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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.

Rating 6.45/10

 

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