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At last we have the weather for me to give my favourite beers the reviews they deserve. Beer just tastes so much better in the sun - at last it can be savoured and I can savour all those characteristics that I hardly ever thought about in my pre-dooyoo life! 1664 is a French lager, it comes in green bottles, with the red, white and blue 1664 label around their necks, with the actual glass of the bottles themselves embossed with the "1664". The bottle gives that satisfying exhale when you break the cap off... "ahhhh" it says, and with my first sip I'm echoing the same thing right back at it. Personally I prefer a lager straight from the bottle - what's the reason, or the psychology, behind that? I have no idea. Whatever it is, it's subliminal - maybe it tastes better, maybe I look cooler (bear in mind that only my cats are assessing that - so that's unlikely), maybe it keeps it's sharpness better (though they don't last long enough to verify that!) or maybe it's just the deeply hidden shame that it's one less glass to wash up... On the rare occasions it is decanted into a glass, the colour is a gorgeous straw colour, with a lovely level of gentle "fizz" without being gassy. There's no doubt you can taste the hops in 1664, but the over-riding flavour in there is refreshment. Ok, I know that isn't an actual flavour, but much as I like my beers, I'm definitely no connoisseur, and would have to concede that with only a few exceptions, lagers taste much the same to me. This is an easy drinking, very light beer, and such is the refreshment, there may be a danger there because you (I at least) don't feel the alcohol content hitting - and it's a substantial 5% in there. My pre-publishing research has turned up the "Organoleptic Chart" for 1664 which has enlightened me to all the things I *should* detect in the beer... Head: Fairly dense head with fine bubbles. Long-lasting. White creamy colour. Color: Quite pale yellow. Opalescent. Aroma: Sustained intensity. Dominance of hop and malt aromas. Citrus aroma. Liquorice and crystallized lemon. Flavor: A good balance with slight bitterness. Texture: Smooth, rounded beer. Slightly sparkling with small bubbles. Aftertaste: Persistent fruity aroma, with notes of citrus peel and spices. Smell: Medium intensity. Dominance of citrus. Peach aroma. Grainy notes. Very interesting, although it makes me feel a bit inadequate with my own description above! Having read it, I can definitely understand the references to citrus, although it feels like a cheat having needed to see it written down before realising! Oh well, this is a great beer for a summers evening regardless of the aromas, textures, heads etc that I failed to detect. Heck, I just like a beer on a summers' evening!
When it comes to alcohol I'm pretty fussy as to what I will drink and enjoy really. I like lager and I like alcopops but I'm not a huge fan of wine or shorts, though I will partake in them from time to time but I guess really I am not a sophisticated drinker! With the weather that we have been been having of late I have been able to go to BBQS and sit out in peoples gardens and I do find that lager is a good drink of choice because its a long drink and can be mixed to make shandy with lemonade and so on. My Step-Father tends to buy boxes of lagers/beers for the weekends and these he gets in boxes of 15 bottles. Sounds alot until you realise though that all one bottle gives you is just over half a pint and split between people you get 3 bottles of about 2 pints in total. However we all like this one (I include my Mum in the 'all' comment lol). The bottles these come in are dark green and made from thick glass though they are not heavy bottles to be fair and to the top of the them they have dark blue tin lids that need removing with a proper opener. Around the neck and main of the bottle there is a dark blue label and on the front of that we are clearly told that they are Kronenbourg 1664 'La Premiere Biere Francaise.Brassee Avec Savoir- Paire Depuis 1664' and then on the back of the bottle we are told that each bottle contains 275ml and 5.0% Vol, that there is 1.4 UK Units of alcohol within each bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The Lager Itself: Made from pure water from the Vosges mountains this is a lovely, pale and golden lager with a gentle fizz to it which gives it life though it isn't too bubbly and/or gassy and when you first open it, it has a real smell of hops/yeast to it. Best served chilled/cold this has a really lovely flavour to it this one with a real malty tone to it, a slight citrus hint and a fabulous bitterness which doesn't linger for too long on the palette and unlike a lot of other lagers I have or do drink I find this totally refreshing! This isn't a heavy lager and for me is a perfect one for us girls too! Its been being made since 1664 so Kronenbourg are doing something right! Available in many pubs and off licenses when on offer my Stepdad pays about £11.00 a box for 15 of these though they vary widely in prices! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Kronenbourg 1664 is a premium lager sold in the UK at a 5.00% alcohol level, in France it is 5.5% (so what if the Brits are binge drinkers? The French just have stronger booze!). The version sold in the UK will usually have been brewed at the Heineken facility in Manchester so not really very French as Kronenbourg is now owned by the Carlsberg Group which is Danish and brewed in Lancashire. The beer was originally brewed in Strasbourg by Geronimus Hatt in 1664, which has no relevance today other than Geronimus Hatt being a great name. The beer itself would be classed in a similar 'premium category' as Stella Artois, San Miguel and Peroni and is a pale fizzy lager with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It is available in the UK as a draught lager as well as in cans and bottles. To buy in a pub expect to pay between £2.50 - £4.50 a pint, depending on the venue, which is about average for this type of lager. It is less widely available than other premium lagers such as the ubiquitous Stella Artois and only has a small percentage of the UK lager market unlike in France where it can boast a 40% market share. I personally find the beer to be very pleasant and without the sudden lurch to drunkeness which can be experienced with some other premium beers. I find it no more or less hangover inducing than other beers although I rarely drink to a level that would result in this level of hangover. (Although never say never!)
Kronenbourg 1664 has been brewed in France since, I forget when. Originally from Strasbourg it relocated in 1850 to Cronenbourg and thus earned its memorable name. It is the top selling beer in France but has failed to warm itself to us Brits. At 5% it is classed as a premium lager and is available on tap, in bottles or in cans. Dark golden in appearance, fizzy and with a strong fruity aroma it is a fairly enjoyable drink. I must admit that I have not had much experience drinking this as I don't rate it as highly as other premium lagers such as Stella or Grolsh. I have nasty memories of waking up with devils banging on anvils inside my head whilst my stomach churns. I actually convinced myself that there was something wrong with me. Thankfully this feeling soon passed and I realised that it had given me one of the most brutal hangovers I have ever experienced. Price wise you will pay around £2.50-£3.50 in the pub which is pretty standard and £4.50 for a pack of 4cans at the local shop or supermarket. As with Becks bottles are smaller than the standard 330ml at 275ml so if you find a respectably priced crate then this is probably the volume of the bottles. Expect to pay £10 for 15 bottles. I don't recall ever seeing this on tap in the bar and thinking to myself, I m drinking that tonight. It holds very little appeal to me and if it ceased to be served I would hardly notice. If you like it then great, but if you have never tried it then you aren't really missing much.
Kronenbourg 1664 is the main brand of lager which comes from Kronenbourg Brewery, which was founded in 1664, in Strasbourg, France. The brewery relocated to an area called Cronenbourg in 1850. It is therefore obvious how this lager has been given its name. This lager is now also brewed in the UK. In France, this is the top selling beer, but according to trade magazine, The Publican, it is the 8th best selling in the UK. I recently bought it in a case of 15 x 275 ml bottles, which cost me 9 pounds and 50 pence, on a special offer. Usually it costs more than the big 4 sellers, fosters, carling, carlsberg and stella. In a pub it can be a pound more a pint than those lagers. Therefore I tend not to drink it when I am out. But couldn't resist buying it at home for a good price. I've seen it sold in small bottles and 500 ml cans. This lager has 5% ABV. It is the hops from the French Alsace region which give its distinctive taste. Appearance It has a wonderful, easy on the eye, dark golden yellow colour. There is strong carbonation, lots of fizz, very seductive. Aroma I adore the smell of hops with this lager. It's a strong aroma, fruity and malty, actually very inviting. Taste Despite having quite a high alcohol percentage, this beer tastes clean and light, it hits my palate in a very positive way. There is slight hoppy bitterness, but it's not hard to drink at all. Mouthfeel Creamy, fresh, inoffensive, strong but subtle. After taste Very nice, both fruity and slightly bitter, makes you want more. Drinkability This lager is very satisfying. It really looks and feels like a quality drink. I could drink quite a lot of this without any negative effects. I'm not saying I could drink 15 pints of it, but it is the sort of drink that makes me realise why people enjoy drinking so much. Overall Assessment An absolutely fantastic lager! Beautiful presentation, plenty of personality, makes you feel alive again after a long week. France is better known for good wine, but clearly they can do lager too. Definitely worth trying!
out of all the hundreds of different types of lagers out there this is one of my favorites. This review is based on the 50cl sized standard can (not the new dynamo) Kronenbourg 1664 is brewed with a unique hop blend including aromatic hops from Alsace, it contains barley and wheat and is 5%Vol. I find this to be quite a light and refreshing beer and no where near as heady the next morning as say 'Stella' its fairly light in color and the taste in my opinion wipes the floor with say Fosters or carling and i consider it to be a far superior drink in every way. the can itself has its traditional 'flag' esque graphics, standard ring pull which has always worked first time for me, and pours well too. Slightly more pricey than some of the above lagers but well worth it to me. If you get a chance to try the dynamo system version its even better.
When it comes to beer there's nothing like drinking Kronenbourg 1664, whether is a bottle of bear whilst out in the sun having a picnic or a pint of Kronenbourg in the pub. Drinking 1664, provokes all sorts of passionate thoughts especially for anyone who has seen the commercials. The main reason I like to drink Kronenbourg is not because of the taste of the beer but the image conjured up by the commercial. After a hard days work of low wages one feels satisfied being able to at least afford a pint of this beer to forget one's worries. When ordering at the pub I simply like to say to the bartender, a "pint of 1664 please" whereas asking for a Heniken or Fosters just doesn't evoke any good feelings. I also like my friends to see me holding a glass that has the words 1664 printed on it. Regardless of the taste, it looks like a refined and expensive beer which suits my image. On to the taste itself, there's a good percentage of alcohol in there especially compared to other beers and it doesn't taste too bitter. However one complaint I have is that Kronenbourg brewed in the UK doesn't taste as good as Europe. Overall this is one of my favourite beers.
Many guys will not admit to it but they are often shocked when they see a girl drinking pint after pint of beer; thinking they'd go for flavoured-vodka drinks. Why have us girls got this stereotype? Why do I not fit into this stereotype of drinking flavoured vodka or alco-pops or whatever they are called. Many people drink flavoured drinks for one reason: cheap and perhaps tasty way to get drunk. I prefer to drink this beer in a casual manner in a social environment or during pub crawls; mainly for one reason; it is incredibly tasty and tangy as it hits my tongue, cooling down my throat as it goes down. I find flavoured vodka drinks incredibly watery and un-satisfying while drinking it. When served with a pretty good head, I like to dive into the beer, taking the first big gulp which refreshes my throat. The taste isn't watery or too bitter; it is just right for what it is, even better when it has been chilled to the right temperature. When drinking some brands of beer, I find that I take my time before taking sips again; which suggests to me I don't particularly like the beer brand but when drinking Kronenbourg, I drink it like water. Which isn't a good thing if I'm trying to keep my head up! At several house parties; people will bring crates of several beer brands; it entirely rests on what beer brands is on offer that week in our circle! But we normally find that the Kronenbourg beer is the first to run out and we have to settle for 'lesser' beers namely Carling and Fosters. One thing I must say; I am incredibly glad that Kronenbourg does not serve their products in cans; which gives a lot of beer brands a bit of a metallic taste which I detest. They serve it in glasses instead which I find much easier to hold anyway while contemplating several topics. The beer is often used in offers in Tesco/Sainburys so it can be cheap at the right time but a pack of 20 beers, it will cost about 12 pounds which is a bit costly, especially for a student. Unfortunately one of the let-down aspects of the beer is the shockign number of calories! It is precisely for this reason why I only limit to drinking them in a tow twice or three times a week, much to my dissatisfaction. Some students do watch their weight! It averages around 190 calories per pint. In all, an essential student staple, you will certainly find a few bottle of Kronenbourg littered around my room. It is in most pubs at a fair price and it blows away other beer competitors in the water. To see what a Kronenbourg beer looks like in its glass, take a peek at my profile picture! :D
Simply put, Kronenbourg 1664 is a fantastic beer. Although it is quite pricey it is well worth it.It has a very rich, refreshing taste and is great both ice cold and slightly warmer. This makes it quite unique since many lagers are undrinkable when not ice cold. It even tastes pretty good straight from the can!This beer is well worth its price and is one of the nicest premium lagers available. Highly recommended.
Kronenbourg 1664, or 'Kronie' as it is often referred to, is not just a beer, it's a premium beer, and that is exactly what it is. Made from mainly hops, water, malt and yeast, 'Kronie' was first developed in, yep you've guessed it, 1664, in a town called Cronenbourg. Yet it was only introduced to the UK in 1952, to mark The Queen's accession to the throne. Thank you Queen! 'Kronie's' smooth, distinctive taste is one of sheer perfection for me, it goes down so easily, and yet does not leave any bitter aftertaste in your mouth. What more, being a premium 5% lager, helps you get merry that little bit sooner = cheaper night! Personally, it is a close call between Carlsberg Export and 'Kronie' for my all time favourite beer, and to be honest it is so close that I can't call it. All I know is that 'Kronie' will always fill my fridge, and hold a special little place in my heart!
When you first pop open the top of the bottle you can tell straight away this is premium lager at it's best. You put the bottle to your lips and it's crisp taste hits your lips almost immediately, and you begin to realise why you paid that little bit more. Yes it is slightly more costly than the Carling, Carlsberg and Becks etc, but the taste more than makes up for the price difference. With the other beers mentioned above you have a taste in your mouth that is ever so slightly "wrong", with this you don't have that, you know from the first sip that you'll be on it all night and then some. A pint of it at a pub is a tad more exspensive (20-35p) than it's competitors, so it'd take 10 pints of this to equal 11 of a cheaper alternative. The cheaper alternatives (bar becks) are around 3-4% this is 5.11% and so the fact you miss out on one drink (if you have 10 anyway...which is unlikely tbh) is levelled out by this higher alcohol content. However the higher content of alcohol does have a negative effect, you wont realise quite how much you've drank if you usually stick to the cheaper lagers. This problem is rectified by the options of getting a taxi or falling to sleep instead of driving (bad idea any). The dink comes in an almost trademark bottle type a green "Eiffel", which is a tall thin bottle, very rarely if ever used for anything but Kronenbourg, which gives it a distinctive look in the shops. Kronenbourgs other beers (Cru and Blanc) also use this bottle type, though one uses white and one uses blue glass (the Cru is highly recommended though is even more costly). In summary a perfect drink to have whilst having some mates around to watch the footy, you can feel like a posh/rich lager lout, but one with taste, unlike stella drinkers. This is a perfect orange beer, smooth texture and no nasty after taste like you may expect with the high abv. A wonderful drink for a friday/saturday night.
I do enjoy chilling with a pint ill admit that, 1664 has slowly but surely beaten back the competition to be my favourite pint. I had my first frosty pint at my local, with a very little head. It was poured out quite quickly and was sat in front of me looking very clean and tempting, as I tilted the glass towards my lips with all the expectations, and… Yes it was met the best tasting beer I’ve ever tasted, it took me from a bitter drinker to a cleaner pint. When throwing a party myself I always get in a case of two and put them in the chillier to serve. I can easily myself go through pint after pint of this when socialising and enjoy it till the last drop. But back to parties, you need pint glasses but pour them in and line up 2 people against each other and have a downing contest if large numbers at the party I advise a knock out tournament to pass the time, and the fun thing is the one whom pushes themselves to win you can normally do stupid and fun things to, not that I have ever taken advantage of a drunk person nor do I condone it. hehehe When eating, this is a high treat being such a clean beer it cleans the pallet and increasing the taste of the food that you have in front of you. I didn’t ever drink with meals as beer would ruin the taste but 1664 like a fine wine is only there to enhance your enjoyment. A case (24 cans) of 1664 will cost you anything from £15 to £25, a lot of special offers have been flying around from place to place so it does pay of to shop around before buying in big quantities. A pint in a pub can cost you anything from £2.10 to £3.50, with Wetherspoons offering it at a lower £2.10, its not the cheapest on the pumps but for the little bit extra being normally about the same price as “Stella” which is suppose to be “reassuringly expensive” its well worth. Plus this beer has minimal fizz I find so do not worry about getting to overly bloated. As for mixings/cocktails not much you can do. Warning? umm… its quite easy to tell when you start to feel beer hitting you, I advise you keep with in your limits if you drink too much beer you get on of those wobbly bellies. I believe myself if you like clean beers this is the one for you all the way, and if you don’t like them just give it a try.
Kronenbourg 1664 was named so after the brewery that formed in 1664 in a place called Cronenbourg by the Hatt family. They developed what has now become one of the favoured little tipples of Europe. Kronenbourg 1664 was specially launched in the UK to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. So, enough with the history, what does it mean to me! Kronenbourg 1664, in my mind, is only rivalled by Stella Artois for its strength and flavour. Having said that, I prefer 1664 without a doubt. Stella often comes across too strong, and you cannot drink it warm. (It really tastes like sick) Many of the current pubs across the UK are now stocking K1664 as it is widely recognised as an alternative to Stella, but not as weak as your Carling’s, Castlemaine’s and Foster’s. As I am currently sampling the immense texture and flavouring, I thought that I should say a few words to point you in the right direction. ----Taste---- The web site reveals that the taste is actually a mixture of flowery hops, with grapefruit. I beg to differ. I cannot taste grapefruit at all, just that unmistakable flavour of strong beer. There is an aftertaste that is slightly fruity, but not particularly grapefruit. And where on earth do the flowers come in? Slightly lighter than Stella, but with just as much kick, you don’t end up with such a thick head. ----Froth---- A creamy froth very similar to Stella. ----Colour---- The liquid is a golden yellow colour, again very similar to Stella. ----Odour---- This is where I do have to agree with the official website. It describes the odour as “Citrus fruit & Malt odour, with a touch of yeast”. This is very true. Although the citrus fruits aren’t apparent in the taste, they are definitely there in the smell. A refreshing smell which makes me think of many an enjoyed night out. ----Packagin g---- Kronenbourg 1664 comes in many handy sizes:- 25cl Bottles 330ml Bottles 440ml Cans 750ml Bottles (my absolute fave!!) and, of course, are also available over the counter of most bars in pints and half-pints. ----Overall---- I can’t hype this lager up enough. This has been my ruin since the first time I sampled it (way back in 1995). The taste is subtle, but strong. You don’t feel like you’ve been throwing your money away (like I do with lesser beers such as Foster’s). In some ways, the only downside is the price. A pint of this fabulous beer in my hometown of Leicester will set you back around about £2.50. This may not seem that expensive elsewhere in the country, but in Leicester it is top whack. Having said that, I regularly buy 24 packs of the 25cl bottles from Asda at around £9, which I think is a bargain. Check out the Kronenbourg site at www.k1664.co.uk for more info, and play the Guillotine game for a laugh. Thanks for reading. Damon.
KRONENBOURG 1664 ----------------- Wow, a beer review, it has taken me a while to do another one of these, which is quite surprising really seeing as I love the stuff. Over my short time on this earth I have tried many different types of beer, and only three stand at the top of my list of essential drinks. Kronny, Stella and Newcastle brown ale, so here is a review of my top drink, my number one alcoholic beverage. Back in 1664 Jerome Hatt brewed his first beer,in Strasbourg, and over the years he built on this. The family later moved to the Cronenbourg area of France, soon after the beer that we now know as Kronenbourg 1664 was released. ---------- The look --------- Kronny looks a lot like any other lager or beer, but with a lighter feel to it. The colour is a dark yellow, with a tinge of gold. A bit darker than stella but not as dark as Newcastle Brown. There are a lot of bubbles showing that it has a very carbonated taste to it. ----------------- The taste and smell ----------------- So im going to open my first can, shall i pour it into a glass? Nope im gonna drink it straight from the can, Firstly i have to say that this has a very fruity smell to it, with hints of banana, lemon and pineapple, but still with that hoppy smell of a straight lager. When you first open a can it isn't too fizzy, so you dont have to worry too much about the fizzy nature, it never seems to throth up too much. So here we go, first taste! (This is a bit of a lie, seeing as ive been drinking this stuff for years!) Well as soon as I swig down the first mouthful, I get the usual taste of any usual beer, but on my second taste I get the feeling of fruit, Lemons and possibly Pineapples but not as a strong taste. The stuff is never too gasey or strong that you couldn't just keep drinking it. Basically it is smooth, but never too smoo th, feeling like the perfect line between a bitter and a lager. The drink isn't too gassy, compared with its major rival stella, it really isn't gassy at all, and you can drink more cans of this drink before you feel that gassy sickly feeling that you would after a certain number of cans of Stella. If you like Stella, but would like a fruitier, lighter taste, then you really should try Kronenbourg 1664, it may change your taste! --------- THE PRICE ---------- So we get to the important part!! I have seen this product in a few different guises:- 25 ml bottles 330 ml bottles 440 ml cans 750 ml bottles The cans are available at about pound a can, which isn't a bad price, as it is very close to rivals prices. The bottles can vary quite a lot, but in general you can get them for a nice price, definitely below 10 pounds for 10 bottles! Other than the home drinking options, you also have the drinking in pubs/ restaurants, which prices again may vary, but in Leicester they are generally about 2.20 to 2.50 a pint, which is high in Leicester prices, but may not be so bad in other parts of the country! -------- OVERALL -------- As if you hadnt guessed, this is my favourite alcoholic drink, and at 5 percent alcohol, it is quite strong. It has a distinctive flavour, so if your mates try to trick you in the pub you will know what your drinking! Basically a great alternative to stella. Just remeber at 5 percent, you will still have a bad hang over after a few of these, i can tell you, Ive had a few! Thanks for reading. Kyle
So having finally recovered from my Reading drinking session I sat down last night to my first pint of beer in a week. Not one of my usual drinks, as the Stella and Guinness are both finished for the moment, it had to be a bottle of Kronenbourg 1664. I used to love the stuff before I started on Stella and after I had finished with Fosters, but an over indulgence once to often lead to me becoming sick of the taste and as such going off of it a little. However as it’s the only stuff in the house at the moment it was an easy choice to make as to my drinking choice for tonight. But where does this bottle before me come from, well France and to be more specific, Strasbourg. The brewery Kronenbourg comes from was founded back in 1664 by Jerome Hatt who brewed his first barrel way back in 1664, but it would be a long time before they started brewing the beer we all know today. During the 1800’s they moved the brewery from the centre of Strasbourg to an area of the town called cronenbourg. However it wasn’t until 1947 before they actually started to make Kronenbourg. Named after the area of the town but with a K instead of the C and using the year the brewery was founded Kronenbourg 1664 was founded and the rest as they say is History. So that’s the history lesson out of the way, what about the price? Well I normally drink it in pubs when there is no Stella and I fancy a pint of lager. And a pint of Kronenbourg in our local sets us back about £2.49, which is about the norm for most of the places around here. You can of course buy it from your local Tesco/ Waitrose/etc delete as appropriate in various sized bottles (25 and 33Cl) and 440ml cans. The last time we bought any from this country it set us back about a fiver for 10 of the smallest bottles, however we more often than not tend to buy it by the crate from the hypermarket in Calais when a trip is made. So onto the bottle I have in front of me. Taking the glass, and pouring the contents into it, god I’ve waited almost a week for this. It’s a slightly darker complexion than Stella, but still has that golden tint to it. The head is quite full and stays for most of the time you are drinking it. The smell given off by the pint is a mixture of fruits, with the defining one seeming to be lemon. And finally time to take a taste, the first thing you notice is the bubbles as you take the first sip. I find Kronenbourg is a lot more active in the bubble stakes than Stella, but this does add a little something to the taste. There is only a slight hint in the taste of the fruit, that was so evident in the aroma. Being quite a strong lager at 5.2% understandable you can taste this in the drink, providing a sort of bitter taste. However it is not overly strong and in fact is very refreshing, with a pleasant aftertaste that isn’t overwhelming. A thoroughly enjoyable pint that leaves you feeling refreshed and even a little bit tempted to try another. Well it looks like my taste for Kronenbourg has returned again. As I said a very enjoyable pint that I will no doubt be having more of in the near future, although it is a bit on the expensive side.
Lager, 5.11 percent Alcohol. Brewed in France since 1664.