Keystone Premium | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 156
Photo of EMH73
1.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ice cold on a hot day and it was still disgusting. My neighbor handed me one out of his cooler while I was doing yard work. The taste is metallic and skunky. There are notes of corn and grains for something positive. Smell is very similar to the taste only less intense on the metallic aspect. Mouth feel is pretty much the same as water. Probably the worst beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of jzlyo
1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Very similar to Coors Banquet, with the sweet malts/corn and hiccup causing finish. Only real difference is the alcohol is strangely more noticeable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.51/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Well here comes more of that urine and garbage liquid yellow blended with water. Doesn't for a head. A mixture of metal, corn, futuristic aluminum space ship alloys and molecular aromas your primitive nose wouldn't understand.

Taste takes on a weird subtle physical matter in the liquid aspect, water and sawdust from the corn husks used a malt. I don't understand what made this premium at all. More barley? Barf city. Notice I didn't talk about hops or yeast? Yeah, not sure they're here. Somehow this is worse than Keith Stone Light.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
4/5  rDev +118.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly i was able to find this. I had never had regular keystone heavy, so i tried it. Not bad. Relatively Average. It's good. Average beer for low price.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.75/5  rDev +104.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Keystone Premium brewed by Coors Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.40% Also known as Keystone RED. This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a smell white head. The smell is nice with some grains and hops at the end. This brew has look and smell of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market. The taste is ok you pick up on the grains. the mouthfeel is smooth with no bad after taste. Keystone is a little light for being premium. Overall I'm giving Keystone Premium a 4 out 5. This is a nice drinking brew I would get this brew again.

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Photo of DORRINE
4.55/5  rDev +148.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am one of the very few that prefer the malty taste of this beer.
The can is not very appealing, But I like it, And the smell is not as prominent as other coors made beers. That is why the taste is perfect for me. It is a lager, but you don't smell the hops as strong as you think you would. The taste is smooth, is has somewhat of a thicker feel when in your mouth, But not as thick as your traditional lager. And I don't feel horrible the next day, Because of all these things, This is my most prefered drink. The problem is, I can't seem to find it anywhere near me because other people don't seem to appreciate the taste as much as I do.

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Photo of sidbream
1.12/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Drank in the woods at night out of can so appearance was non-existent.

S: Smells very piney, possibly from the pine tree the beer was hiding under in a garbage bag for 6 months.

T: Tasted like faded bread with a small cidery touch. Bitterness didn't come from hops but perhaps the mold growing on the outside of the can.

M: Low. Carbonation was almost non existent. Would compare carbonation to the former Allsport drinks.

Overall: This beer is terrible, even if it hasn't been neglected in the woods for 6 months. If you are going to go cheap just stick with Keystone Light.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.47/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts, grain and no hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts and grain followed by a light malt sweetness. There is almost no hops presence and not much flavor overall. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok and is not filling at all since there isn’t very much to the beer, mild kick, even for the inexpensive choices this is not a very good beer.

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Photo of shealoftus14
2.05/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

obviously similar to Key Light, nothing impressive as well. Only had it once or twice and that was enough. One of my friend's gets it all the time as his cheaper beer, I don't see why. Not the worst cheap beer I have had but definitely down there. Leaves a bitter aftertaste and not smooth.

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Photo of flexabull
2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Key Pre! Actually, this is now known as just Keystone, not Premium anymore. That's too bad...

Another leftover from a recent party. I must have a lot of friends/family that are either cheap, or don't like good beer. ;)

Anyways, pours from the specially lined can, a bright and clear gold color with lots of bubbles, and a decent head that quickly fainted to nothing. Doesn't look very appealing.

Aromas of sugar, sweet corn, and faint mineral water.

Taste is funky, a bit mineral like, with some faint cider flavors, creamy corn and dry bread. Finish is flat, with not much there. Not horrible, but not good tasting by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, with ok carbonation, but certainly watered down.

Overall, not good, and borderline drain pour. We shall see how much of this makes it's way into my stomache vs. the kitchen sink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.58/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Keystone Premium has a very thick, quickly-dissipating, stark-white head and a pale straw appearance with a few bubbles streaming up and no lacing. The aroma is faint, to be sure, but a light grain and sweet smell can be detected with a deep inhalation. Taste is quite watery, but a tiny amount of grains, sweetness, and hop bitterness can be picked up with some patience. Mouthfeel is very watery, and Keystone Premium finishes crisp, refreshing (much like water), and dry. Overall, this is a low average offering from Molson-Coors. I can see why it's not widely available. It's tolerable.


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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, ricy, and slightly sweet. The taste is the typical grainy note. Light Body. Not much going on with this one.

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Photo of DNICE555
1.2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Soupedupdiesel loves keystone light. He saw the red can and just couldn't resist. Just Keystone... no light? I knew Keystone was the downgraded version of coors light... not sure exactly how you downgrade a coors light. Who thought "Hey!, let's take an adjunct watered down beer and add some more water!!!" Oh yeah, a big corporation trying to make an even bigger profit off the innocent, hard working, uninformed consumer, by making a cheap product even cheaper. Smells, Tastes, and Feels Like carbonated water with adjunct flavoring.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.52/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

a new addition to the sunoco station on the corner, lol. wow that is sad. anyway picked it up as a single for a buck as i never saw it before.

poured a clear pale yellow with a fizzy white head that left very quickly leaving only bubbly pale liqudi behind. aioma is non exisitent. muted corn and grain and nothing at all to be excited about about. same corn, musky grain and muted flavor follows over from the aroma and the light feel just caps a rather bland expierence.

overall what i thought it would be, but tick away right.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ugh, more of the garbage yellow faded appearance with water. No head or lacing, doesn't look appetizing in the least. Corny industrial robotics plant, full of oil and hydraulic fluid aroma.

Taste, has some weird sawdust component to it with water that comes together as diluted creamy. Like someone poured more water into your nonfat milk type of thing. This seems to be the worst in the Keith Stone series of beers. Smooths itself out a little ways down, but still, this is a tough beer to drink if you have any semblance of respect for your tongue.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, how has The CANQuest (TM) missed this one up until now? I got the other Keystone beers in and somehow overlooked this until my regular trade partner, tone77, noticed that it was not on my list of reviews and dropped a couple off for me. CAN you believe it?!?

The Crack & Glug produced barely a finger of fizzy bone-white head with lousy retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Nose was lightly sweet with a buncha adjuncts in the mix. Pretty standard, if you ask me. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with the expected lager sweetness intermingled with whatever adjuncts may have been handy, my guess would be rice, since corn is not too prevalent in this one. Finish was light and airy, to the point that I started to wonder if I was actually having a beer. This is just a whole bucha nuthin'. Bah.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev +73.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and grains. Taste is crisp, some corn, just a hint of hops. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, great for beer games. Overall this is about your typical adjunct lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.76/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't seen the Premium(they dropped Premium and is just called Keystone now) around for years. I thought maybe it was discontinued.

It pours the typical for the style...a straw yellow, with a decent head of foam at first that shrinks quickly.

The smell is of grain and corn that blends in well and is indistinguishable from just about every other AAL.

The taste is sweetish, slight grain, more of a corn flavour. Smooth, as per the can's label, yeah. So smooth, it's nearly putting me to sleep. Still, it's better than some of it brethren in the style. I got exactly what I paid for.

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Photo of mhill110
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For 15 years, this has been my answer to, "What is the worst beer you've ever had?" This is it, hands down. Disgusting. It's as if someone set out to make the most undrinkable lager they could have ever imagined in their wildest nightmares.

The appearance is that of urine after drinking all day in the hot sun, going to sleep without a sip of water, and waking up the next day.

The taste is probably similar to the description above.

The nose is grainy and rich with alcohol.

The finish is similar to boiling Lebron James' socks after a game, and drinking the broth (I imagine).

Avoid at all costs (which is pretty easy, since you can't find this beer anywhere but the most dire convenience stores).

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Photo of hu5om
1.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

the red can. of the keystone's, my personal favorite. The light is just stale water and the ice has a little more flavor, but not the good kind. Honestly, when it comes to cheap beer, the novelty of the can is 90% of the battle for me. Red cans are nice, they are easier and easier to find, too. Festival in La Crosse, Woodman's in Onalaska and Madison. If you're looking for something cheap to get drunk on all night, this might be the beer for you. It's not going to win any awards, but it's worth trying. (is there really such a thing as a beer that isn't worth trying?)

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.88/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is the first of my series of reviews on cheap beer for an eveining :)

A- This pours a dry grassy color, and is very clear. The carbonation is very noticeable...there's many columns of big bubbles rising to the top. The foam head actually surprised me, starting out rather thick and foamy, but quickly disappeared into a thin film. There is some mild lacing that clings to my glass. Not the worst buck 'o beer that I've seen.

S- Very mild aromas, primarily of dusty grains, some slight metallic notes(not overpowering), and boiled rice. I wouldn't necessarily agree that this has a solvent aroma but there is some astringent tones that aren't really offensive, but they are there. Just underwhelming overall.

T- More of the same here, but what do you expect for $1/beer? Adjunct laden, with more noticeable metallic flavors, and also mixed into this is more dusty grains....primarily bland white rice and some corn. The sweetness isn't really balanced out well, but there is a very faint bitterness on the finish. The lingering flavors are really just more sweetness.

M- Thin and watery body, with the expected palate scrubbing carbonation. Nothing else to really report....just sweet, malty and smooth.

D- The beer is easy enough to drink and isn't the worst beer I've had....if I'm looking for cheap brew, I'll probably look at getting this again and I know that this would satisfy any beer drinker. The alcohol is well hidden due to the sweetness and this would be, as most cheap beers, a great chugger. I'm sure there's better but there's certainly worse!

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Photo of EsoxLucius
2.16/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

wow, bought this on a pinch along with some chilled heiniken to watch the montreal canadiens upset the washington capitals! what a great hockey game...

the canadian variant is 4.9%, brewed by Molson.

what a lackluster beer. Granted, it's dirt cheap... 8 bucks a sixer, it's well... onto it!

A: hyper white, disipating head, light golden yellow.

S: wow, terrible, probably the worst beer i've ever had to my nose! metalic to a new standard, beyond the horridness of coors light... i thought i had some shavings stuck in my nose! it was bad.

T: so long as i didn't breath, for a cheap beer this passed barely, it's mildly grainy, wtih some corn and mere malt trace... quite sweet.

M: not the worst ever, but pretty uninspiring, thin all the way through, luckily it didn't stick.

D: well, it's sweet and thin... so it can be pounded one after another... not sure if i want to see what over-consumption of the previous 4 catagories would leave you in for shape, but the two i had made it present that i can stand it.

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Photo of Shadman
2.5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Forgot my wallet after taking in my empties so my options were limited to say the least.

Funny, because it looked really pale in the kitchen, yet more of a traditional amber yellow in the next level of my 4 level split. Fizzy carbonation bubbles yielded a totally so-so head. Not much in the way of lacing, a few dots of foam here and there on the sides of the glass

Can I use the term adjunct lager aroma. Very grainy with almost a hint of some sort of solvent. At least it didn't smell like cabbage.

Very watery & thin to start. Some faint sweetness and grainy malts follow. Finishes dry and somewhat tinny.

Very light in body for the 4.9% abv listed on the can ( obviously brewed in Canada by Molson)

@ $7.70/six I guess you can say you get what you pay for. IMO I would consider this a slightly souped up version, tastewise, of Coors light. Or in the ball park of a lot of the mexican lagers like Sol that are so popular.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +74.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can marked MAR0110-A10062217. It had the typical pale yellow, overzealous but short-lived fizzy white head that you get in an American Adjunct Lager. The aroma is corny with a hint of malts. The mouthfeel is watered down. The taste is smooth enough for an adjunct lager with that corn and weak barley notes that accompany it. Believe it or not it almost ends dry. I can get through the can in about two minutes. There's nothing to love here but it is not as distasteful as some.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.09/5  rDev +68.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tallboy can with a freshness stamp of MAR1510 on the bottom. Pours a very pale, clear yellow color with an airy white foam that fades in a matter of seconds to nothingness. Even for an AAL, this one does not look great.

Nose is light grains, cereal and a bit of sugary sweetness. Surprisingly, a bit of hops are present. Very light nose overall, but nothing unappealing or sour; pretty neutral.

Taste is most akin to watery, spent grains. Tastes kind of like corn Chex cereal. Carbonated water and a breath of alcohol pretty much completes the flavor profile. Body is about medium for the style and carbonation is high. Touch of bittering hops in the finish, and I mean the faintest of touches. This is not too shabby of a bargain AAL, goes down smooth and easy...quenches the thirst alright. Decent golf beer.

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Keystone Premium from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 1.83 out of 5 with 156 ratings