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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | 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: EgadBananas 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 u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Gold in color. Hazy body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Notes of pear, apple and grain.
T) Subtle banana flavor. Wheaty. There's a hint a hint of orange peel taste. The malts are present but mellow.
M) Mostly a light bodied brew. Creamy. Dry. A bit of gritty feel in the finish.
D) A decent brew. Not my preferred style but good nonetheless.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick, fluffy white head into a pilsener glass that left clingy lace and a thick sheet througout. the body was a bright and somewhat bubbly golden color.
s - metallic and bready nose with some floral hop aromas.
t - bready and maltier than i am used to in a pilsener. crisp, citrusy hop bite in the finish.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - good beer and definitely a great cause. not one of my favorite pilseners though.

Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of Abita beers for the most part, but I went out of my way for this one ... great bottle art, and an even greater cause. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a .5L stein.

The pour results in a fluffy off-white head; the ale is a nice golden hue. Patchy head retention and good lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet malts and hop spiciness that tickles the nose. Dry straw. I pull berries from the aroma, and they seem a tad out of place but they're not unpleasant by any means. The carbonation on this beer is pretty low...at least lower than I'd want in a pils. The flavors are sweet corn and bitter, spicy hops. Not much complexity in the flavor. The beer was ok, but I saved the bottle for a while. Very nice art.

Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful white head settling in at one finger and it hangs around, lacing is nice and the head has a great consistency of same size microbubbles, clear golden straw hue, really dead on for the style. the head is thick and creamy. nice.

euro floral hop aroma is really sounding out here, touch of honey, some bready malt, dry grain, nothing complex but hits the spot style wise.

taste etc.
the taste is pretty average... disappointing, the hops are OK, some herbal notes with a touch of honey finish. The body is good (not too heavy, not too light). It drinks smoothly. There is no hint of this being above the usual ABV for the style. The carbonation is clean and crisp. I can't quite place what is missing.

this looked and smelled promising but wound up as "good" overall. Not worth selling your first edition new mutants comic for.

Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber of this at the liquor store because of the backstory (donation to help clean up the gulf oil spill) and because it seemed like a good beer to enjoy that night. I feel that I made the right decision on both counts. Poured clear, straw golden with a short cap of white head. Aromas of lemon, pale malts and a light hoppiness. On the palate, crisp and drinkable, light bodied, like a pumped up pils, with more bready malt, a little honey and a hint of lemon.

Photo of epicness
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: First of all, love the look of the bottle, and that is actually something I do take into consideration when I'm rating the appearance. I take into account the overall presentation of a beer. Cap, bottle, and actual look of the beer are all things I look at.
Clear bright goldenrod/honey hue. 1 to 2 finger thick fluffly head which disipated at a moderate speed. The head leaves a nice blanket on top of the beer and also leaves sticky foamy lacing on the glass that dries into place. Looks like a great beer.

S: Fresh cut grass scent is present up front which is followed by a grainy malt sweetness. On the finish of the scent is what seems to be some lemon citrus combined with spicy hops. Rather simple scent, but I wasn't expecting anything complex. Pretty average straightforward.

T: Piney and grassy sweetness is the initial taste found. It's followed up with some grainy malt notes. I was actually surprised that pine was going to be the dominating taste in this beer. It's not bad, just unexpected for me. Also the finish is slight lemon zest and herbal hops. The front of the taste is rather unbalanced, but by the finish it's smooth.

M: Medium leveled carbonation with light to medium body, and a crisp, mouth-watering finish.

D: The drinkability is quite good, and the relatively high especially with a 7% ABVthat fails to show itsel. It's always good when the brewer masks the alcohol as excellent as Abita has done with this one.

Photo of johnkale
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Christmas present from my roommate, 22oz bomber poured into some fine Packers themed glassware.

A - Nice golden color, bordering on orange, decent head subsided quickly to moderate, but sticky, lacing.

S - Biscuits, grass, a little citrus, a little spice

T - nice sweetness to this, biscuit, toffee, some floral notes, nothing too exciting but not bad

M - A little watery, at the same time, never threatened to be too heavy

D - certainly quaffable, managed to drink the bomber by myself without noticing how much I had consumed (sounds kind of alarming, but I'm just going to blame a stressful day at work)

Not my style, but certainly something I would recommend to a macro drinker and maybe even buy for myself during the summer.

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 bucklemyshoe
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/11/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: This pours a mostly clear and beautiful golden color with a gorgeous, two-finger, fluffy head that laces well.

S: The nose shows aromas of lemon, toast, grass, and light peppery notes.

T: The taste is of lemon and grass up front with biscuit, pepper and sweet caramel maltiness finishing.

M: It is quite effervescent but not over-bearingly so, with a medium-light body, and a crisp, mouth-watering finish.

D: This is lighter-tasting than the 7% abv indicates, and is definitely the best offering I've experienced from Abita.

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 ikats
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would say this beer is yellow in color, but I guess straw-gold sounds better. With solid white head. Smell is subdued and quite pleasant full of flowery hop notes. There is a definite sweet hoppy bite at first sip, but overall the beer is light and refreshing (considering it's alcohol content). Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with 1/2" head that slowly falls. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: grass and lemon zest are most notable.

Taste: lightly grainy malt base with grass, soft biscuit tones, and lemon zest create a decent beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lightly crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: nice refreshing beer that is very easy to drink. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

Photo of Lucklys
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring it from a 22oz bomber, it was a clear honey/goldenrod color with hazy sunny highlights. It gradually built a 2-finger thick fluffy, pearly white head that slowly, slowly (slowly) fell into a thin blanket of froth that covered the liquid throughout the drink. It left quilts of foamy lacing sticking to the glass that refused to let go and eventually dried in place. Immediately upon pouring, there was quite a bit of visible carbonation, but once the bubbles left the side of the glass, any carbonation became invisible. Quite a beautiful presentation that led the way to a great drink.

There were early wafts of something very herbal and a light cut-grass sweetness followed by a grainy, honey-malt sweetness. I wasn't really expecting anything in particular, but I found the initial sweetness very welcoming after a week's worth of IPAs and hop-filled brews. Closely tailing the malts was a faint yeasty lemon juice bitterness and some lightly spicy hops that gave the nose just enough oomph to keep it from being too clean. All together, the smell was rather simple and none of the aromas overpowered any of the others; they all complimented each other with hearty high-fives and pats on the backs - it was a nice, friendly melting pot of ingredients.

From the nose, I was eager to see how the taste compared, as I've found that usually the taste is much more robust than the smell when it comes to hops - granted, not always, so I'm not jumping to conclusions here. Taking a few sips, I found a spicy bitterness right at the front that was mellowed out by a light cut-grass sweetness that had been rolled with some grainy honey-malt notes. I was surprised by the strength of the light lemon peel and herbal hops, but pleased when they were quickly smoothed out by a final subtle caramel malt that added some body. It carried a medium mouthfeel, thanks to the malts, with a fine, airy carbonation, leaving my mouth much dryer than I would have assumed possible. It wasn't a disagreeable ending, but I was hoping that the clean aftertaste would keep my mouth watering after I swallowed. One thing I found interesting was that through the second half of the bottle, I started snacking on some white chocolate macadamia cookies and man, oh, man did they enhance the sweetness of this beer almost three-fold! I could barely taste the hops by the end and I now know that beer and cookies can accompany each other as long as there are plenty of sweet malts to go around.

I really enjoyed the SOS pilsner both for its overall drinkability and the warming sensation I started to feel after half the bottle (anything with 7% and higher ABV is perfect for getting those blood vessels closer to the surface of my skin), but I was especially happy to be able to support the Gulf restoration with this little act of drinking.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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 superdedooperboy
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce brown bottle poured into a pilsner flute.

Pours with a full three fingers of bright white froth. The thick foam is extremely stubborn, lingering for nearly the entire duration of the drink, leaving thick patches of lacing all the way down the walls of the glass. Pale in color, with the color of noon sunshine, a slight, ever-so-faint haze indicative of the wheat malt employed in the brewing.

The nose is mostly subdued, with a somewhat sweetish malt note and some lightly fruity, floral hop notes, with an ever-so-slight hint of herbaceous character.

Light-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation, combining with the wheat to provide a rather soft mouthfeel that is very pleasant. Lightly sweet up front, but the hop character quickly takes over the palate. There are no overly assertive characteristics here, with the hop notes providing mostly a somewhat spicy, mildly bitter middle with some subtle grassy notes. The finish is mostly dry and clean, with a faint kiss of grain in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is quite good, and the relatively high 7% ABV fails to show itself until late in the game, wherein it only appears (after an entire 22-ounce bottle) as a bit of airiness in the head, never showing itself on the palate. I'd swear this was nothing but a standard American-craft-made Pils, but a bit "imperial" it is; wonderfully executed and, quite possibly, one of the best offerings Abita has put into bottle. Subtle complexity is one of the hallmarks of a good pilsner, and Abita can certainly check that one off its list -- and in an "imperial" variant, at that.

Photo of ccbrewer138
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A-very thick head, which lasts about half of the glass, very good lacing. Yellow, with a little bit of cloudiness.

S-mainly german hop aroma, some sweetness from the malt, but very pleasant.

T-wheat malt comes through, as well as the yeast that is still in the beer. Finishes with citrus hops. Very nuetral flavor all around, nothing really sticks out as memorable.

M-wheat gives this a soft mouthfeel, very light. Excellent carbonation, head lasted almost the whole glass.

D-only reason I would buy again is because of the money they are giving to charity. I love a well made pilsner, but I feel the wheat gives it too soft of a flavor, way too nuetral tasting for me.

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

Radiant yellow with a wisp of yeast. A quality, thick, fluffy head rests on top. Doughy malt, clean grassy hops, dry earthy grain aromas. Pilsener malts and green, spicy hops with an even sweetness. Drinks lighter than it is. In fact, it's surprisingly light overall. Clean, fairly smooth, medium-light bodied. Not bad, but not nearly as good as their 20th Anniversary.

Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad effort, though not a top tier pilsner.

Pours a satisfying straw yellow with a nice fluffy, sticky white head. The aroma is sweet with a whiff of sulfur and the slight metallic tang of a good pilsner. The flavor is right - sweet, grainy, with a little honey, and some of that sulfer and metal, and a nice hop character. But it falls short because it lacks the biting crispness of a great pilsner. It is a little flabby and thick, both in flavor and in mouthfeel.

I would call this an extremely near miss, but a miss none-the-less.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow color with a fluffy white head that left lots of stiky lacing.

S - German hops with hay-like aromas.

T - Balance of malt and bitter hops with a hint of alcohol.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it goes down ok

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color and a thick soapy white head and tons of lacing. Smells floral from the tons of hops, hints of wheat. Tastes of wheat and tons of bitter hops balanced well with good malt flavor. Mouthfeel is very nice and medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very nice.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon-yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

The aroma is sweet and malty with light notes lemon and biscuit.

Tastes of grassy hops, green apple, lemon and cracker. Finishes clean.

Moderately bodied and crisp with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A very nice German Pilsner from the folks at Abita bottled for a great cause. Go out and get one.

Photo of DogFood11
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It got my attention with the unique graphic and reading the .75cent per bottle donation to gulf coast repairs It was a no brainer pick up. Poured into a sam adams pounder glass it forms a strong and sticky off white head. Tons of lace. Tons of carbonation racing to the surface. Its a lively beer to say the least and good to look at.

Soft and mild malts lend room for a hop snap that never comes. It then goes sweet towards the finish and a lingering grain aftertaste. A german pilsner is a bit of a stretch as the hops never really develop. Tastes more like a polished up macro lager except sweeter and less clean in the finish.

Not for me. Although they NAILED APPEARANCE...ho hum.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smoth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, yeast, and slight wheat. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend.

SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.