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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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72
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744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Duff27

Illinois

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
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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
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dcook11

California

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
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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
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Phelps

Arizona

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
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kazmaniac

California

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
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

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
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

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
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light golden, like fresh wild honey, with a nice fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is lemony, yeasty and slightly sweet. Yeasty flavor has lemony and honey undertones. Texture is fizzy and rough, and leaves the whole mouth tingling with a slightly bitter, slightly citrus and slightly sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 01:26:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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SamN

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark golden yellow, richer orange tones towards the bulbous top of the hefe glass. Not much head, 1/2 finger head of thick white bubbles. Remarkably solid looking, very hazy with lots of sediment from the bottom. Weak head for a wheat.

S- Buttermilk, a sour creaminess. Old lemons, more tart than citrus, but faded and distant. Faint smells.

T- Mostly lemony tartness, some billowy wheat malt flavors, faint spice. Dry yeast finish, on a off sour tartness. A very light wheat, lacking in having any one standout quality. Bland without a lot to offer fans of wheat beers.

M- Lots of carbonation, pulls chunky from the glass. Distracting carbonation burns and overpowers the flavors. Swells the cheeks with it's activity, it's too much. Medium light body, a little more to it than most APWAs.

D- Eh, there's nothing to this. Despite good looks, this beer fails to deliver unique wheat characteristics. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:27:58 | More by SamN
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Turbid-looking, darkened yellow body with a finger of lasting white foam, though the befuddled server did admit it was the "last pull from the keg."

Smell: Aroma of malted wheat with lesser, lighter notes of crisp grains and just-as-crisp crackers. Even fainter notes of lemon zest and spicy cloves.

Taste: Upfront taste of malted wheat with a slight flavor of whole grain crackers. Yes, it's a bit Triscuit-y. Light confectioners sugar sweetness. Background hint of lemons. Very minor clove spiciness. Minor touch of bitterness. Still, this one finishes just a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly tasty and refreshing. It's just ample flavor, though this could be from all the yeast and whatnots sucked up into the last glass from a keg.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 03:11:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-hazy golden orange color with yellow rims on the edges. The head is just a hint off white, 2 full fingers, slightly bubbly but still pretty creamy. It has some retention and leaves hints of lacing on the glass

S-the nose is not very good at all. Big notes of metallic flavors and grain seem to dominate with just a hint of wheat, pepper, and banana.

T-this is pretty bad. Phenolic and metallic tastes dominate. There is banana and clove with a hint of pepper in the back. Notes of peach as well. Lemon and bitterness make up the finish

M-very light body, highly carbonated and rough on the palate. There is notes of creaminess that seem nice but it is so rough and bitter from the carbonation

D-pretty poor example of a hefeweizen. Tastes more like a bad version of a pilsner with hints of hefe towards the back. This is what I imagine a bud light wheat would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 00:23:04 | More by cpetrone84
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coldwarkid

California

2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Into a nonic pint, pours a nice, cloudy, raw honey colour, but with a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles down to a wispy cap.

Smell: Toasty wheat aroma reminiscent of Wheat Thins and not much else. Poured it too cold (didn't think my fridge's setting was that high) so I'm waiting to see if anything comes up after it warms up a bit and . . . nope. nothing new to report; no hops, no yeast esters. A bit more tart smelling.

Taste: Very macro lager tasting, although a little fuller bodied and creamier with a refreshing and crisp wheat bite and taste.

Mouthfeel: Extremely silky and smooth. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied, which is nice because it adds a depth to the beer that is seriously lacking in the flavor--pretty much saving the beer, personally.

Drinkability: It's a hefe--well, an American Wheat beer, so these things go down smooth and quickly. With no strong flavors that might get harsh after a couple pints, these things can be downed one after the other if you're looking for that. But this beers blandness is turning me off to another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 14:16:44 | More by coldwarkid
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Rayek

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy gold with minimal carbonation. A small white head comes and goes in a flash. Leaves no lace.

S: Pretty mild. Lemon, straw, and a hint of cloves.

T: Mild flavored as well. Starts out with a dry, sourdough bread flavor. Bitterness has a minimal clove bite. Finishes dry and semi-tart with a lingering bit of lemon.

M: The medium-light body is grainy. Carbonation feels low given the beer's style.

D: The relatively low ABV makes it good for a session, but that's the most I can really say for it. There are a lot better hefes out there..

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:48:12 | More by Rayek
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oldirtdog

South Carolina

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

I am not really a heff kinda guy, but this one was pretty easy... when I say easy, that's about all I can say... it is good, but not spectacular...

A - drank it out of a bottle, but the ones I poured were pretty normal golden...

S - it actually has a pretty good smell... not too fruity like a lot of Heff's

T - pretty good... as before, nothing special, but what I taste is good, nonetheless... not much of the super fruity of some heff's and none of the licorice taste in most german Heff brews... I drank the whole 6 pack and didn't complain... probably won't buy it again, but I would recommend it on sale...

M - pretty decent on the lips... very smooth and not terribly carbonated...

D - VERY drinkable... I would say that drinkability is definitely the strong point of this beer... it goes down smooth and I have no trouble drinking a whole lot of them...

In closing, I hate to sound like I didn't like this beer... I really did enjoy it... it's just nothing really special... I would recommend it to anyone asking for a good, smooth drinking beer but didn't want anything too bold or fruity...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:49:17 | More by oldirtdog
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SkunkWorks

New York

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

Pours a little cloudy, yellow-orange with minimal head formation. Looks lightly carbed. It doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma is very mild. A little fruit (banana) but thats really all. The taste also very uncomplicated and there's not a whole lot there. The mouth feel is very crisp and pretty much no bitterness.

Overall, its ok. I'm not really a hefeweizen guy but this one was kinda boring compared to what I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 21:44:48 | More by SkunkWorks
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TheMightyGUEST

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the notes used for my website:

Appearance: Golden amber with highlights of yellow around the edges. Lacing was weak. head was thin, but it did not dissipate while I drank. Over the course of twenty minutes (I was multitasking) the head did not actually disappear.

Smell: Fruit and wheats. Specifically orange. Was pleasant to smell.

Taste: The orange and wheat both come back. This is everything you'd expect from an american style of Hefe. Very citrus, not terribly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. It felt like drinking a soda without Soda's sticky gunk left in your mouth. I would say it had a body leaning in the direction of light to medium.

Overall I would say this is a good crossover drink if you've got people you're trying to get into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 13:02:33 | More by TheMightyGUEST
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projectflam86

Ohio

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

A- Pours a light hazy yellow color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace.

S- Musty hay and grain scents with some earthy funk. No picking up much wheat or spice.

T- Muted grain and yeast flavors initially with a bit of a astringent finish.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- There are much better Hefes and APWAs out there. Lacking in flavor and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 03:09:44 | More by projectflam86
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy,yellow color with a nice white head. Nose of wheat, banana, citrus. Taste is not as big wheat as the nose would tell you, citrus and banana. Mouthfeel is wheat, citrus and a nice feel. I thought it was pretty good, easily drinkable. I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 03:09:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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thekanna

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Hank's Tavern and Eats in Hyattsville, MD.

A: A cloudy radiant gold that turns amber-orange on the edges, capped with a tall, foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (mostly lemon), some yeast and faint nugget hops.

T: Strong wheat malts and citrus upfront decay into a thin, barley malt-like body with a somewhat sour biscuit flavor and lagery yeasts.

M: Too thin and watery to be a good hefeweizen.

D: Nothing really makes this hefe stand out above the rest; appearance and smell were much more enticing than the taste, which resembled more a run-of-the-mill lager than a characteristic Bavarian ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 06:36:34 | More by thekanna
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vdread

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid Haywire Hefe

the bottle shows images of people performing activities that no drinking person should attempt. it's yellow and hazy and comes with a foamy 1.5 finger head that forms a collar after a few sips. smells are hard to detect. citrus, a little banana. taste is of ripe bananas, water, earthy wheat. pretty much plain and unassuming. light mouthfeel, but easily drinkable. it doesn't take much thought to enjoy this brew, but it doesn't offer the full flavor i would want from a hefe. wouldn't make a bad crossover.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:26:16 | More by vdread
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BevMoAndrew

California

2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a clear straw yellow in the glass with somewhat quick dissipating white froth. The nose offers aromas orange, subtle lemon, bread, wheat, & that's about it.... not much there, but at least it's pretty. Unfortunately, the flavors aren't really there...orange & wheat is pretty much all I get. the mouthfeel is a bit lean and pretty uneventful. Overall a sub-par effort. I really don't have anything nice to say about this beer, so I'm not going to say much....simply disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:47:36 | More by BevMoAndrew
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jantonius

California

1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden Opaque

S: Weak malt and citrus

T: Very slight citrus, seems like the ingredients have cheapened

M: Light with moderate carbonation

D: Not a real good Hef, ok for cooking or watching some ball games

As far as Hef's go, I would recomend Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Paulaner Hefeweisen or Tucher Hefeweisen

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 03:32:28 | More by jantonius
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roddwolff

Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Disinguishes a very cloudy amber color with orange shades, ephemeral foamy head, i like the logo, look's like a Picasso painting;

S: Fruity, some guava, peach and banana, very good;

T: Wheat, lemon, and orange with malt;

M: Dry and bittersweet, high carbonation

D: The sweeter hefeweizen i ever tasted, remain some kind of pulp and bottom, it's very tasty too.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 20:51:50 | More by roddwolff
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.