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.

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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 543
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat along with some hints of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat along with some hints of lemon and a very slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of peppery spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wouldn’t classify this beer as a true pilsener—it is more like a hefeweizen, but either way it hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
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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Photo of rand
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 650 mL bomber to Schneider & Sohn pilsner glass

A: SOS has a crisp snap and festive, effervescent appearance as it fills the glass. Light yellow straw in color, and clear, the brew forms a fluffy, pillow-y, 2-inch head that slowly recedes.

S: It smells of light earthy grains, with freshly baked bread in the distance. A touch of lemon zest in tow. The beer has a subtle bouquet - some deep inhales are necessary.

T: Cracker-like, earthy malts meet a touch of tea-tinged hops. Notes of lemon pepper and honey add some depth. The relatively high ABV is completely hidden, giving this smooth pilsner high drinkability. The balance of flavors works well as the brew leaves little residue between sips.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly viscous for the style. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Although not remarkable, SOS is a fairly smooth and drinkable pils. Refreshing too, this is a nice companion to my soup and salad lunch.

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Photo of mjord23
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a nice golden straw color. Not much to speak of in terms of head, but what is there sticks around. No noticeable lacing.

S: Very nice smell, really brings the traditional pilsner notes out. Notes of yeast, nice and crisp.

T: Strong taste upfront, but dissipates too quickly for my liking. Light citrus. Good, traditional pilsner. Nothing stands out, but nothing that sticks out as a negative either.

M: Smooth. Very drinkable, I could see myself enjoying this on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, at 7%, it's just not session-able (if that's even a word).

O: A good, but average pilsner. I've had some that I greatly prefer, but I wouldn't turn this down if offered it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Dodt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was surprised to find this little gem in the discount section at the bottle shop , decide to take here home with me. color of this beer reminds me a bit of apple juice
smell reminds me of fresh sliced apples . a nice crisp tasting beer makes me wish i would of picked up a second bottle

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Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer, pretty clear, with a bit of a white head. Decent bit of stick on the sides.

S - A bit of breadiness and abit of pale pilsner malt and sweetness. Slight bit of hops and more grain.

T - Taste is the same as the nose. It's definitely a straight forward pilsner, light and easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Nothing ground-breaking here, but an enjoyable portrayal of the style.

M - Light, pretty crisp, moderate carbonation.

O - Average beer, but that doesn't make it hard to drink or unenjoyable. Nothing I'd buy, but you could do worse.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.


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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.34/5  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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.65/5  rDev +25%
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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Photo of boudreaux
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of jgurley
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Forb
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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