SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color. Thick white head that left a lot of lace.
Very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Citrus/lemon. Some floral hops.
Sweet malt taste. Grapefruit and lemon. A little bit of piney hops.
This was a crisp, refreshing beer.
A good beer for a good cause.

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Photo of jsanford
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, 2-inch white head that settles to a thick haze and leaves lots of soapy lacing.
S - Sweet, bready malt, fresh-cut grass, floral hops, and some spicy yeast.
T - Pretty much how it smells. Lots of Pilsner malt with some earthy hops and a slightly spicy yeast character. Nothing too crazy, but nicely drinkable.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium-thin body and crisp carbonation.
O - Solid effort, but an overall forgettable beer. Still, it's for a good cause so I'll happily enjoy this one!

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: bread, grass, and some floral hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, nice combination of sweet and bitter

Overall: An ok pilsner but nothing I would reach for again. I would sooner get their golden ale. A little less alcohol heat would make me want this more though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of rmalinowski4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head. Not much retention but some good spotty lacing and a nice collar on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bready malt with an ever-so-slight presence of floral hops. The flavor is mostly bread with a touch of sweetness and grain. Nothing too complex and no real hops. The body is not terribly impressive. Fairly thick and chewy with lower levels of carbonation. Some alcohol and no real hop presence. Not a big fan of this.

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Photo of DaCar
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer from Abita, The first pour was a beautiful golden color with a slight head that faded quickly. It had an earthy slightly sweet smell and it showed on the taste. It didnt taste like your avg pils, it was full of body and made me sit and think about the amazing flavor happening in my mouth. It finished with a sweet afternote that hit the spot.

Also 75cents of every bottle sold goes to helping clean up the gulf coast, so come on people buy one and enjoy it by drinking beer you are helping the planet. I dont need a better reason to drink then that.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a pale golden straw color. It has a small white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of mostly of pilsner malts. There is also a decent hop presence and some spices as well.

T - It tastes of pilsner malts up front. There are some spices and lemony citrus flavors present. It is a tad grainy, and there is a sort of unpleasant bitterness in the finish.

M - This has a light to medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and is decently refreshing. The finish has a harsh bitterness that I can't get over though. There is also some dryness to it.

O - This has decent drinkability. It goes down fairly easy, and it refreshing. Overall, I thought it was a decent pilsner. It was a little bit underwhelming, and I didn't like the bitter finish. It was worth a try though.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemon gold pour with 1.5 finger white head. Pretty decent retention for the style and nice rings of lace after each sip.

Earthy straw grass nose. Perhaps even a note of peat. Very farm-like.

Smooth up front, with a note of lemon coming in very soon. Nice shot of zesty lemon at the back of the tongue, but not over powering. More bread than biscuit in the middle, but a strong malt presence.

Very nice feel for the style. Thicker than most.

I really like this one from Abita. Their brand had fallen out of style for me, but this one might bring me back in. Hides the abv shockingly well.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look Nice orangish yellow color with very little head and no retention

Smell Some biscuit/bread notes slight hints of banana and floral hops

Taste Similar to the smell with all the flavors up front and no back end to this beer at all. The beer overall was a tad bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel Medium body with light carbonation and slightly dry on the finish

Overall Decent pilsner and very drinkable if you are a fan of pilsners which i'm not I would give it a try

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden yellow pour with a fairly persistent head and moderate lacing

S - Mild spicy hop presence

T - Very clean with mildly spicy hop aftertaste

M - Fairly light on the palate and highly carbonated

O - A very pleasing easy drinker. I'm not overly partial towards Pilseners, but I would certainly buy this again

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Photo of farlieonfootie
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored yellow into a pilsner glass. Abita's SOS shows lots of carbonation, and a head that just won't quit. The smell is mild hops, and even milder citrus. SOS' taste is bready, and only very mildly hoppy. It's a mellow pilsner that's incredibly easy to drink. Maybe it's because I'm on vacation as I write this review, but if this beer is sending out a message on conservation, I'm all in -- except as it relates to SOS: I want more.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-apricot with a 2 finger white head. Moderate retention and lace.

Pilseners in the past have disappointed me because they smell way to much like creamed corn, but this one has a nice touch of that balanced by wonderful tropical-mandarine orange tones and floral hop notes. There's a certain creaminess too. Good balance.

The palate has a simply pleasant delivery, with a good balance of all the right elements. Nice moderate malt, balancing hops and enough flavor and body to make that 7% ABV seem like nothing.

I thought this was great. It definitely put pilseners back on my beer radar. The balance was superb and it remained easygoing yet flavorful.

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Photo of Holland
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy yellow with a 1-2 inch head. Thin lacing stays throughout the serving.

S: grains, yeast, earthy hops

T: bitterness from the hops, some thin malty taste and slight sweetness. Leaves an earthy aftertaste.

M: thick for a pilsner, but still medium-thin bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation to leave a crisp feeling.

O: Not bad for a pilsner, and for $5 for a 22oz it's a good one to get someone else into craft brews.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the charitable bomber into a pint glass.

Pours hazy yellow, cloudy, with full wispy white foam, patchy in places. Crazy lacing. Wheaty, citrus smell. Bready with yeast. Subtle chalkiness taste with a lemon undercurrent. Strong hop throughout.

Bottle says 'pleasant bitterness and aroma.' I concur.

Overall very good beer, and for a good cause to boot.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a faint Saaz hop. In the taste, a sweet malt and a small saaz hop, very clean though. A small hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry saaz/ pilsner hop in the aftertaste. A standard pils, yet a bit sweeter.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lager yes, imperial pilsner no. Malty, Saaz hops. A little funky and malty aroma. Yellowish body. Rather a story of sugary malt predominates, with drying, slight bitterness in the finish. A drop of lemon. Above average carbonation. Passable beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, slight amber, with a two finger chunky white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells fresh, nice grassy hop aroma, some doughy malt. As it warms a bit more comes out, a little bit of lemon and some orange ring.

T: Similar to the aroma, but slightly subdued. There is a grassy flavor to go along some light caramel and bready malt. Slight hints of lemon and citrus fruits, but very faint.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O: It was fine, on the boring and forgettable side. The bottle artwork is pretty cool though, but that doesn't get this beer any bonus points.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like that this bottle calls it a charitable pilsner. I decided to pick this one up in Florida because the bottles are much fresher than in Indiana. It poured a not quite transparent gold with a half finger white head. It smelled of light hops with pale honey like malts with a dash of lemon zest. It tastes pretty bitter for a pilsner. It tastes of the pale malt, honey, and lemon grass. The honey kind of fades into the background. This beer is as drinkable as most and was pretty good.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into wine glass.

No surprise this unfiltered brew has a cloudy look with plenty of super-small suspended material amongst the tiny rising carbonation. Head was high & airy and has left plenty of lacing with a vigorous pour.

The sweet malt is balanced well with the noble-type hops popping out from the pour. There is a spicy end of the smell, reminds me of Saaz and some lemon.

An acceptable bitterness throughout the taste that is also balanced well with the malt, the end bitterness a little more pronounced. A definite citrus hint midway and at the end.

Well the wheat gives it a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and finishes medium and leaves a tiny slick across your tongue. For a German 'pilsner style' the carbonation is not what I would expect, the carbonation is medium low - similar to a hefe or blonde ale.

Overall a great drink, the alcohol is not evident on the tongue or throat but has crept up as I finished the bottle. A beer that donates proceeds is another plus in my book.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked the last bottle of this available at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York last week. I've never had any of the Abita beers before and with the weather starting to get warmer here, this looked like something good to pair with the warmer days that we've had lately. This was a nice little German Pils that didn't blow me away but was still enjoyable last night as the rains poured here.

The head was the best aspect to this beer as it was greater in volume than the amount of liquid that I poured into my glass. It dissipated quickly and the lacing didn't measure up as well as I took my sips. This also had a nice golden hue to it that was just a bit cloudy but not like Hefe. Instead, it was more of a cross between that and a Pils. The taste and mouthfeel were mellow and nicely balanced, with floral, herbal, and grass notes. Lots of malt, as to be expected, and the aftertaste just had a hint of sourness to it like a Belgian beer.

Even though I split this with a friend, I could have finished this myself since the alcohol couldn't be felt at all. This isn't as crisp as a textbook Pils but it's still easygoing with just a bit more body to it than I anticipated. It's good to see that this was brewed with a cause in mind and thankfully, the beer measures up to that aspiration.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Half a finger of head remains.

Smell: My first thought was that this smells like a pilsner. Mildly sweet, you pick up the malt right away. There are some fruity and floral notes as well. Perhaps a bit of spice coming from the yeast.

Taste: Again there is a mild sweetness right away. I'm picking up the malt as well as some mild fruity notes. At the end of each sip there is a little alcohol and a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish has just a touch of dryness.

Drinkability: This is a nice beer to sip. I'm sure it would be very nice as the weather gets warmer.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured bright, light yellow with a slight golden haze and an impressive 2-finger, frothy head. Nice lacing down the sides of my mug.

S: Sweet and rosy up front with a piney hop bitterness on the end. Bread and wheat malts underscore the aroma.

T: Pilsner maltiness up front with a nice dry finish. The sweet taste of alcohol is felt throughout, but not in an off-putting way. Pine and citrus notes with some lemongrass undertones. Crisp and refreshing.

M: A little muddy in its feel, and the alcohol creates a hot texture. Beyond that it's a fairly bright, clean beer.

D: Good drinkability, but the high abv definitely knocks it down a peg or two, as it is felt and tasted.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Very light scent, a bit of nuttiness with some caramel or toffee hints. I get a bit of hop scent, a light grassy smell. I like it, although it's rather understated and tough to discern.

Toward the lighter end of carbonation for a wheat beer, even though this is a hybrid. Light on the palette, no real creaminess or body with this being a bit heavier than water.

Poured to slightly hazy mellow gold/straw with a minimal head in a hefeweizen glass although there is some lacing as I start to get into it a bit.

A bit of the bitterness of the hops in the finish, although this is meant to be easily quaffed. A bit of the toffeeish/caramel malt notes are there but this is a really smooth beer and easily drinkable.

See above, although a bit of a higher abv at 7% abv I believe you could have quite a few without the taste becoming overpowering before the alcohol does.

I do like this although I'm not sure the circumstances to buy it. Easily drinkable, although relatively lower end of flavor spectrum. Not really much of a wheat beer taste. With that said, it does go down easy and is a good flavor. More of a pilsner taste to me.

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

Beer for a good cause.

A - pours a flaky, golden haze with a white, foamy head that dissolves after a minute or so. Haze may be due to freezing, not sure. No, on second pour it's actually a bit hazy.

S - It's funny how you can sometimes tell the difference from a great beer and a good beer just on the smell alone. This one doesn't give off much of any scent except maybe faint caramel and Total brand Cereal.

T - Malty, subtle - I'm not crazy about it but it did have to follow one killer Deschutes Red Chair NWPA. Mildly spicy to begin with, follows through with big malts; does seem to carry a bit much on the hops for a pilsner. Yep, it's right there just before the finish.

M - Not quite an experience, but good enough to try once. Nothing about it stands out as unique or worthwhile, but again, glad for at least trying it.

D - I can't believe this beer is actually listed as having 7% ABV. Alcohol is hidden quite well.

$.75 of your dough will benefit the Gulf Coast relief efforts, according to Abita's pretty cool label work. That may be enough reason to pick one up.

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Photo of ChemistBrewer
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great way to raise money for the gulf oil spill. Awesome looking bottle.

First off, nice idea but not a German Pilsener at all. Yet another example of overly hopped Americanized pilsener. Very loosely fits into a pilsener category if even at all. Anyway...I'll judge it on how it tastes.

Pours a beautiful golden cloudy color with a nice thick head that sticks around.

Overly hoppy smell for the style. Some citrus and herbal hoppyness. Hops overpower other aspects of wheat and malt.

Wheat taste came through well despite the hops. Not much of any other malts detected. Overall above average.

Good mouth feel. Wheat makes it a little thick for the style.

For what it is its drinkable. Being 7% the alcohol could sneak up on you real easy. Def a good alternative to a true pils or wheat beer.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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