Okay, so I ordered this beer knowing full well that it probably wasn’t going to blow me away in terms of flavor, but I was hoping that it might surprise me. Abita makes a full line of beers, but the only one I have ever seen on the shelves or at a bar is Purple Haze. Purple Haze is not a bad beer for anyone who is just getting into craft beer. It is a raspberry wheat, so there isn’t really any hop presence, it is relatively light, is low in alcohol (4.2%), and has the sweet carbonation flavor of raspberries. But it isn’t overly flavorful. There is just a hint of raspberries. I enjoy pecans though so thought I would give it a try.
This 5% light beer has fresh Louisiana pecans added during the brewing process. However, they barely register on the tastebuds. This tasted more like a brown ale than anything. If I tried really hard, I could perhaps taste a subtle nut flavor at the very end, however, if it was there at all, it was more recognizable as a walnut than a pecan. When a beer is titled after an ingredient, I fully expect it to taste like that ingredient. That is the reason I order it. Should you try this? I guess that depends. If you like mild brown ales, sure. If you are looking for a ton of flavor though, no. And if you really want to taste pecans, absolutely not. Instead, buy a bag of pecans and eat them while drinking a beer.