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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,762 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,762
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 357 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001

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
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3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: pale copper color; 2-finger head; frothy
S: berries dominate in a malt nose
T: raspberry lager; light; the added juice not too dominating; not hoppy; modestly sweet

Overall, like a magic hat but with raspberry instead of apricot

Photo of Treyliff
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy with a one inch bubbly head that dissolves to skim the top. Good lacing round the edges.

Smells of tart raspberries with a grainy undertone that almost smells like greens or boiled corn.

Taste is crisp and grainy with the slight tart kick of raspberry on the back end, not very strong though. Not much else going on. Mouthfeel is a little light for a wheat beer, but carbonation is well balanced.

Overall, not a bad fruit beer. It doesn't taste artificial like many fruit beers but the balance just seems a bit off.

Photo of brown2cu
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow with a faint but discernible tinge of maroon. There is initially a half finger head, however, it dies down into a thin sheen of foam; minimal lacing.

S: Smells like fresh raspberries with wheat; however, nothing funky.

T: Another well done fruit beer. There are two components to the taste. The first is the solid wheat backing. The wheat is refreshing and light bodied. The second component of the taste is the raspberry. This component doesn't compete with the first but instead compliments it and creates a solid complexity. The raspberry is not artificial tasting but fresh.

M: Light bodied, smooth, and clean.

O: The best fruit beer I have had hands down and at a price that can't be beat.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App- There is one finger of soapy white head. It dies quickly to a film. This thing has a crazy amount of carbonation, more like a champagne or soda. The body looks pretty good, a cloudy orange and copper body.

Smell- It has a musty red raspberry and wheat on the smell. It would be better if some of those hops were on the nose. At least I can make out raspberry.

Taste- The sourness of the raspberry mingles with the wheat backbone right away. While there is a hint of raspberry, it really is just the sourness, no sweet. The finish brings a little of the hops and more of the wheat background. The fruit flavor has disappeared at this point. There should be more raspberry and hops in this drink.

Mouth feel- The body feels more medium and not really that bubbly despite all the carbonation. Only a little dry from the raspberry sourness.

Overall- It is sort of boring despite the awesome raspberry flavor. It just needs to beef up the nose and the raspberry profile on the tongue could be better.

Photo of MsRif
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one to enjoy on a hot summer day. Poured from a bottle into a pint. Dark golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Definitely hazy, not so much purple. Smelled of sweet candy to me, honestly. Actually...like sweet candy that uses Splenda instead of real sugar. Sort of reminiscent of sweet tarts. Taste is sweet to start and bitter to finish. Pretty much one-dimensional...seriously the best way I can describe it is as I said before...sweet tarts made with Splenda.

Good carbonation, light feel overall. It wasn't terrible, but definitely not something I would want to try again unless I was perhaps having it as a soda rather than a beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For a beer with "purple" in the name, I stupidly expected some purple colour to the brew. Oh well, what a naive assumption to make. This is in fact a light orange-golden colour, with a fine white head that leaves streaky lace. The body is at least hazed, and hold some static carbonation well. All things considered, it's not a bad looking brew. But really, I don't expect any of my other senses to detect "purple".

Nose is fruity, with a sharp raspberry character coming through with a strong level of artificial sweetness. Slight grainy characters poke through as well, which are unwelcome, as they lend an unpleasant savouriness to the aroma. Really, it feels like a grainy, but bland beer with a senseless addition of artificially sweetened fruit characters to it. Hmm...

Taste is... well, it's just empty. Here, the bland, generic base beer comes through with it's mild grain characters, and a slightly adjuncty sweetness. There's still the aroma of berries swirling around, but they add no real flavour—it's more that the haze of the aroma permeates the body of the beer.

Yeah, this is a needless and pointless fruit beer. It doesn't help that it's a very bland and rather unpleasant base beer, but the fruit addition makes it even worse. It feels senseless and cynical. Very unimpressed.

Photo of chocosushi
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4oz->Wine Glass

A ~ Pours on the darker side of blonde with not too much head. lacing is almost nonexistent.

S ~ Watered down crystal light & grain. Pink sanitizer.

T ~ Very clean malt flavors. Raspberry syrup. No discerning hop flavors but a touch of bitterness that does not linger. There's a touch of a flavor reminiscent of bathwater. Sweet n' Low is in there.

M ~ Fizzy & Gassy with an odd fruity cloy. Very easy to drink.

D ~ Ehhh...not as bad as I remember it being, but really not one worth getting again & again...or ever again for that matter. An alright fruit beer with no bells, no whistles.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Clark St. Ale House; served in a pint glass.

A: Pours an ugly dirty blonde with tiny cap of foam.

S: Kinda artificial-smelling fruity hints with wheat and corn aromas.

T: Actually not as bad as I thought. Its weak and thin, but the fruit flavour isn't overbearing and there is actually some "beery" flavours in there.

D: I can see myself actually craving this in 100+ degree weather, but right now, I can think of about 100+ beers I would rather be drinking.

Overall: Not the monster people seem to make it out to be, but really not that great either. Its below average for fruit beers, but not particularly offensive. "Meh".

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown, a little cloudy, with the slightest hint of lavender (not enough to justify the name, but it's there). A full finger of head that lingers longer than most beers in its class.

S: A fairly equal balance of raspberry and malted grain.

T: The raspberry is definitely there, but not as up-front as in the smell -- and that's how I like my fruit beers: beer first, with the fruit essence in the background. Wheat flavor comes through as well.

M: Nicely carbonated, semi-crisp, and refreshing (very easy to drink, I had to deliberately slow myself down).

O: A strong contender among fruit beers, and among the best raspberry beers I've tried.
(I have also had it on tap, and I recall enjoying that even more, but this review is for the bottle version I have at hand.)

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,762 ratings.