Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by kojevergas
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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
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
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
75 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.