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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 Noxious26
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

A nice pale gold/dark straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and sticks around for awhile, leaving lines of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is pretty standard german pilsner. Biscuity with a grassy and noble hop background.

Flavour is the same as aroma. Biscuity/bready up front before the grassy/noble hops take over in the finish.

Pretty plain and just ok pilsner. Didn't do anything to grab me. Overall I think Abita's ales are better than their lagers, but that's just my opinion.

Noxious26, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of ronin926
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ronin926, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of markjarema11
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

markjarema11, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Khyber Pass in Philly. From notes.

A - Poured mildly hazy and golden. Mild carbonation coming up to a two finger white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Wheat, grass, a mild hop. Plain, but clean and good..

T - Nice spicy hop with grass and wheat. Orange juice, bubblegum as well. Nice stuff.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - This was a good pils. It was clear that they used wheat in it and it did well with the hop flavour. Good balance and drinkable.

tbeckett, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Wolberjs
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Wolberjs, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -19.1%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

crob3888, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

CraigTravor, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2012-07-28
Glass: Tulip

Abita's S.O.S. is a good beer for a good cause, a pleasant and easy-drinking helles bock for recovery efforts from the oil geyser caused by offshore drilling in 2010. This has held up amazingly well over the past two years, still indicating that it was a noiceably-hopped helles bock with pleasing malt flavor. If Abita released some fresh bottles of this into my locality, I'd pick a few up.

Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, with excpetional lacing of thick, complex patterns left along all sides of the glass, modified with each sip. Beer is a moderately dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (30-40% opacity), high in number, moderate in activity.

Aroma is surprisingly bright and floral with hints of fruit and modestly dense white bread. These are quite pleasant aromas, though more reminiscent of a helles bock than a pilsner (and at 7%, this seems like a justified re-categorization).

Taste is of pleasantly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with notable white bread and coconut flavors adding interest. Front of palate tastes lightly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with a background sweetness of white bread and associated dough. Mid-palate tastes floral, grassy, and lemon-like hops with light to medium-light bitterness, bread-like and sweet pale malts, and mild coconut-like flavor behind the scenes adding extra interest. Back of palate tastes hop bitterness with floral and woodsy undertones, a bit of lemon and coconut, and a thin background of white bread. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter hops with light floral and woodsy undertones, light white bread sweetness, and a background hint of lemon.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that comes across as rather soft and pillowy. This is appropriate for the beer, making it pleasurable and easy to drink, and within boundaries for the helles bock style in general.

falloutsnow, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of CGMLS3
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

CGMLS3, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Justinbshelton, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Lukebell15
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Lukebell15, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Drknight, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bigbeers84, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

DCdevyl78, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Lare453, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

TonyJ815, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of NickBeery
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NickBeery, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Mike_Moe
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden dark color, nice blond head.
Aroma: Light clean spicy aroma.
Flavor: Smooth clean beer with a sweet malty flavor. Slightly hoppy, finishing with a light peppercorn and spicy flavor. It’s full bodied with a fuzzy carbonation.
Overall: This is very good tasting beer. Its clean taste is a testament to the local natural spring water used to brew this beer. Abita Brewing Co. has dedicated 75 cents from every bottle sold toward the rescue and restoration of the environment. This is differently a must try beer.

Mike_Moe, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a golden color and rich white head. Aroma is sweet grains and a bit of bubblegum and spice. Flavor is weak grainy and sort of bland with just enough hops to balance. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall I'm confused as to what I was served. The server at O'Charleys in Monroe told me it was like a Blue Moon but with lemon instead of orange. It was served with a lemon wedge. Kind of tastes like a wit and a weak American all malt lager. Stay tuned.

EagleTalon, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BayouBengal1537, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

zbkai189, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

AnthemOfTheSun, Dec 22, 2013
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.