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 Shefus
5/5  rDev +151.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Budweiser might be the professional level king of beers, but this old grizzled war veteran of gettin hammered is collegiate level king of beer. To get the most out of this you gotta have it at room temperature, then pour into a big ole Solo party cup and start playin for a good ole time. If rated below a B you must have not had a good time at college, sorry you missed out.

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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 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 AlexanderSupertramp
4.57/5  rDev +129.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Initial thought: Incredible. Delicious is the first word that comes to mind. Drinkability, ya know like chug-ability. The ability to chug. Fountain of youth type hydration. Relinquishes thirst like a common niagara fall in a can.

A-Caramel apple jesus piss type color. Sort of like the red sea turns keystone type feel.

S-Smells like the first breath of fresh unraped oxygen when you get out of a state penitentiary.

T-Fresh squeezed god nectar from the garden of eden. The snake really was too drunk to pick out the right tree and picked a stupid apple instead of a fresh delicious keystone light.

M-Wide mouth for extra drinkability like a virgin blowjob with a drop-jaw which eventually turns into a lock-jaw am I right woop woop hell yeah yum yum keystone 4 the win.

O-Damn good.

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Photo of PantyHammer19
4.5/5  rDev +126.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best cheap beers on the market if your like me and enjoy tasteless watered down brew. You can't just drink one. Excellent on a hot day in the trailer park!

This tastes like watered down Coors Light.

A-gold with white head, doesn't last long

Smells like coors

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Photo of Poormon79
4.2/5  rDev +111.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A. Golden yellow color. Decent carbonation. Minimal head

S. Not to bad for a light beer.

T. Has enough beer taste to be noticed as beer, but you go one with a beer taste, another with water.

M. High carbonation. Refreshing finish.

D. At a party drink all you can. At home sit back and enjoy your $14 thirty pack.

Final Thoughts: This is my party beer. For as cheap as it is, a very draikable good beer. Not my typical style but inexpensive and easy to drink. Not to mention, it tastes good. My favorite light beer.

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Photo of Joey-B
4.09/5  rDev +105.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coors had originally been considered only a banquet beer. Wanting to get a lager share of the blue collar market they researched bringing a new beer on the market. It was there sole intent to garner that part of demographics.

However, they needed to consider two important factors. The first and most important was the financial aspect. What was it going to cost them to bring this product to market. Then a greater concern, was would the consumer like it? The problem was easily solved. The powers that be, asked what is our now most profitable brew? The answer was the “Silver Bullet,” better established as Coors Light.

There was no need for addition infrastructure. The equipment was in place and not running at full capacity. Rather than run silver cans down the line, just put some blue ones in.

Blind fold a Coors fan and offer hin a glass of Coors Light and a glass of Keystone. I will give you Las Vegas odds that they cannot distinguish the difference. There is none, only that keystone is more affordable. The best part is that you will save about 23%.

PS. Daughter worked for Coors Market Development about 20 years ago. Her insider info helped me pay off her college education.

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Photo of poriggity
4.02/5  rDev +102%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer. Its cheap, it tastes good, and did I mention, its CHEAP? I like the taste. Alot of people do not like it, because its so light in color, but for the price it can't be beat! I keep this stuff in my beer fridge at all times. Don't get me wrong, if I had the money, there are ALOT of other beers out there that I would rather drink, but this one is the one I can afford, so I like it.

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Photo of robinkimballbrand
4/5  rDev +101%

Easy drinking smooth, simple, light beer. I personally like Keystone light. Its very crisp and refreshing. Rating it on what it is, an american light beer, its one of the best you can get.

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Photo of lsrose
4/5  rDev +101%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The number of cans of this beer I have had numbers in the thousands. I will never drink another single beer more in my life than this one. For that reason, they must be doing something right and I have to give it a 4.0. This is a legend of a beer that will be around colleges for a very long time.

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Photo of bcgoldtoe
3.87/5  rDev +94.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Can poured into tall glass.

A= Straw colored, foamed up really nicely but the head dissipated extremely quickly, leaving no lacing whatsoever

S= As neutral as you can get in a beer. Some hint of diacetyl--maybe green apple and corn

T= Like Heineken light minus the hops. But try it because you'll see that this isn't such a bad thing when it's done right. There is NO skunkiness whatsoever, and no unpleasant unexpected flavors.

M= Extremely watery but not unpleasant

D= Extremely easy to put down.

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Photo of Captainpabst
3.82/5  rDev +92%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ah, my favorite American uber-cheap macro. Kroger in Knoxville has had this on sale for $4.99 per 12 pack forever now, and let me be perfectly clear - I'm rating this in terms of beers it may compete with, basically anything in the price range, reaching up to the standard macro-brews (Bud/L, Miller Lite, Coors/L).

Appearance: Ok look, nothing in the price range or reaching to ~$5 per 6 pack has a compelling appearance. This beer is ultra pale in color. It will pour a huge head if you demand it (pour hard), and it diminishes rather quickly (like all beers of the type), although freshness seems to play a role.

Smell: Ultra light American lager. Others have noted "banana" when smelling Keystone branded beers. I don't disagree, but that element is sort of at the fringe of the character.

Taste: Very light, fizzy, corn, a touch of buttery malt. What are hops? Heh. In my opinion, compared to the top of the category of comparison (Bud, Miller, Coors), this beer *may* offer less substance, but it's not like anyone truly enjoys the 'substance' of those 3 anyway, therefore not too many points are lost in comparison. This beer is not at all offensive, and that's why you buy it.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, compact, pleasing. This beer is the easiest to simply down I've ever experienced in the category. I was recently in England for over a month, and no beer in the states holds a candle to the drinkability of an English cask ale, but I suppose that's neither here nor there.

I like this beer because:
1) It's ultra cheap where I live (4.99 for 12, 9.99 for 24)
2) It's extremely easy to drink, and the flavor, while not as distinctive as the "top of class Bud/Coors/Miller," is basically equivalent.
3) It's *not* strong. That may seem like the wrong thing to say, but because it's a weak beer (they claim 4.2%, but I don't buy it), I can drink it for hours and not be afraid of waking up the next morning.
4) I can even polish off a 12 pack and function the next day.

So put it in perspective. It's not like this beer is *good*, but when looking at the cheap end of the isle, I don't really look at anything else except PBR. Or maybe Stroh's.

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Photo of brianweiser
3.78/5  rDev +89.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a long day on the tractor this bad boy really hits the spot. Goes down real good just like grandpa's moonshine used to. The hops are deliteful and I taste notes of barley. Not the most expensive beer but on a hot summers day this is like the Corona of the trailer court. All in all I really enjoy this beer. Real easy to get 10 down in an afternoon. Not much flavor to it, but that is why its so easy to drink.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.75/5  rDev +88.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is not a bad beer. It's the quintessential backyard BBQ beer, but for cheap. It's got a nice flavor for what it is, and I'm sure it would make an amazing session beer. Good on Coors for producing a cheaper (but almost equally good) alternative to their flagship product, Coors Light. Not saying it's an English Stout, but it is the best bargain beer I've tried. Cheers.

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Photo of 7beerphil
3.75/5  rDev +88.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a pack of 30 'stones, poured one in a glass and drank the rest from the can:

Very pale brew with a short lived foamy head. Smells of corn and some alcohol, it has a sweet and malty taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, agrees with their slogan. This is a very drinkable cheap macro, great for beerpong etc. Great price to boot!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.72/5  rDev +86.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keystone Light has a very thick, white (and, quickly-receding) head, and a clear, light straw appearance. Carbonation is moderate to high. The aroma is of sweet grains, and the taste is likewise of sweetness, with just a shade of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Keystone Light finishes refreshing, crisp, and dry. Overall, this is an okay light beer. It certainly holds its own against higher-priced light lagers.


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

A) Bright-white head dissapered immediately. The lightest of straw. Crystal clear.

S) Very little smell. Hint of sweetness.

T) I really liked this as a light lager. Very dry, no gross hint of malt sweetness. Very little flavor.

M) Light

O) One light lager that doesn't get much worse as it warms.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev +85.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured from can into red solo cup as apropriate. Pee color with minimal head.

Smell - none. None what so ever.

Taste - Nice smooth grainy beer with no aftertaste. As easy a drinker of a beer as it can get.

Mouthfeel - watery and refreshing

Overall - nice light lager. I enjoyed it!!!

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.69/5  rDev +85.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Three fingers thick head that dissipates rapidly. There is no lacing. The body is very clear. It is a light golden, yellowish color. It looks watery. Very active carbonation.

Mild. Clean. Faintly malty.

Mild. Clean. Faintly malty. Extremely refreshing and drinkable. Hops are hard to detect. However the beer is well balanced. Not overly sweet or dry. Just mild and clean.

Goes down so easy it's crazy. Watery. Refreshing. Lots of carbonation.

The perfect chuggable light beer. This has got to be the smoothest, easiest to drink beer out there. It is also one of the cheapest. It is not harsh in anyway at all. It is the easiest of easy drinking beers. Keystone Light is the quintessential cheap light beer. If you want a cheap easy drinking light beer then this is the ultimate of that type. Enjoy.

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Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +84.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch white fluffy head on a dark pale beer. Low head retention and no lacing.

S- Smells of light bread and not much else.

T- Pale malts with just enough hops to balance it out. Slight sweet aftertaste but not overpowering at all. Refreshing.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O: Reviewed to style. Here it is, review #400. "If you're drinking light beer it isn't for the taste...Keystone Light has the least amount of taste in a Light beer...therefore Keystone Light is the best Light beer." I've said this, over and over defending my late teen/early twenties go-to. This is the beer that tastes most like water, great for drinking all day, preferably in the summer sun.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.65/5  rDev +83.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty damn stoked when my local Publix started stocking this again. I haven't had it since high school, errr, college. It previously smashed most AALs (except Olympia, Hamm's and Old Milwaukee) in numerous head-to-head challenges (conducted in my apartment), so I wonder if it can hold up to its legacy? First off, the looks: The can is blue with silver and white accents. There are mountains embedded in the graphics, but they don't turn blue, so I cannot tell how cold the beer is. I imagine the beer inside the can is very pale yellow and fizzy, with a soda-like head. Of course, I would not actually pour one of these bad boys into a glass, that would feel like sacrilege. Sniffing around the can, I don't smell much except a faint floral jasmine rice note. The flavor is quite light, offering little more than a generally beery grain impression, light minerals and a hint of the aformentioned floral/rice note. Alcohol and bitterness are not perceived; crispness is. The feel is light, refreshing and has a sparkling mineral water sensibility about it. I still like this beer quite a bit. The best AAL I've had in a while, probably since Blatz.

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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 nicholas2121
3.47/5  rDev +74.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keystone Light is a brew made by Coors Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 4.2%. Pours out a light yellow color. With a small white head. The smell of Keystone Light is rich with grians and malts. You do pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. The can says always smooth and I will give it that. This brew is smooth. You pick up on grins and malts in the taste of this brew. There is also a mild sweetness to this brew. Kinda fruity, not saying that is a bad thing. The mouthfeel of keystone light is smooth clean and refreshing. There is nothing bad about this brew. Keystone Light has an OK balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. In my opinion this brew is better than Coors Light, this beer has more to it. I would get this over Coors light any day. Overall I'm giving Keystone Light a 3.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank you Coors Brewing Company.

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