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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Kronenbourg 1664 BlancKronenbourg 1664 Blanc

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-03-2005

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Ratings: 343 | Reviews: 98
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Photo of jbredbeard
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of SmashPants
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Photo of JohnW
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Auraan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of Hammarby
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of sloejams
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml, weird dark sea blue bottle, at the Ship & Anchor in Calgary.

This beer pours a very cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of broad foamy white lace, which leaves a few specked swaths of lace around the glass as it steadily settles.

It smells of edgy semi-sweet wheat, sugary orange citrus, mild yeast, and airy menthol. The taste is sweet wheat grain, cantaloupe, musty, juicy orange, savoury coriander, a bit of white pepper, and mild earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a belt-tightened medium weight and quite fruity in it's mostly natural smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the melon character really persisting.

It bills itself as a flavoured witbier, and that's what you get - fruity, moderately spicy, with a subtly forlorn grain essence in the mix. Refreshing enough, I suppose, on a hot summer day.

Photo of mintjellie
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Yellow and opaque with protein haze. Good, tight head formation, only somewhat well-retained, with very little lace. Strong aroma of oranges and apricots. Tastes peachy and citrusy with a slight tang from the wheat malt and a hint of cantaloupe. It's a little bit on the sweet side without being cloying, perhaps from the glucose adjunct listed on the label? The fruit has a slightly artificial character to it, like the fuzzy peach candies Maynards manufacture. That doesn't put me off of it, I like those candies, but I prefer the natural citrus flavours of a more traditional witbier. Light-bodied with lots of fine carbonation and a soft, fluffy mouthfeel. A decent witbier that could be better if a little more attenuated and less artificial tasting.

Photo of hreb
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of these at a BC Liquor Store in Vancouver, eh? I've never been able to find this in the States -- only the regular (and pretty damn dull) Kronenbourg 1664. Blue glass 330mL bottle. Beer pours super pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a thin white head. Lemony sweet aroma. Could be mistaken for lemonade.

So here's the thing about this beer: it's not "good" in any conventional sense any self-respecting beer snob would recognize. It is however tasty, tasty candy. And if beer snobs can debate the virtues of fruit flavored, adjunct-laden Belgian lambics, we can get over ourselves and check out a fruit flavored wheat beer from a serious Eurotrash macro brewery.

This beer is as much alcopop as witbier; as much smirnoff ice as hefeweiss. Sweet, with flavors of citrus (lemon) and tropical fruit, moderate carbonation, delivered via an honest wheat beer vehicle. And while there's some unfermented adjunct sweetness in there, it's not gross or cloying (at least for me). Just really refreshing and tasty.

I don't get much spice out of it, although the ingredients (holy moly, an ingredients label on a beer!) claim coriander in addition to orange peel. This beer would be more favorably represented not as a Witbier but as a Radler, or to be more specific, a Ruß, (but "Fruit / Vegetable Beer" in BA-speak regardless).

Photo of jcubz
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1664 Blanc. In a bottle, pours with a rich foam head but the color has a weird tone to it Almost greenish. Smells very grapefruity with lots of coriander. Tastes very sweet and fruity. The grapefruit is almost over powering. Drinks smootg. Nice summer wit if your looking for something different.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

The Kronenbourg Blac is a decent drinking beer....more subtle than most Wits I've tried. The beer pours a cloudy pear color with thin white head that is leaving a modest lace. The scent carries fruit like spices to the tune of dried apricot. The taste is evenly balance with spice and malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable wit.

Photo of lelepat
4.71/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Better than the original version.

Photo of basica
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden with a thin and quickly receding head that leaves a thin layer with good lacing. (3.5)

S - Light but fruity and perfumy nose of fresh peaches or apricots. (4)

T - Upfront fruity tastes with peaches or apricots and some citrus; pleasant perfumy or floral notes deck the background with a tad of spices. After taste is fairly lasting and pleasantly fruity and perfumy. (4)

M - Light on the mouthfeel with slightly higher than average carbonation and slight creamy smoothness. (4)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable due to the really pleasant tastes for a witbier style brew. I first had it on tap at Helipad (@ Clarke Quay, Singapore) and found it pretty good and ended up picking up two 4-packs. The bottled version seems to taste more fruity and perfumy than on tap. I highly recommend this as a very sessionable witbier. (4.5)

Picked up 8 x 25cl bottles at Cold Storage in Singapore

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.75 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a challis

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays a bit. Unfiltered and very light

S- 3.75- Rather light. Coriander. Sour

T- 3.25- Lemon hits you right away. Citrus galore. Unbalanced

M- 3.25- Sour. Bit over carbonated

O- 3.57- Not much more than this. Ok white but way too much citrus for me.

Food Pairing

This ok white beer went well with..... Corned beef sandwiches. Nice pickle on the side

Enjoy

Photo of tone77
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty blue 11.2 oz. bottle. Yes, a blue bottle. Has a cloudy yellowish/white color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spices. Taste is good, citrus, some spice, a bit of wheat, refreshing and highly drinkable. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer, the glass is becoming empty quickly.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I don't know if the flavors of apricot and peach are artificial, they taste like they might be, but it's not terrible

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium size pure white foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light wheat malt is pretty thin. Taste is dominated by lightly sweet wheat malt notes with no spices or other characteristics. Body is bit thin with OK carbonation. Watery version of the style with limited amount of coriander or orange peel makes this an unattractive beer.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3/3 (Bottle) - Pale pour with a nice citrus aroma. Texture light and crisp, minimal carbonation. Taste was pleasent lemon and pear based. Not very strong, but an OK beer to pair with food or when one wants to drink a light beer.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of joesi
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what to say.
It's quite a simple beer, but not a typical one.

In my opinion the beer is all about the flavor—whether you like it or not. It's a nice nice mild citrus taste, without much hops. Overall just a great witbeer in my opinion.

I really loved the taste but everyone's taste may be different. I'm a big fan of stouts, but love this too.

edit: lowered my rating slightly, because PERSONALLY I would have liked more alcohol.

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
81 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.