September 19, 2005
(Brest, France) - One of the complicating matters of
a change of flight plan is how it can affect beer review
schedules and the like. In a recent case, an ambitious
flight from Lisbon to London was truncated and The Hopper
ended up in Brest, France. This necessitated a SECOND
beer be procured from France, and luckily, Kronenbourg
1664 was readily available for our sampling.
Kronenbourg 1664 comes packaged
in a nice, red, blue and white carton and presents itself
as a lager of note. Opening emits a subtle skunk that
confirms that this is in fact a lager. It pours like
water - in fact, I can't recall such a characterless
head so far in our travels. The color is crisp and clear,
almost Champaign-like. As it is consumed, there is nothing
left on the sides of the glass, so in many ways its
glass performance is substandard.
The taste is inoffensive
and unremarkable. Not that it isn't drinkable. In many
ways, it and the previously reviewed Sagres share the
trait of lackluster character adding to drinkability.
The thing is, after you blast through a six-pack, try
and recall the actual beer tasting characteristics and
you'll draw a blank.
The affect of this beer
is average, as is it's ABV. There should be no hangover
problems the following day. I guess this is an absent
quality that is welcome. Unfortunately, that can't be
said for the rest of this beer experience.
Want a forgettable beer?
Grab yourself some Kronenbourg and waste the night away.
For more information
on Kronenbourg 1664, visit their website at www.brasseries-kronenbourg.com