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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

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890 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.81%

Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The modern Brasseries Kronenbourg can trace its origins to June 9, 1664 when Geronimus Hatt started up the Canon Brewery in the Place du Corbeau in Strasbourg, France. Frequent flooding, however, compelled its relocation in 1850 to higher ground in Cronenbourg, an area still within the limits of Strasbourg. In 1922, the Hatt Brewery changed its name to Tigre Bock, and following World War II "Kronenbourg" became the name of the company, which began its international expansion. In 1970 it was acquired by industrial group BSN, and later merged with the Société Européenne de Brasseries (Kanterbräu). British company Scottish and Newcastle PLC ("S&N") acquired Kronenbourg in 2000, and in April, 2008 S&N's operations were sold to Heineken and Carlsberg, with the latter acquiring Kronenbourg's assets.

For his first sampling of a French beer, Bucky selected Kronenbourg 1664 ("1664"). The beer came in a 500 ml can with a best before date of May 2014 printed on the bottom, and was 5.0% alcohol by volume. 1664 poured an absolutely clear golden colour with some large, slow rising carbonation bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1" of bubbly, white head that faded to a thin collar of foam and patchy film within 2 minutes. The retreating foam left some modest lacing behind. This is certainly a good looking beer. Its aroma was of sweet, light malts with hop undertones. I see on the list of ingredients that the beer is made with hop extract...the first time I've seen this in a beer. The beer's taste was sweet caramel malts up front followed immediately by a secondary burst of sweetness, finishing with a mild hop bitterness which lingered as a noticeable, but unobjectionable aftertaste. 1664 was light bodied, had a typical level of carbonation and a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Essentially, this is very similar to, though slightly sweeter than, most European lagers. An inoffensive but uninspiring brew. 1664 sells for $2.60 per 500 ml can...a bit on the pricey side given its run-of-the-mill profile.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 23:05:37 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Photo of e_canuck

British Columbia (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really didn't like this witbier. Have had a lot of good blondes from craft breweries and finding myself in a pub with no actual microbrews available, thought I give this big brewery blonde a try. Couldn't get away from the feeling I was drinking fizzy apricot water--not just apricots, but dried apricots with the sulphur preservative hints.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 04:53:33 | More by e_canuck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle purchased from singles bin at LCBO. Comes in the odd shaped green bottle. Served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance - Clear golden straw color. 1 finger of head is poured quickly dissipating into a wispy cap. Fair number of bubbles rising to the top after the pour.

Smell - Faint sweetness with the usual clean grainy aromas and a bit of a skunked smell, but not nearly as pronounced as Stella. Otherwise only think detectable was that dry cereal smell.

Taste - Grain, general beer / barley flavor. Lower end in terms of bitterness, even for the style. A touch overly clean as there isn't much of a lasting flavor here either.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth and refined , but slightly lower than expected carbonation. Medium - light body and moderately dry finish.

Overall - Might have been a bit skunked, but was definitely a tasty brew, albeit not as good as when i previously enjoyed it. Viable option in the Euro Pale Lager field.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:52:23 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.09/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really good beer - beats any bud, coors, heinee. Really good beer lineup and nice and smooth profile for any day of the year. Really nice brewery to visit in Cronenbourg, near Strasbourg in France. A lot of history and a great company overall.
beer pours nice and keeps a good head, good balance of hops and bitterness, crisp taste and good overall beer.
1664 white is really a superb experience as well, both highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 15:57:11 | More by G-Spot
Photo of mjurney


4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold color, super clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Bubblegum, spice, cloves, sweet grassy malts. Almost smell like a Belgium-style beer.

Mild Belgium spice flavor throughout the taste, it's not overpowering. Sweet grain, biscuit, wheaty. Touch of hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very crisp and clean, a little dry. Body is light-medium, smooth, refreshing, semi-dry.

It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:17:31 | More by mjurney
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2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This French lager pours a clear golden color and a small and quickly dissipating white head.
STandard hoppy and grainy aroma is not too weak, so the nose easily picks it up.
The taste is also very nice - initially there is slight sweetness which is followed by nice hoppy bitterness. The finish is also pleasantly bitter making this beer a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 17:04:46 | More by MarkoNm
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2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden straw color, small white head.
Aroma: Light non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Light sweet  malt flavor. Slightly bitter ending. This beer is light bodied, finishing with a harsh carbonation .
Overall: Nothing special about this beer. If not for the harsh carbonated finish, this could be a decent lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:50:06 | More by Mike_Moe
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United Kingdom (England)

2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Posh half-pint at a beach bar in Ste Maxime: it's a Wedding Reception and the only beer on tap.

Looks like a lager, has no smell (like a lager) and tastes like a lager. Nothing wrong with it, just like most lagers it's cold and devoid of any real flavour. Hops may well lead in the taste, but there doesn't appear to be a lot of them about, or malts for that matter. It was crisp, sharp and clean, but not much was going on.

PS I always give a score of 3 for non-smelling lager/pilsners.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 20:23:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a lager fan and this has to be one of the best I've had from a bottle. Very crisp and refreshing with nice light hops and enough complexity to keep it interesting. Beats Stella Artois handily. The thinking man's EPL, if there is such a thing. Nice downing just one but this would make a nice session.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:26:44 | More by bobbalouie
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3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Straw yellow, great clarity/ Rocky white head shows good retention. Foamy, sticky lacing clings in patches.

S: Dough and grain. Mild hopping is grassy with a touch of mint. Subtle scent of alcohol/menthol.

T: Grainy. Very slight toast. Dough. Grassy hops get a little spicy too. Slight skunk. Spicy/herbal hop finish.

M: Light bodied. Aggressive blast of carbonation. Short creaminess, but somewhat watery.

O: Better than the American macros; there's at least some flavor to be had here. Fairly aggressive hop character for the style too. Still skunky and watery though, and there are other Euro lagers I'd turn to first.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 14:04:07 | More by ryan1788a5
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2.11/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - I am going to enjoy it in my new BJ’s Brewhouse limited edition Grand Cru glass. It is being served well chilled. As you can see, it pours a luminous light golden color with a two finger snow-white head. I can already smell that tell tale Euro lager funk that you get from beers like Heineken.

Smell – there is a sweet grassy aroma, slightly biscuity. There is nothing wrong with that pungent, skunky smell. In fact, many brewers desire it and select special yeast strains that accentuate it. There is the common misconception that all beers in a green bottle (like Kronenbourg) are “skunked” by light effecting it but do not fret, you are only drinking a carefully crafted masterpiece by a proud European brewer.

Taste – rather refreshing with a crisp, slightly spicy finish created by the hops. It produces a tang on the tip of my tongue. I would say it is a little maltier than Heineken but remains very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:33:54 | More by Portertime
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3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 330mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. The color is surprisingly deep for the style; I like it.

Smell: a little sweet and rather grainy; nothing special but it's pretty well balanced.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a fair bit of both sweetness and graininess here. It's better than an American macro lager, but there's very little nuance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: body is light, but is actually pretty good for the style. Carbonation is pretty high, and while it's not creamy, per se, it's at least somewhat satisfying.

Overall: drinkable enough, this is probably great on a hot day. It's pretty clean with an emphasis on grain, which I like, but it's a hair to sweet to just guzzle away.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 22:39:04 | More by flagmantho
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United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap in a pub with limited choices in the hope that it would be a safe and "decent" beer. It wasn't! The appearance was ok to start with but the head quickly dissipated leaving little lacing and hardly any foam on top. The smell was sour and unappetising. I would describe it as a cheap lager aroma. The taste was insipid with an unpleasant sourness and no noticeable hop or malt accent. I wonder if Kronenbourg 1664 tastes better from a can or bottle and may revisit it in that format one day. Maybe the pub hadn't kept it too well.

The name sounds like it should be good. The logo looks nice. In Britain they have adverts with French soccer legend Eric Cantona extolling the noble people who pick the prized Alsace hops that they use. Sadly in reality it tastes like a cheap, slightly hard to drink lager. I would rather have a glass of cheap and cheerful red wine than this if it was the only beer on offer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 15:53:19 | More by LagerCognoscenti
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Alberta (Canada)

3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a standard Euro pale lager straw with a thin layer of bubbly white foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma nondescript, a sour breadiness, sparkly white grape, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Beer is overly carbonated, making it difficult to nail down the flavors. I got pale malt, dilute lemonade and red sour berry notes, and a floral tang ... Not sure where the hop extract used in this beer hails from but there was a distinct floral top note that added some interest to an otherwise dull Euro industrial lager. Harsh metallic flavors and a bit of skunk, albeit less of the latter than comparable beers. I'd drink this before Heineken but alas that is damning via faint praise.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 15:51:43 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Standard golden yellow euro-lager hue. Not really where this beer shines, but not bad. Won't comment on the head. I'm drinking this straight from the bottle (sue me) for this review. I've had in a Pilsener glass with good results.

S: Quite good. Floral, slight malt, light lawn clipings. Not much else, yet clean.

T: Light malt, floral hopiness comes through. Those Alsace hops seems to be showing, quite enjoyable. Unique. Not sure if it's the advertised Alsace hops but whatever hops are used, they are being executed very well.

M: Good for the style. Moderate carbonation, no surprises. Refreshing and simple. Again, quite standard, but it's very refreshing.

O: One of my go-to European lagers. This holds up well to many European Pilseners and Lagers I've had whilst living in central Europe. I quite enjoy this brew. It is easy to put many of these down, and the interesting flavor never seems to get old. Truly a well balanced beer. One I will be seeking out even as I return to the US. Worth a try? JUST DO IT! You may be pleasantly surprised!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 19:28:21 | More by Cooldill
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3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 33 cl can into a glass, straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light hops, sweet malt, crisp, clean, fresh

T: light hops up front, refreshing light malt, grassy, slight mineral water

M: thinner with higher carbonation, refreshing with a clean finish

O: a nice lager, ubiquitous in Paris and quite enjoyable if you are not to busy drinking wine

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 21:07:26 | More by M_C_Hampton
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2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Interesting orange color,tick white foam lasting few minutes,medium carbonation.
S - Decent aroma of citrus,cereals.
T/M - Not so drinkable,skunky bitter aftertaste. A bit fake wheat or cereal taste.
O - Won't drink it again,boring industrial lager.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 18:35:43 | More by djura
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2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up for 2 bucks at the Gateway grill. Figured it would go well with a Primanti sandwich.

A - Ah I can hear the fizz like soda pop, yet it does make for a 1/2 inch plus head that doesn't fizz out too quick. Color is a bright golden clear yellow.
S - Corn and lager yeast is the highlight in this one mild sunk, dry lemon like with no delectable hops.
T - Much drier than I expected with muted corn notes and some mild herbal hops which may be lager yeast I can't tell. Pretty bad stuff.
M - Light to medium leaning more towards medium it's not as carbonated as I expected and comes off heavier than it should be.

Overall not sure how old it is or why I even got it, all I know is these guys make a pretty decent Witbier yet not a good, clean, crisp tasting lager. Pass if you can.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:18:17 | More by DrDemento456
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Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a really pillowy head. It looks like the memory foam in my pillow.
Smells like wine. Pretty unappealing smell. Taste is smooth and malty, but almost no detectable hops. Finish is clean though.

Not a really great Euro lager. Pass on this.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 04:41:50 | More by Olek4374
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3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with a thick one finger white head. Impressive head retention and lacing. I am quite astonished, actually.

Wonderful aroma of bread and grassy hops that is just perfect for the style. Some faint lemon and hay as well. Quite nice.

The flavor follows along the lines of the aroma with an awesom bread and grass character that strikes a nearly perfect balance between malt and hops. Some lemon and orange juice comes through about halfway along with a light, clean bitterness. Fairly full mouthfeel along with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a really great beer and one of the better Europ pale lagers I have had. The flavors are so clean and crisp and it is an extremely refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:27:09 | More by rangerred
Photo of Ryan_Graham


1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: One finger head. Fades quickly. Light yellow in color.

S: I'm still trying to get a whiff of something. If this beer has a smell, I certainly haven't found it yet.

T: Hoppy, very carbonated. The carbonation overpowers the flavor. It goes down okay. Like drinking soda.

M: Over-carbonated. The carbonation lasts on your tongue.

O: Is this beer or Sierra Mist? This beer is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:44:49 | More by Ryan_Graham
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, easy drinking and refreshing beer. Light in colour and alcohol content it has a subtle taste of apricots and sweetness that goes perfectly with the summer sun and a hot day. To be honest, I have difficulty choosing anything other than the blue bottle any time I'm buying beer. This is a solid offering and could easily be enjoyed by someone who does not even like beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 03:49:42 | More by 1stOffender
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New York

3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this 2-3 times over the last 2 weeks in France. Easily found all over the country. From a 16 oz. can to a pint glass, and also on tap. 0.25L pour.

a - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one inch of bright white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet malts, bready malts. biscuit, light floral hops, light fruity malts. Not a ton going on but some light fruit to it.

t - Tastes of bready malts, dough, biscuit malts, and wheat. Not bad but not much going on in the flavor at all.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink a few of them.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; not much to it really, other than some wheat, bread, and biscuit malts. Easy to drink, cheap, and easy to find, but I stopped ordering them and stuck with the Belgians I could find when possible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 19:36:17 | More by mdfb79
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4.16/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the tap on my recent trip to France.

Poured into a beautifully tall pilsner glass. It had a pretty solid one finger head that never seemed to disappear. Great lacing throughout, this place keeps a clean glass. (Just some random cafe outside of Notre Dame.)

Smell: Malty floral goodness. I found myself constantly with my nose in the glass. I'm sure I looked a bit weird going back again and again. I couldn't pinpoint a couple of the other notes. I felt like banana was there somewhere, and a couple of other things.

Taste: Follows the nose closely, but instead of the possible banana note, I'm getting lemon with the taste. Nice balance on the malts hops.

Feel: Creamy goodness with a delicate bite of carbonation. Very nice. Very smooth.

Overall: One of my favorites while overseas. I tried this one first, and kept revisiting. I'm kind of kicking myself for not trying more while over there, but it's a testament to this beer I think. Great quality while on tap. I can't say how it survives that terrible green bottle if shipped over here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 20:32:32 | More by JackMcAwesome
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1.31/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I must have had a six pack turned bad. Absolutely smelled terrible and tasted just as bad. Thought it would be good since I bought it from Wegman's but I guess not.

Have to retry then repost review because I believe something was off for it to taste that badly. Maybe the french just like weird tasting beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:05:27 | More by bobbyr5
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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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