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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | 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 briman
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy bright straw color, with a fluffy white head. Good head retention dissipates into a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly apricots, very fruity.

Taste is sweet ripe apricots, with a little bit of malt flavor coming through that almost gives it an apricot biscuit type of taste. Apricots, though, dominate straight through the finish, and linger on for a second in the aftertaste, but no bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing beer....pretty appropriate for a hot sunny afternoon. Sweet, but not too sweet, and that makes it something I could probably drink one or two of in a sitting.

briman, May 15, 2006
Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured out an orange color with next to no head. Obviously it smelled and tasted like apricot. Also it has wheat flavor, but the apricot flavor was overpowering. It had a fizzy mouthfeel. I wouldn't really call it highly drinkable. I had such a hard time drinking it, that I let my wife finish it.

zeff80, May 14, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delicious! This is my first apricot beer. The flavors blend quite well, at least with Pyramid's. Yes, the scent and taste is dominated by apricot, but the flavor of the fruit goes well with beer in my opinion. It pours out a cloudy gold/orange. The smell is pure apricot. The taste is nearly the same. Little bit of fizziness and a lingering cottonmouth aftertaste I could have done without. Very drinkable and quite refreshing.

JayTheFinn, May 12, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Smells like a ton of fresh-n-juicy apricots. No noticible beer aroma.

Taste is all apricots, and becomes rather bland at the finish. Leaves a dull apricot aftertaste. The base wheat beer offers nothing to the flavor.

Thin body, decent carbonation.

This is a fruity summer beer. It's drinkable, but very one dimensional. The taste will appeal more to malternative drinkers than beer drinkers.

MaltyGoodness, May 07, 2006
Photo of HochFliegen
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a big fruit beer fan myself but Ive heard good things about this one. Poured it into my pint glass and noticed a nice head dissapear into less than a thin film. The color was a light orange with a slight haze to it. The smell was with out a doubt apricot. I couldnt smell anything else. The taste was much the same all apricot. It wasnt an overpowering flavor either, I think thats why I enjoyed it so much. It was very smooth with a nice body to it. Just right. I couldnt drink more than one in a sitting since the flavor of apricots lingered for so long.

HochFliegen, May 05, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that displays poor retention and leaves virtually no lacing; pretty disappointing for a hefe

Smell: Apricot and floral aromas

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity flavor without much hefe character; after the swallow, the apricots make their presence felt and take over the show

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like fruit beers as a change of pace and this one is very drinkable; it could be a lot better with a bit more character and hop balance

brentk56, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is an orangish beer with a thin brittle white head that basically smells like peach air-freshener. The taste is a light, but nonetheless artificial tasting candy (reminds me of jolly ranchers!) peach, apricot flavor that overwhelms any discernable malt flavors. Very floral hops enhance the trick nicely and a hint of yeast in the finish makes a futile attempt to dry things. This beer is a bit artificial tasting for me but the fact that I tasted both hops and yeast in it impressed me somewhat. Lifting carbonation is pleasant. Cloying qualities kept me from wanting more. Some people love this stuff. You should try it once.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of seedee17
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I'm not crazy about fruit beers (not counting cantillion and the like) this beer is better than I remembered from past experiences. It looks nice in the glass, although the head is weak and fades fast. This beer definitely delivers in the apricot department. The smell is all apricot, with the faintest hint of malt, or maybe it's my imagination. The taste is all apricot, with hardly any of the 'weizen' flavors coming through. I noticed that 10 minutes after I finished this beer, the apricot flavor still lingered. I really was impressed by the mouthfeel, a nice medium texture. The carbonation seemed just right, not too fizzy, but lively enough for the light flavor. Anyone who buys this beer looking for apricot flavor will no doubt be satisfied.

seedee17, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth apricot scent along with the standard weizen aroma. It's dry, yet quite fruity. The taste is decent. It has a wonderful apricot presence that refreshes and is quite enjoyable. However, it also has a dry earthy finish that seems a bit sour and clovey. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It's just not my favorite fruit/beer combo.

WesWes, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of rpgman456
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unusual brew was packaged among nine other American craft brews in a special limited edition 10-pack.

When examining the bottle prior to removing the cap, chunks of apricot are seen swirling around the bottom... much like a freshly brewed batch of lemonade. Beer clearly states that it is not pasteurized; this is done so more flavor is retained during the brewing process.

Smell is of a multitude of different fruits. Apricot is very noticeable, but without a doubt there is a strong presence of pear and/or mango. Although there are fragments of fruit contained in the bottle, pour is smooth with a nice dark coulour. Head is thick in complexion; retention is also longer than expected, and a fairly thick lace remains after the head has fully disappeared. Taste, as expected, is very fruity... possibly too fruity. Many different flavors are present at the same time, so it is a bit overwhelming. Overall this is a nice try for those unfamiliar with the category. This very fragrant beer is probably even better on tap.

rpgman456, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found while shopping a liquor store out of state for brews I can't get in FL, I came across this one (and several others which will be reviewed later).

Pours a hazy apricot color (duh). A 1" head, barely off-white and fizzy, drops quickly and leaves no lace.
Smell is better with apricot, malt and a light hop aroma.
Taste is better still. Malt, apricot, light hops, a floral note and a light alcohol hint.
Smooth flavor, light effervescence all over tongue and palate, a touch dry & tart with a pleasant apricot/malt aftertaste that lingers nicely and fades slowly & evenly. Medium-bodied. definitely worth a try, good stuff.

PorterLambic, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of gpackin
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have never been much into the fruit beers. However, I was out today, it was a very nice spring day, and I found myself craving a fruity beer. So I stopped and picked up a six pack.

The appearance was nothing special, nice cloudy orange color but not much head unless you pour it quite violently (even then it dissipates quickly). It had a nice fruity smell, not unlike a bag of dried apricots. It tasted pretty good, but not as good as I thought it would after smelling it. The apricot taste was there, just not as strong as I expected. That might be because I don't have a whole lot of experience with fruit beers other than fruit lambics. I did not notice any strong after taste to speak of. It felt pretty light in my mouth and was very easy to drink, maybe dangerously easy to drink.

I am glad that I tried this beer. I will keep it in mind for warm summer days.

By the way I am new to reviewing beers, I'm sure I'll get better at it.

gpackin, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"I'm sorry we don't have any Heinekens left. All we have is this fruity, apricot crap that my girlfriend bought." -- My friend

I gave his girlfriend a couple of weizen glasses a few months ago, so I conveniently have the proper glassware. It pours light orange with a frothy white head that shrinks fairly quickly. I feel like I'm opening a bag of dried apricots when I smell this beer. The taste sure doesn't disappoint. It's actually better then it could have been. The flavor is filled with apricots, but it tastes like beer rather then some sweet concoction. There is a faint, but noticeable hop presence upfront, which is followed by light wheat notes. Again, the apricots are everywhere so you should probably pass on this beer if you don't like apricots, but if you do like apricots, this is a very good beer. I look forward to picking up a six-pack real soon.

goschool, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear light coppery coloration. The beer had tight continuous carbonation. The head was one finger high off white coloration. There was very little head retention to this beer.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet hoppy base with apricots in each smell. There is a very good melding of the smell going on here.

Taste: The beer has a very good well blended spicy apricot with floral hops taste. The beer has a great malty wheaty taste backing the fruit.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. There is a good balance between the hops and fruit. This is not a syrupy sweetly sticky beer. This is a very tasty well made sessionable beer.

nlmartin, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of gdogalishus
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a guinness style pint glass. Poured with a mild head and moderate carbonation. Yellow color was clear and not particularly interesting.
RWhat was interesting was the smell and the flavor. Both followed each other very well. Some beers smell better than they taste and others taste better than they smell. This one was a pleasant surprise in both categories. The aroma was the expected apricot smell, with some other ale fruityness and a very mild hop aroma. The flavor was almost exactly the same. I like it when I can almost taste the beer by smelling it and this one fits that description. The mild hop bitterness in the flavor make this more of a beer brewed with fruit that fruit made into beer. Soft unobtrusive mouthfeel that finished clean with little aftertaste.
If you feel that most beers that use fruit go overboard to the point that they ruin the beer characteristics, this maybe one that you want to give a try.

gdogalishus, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- not as cloudy as i would of thought, orangish straw color. Little bit of head, gone before you know it.

S- extremly overpowering apricot smell. Though there are are hints of fruit in there that dont seem apricot, very faint though.

T- Not doubt a wheat beer. Sweet and dry. Apricot strong in the finish, not strong aftertaste to talk of.

M- very bodied brew, not coarse just freakin dry on the palate though.

D- this is one of the beers to get beer haters to drink. Not my thing though. It was wirth trying, but i doubt i'll be looking for this one again.

tonistruth, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It pours a golden orange color. Takes a minute or so for the cloudiness to settle all the way from the top of the glass to the bottom. Actually has a few small "chunks" that sink to the bottom. Definitly unfiltered.

It smells as if I just opened up a bag of dried apricots. Pure apricots and nothing else.

The taste is strong of apricots as well. Almost overdone, but its a good unique twist to say the least. Sugary. It has a little bit of sour wheat ale reminiscence but not much. Just a whop-load of apricot flavor.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are decent. Not great, but not bad either. The aftertaste gets annoying by your second beer.

If you like apricots, or maybe mangoes, you'll love this beer. It doesnt taste much like beer, I guess I'd call it a beer with a "chick twist". They really should market it towards young women.

jasonpeckins32, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Schwarzbart, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phatz, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.6/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Hope4Hops
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hope4Hops, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

whynot44, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

scruffwhor, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Viggo, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 30, 2005
Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.