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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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Lagaffe74

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new offering from Abita to help with the gulf recovery. As far as I know, it is the third charity operation, after the Restoration Ale and Abbey Ale.

It pours a golden color with a pretty thick head. Aromas are faint and delicate, with a touch of herbs coming from the hops. On the palate, it is very nicely carbonated with a clear and clean pilsner expression, yet it is rounded off and softened by the wheat notes, giving the whole thing a little citrus peel flavor. The finish is slightly bitter - as one would expect - yet soft.

Verdict? A great beer for an even greater cause.

What's a good man to do? DRINK MORE BEER.

Thank you Abita.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 15:11:12 | More by Lagaffe74
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bstaffor for sending this along in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF.

Poured into a pilsner: Medium golden-yellow body, transparent but hazy from tiny particles of unfiltered goodness. Minimal nucleation, a few small, slow bubbles. Three fingers of frothy, white-ish head that sinks to a finger, retains well after that. Leaves sticky lacing all around the crown.

Great smell of dry spices, pepper, herbs, all supporting this delicious, pretzel-like baked malt character. Delicious.

Mild creamy lemon/orange flavor up front, followed by a little tea-like dryness, that nice, doughy pretzel flavor, a little pepper & earthy hops, & finishing with a hint of dryness. Very good & unique flavor profile, with a twist in there that's kind of undescribable & really marries the components, making this more than the sum of its parts.

Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, with just a little "dancing" around the edges to keep it active. Funny -- this is not a big beer, but feels rich & kind of filling, I'm guessing because it's unfiltered.

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, & I haven't had a lot of pilsners that really lifted my luggage, but I'm impressed. Well done without being overdone. I think I'll finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 22:03:25 | More by OneDropSoup
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: a hazy straw gold with a thick moussy white head that has alot of retention. leaves thick creamy lacing

S: cracker-like malt aroma with spicy herbal and lemon scented hops.

T: crackery malt with a honeysuckle sweetness followed by spicy, bittering saaz hops that are, again, herbal and carry a lemon peel zest. finishes very clean, somewhat grainy, with some resinous hops

M: medium-full body for style, with crisp mouthfeel thanks to the balance of hops and carbonation. finishes dry and resinous

Overall, this beer should help Abita to raise plenty of donations for the Gulf. It has everything I love about German Pils...Clean malt character, tasty saaz hops, crisp mouthfeel, and great drinkability. Can't beat the price either(4.90 and bomber).

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:02:39 | More by OlRasputin989
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this brought straight form New Orleans by a friend. Looking forward to this one.

A - A nice yellow colour with the slightest bit of cloudiness and one finger of thick white head. Very minor lacing.

S - A nice crisp hop nose up front with a touch of bitterness and some citrus notes. A nice bready malt smell rounds out the nose.

T - A very nice and refreshing crisp citrus hop bite up front with a backbone of slightly sweet bready malts. The crisp better hops linger nicely in the aftertaste. This is one of the better pileeners I have had. A good amount of flavour while still being very refreshing.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew; light to moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent pils. Don't notice the 7% ABV at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 16:47:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jwg782

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-06-2013 17:37:12 | More by jwg782
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-04-2013 22:57:07 | More by Immortale25
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-21-2013 03:20:51 | More by BlueMoon10
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass.
Pale golden/yellow with a thick and densely foamy head. The clarity is just slightly lacking for my tastes. As the head recedes, the head leaves sticky lacing along the rim of the glass. The assertive carbonation makes for quite an appealing visual package for this beer.

There is a prominent scent of bananas with a gentle spicy hop contrast at the fore of the smell. Sweet malts and a freshly cut grass (I dunno!) scent round out the smells of this (so far) fairly well-balanced Pils.

The initial bitterness and spicy characteristic of the hops is simply delicious. The wheat isn't as pronounced as I thought it would be, judging by the smell; the taste is much closer to what I would expect from a traditional German Pils. The semi-sweet, biscuity barley malt is complemented by the crisp water (and I suppose by the wheat malt as well), and enhanced by the considerable ABV into a pleasantly sharp and refreshing brew. Overall, the taste is great. I had a pretty different idea of how this was going to taste, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer is medium-bodied with a grainy, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Ultimately very drinkable. I'd recommend this beer to friends, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 00:39:52 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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eaddy-p


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-22-2012 21:13:37 | More by eaddy-p
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Lukebell15

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-30-2014 01:18:52 | More by Lukebell15
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zbkai189

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-27-2013 02:34:31 | More by zbkai189
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cuy50

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-07-2013 22:39:56 | More by cuy50
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Nick4202


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-12-2014 22:34:28 | More by Nick4202
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prock180

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

11-10-2013 20:54:12 | More by prock180
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-11-2013 16:47:59 | More by drinkAK
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-apricot with a 2 finger white head. Moderate retention and lace.

Pilseners in the past have disappointed me because they smell way to much like creamed corn, but this one has a nice touch of that balanced by wonderful tropical-mandarine orange tones and floral hop notes. There's a certain creaminess too. Good balance.

The palate has a simply pleasant delivery, with a good balance of all the right elements. Nice moderate malt, balancing hops and enough flavor and body to make that 7% ABV seem like nothing.

I thought this was great. It definitely put pilseners back on my beer radar. The balance was superb and it remained easygoing yet flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 18:00:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-14-2012 21:44:46 | More by ssjkyle
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ahommell

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-28-2013 15:53:34 | More by ahommell
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-08-2012 12:31:18 | More by jkermitj
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Best-by date clearly stated on neck. Really neat painted art on the bottle.

Pours a protein-hazed straw color. A thin white head rings around the glass a bit. Smells fresh and sharp, like a cool Gulf breeze. Also, biscuity and spicy. Really get some nice esters on the top of the taste, as well as some spicier grape notes. There is lemony zest too, and the malts are smooth and full. Diggin' the wheat in this one. A pleasant, mildly sharp bitterness finishes it off. Carbonated nicely, great body. Drinkability good. A fine beer for a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:03:58 | More by sixerofelixir
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peacebone116

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured my bomber, which I picked up at the Poor House Bistro in San Jose, into a pilsner glass at home.

A: Hazy (most likely due to wheat malt) golden hay color with lasting head and good lacing at leg. Carbonation climbs up continuously (small effervescent bubbles) from the bottom of the narrow glass.

N: Blueberry and pine on the nose; not overwhelming, but I do detect a slight touch of peach.

T/M: Butter blueberry sweetness followed by a touch of cornbread. Texture is oily and thick (not chewy) but is well balanced by the carbonation. No dirty aftertaste, as often happens with hoppy pils, but a light touch of alfalfa and blueberry linger in my mouth. Beer goes down so well on this 90-deg October day. Smoother than most pils that feature less abv.

Normally not much of a Pils fan (as I see many of the reviewers have stated), so I really tried to review this beer within its style.

With that in mind, I have to say it is a pretty good beer for a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:18:42 | More by peacebone116
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MNJR

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully with dense carbonation and a generous foamy head. The color is pale gold. Fresh, clean smells of lemon, light grain and malt. The taste is great; in fact superior to any Abita I've had and I tend to really like all their beers. Rich and subtle flavors of malt, slight lemon, caramel, licorice, mint, and floral undertones. A very sturdy yet refreshing beer. As near to delicious as any pilsner or lager I've ever had. Excellent beer and highly recommended. It seems like maybe a limited release or something only available in 22oz bottles for about $6-$7.00.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:47:53 | More by MNJR
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phishgator

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The carbonation is high. Tight white head with a pale straw color; slightly hazy. The aroma is grassy with crisp notes of saaz hops. The taste, I had this with a true southern pulled pork meal of collards, and black beans, is big for a pilsner. The taste holds up against big fatty foods. It would probably do well with some cheeses or really spicy fish dishes. The body is medium and the hops do coat the tongue in the after taste. I highly recommend this as a beer and to help the locals anyway possible!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 14:45:35 | More by phishgator
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:25:10 | More by oberon
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this recently at one of our (few) local bottle shops and today seemed like a good time to open it and indulge. I also raise a toast to my most excellent trader, Optimator13, who lives in Louisiana.

From the bottle: "Save Our Shore - This Abita brew 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. Want to do more? Visit abita.com"; "This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts. It is hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor and a pleasant bitterness and aroma."

My pour resulted in just over a finger of thick, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. The sun is up and out after yesterday's snow storm and it looked like liquid sunshine in the glass. Deep golden in color with a light haze and some floaties evident, in keeping with the unfiltered part of the description. Nose was really spicy and I suddenly realized that they did not mention anything about yeast. It was slightly sweet, but with a spiciness that could only be yeast-driven. I was not sneezing, so it was agreeable. Mouthfeel was medium with a riot of tastes on the tongue. Initially, I caught a peppery spiciness, then some grassy notes, followed by a biscuit flavor. The finish was very dry, very peppery, very refreshing. Strike two for The Woodman on this day, opening beers MUCH better suited for warmer (read "hot") weather. I am an idiot at times, but at least I know to look for this in the summer if it is still available.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 18:29:24 | More by woodychandler
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.