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: 905 |  Reviews: 443
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
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 I bought an out of date version at a deep discount and was very satisfied.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 +6.4%
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 +14.7%
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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Photo of kaseydad
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery/restaurant.

Hazy yellow pour with murky waters ahead. Nice lacing.

Aroma consists of lemon and wheat.

Not a bad taste at all. Refreshing lemony/wheat taste. A little dab of lemon livens it up.

Being their "signature" beer, this isn't bad for a hot day. Lower alcohol enables multiples with ease. I remember trying this many, many years ago and not liking it. I think it has been tweaked a little through the years. Not the greatest but worth a try for hefe fans.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most Pyramid beers, this one is fairly timid for the style and has some flaws, mainly due to low maltiness and grain flavors.

The wheat parts of the beer are barely noticable. The beer is mostly clear and very lager-like. Yeatiness brings out some fruitiness but not enough to compare favorably against classic Hefeweizens. The beer's base is a 50/50 blend of malt and grain, and this shows in the flavor and feel of the beer. Lackluster taste and aromas hardly improve going into the finish. Though clean, the grain astringency kicks in a bit and becomes a little bitey.

The beer isn't a trainwreck but suffers from the taste of profit margins rather than quality of brewing.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
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%
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 -10.9%
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 +13.8%
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 +13.1%
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 -13.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -1.3%
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 +15.7%
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 -13.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +2.6%
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 -9%
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 +3.5%
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 +1.3%
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 -12.5%
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 -4.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -22.4%
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 +13.1%
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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