Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 372
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet green apple candy are present in the nose, which somewhat resemble a Jolly Rancher.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of green apples, but there is no sweetness and hints of spices and pale malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a touch watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but the green apple candy-like aromas and flavors seem like they are artificial.

Serving type: bottle (759 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with small white head. Sweet aroma of citrus, spices. Flavor is medium to high sweet, light bitter. Aftertaste is short and malty. (154 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.7/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of the beer is the best and the most sophisticated I've ever smelled. Smell of tangerine, peach and pineapple hit the nose. The water they use is so pure and filtered, like they made an entire beer with Brita water. It's so smooth and so delicious, and this is coming from a heavier abv beer drinker. Absolutely amazing! (330 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: A cloudy sunburnt lemon yellow colored body holds up a fizzy white head that recedes to a bubbly wisp. A few bands of foamy lacing remain.

Aroma: When I first poured it in the glass, it smell like a skunk. Oh no! But after it settles, it smells like a radler -- a nice soft scent of orange zest and lemon peel. Underneath the citrus there's a very mellow wheat body.

Taste: The beer starts off with the citrus combination of both orange and lemon zest - it's a very soft taste, not like bitter rind or something. As the citrus fades away there's a more typical witbier body but very subdued. Wheat, grains, and subtle yeast.

Mouthfeel: Vibrant, kind of bubbly like a soda or carbonated fruit drink.

Overall: Thought I might hate it after the initial whiff of skunk, but it bounced back and is quite refreshing. Tastes more like a railer than a fruity witbier, but it was worth the one bottle. I suppose on a hot summer evening I could drink more than one. (1,011 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy lemon yellow with a 1/2" white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and a thin irregular layer of foam over most of the liquid. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass and a wide swath of patchy and speckled lacing on the other. Most of the lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is very faint but seems lightly citric (lemony?) with a faint hint of coriander. Neither strong nor unpleasant but a bit "thin."

The flavors seem to be slightly citric (lemony), delicately spiced and lightly tart. There is also some light sweetness from the grains.

The feel is on the light side and the carbonation is slightly prickly and persistent. The finish is medium long and everything just fades slowly away into light dryness with a touch of tartness that invites another sip.

The key to this beer is "delicate." There are no strong flavors and no strong aromas so if that's what you are looking for, pass this one by. While there are other Witbiers I prefer (e.g, the Allagash or the St. Bernardus) this one would be a good one to have for a party where folks will be attending who say they don't like hops or don't like beer and where the focus is on enjoyment of conversation and a summer evening on the back porch. (1,286 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had decided that for the moment, I am going to be French. I have a bottle of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and brie on bread. From a blue(!) 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The beer looks like pee yellow in a glass with a cloudy body and a few visible bubbles in the body. An inch of soapy head forms on top, slowing dropping away to a lace. However, the beer does kick up a lacing which retains around the glass. There's some confusion in the aroma. I get a note of orange and coriander, and also a stink of spicy hops. Without the stink, my mouth would be watering.

A big bite of orange hits the palate upfront. Fruity pebbles? It reminds me of Leinenkugel's version which is very fruity. Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc is similar and very fruity as well. I don't get much spice, the beer is ligh tand slightly creamy, and easy going down.

Decent beer, possibly for those who don't drink beer very much. Personally, I still prefer the original Kronenbourg 1664. (955 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a mellow, creamy banana, with vanilla and a grassy note. It pours a murky banana pale with a dense, white foam head and good retain. The beer is a medium sweetness. The beer is light creamy and smooth with flavors of light lemon, grass, banana, and vanilla with a finish that's clean and grassy with a light spice and leaves and aftertaste of clove. (392 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes, yes, I’ve been neglectful in updating my blog again... life and all that... anyway I have (behind the scenes in RL) been drinking the occasional new beer here and there whilst keeping notes on my phone, so here is my review of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc! I also just realised that I somehow haven’t yet reviewed Kronenbourg 1664 Regular, a surprising omission given its popularity as France’s biggest export beer, oh well another review for another day, now it’s time to get my Blanc on.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents a hazed straw body with a thin white head... not bad, not great, just a typical Witbier here, move along [said in the style of a police officer]. 6/10.

S: Hmmm, wit(t)y with classic Wit aromas (hints of orange peel and coriander), honey and peaches give it an intriguing new slant before a granular Lager malt chimes in to suggest this may just be a mixture of regular Kronenbourg 1664 and a Witbier done on the sly and with as little effort as possible from the Strasbourg brewery. 6/10.

T: Again with those peaches, which are prominent throughout btw, I’m not personally a big fan of peaches but I do appreciate that Kronenbourg aren’t just rehashing a Hoegaarden-clone. There are definitely some grainy Lager malts reminiscent of original 1664 (review forthcoming!) with a hint of lemon in the finish, which is quite refreshing and lifts this brew from averageocrity (a portmanteau of ‘average’ and ‘mediocrity’ in case you hadn’t worked it out) to allrighteousness (you get the jist). 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation. The body is good, heavier than most other Wits. 8/10.

D: And here’s the soundbite: “A refreshing and decent summer beer deserving of any BBQ/backyard cricket* combo.” I will bide my time through the chilling Canberra winter to imbibe this brew next summer, oh yes. 7/10.

Food match: BBQ stuff... prawns, fish, bits of beef fried on a hot plate, etc.

*A custom in Australia that involves a bizarre ritual where a family member slings a tennis ball at a garbage bin whilst another family member attempts to hit it with a an odd flat piece of 2 by 4 willow across the backyard (but not over the fence into the neighbour’s yard which is “out”). (2,278 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good witbier! Mellow and mild in the body; smooth and clean going down. Just enough carbonation. A perfect warm weather brew. I generally am not into sweeter witbiers, although I have to say it's definitely heavier on the sweet side going in, and also in the aftertaste; but not enough to detract from the subtle grassy spice, citrus fruit, light coriander, orange peel, malt, and wheat. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, wheat, and orange peel; somewhat of a dry finish. There's just enough pepper and spice added to give it a bit of crispness. It pours a creamy white head; sticky lace left on the glass; a murky and cloudy/whitish orange. A nice and satisfyingly creamy beer, not bad for a mass produced brew. I could easily quaff a few on a hot and humid day. (758 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this evening on 3/21/15. Comes in a cool 330ml (11.2 ounce) blue bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden honey in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the inside of the glass. The aroma is of floral hops and citrus for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste. Very pleasant with a good mix of flavors. Pretty smooth overall and finishes with a very light dry finish. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. A tasty brew which I would drink again. (619 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (228 characters)

Photo of joesi
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first, I didn't know what to say.
It's quite a simple beer, but not at all a typical one.

In my opinion the beer is all about the flavor—whether you like it or not. It's a nice very prominent peach+citrus taste that has a sweet vibe (but probably hasn't actually much sugars in it), with very little hops. I'm not sure if the flavor if artificial or not, but if it is, it would be the only one I've liked; It's really hard to describe the flavor, but I'd say peach + yeast, plus some 7-up. 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. If you like non-sour fruity beers you should definitely like this. It also has low hops flavor/bitterness so one might like it for that as well.

edit: lowered my rating slightly, because PERSONALLY I would have liked more alcohol.
double edit: I had a can of this a few months later, and liked it way too much to keep the rating at it's slightly lower score. Also updated some descriptions. It's not just a mild citrus flavor. (1,078 characters)

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very refined witbeer, fancy blue bottle to boot. Not much of a witbeer fan but have found this to be in best of that class. Don't hesitate to mix a batch of these into your next social. (185 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Craft Beer Market.
Slightly hazed, light yellow with a foamy head. Settles down to a thin cap, sporadic laces dots scattered over glass.
Smell has some citrus and light spice.
Taste is pretty thin, lemon citrus and a little spicy yeast at the end.
Lots of carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.
Overall, a pretty average beer, refreshing and easy to drink, but there are much better examples of the style. (407 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
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 -1.2%
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 Auraan
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

This is a solid witbier. It is refreshing, zesty and the citrus flavours seem real, rather than artificial. I'm pleasantly surprised with the overall flavour. Definitely something to add in to the rotation for next summer! (222 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of skunk, artificial citrus, perfume, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus juice, artificially flavored citrus candy, and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with odd skunk and fake citrus qualities that make this one a bit hard to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle. (655 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml blue bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.25 CDN. Served cold into a Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - hazy pale yellowy color. Capped by just over a finger of fluffy white with fairly impressive retention. Moderate sticky lacing left behind.

Smell- peaches, apricots and some lemon zest. Not a ton else, but a well rounded fruity aroma.

Taste - pretty much the same as the nose, plenty of juicy peach and apricot flavor, with a touch of lemon coming through. Very refreshing and no bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - lively feel, relatively watery, with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - a different, very unique wit, that personally is a great beer in the summer, as the peach and apricot combination really stands out. Also bonus points for high level of accessibility. (779 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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 (495 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%

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 misternebbie
1.69/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

to me this one always has an unnatural flavor sort of a perfume after taste, not my cup of tea and I had given it plenty of chances, I have a friend that always has a fridge full of it. (185 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
4.59/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So tonight I gave a try to that special beer. Yes it is a special beer.

This beer is almost perfect. I mean the smell of the peach is just awesome. When u drink it its like the smell nothing less nothing more. That peach taste is really strong. Its not too much carbonated, even women can drink that beer that it makes it so speacial. The color is different if u put it on the light u won t see through. The beer is present.

I will recommend at 100 % that beer even to ur wife or girlfriend not necessary in a particular season. The only con is that its hard to find that beer u really need to go to a big liquor store. This beer really impressed me I didn t try yet the origonal 1664 but this one really got my intention and France really impressed me with tthat beer. Good job Kronenbourg in Strasbourg !

So after all this, would I recommend it ? Hell YES ! (866 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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. (386 characters)

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
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