Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.08%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Orange-gold colour, semitransparent.

Sm: Orange peel citrus ester hops accompanied by pleasant barley and malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Decent orange peel, a moderately full barley body, and slight malt tones. Simple, pretty badly built, and sort of balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of unwelcome sharpness. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Drinkable enough, but offered at a high price and not good quality.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
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!

Photo of smcolw
1.76/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Surprisingly little head for the style. No lasting yeast. Yellow gold color with little cloudiness.

Strong medicinal aroma upfront. Definitely a departure from any wheat I've ever had. There's a beef stew component as well but no wheat or even yeast to the nose.

It's hard to get past the smell to get a taste that isn't effected. Perhaps if I hold my nose... There's a touch of sweetness that is completely inappropriate for the style. No wheat notes. The swallow is like finishing a vegetable soup. The body is okay and perhaps the only redeeming quality to this beer. This beer is a clear miss. This is a difficult review because I am rooting for Pyramid to make great beers. In the end, I ended up dumping the glass.

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a thin head.

Smell is nearly non-existant. Nothing inoffensive, though. Some clove with just a hint of banana.

The taste is of honey and clove. Banana is very, very subtle. Some crisp wheat. A touch of an odd sourness. Light and fairly inoffensive. Not much to it, but honey sweetness and clove blend fairly well.

The feel is light, airy and clean.

Pretty easy drinking. A decent choice for a thirst-quencher as it is light and has enough to it to have some flavor.

This one is more interesting for it's history. From what I have learned, it is the first American Wheat Ale that was a year-round offering. (Anchor made one in 1984 - a year earlier, but was only a summer offering, at the time anyway.) It's decent enough to try for this little tidbit of craft-brewing history, if nothing else. Inoffensive and light with a sweet touch in the finish.

Photo of WesWes
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very cloudy dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a thick wheat scent that has a lemony zest and a stale aroma. The taste is average. It has a very bland wheat flavor with some lemon zest and a disgusting yeast finish. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a big disappointment. I'm gonna have to pour this down the drain. This is my first Pyramid brew. I hope the others in their lineup are better.

Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/05/04- Served at the Crow Canyon Country Club during my company Christmas party.

Appearance- Colored a cloudy-yellowish, with a small head and moderate lacing.

Smell- As with all Pyramids (except Snow Cap) it has a weird and funky kind of scent that I am not keen on. Maybe it's a yeasty and bready smell. But, there are some cloves and maybe a bit of tropical frutiyness.

Taste- Hmmm, not that bad. Has the typical hefe taste. A bit of cloves. No hops and a tad bit bitter.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, but is a bit creamy so it goes down pretty good.

Drinkability- I only had one of these at the party, but if they hadn't have had SN or Anchor I would have had another couple of these. Certainly beats Coors Light or Bud any day of the week.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoy by date 05/2005, Sampled March 2005
Pours a hazy light amber to gold color. It is topped by a frothy one-finger thick off white colored head. The aroma of this beer is dominated by the yeast that was mixed in. I get notes of bread, and yeast as well as soft notes of lemon and fresh cut grass from the wheat malt. As I smell the aroma a bit deeper a nice lightly toasted biscuit notes comes through, as well as perhaps a hint of banana type esters.

The taste is spritzy from the carbonation, and actually a bit spicy, though in a very clean way. The taste is softly fruity with hints of lemon, apple, and perhaps some soft pear. By and large though this beer is quite clean. I think most of the character comes from the yeast that was mixed in. There is a slight fullness and perhaps an astringent note, as well as the soft fruitiness that I attribute to the yeast.

This is a nice refreshing brew, quite simplistic, and light on the palate. You really cannot ask for more from a standard American Wheat beer. I really recommend adding the yeast on the bottom of the bottle to this beer, it adds some much needed flavor and complexity. Having said this, I would much prefer a German style Hefeweizen or a Belgian style Wit over this.

Photo of Gavage
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: no noticeable aroma other than a tiny hint of banana.

Taste: light wheat, soft coriander spice, some banana, and a touch of citrus. Overall a weak hefe that needs a flavor punch.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Light in body. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: dull and boring. Its easy to find a more flavorful hefe on the market.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish gold with a short-lived white head

S - faint orange and lemon

T - straw, bread, orange, banana

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Allow this beer to open up a bit. After a few sips it becomes a hefeweizen. It has banana notes and a soft wheaty feel. As the beer warms it becomes much more the character it was meant to be.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.