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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,619 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,619
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 60
Gots: 279 | 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 claspada
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas is wheat, mellow biscuity maltiness coupled with a strong raspberry and honey sweetness. Really fruity, smells kinda like the milk than remains in your bowl after you eat fruity pebbles cereal.
The taste follows the nose initially, and begins pleasant but soon becomes overpowering and sickly sweet/fruity. The nice wheat base malt is completely lost amongst the sweet/sour berry flavors. Reminds me a little of a white wine mixed with raspberries, really awful actually. The best way to describe this is a good wheat beer with raspberry juice and confectionery sugar added. Gross. Overall this may be tolerable in the heat of summer but not in the middle of the February during worst winter in recent memory. I've had good fruit beers and this is not one.

claspada, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange amber color and has a fluffy white head. Retention is moderate and there are some splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Picking up some wheat grains in the nose along with some berries and a bit of sourness. Not very aromatic though. You really have to dig for the notes.

T - Taste is light. Again you get some berries and a some wheat malts. Flavor is lacking as well. Nothing really stands out or is well defined in this beer.

M - Medium body and moderate sudsy carbonation.

D - If I was in an easy drinking mood and didn't want to much going on in my beer, this would be excellent. Good thirst quencher here.

depechemode1983, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita is a great company that not a lot of people know about. No one would think Louisiana would produce a quality beer in my opinion. Purple haze has a flirty tint to its color and it is great for fruit, whit, and wheat lovers. Alady that is new to the beer world would love this as her first try especially since I try to get people to try something other than Blue Moon. However. I do like it.

FollowedMyFolly, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of zissoubear
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It arrived at my table with about half a finger of head. The brew was a nice dark golden orange color.

It gave off a nice aroma; Raspberries stood out. It wasn't horrible for a fruit beer but not great.

There was a low amount of carbonation and the flavor was fairly weak with a small bitter nip at the end. The wheat played a small affect if any.

Overall, I might have gotten a dirty hose but I'm not impressed.

zissoubear, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden in color with some haze in the glass and a head that diminished to a thin layer on top. smell is predominately raspberry, tart, light yeast, and wheat. taste is better than i would have thought. comes over the tongue on the thin side, light flavor of malts and mid taste yeast, and finishes with a raspberry tart flavor. does not have the artificial taste or smell that a lot of these do, i give them points on the raspberry puree, best drank right after it is poured, almost like a light lambic.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy amber orange color. One finger white head shows poor retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass. Kind of a bleh looking beer to be honest.

S- Raspberry aroma is strong in this beer. It actually overtakes all the other aroma except for a light wheat nose. So pretty much big fake raspberry and very little wheat. Not very inviting at all.

T- Raspberry is lighter than on the nose. Still though it is a main stay flavor wise. Artifical raspberry in the front of the beer. Light wheat notes with nothing else except light alcohol and more raspberry in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A boatload of raspberry flavor left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly raspberry and light alcohol with fading hints of wheat. Flavors are more raspberry forward and not really in a good way. No real off flavors just off putting flavors. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is good cold. I know that sounds stupid as it mutes the flavors. Once it warms the beer takes on a different not really good flavor. ABV is low to make it more sessionable but they need to work on the overall flavor more I think.

alleykatking, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a plain glass, it boasted a two finger head of fluffy foam, with good lace cling. Color was a reddish brown, with a little bit of haze to appearance. Smell of raspberries, apple, and malt. Taste of raspberries, caramel, molasses, apple, and malt. Good texture and body in my mouth. Not a beer that I could drink one after another, a little to sweet and fruity, but one was great.

beerprovedwright, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of shand
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a vase-shaped glass.

Pours a pale wheat color, slightly hazy with a fingers worth of head that doesn't retain at all. The aroma definitely is nice, I can get both the wheat and the raspberry aspects. No complexion beyond that, it's nice for what it is though. The taste is also nice, it really just follows the nose - raspberries and wheat. It's a little weak compared to the nose, though. Still enjoyable, and the lack of strength stops the fruit from being overpowering.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick for how subdued the brew is, but is otherwise alright. And it's a fairly drinkable beer, the simplicity makes them easy to kick back. This is just about an average beer - Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier does everything this does better, but it's still enjoyable to drink.

shand, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of fdw3
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple Haze pours with a 2-finger, white head. Beer is a cloudy tan color with visible floating sediment. I would characterize the aroma as "very wheaty raspberries" that is relatively weak but apparent.

This beer isn't exceptionally flavorful and ends up being sort of bland in comparison to other fruit beers. No flavors truly pop, but raspberries again are the dominant presence.

Mouthfeel is thin with a very light body, although the higher carbonation adds to the refreshing quality of the beer.

Drinkability is high; this beer is anything but overwhelming and it would be easy to enjoy two or three in one sitting (especially in warm weather).

OVERALL: Good, not great. Purple Haze is a little too bland for those who enjoy a lot of flavor, but the light body and refreshing qualities would make drinking a few a breeze.

fdw3, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with some pale purple tones. The head is white and lasts for a fair amount of time leaving average lacing.
Aroma is of sweet raspberries and grainy malts with some metalic notes. The raspberries are not as strong as in a framboise lambic but still very perceptible.
Taste starts with fresh raspberries not overly sweet and just a little tart. Wheat and grainy malts appear later as well as mild bitter notes. Both grain malts and fruit sweet/sourness linger for a while in the aftertaste.
Body is very light and carbonation is high. High drinkability.
Say whatever you want about this beer but it is a very drinkable and refreshing offering from Abita.

paulozanello, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Anthony88
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours hazy golden with a large head with slow dissapation. Not a pretty lookin brew as it is quite opaque due to the haze.

S- Quite an interesting scent. Probably the best characteristic of this beer. Heavy raspberry, with some wheat undertones.

T- A very strong raspberry taste to this beer. Nice wheat flavor as well.

M- Crisp, and very thick feel.

D- For a fruit beer this is a more drinkable brew. Also, there are a number of beer mixes which some people love and Purple Haze is typically on that list.

Anthony88, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of TCMike
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured my bottle into a mug. Next to nothing for head, but what was there was white. The smell was bread/hay-like with a tinge of fruit. The taste was fair at best. The wheat, and raspberry tastes were both very muted. Their was no bitterness, but has a slight sour taste at the end of drink. It is easy drinking, but that's because it seems watered down.

TCMike, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brother left this one over here the other night.... Just realized I've never reviewed it... oh well... here it goes.

Thin white head... The brew is hazed lite orange... no lacing.. no real cap.

The aroma is raspberry candy and little else... maybe some graininess if I really try.

Flavor is much more like a standard American wheat... sorta husky grains... no hops.. and plenty of raspberry essence on the finish.

Okay across the board... glad I didn't pay for it.


JohnGalt1, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Chincino
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer several times on-tap while in New Orleans primarily because it was one of the only options.

This beer poured a cloudy dark yellowish color.

The aroma was strong of raspberries and wheat. I'm not usually a big fan of fruity beers so this wasn't my favorite beer. It was good to try it once because it was a local beer, but it seemed to be the main beer on-tap at pretty much every bar in NOLA.

It did have a light fresh taste and due to it being a light beer you could drink more than one easily (if you can stand fruit beers).

Chincino, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hard to grade this.

A- Cloudy yellow with purple tints; small head but nice lacing.

S- Dominated by raspberries. Faint wheat smell there.

T- Once again, raspberries and wheat.

M- Light, effervescent, high carbonation but smooth finish.

D- If you like raspberries then its easy to drink. This was hard to grade. Was it a good beer? No. Was it a good beer for people that don't like beer? Yes. It was also a good raspberry drink.

JayS2629, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Gilly1980
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a darkish amber wheat beer with a touch of purple (big surprise). Smells strongly of raspberries and some malt. Taste is somewhat disappointing, as the raspberry taste is lighter than expected and the beer flavor is very weak. Mouthfeel is light but has an almost tingly finish. I could probably drink a six pack of these as long as I had something else to break them up. I will not be buying this again.

Gilly1980, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of epicness
4.58/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy.. no wait HAZY (ha..ha..) purple color. Small head but with tons of lacing.

S - This beer is listed as a raspberry wheat beer, so huge shocker here that it reeks of raspberries. With first smell, it's raspberries. On second smell, it's raspberries. Need I continue? There's a bit of malt and wheat somewhere hidden in between the raspberry sandwich.

T - Based on the smell I was thinking it would be an overwhelming raspberry taste similar to how Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is when it comes to the cherry taste. Surprisingly, the front of the beer is sweet and malty. But.. shortly after that it gives way to a raspberry taste that absolutely dominates your palate. It's a pleasant raspberry taste though that fulls up your mouth and lingers on your tongue in the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Despite the raspberry aftertaste, it's actually a smooth finish.

D - It's a very drinkable beer. If my girlfriend who hates beer thought that, "it's not bad" that should tell you a thing or two. It goes down very easy and it's definitely a beer I would like to have, and enjoy again.

epicness, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A pint served at the Brick House Tavern in Houston.

Amber and hazy, a quickly dying head with no retention. Little to no lace. Rapsberry predominates the aroma. Carbonation bite up front. Rapsberry comes next followed by a flat middle. Adjunct grain popcorn finish. Too heavy a mouthfeel for the style, almost chewy.

LittleDon, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of climax
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't too excited about this being in the sampler I bought, but I'm open to it. It pours a pale tangerine color with lots of floaties (Abita claims the raspberry flavor comes from a puree, thus the floating particles). The head was two fingers of bright white foam, retention was good.

The nose was certainly raspberry, both sweet syrup and tart qualities come out. Other than that, nothing is too strong. Some phenols, acidity, and a subtle wheat character are present.

The taste was almost like a raspberry sparkling water. It didn't have much heft or spunk to it. Any wheat/yeast flavor is hard to come by, making it none too interesting.

Light bodied, soda like carbonation, and a clean aftertaste... It could certainly be refreshing down in the bayou, but for now I'm good with one.

climax, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce stubby bottle. Gotta love the Jimi Hendrix reference. Let's see if this beer can stand up to my love of all things Hendrix. Pours a flat and hazy straw yellow with no head. Hmm. Not a great start. Aroma is subtle, like raspberry compote mixed with some basic lager beer. Initial impression of the taste is ... strange. Lots of wheat character in this, almost like drinking raw wheat. Very little raspberry character in this, it's overpowered by the wheat. I've had a lot of wheat beers and hefeweisens over the years, but this one may have the most wheat character of any that I've had. And if you like wheat beers, this one may be your thing, because it's like chewing on raw what. I however, am not a fan.

eclaycamp, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of afksports
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap between a Speakeasy Payback Porter and a GI BCBS. Needless to say, it was the most underwhelming brew of the evening. That said, I wasn't totally unimpressed. I did, after all, wind up dancing to "Walk Like an Egyptian", and I suppose this played a part (though I mostly blame Goose Island for that one...)

The appearance is a hazy gold - it says light beer. In fact, I'd say it's a light beer first, and a fruit beer second, because although the smell of berries suggests that fruit will follow, the taste is much more subdued. The medium to light body follows the style and complements the elements of the taste.

It finishes clean, berried and sweet, with some tartness. It's as drinkable as any other beer of its style, just mostly indistinct from the others.

afksports, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have had on draft, but review based on bottle -

Poured with a cloudy golden tone with 1/4 to 1/2 inch white head that quickly settles to a lacy surface coating.

Aroma, as which is most certianly suggested by the name, is marked very a fruity, berry and malty/wheaty smell.

Definitly not nearly as sweet or fruity as the smell suggests. Clear grain/malt taste, mostly from wheat beer base. Short lived finish.

Decently light brew with good carbonation. This beer does go down pretty well. At first I was about to give this beer a lower review, but after the first few sips, the beer began to give very light, tasty raspberry aftertaste. This did impress me a bit.

Most likely wouldn't pick up again, but wouldn't turn one down if offered.

mattgreger, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

A: Hazy, purplish/whit/yellow color with a white head. Decent formation, heavy lacing.

S: Berry, berry and, I think, berry.

T: Surprisingly, there is a sweet, wheat malt taste on the front of this beer. But make no mistake, the wonderful blast of berries that your nose told you to expect is well on the way. Raspberries abound on the tongue and in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and round. Plenty of carbonation. A bit of an over-dry finish.

D: This is one of the easiest drinking beers I have ever had.

I have been converted! One of the things that I have always thought is that fruit and beer fight, rather than complement, each other. This beer has proven to me that exactly the opposite can be true.

Spica66, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with about a quarter inch of white head.
Smells quite fruity.
Tastes pretty good; with tart raspberries, malts and hops to cut the tartness and give this brew a pretty decent complexity.
Mouthfeel is better than average with a nice carbonation and a slightly thin body (that doesn't really seem to bother me.)
Quite drinkable and quite accessible to the average consumer since the beer is not so extreme.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow, orange in color. Thick white head with awesome retention and mountains of lacing.

Fruity, berry like aromas. Smooth grain.

Grainy malt with a processed white bread character, extremely smooth. Distinct raspberry and blackberry are the most prominent flavors, yet not overwhelming. Mild honey sweetness. Tart on the finish. Mellow, herbal hops barely break the threshold of taste.

Smooth feel. Medium-bodied and good carbonation. Leaves a sharp crispness at the end. Highly drinkable also.

Not the most interesting beer out there but for what it is, it's not too bad. Smooth, drinkable and refreshing.

bnes09, Oct 06, 2010
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.