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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,732 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 63
Gots: 322 | 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 philipquarles
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy (who would've guessed?) light amber with a slightly pinkish hue. Medium white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing in a properly cleaned glass. Aromas of standard wheat malt but with a slightly-too-pronounced, tart raspberry presence. Tastes like weak weizen with light, sweet and sour, fruity overtones. Strange, almost skunky character at the end, though it's not very offensive. In the end, Purple Haze just seems "fake" to me in it's sweetness and fruit character.

Photo of TwinSox33
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy hazey Heffe appearance. Decent lacing.

S: Dominant smell of freshly crushed raspberries. Reminiscent of my Aunt's home-made raspberry jam.

T: Clean grain, yeasty wheat malt, and a smooth hint of raspberry jam or paste. Very clean.

M: Balanced and presents a tingly carbonation. It's about avg. for the style.

A very tasty spring water brew. If I'm ever in Louisiana, I'd like to visit Abita Springs to see the brewery.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical wheat with some fruit. Fruit taste isn't overly apparent, but adds a little to the beer. Nicely carbonated and light bodied. Very refreshing, which is what I look for in a wheat. If you want a wheat with a little fruit taste this is pretty good for a low price.

Photo of BravoTwo
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy light yellow coloration in the vein of a hefeweizen. Light small white head.

S - Clean nose with raspberry scents, good balance of smells within this brew.

T - Nice clean wheat beer taste with a nicely balanced use of raspberry. A very nice tasting brew that is well made and balanced, so that no component is too overwhelming.

M - Average here, decent carbonation

D - Good drinkable brew. Nicely balanced and flavorful without being too much if a "fruit beer".

Photo of Frosty80
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: cloudy golden. like a hefeweizen

Smell: slight raspberry and wheat

Taste: like a light wheat beer with enough razz to balance.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. crisp and clean.

Notes: not a bad beer. if you like wheat beers and raspberry you should like this. the raspberry is present enough to offer balance and flavor without being overwhelming

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

Cloudy yellow beer with a head that goes to about one half inch/Aroma is a very very faint raspberry.Taste is raspberry and wheat.Not a particularly great beer although not awful either.Probably worth one try,although I doubt many would come back for seconds!!

Photo of Jablonski
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap at Times Bar & Grill. I've also had it numerous times in the bottle before as well. It pours a cloudy golden color with a slight maroon hue. Small head and minimal lacing. The raspberries dominate the smell with a slight smell of malts. The taste is the same as the smell, except it is a bit more hoppy than the smell. Definitely a wheat beer by the taste. The beer is a bit watery, but this is the case with many Abita brews. The beer is quite drinkable as well. It is much easier to have a few of these at the bar than other beers you may see on tap.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden, little head

smell: slight hops and fruit tint

taste: light and not a harsh surpy fruit tatse, pleasant

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth and easy to drink. I was very suprised. One of my favorite wheat beers and proably my favoite fruit beers.

Photo of cottonkoozie
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Decent, cloudy color, k head retention, a little bit of lacing. carbonation turned me off some, big bubbles around the bottom of the glass that look more like soda carbonation.

S - Raspberry candy. Smells very artificial and sweet.

T - Taste like water with a little bit of raspberry flavoring to it.

M - Again, watery.

D - One is plenty.

Just not good. Really watery tasting. Needs some complexity and something else, maybe beer? Appearance is by far the best part of this beer. The idea of a raspberry witbier isn't bad, but needs more beer qualities.

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.4/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(review from August 9, 2008, bottle)

From a 12 oz. bottle
D- / 1.8
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | drink: 1
rDev: -65.6%

A. Poured semi hazy into a pint glass. A bit of head and some lacing. Not bad looking.

S. Synthetic raspberry extract. Some wheat. Not appetizing.

T. Awful. Bitter raspberry actually more like Shitberry.

M. Left mouth dry. Real dry.

D. One was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-09-2008 01:24:28

Also, recently had the "honor" of trying this beer again on tap.

Still sucks.

If you really must have a raspberry brew try Celis Raspberry or a Raspberry lambic.

Photo of cleeze
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy straw gold color, with a decent a head and some good lacing ever though the low abv.

smell is very fruity and sweet. Deffinatly rasp meshing well with some good malts and wheat.

The smell was a great preview for this brew. Quite tart.

Photo of LordFinley
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark with a tint of lavender. Foam easily sticks to glass and lingers.

Smell: Fruity rasberry and wheat aroma comes off of dissipating head.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, medium carbonation.

Taste: Initial taste is the wheat ale, the finish reaveals a delicious rasberry hint that isnt overwhelming.

Drinkability: Very Easy.

Overall: This is the first 6 pack of good beer I ever purchased, and I still enjoy having a few of these occasionally. The combined taste of wheat ale and fruit taste is not too overwhelming as I've experienced with other fruit beers. I'll be going back to this one for a long time.

Anyone find this on tap??

Photo of Spikester
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very hazy gold with a one-finger white head. Plentiful lacings.
Aroma is fruit.
Taste is mild wheat with some raspberry notes. The hops are pretty well disguised.
Mouthfeel is somewhat bland and lightly sweet.
Drinkability is good if your tastes run to fruit beers. Abv must be about 5% would be my guess.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this was down my list but a few other beers I ordered were out. Poured as the beer name says. Hazy, has a slight purple tint especially in the head which was minimal. Lacing was also minimal.

Smell had raspberries in the nose with a decent malty smell.

Taste had the raspberries. A little light almost like when you mix a crystal light and have too much water preventing the good taste coming through. Also was a little syrupy. A faint taste of rye also maybe?

Was definately a little light on the body. Carbonation was good.from a drinkibg standpoint the low quality lowered the score although it was drinkable. I could imagine this to be a girly training beer.

Photo of DownDaHatch
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an easy to drink wheat ale with little infusion with Raspberry. I thought the fruit flavor would be more pronounced. Honestly, it left me a bit disapointed. I could probably drink a ton of these if I were sitting poolside in the summer. Maybe, I should have had it in the summer instead of in autumn. It is a nice, yet unremarkable, drinkable beer. I would certainly prefer a Hoegarden or Alagash if I wanted a wheat ale. Additionally, a wheat ale with fruit influence - try the 3F Gumballhead.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very appealing rich yellow with sunset orange hues.

S: Oddly enough, my first thought was, "Hey! This smells like Rice Crispies!" You can smell just a tidge of the promised raspberry but, more so, you smell the wheat.

T: Very clean with only a hint of fruit. I was expecting more of a commanding taste out of something labeled as "Purple Haze" and with the word "Raspberry" right on the bottle. Very smooth tasting.

M: Light to Super-Light.

D: Definitely something to throw a girl at a party if she doesn't like the taste of beer, as my roommate put it. I concur. A light beer with a mild fruity taste. Above average.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a nice hazy golden with a subtle yet definite reddish/pinkish raspberryish tint. big cap of off-white foam is loose and airy with a cratered surface and decent retention. good amount of puffy lace as well. looks nice win a weizen glass.

S- fresh, slightly tart raspberry aroma with a strong backing of malty grain. there's an alcoholic feel to the aroma likely due to the raspberries. sourdough wheaty tartness also.

T- starts off with the taste of stale cheap white bread. or plain saltine crackers. or cardboard. then thankfully, it immediately changes once the berry flavor kicks in. the berry flavor is rather weak and the beer is pretty bland. definitely needs more raspberries or a more flavorful beer as the foundation. it's not offensive tasting at all, just boring.

MF & D- light and fizzy with above medium carbonation. leaves an off flavor on the palate with the feeling of artificial sweetener or diet soda however the overall lightness and mild emptied this glass in no time.

Photo of MTNboy
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great looking beer. There is lots of white head and tight lace. It has a golden body with a good amount of small carbonation bubbles and if you look close you will see some small sediment. It is hazy but not purple. The smell is wheat like and grass, maybe a little bit sweet. It has a spicy mass produced lager taste at first. I know it is ale but that is just how it tasted to me. This beer is crisp and only has little raspberry in the aftertaste. It is refreshing and I could enjoy a few of these.

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

Bottle on 02/27/2005.

Poured a cloudy amber color with a small rocky head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Aroma was wheat with sweet fruit tone. Medium sweet fruity flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Average fruit beer.

Photo of hopdog
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap (pint).

Poured a cloudy golden color with a small head.
Aromas of raspberries with some wheat. Tastes of the same raspberries and wheat. Both on the softer and subtle side. Raspberries on the artificial side.

Notes from 9/19/04

Photo of BigBen61
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I don't know how to categorize this beer so I'll have to make due the best I can.

I had this on tap at Double Dogs in Bowling Green, KY

The appearance is good, even though I don't know what to compare it to. It was a cloudy golden color with a small white head.

The smell is where I began to be turned off by this beer. It litterally made me think of the color purple when I smelled it. I couldn't put my finger on the type, only that the scent seemed remenescent of berries with a slight hoppy undertone.

The taste was not all that great either. It really tasted like a bland macro, that had a bit of something else most likely fake raspberry or some other fruit (possibly sloeberry by the taste).

The mouthfeel is the only area that garnered points other than appearance in my opinion. This beer was exceptionally smooth with good carbonation and a medium body.

The drinkablility of this beer would have been much higher if not for the "fake purple" taste. I probably won't return to this one any time soon.

Photo of nick76
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is sour with a slightly fruity smell. Appearance is similar to a cloudy, pink wine cooler. The taste is bitter and has quite a lot of malt but very little raspberry. Somewhat dry finish with some wheat flavor. Overall, It was a letdown. Maybe more fruit flavor would help.

Photo of cvfish
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a pale golden color that was littered in the middle, creating a cloudy center, that produced a foamy white head with a slight pink hue that did not retain or lace the sides of the glass

S - The nose produces a grainy wheat sweetness, along with the raspberry

T - The taste of the beer was dominated by an artificial raspberry sweetness, with some subtle grainy wheat qualities

M - The feel of the body of this beer was light, very watery, with high amount of carbonation

D - This beer would have been a perfect summer beer, but the amount of carbonation packed into this beer did not make it very drinkable to me, and the raspberry taste was more artificial to me than natural

Photo of donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll admit it. I ordered this because the name reminded me of Jimi Hendrix, and I love me some Jimi. I wasn't entirely sure I should get it due to my utter hatred for all things raspberry, but I kept thinking about how lately things just don't seem the same. And what the hell, I was acting funny but did not know why, so I got it.

I poured it in the glass they gave me and it was a hazy yellow orange. It smelled of raspberry and tasted much the same; but the raspberry played nicely with the hops and made me hate raspberrys a little less.

It wasn't as sharp with carbonation as I'm used to, especially with wheat beers; but it was decent and I drank through it pretty quickly.

Photo of johnd513
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden orange color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears. Smell is citrusy with faint raspberries. Tastes of tart rasberries with a dry dry taste in the middle. The mouthfeel is light to medium body. Fruit beers are not my favorite, this one is okay for the style.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.