Keystone Lager | Molson Coors Canada

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Keystone LagerKeystone Lager

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed according to the quality standards of Coors Brewing Company, Golden Colorado, U.S.A., Keystone Lager is the affordable beer that is always smooth from the beginning to the end.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 145
Photo of Buckeye55
1.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had some hope for this one as a buddy claimed it was good. I don't know exactly what I smelled when the can opened, but it was not good. Unfortunately, this overwhelmed everything else about the beer.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.58/5  rDev +38%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Keystone, as well as the more common Keystone Light, were common around here in the 1990s. Now, even Keystone Light is hard to find. Would be a good lawn mowing beer if available, though.

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Photo of PorterPro125
2.62/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours a decent enough looking Golden liquid with a sudsy 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S- Sour Apples and Light grain flavours.

T- Distinct flavour of apples and other odd fruit (even vegetable) notes. Not tasteful in any way.

M- Light body and moderately high (prickly) carbonation.

O- While not the worst beer I've ever had, I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to buy Keystone. Sure, it's drinkable, but that's the only compliment I really have for it.

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight nalt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

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Photo of rockidr4
1.12/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer looks okay, which is a horrible, horrible trick. What it actually is, is disgusting. I assume that it is only brewed with the finest armpit sweat, as well as the freshest left over hops that were found in the garbage. It was clearly malted using only the highest quality anything that could be malted, and I mean anything. Most beers are skunky as a result of being left too warm for too long, this one is skunky from being brewed with fresh skunk. But then, if you're on this website, you're not going to buy Keystone are you? Which begs the question of why you're reading this review.

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Photo of hdf561
2.72/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend at the Coors brewery in VA sent me a case of this so I gave it a shot.

It does not smell good, but actually tastes surprisingly ok, I was expecting a horrid taste and mouth feel and this beer was the usual carbonated, smooth taste. Very light, and nothing complex, in fact this beer makes Coors Light seem complex.

This beer will get you drunk, and you can drink it all day for cheap, would drink again especially if free.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.02/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Small white head quickly falls to a very thin lacing above a clear bright light straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma of light sour grain malts and light yeast.

Thin lager grain malts taste.

Light dry aftertaste without much taste on this light bodied beer.

Basic Keystone beer, Beerpong is a life saver for this beer.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.28/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Another bland., boring beer. Pours a fizzy yellow colour with one fingers worth of head that you can visually see dissipate. Smells of corn syrup and wet paper. No hops whatsoever. Tastes like corn syrup and cardboard. Not much to speak of. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. A bit overcarbonated. Bland. boring, I'd sooner drink water than this beer.

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Photo of ghisty
2.86/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

appearance: yellow. clear. normal carb. small one inch head. didnt last but it was there for long enough to be lacing.
smell: clean. slight clue of corn. clean, not much to be said. very simple.
taste: clean. almost too clean. a basic staple. nothing past a simple beer.
wish there was more i could say, but it reminds me of how a "party beer" should be.
nothing too amazing, but then again, why fix what isnt broken.
mouthfeel: clean. bubbley. hardly any sharpness or dryness to this.
finish is basically the same as it starts. good session brew. goes down easy.
overall: if iam looking for something i can drink alot of, this might be a good choice
its damn cheap, and not as weak flavoured as some others similar adjuncts (pbr is comparable but slightly more malty) drink this at a house party because people are less likley to ask for freebies if they think it's swill. which it definatly isnt..its not interesting. but its refreshing, and somewhat crisp. not filling. which is great for having numerous. if you want the meat and potatoes look elsewhere.. but if its simple drinkable afforable beer with basic qualities. you could do so much worse.

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Photo of TerryW
2.55/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very plain-Jane beer. Unremarkable beyond the little bit of sparkle you get from the carbonation.

Pours a moderate soapy white head over a pale golden yellow brew. The head dissipates very quickly and leaves absolutely nothing. Smell is corn and a whiff of lemon tartness, light malts. Mouthfeel is thin and insubstantial with some bite from the carbonation. Slightly metallic, some corn to taste, but really quite watery and flavourless.

Unoffensive, unmemorable. The kind of thing you could probably pound back a zillion of on a hot summer day and not be seriously punished for it. Meh.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.12/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a rocks glass. From notes.

A sudsy bleach white hits and foams up, sticks around a little bit too. Straw gold body, fairly decent color too, looks like an ok lager with whipped up white head aside.

Nose does no bring happiness. Cooked and boiled veggies, sweet malts, lots of sticky gamey yeast senses. Its a rush of really off putting and strange aromas which are very overpowering. Incredibly off balance.

Taste gets a little better, but really not much. Lots of rank yeast, and boiled veggies. Strangely a bit of malt backbone, without a fizzy feel. Carbonation seems moderate and pleasurable for this style. Flavors though match the nose, with a good dose of mud. Not a real pleasurable combination of flavors.

In the end though its pretty awful and worth a pass.

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Photo of TheHammer
1.95/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A sadly uninspired brassy yellow that did produce two fingers of head that disappeared like a ninja, as I looked away from the beer and it was gone. Steady, albeit thin carbonation in the body though.

Smell: A slight note of corn, and maybe a bit of straw and that's it. Not really a lot to go on and of course warming didn't assist.

Taste: There's both a metallic and hard water taste to this one that permeates the entire brew. It's subdued though, but then again so are all the other flavours. Some brief sweet corn and straw and... that's it. I honestly wish there was something more I could say. There's nothing too offensive, but there just is so little here.

Mouthfeel: Slowly but surely the metallic taste builds and starts to cling. The carbonation is doing it's best to bring out what is there, but it just doesn't work. Not much in the way of an aftertaste, so I guess that's a blessing.

Drinkabilty: It's alright...I guess. At least it doesn't come across as too watered down, but I still wouldn't want to drink this all night. The metal really comes out, if you drink it too fast, which kinda defeats the purpose of what is clearly a guzzler beer.

Final Thoughts: Yeah...this beer advertises itself as smooth, but really it's anything but. This is a cheap beer which even by discount standards, is quite sub par. If you are on a budget in Ontario, Carling or Maclean's are both vastly superior to this stuff. You'll want to pass.

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Photo of hyperty007
2.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird Weird beer.

To me I can't taste anything but apple juice with alcohol.

Pours nice out of the can, not much head, pale light yellow.

Goes down really smooth though.. Great house party beer. If you like apple juice

All in all for a budget beer you could do better, but also much much worse

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Photo of spinrsx
2.33/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, grains, and corn. There is also a bit of a corn syrup or apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy corn syrup aftertaste.

Overall – Another beer that didn't really stand out in any way other than the fact that it contains a lot of adjunct flavours. Not something I would revisit but I managed to drink the entire can without any issues.

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Photo of GarrettMD
2.49/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with 2 fingers creamy white head that dissipates to nothing, not even a ring around the glass in mere seconds almost as if it were a soda. So many tiny carbonation bubbles rising in this beer that it almost loses its clarity.

S - Corn, lots of corn with very very very subtle hints of some malts. Odd bread-y smell that may come from corn flakes, rice, or just the yeast. Can't really describe it other than "smells like keystone"

T - Same corn taste as the smell implies. Slightly fruity as well, not sure if that is from hops or yeast, but there's a sweet cherry-like flavor that comes up for a bit before being overtaken by the corn and booze.

M - Thin body, I don't think you can get much thinner. Finish is slightly drying, slightly bitter with hints of booze, corn, and that same cherry flavor.

O - Not as bad as I anticipated. It almost tastes like a slightly old craft Pilsner. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't drink this regularly, mainly from the initial booziness mixed with corn, but after that cringe-worthy initial shock to the taste, it grows on you.

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Photo of Converge
2.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass. Yet another courtesy of the singles bin.

A - Gentle pour yields a 3 finger head, of bone-white foam. Light golden-yellow, transparent, and fizzy. Spotty lacing.

S - Light grains and sweetness. Kinda skunky. Not much.

T - Corn and grains. Dusty. Kind of metallic. Pretty unenjoyable. Really bland.

M - Pretty high carbonation. Light body.

D - Not the worst macro lager I've tried, but not too far off. The taste is just too simple and unenjoyable for me.

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Photo of pieman25
3.21/5  rDev +71.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was out returning empties, and got $2
back from deposit, I figured I could afford one of these tallboys, and here I sit pouring it into my pint glass.

Appearance - A pale golden/yellow colour, with a fizzy white head that stuck around for about half a minute.

Smell - not too much here, a bit of grassiness, some grains, that was about it.

Taste - Again, not too much, I had some grain flavours, following into a really weird flavour I've been noticing in such similar beers as Budweiser and Steeler, I imagine it comes from the rice or perhaps another adjunct. No hops that I could detect, but they could be there.

Mouthfeel: Rather light - not quite watery though, with some decent level of carbonation for the style.

Overall Impressions: This is an adjunct lager, furthermore a budget one. The average person who would pick this up and buy it regularly is not the average person on this website. I've been finding that some of these lagers have a funny flavour to them that I just can't stand. I imagine this flavour is due to the adjuncts in them. This beer had that flavour, it had more of it than budweiser, but certainly less of it than steeler. In all, the beer isn't bad for the style - pale, watery, adjunct-y and generally bland and inoffensive, and I think for the most part it has acheived those goals other than that odd off flavour.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.44/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw colour with one finger of head that is gone within two minutes. Some lacing and a slight cap remains. The smell isn't awful but it isn't particularly inviting; sour vegetables and corn.

The taste is equally lame, although there are no egregiously offensive flavours. Diluted corn and grains; no noticeable hop presence. Annoyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is very watery, with heavy carbonation.

This is an extremely bland beer, with no drain-pouringly bad faults, though I would debate its classification as a light beer. At 4.9%, it punches at basically the same weight as any other macro lager, while lacking any seriously off-putting adjunct flavors. You could do worse, but that is kind of a pitiful thing to find respite with. I feel that this would be better classified as a regular adjunct lager rather than a light one, because it's awfully bloaty and "full-flavored" (adjunct flavor) for a light beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.15/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty decent for this style. Straw yellow with some good foam. Kind of flat though, but the lacing is ok. Flatens out right away.

Smell: Dry, stale hops. Not too much sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dryness balanced with seltzer carbonation. A mild hops taste as well. This is not bad at all.

Drinkability: Nothing special to wanna drink, but it does the job.

Overall: I've been looking for this for years. It's basically been the Holy Grail in that sense. Easily the best Keystone.

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Photo of kwjd
2.59/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I did not know this beer existed until about 30 minutes ago. My cousin came over, handed me a beer. Pours a clear straw-yellow colour with almost zero head. Smells grainy and of mild vegetables. No real hops or bitterness at all. Flavour is very mild, a little bit sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. I could see the appeal in drinking a dozen of these in a night in that it is relatively inoffensive and is smooth.

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Photo of marty21
2.3/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow with a small white fizzy head that's gone instantly and leaves nothing else.

S: Not much for aroma. A little sweet that's about it.

T: Just like the aroma there's a lack of taste. I get a quick little taste of sweet fruit and then it's gone leaving a watery dry taste.

M: Light bodied with light to medium carbonation. Goes down very smooth due to the lack of taste.

D: This beer is for someone basically looking to get drunk easily. It's basically carbonated water with some alcohol in it. If you're looking for cheap beer you can do way better then this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.16/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml can. Not a beer available in the USA, apparently, though I'm guessing it has much in common, if not everything, with Coors' Keystone Premium, re-brewed and re-packaged for us lucky beer drinkers in the frozen north.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of loosely foamy and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a surprising array of broken webbed lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of gritty cornbread, overcooked rice, stagnant ponds, sickly fruity yeast, and dead floral, weedy hops. The taste is rather sweet and husky corn grain, fruity phenols, musty, doughy yeast, and faint weedy, vegetal, and skunky hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side up front, but settles to a dim frothiness soon enough, the body light in weight, smooth by committee default, and weirdly creamy, in a fully aerosol sense. It finishes fairly sweet, the cheap graininess tempered more by a latent simple industrial alcohol essence, than any actual hop profile (which here, is actually a good thing).

Another example of drinkability (read: generally inoffensive and unchallenging) totally trumping flavour. Sure, it goes down easily enough, but with the palate-shift required, what's the freakin' point? Oh yeah, right...bitter beer hegemony, and all that.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Has a pale yellow appearance with a decent amount of head. Smells is sweet and dry, picked up wet hops.

Taste is hardly recognizable, picked up a hint of sweetness and fruit. Very light body with poor carbonation. The most overwhelming part is the dry after taste.

Overall, this is a very light, featureless beer. It's like dry, alcoholic water. Would not recommend when it comes to cheap beer.

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