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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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Reviews: 771 | Ratings: 3,143
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was just slightly hazy, but very clean looking for a wheat style beer. Color was an apricot honey shade with an interesting light purple shade around the circumference of the glass. Head receded quickly, but cling was nice. Aroma was of artificial raspberries, bread, dank hops and yeast. Taste was of raspberry flavor mostly, but much like it smelled with a bready aftertaste and dank hops suspended in the brew. Mouthfeel was smooth to watery. I wasn't sure what to expect before trying, but really not bad.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

You know this is one of those beers that I shouldn't like but I do. Normally, I don't gravitate to fruity American beers - that are not Belgium-styled or Lambic in nature. What can I say, it's quirky and I like it. It has a very high drinkability. It pours cloudy amber with very light reddish-pink (yea maybe light purple) hazy look. It smells like a breakfast cereal with a light fruity smell. It has a light head in my mug with little carbonation going. It tastes light and refreshing with an overtone of raspberry almost like a candy-raspberry. It's almost like "beer cool-aide". Like I said, I shouldn't like but I do. On days I'm not too serious and want to just quaff a few pints of a light beer I sometimes make it Purple Haze.

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Photo of becktone
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought this brew because I wanted something to compare my almost ready Raspberry Wheat brew.

Purple haze isn't really purple. It is however hazy concerning clarity. To begin with there was a nice looking craggy soap sud looking head, however faster than a speeding bullit it dissappears. There is some poor lacing on the inside of the glass but it really isn't worh mentioning. It also looks moderately-highly carbonated.

I don't smell and raspberry aroma in this beer. It smells like cereal grains, wheat, and yeast. I know that this is a raspberry wheat, but I don't smell any raspberries.

The taste is almost as bland as the smell. As with thte smell I don't detect any raspberry flavor, well that's not true but close enough. There is a faint raspberry flavor barely detectable in the back of the taste. I don't think I would taste it unless I was really focusing on finding the raspberry taste.

Mouthfeel: feels like water, no wait...maybe tonic water going flat.
The beer is very drinkable, I'd say it's just as drinkable as Bud, Miller, or Coors. Since it goes down like water how can it be hard to drink. I probably won't ever buy this beer again. I just hope that my homebrew is better than this. I don't think that it'll have much of a problem tasting better than this, the standard has been set pretty low with this one.

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Photo of willgro
4.68/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a great head, but an exceptional beer. Goes well with any cajun food and is GREAT on tap. It is a raspberry beer, so don't expect anything traditional. But it is a bit stronger than an average beer and has a great taste. It is not incredibly complex, but as far as raspberry beers, it is the best. But then again, I am from LA, but I would say it goes best w/ crawfish etouffee. Solid w/ LSU football. Order it at the CHIMES in Baton Rouge and relax. Very sentimental beer for me, considering I got my first one when I could drink LEGALLY AT 18.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden colored with a hint of pink. No head just a laced circle around the rim of the glass. Smell was part fruity and part grainy. Didn't have the raspberry "omph" that I expected. Taste is wheat up front with a fruity medicine like aftertaste. Felt thin and a little syrupy in the mouth. I simply just did not like this beer. If you like it you could probably throw a few down. Maybe would be better on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like iced tea with a slight raspberry flavor. Poured a hazy orange with a tinge of (you guessed it) purple. Not much of a head. Mouthfeel was fairly flat but it was expansive on the tongue. Aroma is little bits of wheat and raspberry--but not lots of either. Flavor reminds me of iced raspberry tea. Little bitter but more sweet from the frit and the wheat. The raspberry is also more of the sweetness of the fruit than the bitterness of the fruit.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.63/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Doing my part to help bring LA back on it's feet after Katrina...

Interesting pink-ish gold with a very light pink off-white head, lots of suspended sediment, and decent carbonation. Nice fresh raspberry fruit aroma with a touch of wheat underneath. Light tart raspberry flavor (not extract-like at all) with a soft wheat malt character. A little more fruit flavor than the aroma would indicate. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

A very nice fruit beer with no fruit extract characteristics... one of the better fruit beers made in America.

Per Label: "Malt Beverage with Raspberry Added" & "American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration" & "Lager"

Best Before: 12/12 (notched on label); '05' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 09/17/05

($ / 6-pack)

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

from biglove. poured true to its name a hazy light purple with a small withe head. aroma sour fruits witha touch of sugar added, raspberries, sligt hints of malt, flavor sour raspberries and other sour fruits, dry. this is another one of their beers that would be good on a hot summer day and you want to throw down a few

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

What can I say, this beer isn't for everyone or every situation. It is a nice change of pace once in a while and as much as it is wrong to assume, my finace really likes it.

The color is amber tinted with bruise in fact the color could be a shade of bruise itself. The head is mostly white with a tinge of pink. The smell is of unmistakable Raspberries and laying underneath a chunk of wheat. It starts of tasting in reverse to the smell, here the wheat beer comes out in full and is nice light good body but then the raspberry comes and is tart dry and slightly bitter but it is also smooth and fades nicely between sips.
Not an every day thing but good enough to be in the outer rotation.

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Photo of jakester
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. Drank it out of a pilsner glass. Date is not on the case, but clearly notched on the bottle.

Pours a very hazy yellow orange with an unmistakeable lavender tint to it. A 1/2 finger head of just off-white foam forms on top. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with lacing throughout the drink.
The carbonation level looks pretty high.

This smells like raspberries! There is also a sharp wheat smell, and maybe some spicy hops as well. Smells clean, if not a little weird. As this warms, the smell becomes a little cloying.

The taste is tart raspberries, with a semi-sweet malt base to back it up, like wheat and some light caramel malts. There is a faint hop bitterness there for balance, but not much in the way of hop flavor. The aftertaste is clean and slightly dry raspberries.

The mouthfeel is tart and tingly, with a small amount of residual sugar. The finish is pretty dry and crisp.

This isn't really my favorite style, but overall I'd say it's an OK beer. Kind of odd, but refreshing in its own little way.

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Photo of jettjon
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color similar to other hefeweizens. Copious creamy white head that fades slowly. No precipitating carbonation, but a slight amount of yeast residue. Barely-there nose primarily of wheat. Definite blueberry flavor on the first taste, yet not too sweet. This is the predominate flavor. None of the usual citrus flavor associated with other witbiers I’ve tasted, or any other "bite" for that matter. Watery, mildly bubbly mouthfeel. No discernable aftertaste. Drinkablility is excellent; it is tasty and refreshing. However, overall, too much is missing, making it an above average but hardly noteworthy brew. Probably a good beer to get your macro friends to try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale pink lemonade color that is just slightly cloudy with a perky little white head; no lacing

Smell: Faint whiff on raspberry on the nose; a bit of solvent that is really off-putting

Taste: Bland, light wheat base which is an offset to the raspberry flavor; not sweet at all and finishes somewhat tart

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: Except for the nose, I actually like this beer; I wouldn't drink it regularly but it is very refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer gets a lot of criticism among serious beer lovers, yet it's one of the best selling micros out there. Having reveiwed it once before, I am revisiting the growler version. Looks like grapefruit juice. Poured a cloudy pinkish color and released a dainty white head that laced well. Smells sweetly berrylike. Has some sour notes from the fermentation-green apple like. Tastes mildly sweet of berries and adjuncts of corn or rye, citrus grapefruit, and tart raspberry and green apples. Mildly spicy of corriander. Low hop flavor, but moderate bittering that chases into the finish. Body tapers from creamy to thin in the finish. Finishes cleanly bittered (grapefruit rinds). No presence of alcohol and a light aftertaste. This one is growing on me, although you won't see it in my cart anytime soon.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy,straw colored with a touch of pink. No real head present. Low, fruity aroma. Slight rasberry smell but it doesnt scream at you. Some malt flavor but the fruit comes thru more so. Tart. Sort of one dimensional. Average body-weak,almost watery. Very ho hum overall-theres definately better fruit beers out there. I dont even see this one a decent hot weather beer.

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Photo of scooter231
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purple Haze, the non-purple beer. It pours a pinkish orangish color- looks like juice. The very white head looks striking against the juicyness, and the bubbles, they never go away! It's great. Smell is sweet, fruity, mostly raspberries. Taste is fruity and berry as well, but... a weird off aftertaste- garbagey- like stale soda. It's not overwhelming, but it definitely makes me hesitate in opening another. Mouthfeel is light, but a little watery. Overall an okay beer, but the aftertaste kills it for me.

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

Not purple.
Nowhere near as good as the song.
Perhaps a smidge on the pink side but I mostly see a dull brownish orange color. Mildly pink light colored mud. Not quite inviting but not deterring.
Smells a bit like you'd expect; mildly raspberry like and mildly wheaty.
The taste is a smidge better than ok. Again with the raspberry and wheat why dont you. A bit soda-like.
The mouthfeel starts out nicely with a wheaty, hefe weizen type feel, then deteriorates into a texture that reminds me all too strongly of diet soda. It doesn't go away easily, either.
This is a half good, half bad brew in my experience. It makes you think you'll get something tasty but doesn't follow up.
A decent summer type brew that may appeal to "non beer drinkers".

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Photo of cubedbee
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dull hazy orange with a thin cap of head and a little lacing. Smell is a light rasberry over a wheat background and little off skunkiness. Taste is pretty malty upfront, but then a rasberry tartness hits you at the end. Not very strong rasberry, but what's their is too sour and articificial. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied and rather fizzy. Picked this beer up because I liked the name, and can't say I'd do it again.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich honey-orange, with just a slight tinge of magenta, and it's a bit hazy (ya think?). A nice healthy head tops it, but is gone relatively quickly.A bit of lace hangs on the side of the glass.

Smell is a fruity, with a bit of hops mixed in- and just a touch of spice and malt.

Initial taste is watery. after a couple of seconds, the fruit kicks in, swells for a bit, and is gone, leaving behind a sweet maltiness that reminds me of a big macro brew (tm). Not much flavour at all on the finish. I really expected more out of the flavour. The fruitiness is pleasant, but a touch cloying at times- though it also seems a bit subtle at times.

On the mouth, its somewhat similar to the taste. Watery initially, then a bit of fizziness swells and is gone. There's a VERY slight sliminess between my tongue and the roof of my mouth- but not enough to be unpleasant.

This is drinkable, but not the most flavorful. It would be good on a hot afternoon outside while mowing the lawn. For a session beer, I like something a little heartier- but the fruitiness would have to be stronger to match.

Be well

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

poured a light rasberry color with large white head. Smell is of berries. Taste is a tart berry flavor that causes a dry fell in the mouth. Not much to talk about with this beer. Seems like I could do the same by adding a little cranberry juice to my beer.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a strong purple haze (get it?) Head was about 1" initially, now just a collar that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Very nice. Understated raspberry aromas. Fruit smell is fresh and natural, not artificial at all. Nice wheaty base.

T: Natural fruitiness, not overly sweet, no artificial or syrupy flavors. Wheat beer base shines through with a nice bready flavor. Very well done, indeed.

M: Sharp at first. Nice level of CO2. Low feel of the alcohol.

D&N: A beer that a fruit beer lover like myself could quaff all day. Super easy drinking, nice flavors and aromas. If you like fruit beers, don't pass this one up.

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Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a glowing, hzay orange with a 1 finger white head that escapes after a minute. Tiny bits of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of soapy water with a slight bit of raspberry candy mixed in.
Taste is of gritty, yeasty wheat and a mild raspberry.
Mouthfeel is chewy with a watery finish.
Drinkability is ok. Two of these is more than enough if there's nothing else around.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of EPseja
4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass at Firewaters in Hackensack, NJ.

A: Murky, gold color with a wheat beer haze and a rosy pink cast. The head diminishes almost instantly and the lacing isn't very good. Those two points aside, it's a fairly good looking beer.

S: Light, sweet raspberries. That's about it. Not raspberries as in "sticking your nose into a pint of fresh picked" ones, but rather a light raspberry syrup or concentrate. Not overpowering - which is good for a fruit beer (since many of its peers tend to be over the top fruity). No characteristic wheat beer notes to be found here, but this isn't categorized as a wheat beer (although it is).

T: Refreshing and crisp. The raspberry taste is more of a wispy undertone rather than an in-your-face flavor (which is a very good thing). The organic, natural tasting wheatiness comes through in the middle and finish, adding to it's delicious, light-drinking character.

M: The mouthfeel is active without being fizzy; rolling like sea-foam and smooth. Nice!

D: For the summer, this beer is a simple and smooth drinker. Refreshing and crisp in the taste, and well represented in the mouthfeel. One of the better fruit beers on the market.

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

12oz bottle from BigLove as part ofThe Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head lasts well, and laces excellently for a fruit beer. Aroma is lightly fruity, with a sweet malty, almost adjuncty tinge to it. Taste is light malts with a crisp fruitiness, and a dry finish. Seems like it would be somewhat thirst-quenching. Mouthfeel is smooth, but the drinkability falls off a bit due to the fruitiness perhaps getting old after a bit.

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Photo of cracgor
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with a more opaque cloudy purple haze as the name states. Overall this gives it an amber appearance. The head is not greatly impressive. It is white. There is some lacing and a light thin collar.

Smell: Smells like raspberry and a hint of malt which doesn't go well together but I like the raspberry...so I gave it a favorable score.

Taste: very malty. Can't taste raspberry very much in the first taste unless I breathe across the beer in my mouth or as an aftertaste. It gets progressively stronger as I drink. When the raspberry stands out it is pretty good but even the individual glass seems inconsistent in taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body. heavy carbonation. Maybe a little alcoholic. Dry. A bit of spiciness.

Drinkability: It's not that great. Overall it is pretty average. The only thing I particularly like is the smell...and I commented on its problem. I could drink it, but would pick something else if I had the choice again.

Notes: The raspberry flavor is a little to artificial tasting.

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Photo of Luigi
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with some raspberry highlights around the edge of the glass. Head starts off good but then sizzles down to a small lace. Probably a result of the acidity raspberry juice added. The aroma is dominated by raspberry tartness and soft grains. The first thing I notice in the taste is a raspberry tartness, but not over done however. Soft grains follow afterwards and a semi-dry finish. Has a light to medium mouthfeel that is a little acidic. I am not a fan of fruit beers but I must say I enjoy Purple Haze. This is because no flavors are over done or come off as fake.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.