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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

(Beer added by: DESTRO on 09-05-2005)
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Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 14:10:29 | More by lampkins
Photo of pgroove

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up this beer because I really enjoy #9 and was hoping it would be somewhat similar but it was not. There is no doubt, when consuming this, that it is an apricot ale. I think there are 2 parts apricot to 1 part beer in this stuff. Yikes. Super fruity--but I know that is was people look for in these types of beers so it is a success in that effort.

Nonetheless, I found that I couldn't drink more than 1 because it was too fruity and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 04:03:17 | More by pgroove
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a thick white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is dominated by apricots, with a fruity esters background, but still the apricot smell is slightly overwhelming. Taste is your basic american wheat beer with an apricot theme, interesting but not exactly a great beer. The apricot flavor in a american wheat is intriguing because it's more refreshing than you'd expect but im not sure it was a good decision anyways. Definately something slightly different to try, but not really a sucess in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 03:57:16 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Tang07


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great fruit beer. It still tastes like a great beer and has a nice fruity flavor.

The beer has a nice rich amber color and has a great lingering head.

The fruit flavor is not overpowering and the beer has a nice hoppiness to balance out the sweetness of the fruit and spices.

Pyramid also has a brewery in Berkeley Ca. It's on Gilman just west of San Pablo. I think I'll pay them a visit next time I'm in the Bay Area.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 23:28:37 | More by Tang07
Photo of Skidz


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

Pours out a foggy pale straw and sits a cloudy yellowish haze in the glass with an insignificant white head that's gone before it even formed.

Smells of candied apricots, all sugary sweet. If Quaker Oats made and Apricots & Cream flavored oatmeal, this would be the aroma greeting you in the morning.

Tastes lighlty sweet up front and picks up a bit of tangy fruitiness, somewhat based on apricot flavors. Wheatiness is withheld and only offers a bit of character to the overal mediocrity of the flavors. Finish is lightly bittered with some residual attempts at apricot flavoring.

Light and billowy in the mouth with soft and easy carbonation. Not a whole lot to grab on to here, but better than most attempts at a fruit infused beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 21:13:42 | More by Skidz
Photo of beertastegood


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color, smells of ripe apricots and a slight grassy hop aroma as well...tastes like apricots, as expected, but not overly so. There is a discernible hop flavor that lingers towards the finish, which is clean and slightly dry. This is a very refreshing light fruit beer. I am kind of bummed that I have only found singles in Spec's so far. A somewhat different, but very good, brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 19:18:28 | More by beertastegood
Photo of Gusler


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer escapes the 12-ounce brown bottle a limpid amber color with a modest sized frothy light tan head after its decomposition the lace forms a thin concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is heavy on the apricots, fresh and crisp, sweet with the start sweet and the malt profile decent, the top fair to middling in feel. Finish has a pronounced acidity with the hops light in spiciness, the aftertaste tart and dry, a drinkable beer, but nothing I would drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 23:58:40 | More by Gusler
Photo of ghurux86


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

pours a cloudy apricot color, lol... small head that doesn't linger too long or lace.
smell is pretty good. apricots apricots and more apricots....really not much else going on in the smell.
taste is obviously apricot but there is a large hoppy bitterness at the end.
mouthfeel is pretty good but nothing too spectacular. medium all around, medium bodied, medium carbo levels....
drinkability is average at best. i could drink it again, but the apricot flavor could get old eventually

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 08:07:01 | More by ghurux86
Photo of Southernbrew


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a minimal head that doesnt' stay around long.

Aroma is all apricot. Not sickly sweet, just like you were holding an apricot and smelling it.

Light-medium bodied, lots of carbonation. Taste is pretty straightforward; it's all apricot. Some sweetness comes in but never gets to be too much. A pretty easy-drinking, non-complex fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 22:27:13 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of ggroller


3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge apricot smell. I like apricots so the aroma that was coming out of the glass was pleasant and intruiging. In fact, the color of the beer reminded me of a glass of apricot juice, only with a head the size of a half finger.

Upon first sip I tasted apricot and nothing but apricot. There wasn't a balance of hops or anything else bitter in the finish to make me want to have another sip. The apricot taste was so overpowering and fake to boot. Kind of like eating a piece of candy that is apricot flavored. It tastes like apricot but you know it's not real apricot flavor you're tasting. Maybe the bottle label "apricot flavoring" should have given it away.

I barely got through one bottle and I doubt I'll ever try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 13:33:10 | More by ggroller
Photo of allengarvin


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Turbid straw-gold color, with good head and good lacing.

Aroma: Apricots, and nothing but apricots.

Flavor: A good balance between wheat and apricot. No bitterness to speak of, and any yeast character fades before the strong apricot fruitiness. Finish is pretty sweet, bordering on cloying.

Body: Creamy, rich body.

Too sweet a beer for me (as apricots are mostly too sweet a fruit); I admit my bias. For fans of the fruit, I imagine this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 04:58:48 | More by allengarvin
Photo of mattcrill


2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: States on the bottle that I should enjoy by 12/31/04. Whoops...more than a week off. We will see how this aged (note tongue firmly planted in cheek). Reviewing this b/c it was part of a 10 craft beer gift pack. Would not ever go out and buy this on my own.

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a river water appearance about it. No head retention to speak of.

Smell: All apricots. Nothing else to report here. Smells like opening a can of apricots in heavy syrup and taking a big whiff. No hops, malts, nothing. Just apricots.

Taste: follows smell. A minor hop and biscuity aftertaste was noted at the end. This reminds me of when I was a little kid and mom let me drink some of the juice after she opened the can of fruit for fruit salad. It tasted exactly like that fruit juice.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. Like drinking some fruit flavored 7-up. This borders on malternative.

Drinkability: Easy drinking but I wanted a beer...I don't want another one of these.

Ratings say "worth a try". I say "avoid".

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 16:47:55 | More by mattcrill
Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.