Kirkland Signature Hefeweizen | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature HefeweizenKirkland Signature Hefeweizen

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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 76
Photo of gpogo
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Huge cream colored head with a slightly hazy orange body and tons of carbonation.

A- I'm getting banana and sweet malt.

T- Pretty bland taste. Some light wheat malt flavor. Sweet, but bland.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Kindof sticks to my mouth, but nowhere near cloying.

D- Not bad for the price, but definitely not a great hefeweizen.

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Photo of Snow81
3.79/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks golden orange with lots of bubbles

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Sweet grassiness

Taste: Sweet maltyness that slides into subtle orange, citric hop note

Weight: Medium to light body with low carbonation

Finish: Wheat and hints of orange with a subtle hop

Over: I want to say this is no Hefeweizen this is an American wheat beer that's malty, Yet light at the same time, ask me for another and I would say yes.

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Photo of washburnkid
1.92/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let's call a spade a spade. This beer was awful.

Three fingers of white head over a filtered light amber. I guess it's pleasant to look at for a bit, but that's this beer's only saving grace. Aromas are falling flat. So flat that I have nothing to say about them. Flavors are missing the yeast qualities I look for in a hefe. No banana, no cloves...nothing. I guess it's a bit biscuity? And a lot cloying. Mouthfeel is lightly carbed. Blegh whatever, this beer is just bad. Don't buy it.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle
5.5% abv

Kirkland Signature Hefeweizen was light amber in color and hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was light malt with a little clove. The taste was malt upfront with some hop flavor and a touch of bitterness following. The finish was dry and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a medium-light body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was average as well. This is a pretty basic and light version of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of wcintula
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The high rating might be due to the label. I heard good things about this beer, and I must say, it's very acceptable and appropriate to the style. It's certainly a sweeter than spicy hefeweizen, but it's got an appropriate hop bitterness. Very good looking and I would drink more of these. Do not overlook, please, because of the generic label.

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Photo of iSip
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a six-pack of good beer going for $9 - $10 you have to consider the Kirkland case for $19. That's 80 cents a bottle compared to $1.50 per bottle. Credit goes to my wife. She read the Consumer Reports article comparing Kirkland Hefeweizen to Paulaner. So off to Costco to by a case, which contains 6 hefeweizens and 6 each of a lager, amber ale, and pale ale. The Kirkland is pretty good! It's a dark Hefe and unfiltered. The head is as expected for a Hefe, with a nice aroma. The flavor is slightly more malty sweet than a lighter hefe, with a good balance of citrus. Easy to drink. Have some fun by inviting your fellow beer snobs to a blind taste test between the Costco Hefe and Paulaner.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden with a white head that shrinks slowly. No significant lacing.
Smells of grain, slightly yeasty and a d a bit fruity but cannot pick up much else.
Tastes slightly wheaty...grainy really, with a bit of a green apple tinge. Slight metallic taste that disappears as it warms/breathes a bit.
Goes down clean and crisp. Very easy drinking, low ABV helps though. Could probably have a few but would get bored after one... I'm bored half a beer in actually.

Not bad, but not good. I'm not sure of the exact pricing but probably would be a good replacement to cater to the macro drinkers at your next party.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The tasting: Pours a golden straw color with two fingers of white head, which is long lasting and leaves some lacing. Appearance is slightly hazy, less than I expected for the style. As advertised, it's highly carbonated as I see lots of effervescence. Aroma is mainly yeast. Flavor is that of cereal-like malts, with no hop bitterness. Body is light. Mouth feel is carbonated fizz--too much for my preference.

Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen is better than their Pale Ale, but, I'd still pass on it. The flavor is lacking--no fruit, no citrus, no clove. Just carbonation, and loads of it. Overall, a very bland and forgettable beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to pick up a case with four different Kirkland beers for $18.99 right after I signed up for membership.

Just barely hazey copper and amber color with a nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam. Only light bubblinf for this style.

Very dry hop grass aroma mix with mildly toasted malt. No real yeasty aromas to this beer. Very dry smelling.

The taste Crisp earthy hops give the beer a nice pop upfront, but they make what little malts you can taste feel powdery. Like stale melba toast with no discernable yeasty flavors.

Relatively clean palate with a poppy middle and a dry finish.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32nd review on BA
Bottle to Weizen

My father in law happened to get me a 24 pack on his most recent jaunt to Costco. Here try these he says. Thanks!

App- Murky, dirty colored yellow shell layer of liquid with the inside a weird pillar of orange. Decent 1 finger head that didnt last long. Mild bubbles dance in the glass.

Smell- Not the prototypical Hefe smells you go for. It did smell pretty good though. Had some nice yeasty bite to it and a mild citrus.

Taste- At 26 IBU's I think its a misprint. This thing is bitter and not really a Hefe IMO.

Mouth- Smooth, watery, decent carbonation.

Drink- I have to finish the case or find someone to give the rest too. Not my fave, but handy to have around.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Non-dated bottle poured into a standard pint.

A: Its filtered, problem #1. Problem #2 it doesnt have the bright straw like color expected from a mild filtered or unfiltered wheat beer. Instead it has a dark urine like color.

S: No fruity or spice notes expected from a heff... cant even force yourself to find bananas or cloves. But isn't unpleasant.

T: Taste is fair, nothing offensive, but rather bland, unremarkable on the whole.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is about spot on. Finishes a little too watery.

D: Drinkable, but so unremarkable on the whole you won't go looking for it. Of the 4 kirklands though I would rate it 2nd best.

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Photo of unojuno
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: When poured into a standard pint glass, produces a small head temporarily. Dark amber color, slightly opaque.

Smell: Weak, but resembling of wheat. Smells a little like bananas.

Taste: Light and nutty. The carbonation is recognizable, but good. Alcohol content is not really noticeable, which helps bring other flavors out.

Mouthfeel: Wheat beers really leave a weird taste on my tongue, but this beer isn't that obnoxious.

Drinkability: Overall, an enjoyable beer that seems nice to drink while reading a paper or a book.

Overall, a decent wheat beer. Nothing to brag about, and not quite living up to a true Hefeweizen.

Decent beer, especially for the price. Only drawback on availability is that it must be purchased at a Costco or served at a restaurant that purchases from them.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date noticed.
It pours and amberish tan color with a fast-fading off-white head.
It lacks most of the distinct Hefeweisen aroma one would normally expect. A wet hay and cereal grain smell mingle with a light hop and dose of cloves.
It tastes more like a Vienna Lager than a Hefe. The body is well-rounded and the flavor is pleasant enough...just off the mark.
It goes down smooth and easy. The 5.5% abv is very well disguised.
This is the kind of beer someone might brew as to not offend anyone. And that's the problem with it. I do like the idea that a large chain like Costco would reach out to their customers with a sampling of a better beer than the mass-mega swill producers make, but it would have been even better if they perhaps went a little more bold-flavored and hit the style range a bit more.
All in all, kudos to Costco. Now get out there and brew something over-the-top!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

My brother has taken quite a shine to this beer, and now I can finally grab one before he drinks 'em all 'cause the right glass has been unpacked (call me anal or pretentious or both...I don 't care). It pours a clear light-tawny-amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, bubblegum, light caramel, and a hint of walnuts. ...Where is my banana and/or clove? Aw, man. The taste is slightly nuttier and caramel-er than the nose, with the citrus toned down a bit and forced into the background, only coming into its own near the back of the tongue. Hmm. The body is light, with a rather light carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nicely drinkable brew, but one that's more akin to a pale ale than any kind of wheat beer.

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Photo of Vdubb86
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler glass

At first pour this beer is a cloudy amber color with a thick white foam head. I immediately wonder why the color is much darker than I would expect. It doesn't really look like a hefeweizen. The smell was of malt...and only malt. I know don't believe that it smells anything like a hefeweizen save I think I wheat. The taste...THIS IS NOT A HEFEWEIZEN. It tastes like a lack luster amber wheat beer, but I would bet lot of money there was no hefeweizen yeast used to make this beer. The roasted wheat malt is the predominate taste perhaps there is some citrus on the back but hard to detect. The carbonation is light on the palate and it's rather drinkable...IF YOU DON'T WANT A HEFEWEIZEN. This is beer is gender confused, and it sure as hell isn't Bi or even Bi-curious.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #2 of the great Aunt review train.

Hazy yellow body, pure white head ( 3/4" ) that dissipates to an acceptable collar. Reminds me of a turbid orange juice from concentrate. Nice yeasty appearance without being bottle conditioned. Minimal carbonation in the vision.

Ridiculously faint body with the only aroma being baking bread laced around wheat notes. I want more than just malty bread, but I can't find anything.

Flavor Profile
Strong malt, minute amount of hops that perk up towards the finish, and the faint tinge of alcohol. I am a bit shocked to be picking up the medicinal flavors in a 5.5%.

Oral Sensations
This beer has a great amount of carbonation. It is almost as if the carbonation is a delicate flavor that enhances the lackluster profile. Watery body and smooth drinking.

I'd definitely have it again. Would I suggest this to a friend who loves hefeweizens? Definitely not. This beer is confused on its style, I would say.

The alcohol makes it quite easy to have a few in an evening.

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Photo of wingman14
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow orange with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is sweet upfront with some banana and yeast aroma, nothing much after that. The taste is not very sweet, which is surprising considering the smell, the flavor is driven more by a stale wheat, with some other small flavor notes. The mouthfeel is light, refreshing flavor, not very deep or complex, but still is enjoyable. The drinkability is ok, couldn't have too many, but a few would be refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour amber with good clarity, and a nice head. Doesn't look like a hefe, more like a nice amber ale. I've been craving a little sumpin' sumpin', but haven't been able to find any of it around. This was sitting in my fridge, so I gave it a whirl. The banana notes are slow to emerge, but eventually it comes out in the taste if not in the nose. A little clove as well on the finish, but primarily some spicy, earthy hops, some grainy malt, and a slightly solvent-like note late. Crisp, and not terrible, but not usually what I'm craving when I want a hefe.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

darker gold color, some presence of material suspended in the beer, but not thick enough to be called "cloudy". Not much for the nose, feint smell of grains and wheat, not really catching the traditional banana and clove. Taste was a little disappointing, (even though i wasn't expecting much from a beer made by costco) I can taste a little bit of hops, a little bit of clove, no banana or citrus present. This has a difficult rough finish that i don't like, somebody else described it as "soapy", it ruins any enjoyment I was getting from this beer. Mouthfeel is fine, a little watery, but I can deal with that. Overall, I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Golden amber with a small head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring leaving lots of lace.

S_Not picking up a whole lot. Banana and clove.

T_Banana ,clove, spice. Not bad but there is a weird aftertaste of stale tobacco smoke.

M_Crisp and overall kind of refreshing.

D_Pretty easy drinking. Can be consumed in mass quantity.

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Photo of Gmann
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden honey color, perhaps a shade or two darker than most hefes/american wheat ales. The head is white and dense which settles into a light cap. The aroma is very faint, especially for the style. There is a faint aroma of grains. The taste has a cereal sweetness with a light fruity flavor and a tea like bitter twang. The wheat malt brings about a smooth feel but none of the wheat flavors are present. There is no real yeast flavors as well which is very disappointing for something that is labeled as a hefeweizen. This is more of a pale ale that uses some wheat. The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, starts off smooth and creamy but finishes a bit astringent. This beer doesn't taste bad but it doesn't fit either the hefeweizen style or the american wheat style. The astringent hoppy bitterness is out of character as well.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Friend of mine told me of the Costco beer, so I handed him a 20 spot and a week later he delivered me a variety case from his local Costco. $20 for a case is a great value, so it would be hard to be disappointed even if my expectations are modest.

A - Golden amber in color. I am surprised that it is a bit deeper in color than I expected. Beer is hazy, but not cloudy. The bottle had no yeast sediment, I am guessing that it is filtered. Head was 1/2" white and fluffy. Slowly receded to cover the surface and laced the glass where it once was.

S - Mild grain sweetness. Hints of wheat. Hops are not noticeable at this point. I am guessing that the finish will be a bit sweet and cloying. We will see.

T - Sweet with hints of caramel malts. Hops are noticeable but restrained. I cannot tell if the hops are American or European, suggesting that they were added nearer the beginning of the boil rather than the end. The finish is not cloying and sweet as I expected, but there is an odd soapy quality to the finish that hits the back of your tongue and throat. No hint of clove or banana esters that I could detect, that is fine for an American interpretation of a Hefe.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Mid gravity(1.051 or so?). Creamy and full.

D - I don't think that this would be refreshing on a hot day. Not too drinkable back to back.

Overall it is a so-so beer. If I had to guess, I don't think that the wheat comprised of 50% of the grain bill. Maybe 30-40%? Not a big fan of the American wheat style. I never know what to expect and the style guidelines are all over the place. I do think that 'Hefeweizen' on the label is a bit misleading. Hefe translates to yeast and weizen suggests wheat, but neither are really perceptible to me. American Wheat would be a more appropriate style since American Wheat doesn't really have any boundaries or expectations.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass with a mere one finger of head. The head quickly fades into a fairly thin, rather spotty cap. Body is surprisingly brown with amber and orange hues. What's really striking about this beer is how much carbonation there is. I know this glass is supposed to enhance carbonation due to the laser etched nucleation sites on the bottom or whatever, but even on the walls of the glass there is a lot of carbonation bubbling up. Even with this, however, there isn't enough to support much head or carbonation. I believe this is filtered too, as there is a slight haze, but not much in the way of particles.

S - Very very weak smell. Slight breadiness and citrus from what I can tell. May even be a noble hop in there or two. Not much else to say here. Doesn't smell like a wheat beer; hardly even a beer for the matter.

T - I liked Kirkland's Pale Ale. Sure it was a little watery, but it had a good taste. This beer, however, has wateriness that I can't get around. What taste is there does taste like a hefe however. Slight clove spiciness, but not much in the way of banana or citrus. No alcohol heat or hop bitterness.

MF - Definitely on the lighter side. It's so light that the carbonation really stands out. It almost hurts how carbonated it is.

D - So weak in the taste and light in the mouthfeel that the drinkability is definitely up there. If you wait for it to flatten out a bit, this could be a good session beer. This might even make a good transition beer for someone just getting into craft beers.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This particular sample case has been contract brewed up in Utica with 400 other recipes. Costco usually just rebrands things(albeit, quality name brands) so I'm wondering if anyone can guess what this stuff is yet.

Best by June 28 2010

Poured into a Carlsberg Pilsener glass. Generic honey amber color. Just a bit milky, so I probably disturbed the sediment some. The yeast falls out pretty quickly though. Thin eggshell white head, but not much of it. There's too much wasted space up top, so I cap the glass off with 4-5 more ounces. :)

Smell is white bread, honey, subtle white pepper, & just a touch of citric acid. Shy, leafy hops. Boring & stale.

Taste has more going for it. Little bit of coriander, little bit of caraway, lots of starchy husks & hulls. Grainy. Grassy hops. No real pungent phenols like banana or clove that I'd associate with Hefes. No aftertaste besides a little glass.

Carbonation is almost right on, but is still a little thin & irritating like a force-carbed draught beer, & doesn't deliver that creamy feel I was expecting.

A bland American Hefeweizen without the hop bite. That is what this is. I drank two without flinching though, so it's not terrible. If CostCo can get stock it for a bit less(I think it was $21/cs), then maybe I'll give it another shot.

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2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hefe glass.

Listening to The Other Ones

A: Fluffy head, with a golden body, good head retention.

S: Not an overly powering aroma, but hints of spice and pine. Good hefe smell.

T: The taste of this brew is more of a pale wheat, than a traditional hefewiezen. Good taste but light on the body. Low on the carbonation, a stark flat taste.

M: Sort of a bland taste which ends with barely any lingering taste.

D: Nothing that stands out on this beer, a nice sample, but would look for another hefe to do the job. But a nice swing from a whole seller.

Notes: Not the best, but not bad. Hard to say that it is a good brew for anything but trying it to see what it is like. No medals here.

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