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Seattle, WA 98134, USA
Pyramid started out in 1984 in the small town of Kalama, Washington. Pyramid
is part of “Pyramid Breweries”, which also comprises Thomas Kemper. Together
they brew over 20 different styles that are inspired by English ales and German
wheat beers and lagers. To those who take in interest in the microbrew industry
this is pretty typical of the styles chosen.
Their claim includes the first year round draft wheat beer made in America since
Prohibition, Pyramid Wheaten Ale, although most people (at least in my
experience of bar drinking) will be more familiar with their Hefeweizen.
Their beers are available in 28 states (note that this is dated information,
1995), although if you are ever in Seattle (near the baseball stadium) or
Berkeley, you should check out their brewery alehouses there. I know I will.
(click on beer name for full review)
|Pale golden, very cloudy, good white head of foam.
Nose is very subtle, with just a hint of yeast and sweetness. The
taste however is excellent. It’s light and smooth on the palate while
crisp and refreshing. Initially you get the wheat in the beer, but later,
as the beer opens up there’s a very good caramel maltiness. There’s only a little bitterness in the finish,
but the aftertaste is very pleasing and refreshing.
|Ratings: Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 14/20 Score: 3.4
|Pale orangey amber
color. adequate carbonation, generous silky white foam. The nose is very suggestive, with an upfront maltiness, definitely showing
signs of caramel and slightly toasted. There’s also some fresh fruity
citrus in there tas well as an indication of the higher than usual alcohol
content for this style. There’s a slight fizzy carbonation in the mouthfeel, which is pretty
light and easy drinking.
The initial flavors show a pleasantly sweet fruity malt, a mildly chewy
caramel, and also signs of what I would best describe as passion fruit.
It’s a little wine-ish in the middle, which is probably again a result
of the higher alcohol. A nicely challenging citric lemony tang kicks in
mid-palate, but not quite going as far as suggesting grapefruit as some
IPA’s like to do. At the same time the malt does carry through well. It
does finish out pretty dry and crisp with a fresh lemony tang persisting
into the aftertaste, but the malt doesn’t really make it this far.
|Ratings: Appearance: 3/5
Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 14/20 Score: 3.6
Last Updated: 08/07/2001