Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,910 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 85
Gots: 552 | 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 HoustonTX
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Peach in color, decent white head, which felt an early demise. Not much lacing either.

S - Light wheat, and strong rasberry.

T - Light-bodied. Taste is not complex. Wheat and rasberry sweetness is all that's to be found. Not bad, just quite basic. Mouthfeel is light and semi dry. Finishes crisp. Drinkability is average for a hot summer day.

Not a horrible beer, but there is much better choices out there.

Photo of Phocion
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an interesting cloudy orangish-peach color with a thin head. Minimal lacing around the glass.

Nose is strongly of raspberries and strong citrus yeast with an undertone of wheat.

Very thin and shallow taste. Crisp, tarty citrus with a weak bitter finish and strong raspberry aftertaste.

Thin but very crisp feel. If this only tasted better, this could be the best hot-weather brew I've ever tried. Incredibly refreshing, but the flavor is jut too shallow. I don't know why this is the only Abita brew available at every decent liquor store in Southern California, I'm sure they've got something better than this.

Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/25

Poured a hazy orange that was slightly lighter towards the bottom. There was barely a spotted head. Almost no lacing.
The smell was thin - a subtle raspberry aroma.
The taste was of sharp, though not powerful, raspberry. There was some wheat. There was plenty of water. Fresh - but, very weak.
The mouthfeel was light - not a bad mouthfeel for the summer - a touch of raspberry tartness and plenty of clean spring water to cool off with on a hot summer day. There was a hint of raspberry in the aftertaste.
This was almost like drinking fresh water with a touch of raspberry. It goes down easily, but so does water. Overall - too watery and boring - IMO.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, best by 11-09 notched on back label.

Lavender stained nectarine. Short but long lasting head of fine white bubbles. Steady walls of carbonation race upwards. A few angel hair threads of lacing are left. Dry, wispy raspberry note with some sharp tartness fills the nose along with just a bit of wheat. Initially, the raspberries rise, but in a suggestive rather than forceful way. There is a tart, crisp component that compliments as well as a slight lemon pith taste. The finish is dry and maintains the lightness, while being crisp and refreshing. Medium-light body with mouth scrubbing carbonation which works well. Drinkable, enjoyable, and refreshing on a hot, sticky Virginia afternoon.

Photo of beakerboy
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew June '06- Summer Beers

A: Pours a hazy salmon color with no head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet raspberries dominate, but even that is pretty faint.

T: Berry flavors with maybe a little tannin bitterness...it's not hop bitterness

M: Pretty average. It doesn't seem watery, but no "wow" either

D: Not bad, not good. I wouldn't hesitate to bring it to a house party with Bud/Miller drinkers, especially if women will be there. However you'll never see me showing off at the homebrew club.

Photo of beeroclock
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rarely do I enjoy a "flavored" beer. This one is a bit different. It looks like an old beer or that green tea you get at a chinese restaurant or something when you pour it to a glass. Its got a purple tint, not much head either. The smell has some raspberry scent w/ a woodsy type smell behind it. Now, the taste is different, not the typical beer, but not bad. Its actually pretty decent, but I wouldn't drink it all the time. Still, it is ok and I have nothing against it...

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a make-my-own Abita brewing six pack from Cuban Liquors in Shreveport, LA. This is my second of 5 different beers to try.

Pours an interesting hazy apricot-orange color with tinges of pink-purple in the liquid as it's moving from bottle to glass, and slight colored highlights in the white head.

Aroma is a new experience for me. There was none. I am not kidding. I couldn't smell anything. No malt, no wheat, no hops, no fruit, no nothing. How is this possible?

Flavor is the expected berry fruit profile, sitting on wheaty grains. No surprises there. Pretty simple, basic, it's fine and is what it is, not great, not terrible.

Pretty drinkable on a hot day, though, which is pretty common where this place comes from.

Glad I tried it, now all I can do is hope that the other Abita beers are more interesting.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Loose white head, slightly peach hued amber color and cloudy. No significant lacing.

S: Grains and raspberry, but relatively weak.

T: Mild raspberry, nice grain aftertaste. No bitterness from what I can tell.

M: Good carbonation, a little watery though.

D: Clean finish, flavors are pretty mild in this one.

I like it. I would surely drink it again if offered, and may even buy it again someday if the mood strikes.

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

MBBD Aug 13 (06 , I guess)

Pours pinkish purple with slight effervescence & a 4 fingers+ white head. Some lacing & average head retention
Smell: Sweet berry smell

Taste: Sweet/tart raspberry upfront. Some tartness & dryness in the middle. Tart berry finish

MF: Light to medium, & under carbonated

Drinks okay for the style ( fruitty beers aren't my thing). Won't knock it too much, this stuff went down pretty easy when I was in Auburn Alabama. This & the amber were the only thing of interest I found...

Photo of bort11
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is a clear ruddy-orange color. Not much of a head and it doesn't last long. Mild lacing do hang in there. Smell is predominantly berry with some malt. The berry flavor isn't overpowering, it doesn't taste like a wheat beer with syrup added. There might have been some hops, but I think it was drowned out by the berry. Mouthfeel builds to a more medium body as it warms.

I generally don't like fruit beers. This one is better than SA Cherry Wheat, but not something I would get again.

Photo of ski271
2.32/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s a peachish-orangish-pink but not purple. The color is fairly ugly in my opinion. The small, white, foamy, quick-to-diminish head didn’t help. It smells like… a wheat-flavored SweetTart, with fruit juice and berry being most notable. Tastes of sweet raspberry, wheat and some weak grain with a lightly tart finish. It has a medium-thin body, watery texture and low carbonation. I guess it’s sort of refreshing in some way, but definitely not satisfying to me. Rather boring and weak, and flavors that weren’t really weak were unimpressive. This is the kind of beer for people that don’t really like beer.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this one. Pours out to a medium orange / pink hued color with an initially large head of white foam that quickly calms to a small layer of bubbles over the beer. Medium to medium high carbonation. Aromas of raspberries, malt, grain, biscuts. Taste is boring, but not offensive; weak malt, a drop of fruitiness, some light grain, and that's all folks. Mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and rather light. Drinkability is fair at best. What was Abita going for with this one?

Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a strong pink tint, nice white head;strange looking beer. The aroma has some notes of raspberry puree, wheat, yeast and some cane sugar...interesting. The flavor is wheaty upfront with some raspberry and sugar notes in the background, along with some yeast. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. A very drinkable wheat beer with some mild fruit flavors...solid.

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

a: the beer is a light orange color, almost yellowish. there is a small amount of head on the surface, maybe 1mm high. it vanishes within seconds of pouring. the beer itself is slightly cloudy.

s: you can definitely smell the raspberries in this one. the aroma is almost that of a watered-down wine. there are hints of citrus also.

t: a good wheat-beer taste. very carbonated, with powerful raspberry flavor. the fruity flavor overwhelms the malts and hops in this brew, which is unfortunate.

m: a very bubbly feel on the tongue. feels a little more dry, again...similar to a watered-down wine.

d: easy enough to drink, although i don't think i'd really want more than one at a time. intense fruityness, but because the hops and malt are dulled out, it makes the beer an average one.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle pours out a hazy off-yellow with a one finger head of big foamy bubbles. The head disappears very quickly leaving no hint of lacing. This beer makes a big deal out of being "purple" but if it hadn't been suggested I would have just thought it's a brownish-gold; there's practically no red or purple unless you squint your eyes up and truly believe it to be so...

The smell is quite pleasant - there's a nice lightly toasted grainy smell like you'd find with a lager and a light raspberry scent as well. A pessimist would say the nose was a bit underdone, an optimist would be thankful it wasn't overdone (as some fruit beers can be)

The flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the aroma - it's a nice, inoffensive lager with a light flavoring of raspberry. The flavor is a bit grainy but it's a minor detraction. No real measure of hops here - there are some noble flavors but they're quite subdued. Thankfully the lager isn't overly sweet so the fruit flavor doesn't become candy like...

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with a "bit of pulp" from all the berries which adds an interesting texture. Not quite enough carbonation to add sparkle (and the carbonic bite) that you'd expect from a beer like this.

All in all this is a pleasant summertime brew. The lager could have been a bit lighter, the beer could have been fizzier and the color could have been at least -somewhat- purple but still I'd enjoy drinking this while swinging in a hammock...

Photo of ChuckD
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Wispy, off-white lacing atop a hazy, golden body.

To the nose, all raspberry. Fresh aroma of fruit with wet graininess.

In the mouth, fruity sweet with a nice tartness and carbonation. The malts are sublime here - behind the fruit with little to no hop character.

The feel is not as light as you would think. It is full and juicy with a perfect dryness. It finishes clean, and organic - wanting more.

Musings: I buy just about every fruit beer I can get my hands on for my wife. This is one of the better ones. Dry, clean and simple with true to life raspberry taste.

Photo of PeatReek
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color, very slightly lavender I suppose. Thin rim of head. Huge berry / flower smell. Excessively fizzy. Crisp body, not exactly dry, but light and bitey. The berry flavor is definitely prominent, but it's not syrupy. Actually, there's almost not enough raspberry; lindeman's Framboise this is not. The wheat and malt flavors still show through, along with a slight hop bitterness, and it's not necessarily a winning combination. Still, it's a blazing hot day in Southern California, this is a light, tasty beer, and I wouldn't mind a couple more.

Photo of bignick
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Marty's in Allston. Poured into a pint glass.

For the New Englander: basically a thinner MH #9 except raspberry. This beer is pretty drinkable, and it is also pretty tasty. It has a raspberry tartness upfront, and finishes with graininess and raspberry syrup. It is a little thin, but there is nothing objectionable here, and it is very drinkable.

Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange little beer that pours a cloudy amber color with traces of purple. The head is short lived. It smells a bit like a blow pop and beer combined and that is exactly what it tastes like. if you are into speciality beers and like fruity tastes, go ahead and try it. If the idea of drinking a beer while eating blow pop turns you off, I'd go ahead and skip it.

Photo of KFaulkner
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The way I see it, anything's better than a "malternative" and a good, fruity wheat beer is usually a nice alternative to those when it comes to the ladies who make "ick" faces when it comes to beer; regardless of the quality.

Enter Purple Haze, a cloudy wheat beer with a stronger taste of fruit than most wheat beers brewed in the same manner. This is probably because, as the label mentions, that the raspberry puree is added after the filtration process. That is probably what causes the cloudiness of the beer, as true wheats shouldn't be filtered anyway.

It pours a very pale color and is quite cloudy. The taste is not nearly as yeasty as expected, but the fruit flavor is prevailent and masks the taste of the beer itself leaving a bland aftertaste. This is not to say that the beer is quite drinkable, because it is. A great choice for a summer brew on a hot day and especially for the ladies, and, dare I say, the "guys" who insist on anything but beer.

Photo of jwff
1.7/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A weird pinkish color makes me seriously wonder if I'm drinking grapefruit juice. I understand this is a "raspberry wheat beer" but this just looks like something a kid threw together. Not much to smell here, but maybe that's the bar atmosphere (not that I'm complaining, I love the Flying Saucer). The taste was similar to the smell, just nothing there. I could get a very slight yeasty front followed up and finished with a very tart sweetness that pains the stomach. The mouthfeel was very thin which made this easy to drink, but doesn't make it very drinkable. The fire sale has screwed me again.

Photo of wingman14
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull cantalope color with a small white head. Smells mostly rasberry and citrus with a little doughy smell in there. Tastes the same, mostly rasberry with a strong wheat finish. Not a lot of carbonation which brings out a good amount of flavor. A very inviting beer that is good for all to try. A good mouthfeel and overall easy consumption. This isn't the most amazing beer, but definitely worth a try. It has subtle flavors and a great balance. Check this beer out if you get a chance.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was always hesitant to try this one as I just assumed it'd be along the lines of a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat or other overly fruity fruit beers. luckily, it is not.

It pours a fairly nice cloudy dark golden colour with a somewhat fluffy head.

The aromas are obviously berry-heavy, but not overpowering. The berry is well balanced with some other citrus notes, some grain and yeast, and is hefeweizen-esque at times.

The flavour is quite good actually. Again, berry is the key factor and the most noticeable, but it is far from being distracting and is actually quite a nice mix with the grain and hints of malt here and there. It's got basic flavour but is effective. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is an easier drinking, more balanced brew than I was ever expecting. I thought I'd have a sip or two and have to swear this one off forever, but I'm happy to say that I'd gladly sample this one again, and it'd certainly be a nice change of pace brew in the summer.

Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight white head that leaves pretty good lace.
S: Smells of fruit (apricot, raspberry) with a little bit of wheaty malt also.
T: Tastes of lemon, apricot, raspberries. Reminded me a lot of the #9, but a little bit less refreshing as its more malty.
M & D: slick mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smoothly with a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Drinkable, but there are other ones out there that I would have first.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DeaconBluez and BIF Across America.

This one pours a cloudy amber color with... yes a somewhat purple highlight. No head at all.
Smells like what it is a wheaty rasberry beer. Is kinda' nice.
A clean sharp taste of sour rasberrys. Tastes good.
Medium boddied. Has a bit of friction to it that is complementry to the flavor.
This one could be a decent refreshing summer time brew.

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,910 ratings.