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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,438
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 187 | 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 BeerBelcher


2/5  rDev -38.3%

Compared to quite a few fruit beers, this one is a bit toned down. It was reminiscent to me of 21st Amendmant's Watermelon Wheat, which is not high praise. Purple Haze is distinctly fruity, although I didn't know it was raspberry flavored until I read the label. However, because the fruit is not overpowering, it exposes the lack of interestingness in the underlying "host beer." Body of the beer is surprisingly, not purple. Not much head, and some fruitiness in the aroma. Flavor didn't offer much; not decisively fruity nor wheat-beer like. All in all, a bit of a disappointment.

I would not recommend this beer.

05-11-2008 19:46:03 | More by BeerBelcher
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West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

Hazy orange-gold color, slight white head that could have used some Viagra. I do appreciate the fact that this beer is not purple. I don't mean because of the name, but some others take the fuit thing a bit too far and we end up with Kool-aid. Aroma is raspberry up front, wheat malt and some spice notes. Taste is a fairly nice blend of wheat malt and berry. Not crazy fruity like many others. Some citrus and spice notes too.

This would be a good hot summer day beer. Easily sessionable and not so fruity as to drive you away from it. Maybe not a bad jump for someone who is considering venturing out.

05-10-2008 02:03:02 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of everetends


2.45/5  rDev -24.4%

I got this as a sixer from Grub Mart in Jacksonville. Poured, once again, into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured an orange/copper with a thin bubbly head. Not bad to look at.

S: Floral hops, raspberries (candied), grain and spices.

T: Very sweet due to the candied raspberry flavor. A bit of malt follows and confuses me.

M: A bit watery but it is crisp due to the carbonation.

D: I am not a fan, so I can't drink it. One of my buddies swears by this beer, but this one is not for me.

05-07-2008 00:09:03 | More by everetends
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +16.7%

Served to me cloudy and, well, hazy. A yellow-orange color, with a white 1-finger head that quickly fizzles away. The smell a bit too strong and syrupy for my taste. Plenty of raspberry, but more like the manufactured, processed raspberries. I found some grassy, pale malts hidden in there too. The taste, however, it much better, with more muted flavor than the smell. The taste is still dominated by raspberries, but it's more balanced between tastes: fruit, pale malts, wheat. It's got a crisp little bite to it, but it's certainly not from any hop presence. The beer is well carbonated, and is quite refreshing with a long, sweet lingering flavor. I first had this beer when living in Mississippi, and after moving to New York, I was thrilled to learn that a bar near Times Square called Bourbon Street had it on tap. I can assure you, on a hot summers day in the South, this beer is a perfect thirst-quencher. But on a warm day in the Northeast, it's pretty tasty too.

05-02-2008 20:41:32 | More by micahgoldfus
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4.03/5  rDev +24.4%

Poured small out the bottle with a one finger head. Smelled like a fusion of grape and a good hefeweizen. The grape was somewhat dominant in the taste but not in an overbearing way and i thought it was quite tasty. Mouthfeel was a bit weak and it went down rather smooth but still enjoyable. Overall all a tasty brew, nothing to knock other people over to get at it if they are in your way but quite good none the less.

04-29-2008 17:10:12 | More by cactusjuggalo
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3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

Milky-honey color, lighter yellow toward the bottom. The head is bubbly and white, but it falls very quickly. The nose is of raspberry and roses, and a sharp, deep grape scent.

Raspberries and grapes in the flavor, a little bit of hops come through in the end, with a little bit of added spice as well. This beer is tangy, medium bodied and noticeably carbonated. The taste is good, but it's a little watery overall.

04-23-2008 02:34:22 | More by dogger6253
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3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from the tap with alot of carbonation...server had to pour off nearly a entire glass of head to give a proper pint. Pale, cloudy golden color with nice lacing on glass.
Faint orange & raspberry scents. I also detected some wheat...is this a wheat ale? Not sure, but it's inviting.
Flavor is light, somewhat thin. Subtle citrus & berry flavors come through. Hops kick in at the end to keep it interesting along with its ease of sipping.
Tangyness of fruit wallow in the mouth; again, apparent but not overpoweing.
Overall a very drinkable brew. It is smooth and quenching; I was worried the berry quality would make it a sweet and overpowering experience, but instead they were subtle and complemented what would make a very nice session-beer in warmer weather.

04-21-2008 19:45:21 | More by Natural510
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3.53/5  rDev +9%

Pours a cloudy peachy-orange color with a small <1 finger head that sticks around... minimal lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen with a little Grape Nehi thrown in! The yeasty sourness of a good wheat beer is definitely there in the nose... in fact the fruit seems to enhance the mustiness of the yeast and I like that!

Tastes about the same as the smell, but the fruit is very faint. Probably a good thing as I could see much more of that grape-y flavor getting annoying REAL quick!

Thin mouthfeel but good carbonation.

I started out giving the drinkability a 4.0, but in the span of half a beer it's gone down by half a point. The fruitiness gets to be too much after one... I'll stick with a good hefe!

04-14-2008 17:19:01 | More by whiplash3825
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2.78/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured with a off yellow , cloudy color. small head that fades quickly and leaves no lace behind. Seemed like lots of carbonation

Aroma was slightly sweet , a little fruit but not much , very bland.

taste was almost grainy or grassy . not much off the fruit taste.
very little flavor at all. lots of carbonation , a little tingle on the tongue. A hint of a metallic flavor , slight woody taste.

No after taste . Not a beer I really enjoyed.

04-11-2008 19:35:44 | More by chiapete
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3.63/5  rDev +12%

Grapefruit-colored pour into a pint glass. Translucent with lots of bubbles rising to meet a thick layer of white head. Aroma is half raspberry / half metallic. Almost reminds me of a sweet tart. Taste is small on the raspberry/fruity notes; it's wheaty and a bit watered-down. Feels light and not as bubbly as the appearance lets on. No aftertaste, yet very refreshing. As for the drinkability, it has little to no complexity, but it's incredibly easy to drink

04-07-2008 03:55:15 | More by jayrod20
Photo of Pencible


2.53/5  rDev -21.9%

This is a raspberry wheat brew. It was unfiltered like all wheat beers, so it had that kind of clouded texture. But it had a very strong and distinct fresh raspberry flavor, with very little bitterness. Not bad for a specialty beer, but it was definitely girly.

03-27-2008 20:34:29 | More by Pencible
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3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a hazy orange peachy color. No head, no lace. Well carbonated, bubbles rising throughout the life of the beer. Slightly tart aroma in the nose. Crisp tart rasberry taste upfront. Not overly sweet or strong fruit in flavor. Bready flavor as it finishes. Highly drinkable, seems like it would quite refreshing in the summer.

03-23-2008 19:20:05 | More by dgherm
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2.9/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Very light yellow hue with a thin fizzy head. Reminds me of watered down lemonade.

S- Smell is sour, raspberries, slight peach.

T- Tastes earthy with a tinge of raspberry fruitiness. Very bland.

M- A bit thin with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I couldn't imagine wanting to have another one of these.

03-22-2008 06:22:08 | More by Lothore
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2.98/5  rDev -8%

Purhcased from Underdog bar and grille.

I have always been interested in giving this beer a try and now i will.

A-a light peach and hazy color with a copper tone. The pour yields a respectable one and half finger head but quickly runs off. no lace left behind.

S- a wheaty malt smell when i first lean in. not too fruity at all but im sure the taste will be.

T- a malty taste with not much fruit in it. It reminds me of drinking a forty from back in the days of college. Not fruity at all and i am somewhat dissapointed. I can somewhat taste the raspberry after having a few sips.

M- a watery feeling with acidity. Very wet and smooth.

D- its an alright beer and quite easy to put down. A nice beer to sit back with and consume. I wasnt overly impressed though.

03-20-2008 21:20:42 | More by Dodo2step
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New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -12%

I like to try everything once, but because the six-pack was cardboard and covered the beers, stores were unable to break-up a six'er because it would destroy the packaging and I just wasn't sure I wanted to fork out the cash for yet another "fruity" beer. Luckily I found a six-pack sitting in my girlfriends parent's house!

gotta love the name...Purple haze, so many things pop into my mind, Jimi Hendrix, groovey 60's Acid, Really kind cannabis, high school....um, Grape flavored beer? Why Not?!

Pours out looking like a Pale ale, slightly hazy, pale amber color with a short, thin all-white head that dissipates really quick, minimal lacing ect...yawn.

The aroma is a slightly sour Grape jam with a tangy, wheatiness, herbal hops way down deep and a sour lager yeast.

The flavor is like a "All natural" Grape soda with a wheatie malt and sour, tangy yeast underneath. The hops provide not much more than an herbal balance. An American macro Lager sour yeastiness rounds off the flavor's.

And as you might've guessed by now, the feel is light, mildly crisp but actually becomes a bit dull and flat as time goes on.

No surprises here, this is exactly what I expected, it's not bad, but you find me drinking another.

03-17-2008 20:18:50 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

A - Poured a light tangerine that had a cloudiness like a heffe weizen. Little head that faded quickly after the pour.

S - Sweet malts and apples with an orange smell on the back end and a hint of spice.

T - Watery and very light accents of apple. Cannot taste the alcohol at all. Thats about it.

M - Carbonation and consistency of a seltzer water.

D - Light, crisp, and refreshing. A good beer for a hot afternoon. I would have again. If I ever want a light beer I would grab this one.

03-15-2008 01:15:26 | More by osi
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3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

I have to say that if you like blueberry in your beer... this is definitely for you. When you first get the beer, the first thing you realize is the smell. Yummy berries! And I'm not just talking a litle berry... this beer is packed with blue blue blue berries.

When you drink it, you realize that you just from being a man to a little girl. Especially if you enjoyed it. I do have to say that it was an easy drink and I could have probably had another 20 and not even felt like I was drinking a beer.

To recap... if you want to go from being a manly man to being a sissy in a few seconds... THIS IS YOUR BEER!


03-14-2008 19:11:49 | More by Vansmack
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3.23/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured Fizzy and yellow. Hard pour but the head disappeared quickly.

Smells of raspberry big time. So much so that I can't detect much else.

Tasted like a raspberry. My girlfriend is going to love this. Slightly citrus.

Not much to say about this one. It was light, and refreshing.

Fruit beers aren't really my thing, but this one had the raspberry flavor without the sweetness which was nice.

But since I have had one, I don't feel the need to try it again. Not bad though.

03-13-2008 19:18:40 | More by dippy
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2.17/5  rDev -33%

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. Highly carbonated and it left no lace.

S - It smeled of raspberry and grains.

T - It tasted too sweet. The raspberry flavor was overpowering. The light maltiness did was not well-balanced with the fruity flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Too fruity and sweet for my taste.

03-06-2008 02:40:36 | More by zeff80
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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Has a best before labeling system but is not utilized on the bottle. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very slightly cloudy straw color with no head to speak of. Small amounts of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell is underwhelming, slightly of wheat and a hint of raspberries. Taste is only slightly better, skunky lager mixed with fruity raspberries, finishes grainy - decently balanced. The mouthfeel is light with a stagnant carbonation. Overall drinkability is low because I didn't like the beer really at all, making it difficult to drink. Disappointing with such a cool name.

03-06-2008 00:18:12 | More by gmfessen
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West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Appears a clouded grapefruit like hue with a bright white head forms thick even streaks of lace. This is an old favorite from my early days of beerdom. Aroma contains tart raspberry with acidic sharp wheat and mild yogurt tanginess, not overly sweet like most fruit infused wheat beers these days just natural tart raspberry puree'. Flavor has creamy but tart raspberry sweetness with lingering citrus frit and sharp wheat notes sticking around on the palate. It never gets too cloying with the sweetness, a nice mix of tart and mild creamy raspberry infused yogurt with that classic lactic character. Mouthfeel is creamy with even carbonation slightly sticky with a small amount of residual sugars clinging to the palate, body overall is medium to light textured. Drinkability, a solid refreshing fruit beer that I could dig in moderation in the summer time heat, I will always hold a special spot for this one since I discovered it while living in SoCal after my freshman year of college.

02-23-2008 17:57:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Golden with a thin head which becomes not existent in a hurry

S: Grainy with hints of raspberry

T: At first the beer is grainy with very faint hopness, but then the raspberry tartness comes through gently...

M: medium-light bodied... smooth...

O: refreshing and gentle... two good things that all fruit beers should try to emulate. otherwise pretty boring

02-20-2008 18:35:46 | More by callmemickey
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3.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Came to the table with a decent golden coloring (no purple coloring at all), but little head and no lacing. It has a crisp, slightly fruity scent. The same for the taste, but it was hard to detect what kind of fruit was in there. It also had characteristics more like a lager than a wheat beer. It went down smooth, although there was an immense amount of carbonation for a wheat beer. I would never turn one of these down, but I won't buy any more for myself, either.

02-17-2008 14:30:48 | More by JamesS
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2.58/5  rDev -20.4%

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

02-11-2008 21:18:07 | More by dsigmon
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New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -26.5%

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!!!

02-09-2008 02:06:43 | More by beerthulhu
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,438 ratings.