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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A yellow malt and fizzy carbonation, replacement for ginger ale. Hey, carbs but less calories and more food value. Comparable to Moosehead. Nothing here, can't even disguise the alcohol. A little grains and tad of citrus and some hops and bitter aftertaste after sweet dries.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is a slight skunky aroma upon first opening this bottle. After that, the smell is of sweet grains and some grass/hay aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, grassy/hay notes, and an herbal hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is pretty mild and fades from the palate after each sip. I am also getting a slightly metallic taste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this a pretty good European lager that is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head but surprisingly good lacing on a pale golden body.

S: grains, pale malts and a little musty.

T: malty mostly from pale malts and mildy sweet mostly from lemon notes. Grass and floral notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I had this for the first time at McDonalds in Paris. Just now had it to review it. Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this as part of a mixed 6 pack from Crazy Bruce's in Connecticut. This beer pours out looking like a pale yellow water with some carbonation. The head was white and vanished almost immediately. The smell was funky, almost had a sour aroma to it or skunked even. The beer flavor of the beer was a lot like a Beck's in my opinion. It just wasn't anything great or even decent. This was thankfully the first of the 6 I had that night so I have 5 more to get the taste outta my mouth.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with some hints of associated sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible, although the hops keep the sweetness in check.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a better taste and thicker mouthfeel compared to others in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second sampling: better than most Euro-Lagers because it more closely resembles great German pilsner flavors. A medium bready malt flavor with rich pilsner malt sweetness and light body. Never light-striken or heavily grainy. Simple brew, yet solid.

It's actually pretty decent per style. Strong straw color with loosely knit carbonation and laced decently. Lightly malty and bready to the smell. Less earthy and yeasty than a Bohemian. Light hop aroma that boarders on light strickenness. Tastes the same bready and malty with slight apple or pear flavors. Slightly spicy from noble hop late additions. Thins out in the body and reveals a fresh alcohol flavor and moderate graininess. Other than the grainy texture, the finish is crisp, clean, and lightly bitter and dry.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colorwith a frothy white head; not a great deal of retention, however, but it does leave some lacing before it disappears

Smell: Herbacious and grassy (after a brief bout with the dreaded skunk) with some underlying sweetness

Taste: Starts out rather sweet and then a citrus lemony and herbcious flavor joins the party; a bit rough on the back of the tongue with a long solvent aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with good carbonation

Drinkability: An OK Euro Lager but I just can't get excited about the style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.35/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle version 25 cl - green bottle. Golden lager with medium that disapear in no time. As for the taste: Can you spell SKUNK, can you say bad brew. Why? Why? Why? The bottle format is the most inetresting thing about this beer. This is so bad I won't spend more time writing about this.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, plenty of ascending streams of carbonation.

Aroma was subtle, but some apple and grassy hops came through.

Primarily apple yeast esters with a delicate papery malt background. As it warms, some adjunct flavors unfortunately appear. Adequate carbonation keeps it easy drinking. A pint was finished, but certainly not a first choice.

This was sampled at Chicago Ale House, only because it used to be available at Johnnie's Lounge (3425 N. Lincoln Ave), which imparted some small amount of nostalgia.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better European macro imports I've tried. Has the same sort of bland taste they all seem to have, or lack of taste I should say, but this one has a little more body and mouthfeel to it. It went down very smooth and had a nice crispness to it. Wouldn't seek it out but if offered some I wouldn't turn it down for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a 1664 glass in a restaurant in Belfort, France. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Semitransparent yellow colour.

Sm: Cream and clean barley. Moderate in strength.

T: Cream and clean barley. Slight butter, especially on the climax, is a nice effect. Simple. Well balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, buttery, and wet. Complements the simple flavour.

Dr: High price by French standards. Very easy to drink. I'd have it again. It's refreshing and pairs decently with a burger.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear golden yellow color with a good deal of carbonation and a huge bubbly, white head.

S - It smelled of sweetness. Also, grain and corn aromas were detected.

T - It tasted bittersweet. It also had a grain a light caramel malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay for a Euro Pale Lager. I've had it on tap in France and it was a little better that served that way.

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Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a gold color with not as much head as u might think for the style.Kind of a malty/bread like smell but not much to it,taste was kinda skunky but the smell wasnt so I think it was the natural taste.Realy nothing special here I wouldnt buy again for sure.

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

Time to get another most likely crappy beer off my list. Got to fill a mix 6-pack and looked like it would be a not so great beer, but figured worth a shot. And horrible GREEN bottle!

Pours a fizzy pasty white crummy looking sad head that gets to almost 1/4 of a finger bit not much, it seems to want to have lacing but even the lacing can't keep it up. the beer is a brilliantly crystal clear watery cider apple tan colored, obviously filtered to no end.

NOse is, well, not too bad. Some obvious light signs of skunk but not a whole lot. light Euro pilsner aromas, some grassy hay, some light soft lager fruit aromas but some weird ones with it, a touch of a banana like even. Quite light overall.

Taste again hints at light skunk but not bad. More Euro pilsner, light grassy hay malts, light lager fruits, a hint of metallic twing from the lager but not much. Light, crisp, refreshing, and fluffy even. The faintest hint of grassy hop touch. Finish is dry and crisp, light fruity lager and touch of sticky sweetness, quite clean overall on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied but as expected, good carbonation.

Overall, well, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Just a hint of skunk from the green bottle, and touch of metallic hot lager yeast like off flavor. Otherwise a light profile but crisp fairly clean and drinkable pilsner, with lighter but decent malt profile and touch hops. Could use a bit more overall for just about everything, but still drinkable. Great for a hot summer day I bet, but still could do without the green bottle.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick fluffy head but disappears quickly, while lacing heavily. The color is a dull gold. It smells sweet and has a dank like aroma. The balance of the beer seems to be accurate with no overpowering of hops or malts. This is a very light beer that is easy enough to drink, however it seems a little light for my tastings and I don't plan on buying anymore of this.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The green glass bottle with the large & fancy neck label pours a clear golden/amber with a short-lived, big-bubbled head that drops readily to a thin collar. It leaves a decent amount of lace upfront, but retains less-and-less as you progress through the glass. The aroma is highly skunky - but I'll ignore that as a fresh bottle should be more neutral. But there's a touch of dimethyl sulfate as well (DMS; cooked corn) that can't be ignored. It's minor; but detracting. It does, however, express some grainy maltiness that's nice - and a touch of floral/herbal hoppiness shows up in the background. The body is medium with a fine carbonation that leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor is mainly of a grainy malt, although there are some light floral hops involved. A firm bitterness balances; and it finishes dry with a light residual malt and some nice hops.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/25/07 at Cher’s in North Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sweet light malts and grain. There are very little hops in it, but this one is not as pungent as several other beers that I’ve had in this style.

T: The taste is likewise sweet and light, with flavors of malt and adjunct. The hops presence is very mild, but there’s at least a little bit of balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent kick for the style, I didn’t think this beer was too bad, if my only other choices along with this were American Macros and other Euro Pale lagers, I would probably select this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.79 for a 12 oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, goldish body with a small, white head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with a bit of doughiness to it. Mild, musty skunk notes.

Taste: Light pale malts with a mild, restrained sweetness and a hint of dough and grits. Faint, brief traces of lemon and apple fruitiness. Floral hops with a light bitterness. Dry finish with a hint of the alcohol within.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While 1664 isn't quite 1337, it's better than a sizable portion of the endless parade of Euro lagers available.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transparent medium gold capped by a large, off-white head that persists acceptably well. A fair amount of lace sticks to the glass, lending the appearance of quality. The aroma, I'm sorry to say, is on the skunky side. Underneath the nastiness is untoasted grain and noble hops, but the oderiferousness of Pepe's spray comes close to ruining it.

A little better on the palate, but not much. All is relatively well at first with grain-like malt and biting hops. It isn't long, though, before a harsh, overcooked hop leaf bitterness creeps into the picture. I find it hard to believe that any brewer wants his beer to taste like this. The light-medium body holds up until the very end when it dissipates into frankly watery. The fizziness of the mouthfeel doesn't help either.

It's unfortunate that the appearance was the highlight of this entire experience. I've had worse beer--much worse--but I'll forget Kronenbourg 1664 like it was never here.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.38/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY

It was the most "exotic" thing they had at the bar, with only about 5 beers to chose from, so I gave it a whirl. Keep trying, France.

Poured clear golden-yellow with a slight white head, and fizzy carbonation. Grassy aroma, some sickening sweetness. Sweet malts in the taste, very light, grassy hops, moving on to mulch and leaving a skunky taste in the mouth. Light bodied and not very drinkable at all. After one glass, I was done drinking for the night.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the fox and the Hound in Mason Ohio and poured into a 20oz pint glass

Typing the next few on the mobile they will be short. Poured a nice pale dull golden abler with a nice two finger head of frothy and fizzy lace that quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin film with no side glass representation. Smell was ll grain with a touch of euro hops, but mostly your classic light lager smell. The flavor was actually more then decent which suprised me. A nice crisp clean feel gave way to more then a decent swelling a grain and hops with hints at cereals and fresh cut grass. A long subtle and dried out finish only served to add on to this one and really make a great overall impression on me. It went down like water and I was suprised at just how drinkable this one was. Overall I would have to say not bad at all and I would definitly order this one again as for a session lager,.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Mon Ami Gabi (Paris) in Las Vegas, NV

A: Pours a light straw yellow in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white foamy head that quickly reduces to a very thin film and slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of pale sweet malts and grassy hops, not a very dominant aroma. Also there is something almost slightly skunky to the smell.

T: Flavors of pale toasted malts, slightly sweet with some hints of grassy and floral hops. Some very subtle hints of adjunct malts (grains) and very light citrus notes.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink and definitely sessionable but not one of my personal favorites. There is nothing very distinctive about this beer - the flavor and aroma are very generic.

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