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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.61/5   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This refreshing Belgian Style White Ale is brewed with the perfect balance of oats, wheat, and barley malt. Coriander and orange peel are added to create a delicious citrus aroma. Seasoned with hops fresh from Yakima Valley in Washington State, this unfiltered what beer is a classic Belgian Style "witbier". Contract brewed for Costco by the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company under the brewer name Hopfen Und Malz (for the west coast market) and since mid 2009 by Matt Brewing as "New Yorker Brewing Co." (for the east coast market).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2012
I think everyone just wants to talk smack b/c it is a Costco beer. Is it really craft? I don’t know but I will rate it poor just in case. It is pretty good for the style. Witbier really isn’t my taste anymore but all the components are here-sweet citrus, little bit of spiciness, some body from the wheat. Could squeeze some more coriander in there though and get more flavor but I always thought the style in general is that way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
12oz bottle pours nearly clear deep gold to copper with off white head. The aroma offers up modest levels of yeasty Belgian spices and sugary malt sweetened floral hops. The taste is pretty crisp and refreshing with a mild yeasty Belgian spiciness to go along with sugary sweet malts, some floral hops and a sweet apple like esteriness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5684) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Hazy orange coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of fresh malt, wheat, curacao, nutmeg, alcohol and a ton of yeast. Medium-bodied; Grassy and herbal flavours up front with an odd orange sweetness, stronger than just the peel with a hint of earth and spice but a rather smooth and sweet finish. Aftertaste has mostly curacao and real orange juice flavour with a hint of the wheat and yeast at the end. Overall, a deep flavoured, but otherwise flawed beer, but nothing horrible. Drinkable, surely, and with the prices from Costco, not a horrible choice. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle given to me from a twenty-four pack available at Costco in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia sampled at home here on 05-June-2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Golden yellow, hazy with a thin white head. Nice Belgian white ale. Citrus aroma and flavors this finishes dry and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdrinker79 (2033) - Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours cloudy orange with a one finger head that dissipates to a collar, aroma is orange rind, and a little coriander, not bad. The taste is orange rind, mildly bitter, a little tangy. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. I liked this slightly better than the IPA, although this has kind of a sour tangy taste, kind of unappealing, but still not horrible. Halfway through the glass, the beer looks bad, the head has almost disappeared, downgrading from a 3 to a 2, and the taste from a 6 to a 5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
I’m always jealous that some Costco branches have far, far better beer than North Durham’s. But I can’t kvetch too much since my neighbor Jeff delivered the goods gratis and multiple ticks were had. I actually found Kirkland’s wit to be a little more palatable than some others, because instead of laying in the clove and spices super heavily, this one had a dry, bitter, lemony quality to it that went over well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle:   Fireweed honey in color, strong carbonation, large foamy white head, spotty lacing.   Its also a little hazy.   Not very pale for a Witbier.   Soft wheaty nose, subtle citrus and other spices.   Hard to discern because they are so soft.   Very much like an American Wheat on the tongue, spices are subtle.   For an American Wheat its not bad, but as a Witbier, its not too spicy.   It would appeal to someone on an entry level perhaps, but its just not strong enough.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, and smooth.   Semi- sweet wheatiness lingers.   Hard to tell what kind of sweetness as its only lightly spiced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
12oz bottle. Thanks to beastiefan2k for this "bad homebrew".
Appearance : Hazy amber with small head that doesn’t stay around long.
Aroma : Coriander and grain with light yeast. Light peachy fruits. Wheat.
Taste : Wheat with grain. Light coriander and very light hops. Finish wheat and coriander. Light yeast. Weak finish.
Palate : Rather thin and watery. Soft carbonation. Too soft.
Overall : Quite boring. I tried pouring the yeast and got a few chunks... Flavor profile gained a little more depth but it’s still pretty boring. Light notes of banana bread appeared on nose and taste. A bad example of Witbier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Thin, golden brown, light, sweet, wheaty. Unremarkable, but really decent and drinkable. Wouldn’t be ashamed to serve this Costco brand beer at my home.

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