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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,624 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,624
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 62
Gots: 280 | 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 Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber. Thin, white head that quickly becomes patchy. Good lacing as it goes down.
Raspberries dominate the nose, with the malts underneath. Not much else can be discerned, as the raspberries overpower, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case.
Taste is again dominated by the raspberries. However, there is a good malt backbone on this one. Interesting flavor that comes into the finish near the back of the mouth that is reminiscent of Kix cereal. Which I find appealing.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a fairly dry finish. Light-bodied. The raspberries give it a Chardonnay-esque aspect.
Very good drinkability. The raspberry presence is assertive, but not overpowering. This would be an excellent beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Parrotbeak, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack at Super Bowl time...had one 12 oz. bottle left and poured tonight to a pint glass. 'Best if Consumed Before' months/dates aren't notched... I have a soft spot for this beer, as it's one of the first 'craft beers' I ever tried - back in about 1995. 'Raspberry Wheat Brew - Malt Beverage with Raspberries Added

A: Murky amber, a hanging silty cloud- wow, so unfiltered. Healthy tuft of whitish foam, maybe a half-inch - falls gradually to a thin skimcoat but leaves good lace patches.

S: A 'jammy' berry scent, ripe berries wrapped inside wheat bread - jelly sandwich?!?!? Likable fruit nose, a little one-dimensional but, so what?

T: Fairly strong raspberry flavor cuts through an average American Wheat - good fruit and decent wheat gets a 3.5 in my book. Cinnnamon? Applesauce??? Just a little spice, that hoppiness/bitterness rounds off the flavor well enough.

M: Decent fizziness, crispness is fairly lively. The lingering tingle of wheat/spice (a little thicker than expected) is good;

D: Sue me, I like this beer...it's light and easy to drink; it als brings back terrific memories - both old (first craft beer sips) and new (classmate at my 20th HS reunion who knew I liked 'good' beer and bought some just for me). I'd drink this all day, to be honest...

msubulldog25, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a straw yellow color with about a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

The scent is very light, some raspberry.

The taste is of raspberry and wheat, not really much else.

Light bodied beer, very thin, very highly carbonated.

This was very easy to drink, but it didn't really seem like I was drinking a beer. There was no flavor of hops at all. It was very uninteresting.

BeerCon5, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle in flute glass
A: hazy, opaque orange.

S: raspberry extract, wheat

T: subtle raspberry very well balanced flavor profile; it is light and refreshing yet has some dimension. tastes alot better than expected. I was expecting raspberry extract but, there is most defiantly real raspberries used here, props for a well done beer.

M: light in body, finished crisp with a lingering raspberry that is not overpowering on the pallet the flavoring is well done here.

D: I would enjoy this one again it is a good beer, it is crisp and refreshing.

fastsrt, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of MisterTiat
1.93/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like a typical wheat beer with haze. Little rusty color is interesting, but nothing special.

S: Not awful, but just strange. Definitely not good. Smells like some sort of organic material that shouldnt be associated with beer.

T: Admittedly, I dont like wheat beer, I also dont like fruit flavored beers. The raspberry flavor adds a sort of sourness to the beer which could nice if you liked that sort of thing. I think it is way too sweet, like drinking soda more than beer. Gross.

M: Carbonation is good, although most of the CO2 bubbles out of the beer and settles in the head, leaving the beer a bit flat.

D: Too sweet and becomes too flat too quickly to want more than one.

MisterTiat, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy yellow with a decent head

S - smells of raspberry and sweet malts - not a whole lot of complexity

T - fallows the nose to a t. A lot of raspberry and some whaeaty malts. This beer is sweet, but not overly sweet.

M - medium bodied with some excellent carbonation

D - not a bad brew. Very sweet, a pretty good raspberry wheat beer - one of the better fruit wheat beers I have tried.

birchstick, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was with no small amount of astonishment that I realized, recently, I had never drank or reviewed a single beer of Abita's. Iowa--the place where I had lived and done most of my drinking, until a few months ago--has a somewhat limited selection of beer. Their regulatory system is all messed up, it's awful. And so there are only about a twenty or so US breweries who distribute to Iowa. You'd therefore think that an Iowa with 1100+ reviews under his belt would have tried them by now.

But then I remembered way, way back to 2003, when my beer advocacy was in its infancy and craft beer hadn't yet breeched the mainstream. Abita's Turbodog was used in a recipe by Emeril. Th-that might sound like nothing now, because it is, but, man it made the community crap themselves. It was just so neat seeing a craft beer on the TV.

Then there came the backlash. People were pissed that Emeril used a middle of the road brown ale instead of Dreadnaught. How, the denizens screamed, will our little beer scene ever know the joys of mainstream acceptance and eventual gentrification if the only craft beer that gets coverage is this--this simple brown?

That conversation must have had quite an effect on me, apparently.

Anyhow, this beer pours fast and bulbous and lightly pinkish. Or maybe that's just my imagination blurring the bottle and the beer. This is definitely a wheat beer, though, and a dang pretty one.

Smells not so pretty. Nothing ugly in there, no sir, but all there is a very, very mild wheatmalt and some slightly less mild raspberry essence.

Tastes about the same. Not at all bad, and beery enough to be considered beer, but nothing to get excited about. Light beeriness, light frutiness.

It's easy drinking and it's got a remarkable wiezeny body, but this is the epitome of a toss-off fruit beer.

mynie, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Patton Alley Pub, which just got Hopslam on-tap, good for them.

Looks a little purple and definately hazy, like grapefruit juice, maybe.

Strong, fragrant raspberry nose, maybe some wheat and yeast, not much else.

Tastes pretty much the same, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

brownbeer, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold and white foamy head with a slight, no pun intended, purple haze.

S: Huge raspberries, sweet.

T: Very strong presence of raspberry. Sweet, but tart finish. Nice and fresh.

M: Light, but nice smoothness and carbonation.

D: High, with really low ABV and nice fruity taste. Not overwhelming.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of vdread
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abita's Purple Haze is an interesting beer, to say the least. it pours a very cloudy peach like color. no purple at all, i expected this beer to be real gimmicky like AB's Wild Blue Blueberry Lager. Purple Haze has a stark white head that soon turns to a collar and leaves a few spots.

smells initially of rasberries, a bit of wheat, like a hefe.

when the tastes of rasberries fade, some yeasty hefeweizen tastes behind that. the rasberries could use some toning down. after a few sips, the wheat is more noticeable.

mouthfeel near full, well carbonated. i could see myself drinking another one in the future.

= this is obviously a well crafted beer, but the overabundance of rasberry make it difficult for any real flavor to come through

vdread, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of SoCaliC8
4.6/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Purple Hazer how I miss you do. I first had this beer in New Orleans and fell it love with it immediately. I've been searching for it here and there ever since. I found it at the New York New York Hotel in Vegas and once in a while at Cost Plus.

It's very fruity and smooth. It's yummy to drink and leaves you wanting more and more and more

SoCaliC8, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very hazy, with a color somewhere between orange and pink, a small white head up top that quickly disappears. It's largely without aroma except for faint notes of berries. The berries come through more prominently on the palate, adding a tartness to the sweet wheat. Finishes clean, nothing lingers. Overall not bad.

droomyster, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of tjd112
4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into mug

Appearance: Pours a dark golden colour, white head with good lacing

Smell: Strong tart raspberries

Taste: Strong tart raspberries, some malts

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp

Drinkability: Could drink these all day

Overall: not a bad fruit beer, though pales in comparison to Lindemans Framboise

tjd112, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of weller1js
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For a wheat beer, I anticipated something more full, but was still okay.

Appearance: the color of the pour looks very pale, but the dispersing sediment helps to bring out a lighter orange color.

Smell: smells like you would expect a wheat beer to smell, with a very faint berry accent.

Taste: surprisingly clean despite the sediment, slight hint of raspberry is pleasantly subtle and not overwhelming.

Drinkability: not bad, just nothing impressive.

weller1js, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good wheat beer with the addition of raspberries. Not sweet, but just the hint of berry that is subtle enough to create a nice taste. It has a good head, and decent lacing. This beer is excellent served with Cajun food, like Jambalaya, Gumbo, and even with Spanish Paella. It reminds me of a Belgian beer, in a un-sweeten Lambic, style.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy lemon-orange in color with half an inch of creamy foam. Doesn't have that slight purple coloration I've seen on tap. Head settles to a thin film in a minute or so, leaving some light lacing.

Decent raspberry aroma that doesn't overwhelm with false notes. Some wheat in the background and more so as the beer warms, adding a slight wheat sourness when agitated. This expansion in depth works well with the raspberry notes.

Wheat is more noticeable on the taste up front, segueing to a fruitiness come mid-palate. Seems a bit like fruit flavored cereal at this point. Finishes a bit watery but not unexpected given the style and the light ABV, and yet does offer a slight coarseness in texture. Offers a decent and steady carbonation maintaining a soft presence and good drinkability. Light bodied and unobtrusive, yet inspiring it is not. Would be a quaffable accompaniment to a salad with dried cranberries or mandarin oranges.

HalfFull, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of vkv822
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Well no purple, although it is a very hazy golden color, with a lot of particles. Has a very thin white head that dosn't last long.
The smell has some nice hints of some sort of berry I can't quite place, and some wheat aroma as well. The flavor is a bit of the same, again the berry flavor backed by wheat, although I wish the berry made itself more present, if it did it would be a lot more enjoyable. The mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It is a decent beer that is fairly drinkable, but not quite what I was expecting.

vkv822, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color; hazy with a lot of unappetizing floaties. Two-finger ivory head.

Smell: smells of malt, grain, a little citrus and some hints of raspberry. Not overdone; I like it.

Taste: tastes like a nice wheat ale with hints of raspberry - just what I'd expect. It actually kind of reminds me of heather ale. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body and quite foamy in texture. Refreshing.

Drinkability: a pretty drinkable beer. I don't think I'm going to go out of my way to get this again, but if presented to me in the right context (say, dining outdoors on a warm day), I'd be glad to drink it again.

flagmantho, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is probably better than a C, but not by much. It pours a cloudy dirty blonde hue. There are yeasty particulates floating about if you pour the entire bottle into the glass. There isn't much head to the beer. The nose has a nice strawberry and raspberry aroma. The taste is a bit thin and weak. This tastes of an average lager with some raspberry flavors added late in the brewing process. It's a refreshing beer that is light bodied, fruity, sweet, and just okay.

albern, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. beer is cloudy and kind of purply grey and light yellow if that makes sense. High haze so its true to its name. Carbonation is mild (should be a lot higher for a wheat beer like this) and there is almost no head and no lacing. There are a lot of yeast floaties in this beer.

Kind of a sweet, fruity aroma, some yeast and wheat in there as well. Almost a plasticy aroma.

Smooth, not a big aftertaste, some subtle notes, no bitterness, a little sour maybe, I'm not getting a lot of fruit in the palate, beer is thin (fine stylistically). The beer is unoffensive but its not very impressive. Just average. Drinkability is fine, nothing special here.

drabmuh, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Just as the name implies a slightly purple, reddish brown haze.About a fingers worth of head after a vigorous pour. A nice fine misty head is left. Thick lacing coats the glass as I sip.

S-No suprise here raspberries, very similar to strawberry special K.

T- Fruity pebbles cereal, raspberries paper like tastes throughout. The flavor seems a bit muted. I wish there was more to round it out. It tastes very natural and unadulturated. Doesnt have any unnatural additive tastes which is good.

M.F.-High carbonation very spritzy like. A biting feel to it. Clears the palate quickly.

D-Very easy going down. Nice summer beer. Chicks will dig it.

nicnut45, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light amber color body with a small frothy off white head , leaving little lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma is slightyl malty with light notes of raspberry and a hint of straw . Flavor is quite subtle , mostly sweet with a light berry flavor , a little wheat tang , no bitterness , a berry finish , light body with a watery mouthfeel . Quite sessionable but lacks any real flavor or aroma that I am looking for , a fun try though

WakeandBake, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of naterock
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured into a pint glass. no head to speak of, pissy yellowish orange.

Smells horrible like stale water. I don't even smell raspberry.

Tastes incredibly bad. I know that it isn't a bad bottle, or past its date. Wow, they sell this?

Mouthfeel and drinkability I won't even get into. Drain pour.

naterock, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Freethyhops
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Hobgoblin impy pint. no notches on the best consumed by dates.

A- pours a the haziest of pale yellow-orange. produced a 1/2 finger of white head looks spot on for an unfiltered wheat. good head retention, constant bubbling throughout the beer.

S- first on the nose is a load off Belgian yeasty/banana like aromas mixing with a heathy dosage of wheat. In the backround it has a slightly off putting factor the aroma, I can't quite pick out what it is though. maybe the raspberries not mixing well with the rest of the beer or something. interesting to say the least.

T- what was slightly off putting in the aroma comes out to lead the flavors and for some reason I've change my mind, I like it. It seems to fuse together a bunch of backround flavors such as, banana, wheat, a faint fruity sweetness, and some Belgian-style yeast. not extremely flavorfull, though. Everything seems a little like backround flavors.

M/D- slightly overcarbonated for a Witbier/Fruitbeer. feels more like a crisp lager. saying that it does wonders for the drinkability and goes down as smooth as something like the "King of Beers" aka Budweiser, aka false advertising.

Freethyhops, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of jamiesessions
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

More like pale orange haze. Doesn't look especially great but i give it chance because of the name, i expect a cloudy, hazy, beer. Smells like a wheat beer, but the berry smell just doesn't fit, it makes me actively weary to taste it...I was right it's your average wheat beer with an out of place raspberry taste, that makes for an unpleasant tart. It feels okay, but by this point i just want to finish it so I can move on to something better

jamiesessions, Nov 19, 2009
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,624 ratings.