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Kronenbourg 1664 | Brasseries Kronenbourg

495 Reviews
Kronenbourg 1664Kronenbourg 1664

Brewed by:
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 Pourharddrinkslow
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - A clear, golden color with a slight white head.

Smell - Bread yeast and lemon scent

Taste - Very crisp, Bread/yeast, grassy, a little citrusy. Very refreshing

Feel - Nice carbonation, light and drinkable.

Overall - Fun to enjoy at your rec softball game, playing 18 holes, or mowing the lawn. Light, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. No bottled on date present. Poured right from the fridge into a pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear straw color with about an inch of white head that sticks around for a bit, dissipates to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Profuse visible carbonation present.

S: Cracker malts up front, accompanied by some nice lemon zest. There's a slight bit of skunk about the nose, but this really isn't off-putting. There's also some grassy and notes in the mix, as well.

T: Sweet bready/cracker malt notes right up front. There's an immediate tartness that enters, with some nice lemon and grassy notes. The middle introduces a bit of earthiness that plays along with the cracker malts and lemon zest. The back end is more of the same, with the addition of a bit of cracked pepper spice.

F: A lighter-bodied brew that's smooth, a bit creamy, and very clean-finishing. There's some definite tart but no discernible bitter. It has a nice level of carbonation.

O: I really believe this Euro lager is much better than the current average it's getting from BAs. It has a nice malt profile, great lemon notes, and a spot-on feel. If I ever get the hankering for this style, I'll definitely give this one another go.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep golden with a single finger white head. Aroma of light grain, grass and some hops.taste of initial light malts, then grass, grain, some hay.Ok lager.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw, almost golden color, with average activity. White 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some good legs.

Faint sweet grains and citrus smell, with a hint of metal. Flavors of fresh grains, lemon, lime, and herbal spices. Strong syrupy taste of bread, biscuits, and slightly grassy.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Well balanced finish, ending with slightly dry wine like sweet grainy feel and pleasant tongue numbing noble spices.

Overall a good craft offering decent flavors, good freshness, and a nice warming finish. Although a little unbalanced being too syrupy.

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Photo of pat61
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I am drinking this from a green bottle in a Pilsner glass.
L: Pours brilliant gold under a sudsy white foam cap that provides light sheets of lace.
S: Slight skunk on the nose with light grains and some apple.
T: Light grains with a hint of apple and a slight light struck flavor.
F: Crisp, light with above average carbonation.
O: A French beer in an attractive green bottle that looks better on the store shelf than it tastes in your glass. Not offensive but not great. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of Anker13
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad. Better than AALs or other "Premium" beers such as Heineken. I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but it has a decent muted floral hop aroma and a crisp, refreshing taste. I respect this beer for its history and I would never turn it down if it was offered to me. I'm glad I tried it, but at this point in my beer career I probably won't have it again on my own volition

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

Clear pale yellow color, half-inch fluffy white head, decent retention, minimal lacing. The aroma is cracker, straw and a bit of skunkiness, but not as much as I expected considering the green bottle. Not much in the flavor department though - just a bit of light cracker malty flavor, with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, as expected, really didn't stick to the tongue. Overall, doesn't rate very well up there with the better euro lagers, pretty far down the scale in fact.

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

I would say this is just as good as Heineken in the bottle (which is good for me as I like Heineken quite a bit). I still say I like Heineken better overall (especially if Heineken is on tap), but since it's very difficult to find Heineken on tap around here and I've never had Kronenbourg on tap, I'll rate it equal with Heineken.

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Photo of TaylorLH22
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I understand why the real beer lovers dislike this brew, however, you have to take into consideration that beer snobs won't like any euro pale lagers. You can't compare this to Chimay Blue. Euro pale ales are usually going to be drank at clubs and bars or in the summer. In both cases the image a beer projects is as important as the beer itself. Sipping a bottle of "expensive" imported beer is going to look a lot better, if only in your mind, then a bud or the like. Having said that, how does this "premium" beer compare to the other big 2. Heineken, Stella Artois, and Kronenbourg 1664 are your 3 big "luxury" European lager beers. All three have built their reputation as being expensive and more exclusive. For me 1664 goes down like a nice cold coke. One of the things I really don't like about Heineken or Stella is that the bigger sip the more the skunk flavor lingers in my mouth after. In this 1664 I can definitely detect skunk, don't get me wrong, but it's not overwhelming at all. The head is very fine and lingers much longer then on the previously mentioned beers. I can also detect some of the hops in this brew which in henekin and stela are much more difficult to find on account of the skunk. This brew is "light" but it doesn't taste like a watered down version of something else, ex. Bud and bud light. When I poured this brew I was a little afraid that I was going to end up drinking French bud light. The poor is very light in color and there isn't much head until you get to within an inch of the rim when BAM the head explodes upward. I feel a real sense of refinement with this brew, and not the manufactured refinement that comes from marketing. I would say that this brew is like comparing a Cadillac to a Audi/Mercedes/bmw. They are both nice cars but there are lots of subtle refinements in the Germans make that when taken as a whole create a whole different level of luxury. I'm sure beer snobs, and I don't mean that in a derogatory way as I am a beer snob, will read this review and turn up their nose. I wrote this review for the average joe sitting at the bar who's wondering what in the heck 1664 is. The kind of guy who usually orders a mass produced American beer but wants to give off an allure of refinement and mystic. I implore the beer snobs to realize that you can't go from bud light to Rochefort 10 over night. I feel like this would be a good beer for joe six pack to experience. It's clearly better then its rivals in every way and yet it's familiar enough that the average beer drinking public will enjoy it. You don't have to sit there and force down henekin or Stella just to look cool, so take a leap and order 1664. On a side note... Call it 1664 and not Kronenbourg unless you speak French. Few things are more embarrassing then yelling a totally mispronounced French name across a noisesy bar.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely one of my favorite Euro lagers. Kronenbourg is consistent, and has some very endearing qualities. I like the fact that it has a frothy head that lingers and leaves intermittent ridges of lacing. It far less skunky than the average Euro, so you can actually smell and taste the hops. It's light on the palate, nicely carbonated, and very consistent, regardless of how it's served. C'est une biere delicieuse.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has much more complexity than people give it credit for. I happened to think that it was very good. It was refreshing and a very easy beer. Something for the golf course or something.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

3/1 (Bottle). Light golden pour with minimal head. Nice hops aroma. Very light beer taste and texture. I prefer stronger beers, but if you are looking for something light, this is a decent option.

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Photo of UKBluejay
1.37/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

The European version of Coors light is not for me. Maybe I'm still in my beer snob stage. But I do not drink light beer for the taste. When I drink beer I drink for the rich, malty, maybe chocolatey or nutty tastes. Obviously that's not Kronenberg, but I tried it to try it and my suspicions were verified. Sorry for the rating pulling it down, but I gotta keep it 100.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays for a minute or two before it's gone. Clear medium gold color.

S- Not much here

T- Got a bit of a bubble gum hint to it. Nice and malty. Pretty complex for a lager. Nice beer!

M- Very creamy for a lager.

O- Very good beer. Will see what it tastes like on tap if I find it

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Roasted chicken


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Photo of DiUr
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned in other reviews this is easily the best of the mass produced on the style and always a safe bet, as it is widely available here in Europe.

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Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dateless 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Brilliantly clear straw-colored body with a thick, frothy white head. Good retention and intermittent chunks of lacing.

Luckily this bottle appears to have missed being light struck. A bit of hay and straw flavored graininess. A bit of bread dough and herbal notes with a surprisingly strong hoppy aroma of a freshly-mowed lawn.

Flavor follows the nose. Clean grassy hops and bready malts. Neutral yeast and no astringency. Dough and a light touch of caramel. Well-balanced finish with just a touch of spice.

Light-medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall this isn't an exciting beer, but it's ridiculously clean and well-balanced. I've never given much thought to the style, but this was surprisingly pleasant and in my opinion, definitely beats its competitors.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saw this beer all over France when we were on vacation. It was cheap and plentiful over there. They even served it with my Big Mac at McDonalds! In Canada it is an Import, and priced accordingly.

I enjoy this beer. Great taste, good carbonation. Not too strong, not too weak. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Review: Can of Kronenbourg Pale Lager, 5.5%ABV

Kronenbourg 1664 is France’s No.1 selling beer, and a nice refreshing beer with a lot of interesting flavours.

The appearance is a lovely clear amber colour, with a nice frothy white head. The appearance has the wow factor, it looks really like a beer you definitely want to drink.

The smell is not strong but you can get both a nice faint sweetness and a fruity aroma off the beer.

Taste has a mixture of different flavours from fruit, sweet caramel malts, honey, to a sweet malt taste at the start followed up with a mild hop bitterness.

All in all a nice crafted beer and quite an enjoyable drinking experience mainly due, in my opinion, to the complexity of the flavours. Truly a well balanced beer.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Experienced in : Paris
Appealing to me : taste, class
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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Photo of jacksdad
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Good served ice cold on the train from Brussels to Paris at 10:30 am. A good eye opener for sure. If you are in the mood for a cheap euro lager (and when are you ever not in the mood for that?). Prefer it to stella or heineken.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

500 ml can poured into a lager glass. Pours clear straw colour with light fluffy head. Very little nose - slightly skunky. Very little flavour and slightly skunky. Slightly better than some North American mass produced beers but not great.

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Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thin thick head with medium retention.
Light aroma of bread and some grains, peaches and mild lemon.
Flavor with notes of floral hops, you could say Alsace like, Lager yeast, green leaves, mild cloves and bread malt. Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Light, rather smooth body with good carbonation.
I was expecting a tasteless industrial lager. But this is crisp and balanced lager with perceivable hops. Didn’t get me off my feet, but I would sure session this.

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Photo of SouthBayBeerSnob
5/5  rDev +57.2%

This maybe my favorite session beer of all time- light but flavorful. Smooth with a hint of hop- great with food- especially pub/comfort food. A delight!

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%

Appearance – A good golden colour with a nice sized head with decent lacing to being with then it slowly dissipates as you drink also some nice effervescence in the glass.

Smell – Nice clean grain aromas with some sweet notes to it. There is grass and leafy hop which dominates the nose. Also some mild solvent alcohol in the back.

Taste – A nice crisp herbal flavour with leafy freshness some honey sweetness with a grainy flavour of malts, mild alcohol and lingering hop finish with a slightly dry back.

Mouthfeel – Very crisp, nice and smooth with a slight tongue tingle. Dry moderate body.

Overall – This was the main beer I had at my wedding. We got hitched in rural France in the summer; the guests were a mix of Dutch, British, Irish and French. With all that in mind I needed a drink that would suit a session so the guests could drink it all day; be refreshing in the heat and suit a lot of different tastes while not being too over powering. I tried a lot of different beers that were available to me in the area and this one came out on top for me. It suited the eclectic taste of the French guests, the crisp pilsner like tastes of the Dutch and the darker hoppy taste of the British and Irish. This was not completely perfect but it was more than good enough to keep everyone happy. That about says it all, this beer is an awesome all-rounder and I have very fond memories of it every bottle now takes me on a magical memory journey and as we live in the UK I’m pleased to say this beer travels well.

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Photo of Premo88
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: fantastic ... yellow to yellow-gold with a super-sticky head of white foam about 1/2-inch tall and hundreds and hundreds of bubbles flying up the column; as much activity in a brew as any I've seen -- classic pilsener look; keeps a full skin of white foam, super thick collar

S: sour grain, some green grass, bread malt ... working through a six-pack of this brew, many of them had the skunk smell, but this one doesn't, and it's very nice; a lot more sweet bread malt than I first thought, but the top note here is grass; some lemon

T: grain, sweet bread malt, a bit of earthy/dirt/black pepper hops; the green/grassy aroma notes don't show up here

F: decent but surprisingly soft for a brew that shows off so much carbonation

O: a very solid beer; the green glass bottles are no good and did allow some skunkiness into part of the six-pack, but the beer still tasted good -- a kind of muted pilsener, with some decent bread malt notes and a bit of bitterness but way less than a good pilsener; it's interesting how the green/grassy hop smell doesn't translate into taste ... this brew's good enough that I might seek out others from the brewery, though this particular beer is most likely a one-off for me -- everything it has to offer, while good, I can get in a better German beer

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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.
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