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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

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957 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale gold with a one-finger head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Grainy malt and a hint of noble hops. In spite of the green bottle, no skunking. (Breaths a sigh of relief.)

T: A well-balanced euro pale lager. Just bitter enough to balance the malt and provide refreshment. I had this with an indian dinner on a very hot night in Paris, so the balance was well met.

M: Light in body and ample in carbonation.

D: On the right night, this is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:02:21 | More by speter
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I try to pass up green bottles of beer, especially if I know I can find a tap of it. And I did for this one.

Poured a pale golden, crisp looking body. Foamy head would have scored higher if it were more dense. Looked a bit soapy.

Grain and corn smell mixed in with slight spice and banana. Sweet, but a bit dry.

Light flavor. Some husk and vines, and again with some clove. This isn't outstanding, but it's not bad. Easy drinking without that over stale malt aftertaste I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 04:58:31 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

500ml can served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color forming a big aired, bubbled, fluffy white head. Good retention. A thin layer of bubbles lasts forever and many lacings are left in the glass

S: Sweet in the nose. Sweet grains, mainly. Lager yeasts and flowery/citrus hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts and lager yeasts. Bready. A little bit metallic and some bubblegum sentation. Stingy citrus hops in the end. In overall, a dry beer with a nice mild bitter hoppy sting

M: Very light body and medium to high carbonation. Aftertaste is grainy and mild bitter

O: Quite drinkable and honest Lager, which is something really difficult to find. Recommended

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 10:52:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from several 33cl bottles into a big 1l stein.
Just to clarify this is CUB locally brewed beer - not the proper French brewed stuff.

A - Fairly standard pale amber colour - average head which subsided fairly quickly.

S - Sweet sugar and grass scents initially.

T - Very sweet at first with sugary flavours. Light oak tendencies later.

M - Exceptionally soft, lager flavour. Not much to talk about here. Little bit of bitterness here to add to the tongue.

D - Soft and very easy to drink all day.

Not a bad drop but a little more pungent in the proper French version. But unfortunately don't have the real stuff here, very difficult to get the real thing here in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 12:46:04 | More by xylophonica
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Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:A freshly tapped keg , into a kronenbourg glass. Looks like a BMC product. fizzy yellow liquid

S: not much going on. slightly solvent-like and metallic zip

T: complete crap. not much taste at all besides a cooked cabbage taste, and again the annoying solvent-like zip

M: light bodied, high carb. nothing really wrong with the mouth-feel

D: There's better lagers out there surely!

I was hoping this would be a decent offering since their new wheat beer is actually not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 23:21:38 | More by uno99
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2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - light golden color with good foam level. High carbonation.

Smell - smells like a mix between a Pilsner and a American Light Lager. Hard to place anything specific aromas.

Mouthfeel - feels like a light beer- not creamy or overwhelming at all.

Taste - fairly hopy with a hint of some sort of spice that leaves a slight tingle in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - not one that I would go back for in the store, but if it were on tap, I could certainly enjoy a pint or two of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 08:41:09 | More by Nerudamann
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Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can from LCBO singles bin: I've put off sampling this one for years and now I realize my disdain for pretentious euro cheapo- lagers was justified.

Poured a limpid pale gold. short lived white cap,...

...faint aroma of grains and grassy hops and some funk ( I could be tasting a stale sample)

Weak mouth. light peppery palate ( over carbonated) grainy tastes but sweet... spartan hopping for a Euro lager...fast uneventful finish.

Too thin and sweetish without balance. At $2.55 a half liter this is totally overpriced.

Serving type: can

06-11-2010 22:02:00 | More by pootz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, translucent straw colour, producing a fluffy white one-inch head. This beer is highly effervescent, with a constant stream of tiny bubbles constantly rushing towards the top, making the head quite long-lasting, and indicating a high level of carbonation. Visually, this is a highly appealing brew. The smell is of grass and hops, which seems to be a near-unanimous opinion here. Didn't get any skunkiness, but I did detect a bit of pale malt near the end of the whiff, and a touch of alcohol as well.

And now for the most important part - the taste starts off with a little sweetness, but this is quickly overpowered by a hoppy, floral, bitter bite, and a dry, lasting finish. Nothing complex, but highly refreshing. The bite from the carbonation is a little high for my liking, but this isn't a big problem. I wouldn't describe the mouthfeel as especially light, although it leans this way.

This is a highly drinkable euro lager. I quite like this, even though I am not usually impressed by the style. I will probably pick up some more eventually.

[Updated Nov. 23 2013]

I haven't touched this one in years - which, I'll admit, is odd given all the praise I showered on it last time - so I picked up this pint can to see if it still holds up as one of my favourite (non-pilsner) Euro lagers. This looks amazing in the glass, and I'm really enjoying the aroma too - rather floral, almost citrusy; it gives off some Belgian wit vibes, which is somewhat understandable given the use of wheat malts. Clean, typical Euro lager flavour with lots of grainy malts and grassy hop notes, with a light, spritzy mouthfeel.

We here in North America are inundated with so many random imported lagers that unless you happen to have the benefit of all of the time in the world, separating the wheat from the chaff seems like a Sisyphean ordeal, not at all worth the effort. But if you can't try them all, you should at least start with one of the pinnacles of the style. Kronenbourg 1664 has some odd ingredients (glucose syrup?), but it all comes together nicely. Pale lager enthusiasts should consider this one worth trying.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:34:46 | More by thehyperduck
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2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beer looks pale yellow in color, no head at all. It smells pilsener-ish, but a little too skunky. It tastes much the same. Not much to say here. It has weird flavors that are hopefully not malt or hops. Very dry finish.

I imagine it would taste a bit better in France and that maybe the trip to Virginia took it's toll on this one, but who knows.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:30:48 | More by tchenery
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1.45/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Opaque straw yellow. Not anything different from the macros. But I guess it is common for the style. Just a tad stronger.

S: Smells like the rotten ass of a skunk. I actually used to think that expensive imports were supposed to smell like this.

T: I can't get past the roadkill skunk smell enough to even taste this stuff. As far as I can tell it tastes a little more watered down than the BMC stuff.

M: Well at least it isn't as over carbonated as the macros. Actually not too bad.

D: If you pinch your nose while you drink it this aspect may actually be good.

What is up with imports with green bottles being so skunky? This is why people turn their noses up at craft beer. This is posh to most BMC drinkers but have no idea what else is out their after judging all on stuff like this. There are way better euro lagers out there some are actually pretty good but not this skunky mess.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 05:46:54 | More by generalnotsew
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow/medium gold with a white head that stays as a skim. No real lacing. Nice little bubbles, good clarity.

W.T.F.: I pried off the cap and got a HUGE stink of skunk...but, once in the pint, it is gone. Light malt and some herbal hop leaf aromas. Not too bad.

A clean dry lager. No real funk, good grassy bitterness, and dryness, then just a touch of sweetness in the end. Lightly and delicately bitter on the palate in between sips. A bit too lean in flavor intensity though. Not watery, just a bit weak.

Lighter bodied and well carbonated. This is good.

Changed my ratings as I wrote this. I would drink this over heineken any day. Fairly smooth and balanced, just lacking intensity. That first whiff of skunk was nothing. Other than that, no offensive elements here -- just wish they made this a bit stronger in flavor. Real surprise -- not that bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 23:14:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pale golden colour with a thin layer of head which quickly dissipated and left no tracing. Visible carbonation.

S - The scent was rather light, a bit of a skunky, bready, malt scent. Although not overpowering, a definite grassy scent off the top of the nose.

T - Taste is much the same as the scent, bready/grassy flavour. Nothing overly memorable, yet by no means offensive.

M - Very light on the palette, but goes down really smooth. A noticeable amount of carbonation, but a nice balance.

D - Very drinkable. Perfect if you're looking for a light foreign lager on a hot summer day. Refreshing and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:50:13 | More by andrenaline
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4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:10:48 | More by DrewS667
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2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured apprehensively into a pint glass to a pillowy white head. European beers with green bottles always make me cringe. It is gold in color. The aroma is weak, bready malt. The taste is sweet and bready. It has that metallic taste that often accompnies green bottles. The mouthfeel isn't bad but I can't get over the taste. This is probably my last dabble with Kronenbourg.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:24:52 | More by buschbeer
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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light straw color with one finger of head and medium lacing.

Smell: Faint malt, but not much else.

Taste: Rich malt flavor (very sweet)with faint hop flavors. Slight floral aftertatse.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: OK. I don't think I'd try it again. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 16:30:45 | More by cudmud
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2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 14:13:15 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color, very light. Nice head, actually lasts for a bit of time.
Smells of Saaz hops, or what reminds me of them, and is common in most of the European lagers.
Tastes the same, a little of that taste usual in the European lagers, but not skunky like I would have thought in the past. The hops give it a unique flavor.

Has a good refreshing lager flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 01:27:46 | More by Spineypanda
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3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had drank this beer once before while in Europe, and was elated to find this back home.
A-crisp clear yellow, but paler than theusual color. Nice head developes, and most of it dissipate, with some lacing left behind
S-Nice malty smell, hops present, but not overpower "beer smell" associated with lesser beers.
T- crisp and refreshing. Not to heavy on the carbonation. Nice mixture of tastes, not one taste really over powered the rest, a blended flavor if you will.
M-not too light not too heavy, actualy about what I preffer in a good beer.
D- Fantastic, I can drink this beer alday without becoming tired of it

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 15:54:34 | More by crimsontide1013
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3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color. Small amount of white head and a lacing that disapears quickly.

Smelling some very subdued floral and citrus notes.

Taste is kinda plain. Like I've been here before... This is like France's version of Bud Light. Not complex at all... Not really offensive though either. More of a Euro-lager made for mass appeal...

Very fine and light carbonation... that reminds me of champagne. I'm very impressed with the mouthfeel vs. American pale lagers...

Wouldn't mind drinking more of these if I was drinking all night... But this is not something I will buy again or stock in my fridge. It just seems like a generic all-weather, no reason, all-season beer that just wouldn't get called upon to do battle with my thirst. But the 5.9% ABV earns it some extra points, because it is quite smooth!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:34:11 | More by AleWatcher
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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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New York

3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another French beer, usually not the best...Very corny on the nose, smells like pilsner malt and adjuncts. Very watery with a good crispiness like a nice pilsner, a definite corn like taste comes through. Hard to believe the abv. Not much to this one, but nothing bad either, a very crisp and clean taste, seemingly void of unpleasantries of most green bottle macros. Even though it is February here in New York, I could see this going very nicely with a light dinner in an outdoor café somewhere on the French Mediterranean. Holds a decent head for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:04:13 | More by Cadyfatcat
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a restaurant, on tap, the 1/2 pint. 1 finger head, nice light blond color, good smell. The thing I liked about this beer was the taste/ it is ncie and easy, there is no weird taste like the Stella Artois. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 03:45:50 | More by franktheman
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden hue that does not have an ample head, but leaves lots of white lacing. Looks like your typical Euro pale ale, lager or pils.

S: Woah. I don't know what it was exactly, but a skunked smell emanated from the bottle when I opened it. It was quite unpleasant. A combination of funky hops and skunked smell with artificial floral notes. Ehh.

T: Just another run of the mill euro lager. Mildly hopped and mild citrus notes and a grassy and hay finish.

M: Crisp and somewhat refreshing, but the odor it gives off makes it tough to drink.

D: Not one that I would reach for again. I always enjoy trying something different, but when I try something different that turns out to be just like every other pale euro lager/beer, then I need to do better research on the brew before buying it. Good thing I just bought this as a single for 1.79. Last time I will do so.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:58:44 | More by irishking1977
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3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale, clear golden color. Decent sized fluffy white head.

S - Grainy sweetness, along with a little bit of grassy hops. Nothing exceptional, what really what is to be expected from the style.

T - Similar to the smell. Mostly grainy and sweet malt flavors with maybe a touch of honey. Some grassy malts. Pretty mild taste.

M - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation. Crisp and slightly smooth for the style.

D - Really quite drinkable. Refreshing and a good beer to get at a bar with limited selection.

Notes: Easy to drink and inoffensive beer, but nothing special about it. If you want something light and easy to drink at a bar, this isn't a bad choice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 13:29:47 | More by FreshHawk
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South Carolina

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

This is my first French beer, and I wasn't terribly impressed. It was simply just good, nothing there to make me want to buy this again.

I don't dislike it, I just don't find the flavor anything special. It has a great color, it is fairly drinkable, has a decent mouthfeel, and smells like your average euro pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:30:10 | More by VWBuggirl
Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.