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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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: 292
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of Fatheranderson
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (4,126 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Elimination
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of abecall98
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of KazikliBey
4.34/5  rDev +36.1%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Mikeinblack
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of ThoughtPolice
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of EliottJW
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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 (886 characters)

Photo of Sperzel
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of teejay76
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of confer
3.38/5  rDev +6%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
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? (845 characters)

Photo of noknife83
2.71/5  rDev -15%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of spaciorek
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (298 characters)

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