Pyramid Apricot Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale
BA SCORE
3.43/5
1,105 Ratings
Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#41,770
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
1,105
pDev:
17.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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22
Gots:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 2/18/12.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy off white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, subdued apricot, and some buttery aromas. Taste is the same with the butter coming through on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. It's decent for what it is but I wouldn't get this one again most likely.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

mmm! pours a slightly blurry peach color with a diminishing white head. smells like fresh ripe apricots from the farmers market. beautiful aroma, punchy and sweet/tart. taste matches, fruity for sure, but more refined than say a magic hat number 9. fruit dominated but there is a hop presence somewhere back there. mouthfeel is weakened by the overwhelming fruitiness that sticks to the teeth, wouldnt maybe have 5 of these, but its an excellent pint. one of the better pyramid brews ive had, cant get over how fresh the fruit is in this, like a centerpiece not an afterthought. its really good

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy looking golden color. The head was foamy and white. The aroma is very strong with apricot and rather inviting. The taste of the beer is fruity with a nice apricot and wheat finish to it. The mouthfeel is light, perfect for the style. Overall it's a very fruity beer but since that's what they want then it's great. I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with some hints of peaches.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has additional notes of wheat.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wasn't a bad beer because the apricot flavors seemed natural and not syrupy or artificial. I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

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3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apricots, Apricots, Apricots! I could end my review there. The newly branded "Audacious" Apricot Ale is all about the popular fruit. It tastes just like an apricot; smells like an apricot; feels like an apricot. If it had leaves, it would look just like an apricot. Ooh, and it has apricots in it too.

The shy and bland Weizen properties of the beer contribute a moderate haze and then backs away from the fruit. Maybe an American Weizen base beer doesn't exhibit any of the great esters or phenols that make the German varieties so appealing, so the base beer contributes very little compliment the apricot richness- carbonation perhaps, but that's about it.

The good news is that the rebranding ensures that the beers hit the shelves fresh. Under the Apricot Weizen name, the beer seemed stale, uninspiring, and oxidized. Fresh, this beer does fare much better but you have really got to like fresh flavors of apricots to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this one for ages on local beer store shelves, but couldn't bring myself to drop 20-ish bucks for a sixer. Once across our southern border, however, $1.69 (even in Yankee dollars) for a single 12oz bottle seems oh so much more reasonable.

This beer pours a hazy, somewhat murky medium golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells rather strongly of semi-sweet dried apricots, some peppier peach notes, a moderately bready caramel malt, a subtle wheaty graininess, and meek earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweet apricot juiciness, tempered a bit by the natural acid offset, mildly wheaty and caramelized malt, a touch of hard water flintiness, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just an understated frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, well fruity in its plain-ass smoothness, and generally clean. It finishes off-dry, the muddled apricot fruitiness sort of loitering with the pithy pale malt, and the heretofore overshadowed hops carefully coming out of their shell.

At first glance and glug - a fairly one-sided affair, to be sure - ya gotta like the apricots to like this one. OK, once past that, this beer shimmers with the fruity balance of the sweet and adequately acidic, almost fruit wine-like in its bearing. Good stuff - once again, if you're suitably acclimated to the guest ingredient.

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2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a generic pilsner glass at a bar in Palo Alto, California. Expectations were high as I usually like apricot hefeweizens (and I've brewed a couple). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy cloudy copper-gold. Appealing.

Sm: Light citrus ester hops, with apricot and wheat. This is less pronounced and good than I remember the bottled version's aroma being.

T: Mild citrus notes. Orange and apricot. Simple wheat foundation. Decently balanced and built alright.

Mf: Sharp. Wet and smooth, but a touch too thick. Doesn't really complement the flavours.

Dr: Decent drinkability. Fair price ($4.00). Limited quality. I remember liking the bottled version a lot better; perhaps the keg lines are dirty.

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Photo of emerge077
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"327 10" on bottom of the bottle, wonder if this is was bottled in the fall of 2010 (if it is in fact a julian date). Label states "Apricot Ale"... seems like they rename this beer every other year.

Into a weizen glass it pours a nice saturated orange that reflects bright gold at times, and becomes murky and opaque once the yeast dregs are added. Bright white foam with a creamy texture to the surface. It does deposit random drops of spotty lace here and there, but nothing substantial.

Smells like peach candy at first, apricot sure, but more of a synthetic candy version, not the fruit itself. After sitting for a bit it takes on a funky wet dishrag smell, minerals and hard water. A little off putting.

Flavor is mild and wheaty, sweetened with apricot flavoring, that reminds me of scratch & sniff stickers of all things. Slightly sweet but not overwhelming, allowing some of the grainy wheat notes to come through. Light to medium bodied, mellow carbonation, some mild astringency. Nothing too exciting here, a flavored American Pale Wheat, simple and somewhat artificial, though probably a good gateway beer for the craft novice.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that displays poor retention and leaves virtually no lacing; pretty disappointing for a hefe

Smell: Apricot and floral aromas

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity flavor without much hefe character; after the swallow, the apricots make their presence felt and take over the show

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like fruit beers as a change of pace and this one is very drinkable; it could be a lot better with a bit more character and hop balance

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of zeff80
2.13/5  rDev -37.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Apricot Ale is, in my opinion, one of the best fruit beers on the market today. It offers a beautiful nose of sweet apricot that's remarkably authentic (although I'm sure it's from extract). The body is a bit hazy, and has a golden-orange color similar to that of an apricot. The creamy white head holds fairly well before dropping to a wide collar, and it leaves some spots and splashes of lace behind it. In the flavor, the same apricot fruitiness returns, and it's just gently sweet and not overdone. Some malt flavor backs it, and it's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it "beer", and leave it dry and refreshing. Some mild apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste, nagging at you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth - again, kind of like an apricot - with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation and medium body. It's enjoyable year-round, but I really think it's perfect on a warm summer day outside. Very nice!

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