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 BigBry
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the only 'craft - like' options on the menu, so opted for a pint with dinner.
Pours clear, dark yellow with a foamy head. Bubbly foam that disappears quickly, no lace.
Smell is of wheat and grain, kind of sour. No typical "hefe" properties like banana or clove.
Taste has wheat base, some slight yeast flavor. Pretty generic.
Lots of carbonation, and therefore a crisp and tingly mouthfeel.
Overall, an average beer, refreshing on a hot day or to wash down a spicy meal.

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

Draught @ Recovery: This one pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head. No lacing. Lighter lemon and wheat aroma. Also, a lighter lemon and wheat taste. OK, but nothing more.

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Photo of FLima
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Different aroma for a Hefeweizen. Notes of apricot, oxidized English earthy hops, caramels, spices and bread. Not sure how fresh this is once US brewers are generally lousy in respecting the customer with freshness dates and it is hard to trust the importer (this has 4 months to expiration). Anyway this is sure not young.
Flavor of oxidized oranges, caramels, wheat, English hops, mild bubblegum and spicy yeast. Dry aftertaste with a perceived bitterness. It fells bitter than 18 IBUs.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This is sure a different take on a Hefeweizen or just not fresh. More barley malt, caramels and more hops, less yeast, cloves and banana than traditional style. Something quite didn’t match here.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

DATE REVIEWED: August 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: birthday weekend recovery...APPEARANCE: golden orange, almost Oktoberfest colored body that hazes beneath spongy three-finger, white head; low carbonation; lacing is wispy... AROMA: Yow! yeasty funk that sports bubblegum, prominently; secondary banana is detectable; a bit offensive... PALATE: more carbonated than its appearance suggests; pleasantly drinkable, light-bodied and cleansing; does its job well... TASTE: banana, cumin and hay--a direct profile that doesn’t intrude on its refreshing intent; not as BIG as a hefe, though--or as complex as its nose suggests...OVERALL: after some sun and yardwork, this beer is a recharger for sure--the glass empties swiftly and is a softer, more accessible version of its better versions...

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Not much head or carbonation. Mouthfeel tastes pretty watery, can't notice much citrus flavors it's mostly wheat on the palette. This is an okay beer and a decent representation of the style. Picked up a 12 pack for 10.99 so a great value as well.

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Photo of Foyle
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" head that quickly recedes with some lacing. Color is a quite cloudy orange-yellow.
Aroma: wheat dominates the aroma with some citrus hops and yeasty bread in the background. Mouthfeel: light and watery, a little slick with a drying finish.
Flavor: Caramel barley malt is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma as it balances with the wheat. A hint of banana as well. Citrus rind hops are noticeable but not overpowering in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant wheat beer and appropriate to the style.

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Photo of Skwsproul
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap first and was a hit. Of course they had the gigantic orange slice wedged onto the glass and I knocked it in, on purpose. I was sold. Smooth, flavorful, not over citrusy, good hefeweizen. After a couple I stopped at the local mart and was surprised they had them in six pack form. Got them home, they were not cold enough so I chilled them. Finally cracked one open, poured it into a glass, took a drink and... Not even close. Some beers should never be bottled but left in draught form only and this is one. Not bad hefeweizen at all but if you've had it in draught, it's not the same.

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Photo of youknowmyname
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Odor: Acidic Citrus, Wheat with a faint smell of banana.

Pour: Hazy Orange, Decent head that dissipates to nothing, No lace at all. Served in a tulip pint glass

Taste: Heavy Wheat taste with a faint dry citrus after taste. Light carbonation but enough that it dries out your mouth. Low hops, Light body. Not very complex, More acidic than creamy which tells me that the citrus flavor is coming from additives rather than the fermented wheat.

Mediocre beer, I don't believe this is the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but an ok sample of the style. I can't say I'm a big fan of Pyramid Brewery in general. I've had 2 of their beers today and neither were awe inspiring, just ok. For the price, I've had common domestics that I enjoyed more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with an enjoy by date of 08/16/2012 printed on the label. Dear god, what have I gotten myself into? I acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. I guess I didn't look closely enough at the label. Anyway, another new beer to me from Pyramid, this time a hefeweizen, not my favorite style, but I'm going in unbiased. Label says "unfiltered wheat ale", and doesn't mention being brewed with any spice.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Despite it's age, it still pours over a finger of fizzing white head that thins down to a tiny bubbly ring. Body is a light lemon orange color

S - Smell is pretty light and nonexistent. Some light husky grains, wheat, dusty malt, some appley yeast esters, lemon grass. Pretty bland, but what is there is nice. Lightly floral.

T - Taste isn't bad either. Crisp grains, wheat, lemongrass, oranges, some yeast-derived green apple fruitiness, some dry cider-esque qualities. No bubblegum malt, clove, or other spice character noted which is unusual for the style, so maybe some time in the bottle has had some effect. I can't say for sure.

M - Feel is still crisp and clean, with mild graininess and some malt stickiness lingering on the palate. Finish is semi-tart and dry.

Overall, a fairly strange beer, one that I will surely have to revisit one day when I have a much fresher bottle, Until then, it is what it is.

Pyramid Hefeweizen ---3/5.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy amber-orange color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. Upon pouring there is only a very small fizzy white head that rapidly fades, leaving only a trace of light lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent while foam layer on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a wheat smell mixed with a rather strong orange and sweet lemon smell. Along with these aromas are some decently strong spice smells of coriander, clove and some nutmeg as well as a light grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy wheat and yeasty flavor mixed with a bit of sweetness of an orange nature. The sweetness is strongest upfront, with it fading slightly as the taste advances to the end. Along with the loss of some of the sweetness, spice flavors begin coming to the tongue with coriander and clove being the strongest. The clove flavor really starts getting strong more toward the end of the taste, with it being joined by some grassiness and an increase in the yeast. With all the changes in the flavor, as well as the arrival of a little bit of lemon at the very end of the taste, one is left with a grainy wheat, citrus, and spiced yeasty flavor on the tongue; one that is relatively average for a hefenwizen.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and make it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – An alright, easy drinking Hefe, but nothing that is super exceptional. Nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle: 16 days out of date when poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses on 17 Aug 2013.

Looked just like it's German brothers: cloudy yellow with a huge snowy white head, large amounts of carbonation bubbles rising through the body replenishing the head.

The aroma however was not like it's brothers from Germany, this was just wheaty and grainy, no vanilla or banana esters to find at all.

Refreshing enough, but lacks flavour and depth. Mild hints of citrus notes, but not a lot of anything really.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy, golden in color with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast. Carbonation was average. Taste was of sweet malt and some wheat. Had a bit of a bitter finish that I didn't like all that much. The aroma was better than the taste. I have had many better "Hefe's". Overall, very average.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

355ml Bottle, The Cave Glasgow (£1.89):
Cloudy orange colour with tinges of amber and a foamy, white coloured head on top that holds well.

Seemed like a pale lager with a combination of grain and corn. There was some very light, almost non-existent bana and faint lemon notes.

Some grain, a little corn and some faint grassy hops with some touches of lemon. There was some non-distinct fruits lingering in the background and perhaps some orange but it was a pretty bland beer.

Smooth & quite crisp but very dry and slightly too gassy thanks to the very strong carbonation. Again it was quite a bland beer but proved fairly easy to finish.

A poor beer to be honest and not one I'll be looking to pick up again, even if it was on special. There beer is not a good representation of that style, at a push you could probably label it a wheat ale but it is definitely not a hefeweizen.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's rather out of date. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York a while back and stored in my garage. I hope it still tastes OK....

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned - swirled while pouring to resuspend the yeast. A hazy golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of wheat and light malt, with hints of grain, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana and a touch of sweetness. Not unpleasant, but not the genuine article.

Tastes of bready malt and wheat, with a dry finish. Notes of light malt, grain, wheat, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint banana, a twinge of bubblegum and subtle stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by good carbonation. Body is OK but a little thin for the style. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of wheat, grain and earthy yeast.

A rather lacklustre brew - certainly not up to German hefeweizen standards. It looks good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and lacking the bountiful fruity yeast esters that a proper hefe would possess. Body is so-so. Drinkable enough in its own right, but this is more of an American wheat ale than a hefe. Worth trying, but no need to go out of your way.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

A - Huge head of pillowy cloud-white foam instantly fills the glass, even slowly pouring the beer down the side. Over-carbonated. Foam slowly collapses cleanly down the sides. It takes several attempts to get the entire bottle into the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a bright pale lemon yellow and a bit cloudy. There's plenty of carbonation rising up thru the glass. Of the bottles in the sixer this is from, this is the most carbonated one by far.

S - A pleasant, soft wheat grass. No clove/banana, but a hint of soft citrus esters, like an orange. A bit of floral hops pushes into the nose, but it's light and subtle. Overall, pretty neutral, but at the same time, present rather than just missing.

T - Light wheat bread that's a bit moist and chewy with a touch of lemongrass and a hint of a lightly toasted and buttered English muffin. A bit of lemon tartness on the back end, almost as if there's a lemon wedge dropped into the beer. As it warms, a bit of lemon-drop candy shows up in the finish.

M - Fizzy and crisp. Full carbonation. Thin body, but not watery - the yeast that's present gives it just enough substance to be noticed. Structure is tight, and finish is clean, and refreshing, almost acidic. This changes to adding just a touch of sweetness in the echo as it warms up, where hints of hard candy linger a bit on the sides of the tongue.

O - This was a good example of why I like to taste a few of something I'm pretty sure I'm going to like if I can before doing a review. The over-carbonation of this beer is atypical based on the others I've had, so the hugely exaggerated head isn't going to get knocked down too badly. This is a very refreshing and quite tasty straightforward American wheat beer with only enough hops required for balance. It's not a traditional German hefeweizen, with the banana/clove yeast. Because it's unfiltered, there's enough substance to its body to keep it from feeling watery, but it's still clean and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a sixer of this for a summer day at the lake, and it has the added advantage that most everyone you're with is going to at least find it drinkable, especially the women. Solid. Dependable. Worth having on the roster as a reliable summer option, but keep it cold because it gets a tad sweet in the finish if allowed to warm up.

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Photo of sam_bliss
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass - for once I have the right glassware for the beer!

Hazy light orange with a good head. It's translucent but far from transparent. The smell has powerful alcohol in it, with just a bit a breadiness and some citrus. The orange taste matches the color. It almost feels as if pyramid already squeezed a lemon into this wheat beer. The lacing stays great as I work my way down the glass. It is not very thick, even a bit soda-watery. Thin biscuity malt underlies medium-carbonated nothingness.

I liked this beer plenty until I finally sat down to analyze it thoroughly in the form of a beer review. Now I realize it is quite drinkable and not super tasty. It used to be Haywire right?

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Photo of MadScientist
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: I roused the yeast so a nice hazy, glowing amber with an orange hue. it pours with a finger of rocky white foam with average head retention settling into a thin film and a collar bubbles. The head should have more staying power in a wheat.

S: A soft wheat malt sweetness with a grainy character. An American yeast ester profile, so some slight orange. The is a slight citrus hops aroma.

T: It's crisp having a moderate hops bitterness over moderately-light citrus hops flavor and a light malt sweetness. There is a moderately-light wheat malt character. The balance is moderately bitter with an off-dry finish. The aftertaste is a light hops bitterness and a bit of wheat flavor.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An odd choice for a winter mixed 12-pack, but I can drink a wheat in the winter. Not bad, but I don't go out of my way for wheats, but it is to style.

Enjoy By 03082013

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Freshness date stamped on the neck is crammed together and illegible.

A: Pours a dull golden color with only a mild haze. Even with an aggressive pour, the head sputters out very quickly, leaving absolutely no trace of head atop the beer. What the hell is this? This is certainly not how a hefeweizen should look.

S: Very clean, neutral nose. Bready wheat and a hint of that wheaty citrus zing. Faint aroma of walnut and a very subtle, vague fruitiness in the background.

T: Hints of citrus, orange marmalade, and a very slight fruity yeasty presence. Very clean overall. Doughy wheat provides a semblance of a backbone. Finishes with wheat and not much else.

M: Light in body, Somewhat creamy. Moderately strong carbonation. It wants to be more filling and substantial in the mouth, but it doesn't get there.

O: First of all, this beer is no hefeweizen and should not be marketed as such. It's a very dull, safely made American wheat. Average to begin with, but also stale and probably well past its prime. This is the condition in which Pyramid beers are arriving on the shelf in MA, and one of the reasons Pyramid seems to be floundering in our market. They are not priced competitively either. I'd consider pulling out if I were them.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Pours a deep golden colour, slightly cloudy.

Smells quite yeasty and slightly hoppy.

Tastes like a generic hefeweizen with a slightly higher level of hoppiness, American hops too.

Overall, quite a nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of smcolw
1.76/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Surprisingly little head for the style. No lasting yeast. Yellow gold color with little cloudiness.

Strong medicinal aroma upfront. Definitely a departure from any wheat I've ever had. There's a beef stew component as well but no wheat or even yeast to the nose.

It's hard to get past the smell to get a taste that isn't effected. Perhaps if I hold my nose... There's a touch of sweetness that is completely inappropriate for the style. No wheat notes. The swallow is like finishing a vegetable soup. The body is okay and perhaps the only redeeming quality to this beer. This beer is a clear miss. This is a difficult review because I am rooting for Pyramid to make great beers. In the end, I ended up dumping the glass.

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Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great everyday hefe. It's more in the American wheat camp versus the Bavarian spicy hefe category. It's one of my favorites. Perfect for a warm goes down so easy. Very drinkable. it's in the same class as Widmer Bros for it's smooth balance and not overly spicy. If you're looking for a spicier brew like a Kellerweis then this may not be the beer of choice. If you're looking to knock back a few smooth hefe's then Pyramid works well. A great everyday beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into large tulip

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick froth of white head resting on top. Slowly fades into some streaky lacing with a near-solid head retention.

Light spice and cracker malt with wheat and soft citrus. This smacks of adjunct though (whether or not those ingredients are actually used), which turns me off immediately. Muted and mediocre.

A little spicy and citrusy up front with a touch of orange. Thin backbone with wheat and crackers. Not really much to see here...muted and mediocre.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, smooth and crisp on the tongue. Run of the mill American hefe-carbon-copy. Move along.

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

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a cloudy, pale, orange-amber coloring with a light, thin, bright white head that quickly settles out into an uneven film coating. Aromas of esthers and light lemon sweetness dance on the more solid banana and clove aromatic backbone. Flavors are roasty/toasty, with a buttery blending that conveys a more bready character than anything else. The fruit seems to bow itself out into the background on the palate. Light in mouth, with almost a foamy consistency as it clears the palate, albeit a smooth one. Butter gives rise to a slight banana character into the aftertaste, but too late to pull any real weight. Smooth, clean finish with a slight filmy coating left behind after a while.

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with no head. No lacing. Aromas of yeast, malts, banana, and orange peel. The taste is kind of like a weak banana bread. Mostly tasting spices. Also picking up on some faint orange peel. Yeast and banana towards the end. Very thin mouthfeel for the style. Overall, not worth the trouble and the worst offering in the mix 12pack.

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Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of wheat, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, pale malt, hint of yeast,and slight wheat. Overall, very weak appearance for a Hefeweizen, and the wheat is too subtle in aroma and body.

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