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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9304) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle from Kyoto Cosco. Deep gold to light amber. Fine, medium head. Malty nose, some caramel, a bit of diacetyl, light hop. Sweet and malty, but not overly so, grassy hops complement., with nice bitterness. Actually, it’s pretty decent. Full bodied. Balanced, great for the price.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2012
pretty weak offering, the least enjoyable of this mix pack. Missing the maltiness I was expecting. it will do the job but I expected better.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
mallons72 (206) - livonia, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Nope. This is atrocious. Chew on a piece of tin foil and pour yourself a bud. Same thing. Terrible!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 bottle 12 oz, clear, golden/copper with ample lt beige head. The flavor is rather malty up front with a definite metallic taste followed by a rather pleasant, dry, hop bitterness (with some hop flavor) that lasts into the long finish. Not bad for cheapo beer. I’d probably buy it if I could get it without the other ales in the mixed case.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (1060) - MOROCCO - OCT 7, 2012
Poured a clear golden with a white head. Not a good German beer, but nice solid beer at a great price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet cereal grains and some corn. The flavor is more lightly sweetened grains, spicy hops and some mixed nuts. The palate is smooth, crisp and full and the carbonation is lively. Finishes short and dry. Overall: Not bad for a lager type beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
Single bottle from my brother on 09/09/2012. Colour: A light brown with strong orange hues and minimal head. Nose: Strong grain aroma with a lacing of vanilla. Small fruit punch hint comes out after much swirling. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. A touch cherry sweetness give a nice backdrop to some thick grain. There seems to be a late tangy sour kick that could be hop induced. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from CostCo: Poured a golden honey liquid topped with a soapy layer of head on top. Aroma is mostly malts with a slight hint of grain, hay, and honey. The drink is subtle yet does have a notable taste of malts that make this come across tasting like a marzen style. Probably the most stable beer out of the 4 that came in the variety pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Pours with a clear golden hued body with a small white head that fades. Aromas are grassy, grainy, floral with mild sulfur. Flavors are sweet, grainy and oxidized with mild DMS. Lively bubbles and thin. I think this bottle might have some age on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Vibrant amber, moderate foamy white head, spotty lacing, light carbonation.   Malty nose, slightly grassy, hay and straw.   Minor cardboard.   A little mealy on the tongue, otherwise malty with faint grass notes.   Fairly clean, but also fairly plain.   Decent body, feels fairly thick... certainly not a thin lager.   Sweet on the backside, er well somewhat sweet.   Feels like a heavy Pilsener, certainly more malty and grassy.   Not half bad, better than the other Kirkland Signature brew and I am willing to bet probably better than the Hefe and Pale.

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