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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,521 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 55
Gots: 225 | 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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Photo of ambluhm
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer caught my attention because of the name and the pretty cool, retro-looking packaging. Also, I'm all for supporting Louisiana Breweries.

The appearance is a slightly red, or grapefruit color with a medium haze. The head was very light and diminished quite quickly.

The nose on this beer is pretty nice regarding the fruit as raspberry definitely comes through. However, that is all that I picked up as the malt backbone is virtually non-existent.

The taste is light and slightly flabby. I know it's tough to have malt character when producing a fruit beer, but I was definitely hoping for a little more. Their is no bite and the acidity from the fruit is overwhelming. Having one of these is fine, but after that, the acidity can get to you.

Overall, I'm not sure I would pick this up again, but I know some people that may love it. It's certainly drinkable, and would not refuse it when offered one, but not what I'm personally looking for.

ambluhm, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Pours a hazy orange amber with some white head that quickly recedes.

Nose: Super sticky raspberry and blackberry. Some light creamy notes too, like a raspberry smoothie.

Palate: Lightbodied and crisp with some acidity from the hops, some dusty dried grain notes, and a flash of leafy hops for just a micro-second. Finish is clean and leaves an ethereal impression of raspberry and white flowers.

Notes: One of the best "fruited wheats" that I've ever had! Really well done. Crisp, clean and tasty.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of BricksandPorter
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had one at Volpe's in Allentown. Bartender poured it and I asked her "Is there supposed to be shit floating in this?" So she poured it out and grabbed me another one, which I poured. Same result. I'm all for trying new things, and I'm not sure whether I just got a couple bottles from a bad batch, but I shit you not - there was easily half and ounce of what appeared to be heavy, milk colored yeast sediments (it looked like something unmentionable) floating about in this beer. I was not impressed. Here goes...

Pour - a cloudy, pale yellow/orange with a heavy amount of sediment floating about. One finger head that dissipates to a negligible amount of lacing. Yikes - this looks more like a dare at a frat house than an enjoyable wheat beer, which is how its advertised on the label.

Nose - A faint whiff of berries with little to nothing else. Kind of organic and earthy, but that might be the bar (one of the only ones left that lets people smoke inside).

Taste - not as bad as it looks, but as weak and unappealing as it smells. Im sorry I cant get over the crap floating around in there. How does one market this beer? I get (and rather enjoy) unfiltered wheat ales, but this is absurd - at least filter it a little or let it settle before you bottle it. The taste is a light malt kick, notes of raspberry, banana and italian spice - possibly a cloudy coriander/oregano type flavor. Finish is very berry to the point where you know it was extract and not fresh, or even frozen ACTUAL fruit. Disappointing - this is supposed to be such a big deal in the big easy.

Mouthfeel - actually okay for the style. Body is light but the character is thin and watered down. No balance as everything you get is esters and raspberry. Feh...

Drinkability - Wouldn't recommend this for anything more than making your sink drain smell faintly like raspberries for an hour. If your into spending thirty dollars a case to do that, this is the beer for you.

I still cant get over the crap floating around in there...Something ain't right.

BricksandPorter, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Looking at other reviews with mediocre scores, I couldn't help but wonder what I'd be in store for. However, coming from the state where Magic Hat's No.9 is still quite popular, it couldn't possibly be any worse, right?

Pours a cloudy clear/golden color with not much else. One-finger head doesn't last long either.

Aroma is full of raspberry essence that doesn't seem too strong. Not much else there other than the wheat base.

Taste is a different story. Lots of raspberry that mingles with the wheat underneath. Somewhat sour as well. Not horrible by any means but mediocre for sure.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat and raspberry essence. Not much else going on.

Yep, this is pretty much similar to No.9 in terms of appeal to a specific audience (perhaps non-beer lovers?). Not horrible but I could find a local example that's much better and slightly different in style at VT Pub and Brewery. Still, not a bad thing to quaff if you don't feel like impressing your taste buds.

Brad007, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy with some fine suspended particulate matter. A interesting orangish/yellowish/grapefruity color. Decent head to start then drops to to a thin film.
Smell is malt, citrus, wheat and hops. Well balanced.
Taste is the same, balance is as well. Citrus more noticeable in aftertaste.
Slightly watery feel up front, warming in the throat. A light effervescence, lightish body.

PorterLambic, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of drpimento
1.95/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a great huge white foamy frothy fluffy head and lots of lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is weird: raspberry and skunk. Got this at a quick mart type store and even given the brown glass, who knows how this beer was stored. But, by the time I got to drink it, it had warmed a bit and I can't imagine how that improved my experience. Flavor was similar to aroma. Body is thin and carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor and diminished by body. Am looking for the sedative effect of alcohol right now prior to my trip tomorrow and cant finish this beer. Wa.

drpimento, May 30, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL.

A: cloudy mango yellow, golden orange hues, two fingers of bubbly white froth, no lacing on the glass, head dies after a while.
S & T: crisp wheat malt, raspberry puree, very aromatic, tangy fruitiness midway, refreshing bittersweet dryness to end.
M: thin, watery, some juicy spice on the palate, fleeting and forgettable finish.
D: not a terrible ale by any means, but I didn't finish it. A decently crafted yet uninteresting fruit beer. I'll pass in future.

cratez, May 23, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A very nice golden color cloudy but little to no head

Smell - A hint of sweetness and hops

Taste - Has a nice malty flavor and a sweet after taste from the
raspberries and wheat

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth good carbonation

Drinkability - I am not a huge fan of berried beers but i could see
myself drinking this again

SAtaMi, May 22, 2010
Photo of drpdaddy
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Light Amber, decent head no lacing

Smell: raspberries not much else going on here

Taste: artificial raspberry flavor, very little malt present, tastes watered down not impressed. I guess what you would expect from a raspberry wheat.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, decent carbonation

Drinkability: Not horrible, but there isn't much going on with this beer. Maybe on a hot day, this beer would taste a little better, but so would a Miller Lite

drpdaddy, May 03, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a very clouded golden color with a red grapeskin tint, a faded wisp of carbonation which exits quickly, leaving no head or lace. No clarity to speak of whatsoever; guess that's the intended "haze."

S: Smells a little sweet and grainy, with bits of apple, raspberry and plum to go with some slight corn husk and wheat grain.

T: Flavor is sweet and fruity up front, with a muted berry sweetness and light caramel malt. The finish gets a little more tart, but never artificial, with a slight, grainy snap and grabbing sharpness near towards the end.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a little tart with some chewiness to it as well.

D: A somewhat refreshing, low-ABV fruit brew to either liven up a dessert or be a designated fruit beer during the summer months. A little too tart to pair with a lot of foods coming to mind, but as its own fare, it's simplistic and good enough for what it is.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of TXAggie
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Little to no head retention, dark golden color and no transparency, morderate lacing

Smell 4.0: Very subtle rasberry scent

Taste 3.5: Comparable to its smell, it has a nice rasberry touch with a light wheat taste, not nothing about it is too remarkable

Mouthful 3.0: Pretty standard mouthful, carbonation is fairly normal and is pretty smooth to drink

Drinkability 3.5: I could most likely drink 2 or 3 of these in one sitting, but there is nothing extrordinary about it to drink anything more.

TXAggie, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - hazy light orange. No head on my pour...only a few bubbles creeping around the edge

S - sweet wheat, sour dark berry, a little citrus zest, cardamom, some other spice I can't place

T - terrific malt backbone. Sweet from start to finish, but never cloying. The spicy zing is actually more noticeable in the mouth than in the nose. All this in an easy drinking, low abv brew; bravo. 

M - enough carbonation to keep the interesting flavors on their toes, but just an average light ale otherwise

D - very good, see above   

Richardberg, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale golden orange color with a slight haze to it and some bubbles rising to the top. The head is pure white, tight and creamy with some bubbles on the top, the retention is pretty decent and the lace is very nice

S-the nose is pretty big and extremely sweet. Raspberry is huge right up front and does't really allow anything else to come through. A faint note of wheat/grain comes in at the very back but is extremely subdued as the fruit overpowers all.

T-the taste is raspberry first and foremost. It is slightly watery in the back with light notes of clove and peppery spice towards the finish.

M-relatively smooth and a little prickly in the back. Light body with a good hold of carbonation to give it a crisp finish.

D-extremely sweet with a nice light body. Pretty one dimensional but still very sessionable and easy drinking.

cpetrone84, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bone white, frothy head of tiny, airy foam which starts off over three fingers but is gone before you know it, close to zero lacing left behind. Hazy golden orange color with lots of fruit bits visibly floating within, more strongly translucent than opaque. While the raspberries are clear and distinct in the nose, overall the array of scents are light, mostly lemon peel, light honey or pancake syrup, generic malts, not really getting much wheat. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation is leaden enough to add weight rather than create a lighter sensation. Sweet comes mainly from the raspberries and, again, vague maltiness. More wheat and field grasses here as the mouth texture allows for added tactile dryness. Yeastiness softens the finish some, clean enough ending. Monochrome enough that there's not much more to say but easy drinker.

farrago, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet.

A- this is an odd one...its a cloudy gold with a slight tint of purple. Offwhite one finger head. Its unique, thus the extra points.

S- it smells...kind of like a generic domestic, I guess. Its not really a pleasant smell...honestly, I'm getting a sense of sweatsock in there. I'm not trying to be an ass...its just what I'm getting out of it. Bad bottle maybe?

T- yeah, I'm getting raspberries in this. Its actually QUITE refreshing...a little watery tasting though

M- light, light, light! There is a little bit of fizziness in the beer, which doesn't bother me. It reminds me of flavored seltzer water...not sure if thats a compliment or not, since seltzer water doesn't cost 2 bucks for 12 oz

D- very drinkable. The scent didn't bother me at all when I was drinking, and the alcohol can't be tasted at all. Solid session beer.

bigfnjoe, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12 oz. Surprised this name isn't trademarked.

The name does describe the picture - pours cloudy and hazy, with an odd purplish tint to the light brown color. Or am I seeing what I want to see?

Wheaty with a sweet tart smell.

Tastes of light rasberry swirled in a citrussy malt. Finishes sweet. Light carbonation.

Tasty, drinkable. Not a bad mixture at all. 'scuse me while I kiss the sky.

KTCamm, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really damn good fruit beer!

A - Well it's hazy and it has a slight purple hue. Whats not to love?
S - Tart raspberries and wheat. Nice
T - Really not as fruity as I hoped but still has enough balance between wheat and berry that makes it special.
M - Really light and crisp.
D - At 4.2 % ABV you may be able to get a couple down without noticing but I would totally find it again.

Side note: Does everyone love this or Berry Weiss more?

DrDemento456, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Discovered this on tap at Max's in Fells Point, Baltimore. This brew is amber orange in color, cascading into a lighter straw color towards the bottom of the glass. The head of this brew is a very light off-color pinkish white which starts off quite well, though it displays somewhat poor retention. Interestingly enough, it does not give off an overly raspberry scent; this brew tends to balance the raspberry and wheat notes even keel. There are also hints of bread.

The taste is very unique. Strait-away, the presence of raspberries it obvious. It tends to be somewhat sour, or tart, and acidic. There is also a definite wheat bread characteristic to this brew. All in all, things do seem to collaborate together quite well.

The mouth-feel of this Abita is pretty consistent with other brews I've tasted from them. Refreshing, light, crisp, and dry are all adjectives I'd use to describe this offering. The drink-ability is also fairly good if the consumer likes raspberries. If not, I would wonder why one would partake in this brew to begin with.

SimplySinister, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy with a very, veery slight tint of raspberry red(or purple) Head is nice and retains as a nice sheet that leaves some lacing sheets

S- Clean wheat flavor with a pretty strong raspberry smell which reminds me of fresh, crushed raspberries. Sometimes smells like rotten veggies

T- The flavor is very subtle and that is all. Beer? I suppose

M- Pretty light and airy but also has a slick, chewy feeling

D- Although there isn't much to savor here, it certainly is refreshing.

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, slightly yellowish color that is a bit hazy and yeilds a small white head that dissapated quickly. Very carbonated but no head retention.

Smell; Smells like fresh raspberries. Milky wheat aroma followed by a citrus punch.

taste; tastes very light, little raspberry flavor. Thin and lacking body. Refreshing nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but light on the palate. Nothing overwhelming about the beer. Crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: Basically budlight without the corn aftertaste with a slight raspberry flavor on the backend. Great for summer beach drinking but far from a flavorful beer.

Augustiner719, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of NStLincoln
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another one from Abita the Lousiana brewery. Purple Haze is a raspberry wheat, which already has me wary. Sweetness and fakiness are bad.

Pours a light orange/pink with a white head. It is hazy, and one really strange color.

Smells like corn. Not sure what malts are involved in that. You get a slight bit of tartness from the raspberries, but nothing overwhelming. Not impressive.

The raspberry is thin and watery, only apparent on the back end. Not overwhelming with the berry, but what's there is pretty lame.

Not my kind of beer. It is crisp and refreshing, but the flavor and the nose aren't what I'm looking for in a raspberry wheat.

NStLincoln, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Pours an amber, hazy liquid with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Very mild fragrance of berry Koolaid. Not much else.

Taste: I have to admit, this is a tasty brew! I wasn't expecting all that much. I enjoy the berry taste in the background and the malty wheat in the foreground. Quite tart too. Leaves a raspberry taste in your mouth after it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Not significantly carbonated, but has a nice bite. A medium feel - definitely not thin and watery.

Drinkability: After first sip, I wanted to glug the whole thing down. Of course, I had also just come in from working outside and was thirsty! I like the tartness of this brew. It reminds me of juice spritzers. I'd definitely have it again.

jovy1097, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber. Thin, white head that quickly becomes patchy. Good lacing as it goes down.
Raspberries dominate the nose, with the malts underneath. Not much else can be discerned, as the raspberries overpower, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case.
Taste is again dominated by the raspberries. However, there is a good malt backbone on this one. Interesting flavor that comes into the finish near the back of the mouth that is reminiscent of Kix cereal. Which I find appealing.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a fairly dry finish. Light-bodied. The raspberries give it a Chardonnay-esque aspect.
Very good drinkability. The raspberry presence is assertive, but not overpowering. This would be an excellent beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Parrotbeak, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack at Super Bowl time...had one 12 oz. bottle left and poured tonight to a pint glass. 'Best if Consumed Before' months/dates aren't notched... I have a soft spot for this beer, as it's one of the first 'craft beers' I ever tried - back in about 1995. 'Raspberry Wheat Brew - Malt Beverage with Raspberries Added

A: Murky amber, a hanging silty cloud- wow, so unfiltered. Healthy tuft of whitish foam, maybe a half-inch - falls gradually to a thin skimcoat but leaves good lace patches.

S: A 'jammy' berry scent, ripe berries wrapped inside wheat bread - jelly sandwich?!?!? Likable fruit nose, a little one-dimensional but, so what?

T: Fairly strong raspberry flavor cuts through an average American Wheat - good fruit and decent wheat gets a 3.5 in my book. Cinnnamon? Applesauce??? Just a little spice, that hoppiness/bitterness rounds off the flavor well enough.

M: Decent fizziness, crispness is fairly lively. The lingering tingle of wheat/spice (a little thicker than expected) is good;

D: Sue me, I like this beer...it's light and easy to drink; it als brings back terrific memories - both old (first craft beer sips) and new (classmate at my 20th HS reunion who knew I liked 'good' beer and bought some just for me). I'd drink this all day, to be honest...

msubulldog25, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a straw yellow color with about a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

The scent is very light, some raspberry.

The taste is of raspberry and wheat, not really much else.

Light bodied beer, very thin, very highly carbonated.

This was very easy to drink, but it didn't really seem like I was drinking a beer. There was no flavor of hops at all. It was very uninteresting.

BeerCon5, Mar 01, 2010
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.