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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our Chai Weat is an unfiltered, fusion-inspired brew designed to be a unique alternative to commonplace wheat beers. With essence of Chai tea, noble hops and gracious amounts of sweet caramel malts, the result is a well rounded, sweet, and robust wheat beer, distinctive in its class.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1670) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 oz bottle from the winter variety pack bought at Super 1 in CDA, ID. Pours cloudy orange with a medium white collapsing head. Aroma is full of Chai tea spices, apples. Taste is sweet and savory; reminds me of certain pumpkin beers with those spices. Body is thin, a little watery. A nice effort from Pyramid. This brewery was really going downhill for awhile there. I’ve had a number of pretty damn good beers lately in these seasonal variety packs. I’m glad they’ve turned themselves around.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Oct. 5, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) as part of a winter variety 12-pack for $15.99 (with card) on Oct. 5, 2012). Cloudy, straw with two fingers of bubbly khaki head. Average-to-below average retention on the top, good on the sides. Smelled a sharp whiff of peach right away, then warm tea. Also some orange, grass, wheat, butter and a bit of pear. Really liked it. Tasted pretty close to the nose with peach and warm tea leading the way once again. My wife tells me this tea is Chai, which makes sense I suppose. Also orange, butter, wheat grass and still that slight bit of pear. Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, astringent, buttery finish. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Tasted nice with the fruit/tea elements. A good change from the usual wheat beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1002) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
~Fruity melon berry like aroma with some chai spiciness and bready wheat. Refreshing aroma. ~Pours a hazy gold with disappearing white head. ~Spicy chai flavor with some sweet frutiness. Bready wheat. ~light bodied, high CO2, spicy chai finish. ~This is a very refreshing wheat beer. I really like the flavors that the chai brings. Like a spicy berry flavor. Very good. Would love to have a case of this in the hot summer days.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2012
A smooth, light taste. This wheat beer is brewed with malts, hops, and tea.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle from BevMo. Very hazy golden/orange in color. Highly spiced nose. Very herbal. Smells like some fragrant desert plants. Sweet and slightly spiced flavors up front. Some tropical fruit qualities. Very crisp and refreshing with a good wheat flavor. Solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium white head that leaves spotty lacing. Smells of wheat, spices and tea. Tastes of wheat, chai tea and a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy with good carbonation. Overall the wheat mixed with chai tea ended up working well, pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle from the Winter sampler. Hazy light auburn pour supporting a short, rich and soft white head. Good lacing. Mildly spicy aroma. Chai note apparent once you seek it out. Modest malt up front with some spicy and herbal warmth giving this brew a nice complexity without overpowering the flavor. Restrained hops. Some lemon zest and a touch of milk chocolate. Rich, silky texture and a medium long and smooth finish. I was afraid the chai would come across as forced and gimmicky but it was nicely executed. A pleasant surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep orangish amber, thick and dirty, small sudsy white head, little lacing.   Spicy Chai nose, also a little fruity.   Actually smells pretty good.   I was thinking Pyramid, yeah... but so far so good.   Nice balance is the first thing, not overbearing Chai (I keep wanting to spell chair), nice wheat malt base.   Moderate sweetness.   Somewhat surprised by this one.   I don’t say this often about Pyramid anymore, but wouldn’t mind if this was a year round offering.   Nice spicy Chai on the finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A nice take in their otherwise mediocre Hefe.   Love the new labels too.   Better than I anticipated is what I will take away from this experience.   Has just the right amount of sweetness where when I finish, I want another.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (602) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a small frothy white head. Looks much like a hefeweizen. Sweet aroma with unfamiliar spices, probably chai tea. Sweet fruity flavor with grain notes. Slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lemke10 (752) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2013
I got this from a friend who bought it from a store that carries mostly “out-dated” beer. This pours a murky, dirty orange color with a foamy, off-white head. There is mostly the aroma of oranges mixed with spice. The taste is a little unusual as I have never had chai flavored beer before. It’s a heavier wheat beer with fairly bold spices. It leaves a lingering after taste that invites you to take another sip. Not to bad overall.


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