Keystone Light | Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone LightKeystone Light

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 24oz can $1.99 Longs Drugs
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Smell of corn
Medium-light carbonation
Light malt, corn taste, watery
Overall not much taste, but it is cheap so you get what you pay for.

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Photo of OGcancrusher212
3.63/5  rDev +82.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Think back to a time when you were buying a drink at a gas station and had to go back to your car to get change because the money you had in your hand wasn't enough? Got it? Okay, no hold that mindset. A 30 pack of Keystone Lights will run you approximately $15 American dollars, averaging out to 1 beer for every $0.50. $0.50 fucking cents. Barging for you your buck? Say fucking less. Now enough with the tomfoolery, let's get to the taste. Like the town it's brewed in, a mouthful of Keystone Light tastes like God's breastmilk raining down and filling every man's beer cup with golden deliciousness. The smell may be deceiving, like a fox, but don't let that shit fool you, the taste is killerrrrrrrrrrr. The look of this draft reminds me of the day after a heavy bender, and I'm taking a piss, and when I look down I realize I'm hydrated as fuck. I'd still drink it though, no doubt in my beer drinkin' mind. Minimal burps with this brew also, so she's smooth as a baby's bottom going down. It'll get ya dancin' like a cat on a hot tin roof. Paul likes it too. So yea. 3.5/5 stars.

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Photo of JerryG123
3.6/5  rDev +80.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like the beer it's cheap won't knock you on your ass like steel reserve or hurricane. Most of all it's refreshing when I think of beer that's literally my last thought. After working in the yard on a hot day or relaxing after work my go to beer. Draw back it's a cheap beer that takes many many beers to get you buzzed much less drunk if that's what you angle on drinking cheap beer is.

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Photo of WorstCaseOntario
3.1/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

There isn't anything to figure out here, it doesn't need to be poured or studied. This a quantity not quality lawnmower beer. Keep these ice cold and consume when the sun is warm or you're looking to catch a buzz on the cheap before a concert, cookout, sporting event, etc. If you honestly can't handle this fizzy water with alcohol and think it has a taste, then remove your tampon you Deluxe PUSSY.

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Photo of jkblr
2.69/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can BB 5/1/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. Pours a translucent straw color with white head that lasts maybe 30 seconds. This beer is absolutely still in 2 minutes. Smell is faintly of corn. Taste is minimal with a trace of the familiar AAL corny sweetness of exactly with the same trace of bitterness. Mouthfeel is poor. Over carbonated and oily with the most predominant taste being the aftertaste. Overall, this is the first beer I can say should never, under any circumstance, be poured into a glass. I've drank plenty of these cold from the can at my in laws, and never would have guessed it would be my lowest review yet. Lawnmower beer only (if nothing else is available).

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Photo of Schlitz74
2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a watery and bland beer, there is not much in the way of taste. There is no need to pour this in a glass as is is very pale yellow. There is nothing special hear, leave this to the college kids.

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.25/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - basically almost clear with no head.
S - light grains, white bread, light earthy american hops
T - light grains, white bread, earthy american hops
M - light light light - sparkling water anyone? Alc not present as far as i can tell. Aftertaste, well if you think this had an aftertaste you're the biggest vagina that's ever graced the presence of Michigan's Upper Penninsula.
O - well, its terrible, because it tastes like NOTHING. If you dont like this because it offends your fragile virgin tastebuds then you're the biggest pussy that's ever walked this earth. Seriously, chug a tall boy of Camo Black Ice and talk to me about bad. Millenial "my mommy and daddy still pay my rent and i'm 30 and i think keystone light has a bad taste" is why our country will lose the next big war.

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Photo of gandres
1.83/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

can 12 ounce bottle poured to glass
A: pale light amber liquid, big white foam dissipates quickly but lingers
A:Nose: not a lot
T:low bitterness, watery
Palate:very carbonated
OA: fair beer, not ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.18/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a yellow golden color with light head. Smells of mild grain and wheat. Taste is very light, simple grain flavor with some mild hops. Finish is clean, very easy to drink beer on hot day. Nothing very special but for the cheap beers this one is not bad, I would sip some for sure just not all the time.

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Photo of duke944
5/5  rDev +151.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm giving this all 5 stars because this is without a doubt the best beer for the money you can buy. Don't confuse it with Keystone ice, which is absolutely horrible. This is much better than any other domestic light beer and is about half the price of many of them. Low carbonation make this a fart/burp free beer, and it won't leave a nasty odor out of the pores of your skin like so many nasty American lagers. Stating the obvious here, but this needs to be COLD, on the verge of freezing is best, but it goes down just fine up to around 40 degrees.

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Photo of Cal_Walrus
2.32/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

The best shit beer I've had so far. Busch and Bud make me gag, but I can actually drink keystone. The best beer for shotgunning. Kind of refreshing, and, just like those commercials, it is actually very smooth. If you want to spend $10 on 24 beers, go with stones.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.63/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

As far as I remember this is the first time I've had this beer, and I will admit that it was not as bad as I feared. It was pale yellow with a super sudsy white head, but the head dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing (not none, but minimal). There was some smell, it was monotone and grainy, but it was not unpleasant. The taste was simple, but clean and potentially refreshing. It was crisper than many cheap lagers I've had. Overall this is a somewhat watery beer for someone who's used to craft beers, but I honestly cannot say that it was "bad." I can imagine this being quite refreshing on a blazing hot afternoon. The mouthfeel was a little slick and silky. I will probably try some of its inexpensive relatives -- why not?

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've heard it's the Coors Light recipe, but with a disregard for water quality. I don't know if that's true, but it seems about right. If the recipe wasn't bad enough, Keystone takes that incredibly bad Coors recipe and adds something bad. Or subtracts something good. Either way, you get the idea.

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Photo of Hans14
1.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Its good chugging beer. Completely inoffensive to all senses carbonated water. You can smash a case between 3-4 people on a couple hours and everyone will be ok.

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Photo of NatsuruSenou
3.4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Keystone light! Coors light in a different can essentially. Yellow, pale straw color. Mouth feel is akin to carbonated water. The taste, or for reality's sake, lack of taste, is a good thing, at least for what this beer is for. It's for slamming and chugging at parties, or just going out fishing or yard work. If you need cheap summer time party or light beer, or want to get drunk on a budget, this one is for you. There are much better options available... but the price is right, for parties and fishing.

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Photo of Squire123
2.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color with quickly fading white cap.

I will say a clean, grain forward aroma with hints of hop spice.

It tastes about as light as other light brews but the flavor is clean without graininess or sweetness, just light with a mild nuttiness in the aftertaste. Hop presence is nil.

Light texture with above average carbonation.

Light, pleasant, cheap and turns over fast enough in the store the stock doesn't get stale.

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Photo of larryarms847
2.5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light straw yellow with high carbonation.

Water? Grains.

Tastes like grainy water.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, drank enough of this in college to take down a horse, but stay far away from this swill.

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Photo of jbunk
5/5  rDev +151.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Please keep offering the 12 oz. size, that's all I ever want. I've bought this beer every year it's been in existence and it's the only beer I drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.87/5  rDev -6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I had this one time in a bottle. Shit you not, the whole slogan behind this beer was bottled beer taste in a can. And then they put it in a bottle.

Anyhoo, looks like straw colored yellow garbage AAL type of swill, but even lighter. The aroma was super diluted water. Canned veggies, green beans and corn up in here. Bitter for its weakness. Highly carbonated.

Look you know what you're getting into when you pop the top. Watch out for bros bragging about drinking 20 of these in a night. Big deal, tons of water bro.

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Photo of Beric
2.44/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: Numerous times in college, but a review slipped through the cracks

This is another of the quintessential party beers, that I smashed numerous times with people. Poured into a pong cup, it looks translucent and barely yellow, with a head that dies immediately. Lots of bubbles clinging to the side of a cup. Drinks super easily, with sweet corn notes. Drank cold, it just tastes like "beer", in the most stereotypical, boring sense of the term. Love the high carbonation-makes it easy to smash. Overall, a cheap beer that you shouldn't be drinking in situations other than college parties or the occasional drunken fun-fest of adulthood.

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Photo of deebo
3.41/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First time I had this I wasn't a huge fan for mass consumption due to a bitter finish. Giving this another go with a crew and was impressived with the crush-ability of this brew. Easy drinking, light and no off-flavors. When you just want to pound and not contemplate this is a solid choice. One of the better light lagers when you are looking for clean, albeit low levels of malt and hops, crisp brew.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.7/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a fundamental problem with many of the other Keystone reviews here. Words like "lacing", "nose", and "head" keep being thrown around. Look, this is a cheap, light beer. It's not meant to be dissected like science project. There's no art to behold. It doesn't push the boundaries, nor is it supposed to. But that's why I like it.

This tastes like a more grainy version of big brother Coors Light, actually reminding me of Molson Canadian. It's like Molson and Coors Light mixed. As a beer to drink a bunch of at home just kicking back I think it's great. I've only drank it out of the can because this is not a beer you serve in a fancy tulip glass to deconstruct. Crack open a cold one and enjoy. It's simple.

PBR has pretty much been my favorite cheap beer for quite some time now, but I think Keystone is taking its place. If you demand a triple, dry-hopped, limited production IPA then you will not enjoy this beer. But of you just want "a beer", for cheap, and not something to put on a pedestal then I recommend at least trying it.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.67/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I... uh... wanted to try something different, and well, I thought it'd be ya know, decent, like Hamm's is for the price.
I poured mine into a lager mug.

Look: Darkish pee yellow, unpleasant to look at, I think I'll just drink the rest I have from the cans. Doesn't pour much of a foam head, and what foam head it does have dissipates fast.

Smells kinda watery sweet, not much of a smell, but it does have a sweetness smell to it.

Taste: Tastes like stale corn and grains, not much flavor there

Feel: feels watery, mild carbonation.

Overall, I didn't think it would be this bad, I expected it to be mediocre but likable. I was wrong. Pay that extra dollar for something decent, or save 50 cents and get Hamm's and get something that at least has flavor and is enjoyable.
I won't be buying this again but at least I know what it's like.

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Photo of secondtooth
1.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had to add this one to the “done it” list, despite my wiser inclinations.

Appearance: Watery piss yellow. Big fizzy head, but no lace. Huh? But then again, who expects any grace from this junk lager?

Aroma: Corn. Creamed corn. Maybe a slight dusting of hops somewhere in there.

Taste: More of the creamed corn. It’s sweet and very very light, with almost no lingering aftertaste even. I say water is healthier and cheaper. So why pretend it’s “beer”? No, thanks.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.67/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: December 12, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner from a 24 oz. widemouth... OCCASION: another fun night will end with beer... APPEARANCE: clear, golden body that spouts effervescence upwards, exploding into a frilly, bubbly off-white head; spotty, lonely clouds are left in the wake of sips... AROMA: no bitterness? in the aroma, not the case--biscuit and oats make for a bitter, offish tear at the nostrils... PALATE: thin, watery, refreshing through its H2O-like texture....a bit fizzy early, light-bodied, and malty flatness in its beefy aftertaste... TASTE: corn, oats and syrupy sweetness make for a predictably drinkable, underwhelming light beer...for a couple hundred calories, not much of an experience...lacks the woodiness I recalled from the bottle in college, which is a good thing... no nuance, zero hop suggestion... OVERALL: having finished the mega can, I can say that my tolerance is tickled but not touched--this beer was meant for swift consumption and not offending palates...not much for me....

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Keystone Light from Coors Brewing Company
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