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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc | Brasseries Kronenbourg

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Brasseries Kronenbourg
France | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 09-03-2005

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 435
Photo of CanadianBacon
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Anyone who rated the looks badly doesnt know what a wit looks like because this is on point. It poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of bubbly white head, Carbonation seems pretty lively too.

Aroma - Lemon seems to be the most prominent smell here, then I get orange peel, coriander, some light mango, and a pale malt that I wouldnt call bready, more crackery, average smelling wit, its alright but nothing special.

Taste - Lemon and a very light orange peel are the most up front flavors here, it is a lemonade type lemon not overly sour. then theres some mango and melon, lots or coriander spicing up the back end, and some light pale malts.

Feel - This beer has a superlight watery body with sharp carbonation which gives it a real soda water feel to it. light and fizzy is where I think wits should be however I think it should have just a little less sharpness.

Overall - This is a very light beer with a sweet upfront taste and light spice on the end, I Think the sweet fruity flavors and light body give it a nice summertime appeal. I would enjoy this while sitting on a terasse on a sunny day in the middle of the city. Cheers!

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Photo of beersareonme
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A good pint for a hot summer day. Put a slice of orange in it and it completely changed the experience (for the better). Personal tip - mix half & half with Somersby Apple Cider.

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Photo of fortyfield
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow, very hazy. Poured aggressively and got a strong 2 finger head that lasted for a few minutes.

Smells very light, with most of the aroma being citrus. Lemon is not mentioned on the bottle but it is present in the aroma. Orange and coriander both present here as well.

Taste is as the smell suggests, with a light but very pleasant taste. The coriander is there. The orange is there. Perhaps even some banana. Very enjoyable. I can, and have, happily consumed at least a 6 pack of this in a night on more than one occasion.

Mouth feel and carbonation are spot on for the style.

I am originally from a small town in Northern Ontario with a very limited selection of good beer in the LCBO, but this has been a mainstay in the store for some time now. This is a repeat purchase for me whenever I return home. While this beer is more geared towards warmer weather, it is still a great winter or any time beer as well.

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Photo of demon
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: A nice creamy centimeter of head formed after a vigorous pour, and retained itself for a few good minutes. The beer is a creamy straw color, with significant turbidity. The detailed lines of my fingers cannot be distinguished through my glass as I could with a crystal clear beer. This beer is nicely effervescent and bubbles nice and slowly. All and all, I was originally a bit off put by the turbidity, but seeing through that, I find that this beer is very well composed.
S: After pouring, I smelled the bottle. I initially was hit with a strong skunky smell that was quite pungent. This beer is packed with aromatics. Complex esters and fruity flavors shine through quite strongly. Again, I was off put originally by the strength of the aroma, but find that there is a lot going on here. The bottle label states that it has orange and coriander added to it, and they do take presence on the nose. If you're into beer with a bit of funk, this one will likely draw your interest.
T: This beer is quite sweet, and the coriander immediately appears. The flavor is quite floral, almost rosey. Tastes like I'm standing in a flower garden in the spring. There is a lot of complexity in the flavor, and I am very impressed. One thing I wasn't quite fond of is that glucose syrup was listed as an ingredient, but I find no offense with that after tasting.
F: Nice and lightly sticky-sweet. I really enjoy it.
O: Overall, I had very low expectations for this beer. I had never heard of it before, and thus had no previously biased opinion about it. I just tried it for the sake of trying something new. That said, I would definitely reach for this beer again if I were in the mood for a delicious summery beer.

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Photo of EMH73
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had it on tap at a Vegas bar. It was a cloudy yellow color with a two finger head. Smelt rather fruity. The taste is where it all went wrong, had flavors like a lemon and peach yogurt. Yes I said yogurt. Exchanged for another beer.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review written from notes from last week. Last of the three bottles I picked up from the local beer/wine store earlier this month. No bottling date that I can find, so I have no idea how old this one is.

Pours pale, semi-hazy yellow; once in the glass it's more of a golden color and VERY hazy, basically impossible to see through without the help of a flashlight. With a light I can see that there's a good number of rising bubbles. Decent little bit of white foam on top at first, shrinking to a thin cap with a few thicker patches in a few minutes.

Upon first opening the bottle and pouring, I got a little whiff of almost skunky hops... but once in the glass, this goes away instantly. All I can smell at this point is, interestingly enough, peaches! Smells *really* good, though not especially "beery."

Taste is mostly peachy, too -- peaches right away, then a sweetness blending in, maybe the tiniest hint of grassy/spicy hops(?) but they are barely present. It's pretty light overall, but the peachy flavor is definitely the most noticeable one. Maybe a little sweetish breadiness in there too, sort of reminding me of white bread. I am noticing a bit of that spicyish thing in burps this time, oddly enough.

Light and super-drinkable. It's hard not to take big ol' gulps; there's not really that "prickly" carbonation that makes some beers harder to drink quickly, and it also doesn't feel thick or heavy (or on the other end of the mouthfeel "scale," watery) at all. I could easily drink two or three of these, between the feel lending itself so well to drinking multiples and of course the nice peachy smell/taste.

Overall, this is a fairly simple but interesting beer -- "peachy French witbier in a blue bottle" pretty much describes it. I'm actually kinda wishing I'd gone for a full six-pack rather than just three; this will definitely be a beer I revisit in the future if I can find it again.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pearly white head with hazy orange body. The scent is very orangey, yet not very wheat based or anything. The taste is again heavy on orange juice, low on beer. Feel is fine, but that doesn't save the beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus, coriander, pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, coriander, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, decent feel, and decent body. Truthfully, much better than I was expecting.

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Photo of DonnieHops
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very floral almost perfume-y flavor...

Good for that American Market that wants Blue Moon or a slice of orange in their beer...

Tastes kinda like bubblegum....

Not what you would expect from a French beer, but they are going for that chain restaurant "imitation craft beer market"....and this does that...

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.95/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is truly France's greatest product. While yes, they well known for their wines... (even though California wines are rated so much better apparently) and I am really happy to say that they do great with this beer too. It has a FANTASTIC taste.. it doesn't taste like a beer, it tastes more like you are drinking a dessert over an actual wheat beer. Kronenbourg 1664 is definitely the toast of France!

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Photo of kitch
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml blue bottle with a best before date of April 2016 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy straw yellow with a slightly more than one finger white head that dissipates within a minute leaving stringy lacing.

Aroma: Fruity aromas of orange, banana and peach with honey floating about and a light citrusy lemon wheat backbone.

Taste: Flavours are mainly peachy with hints of fruity lemon, banana and apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Light, crisp and very easy to drink. It is refreshing on a hot summers day with the nice peachy flavours.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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”).

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Photo of Jsteez
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of joesi
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.