Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

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434 Reviews
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Reviews: 434
Hads: 853
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 16.61%
Wants: 10
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Reviews by heath1agnew:
Photo of heath1agnew
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance- cloudy some what orange in appearnace head retention is not that good. no lacing to speak of.

smell- a little bit of citrus and malt. not much else going on.

taste and mouthfeel- harsh carbonation, and really misses most of the qualities that hefeweizen's tend to have. i really felt like i was drinking more of a lager with not a lot of flavor.

drinkability- in my opinion, keeping in mind i'm not a professional, this beer is really not very easy to drink and not very enjoyable. (497 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of dabone
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap. Cloudy orange with marginal head. Taste is fruitier than expected with a hint of grain. Decent mouthfeel. Not a bad hefeweizen compared to other American manufacturers. (183 characters)

Photo of bisonfort
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like half lager half Hefeweizen (31 characters)

Photo of Tlringer
4.67/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Better beer than rated. I give it 90/100. Tried it on tap at Danny K's in Anaheim California (92 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap this is a very nice hefe. Not sure why it has such a low rating, perhaps it's worse in bottle as my review was based on tap. Clean and crisp, could be a little creamier on the mouthfeel, but overall not a bad beer at all. (230 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev -31.6%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of MadScientist
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (928 characters)

Photo of Dmann
3.01/5  rDev -2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.25/5  rDev -59.3%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Joebraggot
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (2,401 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of tigg924
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Jovo
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of bsp77
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Stebow1289
2.84/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  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. (311 characters)

Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of NOLTERN
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BCborn
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
71 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.