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Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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

Added by kbub6f on 10-19-2001

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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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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.

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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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is sort of a deep golden-orange with a violet hue in the recesses. Off the tap, it develops a creamy cap of about half a finger. It is sturdy, standing strong while depositing a mixture of spotting and patching that's itself very creamy.
A mix of tart, sweet and sour, the raspberry is certainly here. It's underneath a grainy malts base. It's kind of a mix of berries and something like green apple, ultimately.
The raspberry flavor is pretty nice, a fairly gentle sweetness not overdone against the tart notes that come off as more natural, backed by malty grains that aren't too grainy, as they are in the nose. A bit of rind and even a hint of some herb-derived spiciness is rounded out by just a hint of leafy bitterness.
It's crisp up front and doesn't fall off too much at the end, though a little. The body is light but verges on being thin, though it avoids that as well. Smoothness is moderate as a touch of dryness sneaks into the finish.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD 01/13/14. Pours a clear light amber with just a touch of purple shading. The bottom of the bottle pour is hazy from pulp. Light head that diminishes in 2 minutes with little lacing. Very light nose of raspberry. Light bodied with some pulp. Normal carbonation level. The weak flavor profile is raspberry, but you have to look for it since there is very little flavor present. The finish has mild effervescence that brings raspberry more forward with a bit of tartness.

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Photo of mooninle
4.47/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm actually pretty embarrassed to admit how much I like Purple Haze.
I understand how many people don't or wouldn't like this beer at all- but it's a good beer for some drinkers.

If you're a beer purist this may or may not be the drink for you; it really doesn't drink like a beer so much as a raspberry-sodapop-wine-beer combination. From the bottle, it's all right- drinkable, pretty good. It smells like raspberries but the taste is disappointing to what you'd expect. Out of curiosity I poured it into a goblet and the raspberry flavors opened up quickly. I probably wouldn't drink it straight from the bottle again. But it's the most wine-like beer I've ever had and that quality is REALLY going to divide people.

Appearance is a pinkish-purpleish-peachish hint. It's a pretty cool shade. It's in an attractive bottle with an attractive purple label. About a one-finger head that disappeared very quickly, as others have noted.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, fizzy. It's pretty refreshing. It's lighter than most beers I drink. I typically much prefer darker, spicier brews. But for this one I make an exception.

Fruit flavors are raspberry (obviously) with lemon zest. It's lightly grainy with little bitterness. Think of it like this- the beer is basically a vehicle for the raspberry. Probably wouldn't drink the beer on its own without it but they do complement each other well.

I only tried this because of my love of Abita, and raspberries. I didn't expect very much when I tried it and was really surprised by how much I like it. In reality, just think about your other preferences. If you don't like fruit beers, raspberries, or the like, you probably wouldn't like this. If you're like me and a raspberry fiend, and like beer, you'd enjoy it.

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Photo of DaveEcenrode
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Foamy 1 finger head poured into pint glass from Can

Has a light lager color with no lacing on the glass

Smells like applesauce, don't ask me why, but it does

Taste is slight berry, but I keep getting an overly fizzy tartness with every gulp

I love carbonation, especially in IPA, DIPA's, but this not being an IPA could have had less bubbly

Overall, I have another 23 of these cans to go, and I do enjoy this beer... One of the first Beers that got me into craft/micros.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Probably one of the better fruit beers that I've had. You can definitely taste the raspberries and it's a cool purple colour. Interesting and worth a try, but I'm not really big on fruit beers so I probably wouldn't go out of my way for one again.

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Photo of yardkl
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is the perfect beer for lady's who don't like beer. This was one of the first beers I gave my wife. She liked it but now that she has acquired the taste of beer she can't stand it. What makes this beer cool is that it has a fruity essence without a sweet fruit taste. This is a beer I would never drink myself but keep on hand for those inexperienced beer drinkers.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.