Pyramid Hefeweizen | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Pyramid HefeweizenPyramid Hefeweizen
904 Ratings
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 bradleyp
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -13.5%
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 +25%
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 +3.5%
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 +2.9%
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 -16.7%
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 +12.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.5%
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 -13.8%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth wheat soft zest/citrus lightly sour/tart. Smells pretty good.

Pours hazy creamy yellow with little head. Looks alright.

Flavor follows nose. Soft bitterness. Fairly creamy body with mildly spicy carbonation. Lemongrass and orange citrus. Soft vanilla or almond notions. Soft peppery phenols. Lacks the banana/clove of a Hefe, understandably.

Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability. Pretty good solid APWA.

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Photo of dcook11
4.1/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- two finger white head from an aggressive pour. Impressed with the appearance of this beer. Very light amber/lemonade look. I would have liked to see a more persistant head though.

s- Like the appearance, smell is pleasant and peppered with citrus and fruity notes. Also some mild hops.

T-refreshing taste with mostly malt and some hops at the end to add a small bite. Based on the smell and the appearance, I am a little dissapointed with the taste. Don't get me wrong it is pleasent, but not very complex.

M-Easy drinking.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours cloudy amber with a white head. The head shrinks to a ring and laces slightly.

S - bubble gum, citrus, light banana and mango

T - peach, banana, mango, light lemon, bubble gum and a delicate spice/fruit finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body, light pulp/fiber feeling as it goes over the tongue and a neutral finish

D - big bubble gum smell and lots of fruit flavors here. Flavors are a bit muted compared to my favorite wheat beers but this is still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Phelps
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haywire pours a pale goldenrod with lots of bubbles. Hazy, but fairly clear for a hef. A white head dissipates right away to a mere sheen on top.

Not much wheat in the nose. Sweet honey and some graininess. Not too much wheat in the taste either. On the sweet side. Bubble gum, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation that's kicking my ass.

Nothing memorable in any way, but would be refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of kazmaniac
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy as expected for an unfiltered wheat ale, golden yellow orange coloring. Dense head with small tight bubbles that starts at about a ½ finger but dissipates quickly.

Smell - Light fruity yeast aroma.

Taste - First sip was surprising since I expected more of a hefeweizen and less of a citrusy lager. Some carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with some carbonation.

Drinkability - I'd consider this an easy and casual drinking beer. It's a step up from the macros but I'd go elsewhere if I was looking for an interesting hefeweizer.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.61/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

yellow lemonade like color, very cloudy with a generous soapy white head.

grains, like corn and wheat in the smell, with lemon rhine.

Some bready wheat, and lemony citrus notes. pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. I don't like it quite as much as the Sierra Nevada Hefeweizen I had earlier this evening for comparison.

it's a very smooth drinking beer, light, and milld carbonation.

very drinkable, definitely not a bad beer tastewise, and at a sessionable level of 5.2%

Good, but not as strong as a Pyramid.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another just average Heffe. Too many people out there making this style and not enough good ones.
This one has the average lemon/citrus aroma. Then follows up with an average wheat and citrus flavor. Nothing great here, just a little better than your standard macro.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 5/20/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is wheat and lemon. Pretty straight forward, not much else to it. Taste is wheat, and a bit of lemon. Same as the aroma, there isn't much to it but it does have a bit of a sweet malty finish. Not bad. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation too. Drinkability is decent, it's refreshing and easy to drink. It's not the best wheat beer out there, but it's certainly not bad. I'd rather have this than a macro brew any day. Worth a try.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light golden, like fresh wild honey, with a nice fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is lemony, yeasty and slightly sweet. Yeasty flavor has lemony and honey undertones. Texture is fizzy and rough, and leaves the whole mouth tingling with a slightly bitter, slightly citrus and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of SamN
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark golden yellow, richer orange tones towards the bulbous top of the hefe glass. Not much head, 1/2 finger head of thick white bubbles. Remarkably solid looking, very hazy with lots of sediment from the bottom. Weak head for a wheat.

S- Buttermilk, a sour creaminess. Old lemons, more tart than citrus, but faded and distant. Faint smells.

T- Mostly lemony tartness, some billowy wheat malt flavors, faint spice. Dry yeast finish, on a off sour tartness. A very light wheat, lacking in having any one standout quality. Bland without a lot to offer fans of wheat beers.

M- Lots of carbonation, pulls chunky from the glass. Distracting carbonation burns and overpowers the flavors. Swells the cheeks with it's activity, it's too much. Medium light body, a little more to it than most APWAs.

D- Eh, there's nothing to this. Despite good looks, this beer fails to deliver unique wheat characteristics. Forgettable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
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 cpetrone84
2.22/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-hazy golden orange color with yellow rims on the edges. The head is just a hint off white, 2 full fingers, slightly bubbly but still pretty creamy. It has some retention and leaves hints of lacing on the glass

S-the nose is not very good at all. Big notes of metallic flavors and grain seem to dominate with just a hint of wheat, pepper, and banana.

T-this is pretty bad. Phenolic and metallic tastes dominate. There is banana and clove with a hint of pepper in the back. Notes of peach as well. Lemon and bitterness make up the finish

M-very light body, highly carbonated and rough on the palate. There is notes of creaminess that seem nice but it is so rough and bitter from the carbonation

D-pretty poor example of a hefeweizen. Tastes more like a bad version of a pilsner with hints of hefe towards the back. This is what I imagine a bud light wheat would taste like.

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Photo of coldwarkid
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Into a nonic pint, pours a nice, cloudy, raw honey colour, but with a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles down to a wispy cap.

Smell: Toasty wheat aroma reminiscent of Wheat Thins and not much else. Poured it too cold (didn't think my fridge's setting was that high) so I'm waiting to see if anything comes up after it warms up a bit and . . . nope. nothing new to report; no hops, no yeast esters. A bit more tart smelling.

Taste: Very macro lager tasting, although a little fuller bodied and creamier with a refreshing and crisp wheat bite and taste.

Mouthfeel: Extremely silky and smooth. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied, which is nice because it adds a depth to the beer that is seriously lacking in the flavor--pretty much saving the beer, personally.

Drinkability: It's a hefe--well, an American Wheat beer, so these things go down smooth and quickly. With no strong flavors that might get harsh after a couple pints, these things can be downed one after the other if you're looking for that. But this beers blandness is turning me off to another bottle.

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Photo of Rayek
3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy gold with minimal carbonation. A small white head comes and goes in a flash. Leaves no lace.

S: Pretty mild. Lemon, straw, and a hint of cloves.

T: Mild flavored as well. Starts out with a dry, sourdough bread flavor. Bitterness has a minimal clove bite. Finishes dry and semi-tart with a lingering bit of lemon.

M: The medium-light body is grainy. Carbonation feels low given the beer's style.

D: The relatively low ABV makes it good for a session, but that's the most I can really say for it. There are a lot better hefes out there..

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