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 haze...you 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.