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Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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: DESTRO on 09-05-2005

Originally named Apricot Weizen
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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

Photo of theopholis
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy brown with strong orange tints. Reminds me of unfiltered apricot juice. The head is 3 fingers, but quickly fades to just a cap. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma - Apricot. Nothing else.

Taste - Apricot again. Maybe enough wheat and hops in there to let you know it's beer, but you really have to look for them. The apricot really does overpower everything else.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is actually pretty good. A light, refreshing body with a slickness about it. Carbonation level is perfect.

Drinkabilty - I don't like apricots, so I didn't care for it. If you like wheats and apricots, give it a whirl.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Before the yeast this was a clear pale brown brew with a strong orange tint. After the yeast, this became a cloudy brown brew with a faint orange tint. The head was enormous and fading into a thin ring of head at the surface of the brew in about two minutes. No lacing.

S - Apricot is definitely present. Faint wheat malt and that is all.

T - Apricot again, this time slightly sweet - surprisingly devoid of tartness. The aftertaste is a very faint bitterness with a bit of a breadiness and some extremely flavor of what an apricot flavored children's medicine would taste like.

M - A bit harsh from carbonation, yet has a slight slickness about it. Thin and a bit refreshing - but it does numb the tongue a bit.

D - Pretty good here. It is a mild fruity concoction that contains alcohol - so it screams sorority girls. It is widely available and commonly found at parties, so I will likely have it again - but I will certainly never buy it again.

Photo of ncvbc
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this before playing some golf today...not by choice or anything but it was offered so I accepted. Poured a couldy golden orange with a large head that quickly faded with minimal lacing. Pretty good smell, mostly of apricots. Thought I smelled peaches but I guess that's close enough. Taste was something I'm not used to but really not bad at all. Sweet, fruity, and satisfying. I can understand why people could drink this every once in a while. Near average mouthfeel, though the flavor doesn't last too long because it seemed a little thin and light. Overall I'd say this is about average for what Pyramid has put out here. If you're in for something other than the typical choices you might want to try this.

Photo of goochpunch
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
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
4.44/5  rDev +29.8%
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?

Kinda.

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
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Recommended.

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
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.