Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,738 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,738
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 65
Gots: 327 | 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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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zeff80
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,738 ratings.