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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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 Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was scared about this beer. It turns out I had nothing to worry about.

The beer pours a small, white head. Cloudy, unfiltered apricot in color. Obvious smell of apricots, but other fruits seemed present as well, strawberry maybe???

At best, only slight lacing. Very clean in mouth, almost like a fruit juice, not a beer with 5ish% alcohol.

In the finish, you notice the hops, but it's nicely balance with the fruity sweetness.

Not something I'd want to drink a 6-pack of, but a great after dinner beer.

Photo of stephens101
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy who is a big fruit beer guy wasn't too big on this one, but I'm going to be open-minded about it. Pours a cloudy light orange with some sediment rolling around at the bottom. Nice big 2+ finger off white and fluffy head recedes at a mediocre pace. Little lacing is left behind. Smells of malt and a good dose of apricots up front with a lingering, medicinal essense enveloping it all. Tastes of tart apricot candy with a bit of orange peel and maybe even some underlying chalkiness. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, and sits just right on the palate. Wasn't really big on this one at first, but then again I'm not a big fruit beer kind of guy, and it kind of grew on me after a while.

Photo of Tolnik
4.92/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great unfiltered light amber beer. Pours with a very little foam and light wisps of lacing. Has a wonderful apricot taste. It is a little fruity not overwelming but excellent reserves of taste. Very little hop taste its the malt that makes this beer a excellent tasting sitting around enjoyable beer.

Photo of techtatu
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold hue with about a half a finger of cream head that fizzled rather quickly. Strong odor of Apricot and a strong taste of Apricot.

Something I would consider a closer beer and I enjoyed this beer with a Rothschild cigar by Arturo Fuente. Also followed it up with some Hookah with molases tobacco.

Photo of Greggy
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Extremely cloudy looking. Almost puree like. Orange color, 2 finger head recedes leaving minimal lacing.

S- Big mandarin orange, huge apricot, very fruity. A bit overpowering.

T- Big on apricot, mandarin orange, with a big sweet fruity finish that goes on for days. Totally lacks complexity.

M- Cloyingly sweet. Low carb.

D- Overall, the cloying sweetness and total lack of complexity really killed this one for me. It ended up being a drain pour after only being able to drink half the beer. I could see this being a girl beer, but then again, there are girls who DO have a taste for quality beer.

Photo of DijonKetchup
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sounded interesting, so I gave it a try

Appearance: a hazy, copper pour, good foam with nice, tight bubbles.

Aroma: During the pour, apricots shot into my nose. Overpowering. Too much. Over the bar. So apricotish that it smells artifical.

Taste: The heavy aromas almost kill the taste, which was average.

Mouthfeel: a bit heavy, but average for type.

Drinkability: I finished 1/2 bottle and had to pour it. 5 bottles will find a new home soon.

Comment: This is my first review and I hope to find better beers to rate in the near future. This beer just tasted "fake" for some reason.

Photo of Tallboy
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This fine ale is a golden/orange hue color when poured in a pint glass, with a big white head. There's a wave of apricot scent to please your senses . Light-to-medium-bodied. There's a lot of fruity goodness to this beer. There is some malt and yeast to note, but the apricot flavor is the one that stands out to me the most. A long time fan of fruit beer I am not, but a friend of mine was just in love with this and so I decided one day to give it a shot...and yes this is kickass.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heard it was good and grabbed a sixer. Out of the bottle this one was a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Decent retention and some lacing. The apricot aromas is bright and appealing with hints of wheat buried underneath. The flavors were again mostly apricot though it is dry which is the wheat character, some yeast can be detected too. Little malt or hops distinction. The body was heavier than I expected, medium as opposed to light and the mouthfeel is a little rough. I like the flavors but this one needs a little work.

Photo of elniko
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Light, almost glowing amber color. Very little head and lacing. High carbonation apparent.

S: Smell is entirely of apricots, luckily I love the smell of apricots.

T & M: Initial taste is apricot sweetness, but not sickening sweet either. Good balance. Finish has some nice bitterness that offsets some of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice, leaves the mouth tingling. Well done.

D: Definitely drinkable, not sure I would want to have more than a few at a time but could definitely see myself having again.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up somewhere in the midwest during my travels this past summer. I had a few Pyramid beers on tap the last time I was out on the west coast, and enjoyed their offerings. I wasn't sure what to expect when I tried this, and even though it's listed as an ale, this reminds more of a hefeweizen than anything else. Maybe it's because the summertime is still here!

This had a nice pour to it - a fairly standard head, and a very cloudy look to it. This is a bit thinner than I was hoping for, as the head faded quickly and there is no lacing to be found anywhere on my pint glass as I go through this. The taste...well, it's what you'd expect. Lots of apricot with not much else to get in the way or round it out. Only a faint hit of bitterness in the back but because this is unfiltered, it's very solid in taste. Why that's not translating to the lacing or the thickness of this beer is still a mystery to me!

This is a beer that's perfect for this time of the year. It's not terribly hot out, but summer isn't over yet and something is needed to help enjoy the remainder of the season. This is that beer. It's not going to win any awards anytime soon...but it's a lot better than the macros that are out there. This is mellow and subtly solid but just falls short of a session beer, only because it's a bit more filling than your average ale or pils. Cheers to Pyramid for flavored unfiltered beers that can withstand the pressure of the cold bag in my trunk for weeks on end!

Photo of Silenus89
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass with cloudy orangish brown look and nice head.

S. What else... apricots picked from gods very own apricot tree.

T. Very fruity with the apricot dominating all.

Mf. medium carbonation, light

D. This is a nice beer very fruity and sweet but i couldnt see myself drinking this more than acouple times in my lifetime. It almost tastes like a apricot soda, not a beer.

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

C - Cloudy marmalade in color with a white head.

A- The nose smells just like fresh apricots.

MF- Med. in body with a sharp, prickly carbonation.

T- Real apricot flavor from the extract is the primary flavor here. Midway there's some bitterness that helps balance out some of the initial sweetness from the fruit. Wheat malt takes a backseat the the apricot taste, but helps adds a nice smoothness to the malt.

D- Very drinkable, especially if you like the taste of apricot. A little on the sweeter side, but there is a slight bitterness midway to help it from becoming too cloying. A summer beer definitely worth trying.

Photo of kinger
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best by date is smudged on the bottles so it's hard to tell if the year is '05 or '06 either this sixer is past prime or has some time left. Either way this beer is a golden orange (rather interesting) color with an extremely thin head moderate carbonation and zero lacing. The aroma is primarily apricots sweet and inviting. The taste is filled with apricots that lead way to a bit of malt, interesting to say the least but well done. The mouthfeel is sticky and empty a real let down. Fruit beers can definitely be a challenge and this one pulls it off successfully but there is a lack of mild complexity that could really set this one apart.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured big, thick foamy head on cloudy light yellow. Apricot indeed! Came through like a rocket, yet soft and pleasant. Same deal with the taste...obviously the apricot was dominant, but not overly so. Smooth and thick on the mouth. A pleasant surprise, a fun fruit beer, easy to drink, but more than a bottle or two might be pushing it.

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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