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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,735
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 65
Gots: 326 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Photo of veritas88
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange color, which surprised me because I was expecting purple or red from the raspberries. Didn't have much head, but left lots of lacing. Very carbonated, bubbles stream up from bottom almost like champagne.

Smells amazing! Smells like raspberry muffins, with the sweet and tangy fruity smell and the bread-y, yeast-y almost sour smell of muffins.

Does not taste nearly as good as it smells. Raspberry taste is very muted, almost wouldn't even know it was there. Really not a lot of flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is way too watery, even for me, and I prefer a lighter body. The carbonation is nice though.

Very drinkable, only because it's so light.

Overall it's ok, and I would buy it again, especially considering its price. If only it tasted as good as it smelled.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy honey color with a thin white head. Nice lace. I seem to remember this having a purple tint back when I went to school in NOLA.

Smells like raspberry chemical cleaner and light grain. Tart raspberry (tartness diminishes as it warms) with a light, wheat-esque backbone. Dangerously walks that fine line between real and horribly artificial fruit.

Way overcarbonated, I've never been able to drink two. Even when I was swilling Steele Reserve between rugby matches, I could never finish more than 1 of these.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Hazy golden color with a finger or so worth of white head.

Definite raspberry presence on the aroma... dominating.

The taste has the raspberry flavor but it a little more muted and watery than I hoped. Not much else there to give it good balance. I like it a lot, but it could be better.

Very easy to drink. High marks there.

A little bonus for nostalgia's sake... had plenty of fun with Purple Haze in the college days.

Photo of Daniellobo
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A regular, thin, and fizzy wheat beer flavored with raspberries.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Abita simple design label with a small back description noting the authenticity of the ingredients used, Louisiana uniqueness, and how it provides a great flavor. Does not show freshness date or bottling date although the back label has the side marking numbers to do so. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or Alc. by Vol. Poured into a weissbier glass.

A - Purple straw color with a medium (and short for wheat) foamy head that does not show much retention and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Distantly wheaty with an even remote raspberry whiff that takes a bigger presence as it goes down and a faint sense of staleness.

T - Light wheat flavor with an uninspiring raspberry note.

M - Heavy carbonation on a light body. Rather fizzy.

D - Drinkability might be its highest quality. It is not extraordinary but while not particularly pleasurable or memorable it does not require much effort. Question might be, why bother?

Notes: Not entirely disappointing but quite a weak wheat fruit beer. I feel, and all too often see, a prejudice and much sexism around the notion that there are beers for women and some for men, which often ties fruit beers to females. This common marketing strategy seems to have worked, and in an unfortunately male dominated beer culture that is often the trite criticism. The issue here is not whether ladies will like or not this beer better than others. Truth is that while not horrible this is not too great a beer, and lady or not this is not something that I will be serving at home to any guest.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color, reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Has a thick fizzy head that lingers for a while leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with added raspberry notes. There is a little bit of hoppiness there too.

Taste: Has a weak wheat beer taste with what seems like an artifical raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has nice body but has way too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Not that impressed with this one. Tastes too artificial. Go elsewhere.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/8/2009 (Bottle BB ??):

Pours an orangish colored cloudy body, with a small whitish head, diminishing. Raspberry aroma, wheaty. Not too strong an aroma. Raspberry wheat taste. Some funkiness in the carbonation, almost tastes like soda water. Not too fruity, okay. Reminds me of a diet soda. Just okay, but a little too much to be refreshing. Has a taste to it, like mos of Abita's beers. Maybe it's the spring water? The mouthfeel is definitely different with their beers.

Photo of Goldfish19
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

~ Purchased a 6-pack from Frank's Beverage in Glen Cove, NY. Hazy orange in color with almost no head, there is really not much going on here in the appearance department. Aromas are of raspberries and wheat. Taste is the same.

It's certainly refreshing, but that is about all this beer has to offer. ~

Photo of justincolts
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

An old favorite of mine, its easy to fine, and good to drink;several. Its biggest weakness is that it could stand to feel a bit more loftier in terms of mouthfeel, it is sort of light. The color is pretty good, a light golden color with very little head. The smell is fine, but the razz part doesn't stand out. Great flavor though, easy to drink a lot of them.

Photo of Spineypanda
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Basically, I was expecting a nice raspberry flavor added to the wheat beer, but I knew it was not going to be anything like a Lambic. The fact of the matter is, I barely tasted even a hint of raspberry in the very first taste, then it lost it all.

The beer looks a bit on the lighter side,and has a smell that tricks one into thinking it will taste different.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Left about a half inch head with a small amount of lacing. The head quickly fizzed out to a small bubbly layer. The color is a very cloudy blond/orange. Lots of sediment floating around. The aroma is nice. Not real strong, but a pleasant balance of raspberry and yeast. The taste is fruity raspberry with light malt. The fruitiness doesn't completely dominate the taste. It's a little more subdued, which is nice. A very small amount of bitterness comes through in the end. It's got a light mouthfeel and is real easy to drink. As fruit beer goes, this one is pretty good. It's a little more balanced instead of just trying to bonk you over the head with fruit.

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

Pours a hazy, orange with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is jammy and wheat like, almost faintly like toast and jelly. Definite raspberry flavor but weak and watery. All in all, not bad but definitely not great. Perhaps a good introduction to fruit beers for the novice drinker which is probably why it's so popular, at least in my area. Anyway, worth a try if you've never had this style before but I wouldn't order it.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a great head that sticks around forever. Great lacing. I'm tempted to dye this beer purple...

Smells good. When first opend I got a nice nose full of raspberries. A little into the beer it smells more like cornflakes and raspberries.

The first few sips were heavy on the raspberry taste, almost tart. Further into the drink it changes a little to match the smell of cornflakes and raspberries. It's not unpleasant, but it makes me really want some cereal.

It feels fairly average in the mouth. Nice bubbles, no surprises, a bit watery at times.

At 4.20%ABV (heh, what a coincidence) you could drink this all night. Personally, I can't do wheat beer for an extended period. Gives me a headache. Aside from that I could probably drink a couple of these without the taste getting old. I could have another of these in the future.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always saw this beer at the store, finally got around to giving it a purchase. Pours a cloudy golden color, nice head to it that stays all the way down the glass, pretty good lacing too. Medium body to the beer, nice mouthfeel. Not very fruity of a smell for a 'fruit beer'. Taste is faintly tart but not lip puckering here. Nice subtle raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit dry, but overall not a bad beer. I like it isn't overbearing with the fruit flavor and seems pretty well balanced, but a but a bit bland still. AN above average fruit beer, which isn't saying much giving the pretty crappy beers in this category, but solid none the less.

Photo of Jayli
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had at Lucky's at Logan 8.21.09
This beer pours a golden/toffee color with a one finger creamy head that recedes to a film that sticks around. Lots of sediment floating around in this brew and streaky lacing coats the glass. Nose is slight raspberry, wheat and some macro adjuncts. Taste is of adjuncts up front, filled out by wheat in the middle and a raspberry aftertaste - artificial raspberries. Light body, low carbonations, somewhat watery and thin with a very sweet aftertaste. It's easily a poundable beer, but there isn't much to it for enjoyment.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.