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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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Ratings: 904 |  Reviews: 443
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know this isnt considered a "craft beer" but it is a solid American Hefe.

Pours a nice golden hazy color. Nice white head. Could have a little more lacing.

Aroma is pretty much just wheaty.

Taste is solid. Perfect for watchin some baseball and kickin a few back in a row. Nice and wheaty. No lemon or orange for me though.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing.

Overall a better than average hefe. not alot of craft breweries make a good enough American Hefe and this is available everywhere so this is what I grab when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body looked golden yellow and became cloudy after stirring up and pouring in the yeast. The head was small at first, and disappeared shortly after the pour. The smell was bubblegum, and lemon, with bit of hay. The taste was very lemony, almost approaching lambic sourness. There wasn't much else here though. No clove nor banana could be detected in the taste. The thin body and low ABV were typical for the style, and made for an overall thirst quenching beer. Not a hefeweizen despite containing both yeast and wheat.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen Glass]

Poured a clear sparkling medium orange with a small white fizzy head that quickly dissipated and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of moderately heavy of a grain malt with a large does of a somewhat sweet doughy yeast with a notable note of citrus (lemon I believe).

It tasted lightly sweet and quite yeasty at first and finished with a sweet-wheat flavor that had a light citrus note at the end with the flavor only lasting a very short time.

Mouthfeel was very light in body and slightly watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a refreshingly tasty brew that was nice and light in body and had a nice light citrus flavor.

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Photo of timmos1
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is this a hefe? Should they call it a wheat because thats what it is. No presence of banana or other fruits. Where is the flavor? Where is the yeast? Its easy to drink and has a citrus feel. A summer beer available everywhere. Had a pint at the brewery. They call it a standard but what standard do they mean? Not european. Anyway its easy to drink and cheap.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a thick opaque straw with a short diminishing white frothy head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, grass, earthy

T. Slightly acidic, tart citrus and sweet malts, slight hint of corriandernot an overabundance of flavor.

M. Medium bodied heavy carbonation short duration.

D. Ok at best I did not really think this is an outstanding brew.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly off white head sits atop a cloudy orange golden color beer. Aroma of clove, citrus and wheat, all mild. An almost spicy sweetness up front with mild honey, banana and wheat. Makes me think of summer. Lightly carbonated and thicker bodied than I anticipated. Smooth throughout and enjoyable. Nice maltiness to it with a pleasant amount of hops to match. Warms well.

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Photo of NickRivers
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured From A TWIST OFF!?!?!

A - Yellow

S - Lemon, Wheat, Yeast, Coriander?

T - Citrus and Wheat

M - Average wheat taste with medium-low carbonation

D - Easily kill a six-pack

Pyramid has been on and off for me. I expected the Thunderhead and Haywire to be outstanding while the Apricot and Snow Cap would be iffy. Turns out I was wrong. Theres nothing bad about this beer, in fact, theres nothing wrong about all Hefe Weizen aside from the overrated reviews that your "Bros" tell you. This beer is great with a lemon on a summer day or out at a restaurant but if your looking for a nice craft brew I wouldn't so much say "Look Elsewhere!!!" but perhaps "I'd Recommend Something Else." Like I said try their other stuff.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend recently had a beer tasting for their beer geek husband and simply bought everything under the sun without consulting us (his friends). Most things were good but this was on of the first offerings of the evening... That said...

A golden, hazy transparent brew with plenty of sediment. Yeah, I know it's a hefeweizen, but does it have to look like the piss of a liver failure patient? Fortunately the smell was a bit better with some fruity esters and a definite lager yeast aroma; Almost discernible banana in there as well along with doughy bread.

The brew, all in all, just tastes like a macro lager with very light carbonation. If you're at the liquor store you'd be better off taking the orders of an Imperial Storm Trooper. "Move along. Move along."

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Photo of bsp77
2.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pineapple juice semi-saved by a thin white head.

Smell: Wheat, very light citrus and pepper.

Taste: Almost a nice dry wheat profile but tarnished by a strangely sweet undercurrent. Some very light citrus and pepper, same as the aroma.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, almost a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Just a weak wheat beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm gonna start off by saying that Hefs are not one of my favorite beers. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a medium white head. Scent is strong wheat with yeast and light citrus. Taste is initially lemon, followed by orange and wheaty yeast. Not my favorite taste. Mouthfeel is kinda dry but sticky at the same time...not great. Drinkability is not very good since I don't care for hefs.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wheat glass. Poured very aggressive but didn't get any hear whatsoever? pours almost like the color of apple cider, and is slightly cloudy. The smell is very lemony. with a hint of orange and sweet malts. a little coriander in there as well. has a little bit of a lemon peel taste. Not to impressed with the overall taste. Overall not that impressed with this beer. nothing about it is really that attention getting/

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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 -23.7%
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 +1.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +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 philbertk
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -0.6%
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 -37.8%
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 -16.3%
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 -14.1%
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 -19.6%
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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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 904 ratings
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