Kirkland Signature Hefeweizen - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Troyone on 03-18-2009

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Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
3.79/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks golden orange with lots of bubbles

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Sweet grassiness

Taste: Sweet maltyness that slides into subtle orange, citric hop note

Weight: Medium to light body with low carbonation

Finish: Wheat and hints of orange with a subtle hop

Over: I want to say this is no Hefeweizen this is an American wheat beer that's malty, Yet light at the same time, ask me for another and I would say yes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Golden amber with a small head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring leaving lots of lace.

S_Not picking up a whole lot. Banana and clove.

T_Banana ,clove, spice. Not bad but there is a weird aftertaste of stale tobacco smoke.

M_Crisp and overall kind of refreshing.

D_Pretty easy drinking. Can be consumed in mass quantity.

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, with best before dating etched onto the bottle. POurs cloudy, medium apricot amber, under a long lasting medium khaki head, that leaves some low lying sheeting and bits and strands of lacing. Light ripe fruit nose. Sort of a bland, fairly flavorless hefe, no bananas, no clove, minimal interest here. Has a slight resiny hop note...this one is just not close to what a good American take on Hefeweizen should be all about..pass this one by

Photo of HugePlume
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Non-dated bottle poured into a standard pint.

A: Its filtered, problem #1. Problem #2 it doesnt have the bright straw like color expected from a mild filtered or unfiltered wheat beer. Instead it has a dark urine like color.

S: No fruity or spice notes expected from a heff... cant even force yourself to find bananas or cloves. But isn't unpleasant.

T: Taste is fair, nothing offensive, but rather bland, unremarkable on the whole.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is about spot on. Finishes a little too watery.

D: Drinkable, but so unremarkable on the whole you won't go looking for it. Of the 4 kirklands though I would rate it 2nd best.

2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hefe glass.

Listening to The Other Ones

A: Fluffy head, with a golden body, good head retention.

S: Not an overly powering aroma, but hints of spice and pine. Good hefe smell.

T: The taste of this brew is more of a pale wheat, than a traditional hefewiezen. Good taste but light on the body. Low on the carbonation, a stark flat taste.

M: Sort of a bland taste which ends with barely any lingering taste.

D: Nothing that stands out on this beer, a nice sample, but would look for another hefe to do the job. But a nice swing from a whole seller.

Notes: Not the best, but not bad. Hard to say that it is a good brew for anything but trying it to see what it is like. No medals here.

Photo of Troyone
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For $17.99 a case of mixed craft beers, brewed at Gordon Biersch Brewing in San Jose, I thought this would be worth a try.

Pours a cloudy light apricot color with a thick off white head and lots of action.

Beerish banana aroma and wheat grainy smell.

Full creamy/buttery banana and slight caramel taste with lots of wheat and barley grain flavor.

Light/medium bodied, buttery and slight resinous feel, with lively almost soft carbonation.

Very drinkable not sure if I'm going to like the buttery (maybe hop) taste after a few.

Photo of Gmann
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden honey color, perhaps a shade or two darker than most hefes/american wheat ales. The head is white and dense which settles into a light cap. The aroma is very faint, especially for the style. There is a faint aroma of grains. The taste has a cereal sweetness with a light fruity flavor and a tea like bitter twang. The wheat malt brings about a smooth feel but none of the wheat flavors are present. There is no real yeast flavors as well which is very disappointing for something that is labeled as a hefeweizen. This is more of a pale ale that uses some wheat. The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, starts off smooth and creamy but finishes a bit astringent. This beer doesn't taste bad but it doesn't fit either the hefeweizen style or the american wheat style. The astringent hoppy bitterness is out of character as well.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a deep saffron and carrot orange color with two fingers of head. The amount of head I got was actually pretty similar to the pale ale that I poured yesterday. The beer is quite cloudy, most likely from the wheat since there isn't any yeast residue at the bottom of the bottle. There is a nice amount of lace on the side of my tulip glass, some thin sheets of lace are covering 270 degrees of the glass.

Smell: The nose picks up wheat and clove in the majority, with a little bit of banana in the background. None of the aromas are all too strong, but than again I don't think I have a trained Hefe nose.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose, wheat and yeast flavors are the major players up front. After the wheat flavor dies down, which is the longest lasting flavor, comes a little dash of banana. Once my mouth becomes more oxidized I pick up some clove notes and that ends the tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, a little on the thin side. A nice level of carbonation, not unreasonable for the style.

Drinkability: I actually found this to be an enjoyable Hefe. Again, I don't have a trained Hefe palate or nose, and I'm not huge on the style, but I thought this was a very sessionable beer. Rather light on the palate and nose, but a nice feel and ABV to make it a good drink on a weeknight.

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle brewed in Utica, NY bottle with an expiration date of Apr 06, 2010. Sampled on April 16, 2010. So it is ten days beyond its expiration date, it was not offensive in any way. It pours a hazy amber orange with a short-lived half-inch head. Wheat, yeast, malts, and bread combine in a subtle way to tickle the senses. The creamy texture of the mouthfeel leads to a decent sweet and smooth taste. Not a bad brew overall.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. 5.5% ABV, 26 IBUs, Best by Jun 21, 2010.

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head even on a tall, vigorous pour. Low retention and a thin collar of lace is a poor representation of a hefe.

S - Bland nose of faint dry wheat and tiny hints at yeast. Lacking typical German nose of heartier yeast, bubblegum, clove, etc. Just not very good.

T - Pale malts with a wet wheat husk flavor and very, very modest yeast pinch. Again, lacking a lot of classic characteristics that makes a hefe a hefe.

M - Medium body and smooth with a crisp feel and moderate carbonation texture.

D - It doesn't taste bad, I'll say that. It's large downfall is the fact that it's missing so many great and distinct characteristics that make a hefe what it is. Was a typical German hefe yeast strand even used I wonder?

Photo of wingman14
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow orange with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is sweet upfront with some banana and yeast aroma, nothing much after that. The taste is not very sweet, which is surprising considering the smell, the flavor is driven more by a stale wheat, with some other small flavor notes. The mouthfeel is light, refreshing flavor, not very deep or complex, but still is enjoyable. The drinkability is ok, couldn't have too many, but a few would be refreshing on a warm day.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This particular sample case has been contract brewed up in Utica with 400 other recipes. Costco usually just rebrands things(albeit, quality name brands) so I'm wondering if anyone can guess what this stuff is yet.

Best by June 28 2010

Poured into a Carlsberg Pilsener glass. Generic honey amber color. Just a bit milky, so I probably disturbed the sediment some. The yeast falls out pretty quickly though. Thin eggshell white head, but not much of it. There's too much wasted space up top, so I cap the glass off with 4-5 more ounces. :)

Smell is white bread, honey, subtle white pepper, & just a touch of citric acid. Shy, leafy hops. Boring & stale.

Taste has more going for it. Little bit of coriander, little bit of caraway, lots of starchy husks & hulls. Grainy. Grassy hops. No real pungent phenols like banana or clove that I'd associate with Hefes. No aftertaste besides a little glass.

Carbonation is almost right on, but is still a little thin & irritating like a force-carbed draught beer, & doesn't deliver that creamy feel I was expecting.

A bland American Hefeweizen without the hop bite. That is what this is. I drank two without flinching though, so it's not terrible. If CostCo can get stock it for a bit less(I think it was $21/cs), then maybe I'll give it another shot.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good hefeweizen.

Appearance- apricot color, inch of head, nice lacing

Smell- banana and clove notes

Taste- huge banana flavor, wheat flavor, really enjoyed the flavor

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, can't beat the cost at Costco, would drink it again but I have had better hefeweizens

Photo of josiahschlender
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last review of the four Costco mixed-pack! This Hefe pours an orange-yellow with a not-too-big head that leaves no lace. Would have liked to see the head a little bigger and stick around more, but I didn't have a hefeweizen glass, either.

Pleasant sweet malt aromas, yeasty banana and a bit of hoppy spice. Not super intense, but good.

The malt flavors have some of that sweetness, but fill out more in a hearty buttery biscuit profile, just a bit of banana, clove spice, and maybe some noble hops? Surprising amount of grass and bitterness at the end. Feel is slick and creamy, medium body and a pretty long finish.

Not the mind-blowing complexities you can get with a world class hefe, but this is a good beer! More versatile and easy-drinking than most in its category, yet retains some of its roots with the authentic yeast notes. Price and pairing with food are big factors in my drinkability score, which is reflected with this beer.

None of the four beers in the Costco case (I believe contract brewed by Gordon Beirsch) was a "make or break" beer for me. They're all solid in my opinion, none of them becoming my clear favorite. Definitely a solid choice for a variety party pack, if people don't get too stuck on the Kirkland label. Gotta love the price at $18 for 24. One of the best every day values I've come across, which makes this cheapskate smile.

Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brass with a fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace behind on the glass. Wheat malt and mild soft banana and clove aroma. Decent enough tasting, wheat malt tang and citrus notes. More american pale wheat than hefe to my tastebuds as this lacks the yeasty and spicy flavors the good examples of this style exhibit. Creamy and medium light bodied with bright carbonation. A pretty watered down and bland "craft" beer.

Photo of ghebel
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy gold/amber color, almost orange with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Lacking for the style. There is a lack of any cloves, fruit, spiciness, etc. Not unpleasant, but dull.

T - Has a good flavor, but again falls short for the style. Small amount of fruitiness, mild bitterness.

M - Smooth, tart. Moderate to light body.

D - Drinkable. Light and easy to drink.

This beer is good and arguably the best of the four Kirkland beers, but it falls a bit short for the style when compared to other Hefeweizens. I find it refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:
Pours clouded golden amber with a foamy white head that becomes rocky and stays. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of clove and floral notes - some wheat tang - little to no banana.

The taste is malty - caramelish - a light spicy, floral dryness balances it out in the finish. It has some toasted wheat, but little to no banana. I like the taste, though it is more of a better American Wheat than true HW.

It has an effervescent, light, smooth - somewhat creamy - body. Crisp.

A nice "thirst-quencher". More of an American Pale Wheat with a touch of caramel than a hefeweizen. On the label it claims to be an "American version" and it doesn't do bad at all as an American Wheat with a touch of clove. Well-worth the value for a refreshing brew!

Photo of sweemzander
2.04/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before June 21, 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange copper color that produced no head whatsoever.

(S)- Lots of honey-like corn meal. A touch of lemon.

(T)- A touch of orange & lemon citrus with corn meal.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp & refreshing.

(D)- There is really nothing about this that fits the Hefeweiss style. Crisp for a good summers day, but has almost nothing to it that reminds me of the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

My brother has taken quite a shine to this beer, and now I can finally grab one before he drinks 'em all 'cause the right glass has been unpacked (call me anal or pretentious or both...I don 't care). It pours a clear light-tawny-amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, bubblegum, light caramel, and a hint of walnuts. ...Where is my banana and/or clove? Aw, man. The taste is slightly nuttier and caramel-er than the nose, with the citrus toned down a bit and forced into the background, only coming into its own near the back of the tongue. Hmm. The body is light, with a rather light carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nicely drinkable brew, but one that's more akin to a pale ale than any kind of wheat beer.

Photo of spencerw
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a pint glass with a cloudy gold colored body and an inch white head that lingered generously for several minutes leaving, minimal lacing. .

S: Banana and a light clove aroma. Very similar to a German style.

T: just how it smells. Banana on the first taste, with some clove spiciness. Pretty average for a Hef.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, low carbonation and is very crisp. Nothing to exciting.

D: Not bad, at all. Very drinkable but nothing worthy of calling a friend. Very average brew.

Photo of FosterJM
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32nd review on BA
Bottle to Weizen

My father in law happened to get me a 24 pack on his most recent jaunt to Costco. Here try these he says. Thanks!

App- Murky, dirty colored yellow shell layer of liquid with the inside a weird pillar of orange. Decent 1 finger head that didnt last long. Mild bubbles dance in the glass.

Smell- Not the prototypical Hefe smells you go for. It did smell pretty good though. Had some nice yeasty bite to it and a mild citrus.

Taste- At 26 IBU's I think its a misprint. This thing is bitter and not really a Hefe IMO.

Mouth- Smooth, watery, decent carbonation.

Drink- I have to finish the case or find someone to give the rest too. Not my fave, but handy to have around.

Photo of mountsnow1010
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden with a white head that shrinks slowly. No significant lacing.
Smells of grain, slightly yeasty and a d a bit fruity but cannot pick up much else.
Tastes slightly wheaty...grainy really, with a bit of a green apple tinge. Slight metallic taste that disappears as it warms/breathes a bit.
Goes down clean and crisp. Very easy drinking, low ABV helps though. Could probably have a few but would get bored after one... I'm bored half a beer in actually.

Not bad, but not good. I'm not sure of the exact pricing but probably would be a good replacement to cater to the macro drinkers at your next party.

Photo of Khazadum
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #2 of the great Aunt review train.

Hazy yellow body, pure white head ( 3/4" ) that dissipates to an acceptable collar. Reminds me of a turbid orange juice from concentrate. Nice yeasty appearance without being bottle conditioned. Minimal carbonation in the vision.

Ridiculously faint body with the only aroma being baking bread laced around wheat notes. I want more than just malty bread, but I can't find anything.

Flavor Profile
Strong malt, minute amount of hops that perk up towards the finish, and the faint tinge of alcohol. I am a bit shocked to be picking up the medicinal flavors in a 5.5%.

Oral Sensations
This beer has a great amount of carbonation. It is almost as if the carbonation is a delicate flavor that enhances the lackluster profile. Watery body and smooth drinking.

I'd definitely have it again. Would I suggest this to a friend who loves hefeweizens? Definitely not. This beer is confused on its style, I would say.

The alcohol makes it quite easy to have a few in an evening.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.14/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy dark gold color (although it seems to get clearer as time goes on) with a thick, moussy white head.

S: Bland soapy mixture of wheat and yeast with no discernible clove tartness that one usually associates with a Hef.

T: Soapy phenols and an unpleasant bitterness dominate. Completely inappropriate for the style. The banana/clove taste seems like it's there below the surface, struggling to get free, but just can't.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth with a spritzy carbonated finish.

D: Bland, unbalanced, and too bitter for a Hef. Definitely does not have the drinkability of a real Hef.

Photo of notsoprobeer
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The tasting: Pours a golden straw color with two fingers of white head, which is long lasting and leaves some lacing. Appearance is slightly hazy, less than I expected for the style. As advertised, it's highly carbonated as I see lots of effervescence. Aroma is mainly yeast. Flavor is that of cereal-like malts, with no hop bitterness. Body is light. Mouth feel is carbonated fizz--too much for my preference.

Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen is better than their Pale Ale, but, I'd still pass on it. The flavor is lacking--no fruit, no citrus, no clove. Just carbonation, and loads of it. Overall, a very bland and forgettable beer.

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