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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% 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 paxkey
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with a gigantic head.off white. beer is pale yellow straw gold piss color. bubbles in beer. very clear beer.

fruity esters. sweet malt. icing sugar. smells cheap and mass produced.

tinny sharp finish. mineraly carbonation. mass produced malt and hops profile. beer is drinkable but totally passable.

paxkey, May 10, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a stray bottle as part of a mix a six.

Pours clear golden color. Full foam settles out to almost nothing. Some residual lacing. Light pils-y smell, otherwise grainy. Taste is very light, clean, mild hop, mostly smooth and uneventful but still good good.

Overall a good clean Euro lager. Have had this in French countryside before, so the bottle brought back good memories.

KTCamm, May 05, 2011
Photo of wahhmaster
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing. Surprisingly, it looks quite nice for a pale lager.

Smell: Has a rough, grainy, slightly sweet smell to it. It's pretty standard adjunct lager territory here.

Taste: Moderately bitter up front with noticeable noble hops flavor. Finishes grainy and slightly sweet. It's really lacking in any strong flavors besides the noble hops in the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Overall: Meh... This is your average adjunct lager under another label. Save the money you would spend buying this import and buy domestic; you'll get practically the same thing.

wahhmaster, May 04, 2011
Photo of alankwak
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden and clear with low to moderate carbonation and decent lacing.

S: Not much here. Pale Euro lager smell at best. Sweet smell.

T: Funny. Low hops bitterness reveals a sweet malt taste but it's a good quality flavor. A little low on hop bitterness.

M;; Light to medium.

O: Overall this seems to be a nice Euro Pale Lager minus the right amount of hops bitterness. Malt quality and water and brewing process is fine but hop bitterness is low but that might be the standard for a french made lager. Still a nice drinking beer.

alankwak, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer starts off like you would expect from a French lager. Pale gold color, fluffy white head, just a hint of skunk familiar with green-bottled European lagers that you get here. The taste, however, is a bit surprising. There's still that light sweet grain, but there's some honey and a little bit of spice, too. Just a touch of clove, maybe. The mouth feel is fuller than similar beers. Really good lacing, too. Worth a try if you want something light, refreshing, and with at least a modicum more character than anything with "light" in the name.

McNealc31, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 ml can into my pilsner glass. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some very mild lacing. Light golden color. Smell is eurolageresque, slightly sweet with just a bit of bitter aftertaste. Tastes a little sweet, but acceptable or slighly above average. Mouthfeel is nice, light, and slightly bubbly. Overall a decent beer, I could drink a few lounging around the house or on Rota beach. One side note is that the can said 5% vice the listed 5.9% ABV.

jhtipton, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very clear and golden. Absolutely no foam or CO2 bubbles present.

S-Yeasty lager smell-like the yeast aroma vs. the dominant malt/adjunct aroma in most domestic lagers

T-Barny yeast/malt flavor upfront. More flavorful than many lagers.

M-Very smooth-well done

D-Good, extremely drinkable.

deebo, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kronenbourg 1664 has a very thick, frothy, whipped-cream like head and a clear, golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. Lots of thick lacing is left behind. The aroma is mild and lightly-roasted barley malt. I could not pick up a hop smell. Taste is mild, but interesting. Breadiness predominates, but some minimal hop spice is picked up at the end of the sip, however this bitterness is stronger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Kronenbourg 1664 finishes crisp, refreshing, and good. Overall, this is a good beer, and you should try it. Happily, my sample from the green bottle was not skunked.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of mdunman
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold with a thin white head and a bit of linger.

S: Medium level of malt with some distinct hops

T: Starts off with the simple malt and then progress to a slightly dry and smooth finish

M: Light body, ok carbonation, smooth feel

Very enjoyable on a hot spring day in Texas. It's what Bud heavy is supposed to taste like. Simple and good. I'll be back for more.

mdunman, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appears a light orangish yellow with a soapy head and lacing. Aroma of euro hops and pale malts. In the taste, pale malt, a trace of hop and a mild cooked veggie taste. Not the cleanest example but it's alright. Mouthfeel is light bodied and feel is soft with medium low carbonation. Average is written all over this one. eh.

Stinkypuss, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the cock and bull, featured beer for pint night.

A- light yellow with a splash of orange. Minimal head and hardly any lace. Pretty dead on for the style.

S- bread and jam mixed with a toffee smell. Not very pungent but very discernable flavors. Not bad bud not good.

T- unripened fruit that seems like it is being served on a piece of toast. Lager yeast is rounding out the finish with a tease of bitters. Unroasted malts are also prominent.

M- nicely carbonated that makes it an enjoyable drinking experience. Pretty light and easy to drink.

Overall not the most interesting Of beers but it nails the balance between drinkability and taste. I would prefer more flavor and complexity but It is what it is.

Kelly88, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
1.95/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle into a pint glass from Vin De Set in St. Louis, MO. Not many options for beer at this fine dining restaurant, so I chose this one I've never had.

Appearance- Extremely clear, small head which vanishes quickly like many other lagers, and is a yellow/golden color.

Smell- You can smell the "mustiness"(new term) and great amount of maltiness contributes to the aroma as well.

Taste- A mild bitter taste starts off this beer tasting and then comes a citrus/fruit flavor. All too mild to pick out attributes with confidence.

Moutfeel- Of course a Light bodied lager with a smoothness which killed any type of feel or kick that this "pale lager" could give my taste buds. There was also a medium carbonation present.

Drinkability- Enjoyed two back to back. Would like to try in a can or on tap if available. Could easily start off a night with a few of these but wouldn't go straight to it. Got a nice buzz from these two beers as well (or maybe it was the bottle of wine earlier in the night?)...

DCon, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Everydayoff
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap served in a Kronenbourg branded glass at the Bully's Pub in Bangkok, Thailand.

Golden color with amber tone, average white head it well retain until the last sip just slightly recede also leave plenty of lacing stick to the glass. Superbly high lively carbonation made massive fizzy bubbles roaring fast towards the top.

Blend with typical lager yeast, grain, hop and subtle malt aroma.

Graininess and citrus hop take the lead then they transform into subtle sweetness and modest bitterness taste that still linger after finish.

Contradictory rather smooth consider to the quite high visible carbonation showcase that make me expect more crisp but anyway still fine and well suit. The body is light-medium.

All in all, this is pretty decent lager with all standard qualities and with good drinkability.

Everydayoff, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Erin's Snug Irish Pub in Madison, WI.

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice amount of head on it.

Smelled of light hops with some floral notes.

Taste was light with a sweet finish.

The more I drank, the more this beer grew on me. By the end of the glass, I was definitely craving another one. Very smooth feel.

I'd say this beer is very drinkable. I'll try it again.

richkrull, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep gold with leisurely carbonation and great clarity. A soapy white head is quick to fall. It leaves bits of lace in its wake.

S: Musty cut grass aromas dominate. There's a bit of raw grain that completes the picture.

T: Practically tasteless cold. As the the beer warms, straw like malts come through. Bitterness is light and adds no flavor. Finishes very clean.

M: The medium-light body is slightly syrupy and has the right fizz.

D: This beer is certainly clean enough and easy to down. However, it's so bereft of flavor that I have no real desire to revisit it.

Rayek, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bryehn
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice and clear golden colour. Moderate to large head depending on the pour, but either way it's gone in a minute before turning into a moldy-looking film. Some mild lacing.

Very flowery, sweet, grainy and malty aroma with lots of corn syrup and a citrus fruit sting. Not doing it for me, but it does smell fresh and there's no real imported "Euroskunk" to it at all.

The taste is much like the aroma here. very sweet, flowery and malty with a very prevalent syrup taste and feeling at first.

The mouthfeel is a bit more appealing, its very smooth and creamy with a nice prickly bite of carbonation. This beer does go down easy, especially when cold and leaves a crisp and dry aftertaste; surprising given the presence of glucose syrup.

It is easy to drink, but I find the smell and taste of this one too pungent. Also, the few times I've tried single I co-incidentally felt really rough afterward, so I have no need to try it again after this review.

bryehn, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Bordeaux0113
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank this beer on Captiva Island (Florida)...It was a very hot day and this really hit the spot. I was eating Hershey's chocolate with the beer and the combination was amazing :D
I am French-American but to be honest, I did not expect much (France is more of a wine nation obviously)...I was very pleased however to find that I very much liked this beer. :)

Bordeaux0113, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of huxcrunner
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

huxcrunner, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
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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flyingpig, Jan 28, 2011
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.

Hermanater77, Jan 23, 2011
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

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jan 18, 2011
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 17, 2011
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

beersensei305, Jan 17, 2011
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.

BFrost, Jan 09, 2011
Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.