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Crystal Wheat Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Crystal Wheat AleCrystal Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 03-23-2008)
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Reviews by dgallina:
Photo of dgallina
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

12 ounce brown bottle marked best-before August 21, 2008.

The beer pours a distressingly bright urine-colored yellow. A few fingers of white foam disappear very rapidly, leaving a thin film and very slight lace. Smells sugary sweet and honeyed, with slight floral notes. Nothing else going on in the nose. The taste is, well, also sugary sweet and honeyed; except that it has musty earth overtones as well. Poor mouth-feel. The beer is light, yet limp and syrupy at the same time. Hardly any liveliness. Dull at best. A very weak offering.

dgallina, Aug 16, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

So this wheat ale has been upgraded to bottle production and standard distribution. One more wheat ale to the several in their portfolio--banking on the popularity of wheat ales are we? No bottled Belgian White Ale yet, what are they waiting for?

Typical healthy-looking white lace you'd expect from a wheat ale, the clarity is no less than what the name says with a dim golden color. Bready with some dusty biscuit and a faint spicy wheat tone in the nose. A little thin and wet as the crispness dials down, but the smoothness keeps the mouthfeel afloat. Moderately-sized body. The wheat flavor is unremarkable in a clean yet plain way, dull, but not flawed. Hint of sweetness to start off, then more of a bready biscuity flavor middle to end. Mild hopping shows some bitterness to balance and a light herbal and lemon flavor more toward the drying finish.

This is a garden-variety wheat ale, though it is quite drinkable in a no brainer kind of way--meaning you could drink a few without having to think about the beer.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of mattster
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Forms light head that dissipates to lacing across top of glass. Brew looks like a darker witbier, with light suspension and slight haze.

Smell is of slight wheat and slight yeast note. Taste of banana overwhelms palate, although slight spice notes are also present.

Good finish, however slight aftertaste. An OK beer, somewhat refreshing.

mattster, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Crystal clear golden with fine bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass. Large bright egg shell white foam head forms thick with nice lacing evenly formed with each sip as it dwindles down. Aromatics offer clean mild citrus notes with herbal hop progressions. Bright pale malt cereal sweetness all clean refreshing beer mild sharp citrus wheat twang with full on yeast breadiness. Flavor has a perfumey aspect rolling off the palate with a touch of citrus quality between the wheat malt and herbal hop doses. Yeast notes with bland wheat character mineral water notes bring together a decently refreshing summer brew. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied of course sans yeast, prickly carbonation tickles the throat pale wheat yeast after taste not my typical favorite finish in a beer. Drinkability is solid not mad yet for buying their mixed 12 pack for around 12 bucks, goes down smooth nice lawnmower beer speaking of I better get out back and start a cutting the sun is on it's way down.

WVbeergeek, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +18%

The color was a hazy golden amber. The white head remained at about one finger and left very light lacing.
Aroma is primarily wheat with a malt backing and a light lemon zest.
The taste is the same with a light hops undertone. Balance is pretty good.
The body is light to medium, crisp mouthfeel and light carbonation.
This is a good offering from Pyramid.

Brenden, May 14, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden colour, with one finger of thin creamy white head, which renders some random wispy lace as it falls away. It smells of sweet wheat grain, and some mild orchard fruit. The taste is more soft wheat, a bit of ripe banana, and some mild pepper spice. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, smooth, and crisp, and it finishes on the sweet side, the wheat doing its thing.

Not a bad wheat ale, but at times its plainness became evident - a bit more robust flavour would definitely help. And at 20+ dollars a sixer, I was happy to procure just the one bottle.

biboergosum, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

I have to mention the appearance as they call this a crystal wheat and the beer is a bit hazy. Otherwise, there really isn't much to complain about. The aroma has a nice mix of clean wheat malt with a honey sweetness that makes me think of a honey-dipped triscuit. The flavor is a more caramel and mild toffee taste with a hint of spicy, herbal, and orange rind hops in the aftertaste. For a clean (minimal yeast character) beer without dark malts or much hops, this is pretty tasty and a good example of the style (which has minimal yeast character, light malts, and low hopping rates). Worth a try if you're into wheat beers.

tempest, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +18%

trocketsauced, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with just a touch of quick white head, no lacing or retention at all.

The smell was light and grassy with a hint of lemon.

The flavor has a light and sweet maltyness with a touch of sweet corn taste. Has a light bit of grassy and lemony hops in the finish. Reminds me more of an atypical euro lager than an American Wheat.

Mouthfeel is light with a touch of fizzy carbonation.

Pretty boring overall, another bland wheat from Pyramid.

bashiba, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a dark gold with ok carbonation. The head is small 1 finger white and leaves very little lace.

The smell is ok bready wheat aroma and mild hops.

THe taste is a bit better, bready wheat and fresh hops. The sweet lightly roasted malt reminds me of a German dunkle.

The mouthfeel is good they say light body but it seem more then that and the carbonation is quite good.

The drinkability is ok, a nice summery treat. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 21, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle with a best by date of 04/09/09 poured into a weizen glass.

A - Poured with sediment left it just a slightly hazy yellow wheat color with a tiny bit of head that went away within seconds and didn't leave anything. Very little carbonation.

S - Light sweet malts with a hearty helping of yeast and dry wheat aromas.

T - Very light and wheaty. Light malts. Dry hop and wheat flavors.

M - Despite the appearance of no carbonation it has a bite to it and is light and refreshing.

D - Easily drinkable and refreshing but the only real good part to this beer is the smell. Everything else is lacking. A good summer beer to drink all day.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev +18%

vwbus7, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -11.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Moderate, dense sticky white head adorns a hazy medium golden body, with scattered thick lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, classical wheat beer aroma, accented by bread malt notes, and mildly earthy yeast.

Taste: Moderately spicy wheat malt notes at the open, these turn mildly sweet midway through the taste, and continue to the close. Finishes with a mild herbal hop note, which lingers well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid, pleasant example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

this brew pours up a pale yellow color with a small white head. the nose is lemons and artificial orange. the taste is spritzy lemon and dry pale malts. light to medium bodied, dry finish, a decent ale. I rather like this over the original Pyramid Hefe

stumac, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of 1whiskey
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. This is "crystal" clear (sorry...couldn't resist that) and a very pale golden color. The minimal head is gone in no time at all.

Smell is like freshly baked bread. Yum :)

"Bread" is definitely the flavor up front as well. This is simple and pleasurable, with an earthy hop whisper in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for the style. This is very, very drinkable, and really hit the spot after this ridiculous 89 degree April day.

This is a surprisingly good offering, as I'm usually not fond of summer-type seasonal offerings. Strongly recommended.

1whiskey, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%

Short, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
An aggressive pour yielded a light-copper, tawny, amber-colored hue with a very minimal head that soon dissipated and left a small amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint, subtle aroma replete with honeyed-wheat, citrus, lemons, and sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a strong wheat-backed essence including notes of fresh florals, ripe fruits, citrus, lemons, pears, and green apples...
Mouthfeel was slightly watered-down, however the drinkability was top-notch, and went down crispy, cleany, and smoothly without any interferences...
Decent stab at the style...
Worth a shot...

dsa7783, May 12, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
2.78/5  rDev -18%

Light ,bright golden in appearance, with a nice sized,yet short lived white head.
Actually the aroma has a good bit of "wheatiness", grassy with some lemon-spices.
The taste is however very weak, just a mere suggestion of wheat to thicken up the wateriness a bit, no bitterness, barely anything.
Mouthfeel is boring and watery.
Its drinkable but I would rather have a pale lager in the summer than this effort.

Reidrover, Jul 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jeffeljefe, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of CMitchell
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

Glass: Served in a Pint Glass

A: Crystal clear golden yellow. White head disappears immediately

S: Not much there. Some wheat.

T: Wheat. Slight citrus.

M: Thin and watery

D: Would drink this if someone bought it for me. Not going to rush out and buy more. . .

CMitchell, May 08, 2009
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

I loved this beer.
I had expected a lot more wheat flavor going into trying this beer and had forgotten about the 'pale ale' part. So many flavors came through on every drink. A slight hoppy spice but smooth and rich when the wheat flavor comes in. It was so easy to drink, I put it back so fast and wished I had another. All around a great beer.

nrpellegrini, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of climax
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

This one poured a pale gold, clarity was so-so. An aggressive pour yielded a good off-white head with modest retention.

Nose was fairly complex, wheat lead an army of more subtle almonds, cinnamon, pear and banana. I was somewhat turned off by artificial-like ingredients and whiffs of sweaty gym locker, but it was a pretty intriguing nose overall.

Taste was relatively bland, the flavors in the nose were somewhat evident, but with far less intensity. Slightly sweet with a finish of citrus and wheat.

Feel was smooth, chalky and numbing as it swished around. Carbonation was mild, with nothing more than a slight bite. This is a pretty good brew, but perhaps a bit too sweet and some artificial-like qualities keep me from wanting another.

climax, Dec 07, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Kahlerbock, Feb 20, 2012
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Crystal Wheat Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.