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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,800 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,800
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 71
Gots: 420 | 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 jamiesessions
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -14.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -15.6%
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
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
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
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
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
2.62/5  rDev -19.6%
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 +9.8%
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
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.16/5  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
3.13/5  rDev -4%
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
3.01/5  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.

Photo of deereless
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Fair amount of thick, dense fluffy white head, a very light straw color, no signs of true lacing - 3.75, S: Raspberries dominate the nose, behind all the berry jam aromas there is also some dry graininess - 4.00, T: Raspberries play only a minor role on the palate, the wheat provides a crisp and refreshing touch, flavor profile is quite thin and uninspiring - 2.50, M: Very light bodied and smooth palate - 3.00, D: Quite drinkable in a lawnmower day sort of way, a refreshing beer but not one I see myself drinking again - 2.75

Photo of 1inamill
2.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Abita Purple Haze:
Its a medium bodied beer that poured a golden color with a purple tint. It was a mildly hoppy flavor with a hint of raspberry. I enjoyed it at my favorite pub but I dont have to have it again. Im not big on fruit wheat type beers.

Photo of fitzy84
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from my honeymoon at Disney world. The beer had a hazy orange color. Decent lacing on the sides. Pretty fruity aroma. Dense florals and really ripe oranges are dominant. Average balance of sweet-sour with the flavoring; nothing too spectacular. Wish it had some of the aroma hints mirrored in the tastes. However, the carbonation was quite good and led the beer to be quite refreshing. Overall, pretty good.

Photo of Stunner97
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearnce- moderate amber in color, slight foam head and low carbonation

Smell- wheat, grain, raspberries and fruit are present, overall decent smell

Taste- An wheat and grain flavor follow by a long lingering raspberry and fruit flavor, decently strong raspberry for sure, slightly overally sweet finish,

Mouthfeel- moderate to mid body,not to heavy

Drinkability- This is a decent beer, in general not really my cup of tea, not really into a very fruity wheat style beer, to me its just not a beer, this would have to be a desert beer that you could really only have one of, its got a nice flavor just not something I could visit to often,

Photo of donniecuffs
3.86/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Standard appearance for a wheat beer: hazy, yellow/orange, but a thin, short-lasting head.

S: I found the strong tart raspberry with a faint mandarin-orange nose to be both unique and satisfying. Not overpowering, like some over-the-top fruit beers.

T: Raspberry flavor not as strong as the raspberry nose, and the flavor didn't linger like most fruit beers. I even sensed a light hoppy aftertaste, but very subtle.

M/D: Light-bodied, but that being said, but rarely am I able to drink fruity beers for a session, and this one is no different.

Photo of Buschyfor3
1.96/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

10oz draft on tap at Old Chicago

A: Looks like your typical wheat beer - hazy, golden-orange body with a thin white head; head retention is surprisingly minimaland there is little lacing. Looks average to be honest...

S: Not much on the nose other than some musky wheat notes. Maybe the fact that this came in a chilled mug explains why the nose seems so dull. Just a faint expression of raspberry in the nose. Defintely was expecting more of a fruit presence here.

T: Slightly tart raspberry taste up front, but any raspberry flavors quickly fade to nothing but typical grainy/cereal-like wheat flavors. What raspberry that is there is really artificial tasting and kind of chalky - reminds me of the berry flavored chewable kids vitamins (I was a Flinstone kid growing up).

M: Kind of chalky and slightly watery.

D: Eh. Not really one that I enjoyed, but I manned up and finished off the mug. Good thing it was a draft special and it was cheap. The fruit presence in this beer was too fake/artificial tasting and the base wheat beer itself wasn't anything to call home about. Can't say I'll approach this one again.

Photo of aval89
2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was curious to try this beer so me and a buddy picked up a sixer of this stuff.

Poured a light golden color with a decent size head. The raspberry smell was quickly noticed. Very overwhelming at first. The smell went away and so did the head. I took the initial taste expecting it to taste like medicine. But I was wrong. The raspberry taste wasn't as strong as I expected as well as the tart taste I've read about. The mouthfull was very watery and left a very watery finish. Just about no taste after it hits your palate. The taste gets worse as you keep drinking. I only had 3 and the last one was like drinking water. I'd only buy this if I were gonna chill with females who want to try something different.

Photo of nomomentwasted
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this out of a bottle the other day brought over by a friend, and I was curious, so I gave it a shot. I'm not very experienced in the "fruit beer" category, but I'm preeety sure this ain't a good example.

Appearance: Yellowish with a clear pour and little fizzy head. Nothing exciting.

Smell: Kind medicine-like, with just a hint of wheat and faux-raspberry. A little sweet, a little wheat, not much else.

Taste: Watery. Thin wheat. Finishes with a hint of raspberry that isn't alone all by itself, but it's worse as it goes along. Just starts to taste fake and medicine like.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated and overwatery. Finish gets kinda gross after a while.

Drinkability: I mean, it's got very little alcohol so that's a plus I guess if you're putting them back, but I know bigger beers that drink easier than this. All in all, I'd say it's an avoid beer, and I was hot and thirsty when I drank it. If I wasn't probably wouldn't have finished it.

Photo of gameface23
1.56/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Hazy straw colored with a spritzy head. Minimal amounts of lacing.

S: Slight tartness from the raspberries, but it is fake and uninspired.

T: Remarkably similar to store brand raspberry seltzer water. The finish is extremely dry, leaving only a chemical astringency.

M: Extremely thin.

D: Avoid.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden straw in color. Big poof of head that disapears quickly.

S: Wheat, yeast and raspberry.

T: Wheaty, bready with a mild raspberry flavor. Pretty decent.

M: Light bodied, ok carbonation, slighty watered down.

D: Light bodied and a little watery. Expected a little more, but still good.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,800 ratings.