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Keystone Ice - Coors Brewing Company

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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 1.71
pDev: 38.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 28 | 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:
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Photo of goblue3509


1.65/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow color that is very light. There is a very slight head to it. The smell is of alcohol and grain. The taste is of alcohol and grain. The taste is very stingy it is very harsh to drink taste wise. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated. The mouthfeel is very harsh. The drinkability on this is very low, it is harsh and stings of alcohol, good if you are in college i guess.

Serving type: can

07-17-2009 23:45:31 | More by goblue3509
Photo of theBubba

New York

2.65/5  rDev +55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I'm going to skip the drill here, because this stuff pours into yer glass with a nice head that dies before you can say Keystone Ice, and looks and smells like any other Big Beer adjunct. Best you chug it from the can. When you don't see it, it def tastes better. Really. So on a long hot summer weekend afternoon, you can do 10 Coors Lights, 6 Coors... or a bunch of Keystone and get pleasantly buzzed in the right fashion. Read on.

At 15 bucks for a 30 pack (here in NY) Keystone Ice is the perfect base for making yer own summer beer (or beer cocktail if you're a purist). You can't do this with, let's say, Steel Reserve, because it actually has some taste. With Keystone Ice, add an orange slice at the least. Or boil up some Cilantro and Ginger root in a small amount of water with a bit of sugar, chill it, and add to the Keystone. Or try a grille seared chili pepper tossed into your glass. The point is, forget the "grains of paradise" and other hype. Save a few bucks.

Nevertheless, Keystone Ice, as a beer on its own, doesn't cut it. But what did you expect from Coors?

Serving type: can

07-10-2009 04:14:29 | More by theBubba
Photo of woodychandler


1.53/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

CAN you dig it? Here I go again with yet another CAN of beer!

As I poured, the white head bubbled and fizzed like soda pop and had retention commensurate with pop - none. That left me with a glass of golden-yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a sweet, candy-like quality to it. Not lager-sweet, but candy-sweet. Oof. Pressing on, the mouthfeel was thin and watery with a bubble gum sweetness coupled with an alcohol heat on the tongue. Finish had an unpleasant astringency. I was glad that I was eating along with drinking. This could have been a Drain Pour otherwise.

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 17:20:45 | More by woodychandler
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.55/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can in an American Tumbler. Aug 15 '09 on bottom.

A - Insanely effervescent, The amount of fizz in terms of bubbles and sound is more-so than most sodas. The super fizzy, loose head was gone by the time you blinked and left no ring or lacing at all. Light golden color.

S - A weird slight citrus with a lot of dry straw, huskiness, and a touch of sweetness.

T - Sweet and almost slightly spiced somehow. Dry straw and low levels of caramel-ish malts. Not terrible for a cheap adjunct lager.

M - Medium in body, its got a sharp crispness to it and a harsh carbonation bite.

D - I suppose for a higher gravity cheap beer (got it for 50 cents otherwise I'd never try it) its ok on the drinkability level (even if the alcohol is a tad low for an ICE) but I could see this leaving one huge headache in its wake.

Serving type: can

06-16-2009 14:53:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of sdj5

New York

1.1/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2009 00:18:52 | More by sdj5
Photo of Vancer


3.53/5  rDev +106.4%
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".

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 20:47:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of ThickestHead


1.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As far as cheap beer goes I have always had a big forgivability towards the Keystone brand (picture McDonald's fries poured into a can); however, even though this "ale" was dirt cheap, it was a real task to drink on it's own. Hindsite being 20/20, it turns out that I don't care how little I pay for a can of suds when I feel a little like vomiting after every drink that I take. Unless you are just getting this stuff to put a beer into your obnoxious cousin's hand to make him shut-up and pass-out, then don't bother paying for the shit.

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 04:08:52 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

1.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm doing this review strictly for curiousity's sake. This beer was a transparent light yellow with a big and quickly-fading head after a vigorous pour. Let's not split hairs here, this is a beer for homeless people that can't manage to stumble into a place that sells Thunderbird or Mad Dog. Every so often college kids will also buy it to be ironic and then they'll pop their collars and high five and then drink a case of this swill and suck each other's dicks. The taste is as neutral as they could get with almost six percent alcohol. There's some corn, there's some alcohol, there's some lingering regret. The good news is that if you chug enough of it it begins to taste like water and that daytime hooker begins to look less like a post-op tranny. If it's cold enough you could almost mistake the mouthfeel for beer, and the drinkability for something rivaling a refreshing beverage. This is a beer that would make the people who purchase it sad if they still had the capacity for that type of emotion.

Serving type: can

05-10-2009 03:07:39 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.88/5  rDev +68.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 22:45:31 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of woodske1


1.05/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 00:54:43 | More by woodske1
Photo of shroompod


3.13/5  rDev +83%
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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2009 23:33:04 | More by shroompod
Photo of Rhynes2


1.65/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can't stomach this type of beer. Ice beer only has the quality of being more alcoholic than regular beer. It sacrifices flavor for alcohol. Beer should not be about getting drunk but rather the flavor. Therefore this is the opposite of what beer should be.

Serving type: can

01-24-2009 23:29:25 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of BierFan


1.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a Duvel tulip glass. Along the bottom of the label it says that it's an ale instead of a lager, so perhaps we need a new style, "American Adjunct Ale".

Appearance: Decent clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head. A darker yellow than most cheap adjunct beers but par for the course for "ice" beers. Low carbonation and the head dissipated fast. Seems fairly average for the style, but I hoped for more carbonation.

Smell: Smells like water and corn. Disappointing.

Taste: Water corn and sugar, which is probably the three main ingredients.

Serving type: can

01-17-2009 03:49:07 | More by BierFan
Photo of magictrokini


1.2/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-05-2008 22:41:55 | More by magictrokini
Photo of kflorence


1.08/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is, honestly, the worst beer I have had the pleasure of trying. Pours a pale yellow, high carbonation, quickly dissipating head. I find no redeeming factors about it's flavor, aroma or appearance, other than it's 5.9% alcohol level, which makes it good for beer pong. Just getting this rating out of the way.

Serving type: can

11-30-2008 03:48:40 | More by kflorence
Photo of zach8270

New York

1.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(can - 12 oz) Strong malty aroma. Pours a pale golden color with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of bubbles form on the glass. Sweet flavor that hits quickly, goes down smooth and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. After the sweetness is gone, there's really no flavor or body to this beer. Speaking as a college student, you can't really go wrong with $4.99 for a 12 pack of 5.9% beer.

Serving type: can

11-20-2008 15:11:31 | More by zach8270
Photo of zeff80


1.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a fizzy, straw-yellow color with a small, fizzy, short-lived, white head.

S - Smelled of corn, grains and adjuncts.

T - Tasted bitter, not hop bitter, bad bitter. Corn and grainy flavor provide some relief in the form of sweetness.

M - Dry and crisp. A light bodied beer.

D - Honestly, it just doesn't taste good.

Serving type: can

10-25-2008 18:23:24 | More by zeff80
Photo of tbeck


2.65/5  rDev +55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow in color with a lot of clarity. Develops a thick, carbonated head that dissipates quickly into nothing.

Slight smell of barley and a whiff of malt.

Taste has some malt but a very "wheaty" taste, aftertaste also has a lot of wheat in it.

Light and crisp on the tongue but thin. Lots of carbonation.

Decent beer for someone that wants to pound beers and get drunk quick, I've been to college and I know this beer has a place. Nothing terrible about this beer but nothing great about it.

Serving type: can

10-13-2008 03:19:58 | More by tbeck
Photo of Devilsfan87


1.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought this at a bar/beer joint here in Ktown. 1.25 per 24 oz can, cheapest stuff in the store, and that was my first mistake! Yuck... Thats my one word review.. It is not even worth running down the list of appearance, smell, etc... The only reason this is still being made is so poor college students or bums can get drunk quick. Bottom line: don't buy unless you are really short on cash.

Serving type: can

10-04-2008 21:22:44 | More by Devilsfan87
Photo of LouieF

New York

1.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: I had this from a can so I can't really input anything here.
Smell: Wow, I can actually smell copper and metallic notes through the can.
Taste: Has the same metallic character as the smell with some unpleasant bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation although this sort of thing is relative I suppose.
Drinkability: Tastes bad and with an ABV of 5.90, this beer serves one purpose. It gets ya drunk.

Serving type: can

09-11-2008 22:34:27 | More by LouieF
Photo of cptnjck101


2.23/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

If you want an ICE beer, this is the best. That being said, this beer is crap. Tastes like liquid aluminum, smells like bunghole, just a bad brew all around. I do believe it is the best "ICE" beer I have ever had, but I am not 100% on what an "ICE" beer really is. All I knw is, this one tasted the least like death...

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 06:27:47 | More by cptnjck101
Photo of keeponwithbeer


2.95/5  rDev +72.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-02-2008 04:37:01 | More by keeponwithbeer
Photo of 1099


2.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased from HEB in Seguin, TX in a 24 pack. Here we go!

A: Yellow gold, very pale, and very clear

S: Alcohol with a little whiff of grain

T: The taste of this reminds me of malt liquor. It has a mildly grainy taste with a harsh bit of alcohol up front. It finished fairly sweet and I could detect no hops at all

M: Thin, just like Keystone Light. Felt like water going down also

D: Just average. This doesnt taste bad, but its hard to stomach too many of them

I Made the mistake of drinking 24 of these in a sitting not long ago, and that is a mistake I will not be making again anytime soon. However, as far as ice beers, this one tasted better than most I have tried.

Serving type: can

08-06-2008 13:24:55 | More by 1099
Photo of Bitterbill


2.15/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's a pale yellow in colour, smells of corn, and tastes of corn and water.

There, I got that out of the way. The can was cold but it still put out a decent head of foam so I'll give it that and it drinks prety easy so I'll give it that as well.

This is definitely a one of for me as I don't think I'd buy this again even if all the craft brews suddenly disappeared.

Serving type: can

06-27-2008 23:23:08 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of rye726


1.02/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This can of ice beer pours a yellow color and has a poor white head. The nose is of grainy malt and stale bitter hops. The taste is super light with some corn in there. Body is watery and over carbonated. This stuff is quite similar to Keystone's other beers. They are all equally bad.

Serving type: can

05-24-2008 06:23:23 | More by rye726
Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
45 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.