Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,047
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Brent on 08-13-2001

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My girlfriend's sister told me she had an apricot ale on her boat, so I asked for one. I was given this. Having not had a Pyramid beer before, I didn't know what to expect... though I've tended to read that Pyramid is relatively mediocre. Let's get going.

I had this straight from the bottle, so I'm sorry beer nerds if my "incorrect" way of drinking offends you.

Basically, it's a nice beer. A nice wheat beer with apricot added without tasting like fruit juice or like fifteen sugar packets were added. I drank the bottle within maybe ten minutes because it was tasting so good in the sun. Looking at it objectively though, this beer is what it is. It won't blow you away, especially if you're sitting in your home watching TV or inside at a bar. Like most fruit beers, enjoy it in the sun for the best experience.

Try it if you find it, it's a good one. (859 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick with spotty lacing, and a hazy golden body.

Smells like a nice blend of bright, earthy-er grains and a fair touch of the added apricot included with this product.

I taste a crisp mixture of the grains described above that have an extremely clean finish. Nearly TOO clean. The fruit tastes comes into play mid-palate and stays for the remainder of the swig.

This mouthfeel here is refreshingly clean and crisp. This is one of the most quenching beers I've experienced in recent memory. Fantastic job here!

Overall, I'll give Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc. a 4.25. I wish I'd only discovered this a while ago. (784 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid Apricot Ale brewed by Pyramid Breweries, Inc.. with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Pyramid Apricot Ale is sweet with grains , and malts. This is a real inviting brew, I like the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it , rich with sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up grains, and malts. Pyramid Apricot Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth , and rich. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Pyramid Apricot Ale a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Pyramid Breweries, Inc. did a nice job with this one. (782 characters)

Photo of K_sakai
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (209 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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 (960 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (511 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of FannyBack
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of seymourcox
4.62/5  rDev +33.1%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Omaha, NE. Frosted mug. Hazy amber orange appearance. Head stayed for a little while. Smelled like apricots and sweet malt. Maybe a touch of seltzer. Went down exceptionally smooth. Mouthfeel was buttery and smooth, ended refreshing. Just the right amount of malt and sweetness. Almost everything was right here. Definite apricot. reminds me of apricot candy without being artificial or non-beer like. Great beer on tap! (430 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Cloudy yellow appearance with a finger of head. Lacing on glass. Cloudy.

s. Fresh apricot smell that is better than when poured from a bottle.

t. Again, this beer takes on a life of it's own when on tap. Fresh, outstanding apricot taste layered into the beer.

m. For a wheat, it has nice body. Although the head was small, the carbonation persisted.

o. This is an outstanding apricot. Having had several, I think this is the best of the bunch. (452 characters)

Photo of youknowmyname
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Odor: Apricot and Pear.

Pour: Straw color, Small head, but thick lace. Unfiltered and noticed that the yeast had pooled at the bottom of the bottle. Beer seems to have had been on the shelf for a while as the yeast did not move. Might want to check your bottle before you buy

Taste: Heavy Apricot extract taste, maybe apples as well. No Hop flavor. Seems they have done this to make the fruit stand out more. Beer is very smooth, no bitterness whatsoever. Almost a buttery taste on finish.

This beer was decent for what it is. I almost feel like I'm drinking a wine cooler as they have removed any characteristics of an beer from this. You can taste beer but I would liken it to the most ultra-light beer you ever had. Not bad drink but I expected a beer. (762 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no discernible freshness date. Sort of hazy yellow, lots of lacing but a filmy head. Aroma is mild apricots and wheat. Flavor is wheat and mold apricots, easy to drink but really falls short in comparison to Dry Dock's apricot ale. I'd take that beer over this one every day of the week. (304 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Irish Pub, Lewisburg WV

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small creamy white head that retains to a small layer, leaving some solid lacing

S- piney & herbal hops, light fruity esters with an emphasis on the apricot, sweet candy-like malt

T- fruity citrus and piny hops, strong sweet apricot flavor that seems a little bit artificial, a touch of toasted malt on the finish

M-medium body, low carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel, slightly sticky finish

O- pretty refreshing brew, the apricot can seem a little too sweet and artificial at times, but still quite drinkable (595 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 09/04/2013 printed on the label, so I'm a little bit late on this one, but I'm not scared. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. My second beer from Pyramid. My bottle is a bit different than the one pictured and is named Pyramid Apricot Ale. I don't really know what to expect with this one.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a lightly hazed lemon-orange colored body with some spritzy carbonation and one finger of soapy white head that fades quickly. Lots of nice yeast sediment floating in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of fleshy apricots, grainy wheat, honeyed biscuit malt, mineral well water, and a hint of vinegary tartness.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy apricot / peach, some syrupy sweetness, some acidic vinegary tartness, wheat grains, earthy bready yeast presence, and some mineral water.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, light, and refreshing. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a surprisingly enjoyable offering from Pyramid. Zesty, light-bodied, and refreshing; I could definitely see myself enjoying some of this in the summertime. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy fruit beers.

Pyramid Apricot Ale ---3.5/5 (1,264 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last sampled back on 11/4/13 as I had this a few times in the past 2 years. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange in color and really doesn't head a head at all. Some very light spotty lacing was seen but not much. Perfect carbonation. When first opened the aroma of fresh apricots hits your nose right up front with some wheat. Very nice! The taste was even better with just the right sweetness with good wheat to balance out the flavor. No bad aftertaste and goes down very easy. Available year around. (574 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I generally don't like fruit beers but this is an exception. This is simply good wheat beer that happens to have apricot in it. The apricot taste is light and not obtrusive or cloying. It blends well with the tartness of the wheat. Lightly hopped but no hop character evident. No head reterntion. A great summer beer with no beer snob appeal whatsoever.

That is what I said in 2002. Now for the standard review:

Pours to a thin white head that lingers as a ring around the tip of the liquid. No lacing. Aroma is apricots and clean American wheat ale. Flavor is of course fruity and slightly sweet but with a sharp bite of wheat to balance the sweet. No significant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and slightly "juicy". Overall impression (see above). (755 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Past the BB date, but who cares, it's not an IPA.

A: Pours an apri-- I'm not going to say it. I'm just going to say it pours a golden orange color. There are a few specks of yeast sediment floating around in there, too. The head is a frothy-looking eggshell shade one fingers high. Retention is low and there's minimal - if any - lacing left on the glass.

S: Apricots aplenty. That's good and all, but the fact they seem a bit sweet and extract-y is a turnoff. Another turnoff: the dregs seem to have a cheesy aroma to it. 'Course, I still poured them in the glass anyways, because I'm a boss like that.

T: Sweet apricots start and finish this one off. Did I mention sweet? The only thing to break up the monotony is a touch of back end tartness. On the plus side, I don't pick up much cheesiness in the flavor, so that good. I guess.

M: High carbonation and an off-dry finish do an okay job of scrubbing away some of the palate sweetness. Still too sweet, but not as stupidly cloying as it could have been. Not particularly easy to drink.

O: Meh. How many different ways can you say 'chick beer'? (1,134 characters)

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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