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Pyramid Imperial Hefeweizen

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Formerly brewed at Pyramid Breweries
Style: Weizen Bock
Seattle, Washington USA

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Brewed with 60% malted wheat, our Imperial Hefeweizen is a smooth full-bodied, unfiltered ale with a pleasant hop flavor for a taste that’s uniquely refreshing.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (7293) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle. Yeast, banana, wheat/barley malt aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Wheat malt and light alcohol flavor - light hops finish. Really not much like a Hefe - just a hoppy wheat ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Cloudy amber colored pour with a good foamy head that lasts a while. Aroma of grain, yeast, hops, citrus and spice. Flavor is part hefe, part IPA. The yeast and citrus come through at first, but the hops and alcohol become quite strong on the finish. The hops also seem to mask some of the normal hefe characteristics. Not bad, but a little odd.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CelticBrew (750) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Compliments again, of doboy (Thanks ED!), along with DrBayern and Steve. Pours a medium amber, little to no foamy head. Aroma of wheat, grapefruits and some lemon. Flavour much of the same, a bit of light caramel and banana tones that enveloped a little dry hoppiness. A decent hefeweizen I geuss.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2008
I grabbed this one in Wilmington to share with Buddy Steve, That wild and Crazy Celticbrew and the Poo-Ba of our band of idiots, Drbayern. This poured a light copper color. the hoppy aroma and surprisingly the alcohol (only 7,5%) caught the ole schnozz. It drank nicely with a good bite on the back side. The lacing as I drank was well above average.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
04-Apr-08 (22-oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Don’t expect this beer to resemble a fine German Hefeweizen in any way. As the small, bubbly, tan head dissipates at a rapid pace, it sounds like a bowl of Rice Crispies. Within 30 seconds, the hazy, bright-amber body has no crown whatsoever. The nose doesn’t smell much like a Hefeweizen either; it’s malty and sweet with a hint of hops, but there’s hardly a suggestion of fruity or spicy yeast components. The flavor is sweet and fairly caramely with moderate banana, a hint of spicy and a fairly bready finish. There’s a gentle tartness to help balance the sweetness, and the light, dusty hop flavor in the finish is pleasant. Full-bodied on the palate with medium carbonation. The beer comes dangerously close to weighing down the palate with a stale mouthfeel, but the light tartness and dusty hop dryness and bitterness come to the rescue. I can’t say I’m a fan of taking a traditional style and "imperializing" it, but even though this beer doesn’t bear much resemblance to a hefeweizen, it’s still pretty enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
22oz bottle-Pours a nice hazy yellow orange with a small head which emits an aroma of banana, yeast, malt, and fruit. Taste is of the same with some hops and slight alcohol thrown in. This light to medium bodied brew seems to hide the alcohol but then it pops up on you in the back end. Not a bad brew but not as good as New Glarus’s.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1056) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Cloudy, dark orangish pour with a thin head. Aroma has a lot of malt with a bit of banana and bubblegum. Mouthfeel is slighltly carbonated and there is some malty sweetness up front. Alcohol is evident and the only real hefe flavor charateristic is the banana. Really a bit harsh. Slight yeasty aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours an unclear orange with a medium white froth on top. Caramel, some light sweet banana, a little bit fruity and what seems like some barrel tartness in the aroma. Tastes similar to a higher ABV version of their amber-weizen. Lots of caramel, some banana and yeast. A little bit tart but mostly sweet caramel. Some bitterness in the finish. I can honestly say this is a unique flavor, as I haven’t had something like this ever. Similar to the amber-weizen mixed with pureed apples. Medium body with light fizzy carbonation. It does cover the 7.5% well.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2008
Hazy orange, aroma faintly of banana, more of straight shooting pale malt. Flavour is mostly pale malt, some fruity yeastiness, and mild wheat character. This doesn’t truly satisfy as a hefe, and thus fails in concept I would say. Not horrible, but why bother?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Today: Hazy orange body that sits below a 1 finger head, some sediment. Aromas of wheat, citrus, herbs and malts, some hops pop up too, flavor is pleasant and refreshing, not too wheaty, palate is crisp, dry and quick, but smooth, the alchohol is hidden well, nice quaffer on a 110F Arizona day.


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