SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

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

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Beerbuddha on 07-21-2010

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with an abundant white head. The head dissipates, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is of sweet malt and hops. It's such a bright earthy smell. The taste is sweet from the malts and is balanced by the hop bitterness. There's some citrus flavor from the hops, which helps cut with the bitterness and sweetness to produce an excellently balanced beer. The alcohol does not come through in the taste, but you will notice the effect as you continue to drink the beer. The flavors only get better as the beer warms. The beer is medium bodied with a creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel. The crispness comes from the abundant carbonation. This is very easy to gulp. Overall, this is an excellent and interesting beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a beautiful hazy gold in color with a heavy straw wheat tinge and a big, elaborate white head that showed great retention and left a thick film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The wheat base is very clean and fresh but its the hops that steal the show. I don't normally associate Abita with big, hoppy beers but this has some very stiff traditional German hopping. The natural pils character is absolute and really this is the first American version of the big pilsner that has stayed true to the traditional style.

Taste - The wonderful German Pils flavors come out perfectly at the taste. The hops are much bigger than a standard pils but are very true to the authentic flavor. The grain though wins the blue ribbon here. It is impressively smooth and very natural.

Mouthfeel - This was the ale's strong point IMO. This beer is incredibly smooth in between the cheeks. I mean, this has a velvety mouthfeel that is a rarity. The carbonation is very mild which adds to the smooth texture. This is medium-bodied yet not overpowering but it's that amazing feel in the mouth that sets this one apart.

Drinkability - This is hands down the best beer I've had from Abita and one of the best American-made German pils right behind Prima and Kaiser and that amazing example I had from the obscure Baron Brewing. I am forever down on supposed big or imperial pils because the pils is meant to be light and show an ease of drinking, but this one is both big yet true to the spirit of the style. I'm not often blown away by a beer these days (closing in on 2,000 reviews in the last 7 years) but this one knocked my socks off. Well done Abita!

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked one up for myself while shopping for a BIF. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light straw colored brew with lots of offwhite head, about 2 to 3 fingers from a generous pour.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, herbal, lemony, and grainy.

Nice grainy maltiness at first sip. Very good balancing bitterness. Touch of lemon (lemongrass or lemon peel).

Nicely quenching beer, with a thinner body, but not watery.

Very drinkable beer. Good session beer. I could drink this all day long on a warm summer day.

Very nicely done beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since BP won't let people volunteer, this is a fantastic way to contribute to the oil relief!

Pours a bright straw color, with a fluffy white 2.5 finger head. Lots of little bubbles streaming up. Laces well.

Smell is very malty sweet, with a slight earthy, graininess. A hint of hops and alcohol reach in the end.

Very malt forward, with grains, and sticky sweetness. The hops show up on the finish, giving a nice balance. The alcohol is very subtle, but just enough to let you know it's there.

The feel is a pleasant and creamy. Crisp, but at the same time have plenty of substance.

Excellent drinkability. A fantastic weizen pils.

Great cause and equally tasty beer. I'm glad a picked a few up, and I will continue to as often as possible.

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4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A--A Fluffy white head sits atop a cloudy, but mostly clear bright yellow body. The head does not go away and leaves much lacing. As I don't typically drink pilsners, the appearance reminds me of something between a hefeweizen and a kristallweizen with a less prominant head.

S--Pilsner mixed with a Hefeweizen character? Nice. The banana-ish tones mellow out the bite that i normally associate with German pilsners. Pale malts dominate with enough hops to keep me interested.

T--Mild, but present pale malt is upfront. The spicy hops make a strong showing but don't crash the party. All together its a mellowed out, but still powerful pilsner due to the wheat. Not even a hint of the 7.0% abv.

M--Smooth with some tingley carbonation. Medium body.

D--Crazy good. Pilsners tend to be one of my least favorite. but this one makes me want to head back to the store to but out the lot. Especially at $2.99/ bomber.

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4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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

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4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita is not among my usual brewers. I have nothing against them just no specific knowledge. I found a pilsner at my favorite LQ and knowing the taste the beer manager has I am sure it will be better than average. Also I was forced to buy their last Prima Pils in the form of three singles, so I wanted more pils.

I am being a bit silly and employing my newly acquired half-yard glass for this review. I am not sure the common wisdom regarding the practice but as I intend to overfill it some I expect it will reveal plenty about the nose and color and head.

The beer pours a light golden yellow with substantial head that is quite white in color. It took two pours to empty the 22oz contents into my glass, a testament to the carbonation and height of the head. The clarity of the beer is quite remarkable in that it is labeled as unfiltered but is very clear even though I upended the bottle. On to the real business of reviewing, or at least the fun part ;-) Before I continue I must mention that the lacing is mountainous.

Nice citrus in the nose. Slightly floral and subtle with sweet wheat malts up front. A bit of pepper and a hint of bubblegum-yeast lie deeper in the mix. Neither very aggressive but both present lending to the complexity but not overwhelming the balance. This is really good pils.

Taste is sweet with a good tart edge and a real likeness to green apple, not tangy like Prima but more so than Summerfest. The wheat malt is again noticeable in an interesting way. I typically avoid wheat beer but the ratio here must be low enough no just allow the complexities come through and not result in over-sweetness that I associate with wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is just a bit oily but light and with plenty of welcome carbonation. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is slightly sweet grain. and a bitter bite around the edges.

Drinkability is high especially in light of the decent price.

I am glad to have found this beer. It is really well done and though I am still more likely to pick up Prima if it is a choice between the two, this is a good beer with great complexity and a cause. I would even say for depth it beats Prima, I am just partial to the tartness and bite of that particular Victory Pilsner.


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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 542 ratings