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 TheKingofWichita
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of wheat and sweetness and plenty of citrus and hints of spice.Tastes of wheat, orange and lemon, maybe some grapefruit, and plenty of sweet malts with some hints of coriander and other spices. Drinkability is pretty decent.

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Photo of PDX2LA
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was at a local pub and wanted to try something new. I'm a fan of Traditional and American style Hefs. I saw the Haywire and noticed it was a Hef. So, I decided to try it. When the bartender brought it, I noticed a nice gold color and a nice cloudy appearance. But that was the only highlight for me. The beer had very little head. After a few sips, the head was completely gone. It had a faint citrus scent. The flavor was very one note: there some citrus flavor, but not much else.

While I walked away very underwhelmed by this beer, I will be quick to point out that if someone offered this to me for free, I would not refuse.

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Photo of flexabull
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy and dull gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of light citrus, spicy yeast, and cloves.

Taste is citrus like, mostly lemon zest, and light creamy malts. This beer seems to be missing a lot of the yeasty flavors that most hefeweizens have. This has kind of become a one trick pony of citrus notes only, and I don't even have a lemon in here.

Mouthfeel is kind of weak, thin and watery.

Drinkability is decent. It's at least fairly refreshing. About 15 years ago, this used to be a good beer, now it's pretty mediocre.

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

A - Peachy in color, hazy. Head was a foamy white, but was short lasting. No lacing observed.

S - Wheat with hints of lemon

T - Good wheat ale, pretty malty and a bit sour.

M - Good carbonation, maybe a tad bit too sour on the end.

D - I'd have a few of these.

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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 philbertk
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen--1997-8 12 oz. & 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Northwest Hefeweizen--Nice fruity orange color. Good body with restrained fruitiness.. Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen 1999 Light Bright Blue 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Cloudy bright orange golden color. Medium rich floral body with my kind of hefe fruit flavor. Tight pellicle adds richness to body. Nice lingering fruit finish. Sampled 3/4/1999.

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen Ale 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich golden color hazes to bright amber orange juice. Malty wheat spice floral front. Mildly yeasty malty wheat body. Creamy light citrus fruit spice yeast end. Sampled too warm. Yeasty laced head. NW Style. Sampled 1/3/2002.

Pyramid Ales--Hefeweizen Ale (Block Logo) 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Very cloudy lemon orange color. Floral mild wheat malty slightly hoppy front. Bavarian hints. Rich malty texture. Wheat spice flavor with light citrus notes. Refreshing malty mild citrus end. NW meaty Hefe. Sampled 4/4/2002.

Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Pyramid Hefeweizen 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Big lacy head. Hazy amber orange color. Mild floral wheat spice hop front. Malty creamy smooth mild fruit ester caramel citrus NW wheat body. Clean mild tart wheat hop end. Mellow tasty Hefe. Sampled 5/22/2004.

Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Hefeweizen Ale--Judged The Best!--The Great American Beer Festival 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0 ) Lacy head. Cloudy white bright lemon orange color. Mellow wheat spice hop front. Creamy smooth malty refreshing banana wheat mild yeast ester body. Clean tasty mild citrus end. Malty and Hoppy NW Hefe. Nice. Sampled 6/23/2005.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Pyramid Hefeweizen Ale 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lace head. Cloudy lemon gold color. Mellow Bavarian wheat spice hop front. Refreshing NW malty cloying sediment rich wheat mild banana citrus ester body. Clean mild coriander citrus hop end. Sampled 4/9/2006.

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Pyramid Hefeweizen American-Style Unfiltered Wheat Ale--Refreshingly Unfiltered--Award Winning Since 1991. 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Huge foamy lacy head. Rich sediment. Cloudy bright orange color. Mild hop coriander banana wheat ester front. Creamy cloying mild sweet mellow malty banana fruit wheat ester body. Clean dry mild hop citrus orange end. Restrained tasty NW Hefe. Sampled 5/13/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Haywire Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Big thick dense sediment. Foamy Lacy rich tight white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Mild banana hop wheat ester front. Malty mild sweet creamy mellow wheat mild fruit ester body. Clean mild hop mild dry citrus end. Well made balanced Malty NW Hefe. Sampled 5/25/2009. 4 @ $2.47 Each.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Haywire Hefeweizen--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 200912 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy white mild lace head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Mild banana clove wheat ester mild hop front. Mild creamy mellow sweet malty wheat ester mild citrus orange body. Crisp clean refreshing citrus spice mild hop smooth malty nice NW Hefe end. Sampled 4/27/2009. 6-Pack $7.49.

Haywire Hefeweizen. 5.20% ABV. 18 IBU's. Ignite The Night Seattle Beer Week 6 oz. Taster at Alehouse. Cloudy straw wheat color. Mild head. Mild banana hop wheat ester front. Tangy spicy zesty fruit ester wheat body. Tangy mild hop refreshing end. (3.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5/14/2010.

Pyramid HAYWIRE Hefeweizen--Refreshingly Unfiltered Wheat Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 18 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Hefeweizen Huge loose white pellicle. Big foamy rocky lacy white head. Bright yellow orange cloud color. Orange banana hop hint malty NW ester front. Sweet orange rich creamy refreshing wheat body. Zesty clean satisfying mild citrus NW Hefe end. Classic NW Hefe! Sampled 10/4/2010. 6-Pack purchased at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle for $5.99 on 8/27/2010. 2010.
22 oz. Bottle. (2.5 / 5.0) Dense thick pellicle. Foamy dissipating lacy creamy off white head. Cloudy lemon orange juice appearance. Flat mild wheat ester hop hint front. Malty mellow citrus wheat clean refreshing body. Dry slightly tangy sweet citrus hint end. 22 oz. bottle lacks zest of 12 oz. bottle. Sampled 10/15/2010. Purchased @ Fred Meyer--Ballard for $2.47 each on 10/15/2010.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tangerine/yellow color with a white head. You can smell the wheat but not much else, not very strong in the nose. Taste is of wheat malts and a little bit of spice. A little less potent in the flavor department than I expected. Medium carbonation with a a body on the thinner side. This beer is easy drinking, but it is at the cost of weak flavor. I am glad I tried it, but there are beers from this style I enjoy more.

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Photo of kooy005
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is an okay Hefeweizen. The beer has a decent cloudy color to it but not impressive compared to some other wheat beers. The smell is typical of most of its kind, light lemon and orange. Overall the taste of the beer was clean crisp and fruity but nothing stood out. It tasted like an average Hefeweizen. This beer is drinkable but there's nothing in its taste that sets it apart from any standard Hefeweizen. Its just that standard, nothing special.

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

a- nice light orange opaque appearance
s- nice light citrusy scent, something else sweet smelling but im not sure
t- pretty average wheat beer taste, what you'd expect but a little light on flavor
m- pretty average mouthfeel too, think macrobrew
d- this isnt a very good hefe but if youre one of those people who tend to like beers that get bad ratings on this site you may enjoy this, doesnt quite match up to the other few wheat beers that were available at the same grocery store for the same price

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Photo of climax
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color poured was a tangerine yellow, very cloudy with some yeast floaties. The head was modest and fizzy, and dropped quite quickly, leaving nothing too much.

Lemon zest, wheat, and sesame seeds were the initial flavors with a dash of phenols. Relatively uninspiring.

Taste was tart up front, sweeter towards the finish. Bitter lemon and orange kept the dominant juicy citrus profile, with some wheat flavor mingled in. Doesn't need a lemon wedge.

The body was on the light side with crisp carbonation. It is slick in the mouth, and leaves a dry clean finish.

It's very easy to drink, unoffensive, but won't turn heads.

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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 HURTemHIZZY
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a two finger pure white head that takes a minute to dissipate. Color is solid, but the head, retention, and lacing are all below average.

Smells pretty bland. A bit of wheat, a tiny bit of spice, and some banana. All very subdued.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell. A bit of clove joins the banana and the wheat is a bit more noticeable. Still extremely subdued. Could definitely go for an increase in the flavor department. Not undrinkable at all, just really boring and pretty bland. I certainly won't seek this one out again.

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Where's the Hefe?" There was not much to this beer. It was like a lager was used as the base on which a weak hefeweizen flavor was added. The wheat profile didn't add much to the overall beer. There were some hints of lemon grass and straw but the over carbonation distracted me from those flavors.

This beer would be suitable for macro drinkers. I feel no need to have this again, especially when there are many more flavorful hefeweizens out there. This tasted too manufactured. Not a very good hefeweizen.

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Photo of JamisonM
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: its a cloudy orange color with a small head

S: not much here even with the yeast in there still its not much some wheat malt maybe a small hint of spice and banana

T: its a drinkable wheat beer banana and clove are super light in here and carbonation is not what it should be

M: med carbonation and it should be at least med to high with a light mouth

D: i can drink this but man this is not a good Hefe and I love Hefes

Overall: Most American Hefes are not that good and this one is no exception just a bleh beer nothing stands out.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Bier Stein in Eugene. Pours a very light copper color. smells of lemon and wheat. Not very hoppy, but it did taste a little bitter. I probably could've drank a whole bunch of these in the hot Oregon sun. Since I was riding my bike around town, I only had enough time for one, but will def. try some more of these later. I really enjoy Pyramid brews, and can't wait to try others.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, looks orange more than yellow. It has a rather average aroma and tastes average with a hint of clove but really just reminds me how much more I enjoy German hefeweizens...I am not sure but I don't think I've ever had an awesome Pyramid beer, this us no exception.

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Photo of JDH2000
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a decent golden color. Slightly cloudy with a little head.

S- wheat malts with some hints of spices.

T- again the wheat malts with a little banana and spices (clove, mainly). I was surprised that the flavors were not deeper. Almost watered down....

M- decent amount of carbonation, with a watery mouthfeel.

D- overall okay for a summer day. Not horrible, but not the best.

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Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard.

This beer comes to the table in a pint glass with a orangish, cloudy liquid with a small white head. Looks nice for an American Pale Wheat Ale, but has nothing on the legendary Hefe's of the world.

Smell is straight-up banana, clove, and wheat. Nice but no where near life changing. A touch of orange fruitiness also makes an appearance.

Taste is really pleasant but lacks the depth of character I expect from something I would call exceptional. Wheat is dominant from the malt with just a touch of toasted crackers. The yeast gives a touch of banana and clove. And the hops lend a fruity spin, perhaps even some lemon. Decent but also kind-of same old, same old.

Mouthfeel is nice on draft. The body is light and the finish is clean. Carbonation is appropriate, not too sharp, and works with the wheat to produce a nice feel. I liked this as a summer, lawnmower beer and found it was easily drinkable. But the trade-off is flavor - I'd prefer more flavor even at the expense of drinkability here. Wouldn't buy, even a keg for a party, but would drink again over many beers out there if nothing better was available.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a large, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A faint, if pleasant aroma of wheat, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of wheat and lemon up front with a bland watery finish. The American Pale Wheat Ale is not the most dynamic of styles, and this beer proves that point.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: A decidedly mediocre beer.

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Photo of 828beagle
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a hazy yellow orange with a two finger fizzy head. Some lacing. It has the visual qualities of a decent hefeweizen but tastes more like a sweet pilsner. Not much of a smell either except for a slight hint of mango. Light in body, nice carbonation, pretty good buzz. Not much of a notable personality to this brew, but it's definitely not bad.

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Photo of coastiefish
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass.

alright, so I usually wouldn't care to review such a beer. I bought this 22 a....ago. I have had it a few times before. Here's the thing: I bought it. I'm up tonight doing nothing else but reviewing beers. I'm going to review this one. Its pyramid.

A: No head on the pour, a golden cloudy hue. [on the refill from the bottle, I got a head with tons of small bubbles that lasted for a minute.] [just sayin']

S: zest, citrus, mostly lemon. teeny tiny bit of banana in the aromatics.

T: Minor astringency, a bit of coriander. the yeasty, bread opened up throughout the pour, as it warmed.

MF: an mildly oily carbonation with a flat finish

D: well, considering the price, and the heat right now, I would pick this up if I wanted the cheap quick one in this family of styles. It is it what it is.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden brew with a decent sized creamy head.
S: A very strong wheatey bready scent with a slight sweetness to it.
T: A heavy sweet malt flavor with some undertones of fruity citrus to build flavor. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.
D/M: Nice carbonation, really sits on the tongue. I liked the way it was heavy for a beer of this style, but very refreshing and drinkable.

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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 blackc5
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap numerous times but never reviewed. Kind of a go to beer if nothing else is worthy at restaurants that dont really seem to care about beer. Nevertheless, I decided to pick up a bomber from IGA since they were selling them for $2.39. For that price, this is a decent beer IMHO, and the scores above reflect that value.

Nothing too special as far as a hefeweizen goes - I would say it it is still better than most wheat ales that try to imitate their German brethren. Definitely do get some of the appropriate spiciness and fruitiness, with quite a fair amount of lemony citrus. Drinkability is surely its strong suit, and one that demands to be gulped on a warm day (of which we have had very little around here as of late...).

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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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3.09 out of 5 based on 893 ratings.
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