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Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 3,333 |  Reviews: 815
Photo of kelticblood
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Started out with a good looking head that reduced to almost nothing.Has an appealing color with a thin white head,Very cloudy with tons of junk floating around.I hope its wheat and not dead yeast.Very pungent raspberry nose thats very tart smelling.Color is a straw yellow.Foaming mouthfeel that leaves a "full" feeling in the stomach.No traces of lacing left.The raspberry flavor isnt that good.The aroma of raspberry makes the taste a big let down.Crisply carbonated thats easy to swallow.Its OK in my opinion.I wouldnt buy it again nor would I reccomend it.Maybe real raspberries instead of raspberry flavoring would make it better.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seriously think I could have thrown some rasberry extract in a glass of PBR and gotten the same results. The "wheat" mentioned on the label is barely detectable, much less delectable HAHAHAHA... ugh. Where am I going with this... Oh yeah, if I was in the mood for something fruity I'd eat a banana, dangit. I was really disappointed with Purple Haze, but maybe I expected too much. It's a cheap beer with a very slight rasberry taste. Nothing more, perhaps a little less.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple Haze poured a cidery brown color, clouded with unappetizing chunks of sediment, and a weak, foamy white head. Aroma is light, a tiny bit of raspberry and banana. The taste is also very light, nice and fruity without being too much so, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Not extraordinary for a rasp-wheat, but not bad either.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a murky amber brew with a minimal white head that dissipated much too quickly leaving only small hunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is definitely impressed with a raspberry presence and this carries through into the taste, a fruity presence that overlayed the wheat base. This is an ejoyable beer that fruit beer drinkers will enjoy in the good old summertime.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and murky amber color with a medium off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is raspberries of course, but really nothing else. It might have something to do with the fact that I was building a deck in almost 90 degree temperatures, but I found this to be pretty easy to drink. Light bodied and very crisp, and fortunately the raspberry flavor is not as overwhelming as it is in other beers of this type. Clean finish. Nothing award-winning in my book but a passable summer beer.

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

Quite a fun name, nice little gimmick, but, hey, how's the beer?

Appearance: a hazy pale orange color, with an initially fluffy white head, that's quick to crumble away.

Aroma: sweet and fruity, definitely berryish, the pure stamp of raspberries, comingled with the wheaty, yeast, citric nature of a hefe weizen. But, as a hefe weizen, it falls severely short. As an American HW, flavored with fruit, not terrible.

Decent texture, light body, extraordinarily drinkable, tasty, smooth, but all in all uneventful.
That does the trick sometimes though, and I'm sure this would be quite a hit with the ladies at the beach.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This “Purple Haze” pours a nice light golden yellow. A fat head gave away to a thin lace. The aroma is raspberries, nothing else. The aroma is not overpowering like most fruit beers. The taste is a touch of wheat with the raspberries and a bitter finish with hops. The raspberry flavor washed away to nothing after the swallow. It started out nice but ended up watery. I was hoping for a bit more fruit in the taste. The watery finish doesn’t make me want to drink more so it is low in drinkability. Overall not bad, average or a bit above.

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Photo of Jarod
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 06/29/2003
Brewed with spring water

This beer poured into the glass peachy in color that was fairly cloudy. It produced a minimal head that lasted a whole two seconds then formed a slight skim and ring along the surface. Very little lace to none was found on the edges of the glass. The aroma was fairly light. Noses of tart fresh raspberries, wheat grain, bread and a slight malt at the end. The taste was also fairly light and simple, flavors of light raspberries, wheat, grains, bread and bitter hops all were present. The over all feeling of this beer was it was watery and the flavors were overly diluted. I liked the raspberries and wheat combination just wish that they were combined better to give a crispier feel to it. Drinkable, but there are better fruit beers out there to try first.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is cloudy pale yellow, white fizzy head faded fast leaving a skim of whisper light white haze on top that stuck around the whole glass and had some very small spotty lace. Smell is mostly wheat, pretty sharp with a very slight note of raspberry. Taste completely mirrors the smell with lots of malted wheat, a tad breadish with a ever so slight presense of raspberry. Has a zesty sweet sharpness thats dulled a bit at the start and then airs out with a mellow smoothness. Feel is light to medium bodied, a bit zesty and grainy. not bad, drinkable, ya sure, but where's the raspberry?

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

Orange in color on the pour, with little-to-no head - what does show up is gone quickly. I expected better. The smell is alright - yeasty with a hint of raspberries. The taste is crisp and malty, fading to a light hint of raspberry flavor. The mouthfeel is all over the place, finishing up with a tingle of raspberry at the back of my mouth. Drinkable, but I'm slightly disappointed.

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Photo of bditty187
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly cloudy, golden-amber hue, small white head, fair retention, no lace. Weak nose, where is the raspberry? The bouquet is weakly wheat, ghost hint of yeast, awfully damn clean. The palate has the lightest kiss of raspberry (maybe I am being suggestible), this is basically an American Wheat beer, light toasted wheat, malt… not much other development, clean. It is crisp and refreshing, lawnmower material. Medium-light body with ideal carbonation and a dry finish, minimal aftertaste. Very simplistic and boring, a yawner… like I said, refreshing, good on a hot-ass summer day, just don’t go out of your way to try one.

Thanks to Morris729 for the bottle!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things don't seem the same

Indeed they don't, as this isn't the best fruit beer I've had by a long shot. Pours a cloudy golden color with a pinkish hue. Aroma is of tart raspberries and yeast. Raspberry flavor is pretty mild which is good-it doesn't overpower the other flavors. However, there arent many other flavors. Wheat flavor is present, but the aftertaste has a nasty malty macro thing going on that isn't too great. This beer is refreshing, but for a fruit or wheat beer, there's much better out there.

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Photo of stoutman
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very little raspberry taste, more wheat tasting than anything. I dont really care for fruit beers - fer fruits only I guess. Golden-yellow hue. Sticky small white head. Nose of light rapberry, sweetness in the backdrop, dry palate, acidic finish. This is nothing I will seek out.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice fruit beer from Abita! This beer pours a very pale yellow colour into my glass. The head lasts for quite a while and the aromas are very nice. The aromas are of raspberries and wheat. The taste is more of the same. Very wheat-beer like and very berry-ish. This tastes like a raspberry soda and it is very refreshing. Just the drink for your g/f or for you on those hot summer days spent doing yard work. The mouthfeel is a bit thin on this beer, but it is O.K. and the drinkability is good too.

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Photo of BitteBier
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy pale straw color with tinges of lemon yellow at the fringes and an interesting suspension of sediment. A substantial head upon pouring, though it dissipates quickly. Nose is underwhelming with just a mostly clean grain smell and the slightest hint of fruit. Very watery mouthfeel with a taste that is grainy and weak, much like the nose. Sweet at the start, turning crisp, and then getting very smooth. Not unpleasant, but neither strong nor memorable. This one is certainly drinkable, but only because it is very smooth. Not a great beer but an OK beverage.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: a delicate raspberry aroma (like raspberry blossoms), also a bit of framboise aroma though this isn't a lambic, not much else can be detected

Flavor: pretty bland, not much flavor from the base beer (no esters, no hops, no malt), a slight raspberry essence, very slight tartness, tastes like unsweetened raspberry soda

Appearance: has the reddish pink peach melba color, NO head, and is semi-cloudy

Mouthfeel: also like raspberry soda-water, very thin bodied, tight carbonation

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

This beer pours to a very unusual golden color that I wouldn't say was cloudy, but seems to have a matte kind of look. The aroma is also very strange. The smell of raspberries is there, but there is also a very strong aroma of V-8 juice. As you drink it and swirl it around, the raspberries come out more, and the tomatoes die down. Once that happens, the smell is simply mouthwatering.

The body is fairly light and it has a very crisp mouthfeel that would make it an exceptional summer brew. The fact that it is 3 degrees outside and we are due for 12 -20 inches of snow is not hurting it though. Lots of raspberries hit the tongue, and you are then presented with a nice wheat flavor that really balances it out. This is a pretty good fruity brew that could give you a little variety from time to time.

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

Pours yellow, slightly cloudy, no aroma to speak of. Thin head that does not last, no lace. Thin berry taste, more malt than fruit. Very little hop finish, tinny aftertaste. Not very good, one was enough.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color, slightly pinkish and slightly cloudy. Small to no head. Aroma is raspberry at the start but fades to a little maltyness. A fairly typical and very average fruit wheat beer. Berry flavor is mild and pretty subdued, it is also a little too sweet, so it just as well the flavor is mild. Pretty average. Mouthfeel is neutral. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad little bayou beer. Had a frothy head to it and orange/yellowish color to it. I like Dixie beer, so I thought I would give it a shot. Wasn't disappointed. I was happy with my six of it and couldn't keep my buds from stealing it! Now I have to go get another six! This time I'm gonna hide it. Anyways, it went down smooth and had a semi-dry finish to it. You can definately smell the raspberry in it, but the fruity taste is a little more faint. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed ya'll!

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Photo of budgood1
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

it ain't purple, but it sure is hazy...a hazy orangeish color with no head and lace. slight grain and big raspberry aroma. crisp grainy tastes, followed by tart raspberries, sort of artificial. finishes crisp and grainy. i can see where this would be mighty refreshing in the middle of a brutally muggy and hot louisiana summer, but for a beer to enjoy and savor, it's bad. too much like a malternative.

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Photo of Kwak
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color small head nice fruity aroma.

Good clean body not to much on body good steady carbonation.

Sweet raspberry taste not to fruity nice wheat beer. No purple haze
but good nonetheless.

I like the good mix of raspberry and wheat !

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Photo of Morris729
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet malts with notes of raspberry. Taste is light and crisp with tart raspberry flavors and a dry finish. A nice fruit beer.

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Photo of Reverand
1.3/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hazy gold appearance with a slight rasberry aroma. Very thin in body with a dry finish. I really thought this beer was horrible, maybe I got a bad batch but certainly would not pay money again for this.

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

Giving of froth and hazy, rose goldness it settles into a normal looking beer pretty quickly. Aromas of Smuckers Raspberry jam. Flavors of Welch's Raspberry jam on Wonder Bread. Not too sweet exactly, but not tart either. Kind of spineless.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,333 ratings
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