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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.

Added by Beerbuddha on 07-21-2010

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Photo of Ego
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful white head settling in at one finger and it hangs around, lacing is nice and the head has a great consistency of same size microbubbles, clear golden straw hue, really dead on for the style. the head is thick and creamy. nice.

euro floral hop aroma is really sounding out here, touch of honey, some bready malt, dry grain, nothing complex but hits the spot style wise.

taste etc.
the taste is pretty average... disappointing, the hops are OK, some herbal notes with a touch of honey finish. The body is good (not too heavy, not too light). It drinks smoothly. There is no hint of this being above the usual ABV for the style. The carbonation is clean and crisp. I can't quite place what is missing.

this looked and smelled promising but wound up as "good" overall. Not worth selling your first edition new mutants comic for.

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Photo of ChemistBrewer
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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 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 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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat along with some hints of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat along with some hints of lemon and a very slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of peppery spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wouldn’t classify this beer as a true pilsener—it is more like a hefeweizen, but either way it hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Redrover
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had the Abita Save our Shore while visiting NOLA. From a Bomber poured into a glass, the beer is a chill hazed straw yellow with a pretty big and clingy white head.

Nose of wheat and something sweet and slightly spicy .

Taste leads with wheat-bread notes and some subtle spicing. It is slightly bitter in a non-citrus-pine way. More like Belgian Pale ale late with almost candy sugar.

The mouth is slick with mid-level heft.

Decent beer for a very good cause.

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

I cheated a little on this one, pouring my 22oz bottle into an imperial pint. Great pour even so, with a nice fluffy white head, sticky lacing and a cloudy/clear golden straw body. Head sticks around for a very long time.

Smell is grassy and floral hops along with some sweet grainy malt and a little bit minerally.

Taste is interesting, the wheat comes more into play here, you can sense that this a wheat-pils fusion. Hops and a touch of spice are dominant, but it seems a little washed out, especially at 7%, it seems like there should be more going on here. I'd expect easy drinking from a standard session pils, but this beer was brewed with some twists that just don't seem all that apparent.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability is ok, not really a session beer and its not pils-y enough for me. I'm glad I tried it, I appreciate what Abita is doing here, both with the cause and the beer.

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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 mdfb79
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Lots of retention in the head and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of wheat, spices, orange, and lemon.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, spices, floral hops, and light citrus.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp.

d - A very easy to drink, decent pilsener. Some nice wheat and citrus. Would try again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light gold in color with a dense white head with bubbles of carbonation rising to the top. Looks like your typical lager
S: pale malts on the nose with a touch of bitter hop aroma. Again, typical for a lager
T: Pale malts with a touch of citrus most likely from the dry hopping. Lingering slightly spicy aftertaste with a touch of alcohol toward the back end
M: decent with prickly carbonation. typical but you'd hope a 7% beer would have more body to it. a little creamy from the wheat
D: it'll be no problem to drink this beer

Overall - a worthy beer for a worthy cause

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- clear golden color, thick foamy head, nice lacing
Smell- mostly malt
Taste- mostly malt but balanced well
Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears: Looks like honey in the glass, but contrary to what everyone else is posting I get little to no head or lacing. Probably due to the high alcohol, but this one could be more appealing.

Smells: Slightly malty pilsner smell, hint of spice with sweet smell I'd associate with a scottish or belgian beer.

Taste: Spicy and tart with some sweetness. I actually think this would be better as a drier beer. It finishes with a puckering bitterness similar to citrus pith, but otherwise not getting much hops aroma or flavor.

M: Slightly thicker than the average pilsner, but considering the wheat content and high gravity it is to be expected.

D: so so, I usually prefer drier beers with more hop aroma, but it's pretty good. Its good enough I will be drinking plenty to help the coast here so maybe when BP bails, we can actually clean up their mess over the next decade.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jmhart
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two of these the moment they hit the shelves.

A- Poured a deep gold color, darker than I expected, but not unheard of for the style, with a thick foamy head, 2 fingers thick. Fades into a nice lace.

S- Malty with some earthy, green-herb hops and bits of lemon.

T- Highly malty with a hoppy finish. Green herbs, grass, and lemon peel. The maltiness is a bit out of style but still nice and bridges nicely with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied and sticky, with some nice hoppy oils that hang around. A bit of bite from the alcohol.

D- Very tasty. Not the greatest German Pilsner I've ever had, but it's a really tasty brew.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of wcintula
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Blue Moon glass there was nothing atypical looking about this pilsner. Bready nose, smooth mouthfeel but pretty light body. Nothing jumped out at me about this beer, but then again it was a bit old. I drank this for New Year's and when I purchased it, it was a dusty bottle. I don't regret it though, worth the charity, grab it while it's around.

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Photo of Squire123
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickd717
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Mostly clear golden in color with a decently formed white head.

The aroma has pale malts and a nice blend of grassy and citrusy hops, a little IPAish almost.

The flavor is pretty good too - one of the best I’ve had from Abita. Slightly sweet maltiness, fairly bready, with good hop bitterness and some orange notes.

Medium-bodied and fairly crisp despite the imperialness (word?).

A nice beer overall.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with lots of little rising bubbles. A nice, white head dissipates somewhat quickly- lacing is appealingly foamy.

Crisp, biscuitty pale malt with a resfreshing lemony aroma, followed by a faint grassiness.

I'm immediately struck by the pleasantly full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are light and somewhat dry, with a good amount of floral hop-bitterness, alongside a cereally wheat flavor.

Pretty refreshing overall, and the wheat makes for a varied, interesting approach to the style. Drinking this calls up images of the beach and ocean waves- or maybe i'm just influenced by the very-cool artwork on this label.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat/grains, grassy notes, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of bread grains and some herbal/citrus zest hops. Mild hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener that I am glad I picked up. It's nice to see a brewery involved in the community with this type of cause.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a classic pilsner color, light straw color with a one finger head that fades and leaves a nice white lacing. Nose is malty and hoppy - noble hops for sure. It's very German for sure.

Taste is very mellow, well balanced, malty and hoppy with a slight alcohol bite that's cool since it's "Imperial". Very creamy and rich lots caramel and sweet flavors. Very good beer!

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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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