Crystal Wheat Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Crystal Wheat AleCrystal Wheat Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ccrida on 03-23-2008

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Photo of mjurney
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pyramid Wheaten Ale

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Thick frothy head.

Sweet, grassy, grainy, lemony, peppery.

Sweet pale malts, cracker, grainy, grassy. Slight peppery, a little spicy hops towards the end. Finish is semi-dry, very crisp. Body is light, soft, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry.

It's a good American Wheat Ale.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Sacramento location, on to the beer:

Nearly golden in color with a little bit of lacing sticking around. Looks almost like a lager. The nose is moderately rough. Apples and cider are the easily recognizable of the bunch, also has a "cheap" smell associated with macro lager. The taste is up and down, light esters and wheat notes are interesting enough ot the palate. Oddly enough, there are very faint notes of banana, which is not usually found in the filtered out wheat ale, let alone the brand's trademark Haywire Hefe. Light in the mouth and moderately fizzy in the mouth.

On a hot day like it was in Sac-town, this will do to refresh from the heat. As a beer on its own, it's a borderline recommendation.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

So this wheat ale has been upgraded to bottle production and standard distribution. One more wheat ale to the several in their portfolio--banking on the popularity of wheat ales are we? No bottled Belgian White Ale yet, what are they waiting for?

Typical healthy-looking white lace you'd expect from a wheat ale, the clarity is no less than what the name says with a dim golden color. Bready with some dusty biscuit and a faint spicy wheat tone in the nose. A little thin and wet as the crispness dials down, but the smoothness keeps the mouthfeel afloat. Moderately-sized body. The wheat flavor is unremarkable in a clean yet plain way, dull, but not flawed. Hint of sweetness to start off, then more of a bready biscuity flavor middle to end. Mild hopping shows some bitterness to balance and a light herbal and lemon flavor more toward the drying finish.

This is a garden-variety wheat ale, though it is quite drinkable in a no brainer kind of way--meaning you could drink a few without having to think about the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden colour, with one finger of thin creamy white head, which renders some random wispy lace as it falls away. It smells of sweet wheat grain, and some mild orchard fruit. The taste is more soft wheat, a bit of ripe banana, and some mild pepper spice. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, smooth, and crisp, and it finishes on the sweet side, the wheat doing its thing.

Not a bad wheat ale, but at times its plainness became evident - a bit more robust flavour would definitely help. And at 20+ dollars a sixer, I was happy to procure just the one bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may28 2010

A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles but a decent two finger head that has good retention and leaves some patches of lace

S not what I was expecting with tropical fruit and cereal

T similar to the smell fruity with some dry cornflakes

M a little slick but lacking carbonation

D pretty easy beer to drink even on this chilly spring day

unfortunately this is another 20$ 6 pack in Alberta that I doubt I'll be drinking much of it in the future, not by any means a bad beer but would be better suited in the 12$ range

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Crystal Wheat Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.4 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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