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 TheMightyGUEST
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the notes used for my website:

Appearance: Golden amber with highlights of yellow around the edges. Lacing was weak. head was thin, but it did not dissipate while I drank. Over the course of twenty minutes (I was multitasking) the head did not actually disappear.

Smell: Fruit and wheats. Specifically orange. Was pleasant to smell.

Taste: The orange and wheat both come back. This is everything you'd expect from an american style of Hefe. Very citrus, not terribly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. It felt like drinking a soda without Soda's sticky gunk left in your mouth. I would say it had a body leaning in the direction of light to medium.

Overall I would say this is a good crossover drink if you've got people you're trying to get into craft beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a light hazy yellow color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace.

S- Musty hay and grain scents with some earthy funk. No picking up much wheat or spice.

T- Muted grain and yeast flavors initially with a bit of a astringent finish.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- There are much better Hefes and APWAs out there. Lacking in flavor and complexity.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy,yellow color with a nice white head. Nose of wheat, banana, citrus. Taste is not as big wheat as the nose would tell you, citrus and banana. Mouthfeel is wheat, citrus and a nice feel. I thought it was pretty good, easily drinkable. I would have it again.

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Photo of thekanna
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Hank's Tavern and Eats in Hyattsville, MD.

A: A cloudy radiant gold that turns amber-orange on the edges, capped with a tall, foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (mostly lemon), some yeast and faint nugget hops.

T: Strong wheat malts and citrus upfront decay into a thin, barley malt-like body with a somewhat sour biscuit flavor and lagery yeasts.

M: Too thin and watery to be a good hefeweizen.

D: Nothing really makes this hefe stand out above the rest; appearance and smell were much more enticing than the taste, which resembled more a run-of-the-mill lager than a characteristic Bavarian ale.

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Photo of vdread
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid Haywire Hefe

the bottle shows images of people performing activities that no drinking person should attempt. it's yellow and hazy and comes with a foamy 1.5 finger head that forms a collar after a few sips. smells are hard to detect. citrus, a little banana. taste is of ripe bananas, water, earthy wheat. pretty much plain and unassuming. light mouthfeel, but easily drinkable. it doesn't take much thought to enjoy this brew, but it doesn't offer the full flavor i would want from a hefe. wouldn't make a bad crossover.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a clear straw yellow in the glass with somewhat quick dissipating white froth. The nose offers aromas orange, subtle lemon, bread, wheat, & that's about it.... not much there, but at least it's pretty. Unfortunately, the flavors aren't really & wheat is pretty much all I get. the mouthfeel is a bit lean and pretty uneventful. Overall a sub-par effort. I really don't have anything nice to say about this beer, so I'm not going to say much....simply disappointing.

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Photo of jantonius
1.92/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden Opaque

S: Weak malt and citrus

T: Very slight citrus, seems like the ingredients have cheapened

M: Light with moderate carbonation

D: Not a real good Hef, ok for cooking or watching some ball games

As far as Hef's go, I would recomend Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Paulaner Hefeweisen or Tucher Hefeweisen

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Photo of roddwolff
4.11/5  rDev +33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Disinguishes a very cloudy amber color with orange shades, ephemeral foamy head, i like the logo, look's like a Picasso painting;

S: Fruity, some guava, peach and banana, very good;

T: Wheat, lemon, and orange with malt;

M: Dry and bittersweet, high carbonation

D: The sweeter hefeweizen i ever tasted, remain some kind of pulp and bottom, it's very tasty too.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label is in the new style of Pyramid marketing. On a side note - this new marketing is horrible - seems to be trying to appeal to the "Extreme" sports crowd, and really looks like it belongs back in the 90s. Enjoy by date and ABV are clearly marked.

Appearance: Orange and a bit cloudy after I mixed in the sediment in the bottle - average head, fades quickly.

Smell: Wheat and just a bit of yeast, this is what I expect from a wheat.

Taste: Again, wheat and a bit of yeast - the flavor is a bit muddied, but the basics are there.

Overall impression: There isn't much to complain about here - but not a lot to rave about either. This is a good example of the American style wheat - similar to pretty much every brewpub out there.

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Photo of Mints
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought a 6 pack..poured in a weizen glass, has a great color to it. this is probably the best wheat beer i have had. good taste, good feel going down, twist off cap i guess is nice? this says this bottle is retired but the bottles i bought had this logo not the other older one

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another beer that I had during the summer as I headed out of Jersey and west across the United States. I know it's not the best craft beer out there, but Pyramid's brews are not available in this part of the country and in the warm weather, I had to have a Hefeweizen to go along with the other styles that were taking up space in the trunk of my car. It wasn't as good at the first time I had it, but my tastes have changed quite a bit over the last 5 years!

Typical pour for a Hefe - cloudy, golden in color, with a good head to fill my pint glass - er, plastic cup up. The lacing wasn't much of anywhere to be found unfortunately. What stuck out to me about this beer was how thin it was compared to other Hefe's that I've had. Granted, this is supposed to be light but when "watery" is the territory being tread upon, then something's probably not right. There wasn't any citrus to be found here either, with the notes being more along the line of banana and a peppery-type spice. Granted that I had this in pretty warm weather, it went right down but without much of a taste *or* aftertaste to it. Had things changed so much for me since I started reviewing beers that I was wrong the first time I tried this?

Based on the rating of this, I'd have to say yet. I tend to load up on unfiltered beers in the spring when the stores start to carry them again and needless to say, most of them are quite better than this. That's not to put this beer down at all - it's great for summer lounging or session drinking. I just like everything I drink - strong, aged, light, dark, or seasonal, to be thick and somewhat complex so I don't chug it down and move on too quickly from it. This is one of the few beers I had this summer that did not fit that bill. Yes, it's better than a macro but given how Pyramid is one of the few Hefe's available on the "left coast" and surrounds, I would expect them to fill the void better. It's worth a try once but the next time I head west, I'm gonna pick up something a bit more full-flavored!

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Photo of Aenema
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy brownish yellow. Little white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Acid/citrus. Not much of a nose.
Taste - Some citrus, slight bubble gum note.
Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated with moderate to light body and fine carbonation. Although a fine mouthfeel, it could use a little less carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking, lots of bubbles though.

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Photo of DrinkinSurfer
1.61/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It tastes like budweiser with a hint of hefe yeast. Not a hefe at all. You are better off buying a 12er of bud and a pack of bubblegum. Chew the gum till you can hardly taste it, then slam the twelver. This would be a more pleasant experience, I swear.

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Photo of Squelch
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy with a white head that doesn't retain well.

Smell: Very nice yeasty smell

Taste: Lacking in esters. very clean lagerish flavor. Can't tell this is a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Light. To style. Nice

Drinkability: Nothing special here. Need work on the ferment.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice hazy dark yellow like gold
S- smells bready / wheat
T- Starts out sweet lemony ends wheaty
M- decent not too light
D- easy nice and refreshing

overall pretty decent mine was probably a little old said enjoy about a month before i drank it..

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Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich and a hazy golden, very much a Hefe. on the pour. Nice head of white foam lingers and yet keeps a surface film.

Smells of wheat dough and with a touch of hops. Light and bready.

Taste follows and adds a touch of spice. Nice and flavorful yet surely not a Hefe. As an APWA this beer is pretty good however and rather rich. A lemony wheat nose wraps things up. Full bodied for a Pale Wheat, not bad.

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Photo of skrib09
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden hazy mess with a big white wheat head.

wheat and malt nose with a touch of yeast flavors; bananas and spices.

overall mild taste. wheat through and through with a hint of sweetness, some fruit (banana), and a bit of yeast.

wheat ale mouthfeel, not too much to say. a summer drinker.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint on-tap at my local Red Robin. Came with a lemon wedge but I de-fruited it immediately.

Appearance: medium gold/yellow opaque. Almost no head at all.

Smell: mild citrus and wheat. Possibly too cold to get a good impression.

Taste: bright citrus and crisp wheat. I found it actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: body on the medium side of light, and I liked the level of carbonation.

Drinkability: great. Like a lot of hefes, this is a solid drinkin' beer.

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Photo of bigdan908
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. There was a large head at the beginning though it quickly died down. It's a very mild orange color

S - I couldn't pick up many of the esters that are suppose to be prominent in hefewiezens. It just smelled of biscuity malt. No citrus notes.

T - As with the smell, I get a biscuity taste and some malty goodness. It is very easy drinking.

M - The beer has a good mouthfeel. Not thin or thick. Just as it should be.

D - This is an easy drinking beer. Definitely sessionable in my opinion.

Overall, the beer is easy drinking and quinching especially on a hot day. I feel that this beer is just a little above average.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pint glass

a: light yellow color, hazy, slight carbonation. Not much of a head and what there is has no retention

s: bland smell, not much like the Hefe's I've had

t: bland taste, no banana or clove notes. What yeast did they use???

m&d: light bodied, slightly slick mouth. Very drinkable but I would skip unless its a cost issue.


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Photo of yaegerje
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pretty cloudy light orange, hazy, looks like a good hefe.

S - Hmmm... really small citrus notes with a hint of malt.

T - Pleasant citrus and smooth malty notes.

M - Again, really smoothly carbonated and just presents a wonderful pallette.

D - Pretty darn good, I enjoy drinking it, a nice standard hefe but still really enjoyable, if hefe is your favorite drink and don't really dig the clove and banana stuff, check this one out.

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Photo of froghop
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy orange with a medium size white head that goes away quickly, a little sediment, and very good lacing.

smells of wheat, some banana, and a touch of citrus, and a little bit of fish.

taste is of grain, wheat, some citrus, and bread yeast, and some banana, ends a little dry and thick on the tongue.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 071709

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly amber, very hazy golden colow with an average sized white head. A bit rocky and foamy, but otherwise, nothing outstanding.

Aroma is a bit weak. Yeast and corriander and pepper are about all that are discernable. No american hops in the aroma.

Good flavor. Yeast, lemon, spicy pepper. No american wheat characteristics at all; no citrus hops.

A pretty decent beer, expecially for the price. I bought an out of date version at a deep discount and was very satisfied. This wast the perfect beer for my brother-in-law and me to enjoy on the hottest day of the year. This is way down the list on American Wheats, but still, a decent beer.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very cloudy straw yellow. head pours up to only about 1/2 inch with a vigorous pour. Smell is lemon all the way with some grassy notes hidden behind it. Some sulfur notes, very minimal, some butterscotch too. taste is more of the smell with a lemon grassy presence taking the forefront. a nice hop bitterness comes in the back to balance out a bit of the sweetness. overall a bit bland. mouthfeel is pleasant with a fuller body with ample carbonation to scrub the tongue. drinkability is nice, but there are much better beers in its style that i'd prefer.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bomber of this today to try as I haven't had Pyramids Hefe for many many years.... interesting name change.. as well as their flagship Apricot ale....

- Nice unfiltered appearance... very sparkling bubbly-like... down to no head and very little lacing quickly... golden honey orange appearance..

- Light and bright lemon zest with a bit of sweet honet and wheat bread...

- Taste is a bit of wheat, bready, yeast.. with honey and flower.. earthiness.. and sour tartness...

- bit dry 'n' tart... not so chewy... little dry, overall decent.

- Bit too bubbly for me.. not as light and refreshing as Widmers non-style interpretation of a German wheat beer... but decent.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.09 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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