Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brent on 08-13-2001

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Ratings: 1,037 | Reviews: 476
Photo of K_sakai
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not the biggest fan of fruity beers but I can enjoy an apricot ale once in a while. I think that the look and smell of the beer are better than the taste, which is good until it leaves a bitter after taste

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/26/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic tasting fruit flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wheat ale. All around great robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ClayPA
4.68/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not big on fruity beers but this has the right amount of apricot and still a tasty beer ale flavor, you will probably love it or hate it.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

What a great idea they had with this one.... tasty apricot wheat

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded yellow gold, left a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Smells very much like apricot.

Tastes like apricot, some tartness to the flavor, which is reminiscent of cactus pear fruit.
No complexity, but doesn't take away from it at all, a refreshing offering.

Light bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation, easy to drink.

Photo of Marv_Duper
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fruity. A great Spring or Summer beer you could drink every day.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like apricot nectar for making an especially scrumptious fuzzy navel drink...

Poured from the stubby into a shaker. A pretty hard pour produces about an inch of froth. The beer is a slightly hazy amber-golden with moderate carbonation.

Strong apricot on the nose, continuing into the flavor proper, with a hint also of orange and lemon. An earthy hop bitterness suggests an apricot stone.

I don't like drinking more than one of these at a time, but it's a decent enough beer. The apricot flavor doesn't taste contrived and the residual sweetness is more apparent than real. I could see this as a refreshing hot weather beer.

Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an overly sweet fruit/vegetable beer that is just too much for me. It's only suitable for drinking very sparsely. I didn't really like it but a lot of people do.

Photo of samtrillo
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost like a dry apricot cider. Nose is sweet. Taste is less so but still very fruity. Not a subtle apricot. It is very much there. If you like apricot and lighter beers you will love this.

Photo of Tiffany88
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice Apricot smell and taste. This would be a great beer if it wasn't for the horrible bitter aftertaste on the backend.

Photo of otoolman221
4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer for a summer day by the pool. Easy to drink with a light apricot taste and a smooth finish.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

VERY fruity. The apricot flavor is a bit overwhelming. Not terrible overall though. A bit hinting of banana and belgian-y yeast flavors.

Photo of mdphill
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had it on tap a few months ago and it was much better than in the bottle.

Photo of double2chin
4.39/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first fruit beer and it has remained delicious all these years

Photo of MNishCT77
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint on tap at The Yard House in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

Photo of KornWallace
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Date: 11/17/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 12 oz brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Orange to gold/yellow in color. Fluffy bone white head average retention, about 90 seconds. Maintains a short head for an even longer period. Very nice cling. Very solid haze only lets some light in and makes it impossible to see through.
Aroma: Apricot juice makes up a large portion of the aroma. The juice itself is very sweet and a touch a touch earthy/dank. Some of the wheat aromas can be found in the back but are truly riding shotgun.
Taste: Apricot flavoring again is very powerful and sweet and is broken up by the bite of carbonic acid. The wheat flavors are pushed to the back but can be identified as more hearty and earthy if flavor.
Mouthfeel: A very creamy medium light body, the body is singular in texture but the high carbonation provides an effervescence to the beer along with the carbonic bite.

Notes: Enjoy by 12/31/14

Photo of umpbumpfizz
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

So terrible.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -5%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head taht died off within about a minute. Lacing was fairly stringy and light.
The smell definitely had the apricots and then a sweet malt.
The taste was sweet through the combination of the apricots and malt.
The mouthfeel was light to medium on the body with a fairly soft carbonation. Its fairly smooth and fruity over my tongue.
Overall, not a bad beer, jut not anything to go bonkers about.

Photo of Columbiantom23
4/5  rDev +17%

Smooth and delish

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong apricots, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy apricot sweetness. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is not a very good beer.

Photo of drwatson32
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like beer, who am I to say otherwise?

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend and brewer Rob for this one. Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no date code visible into a pint glass and get one finger of head.

A: Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that dissipates quickly to leave a heavy ring around the edge of my glass. Lacing is little to zero.

S: Smells like malt and fresh apricots.

T: Very fruity from start to finish. Tastes like apricots.

M: Medium-bodied and medium-carbonated. It goes down easy.

O: I think it is a good fruit beer. It tastes exactly what it is supposed to taste like. That being said: this is not a beer that I would gravitate towards. However, I have learned that having a beer party where there will be several people who are not beer drinkers or women that are not really beer drinkers; fruit beers are a must. I would have this one on hand then.

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange color. Smell is pretty much all apricot as expected. Taste is similar to the smell, fruity taste. No bitterness or hop presence detectable. Fair carbonation, crispy after taste. It's a little better than I expected it to be, not bad for a fruit style beer.

Photo of FannyBack
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am drinking this beer during this review.

If you like Apricots, go for it! It tastes like them and smells like em too! Feel free to jump in. Both feet, no shorts or shirt.

I digress, it is a good Ale. Pros - Easy to drink, gets ya going a little, hint of apricots, well done.

Cons - I wish the taste of apricots was a little stronger. Just a light poke on my taste buds with apricot is not enough. I wish they had gone with a more powerful taste.

Overall, Worth it. Please enjoy one and think for yourself.

Photo of seymourcox
4.62/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this beer when one of my nephews and I did a tasting of about 14 beers. It was the only one we both liked. I loved it and he said "this would be great on a hot day" (which, in NC, is common).

This beer looks beautiful. It's sudsy and peachy colored. In a sense, it doesn't look real. It looks like a high dollar TV ad that has been heavily doctored up.

The taste is great. It's as peachy as it is apricot...y(?). And, as my nephew suggested, it is exactly the type of beer you'd want to drink 12-15 of on a beautiful summer day after frolicking in the outdoors.

For some, it might get too peachy after a while. It also might be a little too carbonated for some (it feels a little like Mountain Dew, at times). It's really purely subjective if either is too much, or just right for you.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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