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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.79%


Brewed by:
Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid) visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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archyquaffer

Montana

2.31/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into an eight ounce sampler. An aggressive pour produces a wispy, bubbly head that goes away as soon as you turn your head for an instant. Absolutely no lacing apparent after 2-3 minutes. There's ample carbonation, however. This is about the haziest beer I've ever drank, with an orangy-blonde color. Altogether, the lack of head makes it seem flat despite the carbonation.

There's some distinct citrus aromas, including both lemon and orange, which don't quite make it into the flavor. Also, a very distinct adjuncty smell and taste, but I suppose that could be the wheat. Vague bitterness and maybe just a bit of citrus rind in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slick and totally lacks tingle.

I'm not very impressed with this, and won't be getting it again. Unfortunately, I bought a whole six pack of this stuff, to go along with another, even worse wheat beer (Blue Moon) that I have to somehow choke down (and review?). This stuff is barely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:59:21 | More by archyquaffer
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groverj3

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm always on the lookout for a good wheat beer. German Hefeweizen are my favorite, but it would be nice if I could find a good craft interpretation of the style. It's less of a money issue, as it is a personal interest. The imported stuff isn't too much different in price vs a craft beer. American craft brewers have cracked the code of making great beers in almost every style these days, but it seems they're having issues with the hefeweizen. It's a complicated style, but I have to figure that if Franzisker, Paulaner, and others can make them on a huge scale in Germany it should be possible to make one on a craft scale, right?

Unfortunately, I'm still looking. The Pyramid Hefe was decent, and perhaps it would taste better on tap. It was still missing the attractive smell of a Paulaner and had a bit more hop presence. This was not bad at all, but had a bit of an aftertaste that isn't typical of the style. If I found this on tap at a bar I would most definitely try it again in that situation, but all signs point to an unspectacular, but decent, attempt at the Hefeweizen style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:04:21 | More by groverj3
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Jdbateman83

California

3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An excellent hefeweizen, not quite to the level of Weihenstephaner, but pretty good and defiantly better then Blue Moon. Has a mass produced slight chemically/aluminum taste to it. Lots of wheat, malt, and citrus. Great price option to since it isn't and import. If you like hefs, I would definitely give this one a try. Easily found also.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 04:39:23 | More by Jdbateman83
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spoony

Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into a pokal glass.

A-For a hefeweizen, the brew is not terribly attractive or inviting. It is medium to dark gold in color with only a wisp of short-lived white head. There are a few stray bubbles of carbonation visible is the nearly-clear liquid.

S-The smell provides a pils-like dose of biscuity malt that is quite dry for the style and crackery. There is some spicy orange and a bit of lemon, but none of that banana or wheat goodness that you would expect.

T-The taste is also quite dry and sharp for the style. There is a bit of doughy wheat and the same spiced orange that is present on the nose, but it lacks the sweetness and softness that I would typically associate with the style.

M-The feel is light with prickly carbonation and a crisp, dry feel. It is quaffable, but not true to style.

O-After my recent hefe kick, which included mostly German varieties, this beer is a disappointment. It lacks the beauty that a hefe is supposed to provide, the smell and taste are more pils than hefe, and the whole packages makes me feel like I should have an orange stuck on my glass to give this beer some life. It is a shame, too, because I used to enjoy Pyramid beers in college and this was my first re-visit in a long while. Oh well....

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:36:10 | More by spoony
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy orange yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer....quite a lot of big carbonation bubbles... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice spicy fruitiness (apples, pears, light orange), salty notes, some yeastiness, light coriander just coming through, grassy, hay, light vanilla notes, some soapiness...

Taste - Some light lemon and spicy apple fruitiness, decent wheatiness, floral, barely any malts, light creamy vanilla sweetness, faint coriander...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... Light / medium body. Fairly drinkable and refreshing - would be good on a hot summer day...

Overall - A decent enough witbier... Nothing groundbreaking but well worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 08:11:24 | More by mdagnew
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is mostly of citrus and wheat as expected. The flavor is pretty decent with a bold coriander taste and thick wheat after taste. It leaves a lingering raw orange after taste as well. Sure does make for a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:42:46 | More by Lemke10
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden body with a slight haze to it. Not the unfiltered look you would expect from a traditional hefeweizen. Thin white head that disappears quickly and leaves a few scarce bubbles.

S- Aromas of sweet cereal and some unripe apricot. Just a hint of wheat aroma, but not in the forefront.

T- A little more wheat flavor comes through than the aroma would indicate, but still getting a lot of sweet flavors including the unripe slightly sour apricot.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium feel, but not the unfiltered chewy feel a traditional hefeweizen usually has.

O- Not impressed by this one at all. Seems very off for the style and tastes closer to a fruit beer than a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:22:00 | More by stephenjmoore
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kojevergas

Texas

2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Acquired as part of Pyramid's spring seasonal pack at a Vons grocery store in Los Feliz. 5.2% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label and branded standard yellow pressure cap served into a conicla Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Enjoy by: 06/08/13. (MM/DD/YY).

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2 finger beige colour head of okay cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is a murky hazy dull orange. Pretty pathetic looking for a hefeweizen; this style demands a vibrant, fresh, appealing as hell appearance. This is weak. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light pathetic lacing.

Sm: Clove and rotting orange. Inexplicable brown sugar. No yeast is really detectable, nor is any alcohol. Not the fresh orange-and-yeast aroma you want from a good hefeweizen. Downright wrong for the style, actually. A mild strength aroma. Not inviting.

T/Mf: Weak banana and clove notes. A bland wheat body. Not at all crisp and clean like the style demands. Doesn't come off fresh or refreshing. Smooth and wet, but not quenching. I barely get any orange notes at all - and even then they're artificial rather than juicy and citrusy. Simple yet poorly balanced. There's some sort of brown and/or unrefined sugars here too; they really disrupt the build. No yeast character comes through. No alcohol is noticeable. Carbonation is merely adequate. Poor body. Poor presence on the palate. This has severe issues.

Dr: Pyramid is out of their league with this one; a good hefeweizen requires a mastery of subtlety and careful attention to nuance. This is quite subpar, and hugely disappointing. The price is okay for the lack of quality, but I wouldn't get this again. A failure at the style. Hides its ABV well, and it'll get you drunk, but beyond that I have little good to say about it. Below average. Bland and boring. Uninspired. Misses the mark.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by kojevergas
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Stranger5582

New York

2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The taste of this Hefeweizen is more like a filtered American Ale (Bud) than an unfiltered Germanic Ale. The aftertaste is actually not bad, but also not great, and doesn't stand out too much. When it's in the mouth, it's not terrible, but it leaves a dry sensation after the fact; almost clammy.

A bit stronger flavor may have fixed both of these issues for me. Although, I don't remember disliking it this much, so it may have been the bottling process as well. The first time I had it, it was tapped from a keg and had slight hints of fruit. I didn't taste anything close this time around. Although, I will say I remember the aftertaste and the after in-mouth feel to be very close to my past experience with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:12:29 | More by Stranger5582
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BoFoSho

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, here's what you got to do. Grab some buddies on a mid-Winter's rainy day, play some tackle mud football, then run back home for some chilled Pyramid Hefeweizens. This classic has minimal foam with a stunning nectarine color. You won't need an orange slice with this bad boy, as the citrus scents fill the air. The unfiltered wheat beer hits your muddy lips with the utmost refreshment, flowing down your throat like glacial melt. The whole team is now satisfied and looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 06:44:09 | More by BoFoSho
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mjurney

Texas

2.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Golden to burnt orange color, cloudy. Good amount of bubble rising up to the top. Small off-white head that dissipate really quick.

Aroma:
Sweet bread, yeasty, a little citrusy.

Taste:
Mostly bready throughout the taste, doughy, raw malts. There's faint citrus and tartness. Finish is very chalky. Body is light-medium, dry aftertaste that lingers, carbonation is almost flat.

Verdict:
Not much going on with this Hefeweizen, very bland and boring. Some what drinkable. It's average.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:59:56 | More by mjurney
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turnerk3

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky golden color with about 1/4 inch clean white head. Unfortunately, the head dissipates exceptionally fast leaving just a cloudy beer with no sun in sight.

S: Not quite what one would expect from a wheat ale. The malt comes through, but it's a struggle to find the banana-clove aroma associated with most wheat beers.

T: Surprisingly the taste is noticeably better than perceived from the smell. The flavor still doesn't have a noticeable banana or clove taste, but the carbonation helps to deliver a pleasant effect.

M: As stated previously, this is nicely carbonated helping to give a nice smooth feel.

O: This brew isn't one I would look for, but if it's offered it isn't a bad beer to try. After all, it's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:32:33 | More by turnerk3
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI

A - Hazy golden-orange fluffy 3 finger head with heavy retention. Nice thick lacing. Looks nice.

S- Soapy, corny, slightly malty and citrusy. Uninviting.

T- Unfortunately it follows the nose, minus the soapy part. Taste is lacking. Some spice and wheat notes, but they're very faint.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium body.

Overall, I was unimpressed by this brew. It looked nice, but quickly turned disappointed with the first smell. Not really a hefeweizen in my opinion. Not worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 21:17:04 | More by gcamparone
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rdacey

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: wheat, slight pils malt, no esters or diacetyl, but is lacking of the phenolic profile expected of the style

Appearance: Hazy, golden color; thin white head dissipates almost immediately

Flavor: slight spicyness from the wheat, but it is lacking of the phenols (clove/banana) that are characteristic of the style, no hop flavor, yeast provides a slight tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, medium to low carbonation

Overall: Drinkable, but lacking of the phenolic characteristic represented by the style

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:22:21 | More by rdacey
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown bomber into wetted pint glass served cold.

A: hazy pale color with what is easily the most pathetic excuse for head ever to be on a beer. Fizzed out soda like bubblea with absolutly no retention at all. Looks sub par.

S: pale ale plain and simple, and not even a good one. Slightly fruity though and a hint of wheat muskyness.

T: yeasty more than anything. slightly sweet pale malt. A little astringent. Not much hop presence, a bit on the finish but not bitter.

M: medium feel, smooth, and a little carbonation. The best part is the mouthfeel.

O: a pretty sad brew, not something I would get again but I don't hate it I guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:53:46 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark gold color. Off-white head.head is slight but it hangs around throughout.

S-Not appealing. Has a bit of a skunky quality. Wheaty And grainy but there isa coppery aroma as well. Just not good.

T-More of the same. Metallic twang. Bits of spice and banana. Bitter to a certain extent. A crude Hefe. Harsh and the flavors combat one another.

M-Lighter bodied. Not very crisp. Muddled. Didn't even finish the glass.

O/D-Hated it. Just not a fan of this beer. I don't really like to bash brews but this one really left me a bit annoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 05:47:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy medium gold with a fizzy white head that does not last. A little spotty lacing.

Sweet grain and some wheat notes. Quite lean here.

Not a hefe. Pure American pale wheat. Light malt, some bread sweetness, mild bitterness on the back. Going to drop a lemon in this after I review - it needs it.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Not bad, but nothing you'd reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 19:22:37 | More by OtherShoe2
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a hazy golden color with a brief off white head. I've had it on tap several times, and the keg version seems to have more suspended yeast.

S - I get some yeast and wheat. Not a lot going on in this area.

T - It is pretty bland. Nothing offensive, yet nothing that stands out.

M - Moderate

O - It looks a lot cooler on tap. It is an average beer all around. In bottles I think it is less than average.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:05:05 | More by buschbeer
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julian89

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: A pale hazy orange yellow. Opaque. Head of about an inch with no lacing, poor retention.

Smell: Light wheat, herb, and small amount of spice. Light malt as well. Smells like fresh bread.

Taste: A typical hefe but not as surprising. Ligh hops taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent hefe. I like it and I have high standards for beer.

I think it's evident that the higher standards I hold for a beer and the wow factor it gives me directly correlate to the length of my rating.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:11:16 | More by julian89
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy orange glow with a big white fluffy head. Tart lemon on the nose, a bit of musty basement some underlying clove, a touch of coriander and tropical fruit.

Slightly low in carbonation but heft body that thins out a little on the finish. Sweet tropical fruits up front flow into a flavor that connects with these fruit and gives a slightly marmalade flavor. Breadfruit and a bit of nuttiness on the back end of the tongue. Slightly spicy finish but cuts the other flavors with just a lingering soft tannin quality.

A really complex and well layered hefeweizen. Pretty unique and interesting. An american twist on this classic style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:11:31 | More by jtierney89
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Carlton1964

New York

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy mellow yellow. Nothing real inviting looking.
Not much head....about 3/4 inch, and it did not last all that long.

Tastea was very pleasent though....creamy feel with nice fruit hints. Mouth feel was equally as nice with no aftertaste. After reading the reviews...I trple checked to make sure we were talking about the same brew.

Maybe I got a "good batch". Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 00:06:10 | More by Carlton1964
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rob119

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tastes like a corona...
Waste of money but hey, live and learn. Im just upset it was sitting RIGHT NEXT to sierra nevadas hefe and I chose the pyramid.

Appearance is nice, pretty dark and somewhat opaque. But it just tastes like a smooth somewhat fruity cheap lager. Aftertaste resembles a bud light. A little watery and flat. The lemon and good malt balance are reassuring though. No lacing.

I threw a lime in it and plan on enjoyin em on my back porch.

Would not buy again, but its so nice out I dont even care.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:52:03 | More by rob119
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PacNWDad

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an ale glass.

A: Blonde color with a bit of amberness. Decent head with very little Brussel lace up the side of the glass. Bubbles die down quickly.

S: Not much of an aroma. A tad smokey. Some fruitiness like green apple and pear.

T: Roasted malt and wheat. Some smoke and grain alcohol. A bit of sourness on the finish.

M: A refreshing and drinkable beer. Well-carbonated.

O: A decent hefeweissen. I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 05:53:42 | More by PacNWDad
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid Hefeweizen has a dull gold body that is a touch hazy, but doesn't quite have the full-on cloudy appearance that I would expect from a hefeweizen.

The aroma is a little bit muted, but the fruit presence is definitely the strongest component.

There is a whole lot of sweetness here, with a slightly cloying fruit characteristic to go along with it. The fruit flavor is somewhere between banana, bubble gum, and sweat. There may even be a hint of sourness hanging out around the edges.

This one has a very light, insubstantial body.

I now notice that this one is classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale instead of a hefeweizen, which makes the appearance and mouthfeel a little more appropriate, but it doesn't do anything to make Pyramid “Hefeweizen” a better beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:19:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Milk Bar in San Francisco.

Pours a hazy light orange colour, with a fine but filmy head of white. After a while, the head stops forming, leaving only a thin filmy gauze. No lacing, very light body. Looks rather generic.

Very minor nose, without a lot going on anywhere. Slightly buttery with a hint of banana esters and a slight carbonic acidity. A bit crisper than your usual hef, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

Smooth palate, but very light on flavour. Buttery characters again with a hint of sweetness and a grainy corn character coming in late. Finish gives off a slight lemony acidity. Very light for a hef, and not that impressive.

It's decent enough for what it is—a faux-craft readily available alternative to the big name American brews. But it's not a great Hef, and not huge overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 04:47:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
75 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.