Kirkland Signature Belgian White - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature Belgian White
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: chinchill on 02-24-2011)
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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brilliant sister bought this big case of a Kirkland mixer pack. They were somewhat inexepensive. For the most part, they are drinkable and representative of their repective styles, but if you are tasting and comparing, not so good.

This was one of the kirlands that I preferred. It had a slightly authentic taste, smell. color, etc. It has some funky aftertaste, but otherwise, it is a reasonable representation of what it is supposed to be.

It's drinkable, but I will advise my sister to not buy this again.

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking hazy golden color. It had a decent white head on top. The nose was of oranges, some light spice and wheat. The taste of the beer has a pretty good balance of citrus and spice upfront that settled into a clean soft wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall this was a pretty refreshing brew. I could see myself drinking a few more of these.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. About one finger of head, which dissipated almost immediately. Flat out caramel color. Light lacing on the sides. No retention. Lots of bubbles.

Smelled caramel, toffee and candy sugary sweets. Seemed to be light cocoa notes as well. Also wheat and grass.

Tasted like the toned-down smell. Got the same caramel, toffee and sugary candy notes.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Normal finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Surprisingly a good beer, despite me drinking it not as cold as it could have been. Not what I would call a Belgian White, but it hit the spot.

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Justin23060
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with a large very light beige head that diminished slowly. Smells spicy with some malt. Coriander and orange peel are there as advertised and are pleasing and not at all fake, overpowering or sicking sweet. Hops balance well with some bittering. Finishes crisp, dry but not puckering and carbination is adaquate. For 79 cents a bottle its pretty fresh, refreshing and very much better than your average adjunct. I would definately get this again.

Photo of jsprain1
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of iSip
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was impressed with the Kirkland Hefeweisen, which is a good dark wheat beer. So how about the Belgian White? Well, to me it's not a Witbier along the lines of a Hoggarden. It's pretty dark in color and head, and the taste is spot on Blue Moon. In other words, a good wheat beer, especially for the price. But if you a longing for a true Witbier, this pour will disappoint.

For a generic wheat beer, do give this a try!

Photo of TerryB
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of tito42
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Best by Nov. 07, 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Thin, white head dissipates into a whisp but does leave some lacing. A very unfiltered brew the color of hay with orange hues.

S: Sweet tangerine, wheat, yeast, and very faint white pepper.

T: A strong, almost artificial tangerine flavor. I pick up more tangerine than orange. Very bready yeast flavor throughout, with a doughy finish. Wheat and a slight touch or coriander. Mostly citrus and dough.

M: Along the lines of Blue Moon, light-bodied with a touch of creaminess and a carbonated finish.

O: A great "value" beer. How often do you find a Blue Moon-type beer at these prices? A more distinct flavor than Blue Moon, but not necessarily in a desirable way.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden copper with a finger of frothy tan-white head forming atop. The head hangs around for quite some time leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is dominated by fruity esters and some citrus. There is a bit of yeast mixed in as well along with some spices and sweet malt. A bit all over the place.

D - Starts off fairly bland with a bit of sweet malt and coriander. Through the middle, light citrus flavors and a bit of yeast flavor come through. The finish is a mix of sweet malt, citrus, and a bit of yeast that does not linger for long. Pretty bland.

M - Light bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Smooth, but overall very thin and watery.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors were far to subtle and weak throughout this beer. The mouthfeel is also quite weak with a very thin and watery consistency.

Photo of jerskine
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was fairly impressed considering this is a Kirkland brand beer. Just like the label describes, the beer is a nice wheat filled taste with hints of orange peel. There are many other white ales that are far better than this one. However, next time you are in the Costco alcohol section, don't write off the Kirkland brand. There are many delicious brews in this 24 pack that exceed expectation for the price of $19.

Photo of cpolking
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours orange in color with a bit of copper and amber. The head is very slight and leaves very light lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very fruity and spicy, orange and coriander predominate.

The taste is of a light wheat type malt with lots of orange and coriander.

The mouthfeel is a bit slight and watery, but if you like white beers, this has very good flavor, it could just use more body and carbonation.

Photo of Bockrules
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Weiss Glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger off-white head. Head is gone about a minute after the pour. Leaves no lacing.

S - A bit of Coriander and orange peel on a sweet malt background. A bit musty as well.

T - Sweet upfront with malt and Coriander. The body of the beer is well balanced, but comes of weak and uninteresting despite the Coriander and hint of orange flavors. I think the yeast is coming away tasting musty, which isn't helping this brews cause... Coriander and sweet malt as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, leaves a sweet-orange aftertaste with a hint of bitterness.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. About as expected.

A distinctly average offering here from Kirkland. The lack luster appearance put this brew on the wrong foot from the get go, and may have influenced other areas a bit. Not really bad, just so weak, textbook, and average that I won't be bothering with this beer in the future unless of if it were handed to me for free on a hot day. Plus the macro offering of this style (Shock top, Blue Moon) are better and more readily available in a pinch.

Photo of jondeelee
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce PRY OFF bottle into a hexagonal Hoegaarden witbier glass.

A: Dark, cloudy orange-yellow color beneath a one and half finger head of creamy white foam which subsides quickly to a cappucino-style coating leaving a trail of creamy lace.

S: Chalky wheat, yeast and grainy aroma amid a backdrop of faint citrus and grassy straw.

T: Light, sweet and grainy citrus flavor up front, the fruitiness dissipates into a bit of grassy, herbal, metallic hops and cooked veggies. Creamy, yet slightly watered down malt flavors dry up and the brew finishes spicy and metallic with some lingering bitterness. Guessing this is result of sub-par craftsmanship and not a deliberate hop effect.

M: Creamy at first, become a bit thin and watery with a biting metallic twang after the citrus subsides.

O: Certainly not a "classic" witbier, but decent for what it is; a budget wheat beer from a contract brewery. The 5.4% ABV seems a bit high for the style, and I'd consider this an American wheat or white ale before entertaining the idea of it having even remotely Belgian roots.

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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Kirkland Signature Belgian White from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
70 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.