Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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2.56/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
05-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-16-2011 04:47:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
3/5 rDev -8%
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.
11-18-2008 17:59:31 | More by barleywinefiend
3.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some hints of citrus. Taste is a good balance of grains, citrus, and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer.
09-06-2009 22:57:25 | More by tone77
3/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-17-2007 07:52:39 | More by Durge
3.13/5 rDev -4%
Poured a cloudy yellow, not inviting, with fizzy and quick dying head on top of a very mild, almost sour like acidic citric and lemon-zest aroma with a touch of peppery spices. Watery and light-bodied for a hefe, this is not a bad beer but rather a shoddy representation of the style. Has a thin, light body that contains minor amounts of citric/lemon and spices with almost no wheat twang whatsoever; finishes crisp with a sour sharpness. Not bad, but won't have again.
08-09-2010 10:18:39 | More by clayrock81
3.05/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-30-2009 18:41:59 | More by ColForbinBC
2.18/5 rDev -33.1%
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.
06-23-2012 05:47:59 | More by VelvetExtract
2.68/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
11-03-2011 04:19:49 | More by Hojaminbag
3.08/5 rDev -5.5%
The Apricot Weizen remains, by far, my favorite pyramid brew.
Pours a hazy pale orange. Kind of strange looking for this type. About an inch and a half head. Smells, and tastes, faintly of wheat, apricots ... maybe some citrus zest ... okay, I'm reaching here. There just isn't much going on with this beer.
Fairly watery, too.
01-07-2008 08:52:43 | More by Overlord
3.18/5 rDev -2.5%
Found this single 12 oz bottle in a discout bin at one of the Binny's Liquor stores in Chicago for just 99 cents, and since I had already tried and liked their apricot weizen I decided to give the hefe weizen a try.
The pour produced a 2 finger white head that disappeared as fast as it formed. The color was a nice hazy apricot that left no lacing at all. The smell is a mix of fruit and yeast.
There was no banana/clove smell or taste to this one which is strange for a hefe weizen. Instead it has a sweet wheat malty flavor along with a touch of apple juice. It was easy to drink and there were no bad flavors in it, but it needs more substamce to it. It's like being given a glass of skim or 2% milk when you wanted a glass of whole milk. A bit of a watery mouthfeel but with a higher than average carbonaton level. It's OK, but it needs a stronger dose of flavors, and if there were any hops in here I sure didn't notice them.
12-26-2006 06:43:06 | More by matjack85
3.18/5 rDev -2.5%
Served in a pint glass with a slice of lemon
A: Light gold / orange color. Very cloudy. Moderate head that recedes quickly.
S: Wheat, malts, citrus (mostly from the lemon slice I'm sure).
T: Very tart and wheaty taste. The malts give it a slight sweetness, but the flavor isn't balanced at all. Hops lag far behind and are almost an afterthought.
M: The tartness can drag on the mouth.
D: I've bought a couple of cases of this over the years. It's not the best hef, but the common drinker enjoys it, and that's good enough for those occasions. Great party beer.
12-13-2008 19:10:32 | More by Arbitrator
3.15/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-20-2012 19:22:37 | More by OtherShoe2
3.05/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
05-12-2012 01:05:05 | More by buschbeer
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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