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KEO BeerKEO Beer

Brewed by:
KEO Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 131
Photo of rocketcat
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like a basic beer, fats taste and easy to drink. No aftertaste nor great flavours.
Maultaan perusolut, nopeamakuinen, helppo juotava. Ei juurikaan jälkimakua, ei merkittävää aromikkuutta.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is corn and cotton candy.
The taste is a sickly sweetness throughout.
The texture is crisp.
It's pretty horrible, even for a euro pale lager.

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Photo of OlaB
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: clear straw yellow color, gives of a decent head that disolves quite rapidly ,carbonation seems to be medium , gives of some lacings on the glass

S:malt, grains ,corn ,small amount of hops

T&F: much as the aroma. some floral hops that gives a small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, not very much dough. something in the background that seems like a nectar. else is sweetness from the corn in the taste. It is quite easy to drink

O: Compared to other adjuncts this is not so bad, but is not a beer i would purchase more of. For a hot day at the beach i could easily down a couple of those, but else is not a beer i would drink again

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For KEO being a company that mainly focuses on wines, this beer is not half bad, especially for an adjunct.

Appealing brown bottle and pale blonde colour, with decent top foam.

Taste reminiscent to that of that of Pilsner beer, but rather lighter. Generally an average beer, but I've had much worse.

(My first review, please go easy)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Purchased at a Prisma supermarket in Kuopio, Finland. Brown glass. 33cl. Branded yellow pry-off crown cap. Bright albeit generic label. Best before: 11/11/15.

Expectations are average; this is my first beer from this brewery. Served cold into a mason jar. Reviewd live as a Czech style adjunct lager per KEO's website coupled with the ingredients list on the label (which identifies an adjunct - maize - as a key ingredient).

4.50% ABV. Unpasteurized.

No bubble show forms a it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. White colour. Average foaminess and frothiness. Soft-looking. More of a thick robust look would suit it better. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear pilsner yellow with vibrant golden hues. Clean and crisp looking. Appears well-carbonated. I see no yeast or sediment.

It's a nice looking adjunct lager with obvious pilsner leanings. While above average for the style, it doesn't have any stand-out unique characteristics.

AROMA: Maize reveals itself as a pleasant adjunct in the aroma, lending this a sweetness which never seems cheap or cloying. Pilner malts. Ester-free clean lager yeast guides the beer, evoking modest attenuation. Hints of honey. Pleasant floral hop notes. A bit of flower nectar/sunflower oil. Spring water.

Aromatic intensity is average.

I find it pleasant and inviting - surprisingly so for an adjunct lager. It suggests a clean, crisp, refreshing, and yes - simple - lager with an enjoyable taste. I'm looking forward to trying it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Hints of subtle honey, flower nectar, sunflower, and mild floral hop notes play off the key maize/barley backbone nicely, with clean spring water lending it a refreshing feel on the palate - replete with near perfect crispness. Carbonation is nicely dialed in, and its apt smoothness and wetness complement the light body nicely.

It's not syrupy or sticky, unlike many adjunct lagers, but it does have a bit too much thickness and heft on the palate for its shallow flavour profile.

I do find it nicely balanced for the style, and it boasts impressive subtlety - particularly in terms of the sunflower and honey. Pilsner malts keep it tasting fresh whilst lending it genuine body. It avoids the off-putting malt syrup flavours and cheap corn/rice notes so common in bad beers in the style.

I like how the plain flavour profile - simple as it is - is well-served by the light refreshing mouthfeel. Sure, there are opportunities for further complexity in the form of hints of lemon and/or citrus from hops, and the mouthfeel almost slides into syrupy territory, but overall there's an uncommon suitability of texture to taste.

OVERALL: Unexpectedly, Cyprus has delivered one of the best adjunct lagers I've ever had. It's far from world-class, but within its style I think it warrants attention. This may be the apex of macrobrewing, and I'd happily revisit this beer were it not for its pricetag in Finland. In Cyprus, though, I'm sure this would make a stellar go-to. Well worth trying if you try it with an open mind. I look forward to having more beers from KEO Limited, and KEO Beer is a shockingly drinkable offering for what it is; its pilsner leanings are what raise it above other adjunct lager expressions. And they seem to have their water chemistry near perfect.

Low B (3.51)

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Photo of thommo_nk
3.39/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Liked this more than I was expecting too, this beer is super fizzy and super refreshing. It is an honest no nonsense lager and the fact that you can buy it in 650ml bottles makes an attractive purchase.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 02/02/13 at 40 degrees into snifter
Weak aroma of grain
Head average (2.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing poor – few small islands and atolls, various size bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, few bubbles rising
Flavor very much of dimethylsulfide, slight bite; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct lager. The rapidly diminishing head detracts from the appearance, but otherwise this is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color and a medium white head that settles down rather quickly.
The aroma is pleasantly sweet, malty with some grains.
The taste is therefore sweet at first, followed by slightly watery body, finishing with nice bitterness.
Nothing special, but another of those beach beers that will definitely quench your thirst.

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Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has the faintest hint of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of an inch finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. The lacing consistently remained on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of corn in the nose along with some hints of grain.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of initial sweetness. No bitterness is discernible, although the hops mask any sweetness from the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is not that bad compared to others in the style and is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a thin white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet corn adjunct malts, similar to corn syrup. There is a slight hint of lemon zest.

T: This beer has a strong flavor of sweet and musty corn malts that has quite a bit of lingering sweetness. Something akin to herbal and lemon zest notes are also in the background. There are some hint of light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Nothing too interesting in this beer, a bit similar to most of the American BMC beers. Easy enough to drink but a little too sweet for my palate.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pale golden with a small white light head that leaves very little lacings.

S: Mild smell, nice bready malts. Cream and butter. Sweet.

T: Mild taste. Bready malt with some sweetness. Buttery.

M: A buttery sencation lingers in the mouth. Aftertaste is like that you get from cream. Body is medium and carbonation the same.

O: Adjunct Lager; I'm not sure that's right - but I have no better suggestion. Interesting.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light coloured with a clear body and a yellow straw colour. It is topped with a bubbly white head about the width of a thumb which reduces to about half.

Sweet smelling beer with an almost syrup like aroma to it along with some light citrus notes and a sort of lemon zest smell. There was minimal floral hops but the main aroma was the almost overpowering sweetness.

Very sweet and sugary with the same lemon zest that I mentioned in the aroma. There isn't a lot else going on really with the exception of a fizzy tang and some mild grassy hops.

Thin with a smooth and sweet feel to it. It was almost water thin and had a very mild, bittersweet finish to it. Carbonation was also mild.

Another poor pale lager to add to my seemingly endless list of them. It was drinkable although very sweet and I'd probably be less than impressed if I was handed one of these again. Not a good beer at all.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.99/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A giant 630ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Damn this is a heavy bottle!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale honey colour with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with a strong hint of overcooked veg and a whiff of stewed hops. Deeply unpleasant; it only deteriorates as it warms.

Tastes of weak, watery malt and adjuncts, followed by an astringent, almost herbal bitterness. Notes of overcooked veg, corn and stewed leaves. A faint hint of 'hot' solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is light and prickly - pretty standard. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of stewed leaves and veg.

Disgusting. I don't often slam beers, but this is just vile (and it's well within date). Watery and characterless, with a ton of unpleasant flavours. The label mentions maize - I reckon they should cut back on the adjuncts. Even if I were in Cyprus at the height of summer and dying of thirst, I don't think this would be welcome. Avoid.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another surprise from my local trader, Tone77, who dropped off a nice selection of beers from hither and yon for me recently.

My pour produced two fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. It was not promising. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness and I began to wonder about the presence of adjuncts. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with more of that honey taste on the tongue, along with an unpleasant astringency. Oof. Finish left a kind of medicinal taste in my mouth. I would like to revisit this from a CAN, but one bottle was plenty.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, mild, some grains, a bit on the boring side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, is just another ho hum adjunct lager.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Poured 2 fingers of white head with a nice foam; poor retention and lace though. Body is cystal clear with a very pale, foil gold color.

S - The nose is faint given the glassware, but a soft bready malt still pulls though.

T - Opens with a crack of acidity and a pleasantly carbonated tingle. Biscuity malt and honey pull things back into balance, and a light herbal bitterness rounds out the finish.

M - Medium light body; feels almost full relative to the style. Very drinkable. Carbonation is well balanced.

O - I wasn't expecting much, but it wasn't a bad beer at all. It worked well with the fantastic Greek meal I had in the summer heat.

P - Pairs with the bright acidic, herbal, and garlic flavors of Greek cuisine. Because of it's light profile, the beer is more of a foundation for these flavors to build upon rather than a peer of equal intensity, but it fills the role well.

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Photo of richerd
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from the bottle. It didn't disappoint me but it didn't impress me either. I can see how this could be popular in its homeland as it tastes light, is somewhat refreshing and isn't offensive in the least. If I were a thirsty Cypriot looking for immediate refreshment I would reach for a KEO and call it a day.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.26/5  rDev +50%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw golden with a white, meringue-like head of about two fingers. Head stands up and leaves some lacing as it subsides.

Aroma is malty, some earthiness, and a hint of lemon zest and green apples.

First sip is lemony, clean, malty, slight carbonic bite, and a short bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a slight carbonic prickle.

Very drinkable beer, overall good, nothing aggressive or offensive, good balance of malt and bitterness. Easy drinking beer for what it is.

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Photo of bgildea
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light pale yellow color with little pure white head that fades quickly with little lacing.

S: Has a very sweet smell to it. Almost smells like candy and apples. The smell makes me very interested to taste it.

T: Not terrible, but definitly not my type of beer. The sweetness comes through slightly at the beginning then fades into what tastes like rice-esque filler. Nothing horrible here, just nothing very good.

M: Extremely thin, almost water like thickness. Not surprising, but still disapointing.

D: It's easy drinking, but no enough flavor to make me come back for more.

Overall: Overall the beer is average at best. It's an easy drinking light beer that doesnt have a lot in the flavore department. Not my type of beer, but I'd still say there are better pale lagers out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a white head. The nose is slightly grainy with a bit of husk. Not too much in the way of adjuncts; this is fairly clean. Taste is mostly just a bit of light grain and a tiny amount of sweetness. Feel is light and crisp and this drinks fairly well. If nothing else, a nice new country tick.

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Photo of utah44
3.66/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass and consumed after it warmed to the appropriate temperature.

Smell was malty and appealing. Mouthfeel was crisp and bubbly and very drinkable. Flavor has some light malt flavors and a pronounced almost sugary sweetness. Hoppyiness was minimal, but added a very nice flavor. The beer does not finish out bitter. The aftertaste gave a toasty malt qualiity at first, which subsided into a clean finish. Although this beer is classified as an American Adjunct Lager, this beer is not typical of the class. It is much better, reminiscent of a pilsener.

I would recommend this brew without reservation, to anyone who likes light sweet beer

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Photo of flagmantho
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is April 13, 2011.

Appearance: pale, light-gold color with two fingers of frothy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence. Pretty average looking.

Smell: light malt aroma with a hint of grain. Clean and mild; not a whole lot of character. Pretty much average for the style.

Taste: a bit sour and grainy, though there's a nice hop bitterness toward the end. Could be worse, but it's not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: light body, though a bit more body than I'm used to in the style. Carbonation is pretty decent, as well. Still, not startlingly impressive.

Drinkability: while the flavor isn't my favorite, it's pretty mild so it doesn't get in the way too much. At 4.5%, the brew is pretty quaffable. I'm sure I could put down a couple of these on a hot Mediterranean day.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.17/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cyprus is not a the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of European brewing. Yet here is a beer from the island. It pours a clear yellow liquid with a soapy head that reduced to ring, but no further.

The aroma presents some pale malt, corn, and bit of hops. Very light on the palate. Not much flavor either. A little malt upfront and a touch of bitterness at the end but really not much at all. Not surprisingly then, that it goes down easy.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Straw gold in color with an active white head. This reduces after several minutes and leaves only a thin ring around the top of the clear body. Minimal bubbling. Nose is grainy and sweet, with corn husk and a hint of noble hop. For strength alone it's not too bad.

Grainy, lightly toasted, corn, DMS, grass, a hint of damp cellar. Very average, nothing below the veneer. It's cold, which is good...

Carbonation is quite light along with the flavor. Very light mouthfeel. If this weren't cold, it wouldn't even be refreshing. I needed a cold beverage on a hot day, and the Greek place around the way had this or BMC. I'd make the same choice again (in point of fact, I did have two), but this doesn't even remotely stand out among ten million other light lagers. Side note: why is this listed as an American Light rather than Euro Pale? Either way, it's no good.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear pale golden straw color with a large, rocky, foamy, sticky, pearl white head with decent retention that settles into a thin layer of patchy, sticky lacing.

S - Pretty typical for the style. Some faint sweet bready malt along with a good amount of vegetable husk and corn. Hints of honey and a very subtle grainy tang.

T - Typical for the style. Some sweet grainy malt with some vegetable taste as well. Hints of herbal/grassy hops and just a little citrus. Finishes with a slight grainy sweetness. Normal mass produced/easy to drink pale lager taste.

M - Light body with moderate to light carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

D - Easy to drink, as per the style, but it doesn't really make me want to go grab another. Enough flavor that I don't think I'm drinking water.

Notes: Best before 10/11/10. Typical American Adjunct/Euro Pale Lager that doesn't really have anything to set it apart from the numerous other beers in these styles. I'm sure if I was in Cyprus, it would make an acceptable sunny island beer, but other than being from Cyprus it doesn't have a lot going for it.

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