charule (1099) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Vintage. Poured light yellow with loads of bubbles. Aroma of light raspberry. Light carb med bod. Sweet mixed berry taste.
TheJestersBeer (2060) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a pale gold with a ruby tinge, and a white head.
Fruity aroma, raspberries, citrus, malt.
Dry, light bodied, low bitterness, balanced CO2.
Fruity, citrusy taste, raspberries, blackcurrant.
Refreshing, and not overly artificial. (2014-01-31)
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle in a random Cajun/Creole restaurant in Houston. It pours reddish amber with a small off-white head. The nose is sweet raspberry, wheat, earth and hint of spice perhaps....but not a whole lot. The taste is sweet, raspberry, doughy, caramel, wheat, banana?, light bitterness and a touch of toast with a short, dryish finish. Light to medium body and average carbonation. Pretty one-dimensional. Straight forward sweet fruit beer. A bit artificial feeling.Not for the likes of me....
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can. I could see how this could be refreshing to some, but I found it quite sweet, didnít really taste like "fresh raspberries", more like a can of wheat soda with raspberry syrup sprayed in.
BOSSbrewer (1635) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had a Hugo's in Fayetteville. Pours a pinkish color with a soda pop head. Flavor and aroma are slight raspberries. Drinkable beer. But not a good beer.
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes: pours a light ruby red color with white fizzy head. Light raspberry on the nose with some wheat, and cereal notes; follows onto the palate. The raspberry isnít as pronounced as I would like it to be, but not bad overall.
andrewje41 (431) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour. Pours a light reddish blonde with a raspberry aroma. Very light bodied beer with strawberry and raspberry flavors. Light wheat on the finish with more light fruit. Not a whole lot special going on with this one. It wasnít bad.
o_Merlin_o (178) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Slaters 50/50. Pours a hazy orange with very little head. Poor feathering. Aromas of vanilla and orange. Strange taste of orange candy and milk. I'd classify this as a "cheerleader beer". Blah.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1178) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 6/15/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy orange color with a slightly pinkish hue (but not purple). Pours to a small, white/magenta soapy head which does not lace or retain very well.
Smell: Typical raspberry beer aroma Ė sweet and fruit, but nothing fake. An underlying lager scent as well.
Taste: Most light-bodied fruit beers tend to be of the general American wheat beer style, but Abitaís Purple Haze is actually a lager, and a light lager at that (it may have been a wheat ale at one time). I donít think this beer is intended to be anything other than what it is: a drinker-friendly fruity beer. While thereís nothing overtly wrong with that approach, it doesnít make for much than simply a drinkable beer.
Fruit beers of this class tend to be rather simple in their approach, and this is a perfect example. Raspberry is, not surprisingly, the dominate flavor. Itís lightly sweet at first and blends with the general wheat/pale malt base, but finishes with a strong tartness. Thatís pretty much all there is here, which makes it rather repetitive since there isnít much in the way of hops or actual lager to concentrate on. However, I like the taste enough to warrant this a positive review. As far as mainstream fruit beers go, you could do a lot worse.
Drinkability: I was actually surprised to see the 4.2% ABV indication on the label, as you do not tend to find craft beers of such light weight so readily available. I was worried the beer was old and wouldnít be flavorful, but my bottle of Abita Purple Haze had plenty of taste. The body didnít feel as light as the numbers indicate, though it definitely does not weigh heavy on my system. Itís crisp and refreshing while in the mouth and would be an ideal session beer for the summer.
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: moderate raspberry.
Appearance: average-sized, frothy off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Murky, light-orange/pink body with many large particles.
Taste: lightly sour initial flavor and lightly sour, cardboardy finish with very short duration.
Palate: light body, watery texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: refreshing, light, unique flavor.