Pyramid Apricot Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

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

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

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.6/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Orangish apricot color with a very minimal head that quickly dies away. Looks okay, but looks are (extremely) decieving.

Sicky-sweet artificial nose. Ugh. I do not look forward to the taste.

Difficult to drink. Somewhat sour, very artificial fruitiness. Not as bad as the scent, but not fun to drink.

Nasty, foul aftertaste that will not go away until you have a different beer, or eat something.

Drinkability? Total drain pour. I give the drinkability rating a little leeway, because I think I am drinking an outdated (possibly oxidized?) bottle. The bottling date on the label is blurred, so I do not know how old this is.

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Photo of Sp8ctre
1.64/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy light copper color, one finger of head that dissipated quickly

S - Doughy, rotten fruit smell

T - Strong apricot with a very yeasty flavor and a hint of hops

M - Light body, strong carbonation

O - I didn't like this beer much at all. Very doughy smell and flavor; The apricot was overpowering and almost imitation tasting

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Photo of Offa
1.68/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I do not enjoy this much at all. I admit that I am not much of a fruit beer drinker unless it's lambic, but I do like some, and a few a love, and this just is not good - it's thin and almost characterless with almost no real "beer"-like quality at all. It's more like really cheap apricot soda-pop.

It's cloudy orange-gold with a thin off-white head that steadily dissipates to a small ring.

The aroma is dried apricots, pumpkin, and a hint of dough.

The taste is tart, dry apricot with fizzy mineral water at first with a really long, cracker finish along with dry apricot. It gets tiresome fast and it's downright awful with food, which causes the unpleasant apricot-mineral water taste to completely take over. Alone, it's a bit refreshing, but otherwise I shall avoid it.

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Photo of dherling
1.77/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured out a golden reddish color with no head whatsoever. The nos eis overbearinlgy strong sweat apricot, I can't freaking tell if there's nything else in there, it's just... so... damn... apricotty. My god man. It's like someone jabbed a bunch of apricot up my nose. Lots of them. Yeeesh! Ok, what the f*ck? The taste is like apricot syrup. I am not against fruit beers, bring it on, but it's fruit beer, not 'fruit.' Can I throw up now? This is like drinking the syrup out of a Shoprite packaged fruit can. On sale and expired. Seriously. Bad stuff. Le's just get on with our lives now.

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Photo of olmatty
1.82/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance-A beautiful looking beer. A cloudy apricot color, appropriately enough, with a creamy persistent white head.

Smell-Hugely aromatic. Perfumy, and cloyingly sweet apricot syrup. I can smell it from a few feet away and unfortunately I don't enjoy this smell. I wish good smelling beers had this much potency.

Taste-That aroma is baa-aack and this time it's wrapped around my tongue. Syrupy sweet, some very unpleasant flavors that are musky with a zesty, fruity apricot flavor against a pale ale background.

Mouthfeel-Creamy and palate sticking

Drinkability-I wanted to like this. But, it's simply awful to me. The fruit taste reminds me of artificial chemically produced fruit flavors and it hangs in my mouth far too long. I'm having a hard time remembering a beer this unpleasant. Someone must buy it or they wouldn't brew it, right?

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Photo of rye726
1.93/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew pours a hazy golden color with a lacking whitish head. The nose has some wheat malts but is mostly of apricot juice. This has an apricot syrup taste that doesn't go down well. The body is light and has heavy carbonation that fights the palate. I had a few sips and gave the rest away.

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Photo of harrymel
1.96/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk
Murky apricot colored ale with a sheet of white. Smells like a cheap american weisssbier knockoff with a hint of sweetened apricot juice. Flavor is watery and empty. Some apricot hints and plenty of plain wheat flavor. Brutally thin and with lower carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is poorly conducted.

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Photo of granger10
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was told this was a good beer by a friend of mine. I told him that I didn't like apricots too much and he said that it didn't matter because it was such a good beer. I don't know what the hell he was thinking. It looked fine on the pour nothing great but decent enough. But the aroma was all apricots. And so was the taste. It reminded me of apricot jam. I don't taste any beer here. Is this supposed to be a beer? Slight notes of bread in the flavor. Finishes a little yeasty. But there's too much apricot for me to handle. I will never drink this crap again.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour is a rather orange hue that appears to be much more opaque than I was initially expecting. It is not as though there is a haziness to the beer, rather, it almost looks as though there is a certain thickness to the beer that I was not originally expecting. Not a lot of carbonation within the pour and there is less than a one finger rather bright white head that works its way to the top of the glass.

What is probably most distracting and unappealing with this offering is the smell. Rather than maintaining a pleasant apricot smell what this beer brings to the table is a nose that is simply too overpowering and one cannot help but imagine cracking open a jar of Gerber Apricot baby food within the nose. The smell immediately gives the impression that this beer is going more for the fake apricot offering than anything else. If there is supposed to be some wheat at work here with this beer it certainly cannot be picked up within the nose.

Unfortunately the fakeness that is observed within the nose also comes through the in the taste as well. Though you cannot say you did not know what you were getting yourself into when you selected an apricot ale, the down side to this offering is the taste that focuses more on quantity than quality. It is hard to really pick much out of the taste in terms of what the brewer brings to the beer since the overpowering and syrupy apricot taste simply cannot be worked around. There really needs to be more of an emphasis on the beer here as what is present in this offering is more of an alcoholic soda than anything worthwhile to speak of in terms of beer.

The mouthfeel also maintains that same unimpressive characteristic and the syrup sort of consistency that you could taste in the offering really coats the palate in a less than ideal way. One cannot help but think as the mouthfeel is noted that there is a certain microbrew quality that is lacking with the Audacious Apricot Ale and instead what it seems like is that this could be a rather paltry macro offering instead.

The Audacious Apricot Ale maintains an ABV of 5.1% and given all of the overwhelming apricot that is present both in the smell as well as the taste it is quite muted. Though it might have been in theory crafted to be a good session beer ideal for the summer time, I cannot think of one reason as to why I would ever go back to this beer again.

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Photo of CONOR8832
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Apricot/copper color to it, head fades fast, very fizzy.

S - Strong aroma of apricots, very sweet and grain like, not an enjoyable smell.

T - Hit with a mouthfull of sour tasting apricots, not a pleasant taste and it stays with you after you swallow.

M - very light and fizzy, high carbination

D - This would not be my everyday beer, and I probably will not try it again, it was too sweet and artificial tasting. However for those of you who enjoy fruit flavored beers you might find this one to meet you fancy.

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Photo of zeff80
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured out an orange color with next to no head. Obviously it smelled and tasted like apricot. Also it has wheat flavor, but the apricot flavor was overpowering. It had a fizzy mouthfeel. I wouldn't really call it highly drinkable. I had such a hard time drinking it, that I let my wife finish it.

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Photo of popery
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It tastes like apricot. I'll give them that. Unfortunately, it tastes more like apricot syrup and cough syrup than beer. This bottle is a bit older than I'd prefer for the tasting, but it certainly isn't old enough to excuse everything and still within the enjoy by date. The beer pours a cloudy and uninspiring gold. The head puffs up a bit but disappears very quickly. The smell is cough syrup and canned apricots. The taste is similar with abysmally little beer flavor. A hint of malt is all I got out of it. The feel is soda fizzy. It's not entirely undrinkable if you try to see past the flavor, not exactly the highest compliment I've ever given.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly off-orange color, very nearly the color of an apricot, ironically enough. Hazy, almost fully opaque, and topped with a wispy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. The smell is certainly not the best; a very artificial and forced apricot aroma makes its way to my nostrils and immediately I can tell this beer is probably not going to be great. The smell is very chalky, medicinal, and contrived. Oh boy. The beer finally hits my palate and you get this ever-so-slight taste of an almost tart apricot with some sweet, pale malty sugar, but before you have time to appreciate it - it's gone. Before long, your palate is engulfed with an artificial tasting mess. Medicinal flavors abound, metallic notes - yuck. That chalky, astringent aroma comes up full force in the flavor and makes the aftertaste almost unbearable. After taking a healthy sip, it tastes like you just got done chewing a Flintstone's vitamin. Musky, chalky, and not very sweet at all. Thin and watery mouth feel doesn't do much to help the cause, either.

Blech. I love apricots, but this beer is far from it. The aftertaste is very near the point of being downright nasty, and the beer really has no redeeming qualities. Stay away from this one.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fiance's favorite of a fruit beer mixed-six. Trying some from the follow up six-pack.

Pours a thick, sparkly head with a body that looks like orange juice. Smell is strictly and accurately dried apricot, nothing less, nothing more (including anything resembling beer).

Tastes like apricot chapstick. Mouthfeel is weird and acerbic, hard to get past the chapstick though. Cannot recommend to any but the most diehard apricot fans.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle poured into pint glass

a-hazy orange bubbles..blah

s-artificial...vegetal and corn and very fake apricot

t-like drinking a bottle of apricot fruit chewy rings....vegetal and musty corn funk

m-decent mouthfeel despite all...creamy and actually carbonation presents a problem

d-wouldnt want this again ever..

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a pale cloudy yellow with a loud fizzy white head that disappears to nothing just as quickly as it formed.

Has a sweet fruitiness about it that im guessing is the apricot. im also getting hints of peach, and not much else.

I am not a fan of this at all. tastes like crushed up childrens vitamins added to a budlight with an unpleasant buttery aftertaste. the apricot flavoring attempts to mask the boring and amateurish flavor profile and booziness.

mouthfeel is light bodied, light carbonation. smooth, but average.

I honestly wouldn't want to drink more than one of these. At least I can say I've had it, but this beer is pretty awful.

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Photo of BitteBier
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reasonably attractive apricot color, slightly cloudy with a sparse head and persistent yet sparse carbonation. Aroma is dominated by apricot scents. Where is the beer? The taste does not answer that question either, as the sweet apricot taste overwhelms the underlying wheat. Only toward the end does one get a hint of a little dryness--too little, too late. Mouthfeel is fine, but drinkability is poor for a beer. This might be a fine drink, but it's not a fine beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy lifeless orangeish color. Looks like fruit juice, a few shades darker than orange juice. Zero head present. Nose is full of citrus, orange zest, and apricot. Very fruity with absence of any malt profile. The taste is more of the same with heavy candied apricot character. Not much else going on than carbonated orange and apricot juice, this borders on malternative territory. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, the flavor isn't bad per se, but it certainly isn't good for a wheat beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$1.50 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's. 5.10% ABV. OG=11.75. Brewed with 2-row malted barley, malted wheat, and caramel malt. Hopped with Nugget.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange with a careful decant. Lots of loose yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Forms a modest off-white head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is vibrant with fruit...apricots, but also apples, and a pleasant sour milk character with swirling. Mouthfeel is tart yet softly ruddy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with the fruity apricot note, then gives way to a rather dull, yeasty and somewhat gluey middle. Malts and hops are very muted by the apricots acidity. Finish is bland and missing any life.

Very dull...not a very good combination of flavors. I wouldn't want to drink this one again. I feel a little bit sick after drinking 1/2 bottle.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/4/04- Purchased at the local grocery store.

*reviewed from notes

Appearance- Pours with a light head, but with no lace. Very murky and cloudy. An orangish color.

Smell- Something about Pyramid Ales that just don't agree with me. Skunky apricot smell. Maybe it's the type of yeast Pyramid uses because they all have the same kind of scent to me.

Taste- Again, tastes very wheat yeasty, not to my liking. Heavy on the apricots, malt flavor comes through with it. Not many if any hops.

Mouthfeel- I like the carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth, but the taste ruins it for me.

Drinkability- I'll still continue to try the rest of the Pyramid line, but this is not my taste for a beer.

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Photo of Dalem
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When Pyramid says this is an Apricot brew they ain't kidding. It's a cloudy orange in color so it looks a bit like apricot juice. The smell is pretty much apricot all the way and, other than a slight hint of wheat, apricot is pretty much all you can taste. The aftertaste is, you guessed it, apricot. I mean, you hardly taste anything BEER in it but a whole lotta apricot. A lighty carbonated apricot malt beverage maybe...but not a straight up beer. The thing is though is that the apricot tastes artificial.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a billowy white head. Apricot and stale wheat aroma. The best description I can give the taste of this beer is that it tastes like iced tea with apricots. Some wheat and malt flavors, but the apricots overwhelm anything else that may be in there.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by 3/16/12 on the label.

A: Pours a mostly clear light amber/orange. A small 1 finger head that dissipated before I could determine color. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Mostly apricot up front on the nose. Smells sweet. Think some hop notes come through at the end. I guess there is wheat in this too?

T: Strong taste of apricot, more of the dried apricot taste. Mild taste of wheat and malt. Not much else.

M: Quite carbonated and light feeling on the palette. Easy to drink, if the flavor was better.

Overall I'm not an apricot fan so maybe this beer just isnt for me.

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Photo of drinknewbelgium
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

on draft poured with little head deep golden and orange smells of fresh apricots tastes very powerful of apricots and very sweet the taste of apricots seem to completely dominate this beer and the beer seems to be alittle too thin for me and to be honest i had half and could not finish it

this beer to me seemed very poor in quality and did not have anything in my book going for it like i said i could not finish it due to its sweetness but like i say give it a try but ill tell you there are way better interpretations of this style

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of orange and small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is STRONG apricot. It smells like a fresh opened bag of dried apricots...which isn't a bad smell, just not sure how its gonna taste in beer. Trying to get other aromas, but all I really get is the apricot. Taste is initially a bit tart, then followed by TONS of apricot flavors. Theres a hint of wheat flavor, but not much else...very one-sided beer with almost zero complexity. Much more like a wine cooler. Mouthfeel is quite a bit over carbonated. Very fizzy and reminds me more of a wine cooler. Drinkability is not very high. This beer is not absolutely terrible, but I could definitely only drink one of these. I have a feeling my girlfriend would love this beer, cuz it doesn't taste like beer at all.

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