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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 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 BikeChef
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If there's one new style of beer I think is either a mistake or must be very tough to pull off, it's imperial pilsners. Interesting wine-like smell to this one, which is promising. The pilsner and wheat malts work pretty well together here. Lingering hop bitterness. Doesn't seem like 7%. Overall, not bad, and makes me rethink this style a bit. Cheers to Abita for doing this charitable beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a thick fluffy white head that settled very very slowly leaving globs of broken lace behind.A great mix of yeasty fruitiness,and spicy hop in the nose,a tinge of iron from the malt comes in to play as well,just a great mix.Lightly toasted wheat malt flavors along with some sharpness from the healthy dose of hops,light caramel sweetness as well.Airy mouthfeel makes it glide down easy,wow this is a great brew!Easily the best thing I have had from Abita,a brewery I dont go to often.A great cause and a great beer!...In my opinion.

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up in the cool mountain air in Asheville, a skinny blonde hands me this Abita S.O.S. No big fan of Abita, but I'll try it. Really nice bottle design, and I'm a sucker for Beer for a Cause. Best by date of 8/12/11.

A. Enters my pint glass a slightly hazy Summer Gold, with a fat, finger tall dense head (wheaty...) that sticks around happily and leaves sea-foam lace on the sides of the glass. Quite nice.

S. Obvious wheat here, grainy and honeyed with a solid nose of noble hop, slightly bitter and field-y. Hints of corn. Cool. Smells like "beer". A bit raw and 'bigger' than you might expect...

T. ...then again, it is 7%. Don't drink like it tho. Increasingly, either my palate is becoming more numb to ABV (probable) or brewers are getting better and better hiding their booze (likely) or maybe this just isn't being reported accurately, but honestly, it drinks like pretty much any other Pils I've had. Hrmmmm.... oh yeah, flavor is solid. A more-wheaty, creamy German pils.

M / D. Big fluffy fullness, medium-full body, especially for the style, this is where you might get the (correct) impression that this beer is bigger than you think. Finishes dry and noble hoppy, pleasing, moreish. And a bomber by yourself should be no problem.

Overall, S.O.S is a real surprise from Abita, a quite solid, boozy-wheaty pils that drinks well and donates 75 cents to the Gulf Restoration for each bottle sold. I can dig 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 claspada
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a thin honey, in color and appearance; decent head and lacing.

Aromas are of a typical pilsner; malty, pils malts, some hop or yeast spiciness, not totally sure.

The taste is fairly disappointing, but that is just because I realize I hate pilsners in general. This is a clean, bright, strong example of the newish imperial style of this beer, I just can't say this is enjoyable. It tastes like nothing in my opinion, how do people like such bland beer. Anyway, some nice tart notes I guess with some sweetness. Could be dryer if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average pilsner, obviously, but decent I guess.

Overall, eh, I think I've said enough on this one. If you like pilsners, why not sure, give it a try. Amazing designs/artwork on the bottle and it was for a good cause so I'm still glad I bought this.

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Photo of cokes
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazed daffodil colored with a plump stack of ivory suds. Great lacing and decent retention.
Bready aroma with pangs of steely lemon-tinged herbal hops. Mostly, though, it's bready. Hops are an afterthought.
The wheat comes through in the mouth with soft, almost sweet breadiness. And it sits here for nearly the duration, in it's easy going, static breadiness. Hops bring just a dab of back end herbals and a touch of drying bitters.
A bit fatter than most pilsners, which seems to stunt the visible streams of CO2. It's still drinks rapidly, in spite of it's elevated alcohol content.
Dynamic this is not. But it's agreeable, generally tasty (if plain), and charitable. Can't root against it.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle int a pint glass.

The color is a golden/amber with quite a few bubbles. There is about two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is noble hops at first in the nose with a pale malt flavor coming out. Has a nice crisp German hop flavor that is also a bit wheaty as well.

The taste has some nice sweet malt flavor. The hops come in to hit you up with some earthy flavor and some clove flavor before going way to more malt flavor.

The feel of this beer has a nice light body and really has a well managed feel that goes down well bur does not have too much or a disagreeable feel.

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Photo of phishgator
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The carbonation is high. Tight white head with a pale straw color; slightly hazy. The aroma is grassy with crisp notes of saaz hops. The taste, I had this with a true southern pulled pork meal of collards, and black beans, is big for a pilsner. The taste holds up against big fatty foods. It would probably do well with some cheeses or really spicy fish dishes. The body is medium and the hops do coat the tongue in the after taste. I highly recommend this as a beer and to help the locals anyway possible!

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

A: Pale straw in the glass, hazy. A nice full head on top of this, fluffy and bubbly.

S: Sweet pale malt. A nice underlying sweetness. Smells like a dusty malt grain mill. Not a lot of hops in the scent. A nice honey flavor in the finish.

T: Sweet with honey notes, a touch of wheat bread, and a little bit of biscuit. Good hop flavor nice and subtle, but well balanced. Just a bit of spicey and herbal notes from the hops.

M: Fairly light as far as mouth feel. The carbonation is a little low for the style, but not so that it detracts form the experience.

D: Tasty, smooth and refreshing. Not my favorite style, but I think this is a fine version of it, and I think it gets bonus points for being helping the environment.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a big fluffy head of eggshell-white foam
Aroma-Subtle wheat and citrus, grassy hop notes.
Taste-Wheat, biscuit,saltine; some background citrus notes, then a nice hop bite that lingers to the finish. An interesting medley of flavors that keep you wanting anothother sip. Seemingly light-bodied for the ABV, and pretty refreshing as well. An interesting brew. And hey! It's for a good cause!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting looking style... it wasn't until I got home that I read the side of the bottle to go on about being a 'Weizen Pils.' Intriguing, and it's for a good cause.

A: A rather hazy straw colour... not as hazy as a hefeweisse or the like, but it gives it the 'wheat beer' appearance. Head is just shy of being a finger-width tall, stark white, quite creamy, with some packed bubbling. Retention is quite nice and it leaves a load of sticky lace all over the sides of the glass.

S + T: A nice, crisp hoppiness that takes the forefront, but I wouldn't go so far as to outright say it 'dominates' the aroma - or flavour, for that matter. A bit spicy, and rather grassy, especially in the beginning of the pour. The flavour allows more malt notes to come through, whereas the nose is primarily aromatic hopping. When I saw the kinda high ABV on something touted as a pilsener, I was kind of expecting it to possilbly be like an "imperial pils" or something - just big and aggressively hoppy. This is not the case at all, and I am certainly appreciating it more and more as I drink it.

M + D: Medium bodied, with a crisp and snappy carbonation that complements both the aroma and the flavour nicely. Some of the soft peppery notes of the alcohol work nicely with the spiciness in the hops, and a modest warming follows it all down. I'd put it down as a 'refreshing sipper,' and it's certainly a beer I think I will be revisiting a few more times while it is available.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with white head.

Assertive and most pleasant pineapple lemon nose, a bit like lemon pie filling.

Mouthfeel is light creamy with nice carbonation and very nice balance.

Flavors are refined and actually elegant. Light bitter balanced with nice malt undertones. Grassy, pine, green spices/herbal character but pleasant. Nice "green" coffee, pine bitter finish.

Actually a really nice drink that would go well with lots of food profiles. A bit of a "refined" and "reserved" saison character for lack of a better description. Very drinkable.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy yellow straw; I could hardly see through it.
White foamy head that settled to a strong lacing and small patches of foam.
(Poured this into a Flared Pilsner glass at temp 45)

Abita combined two laidback characters together to make this one: The "just chill'n" Pilsner, and the "relax'n mellow" wheat.

S: the normal pilsner aroma was at the forefront with a faint, but typical wheat smell in the background.

T: the taste was very subdued - nothing to assertive. A very slight bitter hops, more on the dry side. Some fruity flavors lingered about - for me it was lemon. The wheat profile may have provided the earthy flavors I was tasting. Overall the flavors were fine to me - I thought it worked.

D: very drinkable. I could kick back and drink glass after glass. The 7%ABV was not noticeable. The wheat element kept the pilsner side from forming a strong signature pils crispness - making the texture more on the softer side.

Overall, a good beer for the price. I wouldn't go running back to it time and again, but if I were going to the beach I would take this one along. It was drinkable because the flavors were very mellow. Worth a try.

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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 TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 JordonHoltzman
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

save our shore donates money for a good cause (the gulf coast oil spill recovery).
pours a yellow color, and was poured pretty aggressively for a pretty good head which is a white pillow on top of the body.
smells pretty much completely of pilsener malts.
the taste matches, only with the taste i'm a little more disappointed. its lacking. plus, i get a hint of alcohol in the taste. its 7% but still.
mouth feel is pretty much average, can't really complain.
its a drinkable beer.

i hope it sells enough to do some good for the gulf.

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Photo of haddon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellowish straw color. not much head that takes off fairly quickly

smells of light lemon and grassy notes. perhaps just a tad more citrusy and sweet than what I would expect from a pilsener.

at first, the taste was a little light and watery. then suddenly, halfway through the bomber, there was an explosion of sweet flavors. lots of fruity esters that almost taste of sour apples and honey. very nice!

light to medium body with good carbonation

very drinkable beer with more flavor than many pilseners. could really get in trouble with 2-3 pints of this because the 7% abv hides so well. pretty cool that I could enjoy the beer and donate 75 cents towards the gulf relief effort at the same time.

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

22oz bomber into a Hopus glass pours a crisp straw yellow with a decent frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight sweet pale malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts against a sturdy citrus hop backbone that leaves a nice subtly bitter citrus finish. The beer is medium bodied with decent smoothing carbonation. This is certainly a beer worth trying, especially a percentage of the proceeds going to such a good cause!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 magnj
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had heard about this a while ago and it caught my eye on the shelf with a nice design.

A - Very light yellow, very clear, tiny stream of bubbles.

S - Big nose for the style, really grainy and bready from a distance and when you get your nose up in there you get nice grassy/spicy hops. Both typical for the style, but their intensity reflects the higher ABV.

T - Starts off light but the grainy bready malt body comes up fast quickly followed by the hops. Appropriately balanced and again big in flavor compared to it's less alcoholic cousins.

M/D - Full body and ends a bit more sticky than most in the style, not really sweet but there is obviously a little more residual sugar in there. The only thing I can fault them for is that it's out of the style guidelines but it doesn't bother me besides the lack of drinkability.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, a "weizen pils", according to the back. Poured into a large chalice, it looks pretty pils-like, with a bright, clear gold color and a modest, though quickly fading head. The aroma is disappointingly faint, with but a hint of malt. Bland, undistinguished flavor, like much of the Abita line-up. Generic malt, with (very) light hops. There's a hint of harsh fusels at the end that drop it from a 3.5 to a 3 for me.

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Photo of bobhits
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

n. Wheat beer, hint of hops, lots of grassy and citrus notes. Rather sweet overall from the pilsner malt.

a. Murky yellow (hint of orange) with a good head, leaves a nice lacing, and tones of bubbles coming up. Very much what you'd expect. Served in as close as I had to a pilsner glass.

t. First note is to serve this warmer than right out of the ridge...a summer beer it may be, but the flavors aren't coming out clearly.

A somewhat earthy, grainy, almost zesta crackers (unsalted) start. Finishing with a sweet malt flavor back with some spice and a touch bit of an alcohol bite. Hops don't seem to be coming out for me as much as others I saying or I'm just not noting them correctly for the style. They are there but very much subdued. I'd like a touch more to somewhat match the spicy finish.

d. A nice summer session type beer, and why not session for this worthy cause? And for once I feel like charity part isn't just a marketing ploy (or maybe I just feel for the gulf after the last few years). See comments below about abv.

m. The spices are a touch rough I suppose, but nothing that would stop me from drinking a few. Could use a hint more carbonation, but somewhat as expected for the style.

OK i just saw this is 7% so session beer it shouldn't be. There's a touch of alcohol in the flavor but it does a pretty good job of acting like an american attempt at a german summer beer that I'd put at 5%.

This is a solid offering all and all. A hair above average for an american pilsner and why not enjoy when it's for a good cause?

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

22oz bomber into an Andechs weizen glass.

S.O.S. pours with a classic pilsener look--golden straw-colored and almost entirely transparent. Carbonation could stand to be a bit more impressive, though. The head, eggshell in both thinness and color, leaves behind a few traces of lacing. Aroma suggests grassy hops with cereal grains and doughy pilsen malt. Booze adds a hint of medicinal sweetness to the background.

The flavor starts out a bit thin, but inviting, with soft notes of tropical fruit (papaya, pear, pineapple) from the yeast balanced nicely with a flash of booze and grainy-sweet malts. Hops get slightly lost in the mix, although they may boost the fruitiness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lush carbonation level makes the finish both creamy and zesty at the same time. Highly quaffable despite the bolstered alcohol level. S.O.S. is a solid release from Abita, one of their better efforts as of late. Not exactly the shining example of the German Pilsener style, but I can dig their take on it.

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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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