Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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okay

745 Reviews
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Reviews: 745
Hads: 2,940
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 572 | 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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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. (411 characters)

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. (290 characters)

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! (175 characters)

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). (226 characters)

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. (172 characters)

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. (1,694 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev +16.6%

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 - 3.38)

Smelled grape, dark raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, slight blackberry, wheat grass and grape Sweet Tarts. (Smell - 3.38)

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 - 3.88)

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)

3.72 | 84 | B (1,026 characters)

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. (266 characters)

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. (305 characters)

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. (198 characters)

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! (1,028 characters)

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. (186 characters)

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. (680 characters)

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. (313 characters)

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. (411 characters)

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! (375 characters)

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! (513 characters)

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! (526 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - amber and golden when poured into glass, some lacing

S - raspberry, wheat, yeast, all very subtle and not overpowering

T - wheat and raspberry are the only two tastes that I can really detect. They are balanced with neither overpowering the other.

M - watery in the mouth, light bodied, crisp, drinkable

O - Average beer, not too much taste or aromas going on. The raspberry is present but is not overpowering which is probably a good thing. Easy to drink. But not something I would go out of my way to have. (516 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle into glass. 4.2% abv. 10/5/14 freshness date.

Appearance- Bright orange in color and crystal clear clarity. White foamy two-finger head that dissipates fairly quick.

Smell- Grainy malts persist with a touch of cooked vegetable aroma. Maybe a very slight hint of rasberries in the nose but not much.

Taste- A dry typical corn lager taste. Some tartness associated with fruit but this is lacking. Good amounts of wheat malt with some caramel malt mixed in as well with a honey like finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin, as a lager should be. A bit too watery. Well carbonated.

Overall- This is a fairly decent lager, however it does not live up to its name. There should be more fruit flavor and a bit more sweetness. The label goes as far as to say you may even see some fruit pulp...I'm not buying that. Mildly refreshing. Could use improvement. (851 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

nice aroma, good berry wheat flavor although it tends to lean a little to the artificial flavor side. Good drinking beer with a great aroma, decent head and color. Will drink again but wint go out of my way to get it, Decent on tap but better out of the bottle. Nice effort and a unique beer (291 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and purple highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and raspberries (not very sweet or very tart raspberries - possibly artificial flavor).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat with just a hint of sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of raspberries without much sweetness or tartness associated with it. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin and slightly watery.

O: Easy to drink and would be a good gateway beer for people that are just getting into craft beer - also appeals to non-beer drinkers. Refreshing but not interesting enough for me to want to have another. (1,015 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a decent beer. I know that I enjoyed this beer when I had this beer. I actually had it in a bottle and on draft. The bottle and the draft was good. It is not my favorite beer but it still was good. I would not have any problems recommending this beer to someone. (275 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickwood Grill in Rochester, NY.

Pours a interesting reddish pink, with a some purple and orange tinges. Small half inch fizzy head, with a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like raspberries, grapefruit, and some wheat.

The taste is similar. The raspberry flavor is subtle, wish it was stronger. I taste some grapefruit and lemon, as well as some wheat bitterness. Slight hop bitterness near the end too, I think, but it's quite mild.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable. High carbonation.

Not horrible, but somewhat uninteresting and pedestrian. (582 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1" sudsy head diminishes quickly leaving some lacing. Color is a cloudy golden hue. Aroma: the fruit presence is noticeable and dominates the smell. No detectable hop aroma and just a bit of grass/wheat in the background.
Mouthfeel: watery and somewhat crisp with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: again the raspberry is the dominate flavor and yields just a little to a sweet malt in the middle and finish with perhaps the slightest hint of hops at the end of the taste.
Overall: decent but not exciting. Not bad, but not great either. (544 characters)

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
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