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: 900 |  Reviews: 443
Photo of bigdeuce
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow, cloudy colour. Some head but then it goes down quickly. Smells of some slight cloviness, orange and banana. A bit tart on the palate but pleasant tasting. Slight clove taste, although faint. Very drinkable and nothing overly offensive. It is steps above macros but steps below good microbrewed Hefes. Worth a shot.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened this one tonight, and poured a light orange, hazy brew with thin white head, almost no lacing. Smelled fruity and yeasty. Tasted of banana esters, and a little bit citrusy. Overcarbonated, but smooth otherwise. I've had better hefeweizens, so this one won't be drunk very often.

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Photo of TheNightbird
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy yellowish orange color. Moderate head retention with a thin coating on the glass and surface.

S- Wheat, very slight grassy hops and sourness.

T- Yeast, wheat and slight sour/tartness. Little to no hops.

M- Medium body.

D- Ok Drinkability, would like to drink a beer with some flavor with it.

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

Appearance: pale goldy orange, hazy, big pillow of off-white froth that slowly goes rocky as it slowly collapses; but no lace

Aroma: bready malt, wheat germ, herbal hops; hint of honey, citrus, and banana

Flavor: bready malt backbone with a touch of clove and over-ripe banana; finishes fairly dry with a mild hop bitterness and wheaty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, perky carbonation, soft texture

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazy golden amber. Carbonation is lively. A pure white head sits at one finger and leaves light lacing.
I seem to have detected more in the smell than many who have had this one. It's simple: malt, wheat and lemon with a light hops back, but it's certainly not that difficult to detect.
Wheat and citrus are prominent, along with yeast, though there's a nice balance of malt and hops. Body is light, but flavors are not as light as I've read in some reviews.
This one is smooth with a nipping crispness and bright carbonation.
This is better than most of the reviews I've read and is well worth a try.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: the pour was rigorous and brought about a dense chunky cream white cap. Retention was rather top notch. The body melds together a hazed golden yellow color with just a tinge of light amber when looked at from a distance. This brew is a factory of bubbles

S: soft hay, straw, and mostly wheat. Not much else to mention, maybe a sprinkle of pepper and some spice

T: a touch of sour apples and lemons, a shaving of bubblegum, and a little to much grainy wheat characters. As a result, I find some macro and adjunct lager flavors within this beer. Even for a Hefewizen, it just seems a bit cheesy to me

M: body is mild and a little on the thin side. Some of my sips are coming across smooth (do I dare say creamy) as it slowly warms. Finishes with an off tart honey sweetness

D: never again

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

Poured a borderline cloudy pale; not much yeast remained.

Tasted good and fruity, but I still needed the lemon it was served with to cover up the faint flavour of the yeast (I hate the taste of yeast!)

Could not smell much. It was over 90 degrees, and this was the best thing they had for hot weather, and it was good.

I am on a quest for the perfect hefeweizen, and this was another thumbs up, so I thought I'd mention it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass with sediment. Best by date of 04/09/09.

A - Slightly cloudy bright golden color with ample carbonation and a one-finger head that's white and lumpy. Tiny lacing and decent retention.

S - Frightfully lacking in smell. Sweet malts, wheat, and a citrus twang that's crisp.

T - Light sums this beer up. Not much is going on here. Dry wheat hints with a little malty sweetness and just a hint of citrus.

M - Smooth for the level of carbonation coming up. Light and refreshing.

D - Probably one of the poorest examples of a hefe I've had but at least it's not offensive. Chalk it up to one easily drinkable but "meh" beer.

Where do they get off saying its award winning on the bottle? Maybe an award for most bland hefe ever..

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Photo of Psilo707
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very opaque almond-beige color into a clear mug and leaves a very solid head behind. Slowly dissipating, the lacing is extremely present and quality looking running down the sides.

Grainy and wheat-filled scented smell with a hint of citrus aroma off the top. Hops present, though not overly so.

The taste is one of a clearly thick hefeweizen. Nutty, slight caramel, and hoppy aftertaste ring through. I prefer this much over the regular Hefeweizen by Pyramid.

Mouthfeel is creamy, possibly overly so, and leaves a running, fluid feeling near the end. Drinkability is averagely-high for a hefeweizen.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good release from Pyramid and possibly better than most of their stock. Would recommend.

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Photo of cmaloy
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression was that the beer was cloudy pale gold beer and didn't have a Hefeweizen smell. It didn't taste like a Hefeweizen either.

I was not too impressed with this beer. The carbonation was not too bad but the taste was a little bit of a let down.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Pyramid ale house in Portland.

The appearance was a little better than average, but about what I expected. It was a cloudy, pale gold with orange hues. The head was slight, with little lacing.

Not much of a smell to speak of. Generally grainy and wheat-y, with very slight hop aroma. Not much else. I could get vague citrus flavor with a good deal of agitation.

I'm not quite sure I could call this a Hefeweizen. It really tastes and feels much more like a pale wheat (which I believe is what the site has it listed as). The wheat is in the taste, followed by some weak malt, and lingering hops. Not a terrible plae wheat, but nothing to write home about. The body was light-medium. A bit too much carbonation for my taste, but it may be fine on a hot summer day.

Overall, it could be a worse pale wheat, but it's no Hefeweizen.

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Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is light with just a bit of a wheat smell and maybe some grassy hops. The appearance is quite clear gold if undisturbed in the bottle or quite cloudy if mixed. The flavor is like the aroma being rather nondescript. The palate is typical for the style. Overall a non-offensive, forgettable, and drinkable wheat beer.

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Photo of bobsy
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hefeweizen? No. Decent beer? Yes.

Pours a dark cloudy cider with a short lived frothy white head. No lace and no retention makes this a boring and bland appearance. Fruity malt aroma with soft grains and a hint of brown sugar. Full bodied, rounded fruit flavours are followed by a short of caramel and a burst of refreshing wheat crispness in the finish. Its certainly thirst quenching and the light body assists in this, but in no way, shape, or form, can this be described as a hefeweizen, and I've marked it as such. It seems that Pyramid still have a lot to learn.

Thanks to Mark for the bottle.

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

This is pleasant, rather quenching, and drinkable, but thin, light, and boring, and it clearly is not a true hefeweizen in character.

Gold and cloudy, it has a thin white head slowly thinning but lasting, and leaves some weak lacing.

The aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly raspberries, which is pleasant enough but seems odd.

The taste seems dry at first, but soon becomes sweeter. There is no bitterness but it is a but spritzy. It is somewhat fruity with wheat/grain underneath and a marshmallow aftertaste. It's sowewhat thin and tingly but bland and only mediocre.

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a weizen glass.

Cloudy yellowy-orange with medium-sized pale head.

S: tangy wheat and barley. Iron-like note. Lemon. Towards the very end I detected a cheese-like smell, thought this may have been an olfactory hallucination.

T: tangy grain up from, some iron, some soft pleasant sweetness.

MF is normal

Drinkability: you can drink a lot fast; it's not very flavorful, but none of these pale wheat ales seem flavorful to me in comparison to actual hefeweizens. I noticed the enjoy by date seems to be 02/03/09. So I'll rereview if I have a different experience with a fresher bottle.

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Photo of heath1agnew
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance- cloudy some what orange in appearnace head retention is not that good. no lacing to speak of.

smell- a little bit of citrus and malt. not much else going on.

taste and mouthfeel- harsh carbonation, and really misses most of the qualities that hefeweizen's tend to have. i really felt like i was drinking more of a lager with not a lot of flavor.

drinkability- in my opinion, keeping in mind i'm not a professional, this beer is really not very easy to drink and not very enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good looking cloudy gold color with a frothy topographous white head. Nice retention and some lacing.

Smell leaves much to be desired for a hefe. Only mild hints of lemons and not much banana or cloves. Has plenty of tangy wheat notes, but not much else.

Taste is pretty much the same...disappointing. Lots of wheat flavors and even a bit of lemony citrus, but it is sorely lacking in fruity esters common in most hefeweizens. Plenty of body and carbonation here, so mouthfeel is ok. It goes down easy enough, and is far from a bad beer...but should be marketed as an American wheat beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They sure like their lemons here at Pyramid. Above the bar is an illustrated diagram of popular lemon application techniques. And you don't get a mere slice clipped to the rim of your weizen glass, but a thick wedge that I promptly removed and pressed into my ice water.

Beneath the lingering lemon aroma I could only catch a whiff of chaff. I tasted light cereal flavor with dry contours and an American yeast profile of considerable restraint. Beyond that there's very little flavor to comment upon. The beer scores more for its visual presentation with its highly turbid, powdered ochre color and light show of head. Neither bad nor interesting.

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Photo of tbeck
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up while I was at the Couer d'Alene Resort.

Pours a light orange, unfiltered and slightly clear. Develops a thin white head with no retention. Little collar and no laciness. Aroma is all malt. Slight apricot and wheat taste which was okay, but there was a lot of metallic to it. Thin body and texture with a lot of fizz. Not bad for a hefeweizen but overall not recommended as a session beer.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange color with a nice big off-white foamy head that lingers throughout the drink with lacing on the cups edges. Smells of wheat, citrus, malt, and spice. The taste is pretty sweet with overpowering citrus and wheat. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp and very easy to drink. A good example of an American Hefe. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale orange, yellow coloring with a decent bit of head.

S- Doesn't really have much of a smell at all, except for a slight wheat scent.

T- Somewhat of a light citrus taste, but otherwise very bland and watery.

M- Very bland and watery, not bitter at all.

D- Very drinkable as it is very watery and not really flavorful at all.

Overall a surprisingly bland beer. I thought this would at least be a decent brew, but it tastes too watery for me.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, cloudy pale golden in color. Decent white head that didn't stick around.

Smells like wheat, imagine that. Also pale and caramel malt, some hops and citrus.

Taste is mostly wheat with some malt and spicy hops. Medium body and carbonation finishes with a wheat bread note.

Not bad. Solid Hef.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be one of the easiest beers to pound back one after another.

A- Hazy translucent light-wheat color with a decent head.

S- Smells like sweet wheat

T- Tastes like sweet wheat, with hops coming out in the end for a grand finale

M- Unfiltered, yet light excellence

D- Gimme another please

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap with a slice of lemon.

A: Hazy orange with hints of yellow. Head is nonexistent and lacing is light. A ring around the top remains throughout the drink.

S: Mostly floral and citrusy. Hints of clove and hops.

T: Bready and floral. Tart (enhanced by the lemon) and light hops. A sweet beer.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is satisfactory.

D: Decent. I don't really drink this anymore, but once in a while I'll get it on tap. This is the beer that helped me transition from macro to craft brews.

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Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy yellow/orange color with a solid inch of tan creamy head. The head dissipation was very quick and left no lacing.

Smell was very light with just a touch of grassy herbal hops present. Where is the yeast and banana nut bread? A very disappointing and un hefe odor.

The flavor is mild with a bit of sweet malts and oranges mixing in with wheat and a light lemony finish.

The mouthfeel has a decent creamyness to it with a short and clean finish.

This beer if taken as an American Wheat is ok, but if you take it as a hefe weizen like the name suggest it is very underwhelming representation of the style. Still all around disappointing wheat beer, It will not see the inside of my refrigerator any time soon.

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.09 out of 5 based on 900 ratings.
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