Kirkland Signature Hefeweizen
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #747
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
73
Ranked #48,715
Avg:
3.03 | pDev: 15.84%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
78
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Reviews by nickadams2:
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nickadams2 from New York

3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Aug 10, 2010
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aug 20, 2019
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev +3%
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!

Sep 15, 2010
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +40.3%

Oct 22, 2013
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kobeer from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Jul 24, 2012
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Billolick from New York

3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, with best before dating etched onto the bottle. POurs cloudy, medium apricot amber, under a long lasting medium khaki head, that leaves some low lying sheeting and bits and strands of lacing. Light ripe fruit nose. Sort of a bland, fairly flavorless hefe, no bananas, no clove, minimal interest here. Has a slight resiny hop note...this one is just not close to what a good American take on Hefeweizen should be all about..pass this one by

Feb 10, 2010
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Troyone from California

3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For $17.99 a case of mixed craft beers, brewed at Gordon Biersch Brewing in San Jose, I thought this would be worth a try.

Pours a cloudy light apricot color with a thick off white head and lots of action.

Beerish banana aroma and wheat grainy smell.

Full creamy/buttery banana and slight caramel taste with lots of wheat and barley grain flavor.

Light/medium bodied, buttery and slight resinous feel, with lively almost soft carbonation.

Very drinkable not sure if I'm going to like the buttery (maybe hop) taste after a few.

Mar 18, 2009
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afinepilsner from Iowa

3.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 12, 2011
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scruffwhor from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Nov 19, 2010
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wingman14 from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Aug 20, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:
Pours clouded golden amber with a foamy white head that becomes rocky and stays. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of clove and floral notes - some wheat tang - little to no banana.

The taste is malty - caramelish - a light spicy, floral dryness balances it out in the finish. It has some toasted wheat, but little to no banana. I like the taste, though it is more of a better American Wheat than true HW.

It has an effervescent, light, smooth - somewhat creamy - body. Crisp.

A nice "thirst-quencher". More of an American Pale Wheat with a touch of caramel than a hefeweizen. On the label it claims to be an "American version" and it doesn't do bad at all as an American Wheat with a touch of clove. Well-worth the value for a refreshing brew!

Apr 02, 2010
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RJLarse from Washington

3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sampler of Kirkland Signature Beers at Costco, 4 beers 6 bottles of each. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a massive foamy white head. The appearance surprised me. I was expecting more of an American hefe look.

The smell is also surprisingly authentic Bavarian. Soft fruit aromas, like melons and bananas, with a little earthy spice scent.

The taste falls short of the look and smell of this beer. The sweet fruit flavors just aren't as dominant as I would expect. The clove bitterness is over done. It tastes like an American hefe, and makes me want to throw a lemon in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent, with a dry nature in the aftertaste.

Drinkable, but the flavor just isn't what I was expecting after the look and smell. I have to put this in the average category with a lot of other American hefes. I'd have it again, but in and of itself it isn't going to sell me another Kirkland sampler.

Apr 11, 2010
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Aug 16, 2010
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3/5  rDev -1%

Dec 07, 2011
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Gmann from New York

2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Jul 11, 2010
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josiahschlender from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last review of the four Costco mixed-pack! This Hefe pours an orange-yellow with a not-too-big head that leaves no lace. Would have liked to see the head a little bigger and stick around more, but I didn't have a hefeweizen glass, either.

Pleasant sweet malt aromas, yeasty banana and a bit of hoppy spice. Not super intense, but good.

The malt flavors have some of that sweetness, but fill out more in a hearty buttery biscuit profile, just a bit of banana, clove spice, and maybe some noble hops? Surprising amount of grass and bitterness at the end. Feel is slick and creamy, medium body and a pretty long finish.

Not the mind-blowing complexities you can get with a world class hefe, but this is a good beer! More versatile and easy-drinking than most in its category, yet retains some of its roots with the authentic yeast notes. Price and pairing with food are big factors in my drinkability score, which is reflected with this beer.

None of the four beers in the Costco case (I believe contract brewed by Gordon Beirsch) was a "make or break" beer for me. They're all solid in my opinion, none of them becoming my clear favorite. Definitely a solid choice for a variety party pack, if people don't get too stuck on the Kirkland label. Gotta love the price at $18 for 24. One of the best every day values I've come across, which makes this cheapskate smile.

Jan 22, 2010
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PEBKAC from New York

2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Jun 11, 2010
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NickMunford from Wyoming

3/5  rDev -1%

Jan 22, 2012
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olegv40 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very generic but very drinkable Hefe. While most others I've had in the past have had at least mild citrus flavors, I did not detect any on this one. It also felt almost watered down, and definitely could have used a bit more hops. That being said, it is a very drinkable beer, too bad I'm drinking this on Christmas and not during the summer.

Dec 25, 2009
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Bookseeb from Washington

2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy orange with a very thick fluffy head. Smell is big on grain with light spice and bannana. Taste is difinately an American hefe with light notes on bannana, spice and a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light - medium with fair carbonation. It's pretty much what I expected from this hefe, ok but not great.

Oct 21, 2009
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colts9016 from Idaho

2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger light ivory head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with some effervescence.

Nose: A medium wheat aroma with orange, floral, and light pine.

Taste: A medium light wheat flavor with light pine and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is slightly carbonated and slightly bitter. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium light. This hefe has muddled flavors and no crispness to the finish. It is just okay.

Apr 11, 2010
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kornkid8600 from California

3/5  rDev -1%

Dec 08, 2011
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GregBlatz from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jun 27, 2010
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Lawnboy33 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -1%

Nov 15, 2011
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gpogo from California

2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

May 29, 2011
Kirkland Signature Hefeweizen from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 78 ratings