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 ManuelHerrera
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a murky orange, not a bad pour or head retention.

Take one whiff though, and it's all sour fruits. It's such a heavy aroma, I'm almost scared to take a sip.

The taste is all apricot, not much else going on. Hints of wheat at the finish, but this is a no-questions-asked fruit beer. As I drank more, my mouth got accustomed to the harsh sweetness, but trust me when I say this beer isn't for folks looking to get into fruit beers.

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Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great fruit beer to drink on a summer day. Very drinkable and friendly for those who only prefer the macro-lagers. I am not a big fan of wheat ales or fruit flavored beer in general, but really enjoy drinking this beer. If you like the taste of apricots, you will love this beer. Only apricot flavored ale that I would ever purchase on occassion. I have had this numerous times at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC and it is usually well liked among our group.

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Photo of Briken
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy dark orange with yellow highlights with a thin white foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Smells like a fresh apricot but not much else. Apricot and wheat with a bit of a hop balance. A little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Crisp, fuzzy mouthfeel but sticky afterward.

This is a very non-threatening beer. It definitely gives what it advertizes although perhaps a little too much. Almost overwhelming in the apricot area, it does have some good wheat and hops in the background. It's very sweet, almost as if it were part juice which is why one is more than enough for me.

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Photo of CONOR8832
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Apricot/copper color to it, head fades fast, very fizzy.

S - Strong aroma of apricots, very sweet and grain like, not an enjoyable smell.

T - Hit with a mouthfull of sour tasting apricots, not a pleasant taste and it stays with you after you swallow.

M - very light and fizzy, high carbination

D - This would not be my everyday beer, and I probably will not try it again, it was too sweet and artificial tasting. However for those of you who enjoy fruit flavored beers you might find this one to meet you fancy.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is being completed off of notes in one of my notebooks of beer reviews in the never ending quest to enter them online.

Orange to copper in color. Large bubbles of prickle that are pretty active. Malt and fruit hits the nose with hints of the apricots lingering in the nostrils. The initial attack of the beer is fresh and fruity. There is a strong presence of the apricots that presents late and hits the palate like a syrup. The finish is still relatively clean despite the high potency of the fruit flavor. There is a slight aftertast that is reminiscent of peach schnapps.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a medium-sized, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: The apricot smell pretty much masks whatever else is in here. You can detect a slight wheaty/yeasty smell. Pretty standard wheat beer/fruit beer smells.

Taste: Starts off slightly sour with strong apricot flavors. Develops a bit more of a wheat taste towards the back but the apricot flavors persist and make it hard to tell what else you're tasting. It does have a bit of a yeasty punch right at the end, though.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Just like a wheat beer should be.

Drinkability: This is a slightly above average fruit/wheat beer. It's very drinkable and quite refreshing on a hot day. I wish there was more depth of flavor to it but, hey, for what it is, it's not half bad.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden hue with plenty of effervescence and two fingers of ivory head. Head seems to be dissipating rather rapidly, but the color is just what I'd expect for an apricot-infused wheat ale.

Smell: big, heavy apricot nose. Audacious, even -- it's unquestionably an aptly named beer. I'm not getting much else on the spectrum of beer aromas, save for some citrus notes ... but I don't know if that's the fruit, or the wheat, or what. If this is what you're looking for, great; otherwise, not so much.

Taste: that apricot flavor is back, but it plays more of a complementary part to the wheat ale. As to the latter, the beer is pretty average; kind of a light wheaten flavor with a hint of citrusy bite and a pretty subdued bitterness. Actually, not too bad for what it is.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Despite the acidity there's a nice amount of creaminess here which I rather like.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. Fruitiness is rather heavy-handed, but it definitely delivers what it advertises. One of these in the middle of a session on a hot day might do well to break up the monotony.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky honey, lots of tight bubbled head, some tight bubbled lace.

S - Perfume. Almost over the top and obnoxious. Malt is hiding under there somewhere but there it is!

T - Perfume goes to taste, but now I can taste the malt and peach. Messy, IMO.

M - Light bodied, good carb, not very balanced.

D - Good to try, but not a lot!

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Photo of hdofu
4.64/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you like apricots you will love this brew as it has the most intense taste in that department I have ever encountered. Smell is strong of appricot as is the taste although it does kind of end a bit lighter then I would have hoped, in fact almost watery but the first contact with the tongue is sweet appricot, it goes down with no struggle.

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Photo of SamN
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy honey color beer. Very small head, aggressive pouring pulls only a 1/4 finger head that fades immediately. Swirling brings out a off white loose head. Good color.

S- Frankly, this is an outstanding smelling fruit beer. Rich apricots and nectarines. No hops present, and only the faintest malts. Deep fruit aroma with mouthwatering strength. Easily up there with the best smelling beers I've tried.

T- Taste is of apricots, plums, apples and other juicy fruits. A little funky in the finish; can't find the word for it, just a little chemical funkiness. Slight spice in the finish. Rather one-dimensional taste, a fruity beer with no depth.

M- Not over carbonated, slightly fuller body and feel. Pulls smoothly from my nonic.

D- Pretty good, an excellent summer sessionable. Fruity and inoffensive to anybody, my favorite so far from the usually lackluster Pyramid.

Worth drinking for the aroma alone.

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

Bought a bomber of this because the people I was with wanted something odd that they had never heard of, and I thought this might fit that category. It did.

A- Pours a nice orange tone, very hazy, with 2 fingers of thick creamy head. Almost looked as if it were poured from a nitrogen tap. The head dissipated quickly leaving good lacing.

S- The aroma is very prominent apricots with a faint wheat background. I wasn't picking up any aroma hops at all, they might be there, but the fruitiness of the apricots is just so dominant.

T- The taste is just like the smell, all apricots with that hint of wheat. Very sweet, little malt character.

M- I forgot this was beer for a second while drinking it. The carbonation coupled with the sweetness of the fruits makes this feel more like a soda than a beer.

D- Very drinkable, as I said, more like a soda than beer.

While it was an interesting beer, I doubt I will get it again. There wasn't much going on with it other than the overpowering apricots. Great for summer months if you just want to kick back on a sunny day, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I went into the bar and asked for a hoppy beer, like an IPA or something, and the bartender poured me this. Wow.

A - Orange color, fluffy head, lines of cloudy stuff dancing around in the glass, not sure if this is apricot stuff or what, but actually looks interesting.

S - Smells like apricots. Slightly grainy. But smells like apricots.

T - Actually, this is not horrible, I think most apricot brews tend to be pretty bad, but this tastes more like real apricots and less like artificial sweet stuff then most of these I've had. Tastes like sweet apricot with some breadiness. Given the carbonation this tastes more like something I would expect from a "Mike's Hard."

M - Pretty light, a little sugary, very carbonated. Works well enough for the style.

D - Eh, easy to drink, just gets too sweet, I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a pale cloudy yellow with a loud fizzy white head that disappears to nothing just as quickly as it formed.

Has a sweet fruitiness about it that im guessing is the apricot. im also getting hints of peach, and not much else.

I am not a fan of this at all. tastes like crushed up childrens vitamins added to a budlight with an unpleasant buttery aftertaste. the apricot flavoring attempts to mask the boring and amateurish flavor profile and booziness.

mouthfeel is light bodied, light carbonation. smooth, but average.

I honestly wouldn't want to drink more than one of these. At least I can say I've had it, but this beer is pretty awful.

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Photo of chumba526
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy orange with a full head that dissipates quickly. It holds a strong apricot, lemony smell maybe a tad bit of a lager yeast smell as well. The taste is sweet semi artificial tasting apricot flavor with a lemony bite. The yeasty taste of a lager is underlining it. The sweetness cools out in the end because of the mild yeasty taste and is not to overbearing. This is a good beer to get if you see it on sale and you're mowing the lawn. Nothing amazing but it is light and refreshing.

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Photo of tacoman
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a orangy color with a thick fluffy pure white head. Nice and cloudy like an unfiltered should be. Nice and chunky.

S - Holy Apricot! Strong apricot smell up front. Biscuity with fruit, smells kind of like a lemon Oreo cookie.

T - Apricot up front, followed by apricot, with a strong apricot finish. Actually, it has a nice balance of fruit to wheat, with a faint alcohol wisp after swallowing.

M - If you swirl the bottle to get all the good bits, this is superbly chewy.

D - I could drink these all day ling sitting in my Adirondack chair on my back porch looking out into the foothills. A great Summer beer.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer taste on lager attributes. It pours an off orange with a white head. It smells of fruit, sweet ester, and a lager yeast almost. The taste is a bit watery with an upfront ester that fades into a drawn out lager zest. It has a mouth coasting sweetness to it like a soda and wasn't particularly kind. I am sure the ladies love it but for a BA it wasn't a great experience. I was let down.

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

I poured this perfumed beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a big white head that was gone real fast. The beer was also very cloudy. The s,ell was soapy like some kind of apricot chick soap. way too much apricot fake tasting stuff going on here. I will not ever try again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid Apricot Wheat Ale pours a finger of creamy foam over a spritzy, slightly cloudy orange brew. Massive carbonation delivers a clean wheat and apricot nose. Hints of vanilla behind the fruit remind me of those orange sherbet push-ups. Flavor is fruity up front falling away into nutty, crackery wheat, with a peppery note off the back. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, and soft. American wheat ales are pretty neutral on their own, but they do make for a nice canvas for other flavors, especially bright assertive ones, as with the apricot in this case. I do like these vaguely Leroy Neiman inspired labels Pyramid has been bringing out lately. Many thanks to the delightful Anj for hooking me up with some!

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Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy apricot with peach highlights. A fizzy cream head is short lived and leaves little lace.

S: Quite fruity. The apricot is front and center. It's flanked by some lemon and raw wheat.

T: Similar to the aroma. Light apricot is what's doing most of the work. Behind it are flavors of dry bread and a hint of lemon bitterness.

M: The medium-light body is rather fizzy.

D: This beer didn't do a whole lot for me. Apricot is certainly a unique fruit to pick, if nothing else. Goes down easily enough. Perhaps a good fit with a warm summer's day.

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Photo of mjurney
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[Appearance]: Light golden-orange color, very cloudy, quite a few bubbles, small to no head, no lacing.
[Smell]: Sweet canned apricot aroma.
[Taste]: Canned apricot up front, I could taste some bready, very mild bitterness at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Thick and chewy on the palate, carbonation is pretty weak, sweet aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkablility is fair, but I wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a sweet, simple, easy to drink fruit/vegetable beer. The head dissolves to nearly nothing in a few seconds (like diet soda) and produces no lacing whatsoever. Perfume-like sweet apricot highlights the nose, which is similar to the flavor. Hop presence is nearly nonexistent, but some malts do show up near the end. Overall this is a mild sweet beer which a dominate apricot flavor (though this is not over-powering). If you like milder beers, give this a try. I would drink this on a hot day in the summer to recover from a hard game of ultimate Frisbee.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a thin whispy head that quickly fades away to nothing.

S- There certainly are some apricots in here but not much else. A light sweetness and a bit of alcohol round out the nose.

T- Very medicinal, throat lozenge flavor. Not picking up much wheat (it says "wheat ale").

M- Light bodied with low carbonation.

D- This honestly reminds me of cough syrup. Not appealing and not worth the money.

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

Two bottles poured into a large weizen glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. Retention is definitely lacking, as the head all but disappears before I can even take my first sip. Lacing is also lacking.

Boy oh boy, this one actually smells like apricots, and fresh ones at that. Thats about all I can pick up and thats about all I care to.

It tastes like apricots, although it has a slightly stronger and more artificial tasting character to it that is a big turn off. Mellow wheat flavours come out as well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, more on the light side. Smooth and creamy with an appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, I think this would be much better if it didn't have that artificial taste to it. Maybe it's not even artificial, but it sure tastes that way and it's a turn off for me. Still, a decent brew but not one I would cross state lines to specifically seek out.

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Photo of abecall98
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks gold, clear, light, no head, not much bubbles being made, not appealing.

S - Sweet. Smells of rich ripe apricots. Not much else. Just sweet wet apricots

T - I like this beer. It is a fruit beer, and really delivers the flavor I expect when it is labeled a "fruit beer" and apricot flavored. The beer is just that. Sweet apricots, light malt from the grains, and a smooth clean finish. No bitterness going on here, and not sure if I want that in my fruit beer in the first place.

M - Perfectly carbonated, sweet sticky. Good combination with the flavor going on.

D - Easy to drink, but something I don't want much of. Unlike other beers, this gets old fast. I do not want another bottle of this, just the one good bottle for the night.

O - This is one of my favorite fruit beers. This beer is not for everybody, but if you like sweet apricots and beer, you cannot go wrong with this one.

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Photo of vdread
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Audacious Apricot Ale

Hazy, yellow/orange, and fizzy. The head sticks around for a second and disappears completely before i can even put down the bottle. not even a collar. smell is primarily of apricots. taste is much of the same, along with wheat and a certain watery character. mouthfull creamy, fully carbonated. easily drinkable, but not very noteworthy.

i didn't particularly like this apricot ale, but at least the apricot flavor wasn't over the top like many fruit beers out there. i would recommend it if you love apricots. if not, skip over this one. this being the third pyramid brew i've tried, i have to say i'm not very impressed.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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