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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%

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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Abita Beer is a message in a bottle...a distress signal for the troubled waters of our Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita will donate 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive this disastrous oil spill. This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts. It is hopped and dry hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor, and a pleasant bitterness and aroma.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 07-21-2010)
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Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

A nice pale gold/dark straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and sticks around for awhile, leaving lines of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is pretty standard german pilsner. Biscuity with a grassy and noble hop background.

Flavour is the same as aroma. Biscuity/bready up front before the grassy/noble hops take over in the finish.

Pretty plain and just ok pilsner. Didn't do anything to grab me. Overall I think Abita's ales are better than their lagers, but that's just my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 01:59:06 | More by Noxious26
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Khyber Pass in Philly. From notes.

A - Poured mildly hazy and golden. Mild carbonation coming up to a two finger white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Wheat, grass, a mild hop. Plain, but clean and good..

T - Nice spicy hop with grass and wheat. Orange juice, bubblegum as well. Nice stuff.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - This was a good pils. It was clear that they used wheat in it and it did well with the hop flavour. Good balance and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 17:59:09 | More by tbeckett
Photo of falloutsnow


4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2012-07-28
Glass: Tulip

Abita's S.O.S. is a good beer for a good cause, a pleasant and easy-drinking helles bock for recovery efforts from the oil geyser caused by offshore drilling in 2010. This has held up amazingly well over the past two years, still indicating that it was a noiceably-hopped helles bock with pleasing malt flavor. If Abita released some fresh bottles of this into my locality, I'd pick a few up.

Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, with excpetional lacing of thick, complex patterns left along all sides of the glass, modified with each sip. Beer is a moderately dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (30-40% opacity), high in number, moderate in activity.

Aroma is surprisingly bright and floral with hints of fruit and modestly dense white bread. These are quite pleasant aromas, though more reminiscent of a helles bock than a pilsner (and at 7%, this seems like a justified re-categorization).

Taste is of pleasantly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with notable white bread and coconut flavors adding interest. Front of palate tastes lightly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with a background sweetness of white bread and associated dough. Mid-palate tastes floral, grassy, and lemon-like hops with light to medium-light bitterness, bread-like and sweet pale malts, and mild coconut-like flavor behind the scenes adding extra interest. Back of palate tastes hop bitterness with floral and woodsy undertones, a bit of lemon and coconut, and a thin background of white bread. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter hops with light floral and woodsy undertones, light white bread sweetness, and a background hint of lemon.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that comes across as rather soft and pillowy. This is appropriate for the beer, making it pleasurable and easy to drink, and within boundaries for the helles bock style in general.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:46:28 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Mike_Moe


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden dark color, nice blond head.
Aroma: Light clean spicy aroma.
Flavor: Smooth clean beer with a sweet malty flavor. Slightly hoppy, finishing with a light peppercorn and spicy flavor. It’s full bodied with a fuzzy carbonation.
Overall: This is very good tasting beer. Its clean taste is a testament to the local natural spring water used to brew this beer. Abita Brewing Co. has dedicated 75 cents from every bottle sold toward the rescue and restoration of the environment. This is differently a must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:39:07 | More by Mike_Moe
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3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a golden color and rich white head. Aroma is sweet grains and a bit of bubblegum and spice. Flavor is weak grainy and sort of bland with just enough hops to balance. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall I'm confused as to what I was served. The server at O'Charleys in Monroe told me it was like a Blue Moon but with lemon instead of orange. It was served with a lemon wedge. Kind of tastes like a wit and a weak American all malt lager. Stay tuned.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:24:45 | More by EagleTalon
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had the Abita Save our Shore while visiting NOLA. From a Bomber poured into a glass, the beer is a chill hazed straw yellow with a pretty big and clingy white head.

Nose of wheat and something sweet and slightly spicy .

Taste leads with wheat-bread notes and some subtle spicing. It is slightly bitter in a non-citrus-pine way. More like Belgian Pale ale late with almost candy sugar.

The mouth is slick with mid-level heft.

Decent beer for a very good cause.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 16:37:39 | More by Redrover
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Sweet grainy malts, floral hops, hint of citrus.

Taste - Grainy malts with a touch of floral hops. Slight hint of citrus. Light bitterness that lingers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A crisp, refreshing German pils by Abita. Excellent balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Also a fantastic appearance.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:34:36 | More by leaddog
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 10/30/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, wheat, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, pepper, light banana, clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, banana, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pilsner style. All around well balanced malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:09:25 | More by superspak
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, golden and clear with lots of rising bubbles and a good head that's still 1/4" thick ten minutes after pouring.

Aroma and flavor are kinda grainy and a little hop bitter-y, with some grassy notes and a bit of sweet maltiness.

Body is pretty light and a little slick, easy to drink, slight lingering bittersweet notes.

Overall it's pretty good, quite easy to drink for a 7% beer. I'd have it again, particularly since 75C goes to SOS.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 19:50:10 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. White head of about 2 fingers and it leaves a trace amount of lacing.

Smell: Floral notes with hops and some pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of hops and piney notes. Some other flavors I can't quite nail down.

Overall: Good brew for a good cause. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 19:39:57 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Beermazter310


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in louisiana. Bottle from bevmo for 3.49 and 75 cents goes to charity to save our shore. First time trying it. Nice big white head looking hazy n pale yellow. Flowery, very hoppy for a pilzner. Crisp clean n refreshing. Im impressed. Id buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:03:41 | More by Beermazter310
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice clear golden pils with low amounts of bubbles but a huge foamy, 2 finger head that depletes quickly.
S - Subtle hints of honey compliment the aromas of grassy wheat and malty grains.
T - The weizen taste of banana (I don't know what it is; I always taste hints of banana in hefeweizens) along with the honey and wheat drive gives this beer its light and relaxing profile. Very little alcohol taste.
M - Very light and thin. More carbonation than expected considering almost no bubbles in appearance.
O - A nice beer to sit back and relax with. Drink it cold or don't even bother. The difference is startling.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:27:27 | More by oN3xM
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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in NOLA on a recent trip, poured into pilsner glass, 22 oz bottle.
A: pours a light golden color, nice bright pillowy white foam head with fine bubbles, decent lacing, carbonation
S: pilsner malt, light earth notes, slight lemon, light hints of floral boquet
M: thin and light, creaminess kinda like low fat milk
T: pilsner malts up front, slight bitterness, cracker, wheat, grass, some sourness, finishing up with hops.
O: good brew, worth trying, would buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:35:47 | More by outdoor7or24
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a light haze to the lemony gold brew. About a finger of white bubbles on top. A little soapy, pretty sticky, leaves little flares of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - Soft, wheaty, lightly floral. A smooth aroma, if that makes any sense, perhaps a bit of honey.

Taste - Soft and wheaty as in the nose. The hops are equally mellow, with pleasant florals and a restrained citrusy edge. The swallow pushes the bitterness a little more, drying out on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth, clean and refreshing. Medium body, a muted carbonation level.

Drinkability - A great session beer, reminds me of a Blue Moon-Heineken hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 05:22:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this stuff for 3 bucks. Sweet deal.

A - Clear bright yellow with a respectable level of tiny floaties. Head was only a 1/4 inch but pulled back to a thick lace ring. Head has a decent level of stick.

S - Nice it has a decent level of spicy hops and some pilsner malt to boot.

T - Eh not bad. Skunkiness is low with mild bittering hops and some sweeter malts.

M - Medium and not as crisp as I expected.

Overall for an imperial pilsner it's not bad. Granted its not my favorite style but it was worth the 3 dollar price tag. Plus 75 cents goes to help nature and shit! Hells yeah!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:00:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of deebo


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a seafood joint in New Orleans.

A-a hazy dark golden appearance (obviously unfiltered) with a skimming of white head with significant lacing

S-pure German pilsner malt with noble spicy hops

T-clean and crisp like a pils should be

M-given this is a higher ABV pils the mouthfeel is right-significant but not overwhelming. Carbonation is average

O-a solid easy drinking Big sassy pils. Plenty of malt a bit lingering havy in the finish but definitely a solid brew

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 01:56:57 | More by deebo
Photo of fank2788


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a mug
Nice golden yellow in the glass with a near pure white head that retreats to a layer of small bubbles. The smell is of sweet malt and bread with a bit of spicy hop character in the background, a touch of fruity ester comes through as well. The taste follows the smell with a base of clean and slightly sweet pale malt. The hops are restrained but definitely present with great noble hop spice and grassy flavors. The carbonation is somewhat low to moderate and the finish of this beer is almost very clean leaving just a bit of sticky hop flavor and malt. Overall this isnt a world class german pilsner but it is a pretty good american made example of the style and the cause benefited by sales of this beer make it well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:33:27 | More by fank2788
Photo of eod81

New York

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle at Whole Foods for $5. Nice deal for an Abita special brew, or so I thought.

A- Golden yellow with bright white foam, filling up my glass with a two inch head which sank slowly and left a mild lace on the glass.

S- Sour apple smell, with some typical Pilsner notes. Very interesting vanilla comes through as the beer warms.

T- Sour fruit continues into the taste, a bit metallic and tangy. Some staleness, but the tasty vanilla saves the flavor profile in the end.

M- Alcohol in the mouth and nose, and rather syrupy for a pilsner. I might have pulled this back to a session-beer ABV, but it works if it's kept very cold.

O- I don't plan to buy this one again. I'm glad that $0.75 made it to a good cause, but unless a sour-vanilla pilsner sounds right up your alley or you're a big fan of ABITA already, I'd say skip this for Purple Haze or their standard Amber.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:29:47 | More by eod81
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat along with some hints of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat along with some hints of lemon and a very slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of peppery spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wouldn’t classify this beer as a true pilsener—it is more like a hefeweizen, but either way it hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 15:27:28 | More by metter98
Photo of acevenom


4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with an abundant white head. The head dissipates, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is of sweet malt and hops. It's such a bright earthy smell. The taste is sweet from the malts and is balanced by the hop bitterness. There's some citrus flavor from the hops, which helps cut with the bitterness and sweetness to produce an excellently balanced beer. The alcohol does not come through in the taste, but you will notice the effect as you continue to drink the beer. The flavors only get better as the beer warms. The beer is medium bodied with a creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel. The crispness comes from the abundant carbonation. This is very easy to gulp. Overall, this is an excellent and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:11:18 | More by acevenom
Photo of rand


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 650 mL bomber to Schneider & Sohn pilsner glass

A: SOS has a crisp snap and festive, effervescent appearance as it fills the glass. Light yellow straw in color, and clear, the brew forms a fluffy, pillow-y, 2-inch head that slowly recedes.

S: It smells of light earthy grains, with freshly baked bread in the distance. A touch of lemon zest in tow. The beer has a subtle bouquet - some deep inhales are necessary.

T: Cracker-like, earthy malts meet a touch of tea-tinged hops. Notes of lemon pepper and honey add some depth. The relatively high ABV is completely hidden, giving this smooth pilsner high drinkability. The balance of flavors works well as the brew leaves little residue between sips.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly viscous for the style. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Although not remarkable, SOS is a fairly smooth and drinkable pils. Refreshing too, this is a nice companion to my soup and salad lunch.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 05:59:59 | More by rand
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3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a nice golden straw color. Not much to speak of in terms of head, but what is there sticks around. No noticeable lacing.

S: Very nice smell, really brings the traditional pilsner notes out. Notes of yeast, nice and crisp.

T: Strong taste upfront, but dissipates too quickly for my liking. Light citrus. Good, traditional pilsner. Nothing stands out, but nothing that sticks out as a negative either.

M: Smooth. Very drinkable, I could see myself enjoying this on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, at 7%, it's just not session-able (if that's even a word).

O: A good, but average pilsner. I've had some that I greatly prefer, but I wouldn't turn this down if offered it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:51:58 | More by mjord23
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real nice foamy and slightly creamy off white cap, lots of various sized bubbles off this on the pour is made. Lots of staying power here. Body is slightly cloudy, a mix of lemon and deep brass gold, some pin head bubbles sticking to the glass. Looks solid and appetizing. Great lacing too.

Faint crisp hop, sense of faint lemon, and bread dough on the nose. Dense malt just wants to come out and play but not quite getting there. Smells alright.

Palate hits refreshingly and lightly but with a good sense of rolling malt. Citrus character is lost in a mash of dense malt body, and slightly boozy character. Finish makes a nice sweet bready taste and feel. Hop angle comes out nicely with some sweet malts, but is not that noticeable.

Overall there is some noticeable alcohol heat but nothing that warrants a gag or disappointing drinking experience. This feels very easy drinking, and offers a good pilsner enjoyment. I am usually not that impressed by this brewery but I could easily have this again and probably will.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:10:40 | More by smakawhat
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was surprised to find this little gem in the discount section at the bottle shop , decide to take here home with me. color of this beer reminds me a bit of apple juice
smell reminds me of fresh sliced apples . a nice crisp tasting beer makes me wish i would of picked up a second bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:45:51 | More by Dodt
Photo of AgentZero


3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer, pretty clear, with a bit of a white head. Decent bit of stick on the sides.

S - A bit of breadiness and abit of pale pilsner malt and sweetness. Slight bit of hops and more grain.

T - Taste is the same as the nose. It's definitely a straight forward pilsner, light and easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Nothing ground-breaking here, but an enjoyable portrayal of the style.

M - Light, pretty crisp, moderate carbonation.

O - Average beer, but that doesn't make it hard to drink or unenjoyable. Nothing I'd buy, but you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:59:52 | More by AgentZero
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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.