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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 73 | 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: Brent on 08-13-2001

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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Ratings: 1,025 | Reviews: 471
Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of wingman14
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of emanon
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of timtim
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.


Photo of Dalem
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of jmalex
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love apricot. I mean, I LOVE it. So perhaps I'm a bit biased when I say that this is one of my favorite beers to chill out and drink. But how it stacks up against my reviewing critique, we'll see.

APPEARANCE: Poured into my new Sam Adams glass with a swirl of the yeast sediment (I prefer it this way). The head starts small and drops to next to nothing, though the glass keeps a constant cascade of bubbles coming to the surface. The beer itself is a hazy orange color that seems perfectly appropriate.

SMELL: The smell is of, what else, apricot. Tons and tons of it. Some may find it cloying. Some may say it's way over the top. I think it's fantastic. In the background, a yeasty breadiness is detectable as is some sweet malt.

TASTE: The taste is fruity up front, though not specifically apricot. Some citrus is in there as well. A bit of a bitterness comes on, perhaps from a hop presence or from a tartness of the fruit and wheat combo. The finish is where the apricot shines, and it's at a perfect level.

MOUTHFEEL: Body is medium light and very smooth. Carbonation level is on the low end, and could be higher to make this a more refreshing beer.

DRINKABILITY: Excellent. It's a snack and a beer in one and is incredibly sessionable. And it's perfect for any time of year - light and refreshing in the summer and smooth and dessert-like for the cold weather.

Ok, so it's not the most finely crafted and complex beer, but it's the best fruit beer I've ever had... even if it is made with extract. I'll buying this every spring as soon as I see it on the shelves.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy deep straw, orange, copper with fluffy white head that disapates relatively quickly. Leaves almost no lacing.

Aroma of apricot is fairly stong and overpowers any other aromas.

Taste of apricot with very little bitterness or nuance. Again, apricot notes dominate. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, clean finishing with slight apricot aftertaste.

Very drinkable, though the fruit flavor may get tiring after a couple pints. Decent beer, not strikingly special.

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

Who needs a lemon in a wheat beer when you can have some apricot instead? On to the beer:

Yellow to orange in color that's cloudy. The head doesn't retain well on this one, even for it's style. Nice balance of fruit and wheat in the smell, neither one overpowers, complimented with a touch of cream. In the taste, the apricot is mixed with some cheerios and other light cereal flavors. Neither one is overbearing, which is a good thing. It has a nice crisp mouthfeel. A nice nightcap for me, though it might be better suited for the afternoon.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent yellow/orange color, heavily carbonated, creamy white head settles fairly quickly. As you would expect, apricot smell is very apparent, also some faint grassy aroma. Tastes like apricot s, with a respectable malty backbone. Mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied, not terribly drying. It's a relatively nice beer to drink, and im sure it's a fine example of the style, but i'd prefer my beer to taste more like beer. As a result, i don't think i'd drink this again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a nice one inch off white head the fades into a thickish .25 inch creamy cap.

S: Big apricot amoma (duh) very floral, almost as if I am smelling the rind of a fresh apricot, this aspect is executed quite nicely. With some agitation a faint odor of yeast can be extracted. I wish I could extract more from this beer.

T/MF: I am very pleased with the taste of this beer. The smell was quite deceptive and was happily suprised by the beer's taste. One the pallate, the carbonation bubbles aggresivly from the front of the tongue to the back and on the roof of the mouth as well. As the beer warms in my mouth the carbonation fades and makes room for the juicy apricot flavors coupled with a nice and creamy wheat presence and leaves a nice buttery aftertaste.

D: While it is not as complex as other beers I've tried I am not affraid to admit that that does not matter so much for this beer. It's label says Apricot Weizen and delievers that promise. Very good beer that I would recomend to everyone. Also I could see this beer as a nice stepping stone for someone who is looking to get craft brews.

Photo of becktone
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: For a beer that brags unfiltered brew this one sure is clear. Color is tangerine orange with a nice creamy head that's got great retention. Lacing also appears to be good.

Nose: Fruit aromas dominate the smell of this beer. However, behind the apricot aroma there is a detectable wheat character. Very clean aroma, no esters.

Tongue: Noticeable apricot flavor right up front, with a bit of the wheat there in the background. Just enough bittering hops to give this brew some balance. Overall a bit on the watery side, but refreshing after a long hot day of brewing. Great "girly" beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light on the tongue with a light body and light carbonation. This is a brew that goes down easy, and could be drunk all night, however, I don't think I'll come back to this one for a while, nothing all that great about it.

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

12oz bottle sampled at battista's just around the corner from bill's gamblin hall + saloon in las vegas june 7th/07.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small very dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. big fresh apricot aroma. bit of bready malt. bit of earthy hops. not much noticeable "weizen" character, focusing more on the apricot.

taste is nice. lots of apricot. big bready malt. low bitterness level. touch of sweetness, but not enough that the apricot feels syrupy. the apricot level is a bit high for my taste, but it's still quite nice.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium to light body.

drinkability is good. an excellent summer drink. very refreshing. i'd love it even more with just a touch less apricot.

Photo of malcontent
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, gold body capped by a good finger of head.

Straight-up apricot all the way on the nose. Pretty sweet-smelling but considering actual apricots are one of the sweeter smelling fruits I can't really dock the beer for equaling the real thing.

I can't judge this as I would a true hefe as that is obviously not the brewers' intention. Sweet but not unnaturally so, good yeast/wheat interplay although the aftertaste is bitter in a clumsy sort of way.

Not chewy enough to be anything above average although the carbonation level is steady. Goes down easy although the apricot flavor grows tiresome eventually.

Photo of beerphan
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner
no date, but there is a code on the bottom of the bottle

Pours a slighlty hazed golden orange with a modest tight white head. Thin sheets of lace. Carbonation appears medium and rapid.

Nose: apricots, apricots, and oh yeah apricots

Smooth and creamy mouth. Taste involves more apricots, some wheat, a slight bitterness that leaves the palate breathing apricots. A little astrigency on the finish also.

A little over the top with the apricots, but still very drinkable and probably and good cross over for the ladies.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy gold, almost no head, bubbly in a nice way

Smell - Fruity, fresh apricot

Taste - Very refreshing, nice balance of fruit in the mix of things, a little watery

Mouthfeel - Light body, almost like a tea and light soda mix

Drinkability - Easy going, very drinkable, could chug this all day long on a hot summer day, would guess it goes with any pairing of food

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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