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KEO Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +30.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +12.8%
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 -7.1%
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 0%
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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Photo of Philipp
3.26/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint-glass.

A- Very, very, very pale yellow; foamy, bright white head; nice lacing at first.

S- Grassy notes, but not much to smell at all.

T- Crisp and clean, with a dry somewhat hoppy finish.

M- Really light bodied.

D- You can slug down can after can.

I was given this beer as a present, one of my relatives went to Cyprus and brought this back.
Actually, beer this light-bodied is something rather new to me, but surprisingly pleasant.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale straw with a thick white frothy head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. There isn't much to the smell, though some corn and grass does meekly come through. The taste is mild, with notes of corn syrup, rice, grain, and a mild bitterness. The body is pretty light, with mild carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Overall, not an outstanding brew, but a decent, refreshing offering.

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Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 28/07/10:

Pours very light - touch of straw yellow - with a fizzy white head that starts with some promise of holding up, but eventually becomes wispy. Minimal dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is not much - inoffensive, but not much to write about - soft/mild graininess and a touch of cereal.

The taste is not much either. Some mild sweetness, carbonated water/club soda. Mildest touch of non-descript hops give some dryness in the finish, though that may come from the mildness of the sweetness along with the carbonation. Not "off", just bland.

It is light-bodied and rather fizzy. Not much more than typical for the style, though.

Reviewed per style. It's a fizzy, bland, hint of sweet, landing pretty dry, macro lager. I suppose that if you were visiting Cyprus, you could use it as a "heat-beater", but no reason to seek out and pay import price when there are plenty of virtually flavorless cheap macro lagers at domestic price (unless you specifically want to try a beer from Cyprus, of course). Generally inoffensive, but pretty vacant/bland.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean pale gold color with large white head with big bubbles that recedes quickly to a thin rim layer. Nose has a little pear juice aroma to it but is overwise faintly hoppy. Palate has a nice back and forth between grainy malt and some citrusy hops. Finish has a light hop tang and is somewhat soda-like.

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Photo of kegger22
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

KEO lager pours a lovely, clear blonde with a one finger white head that remained throughout as a skin covering. It has the aroma of wet cardboard, and I'm not calling that a bad thing, more of a neutral thing. The taste is the typical sweet, grainy lager, but there is a taste, it is not watery or skunky. The beer is light bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Call me crazy, but I like a respectable (unskunked), lager. And that's exactly what KEO Premium Lager is.

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Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a bottle of this last week at Surdyk's in Twin Cities, Minnesota. Poured with a big white frothy head that quickly settled down and no lace. Color is pale yellow. Aroma was American Adjucnt Lager - that is simple "beery". Flavor is the same but fairly sweet. Not much going on. Think I'd be in for a hangover after a few too many of these. Body is watery and carbonation is spritzy. Finish is a little corn sweet. Totally forgettable.

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Photo of merryjoulton
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was a nice refreshing light slightly below average beer. I did not mind throwing back the 500 ml can with a greasy gyro and some scrumptious spanakopita. I wonder if I can find this beer in the store? I'd like to enjoy a few of these while grilling a nice rack of lamb over the spit and toasting some pita bread to dip in light creamy hummus.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of sweet adjunct malt, and is relatively fragrant for the style. The taste is like the aroma. It is very simple, but strong enough that it isn't painful to drink. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation which is nice to see in this style. Overall, this is a decent beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, half finger white head, lots of bubbles of the small to medium size variety. Well carbonated but minimal lace. Mild nose, so mild I'm not quite sure what it is... it could be malt with a vague citrus rind backdrop but I'm not really sure about that. Taste is mild again, hint of malt but mainly lemon-lime flavouring. Mouthfeel is crisp, unpretentious, clean drinking and refreshing. My first impression is that this is not bad at all for a premium beer exported from a Mediterranean island in the sun. As I finish the glass, a bit of gassiness is apparent. While this brew is not bad as far as macro lagers is concerned, its strength is also its weakness: lack of an identifiable presence, really no hops to speak of and little if any taste. I suppose it "goes down good" which would make it a winner with most lager drinkers in this province, but a steady diet of this would be very uninspiring to the initiated.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

KEO is not even a half shade darker than champagne with just shy of half the amount of bubbles. The beer is coloured so light, with a complexion so pale, with carbonation so seemingly high that without its feeble head and infirm lacing we'd really have a tough time distinguishing it from a sparkling white wine.

The aroma has about the appeal of a school bus fire but, believe it or not, there's far more offensive beers out there. It is the smell of any mass produced, adjunct ridden lager. Luckily, that note of industrialized corn syrup doesn't stick or linger and, in any case, it certainly won't be doing any irreparable damage to your sense of smell.

I'd also classify the flavour as average, albeit, as expected, far from tasteful. A lot of people will claim macro lagers to taste like "nothing". To me they certainly taste like something (all things do, don't they?) and it's usually a solvent-y and sweet note of corn syrup. Fortunately, this doesn't taste like that - I suppose it kind of does taste like 'nothing' after all?

For it to taste like nothing means it must have no bitterness, no maltiness, no hops, no astringency, no sweetness, and most importantly no adjunct flavour. Indeed it doesn't have any of those things. Good on KEO for brewing a clean, palatable beverage. Shame on KEO for making it taste like nothing! Perhaps they should get into the bottled water business?

The only real way for me to enjoy this would be on a hot sunny island (in fact Cyprus sounds ideal). Still, it's a shame this would be my only option. If only these breweries knew how truly refreshing a hoppy pale ale or wheat beer can be in hot climate then the people of the Mediterranean would know much better beer - of that I'm sure.

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Photo of mjernewein
4.25/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have the beer on the island, on tap... you will be impressed. It is a very good local beer that is great if you are in Cyprus.

Again, repeat after me... on tap, on the island. It is a perfect beer during the July season when temperatures can easily top out over 100 degrees F.

I have no doubt that the quality of the export is questionable. You really have to understand the mentality of the island to truly understand why the export would be poor. I'm not going into details just trust me.

All that being said, the bottled version is still better than Bud. Also, the business people on the island don't yet know or comprehend the concept of "craft" beer. So, give that... they are doing pretty well for a production based beer.

If you want a real surprise, try Carlsberg on the island, on tap. They have an exclusive contract to brew. And, the Carlsberg has a distinctive flowery (chamomile) note there.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow lager with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet malt with some very subtle dry hops. Taste is also quite bland with some lightly sweet malt but no easily discernable adjunct at least. No major flaws were found in this beer but enjoyment was also minimal.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 33cl bottle was given to me by my daughter on return from a holiday on Cyprus. I've kept it until today (1st Oct), Cyprus Indepenence Day.

This lager brings back so many happy memories for me. I used to visit Cyprus every year for a month back in the 70 and 80's. This was my staple diet.

Poured into a Duvel glass the beer looked very pale, golden and clear, bright and clean. A white, large bubbled head sat on top for a while. Sadly it soon became a wispy covering with a collar trying to cling to the sides.

The aroma isn't anything to write home about, some wheat if you sniff hard enough otherwise not a lot. Gets my normal 3 for lager aroma.

I would love to pontificate about the rich, wonderful flavours this beer has, but I'd be tampering with the truth. It is refeshing, crisp and dry, otherwise a normal Med lager is all it is.

This has the 'lawnmower' effect all over it. Great if you're knackered and sweaty, not so great if you want a real drink. It is also very pleasant drinking it in the sun on holiday in Cyprus.

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Photo of orcasteve
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

almost a clear golden color, the flavor is cerial grains and nothing else, verry light taste, almost watery, way to much carbonation, a compleat strike out in all catogorys. run away from this one it SUCKES, i dont think that even hops could save this one.

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Photo of baos
3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into cool chalice with a square bottom.

A: Nice 3 fingers of head. Quintessential beer look.

S: Nice malts and grains. Maybe a bit of grape leaves in there.

T: Grape leaves again? Malts and bit of a hoppy brightness.

M: Very nice for this type of beer a bit heavy on the carbonation with light to medium feel.

D: I had this beer with fish kabobs at Santorini's in Fountain Square. Nice combination there.

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Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a floral hop.

The taste was mildly grainy with a touch of sweet corn. A fair dose of grassy hops dry out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was on the lighter side of the style.

Overall a clean and easy drinking lager. Nothing all that interesting - mediocre.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune de 330ml.

je me demande ce que veux dire Keo. on voit à l'étiquette que cette bière est brassée du coté grec de l'île. parlons bière..cette bière blonde commerciale est comme toute les autres, désaltérantes, rafraichissante, peu intéressantepout l'amateur mais combien agéable pour les actionnaires et les buveurs par grande chaleur. j'aurais aimé plus de corps, plus de houblon.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keo, a Cypriot lager, after a fairly hard pour, shows a
big fluffy head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is
steady, and the nose is pretty typical light barley malt and
lager yeast. The flavor is a little wheat biscuit up front with
a mild grassy hop finish. I was expecting your basic macro
lager type taste all the way and I was pleasantly surprised.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean and crisp- altogether pretty simple,
but definately a step up from corn/rice lager. Give it a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.29/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Haystack yellow beneath one of the better looking heads that you'll see on a 'world lager'. The pour netted three fingers of vanilla milkshake colored creaminess that is beginning to leave loads of sticky lace all over the glass. KEO looks the part of good beer.

The nose, unfortunately, is business as usual. In other words, each sniff delivers a blast of husky grain and noble hops that have seen fresher days. One never knows how European beer has been handled, but this one hasn't yet reached its 'best by' date. For whatever that's worth.

KEO Beer is nothing special. It does nothing whatsoever to distinguish itself from hundreds (let's make that thousands) of Euro pale lagers. Not that there's much difference, but why isn't this beer classified as an EPL?.

The flavor profile consists of untoasted grain and grassy-musky hops, the whole tied up with a tattered ribbon of ho-humness. If you've tasted one of these things, you've tasted them all. A hoppy bite... or a hint of citrus zest... or anything the least bit interesting would have been nice. I'm too bored to delve any deeper into this immensely shallow lager.

Given the style, the mouthfeel is acceptable (barely). The beer is incredibly light and is barely carbonated, but since that helps the objectionable flavor from sticking around too long, I'm all for it.

The only thing even remotely interesting about KEO Beer is that it's brewed on the island of Cyprus. One more thing: it's further proof in support of my theory that only the world's worst breweries put the words 'Premium Beer' on their labels.

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KEO Beer from KEO Limited
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 135 ratings