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 meeekyh
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita is not among my usual brewers. I have nothing against them just no specific knowledge. I found a pilsner at my favorite LQ and knowing the taste the beer manager has I am sure it will be better than average. Also I was forced to buy their last Prima Pils in the form of three singles, so I wanted more pils.

I am being a bit silly and employing my newly acquired half-yard glass for this review. I am not sure the common wisdom regarding the practice but as I intend to overfill it some I expect it will reveal plenty about the nose and color and head.

The beer pours a light golden yellow with substantial head that is quite white in color. It took two pours to empty the 22oz contents into my glass, a testament to the carbonation and height of the head. The clarity of the beer is quite remarkable in that it is labeled as unfiltered but is very clear even though I upended the bottle. On to the real business of reviewing, or at least the fun part ;-) Before I continue I must mention that the lacing is mountainous.

Nice citrus in the nose. Slightly floral and subtle with sweet wheat malts up front. A bit of pepper and a hint of bubblegum-yeast lie deeper in the mix. Neither very aggressive but both present lending to the complexity but not overwhelming the balance. This is really good pils.

Taste is sweet with a good tart edge and a real likeness to green apple, not tangy like Prima but more so than Summerfest. The wheat malt is again noticeable in an interesting way. I typically avoid wheat beer but the ratio here must be low enough no just allow the complexities come through and not result in over-sweetness that I associate with wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is just a bit oily but light and with plenty of welcome carbonation. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is slightly sweet grain. and a bitter bite around the edges.

Drinkability is high especially in light of the decent price.

I am glad to have found this beer. It is really well done and though I am still more likely to pick up Prima if it is a choice between the two, this is a good beer with great complexity and a cause. I would even say for depth it beats Prima, I am just partial to the tartness and bite of that particular Victory Pilsner.


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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking bottle. The bomber pours an unfiltered and hazy, but glowing, goldenrod body with a moderately large white head. Retention is good, and there is a lot of patchy and splotchy clumps of lace clingning to the side of the glass.

Nice pilsner aroma of herbal and floral hops, complimented by bready pilsner malt notes and a hint of twangy wheat.

Creamy medium body is well carbonated.

Taste has a snappy herbal/floral hop bitterness that is quickly matched by some sweet breadiness. Some bittery twang from the wheat is more apparent than I'd hoped for. Lemon zest comes on strong in the middle and lasts into the finish. The 7% alcohol is not noticed.

Label notes say this is a weizen pilsner. Don't think I've heard of the term. Anyway, this one is for a good cause and it's pretty well done and certainly very drinkable. Actually, it compares rather favorably to the excellent Lammsbrau Organic Pilsner that finished the session.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SOS pours a golden colored bodied with a light tan head that is impressive in size and leaves some decent lacing on my glass as it recedes.

The aroma has grain, pale malts, and an herbal hop character; a hint of lemongrass from the hops also.

SOS is maltier than I expected, especially after the aroma. A pale, grainy flavor mixes with a sharp wheat twang. A hint of fruitiness is in the background. Herbal hops balance the beer. Although they take a back seat to the malt, they do provide bitterness and an earthy, grassy flavor. I think I would like this beer to be a little more aggressively hopped. Also, with the big malt bill and and high ABV, this is more like a helles bock than a pilsner, but it isn't bad at all the way it is.

The body is pretty full, but I guess that comes from the big malt bill.

SOS is a decent beer, especially if you like big, malty lagers.

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Photo of 104bob
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner pours a nice head with plenty of lacing.

The nose has a lot of malt. Not getting much hops.

High carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Malty up front but finishes clean with a hint of hop bitterness.

It's a shame this is only a special release and doesn't come in 12 oz bottles. I could see this being a good "anytime" beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't like any pilsener I've tasted, but it is a nice drink. Pours a hazy gold with a nice sized white head and minimal lacing. Smell is malty with some wheat bitterness. Big flavor: malty with some wheat bitterness and some mild hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Great balance between malt and hops. Alcohol not noticible but adds to the richness of this beer.

Drinkability is good. This is an interesting beer, rich tasting and creamy with a nice dollop of hops at the end.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a golden amber with a slightly off white head. Head was 1 finger, didn't last long, but left amounts of lacing on the top and a bit of clinging to the sides. Aroma was slightly hoppy and citrusy. A touch of both lemon and orange citrus. Taste was prominently hops, slightly piney towards the end. As it warmed up, citrus could also be tasted. Felt thin and watery in the mouth, not at all carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, could go down well during the warm months.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

if you're a fan of the type, this is something interesting to try!

A-light cloudy gold, a lot of white head

S-a lot citrusy hops! smells great!

T-hmmm this is a fairly complex beer, which is surprising coming from Abita. a bit hoppy but more citrusy. a good bitter finish

M-medium to low carbonation, slightly watery finish

D-becomes less complex but stays very refreshing

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Photo of Docer
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at Whole Foods up here in east Vancouver, WA... go figure!

- Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy straw yellow with a slow rising creamy white head... leaves a massive ring with lace, and a nice thin pillow top.

- Nice bitter hop, some citrus notes, lemon zest, a bready and banana-like Bavarian yeast aroma... light honey grain...

- A sweet and light creamy Bavarian styled pilsner.. touch of honey and bready grain, honey, sugars... smooth banana and citrus zest... very well blended... touch of piney resinous hops..

- Medium to creamy light... rather zesty watering flare with a slightly sticky, syrupy approach... almost an all-in-one as far as the feel goes... slightly chewy towards the end.

- Overall this is very well balanced, but not full of too many robust flavors. It is rather light, and masks its strength very well. Certainly one to drink again, and I bet is nice on tap. Nice that .75c of each bottle goes towards the environmental effort of the spill in the gulf.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A lightly cloudy, lemony-gold body capped by two fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave great patchy lacing.

Aroma: Light, grassy hops over a sweet cereal-grain malt body. A little light at first, but as it warms the intensity perks and there's even a whiff of booze to be found on occasion.

Flavor: Grassy, lightly citric, and gently bitter hops over a sweet and grainy light malt backbone. There's some nice golden fruit swirling around in there somewhere, too. The alcohol is masked perfectly. Everything is balanced nicely. Grassy, slightly astringent hops and husky grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just a little creamy with medium carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Just a hint of warmth as it warms.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: At the end of the day, S.O.S. is a simple, but enjoyable brew that should be palatable for craft newbies and veterans alike (perfect given its role). At first, I wasn't quite convinced, but by the end of the bottle I was ready for another.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, three-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It was a long-lasting head that left traces of soapy lace.

S - It smelled strongly of cut grass. There were nice aromas of grains and some floral notes.

T - Good flavor of grains and caramel. There is is nice spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied pilsener with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Pils and it doesn't hurt that it goes to a good cause.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 mstyne
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

Pour just slightly darker than a yellow fizzy brew. I am not afraid!

A wonderful frothy head, not unlike one might find on the shore itself (after the BP cleanup crew comes through, one would assume). Lots of carbonation. Head lingers, good lacing.

Sweet, hoppy, floral. Smells nice.

Hop flavor is present but not overpowering. Kind of wish I was having this brew on a warm summer afternoon and not a cold rainy mid-atlantic night.

Happy to help send a few pennies LA's way via a tasty beer. Well done, Abita.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of graininess and some wheat notes.

Tastes of grainy malt and some wheat notes. Malt is grainy sweet with some pilsener characteristics. Wheat malt adds a citrus zing. Hops add earthy and herbal notes. Overall, pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium with a0 crisp amount of carbonation.

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

A weizen-pils! Don't think I've had such a thing before. The bottle is eye catching and the gimmick of fund raising to clean up the Gulf Coast oil spill has some appeal.
A pilsner at 7% strong also has some appeal. Abita pulls off such a tricky thing pretty well. Clean pils taste with a slightly extra bitter edge that reminds you this has more alcohol than normal, without it crossing over into malt liquor territory.
Some fruity sweetness kicks in as it warms, without the beer crossing over into ale territory. I'm guessing the wheat malts are responsible for those flavors. This has more complexity than many examples of the style.
If Abita cranked out something like this regularly in six pack availability I'd be happy to have it around regularly. A good pilsner is always welcome in my fridge and this is a good pilsner.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This is a pretty pilsner. Nice golden wheat color with a ample, frothy white head that leaves soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. Honestly, this is a top notch pilsner in terms of appearance. Quite a looker. Taking a big whiff right after pouring it gives a impression of sweet fruits, ripe pears and sweet Fuji apples. Just a bit of sweet caramel and yeasty bread. Just a hint of spice/grass from the hops but nothing over powering. The flavor is just a little off. There is a generic sweetness that just a bit off putting. Almost a cream corn, minus the corn. Still get over ripe pears with just a little bit of bread. Slight grassy hops come through at the very tail. Honestly, with most pilsners, I just really want them to be clean and crisp, and this throwing a 18 instead of a bullseye. Still a good score but not quite what you needed. The mouthfeel is honestly the one thing that really irks me. It just finished to sweet and full. I want lighter styles to finished dry like sandpaper. This just misses the dart board. I see what they did here and really commend Abita for it. Really they made a beer that a lot of people will like and buy, and for that I'll buy more.

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Photo of ism
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't pass up the chance to help a quality brewer and its environs. Really cool design on the bottle helps.

Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy light gold with a frothy 1-finger head with excellent retention and nice lacing, true to form to a pilsner. Sweet nose, floral hops, and a slight grassiness. Medium body, pleasantly thick for the style, with moderate carbonation. Sweet malt, bread, lemon peel, but generally muted palate. Crisp finish with sweet grapefruit lingering very shortly.

Not mind-blowing, but definitely pleasing and would make for an excellent session. Finished the bottle easily, quite satisfied.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 DoppleJock
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a 33cl Stella Artois glass.

A: Poured a cloudy gold with full, foamy head. Lots of carbonation pitting. Good head retention.

S: Lots of floral, hoppy esters. Hints of cut grass.

T: More bark than bite. Malts and hops more balanced than the smell would let on. Was actually hoping for more hops!

M: Clean, dry finish.

D: Gets better with each sip, but nothing really unique. Still a step above a standard pilsener, especially at its 7.00% ABV.

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

First of all, a huge thanks to optimator13 for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a golden color and over two fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving nice looking lacing.

Smell - Bready malts, lemon citrus zest, hops, and slight sweetness. As the beer warms there is a more grassy/hay aroma also, including the pils malt. Nice, clean aroma.

Taste - An initial sweet burst which fades to a more floral, hoppy note. Slight lemon (ever so) is noticeable also. The more I sip this the more herbal and earthy it becomes. Pleasant - a unique take on a pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry and bitter.

Drinkability - Relatively so. Not a huge fan of pilsners but this one was quite enjoyable, and the fact it is for a good cause makes it taste that much better. Thanks again to optimator13 for this beer!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked one up for myself while shopping for a BIF. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light straw colored brew with lots of offwhite head, about 2 to 3 fingers from a generous pour.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, herbal, lemony, and grainy.

Nice grainy maltiness at first sip. Very good balancing bitterness. Touch of lemon (lemongrass or lemon peel).

Nicely quenching beer, with a thinner body, but not watery.

Very drinkable beer. Good session beer. I could drink this all day long on a warm summer day.

Very nicely done beer.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Brix in Omaha. Great looking painted bomber. Pilsners aren't usually my thing but I figured that, considering the cause, I could give this one a go. Hats off to Abita, who came up with this idea. This is a 22 ounce bomber. I'm pouring it into a big ass pilsner glass. Pours with a two inch huge, billowing, frothy head. The head leaves behind some serious lacing. Gigantic bubbles and foam from this one. Likewise carbonation is huge, with fizz seemingly going on for days. Pours cloudy, which isn't surprising considering this is an unfiltered beer. Color is a bright gold, brilliant like the sun. Aroma is pretty hefty, especially for a pilsner, with cereal notes and lemongrass in the nose. Pretty solid amount of bitterness in this one - it's pleasant though. Lively mouthfeel with a high amount of pleasant carbonation and a pretty slick mouthfeel. Taste is spot on. Light malt starts, before giving way to grassy and fruity hop character. Bitterness teases the palate before giving way to a sweet honey finish. The biscuity malt sweetness really helps to hide the 7% ABV, which I can't seem to really find. Really crisp and refreshing take on the pilsner style. Kudos to Abita for supporting a good cause by putting together a great beer.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita SOS Pilsner

Appearance: Golden Amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Grains, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Citrus, slight hops, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This is a decent brew for a great cause. It would make a good session beer that also has plenty of flavor. I would rate it 5 stars, but that would only be for it's cause.

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a pillowy pure white head that dissipated into a solid cap. The head left a sheet of webby lacing all around the glass. The aroma is of grassy/spicy hops, perhaps some citrus. Nice pleasant aroma. The taste is of a light malt, slightly fruity with a grassy and limey hop flavor, not dry like most pils. Its different but does take on a pilsner character. The feel is light with tingly carbonation, not very crisp but easily drinkable and refreshing. This is a very solid beer, nice hop flavor. I would drink it again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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 KeefD
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this one come into the store I was happy to pick one up since some proceeds were going to a good cause. Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with a large white head that fell slowly leaving behind a patchwork of lace. Aroma is very simple and straightforward. Mostly pale grains in the nose, a touch of wheat in there which gives it a slight twang, and herbal, grassy hops. Taste is very similar. I'm picking up on lot of citrusy hop notes but it's not bitter in anyway. There's some orange, lemon, and a touch of grass, but overall the hops are very well balanced with the pale malts that make this beer very drinkable and enjoyable for such a high ABV. Body is medium, but could use a touch more carbonation to add soome crispness. Overall, a good beer for a very worthy cause.

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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 542 ratings