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SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%

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 jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a one finger pure white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber/yellow color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hop nose and flavor is a hoppy caramel. Light hoppy/bitter finish. $2.04 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:06:36 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woosterbill


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

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light gold body with a full inch of sticky white head. Nice retention and moderate lace. Attractive.

S: Quite clean, and pretty interesting as well: classic Pilsner aromas of bread and herbal hops are definitely prominent, but there's an unmistakable hint of citrus character as well as some tangy wheat spice. It's nothing really memorable, but it is distinctive and enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose precisely: classic bready malts up front, with the depth of wheat flavor giving it some distinctiveness midway through and the hops (seemingly both Noble and American) providing a clean and solidly bitter finish complete with floral, herbal, and citrus notes. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied and a trifle too frothy, but pleasantly lively all the same.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect out of a wheat Pilsner, but this one really hit the spot: it was refreshing without being boring, distinctive without being overbearing, and drinkable without being bland. Solid beer.


Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:19:59 | More by woosterbill
Photo of armock

New York

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

Bottle from some dive bar in Houston, TX

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with some grassy hops

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt upfront and grassy hops in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I wasn't expecting much from this one but its a pretty decent beer that tastes good worth getting sometime if you see it around

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:02:49 | More by armock
Photo of BeersCriteria


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light yellow body with a small white head.

S- Simple clean grainy/grassy smell with a little malts.

T- Has some sweet citrus fruit like taste with a good pine bitter ending. It is a good buy though, it's $4 and the proceeds go to help clean up the shores so you have to give them props for that.

Food Pairing- Fish or shrimp, maybe a shrimp poboy to be more exact.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:33:40 | More by BeersCriteria
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Abita session in my tasting notebook.

Looks similar in color to Andygator (golden honey) but this one has a two finger fluffy foamy head that stuck around for more than a minute and left behind some pretty nice lacing, body is light and carbonation is at exactly the right sort of effervescent level for a pilsener. Smells mostly lemony but also medium pale malt scent is there, flavor is not nearly as heavy on the hop spicing as I had anticipated. (I originally thought it would be a Czech-style until I did my homework) but it works as a German Pilsener that depends almost entirely on floral and earth toned hopping. I'm not picking up on any of the subtle fruit tones mentioned by other BAs, however. So I'm left with a really pretty beer that has a really great mouthfeel and very simplistic and clean flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 20:24:29 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Found this at a dave and busters, only craft bottle they had, probably sitting on the shelf for the past year (there was unadvertised special on the bottle for 4.95) pours a very nice golden color with about an inch and a half of well retaining head that clings to the glass well after every sip. Super neat appearance. Smells of floral, citric and piney hops. Very pungent and nice. Taste is clean and light in body, grainy sweetness up front and nice hop bitterness on the back end.

Nothing special in particular about this beer but a very clean and decent flavored pilsner (which is a tough style to pull off correctly)

Decent for a charity beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:03:02 | More by jtierney89
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spices, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, wheat, subtle spices, and subtle fruit. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really stood out on this brew with the exception of the floral note I picked up on. The rest of the brew was kind of weak in flavor in my opinion as nothing really jumped out at me. Not bad for the style, but not great either. Worth trying though even if it is for the good cause they are brewing it for.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 14:20:20 | More by thagr81us
Photo of rmcnealy


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

Served chilled in a standard pint glass.

Poured a light/medium unfiltered amber color with marginal ivory white head that fleeted quickly. The initial aromas are crisp and fresh with hints of floral and slight citrus. It has the base qualities of a pilsner but the taste is so much more robust. Very surprising was the dry bitterness taste. Definitely not in a bad way whatsoever. It was quite unexpecting of a 'pilsner' by all means. Quite the distinguished taste which faded into a great mouthfeel. An awesome beer, for sure. And a small proceed going to Gulf Coast preservation? Even cooler. Enjoy!

Found at Cardinal Liqs, Niles IL

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:55:19 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of Strix


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, slightly cloudy, monster head that hangs to the glass. Good lookin' beer.

Lemon, grass, and wheat in the smell.

Pale malt, cheerios, orange and lemon, slight grass, and floral hops. Pretty nice.

Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge pilsener guy, but this was crisp, balanced and highly drinkable. More than happy to contribute to those poor people and wildlife screwed by big oil. Good job Abita.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:43:49 | More by Strix
Photo of spdyfire83


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

18th Review
Bomber into wine glass

L: Golden and bright - like a clear morning sunrise. 3+ fingernail head on heavy pour.

S: Slight hop character with a large malt presence. Exactly what I would expect from a pilsener.

T: Crisp and clean. Quite refreshing. Good malt presense all throughout; however, not too over-powering. Well-balanced.

M: Nicely carbonated (not too much) and smooth. Again, very refreshing.

O: Enjoyable for the style! I'm still not a huge pilsener fan, but this is one I could drink again. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 05:22:57 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of endincolorado


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with lots of little rising bubbles. A nice, white head dissipates somewhat quickly- lacing is appealingly foamy.

Crisp, biscuitty pale malt with a resfreshing lemony aroma, followed by a faint grassiness.

I'm immediately struck by the pleasantly full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are light and somewhat dry, with a good amount of floral hop-bitterness, alongside a cereally wheat flavor.

Pretty refreshing overall, and the wheat makes for a varied, interesting approach to the style. Drinking this calls up images of the beach and ocean waves- or maybe i'm just influenced by the very-cool artwork on this label.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:04:10 | More by endincolorado
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat/grains, grassy notes, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of bread grains and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Mild hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I am glad I picked up. It's nice to see a brewery involved in the community with this type of cause.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:11:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of nickd717


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Mostly clear golden in color with a decently formed white head.

The aroma has pale malts and a nice blend of grassy and citrusy hops, a little IPAish almost.

The flavor is pretty good too - one of the best I’ve had from Abita. Slightly sweet maltiness, fairly bready, with good hop bitterness and some orange notes.

Medium-bodied and fairly crisp despite the imperialness (word?).

A nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 22:14:19 | More by nickd717
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Big brothy white head. Good stick. Clear, slightly hazy yellow body.

Smell - Banana bread. Pancake. Sweet.

Taste - Hoppy front end. Light sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Prickly. Smooth. Slight solvency.

Overall Drinkability - This is NOT a pilsner to my taste buds. It is an ESB and/or American Wheat at heart.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 08:49:44 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of boudreaux


4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a nice bright, hazy gold/yellow color; visible carbonation; thick white head, about 2.5 fingers thick; nice, sticky lacing left behind on the glass; nice effervescence.

S: bold, compared to most pilsners; prominent scent of wheat and some earthy hops; background notes of citrus (lemon and orange), which give it a subtle sweetness; malty, along with floral hops at the same time.

T: amazing balance of sweet malts and citrus hops, creating a nice, smooth flavor, along with a nice bitterness in the finish; fairly bitter from the dry hopping, but not overpowering; some slight maltiness.

M: pretty light mouthfeel; medium body; nice medium carbonation; crisp and refreshing; carbonation level is just right

O: exceptional, and not just because it's "charitable"; very good brew by Abita

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 07:05:21 | More by boudreaux
Photo of jgurley


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

Pours a hazy yellow in an oversized pilsner glass. Produces a medium sticky head. Smells of yeast, lemon, and a bit of hop. Taste is dry, grain, lemongrass, yeast. Bright and refreshing. Great balance of yeasty grainy malt and a little hop on the rear of the tongue. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more. High/ medium carbonation goes down smooth and very quenching. Spot on for the style. This is PERFECT hot weather beer. A good stepping off point for beginners, I would venture. A fine example of a style I love this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:15:22 | More by jgurley
Photo of Forb


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: Pours a solid golden hue with a beautiful fluffy / creamy head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: A great hop aura breaks through first with piney / yeasty elements inviting me in.

Taste: This one has an ! of a flavor. A nice earthy hop and bready malt combination balances this one favorably.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated on a light-medium body.

Overall: A delicious introduction to Abita! Plus... there can't be a better reason to buy beer than to donate to a cause!! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:18:32 | More by Forb
Photo of rtepiak


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an excellent american twist on a summer helles. this has hints of sweetness and brisk as hell hopping. the abv isn't noticeable at all. and the grain isn't heavy handed as in mineral dominate. golden with 2 fingers of sticky head. nose of dextrin and unfermentable sugars blended with german lager yeast. palate is lemon zesty but doesn't drop off as fast as a pilsner would. mild sweetness. very mild earthiness. lemon pulp hints but still has a significant mineral character that makes it very dry... but more so tannin sticky. this doesn't have a husky lingering quality either. great feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:48:55 | More by rtepiak
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

Hazy yellow color. Thick white head that left a lot of lace.
Very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Citrus/lemon. Some floral hops.
Sweet malt taste. Grapefruit and lemon. A little bit of piney hops.
This was a crisp, refreshing beer.
A good beer for a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 11:24:59 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of jsanford


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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, 2-inch white head that settles to a thick haze and leaves lots of soapy lacing.
S - Sweet, bready malt, fresh-cut grass, floral hops, and some spicy yeast.
T - Pretty much how it smells. Lots of Pilsner malt with some earthy hops and a slightly spicy yeast character. Nothing too crazy, but nicely drinkable.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium-thin body and crisp carbonation.
O - Solid effort, but an overall forgettable beer. Still, it's for a good cause so I'll happily enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:07:28 | More by jsanford
Photo of tigg924


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: bread, grass, and some floral hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, nice combination of sweet and bitter

Overall: An ok pilsner but nothing I would reach for again. I would sooner get their golden ale. A little less alcohol heat would make me want this more though.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 15:54:30 | More by tigg924
Photo of Thorpe429


2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of rmalinowski4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head. Not much retention but some good spotty lacing and a nice collar on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bready malt with an ever-so-slight presence of floral hops. The flavor is mostly bread with a touch of sweetness and grain. Nothing too complex and no real hops. The body is not terribly impressive. Fairly thick and chewy with lower levels of carbonation. Some alcohol and no real hop presence. Not a big fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:34:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of DaCar


4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer from Abita, The first pour was a beautiful golden color with a slight head that faded quickly. It had an earthy slightly sweet smell and it showed on the taste. It didnt taste like your avg pils, it was full of body and made me sit and think about the amazing flavor happening in my mouth. It finished with a sweet afternote that hit the spot.

Also 75cents of every bottle sold goes to helping clean up the gulf coast, so come on people buy one and enjoy it by drinking beer you are helping the planet. I dont need a better reason to drink then that.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:48:18 | More by DaCar
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a pale golden straw color. It has a small white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of mostly of pilsner malts. There is also a decent hop presence and some spices as well.

T - It tastes of pilsner malts up front. There are some spices and lemony citrus flavors present. It is a tad grainy, and there is a sort of unpleasant bitterness in the finish.

M - This has a light to medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and is decently refreshing. The finish has a harsh bitterness that I can't get over though. There is also some dryness to it.

O - This has decent drinkability. It goes down fairly easy, and it refreshing. Overall, I thought it was a decent pilsner. It was a little bit underwhelming, and I didn't like the bitter finish. It was worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 13:22:05 | More by JizackFH
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemon gold pour with 1.5 finger white head. Pretty decent retention for the style and nice rings of lace after each sip.

Earthy straw grass nose. Perhaps even a note of peat. Very farm-like.

Smooth up front, with a note of lemon coming in very soon. Nice shot of zesty lemon at the back of the tongue, but not over powering. More bread than biscuit in the middle, but a strong malt presence.

Very nice feel for the style. Thicker than most.

I really like this one from Abita. Their brand had fallen out of style for me, but this one might bring me back in. Hides the abv shockingly well.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:05:48 | More by beer2day
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.