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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two fingers of bubbly and frothy off-white head over heavily unfiltered dark golden. Some retention and no lacing.
S: refreshing wheat, grains, and a spot of metallic. Lemony citrus in there, too.
T/M: wheat, subtle clove and spices. I'm a bit turned off by the aroma, but the taste isn't tainted with the metallic from the aroma. Mouth is light and almost watery but residuals stick around like I've just sucked down wheat syrup. Medium to high carbonation.
D: this is a basic pale wheat ale. I can't say I'd choose to reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 16:54:15 | More by washburnkid
Photo of goblue3509


2.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:44:35 | More by goblue3509
Photo of mralphabet


3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured half bottle, swirled and finished the pour. Nice orange like yellow on first half of the pour but murky orange on the remaining pour... Perfect unfiltered hefe... Small head, maybe 1 finger white and fluffy... nice lacing.

S: Yeasty bread, a little lemon peel and a hint of ripe banana. I'm also catching a hint of pepper and some other spices, maybe clove.

T: Sweet yeasty very bready. Everything is very hefe like... I'm getting the slight lemon, banana and clove elements but this hefe is a little most yeast than most hefes I've had... but I like it !!!

M: Light but Med bodied, with perfect carbonation... the extra yeastiness makes this a little more heavy than most hefes.

D: Very nice Hefe... not overly lemon and twangy...more body and yeasty like. Different but in a good way.

I might have to add this one to my summer list

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 04:19:09 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Sperzel

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Finger thick, fizzy head settling to a very light film. Very hazy yellow with a small amount of sediment at the bottom. Not leaving very much lacing.

S - Light in the nose with a sweet, bready malt. Not much hop presence.

T&M - Light and dry. A sweet maltiness is dominant with a slight bitterness of the hops at the end, but stays pretty low under the radar. Good flavor on the front end but a little empty and lacking on the finish. Crisp, light to medium body and fairly fizzy.

D - Goes down easy and it's refreshing.

A pretty ordinary beer, but it's still a decent take on this Belgian style brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:08:15 | More by Sperzel
Photo of 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
Photo of teejay76


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy, light golden in color, decent head and stays awhile.

Smell - Aroma of wheat, malts, and honey.

Taste - Lightly bitter hops with hints of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and smooth.

D - Slightly refreshing but I probably won't add it to the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 03:11:11 | More by teejay76
Photo of confer


3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Murky golden without any floaties. Very attractive look.

S-Faint sweet banana, refreshing

T- Not much of one. A very light Hefe flavor, but really not much of one.

M- Too light and carbonated, very dry.

D- Overall it is a very drinkable beer, but there are so many hefes that I would pick over the Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:35:09 | More by confer
Photo of 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
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


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
Photo of noknife83


2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:06:59 | More by noknife83
Photo of spaciorek


2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:23:40 | More by spaciorek
Photo of katan


2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 03:51:22 | More by katan
Photo of Hoopster4hire


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

22 oz. bomber.

Opaque golden hue, typical of a hef. Decent head on the pour, retention is a little lacking.

Smells a little sour, but warm at the same time. Aroma of nutmeg/citrus combo.

Well, it tastes like a hefeweizen. Bready taste that is light, and crisp, not too much beyond that.

Solid carbonation, I'm happy that with it being a wheat beer, they didn't go overboard like some of the other american wheat ales.

Perfect for a little refreshment and change of pace in comparison to a typical lager, but nothing that really wow's you.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 07:21:49 | More by Hoopster4hire
Photo of RunDWP


3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out here on the West Coast, I have to admit we struggle out here with wheat beer compared to our European brothers. We hate to admit it, but it's true. So today, I'm here to tell you about a decent effort from Pyramid.

It has the requisite hazy yellow color, and a decent head on top. Not much in the aroma category, could barely detect a little yeasty note. Flavor is a little bready, with a fair amount of spicy, clove character, but very little if any, of the fruity, banana character one expects from the style. OK mouthfeel, and reasonably drinkable.

Can't say I'm big fan, but if I've worked up a sweat mowing the lawn, it'll work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:24:34 | More by RunDWP
Photo of Ruslanchik


3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what looks like esoteric dating printed directly on the glass. Looks like a little bit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but not much.

Pours a hazy copper color. Not quite cloudy, just a touch of haze. The head is white and fizzy. It was prominent after a vigorous pour, but faded quickly leaving just a thin collar.

Banana and clove dominate the aroma, but are not particularly strong themselves. Just a touch of hop aroma there as well.

Hop bitterness is quite evident in the flavor. There is just a little bready yeast flavor with some bananas as well. A little bit of alcohol flavor follows, even though this beer is not particularly strong abv-wise.

Carbonation is fairly light and unsatisfying.

This beer is very drinkable. It does not need a lemon like some beers I have tried. The flavor is not the best around and is a little weaker than I would like, but these slide back easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 06:24:08 | More by Ruslanchik
Photo of danimal22


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle, drank from pint glass.

A - Hazy pale orange. Slight head disappears quickly after pouring with minimal lacing.

S - Slight banana notes....but a generally awkward smelling beer. Not impressed.

T - Tastes much better than it smells, thankfully. Pleasant banana/nutty taste with good lingering aftertaste.

M - A bit flat for a Hefe - doesn't seem to match the style.

D - Very drinkable, though I would chose another Hefe over this one.

Overall this beer is mediocre for the style. Ok to try, but I will not get it again if another Hefe is available.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 02:49:23 | More by danimal22
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - Pours a nice golden-orange color with a huge, white head. Could use better head retention, seeing as how the head is completly gone 3/4 down the glass. Leaves marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Nice smell of wheat on a sweet malt background. Smell is prevelant both in the glass and upon opening the bottle

T - A little bit of banana up front followed by a sweet malty body with a hint of wheat flavor. Banana pancake finish with a bitter-wheat aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M - Thin boded with very low carbonation. This beer seems flat and could use a thicker body. Does not suit the style well....

D - A decent Hefe Weizen, put probaly not one I would not seek out; there are much better versions of this style available in its price range. Besides the poor mouthfeel, this beer was pretty good, but didn't really present anything memorable. However, this was another freebie from my grandparents so I can't complain too much ;)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:34:51 | More by Bockrules
Photo of hoplover82


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
Photo of WJVII


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, American Pale Wheat Ale you say...never heard. Poured into a pint glass this brew is similar to the traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen with a yellow/orange hazy pale color with a thick white head. Based on look this may be ok. The aroma is extremely faint with a light citrus aroma, and some mild hops notes. The taste is certainly nothing what I experienced in Germany, lacking any semblance of what I have come to know a Hefeweizen to be. However, it leaves an interesting problem. Do I rate it on the style, or do I rate it as an individual brew. As a brew this is ok. Decent balance of hops to malt, with a slight kick from carbonation with a little citrus aftertaste. Not traditional, but maybe this is the American style.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 01:26:42 | More by WJVII
Photo of Arbitrator


3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 19:10:32 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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
Photo of MTNboy


2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 12:09:19 | More by MTNboy
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
Photo of Spikester


3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky gold with a good sized white head and moderate lacings. Aroma is cider-like.
Taste is sweet malts and moderately bitter hops. A bit fruity some mild apricot flavor. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall a pretty good session brew due to the fairly low 5.2% abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 07:05:46 | More by Spikester
Photo of ibashmuck


2.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 17:40:23 | More by ibashmuck
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
75 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.