Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 371
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 thierrynantes
1.18/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Beer bottle (25cl.), tasted in 2006.

Appearance: white foam, presistance fairly short. Pale yellow color, veiled.
Smell: dominant citrus
Taste and mouthfeel: Fresh, acidity provided by a strong presence of citrus (lime)
Drinkability: not impressed beer in the style Witbier

Review translated from french 6-17-2008. (316 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 oldp0rt
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle looks inviting and i usually rather like this style of beer but this one won't be bought again.

When you pour it, it smells good and looks nice. The first few sips are alright nothing special here. When you get halfway through, you start to hate it. It tastes way too artificial, and then you decide to read the ingredients and notice that this isn't much of a beer.

Final thoughts - You will see this beer and might be tempted but try and refrain from buying this, you will just be another disappointed customer. (522 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Having read the other reviews, I can't help suspecting if my first disastrous encounter with this beer (on tap) was due to having tried much better real ales right before this beer (although I do remember vividly a rather flat body and infection-like flavour that half-pint showed)? To prove that I AM capable of appreciating a good beer so highly regarded by other experienced drinkers, I grabbed a bottle at the Sainsbury's yesterday (since it also happed to be on sale~~), and here comes my second encounter with this witbier (bottled-version this time).

BB 30/04/2007, served lightly-chilled in a slim goblet.
A: pours a fresh lemonade like murky, pale yellowish hue; a nice, thick and creamy foamy beer head sustains on top of abundant fizziness. Looking very nice indeed.
S: a very faint wheat-beer base has huge troubles to pierce through an almost overly sour-sweet fruity aroma, like ripe mangos, articial orange flavouring, and an assertive smell of Japanese yeast drink: Yakult/Calpis... Overall, just like my last encounter, the smell is one-dimensional, artificially sweet (almost like that of tropical fruit flavoured bubble-gums!!), and rather unbalanced without necessary spices and wheat/malt entry in the mix. For sweet-toothed beer lovers it might appeal to their senses big time, but not for me.
T: a slightly sour-sweet lemon+mango fruitiness rinses the tongue with a fluffy texture of Witbier but without enough wheatish or malty flavour true to the style... turning slightly dryish with a touch of neutral wheatish touch in the end, but I can't find traces of spice anywhere on the palate, apart from but a little coriander at the very end of the tongue; the finish is short and tasteless, albeit clean.
M&D: the soft fizziness is probably the only positive point worth mentioning in the mediocre performance, making it taste refreshing at least. Thin-bodied and lacking essential elements of taste as of Witbier, the experience with this bottled version in the end only contradicts the self-assigned mission set out in the beginning, and reinforces my deep disappointment at this brew. The beer label mentions that this bottle is "brewed by Scottish&Newcastle under agreement with Kronenbourg Brewery"--I only wish the "original" Kronenbourg product wouldn't taste like this, and all the fault actually fell on Newcastle's lack of brewing capabilities in re-producing a foreign beer... But since Kronenbourg IS part of the Newcastle empire now, this must be THE original version eh? Oh well... I could only say it's not my cup of tea then. (2,571 characters)

Photo of JohnW
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of jda007
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I do not particularly like to give bad reviews, but this one was reviled by all in our group. The aroma is nice, slightly sweet with nothing really standing out. The color is distinctly yellow and cloudy - reminds me of lemonade. The taste, however, is much to be desired. It is much more bitter than expected with a lasting taste of lemons. For a Witbier, it is not particularly strong - I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. (430 characters)

Photo of rec
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour appears as if it were cloudy lemon-water. The head laces well, but is generally quite shallow.

During the pour and again upon inspection is an overwhelming and sharp citrus aroma - both lemon and lime with a dash of spice. Quite confroting.

The flavour is not far removed from the aroma, and is far from favourable. It fits in with lime, chelada and other gimmick summer-season brews (such as Miller Chill, from Australia).

The mouthfeel is the most appealing part of this brew, unfortunately I just can't escape the sour flavour.

Not recommended, unless of course you're into those unbalanced single-flavour-heavy summer soda-beers. (646 characters)

Photo of xk6m6m5x
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a sample bottle from a sales rep poured into a pint glass.... Appearance and tastes were on par wit others reviews but the smell was terrible... Mine smelled just like a dead skunk... I don't know what happened but I was very off put by the smell (250 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 11.2oz bottle into a Kronenbourg pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head that sticks around for a minute and a half. Cloudy orange head with decent carbonation.

S- Coriander, citrus and a slight bit of funk.

T- Surprisingly creamy, spices and citrus. Unremarkable.

M- Smooth and bubbly.

O- I am beginning to enjoy witbier less and less. This is just another ho-hum wit. (424 characters)

Photo of RobertColianni
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into my 40oz. Brandy Snifter.

A: A hazy, golden colored Wit/Blanc with a very fiercely carbonated head.

S: Scents of an American Wheat or "Original Ale." A zestier lemon scent jumps out. Reminiscent of a boozy Champagne, show Mead, or orange Saison.

T: Heavy lemon rind and coriander. Flavorless bubblegum. Too simple.

M: The heavily carbonated body really made this Wit far too thin, and light. I'm use to having Wits that hit the palate very softly, smoothly, and tend to disappear or even evaporate on the tongue. This was over-carbonated.

OVERALL: It's really not as bad as I described and the bottle design is so shitty that you might just get the idea that this is some cheap beer, but if I reflect on the Revolutionary battles around 1790 and put myself in France, I could enjoy the simplicity of a rind-heavy beer style used as a refresher after a long day. I suppose in that sense, this is well executed, but if you're looking for a quality Witbier, this isn't going to match up with some of the notable greats. Reminds me of Boxcar Brewing's Original Ale. (1,090 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We pour a hazy, pale sunny colored brew. It holds a massive three finger head of chunky white bubbles, leaving a thick blanket of lacing as it goes. Head retention is nice. There is no outright sediment noted, but thick cloudiness exists, severely reducing translucency. Carbonation appears quite high. The aroma is lofty, with wheat, adjuncty grain, and steely, bitter yeast making up the floor of it. Sitting high on top of this is a sugary sweet grapefruit and synthetic orange character, which is very Snapple-like. As we sip, the taste, oddly, is an exact reflection of the nose. It is hard to pinpoint why this is so strange, but generally there is a disconnect, or some hidden flavor components not detectable elsewhere. Either way, the taste begins with bright orange extract and dirty wheat. The grain here feels wet and unwashed, giving an unfiltered feel to it. Moving through the middle shows an enhanced sweetness riding high on the remainder of the initial grain. The finish is with more bitterness, white sugar sweetness, and souring hints of faint clovey phenols. The aftertaste breathes of that orangey flavoring, standard wheaty malts, and a mildly spicy coolness. The body is medium and the carbonation hits the tongue hard, and is overall highly active. The mouth is left cooled, with the thinnest coating, ultimately to obtain a moderate level of dryness. There is decent slurp and froth. The abv is within limits, and the beer drinks easily enough.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the look. It produced a monstrous head which had great retention and lacing. Even the packaging was unique, with an unusually shaped label and a bright blue glass bottle. The flavoring, however, did not come through. It was clearly a wit, but it tasted as though someone had dropped an airborne vitamin C tab into it, giving a bizarre orange flavoring that was admittedly off-putting. (1,914 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Hammarby
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
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 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 jcubz
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of kwjd
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in branded glass. Thick white head, cloudy yellow colour. Some small lacing around the glass. Smell is lemon and orange, maybe a hint of wheat. Flavour is just a burst of lemon. This really could be a fruit beer instead of a witbier, as it falls short of the latter. Ok carbonation. Easy to drink and I can see wanting this on a hot day. (344 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cool azure blue bottle. Pours very pale bleached straw yellow. Cloudy. Fizzy. Very little head formation or lacing.

Aroma is slight, sweet lemon zest with only a hint of corriander

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells. Slight lemon tartness, slight corriander spice. Quite weak and watery overall.

Watery with a bit too much fizz.

Cool bottle, somewhat refreshing. Better Wit's out there for sure. (413 characters)

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange colour. Lots of lacing.

Sharp smell of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

Fruity banana flavour. The taste has a metallic side to it.

Lightly carbonated with a sweet but very pale mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability.

It's not a bad beer. Perhaps I am a poor judge of wits. I will perhaps try to get together a few kinds and compare them. (356 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 sloejams
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Aw, my bottle isn't all white and stuff...but it is cobalt blue! Silver linings, people... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, light coriander, mild lemon peel, Indian corn, and an odd funkiness I can't quite put my tongue's finger on. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly brighter lemon component and a stronger bit of corn, which is now more sweet than Indian. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, this is a nice enough wit, I suppose, but that corniness doesn't help anybody, and that strange semi-funk in the smell is a bit off-putting. It's not all bad, but it's not good, either. (810 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy light gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon, lime, peaches

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly thin and there is an average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon and lime mixed with oranges and breads/grains. There is also quite a bit of peach flavour. The beer finishes with a peachy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I can see how this beer will to appeal to some for the patio/warmer weather. At first I didn’t mind the taste but after a while it just got worse and worse. The flavour is way too artificial tasting. (759 characters)

Photo of MillRat
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An odd beer found in Tainan, Taiwan. It doesn't seem this brew makes it into the states. Odd intense blue bottle like spatelase wine. Label boasts "Biere blanche, fraiche & fruitee." My stout loving taste buds just left the building.

Pours a very hazy straw yellow with a decently thick white head that quickly fades to a persistent ring that leaves some lacing behind.

Intensely citrus for both the nose and the tongue, with the taste supported by a helles-like malt flavor as the citrus fades. Hopping is playing a bit of quiet rhythm guitar at best.

A medium light and thrist-quenching beer, which is why it's probably successful here. It has enoiugh going on to make you want to drink more, if only just to try to figure out what all is going on. Certainly worth getting one bottle just for the experience, not sure if I'd buy a sixer if I wasn't going to be sharing it, though. (885 characters)

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.