Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #389
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,070
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 17.4%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
595
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Brasseries Kronenbourg
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
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Photo of jwp777
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at a bar in Tulsa, OK:

Pours a bright, hazy gold color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly but retains a bit. Some lacing.

Aroma isn’t very powerful, but apricot is strong. Spices also prevalent.

Taste is similar - lots of fruit initially, mainly peach and apricot, with a dry finish that includes spices and yeast. There is a bit of wheat taste in the finish as well.

Feel - crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable, and very easy on the stomach.

Overall, a good beer. I normally don’t go for Belgian white style beers, but examples like this draw me closer instead of pushing me away.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle (brewed in St Petersburg, Russia). It has a cloudy, lime green body and a small white head with poor retention and light lacing.

The initial smell had a distinct odor of ham in it, which died down after a moment. Other than that it has a fresh aroma of lemon and apricot.

The taste follows the smell; a fresh taste of lemon, apricot, wheat and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonated and slightly sour. The aftertaste is dry.

A crisp and refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy pale straw colour with medium head. Recedes to a thin layer that retains itself. Pleasant fruity (peach, apricot) and wheat aroma that sits nicely in the mouth. Along with the fruity flavor, there’s a sweet malt overtone. One draw back for this style is the lack of - or at least under stated - spicy and coriander kick. But crisp and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11oz blue bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very cloudy yellow color (not white, like the label says) with an inch-and-a-half of fluffy white head that good retention and moderate lacing.

There was only a touch of "Green bottle" skunk, and the base grains were nice, although the yeast and spices were subdued.

Similar on the tongue, with the yeast and spices being much brighter.

The body was the anticipated light, smooth, and had a surprisingly dry-ish finish.

Drinkability was pretty nice (which I find to be a hallmark of the style), I could knock back a couple more of these.

Overall, neither the best nor worst take on the style I've tried.

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Photo of Urtravel
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: hazy cloudy appearance with no head and light lace
S: light crispy smell of a bit of hay on front end and fruit on back end
T: follows taste but with a stronger wheat finish
F: moderate feel in mouth that lingers after it’s gone down
O: a good overall beer with blends that speak for themselves

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL blue bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with plenty of haze and a finger of compact foam atop. It looks quite good, actually.

Smell: wheaty and floral aroma with hints of orange and bergamot. It's quite a bit better than I was expecting, to be honest.

Taste: floral and coriander-ey, with a bit of a sweet malt character. There's definitely a good wheat flavor in there, but the spicing is a bit un-subtle; the overall effect is a little soapy. That said, I kind of like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I am surprised how much I'm enjoying this beer. I'd drink this any day over an American mass-produced witbier.

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Photo of NoctisAlam
4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All biases should be put out front. This is my favorite beer. I've had both the bottle and the draft version. I highly recommend either. This is also the first beer that I felt I loved. It's so good. Now all of that aside. I'll review the draft version that I got a growler full of. Poured into a 16oz weizen glass.

L: I love the look of this beer. It's a witbier so unsurprisingly, it's a bright golden shade. Mix in a slight haziness that comes from the wheat and a dense head and you have a picturesque beer.

S: This is probably the weakest aspect of the beer to me. The beer smells good. It's a delicate wheat smell but it's masked by a very perfume-y spicy coriander/ orange peel.

T: Here is the best part. It's very subtle. The flavor is like the aroma, some light wheaty notes on the front. As you let it set for a second you pick up a little bit of breadiness that fades to an orange peel and slight herb taste. And as quickly as the flavor is there, it's gone. No hoppiness, no bitterness.

F: I love the mouth feel on this beer. The carbonation was very fine. It's so smooth and light on the mouth that this would be an easy beer to chug. I sure as hell didn't after spending nearly 30 on a growler of it but it does make me curious how quickly I could drink 100 oz of this.

O: I drank a growler of this in one night easily because it's so easy to drink. There's no accumulation of flavors as you drink more and more. The last of the growler tasted like the first sip and I love that aspect. I, of course, highly recommend this beer to anyone that is looking for an easy drink in literally any weather.

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Photo of Nass
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours yellow & hazy. There is no bottled on date. I like the blue bottle it's different from what you usually see beer put in. The aroma is a bit skunky & citrus. The taste is not as skunky as I expected, i'm also getting some turned melon fruit, & some citrus fruits. Cheers! B-

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, strangely, at a middlebrow chicken restaurant in Maryland.

Pours like a wit: very pale and super hazy with firm effervescence.

Smells very fruity, floral and sweet, almost like perfume. It's a little surprising at first, but after a while I began to enjoy it quite a bit.

Tastes like the aforementioned floral nodes--intense and sweet--with white pepper wheatmalt on the finish. Melon and apples up front, rosewater in the middle, corriander and pepper on the end and finish. Straightforward, but quite nice.

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Photo of ThreatLevel5
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks great white and hazy.
Just the right amount of foam.
The taste is really good everything comes together perfectly. Wow this is one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White aspect, really nice head and carbonation.
Fruity smell, peaches mainly. The taste follows the smell, with the peaches really on the front.
Very nice and refreshing!

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/28/2018. Pours fairly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, melon, orange zest, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, melon, orange zest, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, zesty bitterness; yeast/coriander spiciness; and slight wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, melon, orange zest, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of Wit yeast complexity, spices, and pale/wheat malts; with solid earthy hop presence/balance. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the better imported Witbiers I've had.

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Photo of monkist
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a witbier with some orange peel and herb flavor added, which makes the whole thing tasty like a juice. Not bad if you're drinking it carelessly or after a couple of others.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a heavily hazed golden color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a coriander and clove smell mixed with other aromas of a bit of bread and yeast. There is a little bit of grass as well as a hint of hay, creating a decent smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a bready nature that has some other tastes of the spice detected in the nose. Along with the coriander and clove spice is also some flavors of nutmeg and a good showing of yeast. These tastes take the taste to the end, where they leave one with a moderately bready and spiced Belgium white taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. For the bready and yeasty taste, and the decent showing of spice, the feel is pretty good and makes for a nice media for all the tastes to be appreciated by the tongue.
Overall – While nothing out of this world, a decent Belgium white overall. Easy to drink, rather flavorful, and quite smooth.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml blue bottle, code 8114 J 10; purchased cold... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: tall, two-finger high, tight white pillow of foam atop a rather cloudy pale yellow liquid - now this is what I expect to see in a wit... head doesn't hold as long as expected, but it does lace thick and crusty

S: popped off crown - skunked!... once poured in glass, the skunk persists, but rather lovely, potent, perfumy tones of the citrus and subtle coriander push to the fore... the skunk may linger in the background, but overall the aromas are inviting

T: interesting taste at first... rather wheaty like a puff pastry and colored in flowery tones... by the second sip it's definitely growing on me... dry, lemon-zesty aftertaste, coriander gradually builds... the skunk essence does vapor forth onto the palate while going in for a sip, lingers a little in the aftertaste, but the full flavor of its core elements sound loud enough to drown it out - if you'd had Heineken enough over the years, this little defect shouldn't distract much, but it'd of course be preferable without and I'm sure make a noticeable difference

F: foamy and fluffy, fleecy soft; subtle powdery touch, delicate little spicy tickle at the back of the palate... not much in need of adjustment - easily gulpable

O: wasn't expecting such restrained intensity, color, and quality in flavor - might be one of my new favorites... gotta find cans though - can't help but think I'd rate higher off that

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Very hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Yep, this one got skunked. Stop putting your beers in blue bottles, people! A small amount of spiciness is detectable.

Taste: Mild, creamy malt with faint citrus zest. There's not really any skunk on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness, very high carbonation.

Overall: What could have been a pretty decent beer is hurt by the manufacturer's ignorant insistence on bottles that lead to skunking.

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Photo of MNAle
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant, light aroma. Floral with some spiciness to it with hints of citrus - lemon perhaps. Tall, thick, creamy white head from a fairly vigorous pour into a weizen glass. Hazy yellow, with slight golden hues. Nice looking beer. Leaves plenty of thick lacing on the opposite side of the glass as you drink. Moderate feel. Lemon and coriander taste, with the floral notes also. As with the aroma, a pleasant taste, if a bit subtle. Just a slight bite with the initial taste that does not persist. Finish is mild and floral and just a bit sweet. A good middle-of-the-road wit. As an aside, the blue bottle is certainly attractive. IDK how well it protects the beer from light.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy golden hazy appearance with some small sediment chunks visble. A small white head that goes maybe one finger seems to be a creamy packed white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like citrus and some spice as well. Maybe coriander for the spice. For the citrus it varies from orange to a bit of a lemon smell. Also getting sweet white bread.

Taste is very much like orange peel and coriander. Kind of a creamy malt flavor in there and picking up some slight hops as well.

Mouth is medium and creamy textured. Finish is like a lingering wet finish.

If you like the Witbier style that runs along the Blue Moon line you will probably like this one. This really seems like a French version of Blue Moon. For creativity points this one would go low. For quality of imitation and quality of product this scores very nicely. So go out and grab you a six of this very nice French Blue Moon beer!

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Photo of rocketcat
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kronenbourg Blanc is an interesting beer, it claims abit citrus aroma which translates almost like Jaffa orange soda drink. Easily drinkable and stable flavours.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle itself is nice, and clearly custom made, what i was most impressed by was the smell. It really hits you with the aroma of spices. The flavor and feel by themselves are ok, but the more subtle efforts to make the beer different from competitors is what won my vote.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the blue 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 24, 2018.

It has a foggy pale yellow look to it under a moderate white head. But I scored the look low because the label reads "caramel color added."

Definite aroma of coriander, rosemary, sage, lemonzest, and orange peel. Some toasted bread under the forward spiciness.

Light to medium body.

The taste has a spicy character but I wouldn't call it bold. Also a sweet euro-malt flavor too.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330mL blue bottle
Served in a Carlsberg pilsner glass

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. It is topped with two inches of fluffy, white head that leaves decent lacing.

It smells skunked as soon as the cap is removed. After the skkunky aroma dissipates I smell a healthy dose of candy orange which is a welcome relief.

The taste starts a little skunky but not as bad as the initial smell would indicate. Once I get past the skunked flavor I get sweet orange flavor. The skunked flavor persists throughout the entire beer.

Light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

This would probably be a lot better on tap without being lightstruck. I think I'll pass on the blue bottles in the future.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and sugar. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brasseries Kronenbourg "Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc"
330 ml blue glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another beer that I've had many times but never reviewed, probably because I'd thought that I'd already had. Mostly I've had it on draft though, and I wasn't aware that it had "natural flavor and caramel color added". That's a little disappointing, more for the "natural flavor" than the "caramel color". I wonder what that natural flavor is? Anyway, it's a hazy yellow gold beneath an average-sized head of bright white that steadily dwindles down into a thin creamy cap. The aroma is floral and delicately spicy over a sweetish, lightly wheaty malt base. The flavor adds a distinct note of lemon, and then orange, and I'm guessing that's the "natural flavor" that's been added. There's a touch of coriander seed in both flavor and spiciness, and along with a limited bitterness and light touch of acidity it comes to a semi-dry finish with just a dollop of sweetish malt gently lingering. A light body and crisp carbonation help as well. It's not the best Belgian-style witbier, but it is nice. It's actually quite refreshing on a warm day, although I've also enjoyed it at an outside bar on a chilly spring afternoon.

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Photo of Tossed
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer in a restaurant in Vegas. hoping to find it in a liquor store in Utah but was unsuccessful, not surprisingly! This was one of the smoothest best tasting summer beers I've ever had and I would love to find it.

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 595 ratings