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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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985 Ratings
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 bkmurph
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange; cloudy. Decent head after pouring; thin head of foam remains, but not much lacing.

Aroma: Apricot at first, then the wheat becomes noticeable underneath, but the apricot is always dominant.

Taste: Very good balance of apricot flavor and typical weizen. The apricot hits you first, then fades slightly into a great, well-balanced flavor with a slightly tart finish. The apricot flavor is strong, but not overpowering, and definitely not syrupy or artificial. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Average. Could be slightly smoother.

Drinkability: Good. I went through my first bottle faster than I meant to. The flavor remains consistent and enjoyable throughout. Drinking two or more at one time would be neither difficult nor unpleasant. Goes well alone or with the right foods.

bkmurph, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.93/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew pours a hazy golden color with a lacking whitish head. The nose has some wheat malts but is mostly of apricot juice. This has an apricot syrup taste that doesn't go down well. The body is light and has heavy carbonation that fights the palate. I had a few sips and gave the rest away.

rye726, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my new favorite beers.

I had never even tasted apricot before, but its amazing.
I love this beer, its so refreshing. But I can imagine it would be perfect any season.

I really like the fruit flavor, it doesn't taste fake/artificial/tart like many other fruit beers. There is a little bit of a sprakling taste that I could do without, but its still a great beer.

Try it!

nrpellegrini, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice apricot aroma upon pouring. Poured sort of a gradiant yellow-oragne color in the glass with a decent white head that persisted for a while. Found the apricot flavor a bit strong, and a little overpowering the white beer, which was nice a yeasty. Very slight hop kick at the finish. Generally liked this but thought it would be better if the apricot puree was a little better balanced with the rest of the brew.

Rootdog316, May 26, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a golden orange with a tight white head.

S - Apricot aroma masks everything.

T - Apricot is surprisingly mild given the aroma. It fades quickly leaving a husky wheat flavor at the back of the tongue.

M - Carbonation is strong on the back sides of my tongue. Give it a good feel.

D - Nice drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, May 21, 2008
Photo of rrg1gb
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a bright orange, a bit hazy, and a decent amount of carbonation. No head.

Obviously smells of apricots. But that's it. For taste, it starts with a light zing of carbonation with a bit of apricot flavor throughout. It finishes with some sweetness of apricot. It's not heavy on the tongue, and is overall a decent beer.

rrg1gb, May 13, 2008
Photo of Taffle
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has a nice orange body with considerable cloudiness. Almost appears stronger than labeled.

Apricot aroma surely present. The smells are light and pleasantly citric.

The flavor is really smooth and nicely blended with the apricots in the beginning. The aftertaste, however trails off a bit lacking in flavor.

Looks more dense than it feels. Goes down really smooth. This is surely a sixer you go solo on and catch a real nice buzz off. I'm not really fan of fruit beers, although anything apricot turns me on- this one is alright in my book.

Taffle, May 04, 2008
Photo of bort11
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. A half inch white head that quickly recedes to nothing. A few spots of lace on the glass. Hazy orange color.

Smell is dry fruity aroma and I can barely detect the wheat. Taste is mildly syrupy. Taste a lot like a Jones peach soda. I can't even really taste anything distinctively beer.

Mouthfeel is light and has a crisp carbonation, but the artificial fruit flavor has an unpleasant after taste. Alcopop

bort11, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Offa
1.65/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I do not enjoy this much at all. I admit that I am not much of a fruit beer drinker unless it's lambic, but I do like some, and a few a love, and this just is not good - it's thin and almost characterless with almost no real "beer"-like quality at all. It's more like really cheap apricot soda-pop.

It's cloudy orange-gold with a thin off-white head that steadily dissipates to a small ring.

The aroma is dried apricots, pumpkin, and a hint of dough.

The taste is tart, dry apricot with fizzy mineral water at first with a really long, cracker finish along with dry apricot. It gets tiresome fast and it's downright awful with food, which causes the unpleasant apricot-mineral water taste to completely take over. Alone, it's a bit refreshing, but otherwise I shall avoid it.

Offa, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle.

A= This beer poured darker than I expected - sort of a cloudy goldish-tan. The head was thin and white. Not much lacing to speak of and the carbonation release was about medium.

S= As you would expect, the aroma was dominated by the apricot smell, but I also found a bit of wheat-grain-bakery smell in there too.

T= I found the taste of this beer to be crisp and clean sweetness rather than the cloying sweetness I expected. As in the nose, the apricot taste is up front but it was well balanced with wheat and clean hop flavors. Nice dry finish which again balances the sweetness.

MF= This brew sports a medium body and medium carbonation level. Neither stands out, but nothing to complain about either!

D= I was pleasantly suprised by this beer and would now consider it an excellent hot weather refresher. The balance of flavors and the not-too-sweet apricot notes make this one shine.

spointon, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short Version:
Excellent for a fruit beer. Well balanced and not too fruity. Apricot isn't fake and nasty. Dry and medium bodied. Strong wheat flavor.

Details:
Not being a fan of fruit beers my expectations were pretty low. This was surprisingly good though. I'm learning to have a better appreciation for and actually enjoy some fruit beers to an extent.

This one poured on the brown side of tawny. Super duper foggy. Almost opaque. The sediment was off the hook. I swirled my @ss off and still couldn't clean the bottom of the bottle.

1" white head was a one hit wonder. Dropped quickly to a thin film and left no lace going down. Is this typical of a wheat beer? The last several I've rated have been wheat beers and the lacing has been sad.

On the nose I get big Apricot but not like I was expecting. It's a crisp smell. Sweet but not sickening.

Taste is mildy sweet, apricot for sure, but VERY wheaty. Like chewing on wheat stalks soaked in apricot. I also get a green leafy citrusy hop flavor mixed in with the dominant apricot. Nice balance.

Finish is quite lingering and right in line with the taste. Wheat almost muscles out the apricot on the aftertaste.

Surprisingly dry. I think the dryness really saves this beer from falling into the bucket of 'another fruit beer I appreciate but don't really like'. It must be the overwhelming sick/sweet fruit flavors that turn me off. This is subdued and tasty.

I think a combination of the medium body, ample dryness, reserved sweetness, and citrusy hop element bring this all together into a brew I can rally around. Even a notch better than the Magic Hat #9 apricot brew which I rated a 3.3 yesterday.

AshevilleSippin, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: decent hazy beer with a white head that sticks around reasonably well and sticks pretty well

S: bang in the face, and i don't hate it. usually i find this sorta beer with a strong fruit aroma sickening, i did not at all find this bad.

T: not bad at all. bam in your mouth apricot... not too much of a surprise its very clean though. not much beyond what youd expect a clean beer with apricot, its basic but does it well. its a little too fruity for me to drink alot of, but would def recommend to a friend looking for a fruit beer

Redwood21, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden orangish with white head. Smell is mouthwatering vibrant juicy apricots bursting out of the glass. Taste is smooth, prefectly sweet with intense apricot flavor making this an overall very nice fruit beer. Very light wheat taste noticeable, but much less so than other wheat/fruit beers. Worth a try for sure.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a misty orange with a white head. The apricot smell is huge, very aromatic, and sweet. The taste follows, like drinking juice with hints of beer, but still a good beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, the fruit flavor is the most prominant here. This is an easy drinker, probably couldn't have more than a few due to the sweetness and flavor, but still worth checking out.

wingman14, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of emanon
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing!

This beer poared very nice. Frothy 2 finger head with a cloudy orangish brown in color. Very hazzy but clears up as it settles. Agitating the beer will resolve its original haze.

Smells great, floral, peachy and citric smells, very sweet.

Tastes Great! Certainly Apricot tastes. Floral spices still the hops pull thru on the back of the taste.

Mouthfeel is nice, crisp refreshing and a slight bitter/sweet lingers after you swallow (No comments)

Drinkability I would say is high. Feels light on the way down, smooth, pretty light & Very refreshing. This is what I call a Hot day Beer!

emanon, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - looks like diluted orange juice. A thin steady cap of white rests above. Not much of a lacer.

Aroma - the top half pours with a total apricot scent. With the sediment swirled and added, the smell is less sweet but fuller. The yeast gives it a breadier, bigger smell.

Taste - apricot right away, no surprise there. Good citrusy presence without being overly fruity or sweet. The grain is a bystander but what comes through doesn't detract. Ends lightly tart, even and dry.

Mouthfeel - smooth stuff, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - disappears fast. Fruity, foofy, but easy to drink during the hot summer I reckon.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice cloudy orange amber with a small white fluffy head that drops.

Smell. Apricots is the dominant, and pretty much all i smell. Is very sweet and reminds me of that sugar syrup they have in fruit cans.

Taste. Again, the apricots is the main flavor in this beer. I dont know if it is a fresh flavor, canned flavor, or candy flavor as i do not eat apricots too often...but for some reason baby food comes to mind. The flavor is crisp and is refreshing. Aftertaste, the apricots drop some and i can get a little maltiness.

Mouthfeel. Body is lighter and crisp, nice with the beer. decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruit beer. The apricot is the large dominant flavor in this beer, yet i dont think it is out of control...i think it has it's own place and is quite refreshing.

acrawf6, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

Formed large foamy head of 3". dies down to nice hazy light golden/amber hazy brew.

Smell, of course, is Apricot. A tad bit fruitier than I normally like, but not bad. Some wheat and malt. Good finish, OK beer.

mattster, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy orange body that glows in the light. There is a few strands of tiny bubbles that fade in and out of the haze. There is a smooth thick film of beige that last a good while.

S- The big smell of apricot has a soft smell of cream and a faint white bread hint as the beer warms.

T- There is a big apricot taste that is fresh but really strong. There is a soft spice note at the finish with a watery taste in the middle. There is a faint tartness and watermelon note to the apricot as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a watery texture and a faint note of fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has a huge apricot flavor and smell that is pretty natural but has no support. The rest of the beer is a bit light and watery.

rhoadsrage, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hazy dark honeyish with a little white head that disolves quickly and leaves no lace. smells okay. like apricots, and dull wheat. tastes like a wheat/apricot spritzer, which i guess it should. not much else going on here. just beyond light body given the weight it takes on from the wheat and such. easy, sort of refreshing drink that would for sure go over well with the fruity loving, summer fun in the sun having, most likely female crowd (ba sisters please don't take offense, i'm sure you know what i mean). Not bad, but not my cup of tea. or beer. or whatever.

timtim, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy bright yellow, almost orange, nice head, looks like a typical wheat beer, but the head stays around forever, very good retention.

S: A strong apricot smell comes from the glass, followed by a whiff of wheaty pasta.

T: The apricot and the wheat come together to make a flavor that is quite appealing, I know it is just a natural flavor, but it worked, a different take on the American pale wheat, which can become mundane at times.

M: Light and crisp, yeasty, smooth, and easy to drink, refreshing, as a wheat beer should be.

D: A good American wheat, I liked it, well made, and the apricot adds an extra kick and interesting quality to this ale.

Halcyondays, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Poured a nice hazy, murky pale golden amber. Lots of suspension left no doubt in your mind that this one was an unfiltered one. A good two inch plus head formed at the top almost immediately and had a decent, but not long retention to it. After the head faded it left behind about a quarter of an inch of fizzy, fuzzy lace that just barely clung to the glass but was enough to let you know it was there. Ample carbonation could be scene streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session and gave it a very nice livily look, all around the look was more then decent and just about what I was looking for at the time.

S – Very strong, almost pungent smell coming off of this one from the very beginning. The first whiff was ridiculously sweet with the smell of, what would you expect, apricots. Very fresh and full aroma. Smelled like a nice summer day and was delicious to be honest. After you got through that initial assault of apricot, you came across a nice yeasty smell and a touch of wheat or bread. Overall though it was totally apricots and a lot of them that gave this a nice sweet and full aroma.

T – Wow, was this a fruit brew or what. Very very strong flavor of apricot pretty much overpowered anything else that was to be found inside of it for a good long time. It was a very sweet flavor as well, lots of, and I can not stress that enough, lots of apricot! The nice unfiltered wheat defiantly came through as well, but I would consider this to be way more a fruit brew then a Hefe, it was just overpowering in its approach. There was some yeast and wheat flavors, way way out on the backend of it. Also the finish had somewhat of a lemon like touch to it, something a bit different to be sure and separate from the rest of the main flavor profile. Overall a very strong, pungent but yet light flavor. It was defiantly something that was nice to have to drink on a hot day as aside from the absurd sweetness, was actually quite refreshing.

M – Very light, and frothy. This was due mostly to lots and lots of carbonation. It had that nice kinda sudsy feel to it, and it rolled through the mouth like a seltzer water feel. Great way to really let the flavors explode as it was just so smooth you really could just let everything go by itself. Just a great all around feel to it. Really impressed by the level here, really very very nice feel.

D – Well this is a bit tricky. It was so very sweet that I really could not see myself having more then one of these. I just don’t think I could stomach that much of the level of sweetness that it had. As far as feel, abv, and such it was definitely something you could put down, I just think that the flavor was so absurdly strong that there was just no way that you could possibly have more then obe or so, unless that is really your kinda thing.

Overall I have to say though that this was not bad by any stretch. It was a nice surprise and a good lively little effort of their part. I could see myself having one every now and again, however one would defiantly be enough for sure. If it is around I would defiantly say give it a shot, it is in the same kind as a Lindemans, however it has a little bit more of a punch. Pretty decent offering and good enough to get me to look at Pyramid again in the future.

mikesgroove, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better apricot wheats out there; smoother flavors with a better balance between the malt and fruit, and a nice sweetness that isn’t too cloying. Between the wheat and the apricot there is a nice tang as well.

Nice, I had little problem getting through the six-pack.

Recommended.

arguemaniac, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Dalem
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When Pyramid says this is an Apricot brew they ain't kidding. It's a cloudy orange in color so it looks a bit like apricot juice. The smell is pretty much apricot all the way and, other than a slight hint of wheat, apricot is pretty much all you can taste. The aftertaste is, you guessed it, apricot. I mean, you hardly taste anything BEER in it but a whole lotta apricot. A lighty carbonated apricot malt beverage maybe...but not a straight up beer. The thing is though is that the apricot tastes artificial.

Dalem, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$1.50 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's. 5.10% ABV. OG=11.75. Brewed with 2-row malted barley, malted wheat, and caramel malt. Hopped with Nugget.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange with a careful decant. Lots of loose yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Forms a modest off-white head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is vibrant with fruit...apricots, but also apples, and a pleasant sour milk character with swirling. Mouthfeel is tart yet softly ruddy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with the fruity apricot note, then gives way to a rather dull, yeasty and somewhat gluey middle. Malts and hops are very muted by the apricots acidity. Finish is bland and missing any life.

Very dull...not a very good combination of flavors. I wouldn't want to drink this one again. I feel a little bit sick after drinking 1/2 bottle.

Mitchster, Aug 20, 2007
Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.