Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Reviews: 434
Hads: 854
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: 434 | Hads: 854
Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into large tulip

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick froth of white head resting on top. Slowly fades into some streaky lacing with a near-solid head retention.

Light spice and cracker malt with wheat and soft citrus. This smacks of adjunct though (whether or not those ingredients are actually used), which turns me off immediately. Muted and mediocre.

A little spicy and citrusy up front with a touch of orange. Thin backbone with wheat and crackers. Not really much to see here...muted and mediocre.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, smooth and crisp on the tongue. Run of the mill American hefe-carbon-copy. Move along. (666 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a cloudy, pale, orange-amber coloring with a light, thin, bright white head that quickly settles out into an uneven film coating. Aromas of esthers and light lemon sweetness dance on the more solid banana and clove aromatic backbone. Flavors are roasty/toasty, with a buttery blending that conveys a more bready character than anything else. The fruit seems to bow itself out into the background on the palate. Light in mouth, with almost a foamy consistency as it clears the palate, albeit a smooth one. Butter gives rise to a slight banana character into the aftertaste, but too late to pull any real weight. Smooth, clean finish with a slight filmy coating left behind after a while. (739 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with no head. No lacing. Aromas of yeast, malts, banana, and orange peel. The taste is kind of like a weak banana bread. Mostly tasting spices. Also picking up on some faint orange peel. Yeast and banana towards the end. Very thin mouthfeel for the style. Overall, not worth the trouble and the worst offering in the mix 12pack. (371 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of wheat, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, pale malt, hint of yeast,and slight wheat. Overall, very weak appearance for a Hefeweizen, and the wheat is too subtle in aroma and body. (443 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden coloration, slightly hazy. Moderate white head that is soapy in appearance and does not retain long. Leaves slight lacing on the glass.

S - A faint bready aroma and almost nothing else.

T - bread, slight lemon/citrus rind, a hint of coriander.

M - Airy and bubbly. Light bodied. Pretty dry.

D - A pretty good beer. Would make a good summer session beer. Nothing to it that's real exciting, however. (414 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pyramid Hefeweizen is a cloudy golden ale with large particles floating around in it. It has a thin white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. It has a simple wheat aroma with a touch of lemon and herbs. It's light bodied and lively. The finish is pretty watery and it leaves the mouth a little silty. It's a solid wheat flavor. There are some esters detected in the taste, but it's mostly grain and lemon. I'm not getting the banana/clove I would expect. This is sort of a lackluster American Wheat Ale. (514 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making each bottle $1.67. My label looks totally different from the one shown here on the BA page, but it's the same beer inside.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color which is typical for a wheat beer, but what wasn't typical is that it only produced a ½-finger or white head. Most hefes and wheat beers produce voluminous heads. Retention on this one lasted bout a minute with a minimal amount of lacing.

A mostly wheat and citrusy smell instead of the banana/clove aroma that comes from the German hefes.

I found the flavor to be bland. Mostly wheat malt and a touch of lemon. Not enough of anything and at just 18 IBU's there's not much hop bitterness either.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

I wish the makers of American wheat ales would stop calling their beers hefeweizens because they are nothing like German hefes. (967 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz : tulip pint

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy, quickly dissolving white head.

Not unpleasant, but fairly simple and subdued flavors. Grassy, straw, wheat, lightly sweet, bread.

Medium-thin body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, easy to drink, but really pretty simple/subdued as stated above. (317 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy copper color with a fair head that fades to traces of lacing.

S: Aroma of grain and a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste starts with a light bit of citrus with and mild sweetness and some grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly light body, smooth and a bit creamy. Decent balance.

O: Nice beer for the style, nothing outstanding but gets the job done without all the fanefare. (424 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (618 characters)

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 riversider76
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention,and a nice lace. Aroma is of tart fruits,yeast and candy. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is,of bananna,clove,and fruit. Sweetart finish. Not fantastic,but worth a try for sure. (257 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +15%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dense tangerine orange color with a thin, spongy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was hard to determine.

S: A bit of funky tangerines and not much else. Meh.

T: Again a bit of funky tangerines, wheat, mandarin orange. A bit of sour off flavor occurs with concurring sips. Slight hints of musky banana yeastiness is vague but really nothing that defines or solidifies per style.

M: Not a lot of carbonation, a bit washy, medium body, funky hay flavor off the tongue.

O: Flavor does get a bit better mid way through but maybe it just gets more tolerable. Clean yeast profile, not a lot of wheat detection, overall mundane experience with a six pack just asking for disappointment. A struggle to finish. (739 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, lemon zest, with a bit of bread and noble hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet wheat with some lightly tart lemon zest. Through the middle some noble hops come through with a hint of bitterness and a bit of bread. The finish is a mix of lemon and citrus hops, with some wheat and a touch of pepper.

M - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a crisp and lightly tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing, but a touch thin and mild overall. (657 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a hazy copper with a rocky head around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Grain, lemon zest, light breadiness with some citrus hop.

Taste: A fairly crisp mouthfeel to start. Light citrus in the front, lemon, touch of grain wisps of banana. Touch of clove and a light dry finish.

Notes: Well it's drinkable overall and the dry finish is a nice plus. Cheers. (371 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A – A hazy straw yellow with a one-finger white head of soapy looking foam. Decent amount of patchy lacing.

S – Doughy malts, a little citrus zest, yeast and subdued hops. Overall aroma is “mild”.

T – Follows the nose, with cereal-like malt grain forward, followed by some bland lemon citrus, and ending with slight hop bitterness. Getting just a slight nuttyness from the grain. Honestly, resembles a pale more than a Hefe. Refreshing enough, but also kind of bland.

M – Light-to-medium bodied and a moderate level of carbonation.

O – A ho-hum brew that brings nothing memorable to the table. Quality ingredients and presentation, but overall just way to subdued for my tastes. (740 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy orange soft amber color with a white head with average retention
S-honey, hay, slight hint of citrus
T-lots of wheat malt flavor, hop provide nice bitterness and leave a bit of citrus in the finish. well balanced
M-medium-light bodied
O-Pretty good straight forward wheat beer. Nothing crazy but on point and very drinkable (338 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - A medium pour yields about a finger of fizzy white head. It retains for a while, but is mostly held up by the etching in the glass. Body is yellow golden in color with only a slight haziness. Lacing is nonexistent.

S - Smells of sour wheat and grass.

T - As with the nose, this hefeweizen is a little too sour up front, with not a lot of character to back it up. There is a mild pepperyness in the finish.

M - Light bodied and thankfully not overcarbonated.

O - An average wheat ale. I would compare it to a blue moon with just a little more wheat flavor. (632 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger head, decent retention, and a resulting thin lace.

Smell - Smells of wheat, lemon and grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of wheat and lemon. Finish is subtly bitter and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel - Light body, with a sharp, crisp bite.

Overall - Not a hefewiezen as the name suggests, but a decent wheat beer nonetheless. (378 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
3.95/5  rDev +28.7%
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 (379 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing pale gold, hazy with substantial head. The nose is all cereal, banana and sweet cream. Very approachable. Those cereal bits really come through on the tongue. This beer certainly isn't anything to write home about but it does its job and it drinks super easy. I can see myself buying a sixer of this when bonfire season rolls around. (349 characters)

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