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 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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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -5.7%

From 500 mL can. Aroma of hay and bread. Pours a clear slightly golden pale with frothy head. Slight sweet taste. Light body, oily texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. Seems to me like a slightly creamier and sweeter version of the Euro Lager.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer is about about average there is nothing spectacular.
It has a nice smell but the looks is really light.
If u have the choice between a 1664 and the 1664 blanc take the 1664 blanc.
Its not that the beer is bad but when u try the 1664 blanc before the 1664 ur expectation is higher.
So choose the 1664 blanc over the 1664 original, u won t get disappointed

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Photo of lwillitz
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2-oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A - crystal-clear body of yellow under several fingers of white foam, moderate to high visible carbonation, nice trail of lace

S - grainy and grassy, clean and boring

T - lightly-sweetened grains, somewhat bready, grassy hops, grains and grassy hops for a dry finish

M - crisp light/medium body, moderate to high carbonation

O - typical Euro for the most part, above-average taste

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

Bottle: an embossed green 330mL bottle with a standard macro label. The hand-grip bottle takes it past the half-way mark.

Appearance: looks like a pretty standard Euro lager - a clear golden yellow with a frizzy two-finger white head that drops to a thin ring after a minute or so. Limited lacing with fairly lively carbonation.

Aroma: reasonable grains and fresh grass, quite demure though - little to it. A definite heavy grain fug - not unpleasant though.

Taste: faint citrus, with grass, grains and bread malts. Not mind-blowing, but better than the average Euro lager.

Aftertaste: fades away fairly quickly, but then it is a drinking lager. Some hop bitterness hangs about.

Mouth feel: a light- to-medium body with a medium but full carbonation. Decent.

Overall: not a bad Euro lager - one of the better macro offerings. At AU$50 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2014), the price is pretty darn good too (and funnily enough, $5 a case cheaper than a couple years ago).

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Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 21, 2014... GLASSWARE: Blanche de Chambly pokal... OCCASION: Willow Lake orientation day...APPEARANCE: cascading bubbles round out a clear golden body; thick white head--exhibits excellent white cloudy lacing... AROMA: fragrant Saaz with soft lemongrass and some wheat yeasts--fresh and energizing (and unexpected)... PALATE: soft, almost creamy champagne-like (unavoidable comparison?) and smooth; light, clean, dry aftertaste... TASTE: a bit maltier than anticipated; refreshing with some fruitiness and honey accents... OVERALLL: a surprisingly strong profile for a beer--a French beer, at that--I had long forgotten since our trip abroad in '03..this beer poured fresh, presented well, cleansed the palate as a pilsner is apt to do, and offered just enough flavor to elicit a satisfied night....

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Photo of Foyle
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head which slowly falls with mild lacing on the glass. Appearance is clear gold with some streaming carbonation.

Aroma: hay, grass, and bread dough.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is light and watery, not particularly crisp, slightly slick with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: sweet barley malt, cracker, a bit of lemon, grassiness and yeasty bread.

Overall: nicely crafted and quite good.

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Photo of LummyGiles
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can bought from local newsagents. 500ml, 5% Vol., imported from France.

Pours a lovely amber colour, with a lot of head.

Smells like other premium lagers; Stella, Carlsberg Extra, etc.

The taste has a lots more bite than other premium lagers. A little stronger than other lagers, too.

I look forward to drinking this lager beer whenever I buy it.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light cloves, hops, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of hops, cloves and light wheat.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The modern Brasseries Kronenbourg can trace its origins to June 9, 1664 when Geronimus Hatt started up the Canon Brewery in the Place du Corbeau in Strasbourg, France. Frequent flooding, however, compelled its relocation in 1850 to higher ground in Cronenbourg, an area still within the limits of Strasbourg. In 1922, the Hatt Brewery changed its name to Tigre Bock, and following World War II "Kronenbourg" became the name of the company, which began its international expansion. In 1970 it was acquired by industrial group BSN, and later merged with the Société Européenne de Brasseries (Kanterbräu). British company Scottish and Newcastle PLC ("S&N") acquired Kronenbourg in 2000, and in April, 2008 S&N's operations were sold to Heineken and Carlsberg, with the latter acquiring Kronenbourg's assets.

For his first sampling of a French beer, Bucky selected Kronenbourg 1664 ("1664"). The beer came in a 500 ml can with a best before date of May 2014 printed on the bottom, and was 5.0% alcohol by volume. 1664 poured an absolutely clear golden colour with some large, slow rising carbonation bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1" of bubbly, white head that faded to a thin collar of foam and patchy film within 2 minutes. The retreating foam left some modest lacing behind. This is certainly a good looking beer. Its aroma was of sweet, light malts with hop undertones. I see on the list of ingredients that the beer is made with hop extract...the first time I've seen this in a beer. The beer's taste was sweet caramel malts up front followed immediately by a secondary burst of sweetness, finishing with a mild hop bitterness which lingered as a noticeable, but unobjectionable aftertaste. 1664 was light bodied, had a typical level of carbonation and a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Essentially, this is very similar to, though slightly sweeter than, most European lagers. An inoffensive but uninspiring brew. 1664 sells for $2.60 per 500 ml can...a bit on the pricey side given its run-of-the-mill profile.

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Photo of e_canuck
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really didn't like this witbier. Have had a lot of good blondes from craft breweries and finding myself in a pub with no actual microbrews available, thought I give this big brewery blonde a try. Couldn't get away from the feeling I was drinking fizzy apricot water--not just apricots, but dried apricots with the sulphur preservative hints.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle purchased from singles bin at LCBO. Comes in the odd shaped green bottle. Served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance - Clear golden straw color. 1 finger of head is poured quickly dissipating into a wispy cap. Fair number of bubbles rising to the top after the pour.

Smell - Faint sweetness with the usual clean grainy aromas and a bit of a skunked smell, but not nearly as pronounced as Stella. Otherwise only think detectable was that dry cereal smell.

Taste - Grain, general beer / barley flavor. Lower end in terms of bitterness, even for the style. A touch overly clean as there isn't much of a lasting flavor here either.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth and refined , but slightly lower than expected carbonation. Medium - light body and moderately dry finish.

Overall - Might have been a bit skunked, but was definitely a tasty brew, albeit not as good as when i previously enjoyed it. Viable option in the Euro Pale Lager field.

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Photo of G-Spot
4.06/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really good beer - beats any bud, coors, heinee. Really good beer lineup and nice and smooth profile for any day of the year. Really nice brewery to visit in Cronenbourg, near Strasbourg in France. A lot of history and a great company overall.
beer pours nice and keeps a good head, good balance of hops and bitterness, crisp taste and good overall beer.
1664 white is really a superb experience as well, both highly recommended.

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

Pale gold color, super clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Bubblegum, spice, cloves, sweet grassy malts. Almost smell like a Belgium-style beer.

Mild Belgium spice flavor throughout the taste, it's not overpowering. Sweet grain, biscuit, wheaty. Touch of hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very crisp and clean, a little dry. Body is light-medium, smooth, refreshing, semi-dry.

It's an excellent beer.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This French lager pours a clear golden color and a small and quickly dissipating white head.
STandard hoppy and grainy aroma is not too weak, so the nose easily picks it up.
The taste is also very nice - initially there is slight sweetness which is followed by nice hoppy bitterness. The finish is also pleasantly bitter making this beer a very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden straw color, small white head.
Aroma: Light non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Light sweet  malt flavor. Slightly bitter ending. This beer is light bodied, finishing with a harsh carbonation .
Overall: Nothing special about this beer. If not for the harsh carbonated finish, this could be a decent lawn mower beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Posh half-pint at a beach bar in Ste Maxime: it's a Wedding Reception and the only beer on tap.

Looks like a lager, has no smell (like a lager) and tastes like a lager. Nothing wrong with it, just like most lagers it's cold and devoid of any real flavour. Hops may well lead in the taste, but there doesn't appear to be a lot of them about, or malts for that matter. It was crisp, sharp and clean, but not much was going on.

PS I always give a score of 3 for non-smelling lager/pilsners.

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

I'm a lager fan and this has to be one of the best I've had from a bottle. Very crisp and refreshing with nice light hops and enough complexity to keep it interesting. Beats Stella Artois handily. The thinking man's EPL, if there is such a thing. Nice downing just one but this would make a nice session.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Straw yellow, great clarity/ Rocky white head shows good retention. Foamy, sticky lacing clings in patches.

S: Dough and grain. Mild hopping is grassy with a touch of mint. Subtle scent of alcohol/menthol.

T: Grainy. Very slight toast. Dough. Grassy hops get a little spicy too. Slight skunk. Spicy/herbal hop finish.

M: Light bodied. Aggressive blast of carbonation. Short creaminess, but somewhat watery.

O: Better than the American macros; there's at least some flavor to be had here. Fairly aggressive hop character for the style too. Still skunky and watery though, and there are other Euro lagers I'd turn to first.

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Photo of Portertime
2.09/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - I am going to enjoy it in my new BJ’s Brewhouse limited edition Grand Cru glass. It is being served well chilled. As you can see, it pours a luminous light golden color with a two finger snow-white head. I can already smell that tell tale Euro lager funk that you get from beers like Heineken.

Smell – there is a sweet grassy aroma, slightly biscuity. There is nothing wrong with that pungent, skunky smell. In fact, many brewers desire it and select special yeast strains that accentuate it. There is the common misconception that all beers in a green bottle (like Kronenbourg) are “skunked” by light effecting it but do not fret, you are only drinking a carefully crafted masterpiece by a proud European brewer.

Taste – rather refreshing with a crisp, slightly spicy finish created by the hops. It produces a tang on the tip of my tongue. I would say it is a little maltier than Heineken but remains very sessionable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 330mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. The color is surprisingly deep for the style; I like it.

Smell: a little sweet and rather grainy; nothing special but it's pretty well balanced.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a fair bit of both sweetness and graininess here. It's better than an American macro lager, but there's very little nuance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: body is light, but is actually pretty good for the style. Carbonation is pretty high, and while it's not creamy, per se, it's at least somewhat satisfying.

Overall: drinkable enough, this is probably great on a hot day. It's pretty clean with an emphasis on grain, which I like, but it's a hair to sweet to just guzzle away.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap in a pub with limited choices in the hope that it would be a safe and "decent" beer. It wasn't! The appearance was ok to start with but the head quickly dissipated leaving little lacing and hardly any foam on top. The smell was sour and unappetising. I would describe it as a cheap lager aroma. The taste was insipid with an unpleasant sourness and no noticeable hop or malt accent. I wonder if Kronenbourg 1664 tastes better from a can or bottle and may revisit it in that format one day. Maybe the pub hadn't kept it too well.

The name sounds like it should be good. The logo looks nice. In Britain they have adverts with French soccer legend Eric Cantona extolling the noble people who pick the prized Alsace hops that they use. Sadly in reality it tastes like a cheap, slightly hard to drink lager. I would rather have a glass of cheap and cheerful red wine than this if it was the only beer on offer

My mark out of one hundred would be 55.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a standard Euro pale lager straw with a thin layer of bubbly white foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma nondescript, a sour breadiness, sparkly white grape, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Beer is overly carbonated, making it difficult to nail down the flavors. I got pale malt, dilute lemonade and red sour berry notes, and a floral tang ... Not sure where the hop extract used in this beer hails from but there was a distinct floral top note that added some interest to an otherwise dull Euro industrial lager. Harsh metallic flavors and a bit of skunk, albeit less of the latter than comparable beers. I'd drink this before Heineken but alas that is damning via faint praise.

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Photo of Cooldill
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Standard golden yellow euro-lager hue. Not really where this beer shines, but not bad. Won't comment on the head. I'm drinking this straight from the bottle (sue me) for this review. I've had in a Pilsener glass with good results.

S: Quite good. Floral, slight malt, light lawn clipings. Not much else, yet clean.

T: Light malt, floral hopiness comes through. Those Alsace hops seems to be showing, quite enjoyable. Unique. Not sure if it's the advertised Alsace hops but whatever hops are used, they are being executed very well.

M: Good for the style. Moderate carbonation, no surprises. Refreshing and simple. Again, quite standard, but it's very refreshing.

O: One of my go-to European lagers. This holds up well to many European Pilseners and Lagers I've had whilst living in central Europe. I quite enjoy this brew. It is easy to put many of these down, and the interesting flavor never seems to get old. Truly a well balanced beer. One I will be seeking out even as I return to the US. Worth a try? JUST DO IT! You may be pleasantly surprised!

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Kronenbourg 1664 from Brasseries Kronenbourg
73 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.
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