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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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: DESTRO on 09-05-2005

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Photo of CMW
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChrisQ
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SickBrew
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bagman007
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of thain709
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy yellow...poured a big white head...no lacing to speak of

S - Wonderful smell of...you got it...apricots

T - The apricot dominates your palate...has a slight wheat flavor towards the end

M - Light...crisp...carbonated

D - This would be the perfect brew to be sipping on in the summer...it's pretty one dimensional...but I like it

Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Love the unfiltered look--cloudy, foggy, hazy. Unsurprisingly peach/apricot in color, the thin head is the only thing detracting from this being a beautiful beer.

Smells like Magic Hat's #9 with a little more punch (as in, fruit juice). Smells like apricot. Maybe I'm not in the mood, but it seems pretty one-dimensional.

Flavor is fruit juice and sugar. Some fruit tea, too. Although I expected the worst, the apricot flavor here is spot on and completely natural tasting. There's enough malt backup to offer a rounded, bready, even banana-like essence, and even the yeast checks in, but it's quite distant. A bit soda-like, which is taken a little too far with the fizzy, bubbly carbonation. Something more beer-like would've been nice, but the flavor pulls everything through.

Maybe not my daily cup of tea, but this would be great for a picnic on a hot summer's day. ABV is session-friendly too. I stayed away from this one for a long time, and I'm glad I was given this bottle by a friend, because it's not bad at all.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy translucent apricot colored body with an OK head.

S- GREAT apricot smell. Like smashing a fresh apricot into your nose

T- Really noticeable apricot but a nice definitive wheat backbone. I could go for some more hops but the citric-flavored American hopping goes well with the apricot

M- I love the feel of unfiltered brews; and this is truly one of them. Sorta fizzy carbonation detracts from my enjoyment

D- Aside from the soda-pop-like carbonation, this drinks pretty well. The apricot doesn't get in the way when you pound it

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think I am going to get my wife to try this one; it's light, fruity and refreshing and doesn't taste much like beer. (Edited 1/12/09 - Wife did liked this beer - I'll keep it available for her)

A - Fuzzy yellow with white foam that disapates to about 1/8 inch. Leaves spots of foam along the glass.

S - Simple fruity apricot. Slightly yeasty.

T - Slightly sweet and sour yeasty apricot. Light and inoffensive.

M - Light soda-like. Similar to a standard American pilsner.

D - This beverage would be great on a hot summer day at the beach. I could handle two or three at once through a funnel.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- loud fizzing ivory head bubbles away over a dirty orange and golden somewhat murky looking brew. foam has a short life and doesn't leave any lace to speak of

S- sweet apricot and artificial sweetener. thick vapor. somewhat tart as well with spicy vanilla and woodsy mushroom in the bready underlying wheat aroma. fruitiness however is of a diet fruit soda.

T- slightly tart apricot flavor, nicely in between plum and peach, or juicy ripe nectarine. fruit flavor is strong and doesn't leave much room for soft pale malt flavor and white bread wheat. finishes clean with very mild grassy hop bitterness and some breadiness and light apricot jam.

MF- crisp and very refreshing, juicy with medium carbonation to keep things live. wheat gives the impression of weight without viscosity... a light fullness...

D- would be a great summer brew, another good fruit beer that i can slam on down.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw-gold in color.

S: Strong apricot smell. I have to work to pull out anything else, but I can detect citrusy hops and malt.

T: Parallel to the smell: apricots dominate, a light wheat flavor follows up. That's really the gist of the flavor.

M: Pretty thin. Moderate carbonation.

D: I think this would make a crisp summer beer or a fitting thing to serve when you plan to down many.

Photo of magictrokini
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a billowy white head. Apricot and stale wheat aroma. The best description I can give the taste of this beer is that it tastes like iced tea with apricots. Some wheat and malt flavors, but the apricots overwhelm anything else that may be in there.

Photo of colts9016
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden hazy color with little to no head.
Nose strong apricots and wheat and a hint of esters.
The beer has an overpowering apricot taste. There is no balance with the flavor of the beer. The finish has some hops bittering it but the Apricot is strong all the way through. I think that this would be a great beer if they could balance out the wheat and apricots.

Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange color, cloudy, with a thick white head that drops to a thin layer.

Sweet smell, wheaty with solid apricot aroma. Good fruity smell, not quite overpowering.

Tastes of sweet wheat malt and apricots. Tastes like it smells, nothing surprising here. Light, smooth body with just a bit of crispness.

A bit too sweet but tasty if you like fruit beers. This was one of my standy beers when I was a newbie so it's probably a good gateway beer.

Tasted 8/4/08.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, very strong apricot aroma overpowers anything else, medium-sized head quickly diminishing, got some sediment when I poured it, let it settle a bit before I drank, finely carbonated apricot flavor, overpowers other flavors, light taste, refreshing, slighty bitter aftertaste.

Photo of UA8
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy straw in color, the color of apricot flesh with an off white head.

S- Smells of crushed fresh apricots with a hint of light citrus and malt.

T- Hits the palate with a blast of fresh apricot flavor backed by a light wheat. Lacks substantial flavor other than apricot.

M- A bit thin with moderate to heavy carbonation.

D- If you like apricots and a light wheat beers this would be a worthwhile offering. Tasty and refreshing.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 1899 Pub in Willoughby, Oh poured into pint glass

a: deep straw color, looks unfiltered. Frothy head with no head retention, very little lacing

s: apricot aroma dominates

t: Apricot flavor dominates

m&d: light mouthfeel with a clean finish. It seems to dry my mouth out after a few but one I could throw back all day

Cheers

Photo of popery
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It tastes like apricot. I'll give them that. Unfortunately, it tastes more like apricot syrup and cough syrup than beer. This bottle is a bit older than I'd prefer for the tasting, but it certainly isn't old enough to excuse everything and still within the enjoy by date. The beer pours a cloudy and uninspiring gold. The head puffs up a bit but disappears very quickly. The smell is cough syrup and canned apricots. The taste is similar with abysmally little beer flavor. A hint of malt is all I got out of it. The feel is soda fizzy. It's not entirely undrinkable if you try to see past the flavor, not exactly the highest compliment I've ever given.

Photo of angelmonster
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours 2 finger head that stayed for awhile, leaving some lacing . Dark amber / orange color.

Smells of very sweet apricots and faint malts.

Tastes very fruity,sweet yet light. Lots of apricot but not artificial or syrupy tasting. Subtle straw malts and very very low on hops.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, light and alittle watered down.

Very simple, drinkable summer beer. Tastes great would defiantly recommend picking up a 6 pack of this

Photo of msubulldog25
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First beer in the new office space, a twist-capped 12 oz'er poured to a standard pint glass. 'Enjoy by 122408' printed on the neck.

A: A hazy fog of tan-orange, plenty of (strangely) clinging fizz on the sides of the glass; no lace.. Near-white head builds to 1/2 finger and sits as a complacent film with slipping lace.

S: Smells totally of apricots, tart yet slightly sweet; frankly that's ALL I smell is apricot sweet-tartness. Maybe a little buttery biscuit.

T: Has a notable tart 'apricot' flavor with a grain-filled maltiness. Some diacetyl 'buttery' flavor...doughy, yeasty and devoid of hops.

M: Weak mouthfeel, a silty graininess that grows sticky/gummy with each sip. Little carbonation...is it refreshing? meh...

D: Not too bad, but not so good either. Yeah, there's 'apricot' ( a flavor which I typically like), but little else to build on; I'd pass on this if offered again...

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

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a tumbler. "ENJOY BY" printing is muddled and incomprehensible.

A- Cloudy/golden orange in appearance...."apricot-esque," to be sure. Pours with ~1/2 finger of white head, which fades rapidly, leaving nothing. No lacing. Looks like a wheat beer.

S- Well...apricots! This one would seem to hinge heavily on if you find the smell of apricots pleasant...I for one do, so this is decent.

T- Again...apricots! Almost as if I'm drinking a tea flavored heavily with apricots. Not cloying as I anticipated. Pleasant, but not inspiring.

M- Medium carbonation. Crisp.

D- No doubt, this would be a very refreshing summer brew to consume.

Future outlook: Possible, though unlikely that I would pick this up again as there are other choices in this general realm of brew that I prefer. I'll drink it again if it shows up in my hand, but won't go out of my way to get it.

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.