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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Ratings: 3,368 |  Reviews: 824
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Purple Haze was in my brain
lately things don't seem the same
actin' funny but I don't know why
'scuse me while I kiss the sky"

--Jimi Hendrix

Abita got it half right; this beer isn't purple, but it is hazy. The color is actually more of an amber-orange with a very slight pinkish cast. The head is dirty white, small-average in size and falls to a thick film within several minutes. It'd be pretty cool if it left sheets of purple haze on the glass, but no such luck. Minimal off-white lace.

The nose is wheat beer-like with a smidgen of 'berry jam' that kicks the score up a half notch. The raspberry flavor is nice, though I wish that it was stronger. One reason is that I like my fruit beers to actually taste like fruit and the other is that more berry flavor would help to cover up the rather insipid wheat beer that serves as the base. PH is mildly sweet, but without much true malt support. As a consequence, the body is thin and becomes frankly watery on the ultra-short finish.

Purple Haze. Such a cool song, such a cool name and such an uninspired beer. Abita owes it to themselves (and to us) to brew a kick-ass raspberry wheat that bears this name. I'm waiting...

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head leaving little lace, reddish/amber color. Medium carbonation, light bodied. Slight raspberry nose. Starts with raspberry overtones with the wheat right behind it, very easy to drink. $1.49 for a 12 oz bottle from Liquor Barn, London, KY.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured like it's namesake, hazey with a pink tone and fair head.
Smelled raspberrys, citrus, and a bit of honey. Candy.
Citrus sting, barely toning down at all with a hint of malt and berries. Can't say that I like it.
Not even a summer refresher, or a lawn mower beer. I doubt I'll have it again.

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Photo of niknar
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy, copper color. A small head appeared and quickly disappeared, leaving only a tiny ring around the edges of the glass. Smells quite interesting. I definitely detect the smells of a typical wheat beer (mostly bananas), but can also detect the underlying fruit. I'm not sure that I'd be able to pin it on raspberry if the bottle didn't tell me that's what it was... but it does smell fruity at least. Taste is fair to middling... faint wheat taste with faint raspberry and some twang. Finishes sort of bland. Mouthfeel is thin... not overly carbonated, but still doesn't really have much body. This is fairly drinkable... no better than an average craft beer.... but certainly much better than a macro. Nothing I'd recommend to anyone seeking a new wheat beer though.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a semi-milky very delicate pale-golden, forming a modest soapy white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is quite interesting and hard to pin...there is the aroma of cloves and bananas as I would expect in a true Hefe-Weizen, however, the raspberries add a tartness that makes me think cloves may be there when in fact they may not be...confused? I am too...The raspberry aroma is very delicate but also perfectly in tune with the rest of what is going on. Mouthfeel is kinda spritzy at first with a very light seltzer-like body. Taste...hrmmm...this is like a well-brewed pale golden lager that you would find at a quality brewpub, intended for the masses, but with a balanced and very delicate touch of raspberry. You can imagine the tartness of the seeds getting caught in your teeth. Cleanly fermented, but no hint of bananas or cloves in the taste, hence the trickery in the nose. Finish is lightly dry and bitterness is very light and floral...I guess Saaz. Subtle pale malts are just barely there. No perceptable alcohol or off-flavors. Very crisp water used in the brewing process.

An interesting brew. Very light, delicate and well-balanced. A difficult beer to pull off correctly,but I need a little more "Oooomph" in my brew. About as good as you can get when it comes to cross-over brews. Ok, sue me for being a pig, but this brew is for sissies, and I mean that with the utmost respect:)

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Photo of Ellbert
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This looks great. It is a hazy golden yellow with a massive white head. This looks like a well built wheat beer.

Smell: There was some raspberry in the nose with some wheat malt.

Taste: Very bland. There was a small amount of raspberries in that mouth with almost nothing else. Very dissapointing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was ok. There wasn't anything very memorable about it.

Overall a dissapointing beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abita's Purple Haze is a raspberry flavored beer that is fairly easy to find in Lousiana and Texas. Purple Haze pours a fittingly hazy dark peach color with a pretty large head. Smell is fairly standard with a sweet fruity finish. Taste is really smooth with notible raspberry finish. Overall Purple Haze is a very drinkable fruit-flavored brew, but it isn't something I'd want to drink a lot of in a single session. I see Purple Haze as a quality novelty brew and well-worth a try for beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This product was a major surprize to me...was nothing like I had anticipated.
Expected a sweet tasting, raspberry scented product.
I am pleased and disappointed at the same time.
Fruit presence is there....but in a very dry sort of way.
Limited aroma.
Colour is a cloudy golden with a short crown...
Body is medium and carbonation is as limited as the nose.
A sweet linger for such a dry product..

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Photo of SheepNutz
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy light peach color with one finger of head. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly fruity, with hints of wheat and yeast. Not a very strong aroma though. The taste is light and fruity at first, and is then overran with diacetyl. It's like they tried to make a butter flavored beer. The mouthfeel was only fair, and the drinkability lacked some due to the horrible diacetyl taste.

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Photo of skaughty
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: orange/amber color
smell: raspberry aroma is quite pleasant
taste: kinda like Michelob Weiss, with authentic raspberry flavor.
mouthfeel: not much kick
drinkability: smooth, yet watery
impressions: interesting, but this is one of the few beers that seems to NOT get better as the glass is less full.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible but not impressive either, this beer tastes more like a soda than a beer. Very light and watery, not much of a head to speak of, dull orange typically cloudy wheat color. You can really taste the raspberries at the end, tastes like they flavor this after and not during the brewing process. A shallow wheat beer with no standout characteristic other than the raspberries, and too watery for my taste. This might make a fair summer beer depending on your taste, goes down easy but so does a cool glass of water.

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Photo of far333
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-honey color. Nothing purple about it. Low off-white sinking head. Low aroma of sweet fruit, a little grapey, but no malt or hops. Mouthfeel is watery and tingly, too much like soda. Flavor is juicy, pretty empty upfront, and all in the finish, where the raspberry finally makes itself known. The raspberry lingers in the aftertaste a bit. Flavor also has no malt or hops. This one has no depth, and is out of balance.

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Photo of IceAce
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Although the bottle was aggressively poured, the finger and a half collar of foam lasted only two minutes...tops. The brew is true to its name in color...a hazy wheat appearance with just a tinge of violet. This beer left few traces of lacing on a beer-clean imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Wispy hints of wheat dominated by very, very sweet raspberry notes. The nose is much like a framboise.

Taste: The sweetness of the nose quickly dissipates with a noticible lack of carbonation on the tongue. The taste is quite bland, leaving the taster wishing for more...

Mouthfeel: This Jeckyll & Hyde brew hints at brilliance in the nose...only to be quickly followed with an unbalanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If my next bottle was free, I'd probably pass on the offer.

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Photo of DaveGood
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy orange/gold color with a lot of carbonation and practically no head. There was a very fine film that formed. The aroma was merely average as well with just a hint of raspberry and malts. The taste was fairly wheat-filled in the beginning, before giving way to a slight raspberry flavor with some other fruit tones lingering in the background. Overall, the drinkability is moderate at best and I don't think I would buy it again.

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Photo of shapudding
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow brown color, after the pour you see alot of big bubbled carbination. the head went into nothingness. You do not see alot of carbination while it is sitting in the glass. I catch mainly a citrus smell and flavor, but nothing really presents itself as overpowering. Heavy water taste with alot of carbination hitting your tongue, slight champagne memory-but maybe one that was hit with seltzer? Very light taste and feel, good for warm days or warm bars, beer gardens. Smooth but nothing that jumps at you with a main flavor, the raspberry seems like an afterthought, which is not a bad thing, but the beer itself does not have anything to compete.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nope... it's not really purple! Pours a hazy pale yellow, with maybe a hint of a pinkish color. Small white head disappeared quickly. Smell was pretty nice, mainly raspberries with a little wheat. Very light malt flavor with raspberries noticeable, but not as prominent as in the smell. Watery mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation. Not bad... just not exciting! I don't think I'd buy this again, but I wouldn't refuse it if offered to me!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is touted as a Rapberry Wheat. It sort of is. Decent pale, slightly ‘hazy” (duh!) pour from a stout little stubby 12 oz.er. Decent carbonation. ¼" white head that slides down the pint.

If BooBerry cereal ever winds up in your mug, it would smell like Purple Haze. A drinkable novelty beer, but the Sweet-Tart candy aftertaste kills further drinkabilty. Not a lot of “beer” flavors. Kinda like a raspberry iced-tea watery body.

Average feel and partially malty overtones, but nothing fancy or complex.

Last swigs: Interesting novelty beer, pleasantly sweet fruity, but not too fruity. Gawd! Did I just write that? But not for the hard core brew guy. I’d pass on buying a 6 pack, even If 6 Was 9. Excuse me, while I kiss this beer goodbye.

Beer is good. Happy Beering.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great aroma, smells like fresh raspberries, with a skunky hop aroma underneath. Light tan colored head fades fast to a film. Hazy, light golden colored beer. Clean, light, and refreshing beer. Crisp raspberry flavor sits atop a light wheat base. There's really not much to the beer, and the finish is clean. It's toward the lighter end of the fruit wheat beer spectrum, but there's not much to complain about.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed orange color with barely any head at all. The smell is that of a light hint of tart fruit and light burnt grassy notes…odd! The taste is of light malts, faint hops, and a hint of alcohol and fruit and a sharp carb bite. This is a very, very light bodied beer that has a watery mouthfeel. Kind of strange, but I was expecting it after having other beers from this brewery. This strange brew is middle of the road to me. Cheers!

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple Haze is a raspberry wheat beer from the Abita Brewery (the folks who brew Turbo Dog). This particular brand happens to be a very average fruit beer. The fact that it isn't overly sweet or fake tasting makes this rather drinkable, but it also happens to be completely forgettable once you finish the glass.

Purple Haze pours a slightly hazy gold/copper color with a 1 finger white foam head that lasts for about a minute and a half before subsiding. I was disapointed in the aroma. It was grainy with some slight malts and very slight sugary sweetness, but there was a "cheap" smell to it that made it seem like I was drinking a $3 pack of generic fizzy yellow beer. The best way I can describe it was that it reminded me of corny adjuncts and mustiness. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, but slightly crisp. Most of the flavor in this brew is indeed attributed to the raspberries, which make this beer a bit sweet. There are some toasty grains detectable, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Not a balanced brew, but not overly cloying. The aftertaste is lightly grainy with a slight ounce of dryness, and the beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I did happen to like this beer better than Pete's Wicked Winter brew, another raspberry wheat. The flavors in this beer were not bad, but it just wasn't terribly interesting. This might be good as a hot weather brew. Drinking this was an underwhelming experience. I doubt Jimi would drink this beer if he were around today.

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

Pours a hazy gold color, fairly high carbonation.

Smell is malt, raspberries, and a tea like hop smell. Smells like raspberry iced tea.

Taste is a little sweet with a large wheat taste and a big hit of raspberries. A strong tartness hits your tongue at first and then gives way to the grain. After the 3-4th taste the flavor mellows out and becomes very much like a raspberry Iced Tea. It is the hops giving it a tea flavor.

This has a big Mouthfeel due to the wheat and the carbonation level.

Very drinkable, about the same as iced tea.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was just average IMO. Hazy orange with virtually no head and no lacing whatsoever. The smell was also just average, barely a hint of the raspberry flavor inside. The taste was where this beer shined though, and I guess that's a good thing considering it's really the most important thing to consider. It had a crisp wheat flavor with raspberries and other fruit undertones. The raspberry was not artificial tasting at all, very nice. Mouthfeel was good, reminded me of a wit, very crisp. Drinkability was good as well, went down very smooth. this would be a nice beer on a hot summers day. Give it a try of you like fruit beers.

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Photo of merlin48
2.43/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with "best by" date that gives a month and day, no year. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a short lived head and no lacing. Aroma is, well, faintly of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied with minimal carbonation. Tastes more like corn than wheat. Just a hint of berry.

Nothing purple about this one. In all fairness to the brewery, I will assume my bottle was several months past the freshness date, but don't know this for certain. If this was a fresh bottle, I don't know how they could sell much of this.

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Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pinkish gold color with a spotty lace head. It's not a very good looking beer that's for sure. The aroma is weak, but smelling of raspberries and pale wheat malts. They could use to increase the raspberries used in the brewing of this one. For one, it would increase the "purple" color and the aroma of the fruit. I had to stick my nose practically in the beer to get a wiff. Also, the flavor would be more pronounced. Brewers always pussy out on the use of fruit. Anyways, the taste is average. It is quite watery with a slight raspberry aftertaste that hangs on your tongue. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks fair. I liked this beer until I looked at it critically.

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Photo of Suds
2.22/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-peach in color with chill haze and aggressive, bubbly carbonation. Small and short-lived white head. At the forefront, the aroma is the citrus-like tang of a wheat bear. Faint berry aroma is there as well. I wasn’t really impressed with the smell…it’s sort of underdone and artificial. Taste is essentially that of a sub-standard wheat beer with a little raspberry. Watery, thin, and overly carbonated. This beer really didn’t do it for me.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,368 ratings