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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,468 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,468
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 51
Gots: 201 | 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 Goldfish19

New York

3/5  rDev -7.4%

~ Purchased a 6-pack from Frank's Beverage in Glen Cove, NY. Hazy orange in color with almost no head, there is really not much going on here in the appearance department. Aromas are of raspberries and wheat. Taste is the same.

It's certainly refreshing, but that is about all this beer has to offer. ~

10-18-2009 23:19:55 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of justincolts


4.03/5  rDev +24.4%

An old favorite of mine, its easy to fine, and good to drink;several. Its biggest weakness is that it could stand to feel a bit more loftier in terms of mouthfeel, it is sort of light. The color is pretty good, a light golden color with very little head. The smell is fine, but the razz part doesn't stand out. Great flavor though, easy to drink a lot of them.

10-11-2009 22:15:43 | More by justincolts
Photo of Spineypanda


2.55/5  rDev -21.3%

Basically, I was expecting a nice raspberry flavor added to the wheat beer, but I knew it was not going to be anything like a Lambic. The fact of the matter is, I barely tasted even a hint of raspberry in the very first taste, then it lost it all.

The beer looks a bit on the lighter side,and has a smell that tricks one into thinking it will taste different.

09-29-2009 04:20:13 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of mtbbaboon


3.58/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Left about a half inch head with a small amount of lacing. The head quickly fizzed out to a small bubbly layer. The color is a very cloudy blond/orange. Lots of sediment floating around. The aroma is nice. Not real strong, but a pleasant balance of raspberry and yeast. The taste is fruity raspberry with light malt. The fruitiness doesn't completely dominate the taste. It's a little more subdued, which is nice. A very small amount of bitterness comes through in the end. It's got a light mouthfeel and is real easy to drink. As fruit beer goes, this one is pretty good. It's a little more balanced instead of just trying to bonk you over the head with fruit.

09-20-2009 15:17:40 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of apbarwood


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a hazy, orange with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is jammy and wheat like, almost faintly like toast and jelly. Definite raspberry flavor but weak and watery. All in all, not bad but definitely not great. Perhaps a good introduction to fruit beers for the novice drinker which is probably why it's so popular, at least in my area. Anyway, worth a try if you've never had this style before but I wouldn't order it.

09-01-2009 22:56:17 | More by apbarwood
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a great head that sticks around forever. Great lacing. I'm tempted to dye this beer purple...

Smells good. When first opend I got a nice nose full of raspberries. A little into the beer it smells more like cornflakes and raspberries.

The first few sips were heavy on the raspberry taste, almost tart. Further into the drink it changes a little to match the smell of cornflakes and raspberries. It's not unpleasant, but it makes me really want some cereal.

It feels fairly average in the mouth. Nice bubbles, no surprises, a bit watery at times.

At 4.20%ABV (heh, what a coincidence) you could drink this all night. Personally, I can't do wheat beer for an extended period. Gives me a headache. Aside from that I could probably drink a couple of these without the taste getting old. I could have another of these in the future.

08-28-2009 04:08:31 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Always saw this beer at the store, finally got around to giving it a purchase. Pours a cloudy golden color, nice head to it that stays all the way down the glass, pretty good lacing too. Medium body to the beer, nice mouthfeel. Not very fruity of a smell for a 'fruit beer'. Taste is faintly tart but not lip puckering here. Nice subtle raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit dry, but overall not a bad beer. I like it isn't overbearing with the fruit flavor and seems pretty well balanced, but a but a bit bland still. AN above average fruit beer, which isn't saying much giving the pretty crappy beers in this category, but solid none the less.

08-27-2009 21:27:54 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Jayli


3/5  rDev -7.4%

Had at Lucky's at Logan 8.21.09
This beer pours a golden/toffee color with a one finger creamy head that recedes to a film that sticks around. Lots of sediment floating around in this brew and streaky lacing coats the glass. Nose is slight raspberry, wheat and some macro adjuncts. Taste is of adjuncts up front, filled out by wheat in the middle and a raspberry aftertaste - artificial raspberries. Light body, low carbonations, somewhat watery and thin with a very sweet aftertaste. It's easily a poundable beer, but there isn't much to it for enjoyment.

08-22-2009 19:08:44 | More by Jayli
Photo of deereless


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%

A: Fair amount of thick, dense fluffy white head, a very light straw color, no signs of true lacing - 3.75, S: Raspberries dominate the nose, behind all the berry jam aromas there is also some dry graininess - 4.00, T: Raspberries play only a minor role on the palate, the wheat provides a crisp and refreshing touch, flavor profile is quite thin and uninspiring - 2.50, M: Very light bodied and smooth palate - 3.00, D: Quite drinkable in a lawnmower day sort of way, a refreshing beer but not one I see myself drinking again - 2.75

08-21-2009 23:43:03 | More by deereless
Photo of 1inamill


2.85/5  rDev -12%

Abita Purple Haze:
Its a medium bodied beer that poured a golden color with a purple tint. It was a mildly hoppy flavor with a hint of raspberry. I enjoyed it at my favorite pub but I dont have to have it again. Im not big on fruit wheat type beers.

08-21-2009 18:26:50 | More by 1inamill
Photo of fitzy84


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%

Notes from my honeymoon at Disney world. The beer had a hazy orange color. Decent lacing on the sides. Pretty fruity aroma. Dense florals and really ripe oranges are dominant. Average balance of sweet-sour with the flavoring; nothing too spectacular. Wish it had some of the aroma hints mirrored in the tastes. However, the carbonation was quite good and led the beer to be quite refreshing. Overall, pretty good.

08-20-2009 19:43:11 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearnce- moderate amber in color, slight foam head and low carbonation

Smell- wheat, grain, raspberries and fruit are present, overall decent smell

Taste- An wheat and grain flavor follow by a long lingering raspberry and fruit flavor, decently strong raspberry for sure, slightly overally sweet finish,

Mouthfeel- moderate to mid body,not to heavy

Drinkability- This is a decent beer, in general not really my cup of tea, not really into a very fruity wheat style beer, to me its just not a beer, this would have to be a desert beer that you could really only have one of, its got a nice flavor just not something I could visit to often,

08-19-2009 03:04:42 | More by Stunner97
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

A: Standard appearance for a wheat beer: hazy, yellow/orange, but a thin, short-lasting head.

S: I found the strong tart raspberry with a faint mandarin-orange nose to be both unique and satisfying. Not overpowering, like some over-the-top fruit beers.

T: Raspberry flavor not as strong as the raspberry nose, and the flavor didn't linger like most fruit beers. I even sensed a light hoppy aftertaste, but very subtle.

M/D: Light-bodied, but that being said, but rarely am I able to drink fruity beers for a session, and this one is no different.

08-18-2009 17:06:15 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Buschyfor3


1.95/5  rDev -39.8%

10oz draft on tap at Old Chicago

A: Looks like your typical wheat beer - hazy, golden-orange body with a thin white head; head retention is surprisingly minimaland there is little lacing. Looks average to be honest...

S: Not much on the nose other than some musky wheat notes. Maybe the fact that this came in a chilled mug explains why the nose seems so dull. Just a faint expression of raspberry in the nose. Defintely was expecting more of a fruit presence here.

T: Slightly tart raspberry taste up front, but any raspberry flavors quickly fade to nothing but typical grainy/cereal-like wheat flavors. What raspberry that is there is really artificial tasting and kind of chalky - reminds me of the berry flavored chewable kids vitamins (I was a Flinstone kid growing up).

M: Kind of chalky and slightly watery.

D: Eh. Not really one that I enjoyed, but I manned up and finished off the mug. Good thing it was a draft special and it was cheap. The fruit presence in this beer was too fake/artificial tasting and the base wheat beer itself wasn't anything to call home about. Can't say I'll approach this one again.

08-15-2009 03:12:40 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of aval89


2.55/5  rDev -21.3%

Was curious to try this beer so me and a buddy picked up a sixer of this stuff.

Poured a light golden color with a decent size head. The raspberry smell was quickly noticed. Very overwhelming at first. The smell went away and so did the head. I took the initial taste expecting it to taste like medicine. But I was wrong. The raspberry taste wasn't as strong as I expected as well as the tart taste I've read about. The mouthfull was very watery and left a very watery finish. Just about no taste after it hits your palate. The taste gets worse as you keep drinking. I only had 3 and the last one was like drinking water. I'd only buy this if I were gonna chill with females who want to try something different.

08-06-2009 01:57:46 | More by aval89
Photo of nomomentwasted


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Had this out of a bottle the other day brought over by a friend, and I was curious, so I gave it a shot. I'm not very experienced in the "fruit beer" category, but I'm preeety sure this ain't a good example.

Appearance: Yellowish with a clear pour and little fizzy head. Nothing exciting.

Smell: Kind medicine-like, with just a hint of wheat and faux-raspberry. A little sweet, a little wheat, not much else.

Taste: Watery. Thin wheat. Finishes with a hint of raspberry that isn't alone all by itself, but it's worse as it goes along. Just starts to taste fake and medicine like.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated and overwatery. Finish gets kinda gross after a while.

Drinkability: I mean, it's got very little alcohol so that's a plus I guess if you're putting them back, but I know bigger beers that drink easier than this. All in all, I'd say it's an avoid beer, and I was hot and thirsty when I drank it. If I wasn't probably wouldn't have finished it.

07-22-2009 22:11:00 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of gameface23


1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

A: Hazy straw colored with a spritzy head. Minimal amounts of lacing.

S: Slight tartness from the raspberries, but it is fake and uninspired.

T: Remarkably similar to store brand raspberry seltzer water. The finish is extremely dry, leaving only a chemical astringency.

M: Extremely thin.

D: Avoid.

07-22-2009 00:51:28 | More by gameface23
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Cloudy golden straw in color. Big poof of head that disapears quickly.

S: Wheat, yeast and raspberry.

T: Wheaty, bready with a mild raspberry flavor. Pretty decent.

M: Light bodied, ok carbonation, slighty watered down.

D: Light bodied and a little watery. Expected a little more, but still good.

07-21-2009 14:50:05 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Overlord


1.48/5  rDev -54.3%

This sounded so good after braving the sweltering heat of Hephaestus's forge (aka, the Stone sourfest).

Sadly, this is a piteous, mewling wreck of a beer.

Pours a very, very pale yellow with a white sudsy foam head. Mmm... can't wait to smell that raspberry ... chemical ... stuff, that they shoved into this. No wheat in nose, but tons of awfully fake smelling fruit.

Flavor is undrinkably bad. This is wretched. Sickly, chemically sweet raspberry, what feels like kool aid dumped in here, little to no wheat (I though there'd be a pucker).

What was I thinking. Drain pour.

07-20-2009 07:46:27 | More by Overlord
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%

I had at Harefield Road in Brooklyn.
A-Brownish color, mild. Limited head and no lace.
S-Fruity smell, must be raspberry,
T-Carbinated and the wheat comes through first, which milds out the raspberry.

Not a bad beer, but I can only drink one before it started to upset my stomach.

07-12-2009 19:38:08 | More by Amalak
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.63/5  rDev +12%

i go to school in new orleans, so i've had this beer a handful of times, i switch up between different abitas all the time. finally going to review it because i found it up north in NY by my home at whole foods.

exp of november 5 09 on the bottle,
the beer poors an orange-apricott hazy color with a white foamy head that bubbles and fades down to a pinky width. it eventually fades away completely after a couple of sips. great lacing
smell of fresh rasberries and citrus
it has a bite at the front but rasberry comes in like its supposed to. i like the way it goes down the back of the throat. at first i like the rasberries, and i remember being really happy the first time i had it. now as i'm half way down the beer i wish it had a little more rasberry flavor.
this beer has a lot of carbonation. its sweet and light on alcohol, its not filling and i could go for two or 3.
this is not my favorite abita by any means, and their strawberry harvest is one hell of a fruit beer.

07-10-2009 22:50:18 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of tronester


3/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Smells unsurprisingly of raspberries. Taste is light and wheaty up front, with a raspberry middle, but finishes somewhat tart and dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, medium carbonation. Drinkability is not too hot, more than one of these is too much, it gets too cloying. Interesting beer with low alcohol, but I can't see myself buying a 6 pack of this.

I remember this was one of the first beers that I drank back in the day. I liked it well enough at the time, and I suppose it is still ok.

07-03-2009 23:14:32 | More by tronester
Photo of aaronxsubaru


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

small head, light color, smells alot of berries, no surprise here.
i was expecting so much more from this. It was quite light and watery. I tasted more like someone added berry infused water to a beer. It wasn't really bad i guess i just felt it was too watery. Maybe they felt like people who order fruity beers don't want to drink real beer.

I'd never order this again.

06-30-2009 05:17:45 | More by aaronxsubaru
Photo of hwwty4


2.95/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to my wife's friend Jenny for leaving this in my fridge.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a rather hazy peach with a massive head that dissolved into just a thin line around the inside of the glass. I was rather surprised with how quickly the head disappeared. Also a crisp carbonation continually sticks to the inside of the glass. The aroma is a bit muddled. Sweet raspberries up front but help snuff out the aroma of a very weak wheat that must be the base beer. Other then that, not very much. The wheat malt adds this odd underlying tartness to the aroma. Not a good aroma because it doesn't accent the raspberries very well. I wish the tart raspberries would have been more prevalent. Would have worked better with the tartness from the wheat. The flavor is much the same. Just flat average. Smucker's sweet raspberry jam mixed with a very ho hum wheat. The berry sweetness really comes through on the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is ok. Crisp carbonation with a slight dryness. This beer is OK. I think it might be a decent gateway beer for people.

06-20-2009 19:16:32 | More by hwwty4
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Overaal pretty good

Appearance- cloudy, amber color

Smell- wheaty, slight rapberry aroma

Taste- wheaty, faint touch of berries

Mouthfeel- light body, medium carbonation

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, smooth, easy to drink

I was actually hoping for more raspberries aroma and flavor which I didn't get.

06-15-2009 22:04:44 | More by jeffjeff1
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,468 ratings.