SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
BA SCORE
54.6%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 542 ratings
SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,592
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
542
Liked:
296
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
12.16%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
57
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my half Acre pint glass. It poured a pale golden/yellow color with a small but frothy white head to it. The head faded after a minute or so and just left some faint lacing.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy, pale malt quality to it. Just a trace amount of hops to it as well.

The taste shows the same sweet, grainy, pale, cereal like malt flavors to it. Like the nose just a bit of the hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it was a light and easy drinking beer. It had some decent grain/malt flavors to it but wasn't anything special overall. An easy drinker on a hot day though.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a goodly hazed, straw-colored body with a tall, billowing, white head. Slight smattering of lace collects on the glass like so much tar on the Gulf beaches.

Smell: Clear-cut scents of pilsner and wheat malt housed with notes smelling of sun-drenched grasses, saltines, a pinch of white pepper, husky grains, and orchard fruits.

Taste: A crisp, grainy taste of pils malts paired with a noted twinge of tangy-tasting wheat malt. Modest sugary-toned sweetness. Fruity ester accents suggesting Bosc pears and Golden Delicious apples. Eventually a touch of simple honey emerges. Lightly floral, spicy hops with ample bitterness. A bit more of that bitterness and some peppery alcohol hints grace the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's a little high on the alcohol, but, thankfully, it doesn't stray too terribly far towards unrefreshing, cloying territories. Overall, a good beer for a good cause. You know, it's nice to occasionally use my evident alcoholism for the forces of GOOD.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, slight amber, with a two finger chunky white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells fresh, nice grassy hop aroma, some doughy malt. As it warms a bit more comes out, a little bit of lemon and some orange ring.

T: Similar to the aroma, but slightly subdued. There is a grassy flavor to go along some light caramel and bready malt. Slight hints of lemon and citrus fruits, but very faint.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O: It was fine, on the boring and forgettable side. The bottle artwork is pretty cool though, but that doesn't get this beer any bonus points.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-splashed Golden Delicious apple yellow with steady streams of bubbles leading up to an ivory colored crown that reached three fingers on the pour. The lid looks like whipped marshmallow and is beginning to leave sea foam lace on the glass.

The nose is fresh, clean and bright. Given color and aroma, it's easy to tell that nothing darker than pale malt (wheat, pilsner) is present. Sterling and German Perle hops were fine choices, but they could be more pungent.

Even though S(ave) O(ur) S(hore) tastes hoppier than it smells, it still doesn't have a very aggressive alpha acid attack. That seems to have been determined at the design stage since the IBUs at release were just 35. This is still good, balanced, drinkable beer.

The malts are white bready and modestly sweet, which is a perfect foil for the gentle nip of the herbal-earthy-grassy hops. A little lemon citrusiness might be present as well. This stuff is tasty solo and should be more than fine alongside all sorts of foods.

With respect to both flavor and mouthfeel, this lager seems more like 5.0% than 7.0%. It's a little light on the tongue (no problem there) and the carbonation is within the wide range of acceptable. Ridiculous amounts of sticky lace almost earn it the next highest appearance score.

S.O.S. is much better beer than Abita's other high-ABV offerings (Andygator and Abbey Ale). In fact, it's right up there with their best. Even though the shoreline will eventually be returned to normal, here's hoping ABC has the good sense to continue to brew this refreshing German-style pilsner.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this recently at one of our (few) local bottle shops and today seemed like a good time to open it and indulge. I also raise a toast to my most excellent trader, Optimator13, who lives in Louisiana.

From the bottle: "Save Our Shore - This Abita brew 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. Want to do more? Visit abita.com"; "This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts. It is hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor and a pleasant bitterness and aroma."

My pour resulted in just over a finger of thick, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. The sun is up and out after yesterday's snow storm and it looked like liquid sunshine in the glass. Deep golden in color with a light haze and some floaties evident, in keeping with the unfiltered part of the description. Nose was really spicy and I suddenly realized that they did not mention anything about yeast. It was slightly sweet, but with a spiciness that could only be yeast-driven. I was not sneezing, so it was agreeable. Mouthfeel was medium with a riot of tastes on the tongue. Initially, I caught a peppery spiciness, then some grassy notes, followed by a biscuit flavor. The finish was very dry, very peppery, very refreshing. Strike two for The Woodman on this day, opening beers MUCH better suited for warmer (read "hot") weather. I am an idiot at times, but at least I know to look for this in the summer if it is still available.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

abita has always been a mixed bag for me, mostly not really digging their offerings but this one changed me a bit as i really found it to be quite enjoyable. served cold with pizza and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/01/2010.

the pour was a nice mild amber color with two fingers worth of white head that capped the top of it quite nicely. settling down it left a nice bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

aroma is nice hints of citrus hops and lots of bready malts that really start to kick in as it warms up. nice hit of light lemon and citrus in the front of the palate that quickly blends with a really nice and full bodied malt profile. light caramel, bready and earthy notes with a light touch of cereal in the finish. really quite nice.

overall a very solid beer. not the biggest fan of big pilsners but the hops help this one to work. would not mind having this one again at all.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Lots of retention in the head and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of wheat, spices, orange, and lemon.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, spices, floral hops, and light citrus.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp.

d - A very easy to drink, decent pilsener. Some nice wheat and citrus. Would try again.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy bought this because he loves Abita. I was game so we opened it up. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours pale yellow with a thick pillow of one finger white head leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Some grassy hops up front with a bit of spiciness. Some lemon, bready malt, and some wheat. A touch dry toward the end. A good balance with all things appearing to be in equal proportion.

T - Nice hop bite up front giving way quickly to a mix of citric hops and plenty of chewy malt. Finish is pretty dry with some lingering bready yeast. I prefer beers from this style to be clean and crisp but this one was still very enjoyable. I just wish I could have enjoyed this one on a warmer day..

M - Medium light body with light flavor and moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with plenty of bready yeast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. A good beer overall for a good cause. I like my pilz to be a lot cleaner and crisper but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

I'm not sure I've had a semi-charitable beer before, so I'm not sure what to expect here. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a thick wad of white froth, which almost etches the glass as it dies away. The nose comprises clean florals, very light citrus, a hint of coriander, and a soft grainy quality. The taste is just as clean and simple, though a bit more wheat finds its way on the 'buds. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very nice, if somewhat ordinary, pils, but very easy-going and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden hue with a fully formed thick billowing white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind as the head dwindles down. Lemongrass, herbal qualities, very nice light biscuit malt presence...solid pils from Louisiana. Upfront citric, grassy, biscuit malts and a dry yeast finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied even carbonation going on. Drinkability all day effortless beer drinking experience.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Billolick
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 ?!?

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smoth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, yeast, and slight wheat. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -18.9%

SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 54.6% out of 100 with 542 ratings
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