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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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 wcdoyle


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

This is golden and cloudy, but on the clearer side of translucent (I could see shape behind the glass, but not read words). Head was modest and dropped out to a film quickly. Light lacing. A touch of citrus smell, but not much else. Taste had a bit more citrus punch than the smell; it was a bit on the sweet side, but there was a nice wheaty sharp/crisp combination. Mouthfeel was light (but not watery or weak) with a nice bit of carbonation. I’d probably turn to continental hefe’s (or American versions of the continental style) before having this one again. It wasn't bad, just not a standout.

09-21-2007 19:42:21 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of Floydster


3.1/5  rDev 0%

Pint from a pizza place near my apartment

Have had this several times before but decided to review it now

Pours a cloudy orange golden color

Smells of oranges and lemons

Wheat stands out too much in the taste for me

Could drink a pretty good amount of these

09-15-2007 06:05:11 | More by Floydster
Photo of RichardWalter


3.8/5  rDev +22.6%

This light fruity & tastey beer is available almost everywhere in the bay area, including ball games, pizaa joints and a lot of bars. This would be my choice if there were not other weizens available. It is slightly cloudy, unfiltered. Light yellow in color with a white foam. Refreshing taste with a lot of citrus almost lemony. Aftertaste is light.

09-03-2007 23:53:09 | More by RichardWalter
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.33/5  rDev +39.7%

This beer poured a hazy color, with a real foggy look in the glass. The head was a small one that really didn't last. The overll smell was hoppy with a hint of wheat. and the taste was ver crisp. One of the nicer hefe's i have drank. A recomended beer for the fans of the hefe-wiezen. All in all I would say this is a good beer and would drink it agian. Especially during the summer time.

08-30-2007 18:18:46 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of happygnome


2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

a: slightly hazy pale yellow color that features orange hues with an eigth inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a very very slight ring of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: the aroma is very subtle, slight wheaty aroma
t: subtle wheat flavor with an even more subtle corriander, little citrus, overall flavor is weak
m: light bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, im sad that this is not a hefeweizen as advertised, its not a bad beer, but misslabled

08-29-2007 20:45:08 | More by happygnome
Photo of jbsteiny


3.68/5  rDev +18.7%

I'd always been a bit divided about this beer -- I liked it, but it wasn't really a hefeweizen (i.e. no banana/clove). Since I saw it categorized as an "American Pale Wheat Ale", everything makes more sense. I suggest future reviewers check out the style notes before slamming it for not being up to the standards of the Teutonic hefes...

Pours a cloudy gold; very pretty with a nice two-inch head and decent lacing. Subtle aromas of yeast fruitiness (apple, pear) and malt sweetness. Touch of light hops (herbs, spice). The yeast is also prominent on the tongue. Dry bitter finish. I like how the malt dominates, and how it's balanced by the yeast bitterness instead of the hops like most american ales. don't get me wrong, i like hops, but i think that this beer has an interesting flavor profile.

Medium body but quite drinkable -- I think this beer gets a bad rap b/c it's being compared to the canon of hefes. FWIW, I much prefer it to Widmer...

08-29-2007 03:14:10 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of Dalem


2.08/5  rDev -32.9%

Well, colour me unimpressed. I'm not the biggest expert of Hefeweizen but I've tried enough of them now to know, at least in my own tastes, what is good about them. This, other than it's golden color, lack those qualities. No distinctive smell other than a sourness I can't quite pin. TOO MUCH of a lemon flavor. Watery and a funky bitterness. Doesn't remind me of anything good about a Hefeweizen. There just isn't any characteristics that make this stand out at all. Nothing horrible but not very exciting either. Bland.

08-24-2007 05:17:22 | More by Dalem
Photo of Troyone


3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a light golden color with minimal white head and if you keep a half inch in the bottle and swirl the yeast you will get a cloudy wheat beer with some action.

Minimal smell of some banana and malt with some esters.

Has a grainy wheat taste with hints of banana and clove.

Light bodied, a little watery, with some carbonation that seems almost flat.

This has a twist off which means you have to keep an eye for a born on date.

08-04-2007 23:49:25 | More by Troyone
Photo of Durge


3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

A typically cloudy amber color with a decent head and lacing. A thin musty-wheat aroma. It tastes pretty lemon like with a nice tang to it, a woody, roce/wheat blend. A slight bitterness/breadlike quality at the back. Very drinkable, an OK summer offering.

08-02-2007 21:36:52 | More by Durge
Photo of ohoove


3/5  rDev -3.2%

poured a bottle in a glass on a hot CT day (93 degrees ). not much head to speak of , maybe an 1/8 of an inch that stayed throughout. color was a slightly hazy , golden , alittle cloudy. body light with good carbonation. good summer beer, could and would drink drink plenty and a hot summers day. iwould not turn one of these down , but would i buy this again? there are many fish in the sea. Overall, not disappointing but nothing to write home about.

08-02-2007 21:19:59 | More by ohoove
Photo of Spikester


3.75/5  rDev +21%

A one pint, six ounce bottle of light golden ale. I really don't know if this is trully an ale, it seems more like a pilsner beer. Nice head, poured into a 12 oz. clear glass. A perfect amount of head and seved about 45 deg. F.

A near perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness. Could probably drink three of these on a warm summer day. No listed alcohol content. Probably about 5.5 %. Recommended.

07-28-2007 03:39:43 | More by Spikester
Photo of iuhophead87


2.28/5  rDev -26.5%

A- very light in color not much darker than a traditional light macrobrew. Very white head that disappeared rather quickly.

S- Not a strong aroma with a minute wheat smell.

T- Weak taste almost watered down. Does a have a little spicy flavor in the after taste.

M- Very clean and smooth with small amounts of carbonation.

D- Almost like water. The more you drink the more you can taste the wheat in the beer. Not much here for the beer geek, but could quench your thirst if nothing else is available.

07-18-2007 00:49:09 | More by iuhophead87
Photo of eberkman


3.23/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at Monsoon Cafe in Santa Monica.

Pours a cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head. Smells of lemon, wheat and maybe the slightest trace of spices. Taste is similar -- dominated by the fruit and the yeasty breadiness with only a hint of the banana that's characteristic of a hefe (with none of the cloves). Overall somewhat bland. Mouthfeel was light and bubbly -- nothing bad, nothing great. Pretty drinkable -- especially as a quencher -- but not interesting enough to stick with over the long haul.

More of a summer wheat than a hefeweizen, but definitely more of a hefeweizen than the Widmer's version (I'm only compariing the two because they're both ubiquitous on tap at midlevel establishments in California).

I'd never go for this if there's a real hefeweizen around, but it's a good call at a chain restaurant on the West Coast when the other offerings are basically BMC, Bass and Stella.

07-05-2007 16:53:12 | More by eberkman
Photo of lehows

New York

3.8/5  rDev +22.6%

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a creamy and thick white head. Not much going on in the nose, some light sweet citrus notes and maybe some faint grain husk. Taste is similiar to the nose with lemon tartness dominating the palate and a mellow dough and grain flavor kicking in at the finish. Overall it's pretty drinkable and certainly hit the spot after a long day of fishing under the sun, but nothing too extraordinary.

07-02-2007 02:33:56 | More by lehows
Photo of HotterThanHell


2.3/5  rDev -25.8%

Really a Hefeweizen for people who barely want a Hefeweizen. Maybe I needed some Lemons in it?!?!?

Not a bad beer, but a weak attempt in my opinion. No smell at all and not much flavor. Not even sure what yeast strain they used as the usual cloves and/or banana was not present.

The bottle says Bavarian style, but I've been to Bavaria and don't smell or taste the resemblence....Maybe it's based on color as it seems to be right.

06-06-2007 05:19:16 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of ttu94


3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this beer on tap at a good seafood bar.

It looks like a very hazy tang. Not much head but enough. Smell was wheaty, not bad really. Taste was biscutty and rather smooth. However, it was lacking just a little for a wheat beer. It needs more flavor. I would put it middle of the pack. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are average at best.

05-20-2007 03:54:10 | More by ttu94
Photo of DoubleJ


3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

Had this for breakfast with some toast, so let's get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy blonde color with a thin head. The body was clearer than I expected, making the appearance a tad dissapointing. But everything else in the beer was a little better than I was expecting. It reminds me of Cheerios with its cereal-like taste. There some spice in the taste to go along with the wheat and fruity notes. The finish is mildly bitter. Not bad at all.

05-14-2007 17:12:40 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of msubulldog25


2.9/5  rDev -6.5%

The office picked up a few 6-packs for an end-of-day party. This one I don't recall ever trying, despite it being commonplace around the area. Poured to pint glass from a 12 oz. twist-off capped bottle. Enjoy by: 061307.

A: Murky butterscotch orange, fairly pale around the edges, deeper orange at the center. Started with a creamy white 1-finger head, but faded quickly to about a 1/8" cap. Some visible carbonation at the edges. No lace.

S: Aroma is almost zilch. Wheat is faint with a mild lemony citrus. Really tried hard, too...

T:Slightly sweet, light bready malt. Hops are mostly obscured, letting the wheat shine through...

M: Crisp, light - has a rather benign mouthfeel. Finished clean. Carbonation is gentle.

D: Drinkable, like water. Goes down easy and has a softer, more wheat-forward, mildly citrus & spiced flavor I kinda preferred over the other big Hefeweizen purveyor out here (Widmer). Would I drink this beer again? Sure, why not. Would I choose this beer over a multitude of others I have available? Doubtful.

05-09-2007 03:41:12 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev +9%

Pours a hazed & effervescent straw color with 4+ fingers of fluufed up meriunge-like head. Above averge lacing & head retention

S: Slight grainyness & fruittyness

T: Tart malt, grainyness & lemon up front. Dry & very clean tasting, a little bit of peppery flavor. Finishes slightly grainy & tart

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, a very amercianized/clean hefe. Purists will dislike the lack of yeast profile. But a nonoffensive thirst quencher, none the less

04-09-2007 03:16:46 | More by russpowell
Photo of Mickelswit


3.23/5  rDev +4.2%

This poured cloudy into my glass with a few persistent bubbles rising through the beer. The head was nicely white but smallish and dissipated quickly. No lacing left behind. The color was a hazy straw, almost clear.

The smell is very light - just a touch of bananas and wheat.

Taste is equally light, with just a bit of wheat flavor lingering on the tongue. The aftertaste had a slight note of tangerines.

It's a little more lightly carbonated than wheat beers tend to be, which probably helps with the slight flavor and gives it drinkability. It's very refreshing on a hot Georgia evening.

03-26-2007 01:51:38 | More by Mickelswit
Photo of leechungsr


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%

I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one.
A: pours golden with quickly dissipating white head
S: not great for a hefeweizen. Smells of mostly wheat, some cloves and very light banana.
T: I'm not overly impressed. Taste is dominated by wheat with hints of banana. The wheat lingers into a weird aftertaste.
M: medium body with medium+ carbonation. Mouthfeel is good; it's what makes this beer drinkable IMHO.

03-25-2007 01:12:35 | More by leechungsr
Photo of Onibubba


3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Freshly tapped keg o hef. Mucho creamy head, but after a few glasses, it starts to even out. I'll review from this point. Pours a very cloudy light amber with a big frothy head. Some lacing, but not much. Can always tap off with some more :) Not much happening in the smell department. Some wheat, a touch of the old banana bread, but not much. This carries into the taste as well, but there is a nice touch of conflicting bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, very creamy. Satisfying and delicious. Drinkability is insane. Total session material. We could, and did,drink this well into the night. Fresh tapped keg makes everything taste better doesn't it? Cheers.

02-21-2007 22:35:45 | More by Onibubba
Photo of shadow1961


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Pyramid's Hefe Weizen pours out a rocky head
over cloudy golden brew. Carbonation is a bit
slow, and the nose of citrus, malt, and yeast.
The flavor is bisquity with just a bit of hop to put
an edge on the softness of the wheat malt. Mouth
feel is smooth and there's a little citrus in the aftertaste
A decent example of the style.

01-26-2007 07:22:34 | More by shadow1961
Photo of BeerSox


2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy and fizzy dark amber hue with an off white thin head.

Light esters and wheat scents, along with a little bit of a citrus zing.

Harsh acidic wheat maltiness that has a grainy finish. Light bodied with high carbonation.

Seems too harsh with not enough flavor to go along with it. I won't be revisiting this one.

01-10-2007 01:04:52 | More by BeerSox
Photo of jwc215


3.38/5  rDev +9%

Pours clouded orange with a thin head.

Smell is nearly non-existant. Nothing inoffensive, though. Some clove with just a hint of banana.

The taste is of honey and clove. Banana is very, very subtle. Some crisp wheat. A touch of an odd sourness. Light and fairly inoffensive. Not much to it, but honey sweetness and clove blend fairly well.

The feel is light, airy and clean.

Pretty easy drinking. A decent choice for a thirst-quencher as it is light and has enough to it to have some flavor.

This one is more interesting for it's history. From what I have learned, it is the first American Wheat Ale that was a year-round offering. (Anchor made one in 1984 - a year earlier, but was only a summer offering, at the time anyway.) It's decent enough to try for this little tidbit of craft-brewing history, if nothing else. Inoffensive and light with a sweet touch in the finish.

01-04-2007 03:44:50 | More by jwc215
Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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