Purchased From: Beers of the World
Serving Type: 12 oz. “specially lined” can, poured into a mug
Keystone (original, not Light or Ice) pours with a thin white head and a somewhat-deep straw colored body. The foam disappears immediately leaving no lacing to speak of. Corn can be easily picked up on the nose and is characterized by a sickening sweetness. I’m almost getting a bit of Whiskey mash.
High carbonation eliminates any perceptible foretaste. It leads into some thin malts and finishes with a decent crispness. There’s a lingering sweetness and ‘beery’ taste. They detract a bit from the finish. Whatever you do, don’t let this stuff get warm. It smells a bit like warm beer when its cold, who knows what it would be like warm.
Keystone is a product of Coors Brewing Company, I’ve always suspected they take a batch of Coors-gone-wrong and can it as Keystone. Who knows. They try to rope you in with their “specially lined can” and remind you that this beer is “Always Smooth.” I’m not so sure.
I was just surprised and happy to find this original Keystone while I was in Rochester. I’ve long suspected that it existed, but had never seen anything besides Keystone Light and Keystone Ice. Either way, at $14 for a 30-pack I can’t complain too much about what I got.
Final Verdict: D+*
*This rating is based on my thoughts and opinions of this beer as compared to those similar to it.