Review – Abita Purple Haze
From Abita Beer – 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.
Abita Purple Haze – On draft in a 16 ounce room temperature pint glass – 4.2% abv – Brewed by Abita Beer – Purchased at Landmark in Glassboro, NJ
Light golden yellow with only a tiny bit of pulp cloudiness. Tons of head with nearly four fingers of foamy white head.
Sweet, ripe strawberry smells at first with noticeable raspberry notes to follow. For a raspberry branded beer, I felt like there could have been a bit more in the nose.
Tart and fruity, with a good balance of crisp malts and spicy hops. The yeast used provided a recognizable ripe fruit characteristic normally found in American wheat beers.
Thin-bodied wheat beer with moderately low carbonation. Refreshing to drink yet it left me wanting a little more substance and complexity.
This was my second choice after I was told that Stone’s Arrogant Bastard was sold out. I was not overly impressed with this beer, despite it’s intriguing name. I expected a little more body to this wheat lager. That being said, I did find the use of raspberries quite interesting and could see this beer paired with a rich chocolate cake or brownie. After a pint of this, I switched over to the safer 60 Minute Dogfish IPA for the remainder of the evening.
March 4, 2022 @ 6:35 pm
I like it because of the light wheat lager with raspberry to take away the bitterness you get from a craft beer, I just bought a 1/2 keg for my home kegerator today because I don’t drink much at home and when I do I like the rich bold flavor of a craft beer. I feel this is a beer everyone can drink it may not be domes favorite but still be able to drink and enjoy. I bought because of the raspberry after taste
February 27, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
Abita was much better 5 years ago, but has in recent years modified their recipes, and changed brewing equipment, leading to a decline in beer quality (IMO).