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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 751
Hads: 2,989
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, and some slight berry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight perfume-like flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on mine on a clear golden body with slight amber hue.

S: breads and malt with a nice grape, raspberry and plum note.

T: wheats and malts but the fruity notes are make this one different as it is more raspberry and grapey with plum and strawberry intermixed.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a nice beer, fairly refreshing but not one I plan on having routinely.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is true to its name--it poured hazy golden yellow in color but also exhibits some traces of purple highlights. A slight amount of carbonation is visible; it poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away leaving only wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Aromas of raspberries stand out in the nose, although these aren't very sweet or tart and are instead intermixed with smells of wheat.
T: Like the smell, the flavors of raspberries are subtle and do not overwhelm the palate.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is definitely very easy to drink, although I wouldn't call it particularly thirst quenching.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as the fruity beers go, i like this one because it doesnt taste artificial or overly sweet. the pour is a tad unnatural, with an odd purple hue to an already cloudy brew. there is about an inch of slowly dissipating white head. the nose is like muddled raspberries, fresh and tart, with the sweetness only coming in the taste. there is a light wheat malt to this as well as some american pale malt, which give it more body than a lot of beers in this style have. the taste shows some hopping toward the finish, which tames what would otherwise be a punishingly sweet conclusion. i like the freshness of the raspberries though, they taste just picked to me, and it makes an excellent summer drink. i see this as an early tee time brew, low alcohol, juicy, and sessionable despite the sugary vibe. great carbonation gives a light and bright mouthfeel, down easy. not my thing in the winter time, but ask me again on a hot golf course around 10:30am sometime this summer and i will have an entirely different opinion. one of the more palatable abita brews ive come across.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple Haze had to be one of the first fruit beers I'd ever tried. This beer was the bottled list at the Kaystone Pub a while back when I was just starting to explore the beer world. The reason why I bought it was because the name made me think of Jimi Hendrix's song, so without hesitation I got one. The beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was fluffy at first before it vanished. The smell of the beer was sweet and had a good amount of raspberry aromas in there. The taste I found to be a little on the light side. Not as much flavor as I was hoping. The mouthfeel was light and fairly refreshing. Overall it wasn't a bad gateway beer for me. It gave me an idea of what a fruit beer was and shed some light on the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale pink lemonade color that is just slightly cloudy with a perky little white head; no lacing

Smell: Faint whiff on raspberry on the nose; a bit of solvent that is really off-putting

Taste: Bland, light wheat base which is an offset to the raspberry flavor; not sweet at all and finishes somewhat tart

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: Except for the nose, I actually like this beer; I wouldn't drink it regularly but it is very refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer gets a lot of criticism among serious beer lovers, yet it's one of the best selling micros out there. Having reveiwed it once before, I am revisiting the growler version. Looks like grapefruit juice. Poured a cloudy pinkish color and released a dainty white head that laced well. Smells sweetly berrylike. Has some sour notes from the fermentation-green apple like. Tastes mildly sweet of berries and adjuncts of corn or rye, citrus grapefruit, and tart raspberry and green apples. Mildly spicy of corriander. Low hop flavor, but moderate bittering that chases into the finish. Body tapers from creamy to thin in the finish. Finishes cleanly bittered (grapefruit rinds). No presence of alcohol and a light aftertaste. This one is growing on me, although you won't see it in my cart anytime soon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Purple Haze was in my brain
lately things don't seem the same
actin' funny but I don't know why
'scuse me while I kiss the sky"

--Jimi Hendrix

Abita got it half right; this beer isn't purple, but it is hazy. The color is actually more of an amber-orange with a very slight pinkish cast. The head is dirty white, small-average in size and falls to a thick film within several minutes. It'd be pretty cool if it left sheets of purple haze on the glass, but no such luck. Minimal off-white lace.

The nose is wheat beer-like with a smidgen of 'berry jam' that kicks the score up a half notch. The raspberry flavor is nice, though I wish that it was stronger. One reason is that I like my fruit beers to actually taste like fruit and the other is that more berry flavor would help to cover up the rather insipid wheat beer that serves as the base. PH is mildly sweet, but without much true malt support. As a consequence, the body is thin and becomes frankly watery on the ultra-short finish.

Purple Haze. Such a cool song, such a cool name and such an uninspired beer. Abita owes it to themselves (and to us) to brew a kick-ass raspberry wheat that bears this name. I'm waiting...

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Photo of zeff80
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. Highly carbonated and it left no lace.

S - It smeled of raspberry and grains.

T - It tasted too sweet. The raspberry flavor was overpowering. The light maltiness did was not well-balanced with the fruity flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Too fruity and sweet for my taste.

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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 mikesgroove
2.24/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this one at barleys tonight. Poured a hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was over the top fruity. The taste was as well. For some reason I thought this would have been a bit more mellow. Slight hoppiness in the finish, but all I really could get out of this was the fruitiness. Won't be going back to this anytime soon.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a slight pinkish tint to it and a very thin white head.

Smell: Delicate wheat scent with a distant aroma of raspberries. Pretty straight-forward.

Taste: Sweetish wheat malt merges with a taste of tart, fruity raspberries. A couple drop of orange juice. Slight grainy hint. Drying, spritzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine enough for a fruity flavored beer if that's your thing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

And I'm listening to "All Along the Watchtower"... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, raspberry syrup, and a touch of corn. The taste leads with the corn before immediately getting blindsided by the very artificial-tasting raspberry syrup. Then everything returns to a bland corn-y situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer ain't my jam (no raspberry pun intended), what with the artificial taste and one-sad-note offering. It's not horrible, but I'll likely never drink one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You may remember the good times from N'awlin's, but that's about all this beer has going for it! I really don't understand it's popularity. Not much aroma but it has a nice malt base, a slight raspberry flavor. The fruit also gives it a gentle tartness which works pretty well. But overall, it seems kind of flabby - not out of balance in any way, just unexceptional in character. One more thing; I need to dispel the myth that this is a woman's beer. It's a fact guys - a sad and sorry fact - that more men drink this than women!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 9/4/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of berries and other dark fruits, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and sweet with flavors of grape, raspberry & blueberry. There's a thin malt character and a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is tart and sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, even among beers of its kind, I wouldn't select this one over most others.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always saw this beer at the store, finally got around to giving it a purchase. Pours a cloudy golden color, nice head to it that stays all the way down the glass, pretty good lacing too. Medium body to the beer, nice mouthfeel. Not very fruity of a smell for a 'fruit beer'. Taste is faintly tart but not lip puckering here. Nice subtle raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit dry, but overall not a bad beer. I like it isn't overbearing with the fruit flavor and seems pretty well balanced, but a but a bit bland still. AN above average fruit beer, which isn't saying much giving the pretty crappy beers in this category, but solid none the less.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to August(octopus87) for sharing this with me. Poured cold from the 12oz brown bottle into a goblet - Here's to Jimi!

A - A slightly purple hued/tarnished gold w/ 2 fingers of soapsuds snow white frothiness cresting the ale. The beer is cloudy and leaves a smattering of lace on the goblet

S - A grainy wheat odor w/ yeasty earthy scents. The raspberry is there, but minimal aroma-wise and the nutty wheat dominates

M - Creamy, slightly fizzy w/ a juice-like sweetness of raspberries on the peripheral w/ a mild and smooth gentle finish w/ an overall medium light feel.

T - A basic wheat flavor-creamy, yeasty and bready w/ mild fruit flavors which hint at raspberry without really convincing the tongue. It is there and then it is gone like fruit stripe gum. A nice but minimal yeast taste w/ a hint of grainy adjunct-like flavor and most hidden spice of any wheat ale. Very simple and straightforward, sadly.

D - Ok for a lawnmower ale, but not a wealth of flavor here and modest raspberry stays out of the spotlight which seems to defeat the purpose of a beer called Purple haze. I might try this on draft, but this is not something I would seek out any time soon.

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Golden with a faded plum hue, a creamy thin lace sits on top.

Smell: Tart raspberry with light grain.

Taste: Crisp bity mouth feel up front, then goes quickly to a tartish raspberry flavour that softens a bit. Some grainy undertones go from middle to end and hop bitterness is minimal as it should be.

Notes: Simple and pleasant, no cloying sweetness or artificial fruit flavour. A great pick out of the numerous American brewed fruit beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into my Zero Gravity pilsner glass, a slightly cloudy golden yellow, with a definite pink-purplish tint, and a small off-white head. Nose of grains, wheat, and coexisting citrus zest and raspberry. Light wheat beer profile on the taste buds, with a raspberry sweetness that's just strong enough to overtake everything else that might be present. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable on a relaxing summer day.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is extremely metallic with a grain edge to it. Flavor is actually pretty smooth with the fruit. Robust wheat body with a smooth and seemingly natural berry influence. Feel has a real strong large bubble hitting the tongue and a pretty standard liquid feel. Overall pretty drinkable. I will say that it is oddly earthy and robust and delivers a not so foo-foo-ey fruit beer experience. May not be the most beautiful example of the style, but it is surely interesting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MBBD Aug 13 (06 , I guess)

Pours pinkish purple with slight effervescence & a 4 fingers+ white head. Some lacing & average head retention
Smell: Sweet berry smell

Taste: Sweet/tart raspberry upfront. Some tartness & dryness in the middle. Tart berry finish

MF: Light to medium, & under carbonated

Drinks okay for the style ( fruitty beers aren't my thing). Won't knock it too much, this stuff went down pretty easy when I was in Auburn Alabama. This & the amber were the only thing of interest I found...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded grapefruit like hue with a bright white head forms thick even streaks of lace. This is an old favorite from my early days of beerdom. Aroma contains tart raspberry with acidic sharp wheat and mild yogurt tanginess, not overly sweet like most fruit infused wheat beers these days just natural tart raspberry puree'. Flavor has creamy but tart raspberry sweetness with lingering citrus frit and sharp wheat notes sticking around on the palate. It never gets too cloying with the sweetness, a nice mix of tart and mild creamy raspberry infused yogurt with that classic lactic character. Mouthfeel is creamy with even carbonation slightly sticky with a small amount of residual sugars clinging to the palate, body overall is medium to light textured. Drinkability, a solid refreshing fruit beer that I could dig in moderation in the summer time heat, I will always hold a special spot for this one since I discovered it while living in SoCal after my freshman year of college.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/5/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, wheat, cracker, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big strength of raspberries that smell very authentic. Taste of raspberry, wheat, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of raspberry, wheat, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of raspberry, bready malt, and hop notes; with a decent amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit beer. Good balance of fruit, malt, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. I definitely enjoyed this as a nice session-able brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a fun name, nice little gimmick, but, hey, how's the beer?

Appearance: a hazy pale orange color, with an initially fluffy white head, that's quick to crumble away.

Aroma: sweet and fruity, definitely berryish, the pure stamp of raspberries, comingled with the wheaty, yeast, citric nature of a hefe weizen. But, as a hefe weizen, it falls severely short. As an American HW, flavored with fruit, not terrible.

Decent texture, light body, extraordinarily drinkable, tasty, smooth, but all in all uneventful.
That does the trick sometimes though, and I'm sure this would be quite a hit with the ladies at the beach.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in standard pint glass.

A - moderately cloudy golden tone with 1/4" white head that quickly settles to a lacy surface coating.

S - markedly fruity (raspberry) -- somewhat lambic-like -- and malty/wheaty

T - not nearly as sweet as the smell suggests, but substantial taste of raspberries. Clear grain/malt taste, mostly from wheat beer base. Short-lived semi-dry finish.

M - light, indeed a bit watery, with good carbonation

O - goes down very easy. Very good hot weather session beer.

{minor revision with new OVERALL rating on 5/7/11)

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.