Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc | Brasseries Kronenbourg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseries Kronenbourg
France
brasseries-kronenbourg.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 09-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
480
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
18.97%
 
 
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19
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127
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Reviews by Ch1mpy:
Photo of Ch1mpy
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice appearance, with a pineapple juice colored body, and a fluffy white head of 2 fingers. Leaves wonderful skirted lace as it recedes.

Aroma is just heavenly. Canned peaches, with some apple and pear notes. A few tropical notes as well.

Flavor is a bit on the thin side, but the aftertaste is great. It goes some light wheat and grain notes, followed with fruit cocktail and peach. Some circus peanut on the finish, too.

Super, super carbonated...but you know what, it drinks so easy it's hard to knock it. I like it a lot.

Overall, I will probably be buying this often. I really enjoyed this, it's better than most people make it seem. A sleeper hit.

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Photo of homefront
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review here...
Have to say, many reviewers have better language skills than I and described the complexities better than I could, and accurately.
I piked this beer up today because, as an old school typographer and ad man, I found the packaging to be beautifully done. I bought it with the expectation, based on the description, that my wife would really like it.
I was correct... and surprised. I love it, this stuff is beautiful!
Very clean and light feeling, nice blend of citrus flavors with high notes of peach, but real peach. No lingering aftertaste, no bitterness, very PLEASANT to quaff, refreshing to say the least. Great flavor, not "beery" or bitter (and I like IPA's).
I'm off to buy a case...

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually don't care for fruity beers, but this one is exceptional. Strong spiced pear and peach in the aroma follows right into the flavor and lasts all the way through. Could have used a little more alcohol, very good overall.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy golden amber with a nice, fluffy head. Citrus and spice in the nose. The mouth enjoys the light malt and then lightly citrus flavor. Easy to drink! Enjoyable!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this at Brass rail deli in a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the cobalt blue bottle into a tumbler.

The color is clear golden with 2 fingers of frothy white with a very fine bead and good retention with thick rings of lace left sticking. The smell has a very citrus dominant almost citronella type lemon/orange scent with slightly sweet aroma. The feel has a very light sweetness with mild carbonation and tangy yeast with juicy citrus sweetness and very dry finish.

The taste is tangy like a lemon soda without the carbonic acid quality, more of a soft citrus flavor with light malt and gentle yeast with subtle grainy flavor and subtle chalky taste in the finish. Overall I consider this okay, not great: basically a wheat beer with citrus taste and a little sweet for me personally and lacks the spice to balance that you expect from a witbier

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Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Real Sports Bar and Grill, in Toronto.

I was ready to remark on the impeccable degree of trademark witbier haze until I realized that the pint glass itself was frosted. What a cheap trick! To be fair, however, the beer is nonetheless a striking aesthetic specimen: its milky orange colour is in fact legitimately clouded and, despite the obstruction of a giant orange peel, persists in tacking long drapes of lace to the glass' sides.

This is top 40 material. Purists of the style - and those with more enlightened tastes - will certainly, rightfully attack its integrity but it'll be undoubtedly popular with the masses and, even for the aforementioned with higher standards, is likely still to be regarded as an approachable enough quaff. It's unoffensive, but to be clear, is teenybopper.

And relative to the style's all-time greats, such as the wonderful St. Bernardus Witbier for example, there's no contest. It's like comparing Bach to Backstreet Boys. But given the option between Kronenbourg Blanc and other mass-produced brands, I could easily be (and was) persuaded into a round or two of this.

In both aroma and taste there is an exaggerated, magnified note of candied citrus. It is zestful, very tropical, surprisingly sweet and quite toothsome, most closely resembling candied orange peel. There's no coriander (or any spiciness or savoriness) to note what so ever. The only tarnish in the taste is a frail, stale maltiness that smacks of corn.

It wouldn't be such a bad idea for bars pouring Kronenbourg Blanc to serve it with a shot of insulin. The beer has a 'pop-rocks' sweetness that nearly tingles on the tongue much in the same way as the candy. Speaking of pop-rocks, this carbonation exacts the soda and pop-rocks combo, but the hyper-amplified bubbles do work in a beer like this.

Kronenbourg Blanc is a relic of a time when this brewery offered more than just pale, conventional lagers and had at least a shred of the gastronomic integrity the French are renown for. While its current form is evidently re-tinkered for mass-market appeal - and focuses solely on tropical, candy-sweet elements at the exclusion of all yeasty, malty, distinct ones - it still makes a pleasant beer and fair alternative to the standard 1664.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.95/5  rDev +42.2%
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 SmashPants
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: an embossed crystal-blue 330mL bottle with a standard macro label. The hand-grip bottle and the frankly awesome blue takes it well past the half-way mark.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy light straw yellow with a persistent white hea that hangs about at one-finger. Fine carbonation and brilliant, thick lacing.

Aroma: the usual witbier aromas of citrus, coriander and plenty of wheat. Decent.

Taste: again a reasonable witbier - wheat with coriander, and a light citrus over the top. Not mind-blowing, but quite pleasant.

Aftertaste: a touch of wheat fug with some hop bitterness. A touch of yeast too.

Mouth feel: very nice at this price - better than pretty much any witbiers at AU$50 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles.

Overall: a pretty good witbier - not the most amazing I have ever had, but for AU$50 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2014), this one is well worth it. A good all-rounder.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Failte's pub in uptown Waterloo.

Poured into a Hoegaarden clunker. An extremely pale golden, looked pretty washed out, with a thin white head and some retention. Looked like someone tried to print a picture of Hoegaarden but ran out of toner.

Nose is wheat malt, orange and peach juice. All great things, but incredibly simplistic.

Tastes like a mass market wheat beer, but with the fruit emphasis on peach, rather than lemon or orange. There's not a whole lot to this, other than that faint "wheatiness" that these sorts of brews possess.

High carbonation, drinks like a soda.

Here's the deal with this beer. It's peachy, it's fizzy, it's a far cry from the great witbiers of the world in terms of complexity and depth. But damned if it isn't a tasty way to beat the summer heat. Everyone at our table enjoyed it for what it is, and found it far more enjoyable on the patio than the usual lager/pils fare.

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Photo of Jaysicles
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of wattoclone
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My neighbor who is a witbier fan loves this bier and donated a bottle. It is a good witbier, heavily flavored with fruit. There is abundant apricot and lemon which overpower any hop or yeast flavors. My wife, also a witbier fan, also loved this beer. Personally, I prefer the U.S. version, Blue Moon, to this heavily flavored concoction.

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Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zanth
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hued with a quarter inch white head. Aroma of pale wheat is faint and somewhat tart. The mouth is sharp and crisp. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is somewhat sweet with a faint tart apple taste that blends with the pale wheat. That's the coriander,but I've never had that sort of tart note from that spice.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Culture
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of jminch
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
3.48 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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