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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 51
Gots: 159 | 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

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Photo of twiggamortis420


3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a thin, rapidly diminishing white head. Some, but not too much in the way of lacing.

Smell is pleasant, natural smelling raspberry with a grainy, light malt base that I'm taking to be a lager starting point for the beer. Smells good and clean.

Tastes more like an American wheat beer with a moderate raspberry infusion. Fruitiness is in no way overpowering and is not really sweet at all. A good example of having fruit in your brew while still maintaining a 'beer' flavor profile. A refreshing summertime drinker. I like it and it seems to be one of the more popular Abita offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:57:24 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of jjanega08


2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just noticed this beer is 4.20% alcohol. That's sort of funny I wonder if it was done of purpose.
A= sort of a peachy hazy yellowish golden amber mixed together color. A small head rises from it but doesn't last long at all leaving no lacing.
S= lots of raseberries in the odor a little deeper you get the kind of vomity wheat smell (not that its a bad thing). There's a little yesty spice in it too I think.
T= raseberry taste is very muted. Sort of tastes like raseberry flavored water. Spritzy carbonation and very little wheat taste. Like I said it tastes a lot like raseberry spritzer water.
M= very high carbontion just like spritzer water.
D= decent. It tastes so much like water but I don't wanna drink water I want beer... so decent turns to average.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 23:28:40 | More by jjanega08
Photo of BARFLYB


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular glass.

A- Abita's purple haze is a light orange color with some mist like haze to it. Some white bubbles rise up into a cap for a few seconds before dying.

S- Has a lot of wheat aroma coming forth as well as a light raspberry puree type smell. Some sweet malts as well.

T- Well, raspberry is the main factor here and while it's pleasant it is somewhat subdued by the aggressive wheat/yeast blend in this unfiltered ale. Also getting somewhat of a cereal taste after the ounces go by. Not much in terms of hops.

M- A small step above light bodied with a lot of carbonation, i mean you can really feel it. This one is crisp and lively with the raspberry taste sticking around.

D- Very drinkable, i finished mine in about 10 minutes. Light alcohol which is always a plus. Purple Haze has a good taste but is nowhere near the top of what fruit beers can offer. I would tire of this quickly. Great to bring to a party though.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 03:47:06 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Spidey13


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purple Haze pours a hazy (who'd a thunk it?) pale yellow with lot of bubbles rising to the white head. The nose has hints of raspberry jam with an undercurrent of a typical American wheat beer.

The flavor is sweet with the blackberries showing up. Some tartness follows with a bit of bitterness on the back. Overall, the flavors are very light and the beer is a bit watery. The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is very high, which fits nicely with the style.

Overall, this is a very drinkable summery, lawnmower beer but nothing that's really going to impress.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:33:01 | More by Spidey13
Photo of cjl1209

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Malt Beverage with Raspberries Added" "Raspberry Wheat Brew" "Raspberry Purée" There's a "best if consumed before" part of the label with months and dates but nothing is notched. Okay I'm officially confused.

A - Pours a cloudy pale orange with a dismal looking white head. As hard as I try, no purple like the bottle says, oh well. No lacing. Tiny bits of sediment are bounced around by bubbles streaming from the bottom of my glass.

S - I am instantly reminded of sweet clementines, not raspberry like the label says. Wheat shows thru a bit but otherwise no specific "beer ingredients" like hops or malts to speak of. This should be interesting.

T - Once again there's an orange/citrus flavor that immediately strikes, not raspberry. Sweet fruits and wheat are present but no strong detectable flavors. There's really only a slight twinge of raspberry. I see this is classified as a fruit/vegetable beer and this rings a bell causing me to state that I can detect vegetable notes as odd as that sounds. No aftertaste. Nothing like Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat in case you were wondering.

M - Light and smooth. Good carbonation.

D - Easy to drink but nothing exciting. This beer has no real character that keeps me from wanting to come back.

Final Thoughts: As a beer with raspberries as the main selling point, this is nothing short of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:44:55 | More by cjl1209
Photo of bsend


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. beer into a mug.

Appearance: Beer pours orange with a hazy hue. I see small amounts of amber when held to the light. A standard pour in the mug provided a 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell: Mostly fain raspberry and almost no malt.

Taste: Surprisingly better than I expected. I was imagining trying this and getting mostly strong raspberry flavor but was delighted to get a much smoother combo of light raspberry. Beer lacks a good malt backbone. Light tasting beer over all.

Mouthfeel: Light body, and watery. Definite smoothness to the character.

Drinkability: Not a session beer for me, however the beer definitely went down smooth. For the few I would want to drink, I would have no problem. Great for the hot weather.

Final Thoughts - One of the better fruit beers I have had in a while. Nothing spectacular, but better than some. I might have a few of these in the summer. Otherwise, I would think twice about getting it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 19:36:40 | More by bsend
Photo of donmonkey1


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: extremely cloudy orangish-yellow with tiny bits of stuff floating around. It needs to be poured slowly because of the crazy foaming white head. The head dissipates fairly rapidly, with decent lacing.

Smell: raspberry water. Where's the beer? I'd like to smell some hops or barley or something in my raspberry water.

Taste: much like the smell. There's a mild raspberry flavor but it's followed with a strong metallic taste. Even without the metallic taste, the beer is way too weak, with no character.

drinkability: easy to throw many of these back, but the metallic taste is frustrating

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 19:44:21 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of SaintPeter


2.13/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange yellow in color with a raspberry color and a small white head, as you would get a typical lager. No lacing.

The nose is of citrus and melon with a peachy and raspberry flavor. There is something peculiar about the taste. Some type of weird rice taste with fruit flavor added to mask it. It needs more raspberry flavor, to boot. When one is drinking a raspberry beer, they expect raspberry flavor, no? That's just my line of thinking. There is no body to the beer. I would liken it to a Bud Lite with raspberry flavor added (that's "flavor" not "raspberries").

No aftertaste at all, plus, it needs more raspberry flavor added.

I wouldn't call this a raspberry wheat beer, I would call it a malt beverage with raspberry flavor added. It just seems too artificial a melding. There you go.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 16:26:20 | More by SaintPeter
Photo of davexisxrabid


3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw color with a one inch head. Looked like there was a bit of yeast in suspension; lots of carbonation going on. Light lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of wheat, a syrupy raspberry, yeast, and citrus.

Initial flavor lightly of citrus, with a strong wheat flavor, followed by a light raspberry flavor and finished up with a crisp tart citrus twang.

Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation, althoguh there is an odd aftertaste on the palate, could be the yeasty flavors and not the hops; barely discernable.

Very drinkable. Good complex flavors without too much sticking to the palate for a long time. Easy to make a night of drinking this stuff. Not the greatest, but pretty interesting and a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 17:55:49 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of KeefD


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden orange color with a small white head that fell quickly, lacing is light. Aroma is pretty wheaty without much raspberry to speak of. Nothing really good going for it on that front. Flavor is light, with a bit of artificial raspberry extract. Almost candy-like, with a bit of Flinstone's vitamins thrown in. I don't think it's horrible tasting but it's not very good. Like liquid kid's cereal. Crunchberry, anyone? Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Second beer of the night that I will not be seaking out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:15:44 | More by KeefD
Photo of mralphabet


3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color. Less than a fingers worth of head.. little to no lacing.

S: I catching yeast, wheat and raspberries.

T: Very Hef like, wheat is right up front then followed up with a a hint of raspberry sweetness, to me it is not over powering.

M: Very Light bodied. Maybe a little watery in feel. Carbination is right on for the style.

D: Very refreshing the light body makes for good drinkability.

Not as over the top with the raspberries as some... but a very nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 04:16:52 | More by mralphabet
Photo of CityBoy1986


2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a dark yellow with about a finger's worth of white head. The head quickly recedes into a thick foam, and there is some lacing.

There is little to the nose, but it is largely of wheat with some raspberries and other fruits in the background. The taste brings out the raspberries and dark fruits more than the smell, but they still seem second to the wheat. There is a mild bitterness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a large amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but I think one is enough. If I had more than one bottle, I'd give the rest away.

This beer would have earned more points if the raspberries were not so hidden by the wheat. As it is, I don't think I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 03:58:22 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of theghost3


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is hazy light copper with a 1-finger white head that soon dissapates. Contrary to the name, it's not purple, but that's a good thing. Minimal lacing.

The smell is rather weak--just hints of yeast, wheat & fruit. The taste is better than the scent--the rasberry comes out along with wheat, grains, & slightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is really carbonated and almost burns the tongue but quickly goes away.

This is a drinkable beer & would be rather refreshing after a warm day outdoors. However, it's definitely not something I would want to session with because it's kind of lacking in taste/smell.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 19:30:22 | More by theghost3
Photo of shanem


3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden color with sediment and tiny tiny head, no lace.

S: Wheat and berries, primarily raspberry but scents of other fruit also

T: a bit sweet and definitely carried by the berry flavor, but I didn't find it overpowering, thought it was just enough

M: standard, seems crisp and has good carbonation

D: I think I could do a couple of these in a sitting but would tire of the fruit pretty quickly when I want beer. But could be a good hot summer day beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 03:16:41 | More by shanem
Photo of babaracas


3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with thin but dense white head. Smell: pale malt, a mild wheatiness, and frozen raspberries, ever so slight veggie smell as it warms. Taste: pureed frozen raspberries (ever made a raspberry shake?), pale+wheat malt, a decent raspberry tartness mixes with a slight wheat tanginess. Mouthfeel: light bodied but with a nice crisp active carbonation, a little sticky sweetness in the finish. A nice, simple and refreshing fruit beer and quite sessionable as it's not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 03:27:21 | More by babaracas
Photo of scruffwhor


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice, doughy white, two finger head after the pour. This recedes to a very thin film and eventually to nothing. Hazey tawny with lots of yeasty suspension. Tart fruits and faint, fresh rasberries stick out in the nose the most. Crushed aspirin mixed with some light rasberries and some blackberries too. Very yeasty beer accentuates the dry fruity malts. Great Summer beer with its fruity flavor,talcy dryness, and somewhat watery finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 18:49:34 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Metal4Breakfast


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchase: One of a make your own six pack from Publix supermarket. Short stubby bottle with a twist-off cap.
Appearance: An aggressive pour got almost a two finger head of off-white foam. It quickly vanishes to nothing: not even a ring around the edges. Hazy like a wheat beer should be but, a bit more floaties than I expect or want.
Smell: Not much here. Perhaps the ever so thin hint of unspecific berries. Better as it warms... the raspberries do come through clear enough.
Taste: I guess I just got too anxious and started in on this one while it was just to cold. Struggling to get much out of this one. It is light and crisp. The raspberries are hard to find but again, with warming.
Drinkability:Maybe this is just the wrong time of night for such a light beer. Maybe I'll try again on an upcoming hot Florida summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 03:37:08 | More by Metal4Breakfast
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz screw-top bottle from The Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro, Mass. Pours a hazy amber yellow with a quickly dissipating thin off-white head. Smells grainy with touches of caramel and biscuit, with a fair bit of raspberry. Grainy and sweet, with a touch of citrus, obviously a strong undertone of sweet-tart raspberry. Light in body with moderate carbonation, and fairly quaffable. American wheat and fruit beer are not my favorite styles for sure, but this is a reasonably solid example of both. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:57:18 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of katan


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a moderately opaque golden brown color. Head formation is eggshell white and strongly retained. At its highest, I'd say it was about 2m in size. Must be some suspended yeast in the beer. Nothing here screams "fruit beer" yet.

S - Now something that says fruit beer. There is a potent combination of yeast and fruit up front. As far as which fruit, I'm not sure I could pin it to raspberry as per the label. Certainly sweet smelling.

T - Starts off with a fairly muted sweetness which switches to a hair amount of yeast flavors. Finishes with a building of the raspberry, accompanied by an almost honey flavor. Aftertaste is where the sweetness comes in - with a hair of rubber flavor. The latter isn't all that appealing.

M - Moderate consistency - but that seems to come from the more potent than average carbonation profile. Feels watery after swishing it around. Little residue on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. Very light ABV combined with a fairly easy drinking flavor profile are pluses. On the negative side, I find the carbonation getting a bit old.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 06:29:41 | More by katan
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend is from New Orleans and recommended this beer. I took a sip of it one night at a bar, without knowing it was a raspberry wheat beer, and it tasted great. But I couldn't pick up the fruit or the wheat at all at the time. So here's my closer inspection.

Pours a dirt light orange... like nasty sewer water. Almost no head and little visible carbonation.

Aroma is... BAM. RASPBERRIES. Ok not sure what I was missing before. Very nice job on the raspberry aroma- just like sticking your nose into a basket of fresh picked raspberries. A touch of wheat in the nose and maybe a little stale, but not enough to distract me.

Taste is very refreshing yet quite malty, with a good but not overpowering amount of flavor from the raspberry. I enjoy the wheat character a lot. Sometimes these kinds of beers come out so thin and watery that it's barely a beer, but this has the light crispness of wheat but with a solid flavor as well. Raspberry compliments the malt character nicely, adding a little sweetness to the light malt and peppery carbonation. Light body, extreme drinkability. This is what should be on those big budweiser signs. I could see myself having about 10 of these on a nice spring day. Unfortunately, it's 1 degree Fahrenheit here right now so I guess I'll just have to pretend.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:31:22 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of webbcreative


1.58/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Feb 6, 2009
cloudy orange. 2 finger head. smells like malt liquor, like a 40 oz. taste, the same except with raspberry syrup added. has an unpleasant twang. i believe i will pass on this one in the future. i dont believe i would even take one for free. well not if there was any other option available that is.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:12:45 | More by webbcreative
Photo of drizzam


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with an ugly purple label. The label reminds me of some malternative...let's test it and see if the book outperforms the cover.

Appearance: Golden and heavily laden with sediment. Thin off white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving little lace.

Smell: Very nice bouquet. Tart raspberry smell...not real volatile, but nice and sweet on the nose. Smells a little of grain as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp mouthfeel. Very light on the palate. The raspberry flavor isn't overpowering, but definitely tasty.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing with no lingering aftertaste. This could be a very decent session brew, especially at 4.2% ABV. I will be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 05:48:02 | More by drizzam
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Light golden-amber hued, with a creamy, slightly off-white head that shows good retention and leaves behind nice rings of lace on the vessel.

Smells of raspberry preserves and a bit of lemon peel, with a bit of toffee hidden underneath.

Very light and spritzy on the tongue. Slight sweet caramel flavors enter up front but are quickly overtaken by the tangy raspberry flavor and citrusy hop notes, leaving the mouth fairly clean, with a slight bit of bready malt character and becoming a bit watery as it goes down.

Something about this beer just doesn't work; the flavors seem somewhat unbalanced, and everything is just sort of out-of-whack. Somewhat refreshing, but not as much so as one would think; perhaps the raspberries just aren't one of those fruits that make a good fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 16:47:55 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of unclejimbay


3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Purple Haze, 4.2% ABV, reviewed as a fruit/veg beer
11/16/09 draft @ Mellow Mushroom Pizza in Jacksonville, FL
A 3.5 -cloudy golden pink in color, very little head (I think it could be the glass?), some very minor lacing
S 3.5 - fruity razzbeery smell, on a subtle malt wheat backbone - light but balanced aroma
T 4.0 - Seems better than when I have had it in a bottle, fruity on palate, light malty finish
MF 3.0 - thin body, medium+ on carbonation
D 4.0 - more body than I remembered but still a bit thin, nice for a mellow raz wheat, good balance for a fruit beer, not to overwhelming on the raz notes. I have good memories with Abita & PH, so I am always willing to drink one of these!

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 16:59:26 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to look forward to this beer when I wasn't yet old enough to drink it. Now I'm glad my beer palate has since matured! Here's a review from tonight:
A: One finger white head dissipates quickly, leaving almost no trace at all either on the glass or in the beer. It's always disappointing to see a thick three-fingers of head in pictures on the brewer's website, and then experiencing the exact opposite. Color is orange with a hazy, unfiltered presence. There is a slight, almost invisible tint of purple and a few floating particles here and there, probably from the raspberry puree.
S: Fresh, clean, crisp wheat aroma. Sweet fruits pulling through.
T: The raspberry is all in the taste. This fruity flavor dominates my palate, leaving very little else to be enjoyed.
M: Medium to heavy carbonation and raspberries combine to tickle the tongue; medium-bodied, though watery at times. Very little residue is left on my palate.
D: Superior drinkability, as in I polished it off in about 15 minutes (in between cutting and cooking my dinner). There's not a lot happening here in terms of taste, but I'd probably have another, especially on a hot day or with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 06:35:57 | More by washburnkid
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.