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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 293
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 30.63%
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: 293
Photo of mattster
1.81/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Opened 12oz bottle, poured into Nonic.

Very little head that dissipates quickly, some light foam on top, some lacing on glass. Color is a hazy but bright amber.

Smell is skunk-like, even a few minutes after pouring. Some notes of citrus on smell, but skunk scent is pretty powerful.

Taste is similar to the smell. Nothing great about this beer. It forms a weird metallic aftertaste that isn't really pleasant. Maybe if I had a wedge of fruit to put in it, it would be much more palatable, but after a few sips, I can't drink anymore.

I've had other Pyramid brews before, and this one doesn't stand up to the others I've had.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
1.98/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice, because I broke my weiss glass :(

Pours a cloudy straw with a 2 finger pillowed head that recedes to a cap quickly.

Aroma is corn, DMS and adjuncts. Sulfur hops are in the aroma.

Flavor is sweet corn and DMS, wow any hints of a hefeweiss are clouded by the sour DMS and the cloying sweetness. Yeast is in for the team but can't overpower the corny adjunct flavor. It's like rotted wheat bread with sugar on it.

Mouthfeel is medium and not terrible, I can't judge it well, as it's hard to hold this one in the mouth.

I hope this was a bad bottle, first drain pour of my BA career, and that's a lot of years.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: cloudy dark gold in color. A bit hazy.

Smell: citrus, bread, a little bit of hops.

Taste: Okay, so maybe it's just this batch, but the one I just drank tasted like a mixture of lemon, wheat, blood, and aluminum. That was not only surprising, it was downright unpleasant. Again, I'm 99% sure that it's only this one batch, but I figure it's worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel: sticky, thick, excellent body, but a little on the thick side. Fairly average for a Heffeweizen.

Drinkability: if it weren't for the blood and aluminum tastes, this would be very drinkable. Unfortunately those two flavors just blow this beer clear out of the water.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On many occasions, but tonight felt like a good night to drink one.

A - Lt golden in color, good head, very cloudy, and stays awhile.

S - Wheat, malts, and honey.

T - Tart, maltiness, and bitterng hops.

M - Tart is a good word, not much balance.

D - Wouldn't buy.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.36/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Brewery pint glass. This beer poured a turbid straw yellow with fast moving bubbles that caused a big, frothy white head, which disappeared into a slight rim along the glasses edges. The aroma reminds me of a yeastier version of a Budweiser aroma. The taste is odd. There is a sour taste up front that I can't really pick out what's causing it. Also there is a definite yeasty presence but the flavors that most people associate with a Hefe are absent. There is no clove or bananas. Gone is the spiciness from the yeast. Really the only thing this beer has going for it in the Hefe category is the fact that it's cloudy. The mouthfeel is artificially full. Again, something just doesn't seem right about it. I wouldn't ever seek this beer out again.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It has an orange cloudy color with virtually no head with very minor lace. It smells pretty faint and cereal like. It has a very bland flavor mainly sour. The aftertaste is cereal like as well there is not much to this beer other than fizz bite. I was very disapointed with this beer.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew looked pretty thin in color and haze. The faintest of yeast was present in the nose, but the mouth was all pilsner! This brew really falls short of its claim as a hefe, and seems to be one of those wheats that is just trying to be light enough to drink several of. The problem is that it really misses the mark for the style. I swear I was drinking a can of (insert commercial lager here).

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Photo of Stranger5582
2.51/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -20%
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-

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Photo of kguyty
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh... That's about all I can say about this beer. I had heard many good things about Pyramid Brewing Co's products, but I am sadly disappointed with this one.

Nothing special by any means... Looks like a decent hefeweizen after it is first poured, but soon after the haze fades and it looks rather bland and unappealing.

Not much more can be said about the smell or taste. A fairly uninteresting, bland beer with little spice.

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Photo of spaciorek
2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Golden and cloudy like a hefe should be, but goes down hill after that. The banana and cloves that usually go with a hefe are not here in the taste. Has a sweet taste but just rather bland. I would pass on this one if you are looking for a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of noknife83
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just a very average hefeweizen. Nothing really special or worth writing home about. If this beer was slightly sweeter I think that would help it out a lot. I do like that the abv is 5.20, hefeweizen are usually seem to be around 4. Unless this beer is a very good deal, I'd say go with something else.

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Photo of ThoughtPolice
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't really like this stuff.
Got it on sale for 7 bucks, and I was aiming for cheap this evening.
Appearance: Not too bad. Foam leaves a little to be desired. It's light, small, was never really present.
Aroma: Too yeasty, not interesting or even par with style.
Taste: Not full bodied enough, a little too citrusy for my taste. It's like watered down orange juice, honestly.
Moutfeel: Kinda metallic feel going on. Not for me
Drinkability: Not good. It's not tasty enough for my tastes.

Overall, cmon Pyramid, get on the ball!

I'm opening a homebrew.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy tan color with lots of yeast, with a creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is not strong but has some yeast and bread notes.

Taste starts out bready then changes to a citrus flavor that finishes with a orange peel, metalic taste that isn't very dry.

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Photo of katan
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a medium to light golden color. Head formation is very light, only retaining a very light film. Very hazy - lots of proteins and yeast.

S - Surprisingly empty smell - there is essentially nothing there. I can find only the lightest hint of a sweet malt.

T - Starts off early with a biting wheat astringency. Mid-stream develops some bitterness - but I'm not sure what it is balancing. Finishes with a an empty after taste that is only finally complimented by a oxidized edge.

M - The carbonation sting is by far the most noticeable attribute here. The body is moderate - certainly not thin but not syrup either.

D - A fairly easy drinking beer. ABV and the non-offensive taste make it fit right in.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
2.82/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very little head and virtually no lacing. Somewhat cloudy at first, but it settles down and looks like juice halfway through drinking the beer. Apricot in color.
Smell: Bready wheat malt and yeast are dominant. Some fruit aroma that is sweet, mostly of apple.
Taste: Flavor is mild for a hefeweizen. Some yeast flavor, but the wheat malts are dominant. Some apple flavor, but little spiciness and a little watery tasting.
Mouthfeel: Sort of a watered down fuzziness.
Drinkability: Ok.

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Photo of Elimination
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I seem to buy a bomber of this every couple of months, only because it is 2 bucks, and this is a session beer to me

Its a ok hef in terms of the affordability thats it. Like any hef, you want fresh, I have bought a few older bottles and its not that good. But if you get a fresh one, it has the classic slight slight banana, wheat, lemon that you get with most american hefs. But at the same time it doesnt have any wow factor to it.

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Photo of rob119
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orange hazy color. There is a nice one and a half finger head to it that gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of yeast and with a hint of banana and some lemon to it. The taste is of wheat and yeast with a small not of lemon and clove to it. The mouthfeel is very good, it has the right amount of carbonation and is kinda dry. The overall drinkiability of this beer is average, this is a average beer, it has some very good characteristics but it also has some very average ones as well.

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Photo of ibashmuck
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small foamy head on a very cloudy yellow body. Smells were very faint...some sweetness, a touch of hops, and a bit of "wheatiness", but otherwise, not much there. Taste was more or less the same. The typical wheat flavors are there, just not very pronounced or remarkable. Seemed a bit over carbonated and not as thick as better wheats. Generally, nothing exciting, nothing to draw me back to buying a sixer. There are just too many other better example of the style available. Disappointing.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-straw color with a thick creamy white head. Doesn't have the glowing appearance of some weiss beers, but it looks alright. Leaves a tad bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a light yeasty-wheat aroma A bit of undefined fruit smell is present as well.

Taste: A very light wheat flavor, together with a bit of yeast and fruit. Nothing really standing out here, and sometimes there's a bit of sourness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has a slightly tingly, light- to medium-bodied feel. A bit viscous; not very grainy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink -- no problem there. Could work as a session beer if you aren't paying too much attention to quality.

This is really just an average American Hefeweizen. It's pretty lackluster, but I have no real complaints. Some American beers claiming to be this type end up being more like an unfiltered wheat beer, while this one just ends up being... not very interesting.

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