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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,603 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 59
Gots: 274 | 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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Ratings: 2,603 | Reviews: 719 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I've said before, I'm normally hesitant to try beers with added fruit flavors; I far prefer to have those flavors occur naturally as a result of the malt. But when a trusted source recommended this one, I decided to give it a shot. And from the first crack of the lid, it was obvious that I wasn't dealing with the average raspberry wheat beer. The smell on this one is full of raspberries, yes, with all their sugary tartness, but while that scent is strong, it's not overpowering, and mixes fairly well with the underlying wheat beer.

On the tongue, much the same happens: the raspberries are obvious, but don't overpower the beverage. Yes, the first taste that comes across is raspberry, and the last taste to linger in the aftertaste is raspberry. But 1) this is *real* raspberry flavor, full and reminiscent of hot summer months--not some comes-from-a-test-tube substitute, and 2) the berry flavors still allow the wheat beer below them to surface and give a wave--and were it without the added flavors, it would still be a decent wheat beer.

I'm not completely sold on this one, mind you, but I'm willing to admit that it wasn't anywhere near as cloyingly, nastily awful as I was expecting, and in fact would go over fairly well with some vanilla ice cream. Beer float, anyone?

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
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  rDev +23.1%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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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
Photo of npala86
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
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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,603 ratings.