Review: German Style Lager, Kirkland Signature (Costco)

German Style Lager
Kirkland Signature (Costco) — San Jose, CA

  • Style: German Style Lager
  • Bitterness:  22 IBU
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • OG:  Not provided
  • Malts:  Pilsner, dark roasted Munich, and dark Caramel.
  • Hops:  Hallertau
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: “An authentic German style lager with pilsner, dark-roasted Munich, and dark caramel malts.  The result is a deep, golden-colored beer with smooth body.  The best ingredients create the best beer.  We use a bottom-feeding yeast strain from the Weihenstephan yeast bank from Freising, Germany and aroma hops from the renowned Hallertau region in Southern Germany."  — Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Random thoughts:   This is my 4th review of Costco's line of Signature Handcrafted beers.   Costco declined my request to provide more information.  So far, I have been underwhelmed by this mixed case of beer.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly.  It left some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of toasted malts and yeast.  Flavor of bread-like and light caramel malts.  Not a lot of hops in flavor or aroma.  It’s light bodied, highly carbonated, and has a crisp mouth feel along with a bit of sweetness in the finish.  
Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.   I think the German Style Lager and the Amber are better than the Pale and the Hefeweizen.  But none are remarkable.  At the end of the day, if you want this beer, you'd need to buy all four as part of the mixed case.

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  1. "Signature handcrafted" private label beers are not an interesting thing to review. I mean, come on.

  2. I agree, not as exciting as anything from Dogfish. I just wanted to give them a try. Who knows, they could have been great. I'll probably try more private label beers in the future. I'd drink an "un-interesting" but great beer any day.

  3. Hey, I appreciate the review! Thanks.


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