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 KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dark apricot hue with a decent and steady one inch head and okay lacing

S: Loads of apricot--like apricot nectar; some cloves, grains, and bananas linger beneath as well as some chewy breadiness, but mostly this is apricot, apricot, apricot

T: Not nearly as much apricot as aromas indicated but still plenty; as well as a pleasant bready graininess; the apricot and wheat play nicely off of each other

F: A touch thin on the back end and yet a bit chewy on the front; hmmm

O: A very refreshing and pleasant beer; nothing knocks your socks off but it is pleasant with just the right amount of apricot

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think some decent fruit is the best way to improve this American wheat beer style. In this case the apricots add a really nice aroma. The tartness of the fruit provides just the right balance to the modest maltiness. A touch of hop bitterness gives the antidote to the substantial fruitiness.

I wish more people would make Witbiers with fruit instead of the usual spice and peeling. At the same time, this Pyramid beer would benefit from a little Belgian yeastiness. It's cheap, it's available, it's better than a lot of fruit concoctions, so enjoy!

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3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden orange, similar to some fresh-pressed apple ciders I've seen. A fat-finger of head lingered over a minute before dissipating, leaving a thin lace behind.
(This is an unfiltered wheat beer, and I swirled the last inch of beer in the bottle to liberate the yeast sticking to the side; this helped the cloudiness, the head, and the taste...)

S: Citrus is the first smell that hits me, followed by unidentifiable fruity notes.

T: The first taste on my tongue is a sharp, almost harsh bitterness, but that lasted only a second, replaced by a rich mixture of tart fruit (apricot is there, but in the background), wheat and, to a lesser degree, yeast, malt, and bitter hops. Tart apricot and mild bitterness are the lingering flavors.

M: Moderate carbonation. Refreshing moist taste. Not quite as crisp and lively as some wheat beers.

O: A solid choice among fruit beers; quite refreshing, but with the tartness keeping you craving more.

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

Pours cloudy gold. Muted apricot notes on the aroma with a matching flavor. It’s sweet, with a nice apricot finish. Call it another ‘gateway’ to craft beer. Simple enough, it delivers on what it promises and does it well. Real easy drinking, this one.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy, golden/orange color with a thin, one finger white head devoid of cream.

S - Tart fruit and some clove esters. Not a whole lot else.

T - Much better than the nose would have predicted. Obvious tart apricot backed by citrus and clove, and a nice wheat crispness. Sweet, without being cloyingly so.

M - light bodied and carbonated well, but could probably be more dry.

D - The apricot perfectly compliments the beer as a whole without being overpowering. I think the beer as a whole could be built better, but is a good stab at a fruit/wheat and is one I'd have again.

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Photo of glassbrass440
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Apricots right off the bat. Some yeast. Mostly apricot.

Appearance: Cloudy, light gold or dark straw. Head dissipates quickly for a wheat, but lingers a bit before fading away. No lace.

Taste: Sour (fake?) apricots then stale yeast. Not that great.

Palate: Overcarbed for my tastes, but probably spot on for a heffeweisen. Light body and a short, dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was decent when I had it at the brewpub across the street from Qwest Field in Seattle. Unfortunately, I do not feel the same sitting in my bedroom in Illinois. This beer is a dud. I get the artificial apricot thing first then a bad wheat beer.

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2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. No visible stamped date, thought it looks like there might have been a really weak attempt at printing one on the neck label.

Appearance - Hazy yellow-orange body with lots of carbonation. Paper thin head with low to decent lacing and no retention.

Smell - Tons of apricot. A small bit of muskiness. If you held this under my nose and told me to guess what it was, I'd have said straight apricot juice, or apricot soda. Lives up to its name for sure.

Taste - Strong apricot here too. This is more like carbonated apricot juice-water than beer. Not saying that like it's a bad thing; it definitely lives up to its namesake. On the other hand the flavor is a bit thin and lacks any complexity whatsoever beyond the apricot character.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Somewhat alcoholic. But mostly watery.

Overall Drinkability - Does what it sets out to do, I suppose. Otherwise, a very unimpressive and uniteresting beer. Might make a half-decent gateway beer for people used to being under the assumption that beers are either flavorless (BL) or absurdly hoppy (many IPAs). More like a very watered down mixed-liquor drink than a beer.

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2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid Apricot Wheat

Pours a clear orangish color with a small head that dies down quickly. Aroma of sweet apricots and some sugary malt. In the taste, very sweet, sugary apricots, alittle wheat malt flavor, and finishes cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Overall, if you like sweet beer and apricots, I could recommend this one.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer prior to brewing my own Apricot Ale. After brewing a similar beer I have respect for the ale but I won't be buying it again. Smooth light bodied Ale with a light upfront flavour of Apricots. The flavour slowly tapers off and is not over powering. Well done brewer!

Generally I don't like fruit beer. Hops, and Malt to me are the stars and should stay that way. The brewer did a good job balancing the wheat and barley. It does not come across as a wheat beer but you need the wheat to let the Apricot flavour through.

This would go down well ice cold on a hot summer day in the backyard. Other than that, I would stick to IPAs and Lagers with the traditional Hops, Malt and Yeast.

I've noticed eBay has a lot of the keg handles for the beer up for sale. Maybe this is falling out of favor with people. Hmmm.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Orangish yellow in color. Very hazy although not a cloudy as a good wheat beer. One and a half finger white head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Big apricots, though not nice juicy ones. Has a slight bruised/over ripe aroma. Some light banana. A touch of wheat.

T: Sweet apricots upfront that turns tart/sour by the middle of the tongue. Again there is that funkiness to the apricots. Some light banana, clove and wheat peeking through.

M: Light to medium bodied. No creaminess like a good wheat beer usually has. High carbonation makes it crisp and refreshing.

O: Not great in my opinion. Maybe if your a huge fan of apricots you could really enjoy this beer. I believe the off flavors might be a combination of the cloves and apricots.
I wouldn't buy this beer.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A: Pours a hazy lighter amber with a 1 finger white head that sticks around but doesn't lace.

S: Fruity and sweet. The apricot fruit is the most prevalent. Some wheat and spice come through the nose.

T: Tastes like a standard hefe but with major focus on apricot rather than citrus. You can tongue wheat, apricot, and spice. The apricot flavoring is strong. Aftertaste is mellow with wheat.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Not as creamy as I would have imagined. The aftertaste is dries out to wheat. A real crisp beer good for summer days.

O: I usually don't dabble in the Fruity beers, but I was pleasantly surprised with how refreshing this one was.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some apricots. Somewhat one-dimensional and not that impressive. The flavor is is more of the same. Other than apricots and wheat there is nothing else going on. I guess that is what you get from a beer named Apricot Ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pretty much everything about this beer screams apricots.
It is the color of an apricot, it smells like someone crushed a bunch of apricots up and put them in a glass and drinking it tastes like drinking apricot juice. There is no subtle to this beer, yet it works for what it is. There is nothing special about it, but for a one off drink on a hot day or as something to give a non beer drinker it works. Just don't expect anything but apricots.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Looked similar to Pyramid’s Hefeweizen - gold and a bit murky. Had about ½-inches of head. Good-smelling beer full of apricot, peach and maybe dates. Sounds like a pretty good Jolly Rancher flavor. Plenty of flavor in first sip. Apricot is the first thing that comes to mind whether that is the case or not. Seems to be a terrific summer brew, but not something you’re going to order all night at a bar. Really a good combination of not too wheaty, not too fruity. Fairly carbonated. Pretty good beer overall. I don’t know if I could stick to this all night, but it’s a nice beer away from the norm.

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