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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 55
Gots: 230 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vacation in NOLA!!

A- Pours a very hazy gold with noticeable pink-ish tones....there is raspberry pulp floating around as well. The head is nice and white, but it isn't very thick. It does, however, retain quite nicely. I can't tell much about the carbonation as it is too cloudy but it has very sticky lacing that clumps well onto the side of the glass.

S- The aroma is fresh raspberry dominant, and not in an overwhelming fashion. There are underlying aromas of tart wheat malt, grain and yeast. The finish is fruity and natural smelling.

T- The flavors I don't feel are as strong as the aromas, but this is a very good thing! There is nice flavorful malt right up front with mild sweet berry fruit...not really tart at all. The finish is slightly biscuit like with some creamy yeasty tones....

M- A very refreshing beer that is quite well balanced overall. There is plenty of carbonation bursting on the palate, but the bubbles are generally small, allowing all the flavors to be noticed well. The body leans towards medium, as it's not real watery but it's so thirst quenching that you don't want to consider that it's thick(er). Reminds me of a nice fruit pastry that hasn't been overrun with sugar.

O- A perfect summer beer but at the same time, I could probably enjoy this on a regular basis. Would love to see this in my area, as it's well balanced, the alcohol is hidden very good, and there is a freshness about it that puts it in it's own class amongst fruit beers...nothing artificial tasting about this one. Great job to Abita!

ChrisCage, Feb 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have bought this for my wife many times as she came to like awhile back,pours a hazy orange with a light puple tint to it usually not much head pretty flat lookin.Aroma has a graininess to it with an artifical raspberry tinge to it.Taste is up and down has some decent raspberry flavors to it with a light wheaty malt flavor vut it really sputters out about half way down the glass.After one bottle I normally cant drink anymore its cloying,the sweetness really comes up fast on ya.

oberon, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is a hazy light orange in color with a nice, white head.

Smell – The light American grain is kind of wheatlike. There’s a very faint tart raspberry aroma here as well.

Taste – The grain is a little rough around the edges and leaves a harsh aftertaste, but I enjoyed the raspberry flavor. It didn’t have that overzealous sweetness to it like a lot of flavored beers. It was very tart and authentic, like fresh-picked berries (like black berries, almost).

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied beer had a slightly tart finish.

Drinkability – This wasn’t really that bad of a drinker. It delivered on what it promised, that’s for sure.

RoyalT, Jan 22, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Turbo, Nov 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

DavyJones, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Patton Alley Pub, which just got Hopslam on-tap, good for them.

Looks a little purple and definately hazy, like grapefruit juice, maybe.

Strong, fragrant raspberry nose, maybe some wheat and yeast, not much else.

Tastes pretty much the same, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

brownbeer, Feb 12, 2010
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

npala86, Aug 08, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

MostTornBrain, Jun 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

KevlarBrewing, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +53.8%

markallmon, Feb 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like fruit beers; my wife does. We're visiting our daughter in Houston and my wife made me buy this for her. She thought it was great. It was a hazy orange color with a medium head. The label says the raspberry puree gives it a slightly purple tint. Yeah, right. Very sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet, cloying taste. My wife can drink the rest of the 6 pack.

lordofthewiens, Sep 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

BeerDreadz, May 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +53.8%

Oktavio, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

BK2084, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of shapudding
2.05/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow brown color, after the pour you see alot of big bubbled carbination. the head went into nothingness. You do not see alot of carbination while it is sitting in the glass. I catch mainly a citrus smell and flavor, but nothing really presents itself as overpowering. Heavy water taste with alot of carbination hitting your tongue, slight champagne memory-but maybe one that was hit with seltzer? Very light taste and feel, good for warm days or warm bars, beer gardens. Smooth but nothing that jumps at you with a main flavor, the raspberry seems like an afterthought, which is not a bad thing, but the beer itself does not have anything to compete.

shapudding, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of renegadeburger
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

everyone kept talking about this beer so i had to try it

picked up a single bottle of it at the deli to give it a try, poured it into my glass and sure enough it was purple or at least close to purple in color, very enticing

smell was a bit weird smelled like fruit and sugar but not unpleasant all i'm saying is not usual for a beer no trace of hops in sight but definitely something sweet going on in there

taste followed up with mild spicy flavor and fruit, more of a sweet plum like flavor with a little bit of tart flavor in the finish hey i think it kind of taste like a soda instead of a beer!

good mouthfeel and kind of refreshing actually

all in all this is a good beer it kind of reminds me of a beer cocktail or a beer and soda but not a bad beer and definitely nothing wrong with it imho

renegadeburger, Jul 06, 2011
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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.