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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-03-2005

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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle bearing a "best before" date of 30.04.08 that was brought back from Europe by my brother..thanks, bro! Glass used was a Blanche de Chambly witbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy pale yellow color with a fizzy, sputtery white head that left nice lace and retained a thin skim across the surface.
Nose: very floral and citrusy, lots of lemon and orange notes with hints of apricot and peach.
Taste: hey, peachy! It's got the lemony/orangy citrus thing and is quite sugary with a bit a spiciness hanging around the fringe of the palate but the dominant flavor after a while is a floral peach taste that's, well, interesting.
Feel: light, a tad bit thin but refreshing.
Overall: not sure how much I really care for this version of the witbier style. I haven't had many that are this perfume-y and fruity yet lacking the counterpunch of spiciness. It's not bad but I don't think I could suck down more than a couple before slipping into a sugar coma or wondering what sugary umbrella-covered tourista mixed drink I accidently picked up. (1,053 characters)

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually don't care for fruity beers, but this one is exceptional. Strong spiced pear and peach in the aroma follows right into the flavor and lasts all the way through. Could have used a little more alcohol, very good overall. (229 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this at Brass rail deli in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the cobalt blue bottle into a tumbler.

The color is clear golden with 2 fingers of frothy white with a very fine bead and good retention with thick rings of lace left sticking. The smell has a very citrus dominant almost citronella type lemon/orange scent with slightly sweet aroma. The feel has a very light sweetness with mild carbonation and tangy yeast with juicy citrus sweetness and very dry finish.

The taste is tangy like a lemon soda without the carbonic acid quality, more of a soft citrus flavor with light malt and gentle yeast with subtle grainy flavor and subtle chalky taste in the finish. Overall I consider this okay, not great: basically a wheat beer with citrus taste and a little sweet for me personally and lacks the spice to balance that you expect from a witbier (862 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Real Sports Bar and Grill, in Toronto.

I was ready to remark on the impeccable degree of trademark witbier haze until I realized that the pint glass itself was frosted. What a cheap trick! To be fair, however, the beer is nonetheless a striking aesthetic specimen: its milky orange colour is in fact legitimately clouded and, despite the obstruction of a giant orange peel, persists in tacking long drapes of lace to the glass' sides.

This is top 40 material. Purists of the style - and those with more enlightened tastes - will certainly, rightfully attack its integrity but it'll be undoubtedly popular with the masses and, even for the aforementioned with higher standards, is likely still to be regarded as an approachable enough quaff. It's unoffensive, but to be clear, is teenybopper.

And relative to the style's all-time greats, such as the wonderful St. Bernardus Witbier for example, there's no contest. It's like comparing Bach to Backstreet Boys. But given the option between Kronenbourg Blanc and other mass-produced brands, I could easily be (and was) persuaded into a round or two of this.

In both aroma and taste there is an exaggerated, magnified note of candied citrus. It is zestful, very tropical, surprisingly sweet and quite toothsome, most closely resembling candied orange peel. There's no coriander (or any spiciness or savoriness) to note what so ever. The only tarnish in the taste is a frail, stale maltiness that smacks of corn.

It wouldn't be such a bad idea for bars pouring Kronenbourg Blanc to serve it with a shot of insulin. The beer has a 'pop-rocks' sweetness that nearly tingles on the tongue much in the same way as the candy. Speaking of pop-rocks, this carbonation exacts the soda and pop-rocks combo, but the hyper-amplified bubbles do work in a beer like this.

Kronenbourg Blanc is a relic of a time when this brewery offered more than just pale, conventional lagers and had at least a shred of the gastronomic integrity the French are renown for. While its current form is evidently re-tinkered for mass-market appeal - and focuses solely on tropical, candy-sweet elements at the exclusion of all yeasty, malty, distinct ones - it still makes a pleasant beer and fair alternative to the standard 1664. (2,266 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: an embossed crystal-blue 330mL bottle with a standard macro label. The hand-grip bottle and the frankly awesome blue takes it well past the half-way mark.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy light straw yellow with a persistent white hea that hangs about at one-finger. Fine carbonation and brilliant, thick lacing.

Aroma: the usual witbier aromas of citrus, coriander and plenty of wheat. Decent.

Taste: again a reasonable witbier - wheat with coriander, and a light citrus over the top. Not mind-blowing, but quite pleasant.

Aftertaste: a touch of wheat fug with some hop bitterness. A touch of yeast too.

Mouth feel: very nice at this price - better than pretty much any witbiers at AU$50 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles.

Overall: a pretty good witbier - not the most amazing I have ever had, but for AU$50 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2014), this one is well worth it. A good all-rounder. (902 characters)

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Failte's pub in uptown Waterloo.

Poured into a Hoegaarden clunker. An extremely pale golden, looked pretty washed out, with a thin white head and some retention. Looked like someone tried to print a picture of Hoegaarden but ran out of toner.

Nose is wheat malt, orange and peach juice. All great things, but incredibly simplistic.

Tastes like a mass market wheat beer, but with the fruit emphasis on peach, rather than lemon or orange. There's not a whole lot to this, other than that faint "wheatiness" that these sorts of brews possess.

High carbonation, drinks like a soda.

Here's the deal with this beer. It's peachy, it's fizzy, it's a far cry from the great witbiers of the world in terms of complexity and depth. But damned if it isn't a tasty way to beat the summer heat. Everyone at our table enjoyed it for what it is, and found it far more enjoyable on the patio than the usual lager/pils fare. (928 characters)

Photo of Jaysicles
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zanth
4.65/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hued with a quarter inch white head. Aroma of pale wheat is faint and somewhat tart. The mouth is sharp and crisp. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is somewhat sweet with a faint tart apple taste that blends with the pale wheat. That's the coriander,but I've never had that sort of tart note from that spice. (320 characters)

Photo of Culture
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jminch
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%

330 ml blue bottle served in a snifter.

Aroma: lihtly spicy with a pronounced note of ripe arpicot.
Orange and apricot dominate the flavor, with some wheat underneath. Very good sweet/tart mix, with faint bitterness in the aftertaste.

Soft lively carbonation nicely complements the medium-light body.

O: a soft, French vounterpart to Magic Hat #9 (354 characters)

Photo of robert812
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrk
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JohnW
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured pale gold and a slight haze from the bottle, with decent tight white head. Aroma seemed typical of the usual mass produced "lagers" but with an added sweetness and hint of fruit. Taste was a real shock, and can only describe it as a rather typical nasty pretend lager with some peach syrup added! Tastes almost like a peach fizzy drink, and has no hint of hops or alcohol at all, even though the bottle says 5% alc. I can normally drink the usual Kronenbourg 1664 if offered it (or nothing else worth having, which would be rare) but this is just not nice at all. I could not finish the whole bottle, so marked it down for drinkability too, though guess some would enjoy it on a really hot day, as it could be thirst quenching I guess, but a beer ? No way!! Sorry, not for me at all.

JohnW
B'ham UK October 2007 (819 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a hazy glowing lemon yellow body with a sticky soft peaked snow white head and a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The big perfume aroma of apricots and some softer club soda notes finish with a papery aroma.

T- The faint peach stone note leads to a soft dry tartness in the finish. There is a dry flowery taste that lingers with a soft little carbonic acid note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a texture that feels very flat on the tongue and is a bit odd.

O- This beer has some nice apricot and peach characters that are soft enough to be very drinkable but still has a sort of artificial quality to them. It was nice to drink a 6-pack of this but there is something that is just a little off, and I would prefer a more natural yeast ester profile. (823 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Poured a cloudy golden body, true to style, with a thin white head, a bit under in fullness for the style. Not bad, but lacking. Scents of lemon juice, light Belgian yeast spiciness, orange zest, hints of clove and lightly sweet malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very citrus-forward witbier with just a touch of the other aromas of the style. Enticing, yet different. Flavor begins medium sweet with notes of peach, melon and light clove and, light tart wheat and lightly tart orange. This moves into a still medium sweet middle with notes of lightly tart wheat, tart and sweet peach, light clove, orange zest and faint lemon in the background. Finish is lightly sweet with medium notes of clove, orange zest, tart wheat and softly sweet malt with light lemon in the background. Aftertaste is sweet and bready malt and clove. Overall impression of flavor is of a good witbier, but one that is a bit simple and a bit too heavy on citrus without as much malt and yeast character as it should have. Not bad, but lacking a little. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, light creaminess and a bit of a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, true to form witbier. Overall this is a good witbier. Better than almost all the American macro examples, not quite as good as Hoegaarden or the craft offerings. Refreshing and pleasant, but not the best in any category. Still worth trying. (1,417 characters)

Photo of Hammarby
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light straw, hazy with a white head.
S: Yeast, grapefruit, coriander, raincoat fabric, citrus, marmelade.
T: Grapefruit, yeast, coriander. A bit watered down. Syntetic pineapple flavor in the aftertaste.
M: Very little carboration. Light in body. Tends to give the brew a watered down quality.
D: Ok. No unpleasant taste, maybe a bit syntetic. Will go down quite easily, but certainly not a great beer. (409 characters)

Photo of sloejams
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The newest offering from Brasseries Kronenbourg is a witbier. It seemed to be popping up a bit over Paris and was the best beer offered at one particular nightclub that I ended up in a couple of times.

It comes in bright celyon bottle. "Ceylon" is fancy color printing for "blue". The aroma is very fruity: peach, cinnamon and clover dominate. It's light and whitish. Initially, it's quite refreshing. The yeast is balanced with the sweetness of the fruit flavors. This balance dissipates after a bit and the fruit really takes over. Have one, not many. (556 characters)

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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