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Kirkland Signature German Style Lager - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature German Style LagerKirkland Signature German Style Lager

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Troyone on 03-18-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

CmBanaszak, Jan 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Mxslms, Dec 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

TheBishopco, Dec 30, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired as part of a variety pack at Costco; it was $19 for the 24 pack. Expectations are below average; I've had the other three and they've hovered between bad and average. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz bown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Zero lacing. Neither vibrant nor dull. A typical appearance for a festbier.

Sm: Sweet malts, pale malts. Minimal floral hopping. Barley. Clean. Slight hints of sweet cidre. An average strength aroma. Comparable to festbiers I had at Bergkirchweih.

T: Clean full barley, a sweet malt climax, and a clean smooth finish. Light hop nectar and minimal floral hopping. No yeast character whatsoever. A bit too sweet and artificially so at that. Simple. The finish is strangely perfumey and bad. No alcohol comes through. Tastes like a homebrew extract beer. Imbalanced. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet. Average thickness. A bit overcarbonated. Thrown together.

Dr: A mediocre festbier, and not one I'd seek out again - but probably worth the low pricetag. Better than most macrobrew lagers. An underwhelming offering from Costco. Drinkable but pedestrian.


kojevergas, Dec 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

nheinzie57, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

mfigueroa713, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

joecast, Nov 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

Hobby, Nov 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

TroyFarrar, Nov 02, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

354ml bottle, with yeast from the 'Weihensephan' (sic) bank in Freising, Germany, apparently. Part of a 24-bottle, 35 dollar (dirt cheap, around here) mixpack available at Alberta Costco Liquor outlets. Brewed by "Hopfen und Malz Brewing Company, San Jose, CA". So, Gordon Biersch, then.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some nicely consistent bansai tree lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy, biscuity malt, a bit of caramel, some mild drupe fruitiness, and softly bitter earthy, leafy hops. Hmmmm. The taste is semi-sweet doughy malt, a waning biscuit character, some mild nutty caramel notes, and leafy, somewhat musty noble hops.

The carbonation is quite soft and unassuming, the body a decently solid medium weight for the style, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a strong tendency to the dry, as the malt shifts in that direction, and the hops wait with expectant open arms.

A surprisingly enjoyable version of an Oktoberfest, even if the bottle's rather pedestrian labeling offers no such classifying indication. Well rounded in flavour, so much so, that I can foresee actually drinking the copious amount of its remaining friends in that big ol' box.

biboergosum, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

hadlance, Oct 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

AWL, Aug 29, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass and sipped in the sunlight, it had a clear, light-copper color. Not a whole lot of aroma; some light toasty notes.

It starts light and finishes crisp/clean, without a lot of commotion in between. It is similar in that sense to a Dos Equis Amber, maybe. A bit more malt flavor with some light toast, a bit more of a dry sense to the quaff.

Not bad to use for refreshment in the warm sun.

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, Mar 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -2%

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Kirkland Signature German Style Lager from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
72 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.