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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 55
Gots: 230 | 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 Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this one. Pours out to a medium orange / pink hued color with an initially large head of white foam that quickly calms to a small layer of bubbles over the beer. Medium to medium high carbonation. Aromas of raspberries, malt, grain, biscuts. Taste is boring, but not offensive; weak malt, a drop of fruitiness, some light grain, and that's all folks. Mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and rather light. Drinkability is fair at best. What was Abita going for with this one?

Frozensoul327, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a strong pink tint, nice white head;strange looking beer. The aroma has some notes of raspberry puree, wheat, yeast and some cane sugar...interesting. The flavor is wheaty upfront with some raspberry and sugar notes in the background, along with some yeast. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. A very drinkable wheat beer with some mild fruit flavors...solid.

silver0rlead, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of PorterNicole
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: the beer is a light orange color, almost yellowish. there is a small amount of head on the surface, maybe 1mm high. it vanishes within seconds of pouring. the beer itself is slightly cloudy.

s: you can definitely smell the raspberries in this one. the aroma is almost that of a watered-down wine. there are hints of citrus also.

t: a good wheat-beer taste. very carbonated, with powerful raspberry flavor. the fruity flavor overwhelms the malts and hops in this brew, which is unfortunate.

m: a very bubbly feel on the tongue. feels a little more dry, again...similar to a watered-down wine.

d: easy enough to drink, although i don't think i'd really want more than one at a time. intense fruityness, but because the hops and malt are dulled out, it makes the beer an average one.

PorterNicole, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle pours out a hazy off-yellow with a one finger head of big foamy bubbles. The head disappears very quickly leaving no hint of lacing. This beer makes a big deal out of being "purple" but if it hadn't been suggested I would have just thought it's a brownish-gold; there's practically no red or purple unless you squint your eyes up and truly believe it to be so...

The smell is quite pleasant - there's a nice lightly toasted grainy smell like you'd find with a lager and a light raspberry scent as well. A pessimist would say the nose was a bit underdone, an optimist would be thankful it wasn't overdone (as some fruit beers can be)

The flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the aroma - it's a nice, inoffensive lager with a light flavoring of raspberry. The flavor is a bit grainy but it's a minor detraction. No real measure of hops here - there are some noble flavors but they're quite subdued. Thankfully the lager isn't overly sweet so the fruit flavor doesn't become candy like...

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with a "bit of pulp" from all the berries which adds an interesting texture. Not quite enough carbonation to add sparkle (and the carbonic bite) that you'd expect from a beer like this.

All in all this is a pleasant summertime brew. The lager could have been a bit lighter, the beer could have been fizzier and the color could have been at least -somewhat- purple but still I'd enjoy drinking this while swinging in a hammock...

RedwoodGeorge, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Wispy, off-white lacing atop a hazy, golden body.

To the nose, all raspberry. Fresh aroma of fruit with wet graininess.

In the mouth, fruity sweet with a nice tartness and carbonation. The malts are sublime here - behind the fruit with little to no hop character.

The feel is not as light as you would think. It is full and juicy with a perfect dryness. It finishes clean, and organic - wanting more.

Musings: I buy just about every fruit beer I can get my hands on for my wife. This is one of the better ones. Dry, clean and simple with true to life raspberry taste.

ChuckD, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color, very slightly lavender I suppose. Thin rim of head. Huge berry / flower smell. Excessively fizzy. Crisp body, not exactly dry, but light and bitey. The berry flavor is definitely prominent, but it's not syrupy. Actually, there's almost not enough raspberry; lindeman's Framboise this is not. The wheat and malt flavors still show through, along with a slight hop bitterness, and it's not necessarily a winning combination. Still, it's a blazing hot day in Southern California, this is a light, tasty beer, and I wouldn't mind a couple more.

PeatReek, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Marty's in Allston. Poured into a pint glass.

For the New Englander: basically a thinner MH #9 except raspberry. This beer is pretty drinkable, and it is also pretty tasty. It has a raspberry tartness upfront, and finishes with graininess and raspberry syrup. It is a little thin, but there is nothing objectionable here, and it is very drinkable.

bignick, May 31, 2006
Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange little beer that pours a cloudy amber color with traces of purple. The head is short lived. It smells a bit like a blow pop and beer combined and that is exactly what it tastes like. if you are into speciality beers and like fruity tastes, go ahead and try it. If the idea of drinking a beer while eating blow pop turns you off, I'd go ahead and skip it.

pibbxtrasucks, May 29, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The way I see it, anything's better than a "malternative" and a good, fruity wheat beer is usually a nice alternative to those when it comes to the ladies who make "ick" faces when it comes to beer; regardless of the quality.

Enter Purple Haze, a cloudy wheat beer with a stronger taste of fruit than most wheat beers brewed in the same manner. This is probably because, as the label mentions, that the raspberry puree is added after the filtration process. That is probably what causes the cloudiness of the beer, as true wheats shouldn't be filtered anyway.

It pours a very pale color and is quite cloudy. The taste is not nearly as yeasty as expected, but the fruit flavor is prevailent and masks the taste of the beer itself leaving a bland aftertaste. This is not to say that the beer is quite drinkable, because it is. A great choice for a summer brew on a hot day and especially for the ladies, and, dare I say, the "guys" who insist on anything but beer.

KFaulkner, May 29, 2006
Photo of jwff
1.68/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A weird pinkish color makes me seriously wonder if I'm drinking grapefruit juice. I understand this is a "raspberry wheat beer" but this just looks like something a kid threw together. Not much to smell here, but maybe that's the bar atmosphere (not that I'm complaining, I love the Flying Saucer). The taste was similar to the smell, just nothing there. I could get a very slight yeasty front followed up and finished with a very tart sweetness that pains the stomach. The mouthfeel was very thin which made this easy to drink, but doesn't make it very drinkable. The fire sale has screwed me again.

jwff, May 18, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull cantalope color with a small white head. Smells mostly rasberry and citrus with a little doughy smell in there. Tastes the same, mostly rasberry with a strong wheat finish. Not a lot of carbonation which brings out a good amount of flavor. A very inviting beer that is good for all to try. A good mouthfeel and overall easy consumption. This isn't the most amazing beer, but definitely worth a try. It has subtle flavors and a great balance. Check this beer out if you get a chance.

wingman14, May 16, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was always hesitant to try this one as I just assumed it'd be along the lines of a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat or other overly fruity fruit beers. luckily, it is not.

It pours a fairly nice cloudy dark golden colour with a somewhat fluffy head.

The aromas are obviously berry-heavy, but not overpowering. The berry is well balanced with some other citrus notes, some grain and yeast, and is hefeweizen-esque at times.

The flavour is quite good actually. Again, berry is the key factor and the most noticeable, but it is far from being distracting and is actually quite a nice mix with the grain and hints of malt here and there. It's got basic flavour but is effective. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is an easier drinking, more balanced brew than I was ever expecting. I thought I'd have a sip or two and have to swear this one off forever, but I'm happy to say that I'd gladly sample this one again, and it'd certainly be a nice change of pace brew in the summer.

SixpointJMH, May 15, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight white head that leaves pretty good lace.
S: Smells of fruit (apricot, raspberry) with a little bit of wheaty malt also.
T: Tastes of lemon, apricot, raspberries. Reminded me a lot of the #9, but a little bit less refreshing as its more malty.
M & D: slick mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smoothly with a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Drinkable, but there are other ones out there that I would have first.

bjohnson, May 15, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DeaconBluez and BIF Across America.

This one pours a cloudy amber color with... yes a somewhat purple highlight. No head at all.
Smells like what it is a wheaty rasberry beer. Is kinda' nice.
A clean sharp taste of sour rasberrys. Tastes good.
Medium boddied. Has a bit of friction to it that is complementry to the flavor.
This one could be a decent refreshing summer time brew.

BeerRun13, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pale orange, very cloudy. Peachy-purple tinted head of dense foam reaches one finger in height and holds well leaving a few specs of sticky lace. The aroma is very weak with just a hint of raspberry and wheat and the taste is similiar... pretty bland IMHO. The aftertaste hints at dryness but with no hop flavor whatsoever, just a lingering but mild raspberry taste that manages to be not sweet nor tart. The finish is mostly clean, but the fruit pulp becomes somewhat chalky, and leaves a scummy film. The mouthfeel is otherwise decent, with a medium crispness and smooth body. The drinkability isn't necessarily harsh, but this really dissapoints as a summertime fruit beer.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bee empties from the stubby 12-ounce brown bottle a hazy brown color with a modest sized off white head that after its demise leaves a thin but concealing sheet of lace. Nose has a berry like sweetness, hints of cracked wheat and a nice fresh crispness, start is sweet, the grain profile pleasant and the top light in feel. Finish is light to medium in its acidity, the hops light but pleasant, the aftertaste dry, a nice refreshing beer.

Gusler, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of bruachan
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hmmm...fruit beer. goddam winking lizard world tour

hazy amber orange color. the head on top fizzled out a minute after i poured. smells like funky, wheaty fake raspberry

tastes like it smells. the raspberry recalls more of the seeds than the fruit and the wheat character matches the grainy aroma you might catch in the elephant house of your local zoo

bruachan, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of gqfiji
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

dated best by july 16 of 2006

a: pours a cloudy amber. the head disappears quickly

s: there is a raspberry smell along with the wheat, but not as strong as expected.

t: a watered down taste of a lambic framboise, and a hint of the wheat. nothing to write home about

m: not bad. it coats the palate and lingers with the raspberry, but has no aftertaste, doesnt linger with much of anything

d: could drink it all night, like an american light beer though. i would recommend other wheat beers and other rasp. beers, but together, this one is not bad, but not good either

gqfiji, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of kpantz
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: I'm not wowed by this in any way. Not disappointed, either. Purple Haze simply "is." It's there...nothing spectacular about it, but I'd keep a few around in the warmer weather.

Appearance: Pours a dull, hazy orange with an ever so slightly pink-tinted head. Body has hints of purple in it, though I'm not sure I'd pick that out if I didn't know what I was drinking.

Smell: A bit of a fruity nose to it, but the rest of the aroma is very bland. No good wheat aroma to it, really.

Taste: Raspberry puree is easily detected, and it plays pretty nicely with the hop character. There's no initial thrust of flavor - no malts, no sweetness - and it's all up to the hops and the raspberries to deliver the flavor. Thankfully, they do sufficiently enough to make this fairly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Thinner than I expected. Almost insignificant, if that's even a way to describe it.

Drinkability: Probably PH's strongest attribute. Thin, bright and light, this one is a great summer quencher. Could line up a few for a day out in the yard. There are, however, many better tasting beers with these attributes.

kpantz, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orange color with strong purple hints. It had a 1/2 inch white head that lingered for a while, and very light lacing. The beer had expiration date notched on the back label, and is a raspberry wheat lager(this is what the label said).

The smell was of mild malt and sweet raspberry. The first thing that hits your tongue is the carbonation followed by the nice malts of the body. It is refreshing, and that is why I bought it....It is already hot here in Charleston and this is a great beer for hot weather. The carbonation is present throughout the entire sip, and lasts though the whole experience. There is a nice crisp finish of raspberry, that is slightly tart. The raspberry is not too overwhelming, and this is a good thing.

Drinkability/mouthfeel: I am one that like carbonation, especially in the summer, and it makes this an easy to drink wheat lager. Extremely refreshing. It might even be a good beer to help introduce someone to a fruit/wheat beer(or craft beer in general).

jameaterblues, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of jabocu
1.15/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a orange pink haze with a white cap that was gone fast. Faint bouquet with wheat, fruity esters, and malty sweetness. Faint raspberry. Flavor was a musty biscuit with a sour citrus and very light raspberry notes. Very fake sweetness flavor that just gave it a very bland empty feeling in the mouth. Watery with med-light carbonation. Finished with a dull dry feeling. I hope I don't have to go through this again.

jabocu, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle with a drink before date notched into the back label. Poured into a pint glass an opaque golden orange with a definate purple tinge. A bubbly thin white head that quickly disappated leaving next to nothing behind

The rasberries are very heavy on the nose, with subtle scents of alchohol and the sweetness of malts.

The taste is a little bland in the front but finishes stronger with a finish of rasberries. Purple Haze is a thin brew with a heavy almost seltzer like amount of carbonation.

Not really a bad drink, but in many ways more like drinking a bottle of flavored selzer or soda than it is a beer. Probobly great to drink on a sorching hot summer day.

DaggerEyes, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
1.48/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out a hazy mix between an orange and a pink. Tiny, thin bubbles make for a very brief head. Smells like 99% of Abita beers I've had: grainy, and overly sweet, almost like a malt liquor sans the high abv. Taste starts of with a sharp wheat twang, but things go downhill soon after. I know it says they use raspberry puree in this, but, really, it tastes so fake. Like raspberry Kool-Aid thrown in the mix (i.e., it's as if a kid made it). Leaves a nauseating grainy macro lager finish mixed with Sweet'N Low. Mouthfeel is flat and almost syrupy. It's very difficult finidng any inspiration to drink this.

I've never been impressed with any Abita beer, save the Restoration Ale, but this is the worst offering from them I have ever tasted. Seriously, what the fuck?

goochpunch, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 6/17/06 12oz bottle (only size it comes in)

Bottle says this is a lager. (just to throw that out since i havent seen that said anywhere else)

Pours out a hazy very light orangish color with a slightly purple tint to it. Nice off white head to it. I should say now, if poured into a wider glass, you'll get a better purple color and is more hazy.

Smells. Rasberries dominate, but is not strong at all. gives it a rasberry fruity sweetness to the smell. Smell also reminds me of grape jelly.

Taste. I can start tasting the rasberry puree in this, along with a grainy maltiness and a little bit like cereal. Not sweet, really more on the dry side. I wish it was a bit sweeter. Has a slight cardboard taste to it as well. Aftertaste is grainy with a smally rasberry kiss to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium body. Good carbonation. Not bad, but nothing to get worked up on.

Overall. I do have to say this: this beer down here is kinda known as a girlie drink because fruit is added (though the ones knocking it are the ones sucking down bud lights- reeeal many). But on that note, i never order this at a bar b/c of that fact, plus i can usually get something better. But it is much better on tap, lots more rasberry flavor and tartness.

Really only good on tap...

acrawf6, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of nickss
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange hue with a 1/4" head which disipates rapidly. Kinda cloudy... interesting, yet not special.

Pretty rank smell... kinda fruity, but mostly like spoiled something or other.

I remember this tasting alot better... but this is just.... ugh.... bleh. Some blueberry, eh... refreshing, but bleh.

A bit thicker than the normal macro stuff, and with a bit less carbonation.

Drinkable, but I simply dont want to. I remember this beer being alot better... oh well... glad I stole it from my girlfriend's stash =D

nickss, Mar 10, 2006
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.