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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a 33cl Stella Artois glass.

A: Poured a cloudy gold with full, foamy head. Lots of carbonation pitting. Good head retention.

S: Lots of floral, hoppy esters. Hints of cut grass.

T: More bark than bite. Malts and hops more balanced than the smell would let on. Was actually hoping for more hops!

M: Clean, dry finish.

D: Gets better with each sip, but nothing really unique. Still a step above a standard pilsener, especially at its 7.00% ABV.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a huge thanks to optimator13 for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a golden color and over two fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving nice looking lacing.

Smell - Bready malts, lemon citrus zest, hops, and slight sweetness. As the beer warms there is a more grassy/hay aroma also, including the pils malt. Nice, clean aroma.

Taste - An initial sweet burst which fades to a more floral, hoppy note. Slight lemon (ever so) is noticeable also. The more I sip this the more herbal and earthy it becomes. Pleasant - a unique take on a pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry and bitter.

Drinkability - Relatively so. Not a huge fan of pilsners but this one was quite enjoyable, and the fact it is for a good cause makes it taste that much better. Thanks again to optimator13 for this beer!

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked one up for myself while shopping for a BIF. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light straw colored brew with lots of offwhite head, about 2 to 3 fingers from a generous pour.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, herbal, lemony, and grainy.

Nice grainy maltiness at first sip. Very good balancing bitterness. Touch of lemon (lemongrass or lemon peel).

Nicely quenching beer, with a thinner body, but not watery.

Very drinkable beer. Good session beer. I could drink this all day long on a warm summer day.

Very nicely done beer.

Photo of eclaycamp
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Brix in Omaha. Great looking painted bomber. Pilsners aren't usually my thing but I figured that, considering the cause, I could give this one a go. Hats off to Abita, who came up with this idea. This is a 22 ounce bomber. I'm pouring it into a big ass pilsner glass. Pours with a two inch huge, billowing, frothy head. The head leaves behind some serious lacing. Gigantic bubbles and foam from this one. Likewise carbonation is huge, with fizz seemingly going on for days. Pours cloudy, which isn't surprising considering this is an unfiltered beer. Color is a bright gold, brilliant like the sun. Aroma is pretty hefty, especially for a pilsner, with cereal notes and lemongrass in the nose. Pretty solid amount of bitterness in this one - it's pleasant though. Lively mouthfeel with a high amount of pleasant carbonation and a pretty slick mouthfeel. Taste is spot on. Light malt starts, before giving way to grassy and fruity hop character. Bitterness teases the palate before giving way to a sweet honey finish. The biscuity malt sweetness really helps to hide the 7% ABV, which I can't seem to really find. Really crisp and refreshing take on the pilsner style. Kudos to Abita for supporting a good cause by putting together a great beer.

Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita SOS Pilsner

Appearance: Golden Amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Grains, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Citrus, slight hops, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This is a decent brew for a great cause. It would make a good session beer that also has plenty of flavor. I would rate it 5 stars, but that would only be for it's cause.

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a pillowy pure white head that dissipated into a solid cap. The head left a sheet of webby lacing all around the glass. The aroma is of grassy/spicy hops, perhaps some citrus. Nice pleasant aroma. The taste is of a light malt, slightly fruity with a grassy and limey hop flavor, not dry like most pils. Its different but does take on a pilsner character. The feel is light with tingly carbonation, not very crisp but easily drinkable and refreshing. This is a very solid beer, nice hop flavor. I would drink it again.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kirk for hooking me up with this one. I don't beleive I've ever had a Wheat-Pilsener before so let's see where this takes us. Poured into 10oz glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow about 3/4 of an inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign, a nice grain scent with a hint of wheat sharpness. The flavors are also nicely balanced and combine to make a crisp and tasty brew.

The body was light but well-rounded and smooth. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having a couple of these at a sitting. Overall, a nice little brew that Abita should perhaps consider producing on a yearly, if not even year-round, basis.

Photo of KeefD
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this one come into the store I was happy to pick one up since some proceeds were going to a good cause. Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with a large white head that fell slowly leaving behind a patchwork of lace. Aroma is very simple and straightforward. Mostly pale grains in the nose, a touch of wheat in there which gives it a slight twang, and herbal, grassy hops. Taste is very similar. I'm picking up on lot of citrusy hop notes but it's not bitter in anyway. There's some orange, lemon, and a touch of grass, but overall the hops are very well balanced with the pale malts that make this beer very drinkable and enjoyable for such a high ABV. Body is medium, but could use a touch more carbonation to add soome crispness. Overall, a good beer for a very worthy cause.

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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 david131
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy yellow liquid with a thin white head.

S- White bread with some citrus and grass. Fairly simple but enjoyable.

T- Light citrus, grass, a touch of fruit, and bread. The alcohol is well hidden.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- A simple but good beer that opens up quite a bit as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber split over a lamb dinner.

A: pours golden with a thin, pinkie finger white head that is lacing well
S: grassy hops and a dry sweet malt. there is also a bit of yeast and lemon citrus
T/M: seem very slick, grassy hops and dry malt with the light lemon. carbonation helps add to the crispness.
D: if i wasnt distracted by the meal it would be gone faster. also it goes to a good cause.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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

Appearance -- Pours a pale, hazy straw hue with an energetic sudsy white head. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, cracked wheat, husky grain, lemon twist, and grass.

Taste -- Husky malt, Pilsner, mild wheat flavor, lemon, white pepper, grass. Finish has in it some moderate earthy hop bitterness, lemon zest, and pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A bit creamy in the finish.

Drinkability -- For charity's sake, I'm going to give this a charitable bump in the drinkability section. Not bad by any stretch, but I wasn't thrilled, either.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.

I get a half an inch fairly dense head that dies down to a cap of foam on top after a few minutes. The body is a pale golden color with the tiniest bit of hazy and tiny bubbles slowly working their way to the top. Really nice lacing left behind.

The nose is floral, fruity with hints of lemon and lager fruitiness, spicy, and a touch of bread in the mix.

Taste starts off with some bread, grain, and mineral. Then come the spicy and floral german hops that also hint at grass and lemon. Grassy and earthy flavors linger. Quite hoppy actually, and a bit more in your face than a typical pils.

The mouthfeel is bright and well carbonated. Zesty, tangy and spicy. A smooth beer with a really crisp bite on the finish.

A pretty darn solid pilsner all around that I could down at least a couple of bottles of (if I were in the mood). Also, a big nod to the charitable aspect of this beer.

Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my half Acre pint glass. It poured a pale golden/yellow color with a small but frothy white head to it. The head faded after a minute or so and just left some faint lacing.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy, pale malt quality to it. Just a trace amount of hops to it as well.

The taste shows the same sweet, grainy, pale, cereal like malt flavors to it. Like the nose just a bit of the hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it was a light and easy drinking beer. It had some decent grain/malt flavors to it but wasn't anything special overall. An easy drinker on a hot day though.

Photo of jrsone
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

For my taste, a pilsner is already enough of a light-bodied beer. Abita's added wheat to make what they call a Weizen Pils. Maybe only the addition of rice could have elevated the already gossamer mouthfeel of this brew. Drinkability gets a little higher score.
The hops are nice and refreshing, a little pineapple juice and grassy aroma and flavor. But they're not enough to save this beer from being average.

Photo of jsprain1
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thick white head.
S- Smells of grain, crackers, green apple, a good bit of sweetness in there as well.
T- Grainy, slightly sugary, a bit fruity as well. Slightly floral. I found the hop character a bit lacking, at least in terms of what was advertised.
M- High-ish carbonation, medium body.
D- Not a bad beer. Not necessarily a go to beer, but it's reasonably good and helps a good cause, so yeah I would have another.
Additional Notes/Changes from 2/22/11:
A- Noticably more lacing this time, meriting it an additional half point. Actually great webs of lazing.
S- Aroma is pretty lackluster on this bottle. Grain and green apple being the predominant aromas.
T- Same as first tasting.
M- Slick finish to it. Kind of syrupy in the finish. A bit odd in this regard.

Photo of Ghenna
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Standard golden pils color with a finger and a half of white foam. Well retained with a bit of lacing here and there. Initial smell is sort of spicy- that is to say of a vague spice, not like peppery or anything. Fruit and malt in the flavor, along with this 'spice' as an aftertaste (not the type that turns your eyes blue). Beer lingers a bit as the body is a little heavy, but not unpleasantly so.

A very nice pils, and the highest abv pils I've had the pleasure of trying up to this point.

Photo of Duttonic
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 08/26/10

A- Golden yellow, two fingers of head, small and mild bubbles.

S- Faint hops, yeast, not a whole lot happening in the olfactory department.

T/M- Subtle malt backbone, fairly hoppy for a pilsener, smooth and airy.

D- Top-notch for the style, great flavor going on, but hard to describe the taste. Try it if you can find it.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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 SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.42/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass, while listening to LCD Soundsystem. This seems like a fun idea, hope it pans out!

A - Really nice white lacing. Straw gold colored body with chill haze.

S - Dry Hopping really dominates the aroma, but at least does so in a fresh, snappy, lemongrassy way. You ever stuck your nose into a bag of hops? There you go...

T -The malt presence reminds me a bit of a Kolsch, only with some astringent grain presence. The hops again are very powerfull, with plenty of grass and lemon flavors. The finish is minerally, with plenty of hops that for whatever reason do not work for me. They seem astringent and out of balance in a way that seems to take away from the beer, unlike many other well-hopped beers.

D - This seemed like a nice idea that just didn't quite pan out for me. Not so bad I wanted to dump it, but at the same time I won't go for it again... Anyways, I hope my 75 cents can do some good...

Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.