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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 136 | 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 jondeelee:
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3.5/5  rDev +8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:41:03 | More by jondeelee
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A - Clear peach with some light purple at the top. Meager head but good retention throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Raspberry, malt, light grain.

T - Raspberries and some hops up front. Malty middle ends with a tart twang. No cloying aftertaste.

M - Light

O - Very tasty and refreshing brew. Could make a session with this one. Cheers!

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I was very surprised with this one! Usually I don't go for flavored beers because they tend to be very sugary. However, this one seems to have that perfect balance! Its amber colored with a white foamy head and looks great. My first smell I assumed it was going to be very sugary because it seemed very sweet and had light raspberry tones. Luckily I was proven wrong! Its light to medium bodied and has a great fruity feel finishing with strong notes of malts and wheat. Its well balanced and layered wonderfully!

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pours golden amber in color with a small white head. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is is of wheat and raspberries. the taste is the same actually with the perfect blend of bot the raspberries and wheat, where not one was over powering at all. Not as sweet as you might thing and finished with a slight tangy finish. Overall a tasty brew!

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
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