in the cheeks for anything longer than a second or two. I enjoy swilling extra strength Listerine more than I did this.

Sinkability – I was going to dump this in the sink except I was concerned about causing a major environmental catastrophe, so I took it to the local sanitary land fill where they charged me extra to dispose of it professionally. I think it’s buried about three or four feet deeper than the radioactive cones from a destroyed nuclear site.

Photo of dditto2
1.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow, small head dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation.
Smells very cheap, grainy, stale.
Unpleasent tasing, watery.
Feels like its flat.
Hard to drink beer. Very cheap and somewhat strong. Im having a very hard time drinking this beer. Avoid definately!

Photo of chadjulius
1.33/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I must admit I have never seen Keystone Ice poured into a glass; I've only had it from the can. But from the taste and similar beers, I'm going to guess it does not look very impressive. But I don't care about that. I care about the taste and wow was Keystone Ice repulsive. I struggled to get one 16 oz can down.

The taste is watered down and flat, and to make matters worse, the aftertaste and "mouthfeel" are bitter. I don't trust ice beer at all.

Keystone Ice just really doesn't get along with my palette, I guess. It is a beer I will never buy again. If its free and the only option, then I'll definitely be the D.D. for the night.

Photo of magictrokini
1.21/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a little more gold than yellow, as if someone ate a lot of carrots before they peed in the can. Aroma is extra-sugary corn syrup. Weird. The taste is beyond bad; tons of grain and metal with a heaping of sugar. The beer does have more heft to it than its cousins, and that is not a good thing. You will get drunk quickly on this stuff, though. And sick just as fast of drinking it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pale yellow whiz in a can. No head, no lacing. Smell is like after your buddy spills Coors in your ride, and it cooks in there for a weekend.

Taste, since it doesn't taste like much, it isn't as bad as the "bad" appearance and aroma. Mouthfeel doesn't leave anything. Bad aftertaste I guess of cornmeal. Drinkability rates high, hey, its cheap, and since its like alcohol water, its relatively easy to drink, but why you would want to . . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a Circle K in the Ville aka Steubenville, OH price check if anybody cares a dollar 69. Not much more booze than your typical malt lager but this is an iced version of Keystone. Appears in the most non descript form of a yellow fizzy lager, plop plop fizzes rise from the bottom of the glass. White head dwindles pretty rapidly even while your pouring the beer the head races to meet the body, wtf I guess a true college beer drinker knows how to pour a beer without any or much head. More beer right? Aroma has a pure cooked corn/cereal grain aroma...faint muddled herbal quality not quite hops. Flavor wise a pretty srong cereal grain infusion of rice/malts/corn with a bitter unpleasant offbeat singing through the melody of unconditioned and off put flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a rough heavy carbonation filling my senses this is tough sipping beer from a tallboy can. Overall I drank most of this not sure the portion that I didn't get down but I've seen much worse but this isn't aiming it's sights very high. A really mediocre brew that is put out there with extremly low expectations.

Photo of CloudStrife
1.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Once again, I couldn't just walk by the 99 cent 24 oz can at the grocery store...it's almost like free beer.

A - Pale yellow clay colored brew with an instantaneously "now it's here, now it's gone" head....like watching The Life of Plants documentary in 6th grade where all the plants grow really fast and beers sprout heads and then lose them as the sun flies across the sky.

S - Fruity adjunct laden nose with a bit more malt than Keystone Light. It's a bit sweeter to my nose, but still share that familiar Keystone rotten fruity funk aroma. Tastes like really shitty champagne. I like this more than I thought I would!

T - Fruit, some sort of chemical molasses flavor, and con on the cob. Way more flavorful than the Keystone Light version. It's adjuncty tasting and overly sweet, but it's not all bad. As it warms I can taste alcohol though, so drink this quickly. As it nears room temp it actually tastes like vomit so hurry up and get it down if you must.

M - Much less crisp and carbonated than the light version. Much fuller in the mouth, but it's still pretty light bodied.

D - Not bad. I probably won't buy this again now that I've reviewed it. If I want and ice beer to chug on a hot day I'll take Icehouse over this...unless I see a 24 ozer for 99 cents again!

Photo of tdm168
2.14/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
1.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Slightly less light than its Light brother.

Smell: Bad. Strong. Pungent. Skunked.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This stuff actually tastes much better than Keystone Light...when it's cold. The problem is, it stays cold for 1-2 sips then gets grossly hot...not warm...hot. Infinite regression with smoothness once this happens.

Drinkability: Like I said, once this gets hot, watch out.

Overall: If you could keep this cold for more than 30 seconds it could be a bit less bad. If you must, just shotgun.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.53/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, yellowish/light straw gold with a foamy bright-white head that drops almost immediately to just a collar. The aroma is quite limited but offers some dull, sweetish "malt" if you seek it out. The body is light with a fine carbonation that's quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor is limited as well, but offers a clean, subtle, adjunct/malt character. It finishes exceptionally clean and drying with a delicate note of sugary maltiness that lingers shortly in the aftertaste. There's not much real beer flavor here. In fact, it's almost like a beer flavored malternative. Not worth trying.

Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For $5.09 for a twelve pack of this stuff, hell you can't beat that. I'm a college student and that price is comparable to Natty Ice. And to be honest, I think I would take Keystone Ice over Natty Ice just about any day. Probably one of the decent tasting cheap beers out on the market for us college students right now.

Photo of bditty187
1.53/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The “specially lined can” is a joke. Anyway… I was completely disappointed in this ice beer. The big 24oz. black & silver can unleashed a beer that poured a clear, light gold. The head was small, active, but it disappeared very, very quickly. Not visually stimulating at all. The nose is mainly alcohol, grain, and awful sweetness, yuck. Oh, the “always smooth, never bitter” taste was nowhere to be found. The taste was unrefined graininess, sweet corniness, and noticeable floral when it warmed up. A dreadful beer, nothing a BA would enjoy drinking.

Even at 99c (for a 24oz. can) I would avoid this crap. A complete flop… almost completely undrinkable… don’t let it warm up at all… I hope this is a fad that goes away.

Photo of BeerZack
3.42/5  rDev +103.6%
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.'

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +82.1%
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.

Photo of woodske1
1.06/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is easily one of the worst beers I have ever had. Even worse is it is an "ice" beer that doesn't even have a high ABV.

I can't say anything nice about it except that it doesn't look terrible. For a cheap beer it pours nicely and looks ok in a beer pong cup. That's about it. Terrible taste.

Photo of sdj5
1.1/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The smell is of perhaps stale bread and corn.

Appearance is pale yellow.

The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation.

The taste is just simply disgusting. Imagine licking a railroad spike covered in corn flakes.

I was able to finish 6 of them despite the horrible taste. I would never want to have this again.

Photo of EagleTalon
1.36/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild smell, some malts. Taste is lacking, some malts, finishing a bit metallic. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a whole lot to like about this one.

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Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
44 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.