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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,234 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

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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Reviews by newk340:
Photo of newk340
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free cans in the airport lounge of Charles de Gaulle outside Paris. Why not?

A: a very gold/amber, a light foam ring with hints of lacing.

S: very malt heavy. hops are an afterthought.

T: again the malts take center stage, but beyond this, there is much lacking in flavor.

MF/D: very flat in taste, though that may be due to the can. the flavors (what little there are) do not linger long on the tastebuds.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a gold color with not as much head as u might think for the style.Kind of a malty/bread like smell but not much to it,taste was kinda skunky but the smell wasnt so I think it was the natural taste.Realy nothing special here I wouldnt buy again for sure.

Photo of Popsinc
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden pour with a medium head. Absent nose, almost no detectable aromas. Very, very, very dull taste. Not much in the way of flavour. Purely a smooth and creamy beer. Easy drinking, no taste. Nice mouthfeel howvever and i think it's a decent but not "good" summertime beer.

Photo of RoyalT
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color, like a yellow highlighter, with a very nice-looking head that showed some good retention and left some awesome Belgian lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Oh, something stinks in the State of France. The grain here is rough and rigid and is infected with some nasty-ass sugars. There’s some light fruity hopping that tries to cover its tracks but there’s no hiding this smell.

Taste – It tastes better than it smells but it still sucks. The grain and sugar stomp the few other smaller flavors leaving this one tasting like a cheap American macro.

Mouthfeel – This Lager is actually kind of smooth in the mouth and tries to be drying at the finish, but to no avail. It is a bit bigger than light-bodied and the nice mouthfeel kept it from getting dumped.

Drinkability – The only reason I didn’t pour this down the sink is because I just worked out and ate a bag of Funions so I’m friggin’ thirsty.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow piss color, lighter than the regular Kronenbourg and less skunky too, although the bottles of this stuff that I’ve had in the states are just ridiculously skunky. This one is similar to Busch but with some of the better aspects of Stella mixed in for fruity measure. Finish is slightly acidic and hopped. Clean and crisp. Almost as good as Budweiser.

Photo of Guden
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nothing exciting, it looks like a European pilsner, extremely light in color with a small quickly fading head.

S- Again nothing to get excited about. A bit of pilsner sweetness but only just. Nothing off and a light amount of grassy hop character if I really stretch for it.

T- Stronger than the nose but still simple and balanced. Some grassy hops with a tiny hint of spice to them and the pilsner sweetness. Not too different from an American macro but no adjuncts or off flavors. A bit of skunk but lighter than I expected, especially compared to other skunky-corn euros like Heineken and Urquell. This is more in the range of a Yeungling and that's something to relish, and without the corn characteristic of American green bottled lagers this is definitely a prize.

M- Light and and watery as expected but not overly carbed and it goes down just as easily as it should.

D- There is no reason why I would go out of my way to buy this when it tastes like most all barley lagers, but as far as Euro lagers go this is one of the better ones.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz slender green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Decent lacing to being with then it slowly dissipates, good golden clarity showing some effervescence.

Smell: Clean graininess with some sweet tones, grass hop is the major aroma though there is a hint of solvent alcohol in the back.

Taste: Herbal and grassy hop with a light honey and doughy graininess to match. Alcohol is there, clean yet a touch of solvent. Long lingering hop flavour with a drying grain to boot.

Mouthfeel: Deeply lined crispness, real nice on the tongue as it rolls off with a smooth dry moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: Very refreshing as I could put down more than just a couple. Simple and clean with a kick of hops and slight slap of alcohol. This one brings back memories and I am glad they are making an other push into the US market as this puts other mass produced Euro-lagers to shame.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Filthy McFadden's in Kingston - reviewed from notes of spurious quality.

Appearance: Gold colour with lots of lacing and good head retention. Everything normal here.

Smell: Very lagery and slightly herbal. Otherwise thin in this department.

Taste: Nice, for the style, and as the umpteenth beer of the night in a smoky Irish pub. Bitter hops taste permeates, with an underlying blanket of fresh snow on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and full of life. Half way between drinking garbage water and liquid silk.

Drinkability: Poor. I didn't even feel like finishing this beer, let alone several. I got sick of it early, even though it's pretty good for the style. Give me something with a bit more substance instead.

Photo of nem2006
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in a bottle at Gualart & Maliclet (a french cafe) in Charleston, SC.

The beer is a clear yellow/gold with a thick, dense white head. It was highly carbonated and carbonation was visible in the glass.

The smell was sweet, like white grapes or apples. Reminded me of champagne.

It is light bodied, mild in flavor. The flavor starts light and sweet with a very slight bitterness at the end, but is quickly off the tongue.

This beer is representative of French food and culture in general. With the beer, as in their cuisine, flavors are much more subtle than in America.

Photo of tigg924
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, straw yellow, high carbonation.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: wheat, grass, a touch of sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, watery, slightly sweet with a bit of skunk

Drinkability: Average Euro pale lager that I am not likely to get again. I love the glass, unfortunately not the beer. I would not turn this down if offered to me but will not likely pick up again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is basic macro with some hops in it. The flavor is more basic macro with some grassy hops in the finish. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better beers I have had in this style. I was worried about skunking due to the green bottle but this one survived alright. Not a beer I would like to have again, but not terrible either.

Photo of mattster
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Pilsner.

Pours a bubbly head of 2-3" that retains quite well. Brew is pale yellow with bubbles rising. Plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell is typical green bottle skunk disappears with light grainy malt smell. Taste is non-discript, but not bad. Some grain and malts - Flows really nice in the mouth and has a decent mouth feel, but nothing outstanding.

All in all, a decent beer - worth a try.

"Il boit bon ne fait pas il?"

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light cloves, hops, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of hops, cloves and light wheat.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very clear and golden. Absolutely no foam or CO2 bubbles present.

S-Yeasty lager smell-like the yeast aroma vs. the dominant malt/adjunct aroma in most domestic lagers

T-Barny yeast/malt flavor upfront. More flavorful than many lagers.

M-Very smooth-well done

D-Good, extremely drinkable.

Photo of wjimson
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the general reviews and comments I have read of this beer, I have been left with the impression that this drink should have a floural aroma and a bitter aftertaste. This could be one of those mass produced brews that still retains a high quality. However I was dissapointed after trying this out.

I had to sip this brew a few times before I conclude that the flavour is rather too modest or lacking. The taste is neither floral nor bitter. I conclude that the sweetness is the first thing that hit me, followed by a rather bland middle and a sour after taste. I was very much hoping to taste some bitterness but its definatley not there. This beer left nice lacing though, and it left traces at the sides of the glass like rock layers at the Niagara escarpment. Another plus is that this beer taste clean, but then definately not as clean as something like Heineken, which at least has a decent bitterness.

Overall, this beer is greatly lacking in character.

Photo of Bordeaux0113
4.29/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank this beer on Captiva Island (Florida)...It was a very hot day and this really hit the spot. I was eating Hershey's chocolate with the beer and the combination was amazing :D
I am French-American but to be honest, I did not expect much (France is more of a wine nation obviously)...I was very pleased however to find that I very much liked this beer. :)

Photo of DrewS667
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.3 oz bottle into a 12 oz mug

Appearance - Bright and active a really bright straw color

Smell - grassy hops, light flowers and a bit of skunk

Taste - Very floral and grassy, malt and hops perfectly balanced

Mouthfeel - Very refreshing, slight up in alcohol drys up the finish

Drinkability - Absolutely, the beer that is adorned in every brasserie in Paris has a spot in my fridge anytime.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really yellow beer, super crystal clear, offputting aroma of unintentional funkiness and industrial cleaner.

Taste, weird yeast strain seems to jump on my tongue, not allowing any taste of very light Saaz hops I'd guess to do anything. Slight breadiness. Just really put off by the taste. Evolves into a slightly more tolerable bitter hay feel. Dry, but eh. Had this at the Paris, France casino in Vegas. . . might have been old, but it just wasn't agreeable with me.

Photo of ADR
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its been quite a while since I had one of these...

Clear bright gold appearance, big-bubbled and fizzy head that powers down in about 40 seconds but leaves nice and delicate lace. Sulfur aroma, right up there with a St. Pauli Girl, also a sense of grassiness. Simple malt profile, but with an off note of white vinegar. What puts me off is an unsettling finish, a combination of too much carbonation and a leafy cilantro herbiness. With a world of beer out there, I have no intention of drinking this again. Looks nice, though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Offered on draft at D's Sixpack, Appearance: Golden hue nice white head leaves even lacing not bad. Aroma: Mild European hop dose herbal grassy slightly sweet but relatively clean and lager-like. Taste: Some cereal grains with actual hop flavor overall dull mass produced lager but not bad. Mouthfeel: Light body high carbonation but a decent Euro lager. Drinkability: Nice crisp lager no off flavors doesn't challenge my tastebuds but not a bad summer session lager, but at four bucks for a pint I will pass.

Photo of timontheroad
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of thatruth
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked up a sixer on a recent trip to Vancouver from the strip mall down the street from the Biltmore Cabaret. poured into pint glass.

pours a pale yellow, 1/2" white head with slippery, minimal lacing. damn bubbly, pretty standard.

smells of mighty, mighty hops and barley. doughy, the "skunky" vibe "green" bottle beers tend to get associated with the bourgeoisie is there.

interesting twang to the taste, perhaps from the hop/barley infusion, sort of floral. other than that, not much there. thin, "skunky" (for lack of a better term) aftertaste.

smooth and refreshing brew. damn good cold. it's own twist because it's French, I suppose. they like to have their own twists.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sweet fizzy and yellow. That should say enough, but i've got to write more to complete my rating. Doesn't really have anything which distinguishes it from other mainstream lager, and its very boring to drink.

Photo of Ecliptica
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a beautiful golden copper color with a rich, frothy white head that was laced beautiful. Quite an attractive beer in the glass. Bubbles continued to rise rapidly until about halfway through the glass and still rose, though not as quickly, until I was almost done with the drink.

The smell was the typical European green bottle lager smell - slightly herbal and slightly skunky, but no real discernible smell that differentiates it from other green bottles.

The taste is above average for this style. I personally can't tell much of a difference between this and Pilsner Urquell, but I am a fan of the latter, so I suppose that's a bit of a compliment. It's slightly better than other European lagers I've had, but not so much that I can give it a much higher rating than what I am giving it.

Mouthfeel had just the perfect amount of carbonation to make it clean and light, especially for a beer with this much alcohol content (5.9%). It goes down quite smooth and leaves no terrible lingering aftertaste.

I'm rating the drinkability of this brew highly because of how smooth and attractive the beer is. A light, crisp beer like this is delicious on a hot day and is also an excellent, excellent session beer. I personally like this beer better on tap (and it would have garnered a higher rating had I been reviewing it on tap) but it's not terrible out of the bottle either. Certainly an above average green bottle beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a footed strange)
A- This beer pours a light hue of bright copper that is crystal clear with a foamy white head that sticks to the glass and has a Champagne carbonation.
S- The dry green mineral aroma has some light candy notes to the hops as the beer opens up and a hing of sulfur in the finish. T- The dry crisp flavor of pale malt is very slight with a slight sweetness in the finish that is not really sweet but not dry either. There is a sulfur hint in the finish that takes on a green lemon quality as the beer opens.
M- The dry crisp mouthfeel has a tight carbonation in the finish that adds a slight boost to the hops finish.
D- This beer has well blended subtle flavors but a good depth and a lot of flavors I look for in a good Kolsch. I was very surprised and impressed this came out of a green bottle.

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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.