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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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476 Reviews
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Reviews: 476
Hads: 1,306
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 38
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg visit their website

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 flagmantho
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 330mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. The color is surprisingly deep for the style; I like it.

Smell: a little sweet and rather grainy; nothing special but it's pretty well balanced.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a fair bit of both sweetness and graininess here. It's better than an American macro lager, but there's very little nuance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: body is light, but is actually pretty good for the style. Carbonation is pretty high, and while it's not creamy, per se, it's at least somewhat satisfying.

Overall: drinkable enough, this is probably great on a hot day. It's pretty clean with an emphasis on grain, which I like, but it's a hair to sweet to just guzzle away. (780 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap in a pub with limited choices in the hope that it would be a safe and "decent" beer. It wasn't! The appearance was ok to start with but the head quickly dissipated leaving little lacing and hardly any foam on top. The smell was sour and unappetising. I would describe it as a cheap lager aroma. The taste was insipid with an unpleasant sourness and no noticeable hop or malt accent. I wonder if Kronenbourg 1664 tastes better from a can or bottle and may revisit it in that format one day. Maybe the pub hadn't kept it too well.

The name sounds like it should be good. The logo looks nice. In Britain they have adverts with French soccer legend Eric Cantona extolling the noble people who pick the prized Alsace hops that they use. Sadly in reality it tastes like a cheap, slightly hard to drink lager. I would rather have a glass of cheap and cheerful red wine than this if it was the only beer on offer

My mark out of one hundred would be 55. (967 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a standard Euro pale lager straw with a thin layer of bubbly white foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma nondescript, a sour breadiness, sparkly white grape, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Beer is overly carbonated, making it difficult to nail down the flavors. I got pale malt, dilute lemonade and red sour berry notes, and a floral tang ... Not sure where the hop extract used in this beer hails from but there was a distinct floral top note that added some interest to an otherwise dull Euro industrial lager. Harsh metallic flavors and a bit of skunk, albeit less of the latter than comparable beers. I'd drink this before Heineken but alas that is damning via faint praise. (678 characters)

Photo of Cooldill
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Standard golden yellow euro-lager hue. Not really where this beer shines, but not bad. Won't comment on the head. I'm drinking this straight from the bottle (sue me) for this review. I've had in a Pilsener glass with good results.

S: Quite good. Floral, slight malt, light lawn clipings. Not much else, yet clean.

T: Light malt, floral hopiness comes through. Those Alsace hops seems to be showing, quite enjoyable. Unique. Not sure if it's the advertised Alsace hops but whatever hops are used, they are being executed very well.

M: Good for the style. Moderate carbonation, no surprises. Refreshing and simple. Again, quite standard, but it's very refreshing.

O: One of my go-to European lagers. This holds up well to many European Pilseners and Lagers I've had whilst living in central Europe. I quite enjoy this brew. It is easy to put many of these down, and the interesting flavor never seems to get old. Truly a well balanced beer. One I will be seeking out even as I return to the US. Worth a try? JUST DO IT! You may be pleasantly surprised! (1,057 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 33 cl can into a glass, straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light hops, sweet malt, crisp, clean, fresh

T: light hops up front, refreshing light malt, grassy, slight mineral water

M: thinner with higher carbonation, refreshing with a clean finish

O: a nice lager, ubiquitous in Paris and quite enjoyable if you are not to busy drinking wine (406 characters)

Photo of djura
2.77/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Interesting orange color,tick white foam lasting few minutes,medium carbonation.
S - Decent aroma of citrus,cereals.
T/M - Not so drinkable,skunky bitter aftertaste. A bit fake wheat or cereal taste.
O - Won't drink it again,boring industrial lager. (253 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up for 2 bucks at the Gateway grill. Figured it would go well with a Primanti sandwich.

A - Ah I can hear the fizz like soda pop, yet it does make for a 1/2 inch plus head that doesn't fizz out too quick. Color is a bright golden clear yellow.
S - Corn and lager yeast is the highlight in this one mild sunk, dry lemon like with no delectable hops.
T - Much drier than I expected with muted corn notes and some mild herbal hops which may be lager yeast I can't tell. Pretty bad stuff.
M - Light to medium leaning more towards medium it's not as carbonated as I expected and comes off heavier than it should be.

Overall not sure how old it is or why I even got it, all I know is these guys make a pretty decent Witbier yet not a good, clean, crisp tasting lager. Pass if you can. (792 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a really pillowy head. It looks like the memory foam in my pillow.
Smells like wine. Pretty unappealing smell. Taste is smooth and malty, but almost no detectable hops. Finish is clean though.

Not a really great Euro lager. Pass on this. (261 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with a thick one finger white head. Impressive head retention and lacing. I am quite astonished, actually.

Wonderful aroma of bread and grassy hops that is just perfect for the style. Some faint lemon and hay as well. Quite nice.

The flavor follows along the lines of the aroma with an awesom bread and grass character that strikes a nearly perfect balance between malt and hops. Some lemon and orange juice comes through about halfway along with a light, clean bitterness. Fairly full mouthfeel along with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a really great beer and one of the better Europ pale lagers I have had. The flavors are so clean and crisp and it is an extremely refreshing beer. (748 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
1.97/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: One finger head. Fades quickly. Light yellow in color.

S: I'm still trying to get a whiff of something. If this beer has a smell, I certainly haven't found it yet.

T: Hoppy, very carbonated. The carbonation overpowers the flavor. It goes down okay. Like drinking soda.

M: Over-carbonated. The carbonation lasts on your tongue.

O: Is this beer or Sierra Mist? This beer is not for me. (394 characters)

Photo of 1stOffender
3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, easy drinking and refreshing beer. Light in colour and alcohol content it has a subtle taste of apricots and sweetness that goes perfectly with the summer sun and a hot day. To be honest, I have difficulty choosing anything other than the blue bottle any time I'm buying beer. This is a solid offering and could easily be enjoyed by someone who does not even like beer. (385 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this 2-3 times over the last 2 weeks in France. Easily found all over the country. From a 16 oz. can to a pint glass, and also on tap. 0.25L pour.

a - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one inch of bright white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet malts, bready malts. biscuit, light floral hops, light fruity malts. Not a ton going on but some light fruit to it.

t - Tastes of bready malts, dough, biscuit malts, and wheat. Not bad but not much going on in the flavor at all.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink a few of them.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; not much to it really, other than some wheat, bread, and biscuit malts. Easy to drink, cheap, and easy to find, but I stopped ordering them and stuck with the Belgians I could find when possible. (803 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.16/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the tap on my recent trip to France.

Poured into a beautifully tall pilsner glass. It had a pretty solid one finger head that never seemed to disappear. Great lacing throughout, this place keeps a clean glass. (Just some random cafe outside of Notre Dame.)

Smell: Malty floral goodness. I found myself constantly with my nose in the glass. I'm sure I looked a bit weird going back again and again. I couldn't pinpoint a couple of the other notes. I felt like banana was there somewhere, and a couple of other things.

Taste: Follows the nose closely, but instead of the possible banana note, I'm getting lemon with the taste. Nice balance on the malts hops.

Feel: Creamy goodness with a delicate bite of carbonation. Very nice. Very smooth.

Overall: One of my favorites while overseas. I tried this one first, and kept revisiting. I'm kind of kicking myself for not trying more while over there, but it's a testament to this beer I think. Great quality while on tap. I can't say how it survives that terrible green bottle if shipped over here. (1,065 characters)

Photo of bobbyr5
1.34/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I must have had a six pack turned bad. Absolutely smelled terrible and tasted just as bad. Thought it would be good since I bought it from Wegman's but I guess not.

Have to retry then repost review because I believe something was off for it to taste that badly. Maybe the french just like weird tasting beer though. (317 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

A:golden yellow with a nice white fluffy head that fades to nothing.thiss beer has so many bubbles you can't see all the way through the beer its a nice looking beer

S:smell is of skunky grains,maybe a lil fresh cut grass not to much going on

T: nice and skunky how I like my foreign lagers realy nice and crisp from all the carbonation but its a little sweet maybee some corn I tste that kinda brings it down for me

M:crisp and dry

Overall:a nice foreign lager a little on thee sweet side but not to bad would take this over many american lagers any day

Live life drink beer!!!:-) (632 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clean golden yellow pour with about a finger of head. smells pretty skunky... like most of the shittier imported lagers we get here. i guess there's some pils malt somewhere behind the skunky smell. the flavor is actually odd.. i immediately get a hint of black pepper, very bready. this is surprisingly good.. though, i'm sure the glassware makes the difference. medium body on the light side, moderate carbonation.. leaves a nice stick feeling on the lips.

i was pleasantly surprised by this one. it was left here on new year's by a friend and so i consumed it thinking it would be garbage, but nope, enjoyed it (minus the smell) (632 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.97/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant yellow appearance. Slight bubbly head even with a very intensive pour.

Aroma is of malt, no hops and very clean. No esters detected.

Very clean on the palate. Malt sweetness with a refreshing and crisp finish. Not too dry and not at all hoppy.

Low mouthfeel and light body.

Very simple beer. Clean profile and refreshing. Similar to an american adjunct lager. (373 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Clear gold body, decent head with spotted lacing. Aroma is kind of shy with mild fruit and cereals. Taste is more of the same but with a grainy mineral-like background. Average overall and inoffensive though not particularly exciting. (263 characters)

Photo of CurtisD
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Currently, I'm sampling the various Euro macros available at NB Liquor. This one poured a reasonably nice pale yellow colour, however there was very little head or lacing as I sipped the glass.

The smell was average, though I wasn't expecting a whole lot in terms of aroma. It really could have been any one of a number of Euro macros, or BMC for that matter.

Taste was another story....very mild, sweet, a little bit like the taste of a digestive cookie. I thought I could detect some corn or adjuncts in the taste. Looking at the label, both "glucose syrup" and "hop extract" are listed.

I wouldn't turn this one down on a hot day, but I really can't see paying good money for this one again ($3.29 CDN for the can). (722 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 iSip
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kronenberg 1664: This Euro Pale Ale got decent Beer Advocate ratings. I’m switching over from my summer wheat beer habit to other fare, and thought a few pale ales were in order before the big IPA and stout season begins. Coming from France, I was not sure what to expect. What the Kronenberg turns out to be is a Moosehead, basically. The 1664 has an amber body, light carbonation and white head. The aroma is mostly malt. The flavor is spot on Moosehead, with layered malts up front and a smooth finish. Text book Canadian Lager. Why is this? Well, the French did settle eastern Canada, so is what I think of as a Canadian style beer really a French style beer? (665 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 oz. green bottle. Sampled on June 25, 2012. The pour is pale to golden yellow with a fizzy white head that sticks around. It looks like it is supposed to so I will give a high mark for that. The aroma is pretty weak as far as traditional lagers go with light malts, crisp hops, corn and grain. The body is light to medium. The taste is grassy, slightly malty, and clean at the finish. The green bottle makes it weaker than it otherwise could be. (459 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass. The beer is a golden color. A frothy thick white head sits on top, and actually holds up for most of the duration. And surprisingly, sticky lacing coats the glass. The beer smells of grains and corn husk. The beer tastes like your typical green bottled Euro: skunky. Also a metallic presence wraps itself around the faint grains, malts, and hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, no surprises here folks, just move along. (467 characters)

Photo of chuckybob
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 275 ml bottle into a glass.

A late appearing head 3 fingers thick which stuck around for a little while. It appeared a little darker than the typical euro lager, at least in my light.

Not a lot in the smell, could smell some hops and grain, but not any skunk.

Taste was one of mild hoppy bitterness and some corn. Pretty smooth aftertaste, no lingering skunky taste.

Mouthfeel is light, could sense some of the carbonation.

Not worth refusing if it is the only thing on offer, but you can do better, even in this genre. (540 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden straw yellow with a finger width of bubbly, foamy white head. Plenty of bubbles to be seen and sticking to the glass.

Smell - Sweet malts, apples, grains.

Taste - Sweet malt and grain flavours are well balanced with one another. Slightly bready. Finishes with a nice grassy grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall - An above average euro pale lager by Kronenbourg. There are some well balanced grassy grain and malt flavours, which sets this brew apart from others in the same style category. (590 characters)

Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.