Kronenbourg is France's largest brewer and was founded, as the name of this lager suggests, in 1664. The brew itself dates from 1952. Kronenbourg has, since 2000, been part of the huge Scottish & Newcastle brewing group. This is a very dry lager with a nice balance of sweetness and hops. The flavour is very laid back and needs to be teased out, but there are fruits present, a damp brown bread maltiness, and a suggestion of honey. Overall a very smooth drink with a warming mouthfeel but no real character. I'm not surprised that beers such as this are big sellers, but it's not to my taste.
Review submitted by: Silk Tork
Review updated 20 April 2002
Not bad for a French commercial lager.
Indeed, not too bad at all.
I think Kroni is a very nice, pleasant beer and easily drinkable. But hey! Give me real ale any day!
I put it up there with Stella Artois - nothing special. sweeter, less bitter than typical mass-produced brews, but nothing to write home about.
T'is a foul urination priced above the basic Kronenbourg. All who find this piddle agreeable probably also get seen coming by all the con merchants, especially in Toys R Us.
Tastes like water...no discernable taste whatsoever. Very, very ordinary...
Was in London last weekend, and enjoyed 3 pints of the 1664! It was delicious. It is very comparable to the Belgian beer STELLA ARTOIS. Both are delightful beers!
As a lager it's above medium.
I was struck by the amount of advertising devoted to it the last time I was in France. That was enough to warn me off.
Although massive advertising campaigns equalling terrible beer is a sound theory applied to Budweiser etc. over here, in all fairness I've never actually tried the 1664, so I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from trying it for themselves.
I seem to recall the 1664 sold in France being stronger and tastier than that that we get here, which is more comparable with their basic lager. Otherwise, not bad - usually drink it if there's nothing else worthwhile available although I find it very gassy.
Filthy the Dog
Somebody should be arrested. Extremely poor offering from France.
I agree with Cameron. It's got a weird aftertaste. So weird that I thought there was something wrong with it the first time I tried it. But I tried it again in a few different pubs and it had the same nasty kick at the end.
Looking to purchase Kronenbourg 1664 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of TX. Stella Artois also. Anybody know where to get it?
Where do you find kronenbourg 1664 in the US?
I had some 1664 in France and loved it. It is my favourite beer.
Annoying zesty aftertaste, I dont like this beer at all. I'd rather drink Stella, Heineken, even a pint of draught Tennets than this pish.
Very very nice. The best beer that I have had in Europe.
French beer - nonsense!
Maybe there is a difference according to where you are - the stuff in France is very nice IMO, and is better than the normal Kronenbourg. I've never tried the stuff you get in the UK, but the French one has no disagreeable aftertaste, but instead was refreshing with a nice flavour, not too hoppy. It's what I drink when I'm there (no wheat beer to be found)
KB is the finest lager in the world. It has the sweet taste of a Michelob but is by now way as pretentious. It has the strength of Stella Artois but doesn't make you violent. It has embossed bottles and a similar corporate colour scheme to that of Rothmans tobacco, who produced cigarettes for real men. 24 x 330ml bottles are easily affordable at £9.95. I once did an entire crate at a BBQ they are so easy to drink. I did fall asleep and wet myself though which was mildly embarassing. The new livery on the cans is a disappointment, they should revert back to the friendly face of the dark blue. If Kronenbourg made pasties I'd buy them. Thanks very much, it was emotional.
Spencer 'The Old Soak' Units
Makes me feel ill just smelling it. Did the Centurion Challenge with this and made a right **** of myself. AVOID!
Rob on the Merrie City Boys Run
favorid beer ever
I am looking for Kronenbourg beer
(NOT Kronenbourg 1664)
Can anyone help me find it ?
If you can't see the the care put into a fine beer such as KB, you most likley drink Buttwiper and Busch, But you all prove an old saying-Oppinions are like assholes, everyone has one. If you want a stronger ber , try Buttwiper Ice. In case you have not figured it out - it's not frat beer. Seriously, if you don't like it- don't drink it.
Big difference between real 1664 in France (>6%), and the stuff brewed under license in Scotland (5%). The French one is much better. Surely the days of brewing a weaker version in the UK are now over?
Good lager. Not a beer! So for crates of lager for a bbq fine. else dont bother
I agree with your rating and that it is comparable to Stella Artois which is also nothing to write home about. For its above average cost for both you might as well drink Yankee swill like Busch, Miller,and /or Bud (or all mass brewed Canadian beer, except maybe Molson Stock Ale which is better than the above lagers).!!
lager is beer, just as ale is beer and stout and porter and wheatbeer. kronenbourg is a good Beer. most people dont see or care for a difference.
Quote "...lager is beer, just as ale is beer and stout and porter and wheatbeer. kronenbourg is a good Beer. most people dont see or care for a difference...."
Many, maybe even most, people don't know the difference between good and bad grammar either - but that doesn't mean that the differences aren't important to those of us who do.
This is a F***ing Great Beer. If you do not like this you are not a man. By the way for the guy who asked where to get it in US. Bourbon Street has its fair share of it.
Quote "...This is a F***ing Great Beer. If you do not like this you are not a man. ..."
I don't like it and I consider myself just as much as a man as I assume you consider yourself to be. That I choose not to use foul language in a rather pathetic attempt to add emphasis to my words does not, I suggest detract from my masculinity any more than it enhances yours.
can he get away with that kind of language? i mean won't the webmaster get rid of it? and by the way, i resent it, that sort of language and post just shows ignorance.
Probably just me, but this is one of the few commercial lagers I like at all.
On the lager/hell/pils front I generally like:
Most bavarian (except Paulaner, which I don't get on with)
A number of czech beers
Zywiec and Tyskie from Poland
Sam Smiths lagers
Mop, it's time you tried a few more beers if you rate Kronenberg amongst your favourites. There are many far better lagers around.
[February 2008, at my Dad's house] Smooth, soft, and fruity. Surprisingly good for a big commercial lager, and would happily have again in the absence of any more interesting beers. (6/10)
It's good glugging juice. Not one for you connoisseurs but a sound choice for a Friday night on the raz.
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