Review: Hefeweizen, Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Kirkland Signature (Costco) — San Jose, CA

  • Style:  Hefeweizen
  • Bitterness:  26 IBU
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • OG:  Not provided
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: “Here's your German lesson for the day--Hefeweizen translates to mean 'wheat' and 'yeast, and our beer takes that to heart.  Combining a high percentage of malted wheat and a proprietary yeast strain, we have produced a American version of the classic German specialty.  A ligh level of effervescence and a low level of bitterness make this beer truly refreshing."  — Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Random thoughts:   This is my 2nd review of Costco's Kirkland Signature Handcrafted beers.   Costco declined my request to provide more information.  I wasn't too crazy about their Pale Ale, and I hope this one is better.  

The tasting:  Pours a golden straw color with two fingers of white head, which is long lasting and leaves some lacing.  Appearance is slightly hazy, less than I expected for the style.  As advertised, it's highly carbonated as I see lots of effervescence.  Aroma is mainly yeast.  Flavor is that of cereal-like malts, with no hop bitterness.  Body is light.  Mouth feel is carbonated fizz—too much for my preference.  

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkablebut not sure I really want to.   Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen is better than their Pale Ale, but, I'd still pass on it.  The flavor is lacking—no fruit, no citrus, no clove.  Just carbonation, and loads of it.  Overall, a very bland and forgettable beer.

Have you tried Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen?  What did you think of it?

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