SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

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

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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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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 Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm saving the gulf. What are you doing?

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a thick head of white small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pilsner malt and some fruit, interesting.

Beer is medium bodied and light in character. Bright in the mouth and slightly bitter at the end. It was a good lager overall and I would have it again.

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

I like that this bottle calls it a charitable pilsner. I decided to pick this one up in Florida because the bottles are much fresher than in Indiana. It poured a not quite transparent gold with a half finger white head. It smelled of light hops with pale honey like malts with a dash of lemon zest. It tastes pretty bitter for a pilsner. It tastes of the pale malt, honey, and lemon grass. The honey kind of fades into the background. This beer is as drinkable as most and was pretty good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with 1/2" head that slowly falls. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: grass and lemon zest are most notable.

Taste: lightly grainy malt base with grass, soft biscuit tones, and lemon zest create a decent beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lightly crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: nice refreshing beer that is very easy to drink. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

yeah, sure...I'll contribute to the shores. There, I feel better :)

Pours a very light golden body. Clean and clear. Medium sized head, white, to begin...then settle to a collar. Not much lacing.

Aroma is soft biscuit and husk. Obviously more a German style than Czech. As far as reviewing this beer, I'll go by style until drinkability. It's a nice representation of the style, although some more, less stale malt could be used. The hops are weak and wet grass. I think more carbonation would give this a very nice, clean finish.

This isn't too far from BMC stuff. It has a bit more flavor and some nice spiciness in the nose and taste, but it still has that musky, stale malt aftertaste. For me, it's a huge hit on drinkability. Others may like it

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this brought straight form New Orleans by a friend. Looking forward to this one.

A - A nice yellow colour with the slightest bit of cloudiness and one finger of thick white head. Very minor lacing.

S - A nice crisp hop nose up front with a touch of bitterness and some citrus notes. A nice bready malt smell rounds out the nose.

T - A very nice and refreshing crisp citrus hop bite up front with a backbone of slightly sweet bready malts. The crisp better hops linger nicely in the aftertaste. This is one of the better pileeners I have had. A good amount of flavour while still being very refreshing.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew; light to moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent pils. Don't notice the 7% ABV at all.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me a couple of bottles of this beer.

The beer pours a clear gold color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with some pilsener malt and lemon notes. The flavor is a mix of malt and grassy hops with quite a bit of sweetness. This is maybe a little sweeter than your traditional pilsener, but other than that it is pretty good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easily the best beer I have tried from Abita.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a copper / gold color that shows a hazed, straw-gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of sweet grain and faint lemon-like hops. A deep draught of the aroma yields some faint graininess and some hay-like notes, but this is surprisingly muted for a beer of this strength. The most dominant notes in the nose are a light herbal / spicy character that comes from a mix of the hops and grain.

Sweet up front, with a corresponding palate fullness (though not more than I would expect from a beer of this strength), quickly though a nice bitterness coats the tongue to balance the up front sweetness. The bitterness lingers into a long finish, but a sweet graininess is never far behind. The mix of hops and malt remind me of herbal-honey flavors. The malt character is almost the most dominant note here; it also contributes flavors of dried grassy grain, and some pale-whole-wheat crackers. There is a touch of a tin-like flavor to the finish somehow and this seems to be wrapped up in the herbal hop character that flavors this beer.

This is not nearly as aggressively hoppy as it could be; with the Pilsner moniker on the label I expected a more hop leaning beer. This beer has an ample malt backbone, and the subtler hop character makes this more of a hoppy Heller-bock to me. It is actually a bit simplistic in both the hop and grain department in the end though. Still this is not bad and worth a try and the cause is certainly a good thing.

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Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow colored beer with a tall and thick white colored head.

Smells soapy and herbal. Cracker malt aroma and some grapefruit in the scent. I can smell noble hop in this but it isn't the only hop in here.

Starts out Sweet with a bitter finish. NW style hop with a distinct grapefruit flavor. Distinct wheat malt flavor. Somewhere between American Wheat Beer and a Pilsener, this doesn't neatly fit in a standard category.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Interesting beer and a charity beer for the Louisiana oil spill. No need to stock up on this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
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.

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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 jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours vibrant golden yellow color with a massive billowing four fingered head to start which eventually dies down to a thin bubbly layer across the top. I poured this into a tall, narrow German Pilsner glass which probably added to the massive head. Carbonation is moderate.

S - The aroma is mostly crisp floral and lemons with a faint background malt and some spices. This sounds a little crazy, but I am detecting a little bit of alcohol in the nose - as boozy as a pilsner can get which is typically not very much.

T - Floral notes and lemon zest are the dominating tastes with some mild wheat malt underneath. Also getting some clove spicing. Overall, the taste combination is a little odd with the tart/sweet mix for a Pilsner but I like the way it works on the palette. There's also a mild citrus hopping that lingers on the tongue for awhile after the sip.

M - Much smoother on the tongue than I expected as the carbonation doesn't show up anywhere with the "carbonation pricklies" that I've experienced with many pilsners. Light medium body.

D - Very high. I'm not a huge consumer of pilsner beers but this one goes down exceptionally well and above all, the proceeds go to a worthwhile cause which doesn't make the beer taste better, but definitely makes me feel better, along with it's 7% ABV. Well brewed in my opinion and definitely seek it out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a hint of malt and some hops as well. The nose is pretty typical for a pilsner, maybe not as "crisp" as some.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very nicely balanced!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty decent beer for an excellent cause. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lemon-brass pour is topped off by a 2 finger, frothy, eggshell white head that left thin spongey stratified rings upon its slow lapse. Clarity was fairly good with the easy recognition of text on the far side of the glass while carbonation was limited to one or two bubbles rising in near isolation at a slow, leisure pace. The lacing was the best aspect of the visual appeal I thought, with a high rate of coverage and glass coating sheet.

S: Soft malted wheat and semi-dry lemons and oranges come first. You will have to let this warm a bit to get a good feel for the hops but they do eventually show. Warm fresh alfalfa sprouts come to mind, very earthy and green in smell.

T: A bit thin flavor wise on the open, won't impress you much with its substance. Soft wheat and thin show of oranges. Some fresh green alfalfa sprouts surface for hopping. Midway the pilsner malts sweetness surfaces while it transcends to a bit of dry flour and wheat with some graininess. Some mildewy citrus rounds things out a bit with a musky tartness on the fade.

M: Light bodied, creamy smoothness completely void of effervesce.

D: Fairly easy to consume, though you wont necessarily be wowed over in the process. Worth a purchase if not just for the cause (.75 donated to clean up in the gulf).

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kirk for hooking me up with this one. I don't beleive I've ever had a Wheat-Pilsener before so let's see where this takes us. Poured into 10oz glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow about 3/4 of an inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign, a nice grain scent with a hint of wheat sharpness. The flavors are also nicely balanced and combine to make a crisp and tasty brew.

The body was light but well-rounded and smooth. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having a couple of these at a sitting. Overall, a nice little brew that Abita should perhaps consider producing on a yearly, if not even year-round, basis.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: bread, grass, and some floral hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, nice combination of sweet and bitter

Overall: An ok pilsner but nothing I would reach for again. I would sooner get their golden ale. A little less alcohol heat would make me want this more though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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!

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Photo of bylerteck
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once you add the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle , you get a hazey sunshine yellow with some copper and brownze highlights. The bubbling is ok, and the head is mediocre, with no residual foam.

The aroma has a great mild toasted pilsner grain along with some soft, dried banana and clove aromas. This beer smells like a nice mix of a dry, German Pilsner, and an American Wheat ale.

Great grain bill. The toasted barley and wheat come through nicely and give the palate a dry, somewhat grainy feel. The wheat and yeast impart some dried banana powder with a sprinkle of cloves. German hopping adds a soft earthy flavor to round out the sweetness from the malt.

The palate is dry but refreshing. I know the abv. is 7%. Making this beer by most peoples' standards unsessionable. I would agree with their logic, but this beer tastes very sessionable to me.

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

I grabbed a single of this today. It's been a rough and beerless long weekend, and a new tick is in order. Given that I didn't feel like paying $10 for a glass of kellerbier at Churchkey, this was the best I could do.

Mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is quite excellent too. With a mild citrus hop character with a blend of orange and lemon, there's also a faint, herbal character. I'm surprised by the nose, in many ways it reminds me of an American-hopped beer. A light sweetness is present as well, with a raw, wheaty character.

The palate is surprisingly muted. I think the Florida heat wasn't particularly kind to this beer, there's a mild hop character up front with a blend of orange, lemon peel and earth. This is actually pretty delicate, I'm reminded of the complexity of orange blossom honey (minus the sweetness, obviously). The grain character is rather rustic here, there's a blend of wheat and raw pilsner-like character here. A little sweetness is present in the mid-palate, but the finish does dry up, leaving a rather excellent and delicate hop character. A little earth, a little orange peel (curacao?) and a little sweetness are all rather expertly in balance here. The use of the wheat malt has lent a little heft to the palate. Carbonation is light, enhancing the softness that the dextrinous wheat character that's present. A wisp of alcohol appears on occasion, but all told, this is a pretty solid beer. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up after reading about the premise behind it coast(supporting restoration of the Gulf Coast.

Pours a light yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. A refreshing change of color for me.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt, combining the characteristics of pilsner malt and weizen malt (obviously in the slight hint of clove present).

Taste is sweet and crisp with more of an emphasis on the former. Perhaps a slight hint of clove. Otherwise, it tastes a bit odd for what it is.

Mouthfeel is odd as well, perhaps resembling a liquid wheat pizza crust. Just hard to describe.

Not bad at all. I don't think that the wheat malt and pils malt seem to agree with each other here. A mixed bag of flavor.

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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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