SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
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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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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 241
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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -18.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +8.1%
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!

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Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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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3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +25.7%
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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Photo of boudreaux
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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Photo of jgurley
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.6%
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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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 54.6% out of 100 with 542 ratings
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