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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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753 Reviews
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Reviews: 753
Hads: 3,020
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 41.69%
Wants: 95
Gots: 649 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 753 | Hads: 3,020
Photo of Vixie
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with bits floating in it, which I assume are the fruit bits the label says you may see. Has a decent sized white head that quickly dissipates, leaving lacing across the surface.

Smell is mostly sweet, reminds me a bit of the smell of a fruit soda.

Taste starts with malty sweetness, then the taste of the raspberries comes in. Has a lingering sweetness at the end.

Feel is very much on the bubbly side due to high carbonation.

Basically a decent beer, but not much else. I do like the fact that they tried something different here, but nothing really stands out as being outstanding. Would be a good beer for a hot day, other than that, nothing overly outstanding.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this once at a craft beer expo and I liked it. So I'm reviewing a bottle of it now.

It looks : copper colored body with a rose tint. First pour was transparent, second pour later on was hazed. Head is fluffy and flat white, 2 fingers tall and then 1. Not much lace left behind as decoration.

It smells : Very much like arbor mist or a raspberry wine cooler. Perhaps a Canada dry, too. There's not much in the way of hop or malt, just a sweet, artificial raspberry. Very one noted.

It tastes : the malts come out more in the taste with wheat, and the raspberry takes a back seat with a shallow two dimensional quality. There's only a vague hint of hop. Not much to write about.

It feels : Light body yielding into a creamy medium texture, with a buzzing carbonation underneath and a slightly Pilsner-esque finish.

Overall : somewhat underwhelming but still fairly tasty. I'd have it again but it's nothing exciting.

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Photo of PGD120
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: very pale yellow. Visible carbonation. Fluffy 2 finger white head

Smell: wet cardboard and fake raspberries. Some biscuit malt.

Taste: basically tastes like an aal but overly sweet with fake rasberries. Finishes off all raspberry

Mouthfeel: bright carbonarion. Very light bodied

Overall: won't drink again, perfect beer for the type of person who would normally drink twisted yea or Mikes hard over beer.

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Photo of Beerma
4.26/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My husband bought me this and I was like UHHHH Thanks I guess grape beer! Well he told me it was raspberry which I love and was still thinking gross sweet syrupy. Nope I was wrong. It was a light raspberry taste, great for summer. Very drinkable. Drank a bunch and now I need more!

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Photo of csheridan
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a much better raspberry beer, try Founders Rubaeus (spelling's off, because the "u" has the German umlaut, and the a & e are combined in the old Latin "aesc", but you can find it searching Founders brewery).

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing this as a raspberry lager. Nice golden color with little head. Smells like slightly sour raspberries. Smooth balanced lager with a good tart tartness from the raspberries. Easy drinker that is exactly what it is labeled.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is straightforward with malts, not much else here.

The taste is upfront with the malts. Very light with the raspberries at the finish.

Mouth feel is light, chewy and pleasant.

Overall not a bad brew, i would take it over anything adjunct anyday. However not my typical brew. Low ABV and IBU's, along with a very light almost diet raspberry taste. Glad i tried it but doubt i will purchase again.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fruitiness with the raspberry purée added after fermentation; wheaty finish with a nice hazy color.
I've found it has been much better on tap than in bottle. Not sure why that is the case, maybe freshness. A beer like this won't knock your socks off but it's drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The most recognizable thing about this beer is how smooth it finishes. It tastes sweet and smells like vanilla, but it drinks so easily that it can be consumed in big gulps to really enjoy all of its flavor at once.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

This was the first Abita beer I've had and it's still my first love. Sweet, refreshing, and just an all-around tasty brew. It's great out of the bottle but outstanding on tap!

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Photo of LadyCraft
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

The bottle and label makes this beer look like some kind of daunting stout but don't be fooled! It pours into a pale honey colored and you can definitely taste the raspberry flavor (little artificial tasting but I enjoyed it).

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Photo of Fuzzgun91
3/5  rDev -6%

One of the few beers I can say is too light for me. I like the idea of it, but it sorta just tastes like sugar free Juicy Juice with a hint of beer. Very refreshing though.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

... All in my brain, lately things they don't seem the same, actin' funny but I don't know why, excuse me while I drink this beer... doesn’t have the same ring as the Hendrix lyrics but I couldn’t help myself humming the song over and over whilst pouring this brew. This was no doubt the intention of Abita when they named their Raspberry Lager - to get The Hendrix Experience stuck in your head. Not a bad intention at all IMO.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: First off - it’s hardly close to a purple haze, more of an orange/brown haze in the body with a thin white lace on top. 3/10 for that misleading name.

S: Raspberries, fresh picked and plenty of ‘em. There is a background hint of grain too but the raspberries have the aroma locked down tight. I for one like a fruit beer that’s big, fresh and fruity, so well done Abita! 8/10.

T: Crisp, refreshing raspberries mingle with a Lagery cut grass and grain base. The raspberry note is great - clean, fresh, tart and moreish, but the Lager flavours distract a bit and leave me disappointed that they are there ruining this fine fruit beer. Finish is dry from the raspberries. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fine crisp carbonation. 8/10.

D: Hmmm, I’m thinking this would have tasted so much better if it was a Weizen with raspberries... Lager flavours have a tendency to ruin everything with grain bases that meddle with any added fruits, but you can’t have a fruit-flavoured Pale Ale because the hops would overpower the fruit, so Weizen is the best style for mixing fruit in my opinion. Would I buy Purple Haze again? No, sorry Abita. 4/10.

Food match: This beer would pair well with sushi or sashimi.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 11, 2014
Misc.: Best by Jan. 1, 2015

Poured a grapefruit juice, straw hazy color with one finger of gray lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass in bubbling streams. Poor lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled grape, dark raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, slight blackberry, wheat grass and grape Sweet Tarts. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted much better than the smell. Got dark raspberry, blueberry, Smucker’s raspberry jam, black cherry, purple grape, honey wheat, Sweet Tarts and blackberries. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, fruity, refreshing finish. (Feel - 3.75)

For the style this was decent. I’m a sucker for fruity beers. I don’t know where this ranks with the others, but it was OK. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raspberries and raspberry jam alongside some soft sweet malt. A little artificial seeming.
Flavours include cardboar malt notes, cereal grains and a raspberry lolly character.
Body feels watery, carbonation is much too low.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Honestly, it's not as great as all the hype that was surrounding it when I had it, but it is worth a try and very easy/enjoyable to drink! Smooth, light, quite crisp, refreshing and probably palatable/drinkable to anyone who tries it - i especially appreciate the raspberry puree that was brewed into it.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

A nice cloudy orange golden with moderate head and retention. Smells and tastes of fruit and wheat. The raspberry is prominent. High amounts of carbonation and a nice feel.

Different but enjoyable.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Fruity!! Tons of raspberries in the nose, followed by some subtle malt and wheat, giving off some cereal-like notes. I also get some honey-like sweetness and some very subtle hops.

Taste: Wow!! Tons of raspberries and honey, but not at all overly sweet or cloying. Perfectly balanced with some wheat, malt and hops. This is a delicious raspberry beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very, good raspberry ale! Great balance between the fruit, some honey-like sweetness, wheat, malt and slightly bitter hops. Delicious! I’m certainly getting a few of these again this coming summer!

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Photo of SkywardJ
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%

A-light amber, thin.
S-Raspberries,sucrose, malts,
T- smooth malts, slighty tart raspberry finish.
P - pairs best with adventurea in Bonton and Sookie Stackhouses' Fae alternate reality.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

And I'm listening to "All Along the Watchtower"... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, raspberry syrup, and a touch of corn. The taste leads with the corn before immediately getting blindsided by the very artificial-tasting raspberry syrup. Then everything returns to a bland corn-y situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer ain't my jam (no raspberry pun intended), what with the artificial taste and one-sad-note offering. It's not horrible, but I'll likely never drink one again.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%

What I would call a nice after dinner beer. The pour is dark red/purple with an off white head. The smell is full of berries, specifically raspberry. The taste is similar although a little more reserved. Very sweet which made it a bit hard to pair with most food besides deserts though. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev +16%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Fairly clear copper colored body with a foamy white head that retains well. Some soapy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Malt sweetness blended with a raspberry puree aroma.

Taste: Very malty and smooth, just enough raspberry notes to make it what it says it is, and thankfully not too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Not outstanding, but good by my standards.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear peach with some light purple at the top. Meager head but good retention throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Raspberry, malt, light grain.

T - Raspberries and some hops up front. Malty middle ends with a tart twang. No cloying aftertaste.

M - Light

O - Very tasty and refreshing brew. Could make a session with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of AyeMito
4.34/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was very surprised with this one! Usually I don't go for flavored beers because they tend to be very sugary. However, this one seems to have that perfect balance! Its amber colored with a white foamy head and looks great. My first smell I assumed it was going to be very sugary because it seemed very sweet and had light raspberry tones. Luckily I was proven wrong! Its light to medium bodied and has a great fruity feel finishing with strong notes of malts and wheat. Its well balanced and layered wonderfully!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 7/6/14 and and had this once before back in 2012. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner flute glass.

pours golden amber in color with a small white head. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is is of wheat and raspberries. the taste is the same actually with the perfect blend of bot the raspberries and wheat, where not one was over powering at all. Not as sweet as you might thing and finished with a slight tangy finish. Overall a tasty brew!

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.