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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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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate Abita making special beers and sending them out in uniquely-designed 22 ounce bottles. While none of them are really amazing, they are all very good, and when I saw this S.O.S. at my local place I felt the strong urge to pick it up. Right off with all of these beers stand out from the graphic designs on them. The S.O.S. has "S.O.S." spelled out on it with the letters being made up of fish, birds, crabs, turtles, boats, nets, and even a rubber boot. And the fact that Abita brewed this pilsner because of the recent oil spill in the Gulf makes it sort of more significant as a beer. It has a...purpose more than to just drink it. But it truly does since Abita donates 75 cents of your purchase of the S.O.S., which stands for "Save Our Shores", goes to gulf relief. So, while you're enjoying their great pilsner, you've also helped donate a bit to our buddies on the Gulf Coast. I'm usually not a fan of the lighter beers like lagers or pilsners but this one is an exception.

Save Our Shores pilsner pours to a beautiful clear golden with a bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. The head pours large, frothy, and white. It leaves a lot of lacing as it's drank.

A full intake of its aroma brings up wheat, wheat, wheat! It has a definite bread smell with lemon zest underneath. It's not as substantial as a wheat beer, however.

As stated before I am not a big fan of lighter beers, and many times wheat beers aren't my favorite (even though the S.O.S. isn't a wheat beer), but Save Our Shores is very enjoyable to me. It's clean, refreshing, and extremely drinkable, as a pilsner should be, but unlike so many pilsners put out on the beer market these days, it does not have a skunkiness about it. You can tell that this is a quality beer and not something that was put out to the masses for them to "enjoy" because it's drinkable and light. As with the smell, the taste of wheat is prominent with some lemony zest and a bit of hop spice coming later to finish off the flavor. It doesn't have a lot of carbonation but it's just right.

Save Our Shores pilsner is clean, refreshing, very drinkable, tasty, and a quality brew. The more wheat beer flavor it has adds complexity and makes it more enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a reasonably priced and great quality pilsner, especially in this hot summer (it was 106 F in Denton last week!). And you're helping the Gulf with the oil spill when you buy it. It's a win-win scenario!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a clear straw color into a Ommegang brewery glass with about two and a half fingers of pure white head that thins out to about a half finger.

S: pale malt, wheat and lemongrass.

T: citrusy, light malt sweetness and a tad fruity up front. Wheat comes into the mix followed up by a hoppy bitterness and a little heat.

MF: extremely carbonated and bitter, light and crisp with a little alcohol warmth.

D: gotta love a beer with a cause, especially a good one.

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

Pours a brilliant gold color with a thick, white head. Head falls to a very small one. Thing lacing.

Smells of mild, sweet malt and faint wheat. Mild hop aroma as well.

Tastes like a pilsner, a good one that is. Wheat and malt hit you up front, there is a nice sweetness in the middle and finally ends with the hops, mildly so. I can taste a bit of alcohol in the finish as well, odd for only 7%.

Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation, as you would expect.

Quite good. Grew on me as the glass emptied.

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Photo of andrwjedi
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Very pale, golden in color. Poured a thick, foamy white head. Slight haze to it from the wheat.

S - Clear aroma of a pilsener. Not a strong aroma, but a distinct one. Some citrus and spicy notes.

T - Soft malts and a little sweet. Not too dry from what I was expecting from a pilsener. Slighty spicy notes from the perle hops. Had the characters of a wheat beer without being too strong. No alcohol taste present. Didn't even realize it was 7% until I looked it up.

M - Soft and not too dry. Good carbonation. No warming feeling from the higher than average ABV%.

D - Heavier than I was expecting. I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, but this one was a good balance with the lighter pilsener profile. The ABV strength was very deceptive.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, because of Green Flash Brewing's attempt at obfuscation, I have to drink TWO beers tonight, this being the one I rushed to the store to pick up...Sheesh!!! Thanks a lot, Green Flash!!

Pours a slightly hazy, straw colored amber. Almost identical to last night's brew, minus some of the bottle conditioning elements. Lots of soapy head alights the brew, and leaves excellent lacing. Well carbonated. So far, it looks excellent, but these guys have fooled me before...

Aroma is very faint and very citrusy. It's almost like lemonade the whole way...I get some very faint spice notes, like clove, and also a bubblegum note. You have to really pull and search, though. Thumbs down for effort.

Flavor is loaded with wheat malt. It's more akin to an actual German style weizen than the Widmer style. The lemonade note in the nose is pretty much masked in the flavor. You get a splash right in the early middle, then the lemonade stand is folded up. The whole beer is a tad thin, and the finishes washes away almost entirely, leaving a decent bitterness that's not at all unpleasant. I'd have to say this is probably the best beer I've had from these guys. ABV is 7% and priced at $4.99/bomber, so it's ok value....Not bad and actually a decent brew, but nothing spectacular.

What I like most: The wheaty flavor profile.

What I like least: The thin profile of the beer and faint nose.

Verdict: Actually halfway decent, which in this case DOESN'T mean it sucks. Rather, it's something to try when you need to quickly run to the store and grab something off the rack...

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Photo of tozz8
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A--A Fluffy white head sits atop a cloudy, but mostly clear bright yellow body. The head does not go away and leaves much lacing. As I don't typically drink pilsners, the appearance reminds me of something between a hefeweizen and a kristallweizen with a less prominant head.

S--Pilsner mixed with a Hefeweizen character? Nice. The banana-ish tones mellow out the bite that i normally associate with German pilsners. Pale malts dominate with enough hops to keep me interested.

T--Mild, but present pale malt is upfront. The spicy hops make a strong showing but don't crash the party. All together its a mellowed out, but still powerful pilsner due to the wheat. Not even a hint of the 7.0% abv.

M--Smooth with some tingley carbonation. Medium body.

D--Crazy good. Pilsners tend to be one of my least favorite. but this one makes me want to head back to the store to but out the lot. Especially at $2.99/ bomber.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my wife.

Pours golden with a big thick white head. The head clings to the glass leaving a curtain of lace very nice

The aroma is spicy of european hops. A eartthy grassy smell is the whole backing but the base malt is able to push through

The taste an initial sweet malt up front with hints of a dry wheat malt. The taste soon becomes hops but not as potent as the aroma but finishes with an earthy, slight bitterness

I upped the drink as 3.50 for a bomber of this is great

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, faintly hazy golden color. The very tall, white head bubbles up with a moderately dense, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and a dense network of lacy froth sticks to the glass.

S: Pale maltiness, for the most part. Some light grainy, crackery notes. A bit of tangy wheat malt is evident - interesting addition for this style. Herbal, leafy, and faintly minty hops add a pleasant touch to the nose.

T: Some medium pale malt sweetness at first. A bit grainy, with some light wheat character. Hop bitterness is firm throughout and takes precedence on the palate with herbal, leafy, and earthy flavors.

M: Medium-firm bodied. Smooth overall. Carbonation is a touch lighter than medium, so the beer isn't quite as refreshing as some other pilseners. A bit of dryness and very faint spicy alcohol into the finish.

D: A pretty nice pilsener from Abita. The wheat adds a little malt subtlety to a style that's normally pretty conventional, but it's not a showstopper. Still, this drinks pretty smoothly and, most importantly, avoids becoming too cidery-sweet for such a relatively alcoholic lager. A worthwhile beer that supports a worthwhile cause - nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears clear orange like yellow with about an inch of white head.

It smells a bit grainy, a bit lemon like and a tad bit fruity like. I also get a bit of an oatmeal type of a flavor to the beer. It has a pretty nice well balanced smell to it.

It tastes initially a bit citrus like. I get a strong lemon like flavor. I get a bit of a grainy type of a flavor. I get a nice oat like flavor. There is a mild sweet malt flavor to the beer. I also get a nice hoppy bitterness to the beer as well.

The carbonation is moderate high. It has a crisp mouthfeel.

It is very drinkable and goes down smooth.

Overall a very nice pilsner. By far the best beer I have had from Abita.

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

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow color with lots of lacing after a nice white, pillowy head.

S: Typical pilsner. Mild pepper, spices, and sweet malts.

T&M: Light bodied. Sweetness up front that fades with a bit of hop bitterness. Malts, bready, honey, and a hint of lemon-like hops.

Decent pilsner. NOthing special, but one of the better quality Abita beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden color body with a very sticky white, pillowy head.

S: Nothing too amazing. Just smells like a typical pilsner- wheat, a bit of spices, sweet malts.

T: A simple flavor of sweet pilsner malts, wheat, honey, and a hint of lemon-like hops.

M: Very refreshing, with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: Very standard for the style, but nothing amazing. Really easy to drink, but simple flavor.

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Photo of MNJR
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully with dense carbonation and a generous foamy head. The color is pale gold. Fresh, clean smells of lemon, light grain and malt. The taste is great; in fact superior to any Abita I've had and I tend to really like all their beers. Rich and subtle flavors of malt, slight lemon, caramel, licorice, mint, and floral undertones. A very sturdy yet refreshing beer. As near to delicious as any pilsner or lager I've ever had. Excellent beer and highly recommended. It seems like maybe a limited release or something only available in 22oz bottles for about $6-$7.00.

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Photo of NotACommunist
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into New Belgium globe from 22oz bomber. Bright gold in appearance. Nice white head.

S: Lots of wheat.

T: Good bitterness and lingering hop flavor; quite dry.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy.

D: Very drinkable and for a good cause too.

Side note: I've been to NOLA a handful of times and it is an amazing city... Not the biggest fan of other Abita offerings, but this is pretty good and if you ever get a chance to visit, do it.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice carbonation but a tiny head. Looks like a weizen pils, but no head.

S- Smells of cloves, pilsner malts (crisp, corny), and a nice bitterness.

T- Tastes like a nice bitter pilsner with a hint of wheat, definetely a nice cross between a wheat and pilsner, with a bit of lingering bitterness. A bit oxidized though, perhaps a bit old. I can imagine this being fantastic at the brewery fresh.

M- nice carbonation and not cloying.

D- a Very drinkable beer, also a very cool idea, props to abita on that.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Best-by date clearly stated on neck. Really neat painted art on the bottle.

Pours a protein-hazed straw color. A thin white head rings around the glass a bit. Smells fresh and sharp, like a cool Gulf breeze. Also, biscuity and spicy. Really get some nice esters on the top of the taste, as well as some spicier grape notes. There is lemony zest too, and the malts are smooth and full. Diggin' the wheat in this one. A pleasant, mildly sharp bitterness finishes it off. Carbonated nicely, great body. Drinkability good. A fine beer for a good cause.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep straw with a decent finger and a half of head, very nice lacing. Good amount of wheat malt in the nose along with some fresh cut grass. The taste is a very wheat heavy German pilsner. The hops don't quite balance it out. Not a bad pils and I'm happy to say I tried it.

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

Poured into a pilsener glass it forms a slight head with little lacing. The appearance is golden and cloudy. The aroma is of noble hops and lighty toasted malt, slightly breaded. The taste is slightly bitter and malty. Nothing stands out, but it works well. The body is medium light and the finish clean.

This is a well brewed pilsener, clearly worth the effort.

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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 BigPlay1824
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color that is considerably hazy which is typical of the style, pours with a considerable amount of pure white frothy head that lingers nicely, leaves a considerable amount of lacing

S: has a nice light wheat scent with a slight underlying sweetness

T: nice wheat notes that are not overpowering, slight lemon like finish

D/M: smooth drinking, nice bright taste, light, airy, medium carbonation tingle, goes down nice and easy

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Photo of riored4v
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/10/10

Poured in to a pilsner glass. Slightly hazed, straw colored with a fluffy 2.5 finger head. Well carbonated.

Smell had some definite signs of ester and wheat, although pretty mellow. Slightly floral hop aroma with notes of orange.

Taste was really tasty with orange and citrus character. Some floral notes. Although present, the citrus was pretty light. Mild sweetness. Wheat malt present. Light finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability was very good. Refreshing and light. No signs of ABV.

Good money gone to a good cause. While I'm not big on Abita beers I was surprised with this one.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 17 Aug 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Radeberger tall mug.

Large white head. Lightly carbonated. Somewhat hazy bright golden yellow color. Light aroma, floral, perfumey. Starts lightly sweet and grainy. Becomes a bit maltier through the middle. Minerally, slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall light but pleasant. Light body. Mild ethanol.

Hopefully a fair amount of money went to the cause at $8/22 oz.

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Photo of aepb1
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge bubbly white head, translucent golden body

S- Piney hops, fruity/bready malt underneath. Intriguing

T- Herbal hops, some sweet malts, piney hops finish, a decent ride

M- Medium body, average carbonation

D- Average, really the cause this brew goes toward increases its drinkability

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I added the yeast at the bottom so it's fairly cloudy and golden with an eggshell head that dies down a little too fast but leaves some nice lace behind.

S - Subtle malt, with a nice, subtle hop aroma. Nothing too strong, but the aroma suggests a nice refreshing pilsner.

T/M - Crisp and a little dry. Slightly grainy and spicy at first followed by a nice earthy hop flavor. A great dry finish and overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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 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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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 542 ratings
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