Pyramid Hefeweizen | Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 98
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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Acquired as part of Pyramid's spring seasonal pack at a Vons grocery store in Los Feliz. 5.2% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label and branded standard yellow pressure cap served into a conicla Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Enjoy by: 06/08/13. (MM/DD/YY).

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2 finger beige colour head of okay cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is a murky hazy dull orange. Pretty pathetic looking for a hefeweizen; this style demands a vibrant, fresh, appealing as hell appearance. This is weak. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light pathetic lacing.

Sm: Clove and rotting orange. Inexplicable brown sugar. No yeast is really detectable, nor is any alcohol. Not the fresh orange-and-yeast aroma you want from a good hefeweizen. Downright wrong for the style, actually. A mild strength aroma. Not inviting.

T/Mf: Weak banana and clove notes. A bland wheat body. Not at all crisp and clean like the style demands. Doesn't come off fresh or refreshing. Smooth and wet, but not quenching. I barely get any orange notes at all - and even then they're artificial rather than juicy and citrusy. Simple yet poorly balanced. There's some sort of brown and/or unrefined sugars here too; they really disrupt the build. No yeast character comes through. No alcohol is noticeable. Carbonation is merely adequate. Poor body. Poor presence on the palate. This has severe issues.

Dr: Pyramid is out of their league with this one; a good hefeweizen requires a mastery of subtlety and careful attention to nuance. This is quite subpar, and hugely disappointing. The price is okay for the lack of quality, but I wouldn't get this again. A failure at the style. Hides its ABV well, and it'll get you drunk, but beyond that I have little good to say about it. Below average. Bland and boring. Uninspired. Misses the mark.

Low C-

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some hints of citrus. Taste is a good balance of grains, citrus, and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer.

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow, not inviting, with fizzy and quick dying head on top of a very mild, almost sour like acidic citric and lemon-zest aroma with a touch of peppery spices. Watery and light-bodied for a hefe, this is not a bad beer but rather a shoddy representation of the style. Has a thin, light body that contains minor amounts of citric/lemon and spices with almost no wheat twang whatsoever; finishes crisp with a sour sharpness. Not bad, but won't have again.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark gold color. Off-white head.head is slight but it hangs around throughout.

S-Not appealing. Has a bit of a skunky quality. Wheaty And grainy but there isa coppery aroma as well. Just not good.

T-More of the same. Metallic twang. Bits of spice and banana. Bitter to a certain extent. A crude Hefe. Harsh and the flavors combat one another.

M-Lighter bodied. Not very crisp. Muddled. Didn't even finish the glass.

O/D-Hated it. Just not a fan of this beer. I don't really like to bash brews but this one really left me a bit annoyed.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Milk Bar in San Francisco.

Pours a hazy light orange colour, with a fine but filmy head of white. After a while, the head stops forming, leaving only a thin filmy gauze. No lacing, very light body. Looks rather generic.

Very minor nose, without a lot going on anywhere. Slightly buttery with a hint of banana esters and a slight carbonic acidity. A bit crisper than your usual hef, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

Smooth palate, but very light on flavour. Buttery characters again with a hint of sweetness and a grainy corn character coming in late. Finish gives off a slight lemony acidity. Very light for a hef, and not that impressive.

It's decent enough for what it is—a faux-craft readily available alternative to the big name American brews. But it's not a great Hef, and not huge overall.

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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a straw color with a decent white head. Nose is is of a lot of wheat with some citrus notes, and a little spice. All aroma was very pale and muted. Taste was crisp but not a lot of flavor going on. Mouth feel was not as clean as I thought a Hefe usually is. Average hefe.

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3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap on a recent trip to Tucson, served in a pint glass

Pours a dull, golden color with a good amount of haze. Very thin head rose a tiny bit and left a light film along the edges.

Very basic hefe aroma. Biscuity yeast and some sweet malt. Very pedestrian.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with only a slight spice and a touch of bitterness. Doughy, undercooked biscuits with a light toasted malt sweetness.

A medium body with an average amount of carbonation. Rather creamy and enjoyable mouthfeel.

No real off-flavors, a lighter body and low abv make this a pretty easy drinker. Mainly because it is devoid of any robust flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of buschbeer
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a hazy golden color with a brief off white head. I've had it on tap several times, and the keg version seems to have more suspended yeast.

S - I get some yeast and wheat. Not a lot going on in this area.

T - It is pretty bland. Nothing offensive, yet nothing that stands out.

M - Moderate

O - It looks a lot cooler on tap. It is an average beer all around. In bottles I think it is less than average.

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Photo of Durge
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not my favorite style but some versions have grown on me of late. This one looked pretty inviting with a murky cider-like color and a thin head. The smell was somewhat non-descript with a bit of yeast, maybe a little lemon. The flavor comes on as more peppery with more yeast and lemon. Not overbearing at all, fairly drinkable but not something I would want to drink a lot of at one sitting. Not bad, definitely worth a try.

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3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden body with a slight haze to it. Not the unfiltered look you would expect from a traditional hefeweizen. Thin white head that disappears quickly and leaves a few scarce bubbles.

S- Aromas of sweet cereal and some unripe apricot. Just a hint of wheat aroma, but not in the forefront.

T- A little more wheat flavor comes through than the aroma would indicate, but still getting a lot of sweet flavors including the unripe slightly sour apricot.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium feel, but not the unfiltered chewy feel a traditional hefeweizen usually has.

O- Not impressed by this one at all. Seems very off for the style and tastes closer to a fruit beer than a hefeweizen.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdagnew
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy orange yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer....quite a lot of big carbonation bubbles... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice spicy fruitiness (apples, pears, light orange), salty notes, some yeastiness, light coriander just coming through, grassy, hay, light vanilla notes, some soapiness...

Taste - Some light lemon and spicy apple fruitiness, decent wheatiness, floral, barely any malts, light creamy vanilla sweetness, faint coriander...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... Light / medium body. Fairly drinkable and refreshing - would be good on a hot summer day...

Overall - A decent enough witbier... Nothing groundbreaking but well worth a try...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with little head and no lacing.

Aroma is light with some citrus and malt.

Tastes of light malt, lemon zest, and apricots. Overall, a bit washed out in the flavor department.

Light mouthfeel, slick, and with moderate carbonation.

An average Hefeweizen at best. I just kind of lays there.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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