Pyramid Hefeweizen | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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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Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy/cloudy yellow gold with a small white foam head about a finger high, faded quickly, leaving some lacing. Smell is lightly lemony and grainy, sweet with some wheat and yeast notes. Taste is grainy wheat and twisted with lemon citrus, a bit tame yeast and malt with a touch of lime or orange peel, all very soft, calm, and easy. Feel is lighter medium bodied with some tart action thats not to bad, a bit uneven and rough. It's a drinkable hefe, not bad, not great, just above average. I'd have one if offered.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average beer that is less flavorable than many others of this style; for me that is necessarily a bad thing, i.e., if it is less wheat-like. Cloudy yellow body with a small white head and minimal lacing. A bit thin and watery mouthfeel. The nose is of malt and grain. There is some thin sweetness and a small sense of spiciness in the taste. This is OK if up against macro brews.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive hazy golden yellow color. Topped with a finger's worth of white head that dissipates almost immediately with minimal lacing. Light grain smell with some syrupy sweetness present as well. Disappointing taste for a wheat beer--closer to skunkiness than to clean grain flavors. Malty sweetness toward the beginning gives way to a crispness that is as much a function of the mouthfeel as the taste. Yeast was MIA. This isn't a bad beer overall, but there are a lot better choices in this style.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Brew's Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-yellow color. Adequate frothy white head with impressive lacing of the glass.

Smell: Dominated by the lemon wedge. A very non-hefewizen-like aroma (grainy) that surprised me. None of the fruity smells I expected.

Taste: Very grainy ("macro") flavor. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Hmm.....thin? It was crisp and fairly dry as well.

Drinkability: Blah. It didn't really keep me interested and was a poor choice, given the other impressive beers on tap that were available. Won't be seeking this one out again.

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

This beer pours a murky yellow/tan with a massive fluffy white head. The aroma of a lemon twang, light wheat, and faint yeast notes. The taste mirrors the aroma along with some spicy notes and a tart finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinks down fair. Decent at best. I tad bland for a hefe. Cheers!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Muddy yellow brown in color - I should note that I swirled the bottle before pouring out the remainder. The head is off-white, reasonably thick and retains well; there is quite a bit of broken lace and substantial carbonation.

Aroma: The aroma seems quite understated; there is little of the ripe-bananas-and-cloves nose typically associated with the Hefeweizen style. Citrus notes dominate the aroma along with yeast and bread aromas - more like wheat beer with a twist of lemon.

Taste: Tasting yields an abundance of champagne-like carbonation, tart wheat flavors, and tangy citrus flavors that seem most like lime. Finish is clean and dry with lingering lime notes.

Mouth feel: A bit thin with slightly stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An offbeat, but very refreshing wheat beer and one I would buy again.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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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 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 Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer in the 12 oz. brown bottle, with the usual Pyramid Brewery design label.
Appearance: Nice dark yellow, cloudy with a large foamy white head..carbonation looks attractive.
I smell some sourness, though not strong, fresh hay comes to mind, though there is no great amount of aroma at all!
Pretty clean cut taste , I taste a fresh bread, doughy flavour..some slight acidity leaves a small amount of hoppy bitterness near the end.
This beer feels too carbonated for my personal tastes, very "thin" in the mouth..OK but not good.
A pretty easy to drink beer for a nice hot July day, but theres a lot of beer that can do that same thing!

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served a bright golden and very cloudy. The head was okay but not outstanding. The fruity esters were present but not overpowering ( I like them strong) The taste was pleasant but again the fruitiness was not dominate. The beer's mouthfeel was light and not something to remember. Overall, I would recommend this beer as an introduction to the style. It was a good beer but not great.

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Photo of Bang34
3.91/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was my introduction to Hefewiezens and I havn't turned back. Very cloudy golden orange in color with a white head that doesn't stick around very long. Sweet citrus aroma, almost lemony. All I can say about the taste is, smooth. Sweet, citrusy with a hint of hops but not much. Great mouth feel and I have gone many parties on this alone. I would say that is is Pyramid's Flagship Brew. Not sure of availability beyond the west coast but if you like hefe's you should try it.

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

Part of a gift pack,cloudy hazy yellow color, with a small white head.Stale bannana-clove aroma, wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery, has kind of a sour after taste, not bad average for an American Wheat.

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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 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 bditty187
2.41/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid calls it a Hefeweizen and if I were to rate this as one, well, it would get murdered. The bad news for this beer, comparing it to an American Wheat won’t save it much...

A hard pour (with a swirl at the end) produced a massive white head gracing a slightly hazy honey-golden hue. Good retention, some lace. The nose is lousy… dull wheat malt and nothing else (maybe a trace hint of corn grit/grain). The palate has a slightly toasty wheat influence… no further development (maybe a trace hint of caramelized grain). Lacks Bavarian Wheat qualities, hell it lacks American Wheat qualities. Boring. Smooth mouthfeel, almost no carbonation, thin… slick and easy to drink (not all that enjoyable however). It is a sub-par Wheat beer… and very average overall; it’s a thirst quencher and little else.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.32/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid “Hefeweizen” pours a hazy orange from a 12oz brown twist off cap bottle. After swirling to clear the yeast off the bottom of the bottle, the remanding contents adds to the overall appearance of the head that goes to two fingers and stays around for a few minutes.

Nose is not the expected banana or clove but only a toasted wheat so as to be out of its style. Palate is a tart toasted wheat with no spice or pepper or banana.

Pyramid “Hefeweizen” is just too far out of style for a “Hefeweizen”. Not a bad tart toasted wheat brew, just not a “Hefeweizen” in the traditional sense.

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Photo of aaronh
2.26/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Upon pouring this beer into a glass, it resembles a hefeweizen, but maybe slightly darker. It has a nice head with very thin bubbles, almost like the beer was carbonated and then bottled with yeast. In fact, it did give quite a snap when I removed the cap. The head lasted very well and left some nice lace on the glass. The aroma is not very reminiscent of a wheat beer. It smeels pretty much like an American Lager with a hint of citrus. The taste is a tad on the sour side,and I concur with several others that there is a definite lemon sourness. The mouthfeel is much too thin for a hefeweizen, it almost reminds me of a light lager. Being a big fan of Hefe's, This is not high on my drinkability scale, but overall I would say it is drinkable. This is my first experience with the Pyramid line of beers. I will try other Pyramid beers for the sake of trying them, but I won't try this one again.

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

Nice hazy golden wheat in color, tasted light and smooth. Was impressed with this beer on draught. There is a big differience between draught and bottle. This had so much more in the wheat flavor with just a touch lemon on the palete.

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

This is a good "burger beer". I skipped the lemon probably because that's how Corona uses them to disguise the fact that there is no flavor. That was almost the case here, but this was a refreshing, glossy-smooth drink that tasted good ice-cold.

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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 ZAP
2.72/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold in color...very little on the nose except sourness...the aroma is definitely a major drawback with this beer..The taste is OK...not a lot there but drinkable...I get some sweetness on the buds and definitely not the sourness I get on the nose...still it really doesn't have much hefe-weizen taste to it...on the long finish there is a bit of sourness..not the worst beer around...not the best either...not sure how the rating will turn out but I'd say average to slightly below average..

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Photo of Wildman
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this beer poured out a light yellow color with a nice white head. Formed some nice lace when it subsided. Had a cloudy appearance to it and some carbonation. An aroma of some citrus and hops. The mouthfeel and finish definately had the hops and some of the citrus. Gave it a overall tangy effect. Alright for a summer beer, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.35/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As usual the folks from Pyramid come through. I was with a freind who normally only drinks Miller uugghhh. He asked me to pick a beer for him and this is the one I chose. To my delight he loved it and even ordered several more. It has a very good look and taste excellent with or wothout a slice of lemon, though I prefer the lemon. A great beer for a hot day of sitting on the porch and talking with friends......CHEERS

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

Hazy amber appearance. Head is gone in seconds. Nothing jumps out at me from the aroma. The only thing I get is a little mustiness. This beer is not horrible, but it is not even an average hefe-weizen. None of your typical weizen characteristics are present. Maybe a bit of a slight sour taste that doesn't seem to fit in. I can definitely drink this, but it is not a beer to try again. The worst hefeweizen I've rated so far.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.09 out of 5 based on 891 ratings.
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