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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,732 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 64
Gots: 322 | 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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A cloudy, deep copper color with not very much head.

S: Has a thick aroma of ripened apricots and malts. It’s very fruity, strong with grapes and a little sour with raspberries.

T/M: A medium amount of carbonation and a malty, slightly bitter aftertaste. I truly am surprised at this one. It’s definitely not what I anticipated but it’s really good for a change.

Contrary to my initial belief, there’s no homage to Jimi Hendrix here. Nor is there an incorporation of marijuana, not that I can tell yet, anyway. What it does have is raspberries. I never read the label, I just drank it, and I liked it. For a fruit beer, this one fills niche quite nicely. Now, excuse me while I kiss the sky.

Photo of vande
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ somewhat golden in color with a bit of a pink hue to it...nothing crazy...

S ~ hints of fruit, but nothing complex.. little to excite here.

T ~ not really enjoyable... got the hints of raspberry half way through, but the rest of the flavor seemed to be washed out...or watered down effect going on... didn't get a lot of wheat, yeastiness... the style itself, I would have thought there'd be more that could have been done?

M ~ lighter in body, which is fine

O ~ something I wanted to try. Glad I didn't buy a 6er but was offered one at a friends house. Will not really search it out again. I do like Abita's other offerings, but this is just not one fore me.

Photo of Brittmb29
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at World of Beer Coconut Creek, FL

Usually can't drink more than one fruity beer so when i saw this on tap and wanted my last beer i order this:

A- golden w/ haze but with a pinkish/red tinge, served in a pint.

S- unimpressive, no wheat beer aroma only slight smell of fruity sweet raspberry.

T- smooth balanced taste, wheat beer flavor w/ some grainy hints of corn. raspberry comes through mid sip, slightly sweet but not overbearing cut by slight tart and then alcohol. very good beer to serve as a vessel for raspberry, wheat beer aspect doesn't shine thru as much.

M- light body, not watery. no sweet clinging aftertaste and good carbonation.

D- while i could probably drink a couple of these in a night (or afternoon) I wouldn't go for this beer back to back. It's a bit too sweet for me to drink as a session beer but a nice end, or start to the night.

Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange\amber with a little bit of pulp in the pour. Noticeably carbonated and a bit of foam.

S - Smells of wheat and raspberries.

T - Goes from the grainy wheat flavor to a tartness of berries. Actually a very pleasant balance.

M - I've had many of these in the Big Easy, and it is a perfect session beer for those who like that sweet\tart finish.

O - Over the years this beer has been surpassed by many others. But kudos to Abita Brewing for continuing to make this beer consistently good and even after the rebuild of Katrina. I'll always look foward to some Purple Haze. Geaux Abita!

Photo of orlandomag
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, almost an amber but with a slight hint of the red from the raspberries.

Mouthfeel has some slight carbonation but still very smooth

Wheat, raspberry in the nose

The middle is has a heavy wheat taste, almost toasted, the berries come up near the end.

Not the worlds best beer but by no means a slouch. Much better than the Shocktop Rasberry Wheat that is being marketed as it's competition.

Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy beer more the color of a pale ale than a wheat with light purplish hues. Decent head and a touch of lace here and there. Smell is tar and wheaty with a wonderful rasberry scent. Taste dry and grainy with a delectable berry tartness. Very crisp feel with spot on carbonation and medium light weight. A great fruit beer. Usually not my cup of tea but this is a highly quaffable and enjoyable beer. Top notch

Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle ($4) from Cicero's in The Loop (St. Louis), MO. Poured into a Becker Pint Glass and had a Best Before Tag on the back but no Date... Must be on the 6 pack or the box.

Appearance- Poured a 3 finger of white head that died down quickly. Has a dark pink/light red color body that is full of haze (Hence Purple HAZE?). Had no lacing on the side whatsoever.

Smell- Can smell a ton of grain and wheat aromas from the beginning. There was hardly a hint of raspberry in the smell. Strange!

Taste- Has a very light wheat taste with a nice raspberry flavor! Very mild and doesn't ever really throw a punch at you with the flavor but nice taste overall.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and has a Fizzy type of mouthfeel. Decent but nothing appealing.

Overall- Enjoyable beer! Its funny because the last few Fruit/Veggie Beers I've had, the Aroma is HUGE with flavor and whatever fruit is being used but in this one the Raspberry comes through as the dominant attribute. Could drink easily more than 4 but like always, going to move on to new and more interesting beers!

Photo of chugalug06
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A very nice cloudy orange brew. brew has pink and yellow hues. Head pours quite reserved and snow white. Head is somewhat soapy with very little lacing.

S - Definitely Raspberry, but it almost smells like someone got sick in the brew. Berries stick out along with apples and lime. Quite piny for the style described.

T - Annoyingly slightly sour. Very small flavor for a brew that "should" have large and untamed flavor... The Raspberry flavor is not strong at all, rather reserved.

M - Dry and heavy. Slightly bitter and reserved. Carbonation is done well for the style. Carbonation is nice and full. Fruited brews should be full carbonation, but not over done.

O - I enjoy "well done" fruited brews and Purple Haze falls just short. A very disappointing brew. It doesn't quite know what it wants to be... A Sour or a reserved Raspberry Pale/Lager??? I won't seek this one out in the future, not a drain pour, but nothing to remember.

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. I love the color. Slight purple tint to a mainly caramel color. Decent head and lacing.

Smell is definitely raspberries. Behind the raspberry is a great wheaty, bready smell.

This ale is not completely packed with flavor. It's easy-drinking. The raspberries become more sour/tart than what the nose was telling me

The mouthfeel is very unique. The raspberries in the finish are sweeter than the tart ones in the middle.

My buddy Mike (also a huge beer geek) thought it sucked but within it's style this is pretty good. Not something I want to drink all the time but this is good. I would find it hard to have a session with this. It's a bit too sweet for me.

Photo of hardy008
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden color with a pinkish - purplish tint. Has a thin white head with fair retention and some lacing. The aroma has tart raspberries and grain. The raspberry aroma is not as strong as I had thought it might be. Somewhat disappointing.

The taste has light tart raspberries and grain. Is both sweet and tart, but also disappointing. Not much going on here.

Thin and watery with decent carbonation. So far nobody has made a raspberry beer as good as New Glarus Raspberry Tart. This beer pales in comparison, which is too bad.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a pinkish yellow reminiscent of a pink grapefruit with no head or lace. The aroma has hints of wheat and citrus with a tiny bit of raspberry showing through. The flavor is like bubble gum with a tart raspberry note. It has a light mouthfeel. Abita Purple Haze is an okay beer, slightly recommended.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy, blood tinged gold that is almost opaque. The pour starts out with a huge, robust, three inch foamy white head that settles quickly into a thin film. Initial aromas are very similar to a framboise lambic, with very tart and sugary raspberry smells, but they are balanced with wheat aromas, as well, with some toasted cereal characteristics cutting the sweet towards the end. Smell is a bit strong, and a tad sour with the tart. Sharp and carbonated mouthfeel cuts the raspberry and wheat flavors. The sweetness is not overpowering, but the tartness does come through strong. There is a light fruit sweetness to the aftertaste, with a filmy and clingy finish. The increased carbonation makes the beer a little on the sharp side, but the flavors are light compared to how strong the aromas were to start. Interesting blend of flavors, but balance gets a little out of whack at times.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a white head. In the aroma, wheat like notes and kind of like asiago cheese. In the taste, dry wheat notes and a small fruit note. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry wheat and small hint of fruit in the aftertaste. Kind of icky with a bad aroma, and really lacking in fruit presence.

Photo of AnPiobaire
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a hazy pale gold with a thin head and minimal lacing. The nose on Purple Haze is mildly hoppy with stronger notes of the raspberry in its name. The taste is crisp and tart with a mild not sweet raspberry finish. Overall this beer may not be what I normally go for but it is a competent and drinkable brew that those who enjoy fruit beers may want to give a try. I wouldn't go out and look for this brew again but I wouldn't pass it up if someone is offering it to me. A decent summertime brew.

Enjoy!!

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass, has a cloudy grapefruit color with one finger of foam that quickly disappears. smells of raspberry tartness and wheat. taste pretty much follows the nose, raspberrys upfront then turns to a wheat beer. mouthfeel had a good amount of carbonation and a slightly creamy texture. overall a delicious beer.

Photo of gford217
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange, maybe a hint of pink. Small beige head that recedes to a small collar and a swirl in the middle.

Slight wheat aroma with a hint of raspberry though its faint.

The taste has a quick raspberry flavor up front and then fades into a typical wheat beer flavor. In fact, the wheat beer underneath is sub-par, but they just dropped a hint of raspberry in.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

It's not a terrible beer but it's certainly not great. I do like that they're experimenting with fruits at Abita.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - They call it purple haze but the body looks more like peach haze. Small white head with good retention and clean lacing.

Smell - Light raspberry and a little corn mealy.

Taste - Light and boring. Sort of like koolaid with almost no sugar and made with slightly flat seltzer water.

Mouthfeel - Boring. Provides no effervescence or volatility on the tongue. Basically water.

Overall - One of the most boring beers ever. If someone gave you a blind taste test, you'd think this was Vitamin Water

Photo of loobear
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Foggy, grapefruit meat-colored body. Quickly dissipating white head. Looks pretty delicious.

S - Slightly sweet raspberry/grapefruit scent. Smells bright and interesting.

T - What a letdown. This beer is pretty damn boring. The raspberry flavor is very, very faint. There is some slight tartness on the back of the palate. That's about it. Light bodied but pretty boring.

M - Crisp start but the finish ends up being very watery. Disappointing.

O - This beer is incredibly misleading. It smells and looks great but it doesn't deliver in any other areas. Probably won't drink again.

Photo of Duhast500
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

The color is a hazy orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is of oranges and a little lemon aroma mixed in. The nose is mostly sweet but there is a weird off aroma as well.

The taste is a candy like flavor with some sweet sugary flavor mixed with a fruity flavor that seems a little muted. There is a light wheat flavor and slight bitter hop flavor that rounds this beer out.

The feel of this beer is light but smooth and goes down with a nice easy drinkable feel.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A warm/sunny spring day. It was time for a refreshing/light beer. Perfect time to invest some time and a little money in a Purple Haze.

The glass came the source of the name was quite obvious. As the name says it's purple with a typical unfiltered wheat beer haze. The little head there was fades immediately. But there was a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma was light, refreshing and mostly of raspberry. Lots of wheat grain notes as well.

Flavor was better than anticipated. A nice bready flavor with subtle raspberry. The sweetness was right on target. From the aroma I feared an overly sweet beer. Nice wheat flavors as well.
Really nice.

Light refreshing body.

Very good.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light orange body, trace head, lacing absent

S: big wheat with raspberry with trace of spices in the aroma

T: sweet raspberry, then wheat, mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, crisp finish, average carbonation

D: solid, nothing spectacular. You could do worse. Nice summer and newbie beer, the ladies may enjoy the sweetness.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orangey-purple. Maybe it was the light? This definitely had a neat look to it.

Smell: Raspberries and some good yeastiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Raspberry sweetness and bitterness with some citrus hints in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit watered but stands up pretty well.

Drinkability: Above average for this style.

Overall: I had this a few months ago and forgot to review. I definitely liked it.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught into plastic cup at poolside. Light but small cell white head that isn't as rocky as most wheats. Retains head well, collapsing averagely and thin foam. Light reddish, wheat white with haze appearance. Not clear as expected.

S - sharp as in a wheat beer. Some raspberry in the nose. No hops. Bready but not overly.

T - soft raspberry in the front along with the tartness of wheat. Carbonation doesn't smooth out this one. Harsh on the finish. Raspberry is very well balanced and appears less 'synthetic' than other fruit beers.

M - Drink this one with food pairing. Difficult to drink quickly or a large amount; you will become overwhelmed. This is a decent American wheat beer. Good for hotter temps and can be served cold.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/24/2011, bought as a single at World Market. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a half inch white/light pink head. Lacing and head retention are both OK. Aroma is sweet raspberries and wheat. Taste is mostly wheat and bready malt with some raspberries. However, the raspberry flavor isn't nearly as strong as I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is light, with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a slightly above average beer, but I wasn't impressed with it. Wouldn't be a bad choice to have on a hot day.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purple haze has a cloudy purple/pink body and a slim, off-white head that is also tinted pink.

The aroma has a bit of raspberry that is mostly sweet, but not tart. The malt is mostly grainy.

The flavor is pretty simple. A soft punch of raspberry comes up front, bringing a fruity sweetness and a trace of tartness. The finish is clean and very grainy.

The mouthfeel is light, but not highly carbonated.

I expected this to be kind of a sweet mess, but I was definitely wrong. Straightforward, and nicely balanced.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.