Purple Haze
Abita Brewing Co.

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #877
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
76
Ranked #49,709
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 19.58%
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
3,546
From:
Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Notes: Experience the magic of Purple Haze.® Clouds of real raspberries swirl in this tart and tantalizing lager inspired by the good spirits and dark mysteries of New Orleans. Brewed with pilsner and wheat malts along with Vanguard hops, let the scent of berries in the hazy purple brew put a spell on you.
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this brew isn't incredibly special but it is very recognizable once you've had it. the dark stone fruit tang tinge is barely there, with the malt being the primary taste factor here, but it is a pleasant addition. it could be amped up in the fruit area to really step into something more notable, but as a simple session'r, it ain't half bad, and sure beats any of the bland swill from mega-corps, and they've managed to stay privately owned all this time, so it's nice to support such spunk.
if you want a much more effectively executed fruit-themed brew from them, try the Strawberry Lager if you can find it.

Sep 22, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This a watery mess with some subtle artificial raspberry. I'll try it again for more experiences but I really wasn't prepared for it to be this bad to me honestly.

Aug 29, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.69. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Hazy light orange with a two-finger cream head.
S - Wheat-backed floral notes. Berry, but unsure what sort.
T - Whole wheat, grass, and a touch of petunia. Extremely light raspberry note towards the finish. Not bitter at all.
F - Extremely carbonated. Light, crisp, clean. Very refreshing.
O - I've had this beer before on multiple occasions, and I'm happy to review it for the first time [officially]! It's a refreshing brew for certain, with a vague berry aroma and a wheat-filled aroma. Unfortunately, the raspberry flavor doesn't exactly come out as advertised. In a beer where they make it the main attraction, that's not really a great thing. Will buy again on the basis of its refreshing nature for the price, but it's not something to go out of your way to purchase.

May 25, 2021
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Antnego from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer and completely underrated on BA. There is a fruity, berry essence that permeates a sweet, malty backbone, with a slight finish of resiny hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Awesome on the nose and palate. The head and appearance are a little underwhelming, but with a beer that smells and tastes so great, who really cares?

Apr 30, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at The Local Harris Teeter in Briar creek raleigh nc.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Orange colored with a nice foamy White head that lasted throughout the beer.
Smells lightly bready sweet, raspberry.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall very good for the style and I would definitely order again.

Mar 18, 2021
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TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one came in a can. Upon opening, a smell of unfrosted raspberry pop-tarts preceded a red-orange-amber nearly opaque liquid with a large but quickly-dissipating head. It was fairly smooth to drink, a slightly bitter raspberry note that faded to slight bitter astringency that grew a little boring by the end of the can. I might try this in a bottle, but it was somewhat underwhelming.

Feb 19, 2021
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Bierwolf from Missouri

2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Medium amber, 2 fingers of off white creamy foam that reduces quickly, cloudy with some carbonation.
Smell: Some fruit, a little yeasty.
Taste: Straw, grass very little raspberry flavor.
Feel: Semi dry, crisp and carbonated.
Over all; Actually refreshing and crisp. They missed the mark with the raspberry flavor though.

Feb 03, 2021
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OakLawnBill from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. This was the 3rd time I had this beer. My first impression was much worse. There is little to no head retention. Thin body golden color with reddish tint. I will don't have a good nose for aromas. Slight berry scent maybe. Weak mouthfeel. Tastes a little soapy. (not the glass, I had the first straight out of the bottle). I will not buy this again unless I see it on tap. Much better fruit beers available.

Feb 01, 2021
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AltonGriese from Florida

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simple, sessionable, fruit beer with a not-too-sweet raspberry base. Widely available and year-round doesn't hurt things either. Pairs surprisingly well with spicy dishes.

Jan 24, 2021
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great beer and I don't know why it has such a low score

C: beautiful lacing and head retention. Stated with about a finger to finger and a half of head that sizzled down quick to a nice cap. The color is golden haze with some beautiful sediment/ fruit floating around

S: Strong fruit smells, grapefruit, apple, also yeasty, vinegary smell to it actually pleasantly surprised by the smell for a field beer.

T: Just delicious taste of fruit, no booziness, no bitter hops. I could see maybe if you were expecting a wheaty or NEIPA then you would want some hoppy or malty characteristic, but this isn't that and they don't declare that they are a hoppy or malty beer. This is a field beer and a good one at that.

F: light bodied, effervescent yet smooth, very good.

Overall: I picked up a six-pack for $7.99, 4.2%ABV, 12 fl oz., Bottled on N/A, Fresh by 01/25/22, 13 IBU
This is a great field/ fruit beer absolutely fantastic for the price, the bottled date isn't on so that makes the overall score fall a bit. The quality of ingredients seems pretty good and the sessionability is very preferential, but after an imperial stout and NEIPA this beer is a great one to end the night or have during family company if you don't want to drink a corn beer. Really great beer for the niche it fills. I give it a generous 90.

Dec 16, 2020
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid refreshing raspberry flavored beer. When I first tried this in 2008 i hadn't had anything like it. Now in 2020 it holds up due to its simplicity.

Poured outta bottle into shaker glass. Appearance is dark orange with a heu of pink and little to no head. Mouth feel is smooth, refreshing, and with lots of carbonation. Taste is like a really light pilsner mixed with cool-aid (in a good way).

Oct 29, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was ....different honestly, but good different.
the beer had a purple tint to it
nice head.
Aroma is raspberry, and taste is raspberry and maybe blue berry
this was my first fruit ale never really felt like i was drinking a beer , but i enjoyed . perfect for a hot summer day.

Jul 23, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, best by 11/19/20.

Reddish/deep amber color with a frothy off-white head. Good carbonation and lacing on the glass.

Sweet malt aroma with subtle fruit, though it is tough to pinpoint raspberry. Lightly tart flavor with more sweetness from the malt. Hops are barely noticeable.

Body is medium-light and feels thin. No off-flavors but everything is kind of muddled and underwhelming. A fine change of pace every once in a while but not something I would want more than one of.

Jul 18, 2020
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Dingbat88 from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my second favorite beer and definitely my favorite fruit themed beer. It is fun and it is local for me which is always a plus. Definitely recommend it.

Jul 17, 2020
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RE28 from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reddish gold pour with a nice head. Smells like the berries and malt in the glass with a nice firm finish like the lager it is reported to be in the reviews. Subtle raspberry in the lager adds to the drinkability. Nice full-bodied mouth feel and carbonation is full but not too bubbly. Would go great with a gamey hunk of meat like alligator or wild boar. Wheat adds a nice balance to the fruit and overall a well-balanced off-lager beer.

Jun 06, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a purplish tint and a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. Light lacing. Hazy.

Aroma is raspberry, floral, slight sour smell.

Taste is tart raspberries, a bit of wheat. Not getting much else.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, tart finish.

An average fruited ale. Would be good on a hot summer day.

Apr 20, 2020
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just1cho from California

2.22/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*Poured into a snifter glass at 47F from a 12oz bottle*

Poured a hazy peach-like color and had a thick white head with solid retention with an even diversity of small and large foam bubbles.

Smells of sour under-ripe raspberries and a has a sharp acetic acid smell.

As for the taste, this was a bit disappointing since it was very flat in taste and not very complex/have much depth to it. It wasn't very sour at all for a raspberry focused fruit and field beer, rather, it was very malt-forward with a wheat-y faint sweetness, slightly tart, and had more pronounced biscuit and stale cracker notes than anything else. Wasn't very flavorful as this was almost reminiscent of a lime club soda. This honestly just tasted like a slightly sour/tart American Lager.

As for the mouthfeel, this had a light body with little to no carbonation and was flatter than a club soda would be. Honestly, kind of watery.

Overall, if you're looking for a beer which tastes like fruity flavored club soda with a bit of alcohol in it, then I would recommend this beer. Otherwise, this beer is rather pointless and flavorless and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a typical fruit and field style beer.

Apr 15, 2020
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Muir44

5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid wheat bear with a hint of raspberry. The raspberry enhances the taste and is not overpowering.
Smooth beer you can drink many in a sitting and enjoy them all.

Mar 15, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/14/20

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a finger of fluffy white head that reduces to a cap, almost no lacing

The aroma is the most exciting part of this beer, really authentic juicy raspberries, a lemony tang, and clean lager yeast with light hops

The taste is your typical lager, nothing offensive but really clean, the raspberry plays more of a backing role here, coming through mostly in the finish

Finishes light with prickly carbonation, a bit sticky on the finish

Overall an inoffensive brew, easy drinking, and never really artificial as I expected

Jan 16, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with some haze and floaties, and a faintly pink off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Raspberry right up front, slight earthy herbal notes, a little wheat twang, a little bready malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Slightly tart, solid hit of raspberry, hints of apricot, a little wheat twang, underlying earthy herbal notes, bready malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Just a bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation. A little heavier than you'd expect, but the carbonation brightens it up.

O: Not sure how it's taken me so long to try this one. Nothing earth shattering here, but it is a perfectly drinkable raspberry beer.

Jan 05, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint at the Happy Viking. Why all the hate? While not outstanding, it wasn't bad. Nice bready fullness, and solid raspberry flavors. Didn't seem fake.

Jan 03, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 12oz bottle (best by 2/3/20) into a pint glass. I should have known how this was going to go right from the pour...Pours a weak yellowish purple (if that's even a possible color) with about finger of fizzy very light purple head. Fair amount of particulate matter floating in this sickly colored brew. Hardly any retention, no lacing. Faint hints of lager along with noticeable tart (almost rotten?) grape/berry juice meet the nose. Taste is like watered down berry juice. Even the weak amount of carbonation adds nothing to the taste-actually detracts from it. I am still searching for the beer that changes my mind about these types of beers-this one only solidifies my already low opinion. Feel like it needs to be more beery and less juicy.

Dec 19, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Amber honey
Smell: raspberry and raw dough
Taste: come a mild wheat and leaves a mild rasberry
Feel: medium
Overall: nothing offensive but nothing remarkable

Nov 28, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was recommended at Total Wine. No head, no lacing and smells like grass. Usually like fruity beer, but raspberries don't do it for me in this lager. Won't be buying this again and hopefully my daughter and her friends will drink the rest. Disappointing.

Sep 26, 2019
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a_friend

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A solid, slightly hazy light-amber, a 2mm head, and plenty of carbonation.
Smell: Nothing to get worked up about. A hint of raspberry, but an almost apricot-malty nose.
Taste: A refreshing and medium-bodied malty cream hits you first and foremost. It mellows out into a mineral-like taste, and finishes off with a taste akin to the skin on a fresh raspberry. Disappointing, as I thought the wheat would make a more grand entrance.
Feel: An apricot creaminess is what I've noticed the most - due to the high carbonation. Easygoing, and inviting.

Overall, I longed for more with this beer, but I'm happy what I got with it. I've found that this is best enjoyed chilled, and on the porch with a friend. The raspberry is there, but just barely. The maltiness would be overbearing if the carbonation wasn't there to keep things light.

Sep 25, 2019
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