SOS (Save Our Shore)
Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #241
Ranked #37,100
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
Notes: 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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jeffjeff1 from California

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- clear golden color, thick foamy head, nice lacing
Smell- mostly malt
Taste- mostly malt but balanced well
Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again.

Jul 21, 2015
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Slaterlovesbeer from Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Oxidized gold color. Sweet smell and sweet amd smooth taste. Mild hoppiness in the flavor and aroma. Ive had better pilsners and
I can get a better one for the same price. Still a solid brew but I will probably stock tomy favorite pilsners.

Jul 20, 2015
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ShawnMN from Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm usually never a pilsner German pilsner fan per say. I enjoy some Pilsners with a full body thicker feel and better after tastes. This one was decent in its pallet feel and taste. A little dry for my taste but definitely was a great beer for smell and look. Soapy thin head, poured nicely in a pint glass. Wheatley pale gold color. Not a bad one

Jun 26, 2015
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fruity, fairly crisp pilsner that hides is high-abv very well, this Save Our Shore is a solid euro-pils with maybe a bit too much textural weight but decent head, excellent retention, and some cool lacing patterns in my frosted Abita shaker-pint. The hopping is mild, but nicely accentuates the yeast-malt fruitiness that resounds through this beer's flavor-profile; however I would've liked more effervescence to carry this pilsner home. It's a fun effort—and a good cause, charitably-speaking—but it's solidly unspectacular, unfortunately. I'm normally a big fan of high-abv pilsners, but this doesn't quite hit the snuff.

Jan 29, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light, clear yellow gold with nice fizzy head reducing to decent lacing bubbly around all sides of the glass. Aroma is both malty and hoppy with the malt winning the battle. Moderate carbonation. Taste is more malt sweetness than hops but they are both there and living in harmony. Ever so slight alcohol burn. Beer seems to have lost a little of its boldness, though. I am drinking it just 8 days before the best by date. Overall, decent pilsener, nothing incredible...

Jan 16, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, floral hops. Taste is grassy, lemons, light malts, hops are present, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium-light in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Dec 27, 2014
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Mar 28, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 23, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden straw colored pour with a one finger head. Taste of wheat up front. Can also taste a bit of bread and citrus. Slight hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mar 08, 2014
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Feb 11, 2014
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Mike_Moe from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21%
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.

Dec 31, 2013
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Dec 28, 2013
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had the Abita Save our Shore while visiting NOLA. From a Bomber poured into a glass, the beer is a chill hazed straw yellow with a pretty big and clingy white head.

Nose of wheat and something sweet and slightly spicy .

Taste leads with wheat-bread notes and some subtle spicing. It is slightly bitter in a non-citrus-pine way. More like Belgian Pale ale late with almost candy sugar.

The mouth is slick with mid-level heft.

Decent beer for a very good cause.

Oct 14, 2013
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Sweet grainy malts, floral hops, hint of citrus.

Taste - Grainy malts with a touch of floral hops. Slight hint of citrus. Light bitterness that lingers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A crisp, refreshing German pils by Abita. Excellent balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Also a fantastic appearance.

Sep 22, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sep 14, 2013
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, golden and clear with lots of rising bubbles and a good head that's still 1/4" thick ten minutes after pouring.

Aroma and flavor are kinda grainy and a little hop bitter-y, with some grassy notes and a bit of sweet maltiness.

Body is pretty light and a little slick, easy to drink, slight lingering bittersweet notes.

Overall it's pretty good, quite easy to drink for a 7% beer. I'd have it again, particularly since 75C goes to SOS.

Jul 31, 2013
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. White head of about 2 fingers and it leaves a trace amount of lacing.

Smell: Floral notes with hops and some pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of hops and piney notes. Some other flavors I can't quite nail down.

Overall: Good brew for a good cause. I would have this one again.

May 24, 2013
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Beermazter310 from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in louisiana. Bottle from bevmo for 3.49 and 75 cents goes to charity to save our shore. First time trying it. Nice big white head looking hazy n pale yellow. Flowery, very hoppy for a pilzner. Crisp clean n refreshing. Im impressed. Id buy it again.

Apr 09, 2013
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oN3xM from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice clear golden pils with low amounts of bubbles but a huge foamy, 2 finger head that depletes quickly.
S - Subtle hints of honey compliment the aromas of grassy wheat and malty grains.
T - The weizen taste of banana (I don't know what it is; I always taste hints of banana in hefeweizens) along with the honey and wheat drive gives this beer its light and relaxing profile. Very little alcohol taste.
M - Very light and thin. More carbonation than expected considering almost no bubbles in appearance.
O - A nice beer to sit back and relax with. Drink it cold or don't even bother. The difference is startling.

Apr 06, 2013
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in NOLA on a recent trip, poured into pilsner glass, 22 oz bottle.
A: pours a light golden color, nice bright pillowy white foam head with fine bubbles, decent lacing, carbonation
S: pilsner malt, light earth notes, slight lemon, light hints of floral boquet
M: thin and light, creaminess kinda like low fat milk
T: pilsner malts up front, slight bitterness, cracker, wheat, grass, some sourness, finishing up with hops.
O: good brew, worth trying, would buy again

Feb 25, 2013
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a light haze to the lemony gold brew. About a finger of white bubbles on top. A little soapy, pretty sticky, leaves little flares of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - Soft, wheaty, lightly floral. A smooth aroma, if that makes any sense, perhaps a bit of honey.

Taste - Soft and wheaty as in the nose. The hops are equally mellow, with pleasant florals and a restrained citrusy edge. The swallow pushes the bitterness a little more, drying out on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth, clean and refreshing. Medium body, a muted carbonation level.

Drinkability - A great session beer, reminds me of a Blue Moon-Heineken hybrid.

Jan 14, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this stuff for 3 bucks. Sweet deal.

A - Clear bright yellow with a respectable level of tiny floaties. Head was only a 1/4 inch but pulled back to a thick lace ring. Head has a decent level of stick.

S - Nice it has a decent level of spicy hops and some pilsner malt to boot.

T - Eh not bad. Skunkiness is low with mild bittering hops and some sweeter malts.

M - Medium and not as crisp as I expected.

Overall for an imperial pilsner it's not bad. Granted its not my favorite style but it was worth the 3 dollar price tag. Plus 75 cents goes to help nature and shit! Hells yeah!

Dec 06, 2012
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deebo from Michigan

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

On tap at a seafood joint in New Orleans.

A-a hazy dark golden appearance (obviously unfiltered) with a skimming of white head with significant lacing

S-pure German pilsner malt with noble spicy hops

T-clean and crisp like a pils should be

M-given this is a higher ABV pils the mouthfeel is right-significant but not overwhelming. Carbonation is average

O-a solid easy drinking Big sassy pils. Plenty of malt a bit lingering havy in the finish but definitely a solid brew

Oct 31, 2012
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fank2788 from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a mug
Nice golden yellow in the glass with a near pure white head that retreats to a layer of small bubbles. The smell is of sweet malt and bread with a bit of spicy hop character in the background, a touch of fruity ester comes through as well. The taste follows the smell with a base of clean and slightly sweet pale malt. The hops are restrained but definitely present with great noble hop spice and grassy flavors. The carbonation is somewhat low to moderate and the finish of this beer is almost very clean leaving just a bit of sticky hop flavor and malt. Overall this isnt a world class german pilsner but it is a pretty good american made example of the style and the cause benefited by sales of this beer make it well worth it.

Aug 12, 2012
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eod81 from New York

2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle at Whole Foods for $5. Nice deal for an Abita special brew, or so I thought.

A- Golden yellow with bright white foam, filling up my glass with a two inch head which sank slowly and left a mild lace on the glass.

S- Sour apple smell, with some typical Pilsner notes. Very interesting vanilla comes through as the beer warms.

T- Sour fruit continues into the taste, a bit metallic and tangy. Some staleness, but the tasty vanilla saves the flavor profile in the end.

M- Alcohol in the mouth and nose, and rather syrupy for a pilsner. I might have pulled this back to a session-beer ABV, but it works if it's kept very cold.

O- I don't plan to buy this one again. I'm glad that $0.75 made it to a good cause, but unless a sour-vanilla pilsner sounds right up your alley or you're a big fan of ABITA already, I'd say skip this for Purple Haze or their standard Amber.

Jun 20, 2012
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 544 ratings