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SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
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241
Ratings:
543
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
18.28%
 
 
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Photo of hreb
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours piss pale yellow with giant bubbles of carbonation rushing towards the surface and a thick white head of the same. Aroma is faint, but crisp, and pilsnery.

Flavor: similarly mild, dry, with just a bit of sugary sweetness. There's nothing about this beer that would betray the 7% ABV...I might have guessed four and a half :O

Only after reading the writing on the painted label can I detect the single curve this beer throws at its drinker: it's a "Weizen Pils". The wheat flavor is definitely there, but only as an echo of German Hefeweizen flavor -- so far removed from what I'd expect from a Pilsner -- and especially after the unforgiving filtering job this beer has been through.

Very good overall, but I have to ding it a few points for unnecessary sweetness. Neutral flavors work well for a pilsner beer, but keep it far removed from greatness.

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Photo of aepb1
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge bubbly white head, translucent golden body

S- Piney hops, fruity/bready malt underneath. Intriguing

T- Herbal hops, some sweet malts, piney hops finish, a decent ride

M- Medium body, average carbonation

D- Average, really the cause this brew goes toward increases its drinkability

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Photo of TangTKE402
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 Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad effort, though not a top tier pilsner.

Pours a satisfying straw yellow with a nice fluffy, sticky white head. The aroma is sweet with a whiff of sulfur and the slight metallic tang of a good pilsner. The flavor is right - sweet, grainy, with a little honey, and some of that sulfer and metal, and a nice hop character. But it falls short because it lacks the biting crispness of a great pilsner. It is a little flabby and thick, both in flavor and in mouthfeel.

I would call this an extremely near miss, but a miss none-the-less.

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Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Gold in color. Hazy body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Notes of pear, apple and grain.
T) Subtle banana flavor. Wheaty. There's a hint a hint of orange peel taste. The malts are present but mellow.
M) Mostly a light bodied brew. Creamy. Dry. A bit of gritty feel in the finish.
D) A decent brew. Not my preferred style but good nonetheless.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this stuff for 3 bucks. Sweet deal.

A - Clear bright yellow with a respectable level of tiny floaties. Head was only a 1/4 inch but pulled back to a thick lace ring. Head has a decent level of stick.

S - Nice it has a decent level of spicy hops and some pilsner malt to boot.

T - Eh not bad. Skunkiness is low with mild bittering hops and some sweeter malts.

M - Medium and not as crisp as I expected.

Overall for an imperial pilsner it's not bad. Granted its not my favorite style but it was worth the 3 dollar price tag. Plus 75 cents goes to help nature and shit! Hells yeah!

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, floral hops. Taste is grassy, lemons, light malts, hops are present, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium-light in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring, but typical of a pilsner, and I do admit to some prejudice in favor of darker beers. At least the white head is fairly thick and fluffy. Aroma is strong, crisp, malty and more than a bit fruity, mainly banana plus a little apple and a little pear. Flavor is crisp and malty, about average for a pils, with some fruity undertone. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a nice malty and somewhat fruity finish. A toast to all those helping restore the Gulf!

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

A: A lemon-brass pour is topped off by a 2 finger, frothy, eggshell white head that left thin spongey stratified rings upon its slow lapse. Clarity was fairly good with the easy recognition of text on the far side of the glass while carbonation was limited to one or two bubbles rising in near isolation at a slow, leisure pace. The lacing was the best aspect of the visual appeal I thought, with a high rate of coverage and glass coating sheet.

S: Soft malted wheat and semi-dry lemons and oranges come first. You will have to let this warm a bit to get a good feel for the hops but they do eventually show. Warm fresh alfalfa sprouts come to mind, very earthy and green in smell.

T: A bit thin flavor wise on the open, won't impress you much with its substance. Soft wheat and thin show of oranges. Some fresh green alfalfa sprouts surface for hopping. Midway the pilsner malts sweetness surfaces while it transcends to a bit of dry flour and wheat with some graininess. Some mildewy citrus rounds things out a bit with a musky tartness on the fade.

M: Light bodied, creamy smoothness completely void of effervesce.

D: Fairly easy to consume, though you wont necessarily be wowed over in the process. Worth a purchase if not just for the cause (.75 donated to clean up in the gulf).

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

Radiant yellow with a wisp of yeast. A quality, thick, fluffy head rests on top. Doughy malt, clean grassy hops, dry earthy grain aromas. Pilsener malts and green, spicy hops with an even sweetness. Drinks lighter than it is. In fact, it's surprisingly light overall. Clean, fairly smooth, medium-light bodied. Not bad, but not nearly as good as their 20th Anniversary.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-30-10

Pours a very clear golden yellow color, with a nice white head that settles to a thin layer. Lacing clings to the sides with big bubbles.

Smell is very subtle, a little soapy, with very light citrus hops and bready malt.

Taste is sharp, sweet malt right up front, followed by very soapy hops. The hops are only slightly bitter, and add more sweetness than balance. It does grow on you though.

Mouthfeel is good, thicker than I expected, and suits the flavors well.

Drinkability is good, but the bready malt does start to wear a little thin.

Overall, a well made beer, and worth trying.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 steve8robin
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this to help out the BP spill. 22oz bomber. Here we go...

A: Light golden / yellow homney with a huge 2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some bready hops upfront with hints of banana. Some earthy grassiness that hides on the back. Very natural smelling. Decent.

T: Tastes of watery rye upfront with very faint hints of lemonade. Very faint! Almost a soapy water taste blended in. Ok.

M: Leaves a bitter, dry taste on the palate. Thick carbonation. Decent.

D: This one goes down surprisingly easy. Very good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing special. Try it to support the Gulf clean up, but otherwise, not worth your taste buds.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 IoniaAtlantic
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is ok. It is a little hazy for a pilsner but a nice color and frothy-white head that diminishes to a thin topping with nice rings throughout the glass.
The smell is very nice, though too much floral and citrus for a pilsner.
The taste is where the 7.0 abv comes in. It is on the bitter-hoppy side,(which I enjoy) but finishes a bit dull, over the top for the style.
The mouthfeel is heavy for appearance, but excellent in flooding the mouth with flavor.
The drinkability is fine. But, for the abv, I would rather up the style and profile than stick to a pilsner

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spices, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, wheat, subtle spices, and subtle fruit. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really stood out on this brew with the exception of the floral note I picked up on. The rest of the brew was kind of weak in flavor in my opinion as nothing really jumped out at me. Not bad for the style, but not great either. Worth trying though even if it is for the good cause they are brewing it for.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fruity, fairly crisp pilsner that hides is high-abv very well, this Save Our Shore is a solid euro-pils with maybe a bit too much textural weight but decent head, excellent retention, and some cool lacing patterns in my frosted Abita shaker-pint. The hopping is mild, but nicely accentuates the yeast-malt fruitiness that resounds through this beer's flavor-profile; however I would've liked more effervescence to carry this pilsner home. It's a fun effort—and a good cause, charitably-speaking—but it's solidly unspectacular, unfortunately. I'm normally a big fan of high-abv pilsners, but this doesn't quite hit the snuff.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, golden and clear with lots of rising bubbles and a good head that's still 1/4" thick ten minutes after pouring.

Aroma and flavor are kinda grainy and a little hop bitter-y, with some grassy notes and a bit of sweet maltiness.

Body is pretty light and a little slick, easy to drink, slight lingering bittersweet notes.

Overall it's pretty good, quite easy to drink for a 7% beer. I'd have it again, particularly since 75C goes to SOS.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to this one... it's been out for several weeks but harder to find than I would have thought.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a weizen glass... bubbly gold color, clear with a nice creamy white head and good retention. Not a bad looking brew.

I like the smell... more like a pale ale than a pilsener to me, hoppier than expected and also a hint of the wheat roots.

More wheat on the tongue than on the the nose... and less hops although there is a slight bite towards the end. A little watery but quite good.

Nothing spectacular, but I'm pleasantly surprised with this wheat imperial pilsener hybrid. Well done and for a good cause.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a pale, hazy straw hue with an energetic sudsy white head. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, cracked wheat, husky grain, lemon twist, and grass.

Taste -- Husky malt, Pilsner, mild wheat flavor, lemon, white pepper, grass. Finish has in it some moderate earthy hop bitterness, lemon zest, and pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A bit creamy in the finish.

Drinkability -- For charity's sake, I'm going to give this a charitable bump in the drinkability section. Not bad by any stretch, but I wasn't thrilled, either.

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Photo of oN3xM
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice clear golden pils with low amounts of bubbles but a huge foamy, 2 finger head that depletes quickly.
S - Subtle hints of honey compliment the aromas of grassy wheat and malty grains.
T - The weizen taste of banana (I don't know what it is; I always taste hints of banana in hefeweizens) along with the honey and wheat drive gives this beer its light and relaxing profile. Very little alcohol taste.
M - Very light and thin. More carbonation than expected considering almost no bubbles in appearance.
O - A nice beer to sit back and relax with. Drink it cold or don't even bother. The difference is startling.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a clear golden color with a big fluffy white head of 2 fingers. Clean and crisp aroma of light cereal. Sweet start that gives way to a slightly sweet bitter ending. Easy drinking and very light. It's a little sweet though.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of Abita beers for the most part, but I went out of my way for this one ... great bottle art, and an even greater cause. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a .5L stein.

The pour results in a fluffy off-white head; the ale is a nice golden hue. Patchy head retention and good lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet malts and hop spiciness that tickles the nose. Dry straw. I pull berries from the aroma, and they seem a tad out of place but they're not unpleasant by any means. The carbonation on this beer is pretty low...at least lower than I'd want in a pils. The flavors are sweet corn and bitter, spicy hops. Not much complexity in the flavor. The beer was ok, but I saved the bottle for a while. Very nice art.

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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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