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 TheLiterati
2.41/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The very first thing I noticed first about this beer was the absence of any discernable scent. No predominant clove or banana, and very little of that fresh bread smell.

Though my nose wasn’t exactly awed, once poured, I found the appearance of this hefe to be characteristically cloudy, with a golden amber hue. Not much of a head on this one.

The taste was not as full-bodied as a traditional hefe. I found it to be a little sweet and strangely reminiscent of – dare I say – something from Miller.

Alas, there was no telltale yeasty residue to swish around at the bottom of the bottle, either. Heavy carbonation makes for a brisk finish.

This beer pays homage to hefe weizens, but it’s far from being the real thing. Still, it took top honors at the 2004 GABF, earning the gold medal for American-style hefe weizens among 25 entries.

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Photo of dustylong
2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lighter golden color, with a moderate head and retention (poured from a bottle into a weizen glass). Smells like wheat with a hint of lemon. Tastes light, wheaty, and lemony (in that order). It is light bodied, low carbonation, and an easy finish. Very easy to drink, but not very tasty.

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Photo of klewis
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Best before 9/28/06

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a less than impressive head that quickly dissipates. Specks of lacing slide down the glass after each sip.

S: A soft "beery" smell. There just isn't enough aroma to be descriptive.

T: Slightly bitter with a faint grainy taste. Astoundingly lacking in flavor.

M: Light in body with moderate carbonation and a squeaky clean finish.

D: There is nothing offensive about this beer (other than its blandness and lack of character), yet it is still getting the dump, as I can't find any reason to continue drinking this one. It could work well as a lawnmower beer, but I can't think of any other situations where I would like to drink this again.

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

This beer is a great beer to have after having something harsh. It really shows off its smooth characteristics and the appeal of a nice hefe. Cloudy and unfiltered in the glass; perfect. The smell is sort of metallic which throws you off at first, and then upon first big whiff really resembles an ale. It doesn't get to its hefe characteristics until you drink it, which comes next...very, very smooth. Nice subtle hop bitterness, and wheaty taste which makes you want more. In my case, two more! The mouthfeel is above average and decent for a hefe. Very smooth again in this department. About halfway in-between a stouts creaminess and an ales aggressive nature. The drinkabilty is awesome for something different from what everyone else would bring to a get together, and you can't beat a good sessionable hefe! Its no Franziskaner, but it is definetly something to try out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A cloudy golden color with a small, white, foamy head. It didn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S - Smells citrusy (lemon, mostly) and of wheat and yeast.

T - Tastes of wheat, malt and citrus. It appears to be more malty than some other wheat beers.

M - It is slightly grainy and soft. It is light-bodied.

D - It is a nice wheat beer. There are others that I like better but I wouldn't turn down this version.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow/orange, pretty much as a hefe should be. Pour (from a pitcher) resulted in tall head of mostly medium bubbles and pretty much disappeared fairly quickly.

Lemony, fruity, slight sugar spice background

Pleasant flavor although some faint sourness upfront.

Nice, not very hoppy, carbonated bite.

Easy drinkability

On hot summer days (and there are plenty around here) I enjoy hefe and I like it even better since my girlfriend and I see eye to eye on it (which is not that often). Our favorite local watering hole has Pyramid hefe on tap, sometimes we'll buy it by the pitcher with a small bowl of lemon slices (she likes the lemon not me), refreshing, on tap I'm not sure how much yeast is ingested. The last time we got it that I noticed a slight sourness that I don't remember from before, could've just been the particular batch or could've been me. Not my favorite hefe but certainly not a bad one.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a yellowish-orange with lots of carbonation and a medium white head. Strong aroma, mostly of wheat and dough. Taste was more of the same; mostly wheat, although a hint of malty sweetness and some fruit became evident at mid-glass, which led to a smooth, balanced finish.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, darker than a normal American hefe, not as pee yellow. Minimal white head that was killed as soon as the bartender dropped the lemon wedge in.

S: Grainy with a touch of malt. Oh...and lemon.

T: Very light and watery. Very minor sweet malts...wheaty. Very grainy aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with not enough carbonation, but I blame the bar not the beer.

D: This is the stereotypical beer I think of when someone says they like "wheat beers". This stuff is weak and only a small step above an American domestic. Any beer that's served with a flavoring mask doesn't speak wonders for the taste. But it has its niche for those that like it. I imagine it sells well. Just not to me.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.12/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz draft at the Sea-Tac Airport before my "Red Eye" flight back to Madison. Really the only craft tap at the place i stopped at

appearance: served with a lemon...murky and muddy, reminded me of restaurant kitchen mop water...hazy and sloppy

smell: I dont even know what to say, there was just nothing to note...a litte musty, maybe some caramel, not much yeast character at all.

taste: what the hell is wrong with this beer...its not a hefe, its not an american pale wheat. Its really just crap. taste is of sweet rotten fruit, no yeast whatsoever, toasted malt driven

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: i finished it, but not because i liked it

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Photo of Fuller
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy, dark golden color. Creamy off-white 1" head has decent retention. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells... like a hefe. Wheat and citrus (lemon) are the first things that hit me. A hint of spice is in there also. Very nice.

Wheat leads the way followed by some lemon. Has some noticeable hop taste also.

Good amount of carbonation. Light and creamy.

Very drinkable beer, could easily have a few of these in one sitting but not in the same league with many other hefes. I wouldn't go looking for it, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft sample at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Hazy gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Neutral aroma (not much there, aside from the slightest whisper of floral hops). Grainy wheat flavor, with a bit of lemon. Medium bodied, with a crisp lager-like finish. Very much on the dull side, but still much better than macro-swill.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque orange/golden color with a thin head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma was quite light, with only some sweetness and citrus coming through.

Taste was definitely lacking the essence of a hef with only some wheat and citrus coming through.

Mouthfeel was light, cleansing and crisp.

Overall, it was lacking the character of the style. Not worth having again when there are so many other hefs out there that offer a much more enjoyable and interesting experience.

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Photo of supercolter
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy straw yellow color, not a lot of head, some lacing
S- decent smell, some malt and hop smell, up front, a bit skunky to finish
T- pretty good flavor, very remeniscent to a macro lager, but a bit more hoppy
M, D- nice and heavy, some carbonation but easy to drink

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Photo of mcallister
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale somewhat cloudy orangeish color. Very small head that played the dissapearing act, which left thin lacing.

Weak nose. Some lemon rind, and toasty wheat aromas.

Very American in style. Highly carbonated with a lemony citrus zip. Some flower characters as well. The zippiness makes this very drinkable especially on a warm summers day.

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Photo of dutchboognish
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Vegas earlier and it was pretty good for the heat. Not the best Hefe but good for a super hot Vegas day like today. Lots of citrus in the flavor and not too much spice. Like a few others have said its good for a beginner or someone who doesnt like too much in their brews. I would actually go for a blue moon over this again though.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was my beer of choice all through college. Thought I would order this one with my dinner the other night. Had a Widmer first and wanted to really do an old school Hef session.

Pyramid pours a hazy golden color that is a little bit watery in texture. The smell is a little bit citrus filled, but does not open up as much as I would like it to. The taste is just wheat, a little bit of spice and mostly citrus tones. This is the classic American Hef.

The mouthfeel is smooth and has a medium carbonation level. Goes down awfully nice on a hot summer day.

This beer is great for crowds. It works for all sorts of people and for the novice beer drinker or non-beer drinker, they will find it nice to add a lemon to the beer to amp up the citrus tones. For many BA's this is a travesty, but it really does make the beer more user friendly for the summer BBQ with a mixed crowd.

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Photo of cameraman
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 20 oz. pint glass, with a puffy head, but nothing to outstanding. The color golden hue, that is slightly cloudy, more transparent than one would expect, and a strong visibility of carbonation. Fruity aromas of banana and citrus, but a strong malt scent is prevalent. The taste is lite, not the strong wheat flavor expected, some of the fruit flavors are there, with a little bit of hops at the end. In the mouth it is very watery, hefeweizens are normally not this thin. This beer is not that drinkable, it was not what I was expecting at all.

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Photo of mobyfann
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.59 for a single...

The beer pours a hazy golden base, medium white head, minimal retention and no lacing on the glass. The smell is contains a hint of malt.

The taste is rather bland, very light Hefe with a touch of malt and fruit tones. Pretty nice on the palette but with low retention could be much smoother. It's drinkable if it were a light beer, but it isn't, not impressed given the style.

Final Thought: I wanted a Hefe and got a poor excuse for one. Thumbs down!

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

Pours a murky orange with little thin whispys of foam.
The smell is quite mellow not a whole lot going on. Maybe a little citrus like also a little banana. Semi sweet smelling as well.
Taste is slightly tart and dry in the finish. Again not a whole lot going on in the flavor either. No bitterness from the hops which is expected. A hint of graininess(is that a word). Nice carbonation and feeling going down. A not to hard to drink beer that is refreshing despite its lack of character.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the hefeweizen I always seem to find myself drinking, wherever I go, whenever I ask for one. And it's not bad, just not abosolutely stelar. It's got an unremarkable amber color with a white head of little significance. Smells a little citrusy. The taste is too sour and sharp for me, and I don't like the carbonation level. But somehow I keep ordering it, so it can't be all that bad!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Berkeley locale.

Poured a slightly hazy auburn-straw in color. A pillowy white head that leaves condensed lacing with pretty decent strength down the weizen's glass.

Powdered, musty wheat and grains. A few notes of lemon with a touch of sweetness. Rather odorless.

Toasted oats and wheat; bready in flavor. Clean tasting with just a hint of mustiness. A semi-sweet baked malt character adding to the biscuit-like wheat and grain flavors. A few touches of bright citric flavors, mainly lemon.

Light bodied; airy and just a bit gritty on the palate.

A pretty average hefeweizen. Nothing that stands out about this offering, but nothing that is really unpleasant either.

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

Pours a foamy off-white head that retains well. Color is hazy golden-yellow with a peach tint. Creamy dots of lace inside the glass.

Nice aromas, with wheat/malt leading the charge, also a good bit of fruitiness (pear, apple, apricot). A mild peppery spice lays in the background.

Flavor-wise this does the job, carrying its own personality in comparison to many other US microbrews of the style. The flavor profile is subtle, and I appreciate that, because that's what makes the originating German brews of this type so special. And here we have an overlying wheat maltiness, with subtle underpinnings of apricot, sharp spices and earthy yeast characteristics. I know this isn't the apricot weizen that Pyramid brews, but there's a definite fruit element at work here.

A thick, creamy mouthfeel helps deliver the flavor, but the prickliness at the back of the sip kills off some of that flavor too quickly.

A refreshing, light, tasty beer with enough character to stand next to other similar beer--but still not even close to Franziskaner. Nobody can touch Franziskaner. Taking it for what it is, it's certainly recommendable.

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Photo of vladimerjr
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if I am being a bit harsh as I had this beer in an airport bar but some of the other reviews echo my concerns so I stand by them.

Sreved in a pint glass with a lemon the beer looked normal for a hefeweisen, the smell was mostly citruis. I took my first sip and my first thought was "is this watered down?", but from the look it was obvious it was not. I felt like I was in a miller light commercial drinking one of those empty glasses. Not something I would have again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
I brought this to a dinner party and it went well with the meal (thin pizza, no meat ).
A hazy golden body with hues of orange. Clumpy head that did thin after a minute or so. Citrus and yeast very prominent in the aroma.
Taste was lighter than I expected. Citrus and biscuit, with malt at the end.
Drank very easily, good on a warm night.

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

slightly cloudy, light caramel color with a sticky eggwhite head

the smell was clean and crispy, but mostly empty

bright fruity apple and banana taste with slight pepper note; you would never be able to tell from the smell!

good mouthfeel. just thick enough for this type of beer; a little light on carbonation

good drinkability

notes: there was a 'best by sept. 17, 2005" stamp on the neck, but i drank this beer april 9, 2006! good taste, good drinkability; i will pick this up again

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