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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of gdhawley
2/5  rDev -35.7%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -3.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Sargully, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -3.5%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear gold with 1/2 inch, rapidly disappearing head. The aroma is ofbread crust, fruit, and a hint of caramel. It's flavor consists of fruity caramel, hay, vanilla, and slight apple notes which has a caramel apple flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen is a good beer full of flavor. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Grove, San Francisco.

Appearance is the typical cloudy yellow you see in hefes.

Smell wasn't really there for me. Faint smell of bananas and cloves, but BARELY.

Taste wasn't all there either. It had the typical hefe taste, but somehow diluted.

Overall, it's an ok hefe style beer. I'd get it again if it was on tap and nothing else sparked my interest. There are better hefes out there though.

Northsider, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

kojevergas, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Crazy served in a SA glass

Pretty cloudy dark-gold color with a good amount of head. That's where the fun stops. The aroma has bits of wheat and grain, not much else. The taste is rather light, some wheat with lemon and a hint of floral. It's pretty smooth but has a thin body. It's an ok beer but there isn't much to it.

DesMoinesMike, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I heard good things about this beer so I had to give it a shot. Poured a golden orange color with a fair amount of head that dissipated pretty quickly. Taste is super smooth with wheat and spice, and a little tin flavor. This is a great warm weather beer, highly drinkable and very smooth. It’s definitely not one of the best hefe’s out there, but it’s not bad either.

kflorence, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Original rating on 07-16-11: 2.5, 2.5, 3.0, 3.0, 3.0
Edited rating on 03-01-12: 3.5, 2.5, 3.0, 2.5, 3.0
Final edit on 09-12-12: 3.5, 3.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5

Poured from 12-oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Looks more golden than anything else. Not so much orange or lemon in the smell, but more of a wheat and grassy type. Nothing extraordinary. Taste is average for an American Hefeweizen (I’ve only had a handful on German hef’s), but thankfully not too fruity. No lasting taste or aftertaste. I hoped it would get better. Overall it’s not too bad. I’d probably order it at a bar and would definitely give it another try.

BucannonXC5, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Sacramento location on 3/8/11

Dense, really cloudy orange color. Poured a wispy head. Thin collar retention; no lace.

The aroma is simple. Lots of wheat. Toasted wheat. Wheat, wheat, wheat? Yeppers. A touch earthy and almost musty with a hoppy notion.

No surprise, wheat is the defining flavor. Regardless, there is an unabashed hoppy kick that is manifest throughout. Toasted grains. Not at all sweet. Rather, it's quite dry and pointed.

Somewhat heavy for the style, but medium body overall. Very prickly carbonation; it's too much. Toasted wheat finish.

Not too shabby. Aside from the carbonation, it's enjoyable.

Ryan011235, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ackleydg
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright yellow with pretty good head action. Definitely some sediment in there. Aroma leaves something to be desired. Citrus is the predominant scent.

Foamy mouthfeel. Taste is ok - better than most American Hefs in my opinion. A lot of wheat and lemon flavor. Not a lot of banana or clove.

Certainly drinkable. I prefer something a little closer to the German style though.

ackleydg, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden, head is barely there, really not the head I expect from a hefeweizen. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
S- Smell is mostly grainy, but there is a bit of lemon to it as well.
T- There isn't the banana, bubble gum, etc. notes you commonly find in hefeweizens. It's mostly just a lightly earthy grain character and a bit of lemon in the finish.
M- Light-medium body, active carbonation.
O- Not that great of a hefeweizen, and a below average beer for me. It doesn't really stick with me, and I guess it's a decent transition beer, but beyond that, I'll pass in the future.

jsprain1, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with haze and a 2 finger white head

smell: clove, banana, citrus, wheat

taste: citrus fruits, banana, clove

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad hefeweizen. just doesn't stand up to some of the others in the same category.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of beerman21
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, I understand that its what is in the bottle that counts, but the old labels to Pyramids beers were way more original looking. It was plane easy on the eyes and just cool! Anytime i looked at it, some how reminding me of the pyramids being built with paying there workers with beer, kind of neat. Now they have these cartoonish loud labels. Anyways the older labels were way cooler.

Now for what really matters the brew inside...

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a ridiculously load cartoonish label. Looks like a beer for children.

Pour a golden unfiltered hue, quite bright and refreshing looking. Head dissipates but with holds well. No lemon for me thanks.

Smell lemony, grassy notes, sweet cereal smelling background almost smells like Kellogg’s cereal.

Tart sweetness, lemon peal, very faint banana and clove nothing pronounced there but it is there and i can pick it out. Faint bubble gum there as well but again very mild and hard to pull out. Refreshing, crisp and well mild flavors. I remember this beer being a little bit different more pronounced with there flavors. But it is very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthful little bit watery more than i would like but it makes for easy drinking on a hot day.

Overall not a great example for being a hefeweizen, probably shouldn’t even call it as such. But it is a refreshing easy clean beer, that does have characteristic of the style it says it is. Bubble gum banana and clove flavors are hidden with the cereal tasting malts. Wish it would come out a little bit more.

beerman21, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Slightly hazy tangerine colored brew that produced a decent head of froth. Kinda fuzzed, but settled to a 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - Nothing really here to report, a slight touch of spice perhaps, and maybe clove, but that's about it.

T - Lemon zest up front, coriander, and a yeasty body. Very light on the flavor.

M - Sharply carbonated light body. Not reminiscent of a Hefeweizen at all.

D - I'm going to pass on this one. Could serve as a gateway beer for someone trying to get into the craft segment, but I wouldn't recommend it.

PhageLab, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - a nice peachy, orange and yellow color with a bit of cloudiness. Not too much really once things settle down. The head is rather thin, perhaps a quarter of an inch or so and that is quick to fade away.

Aroma - first sniff brings about some of those usual suspects when it comes to Hefeweizens. I smell some bubble gum, some ripe banana and some hints of cloves. It's also got hints of bread dough and citrus (both lemon and orange).

Taste - a little spicy going down with some clove and pepper flavors. These are joined by some citrus flavors and even some light hoppiness. There is a dryness to this beer in the finish. It's almost like a musty sort of taste, not as bad as that sounds though. Its more like bready and tangy. Hard to describe with words I guess.

Overall - solid Hefe. Personally, I really enjoyed. I mowed my lawn earlier this evening and then cracked this open. It was refreshing and light and did the trick.

Would I buy more of it? - I actually don't see too many actual Hefeweizens in cans in my area so I would potentially get some more of these if they were available.

indiapaleale, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky yellow with meh white head.

The smell was subdued with a clean breadiness coming through but the smell is fairly faint.

The taste is different for a Hefe. It almost tastes like a Lager or it was fermented at cooler temps. You don't get much in the way of those usual Hefe yeast esters. A little bready and a hint of clove or other spice.

Not a bad wheat beer but a fairly disappointing Hefe.

Eriktheipaman, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Yellow/orange hazy body had one finger of cream colored head that died down could get it back though it didn't like to stay around.

Smell - Bready yeast with a bit of grain not bad smell but its basic and not complex at all.

Taste - This is where they went wrong on this one I get the yeast with bit of grain that was in the nose but it finishes with an almost water like taste right at the end. The after taste has that same water like taste too it.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied smooth and refreshing perfect as its getting even hotter by the day. Its still a bit watery in the texture which is off putting.

Overall - Not bad but not good this is as mediocre as it gets I'd still drink it over a lot of other beers but its not something I'd go out of my way for. That said if you want a hefe from an American brewery and see this try it, its not the worst thing out there.

Jinholic, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I first reviewed this beer I thought it was the worst hefeweizen I'd ever had, I thought it was terrible, that it shouldn't even be called a hefeweizen, but rather a lager with a smidgen of wheat in it. I was shocked and appalled at how bad of a beer it was. Well I'm going to give it a more official review this time and a second chance. Pours a big two finger head in a wheat glass. The head is completely white and is pretty pillowy looking, it doesn't look bad, the head is hanging around for quite some time, not really going anywhere at all. The head is also leaving very good lacing throughout the beer. The body is as cloudy as could be, nice orange color and a fair amount of sediment floating around. It's hard to see the carbonation in this beer, but it looks about right. I'm really shocked with the appearance on this beer, I almost want to give it a 4.5 on appearance, but I know that this beer doesn't deserve that, so 4. The smell on the other hand is pretty terrible, it smells like an adjunct lager. Small malt smell, some sourness and sweetness in the smell as well. Really no wheat or hops, or any spices or fruit on the smell at all, it smells nothing like what a hefeweizen should smell like, it smells like a Hamm's or something. On the first sniff I thought 2.5, but it really doesn't even deserve that. Yeah, not a good beer here, it tastes like a standard lager to me. I get maybe a hair of wheat on the taste and the mouthfeel, but for the most part it's really just a lager here. Mostly sour and sweet like an adjunct lager would be, no real hops or fruit or spices, some malt. I mean it might taste a hair better than it smells, but barely. I would say that this is one tiny step up from a Coors or a Hamm's, any standard adjunct lager. I might be detecting tiny hints of lemon now, but the flavor is still really just a lager. The mouthfeel is pretty good actually for a wheat beer, you get a lot of wheat on the feel, it's for sure big enough in the body for the style. Carbonation is very good too for the style, right on there. Drinkability isn't bad, but that's really only because it's light, it doesn't taste that great or anything. Overall this is pretty much what I expected from this beer, I'm a little surprised with the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were really solid, but other than those two redeeming factors it's a pretty below average hefeweizen. It's better than I remembering it being, but only by a very very small margin. As harsh words as they are, I would pretty much stick with my first review assessment, worst hefeweizen I've ever had.

MaltsOfGlory, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden in color with foam that just turned to no lace ring and no head WTF?

S - Smells of light breads, malts, and wheat. Maybe hops but WTF

T - Pretty smooth enough kind of like a Hefe without banana or clove just wheat and water.

M - Light

Overall as an average brew it's not bad just not as flavorful as their apricot beer.

DrDemento456, May 29, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen
On tap at Fox Grill, Seattle, WA

Appearance: dark orange, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: wheat.

Taste: bready grain and wheat.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. It is bready and smooth. It is a tad on the watery side, but is also full flavored.

megahurts4, May 27, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing twist-off bottle cap. Haven't had one of those in a while. Comes out a hazy and bubbly pale yellow-orange with not much head. Smells weakly of grapes at firstfollowed by some wheat, but not incredibly so.

Taste doesn't scream wheat beer to me, it just kind of states it. There are some mild hops in there and some malts that actually remind me of a lager maybe. Really I think my biggest gripe with this beer is that all of the flavors seem to be in the background, but nothing wants to take control of the flavor profile. Leaves a not-so-good aftertaste too. Watery but carbonated mouthfeel that leaves much to be desired. All-in-all, it's a pretty underwhelming beer.

chodinheaven, May 15, 2011
Photo of gonzogrover
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer had a hazy golden appearance with a finger and a half head that dissipated quickly. A quite citrusy smell was accompanied by a faint smell of wheat and yeast. When drinking it you notice the same citrus flavor, a lot of orange flavor, along with the wheat. This beer had a very light and crisp mouthfeel and was a pretty easy drinker.

My wife loved this beer. She's normally a Bud Light Lime or Miller Chill drinker. I'd much rather spend my money here rather than BMC.

gonzogrover, May 10, 2011
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.