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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-16-2012 17:12:59 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is mainly of wheat and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight yeast flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer all around with no real traditional hefeweizen aromas or flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:16:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-05-2012 17:10:36 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy medium amber. The off-white head is average in size and melts pretty quickly. It settles to a thin film and leaves almost no lace. The nose is muted and consists mostly of mildly earthy grain.

The flavor is average at best. Hefeweizen reminds me of a macro lager, but is actually a step or two above that in quality. It's a little wheaty, with no hops to speak of. Things dissolve quickly due to a thin mouthfeel, leaving next to nothing in the way of a finish.

Pyramid Hefeweizen could use more flavor and more character. Even if this is a style that you enjoy, my advice is to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 00:00:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head with somewhat larger bubbles than I expected; some lacing

Smell: A little vanilla and some citrus; not much banana or bubblegum

Taste: Vanilla and slightly nutty; a bit peppery with a with a smooth finish; somewhat unpleasant phenolic aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy bodied; pretty decent carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough, but somewhat dumbed down from other hefes I have tasted; much nicer out of the bottle than the sample I had on tap recently

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 02:10:14 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most Pyramid beers, this one is fairly timid for the style and has some flaws, mainly due to low maltiness and grain flavors.

The wheat parts of the beer are barely noticable. The beer is mostly clear and very lager-like. Yeatiness brings out some fruitiness but not enough to compare favorably against classic Hefeweizens. The beer's base is a 50/50 blend of malt and grain, and this shows in the flavor and feel of the beer. Lackluster taste and aromas hardly improve going into the finish. Though clean, the grain astringency kicks in a bit and becomes a little bitey.

The beer isn't a trainwreck but suffers from the taste of profit margins rather than quality of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:44:06 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is quite mild and unimpressive, but doesn't possess the usual sour wheat notes of beers of this style. A bit of citrusy hops and bready malt, but that is about it.

T: A soft sweetness from the wheat and malts, and a bit of yeastiness (which doesn't surprise me given the amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle). A light citrus and grass hop flavor and very soft bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but somewhat one note and bland. It was good for the occasion where it was being served (a wedding), but not something I would go out and pick up.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 20:32:32 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-06-2011 17:34:43 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Turbid-looking, darkened yellow body with a finger of lasting white foam, though the befuddled server did admit it was the "last pull from the keg."

Smell: Aroma of malted wheat with lesser, lighter notes of crisp grains and just-as-crisp crackers. Even fainter notes of lemon zest and spicy cloves.

Taste: Upfront taste of malted wheat with a slight flavor of whole grain crackers. Yes, it's a bit Triscuit-y. Light confectioners sugar sweetness. Background hint of lemons. Very minor clove spiciness. Minor touch of bitterness. Still, this one finishes just a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly tasty and refreshing. It's just ample flavor, though this could be from all the yeast and whatnots sucked up into the last glass from a keg.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 03:11:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-23-2013 06:36:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

02-01-2014 23:05:11 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-29-2013 06:49:04 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.2%

03-09-2013 23:41:09 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-17-2013 23:42:14 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 06:28:54 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A cloudy golden color with a small, white, foamy head. It didn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S - Smells citrusy (lemon, mostly) and of wheat and yeast.

T - Tastes of wheat, malt and citrus. It appears to be more malty than some other wheat beers.

M - It is slightly grainy and soft. It is light-bodied.

D - It is a nice wheat beer. There are others that I like better but I wouldn't turn down this version.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 15:30:07 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy, muddy, near-opaque dark golden colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves some uneven strata of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of musty grain, fine ground pepper, some mild orange zest, and yeast. The taste is sweet wheat grain, some more subtle citrus, a bit of spicy clove, and a bit of dry, musty hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body kind of lightweight, mostly smooth, and just a tad wispy. It finishes dry, fruity, and musty.

Definitely straddles the line between the proclaimed, and the BA style. Given its middling, but still present and accounted for flavours, this is either a pretty decent plain wheat ale, or a so-so hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:23:15 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

05-04-2012 12:30:27 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, the color of straw. Half an inch of head from a draft pour, lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: Yeasty and clovey, mild phenols. Cleaner than most hefeweizens, tamer than I'd like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very malty with plenty of chewy wheat flavor. Signature hefeweizen clove and banana flavors are present but fairly subdued. Medium-bodied but refreshing and light on the palate, pretty spot-on for the style. The finish is clean and mild. This is a pleasant enough American hefweizen, but it could use a bit more personality; the flavor doesn't really differ much from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 23:07:01 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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nickfl

Florida

2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles pretty rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Tart wheat and a lttle bit of coriander.

T - Wheat and coriander up front with some clove in the middle. Finishes with tart wheat and more of the ubiquitous coriander flavor.

M - Medium thick body modate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - way too spicy with an overwhelming coriander flavor that dominates and normal wheat notes. Really comes across more like a wit than a hefeweisse and pretty well exemplifies everything I dislike about American wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 04:05:44 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 10/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtcuket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, fruit, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts bready with flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. Than some sweet flavors of bananas and other fruits come in. The hops presence is very mild and does not bring much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 01:58:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

02-05-2014 05:45:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed & effervescent straw color with 4+ fingers of fluufed up meriunge-like head. Above averge lacing & head retention

S: Slight grainyness & fruittyness

T: Tart malt, grainyness & lemon up front. Dry & very clean tasting, a little bit of peppery flavor. Finishes slightly grainy & tart

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, a very amercianized/clean hefe. Purists will dislike the lack of yeast profile. But a nonoffensive thirst quencher, none the less

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 03:16:46 | More by russpowell
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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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