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Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

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Purple HazePurple Haze

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

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: 786 | Ratings: 3,201
Photo of mmmbeer89
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has the hazy look to go with the name perfectly. There's not much smell at all. It has an aftertaste of raspberries but it's not an overwhelming flavor which i was afraid of when i bought it, so i was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of m86
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy haze in a light orangy golden beer. This beer has a nice citrusy and fruity flavor and aroma from the raspberries it is brewed with. Fruit is just right, not too overwhelming. Little head retention, no lacing.

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Photo of wanderluster11
1/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All I can say is if you don't like raspberries, I'd avoid this. It tasted like raspberry juice, if there was such a thing! Was also very "wheat" tasting. Will not try again.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is just not very good. It has potential, but I feel like they just threw in some artificial flavoring. It tastes like cough syrup and was just not very enjoyable.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smells like Eggs? A little weird. Small head. Creamy head.
TASTE: Wheat. Rasberry, Blackberry.
Slowly Settling in to the beer, getting better, but not great.

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Photo of schwansmantr
1.53/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Abita purple haze , good amount of smoke after popping the top with a slight head. Has a wheat like smell with a raspberry hint. Meadium body easy to drink but very watery over carbonated and just not a very good weak ass raspberry flavor. Maybe some teenage girl might like it and that's a very unlikely might. D-

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Photo of holtonwes
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - poured into a pint glass, lovely golden brown color with a bit of haze. 1 finger heard that dissipates pretty quickly

S - Maybe a bit of raspberry, but mainly a lot of malt

T - Even less raspberry in the taste, a lot of malt, with just hint of hops and raspberry tartness at the end

F - A lot lighter than I expected when seeing the haze and reading about the puree added at bottling

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Photo of lwillitz
2.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12-oz bottle into craft glass

A - 3 fingers of white foam with a slight tint of pink over a cloudy golden body with a tint of purple and tons of visible carbonation and floating sediment

S - tart berry smell, weak

T - tart raspberry and grain

M - sticky light body, medium carbonation

O - unimpressed

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Photo of AcetheBathound
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm hesitant with fruit/vegetable beers because most of them just taste horrible, but I decided to give this one a shot. Turns out I'm extremely glad I did, purple haze is super refreshing. Unlike some other fruit beers I've tasted that are overwhelmingly fruity this one had just a subtle raspberry taste which I enjoyed. Definitely a great beer for the summer that I plan to buy again.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque color. Color of grapefruit juice. Pinkish-orange. Not much head or lacing. Stringent acidic smell. Carriers over into flavor of beer. I actually don't get much raspberry. Still some good flavor. Almost a mix odd ringing juice with a wine cooler with a beer.

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Photo of Jmalpha1
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It's very tasty and drinkable. It's not the most "fine" beer that the hophead or craft enthusiast will appreciate but it's great for someone who just wants a decent beer by the pool or at a barbecue. I know if i bring a six pack somewhere, everyone will enjoy it. I usually order it to go with my pizza at Mellow Mushroom on trivia night.

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Photo of oldn00b
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of this brew. It's got a nice color, hazy dark wheat ale but it's a bit lacking in overall flavor - I prefer something like Founders Rubaeus here. Not bad, but not one I seek out.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Third from my Abita party pack. Pours a "hazy" wheat color into a pint glass with a very thick white head which quickly recedes. Aroma strongly consists of raspberries, also detect a blueberry note althought not advertised. Taste has hints of raspberry, wheat, and very slight hop with little or no malty taste. Not what I'd call a pilsner but nice and fruity. Over all decent but lacking too much of the beer standards in flavor and aroma to surpass that. If you like this try Wild Blue, another fruity beer which does better what thos one tries to.

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Photo of chrisdw
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Overall not a bad beer, definitely has the raspberry taste, but a slight bitterness after, and has a slight purple tinge to it visually. Definitely a summer beer, as it is very light, almost too light. I would definitely drink it again.

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

This American wheat ale has raspberries added to it after it is brewed and filtered. It pours to a fairly brief large white head on a cloudy pale amber body that has purple off-tints. Raspberry dominates a slightly sweet nose; it dominates the palate as well, manifesting as bitter fruit notes that obscure a light wheat backbone. The finish is fairly crisp with a hint of raspberry that fades to a briefly lingering bitter fruit note. Thanks to the raspberry puree, the mouthfeel is bigger than one would expect for a wheat beer. (12 oz bottle, 67 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Jo-Rhajak
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed my time with this beverage, though I would say I am a person who enjoys those beers that try to mask the beer taste lol. I have found I really enjoy this with my dinners where the food is the star. 4/5

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.49/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not remotely close to a traditional German Hefeweizen by any means, but great fruity aroma and flavor makes Purple Haze an excellent wheat beer none the less.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on draft in a restaurant. While it is a pleasant looking wheat beer, it didn't have a discernible smell, which I expected. The raspberry really comes through in the taste but the finish was quite bitter. Maybe it wasn't a good barrel but something wasn't quite right. I'll try it in a bottle to see how it compares

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Photo of NeubTube
3.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend of wheat and berry favors, finishing dry with a refreshing level of carbonation. Raspberry flavor present in a tart, not overly sweet manner. Excellent warm weather beer, very sessionable and with a relatively low ABV, not overpowering.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found it hard to get used to the cloyingly sweet sour raspberry aroma. The taste was much milder on the fruity side. An intersting brew, but not one that I found too special. The light feel and fruity taste makes it feel like a wine cooler.

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Photo of thehoppylady
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze...you may see fruit pulp in the beer.

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Photo of Mikus
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Didn't know what to expect. On tap. Excellent looking, cloudy brew. Pale amber hue with swimmies... not much to the nose. Hint of raspberry aroma, but faint. Hint of wet cardboard on the palate.

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Photo of BeerWithaFaceBrewing
4.37/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color of grapefruit and the taste of raspberries. This beer is fruity, but not to the point of overwhelming the other ingredients. Other than the color, I didn't notice the pulpiness. The hops are only slightly bitter, which is good for this beer. Not too bad for a fruit beer.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


At the forefront is a standard witbier, rich with nice biscuity sweetness; then the raspberry follows in the aftertaste.

Points taken off for chunky appearance from the raspberry pulp, and for a deceivingly mild smell.

I prefer Founder's Rubaeus over this one, but I will admit this one is much more complex; it actually tastes like BEER, with some fruit added. Whereas the Rubaeus has no subtlety at all, simply overwhelming the tongue with fruity sweetness. (Though in a pleasantly tart way, thus my preference.)

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Photo of Jrguru
4.34/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my absolute favorite session beers. Light malt, slightly sweet with a hint of fruit, balanced flavor, great on a hot summer day or with almost any meal.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
3.19 out of 5 based on 3,201 ratings.
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