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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,677 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 62
Gots: 301 | 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 olimpia84
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap. This beer as a dark and cloudy orangish-amber color, very small head. As with most fruit/vegetable beers the smell is one of the attracting points and this beer doesn't disappoint: you can definitely tell a rich raspberry aroma. The smell translates smoothly into the taste as well with a predominant raspberry flavor combined with wheat. Mid to high carbonation which bothered me a little in the mouthfeel department.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, highly recommended for those looking for a strong fruit taste.

olimpia84, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap.

Fruit beer? I must say, I really did enjoy this one! This turned out to be me wife's favorite beer, period. Dark amber color, small white head. Smell isn't really there, almost like the nothingness of a American Macro. You can really taste the raspberry in this one! Low abv makes it great to drink for a long time.

Honestly, not a bad beer! Certainly not my favorite, but thumbs up.

Northsider, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of confer
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap a few years ago and didn't review it at that time. I remember it being better on tap.
The color is amber, with almost no head.
Smell has the smallest amount of raspberry and is mostly the basic American wheat beer smell.
The raspberry doesn't really come through as a flavor but does a tart bite to the otherwise same old American wheat ale taste.
Creamy feel low on the carbonation.
This is a beer my fruit beer loving wife enjoys, as for me it is okay.

confer, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Westywood
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy. Golden hues with bronze and amber. Bright white head that subsides quickly to ring about the glass. Nice lacing persists.

Smell - Light grains and Raspberries!

Taste - Light. Very little hop presence. Not much raspberry either compared to the bouquet. The raspberry really shows up on the nose and in the aftertaste. Which is not unpleasant but does linger a bit.

Mouthfeel - Solid carbonation. Smooth light to medium bodied beer.

Overall - Not a bad beer but not a particularly good one. Let's call it an average beer with a great name.

Westywood, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
1.85/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


On tap at High Dive. A raspberry lager.

A: Looks like hazy bubbly grapefruit juice with a small white head.

S: Watered down raspberry juice, like 9 parts mineral water and 1 part raspberry juice. There's a little grain.

T: The taste reminds me of grainy mineral water with a splash of sugary raspberry juice. It's pretty bad. There's some corn and grain as well.

M: Lower light body with a sticky, spritzy mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Overall: Not very good, as beer goes.

HopHead84, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I've said before, I'm normally hesitant to try beers with added fruit flavors; I far prefer to have those flavors occur naturally as a result of the malt. But when a trusted source recommended this one, I decided to give it a shot. And from the first crack of the lid, it was obvious that I wasn't dealing with the average raspberry wheat beer. The smell on this one is full of raspberries, yes, with all their sugary tartness, but while that scent is strong, it's not overpowering, and mixes fairly well with the underlying wheat beer.

On the tongue, much the same happens: the raspberries are obvious, but don't overpower the beverage. Yes, the first taste that comes across is raspberry, and the last taste to linger in the aftertaste is raspberry. But 1) this is *real* raspberry flavor, full and reminiscent of hot summer months--not some comes-from-a-test-tube substitute, and 2) the berry flavors still allow the wheat beer below them to surface and give a wave--and were it without the added flavors, it would still be a decent wheat beer.

I'm not completely sold on this one, mind you, but I'm willing to admit that it wasn't anywhere near as cloyingly, nastily awful as I was expecting, and in fact would go over fairly well with some vanilla ice cream. Beer float, anyone?

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of curasowa
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orangy/Amber color with just a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: A surprisingly strong malt, almost burnt aroma that kind of has a rotting fruit smell mixed in. There's just a hint of berry floating around in the background.

Taste: Initially pretty thin, then some flavor builds as it sits on the tongue. Strong raspberry flavor, with a hint of bitterness towards the finish, which is pretty fast and clean.

The Rest: A decent fruit beer that is pretty light and crisp with a body on the thin side of medium. The aroma, however, is a bit off-putting which lowers the overall rating of this beer.

curasowa, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured into ping glass.Slightly amber and golden in color with short-lived white head leaving behing slight lacing.
S: Fruity, raspberry
T: Sweet, fruity with plenty of raspberry flavor but mysteriously not overpowering.
M: Moderate carbonation, light-medium bodied. Sweet but not sticky.
D: Very unique taste in a beer that I have enjoyed several times and would drink again.

Paincane, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Derranged
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark golden/murky amber in color, small white head with little retention. Lots of bubbles which indicates that is very carbonated.

S- Faint raspberry aroma, wheat and some seltzer water.

T- This was very bland. Like the smell, there was a faint raspberry flavor, some wheat, but not much going on. It tasted like a strong fruit flavored seltzer water. Perhaps like a crystal light with some body to it.

M- Very light and thin. Super carbonated, which kind of made it nice to drink for some reason.

O- I was disappointed with this beer, not what I expected. It was just too bland. Great for a session beer and very easy to drink. This will not be a regular for me and I won't be buying this again anytime soon. Maybe for a back yard summer party where I'm gonna be drinking for several hours.

Derranged, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into my Zero Gravity pilsner glass, a slightly cloudy golden yellow, with a definite pink-purplish tint, and a small off-white head. Nose of grains, wheat, and coexisting citrus zest and raspberry. Light wheat beer profile on the taste buds, with a raspberry sweetness that's just strong enough to overtake everything else that might be present. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable on a relaxing summer day.

Rifugium, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a murky dark yellow/ amber color with a fluffy white head, the beer and head had a very light lavender tint, it left a lot of lacing too. The aroma is faint with wheat bread and just a hint of raspberry. It tastes a little bland to be honest but I did pick up mostly wheat, with a slight tartness of raspberry with a bready finish. The beer is light, fully carbonated and has a dry finish. This is just a little above your average wheat beer with a little twist to it, a slight twist but still a twist.

JMad, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Bobby for the freebie.

A: Cloudy, straw color. Lots of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aggressive center pour leads to slightly more than a 2 finger head. I had to slow down the pour in order to fit it all in. Head takes a few minutes to dwindle leaving not enough lacing to mention.

S: Raspberries are the first thing to hit the nose but there isn't a lot of it. Some wheat/bready notes in the nose as well. Also picking up on some citrusy zest.

T: Flavor here isn't half bad. Follows the nose pretty closely with subtle raspberry, subtle wheat, and a zippy citrus finish that really ends with a crsip. Not a ton of hops here but it has a nice malt flavor here to balance it out.

M: Not the best mouthfeel here. Kinda watery, very light body, highly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers for a few moments but then disappears.

O: This is a halfway decent beer! A nice crisp, refreshing brew that I can enjoy on a hot summer day.

suspect, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the color of purple haze is right in line with it's name, a hazy purplish, which I find pretty nice. The smell is slightly citrus and fruity. The taste is not as sweet as I expected, but that adds to the drinkability. Over all this is a really drinkable and unique beer.

mattkoon, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a great golden color with a deep raspberry purple tone to it. It almost looks like the purplish color emanates from the center out. The beer also has a great white head.
S: The beer has a nice real raspberry aroma that isn't too sweet but has some nice texture like the seeds. This also has some kick from the hops and sweet wheat malt.
T: The beer has a great balance of raspberry flavor that really compliments the wheat beer very well. The raspberry gives it some flavor and the wheat malt creates the sweetness. It doesn't overdo the mix and really balances the flavor well.
M/O: The beer has a great balance and is very crisp and drinkable. Its perfect for a hot day. These beers are tough because the question is whether its artificial flavor or too overpowering. This really walks the line of being a drinkable beer that has real flavor and doesn't punch you in the nose with it.

pzrhsau, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Reptilian
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours slight hazy, medium amber with a slight pinkish hugh. Off-white head, slight lace

Smell- Heavy wheat and raspberry notes up front, slight malt and sour bringing up the rear

Taste-Wheat hits you at first then comes the raspberries mid way followed up by a tartness to finish

Mouthfeel-Light body and medium carbonation. A little bit of fizz and the tartness hangs on

Overall- Good for a hot summer day. Easy to drink if you’re into a fruit beer. The tartness make it kind of a quencher.

Reptilian, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
1.23/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Part of Old Chicago's American beer mini-tour.

Arrived with a half-inch of head over a weird pasty-yellowish-white body. There was very little smell. Taste is awful. Unsweetened watermelon Koolaid or something not drinkable comes to mind, I tried but left half the glass on the table. I remember nothing about the mouthfeel.

It was obvious it was some attempt at a sort of fruit beer, but I had no idea this was supposed to be a wheat-raspberry fruit beer until I read through a few these Purple Haze reviews just now.

JackieTH, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appealing pinkish tan color, just a touch of chill haze, head was so-so and lacing was too.

Smells wheaty and just a touch fruity. Not a lot of smell, but it's mostly pleasant, except for a slightly off-putting funkiness.

Taste is more pronounced than the smell, and better. There's a nice wheat beer taste base, along with a defined raspberry flavor. Kinda sweet and it might have just a minute pinch of hoppiness to round things out.

Feel is good for the style, if that style was a hef or wheat beer. But still, it's clearly meant to be what it is, and that's a good thing. Light bodied, yet still full feeling and easy to drink, lightly sweet fruity aftertaste. It's pretty good.

This beer is quite liked by a couple people I know, and it's definitely got a niche it fills. Pretty drinkable. Great summer beer.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of MammothBrew
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light, hazy apricot/golden raspberry color. (yes, there are golden raspberries) 1/4 inch white head that dies down quick.

S: Heavy wheat notes with raspberry aroma.

T: Nothing really changes from the aroma except the raspberries are more distinguished in the flavor.

M: light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly tart on the finish.

O: I've had worse but I really don't enjoy this beer. I could see it being a good lawnmower beer or going good with fried foods. Honestly, there's better choices out there for that.

MammothBrew, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of renegadeburger
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

everyone kept talking about this beer so i had to try it

picked up a single bottle of it at the deli to give it a try, poured it into my glass and sure enough it was purple or at least close to purple in color, very enticing

smell was a bit weird smelled like fruit and sugar but not unpleasant all i'm saying is not usual for a beer no trace of hops in sight but definitely something sweet going on in there

taste followed up with mild spicy flavor and fruit, more of a sweet plum like flavor with a little bit of tart flavor in the finish hey i think it kind of taste like a soda instead of a beer!

good mouthfeel and kind of refreshing actually

all in all this is a good beer it kind of reminds me of a beer cocktail or a beer and soda but not a bad beer and definitely nothing wrong with it imho

renegadeburger, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A cloudy, deep copper color with not very much head.

S: Has a thick aroma of ripened apricots and malts. It’s very fruity, strong with grapes and a little sour with raspberries.

T/M: A medium amount of carbonation and a malty, slightly bitter aftertaste. I truly am surprised at this one. It’s definitely not what I anticipated but it’s really good for a change.

Contrary to my initial belief, there’s no homage to Jimi Hendrix here. Nor is there an incorporation of marijuana, not that I can tell yet, anyway. What it does have is raspberries. I never read the label, I just drank it, and I liked it. For a fruit beer, this one fills niche quite nicely. Now, excuse me while I kiss the sky.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of vande
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ somewhat golden in color with a bit of a pink hue to it...nothing crazy...

S ~ hints of fruit, but nothing complex.. little to excite here.

T ~ not really enjoyable... got the hints of raspberry half way through, but the rest of the flavor seemed to be washed out...or watered down effect going on... didn't get a lot of wheat, yeastiness... the style itself, I would have thought there'd be more that could have been done?

M ~ lighter in body, which is fine

O ~ something I wanted to try. Glad I didn't buy a 6er but was offered one at a friends house. Will not really search it out again. I do like Abita's other offerings, but this is just not one fore me.

vande, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Brittmb29
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at World of Beer Coconut Creek, FL

Usually can't drink more than one fruity beer so when i saw this on tap and wanted my last beer i order this:

A- golden w/ haze but with a pinkish/red tinge, served in a pint.

S- unimpressive, no wheat beer aroma only slight smell of fruity sweet raspberry.

T- smooth balanced taste, wheat beer flavor w/ some grainy hints of corn. raspberry comes through mid sip, slightly sweet but not overbearing cut by slight tart and then alcohol. very good beer to serve as a vessel for raspberry, wheat beer aspect doesn't shine thru as much.

M- light body, not watery. no sweet clinging aftertaste and good carbonation.

D- while i could probably drink a couple of these in a night (or afternoon) I wouldn't go for this beer back to back. It's a bit too sweet for me to drink as a session beer but a nice end, or start to the night.

Brittmb29, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange\amber with a little bit of pulp in the pour. Noticeably carbonated and a bit of foam.

S - Smells of wheat and raspberries.

T - Goes from the grainy wheat flavor to a tartness of berries. Actually a very pleasant balance.

M - I've had many of these in the Big Easy, and it is a perfect session beer for those who like that sweet\tart finish.

O - Over the years this beer has been surpassed by many others. But kudos to Abita Brewing for continuing to make this beer consistently good and even after the rebuild of Katrina. I'll always look foward to some Purple Haze. Geaux Abita!

socon67, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of orlandomag
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, almost an amber but with a slight hint of the red from the raspberries.

Mouthfeel has some slight carbonation but still very smooth

Wheat, raspberry in the nose

The middle is has a heavy wheat taste, almost toasted, the berries come up near the end.

Not the worlds best beer but by no means a slouch. Much better than the Shocktop Rasberry Wheat that is being marketed as it's competition.

orlandomag, May 29, 2011
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.