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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 240
Hads: 529
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (556 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,410 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (810 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,578 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (503 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (920 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Half a finger of head remains.

Smell: My first thought was that this smells like a pilsner. Mildly sweet, you pick up the malt right away. There are some fruity and floral notes as well. Perhaps a bit of spice coming from the yeast.

Taste: Again there is a mild sweetness right away. I'm picking up the malt as well as some mild fruity notes. At the end of each sip there is a little alcohol and a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish has just a touch of dryness.

Drinkability: This is a nice beer to sip. I'm sure it would be very nice as the weather gets warmer. (756 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 frothy fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich looking finger that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is grassy and spicy with a touch of damp earth. This is fairly forward with some bright citrus character as well (especially lemon) which mixes with the wheat and bready malts to give off quite the ripe twang of flavors in the nose.

The taste is moderately bitter and spicy in the mouth, with a flavorful bite of earthy citrus. Zesty fruit and the sweetness of the malts give this a bready tanginess that permeates the profile. The finish is dry with lingering notes of citrus peel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy on the edges but then gets much more prickly as it hits the tongue and give this an overall smooth crispness across the palate.

This one just worked for me. The citric flavors of the hops and the bready twang of the wheat and Pils malts combined with that crisp body to make this a flavorful and easy drinking affair. I think that the lemon and wheat in particular gave this a breezy summer feel that I enjoyed. I could see myself sipping on one of these on the beach. This is a worthy beer for a good cause. Pick one up if you see it. (1,268 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (753 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (693 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive dense head that settles slowly leaving a chunky lace. Hazy light gold color.

Green grass aroma. Slightly sour with a light bittering hop in the background.

Not as soft as most pilsners--the hop is harsher and more bitter with strong grapefruit notes. Round mouthfeel as if this were an ale. The carbonation is lighter. The malt flavors are secondary. The aftertaste has a mild sourness, but it's predominately bitter. (430 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Lots of retention in the head and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of wheat, spices, orange, and lemon.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, spices, floral hops, and light citrus.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp.

d - A very easy to drink, decent pilsener. Some nice wheat and citrus. Would try again. (478 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy bought this because he loves Abita. I was game so we opened it up. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours pale yellow with a thick pillow of one finger white head leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Some grassy hops up front with a bit of spiciness. Some lemon, bready malt, and some wheat. A touch dry toward the end. A good balance with all things appearing to be in equal proportion.

T - Nice hop bite up front giving way quickly to a mix of citric hops and plenty of chewy malt. Finish is pretty dry with some lingering bready yeast. I prefer beers from this style to be clean and crisp but this one was still very enjoyable. I just wish I could have enjoyed this one on a warmer day..

M - Medium light body with light flavor and moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with plenty of bready yeast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. A good beer overall for a good cause. I like my pilz to be a lot cleaner and crisper but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. (982 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm saving the gulf. What are you doing?

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a thick head of white small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pilsner malt and some fruit, interesting.

Beer is medium bodied and light in character. Bright in the mouth and slightly bitter at the end. It was a good lager overall and I would have it again. (407 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (457 characters)

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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.