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Kronenbourg Blanc - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-03-2005)
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basica

Singapore

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 06:36:49 | More by basica
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 13:55:58 | More by kwjd
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MillRat

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 12:50:15 | More by MillRat
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 18:15:47 | More by Evil_Pidde
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was brought to me with a couple orange slices on the rim of the pint glass...forgot to request it without. That's not the main issue, though...just that it looked a lot like carbonated lemonade. Cloudy, fine, but the unnatural yellow-ness of it just seemed weird. Virtually no head, but I have to admit that it did lace somewhat throughout, out-performing the Rickards White the rest were drinking.

Smells okay, if heavy on the citrus. Lemons and grapefruits, and maybe there's some spice in there, but the citrus really dominates.

Taste-wise...it's so hard to say. I had just come from playing hockey...so it tasted refreshing and actually quite pleasant. It tasted like a Radler, actually...certainly tasty, but you have to like lemonade, which I do. Citrus out the wazoo, here, and some kind of banana-peach-something that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers. Like I said, yummy, but weird.

As a witbier, this really isn't much to speak of, but it feels good in the mouth and it's refreshing. I could easily have downed another, but I think it would have become cloying somewhere partway through.

I really liked it a lot more than the Rickards White, but it was substantially more expensive. Worth the difference? Hard to say, really. Certainly worth doing once, but will I go back? Not for the price, at very least.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 07:02:34 | More by nokes
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notdan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap tonight at Pub Italia in Ottawa.

Was served with very little head, though that might have been the fault of the waitress, but had a nice golden hazy body. Scent was quite fruity, nice lemon citrus. Taste followed, but added in quite a bit of berry-like sweetness and a bit of yeasty spice. Just enough carbonation to tickle your tongue a bit and a pleasant aftertaste. This was surprisingly good for a Kronenbourg beer, though the sweetness kept me from wanting another one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 03:05:25 | More by notdan
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rec

Australia

2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:07:57 | More by rec
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Andreji

Colombia

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 1664 i came accross at the Champion supermarket in rue de buci (paris) after shopping for lunch (a poulet roti). The beer turned out to be a brilliant companion to my lunch.

it's a commercial witbier, really. but i liked it particularly because it exceded the considerable citrusy sensation belgian wits give off. this beer was far more grainy in its taste albeit this made the nose much more subtle. less lemony but equally good. the only downside was i found it rather too fizzy.

but a good beer all in all.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 03:09:03 | More by Andreji
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Ch1mpy

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 21:55:20 | More by Ch1mpy
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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent brew for the French. I tried regular Kro because it was the local brew, that stuff sucks though, too watery. This has great balanced fruity taste, with a normal beer abv, unlike the regular crap in a green bottle. Can't find it in the us though, had it in France.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:10:42 | More by TwinSox33
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Boilermaker88

California

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 20:13:57 | More by Boilermaker88
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JDV

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Not surprised that one of my preferred witbiers is one of the lower rated ones, as I typically don't like the style... Pours cloudy, hazy and yellowish. Smell is like orangina. Strong citrusy and fresh with a slight bit of yeast behind that, perhaps. Taste is dry, wheaty and orange, and refreshing and easy to drink. Nice carbonation and body. Pretty nice, I thought, but I'm not too knowledgable on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:58:00 | More by JDV
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thierrynantes

France

1.15/5  rDev -66.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 21:11:04 | More by thierrynantes
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 15:36:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 21:08:56 | More by JohnW
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Hammarby

Sweden

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 17:53:42 | More by Hammarby
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bark

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 17:07:40 | More by bark
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jda007

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 05:30:03 | More by jda007
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Extremely light and thin. Translucent lemonade yellow. Thin, snowy white head. Poor retention.

Smell: Massively fruity, with notes of lemon, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit. It's good in its way, but not really in a witbier way. Coriander is quite light. The whole thing is anchored by just a trace of wheat. This reminds me of Sunny D.

Taste: Does anybody remember that juice drink Five Alive? Yeah... it's like that, but with carbonation and a handful of floral hops. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, syrupy. Not too fizzy, but not exactly the smoothest beer to drink. Puckering at times.

Drinkability: Hmm... I don't know. This isn't bad, it's just kind of odd. Maybe this is the beer to reach for if I'm ever in the mood for a wine cooler.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 11:47:36 | More by soulgrowl
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sloejams

California

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:07:49 | More by sloejams
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.15/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 18:47:57 | More by wl0307
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ipogios

Cyprus

4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent beer! Golden cloudy appearance with a thick frothy head. I couldn't really distinguish what was the dominant fruit composing the beer but it felt like a blend of tropical fruits giving it a very pleasent smell and smooth taste. Light mouthfeel with sweet and very moderate sour hints so one can easily enjoy 3-4 pints. It's a shame that this beer is not found in pubs very often. If you can get it... Try it!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2006 17:58:27 | More by ipogios
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Kronenbourg Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
78 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.