Pyramid Hefeweizen | Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
California, United States
pyramidbrew.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
17.81%
 
 
Wants:
2
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24
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0
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Photo of morrowd3
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spoony
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into a pokal glass.

A-For a hefeweizen, the brew is not terribly attractive or inviting. It is medium to dark gold in color with only a wisp of short-lived white head. There are a few stray bubbles of carbonation visible is the nearly-clear liquid.

S-The smell provides a pils-like dose of biscuity malt that is quite dry for the style and crackery. There is some spicy orange and a bit of lemon, but none of that banana or wheat goodness that you would expect.

T-The taste is also quite dry and sharp for the style. There is a bit of doughy wheat and the same spiced orange that is present on the nose, but it lacks the sweetness and softness that I would typically associate with the style.

M-The feel is light with prickly carbonation and a crisp, dry feel. It is quaffable, but not true to style.

O-After my recent hefe kick, which included mostly German varieties, this beer is a disappointment. It lacks the beauty that a hefe is supposed to provide, the smell and taste are more pils than hefe, and the whole packages makes me feel like I should have an orange stuck on my glass to give this beer some life. It is a shame, too, because I used to enjoy Pyramid beers in college and this was my first re-visit in a long while. Oh well....

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Photo of mdagnew
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
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 DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is mostly of citrus and wheat as expected. The flavor is pretty decent with a bold coriander taste and thick wheat after taste. It leaves a lingering raw orange after taste as well. Sure does make for a good summer beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.04/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Dando54
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of soonerlight
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of sunny289
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -20%
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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Photo of LSx
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Fronk11
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

Photo of cjnuxoll
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of bueccd
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of troynos
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Stranger5582
2.51/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The taste of this Hefeweizen is more like a filtered American Ale (Bud) than an unfiltered Germanic Ale. The aftertaste is actually not bad, but also not great, and doesn't stand out too much. When it's in the mouth, it's not terrible, but it leaves a dry sensation after the fact; almost clammy.

A bit stronger flavor may have fixed both of these issues for me. Although, I don't remember disliking it this much, so it may have been the bottling process as well. The first time I had it, it was tapped from a keg and had slight hints of fruit. I didn't taste anything close this time around. Although, I will say I remember the aftertaste and the after in-mouth feel to be very close to my past experience with it.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of -ronin-
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Schwillis
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BoFoSho
3.69/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, here's what you got to do. Grab some buddies on a mid-Winter's rainy day, play some tackle mud football, then run back home for some chilled Pyramid Hefeweizens. This classic has minimal foam with a stunning nectarine color. You won't need an orange slice with this bad boy, as the citrus scents fill the air. The unfiltered wheat beer hits your muddy lips with the utmost refreshment, flowing down your throat like glacial melt. The whole team is now satisfied and looking for more.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of WhiteDustin
4.75/5  rDev +48.4%

Pyramid Hefeweizen from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
3.2 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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