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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance: Head was small with loose little bubbles, but dissipated quickly. Color was honey orange and just a tad cloudy. No lace at all on this one and the normal ring of a beer even disappeared halfway through.
Smell: Apricot aroma is present, but it smells more like orange Jell-O when you're heating it up. Some wheat grain and also a hint of yeast.
Taste: Lots of apricot and orange. The taste is like the Jell-O smell, weird, but good. Not as sweet as I expected.
Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. ""Fuzzy"".
Drinkability: A decent fruit beer and I'd like to compare it to the apricot ale to see if it is any different. I can't recall from memory what the apricot ale tastes like, but that's what my wife thought it was when she bought it.

02-27-2006 02:18:52 | More by Schwarzbart
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a clear light orange (apricot) color. Big fizzy bubbles make up the white head which has very little retention and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: It definitely smells Apricot (obviously). Very sweet and juice like.

Taste: This is almost confusing to think of it as beer. It drinks very much like a fruit spritzer. Sweet and fruity and as smooth as Apricot juice with some alcohol. The nice and easy taste is quite refreshing though. There is a very subtle crisp hop characteristic but it is hard to notice through the sweet apricot nectar. mmm.

Mouthfeel: It surprised me that this fruit beer had a nice medium mouthfeel that is very smooth and a bit oily. I would have expected something more thin and less rich. Congrats to the brewers.

Drinkability: For a fruit beer this is a remarkably drinkable beer. To sweet to consider sessionable, but one did certainly go down easily.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

02-14-2006 07:24:18 | More by Phatz
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

1.6/5  rDev -53.2%

Orangish apricot color with a very minimal head that quickly dies away. Looks okay, but looks are (extremely) decieving.

Sicky-sweet artificial nose. Ugh. I do not look forward to the taste.

Difficult to drink. Somewhat sour, very artificial fruitiness. Not as bad as the scent, but not fun to drink.

Nasty, foul aftertaste that will not go away until you have a different beer, or eat something.

Drinkability? Total drain pour. I give the drinkability rating a little leeway, because I think I am drinking an outdated (possibly oxidized?) bottle. The bottling date on the label is blurred, so I do not know how old this is.

01-27-2006 23:28:31 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Hope4Hops

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Pour:
Not much of a head. Smooth even pour. Milky residue at the end coupled with a bit of white sediment left in the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance:
Dull color, slightly brown golden tone. Wisps of murky white floating suspended throughout the glass. Head is thin and dissipates quickly. Specks of thin, delicate foam remain floating on the top. Low carbonation.

Smell:
Apricot with slightly nutty hints. Bordering on a peach-pit smell. Nothing overpowering, just a light, sweet smell. Small hint of a spring garden smell, damp and floral with a bit of lilac and soil.

Taste:
Very light on flavor. Tastes a bit like a Christmas bread. Apricot adds a bit of sweet and tartness to it. There’s almost an egg-flavor finish to it. Relatively light flavor. A bit of a burnt flavor on the back of the tongue that’s barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Pin-prick carbonation, a bit like mineral water in that respect. Small bubbles that cling to the tongue. Thin consistency, goes down easy. Leaves a slight tingle in the mouth and throat.

Drinkability:
Easy to drink. It’s not breathtaking, but it’s pleasant. The kind of thing that would be perfect in a restaurant waiting at the bar for the rest of your party. Nothing that’s going to destroy your pallet for later on, but still something you’ll enjoy. Something to drink slowly. While there’s a lot of subtlety in the flavor and smell, the flavors and smells you really notice are simple and immediate. Worth analyzing once, but not going to get much out of a second try that you didn’t get the first time.

01-27-2006 11:33:18 | More by Hope4Hops
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whynot44

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Light/medium bodied, hazy orange amber color with a fluffy, short-lived white head.

Aroma is APRICOT! slightly perfumey but not bad.

Taste starts with mildly sweet apricot, some sweet malt in the background, dries out to a tart finish with a mild hops taste and bite.

Crisp and fairly smooth. Definitely drinkable if you like apricot.

01-04-2006 05:16:09 | More by whynot44
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance- Very light fluffy head that disappeared quickly. A very light copper hue. Very apricot in color.

Smell- Very perfumey, gave the impression that the apricot flavor was sprayed form a kids perfume into the beer.

Taste- Just like tasting a apricot perfume, a bad estery and alcoholic tart enter my mouth. Wasn't the desert beer I was looking for.

Mouthfeel- A very light and refresing mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Didn't carry with it the weize drinkability as do others. Plus the flavor was so faked, I might be able to fit two beers for an evening and thats it.

12-21-2005 21:25:26 | More by scruffwhor
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Pours a slightly hazy golden, small head forms, no lace to speak of. Smell is all apricots, with a little bit of honey sweetness and floral/citrus. Taste is sweet and apricot, fruit, some floral, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation. Not bad, not good.

12-01-2005 20:28:01 | More by Viggo
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to my dad for tossing this one my way. Best by 030806 lasered on the neck. Pours from the stubby brown bottle a nice somewhat bright cloudy orange with a big two finger head of white foam atop the brew. The head lingers and leaves sticky lace across the glass. Aromas initially reek like opening a bag of freshly cut or dried apricots. There's an underlying grainy, wheat husk aroma as well. You'll have to like apricots to appreciate the nose here!

First sip brings some pale, wheat grain maltiness that is a little bit grating. The fresh apricot flows through with a sweet/tart fashion across the tongue. Finishes with a lingering apricot flavor that's quite nice and not at all artificial. Hints of yeast poke in and out as well. A tasty fruit beer if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle creaminess and plenty of carbonation...quite refreshing really. I could see this going great on a hot summer day, it reminds me of O'Fallon Wheach. Worth looking into if you're a fan of fruit beers, apricots or both. Unfiltered as well!

11-30-2005 04:40:56 | More by orbitalr0x
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DrZarkov

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

The amount of apricot taste this beer has is pretty impressive and even more impressive is the smell. I was actually a little afraid of what it was going to taste like before trying it. It has a pleasent sweet taste, but the sweetness is not excessive or overpowering. Probably a bit more refreshing than alot of the other fruit beers I have had. I'd recommend this ober most of the fruit beers I have had.

11-18-2005 21:47:01 | More by DrZarkov
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

I love apricots, so trying this beer out was a no-brainer.

Pour is pale yellow, the head is small, white, and doesn't stick around very long. Smell is strongly of apricots (no surprise there) with a wheaty edge around the back. I like it.

Tastes gives a nice apricot jolt which hits the top of the mouth. The beer then shifts gears and has some sour/tartness and the slightest hop action going on, just enough to keep the beer going. The apricot tone is present throughout, but waxes and wanes in the mouth. This isn't amazing by any stretch, but I did enjoy it.

The mouth is slightly above average, not a lot of hops, not a lot of body, but slightly above average. Drinkability is good, this is a quaffable beer, assuming you like apricots.

Nice, tasty, light, what I was expecting...thanks Pyramid!

11-16-2005 00:22:24 | More by CortexBomb
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hero27

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours fairly clear, and the head holds for a good 10 seconds..is that good? The aroma and taste are overwhelmingly apricot, and I'd usually consider this a somewhat offensive thing, but it tasted alright. The Cantillon Apricot I had a month or so previous was much more offensive... Mouthfeel is light-to-medium..carbonation is a bit overdone.
Really not terrible for a fruit beer. The apricot taste is remarkably unoffensive and I could probably grab another after I was finished with the first one. Probably not one I'd buy on a regular basis, but there are much worse fruit beers out there.

11-09-2005 05:27:35 | More by hero27
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

My first fruit beer. Pours a cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, no head. Nice lacing throughout. Scents of wheat, sweet apricots. Very nice taste, sweet and mellow. Light bodied, nice aftertaste. This goes down like kool-aid/water, could drink quite a few, but watch out for the alcohol content.

09-30-2005 00:49:11 | More by Wasatch
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Zorro

California

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

Enjoy By date of 12/14/05 on the neck. 5.1% ALC/VOL on bottom right of the label.

Pours a cloudy orange colored ale with a puffy white head that doesn't last. Good suspension of the wheat solids, no floaters or sediment.

Smell is firstly sweet apricots and is smells like a fresh apricot and not artificial. Clean odor of wheat with no phenols at all. Classic American Wheat beer with fruit smell here. Clean scent but not complex in anyway.

Taste is sweet with a mild sour tang to it on the first taste. Flavor of apricot skins and the wheat malt. Flavor stays somewhat sweet through out. Flavor is mildly spicy perhaps from a Belgian witbier yeast. Not the bad wheat beer I feared this might turn out to be.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is really quite good. Tasty refreshing wheat beer that would be good as a summer thirst quencher or a Sunday brunch beer. Not sweet enough for a dessert beer, but this would go very well with a salad or fruit.

09-23-2005 03:23:39 | More by Zorro
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

A bit of a peach color, clear with mild carbonation. Tightly formed white head sits on top of the beer for a few, slowly fades to a patchy lace. Aroma is sweet and of course, apricots. The flavor is sweet up front, mainly from the fruit and it seems like a touch of honey and a bitter finish of sun dried apricot .
Mouthfeel was o.k. Maybe lacking due to the sweetness of the beer. As for drinkability, only a few. A bit too sweet for a session beer for my likings.

Overall it is a good beer but a bit one sided, the fruit side. If you’re into apricots then you will dig it.

09-18-2005 18:08:38 | More by Stubbie1
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Backer2004

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%

I've been curious to grab a sizer of this for about a year now. Am I glad I picked this single out at a wine shop instead. Not good at all. At first this one poured nice, looked appealing, smelled great. That was all. The taste is bland with the slightest hint of apricot. Sour and thin, this one was one of the biggest disappointments I've had in a long while. For the first time in months, I left a quarter of it in the glass. So much for my beer quote on my profile.

09-17-2005 02:28:17 | More by Backer2004
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

not the apricot ale but an apricot weizen? never seen it before and in vegas its hot so it sounded like a quencher. pours a cloudy sunset with a weak head. ok. smells fruity, grainy, beery? taste is refreshing to say the least. def. not a powerhouse of taste explosions but tastey nonetheless. crisp and refreshing like their usual weizen (american wheat beer cough cough) but with a nice apricot smack. lightly tart with a nice finishing bite. light and refreshing, almost a bit creamy, this is a decent brew. hell forget decent, its a pretty good brew. good hot weather grab.

09-05-2005 00:44:33 | More by DESTRO
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%

Hazy peach colored pour with a off white head that puffs up momentarily, before falling instantly, leaving nil lace. Looks just like the Pyramid hefe, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Aroma is all apricot, and probably not real arpicot at that. There's an underlying notion of lemon and wheat.

Flavor is also all apricot with a hint of citrus, wheat, and yeast. It doesn't bad at all, just lacks character and depth. Very one dimensionable.

Body is rather thin, but slick and thirst quenching nontheless.

08-23-2005 00:16:06 | More by AlexJ
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karst

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

"Enjoyed by Karst before 9/21/05".

Pours a murky gold into Paulaner 0.5 L Rastal WeiBbeir glass. With nearly 4 inches for head formation it barly approached 1 finger height and quickly fell. No lace but very active beading from the carbonation.

Aroma of fresh apricots with a little something I did not like: not skunk or diacetyl but still out of place (maybe some spices covered by the huge boquet of ripe apricots)

Medium body and mouthfeel that was dextrinous and semi-slick. The hops (never bitter but clearing the sweet apricot flavor) persist till end. I would like a crisper finish. If possible I would describe the apricots as cloying (not the sweetness) Feels like I fell asleep under the Apricot tree and somehow all the fruit was shaken off and covered me at the bottom of the pile. I would expect this to attract bees on the deck on a summers day.

08-20-2005 23:32:30 | More by karst
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor on Mineral Pt Rd here in Madison. Just tried New Glarus' Apple Ale which was phenomenal, so I figured I'd stay on the fruit beer train. All aboard.

Pours a very appealing cloudy copper/amber with golden yellow highlights around the edges and a small white head which lasts for a minute or so. Looks like a cross between an amber and a hefe-weissen. Smell is dried apricots right up front, quite sweet, with some grainy aftertones. Taste is more apricot with a steady balance of wheat grass, not particularly malty or hoppy, but the bitter wheat balances out the sweet fruit quite well. Reminded me of a apricot version of Tommyknocker's Jack Whacker Wheat. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, I like a well-carbonated fruit beer. I could definitely see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer evening.

08-09-2005 18:05:52 | More by Golden2wenty1
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thechaacster

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Cloudy golden-orange with a nice fluffy off-white head. Aroma is candy sweet apricots- it really smells fresh and juicy. Some malty wheat character is there too- this is still a beer after all. Apricots are just as prominent in the flavor, with a strong and unique sweet/tartness. The classic weizen malt character is present to some extent, though other hefeweizen flavors such as banana and clove are absent- they would taste pretty screwed up when clashing with apricot, I imagine. Tartness affects drinkability to some extent, but it's still quite a tasty and refreshing brew. So far I've hated most fruit beers I've tried, but I have to give this one a strong recommendation.

07-31-2005 01:16:40 | More by thechaacster
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

I like this beer because the apricots know their place in the body of the beer. The colour is a pretty pinky brown and the nose is like a bowl of apricots. The beer part is pretty ok but the fruit part is what really makes this work . Easy to drink more than one and food friendly this is one of their better beers.

07-18-2005 05:32:52 | More by canucklehead
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Ricochet

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%

I knew that would be unusual, and I thought it would be a tasty fruit beer but it was on okay wheat ale, and the fruit actually detracted from the flavor as it went.

It was a nice orange, and there was a lot more particulate like should have been in thier Hefe. Smell was better than average, the apricot wasn't too overpowering. Mouth was just like any other, a good ale, I'd say better than thier Hefe. Taste? Diappointing. I'm not sure if they take this from the apricots themselves or use a syrup, but with the apricot flavor in the back of every sip, it wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked and tasted more like an average wheat. As it got warmer, the taste became less pronounced and seemed distracting.

Drinkability? Not for me. While I haven't tried other apricot flavored beer, I'd prefer raspberry. Maybe if it was a stronger apricot...

07-11-2005 02:34:11 | More by Ricochet
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +30.1%

As far as fruit beers go, this is tremendous. The smell is strongly of sugar and apercot, not much more there. The taste is simply the same thing, just sugar and apercots... the mouthfeel is almost like you are biting into the fruit itself. They must have a special way of harnessing the taste. Great for summer!

07-02-2005 19:50:53 | More by Toddv29424
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

This is slightly cloudy and the colour suggests pineapple rather than apricot. The head is limited.

The nose is all apricot. The apricot taste hits hard and is followed by a bready flavour before the apricot reasserts itself with a very slight hop finish. This is refreshing and rather as one would expect. It is too sweet for a session beer.

06-30-2005 07:14:54 | More by charlatan
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lampkins

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

This old friend is back in my state after a hiatus of 4 years. Time has not hurt this brew and tastes as good as it did the first time I had it. Beer pours a hazy orange with a decent foamy head. Beer smells of apricot/orange. Taste is fantastic a fusion of wheat and apricot that makes this a must have for summer. A session beer in my opinion.

06-16-2005 14:10:29 | More by lampkins
Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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