Purple Haze
Abita Brewing Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #888
Ranked #47,607
3.32 | pDev: 19.58%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
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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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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

For an adjunct wheat pilsner, Abita really hits it out of the park with this classic signature New Orleans brewery offering.

Executing the pour, swirl and pour method you're left with a delightfully cloudly purple-reddish nearly milky appearance with a slightly creamy all-white two-finger head - slow recession. The nose is met with a very sweet raspberry armoa with a faint wheat smell, though you really got to dig for it. Scent wise, this is very approachable even for the novice or experienced consumer.

Ultralight, semi creamy mouthfeel with a large wheat forward presence in the front notes and the finish. You're met with a slightly tart though mild raspberry flavor. Hops are muted, but you're really left with a lingering wheat flavor. A few sour notes, but I don't think there are any strains of sour elements, though I am reminded of lactobacillus in someway's. Could explain a bit of the coloring, then again wheat is present and maybe more dominant than sold on the bottle's labeling.

Highly approachable, light mouthfeel, and a medium to light body with a refreshing finish. If you're looking for a lovely summer sessionable to pair with seafood or even smoked meats or cheese plates this is a great choice.

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Photo of Peach63
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.

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Photo of just1cho
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of KRug
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

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Photo of RyanK252
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of DavetotheB
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.

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Photo of MattDecker
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

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Photo of Mugman8
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle; best by 10/21/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: mildly-hazy, amber liquid, heavily speckled with sediment; super tall, tight, off-white foam (didn't get entire bottle into glass on first pour)... slow head drop; a few streaks of lace

S: raspberry syrup upon pancakes; subtle note of doughy wheat malt in the back... an overtone of musk and unwashed corduroy later pervades

T: drained malt definition up front and later in the finish... lager/wheat combo interesting; neutral floury static, brief swell of grainy wheat in the finish... the aftertaste is a flavor cloud of berry essence, earthy bitterness, and grainy (mildly muffin-like) bread... the berry is not terribly sweet and blends well with the wheat; the bitterness I did not expect, but it's most welcome...

F: has a bit of fluff to its edges, characteristic of a wheat addition; it's not apparent what the 'fruit pulp' is adding; not really a syrupy or slushy texture, more pillowy...

O: this one takes me back, wow!... only had it a few times back in the day - might be my first time having this in 15 years or more, no fooling... despite its muddled flavors, their expression relatively bold... this is back on my radar; I could suggest this to a few people (1470)

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that I've been on this site since late '05 and I have never had this, let alone reviewed it. I saw a single bottle of this at Joe Canal's last week and thought it was time to give it a go. No, this will never win any awards but it's a classic and if you're into fruit beers with some body and balance to them, then this would be one that you'd have to have on your must-have list!

The pour to this was light, topped with sudsy foam, and hardly left any lacing behind - which is pretty much what I expected from something of this sort. Deep raspberry, dank vegetables, hints of wild yeast, and wheat were in the nose as the taste was just as deep and varied as the nose indicated. Lots of tomato juice, raspberry seed, wet earthiness, and celery juice came in as this warmed up, which made this quite deeper than your typical brew of the sort. Very little tartness could be found here as this was like a vegetable-leaning IPA without the hops and with a slicker mouthfeel. If it was possible to combine fruit and vegetables into a soup and ferment it, this would be the end result.

Of course, this was a session beer and quite easy to get down. If I had gumbo and jambalaya here or some crawfish and po' boy sandwiches, this would be the brew that I'd want to wash them down with. Not the best but perfectly appropriate for the Pelican State, even if you can't get down to the Big Easy!

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rates about halfway between above average and outstanding. Not really familiar with the fruit and field beers. This one is good and refreshing. A good hot weather beer. Easy to drink and smooth. I like it, just don't love it

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

I’m not a fan of fruity beers, but this one is perfect. Just enough of a raspberry taste to not overpower the beer. Perfect with Big Easy oysters when in New Orleans. Also one of the most refreshing beers I’ve ever had. And last but not least a perfect medicinal beer when you’re nursing a hangover and need the hair of the dog.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is malt, raspberries, fruit and a little caramel. Flavor is malt, fruit, raspberries, grainy, caramel, medium sweet, little thin and a little bitter.

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Photo of Nass
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There is a best by date on the bottle. The pour is light orange. The aroma is faintly fruity. The taste is raspberry with some faint malts. It's a decent beer but not as good as there strawberry lager. Cheers! B-

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Photo of TPA_Grunge_97
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer, but it is really sweet and thick. If I am going to drink a fruity wheat beer, I'd either go for a blue moon, which is much cheaper, or a more traditional hefeweizen.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle to shaker pint. Reddish purplish liquid. Hints of berries and wheat. Very thin feel. Not a lot to say about this one, except that I won't be ordering it again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purple Haze brewed by Abita Brewing Co., with an ABV of 4.20% This Fruit and Field Beer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The brew is a hazy dirty amber color with a small white head. Really thin spotty lacing to this brew, it somewhat sticks to the side of the glass. Purple Haze is definitely a unfiltered brew, you can not see though this brew, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is sweet mixed with grains and malts. Faint hop notes in the smell as well. So far this is a interesting brew. Now for the taste, it is mellow but with nice flavors. You do pick up on the raspberry notes in the brew, then a nice mix of grains and malts. The body of Purple Haze is a light to medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day or with lunch. The mouth feel is Bold, Raspberry, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Purple Haze a 3.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Abita Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for something different, I would give this one a try.

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Photo of spectru
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, not purple at all but rather a medium amber color; A white foamy hear recedes quickly; The aroma is quite mild, slightly sweet, a hint of fruitiness; The flavor is mild with a definite taste of raspberry, but it's subdued and not over-powering, and yet not particularly agreeable. The mouthfeel is mild, slightly tangy. I can drink it. I picked a single bottle of this, more or less at random, because of the label without realizing it is raspberry flavored - my least favorite berry flavor. It isperhaps preferable to mainstream flavorless beers, but I won't choose it again.

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Photo of NC_Daniel
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description is pretty much dead on with this one. You definitely get pilsner and wheat flavors, which balance surprisingly well and are complemented perfectly by the raspberry. Unique brew and a damn good one.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a soapy and foamy finger head. Color is an opaque rotten orange. Lots of yeast particles floating around. Lacing is nice.

S: Pungent smell mixed with raspberries and other berries. Wheaty at the end. Slightly fake smelling

T: Berry flavored Bud lite with slightly more taste

O: Easy to drink while watching football. A basic beer

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a one finger foamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma raspberry and pilsner malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Raspberry, pilsner malts and a subtle hop bite.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Nothing spectacular just a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a nonic pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a very hazy light plum or rose amber color with a half inch, foamy white head, spotty retention (not quite just a rim), and very limited lacing.
S: Floral, rose water aroma clarifying to raspberry. Definitely a light malt aroma and some grassiness. More sour note, as warms.
T: Dry. Tastes like a Pilsner adulterated by unsweetened raspberry flavoring. I do not get even a hint of the wheat. Bitterness peppery, like strawberry pips, but that does contribute to a more crisp, refreshing quality than is common in the style. Definitely drinks best when it has warmed a bit.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.
O: I think this was a nice attempt at a dry, raspberry fruit beer. Drinkable, but I do not think the flavor elements quite work together.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 3495 ratings