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

Pours a hazy golden color, smells of ripe apricots and a slight grassy hop aroma as well...tastes like apricots, as expected, but not overly so. There is a discernible hop flavor that lingers towards the finish, which is clean and slightly dry. This is a very refreshing light fruit beer. I am kind of bummed that I have only found singles in Spec's so far. A somewhat different, but very good, brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's a definite schizophrenia happening with this brew and it's listings on this site. My bottle reads "Apricot Ale", but the label refers to it as a "golden wheat beer", the first time I remember seeing that in all my years of enjoying this beer. There are many more reviews under "Apricot Wheat Ale". What's up?
But about the contents of this bottle, forget about the name...
Appearance: bright apricot golden tone, with a nice, white head.
Aroma: sweet, hoppy, but over all, apricotty! Fresh and fruity, and just about perfect for what it aims to be!
Big hops upfront, fading slowly back. Medium body, good, tangy texture, with tasty grit'n'play. Flavor continues, sip after sip, the apricot taste greeting the tongue again and again. Finish is medium length, but toward the end it begins to peter out just a bit, and feels like a regular ale, though still pecked with sweet fruitiness.
Like I said, I've gone back to this beer over and over again, over the years, and I probably will continue to do so. I'm a sucker for apricots.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid's Apricot Ale is, in my opinion, one of the best fruit beers on the market today. It offers a beautiful nose of sweet apricot that's remarkably authentic (although I'm sure it's from extract). The body is a bit hazy, and has a golden-orange color similar to that of an apricot. The creamy white head holds fairly well before dropping to a wide collar, and it leaves some spots and splashes of lace behind it. In the flavor, the same apricot fruitiness returns, and it's just gently sweet and not overdone. Some malt flavor backs it, and it's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it "beer", and leave it dry and refreshing. Some mild apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste, nagging at you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth - again, kind of like an apricot - with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation and medium body. It's enjoyable year-round, but I really think it's perfect on a warm summer day outside. Very nice!

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a guinness style pint glass. Poured with a mild head and moderate carbonation. Yellow color was clear and not particularly interesting.
RWhat was interesting was the smell and the flavor. Both followed each other very well. Some beers smell better than they taste and others taste better than they smell. This one was a pleasant surprise in both categories. The aroma was the expected apricot smell, with some other ale fruityness and a very mild hop aroma. The flavor was almost exactly the same. I like it when I can almost taste the beer by smelling it and this one fits that description. The mild hop bitterness in the flavor make this more of a beer brewed with fruit that fruit made into beer. Soft unobtrusive mouthfeel that finished clean with little aftertaste.
If you feel that most beers that use fruit go overboard to the point that they ruin the beer characteristics, this maybe one that you want to give a try.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange gold color with a modest head, a bit of lace.

Aroma: Strong, pleasant aroma of apricots, particularly of the fruit skin.

Taste: The taste is pleasant, with the apricot a bit more subtle than I expected, still quite evident, particularly at the beginning. At mid-taste the wheat becomes more prominent, rising to a mildly bitter note at the finish.

Mouth feel: Soft, pleasant, a little stinging carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice summer beer, quite refreshing.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear light coppery coloration. The beer had tight continuous carbonation. The head was one finger high off white coloration. There was very little head retention to this beer.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet hoppy base with apricots in each smell. There is a very good melding of the smell going on here.

Taste: The beer has a very good well blended spicy apricot with floral hops taste. The beer has a great malty wheaty taste backing the fruit.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. There is a good balance between the hops and fruit. This is not a syrupy sweetly sticky beer. This is a very tasty well made sessionable beer.

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Photo of jkaufman
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session notes from March 16, 2007:

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours clear and golden, with a film-like white head.

S: Apricots (shocking!), but not too strong.

T and M: Smooth, light-bodied, and well-carbonated. Very fruity and somewhat malty. Apricots definitely dominate. Finishes clean but a tad watery.

D: Very drinkable, would be great on a hot day.


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Photo of angelmonster
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours 2 finger head that stayed for awhile, leaving some lacing . Dark amber / orange color.

Smells of very sweet apricots and faint malts.

Tastes very fruity,sweet yet light. Lots of apricot but not artificial or syrupy tasting. Subtle straw malts and very very low on hops.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, light and alittle watered down.

Very simple, drinkable summer beer. Tastes great would defiantly recommend picking up a 6 pack of this

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember this being on of the bests of it's kind. Grabbed a single from Ohio. $1.79 a very fair single price.

A - Head is bountiful in this, got at least an inch and a half of creamy head that takes it time lowering leaving a creamy lace. Color is of hazy orange tinted yellow. Pretty.

S - Smells more yeast forward but I do pick up apricots pretty well. Wheat base, touch of spice, and a nice bit of lemon peel too.

T - Bready and wheat like at first it rounds to a nice sweet fruit flavor and finishes spicy with a hit of pepper and lemon. Like how it feels soapy and coats the tongue with all the flavors.

M - Light to medium. Very easy to drink.

Overall STILL impressed with how this one can deliver great fruit taste but still have a solid wheat and lemon taste of a weizen. Even though it's a bit warm from the drive and old (had a nice bit of sediment in the bottom of my bottle) it still drank pleasantly. Can't wait to try there Haywire Hefeweizen.

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Photo of GeneralZod
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange gold color.
High head retention.

smells of sweet. Apricots and wheat.

Also taste sweet with apricots and wheat.
Its a fruity wheat beer. No bad aftertaste

It is well-carbonated. It is also a bit coarsed and feels like most wheat beer.

It is one of the better fruit beers. Just can't drink a lot of it. Only so much fruit beer a man could handle.

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Photo of goschool
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"I'm sorry we don't have any Heinekens left. All we have is this fruity, apricot crap that my girlfriend bought." -- My friend

I gave his girlfriend a couple of weizen glasses a few months ago, so I conveniently have the proper glassware. It pours light orange with a frothy white head that shrinks fairly quickly. I feel like I'm opening a bag of dried apricots when I smell this beer. The taste sure doesn't disappoint. It's actually better then it could have been. The flavor is filled with apricots, but it tastes like beer rather then some sweet concoction. There is a faint, but noticeable hop presence upfront, which is followed by light wheat notes. Again, the apricots are everywhere so you should probably pass on this beer if you don't like apricots, but if you do like apricots, this is a very good beer. I look forward to picking up a six-pack real soon.

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Photo of Smokehole13
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer again ask the question, do you like fruit in your beer? If the answer is no, why would one drink this beer and especially review it. Also, you should probably refrain if you don't like apricots (this isn't rocket science). I like both and yes, I liked this beer. It's my son's favorite beer (I still like it anyway).

Appearance - orange/yellow a bit cloudy, like the skin of an apricot. It certainly looks like apricot ale!

Smell - Again, apricots and more apricots, but not a too sweet aroma. The smell is strong enough to denote the flavor but not too strong to bulldoze the senses.

Taste - Fairly sweet, but not overly so. This is not that saccharine, sickly taste. It is refreshing just like a fruity beer should taste, and yes the flavor of apricots is definitely there. This taste like apricots, real apricots, not artificial flavor. Important to note that the apricot does not completely overpower the ale. It still taste like apricot beer not a wine cooler.

Mouthfeel - Well, it has a heavier body, then most fruity beers. It only gives you a hint of the dryness your mouth feels after eating an apricot, or maybe that's my imagination.

Overall - This beer works if you like apricots, beer and are brave enough to think outside the box, that the two together might actually be flavorful. I say well done Pyramid. It makes me want to try your other offerings!

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Photo of aeminter
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind. The beer is very hazy as one would expect from a wheat beer, and has sort of a pinkish-tan/brown color...kindo' looks like dish water.

S - Wow, this smells like fresh apricots...very sweet and a little acidic. That's really all I'm getting, but I think they hit the mark.

T/M - Pleasantly sweet with a distinct apricot flavor in the forefront. High carbonation characteristic of wheat beers. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

For what it is I will say this is a good beer, but I will likely not buy it again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid Apricot Ale brewed by Pyramid Breweries, Inc.. with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Pyramid Apricot Ale is sweet with grains , and malts. This is a real inviting brew, I like the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it , rich with sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up grains, and malts. Pyramid Apricot Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth , and rich. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Pyramid Apricot Ale a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Pyramid Breweries, Inc. did a nice job with this one.

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

Pours a very solid two finger head into a wheat glass, the head is completely white and very pillowy and creamy. It's hanging around for a bit as well, not skimping away too fast, it's leaving pretty good lacing as well. The body is pretty impressive (considering some of the wheat beers I have had lately) it's very very cloudy, and there is not much visibility coming through this beer at all, it is a really solid looking wheat beer. I'm shocked at how well this head is sticking around, I really am. The carbonation looks about medium-high, maybe too high, we'll see about that. The color on the body is slightly darker than a traditional wheat beer, but held up to the light it looks standard - a cloudy orange. Overall I'm really impressed with the way this beer looks, the head has finally died down, but it gave me a lot more than most beers do. I've had this beer before and I don't remember it looking this good, I'm close to giving it a 4.5 on appearance, but I don't think it's quite there. The smell is very simple, fresh apricots and a little wheat, not much in the way of malts are hops, if there is much in here it's not noticeable. The smell is very nice and it smells very refreshing, pretty one sided with the apricot, but I don't think I'll mind, it smells really good. Well this is a thousand times better than I remember it being, maybe it's just because I haven't had a wheat beer in a while, but this is really hitting the spot. There is a slight cheap beer taste to it, but other than that it's pretty dang good. It's just really really really tasty and refreshing, maybe slightly over powering with the apricot, but I don't mind that much at all, it's a fruity beer, just like it should be. Not much in the way of hops, maybe a tiny tiny malt note in there. Overall it's really simple, but very refreshing and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is good on this beer too, I could tell by how cloudy it was that it wasn't going to be skimping out on the wheat, and it really didn't! The mouthfeel is full and the body is big and full of wheat, carbonation is not too big, a little on the high side, but it works in the beer. Drinkability is through the roof on this beer, it's tasty and refreshing, and only 5.1%. I'm not a huge fan of Pyramid, but this was a really solid beer. Not much else to say, tasty, refreshing, good fruit beer!

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

A: Apricot orange in color, opague with a medium sized white head that's an even mix of fluffy and fizzy. Decent spider web like lacing and head retention.
S: Fresh apricots, not artificial smelling, but a nice apricot and orange smelling brew. Some slight hops and wheat with some spice, but the apricot smell is done well.
T: Follows smell with fresh apricot and some mandarin orange flavors. I am really pleasently surprised at how well the apricot flavors are done. Nice wheat flavors come out and set up the backbone of this brew. All the flavors meld well together and the apricot is just right and not over the top.
MF: Medium-light that finishes clean.
Overall: A pleasant surprise and a damn good fruit beer. Not over the top like so many in this category. Just the right amount of apricots and a good wheat backbone. I'll go back to this brew.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/26/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic tasting fruit flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wheat ale. All around great robustness and balance of apricot, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Another fruit beer. This is two in the same random sixer for me. What is wrong with me?

A huge off-white head with many small bubbles fades a bit but laces over the cloudy orange color.

The aroma is apricot juice. A bit of orange as well. No discernible hop/malt scents.

I gotta say, this is very good. Apricot instantly and over and over. The flavor turns into a decently bitter hop filled ale...it kind of comes out of nowhere. It finishes with a good vanilla-malt flavor.

Creamy yet fizzy feel. Strange.

Not my style of beer, but very easy going down and a champion of this style.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy bright straw color, with a fluffy white head. Good head retention dissipates into a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly apricots, very fruity.

Taste is sweet ripe apricots, with a little bit of malt flavor coming through that almost gives it an apricot biscuit type of taste. Apricots, though, dominate straight through the finish, and linger on for a second in the aftertaste, but no bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing beer....pretty appropriate for a hot sunny afternoon. Sweet, but not too sweet, and that makes it something I could probably drink one or two of in a sitting.

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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 gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Cloudy yellow appearance with a finger of head. Lacing on glass. Cloudy.

s. Fresh apricot smell that is better than when poured from a bottle.

t. Again, this beer takes on a life of it's own when on tap. Fresh, outstanding apricot taste layered into the beer.

m. For a wheat, it has nice body. Although the head was small, the carbonation persisted.

o. This is an outstanding apricot. Having had several, I think this is the best of the bunch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

mmm! pours a slightly blurry peach color with a diminishing white head. smells like fresh ripe apricots from the farmers market. beautiful aroma, punchy and sweet/tart. taste matches, fruity for sure, but more refined than say a magic hat number 9. fruit dominated but there is a hop presence somewhere back there. mouthfeel is weakened by the overwhelming fruitiness that sticks to the teeth, wouldnt maybe have 5 of these, but its an excellent pint. one of the better pyramid brews ive had, cant get over how fresh the fruit is in this, like a centerpiece not an afterthought. its really good

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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 tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange color, cloudy, with a thick white head that drops to a thin layer.

Sweet smell, wheaty with solid apricot aroma. Good fruity smell, not quite overpowering.

Tastes of sweet wheat malt and apricots. Tastes like it smells, nothing surprising here. Light, smooth body with just a bit of crispness.

A bit too sweet but tasty if you like fruit beers. This was one of my standy beers when I was a newbie so it's probably a good gateway beer.

Tasted 8/4/08.

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Photo of elniko
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Light, almost glowing amber color. Very little head and lacing. High carbonation apparent.

S: Smell is entirely of apricots, luckily I love the smell of apricots.

T & M: Initial taste is apricot sweetness, but not sickening sweet either. Good balance. Finish has some nice bitterness that offsets some of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice, leaves the mouth tingling. Well done.

D: Definitely drinkable, not sure I would want to have more than a few at a time but could definitely see myself having again.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.44 out of 5 based on 1,087 ratings.
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