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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005)
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%

12-27-2011 14:00:49 | More by cdwil
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jesus808

California

2/5  rDev -38.7%

12-20-2011 04:27:30 | More by jesus808
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -8%

12-18-2011 01:38:15 | More by JohnWaynes44
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%

12-09-2011 19:56:21 | More by valkyre65
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mocktm

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8%

12-01-2011 22:48:14 | More by mocktm
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Amp

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-28-2011 19:01:21 | More by Amp
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-22-2011 18:28:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MikeDre

California

3/5  rDev -8%

11-21-2011 05:51:07 | More by MikeDre
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8%

11-20-2011 15:58:16 | More by Another6Pack
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EdTheEdge

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-19-2011 03:02:07 | More by EdTheEdge
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:19:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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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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Fatheranderson

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 20:58:24 | More by Fatheranderson
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gpogo

California

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

A- Hazy olden color with large white head. Head dissipated to a respectable covering, but left no lacing.

A- Sweet wheaty smell. Slightly sour lemon smell.

T- Wheat malt, slight amount of lemony citrus taste.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D- Not much going for it. Pretty standard American Wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 23:19:04 | More by gpogo
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philbertk

Washington

4/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:01:48 | More by philbertk
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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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clayrock81

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 10:18:39 | More by clayrock81
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Elimination

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:46:57 | More by Elimination
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abecall98

California

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:53:21 | More by abecall98
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KazikliBey

Montana

4.38/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 11:21:51 | More by KazikliBey
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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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ThoughtPolice

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 00:11:47 | More by ThoughtPolice
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:57:25 | More by tone77
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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
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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