Purple Haze | Abita Brewing Co.

799 Reviews
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 singletary
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a Cooper color with a purple hue with a light head that goes to a decent lacing. The smell is a tart raspberry and the taste is of raspberry but not too strong are artificial. The mouthful is a lite tart feel. Overall a nice and different drink to enjoy.

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Photo of basaywhat
2.15/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a light reddish blonde with a raspberry aroma. Very light bodied beer with raspberry flavor. Light wheat on the finish with more light fruit. Not a whole lot special going on with this one.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best By" date 1-8-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, copper color with one-finger, white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass and medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, caramel, raspberry.

TASTE: initially sweet bread and then tart raspberry, very little hop profile to be found.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, the raspberry is subtle and not overdone, I enjoy beer made with fruit and this is a good one, I would have this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've always liked this brew. Obviously the name gets in my brain, but it's a unique beer that works.

It's really pretty in the glass, with tiny bubbles and lace. The aroma is a balanced wheaty yeasty, hoppy, but mostly fruity smell.

The taste is similarly balanced. Light and easy drinking, it's slightly dry and lightly sweet. It's very refreshing and satisfying. The aftertaste is very clean. This will go well with food.

Purple Haze is not like it's namesake acid - it won't mess you up, but you won't have the serious regret either. Recommended for a light treat.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look- Pours a hazy straw color with a small head, didn't last very long. thin horizontal lacing.
Smell- I didn't particularly enjoy the smell, reminiscent of berry cough syrup with some maltiness thrown in.
Taste- Has a light malty sweetness accompanied with the notes of berries. There is a slight spicy/yeast taste going down that I enjoy, compliments the bread notes nicely. Little to no bitterness detected from hops, probably due to low alpha acid content of Vanguard hops used.
Feel- Bright carbonation feeling a light body. Crisp. Bubbles feel small and foamy.
Overall- It is a lager, and it has some fruit flavors. It is crisp, which I enjoy but the smell is has put me off. Taste isn't the best but not the worst by a long shot. Had a six pack of this for my wife since it's her favorite, I snagged one for a review. Probably won't buy another sixer of this unless it's for my wife.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy golden amber with a beautiful off-white head. Raspberry and wheat malt in the nose. The mouth is assaulted by the raspberry flavor along with the wheat malt. Enjoyable, but not really a purple haze??

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is pretty much exactly what one would expect from what it is, but maybe on the better side of that. It pours nicely with a slightly pinkish hue mixed into its pale amber. It gives a decent head which quickly recedes leaving no lacing. It offers a lightly fruity scent. It tastes about like one would expect - a decent lager, unobtrusive, unspectacular, but pleasant and refreshing - with a mild raspberry flavor. It has a decent mouth feel, with some fizz. All in all it is a easy drinking, mild, refreshing simple beer for both you and your girlfriend.

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Photo of colts9016
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A one finger white head that is creamy with good retention. The color of the beer is medium straw yellow color with some light orange and reddish hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy and carbonated.

N: Fruity, hay, toasted malt, caramel, raspberries, yeasty, and a subtle sweet note.

T: Fruity, citrus, raspberries, yeasty, cracker, toasty malt, yeasty, hay, and a subtle sweetness.

M: carbonated and medium body.

O: This a pretty decent fruit beer. The raspberries give this beer a nice touch. I feel that beer could be refined and have more harmony and balance.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with a very modest head. Reminds me of a hefeweize in its appearance.

The nose explodes of raspberry, and overwhelms everything else. There's some tartness and very subtle sourness, but this is all about the raspberry.

Smell is more subtle than the taste, but the balance is still a little bit off. It's quite drinkable though, even though I wish it was more carbonated as it feels a little bit flat.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Really pale straw colored beer. The beer is cloudy looked and It forms about 1 finger of white head. The head has small bubbles with chunky large bubbles thrown in. The bottle lists the ABV (4.2%) and there is a best by date (09/12/16).

S: [3.50] 50% raspberry and 50% lager (frosted corn flake scent).

T: [3.00] Not as pronounced as the nose. This is more like 25% raspberry, 25% lager, 50% nothing. What I mean is that the flavor is quite mild. Raspberries, corn, some sweetness imparted from the malts.

M: [3.25] The beer has a medium body and fair carbonation. Maybe a little chalky feel to it.

O: [3.25] I am not a huge fan of raspberries - but the taste is more "generic fruit" that specifically raspberry - so it is okay. This beer has some interest in the nose but the flavor is more bland and muted. I would not seek this out again.

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Photo of jmkiser
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Uniquely good looking beer. In between golden and amber, but with a bit of color that's hard to place. Unfiltered goodness. No lacing other than a few dots that sink to the bottom.

S: Light perfume that's not too overpowering, distinctly raspberry smell - props for matching exactly what's advertised

T: Raspberry and wheat balanced well. Brewed with Vanguard hops and I couldn't detect any hop flavor or smell, but it could just be my palate knowledge lacking

F: Medium light thickness goes down smooth with average carbonation.

O: Will drink again! I've had fruit beers in the past that I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, but this is one of the solid ones, just under Well's Banana Bread Beer to me.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abita Brewing Co. - Purple Haze. 4.2% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Has a cloudy yellowish orange body.

Smell: The aroma on this instantly reminded me of Corn Pops cereal; not like an AAL, but more of a sugary grainy aroma. The raspberry is noticeable too, however not instant like the sugar.

Feel: Light body and heavily carbonated.

Taste: Same as the smell; sweet Corn Pops cereal with underlying raspberry.

Overall: Had at the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. This was very different from what I am used too, and very different from what I expected. It wasn't bad at all, but I wasn't expecting a breakfast cereal beer.

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Photo of Gear54
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a Pint glass.

Pour is a hazy orange color with about 1/2 finger of fluffy white foam. Decent retention and lace on the glass

Smell is like a raspberry smoothie with some underlying malt aroma and some citrus. Perhaps a bit of yeasty component as well. Overpowering fruitiness.

Taste surpisingly isnt heavy on the raspberry. Tons of malt flavor almost overshadow the fruit. Mostly sweet all the way through. For me a bit more bitterness could have helped.

Feel is light in body with lots of carbonation. Beer is crisp but the lack of balance hurts the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle Best by 9-18-16. Hefeweizen glass.

A (4.5): Pours surprisingly orange, and fairly clear; disturbing the sediment and pouring it renders it a hazy orange, but with enough clarity to see the streams upon streams of carbonation. Hazy, but no purple in mine. 2 fingers of bright white head. Retains a 1/8 inch white cap. Lacing is excellent. Retention is excellent.

S (4.25): Raspberries! Loads of raspberry fruitiness, a little citrus, and some wheat. Never had a wheat lager; for a lager this thing is throwing off tons of aroma, albeit only really one aroma.

T (3.0): Arrives very light in flavor. Slightly tart. Is that raspberry? To me it is a very light citrus and berry, with a little sourness, a very pleasant and light maltiness. Doesn’t taste as much like raspberry as it smells. This is really light, but eminently sessionable. Still, I’d probably rather do a session IPA or a traditional pilsner.

M (4.5): Super light, and super crisp. Highly carbonated, with small bubbles and a little carbonic bite. Some wheat slickness, but really retains its character as a lager with a very clean finish, with some lingering fruit.

O (3.25): This is one of the first craft beers I ever had, a very, very long time ago. Back then, I drank it not because it was craft, but because it was beer and fruity. Now, there are so many more choices on the market for wheat beers, and fruity beer was only my thing for a very brief period. I’m glad I paid this a re-visit, and if I were at a festival or something that offered it with my kids, I might get it, or if I plan on drinking for hours on end and need to keep my wits about me; but all told, It’s not something I plan on getting again. Sure is a pleasure to look at, though!

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Photo of plumberman63
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from the bottle so really don't know what it looks like. Smell of raspberries and malt. Taste sweet slight raspberry with more malt. Decent feel not watery or thick. For a flavored beer not bad. would drink again.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall: Meh...underwhelming across the board. Not much in the way of glass
presentation and smell. Has a bit of a purple tint, without anything discernible
in terms of head or lacing. Slight note of berry in the nose. Underlying tasting
note is tart. Mouthfeel now descript. Not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft during the summer. Honestly, the only flavor(s) that stands out is raspberry. It is pretty tasty and I enjoyed it, but it isn't my absolute favorite fruit beer. I would have it again, but I could see myself getting burned out on it quickly.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Based on the description, I had expected something akin to Founders Rübæus, a solid Raspberry beer. This just wasn't doing it for me, admittedly not as sweet as I had expected. Authentic raspberry, but not a lot was done to bring it out.

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Photo of NavyVet1959
2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After having a good experience with Abita Turbo Dog, I tried this one. Unfortunately, I bought a 6-pack of it. It was bad enough having to finish one of these, but having to finish 6 of them was punishment. Beer should taste like BEER. I am definitely NOT a fan of these flavored beers.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is light orange with a purple tint. There is a small lacy head. It smells strongly of raspberries. The taste is bluntly sweet and tastes lightly of raspberries. More sweet than berry tasted actually. There is not an aftertaste. There is a sharp beery taste that strikes the tongue at peak ingestion. The mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly creamy. Overal,, a good beer, especially if you like raspberry.

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Photo of Swissy
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, Hawkeyes on Taylor.
Slight sweetness and a bit of a banana aftertaste. Having not researched it at all,the raspberry taste wasn't immediately distinguishable. I didn't see much purple, but it's a bar so..
Very easy to drink. Ended up having 3 back to back in less than an hour.
Would absolutely recommend.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been avoiding this variety for a while, because I thought that it might be really sweet and grape-like. I was wrong. It has 4.2% ABV and 13 IBUs.

Look-The head is silky smooth almost nitro and is one finger thick. It has good retention and is nicely fluffy and is very white…likely due to the yeast. The lacing is wet, drooping, and frothy. The beer itself is quite hazy with a deep yellow or a light amber orange. I don’t know the SRM off hand.

Smell-It smells mostly of yeast and malts and with an almost imperceptible underlying hop component.

Taste-The malts are very grainy and have an almost hay-like flavor. This malt backbone overwhelms the raspberry and any tiny bit of hops that were used…although this makes sense considering it has only 13 IBUs. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and crisp and smooth.

Overall-It isn’t sweet like I thought it would be and the raspberry and grape are barely noticeable to me. It is much better than I thought, but isn’t the greatest beer I’ve ever had.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a can glass. Pours amber with a pinkish tint. Has a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Smell is typical adjunct lager breadiness with some underlying Raspberry - pretty unpleasant. The taste is strong raspberry, slightly artificial but not too bad. Also has some lemon and bread. Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation but smooth. May be a decent pool beer in the summer, but not great.

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Photo of Jj333
3.04/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's not purple, it's a golden orange, but you do see the haze. Smells sweet, and not as much raspberry as expected. The rasberry flavor is there, but I smell and taste banana over everything. Not a bad beer, and doesn't taste like anything else that I've tasted, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer more than most people - I like how hazy and tingly it is. The smell is fruity and the taste seems like they took a lager and added synthetic seasoning, but to me it works. This beer tastes like a weird Japanese dance club in the 80s. It's odd and tart and memorable.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
3.2 out of 5 based on 3,262 ratings.
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