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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: 788 | Ratings: 3,214
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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Photo of Beejay
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Alanna and Richard for this beer.

A: A dirty yellow color, indeed with chunks of raspberry in it. A large white head on top of this brew.

S: Honey, graham crackers, and raspberry. It smells like toast and jam.

T: Crisp with light toast notes, and a tart raspberry flavor. The finish rounds out the berry flavor, but ends on a watery note.

M: Light in body, with moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, with a tingly finish.

O: Overall a refreshing easy to drink beer, but I think on a hot day I'm reaching for a session IPA, or a lower gravity Belgian.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably be a pretty damn solid session brew for a pool day. Fruit is light in flavor and adds just enough to change the dynamic of this. Seems like a solid base beer, good malt back and crisp on the mouth. Decent little brew.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with a purple tint to it. Large white head, little spotty lacing

S: Malts, adjunct grains, raspberry in background

T: Sweet malts and adjunct grains, subtle hint of fruity raspberry, little hop bitterness at end

M: Light, good carbonation

O: Basically a light American lager with some raspberries thrown in. This is not a bad thing just what it is. I like picking this up from time to time to have on hot days.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.63/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

honestly this beer smelled horrible. like somebody got sick. had two already and both were the same so it wasn't just an off beer. it pours a pale lavender color almost no head. taste is fruit and berries at first then malt and clove and that artificial banana type flavor you get in some wheats, which I like, but the combination of that with the berries makes it almost undrinkable for me. I'll finish the six but will never think about buying this again.

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I Tasted this in New Orleans
A. Clear, 2.1 minutes foam.
S. A lot of Fruit, sweet.
T. Fruits, cherry, a little bit of weizen beer, fruit, wine, drinkable.
AT. Good at the end, light, the strong taste of fruit disappear.

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Photo of Vixie
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with bits floating in it, which I assume are the fruit bits the label says you may see. Has a decent sized white head that quickly dissipates, leaving lacing across the surface.

Smell is mostly sweet, reminds me a bit of the smell of a fruit soda.

Taste starts with malty sweetness, then the taste of the raspberries comes in. Has a lingering sweetness at the end.

Feel is very much on the bubbly side due to high carbonation.

Basically a decent beer, but not much else. I do like the fact that they tried something different here, but nothing really stands out as being outstanding. Would be a good beer for a hot day, other than that, nothing overly outstanding.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this once at a craft beer expo and I liked it. So I'm reviewing a bottle of it now.

It looks : copper colored body with a rose tint. First pour was transparent, second pour later on was hazed. Head is fluffy and flat white, 2 fingers tall and then 1. Not much lace left behind as decoration.

It smells : Very much like arbor mist or a raspberry wine cooler. Perhaps a Canada dry, too. There's not much in the way of hop or malt, just a sweet, artificial raspberry. Very one noted.

It tastes : the malts come out more in the taste with wheat, and the raspberry takes a back seat with a shallow two dimensional quality. There's only a vague hint of hop. Not much to write about.

It feels : Light body yielding into a creamy medium texture, with a buzzing carbonation underneath and a slightly Pilsner-esque finish.

Overall : somewhat underwhelming but still fairly tasty. I'd have it again but it's nothing exciting.

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Photo of PGD120
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: very pale yellow. Visible carbonation. Fluffy 2 finger white head

Smell: wet cardboard and fake raspberries. Some biscuit malt.

Taste: basically tastes like an aal but overly sweet with fake rasberries. Finishes off all raspberry

Mouthfeel: bright carbonarion. Very light bodied

Overall: won't drink again, perfect beer for the type of person who would normally drink twisted yea or Mikes hard over beer.

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Photo of Beerma
4.26/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My husband bought me this and I was like UHHHH Thanks I guess grape beer! Well he told me it was raspberry which I love and was still thinking gross sweet syrupy. Nope I was wrong. It was a light raspberry taste, great for summer. Very drinkable. Drank a bunch and now I need more!

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Photo of csheridan
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a much better raspberry beer, try Founders Rubaeus (spelling's off, because the "u" has the German umlaut, and the a & e are combined in the old Latin "aesc", but you can find it searching Founders brewery).

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing this as a raspberry lager. Pours a hazy straw color with tons of unfiltered debris and a one finger head that quickly recedes leaving a small ring of lacing. Aroma of raspberry and grass. Smooth balanced lager with a good tart tartness from the raspberries. More raspberry in the taste than the smell. Light bodied and medium-high carbonation that is super drinkable.
Easy drinker that is exactly what it is labeled. Something I end up coming back to every summer. It's even better since they made it even more unfiltered.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is straightforward with malts, not much else here.

The taste is upfront with the malts. Very light with the raspberries at the finish.

Mouth feel is light, chewy and pleasant.

Overall not a bad brew, i would take it over anything adjunct anyday. However not my typical brew. Low ABV and IBU's, along with a very light almost diet raspberry taste. Glad i tried it but doubt i will purchase again.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fruitiness with the raspberry purée added after fermentation; wheaty finish with a nice hazy color.
I've found it has been much better on tap than in bottle. Not sure why that is the case, maybe freshness. A beer like this won't knock your socks off but it's drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The most recognizable thing about this beer is how smooth it finishes. It tastes sweet and smells like vanilla, but it drinks so easily that it can be consumed in big gulps to really enjoy all of its flavor at once.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

This was the first Abita beer I've had and it's still my first love. Sweet, refreshing, and just an all-around tasty brew. It's great out of the bottle but outstanding on tap!

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Photo of LadyCraft
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

The bottle and label makes this beer look like some kind of daunting stout but don't be fooled! It pours into a pale honey colored and you can definitely taste the raspberry flavor (little artificial tasting but I enjoyed it).

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Photo of Fuzzgun91
3/5  rDev -6%

One of the few beers I can say is too light for me. I like the idea of it, but it sorta just tastes like sugar free Juicy Juice with a hint of beer. Very refreshing though.

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Photo of ordybill
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- has a fruit aroma that is not overpowering, fairly inviting. Appearance- the beer is an amber color with an average head Taste-has a muted fruit flavor, but i do not care for the taste of this beer. Palate- this is a thin bodied beer with light carbonation. Overall- I do not care for this at all and I do like fruit beers overall.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

... All in my brain, lately things they don't seem the same, actin' funny but I don't know why, excuse me while I drink this beer... doesn’t have the same ring as the Hendrix lyrics but I couldn’t help myself humming the song over and over whilst pouring this brew. This was no doubt the intention of Abita when they named their Raspberry Lager - to get The Hendrix Experience stuck in your head. Not a bad intention at all IMO.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: First off - it’s hardly close to a purple haze, more of an orange/brown haze in the body with a thin white lace on top. 3/10 for that misleading name.

S: Raspberries, fresh picked and plenty of ‘em. There is a background hint of grain too but the raspberries have the aroma locked down tight. I for one like a fruit beer that’s big, fresh and fruity, so well done Abita! 8/10.

T: Crisp, refreshing raspberries mingle with a Lagery cut grass and grain base. The raspberry note is great - clean, fresh, tart and moreish, but the Lager flavours distract a bit and leave me disappointed that they are there ruining this fine fruit beer. Finish is dry from the raspberries. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fine crisp carbonation. 8/10.

D: Hmmm, I’m thinking this would have tasted so much better if it was a Weizen with raspberries... Lager flavours have a tendency to ruin everything with grain bases that meddle with any added fruits, but you can’t have a fruit-flavoured Pale Ale because the hops would overpower the fruit, so Weizen is the best style for mixing fruit in my opinion. Would I buy Purple Haze again? No, sorry Abita. 4/10.

Food match: This beer would pair well with sushi or sashimi.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 11, 2014
Misc.: Best by Jan. 1, 2015

Poured a grapefruit juice, straw hazy color with one finger of gray lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass in bubbling streams. Poor lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled grape, dark raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, slight blackberry, wheat grass and grape Sweet Tarts. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted much better than the smell. Got dark raspberry, blueberry, Smucker’s raspberry jam, black cherry, purple grape, honey wheat, Sweet Tarts and blackberries. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, fruity, refreshing finish. (Feel - 3.75)

For the style this was decent. I’m a sucker for fruity beers. I don’t know where this ranks with the others, but it was OK. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raspberries and raspberry jam alongside some soft sweet malt. A little artificial seeming.
Flavours include cardboar malt notes, cereal grains and a raspberry lolly character.
Body feels watery, carbonation is much too low.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Honestly, it's not as great as all the hype that was surrounding it when I had it, but it is worth a try and very easy/enjoyable to drink! Smooth, light, quite crisp, refreshing and probably palatable/drinkable to anyone who tries it - i especially appreciate the raspberry puree that was brewed into it.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

A nice cloudy orange golden with moderate head and retention. Smells and tastes of fruit and wheat. The raspberry is prominent. High amounts of carbonation and a nice feel.

Different but enjoyable.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
3.19 out of 5 based on 3,214 ratings.
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