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Thursday, June 16th 2011

Pyramid Hefeweizen
(Pyramid Breweries)

Pyramid began brewing under the name Hart Brewing. The name was changed in 1996 as the Pyramid brand they were brewing had become very popular. The brewery was recently purchased by Magic Hat for the price of $25.2 million dollars. They still maintain their brand and operations on the West Coast but have now seen some packaging out East. This is actually one of four different wheat beers they currently offer. Cheers!


From the Pyramid site:


"The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen is an award winning take on this Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends."


Here we go...

Pour - a nice peachy, orange and yellow color with a bit of cloudiness. Not too much really once things settle down. The head is rather thin, perhaps a quarter of an inch or so and that is quick to fade away. 

Aroma - first sniff brings about some of those usual suspects when it comes to Hefeweizens. I smell some bubble gum, some ripe banana and some hints of cloves. It's also got hints of bread dough and citrus (both lemon and orange).


Taste - a little spicy going down with some clove and pepper flavors. These are joined by some citrus flavors and even some light hoppiness. There is a dryness to this beer in the finish. It's almost like a musty sort of taste, not as bad as that sounds though. Its more like bready and tangy. Hard to describe with words I guess. 


Overall - solid Hefe. Personally, I really enjoyed. I mowed my lawn earlier this evening and then cracked this open. It was refreshing and light and did the trick. 


Would I buy more of it? - I actually don't see too many actual Hefeweizens in cans in my area so I would potentially get some more of these if they were available here. I have the folks at the brewery to thank for sending us some samples to review. Cheers!


Note - last summer Pyramid put out a batch of 16 oz. cans of this beer with the name Haywire Hefeweizen. I'm not entirely sure why they dropped the name "Haywire" with these new 12 oz. cans. Anyways, it will be interesting to see if they move forward with canning other beers from their lineup now that they're part of North American Breweries which is based in Rochester, NY and cans quite a few other beers. Thanks goes out to the folks at Pyramid for sending us some samples of this beer. Cheers!

Pyramid brewhouse in Seattle

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Pyramid Hefeweizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Pyramid Breweries
Seattle, Washington  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 39% 2 Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat, 1% Caramel
Hops: Nugget and Liberty
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 18
Date: June 16th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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