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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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753 Reviews
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Reviews: 753
Hads: 3,022
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 41.69%
Wants: 94
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.

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Reviews: 753 | Hads: 3,022
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
3.52/5  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

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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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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper/amber pour with a small white head. Light fruity aroma. Body is light with flavors of mildly tart raspberry and grain. Crisp finish with a lingering fruity sweetness.

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Photo of FLima
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of raspberries and wheat.
Likewise, flavor of fresh raspberries with herbal and floral hops, pilsner yeast and wheat.
Light body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles and a slightly tart sensation.
If you dig something like a raspberry juice with Pils that may be your beverage choice. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Thus beer had a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange brew with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty laving as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready wheat malts, sweet raspberry, and a little yeastiness. Not really much else going on.

Taste: Wheaty sweet raspberries and then everything fizzles out. A little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This could be a nice summer drink. Not for me, but good to try out. Enjoyable brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purple Haze pours a darker reddish color with not much head. There is an aroma with a pale wheat note, and a strange sweetness. The taste is much the same, pale wheat undertones, with a weird strange out of place sweetness from the raspberries. Awkward flavors, and rather too fizzy. Overall its light, fizzy, and way to sweet, and the flavors don't mix that well.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a hazy, yellow color with a slight almost pinkish tint. Head retreats to a lasting lace.

S - Fruit and cooked grains.

T - Definite raspberry flavor with malt undertones.

M - Very tangy on the tongue with a sweet finish.

O - For what it is it's a decent beer. I could see drinking these on a hot summer day while working outside.

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Photo of BennyThon
3.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pink and amber it's kind of a hard color to pin down. Very little head disappated quickly.

Smell - Fairly strong smell of wheat and raspberries.

Taste - Refreshingly light wheat beer with a raspberry after taste. Not particularly tart, which I would prefer, but that may draw other people in. You can taste the pilsner malts in the finish and they are quite good.

Mouth feel - Very light and drinkable. Crisp, finishes clean. Highly carbonated.

Overall - Tasty beer, I taste a lot more of the wheat with a subtle taste of raspberry than it seems a lot of the other reviewers do. This beer would be good on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle poured into goblet

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Photo of lighthabit
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

interesting. don't think i'd have another, but i'm glad i gave it a shot.

color - hard to pin down what color this this, a bit like a hefe, with a tinge of pink, but seems a bit murky. hazey. smell is pretty good on the raspberries, seems natural, not something artificial dreamed up by a chemist :)

taste is mild raspberries over lager, a bit too mild for my tastes, but nothing really wrong, imo. mouthfeel is a bit confusing to me, i think i'd like a bit more crispness to enhance the berries. berries come out a bit more as it warms.

worth a try, if only to say you've had something with such an apt name from the 60s.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Good clarity with a purple tint. Head quickly disappears and leaves no lace.

S - Raspberries, tart, yeast, bread grain.

T - Sweet yet tart raspberries, yeast, crackers, bread. Easy drinking - nice carbonation on the mouthfeel.

O - This would be nice enjoyed on a warm summer day - Easy to slam back and the alcohol would make it session able.

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Photo of ranger7
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
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A - Pink grapefruit, small white head, cloudy.

S - Tart raspberry.

T - Raspberry juice.

M - Fizzy like a spritzer with a tart aftertaste.

Summary - To me, this is not a beer. Maybe a raspberry cider or something? It's just got this weird feeling to it, and it's so fizzy. I suppose it isn't a bad drink, but for me, it is a bad beer. I was hoping for a lot more depth than an alcoholic raspberry spritzer.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.21/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I did not like this beer. Was at a New Years Eve concert and the selection was not very good. I think I accidentally was thinking it was Hazed and Infused (not wild about it either). I have been disappointed by Purple Haze before, but this one really disappointed me.

It looked okay. A bit of white head on top of an orange-ish liquid. The plastic cup didn't help, but I don't particularly give a shit about the appearance.

It smelled kind of grainy, but little to anything else. Maybe a hint of citrus. Just blah.

It tasted worse than it smelled. There was some sort of fruity flavor, but it didn't strike me as from hops. There was a wee nip of malty flavor and sweetness, but not much. Whatever, it was borderline gross.

Really thin and watery.

I made a really bad choice ordering this beer. It was the only non BMC tap. Later I saw some bottles that would have been better. Unfortunate that it was my last beer of 2013. I will never, ever subject myself to it again. Yuck.

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Photo of ale1
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it was in 1998 i made a trip to the Breau-Bridge area for 2 weeks vacation, relax, eat lots of seafood, tour the sights, listen to local music and sample any wines or beers made locally, We happened across a place called Mullotte's for the evening which offered local cooking and music ..hard to pass up and we were rewarded. Abita makes their ale for them and bottles it under Mulotte's name well that was a start it was very similar to Turbo Dog in flavor another ale they make and glad we had gotten to quaff a few and listen to the local music.
On the way home we stopped by the brewery off I-10 and got the cooks tour of the brewery, only one there and i'm not a newspaper or magazine writer so the folks have sold me on their beer and they are quite good

this is the Purple Haze we are reviewing tonight

served in a malt glass

appearance -pours a hazy amber-orange with 2-3" head which settles quickly
carbonation appears natural and light lacing on the glass when swirled

nose -fruit ,light malt no hops that we can tell

finish- very light rasberry bite at the end in place of traditional hops like a tart Lambic ale

this goes well with the wheat malt and covers up if any, that often odd aftertaste in many weissbeers

alot of thought and effort went into making this and quite good

we had it with seafood this evening , fitting for a Cajun ale

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Photo of saltymalty
4.16/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Abita Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with fresh raspberries added during secondary fermentation. Subtle coloration, fruity aroma and tartly sweet taste. Some may not care for unfiltered beers, but most would enjoy this anyway as it is still crisp and cleansing.

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