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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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: DESTRO on 09-05-2005

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. Enjoy by 110910 on neck label. Purchased as part of a Pyramid Sampler 12-pack for $13.99.

A: Very orange, no doubt about that, with a quickly disappating light orange small bubbled head which leaves no lace.

S: Aroma is apricot and lightly tart wheat. Not overwhelming but strong on the fruit angle.

T: Really pretty decent although very sweet. I would drink ten of these before I would drink a Magic Hat #9. This is soda-like sweet with apricot, but the beer aspects bring a mild wheat tang as well. For what it is, it's one of the more drinkable fruit beers.

M: Light but with a little body. Overly carbonated but does not have that vegetal aftertaste a lot of apricot/fruit beers have.

D: It's the best fruit beer I've had to date, but that's not really something to write home about.

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is just as I remember from my early beer drinking days, intensely sweet apricots without much else. The base beer is sort of bland and just serves as a medium for the apricots.

T: Apricots with some more apricots. There's really not much else going on here. As with the nose, the base beer is pretty bland and lifeless. A bit of sweet malt, but mostly just the fruit.

M: The body is fairly light with a high level of carbonation. At least it's not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers.

D: Not as horrendously sweet as I remember, but still approaching that level. I don't really know how much of this I could drink.

Photo of Chizoad
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought to a party, so I figured what the hell. It's not often I'm gonna buy this myself.

Actually had a good pour, with nice, fat bubbles in the head. Cloudy, yellow beer with a white tint to it.

Very strong but pleasant aroma of apricots. Honestly it smell delicious, if not complex. A little sourness present in the nose.

Unfortunately this did not represent the taste at all. I know the beer probably shouldn't be sweet, but it seemed quite dry and astringent. None of the spice characteristics, and very little apricot flavor. Just a dull pucker.

Light body but very well carbonated.

Drinkability and taste often go hand in hand, and this is the case here. Barely able to finish it.

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

I've seen this one for ages on local beer store shelves, but couldn't bring myself to drop 20-ish bucks for a sixer. Once across our southern border, however, $1.69 (even in Yankee dollars) for a single 12oz bottle seems oh so much more reasonable.

This beer pours a hazy, somewhat murky medium golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells rather strongly of semi-sweet dried apricots, some peppier peach notes, a moderately bready caramel malt, a subtle wheaty graininess, and meek earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweet apricot juiciness, tempered a bit by the natural acid offset, mildly wheaty and caramelized malt, a touch of hard water flintiness, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just an understated frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, well fruity in its plain-ass smoothness, and generally clean. It finishes off-dry, the muddled apricot fruitiness sort of loitering with the pithy pale malt, and the heretofore overshadowed hops carefully coming out of their shell.

At first glance and glug - a fairly one-sided affair, to be sure - ya gotta like the apricots to like this one. OK, once past that, this beer shimmers with the fruity balance of the sweet and adequately acidic, almost fruit wine-like in its bearing. Good stuff - once again, if you're suitably acclimated to the guest ingredient.

Photo of LuthersMug
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peachy color (pale orange and yellow). A bit hazy. Nice 1 inch pale yellow head. A bit of lacing.

S - This is the best part of the beer. Pleasant apricot aroma, sweet, but not overpowering.

T - Apricot up front, slightly sweet. Small bit of malts. And a little sour at the end.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel.

D - Yum

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually don't like fruit/vegetable beers but have stumbled on 2 fairly good ones lately. Long Train Blackbeary and this one. The key to both is that they are understated in the fruit department. The weakest part of this beer is the appearance. You only get a head with a very hard pour - white and bubbly, but it fades almost immediately. No lacing on the glass. The color isn't bad- it is after all apricot!! The smell is aromatic, primarily apricots. Tastes pretty good. Apricots predominate but there is enough beer here to cut the sweetness with a bit of finishing hops. Mouthfeel is rich enough for a light style. Drinkability is not bad. It is refreshing and the apricot is understated enough where you could drink a few.

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 emmasdad
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one for my wife, who was looking for an easily accessible apricot beer. Poured a medium orange color, with a good finger of rocky white head. Fairly potent and artificial apricot on the nose, as well as on the palate. A little malt, but mostly apricot. Drinkable and somewhat refreshing, especially when it still 90 plus outside.

Photo of hu5om
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into sa perfect pint
a-cloudy peach color. 2 fingers of fluffy white foam.
s-wow. holy apricot. sweet and tart. a bit grainy
t-big fake apricot. w/ a nice grainy wheat to finish. fairly abrupt ending with a little wheat lingering.
m-tart and creamy. pretty smooth and pleasant.
d-not sure i'd go for it again. but worth trying, i suppose. for a bigger macro, not terrible. good enough summer beer.

Photo of aeminter
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind. The beer is very hazy as one would expect from a wheat beer, and has sort of a pinkish-tan/brown color...kindo' looks like dish water.

S - Wow, this smells like fresh apricots...very sweet and a little acidic. That's really all I'm getting, but I think they hit the mark.

T/M - Pleasantly sweet with a distinct apricot flavor in the forefront. High carbonation characteristic of wheat beers. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

For what it is I will say this is a good beer, but I will likely not buy it again.

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I gotta say I dont mind a good fruit beer but I had a real hard time with this one. Luckily it was just part of a sampler pack so I didnt have too many. Pours a murky yellowish orange with thick creamy head. Smell was of fruit, presumably apricot but I dont know because it smelled really fake and syrupy. Taste was about the same. Honestly it reminded me of eating a kids cereal. It had that fake fruit flavor to it. Didnt really notice too much else, couldnt get past the sweetness and syrup. Mouthfeel was fine, no complaints there. Overall a beer I wouldnt revisit again.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy deep orange, almost brown. A lively head that disappeared so fast I looked up and it was completely gone.

S - Apricots, simple sugars, apple juice,

T - Soured fruit/apricots, watery & very flat with no carbonation.

I can see where this might be a good and flavorful beer. This was flatter than Ally McBeal. It was like drinking watered down fruit juice. I think I picked up a bad bottle. Will try it again.

Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pyramid Ales--Apricot Ale. 1997-98 12 oz. & 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Light, smooth apricot touch. Good flavor in body.

1999 Orange Accents 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Unfiltered light orange gold color. Light, smooth apricot touch. Good flavor in rich body. Well blended. Sampled 10/19/1998.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Big dense pellicle. Big head. Light lace. Cloudy bright apricot orange color. Mellow apricot wheat spice front. Light body. Smooth crisp apricot wheat malt flavor. Some sweet citrus notes. Mild hop end. Sampled 1/5/2001.

2002 Block Logo 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV (4.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Hazy rich light orange tan lemonade color. Rich head with nice lace. Light Apricot malt wheat front. Rich slightly spicy smooth wheat body with light sweet fruit flavor. Huge pellicle. Clean smooth end. Sampled 7/12/2002.

Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Apricot Ale--Apricot Flavored Ale--Old Block Logo 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot--Thick mild lace head. Cloudy lemon orange color. Mild Apricot hop wheat spice front. Rich creamy mellow malty Apricot wheat spice dry sweet ester body. Smooth mellow fruit citrus coriander hop end. Fresh! Sampled 7/28/2005.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Apricot Weizen Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot--Big pellicle. Foamy mild lace head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Tangy mild floral Apricot hop front. Creamy crisp mellow Apricot wheat malty Hefe body. Tart dry clean citrus spice end. Refreshing. Sampled 8/31/2005.

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Malt Beverage With Natural Flavor--Refreshingly Unfiltered--America's #1 Fruit Beer 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.15 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Mild lace white head. Rich sediment. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Mild Apricot hop wheat ester front. Cloying zesty mild tangy refreshing wheat Apricot citrus body. Tangy mild hop citrus refreshing clean zesty end. Smooth sediment mellowed Apricot notes. Sampled 5/14/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Audacious Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--18 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Big tight sediment pellicle. Dense foamy mild lacy hint off white head. Cloudy apricot gold color. Nice Apricot aroma mild hop front. Mild creamy mellow sweet balanced smooth Apricot fruit ester wheat malt body. Clean refreshing mild citrus smooth end. Nice. Sampled 4/28/2009. 6-Pack $7.49.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Audacious Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--18 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Thin fizzy mild lace head. Cloudy rich bright apricot orange color. Mild apricot wheat fruit ester front. Rich sediment adds texture to Zesty fizzy mild sweet fruity wheat apricot thin body. Crisp clean lingering apricot mild hop end. Refreshing balanced wheat. Sampled 10/25/2009 2 @ $2.50 Each.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale 2010 New Name-New Label--New 6-Pack 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot. Thick pour. Big loose pellicle. Foamy mild lace white head. Cloudy bright Apricot orange color. Delicate floral Apricot wheat ester front. Creamy mellow sweet rich wheat balanced apricot fruit tasty body. Creamy refreshing light citrus fruit end. Easy, balanced rich wheaty nice fruit ale. Sampled 8/5/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Pyramid APRICOT ALE--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--Refreshingly Unfiltered Apricot Ale--Malt Beverage With Natural Flavor--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy thin head. Cloudy apricot amber orange color. Big sediment pellicle. Delicate Apricot wheat ester front. Mild sweet slightly cloying gentle apricot flavored malty wheat body. Balanced mild fruit citrus clean smooth end. Well made mellow fruit wheat. Sampled 9/19/2010. 2 Bottles purchased for $2.50 each @ Ken's Market--Phinney Ridge, Seattle on 9/15/2010.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a murky orange, not a bad pour or head retention.

Take one whiff though, and it's all sour fruits. It's such a heavy aroma, I'm almost scared to take a sip.

The taste is all apricot, not much else going on. Hints of wheat at the finish, but this is a no-questions-asked fruit beer. As I drank more, my mouth got accustomed to the harsh sweetness, but trust me when I say this beer isn't for folks looking to get into fruit beers.

Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great fruit beer to drink on a summer day. Very drinkable and friendly for those who only prefer the macro-lagers. I am not a big fan of wheat ales or fruit flavored beer in general, but really enjoy drinking this beer. If you like the taste of apricots, you will love this beer. Only apricot flavored ale that I would ever purchase on occassion. I have had this numerous times at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC and it is usually well liked among our group.

Photo of Bfarr
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy dark orange with yellow highlights with a thin white foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Smells like a fresh apricot but not much else. Apricot and wheat with a bit of a hop balance. A little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Crisp, fuzzy mouthfeel but sticky afterward.

This is a very non-threatening beer. It definitely gives what it advertizes although perhaps a little too much. Almost overwhelming in the apricot area, it does have some good wheat and hops in the background. It's very sweet, almost as if it were part juice which is why one is more than enough for me.

Photo of CONOR8832
2.09/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Apricot/copper color to it, head fades fast, very fizzy.

S - Strong aroma of apricots, very sweet and grain like, not an enjoyable smell.

T - Hit with a mouthfull of sour tasting apricots, not a pleasant taste and it stays with you after you swallow.

M - very light and fizzy, high carbination

D - This would not be my everyday beer, and I probably will not try it again, it was too sweet and artificial tasting. However for those of you who enjoy fruit flavored beers you might find this one to meet you fancy.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is being completed off of notes in one of my notebooks of beer reviews in the never ending quest to enter them online.

Orange to copper in color. Large bubbles of prickle that are pretty active. Malt and fruit hits the nose with hints of the apricots lingering in the nostrils. The initial attack of the beer is fresh and fruity. There is a strong presence of the apricots that presents late and hits the palate like a syrup. The finish is still relatively clean despite the high potency of the fruit flavor. There is a slight aftertast that is reminiscent of peach schnapps.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a medium-sized, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: The apricot smell pretty much masks whatever else is in here. You can detect a slight wheaty/yeasty smell. Pretty standard wheat beer/fruit beer smells.

Taste: Starts off slightly sour with strong apricot flavors. Develops a bit more of a wheat taste towards the back but the apricot flavors persist and make it hard to tell what else you're tasting. It does have a bit of a yeasty punch right at the end, though.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Just like a wheat beer should be.

Drinkability: This is a slightly above average fruit/wheat beer. It's very drinkable and quite refreshing on a hot day. I wish there was more depth of flavor to it but, hey, for what it is, it's not half bad.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden hue with plenty of effervescence and two fingers of ivory head. Head seems to be dissipating rather rapidly, but the color is just what I'd expect for an apricot-infused wheat ale.

Smell: big, heavy apricot nose. Audacious, even -- it's unquestionably an aptly named beer. I'm not getting much else on the spectrum of beer aromas, save for some citrus notes ... but I don't know if that's the fruit, or the wheat, or what. If this is what you're looking for, great; otherwise, not so much.

Taste: that apricot flavor is back, but it plays more of a complementary part to the wheat ale. As to the latter, the beer is pretty average; kind of a light wheaten flavor with a hint of citrusy bite and a pretty subdued bitterness. Actually, not too bad for what it is.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Despite the acidity there's a nice amount of creaminess here which I rather like.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. Fruitiness is rather heavy-handed, but it definitely delivers what it advertises. One of these in the middle of a session on a hot day might do well to break up the monotony.

Photo of srandycarter
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky honey, lots of tight bubbled head, some tight bubbled lace.

S - Perfume. Almost over the top and obnoxious. Malt is hiding under there somewhere but there it is!

T - Perfume goes to taste, but now I can taste the malt and peach. Messy, IMO.

M - Light bodied, good carb, not very balanced.

D - Good to try, but not a lot!

Photo of hdofu
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you like apricots you will love this brew as it has the most intense taste in that department I have ever encountered. Smell is strong of appricot as is the taste although it does kind of end a bit lighter then I would have hoped, in fact almost watery but the first contact with the tongue is sweet appricot, it goes down with no struggle.

Photo of SamN
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy honey color beer. Very small head, aggressive pouring pulls only a 1/4 finger head that fades immediately. Swirling brings out a off white loose head. Good color.

S- Frankly, this is an outstanding smelling fruit beer. Rich apricots and nectarines. No hops present, and only the faintest malts. Deep fruit aroma with mouthwatering strength. Easily up there with the best smelling beers I've tried.

T- Taste is of apricots, plums, apples and other juicy fruits. A little funky in the finish; can't find the word for it, just a little chemical funkiness. Slight spice in the finish. Rather one-dimensional taste, a fruity beer with no depth.

M- Not over carbonated, slightly fuller body and feel. Pulls smoothly from my nonic.

D- Pretty good, an excellent summer sessionable. Fruity and inoffensive to anybody, my favorite so far from the usually lackluster Pyramid.

Worth drinking for the aroma alone.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought a bomber of this because the people I was with wanted something odd that they had never heard of, and I thought this might fit that category. It did.

A- Pours a nice orange tone, very hazy, with 2 fingers of thick creamy head. Almost looked as if it were poured from a nitrogen tap. The head dissipated quickly leaving good lacing.

S- The aroma is very prominent apricots with a faint wheat background. I wasn't picking up any aroma hops at all, they might be there, but the fruitiness of the apricots is just so dominant.

T- The taste is just like the smell, all apricots with that hint of wheat. Very sweet, little malt character.

M- I forgot this was beer for a second while drinking it. The carbonation coupled with the sweetness of the fruits makes this feel more like a soda than a beer.

D- Very drinkable, as I said, more like a soda than beer.

While it was an interesting beer, I doubt I will get it again. There wasn't much going on with it other than the overpowering apricots. Great for summer months if you just want to kick back on a sunny day, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of AgentZero
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I went into the bar and asked for a hoppy beer, like an IPA or something, and the bartender poured me this. Wow.

A - Orange color, fluffy head, lines of cloudy stuff dancing around in the glass, not sure if this is apricot stuff or what, but actually looks interesting.

S - Smells like apricots. Slightly grainy. But smells like apricots.

T - Actually, this is not horrible, I think most apricot brews tend to be pretty bad, but this tastes more like real apricots and less like artificial sweet stuff then most of these I've had. Tastes like sweet apricot with some breadiness. Given the carbonation this tastes more like something I would expect from a "Mike's Hard."

M - Pretty light, a little sugary, very carbonated. Works well enough for the style.

D - Eh, easy to drink, just gets too sweet, I wouldn't drink it again.

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.