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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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An authentic German style lager brewed 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-fermenting yeast strain from the Weihenstephan yeast bank from Freising, Germany, and aroma hops from the renowned Hallertau region in Southern Germany. ABV 5.5% Bitterness 22 IBU. 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).


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl - Costco - 12 oz bottle - part of a 24 bottle variety pak for $18.99 - not a bad deal. Medium copper pour with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma has some toffee accents, some tootsie-roll like cheap chocolate and a hint of wort. Flavor has some toffee, a hint of chocolate and some ripening vegetable notes. Mouthfeel is slightly metallic and starchy. Not bad for the price and my fridge is full of beer for a few weeks!

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Thanks to Sam for the fun. Smell is horrible, like a porto-potty. Flavor isn’t much better. Trying to be a typical macro-lager but it even fails at that. Plus, I don’t know what part of Germany they make crappy beers like this in, but remind me not to go there.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Sulphury lager aromas, grains with traces of caramel. Pours golden blonde, crystal clear. Actually not as bad as i thought it would be. There’s really just not a lot of flavor, cereal grains, mild caramel, with little hints of grassy hops.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Gold. White carbonation. Stale grains and a bit of petting zoo on the nose. Flavor adds some biscuity elements. Basic lager. Walking a tigh rope between offensive and not.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. malt and light grass aroma with light mineral notes. Malt and light grass flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. malt, light eatrh, and light caramel lingers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Appearance: Light amber color with a pillowy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma: Light grassy hop notes and some cracker notes on the malt side. Flavor: Nice balance between the grassy hops and bready malt. Slight malt sweetness pairs well against generous hops. Really not bad! Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium, slightly bitter finish. Overall: Not sure why people are bashing this one. It is exactly what you would expect from Costco. Good quality at a very affordable price. I would take this over BMC any day of the week. More importantly, it really isn’t a bad beer compared other craft brews.

2.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours a mid/light copper with a thick, white, attractive head. Aroma is sweet yeast and corriander - very much like a hefe. Moderately thick body. Flavor starts moderately sweet and caramel, but takes an odd turn towards bitterness. Ends bitter, dry, and disappointing.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Clear gold with fizzy head. Light flavor of husk and malt. Some biscuit and up front fruity hops. Tinny metallic mouthfeel and a yeasty finish. Fairly generic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2009
This beer is amber in color with a watery flavor. The taste isn’t that bad, very drinkable. The aroma is like a mild Belgian.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle from the KIRKLAND Costco, thanks scrizz! Pours kinda dark for a PALE lager, somewhat lacy white head. A bit of bread and grass in the aroma. Nutty taste. Nice rounded body, medium carbonation and crisp finish. This beer seems to be a lot closer to a Marzen than a pale lager.


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