Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Reviews: 469
Hads: 1,289
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 37
Gots: 190 | 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 Sammy
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head but surprisingly good lacing on a pale golden body.

S: grains, pale malts and a little musty.

T: malty mostly from pale malts and mildy sweet mostly from lemon notes. Grass and floral notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I had this for the first time at McDonalds in Paris. Just now had it to review it. Not bad for what it is. (381 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (550 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.35/5  rDev -57.4%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
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,. (906 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.94/5  rDev -38.8%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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). (764 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,584 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better European macro imports I've tried. Has the same sort of bland taste they all seem to have, or lack of taste I should say, but this one has a little more body and mouthfeel to it. It went down very smooth and had a nice crispness to it. Wouldn't seek it out but if offered some I wouldn't turn it down for sure. (328 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +23%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.38/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY

It was the most "exotic" thing they had at the bar, with only about 5 beers to chose from, so I gave it a whirl. Keep trying, France.

Poured clear golden-yellow with a slight white head, and fizzy carbonation. Grassy aroma, some sickening sweetness. Sweet malts in the taste, very light, grassy hops, moving on to mulch and leaving a skunky taste in the mouth. Light bodied and not very drinkable at all. After one glass, I was done drinking for the night. (501 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (509 characters)

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