Keystone Ice
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #458
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
45
Ranked #49,008
Avg:
1.65 | pDev: 41.82%
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
774
From:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  162
SCORE
45
Awful
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Photo of ZEROxONE
3.08/5  rDev +86.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m a bum piss drinker so this beer is actually very drinkable in extremely high amounts. So 2 15 packs (extra beers are a plus from a usual 12) go down uhmm fairly smooth. Decent taste doesn’t taste like vodka beer so that’s a plus. Price is on point 11$ for 15 beers. Low alc vol makes me sad (Awwwww :

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Photo of beertunes
1.34/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. poured a clean, clear medium yellow color (as expected for the style) with over an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was a sickly sweet corn scent, with no supporting grain, or counter-balancing hops.

The same, but worse on the tongue. Even sweeter, and no counter-point for the sweetness.

The body was the expected thin and light, but had a very sticky-sweet finish that lingered badly.

Drinkability was OK, at first. but, as the beer warmed, a skunkiness developed to go along with the sweetness. Combined with an acidic tang that also developed over the life of the beer, it became nearly undrinkable.

Overall, unless you're a ticker, there's no need to do this to yourself. Avoid.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Apr 12, 2020
Photo of realJohnnyHobo
2.96/5  rDev +79.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The ice trend is one that deliveries a lot more ABV, smoothness, and though more expensive to brew (in some ways) this type of adjunct lager typically is a great bang for your buck - next to malt liquors. Keystone Ice is ice filtered to deliver unparalleled smoothness in a medium-bodied, semi-sweet light to dry finishing American Lager. At 5.9% ABV in a 24 oz can - you can typically find these for less than $1.50 in most markets with tax.

Pouring a darker straw golden yellow, Keystone has a lot of carbonation, small white-nearly-transparent head that dissipates to a small soapy lacing.

The smell is sweet cereal grains. Think sugar covered cheerios.

Front notes hit with a rush of sweetness that is almost overwhelming on the front end, with mids of brewers syrup and still a good amount of sweetness, finishing with a taste of cereal grains and some hop character - a lot of ice beers have a similar sweetness so it is normal within the style.

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Photo of Buckeye55
1.35/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Almost undrinkable, one if the worst beers I've drank. Pale straw color, weak head, an aroma I can't describe and don't like. Harsh to the palate, thin and watery. Falls into the terrible class.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 03, 2020
Photo of Wigglejig
1.63/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have only purposely purchased this a few times in my life, once when I was living on a graduate student stipend and had single-digit dollars to my name. It does the job, but I would suggest cooling the beer to damn near frozen and drink it from a frozen mug. Isn't a great beer, hell, isn't a good beer, but at 5.9% and the usual 15-pack for 8.99 (in my area) it really can't be messed with for the cheap-o beer of choice.

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Wigglejig from Arkansas, Sep 29, 2019
Photo of SilverSolver
1.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I should preface my review with the statement that I am by no means a snob. My go-to normal beer is Steel Reserve High Gravity--not exactly fancy stuff. I appreciate the greater subtlety and depth of good beer, but don't need it to enjoy beer. I bought a 15-pack of these (12oz) because I was curious. It's made by Coors, so it should be like cheap Coors, right? Coors Banquet is my favorite macrobrew. However, upon initially opening the can, this smelled......boring. The first sip was more startling than anything I have ever sipped. It was VERY unpleasant. It has a thin mouthfeel, like a bad diet soda, and the taste was unlike anything I ever tasted labeled as beer before. It was sharp, weird, and not even very beer-ish. It was so metallic it made me think of beer served over a pocketful of coins. After I got through all that, it just was boring. I got used to it, and finished them all over the course of about a week, but I will NOT be buying this again. BA's score of 45 is well-deserved. This stuff is indeed awful. There's a reason it's so cheap.

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SilverSolver from Michigan, Aug 24, 2019
Photo of daduffmann
3.5/5  rDev +112.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What goes around comes around when throwing back Keystone ( except for throwing it back up ) Everything about it reminds you of why you drank this stuff in your 20s; chief among those reasons is because it's dirt cheap. Now that I am retired and in my 60s, it's still the same reason I drink the stuff ( although this specific brand wasn't around 40+ years ago). Hell, I can pick up 2-24oz cans at my local ACME supermarket for $3.37 out the door, which comes out to just over 84 cents per 12-oz. serving. The ABV is a tad higher than regular Bud, so if you don't have a beer gut ringing your middle, and you screw having dinner beforehand, you can get a nice little trip down the memory lanes in your life.....

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daduffmann from California, Aug 12, 2019
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev +115.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(24 oz can, OCT0719; purchased cold... poured into a 28 oz mug)

L: light amber-gold-colored liquid, polished clean; foam, like its light brother, a crackly, crumbly affair; thin collar, no lace

S: light corn syrupy sweetness, bit of toast, bit of spicy grass... bit of an apple fruitiness pops out with a soft hint of booze

T: brown-papery, dark-toasty cereal grain edge to the malt - strange angle lasting through early sips, never quite backed/balanced by the tentative malt sweetness... the 'off' flavor aside, its malt base isn't too bad, establishing itself before midway through; almost has a doughy roll-crust edge to it

F: relative substantial presence - delicate chew, delicate heat... sedate, satisfying flow overall, though it'd probably excite more staying cold in the can

O: f' sake, just make 'Ice lager/beer' its own category, or at least lump them in with Malt Liquor - 'Stone Ice has little in common flavor-wise with BMC and its ilk - - fine line I suppose when the world has something like Natty Ice f'ing up the order... this drop has little else going on except for generic malt mush; I'll have to compare/contrast, but it may have its own little notch carved out - I'd only grab one again in a survival situation (1416)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Jul 21, 2019
Photo of Foyle
2.26/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from 24 oz can into pint glass. A 1" sudsy white head falls quickly with mild lacing. Clear pale straw with abundant streaming carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts and little else. Mouthfeel is light to medium, crisp and dry. Flavor is flat. Some malt sweet, a bit of cracker, maybe a hint of hops. Overall this beer just comes across as missing something in the flavor profile.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Jul 18, 2019
Photo of DaveyCream
1.16/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Taste and smell are pretty standard for a cheap beer like this that college kids (and early 20's like myself) use to get drunk for cheap. With the 5.9% you get a bit more of a punch than Keystone Light or Natty Light. Still low cal. This beer is definitely kept in business by college kids.

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Photo of tillmac62
1.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear golden color. Normal head volume and retention characteristics for the style.

The aroma is mostly just grains and sweet corn syrup.

Thin body similar to water. Outstanding carbonation / body balance.

The flavor is the same as the nose and has a dry slightly astringent aftertaste. Very little bitterness or hop flavor. Cheap buzz beer.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, Feb 06, 2019
Photo of BeerLouie
4.31/5  rDev +161.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a good beer when low on funds, about 6 of them will have you buzzing nice. Sure you may pee more but nothing wrong with that, just means you’re hydrated by beer.

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BeerLouie from Colorado, Jan 30, 2019
Photo of xolectic
3/5  rDev +81.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Medium golden color. Pours a medium, short lived head. No lacing.

Smell: Slight hint of apple and sweetness.

Taste: Follows the smell. Sweet, slight green apple taste. Overall the most tasteless beer in the category, however. Can barely taste malt or even corn. No detectable hops. Would be an great beer for people that don't like beer.

Feel: Very light bodied and clean. No greasy or bitter aftertaste.

Overall: In a category that has some really gross beers, this earns a 3 for being tasteless. Some of the good ice beers actually have flavor, but this is completely inoffensive.

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Photo of BeerBobber
2.95/5  rDev +78.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with two fingers of a white colored head that crashes quickly into the beer.

Smell is like sweet corn. Also picking up like a grainy texture to the scent.

Taste is very light. The beer taste is so light that the only thing I pick up is a lot of grainy corn sweetness.

Mouth feel is a bit spicy with the carbonation prickling the tongue. The beer is very light and has a bit of a slick finish to it. Luckily the taste does not linger on.

This is not going to be one of my more highly rated ice beers. I like a bit of corn sweet in my regular Coors Banquet beer but this one goes over the top. Now I do love sweet corn but this is not a pleasent sweet corn flavoring. Perhaps when they applied the ice brew method it amped up that grainy corn.

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Photo of Colonist97
2.23/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

My first time trying this beer. So first impressions is that it is an average beer. It is golden in color and the taste is very generic and metal tasting. The mouth feel is very hoppy and loud. Overall this beer is great in value and price. The alcohol content is as expected. But KSL is just a painfully average beer. Good for college students wanting to get a buzz.

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Colonist97 from New York, Sep 22, 2018
Photo of DarrellFine
3.53/5  rDev +113.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it a million times before, but let's review... Ever so slightly darker than the light version with a faster dissipating head. Actually not half bad. Less than two fingers on an aggressive pour into a glass, darker golden hue. Sweetish on the nose. Smells much better than the Light version. Baked bread, slight sugar cookies, very slight. No adjuncts or corn, maybe a bit of rice (?). Nothing special, but definitely not unpleasant. Taste is SLIGHT banana, breadish, again, sweeter than the light. Mouth feel is a bit slicker and more even. I would absolutely say that I would take the ICE version over the light any day of the week. Of course, if you aren't a fan of anything heavier than a light beer, this will not suit your palate. And nothing against that. I happen to be an ICE style fan when it is done right. And I feel this is better than Natty or Bud Ice any day.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.33/5  rDev +101.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had never had this before so i had no expectations. I knew it would taste similar to Coors because it is brewed by them. The look is the basic straw color you get with macro's. I actually like the smell of these beers, it smells like creamed corn and buttery rice.
Taste was very similar, tastes a lot like rice and corn. Little bit of sweet bread on the back. Fairly carbonated like most Macro's. There is a bit of a frosted feeling in the throat after a few of these. No extreme flavor profile but I don't expect that with a low-priced beer. This is not great for the taste compared to craft beer but it is most excellent on very hot days, very refreshing ice cold. 5.9% ABV perfect for lawn games. Give this a solid B for the value, price, refreshment, and drinkability.

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Jul 07, 2018
Photo of depechemode1983
2.46/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden straw color. highly carbonated. Head is white with decent retention. No lacing on the glass.

The Nose is metallic with sweet corn. Also picking up a fake lemon type sourness.

Taste is a bit harsh. Its overly sweet and chemical tasting. Not getting any hop profile of course. Not the worst Ive had.

Mouthfeel could stand to be lighter. Carbonation is typical. Lots of it.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +104.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 9/24/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery feeling. Mildly increasing lingering alcohol warmth of 5.9%. Overall this is a solid iced pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink for the ABV. Clean pale malt/grain flavors and decent earthy hop balance. Just a bit too much corn notes I thought, but otherwise pretty tasty. Pleasant and enjoyable.

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superspak from Michigan, May 26, 2018
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3/5  rDev +81.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a very light and refreshing brew. I could drink this nectar all day long. Nothing from Coors has ever disappointed me. This is easy to drink and a can goes down faster than I would expect.

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Photo of natew73
2.44/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For what it is it's great. I'm an IPA guy. I love hoppy balanced beer. But this is a cheap decent beer. I like it better than natural light. If you're in college or want a cheap beach/pool beer you can't beat it. 30 stones for less than $15? Hell yeah!

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natew73 from Alabama, Feb 04, 2018
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3.2/5  rDev +93.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of most ICE beers i'd have to say this is probably my least favorite but it gets the job done. Taste is a bit harsh in the beginning but after the first can your taste buds will adjust. These are available at the local corner store 2 tallboys for 2.50 and the labeling says that it's an ALE, not sure why most are saying its a lager. If your looking for a buzz without breaking the bank this might be a good choice. Then again there's many more other ICE brews out there that are more easily drinkable.

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Photo of Matuhg
1.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Drinkable AAL, but certainly not great. Had a bit of a "funk" to the flavor. It was borderline too sweet. Also stronger than many beers of this genre. Looked pretty much like any other AAL. Wouldn't seek it out again, but if one were offered to me I might not refuse it.

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Matuhg from Michigan, Sep 18, 2017
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2.24/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Look - Pours a clear straw color, a thin crackly white head dissolves immediately, no lacing.
Aroma - Vaguely tin-like, watered down vegetable broth.
Taste - Watery, thin grain, slightly metallic, no bitterness, very mild but sweet alcohol on the finish.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, fizzy.

Overall - Cheap and does the job. Gotta be ice cold.

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EmeraldMist from Maryland, Jun 07, 2017
Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.59/5  rDev +117.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale straw with quickly dissapating head.
The aroma is cereal grains, corn, and a little bit of Apple.
The flavor is grain, sweet white bread, and apple juice with almost no bitterness.
It's refreshing and good for what it is, it's just not a super flavorful style.

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Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 45 out of 100 with 774 ratings