Pyramid Hefeweizen | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.25/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Something is seriously wrong here.

This looks like no other hefeweizen I've ever seen. It is very dark - an amber/reddish hue. Unlike the other reviews, mine is not very murky. I can see right through it, and there's nothing floating in it. The head is tiny even with an aggressive pour, leaves no lacing, and quickly dies without a trace.

This beer stinks. Literally. Smells of funk & sourness. Yeasty. Uninviting.

Taste is sour, in a bad way (not like a lambic). Very watery and bites at your tongue. None of the usual pleasant refreshing qualities of a hefeweizen.

This is the worst hefeweizen I have ever had. I poured it out & opened a second bottle, just to make sure, and it was the same story. I hope something was wrong with the six pack I got, or that it was outdated (the date code was unreadable). Otherwise, I dont see how Pyramid could possibly think it was a good idea to make & market this beer.

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Photo of DrinkinSurfer
1.61/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It tastes like budweiser with a hint of hefe yeast. Not a hefe at all. You are better off buying a 12er of bud and a pack of bubblegum. Chew the gum till you can hardly taste it, then slam the twelver. This would be a more pleasant experience, I swear.

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Photo of muldersha
1.63/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

A 650mL brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR so presumably fresh though I don't see any bottling date.

Pours a hazy orange color with a boisterous white head. However, the head features incredibly large bubbles that dissipate quickly without even a whisper of lacing within just seconds of pouring. Looks flat, hazy, and somewhat gross.

Aromas are musty with only muddled hints of wheat, orange peel, and cracked black pepper.

On the palate, there is only a swampy, under-carbonated, bramble of nondescript flavors. Seems to have a very low pH, but somewhat reminds me of stomach bile.

Very uninviting mouthfeel and an almost unpalatable finish. I wouldn't peg this for a hefeweizen. In fact, in a blind tasting, I would be incredibly surprised to learn this wasn't first fermented using human spit. There are few macros I wouldn't rather drink over this. This reminds me of a beer you would find at a small brewery/restaurant that hasn't quite got its shit together. Amazing that this has the distribution that it does. One of the worst beers in the world that isn't Heineken or Corona. Seriously, this is undrinkable.

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Photo of Stopper
1.72/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recently managed to get complementary pint of this at a low-traffic airport lounge. I was disappointed that the glass I got was actually much smaller than a pint, but then realized I wasn't as disappointed about the size of the serving as I thought I would be...

I definitely love a good hefeweizen, especially after a couple trips to Germany, and this is the worst representation of the style I have ever tasted in any country.

It looked very authentic, a very cloudy white/yellow, and I was hoping for good things. As I approached it, I was surprised to find little identifiable aroma. Hoping to find what was missing in the nose waiting in the body, I dove in, and the best description I could decide on for the flavor I was tasting was "weak Heineken"! It had none of the distinctive spicey, clovey, banana-ey flavors normally expected from a good Hefeweizen, and it wasn't even very like an american wheat beer. This was the first brew I have tried from Pyramid, and I'm not excited to try another anytime soon. My only hope is that they didn't truly do such a poor job of brewing this beer, but that it was just poorly treated at the bar.

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Photo of smcolw
1.76/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Surprisingly little head for the style. No lasting yeast. Yellow gold color with little cloudiness.

Strong medicinal aroma upfront. Definitely a departure from any wheat I've ever had. There's a beef stew component as well but no wheat or even yeast to the nose.

It's hard to get past the smell to get a taste that isn't effected. Perhaps if I hold my nose... There's a touch of sweetness that is completely inappropriate for the style. No wheat notes. The swallow is like finishing a vegetable soup. The body is okay and perhaps the only redeeming quality to this beer. This beer is a clear miss. This is a difficult review because I am rooting for Pyramid to make great beers. In the end, I ended up dumping the glass.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
1.81/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This was honestly not that good of a beer. I had had a pint or two of Guinness, and was offered to try one of those.

A - This is the best part about it. Looks almost like an uncarbonated orange soda, good and bad in some respects. Decent head, and minimal lacing.

S - Very citrus-like and a lot of vanilla also.

T - This is where it really went downhill for me. It tasted like a lager, but mixed with a rotten orange.

M - Horrible aftertaste. I had to crack open another can of Guinness to get the awful taste out of my mouth. Can't drink more than one just on that factor.

D - As I stated in the mouthfeel, you can't be drinking this stuff all night and really enjoy it. I would take a natty over it anyday.

After drinking this, I went back, got a Guinness and drank that like no other. Never again will I drink this, even if it's free.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.87/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Brewed with 2-row Barley, Malted wheat, and Caramel malt. Hopped with Liberty.

OG=1.051, 5.2% ABV.

Quite cloudy, apricot in color, forming a very light beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very faint with no bananas or cloves to speak of..just "Macro Tang"..AKA adjuncts. Taste is dull, starting with weak, lemony flavor hops, a boatload of adjuncts, a potent burn of alcohol. This is not a good beer, and a horrible Hefe-Weizen. Carbonation is mild, with a smooth mouthfeel and medium-thin body. The finish is watery, like drinking the pressings from a can of corn.

I agree with Stopper, this is the worst representation of the style I have ever tasted in any country. I saw Pyramid being sold all over the place on my trip throughout the West Coast. I thought that I may visit the brewery when I was out in Seattle...that was until I tasted this utter garbage. This beer sucks.

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Photo of Wasatch
1.9/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, with a small head. No lacing basically. Scents of malt, citrus. This is not a hefe at all, more like a lager, kinda bitter as well. Medium body. I would never buy or recommend this brew to anyone, tottally bogus stuff.

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Photo of sprackops
1.91/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Short 12oz brown bottle, colorful label. No freshness date. Poured into a pint glass as I prefer not to break out my weizen glasses until late spring.

Appearance: Prior to the yeast pour, clear amber with fairly low carbonation and very little head. After swirling in the yeast the beer took on the appearance of cloudy apricot juice. Carbonation seemed livelier and it finally retained some head.

Smell: Musty wet cardboard dominates with only a hint of the fruity character one expects from a hefe.

Taste: Upfront yeasty character of over-ripe banana. There's a certain funk lurking in the background reminding me of my last Cantillon. Slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Soft, almost powdery due to the yeast. Difficult to detect much carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh. Average to the style, I suppose, if this rendition appeals to you.

Notes: I suspect that I may have gotten an old bottle, as the wet cardboard smell is a sure sign of oxidation. I'll update this review at some point in the future if another bottle is significantly different.

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Photo of jantonius
1.92/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden Opaque

S: Weak malt and citrus

T: Very slight citrus, seems like the ingredients have cheapened

M: Light with moderate carbonation

D: Not a real good Hef, ok for cooking or watching some ball games

As far as Hef's go, I would recomend Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Paulaner Hefeweisen or Tucher Hefeweisen

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.93/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Without the yeast there was no head and the beer was a clear golden amber. With the yeast added, it changed to having a decent sized head and being a very cloudy golden copper (bronze?) color.

S - Caramel and apples (not even the standard caramel malty smell, this is just caramel apples). A pungent grassy chemical odor too. Although I wouldn't say it was very inviting, it is also not very offensive.

T - The foretaste is very weak, but it is mostly of compost with a mild apple presence and a touch of caramel maltiness with some chemical edge. Aftertaste is a strong grassy bitterness with a chemical presence - just like many rice-centric beers that I have had. Not very pleasant.

M - It is pretty smooth but not refreshing. It leaves my mouth feeling like it is recovering from novacaine. A bizzarre and unpleasant feeling. But at least it is smooth!

D - BAs may know that this is not a true hefeweizen, but those poor deceived folk who think that it is . . . tsk tsk. The aftertaste and lack of refreshment make this a bit diffuclt to drink. I will take just about any wheat beer over this - and certainly any hefeweizen that I have ever had. Maybe this is why hefeweizens are generally served with a lemon wedge?

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Photo of OldeGolde
1.94/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well dang. Glad I finally ran into some brews that rubbed me the wrong way. This one really draws you in with the bottle, and probably the brewery name/logo more than anything else. Then the look of the actual beer was pretty great, too. I mean this pup had some nice haze going on for sure. Then you smell it- what's this? Tough to say. They're going for something, but then it drops off so quick and just heads into a little wheatiness. Taste follows in the same direction. This was so much like a light beer to my tongue I couldn't believe it. It's like a light beer dressed up as something better. Won't be buying this brew again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a hazy golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing for a wheat beer. The aroma has a hint of tangy wheat, but is very neutral and faint. The taste is like the aroma, but without the wheat. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very bad American Pale Wheat Ale, and it is certainly not a Hefe. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of NastyCanasta
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured from the bottle the color was similiar to that of cloudy cider. Very thin head that quickly disappeared. No lacy residue left on the glass. Nothing very impressive.

As for smell nothing really overwhelmed me. I did not get to excited. It smelled typical to me.

The taste for me was quite bland. Nothing really turned my "buds" on. A small hint of citrus did find my tongue. Again, nothing to get to excited about.

It was very easy to drink. No real bitterness or tang.

A very unassuming and uneventful beer. An average wheat beer.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.01/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This was a hazy, straw colored beer. The head was tiny and disappeared instantly, just like a soda. There was no trace of it left at all.

Smell: A very mild aroma. There were some grains and some malt, combined with a slight citrus bite.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and rough.

Taste: Very unimpressive. It tasted a lot like a macro to me, like there were adjuncts in it. There is a hint of tartness in the flavor, as well as a sweetness on the finish.

This tasted like a macro with a hint of lemon. Never again.

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Photo of DFN
2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought a six-pack of Pyramid Hefe because it was on sale. I wish I hadn't. Maybe I'm just not a Hefeweizen guy, but I think this beer kind of sucks. It pours out a cloudy pale-orange color with a HUGE tannish head that dissipates rapidly, leaving no lace. Smell and taste are bland, slightly on the sweetish side, with a faint metallic aftertaste. Drinkable, but not much more than that. I'd give it 2 stars out of 5, about on a par with Budweiser and Corona.

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Photo of Morris729
2.07/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn’t think too highly of this and have definitely had better American wheat beers. It pours a nice orange color with a decent white head that quickly dissipates. Not much aroma at all. The taste was very bland—I ended up throwing a lemon wedge in just to give it some taste!

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Photo of rye726
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a hazy amber color and forms a fizzy off-white head. The nose is a bit light with some citrus yeasts and wheat malt. The taste is also quite bland for the style. Reminds me more of a lager. A light body goes down fine. This is not one of the better versions of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of cokes
2.09/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a good weizen.
Pours a nice looking glass of hazy golden fluid. Foamy white head recedes quickly to a lace.
Hardly anything on the nose. Basically macro smelling. Where's the fruit and the spice?
Taste is similarly unimpressive. Chalky wheat flavors and some musty yeast sourness. And that's it.
Leaves a powder-like residue in the mouth.
All said, this is not a good brew by any means. With so many great weizens out there, this one should not get a second look.

Credit goes to Bighuge for sending this. And some additional thanks for warning me about it!

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Photo of Dalem
2.09/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, colour me unimpressed. I'm not the biggest expert of Hefeweizen but I've tried enough of them now to know, at least in my own tastes, what is good about them. This, other than it's golden color, lack those qualities. No distinctive smell other than a sourness I can't quite pin. TOO MUCH of a lemon flavor. Watery and a funky bitterness. Doesn't remind me of anything good about a Hefeweizen. There just isn't any characteristics that make this stand out at all. Nothing horrible but not very exciting either. Bland.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Orange and thin in color with a foaming head that went down in seconds.

Smell – Light yeast aroma with a sour accompaniment and very musty.

Taste – The yeast all but disappears at the taste. There’s a maltish replacement that doesn’t belong and a hoppy NW balance that should be in a Pale Ale. The fruity sweetness is lost in the must and dust.

Mouthfeel – Light and sweet as it should be, but the carbonation is absent which is the deathnell for a Hefe Weizen.

Sinkability – Horrible attempt at the style. I haven’t found an American brewery yet that can pull it off. I’m not finishing this.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz draft at the Sea-Tac Airport before my "Red Eye" flight back to Madison. Really the only craft tap at the place i stopped at

appearance: served with a lemon...murky and muddy, reminded me of restaurant kitchen mop water...hazy and sloppy

smell: I dont even know what to say, there was just nothing to note...a litte musty, maybe some caramel, not much yeast character at all.

taste: what the hell is wrong with this beer...its not a hefe, its not an american pale wheat. Its really just crap. taste is of sweet rotten fruit, no yeast whatsoever, toasted malt driven

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: i finished it, but not because i liked it

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Why is it that Americans (with the exception of Sierra Nevada) can not brew anything resembling a Hefeweizen???
This beer is semi-clear golden in color with a small white head that does not have the substance or stick of a real Hefe head.
Smells nothing like a Hefe; no banana, no clove, no yeast, just weak macro-like beer smell. The same is true for the flavor. Tastes like cheap lager, not fine ale. No sweetness, just a grassy, malty mess.
Would never even guess that this was a wheat ale, much less a good Hefeweizen if no one told me it was supposed to be. It's sad that we had to create a category for crappy American attempts at Hefeweizen and call it "American Pale Wheat Ale" when many of the beers in this category say Hefeweizen on the label (or used to).
Very disappointing.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.14/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. I'm a big fan of Hefe-Weizen. But was sorely disappointed. Other than the appearance it is nothing like it is suppose to. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a fairly good head, that quickly receded. No real lacing on the glass. No real disernable aromas, just a blending of smells. taste was weak and bland. I could barly finish it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ummmmm.... No thank you. I will not have another one. Pyramid IPA is good. Their Hefeweizen is a bad joke. They need to get some decent hops and yeast. They also need to get over their compulsion to achieve >5.0% abv. This beer would taste better if they used more true "noble" hops, a tastier yeast and less, but higher quality grain--don't use more cheap grains to get more alcohol.

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