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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Reviews: 439 | Ratings: 892
Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy orange soft amber color with a white head with average retention
S-honey, hay, slight hint of citrus
T-lots of wheat malt flavor, hop provide nice bitterness and leave a bit of citrus in the finish. well balanced
M-medium-light bodied
O-Pretty good straight forward wheat beer. Nothing crazy but on point and very drinkable

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Photo of Dave128
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - A medium pour yields about a finger of fizzy white head. It retains for a while, but is mostly held up by the etching in the glass. Body is yellow golden in color with only a slight haziness. Lacing is nonexistent.

S - Smells of sour wheat and grass.

T - As with the nose, this hefeweizen is a little too sour up front, with not a lot of character to back it up. There is a mild pepperyness in the finish.

M - Light bodied and thankfully not overcarbonated.

O - An average wheat ale. I would compare it to a blue moon with just a little more wheat flavor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger head, decent retention, and a resulting thin lace.

Smell - Smells of wheat, lemon and grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of wheat and lemon. Finish is subtly bitter and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel - Light body, with a sharp, crisp bite.

Overall - Not a hefewiezen as the name suggests, but a decent wheat beer nonetheless.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at an Irish place in Buffalo with lunch (Beef on Weck) before BRUUUCE on 4-13-12. (Reviewed from notes)

A-Nice, cloudy with decent head

S-Pretty typical Hefe

T-Good, nicely balanced

M-A little bit chewy for my taste

O-Good, now that Rochester's North American Brewery has acquired Pyramid, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of their offerings, and that's a good thing

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Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing pale gold, hazy with substantial head. The nose is all cereal, banana and sweet cream. Very approachable. Those cereal bits really come through on the tongue. This beer certainly isn't anything to write home about but it does its job and it drinks super easy. I can see myself buying a sixer of this when bonfire season rolls around.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a light orange amber with a nice white head and light lacing. Aroma of wheat and light citrus. Pleasant wheat and lemon flavor. A mixture of dry finish with a faint sweet overtone. Lingering overly bitter aftertaste. Not an assertive beer, but a pleasant dinner accompaniment.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Enjoy by 06/27/12. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with hints of orange in the body. A two finger white head that becomes rocky and dissipates within a few minutes. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Initial smell was yeast and bready malts. Hints of alcohol and a dishrag like smell. Even in this glass it is hard to pull any banana or clove notes. Slight wheat notes as it warms.

T: Pretty good wheat taste to it. Nothing over powering comes through. For a Hefe it is certainly lacking in the flavor profile but I can see how this is considered an American Pale Wheat Ale.

M: A little thin. Good carbonation. Refreshing and quite drinkable.

Overall not a bad beer by any means. Standard american attempt at a Hefe.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Why is it that Americans (with the exception of Sierra Nevada) can not brew anything resembling a Hefeweizen???
This beer is semi-clear golden in color with a small white head that does not have the substance or stick of a real Hefe head.
Smells nothing like a Hefe; no banana, no clove, no yeast, just weak macro-like beer smell. The same is true for the flavor. Tastes like cheap lager, not fine ale. No sweetness, just a grassy, malty mess.
Would never even guess that this was a wheat ale, much less a good Hefeweizen if no one told me it was supposed to be. It's sad that we had to create a category for crappy American attempts at Hefeweizen and call it "American Pale Wheat Ale" when many of the beers in this category say Hefeweizen on the label (or used to).
Very disappointing.

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Photo of BillH200174
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange color on the pour with a decent sized head and nice lace to cover the glass. Yeasty hints in the nose, citrus fresh and lightly sweet. Finish nicely carbonated and a fair to middling hop presence with the appropriately dry lingering aftertaste. Nice beer, not a great beer.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not quite full enough to be a true hefeweizen. I like the creation of the category american pale wheat which seems to fit this beer well.

Appearance: One finger foamy white head. Egg yolk yellow body. Unfiltered but oddly dull in it's sheen.

Smell: Light grainy wheat malt. Hints of grass and sour funky citrus and spice aroma.

Taste: Basically mild wheat malts with some floral hops and a dose of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Mineral hard water taste. Light and thin. Funky finish. This is better for swigging rather than savoring.

Overall: The taste is the best part. A little thin and bland for my liking.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly rich and mouth filling. Lovely cloudy amber in the tall glass. Not too sweet, but full of malt flavors. Tangy with a hint of lemon. Nice carbonation that lasts well and fills each mouthful with a pleasant spritz. Mellow maltiness makes for super drinkability. Tart finish with a kiss of bitter hops. I'd say this is as good of a Hefeweizen as you'd hope to find on this side of the Atlantic. Calling this an American Pale Wheat just puts it in with some totally different lightweight beers.

On tap at The Grove on Chestnut St. in San Francisco where it seems to be a house regular. Nice glassware for these tall pours.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stuck on the couch here with a busted leg.
Pours a medium murky hay-orange tone color. Head is medium-thick, lightly chunky. Decent amount of carbonation streams throughout the brew. Pretty decent appearance.
Smells of all the great Hefe' s is not here. This is for sure an American wheat.Light straw, watery, orange,some grassiness , but really lacking in real depth or complexity. Finishes with a bit of straw, touch of hops, that's about it.
Flavor is also very light, a bit of creaminess from the wheat is appreciated. Upfront lightly citrus, but finishes with a toasted grain flavor I normally find in German Zwickel beer. The toasted character is not prominent in the nose but really adds a nutty complexity not anticipated in the flavor.None of the banana/clove/cream/ of a real Hefe, but the light floral nutty character is very similar to a good musty Keller bier, so It's really growing on me.
Mouth feel is fairly light, carbonation could use a slight boost. At times feeling a bit flat on the palate.
Overall decent, flavor is actually much better than the aromatics.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

972nd Review on BA
Draft to plastic cup

@Keystone Lanes, Norwalk, CA

App- This was very much more a wheat beer vs Hefe in appearance. It was cloudy and a bit of fresh squeezed orange juice color with a good one finger pure white head

Smell- There wasn't much here. You did get a floral wheat base with some citus and some yeast. Pretty basic but got the job done to at least smell something.

Taste- This was pretty non-offensive. Had some basic wheat notes with some additional grain notes. The citrus was more vibrant on this one. I still wouldnt go so far to label this a Hefe.

Mouth- Light bodied and a punch light/medium carbonation level. Good residual citrus/wheat.

Drink- This was for a work party and this was the best available. I couldnt not partake(I could, but didnt want too). This was just something to drink other than water. Not that bad overall. Better than I remember.

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

Punching through a variety pack of Pyramid beers that I have left over from Thanksgiving...

appearance - yellow, cloudy/unfiltered, white head, some retention

smell - lemon/citrus/orange

taste - citrus notes and malt

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

overall - this isn't the pinnacle of a hef but it's an okay session beer when you're not trying for the best

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear gold with 1/2 inch, rapidly disappearing head. The aroma is ofbread crust, fruit, and a hint of caramel. It's flavor consists of fruity caramel, hay, vanilla, and slight apple notes which has a caramel apple flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen is a good beer full of flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of Northsider
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Grove, San Francisco.

Appearance is the typical cloudy yellow you see in hefes.

Smell wasn't really there for me. Faint smell of bananas and cloves, but BARELY.

Taste wasn't all there either. It had the typical hefe taste, but somehow diluted.

Overall, it's an ok hefe style beer. I'd get it again if it was on tap and nothing else sparked my interest. There are better hefes out there though.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Orange-gold colour, semitransparent.

Sm: Orange peel citrus ester hops accompanied by pleasant barley and malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Decent orange peel, a moderately full barley body, and slight malt tones. Simple, pretty badly built, and sort of balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of unwelcome sharpness. Doesn't really complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Drinkable enough, but offered at a high price and not good quality.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Crazy served in a SA glass

Pretty cloudy dark-gold color with a good amount of head. That's where the fun stops. The aroma has bits of wheat and grain, not much else. The taste is rather light, some wheat with lemon and a hint of floral. It's pretty smooth but has a thin body. It's an ok beer but there isn't much to it.

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Photo of kflorence
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I heard good things about this beer so I had to give it a shot. Poured a golden orange color with a fair amount of head that dissipated pretty quickly. Taste is super smooth with wheat and spice, and a little tin flavor. This is a great warm weather beer, highly drinkable and very smooth. It’s definitely not one of the best hefe’s out there, but it’s not bad either.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12-oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Looks more golden than anything else. Not so much orange or lemon in the smell, but more of a wheat and grassy type. Nothing extraordinary. Taste is average for an American Hefeweizen (I’ve only had a handful on German hef’s), but thankfully not too fruity. No lasting taste or aftertaste. I hoped it would get better. Overall it’s not too bad. I’d probably order it at a bar and would definitely give it another try.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Sacramento location on 3/8/11

Dense, really cloudy orange color. Poured a wispy head. Thin collar retention; no lace.

The aroma is simple. Lots of wheat. Toasted wheat. Wheat, wheat, wheat? Yeppers. A touch earthy and almost musty with a hoppy notion.

No surprise, wheat is the defining flavor. Regardless, there is an unabashed hoppy kick that is manifest throughout. Toasted grains. Not at all sweet. Rather, it's quite dry and pointed.

Somewhat heavy for the style, but medium body overall. Very prickly carbonation; it's too much. Toasted wheat finish.

Not too shabby. Aside from the carbonation, it's enjoyable.

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Photo of ackleydg
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright yellow with pretty good head action. Definitely some sediment in there. Aroma leaves something to be desired. Citrus is the predominant scent.

Foamy mouthfeel. Taste is ok - better than most American Hefs in my opinion. A lot of wheat and lemon flavor. Not a lot of banana or clove.

Certainly drinkable. I prefer something a little closer to the German style though.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden, head is barely there, really not the head I expect from a hefeweizen. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
S- Smell is mostly grainy, but there is a bit of lemon to it as well.
T- There isn't the banana, bubble gum, etc. notes you commonly find in hefeweizens. It's mostly just a lightly earthy grain character and a bit of lemon in the finish.
M- Light-medium body, active carbonation.
O- Not that great of a hefeweizen, and a below average beer for me. It doesn't really stick with me, and I guess it's a decent transition beer, but beyond that, I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with haze and a 2 finger white head

smell: clove, banana, citrus, wheat

taste: citrus fruits, banana, clove

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad hefeweizen. just doesn't stand up to some of the others in the same category.


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Photo of beerman21
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, I understand that its what is in the bottle that counts, but the old labels to Pyramids beers were way more original looking. It was plane easy on the eyes and just cool! Anytime i looked at it, some how reminding me of the pyramids being built with paying there workers with beer, kind of neat. Now they have these cartoonish loud labels. Anyways the older labels were way cooler.

Now for what really matters the brew inside...

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a ridiculously load cartoonish label. Looks like a beer for children.

Pour a golden unfiltered hue, quite bright and refreshing looking. Head dissipates but with holds well. No lemon for me thanks.

Smell lemony, grassy notes, sweet cereal smelling background almost smells like Kellogg’s cereal.

Tart sweetness, lemon peal, very faint banana and clove nothing pronounced there but it is there and i can pick it out. Faint bubble gum there as well but again very mild and hard to pull out. Refreshing, crisp and well mild flavors. I remember this beer being a little bit different more pronounced with there flavors. But it is very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthful little bit watery more than i would like but it makes for easy drinking on a hot day.

Overall not a great example for being a hefeweizen, probably shouldn’t even call it as such. But it is a refreshing easy clean beer, that does have characteristic of the style it says it is. Bubble gum banana and clove flavors are hidden with the cereal tasting malts. Wish it would come out a little bit more.

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