Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Pyramid Apricot Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale
1,105 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,105 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

 565 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

 617 characters

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

 869 characters

Photo of boudreaux
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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

 593 characters

Photo of DebonaireDeath
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

 881 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

 580 characters

Photo of echoes
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 862 characters

Photo of ScorpyX
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

 806 characters

Photo of GeneralZod
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange gold color.
High head retention.

smells of sweet. Apricots and wheat.

Also taste sweet with apricots and wheat.
Its a fruity wheat beer. No bad aftertaste

It is well-carbonated. It is also a bit coarsed and feels like most wheat beer.

It is one of the better fruit beers. Just can't drink a lot of it. Only so much fruit beer a man could handle.

 411 characters

Photo of jrog777
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a six pack up in a local supermarket beer section. Personally I am a big fan of wheat ale of any kind. This one had a nice apricot aroma and was very good. Smooth and great flavor. The carbonation was right on and the drinkability overall was above average and pretty much as expected.

 292 characters

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold, gold color with no head or lace. The aroma is mainly apricots with a bit of dough thrown in. It's followed by a strong apricot flavor with some malt sweetness and a faint taste of apricot wine in the finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and drinkability is only limited by the strength of the flavor which might be overpowering after one or two. Overall Audacious Apricot Ale is a good beer and very refreshing. Recommended.

 452 characters

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy but bright orange with thin white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Apricot and wheat.

Taste: Apricot and wheat. Sorry, don't know what else to say. But it is refreshing and tasty.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable, albeit simple.

 395 characters

Photo of olmatty
1.82/5  rDev -46.9%
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?

 851 characters

Photo of DovaliHops
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

 808 characters

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

Pours a pretty orange yellow color with a hazed tint and thick soapy white head and tons of lacing. Smells of tons and tons of apricots and some wheat. Tastes a little like apricots with plenty of sweet malts and a little hops to round it out. I noticed some strong sour notes upfront as well but they seem to mellow out with each sip. To be honest it really tastes pretty much like an wit with a little hit of sourness and some faint hints of apricot. Not a bad beer, just not a ton of apricot flavor like they would have you think. Mouthfeel is medium with a high amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. I could take a six pack...

 644 characters

Photo of flexabull
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a faint gold color with an ok white head.

Aromas are of apricots, and not much else. It is pleasant to smell though.

Taste is of apricots. And that's really it. Nothing more to say...

Mouthfeel is decent, full and fairly smooth.

To me there isn't much in the way of drinkability. This might as well just be alcoholic apricot drink. No beer flavors here. Some people will like it, I don't, but I can't really say its all bad. I would just rather have a beer that tastes like beer.

 489 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed yellow color. One finger white head shows light retention and caps the beer when down. Some light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The beer itself is kind of muted....well everything about this beer that is not apricot. Apricot is the main stay in this beer and it has a ton of main stay. I really don't smell anything else but well..the apricot.

T- Like the nose the beer is kind of just..there. Apricot dominates everything in this beer. From start to finish is apricot with a light..and I mean very light caramel malt.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Apricot is there from start to finish and only real flavor in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Crisp and clean if by clean you like apricot.

D- The beer is drinkable. That's about it. If you like apricot then you want this. If you don't like it well then I would stay away.

 929 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A sweet, but mild aroma of apricot, citrus, and wheat.

T: A surprisingly vibrant flavor. Apricot, wheat, peach, citrus, and malt. Nicely balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: As fruit beers go, this one pretty drinkable.

 446 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pour a moderate golden color with a bit of apricot (surprise!) coloring. White head and some mild lacing. The nose is light apricot and peach and light grain. The taste is very slight wheat and a bit of apricot. The feel is light with good carbonation. Overall, there really isn't too much to this other than light fruit, but it drinks well, especially in the warmer months.

 396 characters

Photo of gkunkle
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color color with a 1 finger white head. The head remains for a short while, then recedes to a thin foam on top of the beer. Smells simply of Apricots and Wheat. The taste starts with the apricot, then you taste the wheat and almost has a sour finish. This beer is sweet, but not in a sugary syrup way. Some of that sweetness comes right from the wheat. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable beer, I'd like to try more fruit beers before I come back to this, but I'd consider it.

 530 characters

Photo of katybee
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my review of Pyramid Breweries unfiltered wheat Apricot Ale. I'm not sure if this is the correct title. I purchased this in a six-pack from a grocery store, and it has an orange label.

Having tried several other hefweisen style beers, I would find this comparable to Blue Moon, except that here apricot flavor replaces the citrus hops.

appearance is slightly murky straw yellow, as is classic for wheat beers. Moderate 1/4" foam head, somewhat long-lasting larger bubbles.

the smell is not excessive, barely noticeable, but not obtrusive, either.

taste is not overly pungent. The apricot flavor is not sweet like peaches, but dry, and I found it less bitter than the citrusy hefeweisens, yet similar. There is a slight residual aftertaste of the apricot, and I wish it didn't seem quite so artificial. Yet it's relatively complimentary, and not excessive, like a raspberry flavored beer and definitely nothing as sweet as a soda-like lambic. Yet somewhat ordinary construction.

Average mouthfeel for a hefeweissen...a little cloudier than a bud, but not rich and creamy like a stout...moderate to prickly carbonation.

To me the drinkability was hindered by the predominence of the apricot aftertaste, which though dry, prevented resonance of hops and seemed a bit artificial. Quaffable, forgettable...but something a little different.

 1,350 characters

Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. Enjoy by 110910 on neck label. Purchased as part of a Pyramid Sampler 12-pack for $13.99.

A: Very orange, no doubt about that, with a quickly disappating light orange small bubbled head which leaves no lace.

S: Aroma is apricot and lightly tart wheat. Not overwhelming but strong on the fruit angle.

T: Really pretty decent although very sweet. I would drink ten of these before I would drink a Magic Hat #9. This is soda-like sweet with apricot, but the beer aspects bring a mild wheat tang as well. For what it is, it's one of the more drinkable fruit beers.

M: Light but with a little body. Overly carbonated but does not have that vegetal aftertaste a lot of apricot/fruit beers have.

D: It's the best fruit beer I've had to date, but that's not really something to write home about.

 854 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is just as I remember from my early beer drinking days, intensely sweet apricots without much else. The base beer is sort of bland and just serves as a medium for the apricots.

T: Apricots with some more apricots. There's really not much else going on here. As with the nose, the base beer is pretty bland and lifeless. A bit of sweet malt, but mostly just the fruit.

M: The body is fairly light with a high level of carbonation. At least it's not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers.

D: Not as horrendously sweet as I remember, but still approaching that level. I don't really know how much of this I could drink.

 704 characters

Photo of Chizoad
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought to a party, so I figured what the hell. It's not often I'm gonna buy this myself.

Actually had a good pour, with nice, fat bubbles in the head. Cloudy, yellow beer with a white tint to it.

Very strong but pleasant aroma of apricots. Honestly it smell delicious, if not complex. A little sourness present in the nose.

Unfortunately this did not represent the taste at all. I know the beer probably shouldn't be sweet, but it seemed quite dry and astringent. None of the spice characteristics, and very little apricot flavor. Just a dull pucker.

Light body but very well carbonated.

Drinkability and taste often go hand in hand, and this is the case here. Barely able to finish it.

 694 characters

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.

 1,483 characters

Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1,105 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.