Kronenbourg 1664 | Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

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Brasseries Kronenbourg
France | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1664 est une bière blonde de grande origine issue du savoir-faire de nos Maîtres Brasseurs depuis 1664, année au cours de laquelle Jérôme Hatt, fondateur de Brasseries Kronenbourg, a obtenu sa maîtrise de brasseur et repris la célèbre brasserie du Canon à Strasbourg.

1664 se distingue par le raffinement de son goût et l'élégance de sa bouteille au design élancé. Le houblon aromatique subtil et racé qu'elle intègre dans sa composition est le Strisselspalt, le "caviar du houblon" qui lui confère un goût unique.

Ses reflets dorés et le subtil mariage des arômes de fruits mûrs, de malt et de houblon savamment sélectionnés, permettent à 1664 d’avoir un équilibre et une amertume généreuse en bouche.

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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 Josephkeene
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 Fl (not really a fan of that) bottle from sixer - $10.5

Pours commonly yellow and leaves a 1/8 inch retaining head from agressive pour and leaves a mild resin on the drink - smells weak and really took a few huffs to find any notable notes - there was no musty skunk smell though.

The beer is flavourful and provides a more satisfying alternative to Heineken and has a taste akin to this brew, though smoother and a bit more satisfying; but, doesn't have the dank flavours in its finish that I have gotten from Grolsch. Main taste reflects a solid blend of euro hops and a fine malt with a bit of sweetness and grain on the end notes. A bit pricer here because of the French origin, but is worth trying against larger name styles.

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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 Shanex
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 Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer tastes reasonable, but its what it says on the can that concerns me. The list of ingredients says glucose syrup and hops extract. Doesn't sound very nice to me, hence the rating

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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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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i liked this beer slightly more than other euro beers but still not my kind of style. i usually buy these types of beer in ''mixer-sixers'' since one or two at a time is all i can handle.

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Photo of mak83
5/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at asda. Costs £20 for 30 cans! So under 67 pence a can. I have spent the last year sampling ales and found some fantastic beers but at great expense. Though this is a macro lager and clearly uses some cheaper ingredients it does it brilliantly, for a euro lager has a fantastic smell and good head. I havd paid 5 times to price for 'craft' beers that fail to deliver as much taste and more importantly refreshment. Im sure I will sample many more beers in the future but will not be spending any more excessive time or money in the beer aisle. I will have this as my go to 'house' beer and probably visit my local brewery to sample some ales on tap. Thank you Kronenbourg 1664. I love you. Haha.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma has some hops and grass to it, pretty mild. The flavor matches the aroma and I was surprised by the full but plain flavor, very enjoyable. the beer was well balanced and had a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

25 cL bottle (marked best before "07.16") oured into a plastic cup. Clear, bright gold color; visible carbonation; frothy white head with nice lacing. Aroma of fresh white bread, grains and grassy hops. Good malt body with herbal hops, faint alcohol and crisp bitter finish. Medium body, crisply carbonated with a clean finish. Clean, refreshing and drinkable with just enough flavor - a decent European lager.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/23/2014. Pours crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Extol
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - straw yellow in color. Smell - the smell is somewhat sweet. Taste - taste is sweet and bready. Solid. Overall - would drink again, probably would pair well with pizza.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the Euro lager style, at least in the summer, and I found this to be pretty typical. Cracker malts, Pilsner malts, cereal grains, touch skunky with a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

France may be about being a wine country but it does pretty darn well for a place that's not big on beer. Kronenburg 1664 has that very simple taste that even the youngest beer connoisseur would enjoy him/herself. It's also good for Christmas as it does have a "sweet" taste. It's definitely a product of French national pride and they should be very proud of what they accomplished.

This is definitely a aperitif beer, good with appetizers, or if you just need to kick back and stretch your legs some at the beach.

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