Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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 Morris729
2.07/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn’t think too highly of this and have definitely had better American wheat beers. It pours a nice orange color with a decent white head that quickly dissipates. Not much aroma at all. The taste was very bland—I ended up throwing a lemon wedge in just to give it some taste!

Photo of bditty187
2.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid calls it a Hefeweizen and if I were to rate this as one, well, it would get murdered. The bad news for this beer, comparing it to an American Wheat won’t save it much...

A hard pour (with a swirl at the end) produced a massive white head gracing a slightly hazy honey-golden hue. Good retention, some lace. The nose is lousy… dull wheat malt and nothing else (maybe a trace hint of corn grit/grain). The palate has a slightly toasty wheat influence… no further development (maybe a trace hint of caramelized grain). Lacks Bavarian Wheat qualities, hell it lacks American Wheat qualities. Boring. Smooth mouthfeel, almost no carbonation, thin… slick and easy to drink (not all that enjoyable however). It is a sub-par Wheat beer… and very average overall; it’s a thirst quencher and little else.

Photo of BeerBob
2.32/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid “Hefeweizen” pours a hazy orange from a 12oz brown twist off cap bottle. After swirling to clear the yeast off the bottom of the bottle, the remanding contents adds to the overall appearance of the head that goes to two fingers and stays around for a few minutes.

Nose is not the expected banana or clove but only a toasted wheat so as to be out of its style. Palate is a tart toasted wheat with no spice or pepper or banana.

Pyramid “Hefeweizen” is just too far out of style for a “Hefeweizen”. Not a bad tart toasted wheat brew, just not a “Hefeweizen” in the traditional sense.

Photo of aaronh
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Upon pouring this beer into a glass, it resembles a hefeweizen, but maybe slightly darker. It has a nice head with very thin bubbles, almost like the beer was carbonated and then bottled with yeast. In fact, it did give quite a snap when I removed the cap. The head lasted very well and left some nice lace on the glass. The aroma is not very reminiscent of a wheat beer. It smeels pretty much like an American Lager with a hint of citrus. The taste is a tad on the sour side,and I concur with several others that there is a definite lemon sourness. The mouthfeel is much too thin for a hefeweizen, it almost reminds me of a light lager. Being a big fan of Hefe's, This is not high on my drinkability scale, but overall I would say it is drinkable. This is my first experience with the Pyramid line of beers. I will try other Pyramid beers for the sake of trying them, but I won't try this one again.

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

Nice hazy golden wheat in color, tasted light and smooth. Was impressed with this beer on draught. There is a big differience between draught and bottle. This had so much more in the wheat flavor with just a touch lemon on the palete.

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 Dogbrick
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good "burger beer". I skipped the lemon probably because that's how Corona uses them to disguise the fact that there is no flavor. That was almost the case here, but this was a refreshing, glossy-smooth drink that tasted good ice-cold.

Photo of cokes
2.09/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a good weizen.
Pours a nice looking glass of hazy golden fluid. Foamy white head recedes quickly to a lace.
Hardly anything on the nose. Basically macro smelling. Where's the fruit and the spice?
Taste is similarly unimpressive. Chalky wheat flavors and some musty yeast sourness. And that's it.
Leaves a powder-like residue in the mouth.
All said, this is not a good brew by any means. With so many great weizens out there, this one should not get a second look.

Credit goes to Bighuge for sending this. And some additional thanks for warning me about it!

Photo of ZAP
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold in color...very little on the nose except sourness...the aroma is definitely a major drawback with this beer..The taste is OK...not a lot there but drinkable...I get some sweetness on the buds and definitely not the sourness I get on the nose...still it really doesn't have much hefe-weizen taste to it...on the long finish there is a bit of sourness..not the worst beer around...not the best either...not sure how the rating will turn out but I'd say average to slightly below average..

Photo of Wildman
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this beer poured out a light yellow color with a nice white head. Formed some nice lace when it subsided. Had a cloudy appearance to it and some carbonation. An aroma of some citrus and hops. The mouthfeel and finish definately had the hops and some of the citrus. Gave it a overall tangy effect. Alright for a summer beer, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of tigerpaws
4.35/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As usual the folks from Pyramid come through. I was with a freind who normally only drinks Miller uugghhh. He asked me to pick a beer for him and this is the one I chose. To my delight he loved it and even ordered several more. It has a very good look and taste excellent with or wothout a slice of lemon, though I prefer the lemon. A great beer for a hot day of sitting on the porch and talking with friends......CHEERS

Photo of Bighuge
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy amber appearance. Head is gone in seconds. Nothing jumps out at me from the aroma. The only thing I get is a little mustiness. This beer is not horrible, but it is not even an average hefe-weizen. None of your typical weizen characteristics are present. Maybe a bit of a slight sour taste that doesn't seem to fit in. I can definitely drink this, but it is not a beer to try again. The worst hefeweizen I've rated so far.

Photo of marc77
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, large bubbled persistent head tops a light orange coludy brew from the suspended yeast and wheat protein. Grainy & tart aroma w/ a hint of lemon zest and hop spiciness. Medium bodied for style w/ a pleasant and smooth mouthfeel. Light hop bitterness, slightly citrusy hop flavor along w/ grainy malt flavors. There's a hint of caramel malt sweetness and fullness as well, something usually lacking in the style. Finishes a bit tart, but otherwise clean & crisp. Although Pryamid hefeweizen is insipid in itself, it's got a bit more character than typical for the bland style. Be sure to check the date on the bottle-- I've had Pyramids that have been way past their prime and quite oxidized.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ummmmm.... No thank you. I will not have another one. Pyramid IPA is good. Their Hefeweizen is a bad joke. They need to get some decent hops and yeast. They also need to get over their compulsion to achieve >5.0% abv. This beer would taste better if they used more true "noble" hops, a tastier yeast and less, but higher quality grain--don't use more cheap grains to get more alcohol.

Photo of mickeymac
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried one of these immediately after finishing a Widmer Bros Hefeweizen, and it didn't hold a candle to the Widmer. It has a funky smell, and the taste seems off. I'm not a fan of lemon in beer, but a lemon does make it more tolerable. To make matters worse, it's not inexpensive. I'll be passing on this beer in the future.

Photo of Jordan
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ouch. First, I just want to state the fact that I HAD no preconceptions about Pyramid Breweries Inc.

Now that said, this is a horrible rendering of true wheat beer. This beer wreaks of adjuncts and cheap brewing processes. The smell is 'dirty'. No wheat characteristics are presented!

Folks it disturbs me how a small brewer will put such low grade products out, tainting the respectability of craft brewers who take pride in their product. Someone may be deciding to take their first jump into the wide world of beer and turn away when they drink this junk.

Beer is destined to be a noble drink. If you desire sex-appeal, popularity, million dollar ad campaigns, and mega-profits, then go work for Budmillercoorsweiser.

Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast is there, but not too assertive

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

Fair, more sour than tangy, however. Not a lot of depth to the flavor.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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