Pyramid Hefeweizen | Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 293
Photo of katan
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a medium to light golden color. Head formation is very light, only retaining a very light film. Very hazy - lots of proteins and yeast.

S - Surprisingly empty smell - there is essentially nothing there. I can find only the lightest hint of a sweet malt.

T - Starts off early with a biting wheat astringency. Mid-stream develops some bitterness - but I'm not sure what it is balancing. Finishes with a an empty after taste that is only finally complimented by a oxidized edge.

M - The carbonation sting is by far the most noticeable attribute here. The body is moderate - certainly not thin but not syrup either.

D - A fairly easy drinking beer. ABV and the non-offensive taste make it fit right in.

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Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber.

Opaque golden hue, typical of a hef. Decent head on the pour, retention is a little lacking.

Smells a little sour, but warm at the same time. Aroma of nutmeg/citrus combo.

Well, it tastes like a hefeweizen. Bready taste that is light, and crisp, not too much beyond that.

Solid carbonation, I'm happy that with it being a wheat beer, they didn't go overboard like some of the other american wheat ales.

Perfect for a little refreshment and change of pace in comparison to a typical lager, but nothing that really wow's you.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out here on the West Coast, I have to admit we struggle out here with wheat beer compared to our European brothers. We hate to admit it, but it's true. So today, I'm here to tell you about a decent effort from Pyramid.

It has the requisite hazy yellow color, and a decent head on top. Not much in the aroma category, could barely detect a little yeasty note. Flavor is a little bready, with a fair amount of spicy, clove character, but very little if any, of the fruity, banana character one expects from the style. OK mouthfeel, and reasonably drinkable.

Can't say I'm big fan, but if I've worked up a sweat mowing the lawn, it'll work for me.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what looks like esoteric dating printed directly on the glass. Looks like a little bit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but not much.

Pours a hazy copper color. Not quite cloudy, just a touch of haze. The head is white and fizzy. It was prominent after a vigorous pour, but faded quickly leaving just a thin collar.

Banana and clove dominate the aroma, but are not particularly strong themselves. Just a touch of hop aroma there as well.

Hop bitterness is quite evident in the flavor. There is just a little bready yeast flavor with some bananas as well. A little bit of alcohol flavor follows, even though this beer is not particularly strong abv-wise.

Carbonation is fairly light and unsatisfying.

This beer is very drinkable. It does not need a lemon like some beers I have tried. The flavor is not the best around and is a little weaker than I would like, but these slide back easily.

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Photo of danimal22
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle, drank from pint glass.

A - Hazy pale orange. Slight head disappears quickly after pouring with minimal lacing.

S - Slight banana notes....but a generally awkward smelling beer. Not impressed.

T - Tastes much better than it smells, thankfully. Pleasant banana/nutty taste with good lingering aftertaste.

M - A bit flat for a Hefe - doesn't seem to match the style.

D - Very drinkable, though I would chose another Hefe over this one.

Overall this beer is mediocre for the style. Ok to try, but I will not get it again if another Hefe is available.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - Pours a nice golden-orange color with a huge, white head. Could use better head retention, seeing as how the head is completly gone 3/4 down the glass. Leaves marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Nice smell of wheat on a sweet malt background. Smell is prevelant both in the glass and upon opening the bottle

T - A little bit of banana up front followed by a sweet malty body with a hint of wheat flavor. Banana pancake finish with a bitter-wheat aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M - Thin boded with very low carbonation. This beer seems flat and could use a thicker body. Does not suit the style well....

D - A decent Hefe Weizen, put probaly not one I would not seek out; there are much better versions of this style available in its price range. Besides the poor mouthfeel, this beer was pretty good, but didn't really present anything memorable. However, this was another freebie from my grandparents so I can't complain too much ;)

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Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not into hefe's that much but I wanted to try a good one and my good friend and fellow homebrewer told me to try this one, and that it was pretty good.

Well, I tried it on tap, and I thought it was pretty good.

It had a little wheat smell to it. A white head that didn't realy stick around too long, and in the flavor I realy did taste a little fuity notes kinda like bannanas, (just barely)

I'm sure there are great hefe's out there, and Iv'e heard of some good imported ones. But this one isn't that bad.

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Photo of WJVII
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, American Pale Wheat Ale you say...never heard. Poured into a pint glass this brew is similar to the traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen with a yellow/orange hazy pale color with a thick white head. Based on look this may be ok. The aroma is extremely faint with a light citrus aroma, and some mild hops notes. The taste is certainly nothing what I experienced in Germany, lacking any semblance of what I have come to know a Hefeweizen to be. However, it leaves an interesting problem. Do I rate it on the style, or do I rate it as an individual brew. As a brew this is ok. Decent balance of hops to malt, with a slight kick from carbonation with a little citrus aftertaste. Not traditional, but maybe this is the American style.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass with a slice of lemon

A: Light gold / orange color. Very cloudy. Moderate head that recedes quickly.

S: Wheat, malts, citrus (mostly from the lemon slice I'm sure).

T: Very tart and wheaty taste. The malts give it a slight sweetness, but the flavor isn't balanced at all. Hops lag far behind and are almost an afterthought.

M: The tartness can drag on the mouth.

D: I've bought a couple of cases of this over the years. It's not the best hef, but the common drinker enjoys it, and that's good enough for those occasions. Great party beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a soft, cloudy, straw color with little no head. After about 30 seconds, head is completely gone.

Smell: Not a lot of complexity here, smells of wheat, soft honey, and a little citrus.

Taste: Again, not very impressed. This is a pretty flat tasting hefeweizen. There are soft wheat and honey flavors, neither of which really develop or change with the beer. I guess it is not really bad, just nothing special.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium-high level of carbonation, but is very light and somewhat flat-tasting.

Drinkability: Since it isn't very good, it's tough to imagine drinking too many of these. It was light, which made it easy enough to finish quickly when I realized it wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It has an orange cloudy color with virtually no head with very minor lace. It smells pretty faint and cereal like. It has a very bland flavor mainly sour. The aftertaste is cereal like as well there is not much to this beer other than fizz bite. I was very disapointed with this beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky gold with a good sized white head and moderate lacings. Aroma is cider-like.
Taste is sweet malts and moderately bitter hops. A bit fruity some mild apricot flavor. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall a pretty good session brew due to the fairly low 5.2% abv.

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Photo of ibashmuck
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small foamy head on a very cloudy yellow body. Smells were very faint...some sweetness, a touch of hops, and a bit of "wheatiness", but otherwise, not much there. Taste was more or less the same. The typical wheat flavors are there, just not very pronounced or remarkable. Seemed a bit over carbonated and not as thick as better wheats. Generally, nothing exciting, nothing to draw me back to buying a sixer. There are just too many other better example of the style available. Disappointing.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On many occasions, but tonight felt like a good night to drink one.

A - Lt golden in color, good head, very cloudy, and stays awhile.

S - Wheat, malts, and honey.

T - Tart, maltiness, and bitterng hops.

M - Tart is a good word, not much balance.

D - Wouldn't buy.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew looked pretty thin in color and haze. The faintest of yeast was present in the nose, but the mouth was all pilsner! This brew really falls short of its claim as a hefe, and seems to be one of those wheats that is just trying to be light enough to drink several of. The problem is that it really misses the mark for the style. I swear I was drinking a can of (insert commercial lager here).

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be one of the easiest beers available to pound back one after another.

A- Hazy translucent light-wheat color with a decent head.

S- Smells like sweet wheat

T- Tastes like sweet wheat, with hops coming out in the end for a grand finale

M- Unfiltered, yet light excellence

D- Gimme another please

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Photo of praufs01
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy golden orange color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Light malt and citrus aromas.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and light with some fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Wheat and malt flavors dominate with a small hint of banana in the finish.

Overall - Very mild, but very drinkable. Not bad just not great.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From sixer to glass as an after lunch drink...

Nice golden orange, weak head.

Standard citrus smell, pretty faint though.

Pretty light on the flavor as well but not bad.

Light, cool, refreshing. I'm partial to hefs so this is nice but not exceptional at all. It sure washed down my mushroom swiss burger fantastically.

Easily drinkable, but middle of the road for sure. Great go-to beer in restuarants with limited selections.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head that settles not too quickly.

S: Bitter orange, wheat and roasted grains some herbal hops but no fruity esters. Aroma a bit weak overall.

T: Wheat, vanilla, caramel and roasted malt. Some spicy and herbal hops but in a balance with the malt sweetness. Some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth and moderate body make up this beer.

D: Aroma was weak but overall a decent easy drinking beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Hefe Weizen, starts out with a wheat graininess. Medium bodied - with tangy carbonation. Underlays of small ripe oranges, banana, and grapefruit. A middle of the line Hefe, that is decent - but nothing extraordinary.

A tad bit acidic for the style as well. With a lackluster Banana/Clove appearance.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive beer, especially considering I poured the 12 oz. bottle into my half liter Weizen glass. Good head, good lacing, and a golden brown color that's slightly darker than a typical wheat, with the usual haziness. Also a very strong and pleasant aroma, with lots of grain and some yeast. Less fruity than other Hefes. Taste is good, but not that strong, and actually reminds me almost more of a blonde ale than of other hefeweizens. Initial impact is weak, but then develops and has a very nice finish. Low carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel; neither light nor heavy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy tan color with lots of yeast, with a creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is not strong but has some yeast and bread notes.

Taste starts out bready then changes to a citrus flavor that finishes with a orange peel, metalic taste that isn't very dry.

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Photo of smerkinb
4.26/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with Hefe Weizen--and boy was I impressed. This poured cloudy orange with a 2 inch head that hung around for about half the glass with some lacing. The smell was clean, crisp and a little spicy. The taste was a little spicy at first with moderate carbonation, but finished off clean. As soon as I put the glass down the first time I immediately wanted another taste. I almost couldn't believe my taste buds and I have thought about little else but when I can get some more since I finished. This was perfect for the 100F day, very refreshing and quenching. It will definitely become a staple through the summer while the rest of my sixers will rotate other new brews. To me, this one is a keeper.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Hefe is a regular guest in my cooler, largely because it's frequently on sale at BevMo, my local retailer of choice. They've undoubtedly acquired some major league distribution, which means macro ties, so keep a close eye on future quality. I've been quaffing this brew for years. It's a superb hot weather quencher and an excellent converter beer for craft initiates. I've noticed a bit of inconsistency in the batches, but overall it's a worthy warrior, at least for the present. My lightly lagered wife likes it because it doesn't leave a bitter taste - her bitter half likes'em harsh.

Price is right,
Taste is fine.
Let thy flow
In thy stein

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