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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

Added by Brent on 08-13-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
1,085
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
27.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 474 | Ratings: 1,085
Photo of Jonleonbass
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably the best wheat beer in the USA in my opinion. Should be rated higher on BA than it is. It is fantastically balanced and smooth. Like Sculpin Grapefruit by Ballast Point, it has achieved the perfect blend of fruit and beer. Not too sweet and a perfect essence of the fruit it is portraying without making you forget it is a beer and complimenting the beers overall flavor.....The malt and mouthfeel are second to none for a wheat beer. It is a style that is a love it or hate it one, but you cannot deny it's refreshing nature and pure unfiltered wheat beer goodness. I find it utterly shocking the bros have Blue Moon rated higher than this. It may not be a 99 or 100 beer....but it should be low 90s or high 80s for sure. It is not quite what some of the german wheats/belgian spiced whites on the top end are, but it is damn close and in some ways more drinkable.
Look-Cloudy and unfiltered with an orange tint.
Smell-Dried Apricots for days and malt. Wheat.
Taste-Perfect balance of malt and hefe with sour and bitter apricot notes and citrus.
Feel-About as good as mouthfeel gets. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apricot comes out with that orange appearance, 1/2" off white head, good lacing for a fruit beer. Aroma really hits those apricot notes. I like, straight forward.

Taste, a little sweet, but not Lindeman's level lambic that is overly bothersome. Not hoppy like Aprihop, which it was. Its decent, aroma is best, but I think its better than its user score, which is a rarity for my grading curve.

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Photo of neuroactive
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'll give it the best review I can; my grandma is an strict christian who I, or my mom, have never seen drink or smoke, I brought one of these home, she asked to try it and asked me to go back and get the 6pack.
Really though, it balances the apricot taste with the alcohol content very nicely I would highly recommend if it's in your area.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a great nose of apricot and tangerine. Tastes follows nose. Orange-gold & nice lacing. It's malty but not a heavy ale. My only complaint is the lack of hops. But this has a bold taste and is a very good summer offering. If you like shandies, but also like beer, this is a terrific blend of malt and fruit. Cheers!

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a hazy gold with streaming bubbles and a soapy bone colored head.

The smell is a very strong sweet fruity smell.

The taste follows the nose with a very sweet fruity taste that was almost a bit syrupy.

Medium mouth feel that seemed to have a slightly thick chewy ending.

Overall this beer seemed to taste all right with the exception of that overpowering sweetness on the nose and the tongue.

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Photo of stevoj
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Palate affected by head cold, but mostly unimpressed with this. Faint fruit flavor, weak body, dull appearance. not much going on here.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Orangish creamy smooth beer with a light white head. Smells of wheat, cream, peaches, apricot, tangerine. Taste is even more heavy in the cream on the start. It starts like an orange creamsicle with less sweetness but slowly gives way to a mildly dry grainy wheat with a soft vanilla finish. This beer isn't really my deal anymore. I thought it was cool 10 years ago, but the fruit flavors taste like fake peach ring candies to me now. Non-beer women drinkers seem to like it. Actually on a more positive note, I've seen this act as a gateway beer introducing more people to microbreweries.

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Photo of Foyle
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a thick off white head that drops slowly with mild lacing. Cloudy light yellow gold color.
Aroma: strong apricot aroma along with wheat, white bread and a bit of lemon.
Mouthfeel: light and fizzy
Flavor: apricot also dominates the taste with wheat and malt notes in the background and just enough hops to slightly offset the sweetness.
Overall: ok for the style, but nothing spectacular and too sweet to drink more than one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've had this one on tap before but it's been so long that I deleted my initial 100 character review and am typing up a new one.

A : The appearance here is a thing of beauty. I'm serving this to myself in a tall Weizen glass, and the body is the color of dried apricots. It's glowing, and is roughly 80% opaque. The head is humongous at four fingers, off-white, and tremendously bubbly. It recedes slowly and stays around. This is one beautiful looking brew.

S : Some clean water, sticky apricot candy, and a waft of wheat underneath. A faint bite of hop also accompanies the nose.

T : The taste is slightly off with a bit of seltzer and adjunct, but the apricot is there and the wheat is also there (though somewhat moldy). It ends with a little pinch of hop mixed with apricot. There is some sort of off-zing with this beer, I can't put my finger on it, but it's moldy, zingy, and off-balance.

F : This is a great mouth for a beer. Creamy, dense, full. I like it a lot.

O : Surprisingly my new scores weren't far off from my first review. I'm just glad I could try it again to revisit this memory.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My girlfriend's sister told me she had an apricot ale on her boat, so I asked for one. I was given this. Having not had a Pyramid beer before, I didn't know what to expect... though I've tended to read that Pyramid is relatively mediocre. Let's get going.

I had this straight from the bottle, so I'm sorry beer nerds if my "incorrect" way of drinking offends you.

Basically, it's a nice beer. A nice wheat beer with apricot added without tasting like fruit juice or like fifteen sugar packets were added. I drank the bottle within maybe ten minutes because it was tasting so good in the sun. Looking at it objectively though, this beer is what it is. It won't blow you away, especially if you're sitting in your home watching TV or inside at a bar. Like most fruit beers, enjoy it in the sun for the best experience.

Try it if you find it, it's a good one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick with spotty lacing, and a hazy golden body.

Smells like a nice blend of bright, earthy-er grains and a fair touch of the added apricot included with this product.

I taste a crisp mixture of the grains described above that have an extremely clean finish. Nearly TOO clean. The fruit tastes comes into play mid-palate and stays for the remainder of the swig.

This mouthfeel here is refreshingly clean and crisp. This is one of the most quenching beers I've experienced in recent memory. Fantastic job here!

Overall, I'll give Pyramid Apricot Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc. a 4.25. I wish I'd only discovered this a while ago.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid Apricot Ale brewed by Pyramid Breweries, Inc.. with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Pyramid Apricot Ale is sweet with grains , and malts. This is a real inviting brew, I like the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it , rich with sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up grains, and malts. Pyramid Apricot Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth , and rich. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Pyramid Apricot Ale a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Pyramid Breweries, Inc. did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of K_sakai
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not the biggest fan of fruity beers but I can enjoy an apricot ale once in a while. I think that the look and smell of the beer are better than the taste, which is good until it leaves a bitter after taste

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/26/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic tasting fruit flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wheat ale. All around great robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded yellow gold, left a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Smells very much like apricot.

Tastes like apricot, some tartness to the flavor, which is reminiscent of cactus pear fruit.
No complexity, but doesn't take away from it at all, a refreshing offering.

Light bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation, easy to drink.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like apricot nectar for making an especially scrumptious fuzzy navel drink...

Poured from the stubby into a shaker. A pretty hard pour produces about an inch of froth. The beer is a slightly hazy amber-golden with moderate carbonation.

Strong apricot on the nose, continuing into the flavor proper, with a hint also of orange and lemon. An earthy hop bitterness suggests an apricot stone.

I don't like drinking more than one of these at a time, but it's a decent enough beer. The apricot flavor doesn't taste contrived and the residual sweetness is more apparent than real. I could see this as a refreshing hot weather beer.

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is an overly sweet fruit/vegetable beer that is just too much for me. It's only suitable for drinking very sparsely. I didn't really like it but a lot of people do.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost like a dry apricot cider. Nose is sweet. Taste is less so but still very fruity. Not a subtle apricot. It is very much there. If you like apricot and lighter beers you will love this.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Date: 11/17/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 12 oz brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Orange to gold/yellow in color. Fluffy bone white head average retention, about 90 seconds. Maintains a short head for an even longer period. Very nice cling. Very solid haze only lets some light in and makes it impossible to see through.
Aroma: Apricot juice makes up a large portion of the aroma. The juice itself is very sweet and a touch a touch earthy/dank. Some of the wheat aromas can be found in the back but are truly riding shotgun.
Taste: Apricot flavoring again is very powerful and sweet and is broken up by the bite of carbonic acid. The wheat flavors are pushed to the back but can be identified as more hearty and earthy if flavor.
Mouthfeel: A very creamy medium light body, the body is singular in texture but the high carbonation provides an effervescence to the beer along with the carbonic bite.

Notes: Enjoy by 12/31/14

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head taht died off within about a minute. Lacing was fairly stringy and light.
The smell definitely had the apricots and then a sweet malt.
The taste was sweet through the combination of the apricots and malt.
The mouthfeel was light to medium on the body with a fairly soft carbonation. Its fairly smooth and fruity over my tongue.
Overall, not a bad beer, jut not anything to go bonkers about.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong apricots, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy apricot sweetness. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is not a very good beer.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend and brewer Rob for this one. Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no date code visible into a pint glass and get one finger of head.

A: Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that dissipates quickly to leave a heavy ring around the edge of my glass. Lacing is little to zero.

S: Smells like malt and fresh apricots.

T: Very fruity from start to finish. Tastes like apricots.

M: Medium-bodied and medium-carbonated. It goes down easy.

O: I think it is a good fruit beer. It tastes exactly what it is supposed to taste like. That being said: this is not a beer that I would gravitate towards. However, I have learned that having a beer party where there will be several people who are not beer drinkers or women that are not really beer drinkers; fruit beers are a must. I would have this one on hand then.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange color. Smell is pretty much all apricot as expected. Taste is similar to the smell, fruity taste. No bitterness or hop presence detectable. Fair carbonation, crispy after taste. It's a little better than I expected it to be, not bad for a fruit style beer.

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Photo of FannyBack
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am drinking this beer during this review.

If you like Apricots, go for it! It tastes like them and smells like em too! Feel free to jump in. Both feet, no shorts or shirt.

I digress, it is a good Ale. Pros - Easy to drink, gets ya going a little, hint of apricots, well done.

Cons - I wish the taste of apricots was a little stronger. Just a light poke on my taste buds with apricot is not enough. I wish they had gone with a more powerful taste.

Overall, Worth it. Please enjoy one and think for yourself.

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Photo of seymourcox
4.62/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this beer when one of my nephews and I did a tasting of about 14 beers. It was the only one we both liked. I loved it and he said "this would be great on a hot day" (which, in NC, is common).

This beer looks beautiful. It's sudsy and peachy colored. In a sense, it doesn't look real. It looks like a high dollar TV ad that has been heavily doctored up.

The taste is great. It's as peachy as it is apricot...y(?). And, as my nephew suggested, it is exactly the type of beer you'd want to drink 12-15 of on a beautiful summer day after frolicking in the outdoors.

For some, it might get too peachy after a while. It also might be a little too carbonated for some (it feels a little like Mountain Dew, at times). It's really purely subjective if either is too much, or just right for you.

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