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

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Kirkland Signature German Style LagerKirkland Signature German Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Troyone on 03-18-2009

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Ranking:
#44,168
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
127
pDev:
18.03%
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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 Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium amber color with a two finger white head. The head has great retention slowly fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall but is heaviest of malt and a caramel sweetness. Mixed with these are a faint whiff of a earthiness as well.

Taste – The taste starts out with flavors of a malty and bready base with some light caramel flavors. As it advances further there are flavors of a fruity nature come to the tongue. The sweeter fruit flavors however start to fade more toward the middle to the end of the taste with a light bitterness form a mix of citrus hop flavors coming to the tongue. With all the flavor combined, in the end a moderately sweet caramel and lightly hopped bready flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average to above average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. The combo of the two is nice for the flavors of the brew and create a rather nice easy drinking brew.

Overall – For the price you pay for this one it is one good brew. There were no detectable off flavors with nice smooth transition. Not too shabby.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired as part of a variety pack at Costco; it was $19 for the 24 pack. Expectations are below average; I've had the other three and they've hovered between bad and average. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz bown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Zero lacing. Neither vibrant nor dull. A typical appearance for a festbier.

Sm: Sweet malts, pale malts. Minimal floral hopping. Barley. Clean. Slight hints of sweet cidre. An average strength aroma. Comparable to festbiers I had at Bergkirchweih.

T: Clean full barley, a sweet malt climax, and a clean smooth finish. Light hop nectar and minimal floral hopping. No yeast character whatsoever. A bit too sweet and artificially so at that. Simple. The finish is strangely perfumey and bad. No alcohol comes through. Tastes like a homebrew extract beer. Imbalanced. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet. Average thickness. A bit overcarbonated. Thrown together.

Dr: A mediocre festbier, and not one I'd seek out again - but probably worth the low pricetag. Better than most macrobrew lagers. An underwhelming offering from Costco. Drinkable but pedestrian.

C-

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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2/5  rDev -34.4%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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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2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass and sipped in the sunlight, it had a clear, light-copper color. Not a whole lot of aroma; some light toasty notes.

It starts light and finishes crisp/clean, without a lot of commotion in between. It is similar in that sense to a Dos Equis Amber, maybe. A bit more malt flavor with some light toast, a bit more of a dry sense to the quaff.

Not bad to use for refreshment in the warm sun.

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Kirkland Signature German Style Lager from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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