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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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TrojanWheels

California

3/5  rDev +2.4%

01-19-2012 21:30:55 | More by TrojanWheels
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:39:30 | More by jwc215
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jabo134

Illinois

3/5  rDev +2.4%

01-01-2012 20:54:01 | More by jabo134
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-16-2011 01:00:46 | More by tyleeis
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a slight white head that quickly settles and collars around the glass. MIld aroma of old oranges and spice, the aroma is very slight. Light/medium mouthfeel and a little watery. Slight orange sweetness up front and then from there it gets pretty bland. This is not very flavorful or good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:41:45 | More by kbutler1
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ankdoktor

Washington

3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-08-2011 10:27:06 | More by ankdoktor
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melonpocky

Texas

3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-07-2011 23:08:56 | More by melonpocky
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dgilks

Australia

1.88/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark, murky, amber orange colour with no head. Unattractive.

Dutsy, lightly citrussy with no real spice character. A little herbal.

Sweet, mildly floral and lacking in real character. Dull.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

This is not a good beer. It lacks character, depth and witbier character.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 10:43:19 | More by dgilks
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 01:58:09 | More by Gambrinus1184
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MikeDre

California

3/5  rDev +2.4%

11-21-2011 06:03:38 | More by MikeDre
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light copper color leaving thin to nill head and lace. Smell of spice, light corriander, malt and hops. Taste not really following the style of a Belgian, but does have light spice, fruitiness and a faint yeast background. Mouthfeel is medium/light with good carbonation. Overall not a bad beer, it just doesn't squarely follow the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:04:40 | More by Bookseeb
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ngeunit1

California

3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 03:07:45 | More by ngeunit1
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:53:58 | More by JackieTH
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:22:29 | More by SmokinSmyth
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harrymel

Washington

2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 11SEP11

A: pours a honey ale with no head formation (unusual as these are usually bursting at the seam). Sediment is suspended in this hazy beer. No lace.

S: Banana, clove, yogurt (?). Sweet grains. Meh.

T: Sweet, banana cream, kinda tart.

M: medium bodied, sparkler carb. Slight slick.

O: Well, better than the others, but still not worth the buck ist cost.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 09:59:46 | More by harrymel
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:55:47 | More by zeff80
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tito42

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:47:22 | More by tito42
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:13:16 | More by jondeelee
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:50:31 | More by Bockrules
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 06:41:58 | More by jsprain1
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iSip

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:33:33 | More by iSip
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gpogo

California

2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Hazey golden amber honey body with small white head that left no lacing.

A- Sweet malt and slight orange notes. I smell no corriander.

T- Sweet wheat malt and orange. Leaves an aftertaste similar to other Wits, but darker(?) tasting.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

D- No thanks. I wouldn't buy this beer. I might drink this beer if it was a hot day and I needed something refreshing, but I wouldn't count on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:57:04 | More by gpogo
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:35:49 | More by schoolboy
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cpolking

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:55:32 | More by cpolking
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BilbosNuts

California

3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:05:17 | More by BilbosNuts
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