Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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 biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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 chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%

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 BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer of my French tasting evening, a white 500ml bottle best before 31st May 2008, drank in Oct 2007.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.

Very pale and cloudy, a weak yellow lemon colour, a sort of thin Hoegaarden Witbier appearance, with next to no head.

Citrus fruits allover the place in the aroma, lemons and grapefruit mostly.

Although the beer looked a little weak it did have some umph and I thought it was OK, the taste was a sour fruity-cum-lemony-spicey mix which would have been ideal on a hot summers day.

The flavours did stay and nothing nasty turned up like they often can in Witbiers. Again although it looked wishy-washy it was OK.

Nothing wrong with this beer, it was a lot better than I thought it would be.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 33 cl slim long-necked blue (!) bottle with. The white label is placed on the neck. Pretty cool-looking (usually not a good sign).

A: Murky strawcolored, with an enormous white creamy head. Lots of lace after the slow dissipation.

S: Citric! Pineapple, lemon and faint wheat. Smells kind of sweet. Some spices as well.

T: Wheat and some faint malt, citric - both lemon and oranges (almost like hard candy). A bit sweet.

M: Aftertaste is short-lived with a small bitterness. Body is thin and the carbonation is moderate.

D: Very refreshing.

Photo of tone77
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 wordemupg
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/4/12

A cloudy pale yellow with a two finger bone white head that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a few partial rings of lace

S smells like sprite with a little cereal and spice, different but not so bad

T sweet with a seltzer thing going for it, almost pop like with some beer notes popping through

M light and well carbonated, fairly clean finish with just some faint spice and citrus lingering

O I didn't expect much but it wasn't so bad, I'm not going to be stocking up on it anytime soon but quite drinkable and would work under a hot sun

As a collector of blue beer bottles this one made my day, after 4 years of collecting them with this one added to my tally I now have a grand total of 3. Beat that

Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a bright clear blue profile bottle. Have I seen a blue beer bottle before? Don’t think so…

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is very cloudy. The two finger white firm head sinks very slowly leaving some massive lacing.

The smell is very fruity with sweet notes of bananas, apricot jam, gooseberries, lemonade, fruit drops. There are some sour notes too.

The taste is sweet-sourish with lots of lemonade-like flavours. Citric flavours are mixed with herbs, sour wheat, some yeast, and fruit candy. The aftertaste is refreshingly sour with notes of sweets, lime coordinal, green apples and passion fruits.

The carbonation is very strong; the small bubbles creates a foamy mouthfeel.

A very lemonade-like beer with lots of artificial flavours. Probably a perfect thirst drencher on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Man what a find on my House of 1,000 dollar shelf. Never had a french Witbier before. Into a pint glass.

A - Well can't knock it a solid 1/4 inch of bubbly head atop of a hazy bright orange yellow beer. Big carbonation bubbles floating.
S - Well thats different the orange smell is quite candy like with a mild spice edge. Smell is balanced with a mild wheat edge.
T - Well for a blue bottle I expected skunked mess but I will be dammed its a great representation of the style! Mild lemon and strong orange candy sweetness meets some wheat flavors and quite a crisp finish. Yeast is not dry or cloying I quite enjoy it.
M - Like stated before its crisp, clean and light to medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall its probably gone but damn I should have picked up a few more bottles. Quite a refreshing beer miles above blue moon.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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 OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small lemon citrus and a light skunk presence. In the taste, lemon citrus and sweet grassiness. A spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer sweet lemon rind citrus in the aftertaste. A nice sweet lemon citrus to a mellow average wit.

Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Mild citrus, wheat and peppery spice.

T - The wheat flavors dominate, the citrus notes are detectable along with the coriander, but a tad mild. Bready flavors linger.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew and certainly patio worthy. Not a pile of flavor but I didn't have much for expectations. I quite enjoyed this one, but there's nothin stand-out about it.

Photo of kwjd
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strangely, I was provided a weizen glass with this. Let's just roll with it.

Super hazy yellow beer with a thick foaminess. Head amounted to two fingers and more. Looks pretty good.

Semi-sweet lemon and wheat are soft, yet raw. Has some pils-like grassiness, but offers ale-like breadiness and clean yeastiness. Very smooth. Reminds me of pie crust with a bite of lemon filling and meringue remaining. Hints of lime.

Follows the nose with sweeter and spicier fruit notes. Juicy lemon zest, bready wheat, rosewater, light coriander, hibiscus, lime, and cracker. Not snappy, because it's short on bitterness, but the light grassiness keeps the palate happy. Still impressed by the lemony notes. Not bad for what I was expecting.

Filled out in the body with a tangy backend. Has a spicy sparkle that simmers down across mid-palate.

This is surprisingly good stuff. French witbier? I recommend it.

Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light pale yellow, hazier than a motha. One finger white head.

S - Huge orange peel and coriander notes.

T - Tons of orange flavor, solid bit of wheat sweetness. Orange creamsicle. No hop character. Bit of spicy - ester-y yeast character.

M - Medium bodied, and creamy.

O - Great brew, one of the more intensely adjunct forward wits I've had.

Photo of oldp0rt
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
81 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.