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Pyramid Apricot Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

Added by Brent on 08-13-2001

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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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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, hazy, orangish-yellow with a thin, fizzy, white head that quickly fades away

S - sweet apricots

T - very sweet apricots

M - very crisp, light bodied

This is a good, light beer for the fruit beer drinker or for someone that's getting into the craft. Otherwise, it's disappointing.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle to my jigger glass and was welcomed by a three fingered tan colored head that faded some what fast... Not much lacing was left behind. The color of the beer is a nice cloudy golden color. The aroma was heavy of fruit mainly the apricot and possibly some citrus from the hops. The flavor is dominated by the fruit that starts strong and slowly fades to the wheat malt. The beer is fairly carbonated, while the body is light.

I like this beer as a summer/hot weather drinker. The apricot is not overly sweet and has just the right tartness. I'm glad they kept this one unfiltered like traditional wheat ales.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I saw this one almost everywhere but I never thought about trying it till today. When I saw apricot flavored and its about 105 out, sounded like a winning flavor

Appearnace - a really proud looking orange to brown with unfiltered cloudiness that I really dig.

Smell - the smell was almost a bit off but still a good scent. To me the apricot smelled a little too fermented, like a real apricot that has been in the sun too long.

Taste - This one had a great mellow summer beer flavor. The apricot is a delicious mellow flavor along with some fermented wheat sweetness that leaves a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A good lasting flavor but I wish it had some more carbonation for that summer feel.

Overall - this is a great seasonal drinker. I will have to try more pyramid products to see how I enjoy them.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle has a different label and just says Pyramid Apricot Ale. According to beeradvocate, it's just an alias of this one.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, yellow-orange color with a centimeter thick frothy head. Dissipates very quickly. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - The apricot overpowers anything else that's there. I think I can smell some undertones of butter and malt.

Taste - I'm honestly not much of a fan of apricots. It's the most dominant flavor but it's not overbearing. They blended the ingredients well. I love the pale malts in it, it's not so bitter with the apricot. The buttery flavor comes through as well..

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I'll give this a good rating because they made the beer well, although I would not drink on this. Way too sweet..

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This apricot ale pores a dark yellow color with a modest cap of foam above. The aroma reeks of apricot. This high apricot flavor continues in the flavor. The mouthfeel is quick and smooth, but it is apricot all the way with this thing--there is very little else to it. If you like apricot, this beer is for you. If you don't, you won't make it through the bottle. For a fruit beer, a fairly average stab.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby, 12-ounce twist-off bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, orange-yellow color beneath a two-finger head of fizzy white foam which reduced to a slick coat in a matter of moments.

S: Big, fruity waft of apricot accompanied by a sherry-like, buttery aroma that often accompanies beers of this particular style.

T: Rush of sweet, buttery and slick apricot flavors which mellow out in a somewhat metallic, wheat husk taste before washing back with a dry, grassy bitterness accompanied by diacetyl and residual fruitiness.

M: Slick and grainy up front, the brew achieves a more balanced feel before finishing up a bit sticky.

O: In all honesty, not a bad beer, and I'm not one to give much breathing room to apricot ales. The 5.1% ABV is sessionable for what you'd expect from a fruity wheat and the apricot flavoring isn't as overpowering as Ithaca's version. Not the best in the bunch, but not one that I'd automatically pass on.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet apricots with some wheat and a touch of yeast and citrus hop.

T - Starts off with some apricots with some other tropical fruit flavor and a bit of wheat. Through the middle, the apricot flavor gets stronger with a bit of yeast and citrus hop. The finish is a mix of more apricot flavor with some citrus hop with some sweet wheat and a touch of pepper.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and fruity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Full of apricot flavor, but could have used some other flavors to balance.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A – Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice two-finger head of white bubbles. Stellar lacing.

S – Definitely smells of apricots, but also a little rotten fruit off note, almost as if you smelled a bunch of apricots and one of them went rotten. Not a good sign.

T – Thankfully, none of the rotten fruit in the nose is present. Sweet and tangy apricot is forward, with light wheat taste in the mid profile. Yeast taste is present in the finish. A little hop spice at the end as well. Sweetness carries all the way through the aftertaste. Not bad at all. Again, pretty tangy.

M – Nice medium body with prickly carbonation. A slight creaminess also. A little syrupy on the palate.

O – A nice fruit/wheat beer. Probably wouldn’t rush out to buy it again as they aren’t really my thing, but I drank this on a 101 degree Arizona day, and it did refresh.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger head. Average retention. Resulting lace is thin.

Smell - An intense apricot smell.

Taste - Surprise, surprise. Tastes like apricots. Apricots, and a touch butter. Really not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a nice, tight bite.

Overall - Decent all-around, but the sheer sweetness of the apricot can wear on you fast. Not sessionable, unless super fruity apricot beers are your thing.

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Photo of intensify
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Appearance was golden yellow with a 1 finger, white soapy head. Minimul to no lacing with fast retention.

Smells of the sweet apricot, with some peach trailing behind. Some hops find there way into the aroma, as well as a weird lingering smell that is quite unplesent. Metallic? Maybe.
Taste is similar. The label should read " a whole apricot in every bottle" because its overwhelming. Its not bad, it could have used a bitter kick. Dry finish and medium carbonated. Easy to drink, and somewhat smooth.

Not a bad brew. The apricot went a bit to far. It masked all the flavours this beer could have had. An average beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach body with a thin yellowish head. Nose is bursting with apricots. Wow this thing is an apricot bomb. Thin crisp and light body. Some grainy husk flavors lie below the apricot. Apricot presence huge throughout. Drinks more like an apricot cider than a beer though. Cool and refreshing and beats out magic hat #9 for sure. Some spicy orange rind flavors give some balance on the finish but its a sweet beer. Not cloying though.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
1.96/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk
Murky apricot colored ale with a sheet of white. Smells like a cheap american weisssbier knockoff with a hint of sweetened apricot juice. Flavor is watery and empty. Some apricot hints and plenty of plain wheat flavor. Brutally thin and with lower carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is poorly conducted.

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Photo of Brand
4.54/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's rare to find a beer this good. Wow, damn,....gnarly... this beer is both refreshing and nourishing feeling. It's got a lively moderate freshness feel. Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale is the toppermost of the poppermost, but Pyramid Apricot Ale is its slightly mellower Apricot cousin,... and it's superbly balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter, but lively and fresh. Btw, the bottle and six pack just labels it as 'Pyramid Apricot Ale' unfiltered wheat ale. No mention of 'Audacious' is listed.

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

A- nice cloudy golden colour with a nice head.

S-apricots at the fore.... Very sweet smelling

T-crisp apricots with a nice slightly sour edge at the end very pleasant.

M-spot on for the abv

Overall this is one of the nicer apricot wheats I will def look for this again.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into standard pint. Best by 06/13/12

A: cloudy amber/apricot color. 1.5 fingers of lightly colored bubbly head that receded into a VERY thin ring and no lacing resembled a champagne fizz more than a beer head. It doesn't scream "drink me" but it certainly doesn't say "stay away"

S: Apricot come through strong like cutting into a fresh apricot. A little bit of light Carmel malt. Smells semi-sweet, a touch of tartness on the nose.

T: Apricot up front and hardly anything in the middle but finishes off with a touch of hops and more apricot. Tastes a lot like the nose, fresh apricot sweetness up front and finishes with a little tang. Pretty good, the fruit flavor lingers quite a while. The wheat is also noticeable in the flavor profile.

M: Medium-Light body, not too heavy but there is a little chew to it. Pretty balanced mouthfeel.

O: Would be a good warm weather brew between the fruit and the lighter mouthfeel. Not amazing but not bad, drinkable and I would go back. Personally not very familiar with wheat beers but I like this.

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Photo of SHODriver
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours light orange with some haze and a couple fingers of fluffy white head that does not stick around for very long.
S: Smells strongly of apricot and a bit of pale malt aroma
T: taste is dominated by the flavor of sun dried apricots and the flavor continues through the aftertaste, a little must flavor comes through in the aftertaste as well.
M: surprisingly syrupy for a light colored beer with soft carbonation
O: a little too fruity and one sided, a good beer for people who don't like the taste of malt and hops though

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by 3/16/12 on the label.

A: Pours a mostly clear light amber/orange. A small 1 finger head that dissipated before I could determine color. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Mostly apricot up front on the nose. Smells sweet. Think some hop notes come through at the end. I guess there is wheat in this too?

T: Strong taste of apricot, more of the dried apricot taste. Mild taste of wheat and malt. Not much else.

M: Quite carbonated and light feeling on the palette. Easy to drink, if the flavor was better.

Overall I'm not an apricot fan so maybe this beer just isnt for me.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy light orange with half finger of head that quickly dissipates. Not really any lacing to speak of.

S- Mmmm, the sweet apricot / peach type smell comes out very nicely.

T- Very good - similar to the nose. Sweet apricot, a subtle spicy flavor from the hops. A little bit light/watery.

M- Rather light body that I wasn't a huge fan of. Good carbonation with a little prickly tongue action.

O- Pretty good, straight forward, sessionable beer. It's what you would expect.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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