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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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Reviews: 475 | Ratings: 1,087
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delicious! This is my first apricot beer. The flavors blend quite well, at least with Pyramid's. Yes, the scent and taste is dominated by apricot, but the flavor of the fruit goes well with beer in my opinion. It pours out a cloudy gold/orange. The smell is pure apricot. The taste is nearly the same. Little bit of fizziness and a lingering cottonmouth aftertaste I could have done without. Very drinkable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was scared about this beer. It turns out I had nothing to worry about.

The beer pours a small, white head. Cloudy, unfiltered apricot in color. Obvious smell of apricots, but other fruits seemed present as well, strawberry maybe???

At best, only slight lacing. Very clean in mouth, almost like a fruit juice, not a beer with 5ish% alcohol.

In the finish, you notice the hops, but it's nicely balance with the fruity sweetness.

Not something I'd want to drink a 6-pack of, but a great after dinner beer.

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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 ikihi
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the pyramid on the box looked cool so I tried the beer!

I think most people seem to prefer bitter beers so they rated this beer down. I can't drink real bitter beer (like IPA) so I found this refreshing. This is a solid apricot beer, no complaints. It's not too fruity either, pretty balanced, with a medium-light body. Some reviewers felt the aftertaste wasn't good, I disagree I feel the aftertaste was fine. Just shows that taste isn't universal. Great for a spring/summer day.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orangy-brown color with small head.

Smell was delicious - apricots and, well, more apricots. Wonderful aroma without being overpowering.

Taste was very fruity and sweet. Again, not overblown or syrupy. A very natural taste with minimal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel was tart/tangy with carbonation and quite refreshing.

This is a great summer beer to relax by the pool or on the porch with.

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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 megahurts4
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pyramid Apricot Ale

Appearance: golden orange, large head, and very little lacing.

Smell: sweet tart, apricot, and wheat.

Taste: full ripe apricot and a wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Wow. This has wonderful apricot flavor. It doesn't really feel like a wheat beer.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 12 oz.)
pours a hazy straw with a orange hue, nice head that had a orange hue.
the aroma is full on apricot, sweet.
the flavor is apricot not to over powering, spice, wheat, hint of hops.
i really like this beer, i'm not a usual fan of "fruit beers" but this one is done right. even and balanced.

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Photo of jmalex
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love apricot. I mean, I LOVE it. So perhaps I'm a bit biased when I say that this is one of my favorite beers to chill out and drink. But how it stacks up against my reviewing critique, we'll see.

APPEARANCE: Poured into my new Sam Adams glass with a swirl of the yeast sediment (I prefer it this way). The head starts small and drops to next to nothing, though the glass keeps a constant cascade of bubbles coming to the surface. The beer itself is a hazy orange color that seems perfectly appropriate.

SMELL: The smell is of, what else, apricot. Tons and tons of it. Some may find it cloying. Some may say it's way over the top. I think it's fantastic. In the background, a yeasty breadiness is detectable as is some sweet malt.

TASTE: The taste is fruity up front, though not specifically apricot. Some citrus is in there as well. A bit of a bitterness comes on, perhaps from a hop presence or from a tartness of the fruit and wheat combo. The finish is where the apricot shines, and it's at a perfect level.

MOUTHFEEL: Body is medium light and very smooth. Carbonation level is on the low end, and could be higher to make this a more refreshing beer.

DRINKABILITY: Excellent. It's a snack and a beer in one and is incredibly sessionable. And it's perfect for any time of year - light and refreshing in the summer and smooth and dessert-like for the cold weather.

Ok, so it's not the most finely crafted and complex beer, but it's the best fruit beer I've ever had... even if it is made with extract. I'll buying this every spring as soon as I see it on the shelves.

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Photo of rpgman456
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unusual brew was packaged among nine other American craft brews in a special limited edition 10-pack.

When examining the bottle prior to removing the cap, chunks of apricot are seen swirling around the bottom... much like a freshly brewed batch of lemonade. Beer clearly states that it is not pasteurized; this is done so more flavor is retained during the brewing process.

Smell is of a multitude of different fruits. Apricot is very noticeable, but without a doubt there is a strong presence of pear and/or mango. Although there are fragments of fruit contained in the bottle, pour is smooth with a nice dark coulour. Head is thick in complexion; retention is also longer than expected, and a fairly thick lace remains after the head has fully disappeared. Taste, as expected, is very fruity... possibly too fruity. Many different flavors are present at the same time, so it is a bit overwhelming. Overall this is a nice try for those unfamiliar with the category. This very fragrant beer is probably even better on tap.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last sampled back on 11/4/13 as I had this a few times in the past 2 years. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange in color and really doesn't head a head at all. Some very light spotty lacing was seen but not much. Perfect carbonation. When first opened the aroma of fresh apricots hits your nose right up front with some wheat. Very nice! The taste was even better with just the right sweetness with good wheat to balance out the flavor. No bad aftertaste and goes down very easy. Available year around.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, short, stout 12-ounce bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Pours a very hazy, cloudy, murky, dark-yellow hue with no head at all and very little lacing around the edge of the glass...
Strong aroma rendolent of wheat and fresh apricots...
In terms of taste, you can't get much more authentic apricot flavor - even more so than Magic Hat #9... The apricot taste literally bursts through...
Good mouthfeel along with a nice level of drinkability due to the low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Recommended as an excellent depiction of a fruit / vegetable beer...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - looks like diluted orange juice. A thin steady cap of white rests above. Not much of a lacer.

Aroma - the top half pours with a total apricot scent. With the sediment swirled and added, the smell is less sweet but fuller. The yeast gives it a breadier, bigger smell.

Taste - apricot right away, no surprise there. Good citrusy presence without being overly fruity or sweet. The grain is a bystander but what comes through doesn't detract. Ends lightly tart, even and dry.

Mouthfeel - smooth stuff, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - disappears fast. Fruity, foofy, but easy to drink during the hot summer I reckon.

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Photo of Chaz33187
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a- murky bubbly orangey glow
s- very much a light beer smell, but a definite smell of apricot
t- so darn tast, so crisp and bubbly, a strong and distinct apricot tast accompanied by a super friendly smack of wheaty taste
m- fairly carbonated but light and great
o- not the most flavorful wheat beer, but definitely one of the lightest smoothest and crispest.

I've had it on draft before and I'd probably a cold one on draft will get a half a point boost in every category.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer. I enjoyed the apricot.

Appearance- cloudy honey color

Smell- apricot

Taste- just the same apricot

Mouthfeel- light body

Drinkability- very drinkable, really enjoyed the apricot, would definitely drink it again. My girlfriend and mom also really liked it.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured an orangeish haze into my glass with an off white head. I could smell apricots, but it seemed more like peaches to me. The taste was actually pretty good. Peaches and apricots, not too sweet with a touch of tang. It was pretty good, I would drink this agian.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor on Mineral Pt Rd here in Madison. Just tried New Glarus' Apple Ale which was phenomenal, so I figured I'd stay on the fruit beer train. All aboard.

Pours a very appealing cloudy copper/amber with golden yellow highlights around the edges and a small white head which lasts for a minute or so. Looks like a cross between an amber and a hefe-weissen. Smell is dried apricots right up front, quite sweet, with some grainy aftertones. Taste is more apricot with a steady balance of wheat grass, not particularly malty or hoppy, but the bitter wheat balances out the sweet fruit quite well. Reminded me of a apricot version of Tommyknocker's Jack Whacker Wheat. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, I like a well-carbonated fruit beer. I could definitely see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think some decent fruit is the best way to improve this American wheat beer style. In this case the apricots add a really nice aroma. The tartness of the fruit provides just the right balance to the modest maltiness. A touch of hop bitterness gives the antidote to the substantial fruitiness.

I wish more people would make Witbiers with fruit instead of the usual spice and peeling. At the same time, this Pyramid beer would benefit from a little Belgian yeastiness. It's cheap, it's available, it's better than a lot of fruit concoctions, so enjoy!

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Photo of lampkins
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This old friend is back in my state after a hiatus of 4 years. Time has not hurt this brew and tastes as good as it did the first time I had it. Beer pours a hazy orange with a decent foamy head. Beer smells of apricot/orange. Taste is fantastic a fusion of wheat and apricot that makes this a must have for summer. A session beer in my opinion.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peachy color (pale orange and yellow). A bit hazy. Nice 1 inch pale yellow head. A bit of lacing.

S - This is the best part of the beer. Pleasant apricot aroma, sweet, but not overpowering.

T - Apricot up front, slightly sweet. Small bit of malts. And a little sour at the end.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel.

D - Yum

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cloudy orange color with almost no head. The smell was crisp, with apricots readily present along with the zippy odor of alcohol. Really a surprisingly nice combination of smells.

It has a very sweet zip to it but it still manages to taste like a beer. It really just tastes like a perfect blend of a light lager and apricots with neither flavor being too powerful or too light. Very nice.

Average body and it went down nice and smooth. Really a nice little treat.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Cloudy peach color with a similar colored head.

Aroma dominated by apricot, with slight hints of the wheat coming through as well.

Taste is initially of a quality American wheat beer, and then the apricot jumps out in the finish. Even after the beer is swallowed, a refreshing apricot flavor lingers.

Mouth feel is light with semi-sharp carbonation bite that balances the slightly sweet flavor.

Overall, a well-made fruit beer that is rather easy drinking. I can appreciate it even more now that I have tried to brew a fruit beer myself (this beer being far superior).

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

Poured a semi - cloudy pale golden yellow with a small head. Beautiful aroma of sweet, ripe apricot nectar with a touch of zesty lemon. The taste is light and is undeniably flavored with apricots. Light in body that’s sweetened with fruit. It’s wonderful how the fruit flavor is incorporated into this beer. It’s done perfectly. Not overly sweet, nor underdone. A sweet nectar tang is left on the tongue. Light, fruity and a very refreshing treat of a beer. Very nice.

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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 jtfest
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, I don't generally like fruit beers, but I like apricots -- so I gave it a try. Apricot colored, apricot smelling, apricot tasting -- right down to a sweet, syrupy film on the lips -- I'd have to say that you'd BETTER like apricots to drink this beer. If you do, however, you should be pleased, as I was. It was a little thin in the mouthfeel department, but otherwise a very enjoyable brew (assuming the like of apricots, of course).

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