Pyramid Apricot Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States
pyramidbrew.com

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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Ratings:
1,095
Reviews:
478
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
17.73%
 
 
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22
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109
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish color. Thin layer of foam for a head, no real lacing to be seen on my glass.

Smell: Wonderful. There's an aroma of apricots which is not overpowering and not too sweet, there's also a yeasty/bready smell to this which isn't being drowned out by the fruit. This, IMHO, is how a fruit beer should smell.

Taste: The apricot is so well balanced it not only tastes good, but it seems to enhance the underlying wheat beer flavor. Not a lot of hops to be found in the taste, this beer has almost zero bitterness. The sweetness of the fruit is very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation and flavors mingle very well on the palate. Alcohol is not really noticeable.

Drinkability: Unbelievably good beer. This is a beer that could dethrone my beloved SA cherry wheat as my fave fruit beer. This beer seems to have it all, good fruit taste that isn't just a sugar coated syrup taste, a nice "beer" flavor that is complemented by the fruitiness. Wow.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of fizzician
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange color. Strong and pleasant fruity apricot aroma, concordant with taste. Also floral notes and faint hop and malty flavors. Crisp/smooth feel. Overall a great, summery NW favorite!

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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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4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my new favorite beers.

I had never even tasted apricot before, but its amazing.
I love this beer, its so refreshing. But I can imagine it would be perfect any season.

I really like the fruit flavor, it doesn't taste fake/artificial/tart like many other fruit beers. There is a little bit of a sprakling taste that I could do without, but its still a great beer.

Try it!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As far as fruit beers go, this is tremendous. The smell is strongly of sugar and apercot, not much more there. The taste is simply the same thing, just sugar and apercots... the mouthfeel is almost like you are biting into the fruit itself. They must have a special way of harnessing the taste. Great for summer!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is nice and orangey amber with very little head. Hmmm, smells like apricot. Has a good strong hop aroma as well as tangy.
The taste of this beer is so interesting with a great blend of sweetness and hops. Its hard to figure how long it must of took to get the recipe so balanced. I love the apricot feel on the tongue, like eating an apricot or pear. Gets tiny little bumps of almost fuzz like things covering your tongue. Very interesting. Very crisp, smooth, and a hoppy aftertaste that fights with the apricot, but in a good way. This a very good, interesting beer, I recommend it if you like any other kind of fruit beers. But if you don't like apricots or pears its best you don't try it. But who doesn't like those?

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4.44/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer a second time. The earlier review is posted below. The numerical scores above reflect today's review.

Today's review (Sept. 12, 2012):

Seeing this beer in its new bottle (The brewery has gone back to the old name "Pyramid Apricot Ale", and a more classy bottle label design) made me want to try this old favorite again.

It may be my imagination, but I think this beer has improved a little since my previous review in 2007.

It pours an attractive orange/gold color with a very slight head.

The aroma is incredible. Tons and tons of apricots. Very sweet with a little bit of citrus.

Flavor --- again apricots are dominant. If you like apricots, then you will like this beer. If you don't, I would avoid it. The best way I know to describe this beer is that it is very close in flavor to an apricot nectar but with carbonation and a little bit of malt in the background. Very sweet at first but it finishes slightly dryer (but still pretty sweet). Maybe a tiny bit of hops in the finish but they are faint.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight oily feel on the tongue.

Overall, this is one of the summer fruit beers around. It is its own thing (it is hard to compare with a non-fruit beer), but if you like fruit beers, this one is worth buying.

Original review dated: (April 22, 2007):

AP: 3.5 AR 4.0 F 4.5 MF 4.0 D 4.0
I have many good memories of drinking this on hot summer days while sitting on the roof of the house I lived in the summer of 2000.

But does the beer measure up to the memories?

Kinda.

Pleasant aroma. Tons of apricot flavor with just a bit of nicely matched wheat malts. Nice mouthfeel with a strong surge of carbonation. Pretty sweet but not overpowering.

Not much complexity. Not a bad fruit beer but it is definitely not in the same caqtegory as a belgian lambic.

Great summer session beer.

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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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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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