Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 84 | 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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Reviews by GreenCard:
Photo of GreenCard
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

[I'm assuming this entry is the same as Pyramid Breweries' Audacious Apricot Ale because I cannot find that beer listed here]

Appearance: orangey gold, slight haze, little-to-no head

Aroma: dried apricots, peach Jolly Ranchers; perfumey

Flavor: dryish wheat backbone overrun with perfumey/flowery apricot essence; finishes semi-dry with a lingering floral note

Mouthfeel: light body, spritzy carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Other comments: Way too fruity and floral for my taste. This is as "Audacious" as getting slammed face-first into a fruit cart.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orange color with very little head to speak of,the aroma is very up front of apricots or apricot puree.The taste is also very apricot like with a slight wheaty taste in the finish.A little light in the body but also very drinkable.Iam not a big fan of these kind of beers but it was worth trying.

Photo of tectactoe
2.15/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly off-orange color, very nearly the color of an apricot, ironically enough. Hazy, almost fully opaque, and topped with a wispy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. The smell is certainly not the best; a very artificial and forced apricot aroma makes its way to my nostrils and immediately I can tell this beer is probably not going to be great. The smell is very chalky, medicinal, and contrived. Oh boy. The beer finally hits my palate and you get this ever-so-slight taste of an almost tart apricot with some sweet, pale malty sugar, but before you have time to appreciate it - it's gone. Before long, your palate is engulfed with an artificial tasting mess. Medicinal flavors abound, metallic notes - yuck. That chalky, astringent aroma comes up full force in the flavor and makes the aftertaste almost unbearable. After taking a healthy sip, it tastes like you just got done chewing a Flintstone's vitamin. Musky, chalky, and not very sweet at all. Thin and watery mouth feel doesn't do much to help the cause, either.

Blech. I love apricots, but this beer is far from it. The aftertaste is very near the point of being downright nasty, and the beer really has no redeeming qualities. Stay away from this one.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is an orangish beer with a thin brittle white head that basically smells like peach air-freshener. The taste is a light, but nonetheless artificial tasting candy (reminds me of jolly ranchers!) peach, apricot flavor that overwhelms any discernable malt flavors. Very floral hops enhance the trick nicely and a hint of yeast in the finish makes a futile attempt to dry things. This beer is a bit artificial tasting for me but the fact that I tasted both hops and yeast in it impressed me somewhat. Lifting carbonation is pleasant. Cloying qualities kept me from wanting more. Some people love this stuff. You should try it once.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my dad for tossing this one my way. Best by 030806 lasered on the neck. Pours from the stubby brown bottle a nice somewhat bright cloudy orange with a big two finger head of white foam atop the brew. The head lingers and leaves sticky lace across the glass. Aromas initially reek like opening a bag of freshly cut or dried apricots. There's an underlying grainy, wheat husk aroma as well. You'll have to like apricots to appreciate the nose here!

First sip brings some pale, wheat grain maltiness that is a little bit grating. The fresh apricot flows through with a sweet/tart fashion across the tongue. Finishes with a lingering apricot flavor that's quite nice and not at all artificial. Hints of yeast poke in and out as well. A tasty fruit beer if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle creaminess and plenty of carbonation...quite refreshing really. I could see this going great on a hot summer day, it reminds me of O'Fallon Wheach. Worth looking into if you're a fan of fruit beers, apricots or both. Unfiltered as well!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.6/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Orangish apricot color with a very minimal head that quickly dies away. Looks okay, but looks are (extremely) decieving.

Sicky-sweet artificial nose. Ugh. I do not look forward to the taste.

Difficult to drink. Somewhat sour, very artificial fruitiness. Not as bad as the scent, but not fun to drink.

Nasty, foul aftertaste that will not go away until you have a different beer, or eat something.

Drinkability? Total drain pour. I give the drinkability rating a little leeway, because I think I am drinking an outdated (possibly oxidized?) bottle. The bottling date on the label is blurred, so I do not know how old this is.

Photo of JasonA
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium apricot (who would have thought) with little to no head. Virtually no carbonation, no fizzle, no lacing.

Smells a hearty apricot (who would have thought).

Carbonation and alcohol initial, non-sweet apricot. Very nice that it didnt end up syrupy. Dry, yet appealing. Doesnt taste like it smells.

This beer gets pluses for staying true to what it was trying to accomplish. I think the appearence could use some help though. Overall I think its nicely complex for being a simply apricot beer.

Photo of shapudding
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up in a stubby pilsner and poured a golden wheat color with heavy carbination. Very light head reduced to a light ring. Heavy fresh apricot scent- WOW! Tastes of frest fruits and of apricot nectar, but not too sweet. The flavor stays with you. Yeah, it is kind of girly sounding and may scare of alot of the guys, but if you buck up and try it, you may find that you actually like it. If you are one for the fruit beers it could work as a nice session beer.

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 merlin48
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz dark bottle says "Enjoy by 12/12/03". Pours a murky golden color into the glass. Head quickly leaves. Aroma of fresh apricots is very pronounced. Mouthful is very well balanced between apricots and carbonation. Some hoppy tingles as well. No lacing on the glass. This is a very good tasting wheat beer that matches well with the fresh apricot dominance. Not at all syrupy or cloying. Don't bother with this one if you don't like apricots. The hops continue to tingle the tongue to the very end. Clear finish and pleasant aftertaste. Feels light like a summer weiss. Very drinkable. This would be an excellent summer ale.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, huge head, apricot color

Smell: apricots and cream

Taste: apricots, cream, and a small bit of hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, medium/high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Excellent apricot flavor. This is sweet without being overly sweet and a nice fruit beer. I could have three of these, but a six would be a bit much.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some apricots. Somewhat one-dimensional and not that impressive. The flavor is is more of the same. Other than apricots and wheat there is nothing else going on. I guess that is what you get from a beer named Apricot Ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mattster
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

Formed large foamy head of 3". dies down to nice hazy light golden/amber hazy brew.

Smell, of course, is Apricot. A tad bit fruitier than I normally like, but not bad. Some wheat and malt. Good finish, OK beer.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle with a best by date of 11/25/04. This was a purchase by the wife-type unit during our recent (rain-soaked) vacation to North Carolina.

Pours a clear and bright golden-orange in color. Fizzy layer of dying white head clings to the glass. Aromas are pronounced apricots, maybe with a spoonful of sugar on them. Not much else, but the smell sure didn't need it. Very nice. Flavor is also loaded with apricots, with a bready/doughy finish to it. There's barely any bitterness to this beer. Apricots remain on the palate long after the finish. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Great summer beer.

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy but bright orange with thin white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Apricot and wheat.

Taste: Apricot and wheat. Sorry, don't know what else to say. But it is refreshing and tasty.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable, albeit simple.

Photo of magictrokini
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a billowy white head. Apricot and stale wheat aroma. The best description I can give the taste of this beer is that it tastes like iced tea with apricots. Some wheat and malt flavors, but the apricots overwhelm anything else that may be in there.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottle says enjoy by 07/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy orange yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Wow quite an interesting aroma. Smells like a fresh cut piece of tropical fruit. Huge presence of apricot fruit with a good amount of wheat and some yeast. Also some pale malts and light hints of citrus hops, orange and lemon. Smells fairly sweet and a bit tart and perfume like.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, but the apricot doesn't dominate as much. Wheat grains and pale malts with a good amount of apricot fruits and hints of orange and lemon zest. Also some subtle citrus hops towards the finish. This is pretty sweet and fruity, but not cloying or medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, tangy, and somewhat syrupy.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty take on a wheat beer. Nicely sweet and fruity without becoming too sweet. A good easy drinking beer for the summer.

Photo of Thrasher
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot Ale tastes pretty much as you'd expect; it tastes like apricots. It's a sugary, honeyed nectar with enough wheat to make the beer cuttingly refreshing, despite its abundant sweetness. But on the whole, it basically tastes like sucking down the syrup out of a tin of apricots. I suppose it might work in a dessert setting, and it could probably be used in a killer recipe, but it completely fails in scratching that beer itch with which we are all familiar. I will say this, in defense of fruit beers: apricots (and peaches, pears, squash, pumpkin, and apples, for that matter) work much better with beer flavors than berries -- or cherries. It's just a better marriage... or it could just be a personal preference. Dogfish Head made a good beer with Aprihop, which succesfully married the sweetness of the apricot with the citric bitterness of the hops. It worked well, and I would recommend that one over Pyramid's abundantly sweet version. However, if you're an apricot nut with a severe sweet tooth, or some sort of bee or fruit fly, you will probably prefer the Pyramid.

Photo of far333
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot color (what else?) with a thin white head that lowers quickly and flattens out to nothing. Smell is sweet apricots, almost candy-like. Mouthfeel is a little thin, leading to a flavor that is sweet apricot, maybe too much like apricot and not enough like beer. The wheat flavor is diminished by the apricot. No hops come through, although there is a tingly bite in the finish, but it's not hoppy, sort of tannic. A bit like apricot juice.

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

A heavy orange appearance, could a fruit beer actually look intimidating? Maybe not intimidating, but this one at least isn't totally a fruit colored turn off. Aroma comes of legitimately as apricots, nice.

Taste, a little sweet still for my taste, but doesn't smash you in the face with sugar or sweet. Don't go looking for any hops in this like you would in the far superior Aprihop from DFH.

A good girlfriend beer. This is well made, just not for my tastes.

Photo of ADR
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky, chunky bright orange color. Fast rising small bubbles that keep restoring a thin head. Smells like, well, apricot.... Flavor is more subtly apricot, with a carbonated impression that releases the most at the back of the swallow. There was a carbonated water impression to me in mid-mouth. Wheat tastes are minimal and just the slightest of bittering at the finish. A controlled fruit beer but I can't highly recommend it because of the carbonated water taste. I honestly prefer this directly from the bottle, it seems to concentrate the apricot flavors (if fruit is your thing).

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a golden orange apricot hue with a bright white creamy healthy sized head that leaves annular rings of lacing between sips. Aromatics are sweet candi like apricot jam along with a light bready characteristic to it, low on hops but very nice would classify as a dessert beer for myself. This style of beer fruit wheat, usually rubs me the wrong way but this one I am definitely enjoying the apricot flavor is not overbearing but it glides with a tangy citrusy zing and just blends well together very nice beer kicks Pyramid Hefeweizen's ass. Touch of hops and keeps it sweet with a sour edge from the citrus like tones not cloying in anyway, the mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is just right can't complain here. Drinkability not bad not a session brew but a nice treat wasn't expecting much here, es muy bueno.

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated best by 8/8/12 served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow golden (aka apricot) color with a smallish and short-lived white head.

While the aroma is fruity and has a definite apricot component, it seems a bit dank or stale, and the apricot aroma is more like dried than fresh apricots. The flavor is much better, at least if you like apricot. This packs a pronounced and juicy hit of apricot. It is exceptionally fruity with a bit of bready malt in the background. Good balance between the sweet and tart, with very little bitterness. Strongly apricot finish and rather nice lingering aftertaste.

M: medium-light body; low carbonation -- too low, I think.

O: a change of pace: more like a lambic than a 'typical' ale. Fans of Magic Hat #9 should definitely give this a try.

Photo of OStrungT
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy, yellow color with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a pungent arpicot aroma to it. Some citrus hop aroma also, but mostly just apricot.

This beer tastes strongly of apricot. I dont think it is too preasent in a beer. It is sweet also. Not much else too it. Just apricot.

This beer is hightly carbonated. It leaves an apricot like aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would be a good session beer. It is too sweet to drink a lot of.

Overall: I do not like this beer. I only have it because my mom, who does like it, bought some and left it at my house. I guess if you like your drinks to taste like apricot, you might like it.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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