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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,364 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,364
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 rdub


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I had high hopes for this one. One of the most expensive sixers on the block. The purple hue was pretty cool. Not much else. Tasted like a typical wheat with a tiny tiny bit of raspberry flavor. Nice and drinkable but not quite worth what I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:53:26 | More by rdub
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a ruddy, medium-to-dark copper hue with a minmial head that left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass that quickly receded...
Faint, unassertive raspberry and wheat-laden aroma...
Taste, likewise, was mild, wholly unassertive, yet still crisp, clean, and refreshing...
All-in-all, not the best depiction of the style I've come across...
A little too watered down and unassertive to me...

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 00:22:56 | More by dsa7783
Photo of GoodKnight1220


2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Smells of malt, alcohol, and yeast.

Taste is yeasty and has the slightest hint of berries, not very impressed taste like a over marketed cheap American light beer.

Good Carbonation and mouthfeel.

Could drink this no problem, but not really what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:52:58 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

Poured at Skibbo's in the Bronx, I have seen this around for about ten years but after telling my wife that the beer was from Nah Orlins, and after her enjoyment, and observatioins, I gave it a go again for Abita.

A-Does justice to it's namesake, light purple with vast 2+ fingers white froth and sticky lacing. As it settles, somewhat cloudy.

S - Mild but alluring fruit and yeasty aroma. Don't expect this beer to over power you in the raspberry, very subdued and rather nice.

T-Again, a subdues wheat with the rasberry gently knocking against the yeast. The wheat then recedes and you get a painful spicyness, perhaps some malts to boot, yet overall the taste fades into a watery mix.

M-At first, chewy and rich, good carbonation after clearing off your foam mustache. Very light and refreshing but weakening and turning watery.

D-A light and refreshing brew that is not going to catch your attention to much. A good way to introduce women to beer or sweet tooths in general. Nothing special but glad I took a revist to one of the beers I drank during my Beast days.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2008 02:13:22 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of scottbrew4u


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

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with decent white head. Head settles nicely but not vanished.

S: Smell of wheat, tart cherries, raspberries faint, slight sourness like lambic. Hops are faint herbal.

T: Sour cherry/raspberry with mellow malt presence and a slight wheat bite. Watery in flavor.

M: Thin body and carbonation is smooth.

D: It goes down easy but has some issues with the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:11:35 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Golden and a bit hazy, with a creamy head that lingers for a moment.

S: Hints of grain, citrus/orange, and raspberry.

T: Orange and raspberry flavors are present but not overwhelming or cloying. Finishes a bit grainy and with a light touch of hops for balance.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, fairly crisp and clean.

D: I'm conflicted about this one. On one hand, the fruit flavors were not overdone or cloyingly sweet as in some other beers, which was definitely refreshing. Still, there wasn't much about Purple Haze that screamed "drink me" - it was a nice flavor and a good change of pace beer, but not something I'd really drink more than one or two of if there were other choices available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 19:54:45 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Bsobotik


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

A - Nice hefe appearance, a quasi-murky light brown, very thin head that leaves a nice thin ring for the duration

S - Sweet and can definitely pick up on the raspberries

T - Good fine carbonation, the raspberry taste picks up in the middle with a smooth finish

M - Smooth with no hiccups, maybe a little boring

D - A tasty treat but not really my type

Serving - Bottle to glass

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:45:55 | More by Bsobotik
Photo of ibashmuck


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy, clumpy golden body. I was a bit amazed at how thick it appeared, with the bottom of bottle sediment (yeast?) literally suspended in the brew. The raspberry smell was obvious, but not overpowering. A hint of staleness and hop bitterness in there as well. Taste starts out raspberry, shifts to wheatiness, then back to raspberry to finish. Again, raspberry not overpowering, but, in fact, a bit watered down. Didn't feel nearly as thick as it looked. I'm going to have to give this another go, just to see if that thickness is consistent.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 13:50:58 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of nem2006


2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is a golden/pink orange and hazy beer with a bubbly white head that fades fast.

It has a citrus (orange) smell with strong raspberries also.

The first sip was a little bland so I let it warm a little bit. The combination of raspberry and citrus of a wheat beer was a little much for me. Fairly smooth.

Overall a smooth beer, but the combination of raspberry and orange was not quite a combination I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:23:19 | More by nem2006
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with some amber hints, alright lacing and a head that fades quickly.

Smell: Raspberries and wheat dominate, and it seems balanced, but not too complex or nuanced.

Taste: Initial raspberry flavor fading into wheat and some bread and mild spices, at least seemingly. The raspberry flavor's not too sweet and not syrupy in the least and adds a nice element to the wheat, unlike many other fruit beers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with a good spritzy feel at the end to compliment the fruit aspects.

Drinkability: I'm surprised at such a low rating for this beer. They say, at least, that real raspberries are used, and though it's not drippingly fresh or anything, the raspberry adds a nice, balanced flavor with the wheat without being too sweet. It's not my new favorite beer or anything, but I found it pretty nice for the summer and enjoyed a few of them quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 16:02:31 | More by asabreed
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer many times on tap and many times from bottle. The raspberry flavor is mild but gives the beer a nice slight hint of fruitiness. The wheat aspect seems much more apparent in the flavorand aroma. mouthfeel is light and increases its overall drinkability. Its also nice to drink beer made from the natural Abita springs in Louisiana. Aside from these qualities few things stand out about the drink. Its not bad, but nothing too impressive either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 03:03:48 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of Slatetank


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 12:55:56 | More by Slatetank
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.75/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was suprised by this beer. Or should I say, lack of this beer. Took a whiff after I opened the bottle, was expecting to smell something of raspberries, but all I could smell was straw. The taste was bland, and the carbonation minimal. Not a very good wheat brew, much less a wheat brew with fruit flavor. Not worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 12:56:10 | More by alysmith4
Photo of rpardon7


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow with a redish tint, slight bubly white head retention.

S - Slight wheat with a larger raspberry fruity smell.

T - First a very light wheat taste with a raspberry aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Very light tasting beer.

M - Very clean mouthfeel light carbonation, as I said before very light feeling.

D - Good drinkability, the sweetness does get a little old after a while but would be a nice beer in warm conditions. This beer was not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 19:14:10 | More by rpardon7
Photo of illidurit


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown-orange with an off-white head that leaves a little lace. Aroma is obviously raspberryish with some wheaty esters. Flavor combines the insipidness of banana pith with the saccharinity of raspberry syrup. Those two aspects even out into mediocrity. Really light and drinkable, just not interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 07:45:09 | More by illidurit
Photo of mantupeht

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass

A - I expected something a little reddish, a little darker, but looked like a cloudy lite macrobeer

S - Not much smell, but a faint wheaty smell. Smelled like a lite macrobeer

T - Didn't taste any raspberry or any fruitiness. Tasted like a weak lite macrobeer (there's a theme here)

M - Tasted watery, not much carbonation, not much body, almost like water mixed with beer - hoping this particular one wasn't past its date.

D - This category, to me, is intertwined with the rest, so there's a docking of points just for that. The saving grace is, if you actually do like it, it drinks very light and smooth, so it's easy to put away

Suffice to say, I didn't like it, I didn't even finish it. Maybe I got a bad one, I don't know, but I expected much more out of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:32:39 | More by mantupeht
Photo of NHGrafx


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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange color with virtually no head at all.

Aroma has some faint raspberry smells coming through and a lot of grain like aromas. Nothing else is detectable.

Taste is almost like stone ground corn meal with some grain as well. Raspberry flavors in this one are nearly non-existent, and very faint, with some slight tartness on the finish. It might be a freshness issue, the freshness date on this one is of the notched kind on the label, but none of the numbers are notched on it. But still tastes crisp and refreshing. I would like to try it again sometime with a visible freshness date to see if it is any different.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 22:10:58 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of iconoklaztor


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

thanks to brianj555 for this brew!

This is a decent wheat beer that actually is very refreshing. It smells like a faint lambic. The taste is okay. Its a little thin but very refreshing. I dont taste much of the raspberries but It smells like it.

Overall, not a A+ brew but not deserving of a C either! Its a refreshing and enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 00:53:41 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a pink tinge. Good head of white foam.

S - A bit of a grassy hop and a raspberry nose. Some spicy notes.

T - Some but not a whole lot of raspberry flavour. Mostly a wheaty twang and some clovey spice.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - An OK fruit/wheat. Could go either way on the raspberries - I like my fruit a bit stronger, but I can see how some people would prefer this subtler touch. Good refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:37:25 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of treyrab


3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz. into a pint

A...Straw in color, with good carbonation but not so good head or lacing

S...Smell of pale 2-row with not so much raspberry as I would have thought

T...Initial pale malt taste that quickly goes into a deep raspberry extract taste

M,D...Mouthfeel is light with great carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, being light...could have 6 or so

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 02:21:40 | More by treyrab
Photo of JayQue


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a light wheat beer with raspberry added. Pours a dull straw gold with very little head. Not much lacing. Smell is mild wheat beer and sweet fruit.

The taste is of a very mild wheat beer with raspberry flavoring. The raspberry is well done. It is not overly sweet or annoying but overall the beer is pretty average.

Mouthfeel is ok for a wheat beer. Not too watery but not the smooth crispness I want in a summer beer. Drinkability is ok. Wouldnt turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:12:28 | More by JayQue
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass.

A: Poured a straw-pale yellow with tints of pink and a two-fingered, dense white head that receded quickly and left only spotty lace on the glass. The color is quite unimpressive.

S: Sweet raspberry puree with some pale wheat malts underlying it. I wish the overall aroma was a bit stronger, but it's still decent for a fruit beer.

T&M: It's a rather dull flavor. Weak wheat malts make their appearance, blended with some raspberry flavor. It's a sweet beer, but not in the fruity sense. It doesn't offend, but isn't anything special. I've met a few fruit beers that did the former, so I can't dock it too much. Purple Haze is light-bodied and somewhat watery with medium carbonation. The finish is almost non-existent, as well. Disappointing mouthfeel.

D: Well, it goes down so damn easy that it has to be at least a 4. There just isn't a ton of flavor here, however. It's smooth, but only because there isn't anything that can be off-putting about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 06:02:08 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach-colored pint glass, with minimal head. Looks thick but fruity. Light has trouble passing through.

The smell is very sweet and fruity raspberry with a mild dry wheat base. Could use a burnt bitter balance. Underwhelming.

The taste is very sweet, but the wheat malt does balance it. Tart. Not bad, better as it warms up a bit. Could use more bitterness.

Feels creamy with some dry yeast that remains on the tongue. It's probably too sweet for many repeats but it's a decent "guilty pleasure" beer.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 03:33:40 | More by williamherbert
Photo of JBogan


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No trace of purple in my glass as it poured a medium brown with a small head leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smelled a bit of the raspberry but not a lot, along with a fair amount of malts.

I barely detected the raspberry in this, and if I wasn't looking for it I might have missed it altogether. The wheat was more pronounced than anything.

This felt pretty good in the mouth, not too thick or thin. A good amount of carbonation to keep it crisp and somewhat refreshing.

All in all not a real drinkable brew in my book, more a curiosity than anything. If you like this style beer it's probably worth a try, but nothing I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:19:37 | More by JBogan
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.