Keystone Ice | Coors Brewing Company

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Keystone IceKeystone Ice

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 700
Photo of metter98
2.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of corn and apple juice in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has notes of apple juice flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t have much in the way of interesting flavors, unless you like adjunct malts and apple juice.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I read all of the comments from college students saying why they buy bad beers. I usually drink bad beers because my Dad offers them to me, and I don't want to offend him, so I accept them. Keystone Ice is pretty rough. It tastes like aluminum foil. It smells like corn, rice, and aluminum foil. It looks pale yellow and fizzy (I guess, I actually drank it from the can). There is some alcohol in there, so I guess it really is beer, just not good beer. Has a grainy, metalic, blood-like finish. Just a weak flavor and harsh texture.

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Photo of emerge077
2.39/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"APR0912" printed on the bottom of the 24 oz. can. $1.49

Poured into a mug. Straw colored urine color, bright clarity, thin flimsy head that fades immediately to nothing. Rapidly rising column of carbonation, yet strangely there's no head at all.

Bland aroma, toasted popcorn kernels, wet grains.

Tastes like wet paper, white bread, a vague inkling of grassy hop bitterness. Ghostly aftertaste of malt, but it's more like stale bread. Clean aftertaste, a little dry, but no alcohol presence. Overall bland but not offensive, thin bodied with a medium carbonation level. Best served super cold in warm weather, then it's drinkable. Not the worst of the worst, to be sure.


Apparently just opening the can has resurrective properties. Gonna have to try this tomorrow with the inevitable hangover this beer will cause...

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Photo of zeff80
1.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a fizzy, straw-yellow color with a small, fizzy, short-lived, white head.

S - Smelled of corn, grains and adjuncts.

T - Tasted bitter, not hop bitter, bad bitter. Corn and grainy flavor provide some relief in the form of sweetness.

M - Dry and crisp. A light bodied beer.

D - Honestly, it just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.53/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, yellowish/light straw gold with a foamy bright-white head that drops almost immediately to just a collar. The aroma is quite limited but offers some dull, sweetish "malt" if you seek it out. The body is light with a fine carbonation that's quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor is limited as well, but offers a clean, subtle, adjunct/malt character. It finishes exceptionally clean and drying with a delicate note of sugary maltiness that lingers shortly in the aftertaste. There's not much real beer flavor here. In fact, it's almost like a beer flavored malternative. Not worth trying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The only real difference between these two participants in Macro Smackdown XIII is the fact that I'm using a can of Keystone Ice and a bottle of Mickey's Ice. The ABVs are very nearly identical. This will be another classic face-off (an appropriate term for two ice beers) between Miller and Coors. May be the least bad brewery win.

I don't mind the slightly paler color on this beer, since they're very close to the same, but the so-called head is crapilicious. It's grayish white and is one of the least attractive chunks of foam that I've seen in quite a while. It's mealy, soft, unsticky and looks like melting styrofoam. Needless to say, the pint glass is completely untouched. Keystone is the clear loser here.

The nose is odd and is a little off-putting. It isn't very grain-like, it's metallic and it has a strange, sweet, floral odor. Not like floral hops, but like flowers. Another win for the boys from Milwaukee.

Keystone Ice is horrific beer. I don't often have the urge to spit out my first mouthful, but I did in this case. How hard can it be to brew semi-palatable beer? It's almost as if the brewery set out to concoct something disgusting. If they had, they could scarcely have come up with anything worse than this. The beer tastes like sweetened, diseased grain and cheap perfume.

When you're fighting the almost overpowering urge to gag and retch, it makes assessing the mouthfeel an exponentially more difficult task. Neither beer distinguishes itself in this category and I'll have to call them roughly equal in the end.

The can tells me that Keystone Ice is 'always smooth'. I beg to differ. The mouthfeel isn't full enough to be smooth and the flavor is one of the rockiest, most gut-wrenching rides that I've taken in quite some time. My suggestion is that if you find yourself with no other choice, make sure the can is ice cold. On second thought, put the sucker in the freezer until it actually turns to ice... and then throw it away. Nothing is going to make it easier to get this one down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, shiny yellow body.

Smell: Sweet-smelling pale malts with a few bubblegum wrappers and a dollop of shaving cream.

Taste: Sweet cereal taste with a hint of mad genetic tinkering. Hint of fake flowers. Very light touch of bitterness. Finishes sweet with a taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly tolerable for a cheap, canned macro lager. You can't spell "nice" with i-c-e, baby!

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

this had to be the worst of the batch by far. poured out a nearly clear, overcarbonated pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head that faded out in mere seconds.

light aroma of corn and grain goes nowhere, really just goes nowhere and has no substance to it at all. watery feel has barely any depth to it at all, really just a light, watery, carbonated fizzy beverage. no aftetaste and only the slightest touches of light grian.

overall i found this to be a total waste. i found more taste in an odouls.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.69/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another Ice, I don't know why I keep doing this to myself.

A: The pour is like pretty much any other adjunct lager, clear light golden color with a white head that ends up being nothing more than a thin layer.

S: Cooked vegetables right away, I'm thinking string beans and asparagus. Some nice corn notes along with a mild graininess. A decent alcohol presence as well.

T: This beer is harsh. Abrasively alcoholic without much else (flavor-wise) to cover it up. Some hints of corn and perhaps some grain sweetness.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is very high.

D: Ice tends to be synonymous with "horrendous" in terms of beer and this can did nothing to change that.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has mild aromas of corn adjunct malt sweetness with a lighter almost chemical-like smell. Nothing special to report here and not inviting me to taste the beer.

T: Moderate crisp flavors of adjunct corn malts with a lighter presence of bready malts in the background. There is a light amount of apple juice like sweetness to this beer.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Crisp and refreshing, actually better than I expected after smelling this beer. Certainly not a beer that I would seek out again but not as bad as expected (or remembered from college in the mid-1990s).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a Circle K in the Ville aka Steubenville, OH price check if anybody cares a dollar 69. Not much more booze than your typical malt lager but this is an iced version of Keystone. Appears in the most non descript form of a yellow fizzy lager, plop plop fizzes rise from the bottom of the glass. White head dwindles pretty rapidly even while your pouring the beer the head races to meet the body, wtf I guess a true college beer drinker knows how to pour a beer without any or much head. More beer right? Aroma has a pure cooked corn/cereal grain aroma...faint muddled herbal quality not quite hops. Flavor wise a pretty srong cereal grain infusion of rice/malts/corn with a bitter unpleasant offbeat singing through the melody of unconditioned and off put flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a rough heavy carbonation filling my senses this is tough sipping beer from a tallboy can. Overall I drank most of this not sure the portion that I didn't get down but I've seen much worse but this isn't aiming it's sights very high. A really mediocre brew that is put out there with extremly low expectations.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

CAN you dig it? Here I go again with yet another CAN of beer!

As I poured, the white head bubbled and fizzed like soda pop and had retention commensurate with pop - none. That left me with a glass of golden-yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a sweet, candy-like quality to it. Not lager-sweet, but candy-sweet. Oof. Pressing on, the mouthfeel was thin and watery with a bubble gum sweetness coupled with an alcohol heat on the tongue. Finish had an unpleasant astringency. I was glad that I was eating along with drinking. This could have been a Drain Pour otherwise.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can:

Pours straw yellow with a decent head at first - but it soon collapses to barely a wisp. Almost thought it would have some lacing - but that vanishes in a heartbeat - leaving glass clean in the end. Overall, it turns out to be a typical "macro lager" look...though body towards golden and a head that lasted a very fleeting moment.

The smell is of some grain and cereal - some boozy alcohol...that lends an odd floral/fruitiness.

The taste is of fusel alcohol, hint of lingering sweetness, and something close to, but quite hitting, nail polish remover. Finishes sweet - reminiscent of cheap malt liquor.

It has a slick, light body. It's not too fizzy.

This is for people who want a cheap quick buzz if you chug it, I suppose. I didn't chug it and was able to get through the whole 24 oz. can. Some short-lived sweetness lingered. In the end - a cheap macro with a bit of booze...

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

25 oz can after more painting.
Dark straw color with a smallish head. Light grainy malt with hints of corn and green apple. Crisp light refreshing beverage with little body. Easy to swill, great on a hot day, but huge lack of flavor.

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Photo of tdm168
2.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - pale, see-through, yellow with a big, thick, frothy, fizzy head that fades after a few seconds

S - grainy, a bit metallic, warm

T - sweet with some corn notes; very little flavor

M - crisp, well carbonated, light bodied, a bit thin

There's very little to report here. The flavor is sweet corn and grains. When it's ice cold you can drink a lot of it and quickly. Not something I would buy again.

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

The beer pours a very pale gold color with almost no head at all. The aroma is weak and bitter with a slight malt scent. The taste is awful. It is watered down and skunky with a mildly refreshing finish. There is little malt flavor here. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This beer is good I guess if you're low on funds. Otherwise I'd stay away from it. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of stevoj
1.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Pounder can from the clearance aisle. Actually looks pretty good. But looks can be deceiving. And they are. Nasty, musty, pasty aroma, wet paper smell. Taste does not improve things, corny, overly sweet flavors. Every time I go back for another sip, it loses points. The beautiful foamy head is the lone saving grace, and that disappears pretty quickly. Hobo piss indeed.a and I thought Nigeria Pal was bad....

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild smell, some malts. Taste is lacking, some malts, finishing a bit metallic. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a whole lot to like about this one.

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Photo of plaid75
1.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and poor lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet corn with a odd banana ester.

The taste was likewise full of sweet corn. Not much else detected beyond that.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style - thin. There was a heavy sweetness toward the finish.

Overall an unappetizing macro that I won't be drinking again.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a can marked Oct1011-BO8060639. The pour is yellow with no head and busy carbonation. The aroma is more subtle than many Ice beers with a crispy hoppiness sneaking up on the nose but little in the way of malts. Plenty of corn and adjuncts. The body is thin. The taste is a tad mellower than I expected but otherwise it is mainly corn, metal, and a weak hop factor. It's a macro ice beer...what do you expect? Better than some though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.16/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's a pale yellow in colour, smells of corn, and tastes of corn and water.

There, I got that out of the way. The can was cold but it still put out a decent head of foam so I'll give it that and it drinks prety easy so I'll give it that as well.

This is definitely a one of for me as I don't think I'd buy this again even if all the craft brews suddenly disappeared.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +93.5%
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 rodbeermunch
1.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hits those pee pee appearance similarities. More of that spilled beer in a frat couch smell.

Can't really say too much bad about the taste, its that corn filler sweetness and not much else. Light body, kind of a crisp finish. These are less watery than the Keystone Lights thats for sure. Stuff like malt and hops are merely there barely enough to keep this beerish.

Take that trip down memory lane into flavor country.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pale yellow whiz in a can. No head, no lacing. Smell is like after your buddy spills Coors in your ride, and it cooks in there for a weekend.

Taste, since it doesn't taste like much, it isn't as bad as the "bad" appearance and aroma. Mouthfeel doesn't leave anything. Bad aftertaste I guess of cornmeal. Drinkability rates high, hey, its cheap, and since its like alcohol water, its relatively easy to drink, but why you would want to . . .

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