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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,361 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,361
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 51
Gots: 159 | 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 Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This product was a major surprize to me...was nothing like I had anticipated.
Expected a sweet tasting, raspberry scented product.
I am pleased and disappointed at the same time.
Fruit presence is there....but in a very dry sort of way.
Limited aroma.
Colour is a cloudy golden with a short crown...
Body is medium and carbonation is as limited as the nose.
A sweet linger for such a dry product..

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 03:57:41 | More by Shiloh
Photo of SheepNutz


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy light peach color with one finger of head. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly fruity, with hints of wheat and yeast. Not a very strong aroma though. The taste is light and fruity at first, and is then overran with diacetyl. It's like they tried to make a butter flavored beer. The mouthfeel was only fair, and the drinkability lacked some due to the horrible diacetyl taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 01:31:03 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of skaughty


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: orange/amber color
smell: raspberry aroma is quite pleasant
taste: kinda like Michelob Weiss, with authentic raspberry flavor.
mouthfeel: not much kick
drinkability: smooth, yet watery
impressions: interesting, but this is one of the few beers that seems to NOT get better as the glass is less full.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 03:55:29 | More by skaughty
Photo of PopeJonPaul


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible but not impressive either, this beer tastes more like a soda than a beer. Very light and watery, not much of a head to speak of, dull orange typically cloudy wheat color. You can really taste the raspberries at the end, tastes like they flavor this after and not during the brewing process. A shallow wheat beer with no standout characteristic other than the raspberries, and too watery for my taste. This might make a fair summer beer depending on your taste, goes down easy but so does a cool glass of water.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 00:23:25 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of far333


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

Pours a hazy orange-honey color. Nothing purple about it. Low off-white sinking head. Low aroma of sweet fruit, a little grapey, but no malt or hops. Mouthfeel is watery and tingly, too much like soda. Flavor is juicy, pretty empty upfront, and all in the finish, where the raspberry finally makes itself known. The raspberry lingers in the aftertaste a bit. Flavor also has no malt or hops. This one has no depth, and is out of balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2004 12:02:46 | More by far333
Photo of IceAce


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Although the bottle was aggressively poured, the finger and a half collar of foam lasted only two minutes...tops. The brew is true to its name in color...a hazy wheat appearance with just a tinge of violet. This beer left few traces of lacing on a beer-clean imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Wispy hints of wheat dominated by very, very sweet raspberry notes. The nose is much like a framboise.

Taste: The sweetness of the nose quickly dissipates with a noticible lack of carbonation on the tongue. The taste is quite bland, leaving the taster wishing for more...

Mouthfeel: This Jeckyll & Hyde brew hints at brilliance in the nose...only to be quickly followed with an unbalanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If my next bottle was free, I'd probably pass on the offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 06:07:54 | More by IceAce
Photo of DaveGood


2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy orange/gold color with a lot of carbonation and practically no head. There was a very fine film that formed. The aroma was merely average as well with just a hint of raspberry and malts. The taste was fairly wheat-filled in the beginning, before giving way to a slight raspberry flavor with some other fruit tones lingering in the background. Overall, the drinkability is moderate at best and I don't think I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:50:33 | More by DaveGood
Photo of shapudding


2.05/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow brown color, after the pour you see alot of big bubbled carbination. the head went into nothingness. You do not see alot of carbination while it is sitting in the glass. I catch mainly a citrus smell and flavor, but nothing really presents itself as overpowering. Heavy water taste with alot of carbination hitting your tongue, slight champagne memory-but maybe one that was hit with seltzer? Very light taste and feel, good for warm days or warm bars, beer gardens. Smooth but nothing that jumps at you with a main flavor, the raspberry seems like an afterthought, which is not a bad thing, but the beer itself does not have anything to compete.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:36:03 | More by shapudding
Photo of jimdkc


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nope... it's not really purple! Pours a hazy pale yellow, with maybe a hint of a pinkish color. Small white head disappeared quickly. Smell was pretty nice, mainly raspberries with a little wheat. Very light malt flavor with raspberries noticeable, but not as prominent as in the smell. Watery mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation. Not bad... just not exciting! I don't think I'd buy this again, but I wouldn't refuse it if offered to me!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 06:47:21 | More by jimdkc
Photo of blitheringidiot


2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is touted as a Rapberry Wheat. It sort of is. Decent pale, slightly ‘hazy” (duh!) pour from a stout little stubby 12 oz.er. Decent carbonation. ¼" white head that slides down the pint.

If BooBerry cereal ever winds up in your mug, it would smell like Purple Haze. A drinkable novelty beer, but the Sweet-Tart candy aftertaste kills further drinkabilty. Not a lot of “beer” flavors. Kinda like a raspberry iced-tea watery body.

Average feel and partially malty overtones, but nothing fancy or complex.

Last swigs: Interesting novelty beer, pleasantly sweet fruity, but not too fruity. Gawd! Did I just write that? But not for the hard core brew guy. I’d pass on buying a 6 pack, even If 6 Was 9. Excuse me, while I kiss this beer goodbye.

Beer is good. Happy Beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 02:40:39 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great aroma, smells like fresh raspberries, with a skunky hop aroma underneath. Light tan colored head fades fast to a film. Hazy, light golden colored beer. Clean, light, and refreshing beer. Crisp raspberry flavor sits atop a light wheat base. There's really not much to the beer, and the finish is clean. It's toward the lighter end of the fruit wheat beer spectrum, but there's not much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 01:41:53 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of BeerAngel


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed orange color with barely any head at all. The smell is that of a light hint of tart fruit and light burnt grassy notes…odd! The taste is of light malts, faint hops, and a hint of alcohol and fruit and a sharp carb bite. This is a very, very light bodied beer that has a watery mouthfeel. Kind of strange, but I was expecting it after having other beers from this brewery. This strange brew is middle of the road to me. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:07:05 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple Haze is a raspberry wheat beer from the Abita Brewery (the folks who brew Turbo Dog). This particular brand happens to be a very average fruit beer. The fact that it isn't overly sweet or fake tasting makes this rather drinkable, but it also happens to be completely forgettable once you finish the glass.

Purple Haze pours a slightly hazy gold/copper color with a 1 finger white foam head that lasts for about a minute and a half before subsiding. I was disapointed in the aroma. It was grainy with some slight malts and very slight sugary sweetness, but there was a "cheap" smell to it that made it seem like I was drinking a $3 pack of generic fizzy yellow beer. The best way I can describe it was that it reminded me of corny adjuncts and mustiness. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, but slightly crisp. Most of the flavor in this brew is indeed attributed to the raspberries, which make this beer a bit sweet. There are some toasty grains detectable, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Not a balanced brew, but not overly cloying. The aftertaste is lightly grainy with a slight ounce of dryness, and the beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I did happen to like this beer better than Pete's Wicked Winter brew, another raspberry wheat. The flavors in this beer were not bad, but it just wasn't terribly interesting. This might be good as a hot weather brew. Drinking this was an underwhelming experience. I doubt Jimi would drink this beer if he were around today.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 07:54:07 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Zorro


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

Pours a hazy gold color, fairly high carbonation.

Smell is malt, raspberries, and a tea like hop smell. Smells like raspberry iced tea.

Taste is a little sweet with a large wheat taste and a big hit of raspberries. A strong tartness hits your tongue at first and then gives way to the grain. After the 3-4th taste the flavor mellows out and becomes very much like a raspberry Iced Tea. It is the hops giving it a tea flavor.

This has a big Mouthfeel due to the wheat and the carbonation level.

Very drinkable, about the same as iced tea.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 03:53:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was just average IMO. Hazy orange with virtually no head and no lacing whatsoever. The smell was also just average, barely a hint of the raspberry flavor inside. The taste was where this beer shined though, and I guess that's a good thing considering it's really the most important thing to consider. It had a crisp wheat flavor with raspberries and other fruit undertones. The raspberry was not artificial tasting at all, very nice. Mouthfeel was good, reminded me of a wit, very crisp. Drinkability was good as well, went down very smooth. this would be a nice beer on a hot summers day. Give it a try of you like fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 02:35:19 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of merlin48


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

12 oz bottle with "best by" date that gives a month and day, no year. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a short lived head and no lacing. Aroma is, well, faintly of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied with minimal carbonation. Tastes more like corn than wheat. Just a hint of berry.

Nothing purple about this one. In all fairness to the brewery, I will assume my bottle was several months past the freshness date, but don't know this for certain. If this was a fresh bottle, I don't know how they could sell much of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 23:45:31 | More by merlin48
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pinkish gold color with a spotty lace head. It's not a very good looking beer that's for sure. The aroma is weak, but smelling of raspberries and pale wheat malts. They could use to increase the raspberries used in the brewing of this one. For one, it would increase the "purple" color and the aroma of the fruit. I had to stick my nose practically in the beer to get a wiff. Also, the flavor would be more pronounced. Brewers always pussy out on the use of fruit. Anyways, the taste is average. It is quite watery with a slight raspberry aftertaste that hangs on your tongue. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks fair. I liked this beer until I looked at it critically.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 02:17:50 | More by WesWes
Photo of Suds


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

Yellow-peach in color with chill haze and aggressive, bubbly carbonation. Small and short-lived white head. At the forefront, the aroma is the citrus-like tang of a wheat bear. Faint berry aroma is there as well. I wasn’t really impressed with the smell…it’s sort of underdone and artificial. Taste is essentially that of a sub-standard wheat beer with a little raspberry. Watery, thin, and overly carbonated. This beer really didn’t do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 01:48:15 | More by Suds
Photo of masterbruewer


3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a sampler pack and wasn't sure what to expect. I'm new to reviewing and didn't pay much attention to the color, but it wasn't unusual.

The aroma from the bottle was fruity, but not overly so. The raspberry scent was noticeable but, too me, it smelled good.
The taste was a surprise, it has a good balance of flavor, a somewhat coarse wheaty taste, balanced with the sweet fruity flavor of the rasberry.

Some have complained that the flavor fades as the glass is emptied. I didn't have that problem, but then, I didn't use a glass. I grabbed a bottle and sat on the couch playing with the Playstation.

It felt about average in my mouth, maybe a little grainy.

I found it to be very drinkable and am looking forward to drinking more of it when I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 20:46:39 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have bought this for my wife many times as she came to like awhile back,pours a hazy orange with a light puple tint to it usually not much head pretty flat lookin.Aroma has a graininess to it with an artifical raspberry tinge to it.Taste is up and down has some decent raspberry flavors to it with a light wheaty malt flavor vut it really sputters out about half way down the glass.After one bottle I normally cant drink anymore its cloying,the sweetness really comes up fast on ya.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 22:25:22 | More by oberon
Photo of homersimpson

North Carolina

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

Hazy pale orange with a faint touch of pink/purple, white lace on top.
Very sweet and fruity nose
Smooth and light with a crisp carbonation
Raspberry flavors the wheat and the maltiness with a nice tartness. Almost cidery, very sweet through the finish
For girls, at least that's all I see drink it. I'll steer another direction.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 01:20:29 | More by homersimpson
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Purple haze has an interesting color, golden purple if that makes sense. The head starts big and goes away fast.
It smelled sweet and malty.
Not surprisingly it tasted sweet, very sweet, fruity sweet in an artificial way. It reminded me of a big, soppy piece of grape Bubble Yum.
It is sticky in the mouth, but carbonated. I have seen people order a pitcher of Purple Haze and come back for more. I guess it is an aquired taste, for me one was plenty; for a lifetime.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 05:55:29 | More by hungryghost
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

1.9/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "best if consumed before" warning -- in this case 8-24 -- printed aroud the entirety of the rear label's periphery; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloud, orange-brown; big, batter-like, snow-white head; not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat repugnantly -- and weakly -- of raspberries and grain.

Taste: Fairly dry; primary flavor characteristics are of raspberries and grain; faint hop bitterness in the finish; fairly light bodied with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: Two middle fingers up; would only redrink this under threat of force.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 08:35:08 | More by Mustard
Photo of au1sec


3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off with freshness date notched on the back label. It's not purple, but there are tints of it. The raspberry aroma is quite potent, but the raspberry is a more subtle with the flavor. It's there, but not overpowering. It's pretty crisp, like you'd expect from a wheat beer. I think it's a solid effort, but certainly not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 01:37:22 | More by au1sec
Photo of clvand0


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

This beer just screamed coolness to me. Named after a Hendrix song and a cool purple label. Big let down. First it poured a bland yellow color (I wasn't really expecting it to be purple, but the name fooled me into thinking it would be non-boring). Had a medium quickly dissipating head and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little grainy and there were a few fruits, but mostly just the normal mass-product smell. The flavor was boring as well. A little malty with a tiny tiny bit of fruit in the flavor, but not enough to even mention. Big disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 14:50:14 | More by clvand0
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,361 ratings.