Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of muldersha
1.63/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

A 650mL brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR so presumably fresh though I don't see any bottling date.

Pours a hazy orange color with a boisterous white head. However, the head features incredibly large bubbles that dissipate quickly without even a whisper of lacing within just seconds of pouring. Looks flat, hazy, and somewhat gross.

Aromas are musty with only muddled hints of wheat, orange peel, and cracked black pepper.

On the palate, there is only a swampy, under-carbonated, bramble of nondescript flavors. Seems to have a very low pH, but somewhat reminds me of stomach bile.

Very uninviting mouthfeel and an almost unpalatable finish. I wouldn't peg this for a hefeweizen. In fact, in a blind tasting, I would be incredibly surprised to learn this wasn't first fermented using human spit. There are few macros I wouldn't rather drink over this. This reminds me of a beer you would find at a small brewery/restaurant that hasn't quite got its shit together. Amazing that this has the distribution that it does. One of the worst beers in the world that isn't Heineken or Corona. Seriously, this is undrinkable.

Photo of ChaseRCalkins
4.34/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will always remember this beer as my first Hefewiezen. Was the easiest to find for me being a domestic beer and I thoroughly enjoy it, hard to compare to imports but still my favorite domestic hefe. Fruitier taste than expected, good mouthfeel, cloudy appearance, very low hoppy-ness.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale Amber pour(9)but more like a murky apricot; non existent white head. Heavy sediment in bottom of glass. Whimper of a floral nose. Breadth with a little carbonated floral zing. Lite and watery. Powdery rose petal finish.

Photo of dabone
3.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Tlringer
4.67/5  rDev +50.2%
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

Photo of camarocrazy67
2.46/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It taste exactly like bud

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +26%
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.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great wheat beer you can find anywhere

Photo of TopherBreski
4.21/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I must put a review.

Photo of Ysgramor
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to Widmer, still awesome

Photo of Winston3737
3.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very good hefe weizen

Photo of bisonfort
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like half lager half Hefeweizen

Photo of CJNAPS
2.36/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nothing fancy,it was part of the brew tour lol

Photo of BigBry
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the only 'craft - like' options on the menu, so opted for a pint with dinner.
Pours clear, dark yellow with a foamy head. Bubbly foam that disappears quickly, no lace.
Smell is of wheat and grain, kind of sour. No typical "hefe" properties like banana or clove.
Taste has wheat base, some slight yeast flavor. Pretty generic.
Lots of carbonation, and therefore a crisp and tingly mouthfeel.
Overall, an average beer, refreshing on a hot day or to wash down a spicy meal.

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Recovery: This one pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head. No lacing. Lighter lemon and wheat aroma. Also, a lighter lemon and wheat taste. OK, but nothing more.

Photo of FLima
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Clear golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Different aroma for a Hefeweizen. Notes of apricot, oxidized English earthy hops, caramels, spices and bread. Not sure how fresh this is once US brewers are generally lousy in respecting the customer with freshness dates and it is hard to trust the importer (this has 4 months to expiration). Anyway this is sure not young.
Flavor of oxidized oranges, caramels, wheat, English hops, mild bubblegum and spicy yeast. Dry aftertaste with a perceived bitterness. It fells bitter than 18 IBUs.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This is sure a different take on a Hefeweizen or just not fresh. More barley malt, caramels and more hops, less yeast, cloves and banana than traditional style. Something quite didn’t match here.

Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

DATE REVIEWED: August 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: birthday weekend recovery...APPEARANCE: golden orange, almost Oktoberfest colored body that hazes beneath spongy three-finger, white head; low carbonation; lacing is wispy... AROMA: Yow! yeasty funk that sports bubblegum, prominently; secondary banana is detectable; a bit offensive... PALATE: more carbonated than its appearance suggests; pleasantly drinkable, light-bodied and cleansing; does its job well... TASTE: banana, cumin and hay--a direct profile that doesn’t intrude on its refreshing intent; not as BIG as a hefe, though--or as complex as its nose suggests...OVERALL: after some sun and yardwork, this beer is a recharger for sure--the glass empties swiftly and is a softer, more accessible version of its better versions...

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Not much head or carbonation. Mouthfeel tastes pretty watery, can't notice much citrus flavors it's mostly wheat on the palette. This is an okay beer and a decent representation of the style. Picked up a 12 pack for 10.99 so a great value as well.

Photo of Foyle
2.84/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" head that quickly recedes with some lacing. Color is a quite cloudy orange-yellow.
Aroma: wheat dominates the aroma with some citrus hops and yeasty bread in the background. Mouthfeel: light and watery, a little slick with a drying finish.
Flavor: Caramel barley malt is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma as it balances with the wheat. A hint of banana as well. Citrus rind hops are noticeable but not overpowering in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant wheat beer and appropriate to the style.

Photo of Skwsproul
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap first and was a hit. Of course they had the gigantic orange slice wedged onto the glass and I knocked it in, on purpose. I was sold. Smooth, flavorful, not over citrusy, good hefeweizen. After a couple I stopped at the local mart and was surprised they had them in six pack form. Got them home, they were not cold enough so I chilled them. Finally cracked one open, poured it into a glass, took a drink and... Not even close. Some beers should never be bottled but left in draught form only and this is one. Not bad hefeweizen at all but if you've had it in draught, it's not the same.

Photo of youknowmyname
2.52/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Odor: Acidic Citrus, Wheat with a faint smell of banana.

Pour: Hazy Orange, Decent head that dissipates to nothing, No lace at all. Served in a tulip pint glass

Taste: Heavy Wheat taste with a faint dry citrus after taste. Light carbonation but enough that it dries out your mouth. Low hops, Light body. Not very complex, More acidic than creamy which tells me that the citrus flavor is coming from additives rather than the fermented wheat.

Mediocre beer, I don't believe this is the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but an ok sample of the style. I can't say I'm a big fan of Pyramid Brewery in general. I've had 2 of their beers today and neither were awe inspiring, just ok. For the price, I've had common domestics that I enjoyed more.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with an enjoy by date of 08/16/2012 printed on the label. Dear god, what have I gotten myself into? I acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. I guess I didn't look closely enough at the label. Anyway, another new beer to me from Pyramid, this time a hefeweizen, not my favorite style, but I'm going in unbiased. Label says "unfiltered wheat ale", and doesn't mention being brewed with any spice.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Despite it's age, it still pours over a finger of fizzing white head that thins down to a tiny bubbly ring. Body is a light lemon orange color

S - Smell is pretty light and nonexistent. Some light husky grains, wheat, dusty malt, some appley yeast esters, lemon grass. Pretty bland, but what is there is nice. Lightly floral.

T - Taste isn't bad either. Crisp grains, wheat, lemongrass, oranges, some yeast-derived green apple fruitiness, some dry cider-esque qualities. No bubblegum malt, clove, or other spice character noted which is unusual for the style, so maybe some time in the bottle has had some effect. I can't say for sure.

M - Feel is still crisp and clean, with mild graininess and some malt stickiness lingering on the palate. Finish is semi-tart and dry.

Overall, a fairly strange beer, one that I will surely have to revisit one day when I have a much fresher bottle, Until then, it is what it is.

Pyramid Hefeweizen ---3/5.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy amber-orange color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. Upon pouring there is only a very small fizzy white head that rapidly fades, leaving only a trace of light lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent while foam layer on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a wheat smell mixed with a rather strong orange and sweet lemon smell. Along with these aromas are some decently strong spice smells of coriander, clove and some nutmeg as well as a light grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy wheat and yeasty flavor mixed with a bit of sweetness of an orange nature. The sweetness is strongest upfront, with it fading slightly as the taste advances to the end. Along with the loss of some of the sweetness, spice flavors begin coming to the tongue with coriander and clove being the strongest. The clove flavor really starts getting strong more toward the end of the taste, with it being joined by some grassiness and an increase in the yeast. With all the changes in the flavor, as well as the arrival of a little bit of lemon at the very end of the taste, one is left with a grainy wheat, citrus, and spiced yeasty flavor on the tongue; one that is relatively average for a hefenwizen.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and make it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – An alright, easy drinking Hefe, but nothing that is super exceptional. Nice and easy drinking.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle: 16 days out of date when poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses on 17 Aug 2013.

Looked just like it's German brothers: cloudy yellow with a huge snowy white head, large amounts of carbonation bubbles rising through the body replenishing the head.

The aroma however was not like it's brothers from Germany, this was just wheaty and grainy, no vanilla or banana esters to find at all.

Refreshing enough, but lacks flavour and depth. Mild hints of citrus notes, but not a lot of anything really.

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy, golden in color with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast. Carbonation was average. Taste was of sweet malt and some wheat. Had a bit of a bitter finish that I didn't like all that much. The aroma was better than the taste. I have had many better "Hefe's". Overall, very average.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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