Kronenbourg 1664 | Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

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Brasseries Kronenbourg

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 503 | Ratings: 1,476
Photo of Gajo74
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

When I was in high school, my French class went on a student exchange trip to France. One of the highlights was the fact that, while still teenagers, my friends and I could still sit at a bar or cafe and order alcohol without being carded. This is what we often drank, so I decided to give it a try for nostalgia purposes.
Pours a golden straw color with visible carbonation. The large foam head retained well and was pleasing to look at.
In the aroma there was a fleeting scent of grass and lemon. However, this quickly passed and was replaced mostly by malt sweetness.
Similarly, the taste seems to have a predominantly toasted malt like characteristic. It is also fairly clean and even has the slightest touch of grassy and herbal hops for balance, although definitely not as biting as, say, a German pilsener. The body is light and the carbonation fizz ads crispness.
Overall, this brew is easy to drink and not terrible for a macro lager. However, im not sure if I would make it a session brew simply because it's a tad too much on the sweet side, not enough hops punch, and not too interesting.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden golden color with a nice two fingers of a foamy and rocky white head.

The smell was a bit skunky with some thick bready malts coming through.

The taste profile was a bready lager flavor with some flowers coming through.

The mouth is pretty light with an easy finish.

Overall i liked this beer for the style. Just beware the ABV is all over the map on this one. A friend on YouTube states his bottle says 5.4% ABV while others say 5 and my bottle says 5.2 % and on BA it is 5.5%. So who knows what the real ABV is. I did notice as this warmed a bit how similar it was to a much cheaper for cost and ease of availability Euro Pale Lager, Heineken that is.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first time ever having a French beer! Didn't have very high expectations for it, but was pleasantly surprised:
L - standard pale lager look: bright yellow, big carbonation that fizz away quickly
S - clean, slightly hoppy, very light. Not as skunky as some of the adjunct lagers
T - crisp and fairly flavorful. Wasn't expecting this, but actually tastes pretty good
F - light-bodied, but not watery. Fair bit of carbonation
O - I thought this was an above average Euro lager. Not everyone might agree, but I definitely enjoyed it

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.54/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer once and in Paris, sold it on the street with a salami sandwich, ate the sandwich then washed it down with this beer, hit the spot. Very crisp and refreshing. Would give this beer a 5 but because of its glucose ingredient I cannot do such a thing, but it is very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vive la France! I recently picked up this single bottle during a look-in at Country Garden 6-Pack here in Lancaster, PA.

From the bottle: "The first French beer"; "Brewed with expertise since 1664". (translated from the French)

Following a Pop! of the cap, I went with a relatively heavy-handed pour. This led to the creation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of Saaz hops underlain with a mild biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was hoppier than I had expected, more grassy than anything else, with a mild biscuity maltiness. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. It was a tasty, refreshing beer, albeit kind of nondescript.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to leave just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light overall, consisting mostly of a cardboard smell mixed with a little bit of skunk. These flavors are accompanied by some lighter caramel and grassy smells as well.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready and caramel flavor mixed with a little bit of herb. These flavors create a base for the beer and persist throughout the taste profile. More toward the end, some skunk and a little bit of grass come to the tongue, leaving one with a somewhat sweeter, but overall rather smooth taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather normal. For the lighter bready flavors of the brew the feel is rather nice and makes for an easy sipping beer.

Overall – A rather standard brew overall. Easy drinking, but nothing all that exceptional.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fizzy and yellow white head
S - corn, bread, wheat, light grains, crisp hops
T - same as smell, light and sweet but little bite at the same time
M - light, alcohol is covered, aftertaste is bread, corn, crisp hop bitterness
O - it's... ok. Distinctly meh. Average. Exactly what it's supposed to be.

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

Fine in the French countryside on a balmy summer's day but elsewhere in normal land? Probably not. While it pours well and the aroma is somewhat hoppy the taste can best be described as "pas malin" (i.e. bland).

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Photo of singletary
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a light orange with a nice head good lacing. Smell is a bit malty, the feel is a little watery to me. Overall a just ok drink, had been wanting to try but not to impressed.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a little closer amber than normal but is clear with some carbonation. What little head there was disappeared very quickly. Very mild smell of both a bitterness of hops and a sweetness of malts. Its a little more sweet than bitter. The flavor. The taste is very similar but with a more dry hop at the end. The beer is very easy and smooth, little dryness and little carbonation.

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Photo of Zet
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks a bit too orange for a pilsener in my opinion. Luckily it has foam and carbonation, which prevent the apple juice association. The smell and taste are fine on the malt, but a bit too sweet for my liking. Hop bitterness is lacking here. The beer is refreshing, but also quite watery. Not a great pilsener.

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

440 ml can in Oban Scotland. BB date of May 2017.

Clear golden body with a generous, durable foamy head. Nice lacing.
Medium-light with lively carbonation.
Plenty of earthy and floral hops in the aroma. These are more subdued in the flavor. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of drmeto
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had this out of the bottle

-lots of corn sweetness,herbal,floral,white bread,DMS
-no hop bitterniss whatsoever
-medium to high carbonation
-light,watery body
Below average, even as a Euro Lager

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.37/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very yellow appearance with full on clarity going on, 1/2" white head. Aroma was unpleasant, but not destructive. Had notes of industrial labor and hay.

Taste was a dominant lager yeast, enveloping any notion of noble hops along the way. The malt bill is bready but bitterness and the yeast remain in full control.

Found it to be below average for style all the way around pretty much.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into a stemmed Lager glass.

A: Pours a clear & fairly vibrant straw/yellow. 1" loose white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention & lacing are both slightly better-than-expected to style.

S: Slightly herbal hops & a touch of bready malt. All very subdued.

T: Some very earthy hop notes up front give way to a well-defined malt character that continues through the finish. Very faintly sweet & quite dry right at the end.

M: The solid carbonation helps to provide a nice counterpoint to the ever-so-slightly heavy malt body.

O: A mild & pleasing EPL.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

France. Home of amazing foods, pastries, fine wine, art treasures, ... Great beer? Not if this is their gold standard. I was in Paris recently and 1664 was on every tap in every cafe. It is the French equivalent of Miller High Life. Standard, basic, not special.

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Photo of Squire123
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer from France? Sure, why not. I mean, they have world class cuisine, know how to make wine and cheese, one would think surely they can make beer, right? Sometimes perception and practice run to counter purposes. This pale lager is a lightweight even by Euro standards. Light malt, hops, more stuffing than most AALs but not by much.

Breakfast beer with quiche.

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Photo of JakeScully
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The French most famous lager. Nothing special but widely available in France. Pretty cheap there. But don't bother there are much better stuff in France to this day.

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Photo of safaricook
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, crystal clear,straw yellow, some head som lacing.
From now on we go downhill
Aroma is textbook lightstruck as you would expect from a pale lager in a green bottle at the airport lounge. Metallic too
Taste is mainly metallic bitterness with a little balancing Pilsener malt sweetness.
Not too thin, not watery, but chalky
Could be decent but suffers a lot from the green bottle

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought 12 oz. bottle from Liquor Collection $2.75
Golden color
Light mouth feel
Some malt taste, very watery
Overall an ok beer, nothing special, would not buy again unless price is $1.00/bottle

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold colour, medium carbonation and head, has a decent light sweet taste. It tastes very similar to Miller Genuine Draft. I'm not sure what that after taste is.... I keep thinking apples. Overall, not a beer to savour, not too much going on, but we be a great choice maybe if I wanted to get drunk. Glucose in the ingredients? Not sure if I like that.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a Slightly Amber Golden colour with a 3/4 finger white head that reduces down to a thin whispy patch fairly quickly. Lots of patchy lacing

S- Sweet Honey with a touch of grassy hops. A little on the sweet side

T- White Bread, Honey, and floral/grassy hops. Refreshing.

M- Light Body and Low-Moderate Carbonation. A little too relaxed on carbonation (maybe it's an older can?).

O- A good example of a Euro Pale Lager with some good malt flavours, as well as some good grassy hop flavours. I recommend if you can get it in a can (as opposed to the green bottles).

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.99/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smooth going down, reminds me of my trip to France and lunch at a brasserie in Tours. Not overpowering and with magnificent color. Slight after taste, but a lasting flavor which will have you wanting another, but maybe at another time. I like it and will drink again. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap at a Buffalo Grill restaurant in France. Average lager, decent taste, went well with food....but while the whole of France produces better beer than most would think, its typical crappy pale lagers like this that get it a bad rap.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours godlen amber with excellent clarity and bubble flourish. Plenty of lager bubbles to be on the rise constantly. Off white head that lasts and retains well to some streaky lacing around th e glass. Nose is malty with practically no hop scent at all. Hops are earthy and faintly herbal with some spice. No diacetyl, only a small hint of dms from pils malt. Not any real sweetness on the nose. Breaddy. Taste is good malt , a light herbal hop without much coolness. Fainter than the pils and a bit earthy. Breaddy soft malt, small flavoring from the dms to make your mouth water and show you a bit of the earthy herbal hop. Good carbonic bite that makes up most of the flavor int he finish while the bread lingers on the palate. Hops are just bitter enough for balance. There's only one moment of residual sweetness that develops at the finish and it seems out of place to me but not awful or too sweet.

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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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