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Kronenbourg 1664 - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,040 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg visit their website
France

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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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

I wasn't expecting a lot but this beer is better than Moretti, from Italy, at least.
It's easy to drink on a hot day and quite refreshing.
Predictable characteristics: Yellow, little head, some yeasty and slightly hoppy aroma, lager taste and almost no aftertaste.
I'd never buy a six of it but I wouldn't turn one of these down either.

08-26-2009 14:25:33 | More by MAB
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TheTrevor

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer poured a light transluscent straw color with a very small head and a ton of visible carbonation. The smell is a little skunky with some malt and grassy notes. The taste is crisp and clean, but there isn't a lot there. Some malt in the beginning that gives way to a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and the beer is very drinkable. If you can find a cheap six-pack you can have a decent night, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to enjoy a single anytime soon.

07-08-2009 18:35:56 | More by TheTrevor
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +31%

This beer poured a nice light amber color with perfect clarity and three fingers of tight off-white foam that was rather long lasting. Quite a pretty sight to start.

The aroma was slightly floral with some mild grain and fruit notes to follow.

The taste was pleasntly sweet with balanced malt and hop notes. Very clean and refreshing. Rather lighter in flavor from teh ales I tend to prefer but I have to admit, this beer is exceptionally smooth and yet flavorful at the same time.

The drinkability is very high with such a mild unassuming flavor, and the satisfication factor is equally high. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation helps to liven the palate. Definitly a beer I'd recommend.

07-07-2009 20:27:14 | More by ABOWMan
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racer2k

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%

A - Dark yellow gold centric color with a thick foamy head poured into my plastic cup

S - Grains, light malt, bread and biscuits. Light floral hop aroma

T - Clean and crisp with a grainy malty presence that finishes with a bitter kick.

M - Moderate carbonation in a light body which finishes dry and crisp.

D - Good complexity of flavor that is very drinkable in a light bodied beer. Overall a nice Euro beer.

07-03-2009 17:16:23 | More by racer2k
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev +2.8%

Bold sunflower yellow (bordering on orange), filled with champagne bubbles struggling to support a full and pearly but ultimately volatile and short-lived head. The nose is fruity and sweet with a harsh twang of minerals (it smells a bit like dishwater) but otherwise pleasant and robust malt and hop aromas. Caramel and loads honey meet up with a fresh lemon-thyme quality, carnations, and even a bit of parsley. The off-aromas fade over time to make this rather nice to smell. Firm and full-flavored, with a bready malt quality and a nice smack of citrus hops. Very good except for an intrusive metallic twinge and a bit of soapy astringency. A bit heavy on the palate; carbonation is airy, but the body is sodden and thick. However, it is still refreshing, and this beer's flawed but pleasantly robust flavor keeps it quite drinkable, especially if very cold.

06-19-2009 16:33:49 | More by soulgrowl
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -16%

341ml bottle, on the patio at Original Joe's Oliver in Edmonton. Label-specified ingredients: glucose, colouring, hop extract? Talk about a disappointing first impression.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour (it took added colouring to get to this?), with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and loosely bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent specked and webbed lacing around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of slightly sour, grainy, and moderately bready pale malt, a hint of neutered citrus, some weirdly prevalent warming alcohol, and a mild herbal skunkiness. The taste is mild multi-toned grainy malt, a touch of bland caramel, ethereal citrus notes, all offset slightly by a somewhat acrid booze-tinged herbaceous character.

The carbonation is rather understated, and generally unobtrusive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in a nail-polish sort of way. It finishes off-dry, and kind of sticky in its lingering adjunct-laden maltiness.

Not quite as bad as I was expecting, but not something I could recommend in good conscience either. Too reliant on the perfumed acetone character, and certainly prone for a quick passover, should we meet again.

06-15-2009 22:19:15 | More by biboergosum
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A- crystal clear golden body, nice puffy white head. shrinks down pretty slowly w big pits and craters but doesn't have much sticky stuff.

S- straw grassy euro aroma, metallic, sourdough bread with little hints of geranium and tart fruit in the background.

T- nice cereal grain taste, tart, raw barley, a bit of herbal hops early on but they fade fast along with all the other flavors leaving a clean lemony finish.

MF- thin, crisp, not overly carbonated, slightly astringent.

D- an ok beer and ok for the style, the aroma is the heaviest thing on this one. refreshing and thirst quenching.

06-14-2009 22:37:29 | More by hustlesworth
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

I'm not so sure that this beer is any better than the majority of euro pale lagers around. It's very popular in France.

Pours a light straw yellow with a small head and no lacing

The aroma is grassy hops and a sweet malt with a tinge of skunkyness and sourness

Taste follows suit and is malt-centric but with a noticable grassy hoppyness in the finish which is bitter and dry. Extra points for the dry nature of this beer

Mouthfeel is a light body with a sharp carbonation

06-06-2009 12:23:36 | More by EatsTacos
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with sufficient head. There is a flavorful yet light and crisp taste, with a slightly bitter after taste. There was not much in the way of aroma but this was a very drinkable beer that I will certianly buy again.

06-03-2009 23:48:35 | More by tone77
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jbro434

Switzerland

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

The biggest disappointment is the artificial color and glucose syrup added. Other than that, this is not a horrible beer. I am drinking the 5.5% French version rather than the 5% import and it pours a deep gold, one inch head, with a mild sweetness, tinge of green veggies and a mild hop mouthfeel that lingers longer than usual and finishes with a malty, carmel burst. I have had it in bottle, can and on tap and the biggest difference was the tap was a bit dryer and the lacing was much more intact. If you are seeking a good French beer, look for Pelforth Blonde.

05-29-2009 19:38:36 | More by jbro434
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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

New York

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%

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

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

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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

Australia

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Ohio

1.27/5  rDev -60.2%

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.

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

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%

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

03-09-2009 22:32:23 | More by brdydvrs
Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.