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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 46 | 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:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

(Beer added by: DESTRO on 09-05-2005)
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Photo of buschbeer


3.9/5  rDev +14%

I poured into a pint glass to very little head. You cannot deny the apricot smell. The taste is just like the smell. Its actually quite refreshing on a warm day. It is quite drinkable although the fruitiness gets to me after 4 or 5. Overall, it is a nice summer brew.

06-09-2009 03:58:39 | More by buschbeer
Photo of FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Cloudy peach color with a similar colored head.

Aroma dominated by apricot, with slight hints of the wheat coming through as well.

Taste is initially of a quality American wheat beer, and then the apricot jumps out in the finish. Even after the beer is swallowed, a refreshing apricot flavor lingers.

Mouth feel is light with semi-sharp carbonation bite that balances the slightly sweet flavor.

Overall, a well-made fruit beer that is rather easy drinking. I can appreciate it even more now that I have tried to brew a fruit beer myself (this beer being far superior).

05-30-2009 04:10:25 | More by FloppyDog
Photo of IBhotterthanU


4.97/5  rDev +45.3%

Even better since it got it's new name, "Audacious Apricot Ale."

...But in all seriousness, one of the most underrated of the category, and most surprisingly enjoyable. Time after time, when it's on tap at festivals/events along with the other 3 styles Pyramid contributes to the tent, this one always has the longest line and is so worth the wait. And, I hear they use the same delicious and all natural essence of apricot as those cooky, crafty Magic Hat brewers....right on.

05-02-2009 00:46:52 | More by IBhotterthanU
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

12oz bottle poured with sediment into a weizen glass. Best by 04/08/09.

A - Hazy darker tinted wheat color with a fluffy and loose white head.

S - Awesome apricot aroma mixed with light wheats and light malts. The smell is reminiscent of something from my youth (besides apricots) that I can't put my finger on and is very intriguing.

T - The apricot flavor is less potent than the smell but also very good. Besides the apricot sweet yet tart flavor there is a good underlying backbone of light malts and a dry wheat flavor. Solid flavor for a fruit beer.

M - Crisp and light on the palate with a good smoothness.

D - For a fruit beer it's not overpowering. It has plenty of flavor but is decently balanced making it a pretty decently drinkable beer.

04-29-2009 03:37:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Quite hazy, peach-colored. Apricot Ale looks much like a rose tinted hefeweizen. Yellow-ish/beige head rises about 2 fingers with fairly short retention. No lacing.

S - Obviously, the aroma is heavy with apricots. There's a touch of earthy, "dirty" wheat in the background but otherwise nothing.

T - More apricots with a mild to moderate sweetness. Sweetness peaks late palate with touches of typical, earthy American wheat flavors. There's a mild bitterness as well with an almost salty/briney quality. The apricot is strong and well manifested, though the beer behind the fruit is bland and grainy.

M - Creamy, but very much in the realm of light bodied. Carbonation is moderate to high providing a fairly crisp and refreshing brew.

D - A decent simple fruit beer that serves the purpose of being refreshing and tasting more like fruit than beer. The fruit isn't overbearing or artificial, and while the beer behind it may not be very interesting, it's at least unoffensive and doesn't interfere with the overriding apricot flavor. Though I haven't had Magic Hat's #9 in quite a while, Apricot Ale reminds me a lot of that brew with a creamier and improved mouthfeel. Even if you hate beer but are into apricots, Pyramid's offering is more than worth a try.

04-25-2009 11:09:20 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Psilo707


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A very hazy orange color when poured into a mug; very fruit like already. The smell is 100% apricot. I would state that it's citrus (and it is), but honestly, it's simply fully apricot. A sweet aroma from the top.

Taste's just like it smells. Apricot! But not overpoweringly so. I enjoy the creamy aftertaste and the light alcohol presense.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium. A bit of cream and a bit of water thrown in there. Drinkability is a bit lower, but I am usually a bit biased against fruity beers when it comes to drinkability since I don't want to drink large amounts of them.

Overall, a good release from Pyramid, as expected. Great beer for women, too.

04-22-2009 05:53:31 | More by Psilo707
Photo of TheNightbird


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

A- Hazy, Orange with a thin lacing of head

S- Apricots, wheat and citrus.

T- Apricots, however they do not dominate the taste, not over powering. Mild bitterness at the end. A good balance between the fruit and the grain.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Very Drinkable.

04-16-2009 00:22:00 | More by TheNightbird
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle a cloudy golden/orangish color w/ little to no head. At first smell, i got a nose full of apricots(imagine that)and a tiny bit of orange peel.Nothing too exciting here.

Taste was pretty much the same, lot of apricots upfront(too much if you ask me)a little breadiness and a wierd aftertaste of more apricots and a little orange, not offensive though, just wierd.

Very high in carbonation makes this quite refreshing as any good unfiltered wheat should be, and when drank ice cold, i could probably tackle like 2.5 - 3 of these. If there was a little less apricots, this beer could be an ok session. but as it stands, the fruitiness really takes its toll after a couple.

All in all, nothing terrible, but nothing to seek out either. just blah

04-14-2009 18:52:01 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of cmaloy


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

A - The beer was orange copper. With a small head that didn't last very long.

S - The smell was great. I loved the apricot scent.

T - Definitely has an apricot taste (hence the name) and was more malty than most beers.

M - The carbonation was pretty high in this beer and there wasn't much of a mouth coat left after a swig, but I thought the beer was very refreshing.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely buy it again, especially to enjoy on a hot day working in the yard.

04-10-2009 06:40:42 | More by cmaloy
Photo of nick76


3.23/5  rDev -5.6%

The aroma is sweet and fruity with apricot and wheat. The appearance is cloudy orange with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and just a bit harsh. The palate is smooth. It's interesting but I am just not crazy about it. This is still worth a try.

04-10-2009 05:05:10 | More by nick76
Photo of willyumlong


4.43/5  rDev +29.5%

went ahead and put this in my mix n match 6 pack for a change of pace
short chbby bottle, lager color with a slight haze
yep thats apricot beer
wow, what a fresh clean delicious beer, kinda. i have to admit my masculine side does not like the sound of a fruity beer but dammit it tastes good. the apricot is perfect, not too strong but clearly present. it is a beer technically but if you had told me it was a welches sparkling wine thing i wouldn't have doubted it. nevertheless i really enjoyed it and will get more.
naturally my wife really liked it too

04-09-2009 09:28:46 | More by willyumlong
Photo of teejay76


3.83/5  rDev +12%

Appearance - Poured light golden.

Smell - Pure apricot piercing my nostrils. Upon second sniff, I could smell the hidden hops.

Taste - Like apricot with apricot hops aftertaste. It was surprising good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Like an apricot wine cooler with a beer aftertaste.

Drinkability - Easily could have downed many of these.

04-04-2009 06:02:42 | More by teejay76
Photo of Bookseeb


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance, dare I say has an hazy apricotiness to it with a thin head and no lace. Smell, Apricot is first and foremost. Taste has a definate apricot flavor with some background malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not much on fruit beers, but this is not bad, maybe one every now and then.

03-28-2009 01:23:54 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of drizzam


3.83/5  rDev +12%

This seems to me like a unique flavor blend for a beer...let's give it a try and see if it works.

A - Poured a cloudy orangish copper color with a one finger head that dissipated rather quickly. The head left little to no lacing down the inside of the pint glass.

S - The smell is of fresh apricots...very refreshing scent.

T - Kind of a spritzy brew...tastes of apricots with an undertone that is malty and kinda bready.

M - Thin mouthfeel, seems rather high on the carbonation. Like I said before, this brew is a bit on the spritzy side. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had a more creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with no lingering aftertaste.

D - Not a bad offering from Pyramid. This could be very sessionable in the Summer, especially with the low ABV.

03-24-2009 23:59:10 | More by drizzam
Photo of RedDiamond


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

An exceptionally turbid wheat beer of apricot color with a modest smattering of suds and profuse apricot nose. The aroma is far more than I expected and causes me to wonder whether it can be sourced exclusively to real fruit. A bowl of fresh apricots in front of your face would hardly smell more like fresh apricot than this beer does. Is the fragrance artificially enhanced? Don't know, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

The taste is almost of an apricot spritzer. The "beer" of it is fairly weak and the weizen element is all but obscured. Despite this I'm compelled to acknowledge the somewhat embarrassing truth that I enjoy this fruity beer. It's too thin in the body, but the flavor is deserving and the fragrance is charmed. I wouldn't want to drink it every day, and I don't know how it found me in winter. (It's anything but a winter beer.) But Pyramid's effort is worthy of the concept of an apricot weizen, should that concept mean anything to you.

02-17-2009 01:10:43 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Spikester


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours cloudy amber with a two finger head from a fast pour. Modest amount of lacings. Aroma is mostly apricot and some spices. Taste is tangy apricot with the usual Heffe flavors. I think I detected a touch of lemon as well. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish which must be the hops. This bottle tasted much better than the last one I tried. According to the enjoy by date (5-08-09) it is about a month old. Pretty tasty all in all, and quite sessionable if you like Heffes and apricots.

02-13-2009 03:59:28 | More by Spikester
Photo of CMW


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

This beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a decent one finger head formation. The head is bright white and fluffy however, lacks any sort of retention and lacing. Carbonation was definitely present as groupings of small bubbles constantly floated to the top of the glass.

This may shock you but the smell is dominated by apricots. This causes the aroma to definitely lean to the sweet side. On a second whiff, I caught some yeast and bread-like notes that helped balance out the sweetness. Overall, this is not the best aroma when it's 10 degrees outside, but could see the appeal on a warm summer day.

This is one sweet beer. The apricot flavor dominates and almost tastes like an apricot candy rather than the fruit. However, I will say that there are some other facets to the taste. I was able to get an ever so slight glimpse of hops up front and the yeast makes its presence known throughout.

Overall, this isn't half bad. It has a more robust mouth feel than I expected for a fruit offering.

02-05-2009 19:29:57 | More by CMW
Photo of ChrisQ


4/5  rDev +17%

When you pop the cap from this bottle, take a sniff. Apricots. Of course that is obvious from the name of the beer, but think and smell again. Apricots, you say again. Now think, you said apricots and not peaches; as remarkably similar as those two fruits are, Pyramid were able to winnow the aroma down to the slightly muskier scent, rather than throwing in the easy to find syrupy sweet peach.

The gold translucent ale has a fine carbonation bubble that produces a short creamy head that dissipates within 60 seconds. When looking into the glass one is reminded of champagne, as the tiny bubbles constantly form and rise.

When the cool liquid hits the tongue, the fine bubbles provide a silky mouth-feel which helps the flavors reach all parts of one's mouth. The tongue tastes the soft sour and bitter flavors, think of the fruit's pit, yet the nose still smells the fresh fruit. An interesting moment when you stop to think about it, tasting and smelling different things at the same time--supposedly what the aficionados of the durian fruit profess to do.

The initial taste will bring into use the sides of one's tongue. The sour component tames the sweet fruit smell, and both of those qualities hold in check the bitterness that you will taste in the middle/back of your tongue. Swallowing will leave your mouth mostly clean, but your breathing will bring the fruit aromas back into your nose: where this whole process started. This would be a great beer for Zen Buddhists because of its cyclical nature.

With the thought of champagne in mind, this sweet beer puts the imbiber in the mood for a celebration. You can celebrate a great meal and have this beer at dessert with, say grilled peaches? One can also celebrate that he has successfully opened a bottle of a light treat, making this a beer that can and should be celebrated with by having another.

02-04-2009 03:27:16 | More by ChrisQ
Photo of Rhynes2


2.68/5  rDev -21.6%

My first venture into the world of fruit brews. It might be that I just don't have the taste for it yet, I'm not giving up on these, but I didn't like it. The peach flavor was stronger than I expected an that made it taste like a juice box. Poured a nice color and the smell was amazing. If you know your fruit beers, go for it, it seems very popular. On the other hand, if your new, you might want to stay clear of this one.

01-27-2009 15:25:25 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of mralphabet


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%

12 Oz poured into Pint Glass

A: Nice hazy orange body.. Nice 2 finger white head.... disapates pretty quickly.

S: Big apricot smell... maybe a little citrus.. Very nice.

T: Apricot taste upfront.... More of a dried apricot.. There is a soft spice note at the finish with a watery taste in the middle.

M: It has a mediuml mouthfeel with a watery texture and a faint note of fizz at the finish.

D: Huge apricot flavor and smell that is pretty natural but has no support. The rest of the beer is light.... Very drinkable.

01-19-2009 03:14:44 | More by mralphabet
Photo of SickBrew


2.53/5  rDev -26%

I poured this brew from a 12oz bottle in a pilz glass and observed only a bit of lead that left then scene quickly and left no ring. Color is a slightly hazy copper. Aroma is all apricot. There could be a bit of hops or maltiness there but you really have to sniff hard. Taste, well is just like the nose. This really isn't for me and It's tough to judge objectively when that occurs. It would be better if the fruit flavor was about a third of what it is and let the other "beer" flavors come out. This particular bottle poured almost flat, so I'll have to try the other 5 to be sure.

01-18-2009 00:24:02 | More by SickBrew
Photo of cdkrenz


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks Krista.

A - Half inch of pure white fades extremely fast leaving no trace of head. The body is a clear orange with allot of visible carbonation.

S - Citrus aroma consisting of... you guessed it, apricot. There's also grape, apple and peach scents.

T - It has a nice combination of of citrus and malt. It has a middle tap of hops and finishes with a mild apricot flavor.

M - Light and bubbly kind of like the feel of a wine-cooler. It also has a unique dryness that is pretty nice.

~ This is something I hope to have again. This would be a good beer to have at a cookout or out on the boat.

01-15-2009 04:01:07 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Bagman007


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Orange yellowish coloring with a very thin layer of head.

S- Very strong apricot scent present in this beer. Can't really smell anything else.

T- Smooth apricot taste. Very, very sweet. Can also taste a grainy like taste as well.

M- Good carbonation, very smooth.

D- Extremely drinkable. The apricot flavor is not even close to over powering.

Overall one of my favorite, if not my single favorite, fruit beer. Just the right amount of apricot flavoring and not too sweet.

01-13-2009 03:57:47 | More by Bagman007
Photo of jjanega08


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%

A= hazy yellow with a big white head. Delicious looking
S= oh my big apricot smell and maybe some carmel grain. I kinda like. Maybe I just like apricots a lot.
T= apricot flavor is quickly swallowed by the grain and small amounts of hop flavor
M= average car and smooth finish
D= high. Despite how girly this beer is I'm very happy to say I tried it and it wasn't bad. I actually liked it a little. Good brew.

01-11-2009 16:10:00 | More by jjanega08
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: hazy orange color with a one finger head that has some retention but no lacing.

S: basically apricot with a distinct wheat beer scent.

T: Very sweet apricot that dominates citrus undertones and a slight wheaty backbone. The drink balances out more as it gets warmer.

"Judge a beer by its cover" would be the perfect slogan for this Pyramid beer. You get exactly what you'd expect. Although it isn't my style I enjoyed it and look forward to having it in the summertime. Very good for its style!

01-10-2009 07:44:38 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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