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Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,555
Reviews:
815
Ratings:
3,327
pDev:
19.82%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on mine on a clear golden body with slight amber hue.

S: breads and malt with a nice grape, raspberry and plum note.

T: wheats and malts but the fruity notes are make this one different as it is more raspberry and grapey with plum and strawberry intermixed.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a nice beer, fairly refreshing but not one I plan on having routinely.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, and some slight berry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight perfume-like flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as the fruity beers go, i like this one because it doesnt taste artificial or overly sweet. the pour is a tad unnatural, with an odd purple hue to an already cloudy brew. there is about an inch of slowly dissipating white head. the nose is like muddled raspberries, fresh and tart, with the sweetness only coming in the taste. there is a light wheat malt to this as well as some american pale malt, which give it more body than a lot of beers in this style have. the taste shows some hopping toward the finish, which tames what would otherwise be a punishingly sweet conclusion. i like the freshness of the raspberries though, they taste just picked to me, and it makes an excellent summer drink. i see this as an early tee time brew, low alcohol, juicy, and sessionable despite the sugary vibe. great carbonation gives a light and bright mouthfeel, down easy. not my thing in the winter time, but ask me again on a hot golf course around 10:30am sometime this summer and i will have an entirely different opinion. one of the more palatable abita brews ive come across.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple Haze had to be one of the first fruit beers I'd ever tried. This beer was the bottled list at the Kaystone Pub a while back when I was just starting to explore the beer world. The reason why I bought it was because the name made me think of Jimi Hendrix's song, so without hesitation I got one. The beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was fluffy at first before it vanished. The smell of the beer was sweet and had a good amount of raspberry aromas in there. The taste I found to be a little on the light side. Not as much flavor as I was hoping. The mouthfeel was light and fairly refreshing. Overall it wasn't a bad gateway beer for me. It gave me an idea of what a fruit beer was and shed some light on the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always saw this beer at the store, finally got around to giving it a purchase. Pours a cloudy golden color, nice head to it that stays all the way down the glass, pretty good lacing too. Medium body to the beer, nice mouthfeel. Not very fruity of a smell for a 'fruit beer'. Taste is faintly tart but not lip puckering here. Nice subtle raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit dry, but overall not a bad beer. I like it isn't overbearing with the fruit flavor and seems pretty well balanced, but a but a bit bland still. AN above average fruit beer, which isn't saying much giving the pretty crappy beers in this category, but solid none the less.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is true to its name--it poured hazy golden yellow in color but also exhibits some traces of purple highlights. A slight amount of carbonation is visible; it poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away leaving only wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Aromas of raspberries stand out in the nose, although these aren't very sweet or tart and are instead intermixed with smells of wheat.
T: Like the smell, the flavors of raspberries are subtle and do not overwhelm the palate.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is definitely very easy to drink, although I wouldn't call it particularly thirst quenching.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zeff80
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. Highly carbonated and it left no lace.

S - It smeled of raspberry and grains.

T - It tasted too sweet. The raspberry flavor was overpowering. The light maltiness did was not well-balanced with the fruity flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Too fruity and sweet for my taste.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/5/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, wheat, cracker, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big strength of raspberries that smell very authentic. Taste of raspberry, wheat, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of raspberry, wheat, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of raspberry, bready malt, and hop notes; with a decent amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit beer. Good balance of fruit, malt, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. I definitely enjoyed this as a nice session-able brew.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mothman
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You may remember the good times from N'awlin's, but that's about all this beer has going for it! I really don't understand it's popularity. Not much aroma but it has a nice malt base, a slight raspberry flavor. The fruit also gives it a gentle tartness which works pretty well. But overall, it seems kind of flabby - not out of balance in any way, just unexceptional in character. One more thing; I need to dispel the myth that this is a woman's beer. It's a fact guys - a sad and sorry fact - that more men drink this than women!

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in standard pint glass.

A - moderately cloudy golden tone with 1/4" white head that quickly settles to a lacy surface coating.

S - markedly fruity (raspberry) -- somewhat lambic-like -- and malty/wheaty

T - not nearly as sweet as the smell suggests, but substantial taste of raspberries. Clear grain/malt taste, mostly from wheat beer base. Short-lived semi-dry finish.

M - light, indeed a bit watery, with good carbonation

O - goes down very easy. Very good hot weather session beer.

{minor revision with new OVERALL rating on 5/7/11)

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,327 ratings
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