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Kirkland Signature Belgian White - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature Belgian White
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chinchill on 02-24-2011)
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Reviews by SmokinSmyth:
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2.95/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a cloudy yellow into a mug style glass. The inch of head disappeared while I was entering the date/name/brewer into the database, no lacing.

Smells of yeast and oranges.

Taste is slight mix of yeast and oranges, with a hint of hops. Slight bitterness at the end.

Feels pretty good in the mouth, with a nice balance of carbonation, although a little weak.

I'm not sure why it this beer thinks it is a Belgian style anything. Good in hot weather, but not something I would reach past most beers to grab.

SmokinSmyth, Aug 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of jondeelee
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Kirkland's Signature series Belgian Style White Ale, available in a mixed pack at Costco, begins with an aroma that is immediately reminiscent of orange peels and freshly-baked yeasty Italian baguettes, and left me craving hot buttered toast.

On the tongue, the orange peel and coriander notes are front and center, accompanied by the yeasty buttered baguette notes, leaving no doubt that this is a witbier. Good smatterings of wheaty cereals and biscuits ride beneath the citrus notes, and just at the edges of perception, a thin rind of grapefruit hops waves in the wind. But the focus is on the orange peel and coriander, and while these notes can be a little overpowering--as if additives were used to bolster a weaker underlying recipe--they do stay strong throughout the mouthful, and are quite delicious. The aftertaste is more of the same, but does benefit from a slightly stronger presence of hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, and are certainly far better than I was expecting, given the cheapness of the case ($18 for 24 bottles). Again, I do get the feeling that without the orange and coriander, this would be a weak beverage. However, as it is, this beer makes perfect hot summer fare--I speak from experience--and is a great value for what you get.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev +2.4%

tyleeis, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Best by date: June 2011. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY" and sold by Costco (sole vendor) in a 4/variety mix-case.

Pours a cloudy copper/amber color with a thin light tan head. Most of the head dissolves quickly but thin partial head remain that leaves little lacing.

A - spicy citrus with orange most dominant. Toasted malt and oats.

T - Substantial citrus flavor; so much that I suspect orange juice is involved. Noticable coriander. Subtle malt and grain flavors. Quite sweet -- too much sweetness, I suspect, for many beer drinkers -- but the sweetness wans rather than lingers in the finsih. More sour than bitter: IBU = 10. Pleasant mild aftertaste.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drink - easy to drink; refreshing and thirst-quenching; certainly appealing compared to many beers that do not cost more. Lacking boldness, complexity, hoppiness and other traits most beer aficianodos seek.

At $19 a case, this is a good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which are likely to be far less appealing than others, depending on the particular consumer. Hence, a good case for a party. This beer apparently replaces the Hefeweisen in the variety pack; an upgrade IMO.

chinchill, Feb 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +28%

sgttibbs, Aug 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

steelreserve69, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Brown 12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with some haze but still somewhat translucent for the style. White cap settles to a light film.

Nose is subtle with some light wheat notes, though wheat seems less abundant than typical. As the beer warms the coriander spice becomes more apparent, yet never truly dominant. Quite light and subtle in the end.

Flavor again is light and without the body expected from the wheat. Offers a lemon/orange flavor as well. Feel is decent but a bit thin in nature, finishing again with light hints of orange and coriander.

Overall a bit clear in color yet dark, lightly spiced and thin in body. Smooth drinking and more like many a Blonde Ale as there is little hint of any Belgian yeast character or a rich wheat contribution.

HalfFull, Mar 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

PaBeerLover, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

melonpocky, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of MikeDre
3/5  rDev +2.4%

MikeDre, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of TerryB
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

TerryB, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

FreshHawk, Aug 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -65.9%

nicoga3000, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Poured into tumbler -

Pours slightly hazed light golden with a thin creamy white head that slowly descends to a wide patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of cotton candy, clove and honey. Pleasant aroma!

The taste is of cotton candy and clove. Sweet initially but with a refreshing floral dryness in the finish.

Smooth and crisp. Carbonation towards, but not quite at "Belgian-esque" but works well enough.

Not a bad attempt at the style at all and well worth the inexpensive price!

jwc215, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

KatyC, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orange/ golden color. It has a small, thin white head that fades quickly. It is very cloudy and appears to have limited to no carbonation.

S: The smell is mostly of an orange fruitiness. Some spices are also present, most notably coriander. There is also a sort of tangy sense in the smell.

T: Again, orange peel dominates the taste along with some wheat. Not much else going on here.

M: The body is on the lighter side. There is limited carbonation and leaves a bland finish.

D: This beer is easy to drink but is just mediocre for a witbier.

BilbosNuts, May 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Mxslms, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
2.17/5  rDev -25.9%

Purchased as part of the Kirkland case sampler they've been offering now for some time. I guess if you walk by something often enough you finally bite, that or it was 85 cents a bottle.

The pour is golden with a pancake batter head that fades slowly and leaves some lacing. The smell is rather nondescript. It's not offensive in any way, nor remarkable, watery grain comes to mind. Similarly the taste is..lacking. There is a hint of lemons around the edges, but this is washed away by grain and then a peculiar funk sets in, lingering into the finish, perhaps an effect of the coriander and yeast? Not good.

JackieTH, Sep 30, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

DCon, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of engagechad
2.45/5  rDev -16.4%

Purchased as a case (only way) with other kirkland beers. Poured into ommegange stemmed glass

Pours pretty but NO head and zero lacing. The color of honey
Smells of tires or new shoes or something. Maybe like your fingers after you've been handling rubber bands
Tastes pretty bland and flavorless but with that rubber stick on the roof of the mouth.
Feels okay as it has decent body but overall it is not a good beer really. However the Amber ale and the IPA from Kirklands are not bad at all.

engagechad, Mar 23, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev +16%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubble foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat and some yeast. It was okay.

T - It tasted of lemon, cracked wheat and some spiciness. Not fabulous but better than some other American attempts at a witbier.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. Thanks to my brother-in-law for hooking me up with a mixed case from Costco.

zeff80, Aug 13, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev +12.6%

A- Cloudy golden, but there is minimal head to it, and what is there disappears pretty quickly.
S- Smell leans toward spicy. Coriander heavy, with enough wheat there to have a tangy aroma.
T- It's a pretty tasty beer. Based on taste alone, it's the best of Costco's beers I've had to date. Starts with a pretty aggressive spice kick. A blast of coriander. Becomes more wheaty near the middle and finish. The one thing that could really improve the flavor is a longer finish.
M- This is where the beer lost itself for me. There was next to no carbonation, and combined with it's light body, it came across as TREMENDOUSLY watery. It really needs more carbonation and/or body. Mostly carbonation. I went through the glass quickly and by the end it literally was uncarbonated.
O- Based on taste, it's the best beer in the pack, but the lack of carbonation on it killed the beer for me. A good start but it needs some changes.

jsprain1, Jul 02, 2011
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Kirkland Signature Belgian White from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
71 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.