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 emerge077
2.82/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bliss.

Another Bliss-ful tasting, this time focusing on "Summer beers". This one pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a finger or so of ever-so-slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and fake peach. I suppose the peach could actually have been apricot, but it certainly seemed more like peach to me. The taste brings nothing new to the table, and the "apricot" flavor not only comes off as more fake, but also more armpit-influenced. Boo. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I was not a fan of this beer. In fact, no one at Bliss was. I can't imagine why...

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

Pours a very solid two finger head into a wheat glass, the head is completely white and very pillowy and creamy. It's hanging around for a bit as well, not skimping away too fast, it's leaving pretty good lacing as well. The body is pretty impressive (considering some of the wheat beers I have had lately) it's very very cloudy, and there is not much visibility coming through this beer at all, it is a really solid looking wheat beer. I'm shocked at how well this head is sticking around, I really am. The carbonation looks about medium-high, maybe too high, we'll see about that. The color on the body is slightly darker than a traditional wheat beer, but held up to the light it looks standard - a cloudy orange. Overall I'm really impressed with the way this beer looks, the head has finally died down, but it gave me a lot more than most beers do. I've had this beer before and I don't remember it looking this good, I'm close to giving it a 4.5 on appearance, but I don't think it's quite there. The smell is very simple, fresh apricots and a little wheat, not much in the way of malts are hops, if there is much in here it's not noticeable. The smell is very nice and it smells very refreshing, pretty one sided with the apricot, but I don't think I'll mind, it smells really good. Well this is a thousand times better than I remember it being, maybe it's just because I haven't had a wheat beer in a while, but this is really hitting the spot. There is a slight cheap beer taste to it, but other than that it's pretty dang good. It's just really really really tasty and refreshing, maybe slightly over powering with the apricot, but I don't mind that much at all, it's a fruity beer, just like it should be. Not much in the way of hops, maybe a tiny tiny malt note in there. Overall it's really simple, but very refreshing and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is good on this beer too, I could tell by how cloudy it was that it wasn't going to be skimping out on the wheat, and it really didn't! The mouthfeel is full and the body is big and full of wheat, carbonation is not too big, a little on the high side, but it works in the beer. Drinkability is through the roof on this beer, it's tasty and refreshing, and only 5.1%. I'm not a huge fan of Pyramid, but this was a really solid beer. Not much else to say, tasty, refreshing, good fruit beer!

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Photo of whitemomba
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my FFF glass. At only $1.69 for a bottle i figured it was worth a shot.

A - Very cloudy straw/golden color like you would expect from an unfiltered beer. Vigorous pour leaves about a half finger length that dissipates pretty quick. Not much lacing here.

S - Not too much on the nose. The apricot smell is pretty strong at first. Smells pretty good. After a little bit though it smells a little more artificial.

T - Actually not bad. Im not a fan of wheat beers really but this one stands out. I was actually quite impressed. Mostly apricot on the end as well. The wheat and apricot is balanced pretty nice.

M - A lot more carbonated then i thought it was going to be. Pretty light as far as body goes. Very smooth.

O - Not bad at all. Pretty sweet and very easy to drink. I can see this being a nice and light summer time drink. I might actually seek out some more.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember this being on of the bests of it's kind. Grabbed a single from Ohio. $1.79 a very fair single price.

A - Head is bountiful in this, got at least an inch and a half of creamy head that takes it time lowering leaving a creamy lace. Color is of hazy orange tinted yellow. Pretty.

S - Smells more yeast forward but I do pick up apricots pretty well. Wheat base, touch of spice, and a nice bit of lemon peel too.

T - Bready and wheat like at first it rounds to a nice sweet fruit flavor and finishes spicy with a hit of pepper and lemon. Like how it feels soapy and coats the tongue with all the flavors.

M - Light to medium. Very easy to drink.

Overall STILL impressed with how this one can deliver great fruit taste but still have a solid wheat and lemon taste of a weizen. Even though it's a bit warm from the drive and old (had a nice bit of sediment in the bottom of my bottle) it still drank pleasantly. Can't wait to try there Haywire Hefeweizen.

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Photo of gpogo
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Milky straw to orange body with a small white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Apricot aroma, smelling like a soapy bouquet at first, then fruit, then a more chemical like aroma.

T- Initial hit of a yeasty apricot flavor, then heavy carbonation and malt, followed by a fruit like aftertaste. Much more pleasant than I expected. The first sip overloaded me, following tastes were even better.

M- Milky/yeasty medium body with very high carbonation.

D- This beer surprised me. I'm not usually a fruit beer fan as it generally tastes and smells too fake. The aroma could be better, but the flavor was surprisingly enjoyable.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted April 27th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter
A - golden straw, half finger white head and some lacing

S - apricots, wheat, yeast, flowers, apricot hops? Sweetness, barley, grains, lemon grass and a bit of earth

T - apricots, wheat, lemon grass. A strange hop note, flowers, earth and more apricots

M - fluffy, carbonated, lightly bitter and sweet, long finish and low acidity

D - tastes like fruit and beer. This is awesome. Loving this as a fruit beer

Final thought - this is a must have for the category

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Photo of DCon
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me from Blakelee, a NorthAmerican Breweries Distributor @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a pint glass and is best by 05 25 11.

Appearance- Pours a Golden, Pale Amber color and is very hazy. Has 3 Fingers o head but had no retention at all! There was almost no lacing either as I finished the beer with ease.

Smell- Huge apricot/peach smell from the start. Very sweet, and can absolutely smell the yeast and wheat through this. Great aroma!

Taste- A weak or stale apricot with a huge ton of wheat. Have had many times before but never picked out this wheat/Hefeweizen taste. Would be great to enjoy after a ride or tennis match.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Huge amount of Carbonation, and Smooth. Leaves an apricot taste on the tongue even after the drink. Very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable!

Overall- Very sweet, easy to put down, but have never tried to enjoy more than one. I would say this wouldn't be an issue but I would certainly get tired of this Apricot taste all day. Much better than their Haywire beer! I would recommend this one and will enjoy again at a later date!

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Photo of echdk3
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a mug

A_Head is thin and fleeting. Completely opaque. Dark orange color is a little dull.

S_Exclusively fruit, mostly apple and apricot.

T_Sweet like an apple cider. A little sour at the end. Pretty much no after-taste.

M_Highly carbonated and thin.

D_Extremely drinkable. Big fruit flavor hides the 5.1% ABV very well. As refreshing as any beer I've ever had.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed gold color with a large-bubbled white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is almost all apricots, which is ok here as they smell delicious. More like a sweet, dried apricot than a fresh fruit from the farm though.

Plenty of apricots make it through to the taste and some grainy wheat tang also comes out to play. I could do with a little less sweetness, maybe a bit more crisp on the end would be nice. I do have a soft spot for fruit beers, and this one is plenty enjoyable and fairly unique. Makes a good summer brew for outside consumption.

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

Poured from a bottle to a sample glass at the Myrtle Beach Brew Festival.
A: It was orangish with a nice head.
T: It tasted like a squeezed apricot and a little beer on the side.
M: It had decent mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation.
Overall, they make this beer for money, and the new branding shows. People will buy the packaging.

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Photo of hickmancase
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the variety pack straight outta the bottle.

A: Orangish.

S: Touch of apricot and yeast.

T: Perfect amount of apricot. Mildly flavored but deliciously well done.

M: Like a light bodied ale.

D: I'm really surprised how much I liked this. Could drink this one all night.


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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L - Nice deep apricot color with a fluffy white head on top. The color is really sexy compared to a lot of fruit wheats I've seen.

S - Strongly sweet and deep apricot. I can't get any other smells (i.e. yeast) so I'm assuming Pyramid uses an extract. It's almost a little too sweet on the nose.

T - It's apricot through and through. It wasn't as overpowering as it was on the nose, but it's really prominent through out the entirety of the drink. The potency reassures my belief that this is an apricot extract.

M - Medium with a somewhat dry finish. The dry finish is nice with the flavoring. Add some character to the beer.

D - This isn't bad beer, but it isn't a great beer. It's kinda in the middle. Pyramid doesn't botch the flavors, but they're too strong to be natural. Overall, the wheat beer underneath all the flavor gets lost. What saves the beer is the color and mouthfeel. If you're looking for a peak of apricot, you might be better off just knocking back a few Magic Hat #9's.

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Photo of CaseyR22
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass. LOTS of yeast stuck to the bottom on the bottle. I rolled the bottle a little to loosen some up before the pour. As strange as this sounds, I drank this while eating a bowl of fruit loops and it was a good match.

Look - Pretty nice looking beer. A slightly orangeish gold color with yellow highlights. Very cloudy. Nice 1inch head that sticks around for a while. Lots of yeast settled to the bottom of my glass.

Smell - A tiny bit of bread followed by a huge load of sweet apricot. Very different than any beer I'm used to smelling but not totally unpleasant.

Taste- Basically the same as smell, a little wheat and a LOT of apricots. I've had this before on it's own and it was a little too sweet for me after awhile, but it went well with my cereal.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, lots of bubbles. I like the mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall- Not my favorite style, but as far as fruit beer goes this is a pretty good one. I'll probably buy it again eventually.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - golden in color, murky, with very good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - maybe a little hoppy, but the apricot smell is definitely dominant.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Again, the apricot is VERY dominant. Not as hoppy as I thought it might be, at least not in taste or bitterness. Only slightly bitter at the beginning. A little bit of a wheaty taste in the aftertaste. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - very drinkable a decent brew. Not complex at all, but good-tasting and nice body.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Once upon a time, this was my favorite beer. Oy.

A: Hazy burnt orange color with a white head that doesn't last very long at all.

S: A ton of apricot and that's about it.

T: If nothing else, it's ridiculously easy to drink. Goes down like candy. Taste-wise, it's not exactly at the top of the class but it's not pond scum either. Light body and mouthfeel and a lot of apricot flavor. To me, it feels kind of watered down, but not to the point that it destroys the beer. An easy beer to drink, but not one I'd particularly want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep orange with tiny streaming carbonation bubbles rising to a fluffy off white head that rapidly disappeared.

S: sweet, dried apricots take over the nose. smells like a bag of trail mix where the fruit dominates the smell.

T: sweet and fruity. apricots (shocker). finishes with a minor touch of white toast and an peppery earthy noble hop variety.

M: super fizzy on a light body.

D: it's a fruit beer, so i got exactly what i expected from a beer labeled "Apricot Ale". big apricot flavor over a light, unfiltered body. definitely a good summer day drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer appears hazy and straw yellow in color. The head is but a wee one, and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is of sweet apricots (natural flavors) and a subtle wheat character.

The flavor is pretty tasty, but the sweetness does become cloying after a few ounces. Apricots play the leading role here, with wheat flavors in the background. Natural flavors can't replicate real fruit, and aren't nearly as delicious. It's a decent beer, but not my cup of tea (beer).

The feel is relatively thin bodied, with alcohol content a non issue.

The sweetness lingers on the palate, reducing the drinkability factor.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange amber with a small (1 finger or less) white fizzy head that was totally diminishing in a matter of seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very strong with the scent of apricots, along with a mild grain malt and a large dose of a sweet doughy yeast and not much else.

The taste was lightly sweet and very yeasty with a big fruity apricot note throughout with the finish being somewhat tart and big on wheat flavor. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with a fruity tart wheat flavor left to lying on the taste buds for a little while.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a decent fruity brew with a nice wheat feel, a great beer for those days relaxing on the deck in the summer...

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Photo of boudreaux
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: rich and hazy amber/light brown; about 1.5 finger, white head, with a touch of lacing left on the glass

S: strong, like perfume; apricot dominates; a touch of the grain/wheat/yeast aromas come through as well; very pleasant

T: overly saturated with apricot; it's close to being good, but it's too sweet; i almost expect to see sugar residue sitting at the bottom of the glass; a hint of wheat/grain/malt can be found underneath all the sweet apricot flavors

M: smooth and light body; not heavy; really good mouthfeel

D: too sweet to drink a lot, but for a 1-drink beer, it's fairly good

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Photo of DebonaireDeath
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a fragile and transient head, as carbonated beers often do. The beer has a cloudy amber color not unlike apricots.

S: A strong apricot aroma, with a background smell of yeast.

T: The apricot really comes through (in a wonderfully refreshing way) the moment this touches your tongue, followed up by a more traditional wheat-beer aftertaste. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, which almost tasted like cider, except for the lovely yeast flavors and a bitterness buffering the sweet in the background.

M: This beer has a slightly creamy consistency that lingers after you swallow, surely due in part to its being unfiltered. Could, perhaps, have used a tad more carbonation in this one.

D: With it's rather low carbonation, I found this beer to be highly drinkable, and had drunk two and was considering another when I realized I may ruin my dinner appetite.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes at Old Chicago (2001) - this used to be called Pyramid Apricot Ale. Pours to a hazy pale orange with thin white head that disspates quickly and leaves no lacing. While I don't particularly care for apricots, this had a very pleasant fruity aroma that hit me immediately and stuck through most of the glass. Unfortunatley, this was by far the highlight of this beer. Mouthfeel was thin and slightly tangy, although it seemed artificial. Likewise, the apricot that was so prevalent in the nose was lacking in the flavor, and what was there seemed to be medicinal tasting.

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Photo of echoes
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle.

A: Color is a cloudy gold. Some carbonation. Head is thick white dissipates slowly leaving very little lacing.

S: Fairly strong and fresh apricot smell (no surprise there). Apricot scent smells authentic and not artificial or cheap. Can smell some malts but that is about it. Smells pretty good.

T: It tastes like a hefeweizen with apricot added to it. The hopsy bitterness is a little bit higher than expected but doesn't hurt or detract from the flavor; as a matter of fact, it compliments the apricot flavor pretty well.

M: Not quite as satisfying as I'd like but it feels medium-bodied with a tiny bit of carbonation.

D: Pretty high for every reason.

If you like hefeweizens give this a try. If you like flavored/fruity beers, also give this a try. Overall I think it is a well executed beer. Not my favorite, but still pretty good.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy golden pour, but just clear enough to see through in the light. Thick, white head quickly dissipates.

S: Believe it or not, a strong apricot smell. It smells like someone actually grabbed the fruit and cut it open.

T: Apricot isn't as potent as in the scent, but definitely there. Some of the typical fruits and wheat tastes ones expects with this type of beer. It tastes like a wheat beer with a fruit on the glass, except in this case the fruit isn't needed because it's already in the flavor.

M: Light and crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Pretty refreshing.

D: I'll admit, wheat beers and similar styles aren't usually what I prefer, but this one works pretty well. Fairly pleasant flavor, the crispness, and the lack of overwhelming alcohol make for a rather drinkable beer. Not bad.

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