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Keystone Ice - Coors Brewing Company

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 1.72
pDev: 37.79%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Photo of corpulent


2.35/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know what you're getting into when you buy this. Quantity, not quality. You buy this when you're going to play "Three Man" or "Up the River, Down the River." You buy this when you want to build a pyramid of empty beer cans in your dorm room. You buy this to feed to the frat boys and sorority chicks when they come over.

It's yellow beer-water. It's cheap. This makes it easy to drink. It has a bit of alcohol, like nail polish remover.

You don't pour this into a glass, you shotgun it and smash it against your face. You and your buddies headbutt and yell at each other, then stand in a circle and vomit.

I'm guessing my score for this will be somewhat high. It looks like beer, it is easy to swig. But it doesn't taste good. It tastes like you buy 30 of them for $10.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 17:05:37 | More by corpulent
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.7/5  rDev -1.2%
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 . . .

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 01:36:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of kcr357


2.35/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured undeservingly into a glass
A-Type macro brew "beer", weak bubbly foam dissipates quickly into nothing.
S-sickly sweet, caramel?, corn?, hard to discern. Faint grainy smell. Make it go away.
T-A bit better than the smell, still has the mystery sweetness in the aftertaste, metallic, do I taste MALT?! I think I do! Good job Keystone!
M-Like sex with a girl with the clap, I don't notice anything "wrong", but in the near future there may be repercussions for drinking this.
D-I could drink a lot of this beer. I could also cut my hair with a weedwacker, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 01:16:56 | More by kcr357
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2.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can:

Pours straw yellow with a decent head at first - but it soon collapses to barely a wisp. Almost thought it would have some lacing - but that vanishes in a heartbeat - leaving glass clean in the end. Overall, it turns out to be a typical "macro lager" look...though body towards golden and a head that lasted a very fleeting moment.

The smell is of some grain and cereal - some boozy alcohol...that lends an odd floral/fruitiness.

The taste is of fusel alcohol, hint of lingering sweetness, and something close to, but quite hitting, nail polish remover. Finishes sweet - reminiscent of cheap malt liquor.

It has a slick, light body. It's not too fizzy.

This is for people who want a cheap quick buzz if you chug it, I suppose. I didn't chug it and was able to get through the whole 24 oz. can. Some short-lived sweetness lingered. In the end - a cheap macro with a bit of booze...

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 02:59:59 | More by jwc215
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2.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 24 ounce can for $1.35. Poured from can appears like most other lagars pale yellow. Lots of carbonated bubbles. Strong smell of corn. Lots of corn, sugar and yeast in the flavor. Somewhat stale flavor. No real malts or hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Drinkability, in one word no.

Serving type: can

01-08-2010 23:35:43 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of tone77


2.73/5  rDev +58.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-11-2009 01:02:38 | More by tone77
Photo of MrDanno96


1.93/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent amount of head initially, but quickly dies down to a thin ring. Definitely meant to be inside a can.

S: Smells like a typical light "college party beer", which makes me slightly upset to my stomach. Sours hops, grain, wet paper, a hint of citric sweetness. Toilet water.

T: Metallic and grainy, some sweetness that makes it just a little more bearable than Keystone Light. I mean, it is better than say Natty Light or Genny Light, but that's not saying much.

M: Thin and watery, really terrible.

D: I suppose if it's ice cold it's at least "drinkable". This beer is what it is: A (really) cheap buzz bear that you can buy in large quantities at gas stations and grocery stores. A "beer pong beer" in my book really. I would also like to point out that I'm not one of those people that is unwilling to drink macro light beers. I don't mind an occasional Coors or Bud Light with some chicken wings. That being said, I would never want to drink this outside of a college party, and even then not really.

Serving type: can

11-08-2009 05:14:25 | More by MrDanno96
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2.6/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw a single bottle of this, so I said why not. I used to drink this stuff in college.
Pale, crystal clear, straw with a medium-sized, fizzy, white head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring. Smell is of weak malts, light yeast and veggie. Taste follows. Very adjunct flavor. Finish is crisp with light fruity whisps of fruit on the finish, something actually enjoyable. But as you go the finish turns chalky and husky. It looks cheap, it tastes cheap... but as long as that's what you're going for, it's not terrible. Is it a good beer? Ha! But in the category of American Adjunct Lager, it's not bad. So keeping style in mind I won't blast this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:31:39 | More by ski271
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2.75/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance from this 24 oz. can is straw in color with a crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell has light adjunct, but clean. Taste of slightly sweet corn, watered down with a light bitter bite. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Drinkable cheap buzz.

Serving type: can

08-26-2009 02:16:47 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of utah44


1.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What's the deal with Ice brews? Keystone Premium is awful, Keystone Light is worse, so why not stop there? The ABV is higher, but that doesn't make this any better. This beer is watery and not much else good can be said about it. Others have said it better than I can. Mouthfeel is weak, taste is atrocious, and poured appearance is without obvious merit. Drinkability is not improved by a higher ABV.

Serving type: can

07-24-2009 05:44:04 | More by utah44
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2.08/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this one up for a buck and a quarter at the store where I work.

The beer is a very light gold. The color is about as deep as sunlight. Lots of bubbles rise to the top but the head dies within seconds. The smell holds the slight burn of carbonation and hints of cheap beer adjunctness. The alcohol really takes over the beer in the taste. It's really sweet with a hint of sour adjuncts. The carbonation gets the back of your throat. There are thinner beers out there and I could drink the hell out of it, but I don't really want to.

Serving type: can

07-22-2009 23:51:44 | More by nicksta
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1.65/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +54.1%
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
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1.53/5  rDev -11%
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
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2.55/5  rDev +48.3%
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
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New York

1.1/5  rDev -36%
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 +105.2%
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
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1.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +6.4%
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 +67.4%
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
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1.05/5  rDev -39%
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
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3.13/5  rDev +82%
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
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1.65/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -1.2%
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
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1.2/5  rDev -30.2%
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
Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
45 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.