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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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Photo of RodBurg
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +34%
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 -28.5%
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 -13.1%
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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Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

FIrst off, I'm not a big fan of American wheat beers, but I did like this beer. Murky golden color, white head, very little aroma. Taste is sweet and tangy, but finishes sticky sweet. More of an unripe orange flavor versus the typical lemon. I probably would order this again if there was nothing better on tap.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears an ultra clouded orange/amber color with half an inch of head, and poor retention. Doesn't leave any lacing either, lacking appearance overall. Smells of earthy nuttiness, followed by banana, mild clove, and a touch of tart grape. Of course lots of wheat but it's more on the grainy adjunct side, and there's a hint of semi sweet bubble gum aroma. Not bad.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of dominate wheat & graininess, a touch of banana & sweet bubble gum notes, and finishes with a touch of nuttiness, and lightly lingering wheat with very subtle hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced, no flavors are to pronounced, and I didn't really pick up any clove. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, definitely fits the style. Has a medium-full body but more so on the fuller side.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well this Hefeweizen wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't great. It had the usual aroma & taste, with a lacking appearance, and nice full mouthfeel that complimented the flavor profile well. It isn't a seeker, one could enjoy a pint, or two, this one really didn't satisfy me though, overall it was just to boring & plain, and I don't recommend it.

Note! For people that don't know, this is actually just the pyramid Hefeweizen with a new name, but I think it actually tastes a little better.

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

Color: A beautiful hazy yellow orange hue with hints of copper.

Head: Bright but not brillant white head of which the bulk dissipated quickly. Was left with a white ring around the glass that faithfully followed the beer down the glass as I drank.

Aroma: Some floral with a slight hint of clove. Citrus notes as well, mostly orange. Very light hop aroma.

Taste: Bready, floral, tart and a little hop flavor.

Drinkability: High!

Summary: A solid example of the American Hefeweizen style. It'a a very drinkable beer and would be a good gateway beer for a non micro drinker to begin their journey into craft beer. It would also make a good session beer although the ABV is a tad high.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/27/2005 (12oz bottle):

Pours a body that is golden yellow in color, not cloudy. With little head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma is a floral with hay and some hops. Hay in the taste and the palate is slightly fizzy, with a clean finish.

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Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy spensive Batman. $17.00 not so nearly as robust CDN dollars for 6.

Certianly has a classic hefe look to it. Same hazy aprocot as the big boys from Baveria.

Although it lacks the banana/bubble gum aroma of it's German Ancestors, still pleasant. Solid malt with a floral fruitiness. Probably the best American made hefe as far as aroma goes...

Slight wheat malt bite coupled with a decent bite of hop. Citrus has been toned down in comparison to say Widmer.

Nice full, velvetly feel.

A shame it's so damned expensive because this is the only brew from the USA labelled a Hefe that actually does a very good job of emulating the euro version while maintaining it's American character.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out for a poor head and reduced to little lacing. Proper coloration of a unfiltered hefewiezen.

S - Faint smelling hopped beer with no real tantilizing smell that makes a desire to drink. But it isn't a bad smelling Hefewiezen either.

T - There was a good high hop with low malt taste that was overall a good combo.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an apricot colored body with a slight hazy. There is a thin ring of white foam that is supported by thin strands of carbonation.

S- This beer has a light raw grain note with a green resin hop hint at the finish. Otherwise this beer has a pretty clean aroma.

T- The taste of a slight tartness gives way to a light hint of bread dough and toast that has the taste of tap water mixed in. there is a soft green note at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel.

D- This beer has a very soft smell and taste and the flavor that is there is a bit bland.

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Photo of Greggy
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger head into my weizen glass. As the head recedes, I get some nice clinging lace. The body is totally cloudy which I am digging.

S- Clove, citrus, apricot, slight banana. Mainly clove driven. Seems, as I find most American Pale Wheats, diluted in the smell department.

T- Starts out with a light clove and banana, than almost instantly dissipates into a super light citrus finish. Not much personality here.

M- Nice low carb. A lack of complexity on the palate.

D- This was an ok pale wheat but the taste was so quick with an almost non-existent finish. I could see drinking this if it was quite warm out, but it's October in Minnesota. I won't be having this again anytime soon.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a cloudy golden orange with a one inch creamy white head that sinks down to a skim after a couple minutes. Leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is very appley with some hints of wheat malt. Very weak and not very appetizing.

Taste is pretty bland as well. Still picking up that apple flavor at the start with a crisp spicy finish. It's not that bad just not very interesting at all.

Mouthfeel is nice. Light bodied, creamy refreshing finish.

Well I attempted some American Hefeweizens tonight and neither were very good. I think I'll just stick to the German versions until something better becomes available.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a full white head, good retention, nice lacing.

S: Citrus fruit, wheat malt.

T: Get a lot of citrus and wheat as in the smell, grapefruit juice, tangerine. Definitely not a true hefe, but the flavours are nice.

M: Light-bodied, spritzy, with a moderate carbonation character.

D: Not a bad APWA, one of the originators of the style and still pretty good, certainly one of the most common beers to see in CA, could have a couple anytime.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at CPK on 7th/Fig in downtown LA.

Served in a shaker pint glass, frosted. Let it warm up as much as possible but it was still very cold. The flavor did come out quite a bit as I let it warm, cause when it was served it was just a harsh, overcarbonated wheat beer. As it warmed a big unfiltered yeast and wheat flavor came out along with the slightest touch of banana. Just overall seems to be lacking something compared to better hefe's I've had. Still not bad, and this was the best offering at CPK.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is a cloudy bright orange color, with some golden and pale accents on the side (a chearacteristic of the style). Head grew to an impressive 3 and a half fingers thick. Color was pure white, and had pretty good retention...

Smell: Biscuity malts are most evident at fisrt glance. After that, a slightly vegetal note comes into play. Finish was more malty that anything, leaving a bready malt aroma.

Taste: Introduction was very bready, which I wasn't expecting in a hefeweizen. Midpalate exposed some vegetal notes, which was a negative. Also, there is a slight metallic twang, which detracts from the rating. Finishes with a pretty nice biscuity malt flavor, which salveages the rating, but isn't to style. This breaks even for me.

Notes: the only thing that really qualifies this as a hefe is the fact that it's made with wheat and unfiltered. Other than that, the beer tastes and smells more like a Fat Tire than anything. It's a good, drinkable, middle of the road brew, but will never achive more than that for me. There are many more hefes and wits that provide more of that nice bite than this does, and therefore, this is a middle of the road to lower end wheat ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to the BCLDB regular catalogue this summer. $13.99/6-pack yeeeeowch!

Appearance: This is where the beer seems to shine. Great cloudy pale yellow with yeasty sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Quite generic hefe aromas, but I was expecting something more. There wasn't really anything special here. Little spiciness, clove, no banana. More of a sour smell.

Taste: Metallic and tangy. A little lemony as well. The last few sips with the sediment at the bottom of the glass were the best. The first 80% of the beer, however, wasn't really that satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Tanginess at the back and little carbonation make this a bit of a let down.

Drinkability: I didn't really enjoy the lack of anything interesting in the beer. Its like the Budweiser of hefe's. I had one, and have 5 left in the fridge...They'll last till fall.

Overall: Try something else. Not enough bang for the buck. Especially if you're in BC. Get some of the German or CDN hefeweizens that are in abundace these days at the liquor stores.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light straw yellow semi hazy with a nice head but no lacing.

S. Wheat and some malt, a bit of hops.

T. Lacking the in your face banana/clove/bubblegum taste, yet remaining sweet hints of this remain. Slightly malty, some mellow hops in there as well.

M. Smooth and almost creamy.

D. Really drinkable, not the best example of the style but not a bad attempt either. I would drink again but only got a single.

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Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, the color of straw. Half an inch of head from a draft pour, lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: Yeasty and clovey, mild phenols. Cleaner than most hefeweizens, tamer than I'd like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very malty with plenty of chewy wheat flavor. Signature hefeweizen clove and banana flavors are present but fairly subdued. Medium-bodied but refreshing and light on the palate, pretty spot-on for the style. The finish is clean and mild. This is a pleasant enough American hefweizen, but it could use a bit more personality; the flavor doesn't really differ much from start to finish.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "Enjoy by 07/2008"

A: Orangish yellow, very cloudy, poured with a foamy head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer, but left decent lacing.

S: Yeast, bananas, cloves... smells like a hefeweizen.

T: I like this beer, it is not overwhelming on the wheat or yeastiness, but also has a nice simple citrus tartness to it which makes it very drinkable on a sunny afternoon. Very simple, yet very enjoyable and satisfying... I think that was their goal in this beer.

M: Very nice medium body for a hefe, not too highly carbonated.

D: Very high. On a hot summer afternoon, these will go down as easy as any light lager. Delicious, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 in of rocky light tan head, retention was decent with minimal lacing at the top of the glass.

S - Aromas of sweet bananas and cloves, has a earthy wheat and grain scent. A bit of spice and citrus.

T - slightly sweet from the bananas and a herbal hint. The cloves and citrus bring a nice balance to the flavor. Lots of wheat and grains, very earthy.

M - Med Bodied, with med carbonation, has a earthy texture bc of the unfiltering, and leaves a decent atfertaste. Refreshing.

D - Easy to drink but only average at best.

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Photo of rye726
2.08/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a hazy amber color and forms a fizzy off-white head. The nose is a bit light with some citrus yeasts and wheat malt. The taste is also quite bland for the style. Reminds me more of a lager. A light body goes down fine. This is not one of the better versions of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark for a hefe, with a disappointing 1 finger head that receded to nothing but a thin film. Minimal lacing.

S - An interesting balance of faint banana and wheat malt.

T - Unoffensive, but what am I tasting? There's a powdery yeast component that rides over some faint sweet/sour malt, finished up by a generic wheat twang. Completely bland and far too homogenized. Slight banana in the aftertaste, along with a bizarre metallic aspect.

M - The creamy, moderately carbonated nature of this beer are actually pretty good, considering the flavor.

D - A decent beer to session, but bland to say the least. The thickness deters me slightly. Not a bad choice for a session ale or an introductory beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a somewhat decent head, but that quickly goes away. Lots of citrusy zest in the taste, very lemony, kind of acidic in that respect. Goes down real smooth.

It's just another American wheat ale, not a hefe by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid thirst quencher brew nonetheless.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, short, stout, 12 oz bottle just copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland for $1.59...
Pours a hazy and cloudy bright orange hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a very minor amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Faint aroma of wheat, coriander, and spices...
Taste was crisp, clean, and refreshing, with a noticeable hint of tangerines and oranges with a touch of ripe citrus and fresh florals... Overall, this was a pretty good stab at the style, but nothing above and beyond as I was anticipating... Was initially really excited about trying this beer since Pyramid does not distribute to New Jersey...
Excellent level of drinkability however, as the brew went down crisp and clean without any cloying factors...
Worth a shot...

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Pyramid Hefeweizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 904 ratings
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