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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

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109
Ratings:
455
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
39.19%
 
 
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Photo of Pegasus
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a moderate, persistent white head, which retains well. The lacing is fine and scattered.

Aroma: Modest aroma of coriander, wheat, understated herbal hops, and a slight mustiness.

Taste: Opens with mild wheat malt, and a flourish of coriander. As the taste progresses, some earthiness from the wheat is apparent. Late in the taste, there is a modest herbal hop presence. The finish is graceful and mild.

Mouth feel: Light body, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, drinkable, and somewhat understated example of the Witbier style.

Presentation Packaged in a custom cobalt blue glass bottle (!) with a pry-off crown, served in a new Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of G-Spot
4.56/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good white beer with highly distinguishable zesty profile, amazing and delicious. Has the tangy refreshing notes you want in a white beer, perfect for the summer and really good year round.
Though I do get the hiccups each time I have my first few sips, I really love going back to it consistently.
Available on tap in Canada more so than in the US, and also conditioned in bottles and cans, any format, container was consistently good and refreshing.
Go Kro!!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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 xk6m6m5x
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a sample bottle from a sales rep poured into a pint glass.... Appearance and tastes were on par wit others reviews but the smell was terrible... Mine smelled just like a dead skunk... I don't know what happened but I was very off put by the smell

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, appears in standard witbier color garb, pale murky straw with some white foamy head. One is immediately struck by the pungent sweetness on the nose, a strong corn sweetness accompanied by fruity bubblegum and light tangy citrus. The palate is more of the same, lemon-lime, Juicyfruit gum, and buttery sweet corn with almost a tobacco perfume. Minimal spice for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but finish is mild acid, faint woody and grassy hop extract, little in the way of lingering bitterness but rather a sour finish. The citrus is too muted but the total picture was better than expected and quite refreshing. Not a must have but won't waste your time or savage your palate on a nice hot day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Aw, my bottle isn't all white and stuff...but it is cobalt blue! Silver linings, people... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, light coriander, mild lemon peel, Indian corn, and an odd funkiness I can't quite put my tongue's finger on. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly brighter lemon component and a stronger bit of corn, which is now more sweet than Indian. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, this is a nice enough wit, I suppose, but that corniness doesn't help anybody, and that strange semi-funk in the smell is a bit off-putting. It's not all bad, but it's not good, either.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +17.6%
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 -17.9%
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 +14.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -7.8%
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 -0.6%
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 -22.5%
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 -21%
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 +12.7%
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%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -7.8%
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 -27.1%
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 -4%
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 +8.6%
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 -19.3%
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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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc from Brasseries Kronenbourg
3.47 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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