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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:
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MisterClean

California

2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On many occasions, but tonight felt like a good night to drink one.

A - Lt golden in color, good head, very cloudy, and stays awhile.

S - Wheat, malts, and honey.

T - Tart, maltiness, and bitterng hops.

M - Tart is a good word, not much balance.

D - Wouldn't buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 05:19:51 | More by MisterClean
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew looked pretty thin in color and haze. The faintest of yeast was present in the nose, but the mouth was all pilsner! This brew really falls short of its claim as a hefe, and seems to be one of those wheats that is just trying to be light enough to drink several of. The problem is that it really misses the mark for the style. I swear I was drinking a can of (insert commercial lager here).

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 03:06:02 | More by HoppyMcStout
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be one of the easiest beers available to pound back one after another.

A- Hazy translucent light-wheat color with a decent head.

S- Smells like sweet wheat

T- Tastes like sweet wheat, with hops coming out in the end for a grand finale

M- Unfiltered, yet light excellence

D- Gimme another please

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:14:03 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy golden orange color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Light malt and citrus aromas.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and light with some fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Wheat and malt flavors dominate with a small hint of banana in the finish.

Overall - Very mild, but very drinkable. Not bad just not great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 19:26:34 | More by praufs01
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PatronWizard

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From sixer to glass as an after lunch drink...

Nice golden orange, weak head.

Standard citrus smell, pretty faint though.

Pretty light on the flavor as well but not bad.

Light, cool, refreshing. I'm partial to hefs so this is nice but not exceptional at all. It sure washed down my mushroom swiss burger fantastically.

Easily drinkable, but middle of the road for sure. Great go-to beer in restuarants with limited selections.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 20:21:36 | More by PatronWizard
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:59:26 | More by scottbrew4u
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HoustonTX

Texas

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

Pyramid Hefe Weizen, starts out with a wheat graininess. Medium bodied - with tangy carbonation. Underlays of small ripe oranges, banana, and grapefruit. A middle of the line Hefe, that is decent - but nothing extraordinary.

A tad bit acidic for the style as well. With a lackluster Banana/Clove appearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 20:44:52 | More by HoustonTX
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Kyle987

Minnesota

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

Very attractive beer, especially considering I poured the 12 oz. bottle into my half liter Weizen glass. Good head, good lacing, and a golden brown color that's slightly darker than a typical wheat, with the usual haziness. Also a very strong and pleasant aroma, with lots of grain and some yeast. Less fruity than other Hefes. Taste is good, but not that strong, and actually reminds me almost more of a blonde ale than of other hefeweizens. Initial impact is weak, but then develops and has a very nice finish. Low carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel; neither light nor heavy. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 18:54:05 | More by Kyle987
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy tan color with lots of yeast, with a creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is not strong but has some yeast and bread notes.

Taste starts out bready then changes to a citrus flavor that finishes with a orange peel, metalic taste that isn't very dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 21:50:38 | More by weissbierdrinker
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smerkinb

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with Hefe Weizen--and boy was I impressed. This poured cloudy orange with a 2 inch head that hung around for about half the glass with some lacing. The smell was clean, crisp and a little spicy. The taste was a little spicy at first with moderate carbonation, but finished off clean. As soon as I put the glass down the first time I immediately wanted another taste. I almost couldn't believe my taste buds and I have thought about little else but when I can get some more since I finished. This was perfect for the 100F day, very refreshing and quenching. It will definitely become a staple through the summer while the rest of my sixers will rotate other new brews. To me, this one is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 19:27:10 | More by smerkinb
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jamiejohnson

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Hefe is a regular guest in my cooler, largely because it's frequently on sale at BevMo, my local retailer of choice. They've undoubtedly acquired some major league distribution, which means macro ties, so keep a close eye on future quality. I've been quaffing this brew for years. It's a superb hot weather quencher and an excellent converter beer for craft initiates. I've noticed a bit of inconsistency in the batches, but overall it's a worthy warrior, at least for the present. My lightly lagered wife likes it because it doesn't leave a bitter taste - her bitter half likes'em harsh.

Price is right,
Taste is fine.
Let thy flow
In thy stein

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:41:07 | More by jamiejohnson
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy pale orange it looks like soapy bath water,the head is a medium sized,creamy,and leaves lots of lacing as it falls

S-fresh baked pizza dough,yuuummmyy!!some faint spice and earthy grainy undertones

T-yeasty,raw whole wheat bread dough,peppery and sweet at the same time,some pear and maybe pineapple,yellow gumballs

M-soft velvety carbonation tickles the tounge and nose on each sip,light body,and oh so refreshing

D-very enjoyable Hefe,could easily enjoy again and again

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:17:19 | More by orangemoustache
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have this on one of my taps in my kegerator. I have had it several times before and I use to drink it all the time before I really got into craft beer.

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a merky kind of orange color with a nice head with good lacing that stays all the way down the glass.

Smells of alot of bready yeast and alot of citrius. Very American hef like. Actually stings the nostrils a bit. I don't know why.

Tastes bready and yeasty with citrius notes. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is good with great carbonation.

Drinkability is great for the summer and will have alot of these since I have 15.5 gallons of it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:11:09 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 17:46:53 | More by pmcadamis
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Brewery pint glass. This beer poured a turbid straw yellow with fast moving bubbles that caused a big, frothy white head, which disappeared into a slight rim along the glasses edges. The aroma reminds me of a yeastier version of a Budweiser aroma. The taste is odd. There is a sour taste up front that I can't really pick out what's causing it. Also there is a definite yeasty presence but the flavors that most people associate with a Hefe are absent. There is no clove or bananas. Gone is the spiciness from the yeast. Really the only thing this beer has going for it in the Hefe category is the fact that it's cloudy. The mouthfeel is artificially full. Again, something just doesn't seem right about it. I wouldn't ever seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:57:35 | More by hwwty4
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daledeee

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with gold or orange tinge. The head is medium at best and goes away quickly.

Smell has some yeast but that's about it.

Taste is somewhat citrus with some malt in the background. Some bread and yeast undertones.

Mouthfeel is a tad seltzer and dry carbonation.

Drinkable but forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:08:58 | More by daledeee
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

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

A: Light gold, cloudy, nice yeast presence. Looks very presentable when I poured it into my favorite pint glass. Decent head as well, thought the color seemed a bit darker than I had anticipated; definitely a minus, though the retention was pretty good.

S: Very weak nose. Yeast smell as well as a faint hint of banana. Could not pick up any sort of clove, which was a huge disappointment.

T: Nice flavor, though quite weak and watery. What WAS there was alright. Nice yeast and banana notes with a average wheat backing.

M: Medium to light. Quite watery and thinner than I expect for this style. Tastes do not linger very long, definitely a minus.

Overall, this brew is average at best. I expected something somewhat thicker, less watery, and with bolder flavors. On the plus side, it is VERY easy to drink and may be good for someone wanting to get away from the big national brands. However, I found myself quite disappointed, which is a shame, because a lot of the basics are there. I just need more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:01:27 | More by PirateUlf73
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice, because I broke my weiss glass :(

Pours a cloudy straw with a 2 finger pillowed head that recedes to a cap quickly.

Aroma is corn, DMS and adjuncts. Sulfur hops are in the aroma.

Flavor is sweet corn and DMS, wow any hints of a hefeweiss are clouded by the sour DMS and the cloying sweetness. Yeast is in for the team but can't overpower the corny adjunct flavor. It's like rotted wheat bread with sugar on it.

Mouthfeel is medium and not terrible, I can't judge it well, as it's hard to hold this one in the mouth.

I hope this was a bad bottle, first drain pour of my BA career, and that's a lot of years.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:20:50 | More by wheatyweiss
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stumac

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 04:14:46 | More by stumac
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genog

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very golden straw colored body with plenty of white, frothy, head that leaves lacing everywhere. Smell 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. Then again I had a few beers before this one and might not have been tasting all that well.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 18:57:10 | More by genog
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:50:12 | More by Monkeyknife
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bboven

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright cloudy golden color with a good head.

Lots of clove and spice, not so much from yeast characteristics, though. Almost seems like a wit.

Again, huge clove flavor but there is a slight sour twang from the wheat hanging around. In an of itself alright, but those spices are odd.

Fluffy medium carbonation, not a lot of dryness.

Like I said, in and of itself, not bad but doesn't seem like a true hefe.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 22:54:34 | More by bboven
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Overlord

California

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 08:52:43 | More by Overlord
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mattster

Texas

1.83/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Opened 12oz bottle, poured into Nonic.

Very little head that dissipates quickly, some light foam on top, some lacing on glass. Color is a hazy but bright amber.

Smell is skunk-like, even a few minutes after pouring. Some notes of citrus on smell, but skunk scent is pretty powerful.

Taste is similar to the smell. Nothing great about this beer. It forms a weird metallic aftertaste that isn't really pleasant. Maybe if I had a wedge of fruit to put in it, it would be much more palatable, but after a few sips, I can't drink anymore.

I've had other Pyramid brews before, and this one doesn't stand up to the others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 04:04:18 | More by mattster
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kguyty

Missouri

2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh... That's about all I can say about this beer. I had heard many good things about Pyramid Brewing Co's products, but I am sadly disappointed with this one.

Nothing special by any means... Looks like a decent hefeweizen after it is first poured, but soon after the haze fades and it looks rather bland and unappealing.

Not much more can be said about the smell or taste. A fairly uninteresting, bland beer with little spice.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 01:35:13 | More by kguyty
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
75 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.