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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,604
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 59
Gots: 274 | 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 asabreed
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with some amber hints, alright lacing and a head that fades quickly.

Smell: Raspberries and wheat dominate, and it seems balanced, but not too complex or nuanced.

Taste: Initial raspberry flavor fading into wheat and some bread and mild spices, at least seemingly. The raspberry flavor's not too sweet and not syrupy in the least and adds a nice element to the wheat, unlike many other fruit beers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with a good spritzy feel at the end to compliment the fruit aspects.

Drinkability: I'm surprised at such a low rating for this beer. They say, at least, that real raspberries are used, and though it's not drippingly fresh or anything, the raspberry adds a nice, balanced flavor with the wheat without being too sweet. It's not my new favorite beer or anything, but I found it pretty nice for the summer and enjoyed a few of them quite easily.

asabreed, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer many times on tap and many times from bottle. The raspberry flavor is mild but gives the beer a nice slight hint of fruitiness. The wheat aspect seems much more apparent in the flavorand aroma. mouthfeel is light and increases its overall drinkability. Its also nice to drink beer made from the natural Abita springs in Louisiana. Aside from these qualities few things stand out about the drink. Its not bad, but nothing too impressive either.

BirdFlu, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to August(octopus87) for sharing this with me. Poured cold from the 12oz brown bottle into a goblet - Here's to Jimi!

A - A slightly purple hued/tarnished gold w/ 2 fingers of soapsuds snow white frothiness cresting the ale. The beer is cloudy and leaves a smattering of lace on the goblet

S - A grainy wheat odor w/ yeasty earthy scents. The raspberry is there, but minimal aroma-wise and the nutty wheat dominates

M - Creamy, slightly fizzy w/ a juice-like sweetness of raspberries on the peripheral w/ a mild and smooth gentle finish w/ an overall medium light feel.

T - A basic wheat flavor-creamy, yeasty and bready w/ mild fruit flavors which hint at raspberry without really convincing the tongue. It is there and then it is gone like fruit stripe gum. A nice but minimal yeast taste w/ a hint of grainy adjunct-like flavor and most hidden spice of any wheat ale. Very simple and straightforward, sadly.

D - Ok for a lawnmower ale, but not a wealth of flavor here and modest raspberry stays out of the spotlight which seems to defeat the purpose of a beer called Purple haze. I might try this on draft, but this is not something I would seek out any time soon.

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was suprised by this beer. Or should I say, lack of this beer. Took a whiff after I opened the bottle, was expecting to smell something of raspberries, but all I could smell was straw. The taste was bland, and the carbonation minimal. Not a very good wheat brew, much less a wheat brew with fruit flavor. Not worth having again.

alysmith4, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow with a redish tint, slight bubly white head retention.

S - Slight wheat with a larger raspberry fruity smell.

T - First a very light wheat taste with a raspberry aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Very light tasting beer.

M - Very clean mouthfeel light carbonation, as I said before very light feeling.

D - Good drinkability, the sweetness does get a little old after a while but would be a nice beer in warm conditions. This beer was not my favorite.

rpardon7, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown-orange with an off-white head that leaves a little lace. Aroma is obviously raspberryish with some wheaty esters. Flavor combines the insipidness of banana pith with the saccharinity of raspberry syrup. Those two aspects even out into mediocrity. Really light and drinkable, just not interesting.

illidurit, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of mantupeht
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass

A - I expected something a little reddish, a little darker, but looked like a cloudy lite macrobeer

S - Not much smell, but a faint wheaty smell. Smelled like a lite macrobeer

T - Didn't taste any raspberry or any fruitiness. Tasted like a weak lite macrobeer (there's a theme here)

M - Tasted watery, not much carbonation, not much body, almost like water mixed with beer - hoping this particular one wasn't past its date.

D - This category, to me, is intertwined with the rest, so there's a docking of points just for that. The saving grace is, if you actually do like it, it drinks very light and smooth, so it's easy to put away

Suffice to say, I didn't like it, I didn't even finish it. Maybe I got a bad one, I don't know, but I expected much more out of it.

mantupeht, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange color with virtually no head at all.

Aroma has some faint raspberry smells coming through and a lot of grain like aromas. Nothing else is detectable.

Taste is almost like stone ground corn meal with some grain as well. Raspberry flavors in this one are nearly non-existent, and very faint, with some slight tartness on the finish. It might be a freshness issue, the freshness date on this one is of the notched kind on the label, but none of the numbers are notched on it. But still tastes crisp and refreshing. I would like to try it again sometime with a visible freshness date to see if it is any different.

NHGrafx, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

thanks to brianj555 for this brew!

This is a decent wheat beer that actually is very refreshing. It smells like a faint lambic. The taste is okay. Its a little thin but very refreshing. I dont taste much of the raspberries but It smells like it.

Overall, not a A+ brew but not deserving of a C either! Its a refreshing and enjoyable brew!

iconoklaztor, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a pink tinge. Good head of white foam.

S - A bit of a grassy hop and a raspberry nose. Some spicy notes.

T - Some but not a whole lot of raspberry flavour. Mostly a wheaty twang and some clovey spice.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - An OK fruit/wheat. Could go either way on the raspberries - I like my fruit a bit stronger, but I can see how some people would prefer this subtler touch. Good refreshing summer beer.

allergictomacros, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz. into a pint

A...Straw in color, with good carbonation but not so good head or lacing

S...Smell of pale 2-row with not so much raspberry as I would have thought

T...Initial pale malt taste that quickly goes into a deep raspberry extract taste

M,D...Mouthfeel is light with great carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, being light...could have 6 or so

treyrab, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a light wheat beer with raspberry added. Pours a dull straw gold with very little head. Not much lacing. Smell is mild wheat beer and sweet fruit.

The taste is of a very mild wheat beer with raspberry flavoring. The raspberry is well done. It is not overly sweet or annoying but overall the beer is pretty average.

Mouthfeel is ok for a wheat beer. Not too watery but not the smooth crispness I want in a summer beer. Drinkability is ok. Wouldnt turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

JayQue, May 27, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass.

A: Poured a straw-pale yellow with tints of pink and a two-fingered, dense white head that receded quickly and left only spotty lace on the glass. The color is quite unimpressive.

S: Sweet raspberry puree with some pale wheat malts underlying it. I wish the overall aroma was a bit stronger, but it's still decent for a fruit beer.

T&M: It's a rather dull flavor. Weak wheat malts make their appearance, blended with some raspberry flavor. It's a sweet beer, but not in the fruity sense. It doesn't offend, but isn't anything special. I've met a few fruit beers that did the former, so I can't dock it too much. Purple Haze is light-bodied and somewhat watery with medium carbonation. The finish is almost non-existent, as well. Disappointing mouthfeel.

D: Well, it goes down so damn easy that it has to be at least a 4. There just isn't a ton of flavor here, however. It's smooth, but only because there isn't anything that can be off-putting about it.

BamaBeerBuff, May 23, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach-colored pint glass, with minimal head. Looks thick but fruity. Light has trouble passing through.

The smell is very sweet and fruity raspberry with a mild dry wheat base. Could use a burnt bitter balance. Underwhelming.

The taste is very sweet, but the wheat malt does balance it. Tart. Not bad, better as it warms up a bit. Could use more bitterness.

Feels creamy with some dry yeast that remains on the tongue. It's probably too sweet for many repeats but it's a decent "guilty pleasure" beer.


williamherbert, May 19, 2008
Photo of JBogan
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No trace of purple in my glass as it poured a medium brown with a small head leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smelled a bit of the raspberry but not a lot, along with a fair amount of malts.

I barely detected the raspberry in this, and if I wasn't looking for it I might have missed it altogether. The wheat was more pronounced than anything.

This felt pretty good in the mouth, not too thick or thin. A good amount of carbonation to keep it crisp and somewhat refreshing.

All in all not a real drinkable brew in my book, more a curiosity than anything. If you like this style beer it's probably worth a try, but nothing I'll be buying again.

JBogan, May 19, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Barney is purple too! Pours a more of a darker amber color with a noticeable reddish hue. Great clarity. A good pour leaves a off white head with red hues. Good retention though does not last through the end and pour lacing.

The nose is limited overall. Some fruity notes with a non-distinctive raspberry aroma. Some more mixed berries is a better way to describe it. More of a extract aroma. There is some underlining malt notes but feint. Some bready and caramel touches. Clean yeast smell.

The taste is more pronounced than the nose indicated. A nice balance between fruity and malt flavors. There is still an artificial flavor with the more berry flavor (versus distinct raspberry). The taste is consistent through the entire taste. The malt though is more noticeable on the back end with a more caramel and munich flavor. A bit of a sweetness in the finish. A light citrus hop flavor on the back end but subtle.

The body is closer to moderate than light. A bit high on carbonation in feel as there was a light carbonic bite. Overall a little to fake for me but very easy drinking. Come on it's a fruit beer what can you say.

Oxymoron, May 13, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Compared to quite a few fruit beers, this one is a bit toned down. It was reminiscent to me of 21st Amendmant's Watermelon Wheat, which is not high praise. Purple Haze is distinctly fruity, although I didn't know it was raspberry flavored until I read the label. However, because the fruit is not overpowering, it exposes the lack of interestingness in the underlying "host beer." Body of the beer is surprisingly, not purple. Not much head, and some fruitiness in the aroma. Flavor didn't offer much; not decisively fruity nor wheat-beer like. All in all, a bit of a disappointment.

I would not recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, May 11, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-gold color, slight white head that could have used some Viagra. I do appreciate the fact that this beer is not purple. I don't mean because of the name, but some others take the fuit thing a bit too far and we end up with Kool-aid. Aroma is raspberry up front, wheat malt and some spice notes. Taste is a fairly nice blend of wheat malt and berry. Not crazy fruity like many others. Some citrus and spice notes too.

This would be a good hot summer day beer. Easily sessionable and not so fruity as to drive you away from it. Maybe not a bad jump for someone who is considering venturing out.

ZimZamZoom, May 10, 2008
Photo of everetends
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this as a sixer from Grub Mart in Jacksonville. Poured, once again, into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured an orange/copper with a thin bubbly head. Not bad to look at.

S: Floral hops, raspberries (candied), grain and spices.

T: Very sweet due to the candied raspberry flavor. A bit of malt follows and confuses me.

M: A bit watery but it is crisp due to the carbonation.

D: I am not a fan, so I can't drink it. One of my buddies swears by this beer, but this one is not for me.

everetends, May 07, 2008
Photo of micahgoldfus
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me cloudy and, well, hazy. A yellow-orange color, with a white 1-finger head that quickly fizzles away. The smell a bit too strong and syrupy for my taste. Plenty of raspberry, but more like the manufactured, processed raspberries. I found some grassy, pale malts hidden in there too. The taste, however, it much better, with more muted flavor than the smell. The taste is still dominated by raspberries, but it's more balanced between tastes: fruit, pale malts, wheat. It's got a crisp little bite to it, but it's certainly not from any hop presence. The beer is well carbonated, and is quite refreshing with a long, sweet lingering flavor. I first had this beer when living in Mississippi, and after moving to New York, I was thrilled to learn that a bar near Times Square called Bourbon Street had it on tap. I can assure you, on a hot summers day in the South, this beer is a perfect thirst-quencher. But on a warm day in the Northeast, it's pretty tasty too.

micahgoldfus, May 02, 2008
Photo of cactusjuggalo
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured small out the bottle with a one finger head. Smelled like a fusion of grape and a good hefeweizen. The grape was somewhat dominant in the taste but not in an overbearing way and i thought it was quite tasty. Mouthfeel was a bit weak and it went down rather smooth but still enjoyable. Overall all a tasty brew, nothing to knock other people over to get at it if they are in your way but quite good none the less.

cactusjuggalo, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Milky-honey color, lighter yellow toward the bottom. The head is bubbly and white, but it falls very quickly. The nose is of raspberry and roses, and a sharp, deep grape scent.

Raspberries and grapes in the flavor, a little bit of hops come through in the end, with a little bit of added spice as well. This beer is tangy, medium bodied and noticeably carbonated. The taste is good, but it's a little watery overall.

dogger6253, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap with alot of carbonation...server had to pour off nearly a entire glass of head to give a proper pint. Pale, cloudy golden color with nice lacing on glass.
Faint orange & raspberry scents. I also detected some wheat...is this a wheat ale? Not sure, but it's inviting.
Flavor is light, somewhat thin. Subtle citrus & berry flavors come through. Hops kick in at the end to keep it interesting along with its ease of sipping.
Tangyness of fruit wallow in the mouth; again, apparent but not overpoweing.
Overall a very drinkable brew. It is smooth and quenching; I was worried the berry quality would make it a sweet and overpowering experience, but instead they were subtle and complemented what would make a very nice session-beer in warmer weather.

Natural510, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of whiplash3825
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy peachy-orange color with a small <1 finger head that sticks around... minimal lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen with a little Grape Nehi thrown in! The yeasty sourness of a good wheat beer is definitely there in the nose... in fact the fruit seems to enhance the mustiness of the yeast and I like that!

Tastes about the same as the smell, but the fruit is very faint. Probably a good thing as I could see much more of that grape-y flavor getting annoying REAL quick!

Thin mouthfeel but good carbonation.

I started out giving the drinkability a 4.0, but in the span of half a beer it's gone down by half a point. The fruitiness gets to be too much after one... I'll stick with a good hefe!

whiplash3825, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of chiapete
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a off yellow , cloudy color. small head that fades quickly and leaves no lace behind. Seemed like lots of carbonation

Aroma was slightly sweet , a little fruit but not much , very bland.

taste was almost grainy or grassy . not much off the fruit taste.
very little flavor at all. lots of carbonation , a little tingle on the tongue. A hint of a metallic flavor , slight woody taste.

No after taste . Not a beer I really enjoyed.

chiapete, Apr 11, 2008
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,604 ratings.