SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 473 | Reviews: 234 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bobhits:
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
n. Wheat beer, hint of hops, lots of grassy and citrus notes. Rather sweet overall from the pilsner malt.
a. Murky yellow (hint of orange) with a good head, leaves a nice lacing, and tones of bubbles coming up. Very much what you'd expect. Served in as close as I had to a pilsner glass.
t. First note is to serve this warmer than right out of the ridge...a summer beer it may be, but the flavors aren't coming out clearly.
A somewhat earthy, grainy, almost zesta crackers (unsalted) start. Finishing with a sweet malt flavor back with some spice and a touch bit of an alcohol bite. Hops don't seem to be coming out for me as much as others I saying or I'm just not noting them correctly for the style. They are there but very much subdued. I'd like a touch more to somewhat match the spicy finish.
d. A nice summer session type beer, and why not session for this worthy cause? And for once I feel like charity part isn't just a marketing ploy (or maybe I just feel for the gulf after the last few years). See comments below about abv.
m. The spices are a touch rough I suppose, but nothing that would stop me from drinking a few. Could use a hint more carbonation, but somewhat as expected for the style.
OK i just saw this is 7% so session beer it shouldn't be. There's a touch of alcohol in the flavor but it does a pretty good job of acting like an american attempt at a german summer beer that I'd put at 5%.
This is a solid offering all and all. A hair above average for an american pilsner and why not enjoy when it's for a good cause?
08-20-2010 03:24:59 | More by bobhits
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a thick fluffy white head that settled very very slowly leaving globs of broken lace behind.A great mix of yeasty fruitiness,and spicy hop in the nose,a tinge of iron from the malt comes in to play as well,just a great mix.Lightly toasted wheat malt flavors along with some sharpness from the healthy dose of hops,light caramel sweetness as well.Airy mouthfeel makes it glide down easy,wow this is a great brew!Easily the best thing I have had from Abita,a brewery I dont go to often.A great cause and a great beer!...In my opinion.
09-08-2010 20:25:10 | More by oberon
4.55/5 rDev +22.6%
Appearance - This is a beautiful hazy gold in color with a heavy straw wheat tinge and a big, elaborate white head that showed great retention and left a thick film on the inside of my glass.
Smell - The wheat base is very clean and fresh but its the hops that steal the show. I don't normally associate Abita with big, hoppy beers but this has some very stiff traditional German hopping. The natural pils character is absolute and really this is the first American version of the big pilsner that has stayed true to the traditional style.
Taste - The wonderful German Pils flavors come out perfectly at the taste. The hops are much bigger than a standard pils but are very true to the authentic flavor. The grain though wins the blue ribbon here. It is impressively smooth and very natural.
Mouthfeel - This was the ale's strong point IMO. This beer is incredibly smooth in between the cheeks. I mean, this has a velvety mouthfeel that is a rarity. The carbonation is very mild which adds to the smooth texture. This is medium-bodied yet not overpowering but it's that amazing feel in the mouth that sets this one apart.
Drinkability - This is hands down the best beer I've had from Abita and one of the best American-made German pils right behind Prima and Kaiser and that amazing example I had from the obscure Baron Brewing. I am forever down on supposed big or imperial pils because the pils is meant to be light and show an ease of drinking, but this one is both big yet true to the spirit of the style. I'm not often blown away by a beer these days (closing in on 2,000 reviews in the last 7 years) but this one knocked my socks off. Well done Abita!
10-05-2010 02:30:18 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Hazy yellow color. Thick white head that left a lot of lace.
Very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Citrus/lemon. Some floral hops.
Sweet malt taste. Grapefruit and lemon. A little bit of piney hops.
This was a crisp, refreshing beer.
A good beer for a good cause.
06-14-2011 11:24:59 | More by lordofthewiens
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Shared a bomber with my wife.
Pours golden with a big thick white head. The head clings to the glass leaving a curtain of lace very nice
The aroma is spicy of european hops. A eartthy grassy smell is the whole backing but the base malt is able to push through
The taste an initial sweet malt up front with hints of a dry wheat malt. The taste soon becomes hops but not as potent as the aroma but finishes with an earthy, slight bitterness
I upped the drink as 3.50 for a bomber of this is great
02-13-2011 23:58:15 | More by bishopdc0
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Nice looking bottle. The bomber pours an unfiltered and hazy, but glowing, goldenrod body with a moderately large white head. Retention is good, and there is a lot of patchy and splotchy clumps of lace clingning to the side of the glass.
Nice pilsner aroma of herbal and floral hops, complimented by bready pilsner malt notes and a hint of twangy wheat.
Creamy medium body is well carbonated.
Taste has a snappy herbal/floral hop bitterness that is quickly matched by some sweet breadiness. Some bittery twang from the wheat is more apparent than I'd hoped for. Lemon zest comes on strong in the middle and lasts into the finish. The 7% alcohol is not noticed.
Label notes say this is a weizen pilsner. Don't think I've heard of the term. Anyway, this one is for a good cause and it's pretty well done and certainly very drinkable. Actually, it compares rather favorably to the excellent Lammsbrau Organic Pilsner that finished the session.
10-22-2010 22:42:40 | More by merlin48
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Gotta love a bomber of tasty quality beer for $3.99. (@DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY) Pours hazed medium golden amber, under a tiny bubble off white head, that leaves respectable fine lacing. Not bad looking stuff. Fruity and grassy nose. Enjoyable enough pilsner, but it lacks the snap and crispness of the higher rated brews of the style. More grassyness, more pleasant lager sensibilities. Smooth in the mouth from start to moderately long finish. Decent beer for a good cause. Just how do they make any $ putting out a $3.99 (!) bomber and why cant other brewers do the same with at least some of their brews? $3.99 ?!?
08-31-2010 01:46:28 | More by Billolick
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation
Smell: grass and honey
Taste: bread, grass, and some floral hops. Alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, nice combination of sweet and bitter
Overall: An ok pilsner but nothing I would reach for again. I would sooner get their golden ale. A little less alcohol heat would make me want this more though.
06-08-2011 15:54:30 | More by tigg924
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Thanks to my brother for sending me a couple of bottles of this beer.
The beer pours a clear gold color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with some pilsener malt and lemon notes. The flavor is a mix of malt and grassy hops with quite a bit of sweetness. This is maybe a little sweeter than your traditional pilsener, but other than that it is pretty good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easily the best beer I have tried from Abita.
08-01-2010 04:06:31 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-24-2013 19:39:57 | More by Cavanaghty
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
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
10-31-2012 01:56:57 | More by deebo
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a classic pilsner color, light straw color with a one finger head that fades and leaves a nice white lacing. Nose is malty and hoppy - noble hops for sure. It's very German for sure.
Taste is very mellow, well balanced, malty and hoppy with a slight alcohol bite that's cool since it's "Imperial". Very creamy and rich lots caramel and sweet flavors. Very good beer!
10-02-2010 00:42:32 | More by kingcrowing
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
220z bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color toward the bottom, and darkens into a shade of honey toward the fluffy three-finger head: some decent lacing and strong retention.
It smells of citrus and soap. The echoes that, with just a taste of corn, candy, and delicate hops.
It's light on the tongue with nice citrus notes, and not syrupy before the spike of the sizzling, drier hop finish. It's very drinkable. It's not revelatory, but a well above average pilsener.
12-17-2010 21:23:18 | More by Osiris9588
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Slightly hazed golden hue with a fully formed thick billowing white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind as the head dwindles down. Lemongrass, herbal qualities, very nice light biscuit malt presence...solid pils from Louisiana. Upfront citric, grassy, biscuit malts and a dry yeast finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied even carbonation going on. Drinkability all day effortless beer drinking experience.
12-22-2010 00:53:50 | More by WVbeergeek
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.