SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-17-2011 15:02:41 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat/grains, grassy notes, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of bread grains and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Mild hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I am glad I picked up. It's nice to see a brewery involved in the community with this type of cause.
08-30-2011 01:11:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.65/5 rDev -28.6%
Bottle courtesy of rmalinowski4. Served in a tulip.
Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head. Not much retention but some good spotty lacing and a nice collar on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bready malt with an ever-so-slight presence of floral hops. The flavor is mostly bread with a touch of sweetness and grain. Nothing too complex and no real hops. The body is not terribly impressive. Fairly thick and chewy with lower levels of carbonation. Some alcohol and no real hop presence. Not a big fan of this.
06-05-2011 23:34:26 | More by Thorpe429
3.6/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-03-2012 15:27:28 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Sun-splashed Golden Delicious apple yellow with steady streams of bubbles leading up to an ivory colored crown that reached three fingers on the pour. The lid looks like whipped marshmallow and is beginning to leave sea foam lace on the glass.
The nose is fresh, clean and bright. Given color and aroma, it's easy to tell that nothing darker than pale malt (wheat, pilsner) is present. Sterling and German Perle hops were fine choices, but they could be more pungent.
Even though S(ave) O(ur) S(hore) tastes hoppier than it smells, it still doesn't have a very aggressive alpha acid attack. That seems to have been determined at the design stage since the IBUs at release were just 35. This is still good, balanced, drinkable beer.
The malts are white bready and modestly sweet, which is a perfect foil for the gentle nip of the herbal-earthy-grassy hops. A little lemon citrusiness might be present as well. This stuff is tasty solo and should be more than fine alongside all sorts of foods.
With respect to both flavor and mouthfeel, this lager seems more like 5.0% than 7.0%. It's a little light on the tongue (no problem there) and the carbonation is within the wide range of acceptable. Ridiculous amounts of sticky lace almost earn it the next highest appearance score.
S.O.S. is much better beer than Abita's other high-ABV offerings (Andygator and Abbey Ale). In fact, it's right up there with their best. Even though the shoreline will eventually be returned to normal, here's hoping ABC has the good sense to continue to brew this refreshing German-style pilsner.
11-14-2010 12:59:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
As if any opportunity to support the good cause is enough, doing so with a good beer in hand is a reward for all. Abita continues to be a civic leader in the Gulf communities.
this pilsner begins with a hazy straw color, light carbonation, and subsequently a light but dense creame of a head- taking on a cask ale-ish appearance. Light on retainage and lacing, the beer has a rather still appearance.
Abundant floral notes fill the nose, backed by soft esters of apples and pears, topped with a honeyish, pilsner malt sweetness.
Clean pilsner flavor of crackers, raw grain, and soft confectioners sugar give a subtle and clean sweetness and sturdiness to flavor. Hop bitterness is assertive, maybe even aggressive but cleanly so with strong herb, spice, and earthy grasses. Light fruity esters (again, apples and pears) weave into alcohol bite/bitterness.
Rich malt flavor in the initial sip leads quickly to a fleeting malty weight and into a dry and bitter clean finish. Alcohol warmth is low even for a 7% abv beer that is higher than what is normally associated with the style.
It's obvious that Abita isn't only about making a half-hearted attempt just for the support of a good cause; rather the beer has to be sturdy and of the quality that is expected for proper support of the Gulf Shore clean up efforts. It's a delicious beer worthy of often consumption with or without the proceeds to charity.
08-11-2010 02:06:47 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +7.8%
abita has always been a mixed bag for me, mostly not really digging their offerings but this one changed me a bit as i really found it to be quite enjoyable. served cold with pizza and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/01/2010.
the pour was a nice mild amber color with two fingers worth of white head that capped the top of it quite nicely. settling down it left a nice bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.
aroma is nice hints of citrus hops and lots of bready malts that really start to kick in as it warms up. nice hit of light lemon and citrus in the front of the palate that quickly blends with a really nice and full bodied malt profile. light caramel, bready and earthy notes with a light touch of cereal in the finish. really quite nice.
overall a very solid beer. not the biggest fan of big pilsners but the hops help this one to work. would not mind having this one again at all.
10-02-2010 00:44:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Light amber with white head.
Assertive and most pleasant pineapple lemon nose, a bit like lemon pie filling.
Mouthfeel is light creamy with nice carbonation and very nice balance.
Flavors are refined and actually elegant. Light bitter balanced with nice malt undertones. Grassy, pine, green spices/herbal character but pleasant. Nice "green" coffee, pine bitter finish.
Actually a really nice drink that would go well with lots of food profiles. A bit of a "refined" and "reserved" saison character for lack of a better description. Very drinkable.
08-26-2010 05:37:52 | More by GRG1313
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: Pours a goodly hazed, straw-colored body with a tall, billowing, white head. Slight smattering of lace collects on the glass like so much tar on the Gulf beaches.
Smell: Clear-cut scents of pilsner and wheat malt housed with notes smelling of sun-drenched grasses, saltines, a pinch of white pepper, husky grains, and orchard fruits.
Taste: A crisp, grainy taste of pils malts paired with a noted twinge of tangy-tasting wheat malt. Modest sugary-toned sweetness. Fruity ester accents suggesting Bosc pears and Golden Delicious apples. Eventually a touch of simple honey emerges. Lightly floral, spicy hops with ample bitterness. A bit more of that bitterness and some peppery alcohol hints grace the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: Sure, it's a little high on the alcohol, but, thankfully, it doesn't stray too terribly far towards unrefreshing, cloying territories. Overall, a good beer for a good cause. You know, it's nice to occasionally use my evident alcoholism for the forces of GOOD.
08-22-2010 19:48:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Served in a Budweiser pokal.
I'm not sure I've had a semi-charitable beer before, so I'm not sure what to expect here. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a thick wad of white froth, which almost etches the glass as it dies away. The nose comprises clean florals, very light citrus, a hint of coriander, and a soft grainy quality. The taste is just as clean and simple, though a bit more wheat finds its way on the 'buds. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very nice, if somewhat ordinary, pils, but very easy-going and extremely drinkable.
08-25-2010 00:47:59 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, three-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It was a long-lasting head that left traces of soapy lace.
S - It smelled strongly of cut grass. There were nice aromas of grains and some floral notes.
T - Good flavor of grains and caramel. There is is nice spicy hop bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied pilsener with a dry finish.
D - This is a very good Pils and it doesn't hurt that it goes to a good cause.
10-15-2010 22:20:25 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Clear gold with an amber tint. A slowly rising steam of small bubbles feeds a sticky, lasting head.
Zesty, grassy, citrusy hops are dominant on the nose. Reminds me of cilantro, maybe a little lime. As it warms, the pils malt and wheat shine through beyond the hops. It's not an incredibly bold aroma, but it's clean and pleasant.
Palate is good, slightly slick up front but generally clean. Fairly balanced with a slight slant toward the malt. Wheat malt is noticeable and interesting in a pils, it's nice to see breweries playing around with this style more. The hops have a zesty, herbal, somewhat earthy character. The finish is clean, mildly bitter and herbal, grassy, satisfying.
Abita is usually miss for me, but this is surprisingly good. Worth a buy, especially since this beer is for a good cause.
10-03-2010 04:40:04 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast and a thin but hearty malt character. There's a faint bit of sweetness and a decent hops presence providing a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and has a good Pils type of bite to it.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice strong than average Pilsener that is worth drinking for a long time.
01-04-2011 18:16:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
I was happy to find this in Missouri, any time I can drink beer for a cause, I'm down with that!
Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing
S: Bready with wet grain, grassy hops as well
T: Grassyness, crackery & lemony notes up front. Dryness, grassyness, grapefruit & slight metallic hop notes as this warms along slight grainyness. Finishes grassy, with slight honey & apricot notes, along with lemons & grapefruit, almost pulled a 4.0
MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. I would've liked a bit more maltyness to balance out the hops
Drinks easy, the ABV is well hidden. A bit more complexity would've helped the cause
11-29-2010 03:44:15 | More by russpowell
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.