Costco is already selling an Advent calendar full of beer

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Todd, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (128) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    I'm a seasonal creep, I'm a months early weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here.
     
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  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,945) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I've wanted to grab this the last couple years, but my beer store doesn't get it, so I asked my M-in-L to grab it if she sees it at Costco. It just sounds like a fun thing to do around the holidays. (plus this is way better than the chocolate Aldi advent calendars my kids get :stuck_out_tongue:)
     
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  3. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,794) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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  4. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (367) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    All good thanks trying to have a baby nothing wrong though
     
  5. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,721) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Sounds like a pass. Plus, living in Arkansas, I'm a Sam's Club guy. Just marry a woman who will make one for you every year. That's what I did.

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  6. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Meyvn (1,492) Jul 27, 2013 California
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    I got it last year. It was....fine. Lots of “generic” beers....kind of felt like some of the stuff you see in Trader Joe’s that are clearly house labels? Kind of fun to drink some new stuff but I plowed through it in like a week.
     
  7. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,102) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    sounds like you already did the fun part of trying. the next 'fun' part is strollers with coffee cups of beer
     
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  8. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,879) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Sounds like bravado. This should be reported.
     
  9. FNMURRAY

    FNMURRAY Initiate (14) Sep 26, 2019

    I’ve picked two of them up, mainly for the rauchbier. They are all microbrews, and i would recommend this to someone that is interested in tasting lots of different types of beers to see what they prefer. If you haven’t had rauchbier, you haven’t lived yet, it’s bacon in a bottle!
     
  10. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,534) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    How long are you planning on keeping her? :wink:
     
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  11. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,334) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Here's a list with the correct names FYI.

    Egerer Bären Weisse
    Herrnbräu Altbairisch Hell
    Egerer Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer
    Ludwig Erl Erlkönig Hell
    Graminger Kirta
    Ankerbräu Grandl
    Herrnbräu Jubiläums-Sud
    Herrngiersdorf Hallertauer Hopfen-Cuvée
    Hohenthanner Blau Weisse
    Hösl Märzenbier (Rauchmärzen)
    Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel
    Käuzle Helles Lager
    Egerer Kress Bayrisch Zwickel
    Welde Kurpfalz Hell
    Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell
    Loncium Austrian Amber Lager
    Memminger Gold
    Egerer Perlenzauber
    Propeller Turbo Prop
    Schlossbrauerei Rheder Original Pils
    Schnaitl 1842 (Jubiläums-Sud)
    Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu Schwarze Tinte
    Wittmann Urhell
    Zwönitzer Rauchbier
     
  12. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,721) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    It's been 12 years this month. So far no plans to let go. But then, I haven't seen a beer calendar yet this year either.... :rofl::innocent:
     
  13. B0b

    B0b Initiate (15) Mar 19, 2019 Illinois

    Binny's sells mixed six packs for 9.99, so I'd rather grab 24 beers I haven't had from there for $40, and hopefully find some new favorite beers I can buy by the case in the future.
     
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  14. Crapulent-eh

    Crapulent-eh Initiate (31) Mar 27, 2019 Ontario (Canada)

    good grief...
    shall we never be free of this species idiocy?!
    "the (freakin') holiday season"...
    mass delusion and gluttony
    though the disappearance of the sun (yet again) does send a chill up my spine
    perhaps reason enough to indulge in collective psychosis
     
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  15. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,840) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I picked up one at Costco yesterday. When I get home next week, it'll be in the New Breakfast Beer rotation, so that's 24 new beers - not waiting for December. Yeah, some of them will probably be not as good as I'd like but hopefully the bock and rauch samples will be decent. Besides, that's 24 less brews I have to find on my next trip to Germany.
     
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  16. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (712) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    We look forward to your daily reviews.:wink:
     
  17. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Meyvn (1,026) Jul 30, 2014 Missouri
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    Really wishing we had Costco here in Missouri
     
  18. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,228) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Bought this at my local Costco, $60, here are the BA ratings for these beers:

    Egerer Bären Weisse 3.51
    Hernnbräu Altbairisch Hell 3.37
    Egerer Urtyp Hell 3.41
    Ludwig Erl Erlkönig Hell 3.71
    Graminger Kirta 3.49
    Ankerbräu Grandl 3.44
    Herrnbräu Jubiläums-Sud 3.48
    Herrngiersdorf Hallertauer Hopfen-Cuvée 3.86
    Hohenthanner Blau Weisse 3.41
    Hösl Märzenbier (Rauchmärzen) NR (3.44)
    Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel 3.84
    Käuzle Helles Lager 3.52
    Egerer Kress Bayrisch Zwickel 3.6
    Welde Kurpfalz Hell 3.72
    Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell 3.96
    Loncium Austrian Amber Lager 3.54
    Memminger Gold 3.43
    Egerer Perlenzauber 3.41
    Propeller Turbo Prop 3.67
    Schloßbräu Rheder Original Pils 3.50
    Schnaitl Jubiläums-Sud. NR (3.61)
    Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu Schwarze Tinte 3.9
    Wittmann Urhell. 3.44
    Zwönitzer Rauchbier 3.66

    Geographically, its a tour around Bavaria with Munich at the center. Some distribution towards the Czech Republic and Austria. Looking forward to trying these now, I’ve been good Santa. And, if I haven’t been good , then I’ll need to deal with SchwarzPeter Oder ...Der Krampus!!!
     
    #58 WunderLlama, Oct 19, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019
  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,362) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Those are decent numbers for German beers on BA.
     
  20. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,334) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    The Hösl Rauchmärzen is this one:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16050/200913
    https://www.beertasting.club/beer/detail/584ed3cadcd720d123e6e3ab

    And the Schnaitl Jubiläums-Sud is this one:

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4115/374663
    https://www.beertasting.club/beer/detail/5aa679bc0960b12c6a4be12d

    The labeling is a bit confusing, but these are the correct beers. I took the liberty of editing the ratings into your post.

    I don't believe the Hösl (Rauch)märzen(bier) is actually a Rauchbier, by the way. It appears to be mislabeled in the advent calendar. According to the reviews on the other site I linked, it's a Märzen brewed with whiskey malt.
     
  21. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,899) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I've always been leery of my family trying to buy me craft beer since none of them drink beer, but a couple of years ago my daughter went to a craft-beer store and told the guy that I liked "That beer with the baby on it". He helped her pick a decent mixed-six of craft stouts.
     
  22. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,483) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Picked mine up earlier this month, can't wait to dig into it!!! (Everett, MA Costco)
     
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  23. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,228) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Danke!
     
  24. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,520) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I did as well - I'm looking forward to it.
     
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  25. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,359) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It would be nice to get your feedback about the box overall. Last year, one poster mentioned that all the beers were contract brewed at the same brewery, but I don't know if that was accurate.
     
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  26. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,483) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    I should be able to do a review for each one, I was planning on doing social media for all of it. I'll report back on Dec 1st.
     
  27. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,840) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I'll start reviewing each one in another week or so, but I noticed that several have the same out date.
     
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  28. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,228) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell

    4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

    Highest rated BA beer in the Costco Beer Advent 2019 calendar beer pack

    “ honored as one of the world’s best weizenbock beers”

    16 oz can poured into a tulip

    Translucent amber, streams of micro carbonation, two finger creamy white foam cap, good retention, settles to a solid creamy layer, good lacings

    Abundant clove and Banana aromas on the pour, bubblegum

    Taste is banana , clove , hint of bubblegum

    Smooth, semi creamy mouthfeel, low sudsing, sweet finish, abv well hidden. The can states an abv of 7.4%

    Good beer
     
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  29. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,228) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Different breweries primarily around Bavaria
     
  30. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,520) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I will definitely be reviewing the beers as I drink them - won't be exactly on schedule as I have a little travel planned during the normal time of an advent calendar but you should see almost daily reviews.
     
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  31. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,989) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I picked this pack up as well and have already sorted the beers by style. I've reviewed the three Marzens and they were ok to good. I'll work through the oddballs (style wise) over the next week or so and then review the 7 Helles beers daily over a week.

    It would appear from packaging (identical expiration date, style, font on bottom of all cans) and the fact that every single can has a scannable Q-code that links to tasting notes that all of these beers were packaged in one facility. If you visit the brewery websites, they don't show their products in 500mL cans.
     
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  32. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (50) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    I bought this advent pack and only had 3 beers so far. What I will say is most of these beers are the standard beers you will find in grocery stores in Germany like Aldi, Lidl and Edeka.
    Most of the beers are contracted to be sold in the stores in random stores and are always standard German beers.
    They arent meant to be craft anything since the whole craft beer thing in Germany is still in its infancy.
    As for the metallic taste, well welcome to true German beers.
     
  33. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (142) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    i like the idea but I don't get it, are you suppose to store the whole box in your fridge, or drink the cans warm?
     
  34. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,520) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    It suggests opening the door, removing the beer, placing the beer in the fridge, and drinking it in a couple of hours. I plan to open the door + place in fridge in the morning and enjoy beer after dinner.
     
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  35. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,228) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Hallertauer hopfen cuvée from schloss brauerie herrngiersdorf

    3.09/5 rDev -19.1%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

    Part of the Costco advent calendar 2019 assortment

    16 oz can poured into a teku

    “This unique beer specialty combines the four best aroma hops from the Hallertauer region in Bavaria”

    Translucent yellow liquid, active carbonation streams, rocky whiter one finger foam cap

    Aroma is malts, grains, faint grassiness

    Taste is malts, herbal, flower, metallic, tinny

    Light mouthfeel , low sudsing, slight bitterness lingers, metallic taste is prominent

    Not a beer of choice for me
     
  36. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,840) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    First one out of the reefer:



    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 10/28/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
    Appearance – 3.5.
    First pour – Light orange, hazy.
    Body – Orangish-brown, opaque. Neither precipitate nor floaters. Otherwise looks like cider, down to the effervescence.
    Head – Large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, bordering on fizzy, rapidly diminishing to neither crown nor cap, leaving a small island of tiny bubbles in the center and several short effervescence-driven fragments of crown.
    Lacing – None
    Aroma – 3 – Very weak fruity malt.
    Flavor – 3 – Begins with very weak fruity malt. No alcohol (5.4 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends with a slight metallic twang.
    Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
    First impression and summation: 3. Passable unremarkable zwickelbier.
    Rating 3.03, rDev 0% (First Review).
     
  37. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,989) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Our reviews and score are similar. I found an existing listing for that beer. I think it's correct. This pack has been a real challenge to find on BA and usually involves several combinations of beer and brewery names to succeed. Try this brewery.
    Privatbrauerei und Mineralbrunnenbetrieb H. Egerer

     
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  38. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,334) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    The list I posted earlier should make all of these rather easy to find, as I compiled it using the BA database. I also made some corrections to the list I quoted here just now to make some of these beers easier to find. If there's still anything wrong with it, please let me know.
     
  39. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,945) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Added benefits to you being a mod no doubt! Thanks! I’ll be referring to your list.
     
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  40. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (262) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I was appalled at how early this came out. Now I've totally convinced myself I need 1 and am going to go grab 1 tomorrow. I'm planning on actually using it as an advent calendar, but in about 3 weeks, I'm going to convince myself that I should kill it off before Thanksgiving to see if it's good enough to get another 1. Because I'm that kind of stupid.
     
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