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Kronenbourg | Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Brasseries Kronenbourg

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-15-2003

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, decent carbonation. Simple lager, but not bad.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.65/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can of kronenbourg purchased for 1.40 euros. Served cold into a glass.

Appearance - moderately aggressive pour yielded about two fingers of white head which exceeds into a small cap relatively quickly. Clear pale golden straw color and some lively bubbles.

Smell - somewhat bland, basic grainy and lightly grassy aroma, with just a touch of flowery notes.

Taste - bland and inoffensive light grassy flavor and not a lot else.

Mouthfeel - fizzy with lively carbonation and moderately dry finish. Not spectacular.

Overall - ok beer that I think seems to taste better in France when it's freshest. Works well for quenching thirst.

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Photo of Paincane
3.12/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear amber gold with white head, nice lace and good retention.
S: Lightly roasted caramel malt aromas.
T: Nutty, bread, caramel and toffee flavors. Low hop profile.
M: Light bodied, smooth and nicely carbonated.
O: Decent brew that tastes better on French soil.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden color clear body very lite with extremely little head.
S: sweet light biscuit aroma no hops or yeast notes. Not very appealing to say the least.
T: this is one of the worst areas of the beer. Light with little character. A biscuity taste along with a taste of other fillers similar to typical American lagers. The one good thing is the taste goes away quickly.
M/D: very light feel making it drinkable if you get past the taste and smell qualities. It doesn't leave any weird film in the mouth but is over carbonated. So in the end it's another mass produced cheap beer that you get if you don't care about taste.

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Photo of rale
1.23/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst beer I've ever tried. It has an awful aroma with metal-like taste. It is advertised heavily in France and it's cheaper than other similar beers available in France, like Stella Artois. I would avoid this beer in any case, even the cheapest no name German beer is much better than this poor excuse for beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in a Weizen.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a huge white-off head. Very fluffy and aired with medium retention and forming many lacings and chunks of foam in the glass

S: Sweet grains and Lager yeasts, mainly. Some flowery hops ion the very end

T: Follows the nose: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts, Lager yeasts and very light hoppy end. In overall, a neutral to dry taste with a very mild bitterness

M: Light body and high carbonation. Watery in the mouth. Malty aftertaste

O: Average drinkability. Average Lager. Not very tasty and it lacks bitterness... and personality

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

We pour a shiny golden straw colored brew. It holds a one finger head of clean white bubbles, showing decent retention. A thick wave of lacing is left around the glass, with little leading spike of bubbles punctuating throughout. Carbonation appears robust, and translucency is high, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma is wrought with thick coppery metallics, corny grain, sweet pancake batter, freshly cut grass, and stale cotton candy. It is quite the odd mix. Our first impression is that the flavoring is extremely light throughout. As we sip, a flavor profile unfolds much like the nose; all at once and sick with contradictions. The first thing noted is sour grain. This sits alone, in all of its bittering, souring glory, before nauseating metals and a sweet apple acetaldehyde cut the flavoring to the peak. These linger before a watery grain permanently removes all other aspects of the beer. This remains to the finish, with little else but a slight metallic twinge at the way back. The aftertaste is nothingness, with water, metal, slight sourness, and white sugar sweetness. The body is light as air, and the carbonation is up there. There is decent slurp and smack to each sip, but little cream and finishing pop. The mouth is lightly coated with metallics, but mostly cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer goes down decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this one was the lightness of it all. Once you got past the borderline offensive nose, the flavoring was first bitter, and then watery to the point of having erased all else. The senses were left dulled and the mouth bored. Even for the style this fell short of even simple refreshment.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.29/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought a 500ml can home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer pours clear yellow with big foamy head to start then dissapates quickly which left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly thin, not much to comment on. Fairly typical of Euro pale lagers, but a little under the average. Overall not the greatest.

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Photo of stevoj
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Rather bland pale lager. Best attribute is the abundance of sticky lacing on the glass, else it’s weak in the flavor, aroma and palate. Aroma is biscuity, flavor is saltine crackers. Thumbs down.

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Photo of jonb5
3.04/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250ml screwtop bottle, poured into leffe chalice. Half finger head, clear, apple juice colour. Smelled promising, got hints of yeast and fruits that made me think of a belgian pale ale. Tasted artificial, a bit like french shandy with a hint of grain. Mouthfull ok, lots of gas as you would expect. Overall ok for the price, but there's better out there.

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Photo of dsprainman
1.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well this beer is pretty damn awful. Pours to an average cheap lager appearance, no head, barely any lacing. The smell is about like a mens bathroom at a pro sports game, with a few Bud Lights spilled on the floor. Tastes very bland, funky metallic aftertaste. This beer is so bad! I know it may be the cheapest in France, but trust me, it would be worth it to spring for 1664/ Hienekin/ Leffe or something if you need a session beer. Avoid this pisswater.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden/ yellow with a white head. In the aroma, small sweet malt. In the taste, malty and a bit sweet for a lager. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a sweet malty aftertaste. Not skunky at all, as some European lagers tend to be, yet nothing really say than it was a lager.

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Photo of Ashmada
1.39/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Tried this on vacation in the south of France.

L: Doesn't look too bad. Standard yellowish Lager appearance, albeit more transparent than our Belgian Lagers.
Very small head that quickly fades, almost no lacing.

S: I'm sorry to say, but it smelled like... piss. Horrible, horrible smell.

T: The taste is better than the smell, in that it doesn't taste of much. Slight hops.

M: There's only one word: watery.

D: Overall, it wasn't a pleasant experience and I didn't want to repeat it.
Thankfully, the south of France is crawling with decent-to-good cheap wines.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another hook-up from a fantastic auxiliary member of The CANQuest (TM), einweizenbitte, who is one of the more prescient CANtacts in this madness. I have no idea of his background or employment, but he is language fluent, well-traveled, tack-sharp and generous to boot. Many, many thanks!

He often refers to me as "Herr Konigsberg", which is Allen Konigsberg's original surname before he inverted his first (given) name to his current surname and took on "Woody" from a source unknown to me. Brilliant!

How about some Crack & Glug? That sounds like a Water Street girl's come-on, actually. Whoops. Suggestions welcome. I CANnot convey in words how adept I have become at the inverted pour from a CAN. The idea is to begin with a weak flow and then totally invert the CAN. It results in a head that is to die for, even off of some cheap AAL, plus you CAN totally experience the nose. I had two rocky fingers' worth of bone-white head that fell like Wile E. Coyote from a cliff, leaving behind some fascinating lace. Nose was, sadly, metallic, but it had nothing to do with the CAN itself. This was just poorly made lager. Color was a pretty golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity, for you aesthetes. Mouthfeel was medium with the metallic taste refusing to allow anything else to come to the forefront. Oof. Even the finish was like heavy metal. No F'n' way is this going into my cooler!

Soundtrack for drinking this beer: Some heavy metal. Think Ozzy, Motorhead, et al.

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Photo of magoo0903
1.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the French "Bud light". It is what we drink when we are 14 years old over there.
I don't recommend to buy this beer unless it is the last one on earth.
It doesn't taste like beer but there is alcohol... If you get drunk you wont be able to drink beer for days! I recommend the 1964 from the same brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a white, foamy, frothy medium sized head and some lace. Color is a very clear yellow gold. Aroma is a sweet light world beer. Flavor is the same. Body is ok, but carbonation seems forced. Finish is similar to taste and too sweet for me. Not my kind of beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively little flavor in the nose, this drink just to take off in taste and even for a lager. Even to cool, there's more to be put in the tooth. Without doubt a striking example of the mediocrity of beer called "industrial", that is to say, without flavor, taste and distinguished nothing, or little, water artificially hoppy and leaves not a good memory. Kro' is like this kind of beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a yellow-golden color w/a rich white soapy head that lasts a long time.

S-Slightly skunky hop aroma, veggie soup, dishwater, slight metallic note, hint of wet dog. I can't even pick up much in the way of malt or even adjuncts except for a hint of corn, and just a hint of hops.

T-The taste is very faint, rendering it fairly inoffensive, but nothing more. Slightly sweet w/hints of diluted grain, just a whiff of hops in the finish.

M-Extremely thin to a fault, even w/the subdued flavor. Moderate carbonation.

D-If you like beer w/almost no taste, this is for you. It is easy to drink, but there is little enjoyment in the process except for the visual aesthetics. It is sessionable and I can imagine putting down a couple of these w/no problem while doing housework or mowing.

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Photo of TheSarge
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours well and produces massive amounts of bright white head, the body of the brew is gold in color, and is a little darker than expected.

Aroma is of malt mostly. Not much in the way of hops. There is a cereal grain stickiness, and maybe corn.

The taste is horded by the dextrin sugars, and has hardly any real malt properties. In the end there is a cooked vegetable and tobacco like flavor.

Feels soapy, like when I accidently wash my hair while breathing through my mouth when I have a cold.

This beer is almost too sick to be drunk. I can't get past the soapiness. This beer looked great, which was a good trick!

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Photo of EatsTacos
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw yellow, fizzy and without much head. No lacing

Aroma is pretty skunky, cardboard, adjuncts

Taste doesn't stray far from the smell. Malt is pretty dominant over hop profile. Wet cardboard taste. Corn, other adjuncts.

High carbonation and a thin, watery body

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Photo of zeff80
2.67/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear, bubbly, pale golden-yellow color with a small, foamy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and a little grassiness.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and caramel with an odd bitterness.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay lager. It looked a smelled better than it tasted. The bitterness was a little unusual and not so good.

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Photo of TwinSox33
1.7/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Suck, Suck, Suck! Wow..for a company with "Three Centuries Of Love For Beer" you think they wouldn't make this skunk piss. Extremely watery mouthfeel, faint hops, and an icky corny-phenol taste. Mes Amis, C'est la merde! (My Friends, It's shit!) Vive La Seize-Cent-Soixante-Quatre! (1664 is Kro's superior brew by far, it blows the doors off this swill)

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I decided to try the sample of this one to see if I wanted to buy a full pint. Glad I only went with the 3oz. Yes, I'm writing this review on a 3oz tasting but this beer seems to be represented as something more based on the menu I read and having had some great beers from France I felt I should pass along my notes:

A - yellowish / straw in color, white light head by the time it made it to my table.
S - corn sugar dominated anything else I could get.
T - light malts / corn / corn sugar. Very light very milde.
M - light bodied, medium carbonation and very clean.
D - so light tasting and clean finishing that it's gone before you know it.

Stretching a bit for me - this would make a nice hot weather beer where you want to impress with a foreign name but an approachable easily adopted brew for most any macro drinker.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.63/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. I went searching for Lowenbrau one evening and the clerk suggested this as an alternative. It is a nice golden colour with a light malty aroma. A very smooth beer with a very smooth taste that goes down easy, but has just enough bite to make you appreciate this beer. I did go back to the store the next day and tip the clerk for his suggestion.

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Photo of clabaugh
2.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pallid straw-like color with a bashful head colored the purest of whites. Retention is quite brief, as the head recedes into a meager ring around the top of the beer.

Smell: Soggy corn aromas. Not an altogether flattering description, but the beer smells of day-old corn soaking in lukewarm water.

Taste: The corn theme persists into the flavor. Corn starch products with an ever so subtle hoppiness that injects but a speck of minty zest into the taste. Pedestrian, but refreshing in a way.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and tingly. Activates the palate, but in a sort of stinging sensation.

Drinkability: Here you have the flagship French macro lager. Compared to its American counterparts, it's really not all that bad. Still, this says little to its credit. Mediocre at best.

Note: The label on my bomber has been applied upside down. Make of this what you will.

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