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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc (DUPLICATE) - Brasseries Kronenbourg

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1664 Blanc est une bière blanche fraîche et fruitée. De par sa saveur et son design, elle incarne l'élégance et le goût à la française dans l'univers des bières blanches.

Authentique, elle est accessible et légèrement fruitée, révélant des arômes subtils d'agrumes, de citron et de coriandre.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-03-2005)
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Photo of TwinSox33
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

TwinSox33, May 06, 2008
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Boilermaker88, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
1.15/5  rDev -66.5%
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of JohnW
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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

JohnW, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
2.78/5  rDev -19%
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.

Hammarby, May 04, 2007
Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

bark, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of jda007
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

jda007, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

soulgrowl, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of sloejams
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

sloejams, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of wl0307
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

wl0307, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of ipogios
4.55/5  rDev +32.7%
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!

ipogios, Mar 06, 2006
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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc (DUPLICATE) from Brasseries Kronenbourg
78 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.