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  • Brewery: Abita Brewing Company
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Louisiana
  • Style: American Pilsner
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  • PHM Grade: A-

Abita SOS Pilsner

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When I sat down to write this review I didn’t realize how much of a hot topic post it could be. I’m sure everyone is completely disgusted with BP and possibly the US government with regards to the Gulf Coast oil spill response. Without getting politically heated allow me to say that my heart goes out to the people affected by this tragedy (not to mention the environmental impact). While there is various ways one can get involved to help in recovery/clean up efforts, Abita Beer has provided a way for beer drinkers to lend support.

They commissioned a SOS Pilsner where .75¢ of the proceeds go to “the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry, and individuals fighting to survive this disastrous oil spill.” I commend them for their effort to help out their statesmen and neighbors.

The beer itself is a Wiezen Pils brewed with pilsner and wheat malts. It is also dry-hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops in addition to the bittering. I found a bag of sand in my basement which got me to thinking about fun photo shoot I could set up. I personally think it adds a nice touch to the already straw-golden brew that boast a slight cloudiness from the wheat malt. There is a big billowing egg shell white head that replaced by a well carbonated body.

The aroma is definitely that of a sweet pilsner, but crossed with a wheat beer. It is rather interesting because at some points I feel like I’m drinking a 312, while at others I get a pleasant German Pils character. The wheat malt lends some body and smoothness to the beer. Marked by a honey, herbal hoppiness the Sterling and Perle offer a dry finish while supporting the bready pils malt nicely. The 7% abv is hidden very well to the point where I didn’t even notice it. Perfect for a hot day this beer not only helps to “save our shores” but could also save your summer.

ABV: 7.0%

Grade: A-

  1. I love this beer! LOVE IT!!

    I bought it just for the cause when I first saw it, and now I’m stocking up bit by bit before they stop making it. I think it’s a great over all Pilsner and I wish more people could try it and donate to the cause. It’s a great bottle too.

    I know it’s more of a summer and spring style, but in truth I could drink this year round and enjoy it when it’s snowing out just as much as when it’s 105 out. 🙂

    Great job Abita, and great review!


    Ilya Feynberg — September 7th, 2010, 2:04 PM
  2. Thanks llya! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I agree with you, it very well could be a year round brew. You can also buy SOS merch off Abita’s website if someone want’s to donate more than 75 cents.

    Tom — September 8th, 2010, 9:01 PM
  3. Hello Abita i live in Baker Louisiana and i tried this beer about 8 mths ago and i’v tried to find ever since. Please help me locate it great job keep it on the market and easy to find. Thank You

    Morris Patterson

    morris patterson — May 6th, 2012, 9:11 AM
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