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 UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is mainly of wheat and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight yeast flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer all around with no real traditional hefeweizen aromas or flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most Pyramid beers, this one is fairly timid for the style and has some flaws, mainly due to low maltiness and grain flavors.

The wheat parts of the beer are barely noticable. The beer is mostly clear and very lager-like. Yeatiness brings out some fruitiness but not enough to compare favorably against classic Hefeweizens. The beer's base is a 50/50 blend of malt and grain, and this shows in the flavor and feel of the beer. Lackluster taste and aromas hardly improve going into the finish. Though clean, the grain astringency kicks in a bit and becomes a little bitey.

The beer isn't a trainwreck but suffers from the taste of profit margins rather than quality of brewing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - once again, thanks to Zyn, the ticker's dream bottleshop in Cowtown, Alberta.

This beer pours a cloudy, muddy, near-opaque dark golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy and generally just fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some uneven strata of rocky shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of musty wheat grain, finely ground pepper, wet banana chips, some mild orange zest, and wan yeast. The taste is fairly sweet and grainy wheat malt, more subtle, yet fleshy citrus, a suggestion of spicy clove and mixed ground peppercorns, faint yeast, and some dry herbal, grassy, and weirdly full-circle musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, just a lilting frothiness bounding across my tongue, the body barely on the low side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a minor wispy creaminess trying in vain to get off the ground. It finishes off-dry, fruity, wheaty, and yeah, kind of musty.

Haywire Hefeweizen definitely straddles the line between the proclaimed generic wheat beer, and the more stringent BA-decreed style. At any rate, given its middling, but still all present and accounted for flavours, this is either a pretty decent plain and unassuming wheat ale, or a so-so worldly hefeweizen - your mileage may vary.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head with somewhat larger bubbles than I expected; some lacing

Smell: A little vanilla and some citrus; not much banana or bubblegum

Taste: Vanilla and slightly nutty; a bit peppery with a with a smooth finish; somewhat unpleasant phenolic aftertaste, however

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy bodied; pretty decent carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough, but somewhat dumbed down from other hefes I have tasted; much nicer out of the bottle than the sample I had on tap recently

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Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, the color of straw. Half an inch of head from a draft pour, lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: Yeasty and clovey, mild phenols. Cleaner than most hefeweizens, tamer than I'd like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very malty with plenty of chewy wheat flavor. Signature hefeweizen clove and banana flavors are present but fairly subdued. Medium-bodied but refreshing and light on the palate, pretty spot-on for the style. The finish is clean and mild. This is a pleasant enough American hefweizen, but it could use a bit more personality; the flavor doesn't really differ much from start to finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Orange-gold colour, semitransparent.

Sm: Orange peel citrus ester hops accompanied by pleasant barley and malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Decent orange peel, a moderately full barley body, and slight malt tones. Simple, pretty badly built, and sort of balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of unwelcome sharpness. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Drinkable enough, but offered at a high price and not good quality.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A cloudy golden color with a small, white, foamy head. It didn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S - Smells citrusy (lemon, mostly) and of wheat and yeast.

T - Tastes of wheat, malt and citrus. It appears to be more malty than some other wheat beers.

M - It is slightly grainy and soft. It is light-bodied.

D - It is a nice wheat beer. There are others that I like better but I wouldn't turn down this version.

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Photo of nickfl
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles pretty rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Tart wheat and a lttle bit of coriander.

T - Wheat and coriander up front with some clove in the middle. Finishes with tart wheat and more of the ubiquitous coriander flavor.

M - Medium thick body modate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - way too spicy with an overwhelming coriander flavor that dominates and normal wheat notes. Really comes across more like a wit than a hefeweisse and pretty well exemplifies everything I dislike about American wheat beers.

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Photo of oberon
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think one of the most bland wheat beers I have ever had.It was kind of an orangy color,is it filtered?Small head for style,smelled a citruisy but not much.Taste was a little smokey was better when I added some lemon.Doesnt semm like much is put into making this,wont have again for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy. Deep orange in color with golden yellow highlights. Full, bright white head that holds OK. The aroma offers a little fruitiness, with some citrus in it, over a background maltiness. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, derived from a medium/full body and moderate level of tight, natural carbonation (@2.5 volumes CO2). The pin-point bubbles gently glide to the surface. The flavor has a soft tart note, a gently sweet maltiness and a subtle, balancing bitterness. The finish is short, with a honey-like sweet malt character. A very nice beer. Quite distinct amongst many American Wheats in that it emphasises the malt component, rather than allowing the hops to show, and has an interesting light tartness from the yeast. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 10/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtcuket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, fruit, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts bready with flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. Than some sweet flavors of bananas and other fruits come in. The hops presence is very mild and does not bring much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly rich and mouth filling. Lovely cloudy amber in the tall glass. Not too sweet, but full of malt flavors. Tangy with a hint of lemon. Nice carbonation that lasts well and fills each mouthful with a pleasant spritz. Mellow maltiness makes for super drinkability. Tart finish with a kiss of bitter hops. I'd say this is as good of a Hefeweizen as you'd hope to find on this side of the Atlantic. Calling this an American Pale Wheat just puts it in with some totally different lightweight beers.

On tap at The Grove on Chestnut St. in San Francisco where it seems to be a house regular. Nice glassware for these tall pours.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Turbid-looking, darkened yellow body with a finger of lasting white foam, though the befuddled server did admit it was the "last pull from the keg."

Smell: Aroma of malted wheat with lesser, lighter notes of crisp grains and just-as-crisp crackers. Even fainter notes of lemon zest and spicy cloves.

Taste: Upfront taste of malted wheat with a slight flavor of whole grain crackers. Yes, it's a bit Triscuit-y. Light confectioners sugar sweetness. Background hint of lemons. Very minor clove spiciness. Minor touch of bitterness. Still, this one finishes just a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly tasty and refreshing. It's just ample flavor, though this could be from all the yeast and whatnots sucked up into the last glass from a keg.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy medium amber. The off-white head is average in size and melts pretty quickly. It settles to a thin film and leaves almost no lace. The nose is muted and consists mostly of mildly earthy grain.

The flavor is average at best. Hefeweizen reminds me of a macro lager, but is actually a step or two above that in quality. It's a little wheaty, with no hops to speak of. Things dissolve quickly due to a thin mouthfeel, leaving next to nothing in the way of a finish.

Pyramid Hefeweizen could use more flavor and more character. Even if this is a style that you enjoy, my advice is to look elsewhere.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed & effervescent straw color with 4+ fingers of fluufed up meriunge-like head. Above averge lacing & head retention

S: Slight grainyness & fruittyness

T: Tart malt, grainyness & lemon up front. Dry & very clean tasting, a little bit of peppery flavor. Finishes slightly grainy & tart

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, a very amercianized/clean hefe. Purists will dislike the lack of yeast profile. But a nonoffensive thirst quencher, none the less

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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 womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is quite mild and unimpressive, but doesn't possess the usual sour wheat notes of beers of this style. A bit of citrusy hops and bready malt, but that is about it.

T: A soft sweetness from the wheat and malts, and a bit of yeastiness (which doesn't surprise me given the amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle). A light citrus and grass hop flavor and very soft bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but somewhat one note and bland. It was good for the occasion where it was being served (a wedding), but not something I would go out and pick up.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this one on tap and found it a little weird considering I haven't seen it since last summer while living in California, it pours a cloudy orangish yellow opaque tone with a white vibrant in color but thin head doesn't leave much lace as many great hefeweizens do. Aromatics there are some of the cherished yeast effects here with light banana, clove, and citrus and a underlying sweetness making for a pleasant aroma. When it comes to the flavor however these flavors become dumbed down to me, finishes chalky, and I must say not impressed seems a little sour to me. Mouthfeel is not as spritzy as I was expecting and body looks full but feels thin going down not much texture here. Drinkability this is a mediocre representation and sort of an Americanized bastardized version of a hefe, just can't stand up to authentic German hefeweizens but overall not a bad beer it was refreshing in the summer heat.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish gold with a short-lived white head

S - faint orange and lemon

T - straw, bread, orange, banana

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Allow this beer to open up a bit. After a few sips it becomes a hefeweizen. It has banana notes and a soft wheaty feel. As the beer warms it becomes much more the character it was meant to be.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a thin head.

Smell is nearly non-existant. Nothing inoffensive, though. Some clove with just a hint of banana.

The taste is of honey and clove. Banana is very, very subtle. Some crisp wheat. A touch of an odd sourness. Light and fairly inoffensive. Not much to it, but honey sweetness and clove blend fairly well.

The feel is light, airy and clean.

Pretty easy drinking. A decent choice for a thirst-quencher as it is light and has enough to it to have some flavor.

This one is more interesting for it's history. From what I have learned, it is the first American Wheat Ale that was a year-round offering. (Anchor made one in 1984 - a year earlier, but was only a summer offering, at the time anyway.) It's decent enough to try for this little tidbit of craft-brewing history, if nothing else. Inoffensive and light with a sweet touch in the finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, wheaty head. Hazy, deep orange color. Bold, fresh, floral and fruit notes: honey, citrus, lemon zest. Little hop intrusion, but some bitterness lies on the palate. Solid, chewy texture. Hops re-emerge, flood the mouth, dance around the teeth and gums. Beautifully refreshing! To the crap lager drinkers of the world, I wish a taste of this fine ale, to shatter their beer worldview, and , if Heaven permits, rebuild it!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a cloudy, pale, orange-amber coloring with a light, thin, bright white head that quickly settles out into an uneven film coating. Aromas of esthers and light lemon sweetness dance on the more solid banana and clove aromatic backbone. Flavors are roasty/toasty, with a buttery blending that conveys a more bready character than anything else. The fruit seems to bow itself out into the background on the palate. Light in mouth, with almost a foamy consistency as it clears the palate, albeit a smooth one. Butter gives rise to a slight banana character into the aftertaste, but too late to pull any real weight. Smooth, clean finish with a slight filmy coating left behind after a while.

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Photo of Duff27
2.69/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Phoenix, AZ. Sky Harbor Airport. Fox Sports Bar. Served with a lemon slice without asking for it, whatever.

A- Cloudy, light orange color. Little to no head which ill blame the bartender for because my buddy got a lot of head! Lacing at first but then disappears.

S- Zesty, lemony...:(

T- More zest. Coriander. A rich man's Blue Moon? Only not as good somehow.

M- Pretty smooth, medium to light mouthfeel.

D/O- Wasn't a fan of the style before and this didn't change my mind. I'd imagine if you enjoyed this you could put down a few of them...not for me though.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/05/04- Served at the Crow Canyon Country Club during my company Christmas party.

Appearance- Colored a cloudy-yellowish, with a small head and moderate lacing.

Smell- As with all Pyramids (except Snow Cap) it has a weird and funky kind of scent that I am not keen on. Maybe it's a yeasty and bready smell. But, there are some cloves and maybe a bit of tropical frutiyness.

Taste- Hmmm, not that bad. Has the typical hefe taste. A bit of cloves. No hops and a tad bit bitter.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, but is a bit creamy so it goes down pretty good.

Drinkability- I only had one of these at the party, but if they hadn't have had SN or Anchor I would have had another couple of these. Certainly beats Coors Light or Bud any day of the week.

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