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July 3, 2010

Abita Brewing’s Raspberry Flavored Purple Haze 7.3.10

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze Raspberry Beer
File Date: 7.3.10

File Name: A Family Fireworks Extravanza Explosion
The Beer: Purple Haze
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.abita.com
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!

purple-haze-label1Brewer Brand Hype: Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with a fresh raspberry puree added after filtration. The result leaves a fruity raspberry presentation  in the beer. The premium raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, acidity and a tartly sweet taste. Each batch is handcrafted using the prisine artesian waters of Abita Springs, Louisiana, resulting in a crisp, refreshing brew. Guided by our principle of “quality before quantity,” Purple Haze is cold filteres and brewed in small batches using no additives or preservatives. Like all of our beers, Purple Haze is prepared with the attention to detail upon which we have built our reputation as one of the countries finest breweries.
Label: Malt beverage with raspberries added. Raspberry Wheat Brew.

The Brewski Review: Unlike the experience I had with the Strawberry Harvest from Abita, Purple Haze was much appreciated improvement in taste. The Raspberry aroma and taste is very noticable and very tasty to my buds. It’s a light summer beer that is crisp and light. The tartly sweet taste may be present but I didn’t detect it when I slugged down my drink. I normally don’t pound my beverages but this time around I was stressed. Our town was putting on a fireworks show and my wife invited two of her sisters and their kids over to watch the extravaganza from our back yard. Along with these ‘adults’ came about a dozen uninvited individuals. Not a big deal right? I can roll with the punches. But what was really disturbing was that no one thought to bring anything other than beer. No chairs, bug spray, beverages (other than beer), etc. Mind you, within this group there were 9 children ranging from 1 1/2 yrs old to approx. 13 years. And, since we weren’t expecting all these individuals to show up, we weren’t prepared to entertain or hydrate them. And don’t get me started on their kids…..Arggg!  No discipline and no respect (Do ya think parental upbringing?). Anyone have experiences like this? Guess I’m old school when it comes to manners. The sad thing out of this whole ordeal is that the underlying comment was that it would be a great location to watch the fireworks next year – implying that they’ll be back. It’s bad enough to come uninvited once. But to grease the tracks for a another uninvited showing really shows some moxie. Maybe next year we’ll go out of town (which, I’m sure, won’t stop them from coming over to our house and trashing it.)

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink this one again.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Slightly cloudy.
The Buds: Good. Raspberry flavor right out of the bottle.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

May 23, 2010

Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager Beer Review 5.23.10

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

The Brewski Report on Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Beer After A Hard Day Around The Yard
File Date: 5.23.10

File Name: Where’s the Berry?
The Beer: Strawberry Harvest
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing
Web Site: www.abita.com
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!
 
tbr-abita-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.
Label: Ripe, red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill.  The secret of the juicy red Ponchatoula berries fills the air as they’re picked and pressed for Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. The end result is a light, crisp lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

The Brewski Review: Frankly, I was dissapointed with this one.  I had just finished shoveling a ton and a half of river rock out of a pickup and mowing the lawn on a sunny 83 degree day.  All I wanted was to taste a nice beer and relax for a few minutes before embarking on another small project of removing the deer netting I installed on some trees last fall.  The beer was cold and crisp so I guess in this respect it was good (thanks, in part, to my fridge) but I was looking for a nice strawberry taste.  Aside from not tasting strawberry, I couldn’t even smell it.  Now, I did burn the tip of my tongue last weekend in a freak pizza incident (I was hungry and the pizza was, unknowingly, right out of the oven.) so there is a small chance that it dulled my taste buds.  But, hey, I didn’t burn my nose.  I drank another Bud Lime the other night (I was on the road traveling for business again and it sounded good) and I had no problems with my taste or scent capabilities then.  Many people rave about this brew but I think Abita needs to refine this recipe a little and make it more like the beer they market it to be.   

Drinkability: Drinkable.  But not as a ‘Strawberry’ flavored beer.
Appearance: Large, quick foamy head over top of a light golden color.
The Buds: An the good side, cold and crisp.  No strawberry taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5 just because it isn’t the beer Abita markets it to be.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

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