Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg
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3.95/5 rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: Cool, old-school looking 12oz. green glass bottle, with no freshness date.
Appearance: Bright, rich golden hue. Good clarity, and a bit more depth of color than typical for the style. A vigorous pour produces a nice snow white cap that soon fades to a decent film with a little lacing.
Smell: Of course, with a green bottle, chances are you're going to get a little skunk. But it's significantly less than in a lot of comparable beers. Once you get past that, there are pleasant light grainy/fruity (interesting) malt notes, balanced by a light grassy/herbal hoppiness.
Taste: Richer than expected. There are simple, clean flavors of husky grain and sweet malt, backed by mild grassy hops, just a hint of minerality, and notably, a lack of the aforementioned skunkiness. The beer finishes dry, mildly bitter, and nicely crisp, with just a hint of alcohol detectable.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and firm. Nice.
Drinkability: Very high.
Conclusion: In my opinion, this simply isn't a style that lends itself to greatness. That doesn't mean that they're not drinkable; often quite the contrary. It's just a style made for mediocrity it seems. Euro pale lagers are great for washing down burgers and fries, pub food, or when you want an easy drinking session beer. That being said, this is probably my favorite example of the style. It's got a little bit of depth, and nice clean flavors. I would deft. choose this over St. Pauli Girl, DAB, Heiniken, etc if given the choice.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2008 04:37:26 | More by BedetheVenerable
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