Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

Purple HazePurple Haze
3,320 Ratings
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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Photo of puck1225
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap in a plastic cup at the French Quarter Acme Oyster House in New Orleans. It went fine with my charbroiled oysters and jambalaya. Subtle berry flavor. It looked fine in the plastic cup, good lacing. I would order it again in the French Quarter.

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Photo of MidloRapid
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jchow17
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of FrancisM12
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Traymond
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Great reddish/burgundy color. Poured from 12 ounce bottle into glass. Love the look this has. Little head.

S: Fresh raspberries, clean alcohol, wheat, some malt

T: Berries up front. Really not sweet at all, which I like. Wheat as it goes down. Sorta like fruity bread almost. The sweetness level is done well, but I would've liked and expected a little more fruity considering the branding and the color.

F: This has a great mouthfeel. Above average carbonation but it suits the variety quite well. Super super refreshing.

O: Would recommend this to anyone. Think it can be enjoyed by a variety of beer lovers. Definitely will revisit again.

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Photo of TIB
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Above average in all aspects. Good out of the bottle. Great on tap.

We used to joke around in college and call ot the hippie beer. Definite must try.

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Photo of Grantc
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is cool because ya know it's got that unfiltered raspberry haze going on. Great refreshing beer. Good when paired with crawfish or something spicey. A good beer to walk your peasant friends into craft with because it's a little watery but still has that good craft flavor with a decent alcohol content.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pungent aroma of raspberries with a light, slightly sweet raspberry flavor. Not a big fan of raspberry flavored beers.

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Photo of Paoloboston
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zapiszak
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diamondbackmike2004
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Review #2500... certainly not a whale but easily a mainstay and somewhat legendary in its own right; so why not?

A- Stubby 12oz pours into a becher glass with a strawberry to orange hue. The beer itself is filled with what I am assuming are small flecks of fruit or yeast; truly chunky pour. The cap is off-white rising to about a finger high with a thick foamy consistency. Fairly good retention and lacing forms with some wide sheets.

S- Raspberries, what a surprise. The good thing is they come of as fairly fresh and bright without any awkward clashing with the base lager. Slight bread and pale barley and overall it comes off like a raspberry yogurt or donut.

T- Just about everything is dialed back here as it feels very diluted and watered down with just a tiny hint of raspberry. The ratio is changed as the base toasty grains grow and so does some lager yeast qualities. Almost tastes like a seltzer here to be honest. A standard pale lager with a hint of raspberry, bread and sweetness. Some leafy touch from the fruit.

MF- Light end body with just a bit of foamy texture to it. As mentioned above it comes off as rather watery and thin; the entire experience is like diluted beer.

I respect this beers place in history and just how immense of a presence it seems to have in certain beer markets but in the end it tastes and feels rather dilute. The aroma starts off with intense fresh raspberries but that fades out before the glass is empty. Clean lager with a hint of raspberries and a thin body. Here's to another 2500!

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Photo of baldy00
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It tries but falls flat. For those who've not had fruit beers it could be a "wow" but for me it tasted artificial. It could have redeemed itself marginally if it had more pop in the feel. Not a horrible beer, not a "wow" for me.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bbcamillo
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mikeinportc
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy reddish orange-amber with thin off-white head, leaving a narrow ring of lacing.

Smells like raspberry.....something. Dried raspberries? Raspberry yogurt? Raspberry-flavored filling in a jelly doughnut. That's it!. Nothing else noticeable.

Flavor is light pils/basic lager bready malt, a mild touch of (unsweetened) raspberry, with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
Thankfully, not cloying, or particularly sweet, as I was expecting.

Feel is thin watery/oily, with very fine, light carbonation.

Overall, not horrible, but I don't expect to have it again. A gift, among other beer, from a friend, or I might never have tried it. A step above AALs, but a small one. ;)

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChillZilla
1.89/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I was actually really excited about this beer based on the reviews on this website, but I've never not finished a beer before this one. I took three drinks and poured it into my toilet, where it belongs. I've never tried fruity feces before, but I think this is as close as it gets. Stay away, or make sure you have a chaser that eliminates fermented blueberry butthole taste.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of writer917
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It tastes like the "XXX" flavor of VitaminWater.
It looks like it too.
Super-light, as if diluted by water, &
Super-sweet, the raspberry dominating.
Despite that, there's a subdued wheat flavor;
Subdued like a muted Miles Davis trumpet, mixed low.
You want to spray it on you; you want to go to the New York Botanical Garden & sniff this while drinking this.
It's the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat.
You stare into the river, sipping this, with your feet in the water, & your life becalmed in its transitory nature.

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Photo of ATPOPE15
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,320 ratings
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