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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 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler six pack.

Yellow to tan and somewhat cloudy, white head was about a finger and lacing was sparse.

Aroma is quite apricot, with some oranges and tangerines, maybe some maltiness, enjoyable.

Flavor is again very fruity, plenty of apricot flavor, although perhaps a little syrupy. Some citrus and some wheat balance it out pretty nicely.

Body is light but chewy and slightly syrupy, but very easy to drink. Would be a good summer beer.

Overall it's very enjoyable, although not the best fruit beer I've had. I would not be disappointed if I bought a sixer of it though, it would all get drank!

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

copper in color, small amount of head completely disappeared instantly. smells like apricot candy/extract.. that's about it. wheat is very present in the flavor, as is apricot.. it is very fake tasting, i'm guessing apricot extract was used instead of actual apricots. light to medium body, highly carbonated.. smooth and easy to go down.

nothing special here, just a decent summer beer to bring to a bbq. i can see non-craft beer drinkers liking this.. so i guess it may be a good gateway beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got a ton of foam initially. The foam is only lightly sticky on the side of the glass. The coloring is a muddy orange.

Off the top you get a ton of apricot. It smells pretty good. I like the sweetness in this beer. The strength of the fruit reminds me of a shandy.

The flavor is more like a mix of beer and a wine cooler. This beer is way too sweet and syrupy. I gave it to my wife. She liked this beer... too bad she says that she doesn't like beer.

Pyramid makes a good hefeweizen. I would recommend picking that up.

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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 smcolw
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head and what's there fades very quickly. No lace whatsoever. Cloudy liquid with a dirty gold color.

Sweet, almost candylike, smell of dried apricots.

The taste is like the smell...too much so. The high sugar levels make the liquid thicker. The carbonation cannot overcome the cloyingly sweet flavors. The aftertaste is like peach cobbler. Not my style.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ug, screw this screw cap.

A super aggressive pour at least yields a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a decent pace, fairly quickly, light lacing, over mostly hazy carrot orange yellow colored beer.

Nose is super fruity, lots of apricot, both fresh fruit and fake apricot syrup, bright fruits, light wheat and citrus like, some sweetness, syrupy, overly syrupy fake sweet and fruit aromas, but not too bad.

Taste starts with more fruity flavors, tons of sweet syrupy apricot syrup, stone fruits and bright apricot fruit galore. It is a bit sticky, light sweetness and syrupy feel tasting, trying not to be stereotypical, but more of a woman beer, light overall feel and more fruity than anything, although not undrinkable. hint of bitterness, and a bit of wheat and grassy tastes. Finish is drier but a bit sweet, tons of lingering apricot fake fruit syrup tastes.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lighter carb.

Overall not very good, but not as bad as I expected... lots of fruit but it's all fairly syrupy fake tasting, light carb doesn't help, and sticky sweet kinda icky feel brings the bad beer back to where I expected it to be.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a hazy orangish color, produced a decent off white head, below average retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale was full of fruity apricot and peach- Light in body, this beer had a base of malted grain, sweet apricot and peach nectar. There is a somewhat of a sour , medicinal taste that is not well balanced. The aroma of this brew is quite appealing, packs a very nice punch but the apricot flavor does not follow the lead. Thin, watery- This beer could be much improved with a bit more body and apricot flavor that matches the aroma.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong apricot, slight pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of apricot, slight wheat, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent body and blend, but the appearance is very weak.

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Photo of imasloth
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with large carb. bubbles and slight white head receding to thin white rim. Lots of yeast at bottom of bottle.

S- Very apricot-y. Sweet- more like like the essence of an apricot than the fresh or dried fruit in smell. Not much else ...

T- More interesting than the smell. Still a lot of apricot, but softer and more fruity (less artifical). Light clove spiciness with a taste of fermented wheat.

M- Light to medium in body, with nice smoothness and slight dryness at swallow. Carbonation evident.

O- I go back and forth on how I feel about this one ... Clearly it's no Aprihop as the apricot line of beers go and the smell can overwhelm ... but I like apricots and kind of like drinking this.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange. The off-white head is very lively and has a lot of snap, crackle and pop. It soon sputters out into nothing though. I mean absolutely NO head, even after swirling the glass vigorously in an attempt to agitate it back to life.

S: Big nose of aromatic, fresh apricot. Just the faintest whiff of a bready wheat base. Nothing else to really experience on the nose.

T: All apricot up front. It tastes juicy and fresh, so it has that going for it. Hops don't make any noise, they do just enough to provide a little balance.Yeasty, doughy, and bready tastes on the back end. Finishes with yeast and dough.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat creamy, but more foamy than fluffy. Modest scrubbing carbonation. Lacks dimension.

O: This was pretty bad. All apricot, no beer. Is there a demographic that will drink it? Yes, definitely, so it will probably sell fairly well. The wine cooler crowd will undoubtedly eat it up. This is the ultimate "bitch beer," if you'll pardon the expression. There are far better fruit beers on the market. This one just left me feeling gassy and bloated.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am winnowing through my bottle inventory so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM) in earnest. Please bear with me in this trying time.

From the bottle: "The gold-medalist of fruit beers, our Apricot Ale is a golden wheat beer with the pleasing aroma and flavor of fresh apricots. A spirited beer for an adventurous drinker."

As other have noted, very little head was produced from the pour. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with apricot to the point of perfuminess. Mouthfeel was slightly watery and the taste of apricots was prevalent on the tongue. Finish was likewise like liquid apricot preserves. Meh.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, hazy, orangish-yellow with a thin, fizzy, white head that quickly fades away

S - sweet apricots

T - very sweet apricots

M - very crisp, light bodied

This is a good, light beer for the fruit beer drinker or for someone that's getting into the craft. Otherwise, it's disappointing.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle to my jigger glass and was welcomed by a three fingered tan colored head that faded some what fast... Not much lacing was left behind. The color of the beer is a nice cloudy golden color. The aroma was heavy of fruit mainly the apricot and possibly some citrus from the hops. The flavor is dominated by the fruit that starts strong and slowly fades to the wheat malt. The beer is fairly carbonated, while the body is light.

I like this beer as a summer/hot weather drinker. The apricot is not overly sweet and has just the right tartness. I'm glad they kept this one unfiltered like traditional wheat ales.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I saw this one almost everywhere but I never thought about trying it till today. When I saw apricot flavored and its about 105 out, sounded like a winning flavor

Appearnace - a really proud looking orange to brown with unfiltered cloudiness that I really dig.

Smell - the smell was almost a bit off but still a good scent. To me the apricot smelled a little too fermented, like a real apricot that has been in the sun too long.

Taste - This one had a great mellow summer beer flavor. The apricot is a delicious mellow flavor along with some fermented wheat sweetness that leaves a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A good lasting flavor but I wish it had some more carbonation for that summer feel.

Overall - this is a great seasonal drinker. I will have to try more pyramid products to see how I enjoy them.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle has a different label and just says Pyramid Apricot Ale. According to beeradvocate, it's just an alias of this one.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, yellow-orange color with a centimeter thick frothy head. Dissipates very quickly. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - The apricot overpowers anything else that's there. I think I can smell some undertones of butter and malt.

Taste - I'm honestly not much of a fan of apricots. It's the most dominant flavor but it's not overbearing. They blended the ingredients well. I love the pale malts in it, it's not so bitter with the apricot. The buttery flavor comes through as well..

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I'll give this a good rating because they made the beer well, although I would not drink on this. Way too sweet..

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This apricot ale pores a dark yellow color with a modest cap of foam above. The aroma reeks of apricot. This high apricot flavor continues in the flavor. The mouthfeel is quick and smooth, but it is apricot all the way with this thing--there is very little else to it. If you like apricot, this beer is for you. If you don't, you won't make it through the bottle. For a fruit beer, a fairly average stab.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby, 12-ounce twist-off bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, orange-yellow color beneath a two-finger head of fizzy white foam which reduced to a slick coat in a matter of moments.

S: Big, fruity waft of apricot accompanied by a sherry-like, buttery aroma that often accompanies beers of this particular style.

T: Rush of sweet, buttery and slick apricot flavors which mellow out in a somewhat metallic, wheat husk taste before washing back with a dry, grassy bitterness accompanied by diacetyl and residual fruitiness.

M: Slick and grainy up front, the brew achieves a more balanced feel before finishing up a bit sticky.

O: In all honesty, not a bad beer, and I'm not one to give much breathing room to apricot ales. The 5.1% ABV is sessionable for what you'd expect from a fruity wheat and the apricot flavoring isn't as overpowering as Ithaca's version. Not the best in the bunch, but not one that I'd automatically pass on.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet apricots with some wheat and a touch of yeast and citrus hop.

T - Starts off with some apricots with some other tropical fruit flavor and a bit of wheat. Through the middle, the apricot flavor gets stronger with a bit of yeast and citrus hop. The finish is a mix of more apricot flavor with some citrus hop with some sweet wheat and a touch of pepper.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and fruity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Full of apricot flavor, but could have used some other flavors to balance.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A – Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice two-finger head of white bubbles. Stellar lacing.

S – Definitely smells of apricots, but also a little rotten fruit off note, almost as if you smelled a bunch of apricots and one of them went rotten. Not a good sign.

T – Thankfully, none of the rotten fruit in the nose is present. Sweet and tangy apricot is forward, with light wheat taste in the mid profile. Yeast taste is present in the finish. A little hop spice at the end as well. Sweetness carries all the way through the aftertaste. Not bad at all. Again, pretty tangy.

M – Nice medium body with prickly carbonation. A slight creaminess also. A little syrupy on the palate.

O – A nice fruit/wheat beer. Probably wouldn’t rush out to buy it again as they aren’t really my thing, but I drank this on a 101 degree Arizona day, and it did refresh.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger head. Average retention. Resulting lace is thin.

Smell - An intense apricot smell.

Taste - Surprise, surprise. Tastes like apricots. Apricots, and a touch butter. Really not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a nice, tight bite.

Overall - Decent all-around, but the sheer sweetness of the apricot can wear on you fast. Not sessionable, unless super fruity apricot beers are your thing.

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Photo of intensify
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Appearance was golden yellow with a 1 finger, white soapy head. Minimul to no lacing with fast retention.

Smells of the sweet apricot, with some peach trailing behind. Some hops find there way into the aroma, as well as a weird lingering smell that is quite unplesent. Metallic? Maybe.
Taste is similar. The label should read " a whole apricot in every bottle" because its overwhelming. Its not bad, it could have used a bitter kick. Dry finish and medium carbonated. Easy to drink, and somewhat smooth.

Not a bad brew. The apricot went a bit to far. It masked all the flavours this beer could have had. An average beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated best by 8/8/12 served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow golden (aka apricot) color with a smallish and short-lived white head.

While the aroma is fruity and has a definite apricot component, it seems a bit dank or stale, and the apricot aroma is more like dried than fresh apricots. The flavor is much better, at least if you like apricot. This packs a pronounced and juicy hit of apricot. It is exceptionally fruity with a bit of bready malt in the background. Good balance between the sweet and tart, with very little bitterness. Strongly apricot finish and rather nice lingering aftertaste.

M: medium-light body; low carbonation -- too low, I think.

O: a change of pace: more like a lambic than a 'typical' ale. Fans of Magic Hat #9 should definitely give this a try.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach body with a thin yellowish head. Nose is bursting with apricots. Wow this thing is an apricot bomb. Thin crisp and light body. Some grainy husk flavors lie below the apricot. Apricot presence huge throughout. Drinks more like an apricot cider than a beer though. Cool and refreshing and beats out magic hat #9 for sure. Some spicy orange rind flavors give some balance on the finish but its a sweet beer. Not cloying though.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottle says enjoy by 07/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy orange yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Wow quite an interesting aroma. Smells like a fresh cut piece of tropical fruit. Huge presence of apricot fruit with a good amount of wheat and some yeast. Also some pale malts and light hints of citrus hops, orange and lemon. Smells fairly sweet and a bit tart and perfume like.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, but the apricot doesn't dominate as much. Wheat grains and pale malts with a good amount of apricot fruits and hints of orange and lemon zest. Also some subtle citrus hops towards the finish. This is pretty sweet and fruity, but not cloying or medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, tangy, and somewhat syrupy.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty take on a wheat beer. Nicely sweet and fruity without becoming too sweet. A good easy drinking beer for the summer.

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