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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,352 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 48
Gots: 152 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:44:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-12-2013 16:51:15 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 21:40:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 14:00:23 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 22:55:11 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 03:05:35 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2005 20:48:27 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-13-2013 02:36:06 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-29-2013 23:39:59 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 23:24:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -38.3%

03-09-2014 22:17:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-19-2013 16:33:56 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

01-12-2013 08:13:39 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:37:37 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 22:25:22 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:10:18 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

2.17/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 02:40:36 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-15-2013 00:33:44 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 06:01:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 16:36:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 07:06:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:50:26 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 01:40:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 02:26:50 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. beer is cloudy and kind of purply grey and light yellow if that makes sense. High haze so its true to its name. Carbonation is mild (should be a lot higher for a wheat beer like this) and there is almost no head and no lacing. There are a lot of yeast floaties in this beer.

Kind of a sweet, fruity aroma, some yeast and wheat in there as well. Almost a plasticy aroma.

Smooth, not a big aftertaste, some subtle notes, no bitterness, a little sour maybe, I'm not getting a lot of fruit in the palate, beer is thin (fine stylistically). The beer is unoffensive but its not very impressive. Just average. Drinkability is fine, nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:58:28 | More by drabmuh
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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.