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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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760 Reviews
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Reviews: 760
Hads: 3,065
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 41.69%
Wants: 96
Gots: 682 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 760 | Hads: 3,065
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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Photo of DrainBamage
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a little carbonation and a thin lace of head. Smell is all raspberries and is pleasant but nothing special. Taste is is quite bland and a little disappointing because it's weaker than the smell. It's a a little dry and could be a little sweeter. Mouthfeel is outstanding. It's perfectly carbonated, slightly dry, and you can actually taste the beer before you even swallow it. Drinkability is only a little average because it has great mouthfeel and smell but the taste is a little disappointing.

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Photo of granger10
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light orangish color with a weaker fizzy head. Aroma is cereal grainy and a slight fruity undertone but I couldn't describe what fruit it was. I didn't know this was a raspberry beer until about midway through which shows how subdued the raspberry character was. Much more of a wheat beer than a fruit beer. Fruit seems like syrup and a little artificial but not terribly cloying. Lighter bodied and a little fizzy. Finish is moderately acidic and rather forgetable. I could drink about two of these before getting bored and moving on.

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Photo of ggroller
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange beer with a slight purple tinge.

No head. Zero. Not even a small ring around the perimeter of the glass.

This beer smells like a raspberry tart. It tastes like a raspberry beer and a fairly good one at that. Tons of carbonation with a very thin mouthfeel.

I could have maybe two of these max in one session.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer is a nice hazy gold with plum highlites and a decent head and lacing.

The smell was of berries, heather and some malt.

I was surprised I liked this beer as much as I did. It managed to be slightly sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. Some subtle berry taste that seemed to go well with the slightly grainy malt taste. No artificial taste like some fruit beers. It was a nice change of pace after an IPA.

Maybe it was the 95 degree heat outside, but I found this one to be a refreshing easy drinker. I would have no problem having one from time-to-time

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Photo of whynot44
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, hazy orangish color with only the faintest hint of pink/purple and a fast disappearing white head.

Aroma is wheaties with a light raspberry tone. Taste is citrusy grain, light malt with a raspberry flavor coming in the middle and lasting into the aftertaste, definitely not overpowering. Starts slightly sweet, ends up slightly dry and crisp with a bit of floral hops and raspberry.

Drinkable, especially ice cold.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a light head to begin with which becomes small islands of thin bubbles, very little lacing and hazy golden color. Smells malty and rasberry. There is very nice tartness from the rasberry that leads into a malty sweet finish, real clean. Medium body with a splash of carbonation - it's very refreshing. I wasn't sure what to expect and I find this a pleasureable beer to drink.
Thanx 4da beer Biglove.

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Photo of mentor
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up from "To Your Health" (Coralville) so I could compare a raspberry wheat I recently made to a commerical example. Poured a two finger pure white head over a very cloudy light dirt rust liquid (I stirred the sediment and poured it in). Smells were limited to raspberry with an acrid quality about it. Taste was smooth and sweet. Cool and nicely raspberry. Raspberry started from the get-go and was a gentle presence throughout. Clove was hidden beneath the raspberry. Aside from that all I could get was a watery flavor and maybe some pear on the tongue. Md light mouthfeel and mild to moderate carbonation. This would be easy drinking on a hot summer day. Nothing to get exceited about, just a pleasant beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with the freshness date notched on the back of the label. Blurb about the brewery on the back.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with just a hint of purple to it. Thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very light raspberry aroma, with some wheat mixed in.

Taste: Nice tart berry flavor without being overly sweet like many fruit beers. Along with the berry is a nice grain flavor.

Overall impression: Thanks to BigLove for the chance to try this one. Nice light summer brew - good berry flavor without being artificially sweet.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my friends came over with a new beer tonight after I had already had quite a rough session of my own, including another new beer. This one was a somewhat dark for a wheat, but still looked the part. The smell was of wheaty malts and rasberry, as was the taste. Nothing exceptional, but merely what the name delivers. Decent, but not something I would likely spend a night with.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bit odd in appearence. def. hazy though so they got that right. lightly wheaty in the aroma and sure theres the little fruity notes. taste wise...lightly wheaty and lightly fruity, go figure. balanced yes, just not a very flavorful beer. refreshing as all hell and crisp in the mouth finishing with a well carbonated tingly bite. a good beer for what it is.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did I even get the right draft sent to me? I had no idea this was a raspberry flavored brew until reading this site. It makes sense with the name (which I really like), but nothing reminded me of similar beers of the style. Definitely disappointed, a bit hoppy on the tongue. Paid $3.50 at the Mellow Mushroom in Atlanta.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.