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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,515 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,515
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 55
Gots: 224 | 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 gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Aroma is rasperry and wheat malt. It's not too overpowering and I found it quite pleasant.

Flavor has a bit of hops and a nice wheat maltiness. Imagine a hefeweizen without much banana,clove or corriander and replace those flavors with light raspberry and hops.

This beer goes down easy and at 4.2 can be sessioned.

gonzo46and2, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of msolar
2.15/5  rDev -33.8%

Ugh... I tried this after a coworker recommended it. I thought it was one of the worst beers that I have tried in a long time. The flavor was bad, the carbonation was off. Maybe it was skunked (I hope so) but I certainly wouldn't try this again anytime soon.

Long Trail's Blackberry Wheat is a much better fruit beer if you're looking for something sweet and original.


msolar, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of sirsteve42
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%

poured a foggy light orange/yellow. Not alot of head. Faint and sweet smalls of raspberry. Slight rapberry biterness, sweet tones, also yeast. Not over falovored with raspberry...still tastes like a beer. Very easy to drink, refreshing and tasty. Would make a great summertime beer bc its light and goes down very smooth. Def good nice and cold. Fun bottle and I would def recommend this if it was on a beer list at a pub. It offers something a little different. I like it.

sirsteve42, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Cresant
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: 04/13/09. The body was the color of peach nectar. A hazy golden-red. The head was made of fine bubbles and was raspberry hued bright white.

The smell was tangy raspberry. That's really all.

Taste was less than sweet raspberry tartness. Nice zing of fresh raspberries. Other elements were subdued, but the fruitiness was nice without being cloying. Pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel was adequately zesty and finishes slick/smooth. A little thin in the body. Pretty refreshing.

Cresant, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color, rather light like a hefeweizen. There was a small half finger head that dissipated quikly and left no lacing on the glass.
S: Raspberry obsviously, might be a little too sweet/fake smelling for my nose
T: Fake? raspberry, sweet malts, and a bit yeasty. Overall the raspberry isn't overpowering, but it isn't great, just average
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Makes me think of drinking a raspberry soda.
D: Being brought up on fake fruity drinks (like kool aid), I'm not too averse to fruity beer. But I have to be in the right mood, like a tropical feel. If i'm in that kind of mood, it really hits the spot and becomes quite drinkable.

fightingirishcmk, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured into a pint.

A: Hazy straw color. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger bubbly white head. Quickly settles into a thin layer of carbonation on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. Pretty solid lacing remains as you drink.

S: Surprisingly, wheat and raspberry.

T: Wheat is prominent, with only a hint of raspberry sweetness.

M: Light body. A little diluted feeling. A kind of salty palette.

D: Refreshing quality and light body makes for good drinkability.

Solid atmosphere, an okay flavor and feel. Light and refreshing. Overall, a decent quaff for a nice change of pace.

bmwats, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of tigg924
1.2/5  rDev -63.1%

Appearance: hazy, dark orange yellow, no head, no carb

Smell: wheat, some berry--no really raspberry, but berry--some chemical smell

Taste: very wheaty-- funky lingering chemical raspberry is present at the end

Mouthfeel: very smooth, very light, some sweetness at the very end

Drinkability: If this was a wheat wheat, I may give it higher marks, but the raspberry is very faint...There are way better fruit beers...This was really disappointing..I really do not like the finish and will be passing on this one

tigg924, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

From an Abita Party Pack

Pours a cloudy, light golden color with a very small white head that almost completely dissipates in a very short time.

True to the name, raspberries do come out in the nose.

Taste is of tart raspberries with a faint touch of honey. Wheat is easily detected. Very crisp taste.

Crisp and refreshing, this is easily drinkable and an overall enjoyable experience for a fruit beer. My sister, who basically hates all beer, will at least finish one of these and mostly enjoy it. Another example of an Abita beer seemingly geared towards drinkers new to the craft scene and therefore a potential turnoff to veteran craft drinkers. Still, on a warm day, probably not a bad beer to session...this is really the only Abita flagship I would want to buy a sixer of during the summer besides Jockamo.

Vengeance526, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours a hazy (who would've guessed?) light amber with a slightly pinkish hue. Medium white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing in a properly cleaned glass. Aromas of standard wheat malt but with a slightly-too-pronounced, tart raspberry presence. Tastes like weak weizen with light, sweet and sour, fruity overtones. Strange, almost skunky character at the end, though it's not very offensive. In the end, Purple Haze just seems "fake" to me in it's sweetness and fruit character.

philipquarles, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of TwinSox33
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%

A: Cloudy hazey Heffe appearance. Decent lacing.

S: Dominant smell of freshly crushed raspberries. Reminiscent of my Aunt's home-made raspberry jam.

T: Clean grain, yeasty wheat malt, and a smooth hint of raspberry jam or paste. Very clean.

M: Balanced and presents a tingly carbonation. It's about avg. for the style.

A very tasty spring water brew. If I'm ever in Louisiana, I'd like to visit Abita Springs to see the brewery.

TwinSox33, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

Pretty typical wheat with some fruit. Fruit taste isn't overly apparent, but adds a little to the beer. Nicely carbonated and light bodied. Very refreshing, which is what I look for in a wheat. If you want a wheat with a little fruit taste this is pretty good for a low price.

johnnybgood1999, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of BravoTwo
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Slightly cloudy light yellow coloration in the vein of a hefeweizen. Light small white head.

S - Clean nose with raspberry scents, good balance of smells within this brew.

T - Nice clean wheat beer taste with a nicely balanced use of raspberry. A very nice tasting brew that is well made and balanced, so that no component is too overwhelming.

M - Average here, decent carbonation

D - Good drinkable brew. Nicely balanced and flavorful without being too much if a "fruit beer".

BravoTwo, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Color: cloudy golden. like a hefeweizen

Smell: slight raspberry and wheat

Taste: like a light wheat beer with enough razz to balance.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. crisp and clean.

Notes: not a bad beer. if you like wheat beers and raspberry you should like this. the raspberry is present enough to offer balance and flavor without being overwhelming

Frosty80, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of matty
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

Cloudy yellow beer with a head that goes to about one half inch/Aroma is a very very faint raspberry.Taste is raspberry and wheat.Not a particularly great beer although not awful either.Probably worth one try,although I doubt many would come back for seconds!!

matty, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

Got this beer on tap at Times Bar & Grill. I've also had it numerous times in the bottle before as well. It pours a cloudy golden color with a slight maroon hue. Small head and minimal lacing. The raspberries dominate the smell with a slight smell of malts. The taste is the same as the smell, except it is a bit more hoppy than the smell. Definitely a wheat beer by the taste. The beer is a bit watery, but this is the case with many Abita brews. The beer is quite drinkable as well. It is much easier to have a few of these at the bar than other beers you may see on tap.

Jablonski, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%

appearance: golden, little head

smell: slight hops and fruit tint

taste: light and not a harsh surpy fruit tatse, pleasant

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth and easy to drink. I was very suprised. One of my favorite wheat beers and proably my favoite fruit beers.

CampusCrew, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
2/5  rDev -38.5%

A - Decent, cloudy color, k head retention, a little bit of lacing. carbonation turned me off some, big bubbles around the bottom of the glass that look more like soda carbonation.

S - Raspberry candy. Smells very artificial and sweet.

T - Taste like water with a little bit of raspberry flavoring to it.

M - Again, watery.

D - One is plenty.

Just not good. Really watery tasting. Needs some complexity and something else, maybe beer? Appearance is by far the best part of this beer. The idea of a raspberry witbier isn't bad, but needs more beer qualities.

cottonkoozie, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
1.4/5  rDev -56.9%

(review from August 9, 2008, bottle)

From a 12 oz. bottle
D- / 1.8
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | drink: 1
rDev: -65.6%

A. Poured semi hazy into a pint glass. A bit of head and some lacing. Not bad looking.

S. Synthetic raspberry extract. Some wheat. Not appetizing.

T. Awful. Bitter raspberry actually more like Shitberry.

M. Left mouth dry. Real dry.

D. One was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-09-2008 01:24:28

Also, recently had the "honor" of trying this beer again on tap.

Still sucks.

If you really must have a raspberry brew try Celis Raspberry or a Raspberry lambic.

Stinkypuss, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of cleeze
3.9/5  rDev +20%

Appearance is a hazy straw gold color, with a decent a head and some good lacing ever though the low abv.

smell is very fruity and sweet. Deffinatly rasp meshing well with some good malts and wheat.

The smell was a great preview for this brew. Quite tart.

cleeze, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of LordFinley
4.03/5  rDev +24%

Appearance: Pours dark with a tint of lavender. Foam easily sticks to glass and lingers.

Smell: Fruity rasberry and wheat aroma comes off of dissipating head.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, medium carbonation.

Taste: Initial taste is the wheat ale, the finish reaveals a delicious rasberry hint that isnt overwhelming.

Drinkability: Very Easy.

Overall: This is the first 6 pack of good beer I ever purchased, and I still enjoy having a few of these occasionally. The combined taste of wheat ale and fruit taste is not too overwhelming as I've experienced with other fruit beers. I'll be going back to this one for a long time.

Anyone find this on tap??

LordFinley, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours very hazy gold with a one-finger white head. Plentiful lacings.
Aroma is fruit.
Taste is mild wheat with some raspberry notes. The hops are pretty well disguised.
Mouthfeel is somewhat bland and lightly sweet.
Drinkability is good if your tastes run to fruit beers. Abv must be about 5% would be my guess.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Well this was down my list but a few other beers I ordered were out. Poured as the beer name says. Hazy, has a slight purple tint especially in the head which was minimal. Lacing was also minimal.

Smell had raspberries in the nose with a decent malty smell.

Taste had the raspberries. A little light almost like when you mix a crystal light and have too much water preventing the good taste coming through. Also was a little syrupy. A faint taste of rye also maybe?

Was definately a little light on the body. Carbonation was good.from a drinkibg standpoint the low quality lowered the score although it was drinkable. I could imagine this to be a girly training beer.

Baileyuk, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of DownDaHatch
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%

This is an easy to drink wheat ale with little infusion with Raspberry. I thought the fruit flavor would be more pronounced. Honestly, it left me a bit disapointed. I could probably drink a ton of these if I were sitting poolside in the summer. Maybe, I should have had it in the summer instead of in autumn. It is a nice, yet unremarkable, drinkable beer. I would certainly prefer a Hoegarden or Alagash if I wanted a wheat ale. Additionally, a wheat ale with fruit influence - try the 3F Gumballhead.

DownDaHatch, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of seedsofchaos
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Pours a very appealing rich yellow with sunset orange hues.

S: Oddly enough, my first thought was, "Hey! This smells like Rice Crispies!" You can smell just a tidge of the promised raspberry but, more so, you smell the wheat.

T: Very clean with only a hint of fruit. I was expecting more of a commanding taste out of something labeled as "Purple Haze" and with the word "Raspberry" right on the bottle. Very smooth tasting.

M: Light to Super-Light.

D: Definitely something to throw a girl at a party if she doesn't like the taste of beer, as my roommate put it. I concur. A light beer with a mild fruity taste. Above average.

seedsofchaos, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

A- pours a nice hazy golden with a subtle yet definite reddish/pinkish raspberryish tint. big cap of off-white foam is loose and airy with a cratered surface and decent retention. good amount of puffy lace as well. looks nice win a weizen glass.

S- fresh, slightly tart raspberry aroma with a strong backing of malty grain. there's an alcoholic feel to the aroma likely due to the raspberries. sourdough wheaty tartness also.

T- starts off with the taste of stale cheap white bread. or plain saltine crackers. or cardboard. then thankfully, it immediately changes once the berry flavor kicks in. the berry flavor is rather weak and the beer is pretty bland. definitely needs more raspberries or a more flavorful beer as the foundation. it's not offensive tasting at all, just boring.

MF & D- light and fizzy with above medium carbonation. leaves an off flavor on the palate with the feeling of artificial sweetener or diet soda however the overall lightness and mild emptied this glass in no time.

hustlesworth, Nov 17, 2008
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,515 ratings.