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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | 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 goochpunch
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy apricot (HEY!) body with tons of carbonation, a thick, creamy head, and some rings, sheets, and splotches of lacing. There's an underlying wheat aroma to the candy-like apricot presence, and I don't pick up too much yeast character. Tastes like a really uninspired American wheat beer that overcompensates with the apricot flavoring. Still, it's better than that Sam Adams boysenberry wheat. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, and just about right on. The apricot could get tiring, hindering drinkability.

Photo of jmbranum
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer a second time. The earlier review is posted below. The numerical scores above reflect today's review.

Today's review (Sept. 12, 2012):

Seeing this beer in its new bottle (The brewery has gone back to the old name "Pyramid Apricot Ale", and a more classy bottle label design) made me want to try this old favorite again.

It may be my imagination, but I think this beer has improved a little since my previous review in 2007.

It pours an attractive orange/gold color with a very slight head.

The aroma is incredible. Tons and tons of apricots. Very sweet with a little bit of citrus.

Flavor --- again apricots are dominant. If you like apricots, then you will like this beer. If you don't, I would avoid it. The best way I know to describe this beer is that it is very close in flavor to an apricot nectar but with carbonation and a little bit of malt in the background. Very sweet at first but it finishes slightly dryer (but still pretty sweet). Maybe a tiny bit of hops in the finish but they are faint.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight oily feel on the tongue.

Overall, this is one of the summer fruit beers around. It is its own thing (it is hard to compare with a non-fruit beer), but if you like fruit beers, this one is worth buying.

Original review dated: (April 22, 2007):

AP: 3.5 AR 4.0 F 4.5 MF 4.0 D 4.0
I have many good memories of drinking this on hot summer days while sitting on the roof of the house I lived in the summer of 2000.

But does the beer measure up to the memories?


Pleasant aroma. Tons of apricot flavor with just a bit of nicely matched wheat malts. Nice mouthfeel with a strong surge of carbonation. Pretty sweet but not overpowering.

Not much complexity. Not a bad fruit beer but it is definitely not in the same caqtegory as a belgian lambic.

Great summer session beer.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- orange body with minimal clouds and basically no head.

S- smells like wheat and yeast and a hint of old apricots.

T-The apricots are upfront in the taste. very sweet. there is a good amount of wheat and yeast in the background. very commendable.

M-light body with medium carbonation.

D- this is a very drinkable fruit beer. The fruit is there but its not overpowering.

I gave this a favorable review because the label clearly stated that this is a fruit beer. Though it has "weizen" it did not seem to claim that was the main character of the beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 05-11-07

Pours a hazed (clears as time goes on) bronze with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, apricots, peaches & honey

T: Apricots. peach juice, slight grainyness on the tip of the tounge up front. Finishes juicy, fruitty & sightlty dry with a hint of honey

MF: Medium bodied, medium carbonation & a little slickness

Drinks pretty easy despite the sweetness. Pair with BBQ chicken or ribs. These fruit beers are not my cup of thea, but this one works enough to have 2 before moving on

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours really thin, no haze, very little head and what's there doesn't stick around. Very little lacing. Sweet orange fruit aroma, a little yeasty, probably unmalted wheat. The flavor is a little sugary and loaded with apricot flavor and wheat mouthfeel, high carbonation. Not bad, might be a better hefeweiss. Not my favorite of fruit beers, but more innocuous than many cloyingly sweet ones.

Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appeearance: Pours a very cloudy apricot (wow, what a surprise!) color. Has a thick white head that is rather foamy and sticky.

Smell: Rather strong aroma of apricots, like a Kern's nectar or something. Not bad, just not my type of thing when it's in a beer.

Taste: Apricot-ish. Yeah... basically a mild yet dominating apricor flavor. With a funky apricot aftertaste. There may be a bit of wheat, or I may be dreaming (wishing)... if there is it's very minimal. Again, if this were a juice it would be fine, but it's just way too dominating (and out of place) in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and slightly grainy. Carbonation is a bit too soda-like when swallowing.

Drinkability: Really hard to physically swallow; I'm not sure if it's just because of the carbonation, or if the taste comes into play here as well. And the funky aftertaste too...

Not entirely sure why I bought this... actually it was on sale and I bought it just to try and write a review! Anyhow, it might be fine for someone who likes fruitier beers, though even if that were me I'd still have some major objections. Not enjoyable... best avoided.

Photo of jkaufman
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session notes from March 16, 2007:

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours clear and golden, with a film-like white head.

S: Apricots (shocking!), but not too strong.

T and M: Smooth, light-bodied, and well-carbonated. Very fruity and somewhat malty. Apricots definitely dominate. Finishes clean but a tad watery.

D: Very drinkable, would be great on a hot day.


Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to my tasting glass. Pours cloudy, golden/yellow with a pale head that dissipated leaving little to no lacing. Smelled of strong apricots but not overpowering. Tasted like a good wheat beer with a light apricot taste - didn't taste as strong as is smelt. Not a strong alcohol taste (5.1% ABV). It felt light and smooth - a little high in carbonation. Very easy to drink. I would drink this again.

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

I had been wanting to try this for a while, and finally took the plunge. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a very hazy yellow, forming a 1 inch thick white head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet apricot, and thats about it. The taste is just as good. Sweet apricot flavor, along with a little hops, and maybe a slight wheat flavor. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I find this to be a very enjoyable fruit beer. I would definitely drink this again, but I couldnt see drinking more than one or two of these in a night.

Photo of xzqrut
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a nice orange, very hazey, mild head and lacing, good carbonation. Smell was nice and fruity, with a good wheat mix as well. After that just OK. Taste and mouthfeel very mild, very light, and somewhat disappointing I thought. Perhaps a beer to return to in the warmer months?

Photo of bluegrassbrew
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light orange color with little head at all. Smells like umm, apricots. Taste is apricot and slight hops. Not a whole lot here. Not a big fan of fruit beers, but this is ok. Much more drinkable than some. A little light. The taste is a bit muddled as well. Does quench your thirst though. So, that's something.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Left over from the weekend party, so why not.

Hazy apricot color with a white head. Nose is insanely apricot, strong and sweet. Effervescent, again with a intense apricot flavor. Almost thick flavor, which surprised me. Easy to drink, something my mom would really enjoy. (That's not a bad thing.) Not bad at all, but this time of year I wouldn't pick this first.

I think this would be just fine at a party where shorts and a kiddie pool with iced down beers. I have to say it's one of the better Pyramids from a bottle that they're currently brewing.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Thin and weak 1/2 finger head with dismal retention and no lacing. Strong apricot and peach aroma and a distant pale malt scent. Flash of malted wheat and pale barley sweetness, followed immediatly by a blast of zesty fruit cup flavor. The apricot is apparent but there are also some tart fermentation by-product tastes similiar to pear and peach, which works nicely here. Drying aftertaste with mild american hop bitterness and possible grapefruit rind hop charcter and light tropical fruit phenols lingering breifly. Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, with a light body that shows some texture from the fruit pulp. Finishes with a touch of weizen yeast and not overly sweet; only of hint of apricot remaining. An interesting blend of two styles, though the weizen character is hidden and barely perceivable. This could make a decent alternative when you want something highly drinkable and unique, or a great transitional beer for people who like foo-foo drinks.

Photo of BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy dark yellow color with an off white one inch head that holds well. Settles to a bubbly cap.

Smell is full of apricot and a wheaty malt backbone.

Thin wheat like malts and a good amount of apricot. A grainy wash comes over the apricot flavor toward the end, giving it a watered down taste. The light apricot lingers in the finish.

A decent tasting beer. I should say if you like apricots then this beer is probably a good bet for you.

Photo of jasonstru
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at D's Six Pack Shop, near Pittsburgh. Usually sells for $3, but since I got it to go it was only a $2 bottle.

Appearance: Very thin layer of head. Hazy.

Smell: Like apricots. Not overbearing, but not weak either.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Again, like apricots. It's not overpowering like some of the flavored hefes that I have tried. The aftertaste is slight (maybe 20 seconds), but does not linger.

Drinkability: For those who like the Lambics and are looking for something lighter, this might be the beer for you. Nothing I'd go out of my way for, but not a bad fruit-based hefe. For the price ($2 a bottle), it's not a bad option.

[ serving type: 12 oz bottle ]

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Apricot Ale is, in my opinion, one of the best fruit beers on the market today. It offers a beautiful nose of sweet apricot that's remarkably authentic (although I'm sure it's from extract). The body is a bit hazy, and has a golden-orange color similar to that of an apricot. The creamy white head holds fairly well before dropping to a wide collar, and it leaves some spots and splashes of lace behind it. In the flavor, the same apricot fruitiness returns, and it's just gently sweet and not overdone. Some malt flavor backs it, and it's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it "beer", and leave it dry and refreshing. Some mild apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste, nagging at you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth - again, kind of like an apricot - with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation and medium body. It's enjoyable year-round, but I really think it's perfect on a warm summer day outside. Very nice!

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

Pours a medium apricot (who would have thought) with little to no head. Virtually no carbonation, no fizzle, no lacing.

Smells a hearty apricot (who would have thought).

Carbonation and alcohol initial, non-sweet apricot. Very nice that it didnt end up syrupy. Dry, yet appealing. Doesnt taste like it smells.

This beer gets pluses for staying true to what it was trying to accomplish. I think the appearence could use some help though. Overall I think its nicely complex for being a simply apricot beer.

Photo of Grundle20
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy bronzed straw color in to a pilsner glass. There is only splotches of foam on the surface of the beer and no lacing.

First off, I really love dried apricots. The scent is entirely built on dried apricots therefore I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The taste is primarily that of dried apricots only slightly less sweet. There is a light wheat body which doesn't really contribute much flavor. The finish is a little funky with an odd "ass end of apricots" taste which lingers in to the aftertaste.

If you're in to apricots you may find this drinkable but aside from that this really doesn't have much to offer in terms of drinkability.

Bottom Line:
Really only for apricot lovers because there really isn't much else here.

Photo of dherling
1.8/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured out a golden reddish color with no head whatsoever. The nos eis overbearinlgy strong sweat apricot, I can't freaking tell if there's nything else in there, it's just... so... damn... apricotty. My god man. It's like someone jabbed a bunch of apricot up my nose. Lots of them. Yeeesh! Ok, what the f*ck? The taste is like apricot syrup. I am not against fruit beers, bring it on, but it's fruit beer, not 'fruit.' Can I throw up now? This is like drinking the syrup out of a Shoprite packaged fruit can. On sale and expired. Seriously. Bad stuff. Le's just get on with our lives now.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice fruit beers. A lot of fruit beers have a soda type mouthfeel IMO, but this one is great. The apricots really come out very well. This is a beer anyone can enjoy. The apricot smell is alluring. The only thing not so great about this beer is its appearance. Could have a lot more head and retention. I will definetly pick this up again when I am in the mood for a nice apricot fix.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin ring leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong apricot nose. Starts with a sweet strong apricot flavor, hints of hops at finish. Its too cold now, this beer would be much better in the summer. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Pyramid Apricot Weizen was a hazy golden color with a white head. The head was small and soon dissipated to a ring. The aroma was all apricots. The taste was apricots over a light malt and wheat base. It was not overly sweet and balanced out nicely in the finish. It was medium-full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Dinkability was about average. It's alright for something different, but one is enough for me.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to a orange with copper undertones. The head is made of thin bubbles.

Smell: It honestly smells like a vitamin C pill. Kinda gross.

Taste: ...wheat with apricot. Wow didn't expect that. It's got a nice sourness to it. Straight from the bottle it seems amplified.

The mouthfeel is sorta thick and soft.

The drinkability is quite high. I would say that this is a great beer like Blue Moon for non-beer drinkers.

Photo of drinknewbelgium
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

on draft poured with little head deep golden and orange smells of fresh apricots tastes very powerful of apricots and very sweet the taste of apricots seem to completely dominate this beer and the beer seems to be alittle too thin for me and to be honest i had half and could not finish it

this beer to me seemed very poor in quality and did not have anything in my book going for it like i said i could not finish it due to its sweetness but like i say give it a try but ill tell you there are way better interpretations of this style

Photo of bfr1992t
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a frosty mug (sorry, the g/f's beer)

A - very light golden amber
S - not much noticable smell - likely due to the frosty mug. Slight hint of apricot.
T - CRISP! Quick shot of apricot. Very distinct and clear including the finish Hints of wheat.
M - CRISP and strong. Lightweight. Would pair good with a heavy greasy food or on a hot day.
D - drinkable, might work as a session beer in the hot summer

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.