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 Psilo707
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very hazy orange color when poured into a mug; very fruit like already. The smell is 100% apricot. I would state that it's citrus (and it is), but honestly, it's simply fully apricot. A sweet aroma from the top.

Taste's just like it smells. Apricot! But not overpoweringly so. I enjoy the creamy aftertaste and the light alcohol presense.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium. A bit of cream and a bit of water thrown in there. Drinkability is a bit lower, but I am usually a bit biased against fruity beers when it comes to drinkability since I don't want to drink large amounts of them.

Overall, a good release from Pyramid, as expected. Great beer for women, too.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, Orange with a thin lacing of head

S- Apricots, wheat and citrus.

T- Apricots, however they do not dominate the taste, not over powering. Mild bitterness at the end. A good balance between the fruit and the grain.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Very Drinkable.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle a cloudy golden/orangish color w/ little to no head. At first smell, i got a nose full of apricots(imagine that)and a tiny bit of orange peel.Nothing too exciting here.

Taste was pretty much the same, lot of apricots upfront(too much if you ask me)a little breadiness and a wierd aftertaste of more apricots and a little orange, not offensive though, just wierd.

Very high in carbonation makes this quite refreshing as any good unfiltered wheat should be, and when drank ice cold, i could probably tackle like 2.5 - 3 of these. If there was a little less apricots, this beer could be an ok session. but as it stands, the fruitiness really takes its toll after a couple.

All in all, nothing terrible, but nothing to seek out either. just blah

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Photo of cmaloy
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer was orange copper. With a small head that didn't last very long.

S - The smell was great. I loved the apricot scent.

T - Definitely has an apricot taste (hence the name) and was more malty than most beers.

M - The carbonation was pretty high in this beer and there wasn't much of a mouth coat left after a swig, but I thought the beer was very refreshing.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely buy it again, especially to enjoy on a hot day working in the yard.

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Photo of nick76
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is sweet and fruity with apricot and wheat. The appearance is cloudy orange with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and just a bit harsh. The palate is smooth. It's interesting but I am just not crazy about it. This is still worth a try.

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Photo of willyumlong
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

went ahead and put this in my mix n match 6 pack for a change of pace
short chbby bottle, lager color with a slight haze
yep thats apricot beer
wow, what a fresh clean delicious beer, kinda. i have to admit my masculine side does not like the sound of a fruity beer but dammit it tastes good. the apricot is perfect, not too strong but clearly present. it is a beer technically but if you had told me it was a welches sparkling wine thing i wouldn't have doubted it. nevertheless i really enjoyed it and will get more.
naturally my wife really liked it too

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Photo of teejay76
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured light golden.

Smell - Pure apricot piercing my nostrils. Upon second sniff, I could smell the hidden hops.

Taste - Like apricot with apricot hops aftertaste. It was surprising good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Like an apricot wine cooler with a beer aftertaste.

Drinkability - Easily could have downed many of these.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, dare I say has an hazy apricotiness to it with a thin head and no lace. Smell, Apricot is first and foremost. Taste has a definate apricot flavor with some background malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not much on fruit beers, but this is not bad, maybe one every now and then.

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

This seems to me like a unique flavor blend for a beer...let's give it a try and see if it works.

A - Poured a cloudy orangish copper color with a one finger head that dissipated rather quickly. The head left little to no lacing down the inside of the pint glass.

S - The smell is of fresh apricots...very refreshing scent.

T - Kind of a spritzy brew...tastes of apricots with an undertone that is malty and kinda bready.

M - Thin mouthfeel, seems rather high on the carbonation. Like I said before, this brew is a bit on the spritzy side. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had a more creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with no lingering aftertaste.

D - Not a bad offering from Pyramid. This could be very sessionable in the Summer, especially with the low ABV.

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

An exceptionally turbid wheat beer of apricot color with a modest smattering of suds and profuse apricot nose. The aroma is far more than I expected and causes me to wonder whether it can be sourced exclusively to real fruit. A bowl of fresh apricots in front of your face would hardly smell more like fresh apricot than this beer does. Is the fragrance artificially enhanced? Don't know, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

The taste is almost of an apricot spritzer. The "beer" of it is fairly weak and the weizen element is all but obscured. Despite this I'm compelled to acknowledge the somewhat embarrassing truth that I enjoy this fruity beer. It's too thin in the body, but the flavor is deserving and the fragrance is charmed. I wouldn't want to drink it every day, and I don't know how it found me in winter. (It's anything but a winter beer.) But Pyramid's effort is worthy of the concept of an apricot weizen, should that concept mean anything to you.

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

Pours cloudy amber with a two finger head from a fast pour. Modest amount of lacings. Aroma is mostly apricot and some spices. Taste is tangy apricot with the usual Heffe flavors. I think I detected a touch of lemon as well. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish which must be the hops. This bottle tasted much better than the last one I tried. According to the enjoy by date (5-08-09) it is about a month old. Pretty tasty all in all, and quite sessionable if you like Heffes and apricots.

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

This beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a decent one finger head formation. The head is bright white and fluffy however, lacks any sort of retention and lacing. Carbonation was definitely present as groupings of small bubbles constantly floated to the top of the glass.

This may shock you but the smell is dominated by apricots. This causes the aroma to definitely lean to the sweet side. On a second whiff, I caught some yeast and bread-like notes that helped balance out the sweetness. Overall, this is not the best aroma when it's 10 degrees outside, but could see the appeal on a warm summer day.

This is one sweet beer. The apricot flavor dominates and almost tastes like an apricot candy rather than the fruit. However, I will say that there are some other facets to the taste. I was able to get an ever so slight glimpse of hops up front and the yeast makes its presence known throughout.

Overall, this isn't half bad. It has a more robust mouth feel than I expected for a fruit offering.

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Photo of ChrisQ
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you pop the cap from this bottle, take a sniff. Apricots. Of course that is obvious from the name of the beer, but think and smell again. Apricots, you say again. Now think, you said apricots and not peaches; as remarkably similar as those two fruits are, Pyramid were able to winnow the aroma down to the slightly muskier scent, rather than throwing in the easy to find syrupy sweet peach.

The gold translucent ale has a fine carbonation bubble that produces a short creamy head that dissipates within 60 seconds. When looking into the glass one is reminded of champagne, as the tiny bubbles constantly form and rise.

When the cool liquid hits the tongue, the fine bubbles provide a silky mouth-feel which helps the flavors reach all parts of one's mouth. The tongue tastes the soft sour and bitter flavors, think of the fruit's pit, yet the nose still smells the fresh fruit. An interesting moment when you stop to think about it, tasting and smelling different things at the same time--supposedly what the aficionados of the durian fruit profess to do.

The initial taste will bring into use the sides of one's tongue. The sour component tames the sweet fruit smell, and both of those qualities hold in check the bitterness that you will taste in the middle/back of your tongue. Swallowing will leave your mouth mostly clean, but your breathing will bring the fruit aromas back into your nose: where this whole process started. This would be a great beer for Zen Buddhists because of its cyclical nature.

With the thought of champagne in mind, this sweet beer puts the imbiber in the mood for a celebration. You can celebrate a great meal and have this beer at dessert with, say grilled peaches? One can also celebrate that he has successfully opened a bottle of a light treat, making this a beer that can and should be celebrated with by having another.

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Photo of Rhynes2
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first venture into the world of fruit brews. It might be that I just don't have the taste for it yet, I'm not giving up on these, but I didn't like it. The peach flavor was stronger than I expected an that made it taste like a juice box. Poured a nice color and the smell was amazing. If you know your fruit beers, go for it, it seems very popular. On the other hand, if your new, you might want to stay clear of this one.

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

12 Oz poured into Pint Glass

A: Nice hazy orange body.. Nice 2 finger white head.... disapates pretty quickly.

S: Big apricot smell... maybe a little citrus.. Very nice.

T: Apricot taste upfront.... More of a dried apricot.. There is a soft spice note at the finish with a watery taste in the middle.

M: It has a mediuml mouthfeel with a watery texture and a faint note of fizz at the finish.

D: Huge apricot flavor and smell that is pretty natural but has no support. The rest of the beer is light.... Very drinkable.

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Photo of SickBrew
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this brew from a 12oz bottle in a pilz glass and observed only a bit of lead that left then scene quickly and left no ring. Color is a slightly hazy copper. Aroma is all apricot. There could be a bit of hops or maltiness there but you really have to sniff hard. Taste, well is just like the nose. This really isn't for me and It's tough to judge objectively when that occurs. It would be better if the fruit flavor was about a third of what it is and let the other "beer" flavors come out. This particular bottle poured almost flat, so I'll have to try the other 5 to be sure.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Krista.

A - Half inch of pure white fades extremely fast leaving no trace of head. The body is a clear orange with allot of visible carbonation.

S - Citrus aroma consisting of... you guessed it, apricot. There's also grape, apple and peach scents.

T - It has a nice combination of of citrus and malt. It has a middle tap of hops and finishes with a mild apricot flavor.

M - Light and bubbly kind of like the feel of a wine-cooler. It also has a unique dryness that is pretty nice.

~ This is something I hope to have again. This would be a good beer to have at a cookout or out on the boat.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Orange yellowish coloring with a very thin layer of head.

S- Very strong apricot scent present in this beer. Can't really smell anything else.

T- Smooth apricot taste. Very, very sweet. Can also taste a grainy like taste as well.

M- Good carbonation, very smooth.

D- Extremely drinkable. The apricot flavor is not even close to over powering.

Overall one of my favorite, if not my single favorite, fruit beer. Just the right amount of apricot flavoring and not too sweet.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= hazy yellow with a big white head. Delicious looking
S= oh my big apricot smell and maybe some carmel grain. I kinda like. Maybe I just like apricots a lot.
T= apricot flavor is quickly swallowed by the grain and small amounts of hop flavor
M= average car and smooth finish
D= high. Despite how girly this beer is I'm very happy to say I tried it and it wasn't bad. I actually liked it a little. Good brew.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: hazy orange color with a one finger head that has some retention but no lacing.

S: basically apricot with a distinct wheat beer scent.

T: Very sweet apricot that dominates citrus undertones and a slight wheaty backbone. The drink balances out more as it gets warmer.

"Judge a beer by its cover" would be the perfect slogan for this Pyramid beer. You get exactly what you'd expect. Although it isn't my style I enjoyed it and look forward to having it in the summertime. Very good for its style!

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Photo of thain709
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy yellow...poured a big white lacing to speak of

S - Wonderful smell got it...apricots

T - The apricot dominates your palate...has a slight wheat flavor towards the end

M - Light...crisp...carbonated

D - This would be the perfect brew to be sipping on in the's pretty one dimensional...but I like it

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

Love the unfiltered look--cloudy, foggy, hazy. Unsurprisingly peach/apricot in color, the thin head is the only thing detracting from this being a beautiful beer.

Smells like Magic Hat's #9 with a little more punch (as in, fruit juice). Smells like apricot. Maybe I'm not in the mood, but it seems pretty one-dimensional.

Flavor is fruit juice and sugar. Some fruit tea, too. Although I expected the worst, the apricot flavor here is spot on and completely natural tasting. There's enough malt backup to offer a rounded, bready, even banana-like essence, and even the yeast checks in, but it's quite distant. A bit soda-like, which is taken a little too far with the fizzy, bubbly carbonation. Something more beer-like would've been nice, but the flavor pulls everything through.

Maybe not my daily cup of tea, but this would be great for a picnic on a hot summer's day. ABV is session-friendly too. I stayed away from this one for a long time, and I'm glad I was given this bottle by a friend, because it's not bad at all.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy translucent apricot colored body with an OK head.

S- GREAT apricot smell. Like smashing a fresh apricot into your nose

T- Really noticeable apricot but a nice definitive wheat backbone. I could go for some more hops but the citric-flavored American hopping goes well with the apricot

M- I love the feel of unfiltered brews; and this is truly one of them. Sorta fizzy carbonation detracts from my enjoyment

D- Aside from the soda-pop-like carbonation, this drinks pretty well. The apricot doesn't get in the way when you pound it

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think I am going to get my wife to try this one; it's light, fruity and refreshing and doesn't taste much like beer. (Edited 1/12/09 - Wife did liked this beer - I'll keep it available for her)

A - Fuzzy yellow with white foam that disapates to about 1/8 inch. Leaves spots of foam along the glass.

S - Simple fruity apricot. Slightly yeasty.

T - Slightly sweet and sour yeasty apricot. Light and inoffensive.

M - Light soda-like. Similar to a standard American pilsner.

D - This beverage would be great on a hot summer day at the beach. I could handle two or three at once through a funnel.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- loud fizzing ivory head bubbles away over a dirty orange and golden somewhat murky looking brew. foam has a short life and doesn't leave any lace to speak of

S- sweet apricot and artificial sweetener. thick vapor. somewhat tart as well with spicy vanilla and woodsy mushroom in the bready underlying wheat aroma. fruitiness however is of a diet fruit soda.

T- slightly tart apricot flavor, nicely in between plum and peach, or juicy ripe nectarine. fruit flavor is strong and doesn't leave much room for soft pale malt flavor and white bread wheat. finishes clean with very mild grassy hop bitterness and some breadiness and light apricot jam.

MF- crisp and very refreshing, juicy with medium carbonation to keep things live. wheat gives the impression of weight without viscosity... a light fullness...

D- would be a great summer brew, another good fruit beer that i can slam on down.

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