Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,316
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 32.7%
Wants: 40
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

1664 est une bière blonde de grande origine issue du savoir-faire de nos Maîtres Brasseurs depuis 1664, année au cours de laquelle Jérôme Hatt, fondateur de Brasseries Kronenbourg, a obtenu sa maîtrise de brasseur et repris la célèbre brasserie du Canon à Strasbourg.

1664 se distingue par le raffinement de son goût et l'élégance de sa bouteille au design élancé. Le houblon aromatique subtil et racé qu'elle intègre dans sa composition est le Strisselspalt, le "caviar du houblon" qui lui confère un goût unique.

Ses reflets dorés et le subtil mariage des arômes de fruits mûrs, de malt et de houblon savamment sélectionnés, permettent à 1664 d’avoir un équilibre et une amertume généreuse en bouche.
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Photo of HipCzech
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

25 cL bottle (marked best before "07.16") oured into a plastic cup. Clear, bright gold color; visible carbonation; frothy white head with nice lacing. Aroma of fresh white bread, grains and grassy hops. Good malt body with herbal hops, faint alcohol and crisp bitter finish. Medium body, crisply carbonated with a clean finish. Clean, refreshing and drinkable with just enough flavor - a decent European lager.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/23/2014. Pours crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Extol
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - straw yellow in color. Smell - the smell is somewhat sweet. Taste - taste is sweet and bready. Solid. Overall - would drink again, probably would pair well with pizza.

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

I'm a big fan of the Euro lager style, at least in the summer, and I found this to be pretty typical. Cracker malts, Pilsner malts, cereal grains, touch skunky with a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

France may be about being a wine country but it does pretty darn well for a place that's not big on beer. Kronenburg 1664 has that very simple taste that even the youngest beer connoisseur would enjoy him/herself. It's also good for Christmas as it does have a "sweet" taste. It's definitely a product of French national pride and they should be very proud of what they accomplished.

This is definitely a aperitif beer, good with appetizers, or if you just need to kick back and stretch your legs some at the beach.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap.

Appearance (Look): Poured a clear gold colour, lots of carbonation visible, more than most euro lagers. Small head but did retain well and some lacing visible throughout.

Smell: Grassy hops and sweet malts. Not much but as to be expected.

Taste: Follows the nose with those grassy and floral hops. Bready malt and wheat. Is a slight citrus hop flavour but not as strong as advertised. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel (Feel): A lot of carbonation here, lighter bodied. Crisp feel

Overall: One of my preferred euro lagers, a nice grassy aroma and flavour, well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From carrefour. In Legado de Yuste glass. Playing Memoria. Better than avarage pilsner, although nothing special. Won't buy agains as there are cheaper alternatives

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - A clear, golden color with a slight white head.

Smell - Bread yeast and lemon scent

Taste - Very crisp, Bread/yeast, grassy, a little citrusy. Very refreshing

Feel - Nice carbonation, light and drinkable.

Overall - Fun to enjoy at your rec softball game, playing 18 holes, or mowing the lawn. Light, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. No bottled on date present. Poured right from the fridge into a pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear straw color with about an inch of white head that sticks around for a bit, dissipates to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Profuse visible carbonation present.

S: Cracker malts up front, accompanied by some nice lemon zest. There's a slight bit of skunk about the nose, but this really isn't off-putting. There's also some grassy and notes in the mix, as well.

T: Sweet bready/cracker malt notes right up front. There's an immediate tartness that enters, with some nice lemon and grassy notes. The middle introduces a bit of earthiness that plays along with the cracker malts and lemon zest. The back end is more of the same, with the addition of a bit of cracked pepper spice.

F: A lighter-bodied brew that's smooth, a bit creamy, and very clean-finishing. There's some definite tart but no discernible bitter. It has a nice level of carbonation.

O: I really believe this Euro lager is much better than the current average it's getting from BAs. It has a nice malt profile, great lemon notes, and a spot-on feel. If I ever get the hankering for this style, I'll definitely give this one another go.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep golden with a single finger white head. Aroma of light grain, grass and some hops.taste of initial light malts, then grass, grain, some hay.Ok lager.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw, almost golden color, with average activity. White 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some good legs.

Faint sweet grains and citrus smell, with a hint of metal. Flavors of fresh grains, lemon, lime, and herbal spices. Strong syrupy taste of bread, biscuits, and slightly grassy.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Well balanced finish, ending with slightly dry wine like sweet grainy feel and pleasant tongue numbing noble spices.

Overall a good craft offering decent flavors, good freshness, and a nice warming finish. Although a little unbalanced being too syrupy.

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Photo of pat61
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I am drinking this from a green bottle in a Pilsner glass.
L: Pours brilliant gold under a sudsy white foam cap that provides light sheets of lace.
S: Slight skunk on the nose with light grains and some apple.
T: Light grains with a hint of apple and a slight light struck flavor.
F: Crisp, light with above average carbonation.
O: A French beer in an attractive green bottle that looks better on the store shelf than it tastes in your glass. Not offensive but not great. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of Anker13
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad. Better than AALs or other "Premium" beers such as Heineken. I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but it has a decent muted floral hop aroma and a crisp, refreshing taste. I respect this beer for its history and I would never turn it down if it was offered to me. I'm glad I tried it, but at this point in my beer career I probably won't have it again on my own volition

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Photo of timontheroad
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow color, half-inch fluffy white head, decent retention, minimal lacing. The aroma is cracker, straw and a bit of skunkiness, but not as much as I expected considering the green bottle. Not much in the flavor department though - just a bit of light cracker malty flavor, with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, as expected, really didn't stick to the tongue. Overall, doesn't rate very well up there with the better euro lagers, pretty far down the scale in fact.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would say this is just as good as Heineken in the bottle (which is good for me as I like Heineken quite a bit). I still say I like Heineken better overall (especially if Heineken is on tap), but since it's very difficult to find Heineken on tap around here and I've never had Kronenbourg on tap, I'll rate it equal with Heineken.

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Photo of TaylorLH22
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I understand why the real beer lovers dislike this brew, however, you have to take into consideration that beer snobs won't like any euro pale lagers. You can't compare this to Chimay Blue. Euro pale ales are usually going to be drank at clubs and bars or in the summer. In both cases the image a beer projects is as important as the beer itself. Sipping a bottle of "expensive" imported beer is going to look a lot better, if only in your mind, then a bud or the like. Having said that, how does this "premium" beer compare to the other big 2. Heineken, Stella Artois, and Kronenbourg 1664 are your 3 big "luxury" European lager beers. All three have built their reputation as being expensive and more exclusive. For me 1664 goes down like a nice cold coke. One of the things I really don't like about Heineken or Stella is that the bigger sip the more the skunk flavor lingers in my mouth after. In this 1664 I can definitely detect skunk, don't get me wrong, but it's not overwhelming at all. The head is very fine and lingers much longer then on the previously mentioned beers. I can also detect some of the hops in this brew which in henekin and stela are much more difficult to find on account of the skunk. This brew is "light" but it doesn't taste like a watered down version of something else, ex. Bud and bud light. When I poured this brew I was a little afraid that I was going to end up drinking French bud light. The poor is very light in color and there isn't much head until you get to within an inch of the rim when BAM the head explodes upward. I feel a real sense of refinement with this brew, and not the manufactured refinement that comes from marketing. I would say that this brew is like comparing a Cadillac to a Audi/Mercedes/bmw. They are both nice cars but there are lots of subtle refinements in the Germans make that when taken as a whole create a whole different level of luxury. I'm sure beer snobs, and I don't mean that in a derogatory way as I am a beer snob, will read this review and turn up their nose. I wrote this review for the average joe sitting at the bar who's wondering what in the heck 1664 is. The kind of guy who usually orders a mass produced American beer but wants to give off an allure of refinement and mystic. I implore the beer snobs to realize that you can't go from bud light to Rochefort 10 over night. I feel like this would be a good beer for joe six pack to experience. It's clearly better then its rivals in every way and yet it's familiar enough that the average beer drinking public will enjoy it. You don't have to sit there and force down henekin or Stella just to look cool, so take a leap and order 1664. On a side note... Call it 1664 and not Kronenbourg unless you speak French. Few things are more embarrassing then yelling a totally mispronounced French name across a noisesy bar.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely one of my favorite Euro lagers. Kronenbourg is consistent, and has some very endearing qualities. I like the fact that it has a frothy head that lingers and leaves intermittent ridges of lacing. It far less skunky than the average Euro, so you can actually smell and taste the hops. It's light on the palate, nicely carbonated, and very consistent, regardless of how it's served. C'est une biere delicieuse.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has much more complexity than people give it credit for. I happened to think that it was very good. It was refreshing and a very easy beer. Something for the golf course or something.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

3/1 (Bottle). Light golden pour with minimal head. Nice hops aroma. Very light beer taste and texture. I prefer stronger beers, but if you are looking for something light, this is a decent option.

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Photo of UKBluejay
1.37/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

The European version of Coors light is not for me. Maybe I'm still in my beer snob stage. But I do not drink light beer for the taste. When I drink beer I drink for the rich, malty, maybe chocolatey or nutty tastes. Obviously that's not Kronenberg, but I tried it to try it and my suspicions were verified. Sorry for the rating pulling it down, but I gotta keep it 100.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays for a minute or two before it's gone. Clear medium gold color.

S- Not much here

T- Got a bit of a bubble gum hint to it. Nice and malty. Pretty complex for a lager. Nice beer!

M- Very creamy for a lager.

O- Very good beer. Will see what it tastes like on tap if I find it

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Roasted chicken


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Photo of DiUr
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned in other reviews this is easily the best of the mass produced on the style and always a safe bet, as it is widely available here in Europe.

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Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dateless 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Brilliantly clear straw-colored body with a thick, frothy white head. Good retention and intermittent chunks of lacing.

Luckily this bottle appears to have missed being light struck. A bit of hay and straw flavored graininess. A bit of bread dough and herbal notes with a surprisingly strong hoppy aroma of a freshly-mowed lawn.

Flavor follows the nose. Clean grassy hops and bready malts. Neutral yeast and no astringency. Dough and a light touch of caramel. Well-balanced finish with just a touch of spice.

Light-medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall this isn't an exciting beer, but it's ridiculously clean and well-balanced. I've never given much thought to the style, but this was surprisingly pleasant and in my opinion, definitely beats its competitors.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saw this beer all over France when we were on vacation. It was cheap and plentiful over there. They even served it with my Big Mac at McDonalds! In Canada it is an Import, and priced accordingly.

I enjoy this beer. Great taste, good carbonation. Not too strong, not too weak. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Review: Can of Kronenbourg Pale Lager, 5.5%ABV

Kronenbourg 1664 is France’s No.1 selling beer, and a nice refreshing beer with a lot of interesting flavours.

The appearance is a lovely clear amber colour, with a nice frothy white head. The appearance has the wow factor, it looks really like a beer you definitely want to drink.

The smell is not strong but you can get both a nice faint sweetness and a fruity aroma off the beer.

Taste has a mixture of different flavours from fruit, sweet caramel malts, honey, to a sweet malt taste at the start followed up with a mild hop bitterness.

All in all a nice crafted beer and quite an enjoyable drinking experience mainly due, in my opinion, to the complexity of the flavours. Truly a well balanced beer.

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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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