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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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75
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2,762 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,762
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 357 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001

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
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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a very clouded golden color with a red grapeskin tint, a faded wisp of carbonation which exits quickly, leaving no head or lace. No clarity to speak of whatsoever; guess that's the intended "haze."

S: Smells a little sweet and grainy, with bits of apple, raspberry and plum to go with some slight corn husk and wheat grain.

T: Flavor is sweet and fruity up front, with a muted berry sweetness and light caramel malt. The finish gets a little more tart, but never artificial, with a slight, grainy snap and grabbing sharpness near towards the end.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a little tart with some chewiness to it as well.

D: A somewhat refreshing, low-ABV fruit brew to either liven up a dessert or be a designated fruit beer during the summer months. A little too tart to pair with a lot of foods coming to mind, but as its own fare, it's simplistic and good enough for what it is.

Photo of TXAggie
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Little to no head retention, dark golden color and no transparency, morderate lacing

Smell 4.0: Very subtle rasberry scent

Taste 3.5: Comparable to its smell, it has a nice rasberry touch with a light wheat taste, not nothing about it is too remarkable

Mouthful 3.0: Pretty standard mouthful, carbonation is fairly normal and is pretty smooth to drink

Drinkability 3.5: I could most likely drink 2 or 3 of these in one sitting, but there is nothing extrordinary about it to drink anything more.

Photo of Richardberg
4.04/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - hazy light orange. No head on my pour...only a few bubbles creeping around the edge

S - sweet wheat, sour dark berry, a little citrus zest, cardamom, some other spice I can't place

T - terrific malt backbone. Sweet from start to finish, but never cloying. The spicy zing is actually more noticeable in the mouth than in the nose. All this in an easy drinking, low abv brew; bravo. 

M - enough carbonation to keep the interesting flavors on their toes, but just an average light ale otherwise

D - very good, see above   

Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale golden orange color with a slight haze to it and some bubbles rising to the top. The head is pure white, tight and creamy with some bubbles on the top, the retention is pretty decent and the lace is very nice

S-the nose is pretty big and extremely sweet. Raspberry is huge right up front and does't really allow anything else to come through. A faint note of wheat/grain comes in at the very back but is extremely subdued as the fruit overpowers all.

T-the taste is raspberry first and foremost. It is slightly watery in the back with light notes of clove and peppery spice towards the finish.

M-relatively smooth and a little prickly in the back. Light body with a good hold of carbonation to give it a crisp finish.

D-extremely sweet with a nice light body. Pretty one dimensional but still very sessionable and easy drinking.

Photo of farrago
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bone white, frothy head of tiny, airy foam which starts off over three fingers but is gone before you know it, close to zero lacing left behind. Hazy golden orange color with lots of fruit bits visibly floating within, more strongly translucent than opaque. While the raspberries are clear and distinct in the nose, overall the array of scents are light, mostly lemon peel, light honey or pancake syrup, generic malts, not really getting much wheat. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation is leaden enough to add weight rather than create a lighter sensation. Sweet comes mainly from the raspberries and, again, vague maltiness. More wheat and field grasses here as the mouth texture allows for added tactile dryness. Yeastiness softens the finish some, clean enough ending. Monochrome enough that there's not much more to say but easy drinker.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet.

A- this is an odd one...its a cloudy gold with a slight tint of purple. Offwhite one finger head. Its unique, thus the extra points.

S- it smells...kind of like a generic domestic, I guess. Its not really a pleasant smell...honestly, I'm getting a sense of sweatsock in there. I'm not trying to be an ass...its just what I'm getting out of it. Bad bottle maybe?

T- yeah, I'm getting raspberries in this. Its actually QUITE refreshing...a little watery tasting though

M- light, light, light! There is a little bit of fizziness in the beer, which doesn't bother me. It reminds me of flavored seltzer water...not sure if thats a compliment or not, since seltzer water doesn't cost 2 bucks for 12 oz

D- very drinkable. The scent didn't bother me at all when I was drinking, and the alcohol can't be tasted at all. Solid session beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12 oz. Surprised this name isn't trademarked.

The name does describe the picture - pours cloudy and hazy, with an odd purplish tint to the light brown color. Or am I seeing what I want to see?

Wheaty with a sweet tart smell.

Tastes of light rasberry swirled in a citrussy malt. Finishes sweet. Light carbonation.

Tasty, drinkable. Not a bad mixture at all. 'scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really damn good fruit beer!

A - Well it's hazy and it has a slight purple hue. Whats not to love?
S - Tart raspberries and wheat. Nice
T - Really not as fruity as I hoped but still has enough balance between wheat and berry that makes it special.
M - Really light and crisp.
D - At 4.2 % ABV you may be able to get a couple down without noticing but I would totally find it again.

Side note: Does everyone love this or Berry Weiss more?

Photo of SimplySinister
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Discovered this on tap at Max's in Fells Point, Baltimore. This brew is amber orange in color, cascading into a lighter straw color towards the bottom of the glass. The head of this brew is a very light off-color pinkish white which starts off quite well, though it displays somewhat poor retention. Interestingly enough, it does not give off an overly raspberry scent; this brew tends to balance the raspberry and wheat notes even keel. There are also hints of bread.

The taste is very unique. Strait-away, the presence of raspberries it obvious. It tends to be somewhat sour, or tart, and acidic. There is also a definite wheat bread characteristic to this brew. All in all, things do seem to collaborate together quite well.

The mouth-feel of this Abita is pretty consistent with other brews I've tasted from them. Refreshing, light, crisp, and dry are all adjectives I'd use to describe this offering. The drink-ability is also fairly good if the consumer likes raspberries. If not, I would wonder why one would partake in this brew to begin with.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy with a very, veery slight tint of raspberry red(or purple) Head is nice and retains as a nice sheet that leaves some lacing sheets

S- Clean wheat flavor with a pretty strong raspberry smell which reminds me of fresh, crushed raspberries. Sometimes smells like rotten veggies

T- The flavor is very subtle and that is all. Beer? I suppose

M- Pretty light and airy but also has a slick, chewy feeling

D- Although there isn't much to savor here, it certainly is refreshing.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, slightly yellowish color that is a bit hazy and yeilds a small white head that dissapated quickly. Very carbonated but no head retention.

Smell; Smells like fresh raspberries. Milky wheat aroma followed by a citrus punch.

taste; tastes very light, little raspberry flavor. Thin and lacking body. Refreshing nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but light on the palate. Nothing overwhelming about the beer. Crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: Basically budlight without the corn aftertaste with a slight raspberry flavor on the backend. Great for summer beach drinking but far from a flavorful beer.

Photo of NStLincoln
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another one from Abita the Lousiana brewery. Purple Haze is a raspberry wheat, which already has me wary. Sweetness and fakiness are bad.

Pours a light orange/pink with a white head. It is hazy, and one really strange color.

Smells like corn. Not sure what malts are involved in that. You get a slight bit of tartness from the raspberries, but nothing overwhelming. Not impressive.

The raspberry is thin and watery, only apparent on the back end. Not overwhelming with the berry, but what's there is pretty lame.

Not my kind of beer. It is crisp and refreshing, but the flavor and the nose aren't what I'm looking for in a raspberry wheat.

Photo of jovy1097
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Pours an amber, hazy liquid with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Very mild fragrance of berry Koolaid. Not much else.

Taste: I have to admit, this is a tasty brew! I wasn't expecting all that much. I enjoy the berry taste in the background and the malty wheat in the foreground. Quite tart too. Leaves a raspberry taste in your mouth after it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Not significantly carbonated, but has a nice bite. A medium feel - definitely not thin and watery.

Drinkability: After first sip, I wanted to glug the whole thing down. Of course, I had also just come in from working outside and was thirsty! I like the tartness of this brew. It reminds me of juice spritzers. I'd definitely have it again.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
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...

Photo of BeerCon5
2.59/5  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.

Photo of fastsrt
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of MisterTiat
1.94/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.39/5  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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of vdread
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of SoCaliC8
4.62/5  rDev +41.7%
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

Photo of droomyster
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,762 ratings.