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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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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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Photo of wallaceandvomit


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

a- nice light orange opaque appearance
s- nice light citrusy scent, something else sweet smelling but im not sure
t- pretty average wheat beer taste, what you'd expect but a little light on flavor
m- pretty average mouthfeel too, think macrobrew
d- this isnt a very good hefe but if youre one of those people who tend to like beers that get bad ratings on this site you may enjoy this, doesnt quite match up to the other few wheat beers that were available at the same grocery store for the same price

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:20:16 | More by wallaceandvomit
Photo of climax


3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color poured was a tangerine yellow, very cloudy with some yeast floaties. The head was modest and fizzy, and dropped quite quickly, leaving nothing too much.

Lemon zest, wheat, and sesame seeds were the initial flavors with a dash of phenols. Relatively uninspiring.

Taste was tart up front, sweeter towards the finish. Bitter lemon and orange kept the dominant juicy citrus profile, with some wheat flavor mingled in. Doesn't need a lemon wedge.

The body was on the light side with crisp carbonation. It is slick in the mouth, and leaves a dry clean finish.

It's very easy to drink, unoffensive, but won't turn heads.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:11:40 | More by climax
Photo of OldeGolde


1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well dang. Glad I finally ran into some brews that rubbed me the wrong way. This one really draws you in with the bottle, and probably the brewery name/logo more than anything else. Then the look of the actual beer was pretty great, too. I mean this pup had some nice haze going on for sure. Then you smell it- what's this? Tough to say. They're going for something, but then it drops off so quick and just heads into a little wheatiness. Taste follows in the same direction. This was so much like a light beer to my tongue I couldn't believe it. It's like a light beer dressed up as something better. Won't be buying this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:54:10 | More by OldeGolde
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a two finger pure white head that takes a minute to dissipate. Color is solid, but the head, retention, and lacing are all below average.

Smells pretty bland. A bit of wheat, a tiny bit of spice, and some banana. All very subdued.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell. A bit of clove joins the banana and the wheat is a bit more noticeable. Still extremely subdued. Could definitely go for an increase in the flavor department. Not undrinkable at all, just really boring and pretty bland. I certainly won't seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:36:39 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of LacquerHead


2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Where's the Hefe?" There was not much to this beer. It was like a lager was used as the base on which a weak hefeweizen flavor was added. The wheat profile didn't add much to the overall beer. There were some hints of lemon grass and straw but the over carbonation distracted me from those flavors.

This beer would be suitable for macro drinkers. I feel no need to have this again, especially when there are many more flavorful hefeweizens out there. This tasted too manufactured. Not a very good hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:29:30 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of JamisonM


2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: its a cloudy orange color with a small head

S: not much here even with the yeast in there still its not much some wheat malt maybe a small hint of spice and banana

T: its a drinkable wheat beer banana and clove are super light in here and carbonation is not what it should be

M: med carbonation and it should be at least med to high with a light mouth

D: i can drink this but man this is not a good Hefe and I love Hefes

Overall: Most American Hefes are not that good and this one is no exception just a bleh beer nothing stands out.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:22:33 | More by JamisonM
Photo of bradleyp


3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Bier Stein in Eugene. Pours a very light copper color. smells of lemon and wheat. Not very hoppy, but it did taste a little bitter. I probably could've drank a whole bunch of these in the hot Oregon sun. Since I was riding my bike around town, I only had enough time for one, but will def. try some more of these later. I really enjoy Pyramid brews, and can't wait to try others.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 07:15:15 | More by bradleyp
Photo of ArrogantB


3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, looks orange more than yellow. It has a rather average aroma and tastes average with a hint of clove but really just reminds me how much more I enjoy German hefeweizens...I am not sure but I don't think I've ever had an awesome Pyramid beer, this us no exception.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 04:35:01 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of JDH2000


2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a decent golden color. Slightly cloudy with a little head.

S- wheat malts with some hints of spices.

T- again the wheat malts with a little banana and spices (clove, mainly). I was surprised that the flavors were not deeper. Almost watered down....

M- decent amount of carbonation, with a watery mouthfeel.

D- overall okay for a summer day. Not horrible, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:57:03 | More by JDH2000
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 avalon07

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a large, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A faint, if pleasant aroma of wheat, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of wheat and lemon up front with a bland watery finish. The American Pale Wheat Ale is not the most dynamic of styles, and this beer proves that point.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: A decidedly mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 12:18:27 | More by avalon07
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a hazy yellow orange with a two finger fizzy head. Some lacing. It has the visual qualities of a decent hefeweizen but tastes more like a sweet pilsner. Not much of a smell either except for a slight hint of mango. Light in body, nice carbonation, pretty good buzz. Not much of a notable personality to this brew, but it's definitely not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:34:10 | More by 828beagle
Photo of coastiefish


2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass.

alright, so I usually wouldn't care to review such a beer. I bought this 22 a....ago. I have had it a few times before. Here's the thing: I bought it. I'm up tonight doing nothing else but reviewing beers. I'm going to review this one. Its pyramid.

A: No head on the pour, a golden cloudy hue. [on the refill from the bottle, I got a head with tons of small bubbles that lasted for a minute.] [just sayin']

S: zest, citrus, mostly lemon. teeny tiny bit of banana in the aromatics.

T: Minor astringency, a bit of coriander. the yeasty, bread opened up throughout the pour, as it warmed.

MF: an mildly oily carbonation with a flat finish

D: well, considering the price, and the heat right now, I would pick this up if I wanted the cheap quick one in this family of styles. It is it what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 08:36:39 | More by coastiefish
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden brew with a decent sized creamy head.
S: A very strong wheatey bready scent with a slight sweetness to it.
T: A heavy sweet malt flavor with some undertones of fruity citrus to build flavor. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.
D/M: Nice carbonation, really sits on the tongue. I liked the way it was heavy for a beer of this style, but very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:01:32 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of blackc5


3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap numerous times but never reviewed. Kind of a go to beer if nothing else is worthy at restaurants that dont really seem to care about beer. Nevertheless, I decided to pick up a bomber from IGA since they were selling them for $2.39. For that price, this is a decent beer IMHO, and the scores above reflect that value.

Nothing too special as far as a hefeweizen goes - I would say it it is still better than most wheat ales that try to imitate their German brethren. Definitely do get some of the appropriate spiciness and fruitiness, with quite a fair amount of lemony citrus. Drinkability is surely its strong suit, and one that demands to be gulped on a warm day (of which we have had very little around here as of late...).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 23:56:06 | More by blackc5
Photo of Duff27


2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Phoenix, AZ. Sky Harbor Airport. Fox Sports Bar. Served with a lemon slice without asking for it, whatever.

A- Cloudy, light orange color. Little to no head which ill blame the bartender for because my buddy got a lot of head! Lacing at first but then disappears.

S- Zesty, lemony...:(

T- More zest. Coriander. A rich man's Blue Moon? Only not as good somehow.

M- Pretty smooth, medium to light mouthfeel.

D/O- Wasn't a fan of the style before and this didn't change my mind. I'd imagine if you enjoyed this you could put down a few of them...not for me though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:32:47 | More by Duff27
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth wheat soft zest/citrus lightly sour/tart. Smells pretty good.

Pours hazy creamy yellow with little head. Looks alright.

Flavor follows nose. Soft bitterness. Fairly creamy body with mildly spicy carbonation. Lemongrass and orange citrus. Soft vanilla or almond notions. Soft peppery phenols. Lacks the banana/clove of a Hefe, understandably.

Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability. Pretty good solid APWA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 01:58:17 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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 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 Phelps


3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haywire pours a pale goldenrod with lots of bubbles. Hazy, but fairly clear for a hef. A white head dissipates right away to a mere sheen on top.

Not much wheat in the nose. Sweet honey and some graininess. Not too much wheat in the taste either. On the sweet side. Bubble gum, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation that's kicking my ass.

Nothing memorable in any way, but would be refreshing on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:55:49 | More by Phelps
Photo of kazmaniac


3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy as expected for an unfiltered wheat ale, golden yellow orange coloring. Dense head with small tight bubbles that starts at about a ½ finger but dissipates quickly.

Smell - Light fruity yeast aroma.

Taste - First sip was surprising since I expected more of a hefeweizen and less of a citrusy lager. Some carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with some carbonation.

Drinkability - I'd consider this an easy and casual drinking beer. It's a step up from the macros but I'd go elsewhere if I was looking for an interesting hefeweizer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:45:43 | More by kazmaniac
Photo of wolfinthemirror


3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

yellow lemonade like color, very cloudy with a generous soapy white head.

grains, like corn and wheat in the smell, with lemon rhine.

Some bready wheat, and lemony citrus notes. pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. I don't like it quite as much as the Sierra Nevada Hefeweizen I had earlier this evening for comparison.

it's a very smooth drinking beer, light, and milld carbonation.

very drinkable, definitely not a bad beer tastewise, and at a sessionable level of 5.2%

Good, but not as strong as a Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:00:06 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of Liverpool08


3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another just average Heffe. Too many people out there making this style and not enough good ones.
This one has the average lemon/citrus aroma. Then follows up with an average wheat and citrus flavor. Nothing great here, just a little better than your standard macro.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 01:08:08 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of bluejacket74


3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 5/20/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is wheat and lemon. Pretty straight forward, not much else to it. Taste is wheat, and a bit of lemon. Same as the aroma, there isn't much to it but it does have a bit of a sweet malty finish. Not bad. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation too. Drinkability is decent, it's refreshing and easy to drink. It's not the best wheat beer out there, but it's certainly not bad. I'd rather have this than a macro brew any day. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:04:41 | More by bluejacket74
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.