Keystone Ice | Coors Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Ratings:
719
Reviews:
156
Avg:
2.01
pDev:
35.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of AlphaKing414
5/5  rDev +148.8%

Photo of DBow
5/5  rDev +148.8%

Photo of JoLight
4.62/5  rDev +129.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured into a porter/stout glass. Lots of smoke when I opened the can. Keystone Ice has a thick, stark-white head that dissipates at a medium-fast pace, and leaves a thin layer of foam. As I drink the beer, there's left some spotty lacing. The body is a clear light yellow color, with almost no bubbles.

Aroma: this beer smells a great deal like Coors Light, but at the end of the smell appears that sweet, unusual (but not bad) freezer-burn aspect common for American ice adjunct lagers. No hops or alcohol.

Taste: wow, this tastes just like a Coors Light, but it is a little more mute and the aftertaste (which, in a Coors light, is a blooming of white bread) is quickly cut-off by the beer's dry finish. Light hop bitterness at the end, and no alcohol. Much like a Coors Light, it has that blend of forward breadiness from the malt, sweet adjunct, and clean Colorado water. No ice lager flavor detected. However, the pleasantness of the flavor makes up for the lack of an ice lager aspect.

Mouthfeel/finish: the mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, watery, clean, and light; the finish is dry and clean.

Overall, this is a great party/budget/warm-weather/kickin'-back beer. It's a good example of the style. And, in my opinion, it's great overall. However, it's a little too light in the body, for the style. Ice beers should be a little bolder than regular American-style lagers.

That this is a Coors product is evident. Honestly, I forgot that this was a Coors product until I smelled the beer. When I put my nose to the class, I immediately recognized that Coors (Light) aroma. This beer is, counterintuitively, lighter in some respects than Coors Light. The carbonation is lighter, and the aftertaste is almost non-existent.

This is a solid budget beer or go-to beer, or both.

Cheers.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +91.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another example of the style found in Plattsburgh, NY.

Pours a mild golden color with a thin head into my pint glass. Head was initially bigger but faded quick.

Aroma equals a strong whiff of sweet malt with corn on the nose. Again, this is nothing new for the style.

Taste is much like it says on the can (smooth) with just a hint of sweet malt and corn upfront. Inoffensive and to the style I suppose.

Mouthfeel is quite clean with only a hint of sweet malt. No offensive flavors. To the point.

Either my palate now welcomes the style or I'm starting to find examples that seem to fit it best. As cheap as this is, I already prefer it to Natty Ice (it is an ice beer after all). There's a beer for all income brackets and though this is not as cheap as Mountain Brew Ice, it is just as tasty.

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Photo of troobie
3.76/5  rDev +87.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rated within the style. More specifically, rated as a macro ice lager which I wish was recognized as its own style by BA. Not everything falls under American Adjunct Lager.

One of my favorite macro ice lagers, although I tend to say that about most of them because I enjoy this style. Kudos to Coors for boldly claiming Keystone as one of their beers since the beginning with a graphic on every can/bottle/package.

$12.99 for a 30 pack, with 5.9% ABV, in 2014, in California. We're off to a great start!

A: A one finger fizzy head from a moderate pour. The head reduces quickly to a small ring that struggles to maintain for the entire glass. Golden yellow color. Clarity = Yes! Very still. Some lacing that doesn't hang on long. Only pour Keystone Ice out of its container to make it easier to drink. Bonus points for (eventually) picking up all of the Coors Light gimmicks: lined can, DOUBLE vents, and widemouth. It's evolution at work in the Coors family. Extra bonus points for the black can and consistently awesome but ever changing graphics.

S: Keystone Ice is not afraid to give you something for your nose! Strong ripe banana (even hints of maple.) Sour grains. Iron. Alcohol is easy to detect as the beer warms. Corn. To me it's not off-putting, but you'd have to appreciate an odorous macro ice lager. The smell fits solidly within the Coors family.

T: Coors Original (Banquet) turned up to 11. The sweetness and bitterness fight each other for dominance. I can say that this is sweeter and has more hop bitterness than any other macro ice lager I have had, which is to say flavorful for the style. Strong malts and grains with a predominant toasted bread flavor that lingers after swallowing.

M: Creamy with a high carbonation that leaves a delicate sting. This is more substantial than most of its competitors. Enjoyable and refreshing. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in both the mouth and esophagus.

O: Keystone Ice is better than the sum of its parts. This is THE macro ice lager I would use to introduce someone to the style. Although Bud Ice, another macro ice lager that I adore, is smoother it has less character, it costs more, is harder to find, and has less impact (drunkenness.) For ice beers available to me Keystone Ice is the winner.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
3.7/5  rDev +84.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It isn't the greatest thing, but isn't the worst. Cheap. Its swill really. Still not bad. Tastes ok. when people give things like this a 1 or 2 what are they comparing it to?

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Photo of joe12pk
3.68/5  rDev +83.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not reviewing this under duress, BA.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.59/5  rDev +78.6%
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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Photo of Vancer
3.52/5  rDev +75.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ol' 2X4 "specially lined" can, and it even says "ale" on it. Weird. Pours the same ol' clear straw yellow, white head pops up but dies a quick death. Only .99 cents too.

Not too bad of a malty aroma, surprised me with that. Quaff ain't too bad either, malty amongst the grain and grass. Damn smooth beer, slides down easily, no hint of the 5.9%.

Maybe I'm in a darn fine mood with the 80 degrees and golf coming up - but this was a easy drinking adjunct "lager".

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Photo of uconn126
3.5/5  rDev +74.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Keystone Ice is a mild-tasting and enjoyable beer to have. It has a thick, white head and is very carbonated. Aroma is faint to nonexistent. Mouth-feel is medium and watery. The taste is slightly sweet, and Keystone Ice has a smooth, crisp finish. The comforting and relatively high alcohol level (5.9%) is quite noticeable on an empty stomach. Overall, this is a good beer, and should be especially pleasing in the warmer months. I'd recommend it with spicy seafood, such as boiled crabs.

RJT

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Photo of BeerZack
3.42/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly neutral nose. Somewhat of a sweet, but not really malty impression. Bit of fruitiness (apple cider) and alcohol. Flavor is on par with what the nose indicates. Very mild, but slightly tart apple fruitiness and only a hint of malt and hops. Carbonation is intense, but not brutal, and serves to cleanse the palate on the short finish.

Overall, a pretty good 'Ice' beer that's stronger than some 'Malt Liquors' and easier to drink than some brand-name 'Light beers.'

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Photo of pm5k00
3.38/5  rDev +68.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

for what it is, a cheap relatively high abv macro lager, its not bad. i like that there is almost no smell, weak taste of malt, and clean finish. this is my beer of choice for floating the river. good for a hot (95+ ) day.

Now if i was comparing this to a good quality craft beer id probably give it a D-.

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Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale gold with one finger of foamy white head that lasted about three minutes. No lacing as yet.
Smell is malts white bread grassy hops and a touch of corn sweetness.
Taste is similar to the smell malts corn grassy or herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation. Finish mildly sweet with just a kiss of hop bitterness.
Overall one of the better Ice beers from the U.S. It is very hard to find in my area so when I saw a six pack of pints I bought it.

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Photo of barrenbane
3.27/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: typical American adjunct lager. Loads of bubbles travel up to the top of the glass. Virtually no head.

S: not too offensive, especially compared to other ice beers. There is a slight sweetness from the higher alcohol content and subtle hints of corn.

T: very smooth, almost dangerously smooth. The sweetness takes the front seat, due to the higher alcohol content. Similar to the odor, there is some corniness.

M: heavily carbonated and quite watery. Not too impressed.

Although this beer gets a lot of hate, it's better than other ice lagers on the market. The appearance is nothing special, but the flavor is far less offensive than other ice lagers. If you're strapped for cash and want something smooth, this brew is a decent buy.

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Photo of BeerGuy1991
3.25/5  rDev +61.7%

Photo of priwen
3.22/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light gold. A little darker than other beers of this style. White head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Grains with some sourness. Nothing offensive.

Taste: Corn and some sweetness. Maybe just a slight touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not too watery. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: An enjoyable beer for a hot day. Nothing to write home about, but nothing that makes it worthy of a drain pour. If you like this style of beer, then I think it's worth a look.

16 oz can
Best by: Sep 29 14
Served in a Pint Glass

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Photo of CycleSuds
3.14/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

24-oz. can ($1.26) / Pull-date: MAY1517 / brewed @ Albany, GA facility
Stuck between the traditional old-school American Adjunct Lagers and malt liquors In the beer family, ice beers are kinda like the "middle child." For beers of this often polarizing style, it's equally as important for what they aren't as what they are.
With that in mind, Keystone Ice might be the ice beer for people who don’t like ice beers - it's very smooth, balanced & rounded (no sharp edges in its taste despite 5.9% ABV); Keystone Ice is mild and only slightly sweet with a super clean finish and no off-putting aftertaste; even as it warms it largely retains these same characteristics unlike many high-gravity beers.
Keystone Ice is more straw/yellow than golden in appearance - aggressive straight pour resulted in a thick head, lots of crackling and tons of nice lacing left behind. Economical and inoffensive, give it a try - you just might be surprised.

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Photo of dubman003
3.14/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally don't go around recommending bad domestic beers, but as a college student, my friends and I are often standing in a convenience store arguing over which brands "ice" we should be drinking. If you're going to drink Keystone, drink Keystone ice--another reviewer describes "rotten apples," and I agree--but it's a sweet aroma, too. And most definitely, if you are going to drink an "ice" (I know the high alcohol content is appealing to many), drink Keystone Ice.

The beer is very drinkable from the can and actually became a regular at our pick-up hockey games. It's not offensive and surprisingly (to some, not surprising at all), after a week of sitting in the snow, it kept its taste that we had become used to.

If worse comes to worse, and you're stuck with a selection of mass produced beers, grab a 12-pack of Keystone Ice. You'll survive until your next trip to the specialty shop

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Photo of Raymond69
3.13/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear with a small head into Pint Glass.

Faint aroma of honey , very faint.

Pretty tasteless , getting some metallic hints , slight bready background.

Mouthfeel is light , sharp mouthfeel from carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent buy at $14 a 30 pack.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keystone ICE is an ICE brew made by Coors. Pours a nice amber color. With a small white head. The can says always smooth,not as smooth as the light. There is nothing bad about this brew for being 5.9 avb. Nothing much different from your other Ice Brews on the market.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.04/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A coors spin off that is drinkable and not offensive. Smooth to the feel and not overly bitter nor sweet. No bad for a medium SG adjunct. Refreshing when ice cold for a thirst quencher. These ice beers are growing on me. How about a super hopped up ice beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.04/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I poured a 24 oz can into a glass mug.

The beer had a nice head that disappeared after awhile. no lacing at all. Had a nice golden straw color.

Other than smelling a little sour you couldn't really smell anything else.

It tastes ok. Kind of watered down. cant taste any malt or hops.

It was too bubbly, seemed over-carbonated.

You can drink this stuff, it's not bad for the price but, it's definately not anything special, what would you expect thoough?

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Photo of superdavex
3.02/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've been a bit financially challenged as of late. I started cruising the beer aisle of my local convienience store for the most frugal beer buy. What caught my eye was a cool looking jet-black can with the words "Keysone Ice". I thought, I've heard Keystone tastes like piss, but proceeded to look down and notice the "5.9 alc.vol printed on the can. I said screw it and went with the "quick buzz".

When I got home and took my first sip I was pleasanty suprised. This was a damn smooth tasting brew. Quenched my thirst for damn sure, for both a buzz and literally. I recommend this brew for anyone after a cheap beer that tastes decent. A hell of a lot better than most other macro-lager's, and a better price.

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Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev +49.3%

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Keystone Ice from Coors Brewing Company
2.01 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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