SOS (Save Our Shore) | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As if any opportunity to support the good cause is enough, doing so with a good beer in hand is a reward for all. Abita continues to be a civic leader in the Gulf communities.

this pilsner begins with a hazy straw color, light carbonation, and subsequently a light but dense creame of a head- taking on a cask ale-ish appearance. Light on retainage and lacing, the beer has a rather still appearance.

Abundant floral notes fill the nose, backed by soft esters of apples and pears, topped with a honeyish, pilsner malt sweetness.

Clean pilsner flavor of crackers, raw grain, and soft confectioners sugar give a subtle and clean sweetness and sturdiness to flavor. Hop bitterness is assertive, maybe even aggressive but cleanly so with strong herb, spice, and earthy grasses. Light fruity esters (again, apples and pears) weave into alcohol bite/bitterness.

Rich malt flavor in the initial sip leads quickly to a fleeting malty weight and into a dry and bitter clean finish. Alcohol warmth is low even for a 7% abv beer that is higher than what is normally associated with the style.

It's obvious that Abita isn't only about making a half-hearted attempt just for the support of a good cause; rather the beer has to be sturdy and of the quality that is expected for proper support of the Gulf Shore clean up efforts. It's a delicious beer worthy of often consumption with or without the proceeds to charity.

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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 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 bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: Slightly cloudy, light (but rich) golden color. Pretty substantial carbonation rises to the surface throughout the body. Pours about a 3 finger, creamy, frothy, white head. The head crumbles very inconsistently, and slowly leaving pretty thorough spider web lacing as it does. Eventually leaves a nice, cozy foamy little blanket on the surface. More sticky spider web lacing as you drink it down, although most of the remnants quickly retreat back into the body of the brew.

S: Robust malty nose with rich yeast, hops, clove, oregano, and a hint of lemon citrus. A little multi-grain baked Italian bread sort of thing workin'.

T: Rich combination of grains. Rich malt, sharpened hops, substantial spice notes (oregano and clove, just like it smells), and just the slightest tinge of natural sweetness... maybe like a hint of honey.

M: The short hint of sweetness fools you in the beginning, and is followed quickly by a surprisingly sharp hoppiness. The whole is experience is very rich and full. No dilution, or watered-down feeling here. A bite remains throughout. Very dry in the finish.

D: Great drinkability. Goes down really easy.... almost against your will. The body lends itself to something you want to sip and savor, but it's oh so good.

Atmosphere is really great here. Full, pristine, towering appearance; and a really full featured nose where the different components just scream out to be noticed, but not to stand out over it's neighbor. Great compliments. Flavor is much like it smells. Great components, well balanced, full flavored. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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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 jmhart
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me a couple of bottles of this beer.

The beer pours a clear gold color with a white head. The aroma is basic pilsener with some pilsener malt and lemon notes. The flavor is a mix of malt and grassy hops with quite a bit of sweetness. This is maybe a little sweeter than your traditional pilsener, but other than that it is pretty good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easily the best beer I have tried from Abita.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small fluffy white head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma starts off very malty and a little grainy. After a moment, a light floral hop presence shows up along with pepper and some fruity tones like banana and lemon.

Again, the taste starts off malty with just a hint of hops in the background. Shortly after, notes of wheat and lemon show up. Finishes lightly spicy.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable overall and the alcohol seems just about nonexistent. I'll probably pick up a few more bottles while they're around.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 Lagaffe74
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new offering from Abita to help with the gulf recovery. As far as I know, it is the third charity operation, after the Restoration Ale and Abbey Ale.

It pours a golden color with a pretty thick head. Aromas are faint and delicate, with a touch of herbs coming from the hops. On the palate, it is very nicely carbonated with a clear and clean pilsner expression, yet it is rounded off and softened by the wheat notes, giving the whole thing a little citrus peel flavor. The finish is slightly bitter - as one would expect - yet soft.

Verdict? A great beer for an even greater cause.

What's a good man to do? DRINK MORE BEER.

Thank you Abita.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita SOS Pilsner has a thick, white head and a cloudy, golden appearance. Carbonation is medium to high. The aroma is slight, and I had to sniff and sniff to pick up the grain smell in the glass. The taste is excellent and a mix of malt and hops. Up front, the hops aren't noticeable, but they show up on the side of the tongue at mid-sip. Quite a lot of lacing is evident. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and it finishes refreshing and wet. After about two glasses, I began to notice the alcohol effects in my head. Overall, this is an outstanding beer from Abita Brewing Company. I highly recommend it.


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Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since BP won't let people volunteer, this is a fantastic way to contribute to the oil relief!

Pours a bright straw color, with a fluffy white 2.5 finger head. Lots of little bubbles streaming up. Laces well.

Smell is very malty sweet, with a slight earthy, graininess. A hint of hops and alcohol reach in the end.

Very malt forward, with grains, and sticky sweetness. The hops show up on the finish, giving a nice balance. The alcohol is very subtle, but just enough to let you know it's there.

The feel is a pleasant and creamy. Crisp, but at the same time have plenty of substance.

Excellent drinkability. A fantastic weizen pils.

Great cause and equally tasty beer. I'm glad a picked a few up, and I will continue to as often as possible.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
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