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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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780 Ratings
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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stuck on the couch here with a busted leg.
Pours a medium murky hay-orange tone color. Head is medium-thick, lightly chunky. Decent amount of carbonation streams throughout the brew. Pretty decent appearance.
Smells of all the great Hefe' s is not here. This is for sure an American wheat.Light straw, watery, orange,some grassiness , but really lacking in real depth or complexity. Finishes with a bit of straw, touch of hops, that's about it.
Flavor is also very light, a bit of creaminess from the wheat is appreciated. Upfront lightly citrus, but finishes with a toasted grain flavor I normally find in German Zwickel beer. The toasted character is not prominent in the nose but really adds a nutty complexity not anticipated in the flavor.None of the banana/clove/cream/ of a real Hefe, but the light floral nutty character is very similar to a good musty Keller bier, so It's really growing on me.
Mouth feel is fairly light, carbonation could use a slight boost. At times feeling a bit flat on the palate.
Overall decent, flavor is actually much better than the aromatics.

czfreeman, Jan 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think one of the most bland wheat beers I have ever had.It was kind of an orangy color,is it filtered?Small head for style,smelled a citruisy but not much.Taste was a little smokey was better when I added some lemon.Doesnt semm like much is put into making this,wont have again for sure.

oberon, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Orange and thin in color with a foaming head that went down in seconds.

Smell – Light yeast aroma with a sour accompaniment and very musty.

Taste – The yeast all but disappears at the taste. There’s a maltish replacement that doesn’t belong and a hoppy NW balance that should be in a Pale Ale. The fruity sweetness is lost in the must and dust.

Mouthfeel – Light and sweet as it should be, but the carbonation is absent which is the deathnell for a Hefe Weizen.

Sinkability – Horrible attempt at the style. I haven’t found an American brewery yet that can pull it off. I’m not finishing this.

RoyalT, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: I roused the yeast so a nice hazy, glowing amber with an orange hue. it pours with a finger of rocky white foam with average head retention settling into a thin film and a collar bubbles. The head should have more staying power in a wheat.

S: A soft wheat malt sweetness with a grainy character. An American yeast ester profile, so some slight orange. The is a slight citrus hops aroma.

T: It's crisp having a moderate hops bitterness over moderately-light citrus hops flavor and a light malt sweetness. There is a moderately-light wheat malt character. The balance is moderately bitter with an off-dry finish. The aftertaste is a light hops bitterness and a bit of wheat flavor.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An odd choice for a winter mixed 12-pack, but I can drink a wheat in the winter. Not bad, but I don't go out of my way for wheats, but it is to style.

Enjoy By 03082013

MadScientist, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Dmann
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very average beer to say the least. This one poured a nice golden color with a very cloudy apperance and a nice white head that left good lace down the glass. The smell was non existant with just a faint hint of grain and lemon. The taste was only saved by it's smootheness. The flavor was pretty subdued for a hefe and was quite bland with just a hint of tartness and yeasty flavor. You can do much better than this one folks.

Dmann, May 04, 2004
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.27/5  rDev -59%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Something is seriously wrong here.

This looks like no other hefeweizen I've ever seen. It is very dark - an amber/reddish hue. Unlike the other reviews, mine is not very murky. I can see right through it, and there's nothing floating in it. The head is tiny even with an aggressive pour, leaves no lacing, and quickly dies without a trace.

This beer stinks. Literally. Smells of funk & sourness. Yeasty. Uninviting.

Taste is sour, in a bad way (not like a lambic). Very watery and bites at your tongue. None of the usual pleasant refreshing qualities of a hefeweizen.

This is the worst hefeweizen I have ever had. I poured it out & opened a second bottle, just to make sure, and it was the same story. I hope something was wrong with the six pack I got, or that it was outdated (the date code was unreadable). Otherwise, I dont see how Pyramid could possibly think it was a good idea to make & market this beer.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Joebraggot
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Joebraggot, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Lazaro, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -3.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

A - Huge head of pillowy cloud-white foam instantly fills the glass, even slowly pouring the beer down the side. Over-carbonated. Foam slowly collapses cleanly down the sides. It takes several attempts to get the entire bottle into the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a bright pale lemon yellow and a bit cloudy. There's plenty of carbonation rising up thru the glass. Of the bottles in the sixer this is from, this is the most carbonated one by far.

S - A pleasant, soft wheat grass. No clove/banana, but a hint of soft citrus esters, like an orange. A bit of floral hops pushes into the nose, but it's light and subtle. Overall, pretty neutral, but at the same time, present rather than just missing.

T - Light wheat bread that's a bit moist and chewy with a touch of lemongrass and a hint of a lightly toasted and buttered English muffin. A bit of lemon tartness on the back end, almost as if there's a lemon wedge dropped into the beer. As it warms, a bit of lemon-drop candy shows up in the finish.

M - Fizzy and crisp. Full carbonation. Thin body, but not watery - the yeast that's present gives it just enough substance to be noticed. Structure is tight, and finish is clean, and refreshing, almost acidic. This changes to adding just a touch of sweetness in the echo as it warms up, where hints of hard candy linger a bit on the sides of the tongue.

O - This was a good example of why I like to taste a few of something I'm pretty sure I'm going to like if I can before doing a review. The over-carbonation of this beer is atypical based on the others I've had, so the hugely exaggerated head isn't going to get knocked down too badly. This is a very refreshing and quite tasty straightforward American wheat beer with only enough hops required for balance. It's not a traditional German hefeweizen, with the banana/clove yeast. Because it's unfiltered, there's enough substance to its body to keep it from feeling watery, but it's still clean and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a sixer of this for a summer day at the lake, and it has the added advantage that most everyone you're with is going to at least find it drinkable, especially the women. Solid. Dependable. Worth having on the roster as a reliable summer option, but keep it cold because it gets a tad sweet in the finish if allowed to warm up.

BuckeyeSlim, May 11, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Beerswag, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head that fades quickly, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy

Smell: dark wheat and slight caramel

Taste: dark wheat, clove, banana. and a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a less bitter end, medium carbonation and bodied

Overall: Below average for the style and one I will pass on in the future. I actually think this one could use a bit more banana flavor to balance it out.

tigg924, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Jovo
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jovo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Brew's Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-yellow color. Adequate frothy white head with impressive lacing of the glass.

Smell: Dominated by the lemon wedge. A very non-hefewizen-like aroma (grainy) that surprised me. None of the fruity smells I expected.

Taste: Very grainy ("macro") flavor. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Hmm.....thin? It was crisp and fairly dry as well.

Drinkability: Blah. It didn't really keep me interested and was a poor choice, given the other impressive beers on tap that were available. Won't be seeking this one out again.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of bsp77
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pineapple juice semi-saved by a thin white head.

Smell: Wheat, very light citrus and pepper.

Taste: Almost a nice dry wheat profile but tarnished by a strangely sweet undercurrent. Some very light citrus and pepper, same as the aroma.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, almost a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Just a weak wheat beer.

bsp77, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

FIrst off, I'm not a big fan of American wheat beers, but I did like this beer. Murky golden color, white head, very little aroma. Taste is sweet and tangy, but finishes sticky sweet. More of an unripe orange flavor versus the typical lemon. I probably would order this again if there was nothing better on tap.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Hugh37, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of NOLTERN
3/5  rDev -3.2%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Janeinma, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -3.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's rather out of date. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York a while back and stored in my garage. I hope it still tastes OK....

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned - swirled while pouring to resuspend the yeast. A hazy golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of wheat and light malt, with hints of grain, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana and a touch of sweetness. Not unpleasant, but not the genuine article.

Tastes of bready malt and wheat, with a dry finish. Notes of light malt, grain, wheat, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana, a twinge of bubblegum and subtle stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by good carbonation. Body is OK but a little thin for the style. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of wheat, grain and earthy yeast.

A rather lacklustre brew - certainly not up to German hefeweizen standards. It looks good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and lacking the bountiful fruity yeast esters that a proper hefe would possess. Body is so-so. Drinkable enough in its own right, but this is more of an American wheat ale than a hefe. Worth trying, but no need to go out of your way.

jazzyjeff13, May 19, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid Hefeweizen is another Pacific NW-style hefe, which is markedly different from the true Bavarian stuff. It's perhaps second in noteriety to Widmer's hefe. There's not a lot of difference between the two beers but this one has less hoppiness which I find preferable for the style. As such, it's a purely middle-of-the-road wheat beer, and bound to disappoint most, although I admit I am fully enjoying it at this precise moment. It pours a hazy, luminous gold with decent head that eventually vanishes leaving only a small bit of lace. The aroma is pretty average but a clove flavor deep down provides intrigue. The flavor is solid, crisp and cleansing, with a slight bit of complexity provided by the yeast. Some fruit flavors including peach and bread crust. The mouthfeel is smooth and soothing, with a fizzy sparkle, and drinkability is high, particular as the beer warms a bit. I'm amazed to say it, but I think I like this beer.

Thrasher, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -3.2%

HoppySeb, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uniformly cloudy amberish-orange color, slightly luminous with a dark yellow cast, head is moist and bright and compact, with average duration. Scnat aroma, a bit of medium fruity orange that almost indicates hops, not much yeasty character. Mouthfeel and carbonation are about dead-on middle-of-the-road per style. The flavor doesn't seem to rise to that standard, lacks estery qualities in most of the classic iterations, grainy and slightly mellon tasting with a strange and too bitter tang to the back. Not a very well-done Hefe to my thinking, doesn't look as good as Widmer, perhaps has more flavor though not ones you look for in this style.

ADR, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this one on tap and found it a little weird considering I haven't seen it since last summer while living in California, it pours a cloudy orangish yellow opaque tone with a white vibrant in color but thin head doesn't leave much lace as many great hefeweizens do. Aromatics there are some of the cherished yeast effects here with light banana, clove, and citrus and a underlying sweetness making for a pleasant aroma. When it comes to the flavor however these flavors become dumbed down to me, finishes chalky, and I must say not impressed seems a little sour to me. Mouthfeel is not as spritzy as I was expecting and body looks full but feels thin going down not much texture here. Drinkability this is a mediocre representation and sort of an Americanized bastardized version of a hefe, just can't stand up to authentic German hefeweizens but overall not a bad beer it was refreshing in the summer heat.

WVbeergeek, Aug 25, 2003
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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.