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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: 437
Photo of hosehead83
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, pale straw color, with a big cloud deck of white foam.
Aroma-Wheat, citrus notes
Taste-Pale wheat, faint citrus zest, light-bodied. Refreshing and quaffable if a bit lacking in the substance department.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap served in a pint glass.

A--Very hazy, bright yellow (although that may be exaggerated b/c it was backlit by the sun). Nice head
S--Quite citrusy. Lemony with a little orange.
T--Follows the smell perfectly. A whole lotta lemon. Almost like a summer shandy (of which I am not a fan), but I really liked this. Crisp & clean, refreshing.
M--Crisp & light. Bubbly & quenching, left a quick but nice aftertaste.
O--An excellent one if you're having more than one on a summer day. I had two at my local beergarden with dinner and give it two thumbs up. Possibly better than other reviews b/c I had it on tap vs. bottle like many others here. I'm planning on getting a case next week.

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Photo of jcubz
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle with no bottled on date present. A friend got this six pack discounted with the purchase of some bottles of Beringer's Pinot Grigio. My first encounter with a beer from France, I believe, and my first time having a beer from this brewery. My bottle is a little different than the one pictured, and is packaged in blue glass.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Body is the color of cloudy murky lemonade reminiscent of a shandy.

S - Smell is of clean wheat and very prominent bright creamy peaches. A light and refreshing smelling beer.

T - Crisp, tart, & fruity. Peaches. Apricot. Lemon. Wheat. Cream. Tastes like an apricot chobani yogurt as a beer. Not detecting any noticeable or distinctive spice characteristic. Perhaps just the faintest hint of brett in the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, dry and with slight bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall a beer I would try again. Nothing spectacular and definitely not in the vain of a true witbier but it was refreshing and satisfying.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc---3.5/5

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Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale straw with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- wheat, orange peel, coriander, corn adjuncts

Taste- Wheat with a solid kick of citrus and a bit of coriander. Luckily, the corn adjuncts are at bay in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- I really enjoyed the amount of citrus in this brew that makes it easy to drink and refreshing. The smell was off-putting at first but glad that the adjuncts did not transfer too much into the flavour. Could easily be a patio favourite.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml blue bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a very pale yellow color. Cloudy. Forms a big aired and bubbled white off head. Medium to low retention leaving some lacings in the glass

S: Very citrus in the nose. Strong orange and lemony zest. Sweet grains and wheat. Bready yeasts and mild flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet grains upfront with strong notes of orange zest and wheat. Refreshing. Very mild hops bitternerness in the very end

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Sweet bread and citrus aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Easy drinking and refreshing. Perhaps a bit artificial tate but a good summertime beer

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Photo of TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that produced ample lace and retained exceptionally well. The body is a cloudy yellow, bordering on white with ample signs of carbonation. A bit more lace and a little more cloud and it's perfect.

Smell: There is a lot of zest smell to this as lemon dominates the nose, as only a very small backdrop of wheat and orange can be found. Warming doesn't really help either way.

Taste: Well there certainly is a lot of zest, as lemon dominates the beer, although at least it seems to be held in check first by wheat malt and then by an orange note near the end. There is a severe lack of coriander, cloves or other elements in this one.

Mouthfeel: I want to say it tastes tame, but it seems to have just enough carbonation to make it almost annoying. The aftertaste is unsurprisingly lemon zest and but really the lax carbonation tells the story here.

Drinkability: Yeah it goes down well enough and I guess it the summer it would be good. Sits down easy, but it walks an unenviable line between not having enough punch to be flavourful and not being mellow enough to be a guzzler.

Final Thoughts: It's alright, and it's certainly a bit above the curve but an epic white, it is not. The focus here is lemon zest, and not much else. I'd certainly buy it often if it was cheap, but as an import that's sadly not in the cards.

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Photo of NV9
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Junction in Peterborough.

pale yellow colour, hazy inch or so of head but little lacing.

smell is lemony wheat, maybe faint orange in there as well.

very sweet tasting with some wheat hops in the background. better than most fruity beers in that it still tastes like beer but the strength of the fruit taste is maybe beyond what's expected in a witbier.

It went down very easy for me and was perfect for the hot sun and the rooftop patio I enjoyed it on.

It's a fruitier hoegaarden, which in my books is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of hreb
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of these at a BC Liquor Store in Vancouver, eh? I've never been able to find this in the States -- only the regular (and pretty damn dull) Kronenbourg 1664. Blue glass 330mL bottle. Beer pours super pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a thin white head. Lemony sweet aroma. Could be mistaken for lemonade.

So here's the thing about this beer: it's not "good" in any conventional sense any self-respecting beer snob would recognize. It is however tasty, tasty candy. And if beer snobs can debate the virtues of fruit flavored, adjunct-laden Belgian lambics, we can get over ourselves and check out a fruit flavored wheat beer from a serious Eurotrash macro brewery.

This beer is as much alcopop as witbier; as much smirnoff ice as hefeweiss. Sweet, with flavors of citrus (lemon) and tropical fruit, moderate carbonation, delivered via an honest wheat beer vehicle. And while there's some unfermented adjunct sweetness in there, it's not gross or cloying (at least for me). Just really refreshing and tasty.

I don't get much spice out of it, although the ingredients (holy moly, an ingredients label on a beer!) claim coriander in addition to orange peel. This beer would be more favorably represented not as a Witbier but as a Radler, or to be more specific, a Ruß, (but "Fruit / Vegetable Beer" in BA-speak regardless).

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Photo of mintjellie
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale light golden colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, sticky and fluffy with some lace. Smell is full of orange, sweet and fruity candy scents, some spice, floral with some yeasty wheat scents deep down. Taste is fruity with lots of orange, citrus flavours, some malt present, spice is subtle with a citrus and orange aftertaste. High carbonation, light-medium feel, medium body, pretty refreshing though. This is way to sweet and fruity to be considered an authentic wit, I can see the appeal of this stuff but this is certainly not something I will be coming back to.

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Photo of Conrad
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one took me by surprise. I was not expecting a girly fruit beer. It has the traditional hallmarks of a wit: cloudy, citrus aroma, nice hops backbone, gentle effervesence. The fruit in the aroma is startling. Banana, melon, grapefruit, and some underlying gentle spices. I like the unusual blue bottle (not coated in plastic or paper as the BA sample shows). Body and mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but it goes down easy. Long finish, with the fruit taste hanging around for a while. It is still a refreshing brew, and I enjoyed it. I would probably enjoy it more at a hot summer BBQ instead of a cold January in Ontario.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am thoroughly surprised by this beer. It looks absolutely amazing, a very light, cloudy green tea colour with a very healthy head and great retention. The smell hints of banana (like those popsicles you used to get at the corner store) and citrus. Its incredibly light and tasty, with fruit flavours that go perfectly in a witbier. In fact, this takes second place in the witbier category for me, after Hoegaarden. This beer is very underrated.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Standard-sized bottle from the LCBO. The words 'best before' are on the neck label, but there is no date underneath or anywhere near them. The logical assumption to make here is that this bottle will remain fresh indefinitely, or at least until the universe undergoes some sort of heat death. Also, 'flavour' as an ingredient? Vague.

An aggressive pour produces a very cloudy, pale straw-coloured brew, topped with a generous three-finger head that settles down to a thin cap over a period of minutes. Copious quantities of stringy lacing coat the sides of the glass, and little bits of stuff are visible freely floating through the liquid. The aroma is pleasing - a familiar floral smell that I noticed in this brewery's flagship lager, but also some prominent peach and orange peel, with the usual wheat/yeast/coriander notes providing a bit of backbone. The spice is pretty faint.

The taste follows the nose very closely - lots of fruit, not a lot of spice. Peaches, apricots and tropical citrus provide some fruity zest, with wheat malt underlying this. Faint coriander spiciness combines with a bit of bitterness in the finish, with peach and wheat lingering briefly on the palate in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied and pretty watery. Carbonation is fairly high, but compared to other wits maybe a bit lower. Crisp and refreshing; definitely more suited to a patio in the summer than October in Canada.

[Updated Aug 31 2014]

I picked up another six-pack (on sale, so why not). This one really straddles the boundary between witbier and fruitbier. I can see this being popular with women, in that it has a lot in common with malternatives. In general I like this stuff, but if I had bought it expecting a spicy, more orthodox wit I would be pretty disappointed. I'm bumping the score a bit, because even if this isn't brewed to style, it's still a refreshing summer beverage either way.

Final Grade: 3.28, a C+.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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