Kirkland Signature Belgian White | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

BA SCORE
2.92/5
61 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chinchill on 02-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,222
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
61
pDev:
19.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking hazy golden color. It had a decent white head on top. The nose was of oranges, some light spice and wheat. The taste of the beer has a pretty good balance of citrus and spice upfront that settled into a clean soft wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall this was a pretty refreshing brew. I could see myself drinking a few more of these.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Best by date: June 2011. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY" and sold by Costco (sole vendor) in a 4/variety mix-case.

Pours a cloudy copper/amber color with a thin light tan head. Most of the head dissolves quickly but thin partial head remain that leaves little lacing.

A - spicy citrus with orange most dominant. Toasted malt and oats.

T - Substantial citrus flavor; so much that I suspect orange juice is involved. Noticable coriander. Subtle malt and grain flavors. Quite sweet -- too much sweetness, I suspect, for many beer drinkers -- but the sweetness wans rather than lingers in the finsih. More sour than bitter: IBU = 10. Pleasant mild aftertaste.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drink - easy to drink; refreshing and thirst-quenching; certainly appealing compared to many beers that do not cost more. Lacking boldness, complexity, hoppiness and other traits most beer aficianodos seek.

At $19 a case, this is a good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which are likely to be far less appealing than others, depending on the particular consumer. Hence, a good case for a party. This beer apparently replaces the Hefeweisen in the variety pack; an upgrade IMO.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +24%
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!

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dgilks
1.91/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. About one finger of head, which dissipated almost immediately. Flat out caramel color. Light lacing on the sides. No retention. Lots of bubbles.

Smelled caramel, toffee and candy sugary sweets. Seemed to be light cocoa notes as well. Also wheat and grass.

Tasted like the toned-down smell. Got the same caramel, toffee and sugary candy notes.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Normal finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Surprisingly a good beer, despite me drinking it not as cold as it could have been. Not what I would call a Belgian White, but it hit the spot.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.27/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with some haze but still somewhat translucent for the style. White cap settles to a light film.

Nose is subtle with some light wheat notes, though wheat seems less abundant than typical. As the beer warms the coriander spice becomes more apparent, yet never truly dominant. Quite light and subtle in the end.

Flavor again is light and without the body expected from the wheat. Offers a lemon/orange flavor as well. Feel is decent but a bit thin in nature, finishing again with light hints of orange and coriander.

Overall a bit clear in color yet dark, lightly spiced and thin in body. Smooth drinking and more like many a Blonde Ale as there is little hint of any Belgian yeast character or a rich wheat contribution.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.04/5  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.

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Photo of lucasj82
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kbutler1
2/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of DCon
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

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Kirkland Signature Belgian White from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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