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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

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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:
No notes at this time.

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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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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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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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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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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
A- Pours a hazy golden with a thin head. Extra points earned for good head retention.
S- Smell is rather non-descript. Wheat and yeast, but weak.
T- Wheat, with some nice, but overly subtle citrus notes lingering throughout.
M- Crisp and sharp carbonation. Light body.
D- This is beer is decent, but doesn't bear many of the calling cards of traditional hefeweizens. As a pale wheat ale, though, it fits the style pretty well. Not a bad beer, and quite a refreshing one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 06:51:03 | More by jsprain1
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Mikeinblack

California

4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 02:04:18 | More by Mikeinblack
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chickencoop

California

3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 02:56:15 | More by chickencoop
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EliottJW

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer poured a hazy caramel with minimal head and minimal lacing. I should note that it was poured from a hand pump at my buddy's wedding, so lack of head may be due to the pour itself.

smelled good enough. It was sweet and estery with a little bready yeast to it. I enjoy a bit of a bread nose in a hef.

taste was as to be expected with this beer. I've had it plenty before, so it didn't surprise me that it was a decent representation of the style, though a bit metallic in finish.

mouth was light though a bit astringent. I would have liked it to be a bit more creamy... but it is what it is. To be honest though, it was hot as hell at the outdoor reception so this really hit the spot. while it wasn't the right brand, the style was spot on for an afternoon in hellish weather.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 19:13:20 | More by EliottJW
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap down in California while on vacation.

Arrived as a hazy yellow color, true to the claims of an unfiltered beer. About one finger of head, which stayed around for a bit. Not a whole lot of lacing going on though.

Smell and taste are both slightly wheaty, with maybe a hint of sweetness. Nothing really jumped out at me to impress me and make it a good ale.

It does go down smooth though and isn't bad, so if you can't get anything better, you can certainly do a lot worse.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 03:04:42 | More by Seanstoppable
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap on a recent trip to Tucson, served in a pint glass

Pours a dull, golden color with a good amount of haze. Very thin head rose a tiny bit and left a light film along the edges.

Very basic hefe aroma. Biscuity yeast and some sweet malt. Very pedestrian.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with only a slight spice and a touch of bitterness. Doughy, undercooked biscuits with a light toasted malt sweetness.

A medium body with an average amount of carbonation. Rather creamy and enjoyable mouthfeel.

No real off-flavors, a lighter body and low abv make this a pretty easy drinker. Mainly because it is devoid of any robust flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 18:41:59 | More by ColForbinBC
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 22:35:33 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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hoplover82

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 18:54:32 | More by hoplover82
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a soft, cloudy, straw color with little no head. After about 30 seconds, head is completely gone.

Smell: Not a lot of complexity here, smells of wheat, soft honey, and a little citrus.

Taste: Again, not very impressed. This is a pretty flat tasting hefeweizen. There are soft wheat and honey flavors, neither of which really develop or change with the beer. I guess it is not really bad, just nothing special.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium-high level of carbonation, but is very light and somewhat flat-tasting.

Drinkability: Since it isn't very good, it's tough to imagine drinking too many of these. It was light, which made it easy enough to finish quickly when I realized it wasn't my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 08:15:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a straw color with a decent white head. Nose is is of a lot of wheat with some citrus notes, and a little spice. All aroma was very pale and muted. Taste was crisp but not a lot of flavor going on. Mouth feel was not as clean as I thought a Hefe usually is. Average hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 17:59:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy golden orange color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Light malt and citrus aromas.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and light with some fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Wheat and malt flavors dominate with a small hint of banana in the finish.

Overall - Very mild, but very drinkable. Not bad just not great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 19:26:34 | More by praufs01
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:11:09 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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stumac

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 04:14:46 | More by stumac
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Durge

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not my favorite style but some versions have grown on me of late. This one looked pretty inviting with a murky cider-like color and a thin head. The smell was somewhat non-descript with a bit of yeast, maybe a little lemon. The flavor comes on as more peppery with more yeast and lemon. Not overbearing at all, fairly drinkable but not something I would want to drink a lot of at one sitting. Not bad, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2007 07:52:39 | More by Durge
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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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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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75 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.