SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)
542 Ratings
SOS (Save Our Shore)SOS (Save Our Shore)

Brewed by:
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 TwoForty
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JizackFH
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Beerbuddha
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This beer poured a nice bright gold color with a nice thin white head.

Smell: Nice malty aroma with hints of lemon and a floral hoppiness.

Taste: Nice sweet maltiness balanced well with the hops. Creates a nice smooth flavor which is accompanied by a nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking pilsner with a great cause but nothing mind blowing here. Another lackluster brew from Abita. They always seem to get away with mediocrity and it has served them well. 75 cents per bottle is being donated to help from the oil spill which is great. I think the design of the bottle is incredible. More incredible than the product inside the bottle.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

A nice pale gold/dark straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and sticks around for awhile, leaving lines of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is pretty standard german pilsner. Biscuity with a grassy and noble hop background.

Flavour is the same as aroma. Biscuity/bready up front before the grassy/noble hops take over in the finish.

Pretty plain and just ok pilsner. Didn't do anything to grab me. Overall I think Abita's ales are better than their lagers, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, a "weizen pils", according to the back. Poured into a large chalice, it looks pretty pils-like, with a bright, clear gold color and a modest, though quickly fading head. The aroma is disappointingly faint, with but a hint of malt. Bland, undistinguished flavor, like much of the Abita line-up. Generic malt, with (very) light hops. There's a hint of harsh fusels at the end that drop it from a 3.5 to a 3 for me.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer, pretty clear, with a bit of a white head. Decent bit of stick on the sides.

S - A bit of breadiness and abit of pale pilsner malt and sweetness. Slight bit of hops and more grain.

T - Taste is the same as the nose. It's definitely a straight forward pilsner, light and easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Nothing ground-breaking here, but an enjoyable portrayal of the style.

M - Light, pretty crisp, moderate carbonation.

O - Average beer, but that doesn't make it hard to drink or unenjoyable. Nothing I'd buy, but you could do worse.

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Photo of bobhits
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

n. Wheat beer, hint of hops, lots of grassy and citrus notes. Rather sweet overall from the pilsner malt.

a. Murky yellow (hint of orange) with a good head, leaves a nice lacing, and tones of bubbles coming up. Very much what you'd expect. Served in as close as I had to a pilsner glass.

t. First note is to serve this warmer than right out of the ridge...a summer beer it may be, but the flavors aren't coming out clearly.

A somewhat earthy, grainy, almost zesta crackers (unsalted) start. Finishing with a sweet malt flavor back with some spice and a touch bit of an alcohol bite. Hops don't seem to be coming out for me as much as others I saying or I'm just not noting them correctly for the style. They are there but very much subdued. I'd like a touch more to somewhat match the spicy finish.

d. A nice summer session type beer, and why not session for this worthy cause? And for once I feel like charity part isn't just a marketing ploy (or maybe I just feel for the gulf after the last few years). See comments below about abv.

m. The spices are a touch rough I suppose, but nothing that would stop me from drinking a few. Could use a hint more carbonation, but somewhat as expected for the style.

OK i just saw this is 7% so session beer it shouldn't be. There's a touch of alcohol in the flavor but it does a pretty good job of acting like an american attempt at a german summer beer that I'd put at 5%.

This is a solid offering all and all. A hair above average for an american pilsner and why not enjoy when it's for a good cause?

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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 jrsone
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

For my taste, a pilsner is already enough of a light-bodied beer. Abita's added wheat to make what they call a Weizen Pils. Maybe only the addition of rice could have elevated the already gossamer mouthfeel of this brew. Drinkability gets a little higher score.
The hops are nice and refreshing, a little pineapple juice and grassy aroma and flavor. But they're not enough to save this beer from being average.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light yellow body with a small white head.

S- Simple clean grainy/grassy smell with a little malts.

T- Has some sweet citrus fruit like taste with a good pine bitter ending. It is a good buy though, it's $4 and the proceeds go to help clean up the shores so you have to give them props for that.

Food Pairing- Fish or shrimp, maybe a shrimp poboy to be more exact.

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Photo of andrwjedi
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Very pale, golden in color. Poured a thick, foamy white head. Slight haze to it from the wheat.

S - Clear aroma of a pilsener. Not a strong aroma, but a distinct one. Some citrus and spicy notes.

T - Soft malts and a little sweet. Not too dry from what I was expecting from a pilsener. Slighty spicy notes from the perle hops. Had the characters of a wheat beer without being too strong. No alcohol taste present. Didn't even realize it was 7% until I looked it up.

M - Soft and not too dry. Good carbonation. No warming feeling from the higher than average ABV%.

D - Heavier than I was expecting. I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, but this one was a good balance with the lighter pilsener profile. The ABV strength was very deceptive.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Oxidized gold color. Sweet smell and sweet amd smooth taste. Mild hoppiness in the flavor and aroma. Ive had better pilsners and
I can get a better one for the same price. Still a solid brew but I will probably stock tomy favorite pilsners.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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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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