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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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751 Reviews
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Reviews: 751
Hads: 2,990
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 41.38%
Wants: 90
Gots: 616 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001

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
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Reviews by mayorwalda:
Photo of mayorwalda
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita Beer's Raspberry infused Purple Haze.

The first time I had this beer I was seven or eight deep at a brewfest. I loved it then but was not sure exactly why.

Today I'm drinking Purple Haze out of a bottle. The pour--though vigorous--made something of a soda-like head, light and airy and completely gone in a matter of seconds, leaving no lace whatsoever. Pleasantly though, the head, while it lasted, did give off the very raspberry tart aroma this brew offers.

Taking my first sip (again), it becomes abundantly clear why I would have liked this beer when I was drunk. This beer is light and fruity with a little bit of an alcohol bite (more of a nip really). This beer is super easy to drink and that's probably its biggest selling point. As far as complexity is concerned, however, this brew just doesn't have it.

This beer is not really beer at all as it isn't brewed with raspberries (and even that defies most people purity standards) so it's not something I'd normally even try; but I did enjoy the refreshing element it has and the pleasant, somewhat dry sweetness so I really have no regrets. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys malt beverages that aren't sickeningly sweet and still have some semblance of being a beer.

The skinny is like this:

A: Pale, somewhat hazy light gold, yellow color. What head it gets dies almost immediately and leave no lace.
S: The smell is probably this brew's best feature--sweet, dry with a little tartness.
T: This brew is certainly more in the realm of a malt beverage, but it is a refreshing beverage none the less.
M: Light, carbonated, with a little bit of a residue (not the right word but I'm still learning the finesse of a great beer vocabulary).
O: This brew is certainly not of great craft beer caliber but is a fun drink and a pleasant experience, though not for the beer aficionado expecting a premium, complex, craft beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bali_hi
4.47/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of purple haze drank.

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Photo of brighteyes868
4.71/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice mouth feel, nice raspberry flavor. Easy drink.

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Photo of BrianQuinn
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Underrated beer. Very creative and refreshing, but still tastes like a beer and not a girly substitute.

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Photo of buckslayer50
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great light beer for out on the boat, just easy to drink

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Photo of brownbeer
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Olebiker
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, to me, one of those "Why bother?" beers that might be fine with a meal, but just lacks any character by itself. The mouth feel was very thin and watery and left me searching for something to wrap my tastebuds around.

It poured a bit cloudy with a thin head that all but disappeared quickly. The berry flavor was not overpowering and the brew was not overly hopped as is the fashion of so many small brewers.

There are much better wheat beers out there.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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1.5/5  rDev -53%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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5/5  rDev +56.7%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
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