Kirkland Signature Belgian White | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by chinchill on 02-24-2011

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61
Reviews:
27
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +21.1%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nicoga3000
1/5  rDev -66.6%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +21.1%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kbutler1
2/5  rDev -33.1%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dgilks
1.91/5  rDev -36.1%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bookseeb
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light copper color leaving thin to nill head and lace. Smell of spice, light corriander, malt and hops. Taste not really following the style of a Belgian, but does have light spice, fruitiness and a faint yeast background. Mouthfeel is medium/light with good carbonation. Overall not a bad beer, it just doesn't squarely follow the style.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 JackieTH
2.21/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of the Kirkland case sampler they've been offering now for some time. I guess if you walk by something often enough you finally bite, that or it was 85 cents a bottle.

The pour is golden with a pancake batter head that fades slowly and leaves some lacing. The smell is rather nondescript. It's not offensive in any way, nor remarkable, watery grain comes to mind. Similarly the taste is..lacking. There is a hint of lemons around the edges, but this is washed away by grain and then a peculiar funk sets in, lingering into the finish, perhaps an effect of the coriander and yeast? Not good.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow into a mug style glass. The inch of head disappeared while I was entering the date/name/brewer into the database, no lacing.

Smells of yeast and oranges.

Taste is slight mix of yeast and oranges, with a hint of hops. Slight bitterness at the end.

Feels pretty good in the mouth, with a nice balance of carbonation, although a little weak.

I'm not sure why it this beer thinks it is a Belgian style anything. Good in hot weather, but not something I would reach past most beers to grab.

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Photo of harrymel
2/5  rDev -33.1%
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 zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +13%
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 tito42
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Best by Nov. 07, 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Thin, white head dissipates into a whisp but does leave some lacing. A very unfiltered brew the color of hay with orange hues.

S: Sweet tangerine, wheat, yeast, and very faint white pepper.

T: A strong, almost artificial tangerine flavor. I pick up more tangerine than orange. Very bready yeast flavor throughout, with a doughy finish. Wheat and a slight touch or coriander. Mostly citrus and dough.

M: Along the lines of Blue Moon, light-bodied with a touch of creaminess and a carbonated finish.

O: A great "value" beer. How often do you find a Blue Moon-type beer at these prices? A more distinct flavor than Blue Moon, but not necessarily in a desirable way.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kirkland's Signature series Belgian Style White Ale, available in a mixed pack at Costco, begins with an aroma that is immediately reminiscent of orange peels and freshly-baked yeasty Italian baguettes, and left me craving hot buttered toast.

On the tongue, the orange peel and coriander notes are front and center, accompanied by the yeasty buttered baguette notes, leaving no doubt that this is a witbier. Good smatterings of wheaty cereals and biscuits ride beneath the citrus notes, and just at the edges of perception, a thin rind of grapefruit hops waves in the wind. But the focus is on the orange peel and coriander, and while these notes can be a little overpowering--as if additives were used to bolster a weaker underlying recipe--they do stay strong throughout the mouthful, and are quite delicious. The aftertaste is more of the same, but does benefit from a slightly stronger presence of hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, and are certainly far better than I was expecting, given the cheapness of the case ($18 for 24 bottles). Again, I do get the feeling that without the orange and coriander, this would be a weak beverage. However, as it is, this beer makes perfect hot summer fare--I speak from experience--and is a great value for what you get.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Weiss Glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger off-white head. Head is gone about a minute after the pour. Leaves no lacing.

S - A bit of Coriander and orange peel on a sweet malt background. A bit musty as well.

T - Sweet upfront with malt and Coriander. The body of the beer is well balanced, but comes of weak and uninteresting despite the Coriander and hint of orange flavors. I think the yeast is coming away tasting musty, which isn't helping this brews cause... Coriander and sweet malt as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, leaves a sweet-orange aftertaste with a hint of bitterness.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. About as expected.

A distinctly average offering here from Kirkland. The lack luster appearance put this brew on the wrong foot from the get go, and may have influenced other areas a bit. Not really bad, just so weak, textbook, and average that I won't be bothering with this beer in the future unless of if it were handed to me for free on a hot day. Plus the macro offering of this style (Shock top, Blue Moon) are better and more readily available in a pinch.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Kirkland Signature Belgian White from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
2.99 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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