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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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 543
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 isualum12
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep straw with a decent finger and a half of head, very nice lacing. Good amount of wheat malt in the nose along with some fresh cut grass. The taste is a very wheat heavy German pilsner. The hops don't quite balance it out. Not a bad pils and I'm happy to say I tried it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 megahurts4
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger pure white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber/yellow color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hop nose and flavor is a hoppy caramel. Light hoppy/bitter finish. $2.04 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Abita session in my tasting notebook.

Looks similar in color to Andygator (golden honey) but this one has a two finger fluffy foamy head that stuck around for more than a minute and left behind some pretty nice lacing, body is light and carbonation is at exactly the right sort of effervescent level for a pilsener. Smells mostly lemony but also medium pale malt scent is there, flavor is not nearly as heavy on the hop spicing as I had anticipated. (I originally thought it would be a Czech-style until I did my homework) but it works as a German Pilsener that depends almost entirely on floral and earth toned hopping. I'm not picking up on any of the subtle fruit tones mentioned by other BAs, however. So I'm left with a really pretty beer that has a really great mouthfeel and very simplistic and clean flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a golden color and rich white head. Aroma is sweet grains and a bit of bubblegum and spice. Flavor is weak grainy and sort of bland with just enough hops to balance. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall I'm confused as to what I was served. The server at O'Charleys in Monroe told me it was like a Blue Moon but with lemon instead of orange. It was served with a lemon wedge. Kind of tastes like a wit and a weak American all malt lager. Stay tuned.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber split over a lamb dinner.

A: pours golden with a thin, pinkie finger white head that is lacing well
S: grassy hops and a dry sweet malt. there is also a bit of yeast and lemon citrus
T/M: seem very slick, grassy hops and dry malt with the light lemon. carbonation helps add to the crispness.
D: if i wasnt distracted by the meal it would be gone faster. also it goes to a good cause.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thick white head.
S- Smells of grain, crackers, green apple, a good bit of sweetness in there as well.
T- Grainy, slightly sugary, a bit fruity as well. Slightly floral. I found the hop character a bit lacking, at least in terms of what was advertised.
M- High-ish carbonation, medium body.
D- Not a bad beer. Not necessarily a go to beer, but it's reasonably good and helps a good cause, so yeah I would have another.
Additional Notes/Changes from 2/22/11:
A- Noticably more lacing this time, meriting it an additional half point. Actually great webs of lazing.
S- Aroma is pretty lackluster on this bottle. Grain and green apple being the predominant aromas.
T- Same as first tasting.
M- Slick finish to it. Kind of syrupy in the finish. A bit odd in this regard.

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Photo of mstyne
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 billab914
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my half Acre pint glass. It poured a pale golden/yellow color with a small but frothy white head to it. The head faded after a minute or so and just left some faint lacing.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy, pale malt quality to it. Just a trace amount of hops to it as well.

The taste shows the same sweet, grainy, pale, cereal like malt flavors to it. Like the nose just a bit of the hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it was a light and easy drinking beer. It had some decent grain/malt flavors to it but wasn't anything special overall. An easy drinker on a hot day though.

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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 LaTrappeMonk
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pils glass. I know there's no category for bottle design and sentimental appeal, but I'm drinking this mainly because I live in Louisiana and it seems like the right thing for a BA to do.

A: Golden and slightly cloudy. It pours with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly, but it does leave good lacing on the glass.

S: The malty flavors are present immediately. It's clear from the get go that this will be a sweet beer. There are also traces of earthiness, clover and lemon. It smells like a less potent their red ale with a hint of lemon.

T: And there's the sweet malty, almost caramel flavor I was expecting. The earthy flavors are lost now. It cuts quickly from caramel to a more bitter lemon finish.

M: It's like 1% milk. It doesn't disappear immediately, but it doesn't linger either.

D: I could easily drink a lot of this beer, but most likely will not. I feel like I have fulfilled my obligation. That doesn't mean it's bad, but Pilsners are not my favorite style.

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Photo of mjord23
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a nice golden straw color. Not much to speak of in terms of head, but what is there sticks around. No noticeable lacing.

S: Very nice smell, really brings the traditional pilsner notes out. Notes of yeast, nice and crisp.

T: Strong taste upfront, but dissipates too quickly for my liking. Light citrus. Good, traditional pilsner. Nothing stands out, but nothing that sticks out as a negative either.

M: Smooth. Very drinkable, I could see myself enjoying this on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, at 7%, it's just not session-able (if that's even a word).

O: A good, but average pilsner. I've had some that I greatly prefer, but I wouldn't turn this down if offered it again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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 cokes
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazed daffodil colored with a plump stack of ivory suds. Great lacing and decent retention.
Bready aroma with pangs of steely lemon-tinged herbal hops. Mostly, though, it's bready. Hops are an afterthought.
The wheat comes through in the mouth with soft, almost sweet breadiness. And it sits here for nearly the duration, in it's easy going, static breadiness. Hops bring just a dab of back end herbals and a touch of drying bitters.
A bit fatter than most pilsners, which seems to stunt the visible streams of CO2. It's still drinks rapidly, in spite of it's elevated alcohol content.
Dynamic this is not. But it's agreeable, generally tasty (if plain), and charitable. Can't root against it.

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

save our shore donates money for a good cause (the gulf coast oil spill recovery).
pours a yellow color, and was poured pretty aggressively for a pretty good head which is a white pillow on top of the body.
smells pretty much completely of pilsener malts.
the taste matches, only with the taste i'm a little more disappointed. its lacking. plus, i get a hint of alcohol in the taste. its 7% but still.
mouth feel is pretty much average, can't really complain.
its a drinkable beer.

i hope it sells enough to do some good for the gulf.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 rand
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 650 mL bomber to Schneider & Sohn pilsner glass

A: SOS has a crisp snap and festive, effervescent appearance as it fills the glass. Light yellow straw in color, and clear, the brew forms a fluffy, pillow-y, 2-inch head that slowly recedes.

S: It smells of light earthy grains, with freshly baked bread in the distance. A touch of lemon zest in tow. The beer has a subtle bouquet - some deep inhales are necessary.

T: Cracker-like, earthy malts meet a touch of tea-tinged hops. Notes of lemon pepper and honey add some depth. The relatively high ABV is completely hidden, giving this smooth pilsner high drinkability. The balance of flavors works well as the brew leaves little residue between sips.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly viscous for the style. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Although not remarkable, SOS is a fairly smooth and drinkable pils. Refreshing too, this is a nice companion to my soup and salad lunch.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden color body with a very sticky white, pillowy head.

S: Nothing too amazing. Just smells like a typical pilsner- wheat, a bit of spices, sweet malts.

T: A simple flavor of sweet pilsner malts, wheat, honey, and a hint of lemon-like hops.

M: Very refreshing, with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: Very standard for the style, but nothing amazing. Really easy to drink, but simple flavor.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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 johnkale
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Christmas present from my roommate, 22oz bomber poured into some fine Packers themed glassware.

A - Nice golden color, bordering on orange, decent head subsided quickly to moderate, but sticky, lacing.

S - Biscuits, grass, a little citrus, a little spice

T - nice sweetness to this, biscuit, toffee, some floral notes, nothing too exciting but not bad

M - A little watery, at the same time, never threatened to be too heavy

D - certainly quaffable, managed to drink the bomber by myself without noticing how much I had consumed (sounds kind of alarming, but I'm just going to blame a stressful day at work)

Not my style, but certainly something I would recommend to a macro drinker and maybe even buy for myself during the summer.

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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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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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