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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: 35 | FT: 0
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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.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 07-21-2010)
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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +7.8%
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
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.7/5  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
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a thin honey, in color and appearance; decent head and lacing.

Aromas are of a typical pilsner; malty, pils malts, some hop or yeast spiciness, not totally sure.

The taste is fairly disappointing, but that is just because I realize I hate pilsners in general. This is a clean, bright, strong example of the newish imperial style of this beer, I just can't say this is enjoyable. It tastes like nothing in my opinion, how do people like such bland beer. Anyway, some nice tart notes I guess with some sweetness. Could be dryer if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average pilsner, obviously, but decent I guess.

Overall, eh, I think I've said enough on this one. If you like pilsners, why not sure, give it a try. Amazing designs/artwork on the bottle and it was for a good cause so I'm still glad I bought this.

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

Moderately hazed daffodil colored with a plump stack of ivory suds. Great lacing and decent retention.
Bready aroma with pangs of steely lemon-tinged herbal hops. Mostly, though, it's bready. Hops are an afterthought.
The wheat comes through in the mouth with soft, almost sweet breadiness. And it sits here for nearly the duration, in it's easy going, static breadiness. Hops bring just a dab of back end herbals and a touch of drying bitters.
A bit fatter than most pilsners, which seems to stunt the visible streams of CO2. It's still drinks rapidly, in spite of it's elevated alcohol content.
Dynamic this is not. But it's agreeable, generally tasty (if plain), and charitable. Can't root against it.

Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle int a pint glass.

The color is a golden/amber with quite a few bubbles. There is about two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is noble hops at first in the nose with a pale malt flavor coming out. Has a nice crisp German hop flavor that is also a bit wheaty as well.

The taste has some nice sweet malt flavor. The hops come in to hit you up with some earthy flavor and some clove flavor before going way to more malt flavor.

The feel of this beer has a nice light body and really has a well managed feel that goes down well bur does not have too much or a disagreeable feel.

Photo of phishgator
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The carbonation is high. Tight white head with a pale straw color; slightly hazy. The aroma is grassy with crisp notes of saaz hops. The taste, I had this with a true southern pulled pork meal of collards, and black beans, is big for a pilsner. The taste holds up against big fatty foods. It would probably do well with some cheeses or really spicy fish dishes. The body is medium and the hops do coat the tongue in the after taste. I highly recommend this as a beer and to help the locals anyway possible!

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love a bomber of tasty quality beer for $3.99. (@DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY) Pours hazed medium golden amber, under a tiny bubble off white head, that leaves respectable fine lacing. Not bad looking stuff. Fruity and grassy nose. Enjoyable enough pilsner, but it lacks the snap and crispness of the higher rated brews of the style. More grassyness, more pleasant lager sensibilities. Smooth in the mouth from start to moderately long finish. Decent beer for a good cause. Just how do they make any $ putting out a $3.99 (!) bomber and why cant other brewers do the same with at least some of their brews? $3.99 ?!?

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw in the glass, hazy. A nice full head on top of this, fluffy and bubbly.

S: Sweet pale malt. A nice underlying sweetness. Smells like a dusty malt grain mill. Not a lot of hops in the scent. A nice honey flavor in the finish.

T: Sweet with honey notes, a touch of wheat bread, and a little bit of biscuit. Good hop flavor nice and subtle, but well balanced. Just a bit of spicey and herbal notes from the hops.

M: Fairly light as far as mouth feel. The carbonation is a little low for the style, but not so that it detracts form the experience.

D: Tasty, smooth and refreshing. Not my favorite style, but I think this is a fine version of it, and I think it gets bonus points for being helping the environment.

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a big fluffy head of eggshell-white foam
Aroma-Subtle wheat and citrus, grassy hop notes.
Taste-Wheat, biscuit,saltine; some background citrus notes, then a nice hop bite that lingers to the finish. An interesting medley of flavors that keep you wanting anothother sip. Seemingly light-bodied for the ABV, and pretty refreshing as well. An interesting brew. And hey! It's for a good cause!

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting looking style... it wasn't until I got home that I read the side of the bottle to go on about being a 'Weizen Pils.' Intriguing, and it's for a good cause.

A: A rather hazy straw colour... not as hazy as a hefeweisse or the like, but it gives it the 'wheat beer' appearance. Head is just shy of being a finger-width tall, stark white, quite creamy, with some packed bubbling. Retention is quite nice and it leaves a load of sticky lace all over the sides of the glass.

S + T: A nice, crisp hoppiness that takes the forefront, but I wouldn't go so far as to outright say it 'dominates' the aroma - or flavour, for that matter. A bit spicy, and rather grassy, especially in the beginning of the pour. The flavour allows more malt notes to come through, whereas the nose is primarily aromatic hopping. When I saw the kinda high ABV on something touted as a pilsener, I was kind of expecting it to possilbly be like an "imperial pils" or something - just big and aggressively hoppy. This is not the case at all, and I am certainly appreciating it more and more as I drink it.

M + D: Medium bodied, with a crisp and snappy carbonation that complements both the aroma and the flavour nicely. Some of the soft peppery notes of the alcohol work nicely with the spiciness in the hops, and a modest warming follows it all down. I'd put it down as a 'refreshing sipper,' and it's certainly a beer I think I will be revisiting a few more times while it is available.

Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy yellow straw; I could hardly see through it.
White foamy head that settled to a strong lacing and small patches of foam.
(Poured this into a Flared Pilsner glass at temp 45)

Abita combined two laidback characters together to make this one: The "just chill'n" Pilsner, and the "relax'n mellow" wheat.

S: the normal pilsner aroma was at the forefront with a faint, but typical wheat smell in the background.

T: the taste was very subdued - nothing to assertive. A very slight bitter hops, more on the dry side. Some fruity flavors lingered about - for me it was lemon. The wheat profile may have provided the earthy flavors I was tasting. Overall the flavors were fine to me - I thought it worked.

D: very drinkable. I could kick back and drink glass after glass. The 7%ABV was not noticeable. The wheat element kept the pilsner side from forming a strong signature pils crispness - making the texture more on the softer side.

Overall, a good beer for the price. I wouldn't go running back to it time and again, but if I were going to the beach I would take this one along. It was drinkable because the flavors were very mellow. Worth a try.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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