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 Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, dull amber. Thin dirty white head. Specks of CO2 cling to the walls of the glass. Aroma is apricot and more apricot. It doesn't really overload the senses, but there's not a lot else going on here. Still, a nice aroma I think. Juicy apricot plays over a dulled wheat base to give this beer a little character. Spritzy mouthfeel and refreshing. Decent enough beer...especially on a hot summer day I would imagine.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Looked similar to Pyramid’s Hefeweizen - gold and a bit murky. Had about ½-inches of head. Good-smelling beer full of apricot, peach and maybe dates. Sounds like a pretty good Jolly Rancher flavor. Plenty of flavor in first sip. Apricot is the first thing that comes to mind whether that is the case or not. Seems to be a terrific summer brew, but not something you’re going to order all night at a bar. Really a good combination of not too wheaty, not too fruity. Fairly carbonated. Pretty good beer overall. I don’t know if I could stick to this all night, but it’s a nice beer away from the norm.

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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 MNishCT77
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint on tap at The Yard House in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of Docrock
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Turbid straw-gold color, with good head and good lacing.

Aroma: Apricots, and nothing but apricots.

Flavor: A good balance between wheat and apricot. No bitterness to speak of, and any yeast character fades before the strong apricot fruitiness. Finish is pretty sweet, bordering on cloying.

Body: Creamy, rich body.

Too sweet a beer for me (as apricots are mostly too sweet a fruit); I admit my bias. For fans of the fruit, I imagine this is a good beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date September 2006, Sampled July 2006
When poured vigorously this beer produces a frothy, fairly large bubbled, initially 1.5-finger thick, pale, tan tinted, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, orangish gold color. The aroma is simplisticly all apricot, nice and fleshy but unmistakably fruity apricot. If you really dig for it you might get some notes of biscuit-like malt, but this is subtle and far in the background.

The beer has a sweetness up front that is not cloying. The sweetness accentuates the peach-like apricot flavors that dominate the flavor profile of this beer. A touch of wheat derived acidity finishes this beer off and again serves to accentuate the fruit notes. There is even some noticeable bitterness in the finish (though light) as well as some prickly carbonation, which helps to balance the fruit and grain sweetness. Straight forward and simplistic in its flavors, yet it strikes a refreshing balance.

I have not had this beer in years, but my wife saw it while walking through Trader Joes, and I figured what the hell and picked up a six pack. Ever since I started drinking beer, and even during my period of not liking any type of fruit beer, I have always found this beer to be nice, quaffable and enjoyable. A work of artistic brewing, perhaps not, but it is a great beer to have well chilled in the fridge when it is 110*F (45*C) out.

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Photo of hu5om
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into sa perfect pint
a-cloudy peach color. 2 fingers of fluffy white foam.
s-wow. holy apricot. sweet and tart. a bit grainy
t-big fake apricot. w/ a nice grainy wheat to finish. fairly abrupt ending with a little wheat lingering.
m-tart and creamy. pretty smooth and pleasant.
d-not sure i'd go for it again. but worth trying, i suppose. for a bigger macro, not terrible. good enough summer beer.

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

Standard, hazy wheat beer on appearance, but the nose brings a sweet, dusty apricot aroma into the mix. Nothing overpowering, but it's an interesting change from your run of the mill American-style wheat beer.

Taste has similar grainy flavor, with a subtle, sweet apricot and peach flavors. The wheat and apricot seem to complement each other more than other wheat-fruit combinations, and I like the effect. Body is light with maybe a touch of hop bitterness.

I found this beer well-crafted. Not a stand-out, but enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was cajoled into splitting a pitcher of this at my favorite local place last week. Fruit beers, although good by the glass hardly ever move me to purchase an entire pitcher, especially on blind faith. Let me say however, that I had no problem reaching for a second pint of this beer. The taste is very smooth and the first sniff is of sweet apricots and subtle zest. There is a decent hop character that is never prevalent, but does nicely in the aftertaste. I was expecting a heavy sweetness, but it is not here. Pyramid has done a nice job with creating a flavorful fruit beer that is easily drinkable and refreshing.

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

Sampled from a bottle dated 9/28/03. The aroma for this beer is amazing - very sweet apricots, with a hint of tartness. Pours a hazy/clouded orange with a little bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Small head. Pyramid Apricot is warm and sweet initially, with a sour aftertaste - maltiness and a little bit of hops. Unfortunately, as this beer warms, the carbonation becomes very noticeable (seltzer-like?) and the apricot taste fades into a more sour, unpleasant flavor. Average mouthfeel. At $5.99 for a six-pack at my local store, this is a great beer to bring to parties or to use to introduce friends to better beer. I probably won't buy it again for personal consumption, but its worth having a six pack on hand.

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

Hazy, gold body capped by a good finger of head.

Straight-up apricot all the way on the nose. Pretty sweet-smelling but considering actual apricots are one of the sweeter smelling fruits I can't really dock the beer for equaling the real thing.

I can't judge this as I would a true hefe as that is obviously not the brewers' intention. Sweet but not unnaturally so, good yeast/wheat interplay although the aftertaste is bitter in a clumsy sort of way.

Not chewy enough to be anything above average although the carbonation level is steady. Goes down easy although the apricot flavor grows tiresome eventually.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my dad for tossing this one my way. Best by 030806 lasered on the neck. Pours from the stubby brown bottle a nice somewhat bright cloudy orange with a big two finger head of white foam atop the brew. The head lingers and leaves sticky lace across the glass. Aromas initially reek like opening a bag of freshly cut or dried apricots. There's an underlying grainy, wheat husk aroma as well. You'll have to like apricots to appreciate the nose here!

First sip brings some pale, wheat grain maltiness that is a little bit grating. The fresh apricot flows through with a sweet/tart fashion across the tongue. Finishes with a lingering apricot flavor that's quite nice and not at all artificial. Hints of yeast poke in and out as well. A tasty fruit beer if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle creaminess and plenty of carbonation...quite refreshing really. I could see this going great on a hot summer day, it reminds me of O'Fallon Wheach. Worth looking into if you're a fan of fruit beers, apricots or both. Unfiltered as well!

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Photo of kkawachi
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ibashmuck
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured big, thick foamy head on cloudy light yellow. Apricot indeed! Came through like a rocket, yet soft and pleasant. Same deal with the taste...obviously the apricot was dominant, but not overly so. Smooth and thick on the mouth. A pleasant surprise, a fun fruit beer, easy to drink, but more than a bottle or two might be pushing it.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heard it was good and grabbed a sixer. Out of the bottle this one was a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Decent retention and some lacing. The apricot aromas is bright and appealing with hints of wheat buried underneath. The flavors were again mostly apricot though it is dry which is the wheat character, some yeast can be detected too. Little malt or hops distinction. The body was heavier than I expected, medium as opposed to light and the mouthfeel is a little rough. I like the flavors but this one needs a little work.

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Photo of LDuke
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silver0rlead
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a thick white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is dominated by apricots, with a fruity esters background, but still the apricot smell is slightly overwhelming. Taste is your basic american wheat beer with an apricot theme, interesting but not exactly a great beer. The apricot flavor in a american wheat is intriguing because it's more refreshing than you'd expect but im not sure it was a good decision anyways. Definately something slightly different to try, but not really a sucess in my book.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 09/04/2013 printed on the label, so I'm a little bit late on this one, but I'm not scared. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. My second beer from Pyramid. My bottle is a bit different than the one pictured and is named Pyramid Apricot Ale. I don't really know what to expect with this one.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a lightly hazed lemon-orange colored body with some spritzy carbonation and one finger of soapy white head that fades quickly. Lots of nice yeast sediment floating in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of fleshy apricots, grainy wheat, honeyed biscuit malt, mineral well water, and a hint of vinegary tartness.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy apricot / peach, some syrupy sweetness, some acidic vinegary tartness, wheat grains, earthy bready yeast presence, and some mineral water.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, light, and refreshing. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a surprisingly enjoyable offering from Pyramid. Zesty, light-bodied, and refreshing; I could definitely see myself enjoying some of this in the summertime. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy fruit beers.

Pyramid Apricot Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Quite hazy, peach-colored. Apricot Ale looks much like a rose tinted hefeweizen. Yellow-ish/beige head rises about 2 fingers with fairly short retention. No lacing.

S - Obviously, the aroma is heavy with apricots. There's a touch of earthy, "dirty" wheat in the background but otherwise nothing.

T - More apricots with a mild to moderate sweetness. Sweetness peaks late palate with touches of typical, earthy American wheat flavors. There's a mild bitterness as well with an almost salty/briney quality. The apricot is strong and well manifested, though the beer behind the fruit is bland and grainy.

M - Creamy, but very much in the realm of light bodied. Carbonation is moderate to high providing a fairly crisp and refreshing brew.

D - A decent simple fruit beer that serves the purpose of being refreshing and tasting more like fruit than beer. The fruit isn't overbearing or artificial, and while the beer behind it may not be very interesting, it's at least unoffensive and doesn't interfere with the overriding apricot flavor. Though I haven't had Magic Hat's #9 in quite a while, Apricot Ale reminds me a lot of that brew with a creamier and improved mouthfeel. Even if you hate beer but are into apricots, Pyramid's offering is more than worth a try.

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Photo of karst
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoyed by Karst before 9/21/05".

Pours a murky gold into Paulaner 0.5 L Rastal WeiBbeir glass. With nearly 4 inches for head formation it barly approached 1 finger height and quickly fell. No lace but very active beading from the carbonation.

Aroma of fresh apricots with a little something I did not like: not skunk or diacetyl but still out of place (maybe some spices covered by the huge boquet of ripe apricots)

Medium body and mouthfeel that was dextrinous and semi-slick. The hops (never bitter but clearing the sweet apricot flavor) persist till end. I would like a crisper finish. If possible I would describe the apricots as cloying (not the sweetness) Feels like I fell asleep under the Apricot tree and somehow all the fruit was shaken off and covered me at the bottom of the pile. I would expect this to attract bees on the deck on a summers day.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler six pack.

Yellow to tan and somewhat cloudy, white head was about a finger and lacing was sparse.

Aroma is quite apricot, with some oranges and tangerines, maybe some maltiness, enjoyable.

Flavor is again very fruity, plenty of apricot flavor, although perhaps a little syrupy. Some citrus and some wheat balance it out pretty nicely.

Body is light but chewy and slightly syrupy, but very easy to drink. Would be a good summer beer.

Overall it's very enjoyable, although not the best fruit beer I've had. I would not be disappointed if I bought a sixer of it though, it would all get drank!

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Photo of putnam
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dense golden liquid.
Aromas of pure, natural apricots. Like those sulphured, bright orange, dried apricots you get at the grocery store. Easy on the nose.
Flavors display beer-like nuances of white bread and malt balls but are quickly marshalled into service for the dominant apricot element. Dry.
Unfortunately, the beer craft is sparse, as the flavors disappear in a hurry. Although that might be a selling point. Flawless, if uninspiring.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A: Pours a hazy lighter amber with a 1 finger white head that sticks around but doesn't lace.

S: Fruity and sweet. The apricot fruit is the most prevalent. Some wheat and spice come through the nose.

T: Tastes like a standard hefe but with major focus on apricot rather than citrus. You can tongue wheat, apricot, and spice. The apricot flavoring is strong. Aftertaste is mellow with wheat.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Not as creamy as I would have imagined. The aftertaste is dries out to wheat. A real crisp beer good for summer days.

O: I usually don't dabble in the Fruity beers, but I was pleasantly surprised with how refreshing this one was.

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