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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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991 Ratings
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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of huxcrunner

New York

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden color white head minimum lacing good carbonation

Malt smell good balance of aromas average lager smells

Good clean crisp taste little bit of a bite to it

Feels a litttle light on the body but overall not bad mouthfeel

Overall I liked this beer very crisp and light for being aalmost 6% I would recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:19:57 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A clear straw colour like most pale lagers. It has a smallish white head that settles to just a lacing around the top of the beer & shows signs of some carbonation.

Sweet grain & mild hop aroma. It also has notes of corn & a chemical cleanness to it.

Corn & bread flavours as well as grain but it was crisp well blended. Nothing special but very drinkable.

The beer has good carbonation & is quite refreshing although it is very light, bordering on watery.

A very average lager & not a very exciting beer although it could have been a lot worse. A decent session beer.

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Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 21:03:19 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Hermanater77


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A regular poured lager that has a quickly vanishing light foam head. Based purely on looks, there are plenty of other choices that look more appealing.
S: Smells exactly the way that you would expect a French Lager to smell like - a mild bitterness with a hint of mustiness.
T: Surprisingly pleasant - starting off tasting almost sweet with a hint of citrus, while finishing with a traditional lager light bitterness.
M: Light-bodied, with balanced carbonation to coincide with the lightness of the beer.
D: Much better from the taps than any other kind of serving type, I've had the beer in London in three forms - cans, bottles, and on tap, and while the bottled and canned versions still taste better than most, getting a draft of 1664 is the way to go. Definitely a must try if you have access to it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 16:47:51 | More by Hermanater77
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: bubbly golden yellow. Light complexion. Light head that disseminates quickly.

Smell: Bright floral notes. Characteristic pale European lager. Light astringent smell. Some candied malts.

Taste: Maybe the ingredients aren't the best quality but I like the recipe. it has a nice finish. Slight over carbonated. Dry. Some citric notes

Mouthfeel: light and fizzes on the tounge.

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer a lot. I could drink quite a few of these without regret

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:30:46 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 03:22:19 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of beersensei305


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Notes: I've had this numerous times in a bottle, can, and ontap;

A- pours golden yellowish with pretty decent lacing

S- Sweet grainy, light hop

T- like a typical lager crispy clean balance of malts and hops with some grassy grainy notes

M- Crisp clean and light

D- Very drinkable, well balanced basic lager

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 03:03:26 | More by beersensei305
Photo of BFrost


2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow gold into a mug.. Though this color may not be very impressive, the white head is quite dense, has good retention, and a very nice lace after the fading.

Smells rather skunky and hoppy. It is very much the same on the tongue with a bland aftertaste (or lack there of). The carbonation seems quite low for the best-by date not even being near. Mouth feel is that of cold, lightly carbonated water and is therefore easy to drink, but flavors are not prominent enough to enjoy.

I had a lot of trouble separating the ingredients on my tongue to analyze the taste at all. Stick to wine, France. Stick to wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:11:26 | More by BFrost
Photo of harrymel


2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 07/06/10
$2 for 12oz @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

This beer pours brilliant gold with a loose single finger foamy head which remains for nearly the life of the beer. Nose is grainy with a hint of citrus and grapefruit. Grain with floral notes and corn flavors. The beer is thin and falls down throat with ease. Has a sweet finish and leaves palate cleansed. This is a decent pils, wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 12:25:57 | More by harrymel
Photo of NODAK


3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma was pretty skunky at first. Once that subsided, a profile of some sweet grain became prominent. Not the most impressive aspect.

And the taste...well, it's a Euro pale lager and it definitely tastes like one. Slightly sweet cereal grains are on the body...with a tiny bit of hops on the backend and some grassiness hanging around after the swallow. It follows the recipe for the style pretty much to a T, but it isn't bad. Certainly is better than a lot of macros that most people would associate with the style (I'm looking at a couple of major Dutch beers here).

Refreshing and very drinkable. I'd say it is better than most beers of this style. Just don't expect to be knocked off your barstool.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:19:13 | More by NODAK
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -53%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Would never bought it myself, but my friend braught it over. Not very appetizing color. I'm not sure if there were any aroma. Maybe very slight, bread and sweet malt. Very watery on the palate. Taste of sweet corn. I could not finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:48:05 | More by mikeg67
Photo of LittleDon


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is somewhere between straw and golden. Crystal clear with a bleached white head with good retention. Light lace. Aroma is predominantly resinous/grassy with a touch of grain. Some metallic notes are also present. Clean up front with a nice amount of carbonation. Hoppy middle that quickly fades to a grainy finish. A mouthfeel is a bit soapy on the finish. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 21:50:04 | More by LittleDon
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear yellow gold with a pretty nice snow white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma has a grainy maltiness with a grassy aroma of European hops.

This may be classified as a Euro Pale Lager but it feels an awful lot like a nice Helles. Slightly sweetish bready malts, somewhat grainy as the aroma indicated with a nice spicy kick from the European style hops. The finish drys up a bit and ends with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the medium end of light, nicely carbonated and smooth.

Very drinkable, my fears of this being another skunky European beer in a green bottle were unfounded. I imagine I will buy a few more of these from time to time!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:00:27 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of assmandugle


4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice goldish orange color with very little head. Smell is a bit skunky almost like a Heineken or a Straub. Taste is light and more on the sweet side. Very smooth and is extremely easy to drink. Very refreshing and is an easy beer to sit back and drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:41:52 | More by assmandugle
Photo of basica


3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange golden shade, actively fizzling with a thick, rocky and frothy head, medium retention finally leaving a nice finger thick head. (3.5)

S - Primarily malts with some yeast astringency. (2.5)

T - A malty front with sourish notes and mild hop aromas; light hop bitterness joins in towards the finish. (3)

M - Light-bodied and moderately carbonated; pretty much watery in general. (3)

D - Pretty drinkable and slightly more approchable than most mass lagers. (3.5)

Bottle solicited from Cold Storage in Singapore

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:46:26 | More by basica
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre can. Looks like a typical euro lager, clear, a bit pale and lots of bubbles. Can taste hints of caramel and chemicals. Lots of carbonation. Can drink a few pints of this but not too many, it's not the best. Ps it's the 5% abv brewed in GB version, would be interested in trying the brewed in france version

Serving type: can

12-01-2010 16:01:35 | More by jonb5
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:14:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jmbranum


4.53/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not my normal style at all but I like it.

Excellent grassy aroma. Clear light amber brew with almost no head.

Flavor is dry and crisp with grassy and coppery notes. Fair amount of fresh grain, moderate hops.

Nice full mouthfeel but more carbonated than I like.

Extremely drinkable. Best euro lager I've had in recent memory. Would make a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 04:08:01 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow crisp carbonation and white head that retains through out the drinking of the beer, good lively appearance

Smell- slight grain, malts, faint hop, not over powering nose

Taste- very nice lager and example of the style, nice balance of malt and very crisp hop bitterness and dryness on the back end, very nice and super enjoyable flavor,

Mouthfeel- crisp and smooth light bodied

Drinkability- wow a very very nice lager drinkable to the extreme with a very lot of flavor for the style, definitely worth trying and so much better then most lagers out there today

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:29:50 | More by Stunner97
Photo of Offa


4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I find this actually to be a very good beer, especially for a mass-produced pale lager.

Gold, it has a medium white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, plus just a little bit of lace.

Aroma is strong, pleasant, but basically standard Euro pale lager of grain, grass hints of herb and sulphur and mineral. It's simple but very good, firm, and pleasant.

Taste is similar, pleasant, lightly sweet appley grain with light, zesty grass and lightly spicey herb hint. It has light bitterness underlying the sweetness. Hay and grass dominate the aftertaste. The character that it has is pleasant, firm, and with enough going on to keep it interesting while it is highly drinkable. Feel is fairly good, solid, and not watery or rough.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:32:13 | More by Offa
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fits all the charascteristics of the style. Most note worthy to me was the malts. Really a nice bready flavor with a slightly tart finish. A little bit better than a lot of other euro lagers. Does the style a fine service for sure.
The hops are mild and add a spicy blend to some of the alcohol flavors that smooth it out and add too drinkability. All this said, everything else is quite typical. A pretty crisp and refreshing beer that I would reccomend to get to know the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 18:55:51 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of JayS2629


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I abhor green bottled beers for the usual skunk taste and smell. However, this is an exception. There is a hint of skunk in the smell, but it is absent in the taste.

A- Golden blonde with minimal head and lacing is faint.

S- Musty grain, slight skunk and clean hop.

T- Sweeter than expected from a green bottle beer. I nice crisp, clean malty taste. Hops in background. Concord grape in the middle.

M- Nice carbonation with a light body.

D- Very easy. Not my favorite style, but very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:44:26 | More by JayS2629
Photo of cjacobsen


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with about an inch of white head. Bubbles well.

It smells way different from most beers I have had. Secondary malts and weak hops.

Tastes kind of tinny. Not much of an outstanding hoppy or malty flavor. Flavor of alcohol and weak hops

Mouthfeel is fine. Not too hard on the tongue.

It's like a French Miller Lite. It's not bad for a French beer seeing that the French have very few beers that they actually brew inland in comparison to other countries

Serving type: can

10-06-2010 16:57:58 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my second Kronenbourg 1664, and my third Kronenbourg product, but my first time reviewing one. This one is actually available on PEI now. I recall 1664 being pretty good, so I had no problem testing it again.

This one looks pretty good. Very nice, clear, golden colour. I like how the head has a bit of foaminess to it, and isn't just bubbles without substance. The head lowers to just a few islands of white, with some sandy lacing (looks like I'm feeling poetic tonight).

The smell is fine. I find lagers rather plain in general, but for a lager, this is nice. No skunky smell. There's something almost fruity to it.

The taste is similar. It's fresh, and has something fruity about it, but only subtly so (no jokes about my writing on this one, please).

The feel of it is quite good, really. It's refreshing, with a slightly dry and even more slightly bitter finish.

This is a beer that's very easy to put away a fair amount of... it's quite drinkable.

My rating seems high overall, but taking it just as a lager, it deserves its rating, I think.

For the record, the other two Kronenbourgs I've tried were Kronenbourg, and Kronenbourg Blanc, both in Paris. As far as I can recall, I like this one above both of those.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 23:32:20 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of goblue3509


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

Pours a nice gold color with an one finger to one and a half finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of musty adjunct malts and a hint of hop and sweetness. The taste is a adjunct malt backbone with a little hop bite and a nice candy sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good, its a nice easy drink, nothing to reall dislike, and the flavor is enjoyable. You could easily do a session of this, a nice flavor for this class.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:00:26 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Tolnik


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a pint glass. The foam that was produced was a fair amount of a 1/2 finger. The smell that aromatics from the beer is that of wheat and fruit tones. The taste follows that of the aroma but adds in a maltiness to it. Giving a warmer feel on the tongue. Overall a good beer to sit back with during the hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 18:50:02 | More by Tolnik
Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
74 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.