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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,353 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 48
Gots: 152 | 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 jglazer75


1.83/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It was on special ("clearance") at The Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. The fact that it was "on sale" should have tipped me off, but for a $2.50 pint how bad can it be. Right?

To quote another reviewer: "It was awful." Call it prejudice, bias, whatever you want. But, I like wheat beers. I can even drink fruit beers when they are well made (of course, in my opinion, it is difficult, but not impossible to make a fruit beer well - to paraphrase Denis Leary, I want beer flavored beer as a general rule). But, this just wasn't satisfactory.

Appearance: I gave it a three, which is average, because it looked like a wheat beer.

Smell: fruity. though, only when I read the reviews here did it occur to me that the fruit might have been raspberry.

Taste: raspberry? I'm not really sure what planet they picked these raspberries on. But the picker should have checked to make sure they were ripe.

Mouthfeel: I gave it a 2 because it did cling to the mouth well. Unfortunately, it clung to the mouth well.

Drinkability: I had to trade it to another person at my table who was less repulsed by it (I got a Diamond Bear Southern Blonde in return).

edited to add: it occurred to me that since it was on sale, it is possible that the keg had been around for a while and thus influenced the taste. So, take this as a warning to both drinker and brewer alike that some bars may be doing your beer a disservice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 18:16:56 | More by jglazer75
Photo of jasonjlewis


2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has nice head and retention, a good rasberry smell, a nice carbonation and mouthfeel, but this beer is faint. Don't have another beer before this, no matter how low the ibus are it's very faint flavor.

Tastes like rasberry sparkling water with a slight beer flavor added. Clings to the mouth decently. Easy to drink, but would want a different brew after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 06:19:29 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy amber in color, poured with a very small head that didn't last very long at all (less than 5min tops). A bit of lacing after the head resolved. Carbonation was light, but present.

Smell - Typical wheat beer aroma with hardly a hint of fruity presence. Based upon the marketing, you would think it would have been overpowering. Was not the case.

Taste - Ah the taste. A fine wheat beer flavor. Light and airy, crisp and clean. In my opinion, a fine representation of an american wheat beer. The rasberry taste is worth discussing. It was a very mild, not what I expected at all. Very balanced and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - I can't help by say this is a very light and flowing beer. I personally didn't feel a heavy carbonation that would hinder the flow. A bit on the thin side, but once again, we're talking about a wheat beer afterall, not a stout.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this brew for what it was: A wheat beer with a rasberry hit. Don't make it out to be something more, and you won't be depressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 00:51:41 | More by Nesued
Photo of Westsidethreat


2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Lot of activity in this beer....swarming bubbles everywhere. The body is peach colored, extremely hazy and unfiltered. A solid thick pink tinted head sits on top of the bizarre body. OK, I'm intrigued.

S: Smells of cantelope, raspberry juice and tomato vine.

T: Yep. Its a lightly flavored raspberry wheat beer. The raspberry is at the level that you would expect in a sparkling raspberry flavored water. Not a lot of wheat flavoring, more sort of calcium carbonate. Aftertaste is more subtle berry flavores and slight lingering graininess

M: Medium body, sort of fuzzy.

D: There you have it

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 00:07:53 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of AltBock


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby brown bottle that I found in the back of my fridge. I'm not sure how it got there, but it's there. It has a label that was a bright purple color with silver trim. In the middle in big words is the word "Purple" written in purple and below that is the hazy yellow word of "Haze." On the back is a big paragraph about the beer and the Abita Brewery. There is also the Govt. warning and a place where the date should be notched on the side (Best Before date), month on the left and day on the right. I should say that it did expire on June 17, but it was in the fridge the whole time. This bottle was capped with a twist off cap.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was an odd color. IMO it had this hazy golden peach color to it. The head of foam was white in color and at most, half an inch in height. It dissipated away quite fast and left a few bubbly rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: I didn't care for the aroma of this beer. It had a subtle aroma of malted wheat, sour raspberries after that, and then malted wheat again. As you can tell, there wasn't much going on in the smell.

Taste: It almost tasted like it smelled, except for the fact that it was clean, crisp, and highly carbonated with a taste of malted wheat, raspberry flavored wheat, and with the slightest pinch of bitter hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: It was very light, clean, crisp, and not too watery. It had an aftertaste of malted wheat and raspberries.

Drinkability: It did make for a nice decent Fruit beer, but I don't think I would buy this again (I'm not even sure I bought this one) because there really wasn't much going on in this beer. If you like malted wheat with a subtle taste of raspberries, then this is your beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 19:56:52 | More by AltBock
Photo of mjc410


3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bar pour into a straight pint glass yields a head consisting of only a glass ring. The beer's body is mildly transparent, and is a dark hazy copper. Smells of sweet malt, prunes, cinnamon, caramel, apples, and also a bit sour. The taste starts at raspberry tartness, moves through malt grain to a sweet froot loop aftertaste, combined with a good biscuit flavor. The mouth is very light, and highly carbonated. This is a fun, easy to drink beer, that has a bit of complexity to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 14:06:35 | More by mjc410
Photo of Poppypitbull

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sort of reminds me of Cherry Wheat by Sam Adams but obviously a different taste (this being rasberry). Didn't feel like I was even drinking a beer after while and that wasn't a bad thing either.

right out of a bottle at a party and then later into a mug with another one.
Nice color too it, scent is great. Smells fruity and has a sweet taste too it. Goes down smooth and easy. Very good stuff if you are just looking to enjoy a beer and not actually taste "the beer."

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 13:12:20 | More by Poppypitbull
Photo of Iguana


2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearence - Poured kinda a grapefruit color and hazey. Little head which receeded quickly.

Smell - Smells pretty good actually, nice raspberry smell, smell is fruity and sweet.

Taste - Bland, total lack of raspberry flavor, not sure what the main taste I am getting in there is but it is making me cringe.

Mouthfeel - Just doesnt do anything for me, its too bland, dont really taste the carbonation, no real lingering after taste.

Drinkability - To each his own I guess, this isnt one I would get again, I havent had too many american wheat beer's I have cared for, but this one just couldnt do anything for me. The only appeasing part was the smell which was very misleading. A fancy label and name sells the beer, not the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 21:38:26 | More by Iguana
Photo of xav33


1.95/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Purple Haze
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, sipped 08/-6.
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured a golden color with short lived 1/8 inch white head.

Smelt of raspberries and slight hint of floweriness.

Taste was pure raspberry on the attack and body with bland wheat finish. Short lived, watery and simple. Mouthfeel was light and fizzy.

Overall, an overly simple raspberry beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 07:48:13 | More by xav33
Photo of HoustonTX


2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Peach in color, decent white head, which felt an early demise. Not much lacing either.

S - Light wheat, and strong rasberry.

T - Light-bodied. Taste is not complex. Wheat and rasberry sweetness is all that's to be found. Not bad, just quite basic. Mouthfeel is light and semi dry. Finishes crisp. Drinkability is average for a hot summer day.

Not a horrible beer, but there is much better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 16:48:48 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Phocion


2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an interesting cloudy orangish-peach color with a thin head. Minimal lacing around the glass.

Nose is strongly of raspberries and strong citrus yeast with an undertone of wheat.

Very thin and shallow taste. Crisp, tarty citrus with a weak bitter finish and strong raspberry aftertaste.

Thin but very crisp feel. If this only tasted better, this could be the best hot-weather brew I've ever tried. Incredibly refreshing, but the flavor is jut too shallow. I don't know why this is the only Abita brew available at every decent liquor store in Southern California, I'm sure they've got something better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 01:04:56 | More by Phocion
Photo of jwc215


2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/25

Poured a hazy orange that was slightly lighter towards the bottom. There was barely a spotted head. Almost no lacing.
The smell was thin - a subtle raspberry aroma.
The taste was of sharp, though not powerful, raspberry. There was some wheat. There was plenty of water. Fresh - but, very weak.
The mouthfeel was light - not a bad mouthfeel for the summer - a touch of raspberry tartness and plenty of clean spring water to cool off with on a hot summer day. There was a hint of raspberry in the aftertaste.
This was almost like drinking fresh water with a touch of raspberry. It goes down easily, but so does water. Overall - too watery and boring - IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:19:07 | More by jwc215
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, best by 11-09 notched on back label.

Lavender stained nectarine. Short but long lasting head of fine white bubbles. Steady walls of carbonation race upwards. A few angel hair threads of lacing are left. Dry, wispy raspberry note with some sharp tartness fills the nose along with just a bit of wheat. Initially, the raspberries rise, but in a suggestive rather than forceful way. There is a tart, crisp component that compliments as well as a slight lemon pith taste. The finish is dry and maintains the lightness, while being crisp and refreshing. Medium-light body with mouth scrubbing carbonation which works well. Drinkable, enjoyable, and refreshing on a hot, sticky Virginia afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 15:14:06 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of beakerboy


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew June '06- Summer Beers

A: Pours a hazy salmon color with no head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet raspberries dominate, but even that is pretty faint.

T: Berry flavors with maybe a little tannin bitterness...it's not hop bitterness

M: Pretty average. It doesn't seem watery, but no "wow" either

D: Not bad, not good. I wouldn't hesitate to bring it to a house party with Bud/Miller drinkers, especially if women will be there. However you'll never see me showing off at the homebrew club.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 00:54:03 | More by beakerboy
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

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

Rarely do I enjoy a "flavored" beer. This one is a bit different. It looks like an old beer or that green tea you get at a chinese restaurant or something when you pour it to a glass. Its got a purple tint, not much head either. The smell has some raspberry scent w/ a woodsy type smell behind it. Now, the taste is different, not the typical beer, but not bad. Its actually pretty decent, but I wouldn't drink it all the time. Still, it is ok and I have nothing against it...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 23:29:04 | More by beeroclock
Photo of Dukeofearl


2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a make-my-own Abita brewing six pack from Cuban Liquors in Shreveport, LA. This is my second of 5 different beers to try.

Pours an interesting hazy apricot-orange color with tinges of pink-purple in the liquid as it's moving from bottle to glass, and slight colored highlights in the white head.

Aroma is a new experience for me. There was none. I am not kidding. I couldn't smell anything. No malt, no wheat, no hops, no fruit, no nothing. How is this possible?

Flavor is the expected berry fruit profile, sitting on wheaty grains. No surprises there. Pretty simple, basic, it's fine and is what it is, not great, not terrible.

Pretty drinkable on a hot day, though, which is pretty common where this place comes from.

Glad I tried it, now all I can do is hope that the other Abita beers are more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 22:06:07 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Loose white head, slightly peach hued amber color and cloudy. No significant lacing.

S: Grains and raspberry, but relatively weak.

T: Mild raspberry, nice grain aftertaste. No bitterness from what I can tell.

M: Good carbonation, a little watery though.

D: Clean finish, flavors are pretty mild in this one.

I like it. I would surely drink it again if offered, and may even buy it again someday if the mood strikes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 23:45:29 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of russpowell


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MBBD Aug 13 (06 , I guess)

Pours pinkish purple with slight effervescence & a 4 fingers+ white head. Some lacing & average head retention
Smell: Sweet berry smell

Taste: Sweet/tart raspberry upfront. Some tartness & dryness in the middle. Tart berry finish

MF: Light to medium, & under carbonated

Drinks okay for the style ( fruitty beers aren't my thing). Won't knock it too much, this stuff went down pretty easy when I was in Auburn Alabama. This & the amber were the only thing of interest I found...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 02:26:50 | More by russpowell
Photo of bort11


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

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is a clear ruddy-orange color. Not much of a head and it doesn't last long. Mild lacing do hang in there. Smell is predominantly berry with some malt. The berry flavor isn't overpowering, it doesn't taste like a wheat beer with syrup added. There might have been some hops, but I think it was drowned out by the berry. Mouthfeel builds to a more medium body as it warms.

I generally don't like fruit beers. This one is better than SA Cherry Wheat, but not something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 04:05:05 | More by bort11
Photo of ski271


2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s a peachish-orangish-pink but not purple. The color is fairly ugly in my opinion. The small, white, foamy, quick-to-diminish head didn’t help. It smells like… a wheat-flavored SweetTart, with fruit juice and berry being most notable. Tastes of sweet raspberry, wheat and some weak grain with a lightly tart finish. It has a medium-thin body, watery texture and low carbonation. I guess it’s sort of refreshing in some way, but definitely not satisfying to me. Rather boring and weak, and flavors that weren’t really weak were unimpressive. This is the kind of beer for people that don’t really like beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 17:45:16 | More by ski271
Photo of Frozensoul327


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this one. Pours out to a medium orange / pink hued color with an initially large head of white foam that quickly calms to a small layer of bubbles over the beer. Medium to medium high carbonation. Aromas of raspberries, malt, grain, biscuts. Taste is boring, but not offensive; weak malt, a drop of fruitiness, some light grain, and that's all folks. Mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and rather light. Drinkability is fair at best. What was Abita going for with this one?

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 00:55:52 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a strong pink tint, nice white head;strange looking beer. The aroma has some notes of raspberry puree, wheat, yeast and some cane sugar...interesting. The flavor is wheaty upfront with some raspberry and sugar notes in the background, along with some yeast. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. A very drinkable wheat beer with some mild fruit flavors...solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 05:54:20 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of PorterNicole


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: the beer is a light orange color, almost yellowish. there is a small amount of head on the surface, maybe 1mm high. it vanishes within seconds of pouring. the beer itself is slightly cloudy.

s: you can definitely smell the raspberries in this one. the aroma is almost that of a watered-down wine. there are hints of citrus also.

t: a good wheat-beer taste. very carbonated, with powerful raspberry flavor. the fruity flavor overwhelms the malts and hops in this brew, which is unfortunate.

m: a very bubbly feel on the tongue. feels a little more dry, again...similar to a watered-down wine.

d: easy enough to drink, although i don't think i'd really want more than one at a time. intense fruityness, but because the hops and malt are dulled out, it makes the beer an average one.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 17:11:04 | More by PorterNicole
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle pours out a hazy off-yellow with a one finger head of big foamy bubbles. The head disappears very quickly leaving no hint of lacing. This beer makes a big deal out of being "purple" but if it hadn't been suggested I would have just thought it's a brownish-gold; there's practically no red or purple unless you squint your eyes up and truly believe it to be so...

The smell is quite pleasant - there's a nice lightly toasted grainy smell like you'd find with a lager and a light raspberry scent as well. A pessimist would say the nose was a bit underdone, an optimist would be thankful it wasn't overdone (as some fruit beers can be)

The flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the aroma - it's a nice, inoffensive lager with a light flavoring of raspberry. The flavor is a bit grainy but it's a minor detraction. No real measure of hops here - there are some noble flavors but they're quite subdued. Thankfully the lager isn't overly sweet so the fruit flavor doesn't become candy like...

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with a "bit of pulp" from all the berries which adds an interesting texture. Not quite enough carbonation to add sparkle (and the carbonic bite) that you'd expect from a beer like this.

All in all this is a pleasant summertime brew. The lager could have been a bit lighter, the beer could have been fizzier and the color could have been at least -somewhat- purple but still I'd enjoy drinking this while swinging in a hammock...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 04:42:49 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of ChuckD

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Wispy, off-white lacing atop a hazy, golden body.

To the nose, all raspberry. Fresh aroma of fruit with wet graininess.

In the mouth, fruity sweet with a nice tartness and carbonation. The malts are sublime here - behind the fruit with little to no hop character.

The feel is not as light as you would think. It is full and juicy with a perfect dryness. It finishes clean, and organic - wanting more.

Musings: I buy just about every fruit beer I can get my hands on for my wife. This is one of the better ones. Dry, clean and simple with true to life raspberry taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 23:18:34 | More by ChuckD
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.