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Pyramid Hefeweizen - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of jayb
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy gold color, much like a mixture of iced tea and orange soda. cloudy. head was thin and white. head retention was lacking. settled to a film in no time. Nose was grainy, tart, slight citrus scent as well. To me, it just tasted like a very smooth, easy drinking macro lager with a little bit of herblike spice to it. more tart. Biting carbonation. light mouthfeel, just a tad creamy.
Not an overly flavorful hefe though. I had higher expectations for this one, rather bland. (Not bad at all, just bland) had i not expected more this would have been a delightful beer. great for warm weather, perhaps golfing. Give it a shot? Save your money? it matters not to me. personal preference. I wouldnt buy it all the time, nor would i turn it down.

Photo of mynie
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice head. This is a pretty beer, golden amber and nice and cloudy.

Strong, slightly sweet wheat-grain taste. Very hoppy, for a wheat beer. This really doesn?t taste much like a typical hefeweizen.

Fully carbonated body, but really nothing too special. Goes down smooth. Sweet, pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of hobbes2112
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle

Pours light yellow with darker yeast haze, very large head that leaves lots of lace. Good retention on the head also, about 3 min half life.

Not the strongest smell, but what is there is mostly yeasty and bready.

Taste is very strong wheat-grain. A little sweet and a little herby also, but mostly the wheat comes through. Finish is pretty strong and to be honest not all that pleasant. Actually reminds me of the Macro adjunct taste, though I am pretty sure those were not used.

Mouthfeel was ok, but I think the body missed the taste a little. I think I wanted more depth.

I was pretty excited to try this beer, since I have had good experience with Pyramid in the past but I am left unimpressed and glad I only bought one.

Photo of theozag
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this beer as a gift from a friend of mine who is also a member of the United States military. Inter-service rivalries be damned; I got inter-service beer.

Hefeweizen pours a dusty yellow and is heavily clouded. It never really settles in your glass, but it does produce a thick white head that sits on the brew as long as it stays in your mug. The smell is fairly weak, and did not jump out at me with any particular characteristics. This beer starts creamy and smooth, but builds layer-upon-layer of caramel, nut, and bitter flavors. It is definitely full-bodied and it leaves a mild but lasting aftertaste. Overall, I found Hefeweizen to be enjoyable, but not incredibly desirable.

Photo of joecast
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cloudy dark orange color, with a foamy two-finger head.
aroma and flavor both lacking that great german hefe character. some spiciness, but lighter than i would like.
has a fairly refreshing clean finish, and nice body.
pretty good interpretation, but not in the same league as some of the originals.

Photo of JackTheRipper
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy honey colored with zero head.

S: Very faint, even after being allowed to warm up a bit. What smells do come to the nose, for me at least, are a faintly bready smell with a curious grainy, grass-like smell.

T: Sweet, with just a hint of a hoppy flavor. Like the smells, the flavors are somewhat on the bland side.

M: Medium bodied with a nice clean feel on the palate. carbonation and alcohol levels are nicely done.

D&N: A bit less than run of the mill, sad considering how much I love this brewery's Apricot Ale. Not something I'd recommend.

Photo of garymuchow
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma has a fresh light pale malt and wheat malt notes. It is a bit sour, but not in a bad way.
Pours a cloudy dark yellow-gold, smallish head that leaves quickly with only a ring remaining.
Taste is light overall with no distinct qualities. Sour wheat noted.
Fully carbonated, if not excessive leads to quickly filled feeling. Carbonation detracts from softness that is there.
Disappointing actually. I expected more. Maybe I'll try a fresher bottle sometime, but looking at the overall average, maybe I won't.

Photo of Dmann
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very average beer to say the least. This one poured a nice golden color with a very cloudy apperance and a nice white head that left good lace down the glass. The smell was non existant with just a faint hint of grain and lemon. The taste was only saved by it's smootheness. The flavor was pretty subdued for a hefe and was quite bland with just a hint of tartness and yeasty flavor. You can do much better than this one folks.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy medium amber. The off-white head is average in size and melts pretty quickly. It settles to a thin film and leaves almost no lace. The nose is muted and consists mostly of mildly earthy grain.

The flavor is average at best. Hefeweizen reminds me of a macro lager, but is actually a step or two above that in quality. It's a little wheaty, with no hops to speak of. Things dissolve quickly due to a thin mouthfeel, leaving next to nothing in the way of a finish.

Pyramid Hefeweizen could use more flavor and more character. Even if this is a style that you enjoy, my advice is to look elsewhere.

Photo of beertaster13
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold color with minimul head, yeast will pour in at the end. Smell is of malts and hops with citrus tones. Taste is slightly cirtusy with blast of hops. Feels a little light and dense on the tounge. Not my favorite hef, a little different than most hefs out there, to bad it isn't anything above average.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color, should be more cloudy.

Smells creamy and slightly malty.

Taste is creamy and slightly sour. This is slightly lemony with a caramel taste. No real hops in here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This isn't really a Hefe. Ok as an American wheat I guess.

Photo of MobBarley
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and cheesy yellow with a pristine, very airy head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is citrusy and vaguely bready. Not like any hefeweizen I've tried. Tastes like a dolled-up macro. The hops are barely discernable and there is little actual wheatiness to enjoy. Not hearty at all, thin in the mouth and very very carbonated. Drinkability is ceratainly acceptable. Eaten with spicy food it can be quite refreshing actually. However, lovers of great hefe (let alone great beer), will probably be somewhat disappointed.

Photo of Shiloh
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived a murky medium golden colour with a slight fringe of foam around the outside...very slight lace.
Nose was slightly of yeast.
Body was full and the carbonation to view active.
Flecks of sediment floating throughout.
Taste was strong of citrus to start followed by minimal hops to try and even the playing field...but not effective. Citrus lacked continuity and finished poorly.

Photo of Gusler
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A “Chill Hazed” orange color on the pour with a decent sized white head and nice covering lace to seal off the glass. Light hints of wheat in the nose, citrus fresh and lightly sweet with the start malt and sweet and the top middling. Finish nicely carbonated and a fair to middling hop presence with the appropriately dry lingering aftertaste. Nice beer, not a great beer, but drinkable in its own right.

Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Orange and thin in color with a foaming head that went down in seconds.

Smell – Light yeast aroma with a sour accompaniment and very musty.

Taste – The yeast all but disappears at the taste. There’s a maltish replacement that doesn’t belong and a hoppy NW balance that should be in a Pale Ale. The fruity sweetness is lost in the must and dust.

Mouthfeel – Light and sweet as it should be, but the carbonation is absent which is the deathnell for a Hefe Weizen.

Sinkability – Horrible attempt at the style. I haven’t found an American brewery yet that can pull it off. I’m not finishing this.

Photo of alexgash
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange body witha large frothy white head. Almost smells like cereal malts and lactic acid. Weird. Some hoppy notes. Maybe a trace of cloves. Where are the esters and bananas? Taste reminds me of Michelob Hefe (not a good sign). Sweet carroty malts, followed by a crisp wheat bitter finish. A little adjuncty tasting. Not terrible though. Pass.

Photo of Kwak
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

they served this in your typical 12 oz. pint glass. It looked yellow and fizzy but had a sweet smell. The flavor was not bad a little thin for a hef. Its very easy to drink, have a couple on a cool day. not a great version but not bad. better than most american brewers with this style!!

Photo of beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color. Large foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly floral. A medium bodied hefe-weizen. Mild flavored, smooth tasting wheat. In fact it's kind of bland. Not in the Macro sort of way, but just that it's not very flavorful. None of the banana and clove flavor going on here, but there is a kind of buttery taste to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy iced tea-colored with a thin head, my Hefeweizen was served with a lemon, and like the dumbass I am, I squeezed and plunked it right in. Oh well. It smelled of wheat and lemon (couldn't tell if that was completely from the wedge or if the beer itself had a touch of it). I liked this beer (I'm a sucker for hefes and whites), as it was light and refreshing, and as far from heavy as you could get. It was dominated by the damn lemon, so I'd like to try it again, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the nice wheat flavor paired with light carbonation and easy drinkability. A solid hefeweizen that I'll have again in the future.

Photo of jcalabre
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I originally reviewed this beer on 29 December 2001. I am writing this review from my notes.
Over the years, the quality of this Hefeweizen has really diminished. A few years back, this used to be a favorite, now it sucks. I would Not recommend this hefe to anyone. It completely lacked the crispness that one enjoys in a hefe.

Photo of budgood1
2.52/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy, dirty rust coloured hue with orangeish tints around the edges. firm foamy head and plenty of eye pleasing lace. it looks good...but it ends there. it lacks any large hefe characteristics....muted malt aroma...no big citrusy/banana/cloves smells. the flavor lacks any true wheat notes...in fact it lacks any flavor. it has a nice body and mouthfeel, and a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. while my sample is a bit past its prime, i would assume that it would have more character than this. little smell, lacking in taste...but yet wet and a bit quenching. i haven't been this confused by a beer in quite awhile. it's certainly a poor rendition of a hefe, but not a "bad" beer in itself. i can safely assume that in future summers that i will not revisit this hefe for my wheat beer fix. but i could see where this might be a good brew to introduce entry level hefe drinkers to the wide world of weizens.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this one on tap and found it a little weird considering I haven't seen it since last summer while living in California, it pours a cloudy orangish yellow opaque tone with a white vibrant in color but thin head doesn't leave much lace as many great hefeweizens do. Aromatics there are some of the cherished yeast effects here with light banana, clove, and citrus and a underlying sweetness making for a pleasant aroma. When it comes to the flavor however these flavors become dumbed down to me, finishes chalky, and I must say not impressed seems a little sour to me. Mouthfeel is not as spritzy as I was expecting and body looks full but feels thin going down not much texture here. Drinkability this is a mediocre representation and sort of an Americanized bastardized version of a hefe, just can't stand up to authentic German hefeweizens but overall not a bad beer it was refreshing in the summer heat.

Photo of freed
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fond memories of this beer. It was something my wife (girlfriend at the time) agreed upon when our friend would run to the store. This beer led me to a life of Ale loving, away from the lagery hordes.

Pours nicely into my pint, cloudy golden with an amber core. Surprisingly dark for a hefe. Clean sprits of foam on top. Somewhat musty malt smell, sublte hints of yeast. Taste is mild, more malty than wheaty. Somewhat stale malt flavor though, and a nice subtle hop finish. Somewhat overly carbonated so there's a real seltzer sensation in the mouth. Leaves a somewhat dry, almondy aftertaste. Not quite the beer I remember, but not bad.

I didn't learn about people drinking hefe's with lemon until recently. I still don't.

Photo of nomad
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a mix of tan and orange colors but in fact quite brown - highly unattractive. Very cloudy, the head also didn’t stick around. Smelled of firm wheat: decent bodied and barely sweet, very yeasty, with occassional faint notes of apricot and lemon popping up. Taste was of a dirty wheat, a slightly roasted malt, and little bits of lemon. Pretty calm mouthfeel, as it slid easy without any natural carbonation action on the tongue. Not terribly good in all areas, pretty odd and deficient from the standard.

Photo of dmarch
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Usually during this time of year, I enjoy any wheat beers I drink. This is one of the exceptions. Pours a hazy pale golden color. Citrusy aroma, not much else. Taste is very bland. Not much different than drinking a macro beer as far as the taste goes. The term light and refreshing can only get a beer so far. There are much better examples of the style out there.

Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
72 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.