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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 238
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: 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 OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.9%
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
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.39/5  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 +6.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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
2.49/5  rDev -32.7%
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
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with great carbonation that leads to a small head with lace patches along w/ minor pils malt smell with an edge of sweet malt and some fruit-like hops. An easy to drink pils w/ pils malt giving off some slight fruit flavors and there is a touch of wheat twang that gives off a spicy and citric backbite. Balances w/ other fruit flavors and there is some minor sweetness. A beer that is a nice change of pace but just doesn't completely click.

Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow colored beer with a tall and thick white colored head.

Smells soapy and herbal. Cracker malt aroma and some grapefruit in the scent. I can smell noble hop in this but it isn't the only hop in here.

Starts out Sweet with a bitter finish. NW style hop with a distinct grapefruit flavor. Distinct wheat malt flavor. Somewhere between American Wheat Beer and a Pilsener, this doesn't neatly fit in a standard category.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Interesting beer and a charity beer for the Louisiana oil spill. No need to stock up on this one.

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and floral hops, with lager yeast and a little bready malt and waxy hops.
T: It tasted like sharp citrus and lemon zest and waxy hops, with creamy yeast and bready malt and a bit of honey sweetness. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick and oily with moderate carbonation, which was a surprisingly full body.
D: This was a pretty good pilsner that was bigger in hops and body than most other beers in its class. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not delicious, but definitely enjoyable.

Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a hint of malt and some hops as well. The nose is pretty typical for a pilsner, maybe not as "crisp" as some.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very nicely balanced!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty decent beer for an excellent cause. Worth a shot.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22oz brown bomber at Sidney's in NOLA - not sure how widely distributed this one is. Poured vigorously into a Pilsner glass.

A: Hazy, pale hues of gold on a beer with a frothy, white head. Sitting pretty in the flute.

S: Mild, grassy aroma with major hints of whole grain bread. Pleasant if not exceptional.

T: A grand ol' blend of mild hops and wheat malt rolls across the tongue. Rather unique and delicious. Definitely not a German style pilsner though, more of an American Imperial Pils.

M: Very smooth, clean and crisp. Goes down like a treat.

D: Eminently drinkable even at 7% abv. I can see folks drinking two of these on a muggy NOLA day and enjoying the pains of the aftermath.

Support this cause! As with Restoration Ale, kudos are due to Abita for again brewing something meaningful. First an ale to help NOLA recover from the negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers and now a lager to save the region from the greed of BP.

Photo of chucktrivette
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to support the cause with this beer.

This bottle caught my eye in the store with its nice design. 1 pint 6fl oz. beer. Beer pours with a nice 1 finger head. Appearance is a cloudy version of your standard macro lager color. Although it looks like your typical lager, the smell was a nice surprise. Definitely some hops present. The taste was really crisp and flavorful. I really enjoyed this beer. Easy to drink and supporting a good cause. I would buy this beer again.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing pilsner with a worth cause associated to it.

Presentation: 22 oz brow capped bottle. Screen-printed and well taken care of label design highlighting the name of the brew as an SOS formed by shore motives over waves and shore vegetation. Side narratives note the charitable quality of the brew giving 75c per bottle to help restore the Gulf coast after the BP oil spill, and adds a detail narrative with main ingredients and brew profile. Shows best by date (08-05-11), and Alc. by Vol. (7%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw pour with a rich frothy head, fair retention and touches of lacing.

S - Light pilsner nose, pleasing with a touch of wheat, a bit grassy.

T - Pilsner sense, gentle with light hoppy bite and a soft grassy touch.

M - Medium-light body, with medium carbonation, and a good dry finish.

D - Enough personality and craft to make it better and more interesting than plenty run-of the mill pilsners without being too memorable either.

Notes: The cause alone might be worth promoting the brew, but the beer is pretty decent. Maybe to reach a broader public doing a quality and self-contained pilsner is a good move, and while not memorable it is pleasing and nice to push around.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course I picked this one up to "help the cause". If it is good, hopefully I can be more "helpful".

Appearance: Pours a very clear light straw/gold color with a small head of tight white bubbles that seemed to want to stick around for at least a minute. Small, but stead-fast. There are very few bubbles rising, so once the head fades, it is pretty much gone.

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of spicy hops, which I think are appropriately Saaz, along with a generous supply of toasty Pilsner malt. As the beer sits a bit, there is a mild chalky note coming out that I would assume is the water. Actually, despite the Saaz, the aroma of this beer reminds me more of a Dortmund.

Taste: Actually the flavor is pretty well balanced. It is a tad more heavy than I expected, but the hops is playing a definitive role in the flavor the whole time. There is some spicy hops in the flavor as soon as you taste it, and then there is some toasty malts that you get at some point in the middle of the profile. Then the hops fade back in for the finish, which are a bit more floral, and then they just put a cap on the sweetness to linger long into the finish. The beer is ultimately balanced toward the malt, but there is a defined hop presence, that make this beer much more Pilsner-like than I thought from the aroma. It could use a bit more carbonation.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer, and one that I wouldn't mind at all picking up again to "help the cause". Even though the water seems to a bit mineral-laden in the nose, it is only moderately noticeable in the flavor. The malt and hop profiles are appropriate for the style. It is a bit big and meaty for the style, but this isn't a problem. It is still a well presented beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this to help out the BP spill. 22oz bomber. Here we go...

A: Light golden / yellow homney with a huge 2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some bready hops upfront with hints of banana. Some earthy grassiness that hides on the back. Very natural smelling. Decent.

T: Tastes of watery rye upfront with very faint hints of lemonade. Very faint! Almost a soapy water taste blended in. Ok.

M: Leaves a bitter, dry taste on the palate. Thick carbonation. Decent.

D: This one goes down surprisingly easy. Very good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing special. Try it to support the Gulf clean up, but otherwise, not worth your taste buds.

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BikeChef
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If there's one new style of beer I think is either a mistake or must be very tough to pull off, it's imperial pilsners. Interesting wine-like smell to this one, which is promising. The pilsner and wheat malts work pretty well together here. Lingering hop bitterness. Doesn't seem like 7%. Overall, not bad, and makes me rethink this style a bit. Cheers to Abita for doing this charitable beer.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up in the cool mountain air in Asheville, a skinny blonde hands me this Abita S.O.S. No big fan of Abita, but I'll try it. Really nice bottle design, and I'm a sucker for Beer for a Cause. Best by date of 8/12/11.

A. Enters my pint glass a slightly hazy Summer Gold, with a fat, finger tall dense head (wheaty...) that sticks around happily and leaves sea-foam lace on the sides of the glass. Quite nice.

S. Obvious wheat here, grainy and honeyed with a solid nose of noble hop, slightly bitter and field-y. Hints of corn. Cool. Smells like "beer". A bit raw and 'bigger' than you might expect...

T. ...then again, it is 7%. Don't drink like it tho. Increasingly, either my palate is becoming more numb to ABV (probable) or brewers are getting better and better hiding their booze (likely) or maybe this just isn't being reported accurately, but honestly, it drinks like pretty much any other Pils I've had. Hrmmmm.... oh yeah, flavor is solid. A more-wheaty, creamy German pils.

M / D. Big fluffy fullness, medium-full body, especially for the style, this is where you might get the (correct) impression that this beer is bigger than you think. Finishes dry and noble hoppy, pleasing, moreish. And a bomber by yourself should be no problem.

Overall, S.O.S is a real surprise from Abita, a quite solid, boozy-wheaty pils that drinks well and donates 75 cents to the Gulf Restoration for each bottle sold. I can dig it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.