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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.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a classic pilsner color, light straw color with a one finger head that fades and leaves a nice white lacing. Nose is malty and hoppy - noble hops for sure. It's very German for sure.

Taste is very mellow, well balanced, malty and hoppy with a slight alcohol bite that's cool since it's "Imperial". Very creamy and rich lots caramel and sweet flavors. Very good beer!

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

I was happy to find this in Missouri, any time I can drink beer for a cause, I'm down with that!

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Bready with wet grain, grassy hops as well

T: Grassyness, crackery & lemony notes up front. Dryness, grassyness, grapefruit & slight metallic hop notes as this warms along slight grainyness. Finishes grassy, with slight honey & apricot notes, along with lemons & grapefruit, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. I would've liked a bit more maltyness to balance out the hops

Drinks easy, the ABV is well hidden. A bit more complexity would've helped the cause

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

Found a bottle of this at Whole Foods up here in east Vancouver, WA... go figure!

- Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy straw yellow with a slow rising creamy white head... leaves a massive ring with lace, and a nice thin pillow top.

- Nice bitter hop, some citrus notes, lemon zest, a bready and banana-like Bavarian yeast aroma... light honey grain...

- A sweet and light creamy Bavarian styled pilsner.. touch of honey and bready grain, honey, sugars... smooth banana and citrus zest... very well blended... touch of piney resinous hops..

- Medium to creamy light... rather zesty watering flare with a slightly sticky, syrupy approach... almost an all-in-one as far as the feel goes... slightly chewy towards the end.

- Overall this is very well balanced, but not full of too many robust flavors. It is rather light, and masks its strength very well. Certainly one to drink again, and I bet is nice on tap. Nice that .75c of each bottle goes towards the environmental effort of the spill in the gulf.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real nice foamy and slightly creamy off white cap, lots of various sized bubbles off this on the pour is made. Lots of staying power here. Body is slightly cloudy, a mix of lemon and deep brass gold, some pin head bubbles sticking to the glass. Looks solid and appetizing. Great lacing too.

Faint crisp hop, sense of faint lemon, and bread dough on the nose. Dense malt just wants to come out and play but not quite getting there. Smells alright.

Palate hits refreshingly and lightly but with a good sense of rolling malt. Citrus character is lost in a mash of dense malt body, and slightly boozy character. Finish makes a nice sweet bready taste and feel. Hop angle comes out nicely with some sweet malts, but is not that noticeable.

Overall there is some noticeable alcohol heat but nothing that warrants a gag or disappointing drinking experience. This feels very easy drinking, and offers a good pilsner enjoyment. I am usually not that impressed by this brewery but I could easily have this again and probably will.

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

A: Poured into New Belgium globe from 22oz bomber. Bright gold in appearance. Nice white head.

S: Lots of wheat.

T: Good bitterness and lingering hop flavor; quite dry.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy.

D: Very drinkable and for a good cause too.

Side note: I've been to NOLA a handful of times and it is an amazing city... Not the biggest fan of other Abita offerings, but this is pretty good and if you ever get a chance to visit, do it.

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

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 10/30/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, wheat, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, pepper, light banana, clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, banana, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pilsner style. All around well balanced malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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 wcintula
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Blue Moon glass there was nothing atypical looking about this pilsner. Bready nose, smooth mouthfeel but pretty light body. Nothing jumped out at me about this beer, but then again it was a bit old. I drank this for New Year's and when I purchased it, it was a dusty bottle. I don't regret it though, worth the charity, grab it while it's around.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked the last bottle of this available at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York last week. I've never had any of the Abita beers before and with the weather starting to get warmer here, this looked like something good to pair with the warmer days that we've had lately. This was a nice little German Pils that didn't blow me away but was still enjoyable last night as the rains poured here.

The head was the best aspect to this beer as it was greater in volume than the amount of liquid that I poured into my glass. It dissipated quickly and the lacing didn't measure up as well as I took my sips. This also had a nice golden hue to it that was just a bit cloudy but not like Hefe. Instead, it was more of a cross between that and a Pils. The taste and mouthfeel were mellow and nicely balanced, with floral, herbal, and grass notes. Lots of malt, as to be expected, and the aftertaste just had a hint of sourness to it like a Belgian beer.

Even though I split this with a friend, I could have finished this myself since the alcohol couldn't be felt at all. This isn't as crisp as a textbook Pils but it's still easygoing with just a bit more body to it than I anticipated. It's good to see that this was brewed with a cause in mind and thankfully, the beer measures up to that aspiration.

Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into wine glass.

No surprise this unfiltered brew has a cloudy look with plenty of super-small suspended material amongst the tiny rising carbonation. Head was high & airy and has left plenty of lacing with a vigorous pour.

The sweet malt is balanced well with the noble-type hops popping out from the pour. There is a spicy end of the smell, reminds me of Saaz and some lemon.

An acceptable bitterness throughout the taste that is also balanced well with the malt, the end bitterness a little more pronounced. A definite citrus hint midway and at the end.

Well the wheat gives it a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and finishes medium and leaves a tiny slick across your tongue. For a German 'pilsner style' the carbonation is not what I would expect, the carbonation is medium low - similar to a hefe or blonde ale.

Overall a great drink, the alcohol is not evident on the tongue or throat but has crept up as I finished the bottle. A beer that donates proceeds is another plus in my book.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick, fluffy white head into a pilsener glass that left clingy lace and a thick sheet througout. the body was a bright and somewhat bubbly golden color.
s - metallic and bready nose with some floral hop aromas.
t - bready and maltier than i am used to in a pilsener. crisp, citrusy hop bite in the finish.
m - creamy and smooth.
d - good beer and definitely a great cause. not one of my favorite pilseners though.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate Abita making special beers and sending them out in uniquely-designed 22 ounce bottles. While none of them are really amazing, they are all very good, and when I saw this S.O.S. at my local place I felt the strong urge to pick it up. Right off with all of these beers stand out from the graphic designs on them. The S.O.S. has "S.O.S." spelled out on it with the letters being made up of fish, birds, crabs, turtles, boats, nets, and even a rubber boot. And the fact that Abita brewed this pilsner because of the recent oil spill in the Gulf makes it sort of more significant as a beer. It has a...purpose more than to just drink it. But it truly does since Abita donates 75 cents of your purchase of the S.O.S., which stands for "Save Our Shores", goes to gulf relief. So, while you're enjoying their great pilsner, you've also helped donate a bit to our buddies on the Gulf Coast. I'm usually not a fan of the lighter beers like lagers or pilsners but this one is an exception.

Save Our Shores pilsner pours to a beautiful clear golden with a bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. The head pours large, frothy, and white. It leaves a lot of lacing as it's drank.

A full intake of its aroma brings up wheat, wheat, wheat! It has a definite bread smell with lemon zest underneath. It's not as substantial as a wheat beer, however.

As stated before I am not a big fan of lighter beers, and many times wheat beers aren't my favorite (even though the S.O.S. isn't a wheat beer), but Save Our Shores is very enjoyable to me. It's clean, refreshing, and extremely drinkable, as a pilsner should be, but unlike so many pilsners put out on the beer market these days, it does not have a skunkiness about it. You can tell that this is a quality beer and not something that was put out to the masses for them to "enjoy" because it's drinkable and light. As with the smell, the taste of wheat is prominent with some lemony zest and a bit of hop spice coming later to finish off the flavor. It doesn't have a lot of carbonation but it's just right.

Save Our Shores pilsner is clean, refreshing, very drinkable, tasty, and a quality brew. The more wheat beer flavor it has adds complexity and makes it more enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a reasonably priced and great quality pilsner, especially in this hot summer (it was 106 F in Denton last week!). And you're helping the Gulf with the oil spill when you buy it. It's a win-win scenario!

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 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.

Photo of bort11
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Hennepin tulip. There is a great looking white head. Great height, dense and sticky. Spidery lace circle the glass, with even stair-stepping at each sip. The color is a hazy golden yellow. A lot of that haze must be coming from the wheat malt.

The smell has a floral quality, with a lemony zest. Very bright aromas. The taste has more of that wheat citrus flavors. The carbonation is smooth though not as crisp as other Pilsners. It is a little oily and slick.

I don't know that I've had a Pilsner made with wheat, or if I have never this pronounced. Traditionalist may balk, but it does work out.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden-yellow with a pillowy, pure white head. Aroma has more wheat than I expected, and smells very clean. Taste is clean, with some dryness and a hint of hops. Goes down easy.

I haven't had a good pilsner in a while, and this is a pretty darn good pilsner for a great cause. Softly sweet, clean and enjoyable without a trace of Saaz skunk (not that it would be a bad thing).

Could use a little more hoppy bitterness, but overall a nice beer.

*Read the bottle post-review. Apparently, this is a weizen pils with no Saaz hops. Explains a lot.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice carbonation but a tiny head. Looks like a weizen pils, but no head.

S- Smells of cloves, pilsner malts (crisp, corny), and a nice bitterness.

T- Tastes like a nice bitter pilsner with a hint of wheat, definetely a nice cross between a wheat and pilsner, with a bit of lingering bitterness. A bit oxidized though, perhaps a bit old. I can imagine this being fantastic at the brewery fresh.

M- nice carbonation and not cloying.

D- a Very drinkable beer, also a very cool idea, props to abita on that.

Photo of KeefD
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this one come into the store I was happy to pick one up since some proceeds were going to a good cause. Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with a large white head that fell slowly leaving behind a patchwork of lace. Aroma is very simple and straightforward. Mostly pale grains in the nose, a touch of wheat in there which gives it a slight twang, and herbal, grassy hops. Taste is very similar. I'm picking up on lot of citrusy hop notes but it's not bitter in anyway. There's some orange, lemon, and a touch of grass, but overall the hops are very well balanced with the pale malts that make this beer very drinkable and enjoyable for such a high ABV. Body is medium, but could use a touch more carbonation to add soome crispness. Overall, a good beer for a very worthy cause.

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.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy yellow liquid with a thin white head.

S- White bread with some citrus and grass. Fairly simple but enjoyable.

T- Light citrus, grass, a touch of fruit, and bread. The alcohol is well hidden.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- A simple but good beer that opens up quite a bit as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small fluffy white head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma starts off very malty and a little grainy. After a moment, a light floral hop presence shows up along with pepper and some fruity tones like banana and lemon.

Again, the taste starts off malty with just a hint of hops in the background. Shortly after, notes of wheat and lemon show up. Finishes lightly spicy.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable overall and the alcohol seems just about nonexistent. I'll probably pick up a few more bottles while they're around.

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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