Pyramid Hefeweizen | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen
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Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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 GRG1313
2.77/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +8.3%
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 kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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 oline73
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +30.1%
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 oberon
2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Beer rating: 11.1% out of 100 with 903 ratings
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