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Keystone Lager - Molson Coors Canada

Not Rated.
Keystone LagerKeystone Lager

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BA SCORE
51
awful

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 1.92
pDev: 32.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed according to the quality standards of Coors Brewing Company, Golden Colorado, U.S.A., Keystone Lager is the affordable beer that is always smooth from the beginning to the end.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2010)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
1.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A sadly uninspired brassy yellow that did produce two fingers of head that disappeared like a ninja, as I looked away from the beer and it was gone. Steady, albeit thin carbonation in the body though.

Smell: A slight note of corn, and maybe a bit of straw and that's it. Not really a lot to go on and of course warming didn't assist.

Taste: There's both a metallic and hard water taste to this one that permeates the entire brew. It's subdued though, but then again so are all the other flavours. Some brief sweet corn and straw and... that's it. I honestly wish there was something more I could say. There's nothing too offensive, but there just is so little here.

Mouthfeel: Slowly but surely the metallic taste builds and starts to cling. The carbonation is doing it's best to bring out what is there, but it just doesn't work. Not much in the way of an aftertaste, so I guess that's a blessing.

Drinkabilty: It's alright...I guess. At least it doesn't come across as too watered down, but I still wouldn't want to drink this all night. The metal really comes out, if you drink it too fast, which kinda defeats the purpose of what is clearly a guzzler beer.

Final Thoughts: Yeah...this beer advertises itself as smooth, but really it's anything but. This is a cheap beer which even by discount standards, is quite sub par. If you are on a budget in Ontario, Carling or Maclean's are both vastly superior to this stuff. You'll want to pass.

TheHammer, Apr 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Gringlemaster24
2/5  rDev +4.2%

Gringlemaster24, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
2.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Small white head quickly falls to a very thin lacing above a clear bright light straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma of light sour grain malts and light yeast.

Thin lager grain malts taste.

Light dry aftertaste without much taste on this light bodied beer.

Basic Keystone beer, Beerpong is a life saver for this beer.

LXIXME, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of MJ63
2/5  rDev +4.2%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.15/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml can. Not a beer available in the USA, apparently, though I'm guessing it has much in common, if not everything, with Coors' Keystone Premium, re-brewed and re-packaged for us lucky beer drinkers in the frozen north.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of loosely foamy and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a surprising array of broken webbed lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of gritty cornbread, overcooked rice, stagnant ponds, sickly fruity yeast, and dead floral, weedy hops. The taste is rather sweet and husky corn grain, fruity phenols, musty, doughy yeast, and faint weedy, vegetal, and skunky hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dim frothiness soon enough, the body light in weight, smooth by committee default, and weirdly creamy, in a fully aerosol sense. It finishes fairly sweet, the cheap graininess tempered more by a latent simple industrial alcohol essence, than any actual hop profile (which here, is actually a good thing).

Another example of drinkability (read: generally inoffensive and unchallenging) totally trumping flavour. Sure, it goes down easily enough, but with the palate-shift required, what's the freakin' point? Oh yeah, right...bitter beer hegemony, and all that.

biboergosum, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of hyperty007
2.35/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird Weird beer.

To me I can't taste anything but apple juice with alcohol.

Pours nice out of the can, not much head, pale light yellow.

Goes down really smooth though.. Great house party beer. If you like apple juice

All in all for a budget beer you could do better, but also much much worse

hyperty007, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.15/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty decent for this style. Straw yellow with some good foam. Kind of flat though, but the lacing is ok. Flatens out right away.

Smell: Dry, stale hops. Not too much sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dryness balanced with seltzer carbonation. A mild hops taste as well. This is not bad at all.

Drinkability: Nothing special to wanna drink, but it does the job.

Overall: I've been looking for this for years. It's basically been the Holy Grail in that sense. Easily the best Keystone.

tjsdomer2, May 17, 2011
Photo of jcubz
2.5/5  rDev +30.2%

jcubz, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev +4.2%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of RandyFlameThrower
1.75/5  rDev -8.9%

RandyFlameThrower, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of JamLand
1.75/5  rDev -8.9%

JamLand, May 08, 2014
Photo of Segelstrom
1.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Segelstrom, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of HighonHops42
1/5  rDev -47.9%

HighonHops42, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of rogerthegill
1.75/5  rDev -8.9%

rogerthegill, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
2.25/5  rDev +17.2%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
1.25/5  rDev -34.9%

ThinkAgain, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
2.13/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a rocks glass. From notes.

A sudsy bleach white hits and foams up, sticks around a little bit too. Straw gold body, fairly decent color too, looks like an ok lager with whipped up white head aside.

Nose does no bring happiness. Cooked and boiled veggies, sweet malts, lots of sticky gamey yeast senses. Its a rush of really off putting and strange aromas which are very overpowering. Incredibly off balance.

Taste gets a little better, but really not much. Lots of rank yeast, and boiled veggies. Strangely a bit of malt backbone, without a fizzy feel. Carbonation seems moderate and pleasurable for this style. Flavors though match the nose, with a good dose of mud. Not a real pleasurable combination of flavors.

In the end though its pretty awful and worth a pass.

smakawhat, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of user785335
1.25/5  rDev -34.9%

user785335, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
1.5/5  rDev -21.9%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of rockidr4
1.1/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer looks okay, which is a horrible, horrible trick. What it actually is, is disgusting. I assume that it is only brewed with the finest armpit sweat, as well as the freshest left over hops that were found in the garbage. It was clearly malted using only the highest quality anything that could be malted, and I mean anything. Most beers are skunky as a result of being left too warm for too long, this one is skunky from being brewed with fresh skunk. But then, if you're on this website, you're not going to buy Keystone are you? Which begs the question of why you're reading this review.

rockidr4, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of tommy5
2/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Oct 15, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -21.9%

OnryAndMean, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Burtonfree77
2.25/5  rDev +17.2%

Burtonfree77, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of dhep16
2/5  rDev +4.2%

dhep16, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of warpedrevolution
1.75/5  rDev -8.9%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
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Keystone Lager from Molson Coors Canada
51 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.