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Keystone Ice - Coors Brewing Company

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 676
Avg: 1.97
pDev: 35.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +95.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another example of the style found in Plattsburgh, NY.

Pours a mild golden color with a thin head into my pint glass. Head was initially bigger but faded quick.

Aroma equals a strong whiff of sweet malt with corn on the nose. Again, this is nothing new for the style.

Taste is much like it says on the can (smooth) with just a hint of sweet malt and corn upfront. Inoffensive and to the style I suppose.

Mouthfeel is quite clean with only a hint of sweet malt. No offensive flavors. To the point.

Either my palate now welcomes the style or I'm starting to find examples that seem to fit it best. As cheap as this is, I already prefer it to Natty Ice (it is an ice beer after all). There's a beer for all income brackets and though this is not as cheap as Mountain Brew Ice, it is just as tasty.

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Photo of troobie
3.76/5  rDev +90.9%
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.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
3.7/5  rDev +87.8%
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?

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Photo of Vancer
3.52/5  rDev +78.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ol' 2X4 "specially lined" can, and it even says "ale" on it. Weird. Pours the same ol' clear straw yellow, white head pops up but dies a quick death. Only .99 cents too.

Not too bad of a malty aroma, surprised me with that. Quaff ain't too bad either, malty amongst the grain and grass. Damn smooth beer, slides down easily, no hint of the 5.9%.

Maybe I'm in a darn fine mood with the 80 degrees and golf coming up - but this was a easy drinking adjunct "lager".

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +75.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Keystone Ice is a mild-tasting and enjoyable beer to have. It has a thick, white head and is very carbonated. Aroma is faint to nonexistent. Mouth-feel is medium and watery. The taste is slightly sweet, and Keystone Ice has a smooth, crisp finish. The comforting and relatively high alcohol level (5.9%) is quite noticeable on an empty stomach. Overall, this is a good beer, and should be especially pleasing in the warmer months. I'd recommend it with spicy seafood, such as boiled crabs.


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Photo of BeerZack
3.42/5  rDev +73.6%
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.'

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Photo of pm5k00
3.38/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

for what it is, a cheap relatively high abv macro lager, its not bad. i like that there is almost no smell, weak taste of malt, and clean finish. this is my beer of choice for floating the river. good for a hot (95+ ) day.

Now if i was comparing this to a good quality craft beer id probably give it a D-.

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Photo of barrenbane
3.27/5  rDev +66%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: typical American adjunct lager. Loads of bubbles travel up to the top of the glass. Virtually no head.

S: not too offensive, especially compared to other ice beers. There is a slight sweetness from the higher alcohol content and subtle hints of corn.

T: very smooth, almost dangerously smooth. The sweetness takes the front seat, due to the higher alcohol content. Similar to the odor, there is some corniness.

M: heavily carbonated and quite watery. Not too impressed.

Although this beer gets a lot of hate, it's better than other ice lagers on the market. The appearance is nothing special, but the flavor is far less offensive than other ice lagers. If you're strapped for cash and want something smooth, this brew is a decent buy.

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Photo of priwen
3.22/5  rDev +63.5%
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

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Photo of dubman003
3.14/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally don't go around recommending bad domestic beers, but as a college student, my friends and I are often standing in a convenience store arguing over which brands "ice" we should be drinking. If you're going to drink Keystone, drink Keystone ice--another reviewer describes "rotten apples," and I agree--but it's a sweet aroma, too. And most definitely, if you are going to drink an "ice" (I know the high alcohol content is appealing to many), drink Keystone Ice.

The beer is very drinkable from the can and actually became a regular at our pick-up hockey games. It's not offensive and surprisingly (to some, not surprising at all), after a week of sitting in the snow, it kept its taste that we had become used to.

If worse comes to worse, and you're stuck with a selection of mass produced beers, grab a 12-pack of Keystone Ice. You'll survive until your next trip to the specialty shop

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Photo of shroompod
3.13/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear with a small head into Pint Glass.

Faint aroma of honey , very faint.

Pretty tasteless , getting some metallic hints , slight bready background.

Mouthfeel is light , sharp mouthfeel from carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent buy at $14 a 30 pack.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +55.3%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.04/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I poured a 24 oz can into a glass mug.

The beer had a nice head that disappeared after awhile. no lacing at all. Had a nice golden straw color.

Other than smelling a little sour you couldn't really smell anything else.

It tastes ok. Kind of watered down. cant taste any malt or hops.

It was too bubbly, seemed over-carbonated.

You can drink this stuff, it's not bad for the price but, it's definately not anything special, what would you expect thoough?

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Photo of superdavex
3.02/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've been a bit financially challenged as of late. I started cruising the beer aisle of my local convienience store for the most frugal beer buy. What caught my eye was a cool looking jet-black can with the words "Keysone Ice". I thought, I've heard Keystone tastes like piss, but proceeded to look down and notice the "5.9 alc.vol printed on the can. I said screw it and went with the "quick buzz".

When I got home and took my first sip I was pleasanty suprised. This was a damn smooth tasting brew. Quenched my thirst for damn sure, for both a buzz and literally. I recommend this brew for anyone after a cheap beer that tastes decent. A hell of a lot better than most other macro-lager's, and a better price.

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Photo of keeponwithbeer
2.95/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's not great, but when compared to other ice beers, Keystone Ice is one of the better ones. Taste, as with all ice beers is of lesser importance than low price and high alcohol content (12 pack = $5.99 with a 5.9% AV). You're getting a cheap buzz here and that's what ice beers are for. However, some do taste better than others. Keystone Ice is much better than say Natural Ice and Milwaukee's Best Ice (arguably the the worst "beer" I've had). Keystone Ice has no offensive smell, it actually is smooth, taste is corn, alcohol and the can, with an aftertaste that is popularly described as banana-like. I won't get into color, head or any appearance qualities because in my opinion ice beers should be left in the can or bottle they come in. Pouring them into a glass for further examination not only further reveals their cheapness, it actually can make them taste worse. It seems a little pointless to go into detail about ice beers. I doubt most of those that consume them regularly put much thought into it. Still, if you're going to buy one, you might as well get one you don't have to choke down.

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Photo of cbavera
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If what you want is to get a buzz it is goood for that. I have had alot of beers. This isin't best but the effect is good. I guess if you are in a financial strap hold go for it there is nothing much to say about it. I like that i can get 30 stones and pay like 15 bucks for them.

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Photo of Enola
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a light yellow, clear with little head. I gave it a three for appearance because the active carbonation in my Larry The Cable Guy pilsner glass is entertaining if nothing else. The smell is corny and as I have noticed before in a few brews, the smell of machined cast aluminum is present. The taste is corn, rice and a slight hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This beer, as is most of the style, is easy to drink and non-filling. A lot of people bash this style but I for one think it has a place. 12 of these would be no challenge on a night of camping.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, shiny yellow body.

Smell: Sweet-smelling pale malts with a few bubblegum wrappers and a dollop of shaving cream.

Taste: Sweet cereal taste with a hint of mad genetic tinkering. Hint of fake flowers. Very light touch of bitterness. Finishes sweet with a taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly tolerable for a cheap, canned macro lager. You can't spell "nice" with i-c-e, baby!

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Photo of BeerBob
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keystone Ice pours a straw blond out of a 24oz “Specially Lined Can”

Head goes to about one and a half fingers before fading away to oblivion or the fifth dimension.

Nose is a damp corn adjunct, kind a like Chicago City Tap Water, but without the fishy component.

Taste is a sweet corn adjunct and the bite of carbonation, and an aftertaste of a faint hops profile.

Not a lot going on here, but if you want to go slumming, go with Keystone Ice, you won’t go wrong.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No need to be technical here. This is a typical cheap macro, but a drinkable one. Bear in mind this is comparing it to other beers of its ilk; I paid 2.99 for 6 tall boys (16oz). Nothing overtly offensive (unless you find the taste of macros offensive). Sweet malt and plenty of adjunct. No hops. A little rocket-fuel-like alcohol at the end, and that about sums it up.
I would drink this as a thirst quencher on a very hot day, or if I wanted to get hammered for less than 4 bucks.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.83/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color with large white puffy head. Good retention, but almost no lacing to be found. Smell is slightly sweet but virtually nothing else. Taste in so minimal as to be non-existant. Finish is ciold and refreshing. Too strong to be a spacer, but not a bad all around beer.

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Photo of dren
2.78/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh Keystone Ice, where do I start...

This was my road beer for our long trips in Montana. No I was not driving, and yes it is perfectly legal to drink in the car in Montana.

Well back to the beer. This is by far the best ice beer I have had to date. Most ice beers give me a headache half way through but not my trusty Keystone Ice. I have no idea how it pours as I would never pour such a beverage into a glass. You need to drink it out of the can anyway to take in all of the great flavor the aluminum adds. Tastes of, well, aluminum and sugar water with a slight hint of some sort of resemblance to beer hiding behind all of the carbonation. You'll be tasting more burps of previous meals than you will beer, but rightfully so with such a beer. At close to 6% alcohol a few cans can get you bent if you drink them properly (quickly) as only a beer of this caliber should be consumed.

This is a beer to drink to get drunk, not to enjoy. It is by far the best ice beer I have had to date. It doesn't have that "cheep vodka added" flavor that most ice beers have. Buy this over Bud Ice. It's cheaper and better tasting. The high taste and mouthfeel numbers are because this is being ranked against similar style beers. If it was against all beers I would probably give it a 1.5 total.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a can marked Oct1011-BO8060639. The pour is yellow with no head and busy carbonation. The aroma is more subtle than many Ice beers with a crispy hoppiness sneaking up on the nose but little in the way of malts. Plenty of corn and adjuncts. The body is thin. The taste is a tad mellower than I expected but otherwise it is mainly corn, metal, and a weak hop factor. It's a macro ice beer...what do you expect? Better than some though.

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Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +39.1%
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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Photo of Strix
2.73/5  rDev +38.6%
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.

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Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
51 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.