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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Pyramid Hefeweizen
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.45%

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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Photo of RBorsato


4.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered dark golden with a nice off-white head. Grainy aroma dominates with light fruity notes. Grainy, fruity and yeasty flavor. Light-medium bodied and refreshing fruitiness for a wheat beer.

Very nicely balanced American Wheat ! Always seem to prefer the bottled version of this over the draft versions I have had ... not sure why.

Per Pyramid Website:
Original Gravity: 1.051
Alcohol By Volume: 5.20%
Malts: 2-Row Barley, Malted Wheat, Caramel
Hops: Liberty

Enjoy by: 06/19/03
Tasted: 05/31/03

($7.47 / 6-pack) ($1.25 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 11:00:10 | More by RBorsato
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As usual the folks from Pyramid come through. I was with a freind who normally only drinks Miller uugghhh. He asked me to pick a beer for him and this is the one I chose. To my delight he loved it and even ordered several more. It has a very good look and taste excellent with or wothout a slice of lemon, though I prefer the lemon. A great beer for a hot day of sitting on the porch and talking with friends......CHEERS

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2002 08:09:57 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.33/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy color, with a real foggy look in the glass. The head was a small one that really didn't last. The overll smell was hoppy with a hint of wheat. and the taste was ver crisp. One of the nicer hefe's i have drank. A recomended beer for the fans of the hefe-wiezen. All in all I would say this is a good beer and would drink it agian. Especially during the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 18:18:46 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.2/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be one of the easiest beers 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

12-29-2008 01:37:47 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of roddwolff


4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Disinguishes a very cloudy amber color with orange shades, ephemeral foamy head, i like the logo, look's like a Picasso painting;

S: Fruity, some guava, peach and banana, very good;

T: Wheat, lemon, and orange with malt;

M: Dry and bittersweet, high carbonation

D: The sweeter hefeweizen i ever tasted, remain some kind of pulp and bottom, it's very tasty too.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 20:51:50 | More by roddwolff
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy. Deep orange in color with golden yellow highlights. Full, bright white head that holds OK. The aroma offers a little fruitiness, with some citrus in it, over a background maltiness. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, derived from a medium/full body and moderate level of tight, natural carbonation (@2.5 volumes CO2). The pin-point bubbles gently glide to the surface. The flavor has a soft tart note, a gently sweet maltiness and a subtle, balancing bitterness. The finish is short, with a honey-like sweet malt character. A very nice beer. Quite distinct amongst many American Wheats in that it emphasises the malt component, rather than allowing the hops to show, and has an interesting light tartness from the yeast. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 15:39:13 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours cloudy amber with a white head. The head shrinks to a ring and laces slightly.

S - bubble gum, citrus, light banana and mango

T - peach, banana, mango, light lemon, bubble gum and a delicate spice/fruit finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body, light pulp/fiber feeling as it goes over the tongue and a neutral finish

D - big bubble gum smell and lots of fruit flavors here. Flavors are a bit muted compared to my favorite wheat beers but this is still highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:46:42 | More by Grunewald
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orangish color. Thick lacing throughout.

Smell: typical hefe-yeast smells.

Taste: solid, fruity hefe esters.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation levels; smooth.

Drinkability: nothing earth-shattering, but I found this to be very good.

Unlike some of the other Pyramids I've had, quality control issues not apparant.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 19:27:57 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast is there, but not too assertive

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2001 22:36:33 | More by AaronRed
Photo of dcook11


4/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- two finger white head from an aggressive pour. Impressed with the appearance of this beer. Very light amber/lemonade look. I would have liked to see a more persistant head though.

s- Like the appearance, smell is pleasant and peppered with citrus and fruity notes. Also some mild hops.

T-refreshing taste with mostly malt and some hops at the end to add a small bite. Based on the smell and the appearance, I am a little dissapointed with the taste. Don't get me wrong it is pleasent, but not very complex.

M-Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 04:51:19 | More by dcook11
Photo of mactrail


4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly rich and mouth filling. Lovely cloudy amber in the tall glass. Not too sweet, but full of malt flavors. Tangy with a hint of lemon. Nice carbonation that lasts well and fills each mouthful with a pleasant spritz. Mellow maltiness makes for super drinkability. Tart finish with a kiss of bitter hops. I'd say this is as good of a Hefeweizen as you'd hope to find on this side of the Atlantic. Calling this an American Pale Wheat just puts it in with some totally different lightweight beers.

On tap at The Grove on Chestnut St. in San Francisco where it seems to be a house regular. Nice glassware for these tall pours.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 07:17:54 | More by mactrail
Photo of Johnlikeshefe


4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great everyday hefe. It's more in the American wheat camp versus the Bavarian spicy hefe category. It's one of my favorites. Perfect for a warm day....it goes down so easy. Very drinkable. it's in the same class as Widmer Bros for it's smooth balance and not overly spicy. If you're looking for a spicier brew like a Kellerweis then this may not be the beer of choice. If you're looking to knock back a few smooth hefe's then Pyramid works well. A great everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 20:14:02 | More by Johnlikeshefe
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, wheaty head. Hazy, deep orange color. Bold, fresh, floral and fruit notes: honey, citrus, lemon zest. Little hop intrusion, but some bitterness lies on the palate. Solid, chewy texture. Hops re-emerge, flood the mouth, dance around the teeth and gums. Beautifully refreshing! To the crap lager drinkers of the world, I wish a taste of this fine ale, to shatter their beer worldview, and , if Heaven permits, rebuild it!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 16:59:37 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy iced tea-colored with a thin head, my Hefeweizen was served with a lemon, and like the dumbass I am, I squeezed and plunked it right in. Oh well. It smelled of wheat and lemon (couldn't tell if that was completely from the wedge or if the beer itself had a touch of it). I liked this beer (I'm a sucker for hefes and whites), as it was light and refreshing, and as far from heavy as you could get. It was dominated by the damn lemon, so I'd like to try it again, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the nice wheat flavor paired with light carbonation and easy drinkability. A solid hefeweizen that I'll have again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2003 23:51:01 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, short, stout, 12 oz bottle just copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland for $1.59...
Pours a hazy and cloudy bright orange hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a very minor amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Faint aroma of wheat, coriander, and spices...
Taste was crisp, clean, and refreshing, with a noticeable hint of tangerines and oranges with a touch of ripe citrus and fresh florals... Overall, this was a pretty good stab at the style, but nothing above and beyond as I was anticipating... Was initially really excited about trying this beer since Pyramid does not distribute to New Jersey...
Excellent level of drinkability however, as the brew went down crisp and clean without any cloying factors...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 15:48:47 | More by dsa7783
Photo of flagmantho


3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint on-tap at my local Red Robin. Came with a lemon wedge but I de-fruited it immediately.

Appearance: medium gold/yellow opaque. Almost no head at all.

Smell: mild citrus and wheat. Possibly too cold to get a good impression.

Taste: bright citrus and crisp wheat. I found it actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: body on the medium side of light, and I liked the level of carbonation.

Drinkability: great. Like a lot of hefes, this is a solid drinkin' beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 04:26:36 | More by flagmantho
Photo of becktone


3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in A horizontal tasting with Widmer Hefeweizen, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, New Holland Zoomer, and Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat.

Eye: Golden in color and quite clear for a hefeweizen, not to mention a brewery that boasts unfiltered beers. Head is stable but small. As with all wheat beers I expect there to be a nice long lasting head with great retention.

Nose: This one also has a decent aroma, definitely more wheat character here, more bread and yeasty aromas as well. Very small hints of clove and perhaps banana as well, but in extremely small amounts, just enough to hint at banana bread. A bit of spiciness from hops.

Tongue: Sweet malt backbone, some slight banana flavor, again just a hint of it. Great malt flavor, nice wheat flavors meld with some yeast and malted barley to create something that is nice and refreshing. Crisp. Clean. Would really like some more hops though, some nice spice would really do this beer some good, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Crisp, clean and zesty on the palate. Light in body with a semi-dry finish. Carbonation is just right, it compliments the rest of the brew, dancing on the tongue giving a feeling of cleanliness as the beer leaves the mouth. I can see how this would be nice on a hot day, however, it is middle of the line, nothing outstanding. But I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Perhaps if they didn't have something I like better, such as Oberon, then I'd grab this from the store.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:14:18 | More by becktone
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at an Irish place in Buffalo with lunch (Beef on Weck) before BRUUUCE on 4-13-12. (Reviewed from notes)

A-Nice, cloudy with decent head

S-Pretty typical Hefe

T-Good, nicely balanced

M-A little bit chewy for my taste

O-Good, now that Rochester's North American Brewery has acquired Pyramid, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of their offerings, and that's a good thing

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 09:14:49 | More by aranheaney
Photo of Bang34


3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was my introduction to Hefewiezens and I havn't turned back. Very cloudy golden orange in color with a white head that doesn't stick around very long. Sweet citrus aroma, almost lemony. All I can say about the taste is, smooth. Sweet, citrusy with a hint of hops but not much. Great mouth feel and I have gone many parties on this alone. I would say that is is Pyramid's Flagship Brew. Not sure of availability beyond the west coast but if you like hefe's you should try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 00:08:19 | More by Bang34
Photo of supercolter


3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy straw yellow color, not a lot of head, some lacing
S- decent smell, some malt and hop smell, up front, a bit skunky to finish
T- pretty good flavor, very remeniscent to a macro lager, but a bit more hoppy
M, D- nice and heavy, some carbonation but easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 04:19:44 | More by supercolter
Photo of jampics2


3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard.

This beer comes to the table in a pint glass with a orangish, cloudy liquid with a small white head. Looks nice for an American Pale Wheat Ale, but has nothing on the legendary Hefe's of the world.

Smell is straight-up banana, clove, and wheat. Nice but no where near life changing. A touch of orange fruitiness also makes an appearance.

Taste is really pleasant but lacks the depth of character I expect from something I would call exceptional. Wheat is dominant from the malt with just a touch of toasted crackers. The yeast gives a touch of banana and clove. And the hops lend a fruity spin, perhaps even some lemon. Decent but also kind-of same old, same old.

Mouthfeel is nice on draft. The body is light and the finish is clean. Carbonation is appropriate, not too sharp, and works with the wheat to produce a nice feel. I liked this as a summer, lawnmower beer and found it was easily drinkable. But the trade-off is flavor - I'd prefer more flavor even at the expense of drinkability here. Wouldn't buy, even a keg for a party, but would drink again over many beers out there if nothing better was available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 15:16:24 | More by jampics2
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy off-white head that retains well. Color is hazy golden-yellow with a peach tint. Creamy dots of lace inside the glass.

Nice aromas, with wheat/malt leading the charge, also a good bit of fruitiness (pear, apple, apricot). A mild peppery spice lays in the background.

Flavor-wise this does the job, carrying its own personality in comparison to many other US microbrews of the style. The flavor profile is subtle, and I appreciate that, because that's what makes the originating German brews of this type so special. And here we have an overlying wheat maltiness, with subtle underpinnings of apricot, sharp spices and earthy yeast characteristics. I know this isn't the apricot weizen that Pyramid brews, but there's a definite fruit element at work here.

A thick, creamy mouthfeel helps deliver the flavor, but the prickliness at the back of the sip kills off some of that flavor too quickly.

A refreshing, light, tasty beer with enough character to stand next to other similar beer--but still not even close to Franziskaner. Nobody can touch Franziskaner. Taking it for what it is, it's certainly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 21:36:15 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of MusicmanSD


3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a great beer to have after having something harsh. It really shows off its smooth characteristics and the appeal of a nice hefe. Cloudy and unfiltered in the glass; perfect. The smell is sort of metallic which throws you off at first, and then upon first big whiff really resembles an ale. It doesn't get to its hefe characteristics until you drink it, which comes next...very, very smooth. Nice subtle hop bitterness, and wheaty taste which makes you want more. In my case, two more! The mouthfeel is above average and decent for a hefe. Very smooth again in this department. About halfway in-between a stouts creaminess and an ales aggressive nature. The drinkabilty is awesome for something different from what everyone else would bring to a get together, and you can't beat a good sessionable hefe! Its no Franziskaner, but it is definetly something to try out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 05:36:57 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of birdypowder


3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: A beautiful hazy yellow orange hue with hints of copper.

Head: Bright but not brillant white head of which the bulk dissipated quickly. Was left with a white ring around the glass that faithfully followed the beer down the glass as I drank.

Aroma: Some floral with a slight hint of clove. Citrus notes as well, mostly orange. Very light hop aroma.

Taste: Bready, floral, tart and a little hop flavor.

Drinkability: High!

Summary: A solid example of the American Hefeweizen style. It'a a very drinkable beer and would be a good gateway beer for a non micro drinker to begin their journey into craft beer. It would also make a good session beer although the ABV is a tad high.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 20:43:26 | More by birdypowder
Photo of beersarang


3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chili's - Definitely a fresh keg
NO lemon added.

Pours a beautiful orangish color. Cloudy, as it should be, with a frothy white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Head retention is not spectacular for a wheat beer.

Aroma is rather mild, light hops, light malts.

Tastes clean and crisp. The wheat and yeast flavor is there, but is not dominant. The hops come in at the back of the palate but don't ever overcome the wheat. Overall this is balanced, but lacks depth.

Mouthfeel is light but creamy, this beer doesn't fill you up, but its a pleasure to drink. Quite drinkable. IAfter work sometimes it just feels great to have one of these on tap. It doesn't let me down.

Note: Since this is not an exceptional beer in the bottle I know there are many better hefeweizens out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2005 08:40:49 | More by beersarang
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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.