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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   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).


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Aroma is a little skunky grassy with some sweetness and grainy/bready malts. Pours a darker golden color with a thin head. The flavor is lightly sweet and grassy with an unobtrusive crisp finish. Boring, but not the worst thing I have ever had either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bought at the Kirkland Costco. Clear light copper, small spongy white head. Lightly sweetened grape-nut aroma. Lightly sweet, simple, sweet finish. Very smooth, lacks the yeast character I find offensive in other pale lagers. I enjoyed this beer, though it may not be in line with the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Hmm, seems like a cross between a Maibock and a lite lager. I loved it, unlike most raters and beer snobs. We just love to crack on mass retailers and macro brews. It had a delicious malt aroma and flavor, not overpoweringly bitter or sweet, just balanced. I could drink this ALL DAY and be quite drunk and happy. Certainly better than most other "Pale Lagers." But that’s my opinion, what’s yours?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Pepper grass nose with some slight nectarine biscuits. Deep amber/gold color, thick frothy head. Slight citrus jam cracker sweetness, restrained bitterness for balance. Good carbonation, medium body, crisp, but lengthy spicy hop finish. Easy to drink, some nice features, and finish really stands out. A simple beer with some sophistication.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kyzr (1153) - 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.


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