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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,056
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 26.45%
Wants: 21
Gots: 87 | 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

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

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Reviews: 465 | Hads: 1,056
Photo of scratch69
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden orange color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Apricots with some wheat malt.

Taste- Sweet apricot flavor blended with wheat malt and a hint of peach at the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a slightly below average amount of carbonation. Mildly dry and crisp.

Overall- A delicious summer beer. My only complaint is the carbonation needs to be a little higher.

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Photo of Smokehole13
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer again ask the question, do you like fruit in your beer? If the answer is no, why would one drink this beer and especially review it. Also, you should probably refrain if you don't like apricots (this isn't rocket science). I like both and yes, I liked this beer. It's my son's favorite beer (I still like it anyway).

Appearance - orange/yellow a bit cloudy, like the skin of an apricot. It certainly looks like apricot ale!

Smell - Again, apricots and more apricots, but not a too sweet aroma. The smell is strong enough to denote the flavor but not too strong to bulldoze the senses.

Taste - Fairly sweet, but not overly so. This is not that saccharine, sickly taste. It is refreshing just like a fruity beer should taste, and yes the flavor of apricots is definitely there. This taste like apricots, real apricots, not artificial flavor. Important to note that the apricot does not completely overpower the ale. It still taste like apricot beer not a wine cooler.

Mouthfeel - Well, it has a heavier body, then most fruity beers. It only gives you a hint of the dryness your mouth feels after eating an apricot, or maybe that's my imagination.

Overall - This beer works if you like apricots, beer and are brave enough to think outside the box, that the two together might actually be flavorful. I say well done Pyramid. It makes me want to try your other offerings!

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fiance's favorite of a fruit beer mixed-six. Trying some from the follow up six-pack.

Pours a thick, sparkly head with a body that looks like orange juice. Smell is strictly and accurately dried apricot, nothing less, nothing more (including anything resembling beer).

Tastes like apricot chapstick. Mouthfeel is weird and acerbic, hard to get past the chapstick though. Cannot recommend to any but the most diehard apricot fans.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazed yellow orange color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades instantly leaving only the tracest level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Huge apricot aroma in this one (as may be expected for an apricot ale). The apricot is rather pleasant and smells quite authentic. While dominating the smell, the apricot is joined by a light aroma of wheat as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet apricot flavor straight up front with some hints of wheat mixed within. The wheat remains light throughout with the apricot growing even stronger and sweeter in flavor as the taste advances to the end. At the very end, a little bit of a peach flavor joins the taste as well, with the mix of apricot, peach and wheat leaving a sweet but smoother taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. A bit more carbonation may have suited the beer’s sweeter fruit flavors slightly better, but overall the feel was fine.

Overall – This is a brew big on apricot flavor with much less of else taking away from its center stage presence. Rather tasty and refreshing and a good go to if you feel like something apricot or fruity. Not bad.

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Photo of ppvora
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured cold 12 oz. bottle into ale glass. Dark gold color, hazy, unclear. Few bubbles, no head.

Smell: Malty aroma. Some hops in the background. Also apricot-like aroma -- evoked scenes of sunshine and ripening apricots in orchards -- that was nice.

Taste: Light ale-like flavor with apricots. Apricot flavor was just right -- not too strong. No complex flavors -- narrow.

Mouthfeel: Not a big change in taste -- nothing worth reporting.

Overall: Was a nice change from the usual beers that I drink. The apricot aroma was nice, so was the flavor. Not sure that I would go out of my way to buy or consume this one.

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Photo of TammyC2164
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like this beer. It does taste like apricot but it's not overly sweet. I like that isn't a hoppie beer. For me I don't care for a hoppie beer. My friends and I have had this beer with baked cod and steamed California mix veggies. We have also drank this with Mexican foods. For me it cleansed the palate well with foods. Tonight we had it with pecan crusted tilapia and asparagus very nice with both.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with some hints of peaches.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has additional notes of wheat.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wasn't a bad beer because the apricot flavors seemed natural and not syrupy or artificial. I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

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Photo of ikihi
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the pyramid on the box looked cool so I tried the beer!

I think most people seem to prefer bitter beers so they rated this beer down. I can't drink real bitter beer (like IPA) so I found this refreshing. This is a solid apricot beer, no complaints. It's not too fruity either, pretty balanced, with a medium-light body. Some reviewers felt the aftertaste wasn't good, I disagree I feel the aftertaste was fine. Just shows that taste isn't universal. Great for a spring/summer day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass with almost a finger of head on a hazy, orange colored body.
The aroma is almost all apricot; a fresh ripe apricot. Really nice.
The taste has banana and lemon with apricot taking the lead. Good balance for a fruit beer.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
For its style, I love it. Great on a warm, yard work day.

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Photo of Chaz33187
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a- murky bubbly orangey glow
s- very much a light beer smell, but a definite smell of apricot
t- so darn tast, so crisp and bubbly, a strong and distinct apricot tast accompanied by a super friendly smack of wheaty taste
m- fairly carbonated but light and great
o- not the most flavorful wheat beer, but definitely one of the lightest smoothest and crispest.

I've had it on draft before and I'd probably a cold one on draft will get a half a point boost in every category.

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Photo of vkv822
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : mason jar

Hazy golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Very nice sweet apricot aroma upfront with a nice malty, wheat backbone.

Taste follows the nose, with just a bit less apricot prominence.

Medium-full body with foamy carbonation.

A well done fruit beer, easy drinking and refreshing. I see this as a good fit for a warm summer day spent outside.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color (because I swirled the yeast from the bottom into the beer before opening) with a one finger off-white creamy foam head that didn't last long, but left a little sticky lacing.

Smell: A very sweet aroma of apricots, wheat and yeast. Not overly perfumed, but a pleasant apricot aroma with some what and malts in the mix.

Taste: Much like it smells...sweet, wheaty and a nice subtle apricot flavor. The flavors open up a bit as the beer warms, and it releases even more apricot and wheat flavors. A very subtle and pleasant fruit beer (and I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers).

Mouth feel: Creamy, slippery and crisp. Sweet and thirst quenching, without much dryness at all.

Overall: I am a fan of this fruit beer, and I usually don't like fruit beers. Although I love apricots, and this has a very natural apricot flavor. This is a nice change of pace from the average wheat beers out there, and a really great spring/summer refresher. Nicely done.

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Photo of dhannes
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single from Binny's; chilled and poured into a standard pint glass.

A=Apricot colored, murky, with a modest head...inviting.

S=Apricot, with floral tones and sugar.

T=Apricot, naturally, with malt; rather sour...not quite as much apricot as I anticipated, and not as sweet as I thought it would be.

M=Light carbonation and medium body, but sour presence made it difficult to classify as a session beer.

O=Honesty, I was a bit disappointed, but enjoyed it...I would try again on tap, during the summer.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler six pack.

Yellow to tan and somewhat cloudy, white head was about a finger and lacing was sparse.

Aroma is quite apricot, with some oranges and tangerines, maybe some maltiness, enjoyable.

Flavor is again very fruity, plenty of apricot flavor, although perhaps a little syrupy. Some citrus and some wheat balance it out pretty nicely.

Body is light but chewy and slightly syrupy, but very easy to drink. Would be a good summer beer.

Overall it's very enjoyable, although not the best fruit beer I've had. I would not be disappointed if I bought a sixer of it though, it would all get drank!

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

copper in color, small amount of head completely disappeared instantly. smells like apricot candy/extract.. that's about it. wheat is very present in the flavor, as is apricot.. it is very fake tasting, i'm guessing apricot extract was used instead of actual apricots. light to medium body, highly carbonated.. smooth and easy to go down.

nothing special here, just a decent summer beer to bring to a bbq. i can see non-craft beer drinkers liking this.. so i guess it may be a good gateway beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got a ton of foam initially. The foam is only lightly sticky on the side of the glass. The coloring is a muddy orange.

Off the top you get a ton of apricot. It smells pretty good. I like the sweetness in this beer. The strength of the fruit reminds me of a shandy.

The flavor is more like a mix of beer and a wine cooler. This beer is way too sweet and syrupy. I gave it to my wife. She liked this beer... too bad she says that she doesn't like beer.

Pyramid makes a good hefeweizen. I would recommend picking that up.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy lifeless orangeish color. Looks like fruit juice, a few shades darker than orange juice. Zero head present. Nose is full of citrus, orange zest, and apricot. Very fruity with absence of any malt profile. The taste is more of the same with heavy candied apricot character. Not much else going on than carbonated orange and apricot juice, this borders on malternative territory. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, the flavor isn't bad per se, but it certainly isn't good for a wheat beer.

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Photo of smcolw
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head and what's there fades very quickly. No lace whatsoever. Cloudy liquid with a dirty gold color.

Sweet, almost candylike, smell of dried apricots.

The taste is like the smell...too much so. The high sugar levels make the liquid thicker. The carbonation cannot overcome the cloyingly sweet flavors. The aftertaste is like peach cobbler. Not my style.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ug, screw this screw cap.

A super aggressive pour at least yields a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a decent pace, fairly quickly, light lacing, over mostly hazy carrot orange yellow colored beer.

Nose is super fruity, lots of apricot, both fresh fruit and fake apricot syrup, bright fruits, light wheat and citrus like, some sweetness, syrupy, overly syrupy fake sweet and fruit aromas, but not too bad.

Taste starts with more fruity flavors, tons of sweet syrupy apricot syrup, stone fruits and bright apricot fruit galore. It is a bit sticky, light sweetness and syrupy feel tasting, trying not to be stereotypical, but more of a woman beer, light overall feel and more fruity than anything, although not undrinkable. hint of bitterness, and a bit of wheat and grassy tastes. Finish is drier but a bit sweet, tons of lingering apricot fake fruit syrup tastes.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lighter carb.

Overall not very good, but not as bad as I expected... lots of fruit but it's all fairly syrupy fake tasting, light carb doesn't help, and sticky sweet kinda icky feel brings the bad beer back to where I expected it to be.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a hazy orangish color, produced a decent off white head, below average retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale was full of fruity apricot and peach- Light in body, this beer had a base of malted grain, sweet apricot and peach nectar. There is a somewhat of a sour , medicinal taste that is not well balanced. The aroma of this brew is quite appealing, packs a very nice punch but the apricot flavor does not follow the lead. Thin, watery- This beer could be much improved with a bit more body and apricot flavor that matches the aroma.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong apricot, slight pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of apricot, slight wheat, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent body and blend, but the appearance is very weak.

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Photo of imasloth
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with large carb. bubbles and slight white head receding to thin white rim. Lots of yeast at bottom of bottle.

S- Very apricot-y. Sweet- more like like the essence of an apricot than the fresh or dried fruit in smell. Not much else ...

T- More interesting than the smell. Still a lot of apricot, but softer and more fruity (less artifical). Light clove spiciness with a taste of fermented wheat.

M- Light to medium in body, with nice smoothness and slight dryness at swallow. Carbonation evident.

O- I go back and forth on how I feel about this one ... Clearly it's no Aprihop as the apricot line of beers go and the smell can overwhelm ... but I like apricots and kind of like drinking this.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange. The off-white head is very lively and has a lot of snap, crackle and pop. It soon sputters out into nothing though. I mean absolutely NO head, even after swirling the glass vigorously in an attempt to agitate it back to life.

S: Big nose of aromatic, fresh apricot. Just the faintest whiff of a bready wheat base. Nothing else to really experience on the nose.

T: All apricot up front. It tastes juicy and fresh, so it has that going for it. Hops don't make any noise, they do just enough to provide a little balance.Yeasty, doughy, and bready tastes on the back end. Finishes with yeast and dough.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat creamy, but more foamy than fluffy. Modest scrubbing carbonation. Lacks dimension.

O: This was pretty bad. All apricot, no beer. Is there a demographic that will drink it? Yes, definitely, so it will probably sell fairly well. The wine cooler crowd will undoubtedly eat it up. This is the ultimate "bitch beer," if you'll pardon the expression. There are far better fruit beers on the market. This one just left me feeling gassy and bloated.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am winnowing through my bottle inventory so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM) in earnest. Please bear with me in this trying time.

From the bottle: "The gold-medalist of fruit beers, our Apricot Ale is a golden wheat beer with the pleasing aroma and flavor of fresh apricots. A spirited beer for an adventurous drinker."

As other have noted, very little head was produced from the pour. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with apricot to the point of perfuminess. Mouthfeel was slightly watery and the taste of apricots was prevalent on the tongue. Finish was likewise like liquid apricot preserves. Meh.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.