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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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 Durge
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with little head and no lacing.

Aroma is light with some citrus and malt.

Tastes of light malt, lemon zest, and apricots. Overall, a bit washed out in the flavor department.

Light mouthfeel, slick, and with moderate carbonation.

An average Hefeweizen at best. I just kind of lays there.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

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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 Overlord
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.04/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
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....

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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 pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 scottbrew4u
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head that settles not too quickly.

S: Bitter orange, wheat and roasted grains some herbal hops but no fruity esters. Aroma a bit weak overall.

T: Wheat, vanilla, caramel and roasted malt. Some spicy and herbal hops but in a balance with the malt sweetness. Some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth and moderate body make up this beer.

D: Aroma was weak but overall a decent easy drinking beer.

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