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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 07-21-2010)
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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!

phishgator, Sep 01, 2010
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 ?!?

Billolick, Aug 31, 2010
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.

Beejay, Aug 31, 2010
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!

hosehead83, Aug 30, 2010
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.

Proteus93, Aug 27, 2010
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.

GRG1313, Aug 26, 2010
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.

LacquerHead, Aug 25, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

save our shore donates money for a good cause (the gulf coast oil spill recovery).
pours a yellow color, and was poured pretty aggressively for a pretty good head which is a white pillow on top of the body.
smells pretty much completely of pilsener malts.
the taste matches, only with the taste i'm a little more disappointed. its lacking. plus, i get a hint of alcohol in the taste. its 7% but still.
mouth feel is pretty much average, can't really complain.
its a drinkable beer.

i hope it sells enough to do some good for the gulf.

JordonHoltzman, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellowish straw color. not much head that takes off fairly quickly

smells of light lemon and grassy notes. perhaps just a tad more citrusy and sweet than what I would expect from a pilsener.

at first, the taste was a little light and watery. then suddenly, halfway through the bomber, there was an explosion of sweet flavors. lots of fruity esters that almost taste of sour apples and honey. very nice!

light to medium body with good carbonation

very drinkable beer with more flavor than many pilseners. could really get in trouble with 2-3 pints of this because the 7% abv hides so well. pretty cool that I could enjoy the beer and donate 75 cents towards the gulf relief effort at the same time.

haddon, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Hopus glass pours a crisp straw yellow with a decent frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight sweet pale malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts against a sturdy citrus hop backbone that leaves a nice subtly bitter citrus finish. The beer is medium bodied with decent smoothing carbonation. This is certainly a beer worth trying, especially a percentage of the proceeds going to such a good cause!

atsprings, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had heard about this a while ago and it caught my eye on the shelf with a nice design.

A - Very light yellow, very clear, tiny stream of bubbles.

S - Big nose for the style, really grainy and bready from a distance and when you get your nose up in there you get nice grassy/spicy hops. Both typical for the style, but their intensity reflects the higher ABV.

T - Starts off light but the grainy bready malt body comes up fast quickly followed by the hops. Appropriately balanced and again big in flavor compared to it's less alcoholic cousins.

M/D - Full body and ends a bit more sticky than most in the style, not really sweet but there is obviously a little more residual sugar in there. The only thing I can fault them for is that it's out of the style guidelines but it doesn't bother me besides the lack of drinkability.

magnj, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, a "weizen pils", according to the back. Poured into a large chalice, it looks pretty pils-like, with a bright, clear gold color and a modest, though quickly fading head. The aroma is disappointingly faint, with but a hint of malt. Bland, undistinguished flavor, like much of the Abita line-up. Generic malt, with (very) light hops. There's a hint of harsh fusels at the end that drop it from a 3.5 to a 3 for me.

allengarvin, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of bobhits
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

n. Wheat beer, hint of hops, lots of grassy and citrus notes. Rather sweet overall from the pilsner malt.

a. Murky yellow (hint of orange) with a good head, leaves a nice lacing, and tones of bubbles coming up. Very much what you'd expect. Served in as close as I had to a pilsner glass.

t. First note is to serve this warmer than right out of the ridge...a summer beer it may be, but the flavors aren't coming out clearly.

A somewhat earthy, grainy, almost zesta crackers (unsalted) start. Finishing with a sweet malt flavor back with some spice and a touch bit of an alcohol bite. Hops don't seem to be coming out for me as much as others I saying or I'm just not noting them correctly for the style. They are there but very much subdued. I'd like a touch more to somewhat match the spicy finish.

d. A nice summer session type beer, and why not session for this worthy cause? And for once I feel like charity part isn't just a marketing ploy (or maybe I just feel for the gulf after the last few years). See comments below about abv.

m. The spices are a touch rough I suppose, but nothing that would stop me from drinking a few. Could use a hint more carbonation, but somewhat as expected for the style.

OK i just saw this is 7% so session beer it shouldn't be. There's a touch of alcohol in the flavor but it does a pretty good job of acting like an american attempt at a german summer beer that I'd put at 5%.

This is a solid offering all and all. A hair above average for an american pilsner and why not enjoy when it's for a good cause?

bobhits, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into an Andechs weizen glass.

S.O.S. pours with a classic pilsener look--golden straw-colored and almost entirely transparent. Carbonation could stand to be a bit more impressive, though. The head, eggshell in both thinness and color, leaves behind a few traces of lacing. Aroma suggests grassy hops with cereal grains and doughy pilsen malt. Booze adds a hint of medicinal sweetness to the background.

The flavor starts out a bit thin, but inviting, with soft notes of tropical fruit (papaya, pear, pineapple) from the yeast balanced nicely with a flash of booze and grainy-sweet malts. Hops get slightly lost in the mix, although they may boost the fruitiness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lush carbonation level makes the finish both creamy and zesty at the same time. Highly quaffable despite the bolstered alcohol level. S.O.S. is a solid release from Abita, one of their better efforts as of late. Not exactly the shining example of the German Pilsener style, but I can dig their take on it.

wagenvolks, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that a lot of people scored this beer in an average, mediocre way, but this is big pilsner. Not an average german pilsner. I think the brewers intended this to be bold and in your face, rather than a tradritional german pilsner. So I will judge accordingly. Might I add that this is almost an imperial pilsner... so here we go.

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge creamy white persistant head that leaves excellent lattice work in it's trails.

S-The aroma is quite dull at cold temps, but if you would wait and see that as this beer warms, it is full of aromatic sweet doughy malts and soft and delicate floral hops. Pretty straight foward and simple as a pilsner should be.

T-Very similar to the smell with sweet doughy malts up front with an earthy/floral hoppiness that lingers into a very soft clean bitterness.

M-The mouthfeel seems a little too sweet and smooth and not dry enough for me... The carbonation is very full and right for the style. But I'd like a kind of a dry finish for this pilsner.

D-This beer being 7%abv is very drinkable. And I highly recommend you give the good cause as well. This beer seems to be going fast so go get you some my fellow beer geeks. And Cheers!

hoplover82, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to this one... it's been out for several weeks but harder to find than I would have thought.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a weizen glass... bubbly gold color, clear with a nice creamy white head and good retention. Not a bad looking brew.

I like the smell... more like a pale ale than a pilsener to me, hoppier than expected and also a hint of the wheat roots.

More wheat on the tongue than on the the nose... and less hops although there is a slight bite towards the end. A little watery but quite good.

Nothing spectacular, but I'm pleasantly surprised with this wheat imperial pilsener hybrid. Well done and for a good cause.

theboozecruise, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of this new charitable release from Abita pours a mildly hazy, light gold color with a creamy cap of white head. Shows real nice retention and lacing. Bonus points for a very nice looking screenprint bottle and double-bonus points for the 75 cent donation from each bottle sold.

Nose is big on hops with some citrus orange peel and spicy lemongrass. Tropical kick from the alcohol and quite a nice dose of wheat tang.

Interesting brew, soft yet assertive hop flavor and bitterness with an earthy side as well as a bright one. Light malts and wheat make for a different flavor profile, the wheat adding a unique tangy presence. ABV is very well hidden considering the light malt bill. Mouthfeel is nice with a pleasing softness and is pretty solidly medium bodied. Abita has brewed some good pilsners in the past and this one is right up there with the best of 'em. I'll gladly buy another one of these before they go away.

twiggamortis420, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of LaTrappeMonk
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pils glass. I know there's no category for bottle design and sentimental appeal, but I'm drinking this mainly because I live in Louisiana and it seems like the right thing for a BA to do.

A: Golden and slightly cloudy. It pours with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly, but it does leave good lacing on the glass.

S: The malty flavors are present immediately. It's clear from the get go that this will be a sweet beer. There are also traces of earthiness, clover and lemon. It smells like a less potent their red ale with a hint of lemon.

T: And there's the sweet malty, almost caramel flavor I was expecting. The earthy flavors are lost now. It cuts quickly from caramel to a more bitter lemon finish.

M: It's like 1% milk. It doesn't disappear immediately, but it doesn't linger either.

D: I could easily drink a lot of this beer, but most likely will not. I feel like I have fulfilled my obligation. That doesn't mean it's bad, but Pilsners are not my favorite style.

LaTrappeMonk, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: Slightly cloudy, light (but rich) golden color. Pretty substantial carbonation rises to the surface throughout the body. Pours about a 3 finger, creamy, frothy, white head. The head crumbles very inconsistently, and slowly leaving pretty thorough spider web lacing as it does. Eventually leaves a nice, cozy foamy little blanket on the surface. More sticky spider web lacing as you drink it down, although most of the remnants quickly retreat back into the body of the brew.

S: Robust malty nose with rich yeast, hops, clove, oregano, and a hint of lemon citrus. A little multi-grain baked Italian bread sort of thing workin'.

T: Rich combination of grains. Rich malt, sharpened hops, substantial spice notes (oregano and clove, just like it smells), and just the slightest tinge of natural sweetness... maybe like a hint of honey.

M: The short hint of sweetness fools you in the beginning, and is followed quickly by a surprisingly sharp hoppiness. The whole is experience is very rich and full. No dilution, or watered-down feeling here. A bite remains throughout. Very dry in the finish.

D: Great drinkability. Goes down really easy.... almost against your will. The body lends itself to something you want to sip and savor, but it's oh so good.

Atmosphere is really great here. Full, pristine, towering appearance; and a really full featured nose where the different components just scream out to be noticed, but not to stand out over it's neighbor. Great compliments. Flavor is much like it smells. Great components, well balanced, full flavored. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring, but typical of a pilsner, and I do admit to some prejudice in favor of darker beers. At least the white head is fairly thick and fluffy. Aroma is strong, crisp, malty and more than a bit fruity, mainly banana plus a little apple and a little pear. Flavor is crisp and malty, about average for a pils, with some fruity undertone. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a nice malty and somewhat fruity finish. A toast to all those helping restore the Gulf!

Cyberkedi, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of jmhart
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two of these the moment they hit the shelves.

A- Poured a deep gold color, darker than I expected, but not unheard of for the style, with a thick foamy head, 2 fingers thick. Fades into a nice lace.

S- Malty with some earthy, green-herb hops and bits of lemon.

T- Highly malty with a hoppy finish. Green herbs, grass, and lemon peel. The maltiness is a bit out of style but still nice and bridges nicely with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied and sticky, with some nice hoppy oils that hang around. A bit of bite from the alcohol.

D- Very tasty. Not the greatest German Pilsner I've ever had, but it's a really tasty brew.

jmhart, Aug 03, 2010
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.