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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid) visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 292
Photo of KazikliBey
4.34/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A little surprised at the mediocre rating this one has received over-all. It's taste is very good and it's extremely drinkable especially on hot summer days when one is looking for a refreshing brew. It's for that time I rate the mouthfeel, since what is quality in that area for myself is seasonal to some degree. (314 characters)

Photo of Mikeinblack
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel that this is a spectacular rendition of the True American Hefeweisen. It has a fantastic nose, great drinkability, and very consistent quality. This is surprising to me, as the creativity and quality of the rest of Pyramid's line-up is quite poor in my opinion. (268 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of smerkinb
4.26/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with Hefe Weizen--and boy was I impressed. This poured cloudy orange with a 2 inch head that hung around for about half the glass with some lacing. The smell was clean, crisp and a little spicy. The taste was a little spicy at first with moderate carbonation, but finished off clean. As soon as I put the glass down the first time I immediately wanted another taste. I almost couldn't believe my taste buds and I have thought about little else but when I can get some more since I finished. This was perfect for the 100F day, very refreshing and quenching. It will definitely become a staple through the summer while the rest of my sixers will rotate other new brews. To me, this one is a keeper. (725 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one is murky and carrot-juice orange after I added the bottom dwelling yeast. The head, although no midget, is smallish for a hefe. Big ol' sheets of lace fall gracefully back into the brew, leaving some wet and glistening lace behind. Head retention is really good too.

S - Yeasty bread, lemon tarts, and what reminds me of a lemon-chiffon Yankee candle...sorry, we've been going through our wedding gifts and I've smelled a lot of candles today. A hint of pepper and bubblegum are there, just enough to nail the style on the head.

T - Sweet, gummy, yeasty, and bready. This tastes very fresh and bakery born. Some almost Belgian pepper and spice is there, along with a really bubblegummy finish.

M - Medium bodied, fresh, slick, and sweet. The adequate carbonation keeps it from getting to slimy or heavy, and the finish is neutral with pepper and bubblegum flavors.

D - I'm really pretty impressed with this one. I prefer my hefes to lean to the bubblegum and yeasty dough side of the spectrum (as opposed to the lemony, twangy, and peppery side), and this one certainly does just that. A damn fine hefe indeed. (1,127 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be one of the easiest beers available to pound back one after another.

A- Hazy translucent light-wheat color with a decent head.

S- Smells like sweet wheat

T- Tastes like sweet wheat, with hops coming out in the end for a grand finale

M- Unfiltered, yet light excellence

D- Gimme another please (315 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A great cloudy hay/orange color poured with a nice head and good retention. Lacing was great throughout the tasting

S- Smelled like cloves and some hint of lemon. Very nice and inviting on the warm spring day I enjoyed it on.

T-tasted great, a lot better than I remember as I haven't had one in a while. sweet and balanced by the yeasty citrus and clove flavors as well as a tiny bit of hops.

M- a light to medium bodied and goes down easy. Pretty typical for a Hef.

D- this beer is a new summer favorite as I never remember it tasting this good, living in seattle now close to one of their breweries definitely lets me wonder how old some of Pyramid Hefs I have had from them in the past.

I am kind curious why so many people gave it such mediocre reviews, maybe it is much better on draft then bottle? or needs to be drank super fresh? (845 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen--1997-8 12 oz. & 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Northwest Hefeweizen--Nice fruity orange color. Good body with restrained fruitiness.

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen 1999 Light Bright Blue 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Cloudy bright orange golden color. Medium rich floral body with my kind of hefe fruit flavor. Tight pellicle adds richness to body. Nice lingering fruit finish. Sampled 3/4/1999.

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen Ale 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich golden color hazes to bright amber orange juice. Malty wheat spice floral front. Mildly yeasty malty wheat body. Creamy light citrus fruit spice yeast end. Sampled too warm. Yeasty laced head. NW Style. Sampled 1/3/2002.

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen Ale (Block Logo) 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Very cloudy lemon orange color. Floral mild wheat malty slightly hoppy front. Bavarian hints. Rich malty texture. Wheat spice flavor with light citrus notes. Refreshing malty mild citrus end. NW meaty Hefe. Sampled 4/4/2002.
Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Pyramid Hefeweizen 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Big lacy head. Hazy amber orange color. Mild floral wheat spice hop front. Malty creamy smooth mild fruit ester caramel citrus NW wheat body. Clean mild tart wheat hop end. Mellow tasty Hefe. Sampled 5/22/2004.

Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Hefeweizen Ale--Judged The Best!--The Great American Beer Festival 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0 ) Lacy head. Cloudy white bright lemon orange color. Mellow wheat spice hop front. Creamy smooth malty refreshing banana wheat mild yeast ester body. Clean tasty mild citrus end. Malty and Hoppy NW Hefe. Nice. Sampled 6/23/2005.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Pyramid Hefeweizen Ale 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lace head. Cloudy lemon gold color. Mellow Bavarian wheat spice hop front. Refreshing NW malty cloying sediment rich wheat mild banana citrus ester body. Clean mild coriander citrus hop end. Sampled 4/9/2006.

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Pyramid Hefeweizen American-Style Unfiltered Wheat Ale--Refreshingly Unfiltered--Award Winning Since 1991. 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Huge foamy lacy head. Rich sediment. Cloudy bright orange color. Mild hop coriander banana wheat ester front. Creamy cloying mild sweet mellow malty banana fruit wheat ester body. Clean dry mild hop citrus orange end. Restrained tasty NW Hefe. Sampled 5/13/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Haywire Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Big thick dense sediment. Foamy Lacy rich tight white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Mild banana hop wheat ester front. Malty mild sweet creamy mellow wheat mild fruit ester body. Clean mild hop mild dry citrus end. Well made balanced Malty NW Hefe. Sampled 5/25/2009. 4 @ $2.47 Each.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Haywire Hefeweizen--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 200912 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy white mild lace head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Mild banana clove wheat ester mild hop front. Mild creamy mellow sweet malty wheat ester mild citrus orange body. Crisp clean refreshing citrus spice mild hop smooth malty nice NW Hefe end. Sampled 4/27/2009. 6-Pack $7.49.

Haywire Hefeweizen. 5.20% ABV. 18 IBU's. Ignite The Night Seattle Beer Week 6 oz. Taster at Alehouse. Cloudy straw wheat color. Mild head. Mild banana hop wheat ester front. Tangy spicy zesty fruit ester wheat body. Tangy mild hop refreshing end. (3.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5/14/2010.

Pyramid HAYWIRE Hefeweizen--Refreshingly Unfiltered Wheat Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 18 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Hefeweizen Huge loose white pellicle. Big foamy rocky lacy white head. Bright yellow orange cloud color. Orange banana hop hint malty NW ester front. Sweet orange rich creamy refreshing wheat body. Zesty clean satisfying mild citrus NW Hefe end. Classic NW Hefe! Sampled 10/4/2010. 6-Pack purchased at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle for $5.99 on 8/27/2010. (4,126 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not into hefe's that much but I wanted to try a good one and my good friend and fellow homebrewer told me to try this one, and that it was pretty good.

Well, I tried it on tap, and I thought it was pretty good.

It had a little wheat smell to it. A white head that didn't realy stick around too long, and in the flavor I realy did taste a little fuity notes kinda like bannanas, (just barely)

I'm sure there are great hefe's out there, and Iv'e heard of some good imported ones. But this one isn't that bad. (516 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of julian89
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour and Smell; poured yellow and orange with an inch high head soon to be ruined by the lemon wedge, but that's my fualt, i like the wedge.
Taste and Mouthfeel; before I knew that there were a bunch of other heffe's out there this was the bomb, but little by little I lost that feeling. It taste great, kind of watery, and clean, but tasty. Mouthfeel is light allowing you to drink many more.
Drinkability; this is a good beer, highly recommended, they are even local so I have to support them, but, there are some better heffe's out there. The good thing is these guys have good distribution throughout the US so when you hit a Von's in LA in the hood, when mostly all you can find is Tecate and Modelo, you can get this, and have a solid beer. (746 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky gold with a good sized white head and moderate lacings. Aroma is cider-like.
Taste is sweet malts and moderately bitter hops. A bit fruity some mild apricot flavor. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall a pretty good session brew due to the fairly low 5.2% abv. (312 characters)

Photo of abecall98
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orange, with a dark white head. Laces nicely. Very cloudy beer from the leftover yeast in it.

S - sweet, but not overly. The beer smells smells of fresh picked wheat, like a bread out of the oven. Slight citrus notes hint at the end.

T - a little malt at first, then the citrus takes over. The yeast is noticable in the finish.

M - it's overly carved IMO. But, it bubbles nicely while you drink it. Aftertaste is malty, and good.

D - this is an approachable hefe. I'm my the biggest wheat beer fan, but I'll drink this from time to time. (550 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured half bottle, swirled and finished the pour. Nice orange like yellow on first half of the pour but murky orange on the remaining pour... Perfect unfiltered hefe... Small head, maybe 1 finger white and fluffy... nice lacing.

S: Yeasty bread, a little lemon peel and a hint of ripe banana. I'm also catching a hint of pepper and some other spices, maybe clove.

T: Sweet yeasty very bready. Everything is very hefe like... I'm getting the slight lemon, banana and clove elements but this hefe is a little most yeast than most hefes I've had... but I like it !!!

M: Light but Med bodied, with perfect carbonation... the extra yeastiness makes this a little more heavy than most hefes.

D: Very nice Hefe... not overly lemon and twangy...more body and yeasty like. Different but in a good way.

I might have to add this one to my summer list (886 characters)

Photo of Kyle987
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive beer, especially considering I poured the 12 oz. bottle into my half liter Weizen glass. Good head, good lacing, and a golden brown color that's slightly darker than a typical wheat, with the usual haziness. Also a very strong and pleasant aroma, with lots of grain and some yeast. Less fruity than other Hefes. Taste is good, but not that strong, and actually reminds me almost more of a blonde ale than of other hefeweizens. Initial impact is weak, but then develops and has a very nice finish. Low carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel; neither light nor heavy. Very drinkable. (593 characters)

Photo of BoFoSho
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - Pours a nice golden-orange color with a huge, white head. Could use better head retention, seeing as how the head is completly gone 3/4 down the glass. Leaves marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Nice smell of wheat on a sweet malt background. Smell is prevelant both in the glass and upon opening the bottle

T - A little bit of banana up front followed by a sweet malty body with a hint of wheat flavor. Banana pancake finish with a bitter-wheat aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M - Thin boded with very low carbonation. This beer seems flat and could use a thicker body. Does not suit the style well....

D - A decent Hefe Weizen, put probaly not one I would not seek out; there are much better versions of this style available in its price range. Besides the poor mouthfeel, this beer was pretty good, but didn't really present anything memorable. However, this was another freebie from my grandparents so I can't complain too much ;) (982 characters)

Photo of Jdbateman83
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Carlton1964
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy pale orange it looks like soapy bath water,the head is a medium sized,creamy,and leaves lots of lacing as it falls

S-fresh baked pizza dough,yuuummmyy!!some faint spice and earthy grainy undertones

T-yeasty,raw whole wheat bread dough,peppery and sweet at the same time,some pear and maybe pineapple,yellow gumballs

M-soft velvety carbonation tickles the tounge and nose on each sip,light body,and oh so refreshing

D-very enjoyable Hefe,could easily enjoy again and again (492 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer did not have much head or retention. It had a nice wheatyy and citrusy smell. It's tasete was smell and wheaty. The only problem is that it had a little bit of an unpleasant dryness.

Mouthfeel was very crisp and a decent body. It was also pretty easy to drink. I finished it fairly fast. (300 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours up cloudy, dull orange color. little bit of a white head. aromatics of citrus, lemon, even notes of old bananas with the bananas starting to turn black. tastes of subtle banana, slight citrus hops. light to medium bodied, medium carbo. an OK hefe. (253 characters)

Photo of jamiejohnson
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Hefe is a regular guest in my cooler, largely because it's frequently on sale at BevMo, my local retailer of choice. They've undoubtedly acquired some major league distribution, which means macro ties, so keep a close eye on future quality. I've been quaffing this brew for years. It's a superb hot weather quencher and an excellent converter beer for craft initiates. I've noticed a bit of inconsistency in the batches, but overall it's a worthy warrior, at least for the present. My lightly lagered wife likes it because it doesn't leave a bitter taste - her bitter half likes'em harsh.

Price is right,
Taste is fine.
Let thy flow
In thy stein (657 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have this on one of my taps in my kegerator. I have had it several times before and I use to drink it all the time before I really got into craft beer.

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a merky kind of orange color with a nice head with good lacing that stays all the way down the glass.

Smells of alot of bready yeast and alot of citrius. Very American hef like. Actually stings the nostrils a bit. I don't know why.

Tastes bready and yeasty with citrius notes. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is good with great carbonation.

Drinkability is great for the summer and will have alot of these since I have 15.5 gallons of it. (620 characters)

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
74 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.