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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

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BA SCORE
73
okay

894 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.81%


Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A yellow malt and fizzy carbonation, replacement for ginger ale. Hey, carbs but less calories and more food value. Comparable to Moosehead. Nothing here, can't even disguise the alcohol. A little grains and tad of citrus and some hops and bitter aftertaste after sweet dries.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2004 13:25:36 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is a slight skunky aroma upon first opening this bottle. After that, the smell is of sweet grains and some grass/hay aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, grassy/hay notes, and an herbal hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is pretty mild and fades from the palate after each sip. I am also getting a slightly metallic taste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this a pretty good European lager that is pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:02:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transparent medium gold capped by a large, off-white head that persists acceptably well. A fair amount of lace sticks to the glass, lending the appearance of quality. The aroma, I'm sorry to say, is on the skunky side. Underneath the nastiness is untoasted grain and noble hops, but the oderiferousness of Pepe's spray comes close to ruining it.

A little better on the palate, but not much. All is relatively well at first with grain-like malt and biting hops. It isn't long, though, before a harsh, overcooked hop leaf bitterness creeps into the picture. I find it hard to believe that any brewer wants his beer to taste like this. The light-medium body holds up until the very end when it dissipates into frankly watery. The fizziness of the mouthfeel doesn't help either.

It's unfortunate that the appearance was the highlight of this entire experience. I've had worse beer--much worse--but I'll forget Kronenbourg 1664 like it was never here.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 22:53:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the fox and the Hound in Mason Ohio and poured into a 20oz pint glass

Typing the next few on the mobile they will be short. Poured a nice pale dull golden abler with a nice two finger head of frothy and fizzy lace that quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin film with no side glass representation. Smell was ll grain with a touch of euro hops, but mostly your classic light lager smell. The flavor was actually more then decent which suprised me. A nice crisp clean feel gave way to more then a decent swelling a grain and hops with hints at cereals and fresh cut grass. A long subtle and dried out finish only served to add on to this one and really make a great overall impression on me. It went down like water and I was suprised at just how drinkable this one was. Overall I would have to say not bad at all and I would definitly order this one again as for a session lager,.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 00:46:29 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

1.95/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Another from old notes.

A: The pour is a pale golden straw color with a short lived, but initially large, white head.

S: Smells just bad. Quite skunky with a bit of a warm garbage aroma. Lots of corn and other cooked vegetables. Lager yeast is also present.

T: The flavor isn't quite as bad, but still not all that enjoyable. Corn, overcooked broccoli, and incredibly skunky. Lager yeast and a bit of cooked grain.

M: Light in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Pretty foul stuff, though probably not the worst beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:04:32 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colorwith a frothy white head; not a great deal of retention, however, but it does leave some lacing before it disappears

Smell: Herbacious and grassy (after a brief bout with the dreaded skunk) with some underlying sweetness

Taste: Starts out rather sweet and then a citrus lemony and herbcious flavor joins the party; a bit rough on the back of the tongue with a long solvent aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with good carbonation

Drinkability: An OK Euro Lager but I just can't get excited about the style

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 21:03:59 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.38/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle version 25 cl - green bottle. Golden lager with medium that disapear in no time. As for the taste: Can you spell SKUNK, can you say bad brew. Why? Why? Why? The bottle format is the most inetresting thing about this beer. This is so bad I won't spend more time writing about this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 14:44:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second sampling: better than most Euro-Lagers because it more closely resembles great German pilsner flavors. A medium bready malt flavor with rich pilsner malt sweetness and light body. Never light-striken or heavily grainy. Simple brew, yet solid.

It's actually pretty decent per style. Strong straw color with loosely knit carbonation and laced decently. Lightly malty and bready to the smell. Less earthy and yeasty than a Bohemian. Light hop aroma that boarders on light strickenness. Tastes the same bready and malty with slight apple or pear flavors. Slightly spicy from noble hop late additions. Thins out in the body and reveals a fresh alcohol flavor and moderate graininess. Other than the grainy texture, the finish is crisp, clean, and lightly bitter and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2005 16:06:58 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with some hints of associated sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible, although the hops keep the sweetness in check.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a better taste and thicker mouthfeel compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:16:13 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.79 for a 12 oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, goldish body with a small, white head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with a bit of doughiness to it. Mild, musty skunk notes.

Taste: Light pale malts with a mild, restrained sweetness and a hint of dough and grits. Faint, brief traces of lemon and apple fruitiness. Floral hops with a light bitterness. Dry finish with a hint of the alcohol within.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While 1664 isn't quite 1337, it's better than a sizable portion of the endless parade of Euro lagers available.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:06:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 18:02:33 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been a long time since the Chumley's passport day that first introduced me to this beer. Wasn't a fan then, but maybe things have changed after all those years... It pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises rice husk, light funky wheat, and hard water. The taste holds notes of funky wheat, rice, hard water, chalk, and what seems like fake lemon creeping in from some dank room in the back o' the place, ax in hand. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I'm still not a fan of this beer: The supposedly arrogantly quality hops don't come through very well, and things just taste super watery and super adjunct-y (if that makes sense).

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:37:37 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

The green glass bottle with the large & fancy neck label pours a clear golden/amber with a short-lived, big-bubbled head that drops readily to a thin collar. It leaves a decent amount of lace upfront, but retains less-and-less as you progress through the glass. The aroma is highly skunky - but I'll ignore that as a fresh bottle should be more neutral. But there's a touch of dimethyl sulfate as well (DMS; cooked corn) that can't be ignored. It's minor; but detracting. It does, however, express some grainy maltiness that's nice - and a touch of floral/herbal hoppiness shows up in the background. The body is medium with a fine carbonation that leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor is mainly of a grainy malt, although there are some light floral hops involved. A firm bitterness balances; and it finishes dry with a light residual malt and some nice hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 21:11:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, on the patio at Original Joe's Oliver in Edmonton. Label-specified ingredients: glucose, colouring, hop extract? Talk about a disappointing first impression.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour (it took added colouring to get to this?), with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and loosely bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent specked and webbed lacing around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of slightly sour, grainy, and moderately bready pale malt, a hint of neutered citrus, some weirdly prevalent warming alcohol, and a mild herbal skunkiness. The taste is mild multi-toned grainy malt, a touch of bland caramel, ethereal citrus notes, all offset slightly by a somewhat acrid booze-tinged herbaceous character.

The carbonation is rather understated, and generally unobtrusive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in a nail-polish sort of way. It finishes off-dry, and kind of sticky in its lingering adjunct-laden maltiness.

Not quite as bad as I was expecting, but not something I could recommend in good conscience either. Too reliant on the perfumed acetone character, and certainly prone for a quick passover, should we meet again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:19:15 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/25/07 at Cher’s in North Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sweet light malts and grain. There are very little hops in it, but this one is not as pungent as several other beers that I’ve had in this style.

T: The taste is likewise sweet and light, with flavors of malt and adjunct. The hops presence is very mild, but there’s at least a little bit of balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent kick for the style, I didn’t think this beer was too bad, if my only other choices along with this were American Macros and other Euro Pale lagers, I would probably select this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 20:12:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, plenty of ascending streams of carbonation.

Aroma was subtle, but some apple and grassy hops came through.

Primarily apple yeast esters with a delicate papery malt background. As it warms, some adjunct flavors unfortunately appear. Adequate carbonation keeps it easy drinking. A pint was finished, but certainly not a first choice.

This was sampled at Chicago Ale House, only because it used to be available at Johnnie's Lounge (3425 N. Lincoln Ave), which imparted some small amount of nostalgia.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 02:41:27 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale malt scent that is light, yet malty. I detect some adjunct use as well as some carapils malts for body and color. It also has a dry, skunky aroma as well. The taste is poor. It is virtually tasteless except for some weak pale malt flavor and a skunky finish. It is another terrible Euro lager from France. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a poor example of a lager. It has very poor drinkability. It's down the drain with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 19:53:54 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip at a bar. This beer is just boring.

Its yellow and clear. Carbonation is moderate to low. Forms a medium head of white bubbles of medium to large size. Its leaves lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Not much of a smell. Slight sweet, some malt, not much of anything.

Finishes nice, beer is light in the body, light in flavor overall. No aftertaste, finishes completely. Wet, not dry, drinkability and mouthfeel are good. Its just boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:13:08 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 04:47:50 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear golden yellow color with a good deal of carbonation and a huge bubbly, white head.

S - It smelled of sweetness. Also, grain and corn aromas were detected.

T - It tasted bittersweet. It also had a grain a light caramel malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay for a Euro Pale Lager. I've had it on tap in France and it was a little better that served that way.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:30:23 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to get another most likely crappy beer off my list. Got to fill a mix 6-pack and looked like it would be a not so great beer, but figured worth a shot. And horrible GREEN bottle!

Pours a fizzy pasty white crummy looking sad head that gets to almost 1/4 of a finger bit not much, it seems to want to have lacing but even the lacing can't keep it up. the beer is a brilliantly crystal clear watery cider apple tan colored, obviously filtered to no end.

NOse is, well, not too bad. Some obvious light signs of skunk but not a whole lot. light Euro pilsner aromas, some grassy hay, some light soft lager fruit aromas but some weird ones with it, a touch of a banana like even. Quite light overall.

Taste again hints at light skunk but not bad. More Euro pilsner, light grassy hay malts, light lager fruits, a hint of metallic twing from the lager but not much. Light, crisp, refreshing, and fluffy even. The faintest hint of grassy hop touch. Finish is dry and crisp, light fruity lager and touch of sticky sweetness, quite clean overall on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied but as expected, good carbonation.

Overall, well, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Just a hint of skunk from the green bottle, and touch of metallic hot lager yeast like off flavor. Otherwise a light profile but crisp fairly clean and drinkable pilsner, with lighter but decent malt profile and touch hops. Could use a bit more overall for just about everything, but still drinkable. Great for a hot summer day I bet, but still could do without the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:45:17 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this as part of a mixed 6 pack from Crazy Bruce's in Connecticut. This beer pours out looking like a pale yellow water with some carbonation. The head was white and vanished almost immediately. The smell was funky, almost had a sour aroma to it or skunked even. The beer flavor of the beer was a lot like a Beck's in my opinion. It just wasn't anything great or even decent. This was thankfully the first of the 6 I had that night so I have 5 more to get the taste outta my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:13:53 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark gold with a steady carbonation and a white head that thinned out and held on throughout the drink. Left some lacing.
A bit thin. Some grass. Mostly - non-offensive - but, nothing stands out.
As far as taste, some grassiness. Some malt. Not much in the hop area. A touch of sweetness. Some salt is noticeable, especially as it warms. Nothing special, but fortunately lacks the Euro-skunk for the most part.
It's a bit sweet - reminiscent - almost - of an eastern euro - a bit salty - otherwise refreshing.
Fairly smooth and refreshing for style. Occassionaly, I buy this when in the mood for a Euro-lager. Better than some of the more popular Euro-lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 06:24:49 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a crystal clear slightly gold with minimal head that leaves a lot of lacing as it drops. Nose is mild with a touch of sweet malt aroma. Flavor is actually pretty decent for a mass produced brew. Has a fair amount of sweet tone to it that lasts long on your tongue but carries a slight touch of body from the malts. The sweet stays on your tongue longer than anything else. Mouthfeel is good. Thick carbonation and a lasting flavor. Drinkability is very high. I could go for these all the time. This one is a surprise for me and I am glad to have 5 more to be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:11:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.