Amber Weizen | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Amber WeizenAmber Weizen

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Reidrover on 05-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Boneheadmx:
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a nice hazy dark amber with a head that will not go away. The smell is rather nice with hints of caramel. The taste complements the smell with its taste of caramel, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel is rather interesting as the beer is thick and syrupy. This is a very drinkable beer that I will definitely come back to again in the near future.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its cloudy caramel-colored body has an orangeish cast to it beneath a two-fingered head of rocky white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it initially leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose is malty sweet with a nice touch of caramel and some yeasty fruitiness.

In the mouth it's crisp with a light-medium body and slightly effervescent, natural carbonation.

The flavor is sweet, malty, caramelish, bready, slightly toasty; and with a bit of fruit (apple, dried apricot) and some acidity from the yeast. It's not very phenolic at all, and I'd imagine this may be a standard ale-yeast strain. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, but it's still there and noticeable, and helps to dry it in the finish along with the yeasty acidity. It finishes lightly sweet, fruity and caramelish.

Perhaps a bit too sweet overall, but still quite nice.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber hue with some orange highlights. One-inch creamy head subsides after a few minutes, but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of light malt, wheat, and a bit of diacetyl astringency. Malt is more prevalent on the palate - rich, sweet, full caramel malt, balanced by the slightest bit of fruity hops. Body is rather thin, yet creamy and a touch foamy when given a swirl in the mouth. A decent beer, but I'm glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of prototypic
2.81/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's slightly hazy and a dark amber color. Head is about a finger and a half. Retention was short and virtually no lacing lined the glass.

Smell: Light on the nose is an understatement in this instance. There's a bit of a grainy smell to it. Very light caramel malts are present. That's about it.

Taste: It's primarily malty and sweet. Very light dark fruit flavors are present. It is grainy with just a slight hop twist toward the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's relatively smooth and it goes downeasy enough. But, it's bland flavor severly limits drinkability. Overall, it's very average. I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a beer that's retired, sure showing up a few places here the springs (says its from portland ore on the bottle)

Pours a a clear amber/orange with effervescence & a 2 fingers deep sand colored head. No head retention or lacing

Smell: fruitty with slight yeast notes

Taste: bready & slight brown sugar spicyness up front, then caramel comes through. Finishes fruity with slight yeast notes

MF: Medium body & Okay carbonation

Pretty drinkable depsite its lack of a discernable hefe or wheat ale profile (either wheaty or yeasty). A lukewarm reccomendation at best

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Photo of BeerSox
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Murky dark amber appearance with a light tan thin head that doesn't last long.

Hints of sweet brown sugar from a long wort boil. Bits of a wheat base.

Thin maltiness with a little bit of caramel flavor. Not much else. The finish is mostly clean with a bit of grain flavor.

Same as their Hefewezien, almost tasteless and not very drinkable.

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Photo of theopholis
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Transluscent amber/orange. Looks nice. The head is a nice two finger off-white affair that settles down reasonably quickly. Leaves no lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness with just a hint of earthiness. A hint of breadiness and citrus. You really have to look for those 2 tho.

Taste- Not much taste at all. You can definately taste the wheat, but there just is not much else there. After the complexity of the smell, the taste is a bit dissapointing.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. Over-carbonated. This may explain the lack of taste. The over-carbonation kills your taste-buds.

Drinkability- I'll finish this one, but I'm glad I didn't buy a sixer.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 09-15-2005 printed on the neck label.

A low head remains on the surface of the beer throughout the first half of the session. The color is a very hazy medium brown. There was a huge deposit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, which I promptly swirled and added to my glass.

Smells pleasantly of dark malts. The malt smell is very fresh...I am almost picking up some hints of raw wort. There is a little hint of spiciness in there, which I am assuming are the hops...very low. There are also some considerable yeasty notes due to the large volume of yeast poured from the bottle. There is a little diacetyl present. Smells pretty tasty.

Carbonation is medium, and the body is light...but there is something about it, maybe the yeast in suspension, that makes it seem closer to medium.

The two flavors I pick up the most on my tongue are those of amber malts and yeast; not much hops to speak of. Actually, upon closer inspection I do find some, but they are very clean and low in bitterness. Some slight hints of caramel are also lurking in there. The finish is yeasty with a slight bitterness.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With Pyramid's existing line of wheat ales (Hefeweizen, Apricot Weizen), I was surprised to see another wheat show up in the form of Amber Weizen. But this brew was purchased as part of our effort to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks in tonight's Super Bowl. Of course, like this beer, that didn't work out too well.

I was most taken aback by how tart this beer is -- is that crabapple? This element is present in the aroma as well as the taste. It overpowers the flavor and makes what would probably be a run-of-the-mill beer rather unenjoyable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was good except for the head which faded fairly quickly and wasn't anything to write home about. Thick wheaty and caramel malt flavor. Not very much bitterness. Comes out on the nose fairly nicely. Good crispness and nice drinkability. Worth a try. Not complex, but it tasted great. Very sweet. For malty wheat beer lovers.

Appearance changes a lot with from a pint glass to a weizen glass. This beer needs a weizen glass to pour properly. The pint glass gives it zero head. The weizen glass gives it a bunch.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Massive, persistent sticky white head crowns a muddy, semi-translucent copper body. A web of elegant lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Malty, bready, aroma with light fruit notes, and a slight peppery note.

Taste: Opens with bread notes and prominent, earthy yeast flavors, these carry the taste to its end, whereupon a slightly tangy bitter note appears. Finishes with a mild, lingering medicinal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft on the palate, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, refreshing summer beer, perhaps a bit off-style, but quite drinkable, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red brown brew, looks like Old Iced Tea with a white head.

Smell is very malty with lots of caramel and biscuit scent. Clean scent without any off scents. The scent is very similar to Fat Tire Ale.

Taste is fairly sweet and malty with faint flavor and a stepped up hopping to balance out the extra sweetness. Flavor goes sweet and then bready and ends with an assertive bitter snap in the finish. Flavor reminds me of a Weizenbock.

Good mouthfeel, thickish.

Much better than I feared after looking at the other reviews here. Taste like an American attempt at a Weizenbock. Not anywhere as good as an Aventinus, but worth drinking if you see it on sale. Best of the Pyramid brews I have tasted yet.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Special Release"..12 oz brown bottle with a rather attractive summery coloured rendition of the traditional Pyramid label. Wow this beer is really unfiltered a dense foggy dark amber with a small tan head..some sediment in bottom of bottle..I like this. aroma is of a typical American wheat though..sort of sour but very subdued compared to the german versions. the taste is quite nice for the summer..light and fruity, not too cloying though..the wheat aspect comes through a bit on the back of the tongue. Quite smooth and not thin on the palate. I actually enjoyed this one..not great but good enough for summer.

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Photo of xoqx
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This pours lovely amber-red with the expected cloudy translucency of an unfiltered wheat beer. This has the visual characteristics of a dunkel, with a two finger off-white head that exhibited moderate retention and thick lacing.

Smell – It has a grainy, biscuity nose with no indication of any significant hops.

Taste – I like it. There are strong caramel notes with some hints of light citrus. There is an orange-peel taste produced by the yeasts used, but nothing out in front. The beer has a soft, creamy finish with a little sourness and grains standing out from the wheat.

Mouthfeel – This is a very creamy beer and has a surprisingly light-moderate body for such a thick-looking dark(er) beer.

Drinkability – I wanted another right away.

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Photo of germaniac
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim. Happy to see it so highly rated.
Pours a cloudy apple cider color. Brown, red, and yellow inhabiting the same pint glass.

The scent carries a little yeast, backed up by the dark malt. Overall kind of a fruity, biscuity nose on this one.

Malty and fairly sweet, the hop bitterness is well covered until the slight bite in the finish.

Easy to drink, with loads more character than any other Pyramid beer I've had. A very accessible stab at the style.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goofy orange yellow brown color. Very cloudy yeast and wheat goodness. Medium off-white creamy head.

Wheat tart powdery and slightly creamy with yeast goodness.

Creamy wheat beer – tart wheat and yeast on the tongue. Sweet malt with really light hop and some bitterness. Overall quite light. Finishes mostly clean with a little bitterness.

Mild carbonation. Medium-light to medium body.

Okay I say.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears clearer (more yeast setiment) & darker amber, while tasting maltier than their hefe wiessen.

In my opinion it has more flavour & it's a better beer than the hefe wiessen. The malt flavour tones down the citrous of the cascade hops. Beer-geeks should find it far more interesting.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Pyramid Ale house. The beer was poured in a standard pint glass. It was a nice a slightly hazy bronze with an off-white head.

The beer had an aroma of slightly toasty malt, with a bit of subtle spicing (clove and all spice).

The taste was slightly sweet with almost a biscuit quality. Slightly sweet later with just a hint of the spices from the aroma. Not bad, but not overly interesting.

The mouthfeel was fine, while it was a bit thin; the carbonation seemed to be well calibrated for the style. Drinakaiblity is ok, as this is kind of a no brainer easy drinker.

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Photo of ahking
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Pours an absolutely gorgeous amber color made that way because you expect this color from a pale ale or amber ale. A Hefe of this color is rare and it really gets you into the beer before you drink. Unfortunately I didn't find much else to be spectacular here. I tried hard to get some unique aroma out of this beer, but it pretty much just smelled like ... well ... beer. Little characteristic hefe aroma here. Maybe a hint of sweet bananas, or that just could be malt, no hop aroma. Flavor was nothing too interesting. Little to no hop flavor, a tad flavor of banana and nilla wafer cookie. On a very positive note this beer is crisp, clean and refreshing. It's unoffensive and not cloying at all (I find way too many hefes are too sweet for me).

So this is an average tasting beer that is refreshing and drinkable. Good enough for the most, beer geeks may not appreciate the lack of complex flavors.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good pour. Nice foaming head and amber/dark amber body. Yet the head vanished fairly quickly. It was around long enough to produce hoppy aroma and some spice.
Taste started out refreshing; hops, citrus, some lightly toasted biscuit. Then it fell a bit flat. the flavor was gone and bit of malt aftertaste lingered.
It finished smooth and semi-crisp, but I was left a bit disappointed.

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Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beertaster13
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Come on, step up to the plate Pyramid, there first of three 20th anniversary ales leaves much to be desired. Pours a murky dark ruby red amber with a tan head that loses much of its pep, reduces to nothing. Lacing is nowhere to be seen. The smell is rather clean, a huge hint of grains and wheat, bread and earthy tones are present. A apricot sweet malts is present as well. The taste is flat and uninspiring, the wheat and the sweet syrupy malts don't go well together, the malts are lacking real distinct flavor, a doughy bread taste just doesn't please the palate, medium bodied but not my cup of tea. Or beer?

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Photo of mcontr2
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearnce: Cloudy, Amber, Brown. Looked liked mom's apple cider. 1.5 inch head.
nosefeel: melted butter (?) and biscut smell.
taste: had a bready mouth feel. Tasted of apricot, grape, apple and caramel. Bread mouthfeel Can see it being a hit for Dunkelweizen fans. Nothing too special about the brew..If it's Pyramid, give me their Apricot Ale.

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Photo of briman
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy basic copper color. Smallish beige head dissipates almost immediately, leaving pretty much no lace.

Aroma is caramel, with a light wheat undertone. Somewhat sweet.

Flavor is faintly sweet, with some mild wheat. At first I thought it had some sweetness along the lines of a hard candy, but after the first sip it was basically gone. Not much there honestly. What exactly makes this a "dark" wheat ???? Tastes like a basic generic american wheat ale.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance seems ok, but let's be honest...with no taste and no character, how hard could it really be to balance ? Seems like any other wheat beer out there...certainly nothing distinguishing about this one. Won't be buying this again.

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Amber Weizen from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 58 ratings