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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 billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.

I get a half an inch fairly dense head that dies down to a cap of foam on top after a few minutes. The body is a pale golden color with the tiniest bit of hazy and tiny bubbles slowly working their way to the top. Really nice lacing left behind.

The nose is floral, fruity with hints of lemon and lager fruitiness, spicy, and a touch of bread in the mix.

Taste starts off with some bread, grain, and mineral. Then come the spicy and floral german hops that also hint at grass and lemon. Grassy and earthy flavors linger. Quite hoppy actually, and a bit more in your face than a typical pils.

The mouthfeel is bright and well carbonated. Zesty, tangy and spicy. A smooth beer with a really crisp bite on the finish.

A pretty darn solid pilsner all around that I could down at least a couple of bottles of (if I were in the mood). Also, a big nod to the charitable aspect of this beer.

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

an excellent american twist on a summer helles. this has hints of sweetness and brisk as hell hopping. the abv isn't noticeable at all. and the grain isn't heavy handed as in mineral dominate. golden with 2 fingers of sticky head. nose of dextrin and unfermentable sugars blended with german lager yeast. palate is lemon zesty but doesn't drop off as fast as a pilsner would. mild sweetness. very mild earthiness. lemon pulp hints but still has a significant mineral character that makes it very dry... but more so tannin sticky. this doesn't have a husky lingering quality either. great feel.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 08/26/10

A- Golden yellow, two fingers of head, small and mild bubbles.

S- Faint hops, yeast, not a whole lot happening in the olfactory department.

T/M- Subtle malt backbone, fairly hoppy for a pilsener, smooth and airy.

D- Top-notch for the style, great flavor going on, but hard to describe the taste. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of Beermazter310
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in louisiana. Bottle from bevmo for 3.49 and 75 cents goes to charity to save our shore. First time trying it. Nice big white head looking hazy n pale yellow. Flowery, very hoppy for a pilzner. Crisp clean n refreshing. Im impressed. Id buy it again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of this new charitable release from Abita pours a mildly hazy, light gold color with a creamy cap of white head. Shows real nice retention and lacing. Bonus points for a very nice looking screenprint bottle and double-bonus points for the 75 cent donation from each bottle sold.

Nose is big on hops with some citrus orange peel and spicy lemongrass. Tropical kick from the alcohol and quite a nice dose of wheat tang.

Interesting brew, soft yet assertive hop flavor and bitterness with an earthy side as well as a bright one. Light malts and wheat make for a different flavor profile, the wheat adding a unique tangy presence. ABV is very well hidden considering the light malt bill. Mouthfeel is nice with a pleasing softness and is pretty solidly medium bodied. Abita has brewed some good pilsners in the past and this one is right up there with the best of 'em. I'll gladly buy another one of these before they go away.

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Photo of haddon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellowish straw color. not much head that takes off fairly quickly

smells of light lemon and grassy notes. perhaps just a tad more citrusy and sweet than what I would expect from a pilsener.

at first, the taste was a little light and watery. then suddenly, halfway through the bomber, there was an explosion of sweet flavors. lots of fruity esters that almost taste of sour apples and honey. very nice!

light to medium body with good carbonation

very drinkable beer with more flavor than many pilseners. could really get in trouble with 2-3 pints of this because the 7% abv hides so well. pretty cool that I could enjoy the beer and donate 75 cents towards the gulf relief effort at the same time.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that a lot of people scored this beer in an average, mediocre way, but this is big pilsner. Not an average german pilsner. I think the brewers intended this to be bold and in your face, rather than a tradritional german pilsner. So I will judge accordingly. Might I add that this is almost an imperial pilsner... so here we go.

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge creamy white persistant head that leaves excellent lattice work in it's trails.

S-The aroma is quite dull at cold temps, but if you would wait and see that as this beer warms, it is full of aromatic sweet doughy malts and soft and delicate floral hops. Pretty straight foward and simple as a pilsner should be.

T-Very similar to the smell with sweet doughy malts up front with an earthy/floral hoppiness that lingers into a very soft clean bitterness.

M-The mouthfeel seems a little too sweet and smooth and not dry enough for me... The carbonation is very full and right for the style. But I'd like a kind of a dry finish for this pilsner.

D-This beer being 7%abv is very drinkable. And I highly recommend you give the good cause as well. This beer seems to be going fast so go get you some my fellow beer geeks. And Cheers!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 johnnieoz
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22oz brown bomber at Sidney's in NOLA - not sure how widely distributed this one is. Poured vigorously into a Pilsner glass.

A: Hazy, pale hues of gold on a beer with a frothy, white head. Sitting pretty in the flute.

S: Mild, grassy aroma with major hints of whole grain bread. Pleasant if not exceptional.

T: A grand ol' blend of mild hops and wheat malt rolls across the tongue. Rather unique and delicious. Definitely not a German style pilsner though, more of an American Imperial Pils.

M: Very smooth, clean and crisp. Goes down like a treat.

D: Eminently drinkable even at 7% abv. I can see folks drinking two of these on a muggy NOLA day and enjoying the pains of the aftermath.

Support this cause! As with Restoration Ale, kudos are due to Abita for again brewing something meaningful. First an ale to help NOLA recover from the negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers and now a lager to save the region from the greed of BP.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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"; "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 ikats
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would say this beer is yellow in color, but I guess straw-gold sounds better. With solid white head. Smell is subdued and quite pleasant full of flowery hop notes. There is a definite sweet hoppy bite at first sip, but overall the beer is light and refreshing (considering it's alcohol content). Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a big fluffy head of eggshell-white foam
Aroma-Subtle wheat and citrus, grassy hop notes.
Taste-Wheat, biscuit,saltine; some background citrus notes, then a nice hop bite that lingers to the finish. An interesting medley of flavors that keep you wanting anothother sip. Seemingly light-bodied for the ABV, and pretty refreshing as well. An interesting brew. And hey! It's for a good cause!

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Photo of peacebone116
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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 scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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 falloutsnow
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2012-07-28
Glass: Tulip

Abita's S.O.S. is a good beer for a good cause, a pleasant and easy-drinking helles bock for recovery efforts from the oil geyser caused by offshore drilling in 2010. This has held up amazingly well over the past two years, still indicating that it was a noiceably-hopped helles bock with pleasing malt flavor. If Abita released some fresh bottles of this into my locality, I'd pick a few up.

Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, with excpetional lacing of thick, complex patterns left along all sides of the glass, modified with each sip. Beer is a moderately dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (30-40% opacity), high in number, moderate in activity.

Aroma is surprisingly bright and floral with hints of fruit and modestly dense white bread. These are quite pleasant aromas, though more reminiscent of a helles bock than a pilsner (and at 7%, this seems like a justified re-categorization).

Taste is of pleasantly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with notable white bread and coconut flavors adding interest. Front of palate tastes lightly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with a background sweetness of white bread and associated dough. Mid-palate tastes floral, grassy, and lemon-like hops with light to medium-light bitterness, bread-like and sweet pale malts, and mild coconut-like flavor behind the scenes adding extra interest. Back of palate tastes hop bitterness with floral and woodsy undertones, a bit of lemon and coconut, and a thin background of white bread. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter hops with light floral and woodsy undertones, light white bread sweetness, and a background hint of lemon.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that comes across as rather soft and pillowy. This is appropriate for the beer, making it pleasurable and easy to drink, and within boundaries for the helles bock style in general.

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Photo of MNJR
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 oberon
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a thick fluffy white head that settled very very slowly leaving globs of broken lace behind.A great mix of yeasty fruitiness,and spicy hop in the nose,a tinge of iron from the malt comes in to play as well,just a great mix.Lightly toasted wheat malt flavors along with some sharpness from the healthy dose of hops,light caramel sweetness as well.Airy mouthfeel makes it glide down easy,wow this is a great brew!Easily the best thing I have had from Abita,a brewery I dont go to often.A great cause and a great beer!...In my opinion.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 MrHassellYaHurd
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass.
Pale golden/yellow with a thick and densely foamy head. The clarity is just slightly lacking for my tastes. As the head recedes, the head leaves sticky lacing along the rim of the glass. The assertive carbonation makes for quite an appealing visual package for this beer.

There is a prominent scent of bananas with a gentle spicy hop contrast at the fore of the smell. Sweet malts and a freshly cut grass (I dunno!) scent round out the smells of this (so far) fairly well-balanced Pils.

The initial bitterness and spicy characteristic of the hops is simply delicious. The wheat isn't as pronounced as I thought it would be, judging by the smell; the taste is much closer to what I would expect from a traditional German Pils. The semi-sweet, biscuity barley malt is complemented by the crisp water (and I suppose by the wheat malt as well), and enhanced by the considerable ABV into a pleasantly sharp and refreshing brew. Overall, the taste is great. I had a pretty different idea of how this was going to taste, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer is medium-bodied with a grainy, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Ultimately very drinkable. I'd recommend this beer to friends, for sure.

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Photo of phishgator
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The carbonation is high. Tight white head with a pale straw color; slightly hazy. The aroma is grassy with crisp notes of saaz hops. The taste, I had this with a true southern pulled pork meal of collards, and black beans, is big for a pilsner. The taste holds up against big fatty foods. It would probably do well with some cheeses or really spicy fish dishes. The body is medium and the hops do coat the tongue in the after taste. I highly recommend this as a beer and to help the locals anyway possible!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this brought straight form New Orleans by a friend. Looking forward to this one.

A - A nice yellow colour with the slightest bit of cloudiness and one finger of thick white head. Very minor lacing.

S - A nice crisp hop nose up front with a touch of bitterness and some citrus notes. A nice bready malt smell rounds out the nose.

T - A very nice and refreshing crisp citrus hop bite up front with a backbone of slightly sweet bready malts. The crisp better hops linger nicely in the aftertaste. This is one of the better pileeners I have had. A good amount of flavour while still being very refreshing.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew; light to moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent pils. Don't notice the 7% ABV at all.

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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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