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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,365 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,365
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of dsigmon


2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: not bad here, cloudy hazy amber with big head

S: smells like your typical wheat beer but with a funk bitterness and acidic raspberry

T: initial bread and yeast taste with a raspberry tone. a bitterness (think old budweiser) is apparent which I can't stand

M: light and highly carbonated

D: i choose bush

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 21:18:07 | More by dsigmon
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nice amber color with dark purple hues with a thin off white head.

S: On the nose as a big strong raspberry flavor, but smelled artifical.

T: The initial flavor was pale malt backbone with a tart artificial berry taste. The flavor was fruity, and tart, and thin and artificial. The beer finished with a raspberry flavor,

M: a tad overpowering at times and is to fizzy from the lively carbonation.

D: Not a good drinkable amber, drank like over-carbonated grape juice. ugghhh!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:06:43 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Wilceaser


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at cellar temperatures.
Color is average for a wheat beer, head was pale amber. Smell was very fruity.
Taste and smell was was a little too fruity, but the beer still managed to be a refreshing.
Mouth feel was a little thin.
It should be noted that the label lists it as a malt beverage, niot a beer so... I think for what it is it's not too bad.
I could see this drink being good for a real hot day, Light and tasty, or maybe as an after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 19:44:46 | More by Wilceaser
Photo of fank2788


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

Sampled on tap at The Spot in Bethel, CT
very cloudy yellow in the glass with little to no head the smell is light fruit i guess raspberry but it reminds me of sam adams cherry wheat also, a bit of light grain in the smell as well. Taste is fairly sharp, it starts like an average american wheat beer but then comes the fake fruit which stays pretty one dimensional and average at best. Mouthfeel is decent light and effervesent but the fruit flavoring leaves a slick sweetness that is a bit unpleasant. Decently drinkable, not very challenging and not too sweet that it is cloying, but it is tough to drink when you have better options.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 00:29:23 | More by fank2788
Photo of oscplayr25


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

A- Great looking beer when poured into a glass. Has a great wheat coloring and look but has a slight tint to it from the raspberries.

S- Smell was ok. It deffinetly smells like a wheat beer but you cant get so much of the raspberry smell in with it.

T- A normal wheat beer with a raspberry taste coming at the end of the drink. Unlike most beers its a wheat beer with raspberry flavoring not a raspberry beer with wheat.

M- It carbonates like most beer. It does not leave a lingering taste on the mouth.

D- I can drink this beer all day long. It is one of my favorite fruit beers and up there with my wheats. I believe the closer you get to louisianna and the brewery the better the beer gets. Do a six pack its a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 03:02:36 | More by oscplayr25
Photo of bboven


2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great look to it. Minimal head that keeps coming and leaves good bits of lacing. Moderately hazy with a few chunks floating around. Dark yellow body, right on for a wheat.

Smell is a bit more like a hefeweizen with a bit of punky fruit in it rather than a crisp, sourish American wheat. Leaves a bit to be desired.

Taste starts out decent, you can tell it's not fruit extract. But then it finishes with a plainly awful lavender-scented wax flavor and aftertaste.

Really drying for a wheat, a little over-carbonated and you can tell that it's force carbonation. This level of carbonation would be a lot more palatable in a bottle conditioned wheat, but trying to replicate it is not really good for this beer.

I'd pass on this one. There are much better fruit wheat beers out there. Believe me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:37:28 | More by bboven
Photo of Halcyondays


3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head not expected in a wheat beer.

S: Raspberry juice and wheat malt as I expected.

T: Very good, it starts off light with the wheat in the forefront, the raspberry really doesn't begin to appear until the 3rd sip or so, but it's not artificial, it tastes like real raspberry juice, which is nice to see in a fruit beer.

M: Crisp and biting with a full carbonation which belies its pallid appearance, refreshing.

D: One of the better wheat/fruit beers out there, not a taste sensation, but it would make a excellent summer beer on a 90 degree day.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:57:26 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of JDV


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy pinkish, pink lemonade like pour with a bright bleached white head that doesn’t last. Smell is a bit wheaty, and mostly raspberry as expected with a touch of a metallic smell that lasted after the head faded. Taste is mostly raspberry and a bit of wheat in the finish, but its slight. I didn’t like this as much as I remember liking it when all I drank was bud light and hard ciders. Its an ok beginner beer I’d say, as my girlfriend liked it, and so did I when I hadn’t tried or gotten used to many of the different styles or bolder flavors that I really enjoy now.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:04:14 | More by JDV
Photo of nrpellegrini


4.47/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ABV: 4.75%

The first time I had this beer was about a year ago in Gainsville, Florida.
It was amazing. I had tasted nothing better.
A couple months later I had it back home (Baltimore, Maryland) and it was great but definitely no where close to the first time. I guess the distance from the brewery really had an effect on the beer, which is several hundred miles.

Tastes like beer with raspberries.
Not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 20:33:57 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of cdkrenz


2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heather Bidwell, again, thank you.

Appearance - Pale orange hazy body. The head is white, almost tan and starts at one eighth of an inch and fades evenly to a subtle whisp of white bubbles at the surface.

Smell - As I pour the brew the sweet wheat aroma fills the air. There is certainly a raspberry scent present.

Taste - Whoa. Not a very complex wheat beer. In my experience most are not. This one has a sweet raspberry taste that really sets it apart from other wheat brews.

Mouthfeel - The texture is coarse and even a bit uncomfortable.

~ I wouldn't classify this beer as a session brew or a one and done. I don't think it's a dessert beer or a breakfast beer either. If you're going to have one, have one around lunchtime. Just like I did. I don't see anymore Purple Haze in my future, unless it's rolled up in paper.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 20:50:52 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of BDIMike


3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is cloudy yellow, head is slight and doesn't stay for long.
I don't smell much of anything at all. A little bit of wheat and barely any raspberry.
The taste is very wheaty. Basically, that is it, a tiny bit of raspberry.
Mouthfeel is nice. Could be a little heartier.
Drinkability is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 23:57:52 | More by BDIMike
Photo of mattster


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

Opened 12 fl oz bottle (bb 05/06/08) and poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice 1" foamy head atop brew Sort of on the lighter side as I expected more of a darker brew. Really nice smells of - figure this - RASPBERRY. Taste is not what I expected. I was expecting an overly sweet Raspberry brew, but sweetness is more subtle and the it focuses on the tartness of the fruit. Finishes rather dry.

I was impressed by the taste, beer is pretty drinkable, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one or two in an evening as it is pretty fruity.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 10:17:40 | More by mattster
Photo of colebenoit

British Columbia (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this bottle up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on a trip recently and thought I'd give it a try. According to the back its a wheat lager which I thought was interesting.

Pours with a big head that is quite promptly gone with no lacing...kind of disapointing for a wheat beer. Color is pretty pale with a hint of reddish tones.

This beer smells decently and its probably its best feature. It has a a nice hit of fresh raspberry and malt, however there is an odd metallic undertone to the aroma that I'm not too fond of.

The taste on this beer is extremely lacking and its probably one of the worst beers I've had in some time. I normally enjoy fruit beers and understand their role in the beer world but this beer doesn't even live up to those standards. Its extremely watery with zero body and the raspberry tastes very fake. I'm actually having a hard time finishing this one and I certainly won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 04:14:34 | More by colebenoit
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is extremely metallic with a grain edge to it. Flavor is actually pretty smooth with the fruit. Robust wheat body with a smooth and seemingly natural berry influence. Feel has a real strong large bubble hitting the tongue and a pretty standard liquid feel. Overall pretty drinkable. I will say that it is oddly earthy and robust and delivers a not so foo-foo-ey fruit beer experience. May not be the most beautiful example of the style, but it is surely interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 07:06:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bigremy

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nice from the bottle, with good color to it. The aroma of raspberries wasn't very strong in my opinion, but overall the smell was good. The body was in the light to medium range, and I found it to be fairly crisp and refreshing. The raspberry flavor was present, but not overly strong which I liked since it didn't overpower the rest of the tastes. In the overall, I think its a good fruit infused wheat that I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:02:11 | More by bigremy
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I only recently started enjoying "fruity" beers. UFO's Raspberry Hefeweizen being one of my favorites so I thought I would give Purple Haze a shot. It pours nicely but the head was quick to dissipate. There is only a small hint of raspberry in the beer which was disappointing to me. There also isn't much body to the beer. I would certainly drink this beer again, but there are many others that I would choose before I came back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 23:55:47 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of windigo32


3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I've liked this one since a friend introduced me to it when I turned 21 but have been finding beers I'd much rather drink instead.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, head is slight and doesn't stay for long.

S: Slightest hint of raspberry is present. There's a slight yeast smell as well.

T: The raspberry is barely tasteable. There is a noticeable taste of yeast.

M: The mouthfeel is good, if slightly watery. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, but you wouldn't expect this beer to have much.

D: Drinkability is very good. It goes down easy and goes down smooth.

It's a good beer to have on a warm summer day, but not something to sit and drink one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 05:17:50 | More by windigo32
Photo of BBM

New York

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

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a bubbly white head that doesn't stick around long. Some lacing around the glass. The aroma is a bit sweet and medicinal, with a distinct bread-like quality.

The flavor is not as bad as I feared. There's no harsh syrup taste, little medicinal flavor, and the wheat flavor gives it a nice balance. It's still a little too soda-like for me, and I have had better fruit beers, but I have also certainly had worse. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, as expected. As Mr Burns would say "I know what I hate... and I don't hate this." On the contrary; it was actually a decent surprise. Worth a try if you're into fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 14:21:03 | More by BBM
Photo of kimcgolf


3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Initial aroma of hoppy wheat and raspberry was amusing, but this quickly faded to a taste that was not tart, but rather flat. Wheat taste and nose tried to make itself known, but was masked by this raspberry-like presence. I enjoy some fruit beers, like the Belgian Krieks and other Lambics, but will pass on this American version in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 11:38:27 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Reidrover


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz single. Hazy pale golden with a large ,tight,bubbly white head, good laceing. Loved the aroma of this one, the raspberries are really well highlighted and as i love the smell of raspberries thats enough for me. The raspberry isnt quite as pronounced in the taste, its rather subdued and in the background to the, wheaty,grassy flavours. Palate lets this one down, very watery. Too limp. Overall a mixed bag, but i suppose OK.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:02:07 | More by Reidrover
Photo of ZAP


3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruit beers aren't my favorite style but I do enjoy sampling them. This rates as a decent one in my book. The raspberries are a subtle component in this beer but sometimes subtle is the better way to go and with fruit beers that can often be the case.

A nice american wheat style ale provides the background and the raspberries come across light, but flavorful. There is some mild acidity from the raspberry but this is not a tart beer....again think subtle...body is about right (high side of light or low side of medium)...

I find some fruit beers too over the top and artificial tasting at times...this feels and tastes real and refreshing...I could see this one being quite popular in the heat and humidity of Louisiana..pretty nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 04:55:23 | More by ZAP
Photo of MMAJYK


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

A- Yellowish Orange. Claim purple tints, but did not see the purple.

S- The fruity smell was one of the highlights. Very subtle smell of raspberries did not overwhelm.

T- Not bad for a fruit beer. The raspberry did not overtake the hops too much. Just enough to liven up the ending!

M- Good carbonation but not fizzy. Exciting to the tongue.

D- Easy to down the first 2, but after that, becomes a little too fruity. If the girlfriend or wife is around, she will love it. All in all, a good one!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 18:09:57 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer didn't offer what I usually expect from a wheat/fruit beer. The raspberry flavor was no where to be found. It did have a nice smell but the taste didn't match it. A friend recommended it to me and needless to say I was not impressed and will not be trying it again,

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:05:23 | More by brewshakes
Photo of Floydster


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cost Plus World Market in Redlands for $1.69

Poured into a pint glass and was very clear golden color with not much head

Smell was not much at all, expecting lots of malt, but they were definitely absent

Taste was average, more like a pale ale than a fruit beer, a little bit of raspberry taste but nothing else fruity

Could drink a good amount of these, a pretty light brew overall

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 03:56:47 | More by Floydster
Photo of xare


3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purple Haze was the first beer with flavor I ever tried and as a consquence it has a special place in my heart. I originally hated beer but once I had Purple Haze, I began to like it and then eventually that led to me learning, trying, and loving all other beers. A pretty good call on my part.

Purple Haze has very light head (maybe 1 cm) that dissipates quickly and the appearance is similiar to a Blue Moon but much lighter although not quite the same as a lager.

Smell is of raspberries and smells pretty fruity but that's what it is, a fruit beer. Taste is exceptional for a fruit beer in my opinion although I'm sure it's biased based on my history.

The mouthfeel and drinkability aren't great as it may be overcarbonated at times and really fizzes in your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 23:47:44 | More by xare
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.