Kirkland Signature German Style Lager | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature German Style LagerKirkland Signature German Style Lager
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Kirkland Signature German Style LagerKirkland Signature German Style Lager

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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Troyone on 03-18-2009

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of JayTime
4.78/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For a lager this is some top stuff. I have no idea what others are talking about when they badmouth it. Thia beer is light but with a light spiceyness to it. Nice light hop taste to it too. Perfect for these spring days. Very drinkable with a medium/light mouthfeel that is very hydrating and refreshing. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. 5.5% ABV, 22 IBUs, Best by Jun 15 2010.

A - Golden yellow with a crystal clear, carbonation-rich body and two-finger, slightly off-white head. Good retention but little lace left in the wake.

S - Surprisingly good nose of pilsner malts, pale malts, and a light straw hint. Subtle hops give the aroma a slightly refreshing, appetizing appeal.

T - Hops become more prominent in the flavor thankfully. A good noble flavor balances very well with the pilsner malts. Crisp and clean.

M - Medium-light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Sharp bite to the dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

D - I don't know why I expected a sub-par beer from Costco knowing it would be brewed by someone (I hope) that knows what they're doing. It's a nice and very drinkable lager that's straight forward with no flaws hidden among bold malts or over hopping.

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Snow81
3.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light amber to orange clear tint

Head: Frosty white head

Smell: Sweet grassiness

Taste: Sweet maltyness with the grass still present and a subtle to no hop note on the palate

Weight: Light body with low carbonation

Finish: Gras with light malt

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kirkland German Lager, 5.5% abv, 22 ibus
Bottle states "pilsner, Munich & dark caramel malts... Weihenstephan Lager yeast, Hallertau hops"

I do not think this style is listed properly on BA. This brew seems more like a lighter Marzen/Ofest to me. I am going to review it as such as I am confident is is listed improperly since it only has 15 reviews to date.

Appearance is copper in color with brillant clarity. 2 Finger head with respectable retention and lacing.
Smells of munich malty aromas, like a nice brew day is in the air, followed by some mild noble hop aroma.
Tastes as it smells, malt dominant with a nice noble hop balance.
Mouthfeell is a light-medium body, high carbonation.
Drinkability is solid. This is the standout of the 4 Kirkland offerings to date IMHO. It tastes like a ligheter version of a Marzen/Ofest brew and I dig it. It's a great price at $18 for a 4 variety case.

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Photo of Bricelyn
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured 2 12 oz bottles hard into a 27 oz Stein (why the heck not!) and this brew has some cumulonimbusly fluffy head about an inch over the top and half an inch into the stein! Its a beautiful amber color that really looks like organic Maple syrup.
Its smell opens up with a lager and moves to a very biscuity note while at the same time it smells very much like a pilsner.
The taste starts off with all that biscuit smoothes into the pilsner and bitterness after you swallow and mellowing into a nice stickyness
The mouth feel was a little on the flat side most likely due to my "Hard pour". Not to sticky not to sweet just right!

Over all a great beer at 2/3 the price of other micro 24 packs! I rated it for the value and quality of the product! Gordon Biersch did a great job on this one.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The recent reviews for this beer make me wonder if quality is deteriorating, or all the brewing has switched to a different contract brewer.

The Pilsner I'm enjoying was contract brewed by "Hopfen Und Maltz Brewing Company" in San Jose, CA. I believe it's an alias for Gordon Biersch, a (underappreciated, in my opinion) brewery in San Jose that makes many of Trader Joe's beers. All four beers in the Costco mixed-pack are solid in my opinion, and the lager is no exception.

I don't drink Pilsners too often, but this one pours a rich golden color with an amber hue. Darker than any macro lager out there. Respectable white cap has moderate lasting power, and retreats to a visible ring for the duration of the drink, leaving no lace.

Grassy Noble hops dominate the nose. Even with a cold pour, they're pretty potent compared to anything in its price range. I like the authenticity of the hop aroma. I also detect some bready, biscuit malts with a hint of sweeness.

Flavor opens up those malts. Quite a bit of biscuit, just a bit of caramel sweetness at the end, competing with moderate bittering. Those noble hops leave a bit of grass at the end that I'm not sure if I like a ton. Body is medium, with a refreshing and smooth finish. A bit of a palate cleanser, living up to its lagering.

A very drinkable beer... much more substance than any macro lager I've tried. Very versatile when pairing with food, and about as cheap as you can find and craft-brewed beer. (I paid $18 for 24-pack case)

The Costco case doesn't have a super clear stand-out in my opinion, but their halfway authentic and versatile German Lager is a great reason to get it if you're looking for a decent pils.

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Photo of Troyone
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber color with a clear apple juice hue and minimal white head.

Caramel malt aroma with the herbal smell of hallertau.

Smooth buttery hop taste of barley grain malt.

Light bodied, buttery and resinous feel, with lively smooth carbonation.

Definite session beer the butter hop taste is not that strong.

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

Photo of washburnkid
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a Kirkland mixed sixer over. The German lager was by far my favorite, and none of them were really that good. So that's saying something ... or maybe it isn't ...

Brew pours a light copper with a nicely fluffed beige head that retains well. Aromas are biscuity malt balanced by spicy, hay-like hoppiness. Very fresh on the nose. Flavors include caramel, biscuit, grass and hay. Spiciness that I can't put a name on. Light and carbed nicely and a little drying. The flavors fall a bit flat but it's easy to drink many of these in one sitting. I'm not sure if I agree with the style classification here but I think that's more the fault of the brewers, whoever they may be...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

354ml bottle, with yeast from the 'Weihensephan' (sic) bank in Freising, Germany, apparently. Part of a 24-bottle, 35 dollar (dirt cheap, around here) mixpack available at Alberta Costco Liquor outlets. Brewed by "Hopfen und Malz Brewing Company, San Jose, CA". So, Gordon Biersch, then.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some nicely consistent bansai tree lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy, biscuity malt, a bit of caramel, some mild drupe fruitiness, and softly bitter earthy, leafy hops. Hmmmm. The taste is semi-sweet doughy malt, a waning biscuit character, some mild nutty caramel notes, and leafy, somewhat musty noble hops.

The carbonation is quite soft and unassuming, the body a decently solid medium weight for the style, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a strong tendency to the dry, as the malt shifts in that direction, and the hops wait with expectant open arms.

A surprisingly enjoyable version of an Oktoberfest, even if the bottle's rather pedestrian labeling offers no such classifying indication. Well rounded in flavour, so much so, that I can foresee actually drinking the copious amount of its remaining friends in that big ol' box.

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Photo of bevenson
3.61/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper and brilliantly clear. Off white head with fine texture. Lace clings to glass.

S - Sweet toasty malt with a hint of graininess. Mild herbal hop aroma. Clean yeast character.

T - Toasty malt flavor with a bit of caramel. Overall malt flavor is a little light. Firm hop bitterness compared to the light malt flavor. Spicy, herbal hop flavor.

M - Light body with medium carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness accentuates the dry finish.

D - First, this isn't a German Pilsner; it's a Vienna Lager. It's not the best vienna I've ever had, but it's an easy drinking beer that is worth the money.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 15, 2010:

Pours copper with a lasting white thin head. Some lines of lacing stick.

The smell is "clean" other than some caramel and a slight, slight scent of a mild noble hop aroma.

The taste is of caramel with a touch of roast/light toast. Light sweetness fades to a spicy, floral dryness (thanks to Hallertau, as listed on the label)in the finish.

It is light-to-medium bodied and smooth.

An easy "session" brew if you are looking for a beer that is light on the palate and the wallet. Well-balanced in a light, but not watery, way - has enough characteristics of a classic Marzen/O-fest to fit in pretty neatly in that style.

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Photo of CmBanaszak
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of trocketsauced
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of VegasHockey
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JackieKu
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the pack my friend gave me. Poured into a stemmed lager glass.

Pours a dark rusty orange, clear, with a small white head on top. Scents of grass, lemon juice-soaked crackers, orange zest. There's ample bubbles rising through this beer, and this gives this beer a nice crisp feel. Light with a touch of dryness on the back end. Easy drinking for sure.

Mild bitterness from the hop presence, semi-sweet citrus add a nice balance. Easy finish with no lingering aftertaste. This beer is what it is - a simple easy drinking lager. I was in the mood for one and it delivered. I could see this pairing well with some burgers or grilled 'dogs.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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