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 the_awesometeer
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber with a white foamy head that dissipated after a minute or so and even though the beer was hazy I could see the fast-rising bubbles.

Smell: The first thing I notice is a sweet aroma, maybe a little vanilla, then behind it I get the citrus and bready smells.

Taste: I a nice citrus flavor and a sweet banana flavor with a very minor bitterness but over all it is very plain in flavor.

Feel: The beer leaves a sticky feeling followed by a minor dryness.

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Photo of crob3888
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange color with a small white head. Aromas and flavors are musty, semi-fruity, and grain. Low carbonation and a poor mouthfeel, not as creamy as it should be. Paired with a breakfast burrito decently.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.08/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy orange with a creamy white head. Large chunks of sediment are evident in the beer.

Smells of citrus and white bread.

Taste comes through with some citrus and a bit of spice. Main taste is the usual good beer notes.

Mouth feel is a bit light with a crisp finish.

There really is not a lot of spice or citrus here. What was there was a very good and refreshing beer. I like this one quite a bit and again do not get the low ratings. This is a tasty beer and folks should give it a try.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

One last review for the night, and then I'm retiring to the couch with some Albacore tuna.

A : Typical Hefeweizen color, golden and slightly hazy, roughly 60% transparent. The head is large and creamy, and stays around for awhile. It's at about 2 fingers when poured, 1 finger stable.

S : There's really not much here. Clean water, wheat chaff, banana peel at the bottom of the garbage. Weaker than a senior citizen's handshake. I'm sorely disappointed.

T : Some traditional Weizen flavors come out, with banana chips, some sourness of a berry, and a highly malty presence. Flavor it does not have, but drinkability in spades. Still...a weak representation and only slightly better than the aroma.

F : Creamy at the front, dissolves into water at the back. Carbonation is adequate and appropriate. The drinkability is supreme and is the best thing going for it.

O : What a weak beer. I'd actually lump this into an American Adjunct Lager category for its refreshing quality and total lack of substance. As I said, drinkability is great - and that's important, but this beer is good for not much else than pounding one down on a hot day while having a little wheat and banana there resting on your palate.

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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 ChaseRCalkins
4.34/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will always remember this beer as my first Hefewiezen. Was the easiest to find for me being a domestic beer and I thoroughly enjoy it, hard to compare to imports but still my favorite domestic hefe. Fruitier taste than expected, good mouthfeel, cloudy appearance, very low hoppy-ness.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Dark apricot color with a three finger head. Smells like steel? I taste the signature banana and clove but it's a danker and waterier version of better Hefes. A little bitter, but not in a good hops way. The mouthfeel is medium to light, overall I'd rather have something else.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale Amber pour(9)but more like a murky apricot; non existent white head. Heavy sediment in bottom of glass. Whimper of a floral nose. Breadth with a little carbonated floral zing. Lite and watery. Powdery rose petal finish.

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Photo of dabone
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap. Cloudy orange with marginal head. Taste is fruitier than expected with a hint of grain. Decent mouthfeel. Not a bad hefeweizen compared to other American manufacturers.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap this is a very nice hefe. Not sure why it has such a low rating, perhaps it's worse in bottle as my review was based on tap. Clean and crisp, could be a little creamier on the mouthfeel, but overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of BigBry
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the only 'craft - like' options on the menu, so opted for a pint with dinner.
Pours clear, dark yellow with a foamy head. Bubbly foam that disappears quickly, no lace.
Smell is of wheat and grain, kind of sour. No typical "hefe" properties like banana or clove.
Taste has wheat base, some slight yeast flavor. Pretty generic.
Lots of carbonation, and therefore a crisp and tingly mouthfeel.
Overall, an average beer, refreshing on a hot day or to wash down a spicy meal.

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Recovery: This one pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head. No lacing. Lighter lemon and wheat aroma. Also, a lighter lemon and wheat taste. OK, but nothing more.

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Photo of FLima
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Different aroma for a Hefeweizen. Notes of apricot, oxidized English earthy hops, caramels, spices and bread. Not sure how fresh this is once US brewers are generally lousy in respecting the customer with freshness dates and it is hard to trust the importer (this has 4 months to expiration). Anyway this is sure not young.
Flavor of oxidized oranges, caramels, wheat, English hops, mild bubblegum and spicy yeast. Dry aftertaste with a perceived bitterness. It fells bitter than 18 IBUs.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This is sure a different take on a Hefeweizen or just not fresh. More barley malt, caramels and more hops, less yeast, cloves and banana than traditional style. Something quite didn’t match here.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

DATE REVIEWED: August 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: birthday weekend recovery...APPEARANCE: golden orange, almost Oktoberfest colored body that hazes beneath spongy three-finger, white head; low carbonation; lacing is wispy... AROMA: Yow! yeasty funk that sports bubblegum, prominently; secondary banana is detectable; a bit offensive... PALATE: more carbonated than its appearance suggests; pleasantly drinkable, light-bodied and cleansing; does its job well... TASTE: banana, cumin and hay--a direct profile that doesn’t intrude on its refreshing intent; not as BIG as a hefe, though--or as complex as its nose suggests...OVERALL: after some sun and yardwork, this beer is a recharger for sure--the glass empties swiftly and is a softer, more accessible version of its better versions...

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Not much head or carbonation. Mouthfeel tastes pretty watery, can't notice much citrus flavors it's mostly wheat on the palette. This is an okay beer and a decent representation of the style. Picked up a 12 pack for 10.99 so a great value as well.

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Photo of Foyle
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" head that quickly recedes with some lacing. Color is a quite cloudy orange-yellow.
Aroma: wheat dominates the aroma with some citrus hops and yeasty bread in the background. Mouthfeel: light and watery, a little slick with a drying finish.
Flavor: Caramel barley malt is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma as it balances with the wheat. A hint of banana as well. Citrus rind hops are noticeable but not overpowering in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant wheat beer and appropriate to the style.

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Photo of Skwsproul
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap first and was a hit. Of course they had the gigantic orange slice wedged onto the glass and I knocked it in, on purpose. I was sold. Smooth, flavorful, not over citrusy, good hefeweizen. After a couple I stopped at the local mart and was surprised they had them in six pack form. Got them home, they were not cold enough so I chilled them. Finally cracked one open, poured it into a glass, took a drink and... Not even close. Some beers should never be bottled but left in draught form only and this is one. Not bad hefeweizen at all but if you've had it in draught, it's not the same.

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Photo of youknowmyname
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Odor: Acidic Citrus, Wheat with a faint smell of banana.

Pour: Hazy Orange, Decent head that dissipates to nothing, No lace at all. Served in a tulip pint glass

Taste: Heavy Wheat taste with a faint dry citrus after taste. Light carbonation but enough that it dries out your mouth. Low hops, Light body. Not very complex, More acidic than creamy which tells me that the citrus flavor is coming from additives rather than the fermented wheat.

Mediocre beer, I don't believe this is the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but an ok sample of the style. I can't say I'm a big fan of Pyramid Brewery in general. I've had 2 of their beers today and neither were awe inspiring, just ok. For the price, I've had common domestics that I enjoyed more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with an enjoy by date of 08/16/2012 printed on the label. Dear god, what have I gotten myself into? I acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. I guess I didn't look closely enough at the label. Anyway, another new beer to me from Pyramid, this time a hefeweizen, not my favorite style, but I'm going in unbiased. Label says "unfiltered wheat ale", and doesn't mention being brewed with any spice.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Despite it's age, it still pours over a finger of fizzing white head that thins down to a tiny bubbly ring. Body is a light lemon orange color

S - Smell is pretty light and nonexistent. Some light husky grains, wheat, dusty malt, some appley yeast esters, lemon grass. Pretty bland, but what is there is nice. Lightly floral.

T - Taste isn't bad either. Crisp grains, wheat, lemongrass, oranges, some yeast-derived green apple fruitiness, some dry cider-esque qualities. No bubblegum malt, clove, or other spice character noted which is unusual for the style, so maybe some time in the bottle has had some effect. I can't say for sure.

M - Feel is still crisp and clean, with mild graininess and some malt stickiness lingering on the palate. Finish is semi-tart and dry.

Overall, a fairly strange beer, one that I will surely have to revisit one day when I have a much fresher bottle, Until then, it is what it is.

Pyramid Hefeweizen ---3/5.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy amber-orange color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. Upon pouring there is only a very small fizzy white head that rapidly fades, leaving only a trace of light lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent while foam layer on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a wheat smell mixed with a rather strong orange and sweet lemon smell. Along with these aromas are some decently strong spice smells of coriander, clove and some nutmeg as well as a light grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy wheat and yeasty flavor mixed with a bit of sweetness of an orange nature. The sweetness is strongest upfront, with it fading slightly as the taste advances to the end. Along with the loss of some of the sweetness, spice flavors begin coming to the tongue with coriander and clove being the strongest. The clove flavor really starts getting strong more toward the end of the taste, with it being joined by some grassiness and an increase in the yeast. With all the changes in the flavor, as well as the arrival of a little bit of lemon at the very end of the taste, one is left with a grainy wheat, citrus, and spiced yeasty flavor on the tongue; one that is relatively average for a hefenwizen.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and make it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – An alright, easy drinking Hefe, but nothing that is super exceptional. Nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle: 16 days out of date when poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses on 17 Aug 2013.

Looked just like it's German brothers: cloudy yellow with a huge snowy white head, large amounts of carbonation bubbles rising through the body replenishing the head.

The aroma however was not like it's brothers from Germany, this was just wheaty and grainy, no vanilla or banana esters to find at all.

Refreshing enough, but lacks flavour and depth. Mild hints of citrus notes, but not a lot of anything really.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy, golden in color with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast. Carbonation was average. Taste was of sweet malt and some wheat. Had a bit of a bitter finish that I didn't like all that much. The aroma was better than the taste. I have had many better "Hefe's". Overall, very average.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

355ml Bottle, The Cave Glasgow (£1.89):
Cloudy orange colour with tinges of amber and a foamy, white coloured head on top that holds well.

Seemed like a pale lager with a combination of grain and corn. There was some very light, almost non-existent bana and faint lemon notes.

Some grain, a little corn and some faint grassy hops with some touches of lemon. There was some non-distinct fruits lingering in the background and perhaps some orange but it was a pretty bland beer.

Smooth & quite crisp but very dry and slightly too gassy thanks to the very strong carbonation. Again it was quite a bland beer but proved fairly easy to finish.

A poor beer to be honest and not one I'll be looking to pick up again, even if it was on special. There beer is not a good representation of that style, at a push you could probably label it a wheat ale but it is definitely not a hefeweizen.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's rather out of date. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York a while back and stored in my garage. I hope it still tastes OK....

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned - swirled while pouring to resuspend the yeast. A hazy golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of wheat and light malt, with hints of grain, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana and a touch of sweetness. Not unpleasant, but not the genuine article.

Tastes of bready malt and wheat, with a dry finish. Notes of light malt, grain, wheat, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana, a twinge of bubblegum and subtle stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by good carbonation. Body is OK but a little thin for the style. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of wheat, grain and earthy yeast.

A rather lacklustre brew - certainly not up to German hefeweizen standards. It looks good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and lacking the bountiful fruity yeast esters that a proper hefe would possess. Body is so-so. Drinkable enough in its own right, but this is more of an American wheat ale than a hefe. Worth trying, but no need to go out of your way.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

A - Huge head of pillowy cloud-white foam instantly fills the glass, even slowly pouring the beer down the side. Over-carbonated. Foam slowly collapses cleanly down the sides. It takes several attempts to get the entire bottle into the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a bright pale lemon yellow and a bit cloudy. There's plenty of carbonation rising up thru the glass. Of the bottles in the sixer this is from, this is the most carbonated one by far.

S - A pleasant, soft wheat grass. No clove/banana, but a hint of soft citrus esters, like an orange. A bit of floral hops pushes into the nose, but it's light and subtle. Overall, pretty neutral, but at the same time, present rather than just missing.

T - Light wheat bread that's a bit moist and chewy with a touch of lemongrass and a hint of a lightly toasted and buttered English muffin. A bit of lemon tartness on the back end, almost as if there's a lemon wedge dropped into the beer. As it warms, a bit of lemon-drop candy shows up in the finish.

M - Fizzy and crisp. Full carbonation. Thin body, but not watery - the yeast that's present gives it just enough substance to be noticed. Structure is tight, and finish is clean, and refreshing, almost acidic. This changes to adding just a touch of sweetness in the echo as it warms up, where hints of hard candy linger a bit on the sides of the tongue.

O - This was a good example of why I like to taste a few of something I'm pretty sure I'm going to like if I can before doing a review. The over-carbonation of this beer is atypical based on the others I've had, so the hugely exaggerated head isn't going to get knocked down too badly. This is a very refreshing and quite tasty straightforward American wheat beer with only enough hops required for balance. It's not a traditional German hefeweizen, with the banana/clove yeast. Because it's unfiltered, there's enough substance to its body to keep it from feeling watery, but it's still clean and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a sixer of this for a summer day at the lake, and it has the added advantage that most everyone you're with is going to at least find it drinkable, especially the women. Solid. Dependable. Worth having on the roster as a reliable summer option, but keep it cold because it gets a tad sweet in the finish if allowed to warm up.

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