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RATINGS: 118   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).


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Gold pour with white head. Nose is grainy with some sugary sweetness. Flavor is wheat/wet grain with corn syrup with an off finish flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Flamebuster (24) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
I have only had this once and that may not be enough to truly judge it but it was not a bad beer by any means. Llight body, average carbonation, overall pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
pale lager?...bb 6/18/09 pours crystal clear darker than golden color with a short lived barely off white head. faint smell of grain, lager yeast, fruitiness and noble type hops. not a bunch happening in the flavor department. it is pretty much like the aroma with a clean finish. medium bodied, refreshing, smooth and easy drinking though i’m glad i didn’t pay for it! 5/3/5/3/12/2.8

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
An ok brew. Prefer its malty taste to that of the bigger US brewery lagers. Very weak smell, decent but semi-cloudy appearance. The flavor, at least while cold, is pretty darned good but I feel it could use a bit more carbonation. As with the other Kirkland ales, its a very good deal for the price.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
12oz bottle. Aroma of wet grains and beer. Gold body with decent head. Wet malted grains and mild to medium bittering. Maybe too much of the wet grain malt little sluge factor there and filling brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - APR 9, 2009
12oz Bottle – Costco – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Malt aroma was decent nothing too much.
Appearance: Golden in color, Hazy with a thin head.
Flavor: Wheat malt flavor then it was light after that.
Palate: Dry finish, with a Decent Mouthfeel.
Overall: Nothing over the top just something to wet the whistle.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 oz bottle part of costco sampler.. pours a smokey golden color with a very quicklyi dissipating head.. smells of over roasted hops and a bit on the stale side.. initial hit is that of uneventful malty pine with no indication of flavor.. the full sip is extremely disapointing as a metallic taste creeps in.. reminds me of a macrobrewed poor lager.. not much better than a pabst...seriously.. wont have another one of these.. my palate is left with a bitter, nasty taste...

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark gold with a lasting head. Lightly kinda grainy and buttery aroma. the flavor is really light on the malt with some sweetness and light balancing hops that leave a slight bitter finish. Light bodied. easy to down but not really worth ever getting again, even at eighteen bucks a sixer.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jake65 (2534) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle: This was one depressing brew... I can’t beleive the effort it must have taken to trap the true aroma of skunk lager in a bottle. Smells bad and tasted slightly less bad. I just didn’t find a single thing in this beer to warrant rating it above the minimum. If it had been me that bought this I would have returned it.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Nearly as bad as the amber ale- with all the same problems minus the sweet funk of the caramel sweetness. Almost has a decent pilsen malt character but is ruined my a strong metallic alkaline character.


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