So there I was watching this British pop band called THE LONG BLONDES on Saturday, and I needed some liquid refreshment to help me through the singer’s vamping and the band's occasional forays into techno. It was Anchor, Sierra, or Pyramid Hefeweizen on tap, and I boldly went with the latter. I’m glad I did – in the right context, this beer, to my surprise, is excellent. Now I’m not saying it complies to the letter with the German purity laws, nor that it’s overly complex or bursting with yeasty experimental flavors, but it decidedly does not taste mass-produced to me. It is an exceptionally refreshing, fairly light but very clean & full of grainy, wheat flavor. Take a good whiff and you might smell a little of mom’s banana bread in there. Better than WIDMER’S hefeweizen by a mile. It’s a distinctly American take on the hefeweizen for sure, but there’s a reason they are selling these by the truckload – it’s a really great beer if you value context over complexity. That is, don’t sit on a home tasting panel with your beer dork friends dissecting it - drink it when you’re out & about and need something that’ll dimly ring your craft beer bell while tasting like a night-out beer should. 8/10. And no - I don't even mind the lemon. Am I kicked out of the scene yet?
Monday, June 18, 2007
PYRAMID HEFEWEIZEN: A GREAT NO-THINK, NO-LOOK BEER
When you arrive at a certain plateau in beer geekdom, it’s tempting and dead easy to disparage the “macro micros”: Sam Adams,
Sierra Nevada, Red Hook, Anchor Steam and the like. While I’m quite happy to have those around when I’m out & about at a run-of-the-mill bar or watching a band, of course I’d rather have something I’ve never had before. Back in the 90s one beer that I used to drink frequently & which always seemed to be sitting in the fridge in a sixer was PYRAMID HEFEWEIZEN. Used to love it, but I’ll bet I haven’t had one in seven or eight years despite its ubiquity here in Northern California.
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