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.

Added by Beerbuddha on 07-21-2010

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

Radiant yellow with a wisp of yeast. A quality, thick, fluffy head rests on top. Doughy malt, clean grassy hops, dry earthy grain aromas. Pilsener malts and green, spicy hops with an even sweetness. Drinks lighter than it is. In fact, it's surprisingly light overall. Clean, fairly smooth, medium-light bodied. Not bad, but not nearly as good as their 20th Anniversary.

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

Not a bad effort, though not a top tier pilsner.

Pours a satisfying straw yellow with a nice fluffy, sticky white head. The aroma is sweet with a whiff of sulfur and the slight metallic tang of a good pilsner. The flavor is right - sweet, grainy, with a little honey, and some of that sulfer and metal, and a nice hop character. But it falls short because it lacks the biting crispness of a great pilsner. It is a little flabby and thick, both in flavor and in mouthfeel.

I would call this an extremely near miss, but a miss none-the-less.

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

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow color with a fluffy white head that left lots of stiky lacing.

S - German hops with hay-like aromas.

T - Balance of malt and bitter hops with a hint of alcohol.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it goes down ok

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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 TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color and a thick soapy white head and tons of lacing. Smells floral from the tons of hops, hints of wheat. Tastes of wheat and tons of bitter hops balanced well with good malt flavor. Mouthfeel is very nice and medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon-yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

The aroma is sweet and malty with light notes lemon and biscuit.

Tastes of grassy hops, green apple, lemon and cracker. Finishes clean.

Moderately bodied and crisp with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A very nice German Pilsner from the folks at Abita bottled for a great cause. Go out and get one.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It got my attention with the unique graphic and reading the .75cent per bottle donation to gulf coast repairs It was a no brainer pick up. Poured into a sam adams pounder glass it forms a strong and sticky off white head. Tons of lace. Tons of carbonation racing to the surface. Its a lively beer to say the least and good to look at.

Soft and mild malts lend room for a hop snap that never comes. It then goes sweet towards the finish and a lingering grain aftertaste. A german pilsner is a bit of a stretch as the hops never really develop. Tastes more like a polished up macro lager except sweeter and less clean in the finish.

Not for me. Although they NAILED APPEARANCE...ho hum.

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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 ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this because I like to support a good cause. Nice gold color, big head, this is my first Abita beer. Smells like a lager for sure but the taste is thick and malty. Easy to drink but a little strong to be drinking more than one at time. Interesting and now I'd like to try Andygator.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 cdkrenz
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a very slight haze. The head is a perfectly bright white and stands over a couple inches tall. There is a small to medium amount of rising carbonation. Decent lacing too. The head is maintained throughout the consuming of the bomber. I don't know how this style could look any better.

S - Clean malt aroma. Very nice beery aroma with a hint of sweet apple and pear.

T - Very flavorful pilsener. Malty with a slight sweet accent and a very smooth transition into a tinge of bitter hops... just a tinge. Very tasty brew.

M - Subtly coarse feel, the kind often found in a good lager. It goes down very well.

~ This beer advertises on the label that $.75 of the purchase price for each bottle goes toward the rescue and restoration of our shores. That alone should be enough for you to purchase a bottle or two of this brew. However, this beer offers more than a good conscience. It has great characteristic and is a fine beer. Seek this beer out and drink it. It is a very good beer.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden-yellow with a pillowy, pure white head. Aroma has more wheat than I expected, and smells very clean. Taste is clean, with some dryness and a hint of hops. Goes down easy.

I haven't had a good pilsner in a while, and this is a pretty darn good pilsner for a great cause. Softly sweet, clean and enjoyable without a trace of Saaz skunk (not that it would be a bad thing).

Could use a little more hoppy bitterness, but overall a nice beer.

*Read the bottle post-review. Apparently, this is a weizen pils with no Saaz hops. Explains a lot.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber for $5.99 at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. Served cold in a chilled canning jar (I figure that's Louisiana style serving, assuming it ever left the bottle in the first place). (Ok I fess up, honestly I just didn't have a clean pint glass.)

Clear yellow brew gives a big frothy white head, a good 4" in height. The smell is semi-sweet and a bit musty/ earthy at first. After it airs a bit I get notes of soft apricot, some wheat spices, minerals. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, I'd like more carbo here, it lacks the crispness expected of a pils. The taste is heavy on the malt and light on the hop, completely off balance for a pils. Ok, so it's clearly not a pils.

Setting the classification aside, it's really quite a good and highly drinkable brew. Light but malty, got some honey sweetness going on, apricots, faint tropicals (pineapple?), very faint on the hops (very very faint lemony grassy piney mix). Highly highly drinkable and enjoyable.

As an American Lager it would do quite well so I'm torn aboot how to rate it.

It's a good brew, but since I was really in the mood for a skunky pils it has disappointed me to no small extent. Another day, another time, with a different label, this would hit the spot. Grr. THIS IS NOT A PILSNER!

If I had known what it was and had chosen to drink it when I was in the right mood it would be amazing. Misclassifying a beer harms everyone.

THIS IS NOT A PILSNER! Maybe it was made according to a pilsner formula or something, but upon tasting the finished product they should've realized the truth and called it something else.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: a hazy straw gold with a thick moussy white head that has alot of retention. leaves thick creamy lacing

S: cracker-like malt aroma with spicy herbal and lemon scented hops.

T: crackery malt with a honeysuckle sweetness followed by spicy, bittering saaz hops that are, again, herbal and carry a lemon peel zest. finishes very clean, somewhat grainy, with some resinous hops

M: medium-full body for style, with crisp mouthfeel thanks to the balance of hops and carbonation. finishes dry and resinous

Overall, this beer should help Abita to raise plenty of donations for the Gulf. It has everything I love about German Pils...Clean malt character, tasty saaz hops, crisp mouthfeel, and great drinkability. Can't beat the price either(4.90 and bomber).

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Photo of isualum12
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a 22 oz bottle. pours very light in color like a classic golden light pilsner. Almost no head poured on my glass.

Smell- fruity in smell a hint of hop in it.

Taste- Hop and pils flavor hits the tip of your tounge right from the start. That is the largest flavor out of this beer which turns out to be a good thing. There is a very slight aftertaste but it is not that strong.

In the mouth the carbonization does come through. This might be the weakest part of this beer.

i was surprised to find this beer for sale here in Boise Idaho. i bought it about 3 weeks ago and I saw it on the shelf still last week.

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

22oz. brown bottle with excellent screen printed label. A nice idea for a beer - to raise money for a good cause.

Served cool into a pint glass, Save Our Shore is a pale straw yellow with great clarity. The thin white head is settling quickly but leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet with pale pilsner malts and a little spicey from the German hops.

Flavor is well judged with good balance of flavors. It has a sweet yellow cake flavor with mild tartness in the form of lemons. Spice comes through here with a little pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall a good beer for a good cause. Seek it out!

By the way, any pilsner weighing in at 7% or more is a double in my book.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-30-10

Pours a very clear golden yellow color, with a nice white head that settles to a thin layer. Lacing clings to the sides with big bubbles.

Smell is very subtle, a little soapy, with very light citrus hops and bready malt.

Taste is sharp, sweet malt right up front, followed by very soapy hops. The hops are only slightly bitter, and add more sweetness than balance. It does grow on you though.

Mouthfeel is good, thicker than I expected, and suits the flavors well.

Drinkability is good, but the bready malt does start to wear a little thin.

Overall, a well made beer, and worth trying.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured my bomber, which I picked up at the Poor House Bistro in San Jose, into a pilsner glass at home.

A: Hazy (most likely due to wheat malt) golden hay color with lasting head and good lacing at leg. Carbonation climbs up continuously (small effervescent bubbles) from the bottom of the narrow glass.

N: Blueberry and pine on the nose; not overwhelming, but I do detect a slight touch of peach.

T/M: Butter blueberry sweetness followed by a touch of cornbread. Texture is oily and thick (not chewy) but is well balanced by the carbonation. No dirty aftertaste, as often happens with hoppy pils, but a light touch of alfalfa and blueberry linger in my mouth. Beer goes down so well on this 90-deg October day. Smoother than most pils that feature less abv.

Normally not much of a Pils fan (as I see many of the reviewers have stated), so I really tried to review this beer within its style.

With that in mind, I have to say it is a pretty good beer for a good cause.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While my impresson of this beer may be skewed to the favorable, as the selection of beers available in the Bourbon Street area is a bit monotonous, I have to think that the low reviews of the beer must be bad bottles, because of the three I had during my visit, all were consistently "not-bad." A welcome dose of hops, with a distinct wheat background character. Lively and reasonably smooth, it was the highlight of my NOLA beer-drinking experience.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.84/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer gets a 'B' average; obviously this is testament to the fact that there are completely insane maniacs walking our city streets, including tickers.

A - It looks like Blue Moon or Shock Top, only more piss-yellow.

S - This is some repugnant shit, as my man Jules from Inglewood might say. I would not be surprised to learn that this brew somehow incorporated toxic petrol sludge, fatally stricken seabirds or maybe some other flotsam and jetsam. There is a rancid sweetness, some wet-dog and a mushy pea aroma; to describe any more would be just disgusting.

T - Again, disgusting. The themes of the nose are repeated. Wet-dog, roadkill, and microwaved fish meet triple-hops brewing, the vortex bottle, and the Rockies turning blue.

M - I did feel violated, but I won't press charges, officer.

D - Great gimmick for Abita; I feel like I've really given back to the gulf community by buying this blasphemy of a beer. Maybe if Louisiana can suffer more calamity, Abita could find impetus for more special releases.

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Photo of bort11
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Hennepin tulip. There is a great looking white head. Great height, dense and sticky. Spidery lace circle the glass, with even stair-stepping at each sip. The color is a hazy golden yellow. A lot of that haze must be coming from the wheat malt.

The smell has a floral quality, with a lemony zest. Very bright aromas. The taste has more of that wheat citrus flavors. The carbonation is smooth though not as crisp as other Pilsners. It is a little oily and slick.

I don't know that I've had a Pilsner made with wheat, or if I have never this pronounced. Traditionalist may balk, but it does work out.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge head which dissipated to 1". Hazy tan in color. Sweet malt and slightly bitter touch of hops. Really very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

And the best part about this beer is the charitable aspect. I thorougly respect their initiative to help restore the coast from damage from the BP oil spill. Frankly they could have brewed a cheaper product and people still would have bought it for the causes, but instead they really made a decent quality Pilsner which I would be happy to drink most anytime - and plan to again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 542 ratings