Review: Purple Haze, Abita Brewing

Purple Haze
Abita Brewing Co. — Abita Springs, LA

  • Style:  Lager w/ Fruit
  • Bitterness:  13 IBU
  • ABV:  4.2%  
  • Malts:  Pilsner and wheat
  • Hops:  Vanguard
  • Calories:  128 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Purple Haze® is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and may see fruit pulp in the beer.  This beer is best served with salads or light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon cakes. Many people enjoy it with chocolate desserts. Purple Haze® pairs well with certain cheeses, such as ripened Brie or any dessert made with mascarpone. It’s also great paired with entrees prepared with fruit, especially citrus. Consider enjoying Purple Haze® alone at the end of your meal as dessert." — Abita Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I'm drinking Purple Haze as part of my series on summer seasonals. A raspberry wheat brew is the quintessential summer fruit beer, in my opinion. Purple Haze is a bit unusual because it's a lager. Most fruit beers are ales.

The tasting:  Golden orange, hazy, with a faint purple hue. It’s a well named beer! Its head of fine white bubbles dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of bread and raspberry. While faint in the nose, the raspberry is prominent in flavor. It doesn’t overwhelm and is at the “right” level for my tastes. The flavor of tangy wheat emerges in middle.  Hop bitterness is low and allows the tart raspberry to shine through. Sweetness is very subtle and alcohol is not noticeable in aroma and flavor. Purple Haze is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with wheat and raspberry.    

Rating:   4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  This is a simple beer—and that’s a good thing.  When you have a great combination like raspberry and wheat, there’s no need to over complicate. If you’re looking for a simple, but good beer with real fruit flavor, check out Purple Haze. It’s available year round.

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  1. FYI, Purple Haze is available year-round. Their summer seasonal is a strawberry lager that people go stark raving mad for.

  2. I tried this in June, I think at a dinner party. I was surprised by how drinkable it was. I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers, but like you, I thought this one was done well. Maybe it is because it's a lager rather than an ale that I thought it worked better than most.

  3. Purple Haze is also very low in calories for a full flavored beer. It was recognized by Men's Health Magazine as being one of the best beers out there in flavor to calorie ratio. Good stuff! Also, in regards to the above comment, Abita Strawberry is more of spring seasonal than a summer seasonal. They just made so much this year that it's still on the shelves all over Louisiana.


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