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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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955 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 morimech


4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head. Retention was not that good but heavy lacing is left on the glass during consumption. Has a pleasant noble hop aroma. Some graininess but overall a decent aroma. Definately on the dry side of flavor which will automatically gain some points when it comes to lighter lagers. Good hop flavor of pepper and other spices. Light body with ample carbonation. This beer is an easy drinker. Definately one of the better European pale lagers I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 21:55:30 | More by morimech
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a pale yellow, fluffy white head

S: the aroma isn't very bold, some graininess, not much else to speak of.

T: a little bit of malt sweetness, with a touch of grains and hops

MF: light bodied beer, carbonation leaned on the higher side

Drinkability: decent beer. More of a beer I would be drinking after mowing the lawn or as a session beer

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 20:04:11 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of lamarr04


3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear yellow gold with one inch white foamy head

S: sourdough grain, sweet malt, faint floral hops

T: like the nose, taste is very grainy. pretty clean on the tongue, finishes with a nice kiss of bitterness.

M: light body. crisp carbonation. dry finish

D: nice combination of flavor and drinkability. it's like heineken but tastier and cleaner. i could throw quite a few of these back.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 01:20:09 | More by lamarr04
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on April 24, 2009, Paris, France:

A: The beer appeared a nice golden yellow color with a nice fluffy but thick white head that was well retained

S: The aroma was clean and balanced. Grain, some hops and yeast, simply, but well done

T: The taste was good; the grain dominated the taste with the occasional floral hop thrown in. The taste was clean and refreshing.

M/D: The beer had a light body to it, clean, refreshing and smooth. The beer was very easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. Would be good on a hot summer day. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 17:06:20 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of stogie12


3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours beautifully as golden yellow with a thick head that stays, and leaves it's mark as you work your way through the beer. It smells very grainy. It taste smooth with quite a bitter after taste but not to overpowering. Just enough bitter to let you know it's beer and not watered down. Smooth with easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:46:32 | More by stogie12
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from slender CLEAR bottle into pint glass. yellow golden color with a super thick, resilient head. Smell was earthy and grainy, dry and clean with a mild bitterness. Taste was fairly light bodied but crisp and refreshing, not at all bad for a light lager. very flavorful and earthy, grassy, bitter aftertaste. Very nice light lager, excellent for what it is, I will definitely have one again if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:59:31 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden straw colour with about a finger and a half of quickly dissipating white head. Minimal lacing.
Pronounced floral hops in the smell accompanied by some citrus, a touch of malt and a hint of honey.
Floral citrusy hops up front in the taste followed by a sublte but nice bready malt finish. Very clean.
Mouthfeel is smooth and the body doesnt seem to be lacking. Nice amount of carbonation for the style and easy drinkability.

Overall, a nice brew. Not really a style that I'm in to but I didn't take away from my rating. Clean, crisp, refreshing and well balanced. Would love one of these on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: can

04-09-2009 23:04:45 | More by ludachris
Photo of youngblood


3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a straw yellow, descent head that fades to nice lace lining the glass.

S- Smells very very clean. Distinct grass and grain scents all over here. Small bit of clean alcohol poking through also.

T - Very floral and grassy, some sweetness touching the sides of my mouth. Very clean alcohol. Very concise with refined flavors here.

M - Like previously stated, this is a very clean and refined mouthfeel, very smooth and dry.

D - This is an ultra drinkable beer. Would be great for summer days or an evening of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:42:20 | More by youngblood
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green glass bottle into pilsener. No freshness date. The year "1664" is molded into the glass in large type around the bottle--very cool.

App: Pale golden with a small white head the dissipates quickly.

Smell: A sweet and sour combination of hops and yeast reminiscent of other lagers, even a bit like a wheat beer.

Taste: Sweet malt followed by a crisp, husky flavor. Occasional hint of floral hops and alcohol.

Light, clean mouthfeel with a burst of carbonation common in the style. Can't tell how much alcohol, but with the way I'm feeling 5.9% seems right.

Definitely the best of the pale euro lagers I've tried. A good fridge filler if you can get a good deal on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:39:03 | More by emsroth
Photo of numinorian


3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Yellow/ straw with high carbonation, a pure white head

S a fairly weak nose with a floural boquet

T smooth and supprisingly malty for the style. sweet with a hiny of honey

MF slightly thicker than most lagers

DA nicely balanced and not to thin helps alot

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:28:16 | More by numinorian
Photo of morebeergood


2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle while at lunch with friends. Poured into a standard pint glass. Yellow color, lots of carbonation. Pretty large head, but that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing. Really lacks in the smell department; not much there. Taste was just average. Typical macro lager flavors, bit of corn, not much hops. Pretty watery body, which makes it semi-easy to drink but kinda blah on the palate. Got it because I have not had one in years, and I don't plan on another any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 20:20:58 | More by morebeergood
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a tulip beer glass.

Appearance - an impressive look of golden honey with moderate carbonation and a little head retention. The lacing is good and is causing some major anticipation.

Smell - a little musty aroma of corn husks and cut grass. Strikes me as a good late-summer match up.

Taste - pretty neutral start, but then the sweetness catches up and then some bitters at the end. Very clean. A little burst of floral activity on the aftertaste of the second sip.

Mouthfeel - not the smoothest customer but definitely in balance. As indicated, moderate carbonation driving the refreshment factor up.

Drinkability - a fine product, all-in-all, I would have this again. Gotta plan ahead to late July- early August to have another.

Serving type: can

03-19-2009 23:52:50 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of madvoice


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

Poured the predictable golden straw colour with a thick frothy head that lasted for quite some time and left a considerable amount of lacing. Smelled of a combination of wheat and malt. Quite a nice aroma. Tastes like it smells but with a bit of sweetness. Was light and crisp with a slight dryness at the end.
Not too bad really as I was expecting something much much worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 08:52:06 | More by madvoice
Photo of alkemy


1.27/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a color of golden straw as others have noted. However, after tasting it, I might rather compare it to the color of skunk urine. This is most likely a case of my palate overiding my sense of sight, but it can simply not be avoided. I generally follow the "respect beer" philosophy, but this is absolutely horrendous. I'm sure the trip across the pond doesn't help in the taste department, but I enjoy plenty of other European beers, which allows little credence to an extended shipping process as an excuse for the taste of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:52:45 | More by alkemy
Photo of brdydvrs


3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who says the French don't know how to make a good beer?

This was my favorite beer while living in Europe, though it was hard to choose with so many different styles, so don't get me wrong, this is just personal preference.

The color is a little pale, but nothing off putting with nice carbonation, but not much head or lacing

The smell made my mouth water and my taste buds cry in anticipation

The taste was well balanced, with a good amount of everything beer, hops, barley, bitterness, etc

The mouthfeel was good, this is kind of hard to quantify

The drinkability was superb, went down like the excellent beer that it is

A little side note, having had this in France, Germany, Holland, England, and in Minnesota, Freshness seems to make a huge difference in the flavor. The green bottle makes the beer susceptible to "skunkification" for the lack of a better word if it has to travel too far to be enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:32:23 | More by brdydvrs
Photo of jnrankin

North Carolina

1.05/5  rDev -67%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a Kronenbourg while in Paris a couple of years ago to drink on Montmarte with some friends. I was pretty excited because I had never tasted a French beer before.

This was the worst tasting beer I have EVER had. Skunked beyond belief and completely undrinkable. Had to pour it out on the steps. Only time I've ever done that to a beer.

That said, I'd like to try this again on-tap. I'm hoping it was just a case of improper storage and not the actual character of the beer that gave it such a miserable taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 19:23:03 | More by jnrankin
Photo of introvertedone


1.8/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed 12/29/08

The Kronenbourg's appearance was clear and golden. It had a strong grassy aroma and the taste was much weaker than the smell had indicated. This beer was smooth but with a harsh finish. My ultimate review of this one could be boiled down to, "Icky daddy! Make go 'way!!"

Given as a gift in a "Beers of the World" package. I would avoid this package at all costs!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 19:00:16 | More by introvertedone
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.15/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear straw-yellow with a little white head - nothing special. Crisp aroma is typical of a macrobrew lager. Flavor is, well, lagerish, no complexity, not much bite, fairly tame. Texture is smooth and tingly, at least not watery, but still not memorable. OK.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:45:19 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bmwats


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Golden straw color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger bubbly white head as a stampede of carbonation races towards the surface. Settles slowly, leaving clingy lacing as is does, into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface of the brew. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Sticky, bubbly lacing remains in patches as you drink.

S: Light malt, barley, and wheat.

T: Wheat and malt, hint of hops.

M: Light on the taste buds. The pungent wheat and light malt first, then a dry hoppy finish. The heavy carbonation really comes through in the feel.

D: Good drinkability. Light taste, and feel.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Solid flavor and feel. Really nice drinkability. Light, and refreshing. You could really power these down, if that type of thing does it for ya'. All-around solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 00:23:22 | More by bmwats
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw colored body. White fluffy head fades slowly to a thin film.

A light nose made up of grains and light malts.

Light malt sweetness, with grains and a light hop in the background. Great dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, with rough carbonation on the tongue.

Overall a nice brew though I am disappointed to see glucose syrup as one of the ingredients.

Serving type: can

12-23-2008 06:16:43 | More by jaz58
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a bright, clear, golden color with a 2 finger foamy white head.

S: On the nose was fresh sweet grains and a light fruitiness, and a soft herbal hopping.

T: The flavor was sweet, grains, with a mild herbing and a light breadiness. The beer ends with a light dry herbal hop fade.

M: light carbonation wise and body wise and very smooth on the tongue.

D: A fairly easy euro-lager, moderate drinkability by style, dry with a nice herbal hopping drinks more like a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 13:40:04 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of gregmurer


1.6/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

1.5 for it's drinkability... what else for a beer that tast more water than malts or hops... Anyway, this is certainly one of the beers that make most poeples say : "i hate beer". Alsacian brewers shall try to avoid that brewery to reclaim to be one of them.
Mouthfeel is inexistant, tast is impossible to be declaimed as it's totally not present... Smell has nothing special and appearance shall be a good one, but... hmmmm awful

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 15:29:35 | More by gregmurer
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name cracks me up, a name like that for a french beer? Anyway onto the review. Nice bright yellow color, with a nice 1 inch head. Smell was not good, smelled like apples, and metallic. Slight hop aroma in there too. Not good. This was a weird tasteing beer. I've never tasted anything quite like this, it literally tasted like apple flavored beer. It was just weird. I did not enjoy it. Mouthfeel, was nice and full with a good level of carbonation. Decent. Drinkability, even when cold i really couldn't drink a lot of these, it just tasted too much like apples. I wont drink this again.

Serving type: can

12-06-2008 22:46:25 | More by steeler
Photo of MrAleman

United Kingdom (England)

1.35/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty skunky lager. Smaller bubbles now they say, since the new recipe for Kronunberg 1664 it seems to have started tasting worse, it used to be just about an ok lager. Real disappointment here. A bit like Stella Artois but somehow quite a bit worse in the end, if thats possible.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 12:44:59 | More by MrAleman
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.38/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, clear, one finger thick white head that faded to a thin layer, tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Toasted grains, pale malts, slightly sweet, hint of bitter hops

T- Pale malts, wheat, grains, honey, earthy, doughy bread, light lingering hops flavor

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, clean, crisp, refreshing

D- Great session brew

Seems to me that this is what the American macro breweries are aiming for when they brew their pale lagers... except this one is really good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:47:59 | More by iceball585
Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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