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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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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Troyone on 03-18-2009)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:28:54 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

10-27-2012 13:54:33 | More by hadlance
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

09-12-2012 14:22:57 | More by wattoclone
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

08-29-2012 14:50:55 | More by AWL
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2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:09:23 | More by beerpadawan
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

08-10-2012 23:00:09 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-24-2012 19:52:03 | More by kobeer
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

07-23-2012 22:34:07 | More by ssjkyle
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

05-30-2012 23:20:27 | More by crobinso
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

04-30-2012 03:35:54 | More by Huffaroma
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

03-21-2012 02:16:06 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

03-07-2012 04:08:51 | More by SocalKicks
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

02-15-2012 23:04:36 | More by sharpski
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

01-22-2012 22:26:57 | More by djaeon
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

01-19-2012 21:30:08 | More by TrojanWheels
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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-25-2011 08:43:28 | More by VegasHockey
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

12-08-2011 10:13:17 | More by kornkid8600
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

12-07-2011 12:18:38 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of notsoprobeer


3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malts and yeast. Flavor of bread-like and light caramel malts. Not a lot of hops in flavor or aroma. It’s light bodied, highly carbonated, and has a crisp mouth feel along with a bit of sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 06:16:51 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of Snow81


3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light amber to orange clear tint

Head: Frosty white head

Smell: Sweet grassiness

Taste: Sweet maltyness with the grass still present and a subtle to no hop note on the palate

Weight: Light body with low carbonation

Finish: Gras with light malt

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:51:26 | More by Snow81
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a Kirkland mixed sixer over. The German lager was by far my favorite, and none of them were really that good. So that's saying something ... or maybe it isn't ...

Brew pours a light copper with a nicely fluffed beige head that retains well. Aromas are biscuity malt balanced by spicy, hay-like hoppiness. Very fresh on the nose. Flavors include caramel, biscuit, grass and hay. Spiciness that I can't put a name on. Light and carbed nicely and a little drying. The flavors fall a bit flat but it's easy to drink many of these in one sitting. I'm not sure if I agree with the style classification here but I think that's more the fault of the brewers, whoever they may be...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:52:39 | More by washburnkid
Photo of afinepilsner


3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle
5.5% abv

Kirkland Signature German Style Lager was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was toasted malt with a little sweetness. The taste was toasted malt and earthy hops and a dry finish. The mouthfeel was average with a medium-light body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was just about average. This is a decent drinkable lager, but I would not go out of my way to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:25:52 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Looks very appetizing, especially with visible carbonation.
Smell is straight up green apple. OK, perhaps some hoppy floral notes with a touch of darker sugars. Mainly green apple though.
Tastes pretty good. A slightly sweet malty flavor with a respectable hop bitterness. Floral component is definitely present as well.
Mouthfeel - I would prefer the carbonation just slightly lower - it's almost prickly right now. Otherwise however, it is relatively smooth and full-bodied considering the style.
DB - I could drink these forever.

I drank this while eating sharp cheddar cheese & crackers, it was a perfect beer for cutting through the cheese - almost felt hydrating (I probably would have preferred an earthy stout with the cheese however).

I disagree with the category though - this seems like a German Helles.
Very surprisingly (to me) I'd say this is the best Kirkland beer; even though I like the other styles better, this beer is cleanly presented and has no off flavors (unlike the other 3 options).

Very enjoyable lager that I don't think gets the credit it deserves. Excellent beer for the price point too. I will have to go B- for a very reliable beer that isn't extremely interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:18:37 | More by mountsnow1010
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3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the mixed six case I picked up at the Costco in Bloomingdale.

Pours a nice caramel amber color with a one finger head that dwindles to nothing after a sip or two.

Good toasted malt aroma makes me think of sweet white bread and a little dry caramel.

Very simple ,and a litle watery, toasted malt upfront. The middle has some caramel and white bread crust, but this flavor dissipates quickly. This finish is a very soft sweet malt and a little earthen hop musk.

The palate is a little watery and then powdery, but still pretty sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 22:35:18 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of FosterJM


2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

45th review on BA
Bottle to pint.

Now that the 4th bottle of this beer set has been finished. I will let my Non beer friends have these bottles. Ring the bell on round 4.

App- You know that color when you just haven't had enough water to drink in a couple days and you just say wow thats too dark. Yeah that color.

Smell- I just went to the gym. I'm not sure if it's the socks on the floor or the beer in the glass.

Taste- Please don't try to re create or call this a Oktoberfest when there are countless breweries who do it so well. Choose another style and easier style. like go after BMC.

Mouth- Its a step up from Bud light. I think I haven't had that in about 10 years so I'm sure my F.I.L will give me some of that too.

Drink- I'm done. No more, giving away the other bottles. You guys want em?

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:48:55 | More by FosterJM
Kirkland Signature German Style Lager from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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