SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 07-21-2010

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.
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Reviews by endincolorado:
Photo of endincolorado
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with lots of little rising bubbles. A nice, white head dissipates somewhat quickly- lacing is appealingly foamy.

Crisp, biscuitty pale malt with a resfreshing lemony aroma, followed by a faint grassiness.

I'm immediately struck by the pleasantly full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are light and somewhat dry, with a good amount of floral hop-bitterness, alongside a cereally wheat flavor.

Pretty refreshing overall, and the wheat makes for a varied, interesting approach to the style. Drinking this calls up images of the beach and ocean waves- or maybe i'm just influenced by the very-cool artwork on this label.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 ?!?

Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, slight amber, with a two finger chunky white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells fresh, nice grassy hop aroma, some doughy malt. As it warms a bit more comes out, a little bit of lemon and some orange ring.

T: Similar to the aroma, but slightly subdued. There is a grassy flavor to go along some light caramel and bready malt. Slight hints of lemon and citrus fruits, but very faint.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O: It was fine, on the boring and forgettable side. The bottle artwork is pretty cool though, but that doesn't get this beer any bonus points.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle with excellent screen printed label. A nice idea for a beer - to raise money for a good cause.

Served cool into a pint glass, Save Our Shore is a pale straw yellow with great clarity. The thin white head is settling quickly but leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet with pale pilsner malts and a little spicey from the German hops.

Flavor is well judged with good balance of flavors. It has a sweet yellow cake flavor with mild tartness in the form of lemons. Spice comes through here with a little pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall a good beer for a good cause. Seek it out!

By the way, any pilsner weighing in at 7% or more is a double in my book.

Photo of cokes
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazed daffodil colored with a plump stack of ivory suds. Great lacing and decent retention.
Bready aroma with pangs of steely lemon-tinged herbal hops. Mostly, though, it's bready. Hops are an afterthought.
The wheat comes through in the mouth with soft, almost sweet breadiness. And it sits here for nearly the duration, in it's easy going, static breadiness. Hops bring just a dab of back end herbals and a touch of drying bitters.
A bit fatter than most pilsners, which seems to stunt the visible streams of CO2. It's still drinks rapidly, in spite of it's elevated alcohol content.
Dynamic this is not. But it's agreeable, generally tasty (if plain), and charitable. Can't root against it.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden-yellow with a pillowy, pure white head. Aroma has more wheat than I expected, and smells very clean. Taste is clean, with some dryness and a hint of hops. Goes down easy.

I haven't had a good pilsner in a while, and this is a pretty darn good pilsner for a great cause. Softly sweet, clean and enjoyable without a trace of Saaz skunk (not that it would be a bad thing).

Could use a little more hoppy bitterness, but overall a nice beer.

*Read the bottle post-review. Apparently, this is a weizen pils with no Saaz hops. Explains a lot.

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lager yes, imperial pilsner no. Malty, Saaz hops. A little funky and malty aroma. Yellowish body. Rather a story of sugary malt predominates, with drying, slight bitterness in the finish. A drop of lemon. Above average carbonation. Passable beer.

Photo of haddon
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellowish straw color. not much head that takes off fairly quickly

smells of light lemon and grassy notes. perhaps just a tad more citrusy and sweet than what I would expect from a pilsener.

at first, the taste was a little light and watery. then suddenly, halfway through the bomber, there was an explosion of sweet flavors. lots of fruity esters that almost taste of sour apples and honey. very nice!

light to medium body with good carbonation

very drinkable beer with more flavor than many pilseners. could really get in trouble with 2-3 pints of this because the 7% abv hides so well. pretty cool that I could enjoy the beer and donate 75 cents towards the gulf relief effort at the same time.

Photo of hreb
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours piss pale yellow with giant bubbles of carbonation rushing towards the surface and a thick white head of the same. Aroma is faint, but crisp, and pilsnery.

Flavor: similarly mild, dry, with just a bit of sugary sweetness. There's nothing about this beer that would betray the 7% ABV...I might have guessed four and a half :O

Only after reading the writing on the painted label can I detect the single curve this beer throws at its drinker: it's a "Weizen Pils". The wheat flavor is definitely there, but only as an echo of German Hefeweizen flavor -- so far removed from what I'd expect from a Pilsner -- and especially after the unforgiving filtering job this beer has been through.

Very good overall, but I have to ding it a few points for unnecessary sweetness. Neutral flavors work well for a pilsner beer, but keep it far removed from greatness.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate Abita making special beers and sending them out in uniquely-designed 22 ounce bottles. While none of them are really amazing, they are all very good, and when I saw this S.O.S. at my local place I felt the strong urge to pick it up. Right off with all of these beers stand out from the graphic designs on them. The S.O.S. has "S.O.S." spelled out on it with the letters being made up of fish, birds, crabs, turtles, boats, nets, and even a rubber boot. And the fact that Abita brewed this pilsner because of the recent oil spill in the Gulf makes it sort of more significant as a beer. It has a...purpose more than to just drink it. But it truly does since Abita donates 75 cents of your purchase of the S.O.S., which stands for "Save Our Shores", goes to gulf relief. So, while you're enjoying their great pilsner, you've also helped donate a bit to our buddies on the Gulf Coast. I'm usually not a fan of the lighter beers like lagers or pilsners but this one is an exception.

Save Our Shores pilsner pours to a beautiful clear golden with a bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. The head pours large, frothy, and white. It leaves a lot of lacing as it's drank.

A full intake of its aroma brings up wheat, wheat, wheat! It has a definite bread smell with lemon zest underneath. It's not as substantial as a wheat beer, however.

As stated before I am not a big fan of lighter beers, and many times wheat beers aren't my favorite (even though the S.O.S. isn't a wheat beer), but Save Our Shores is very enjoyable to me. It's clean, refreshing, and extremely drinkable, as a pilsner should be, but unlike so many pilsners put out on the beer market these days, it does not have a skunkiness about it. You can tell that this is a quality beer and not something that was put out to the masses for them to "enjoy" because it's drinkable and light. As with the smell, the taste of wheat is prominent with some lemony zest and a bit of hop spice coming later to finish off the flavor. It doesn't have a lot of carbonation but it's just right.

Save Our Shores pilsner is clean, refreshing, very drinkable, tasty, and a quality brew. The more wheat beer flavor it has adds complexity and makes it more enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a reasonably priced and great quality pilsner, especially in this hot summer (it was 106 F in Denton last week!). And you're helping the Gulf with the oil spill when you buy it. It's a win-win scenario!

Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a hint of malt and some hops as well. The nose is pretty typical for a pilsner, maybe not as "crisp" as some.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very nicely balanced!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty decent beer for an excellent cause. Worth a shot.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crisp clean yellow with a hint of orange haze. fluffy white head builds up nice and linger quite well. nice lacing on glass.

light crisp hops, light malts, light sweetness. not weak by any means when i say light and they blend well. great scent on this.

nice crisp flavor through out and smoothed out well. the floral hops blend well with the malt body. light bread and crisp flowers with a slight wheat flavor. a slight bit of booze through out.

light but moderate body. moderate carbonation gives a bit of bite. goes down easy.

this is a nice flavorful pilsner. drinks easy and never gets dull nor does it ever become overpowering. a bit high of an ABV or i would be chugging this.

Photo of nickd717
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Mostly clear golden in color with a decently formed white head.

The aroma has pale malts and a nice blend of grassy and citrusy hops, a little IPAish almost.

The flavor is pretty good too - one of the best I’ve had from Abita. Slightly sweet maltiness, fairly bready, with good hop bitterness and some orange notes.

Medium-bodied and fairly crisp despite the imperialness (word?).

A nice beer overall.

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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.