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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Working with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board (LSPMB), Abita Beer announced that it has established ‘SOS – A Charitable Fund’ that will assist with the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive this disastrous oil spill.

The fund has pledged that 100% of all money raised will go to charity. In addition, the Louisiana Seafood Marketing Board will play an important role in advising where the money can do the most good. An advisory committee is being established as the donation process and grant procedures are finalized.

The centerpiece of the fundraising effort is a new charitable beer created by Abita. The brew, called SOS – A Charitable Pilsner, will generate 75¢ for every bottle sold. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose of flowery hops and light carmelly sweetness. Hazy yellow with a medium pale yellow head. Flavor is lightly bitter with caramel, a little sweetness, and a slight hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Randall’s; apparently this just hit St. Louis yesterday, so I got a bottle as soon as it was available here. The bottle has awesome artwork. Aroma of Kellogg’s Corn Pops, pilsener malts, sugar, and grass. Flavor of sweet malts, honey, grassy hops, grains, and just a little alcohol. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. The beer itself didn’t wow me- another fine, drinkable beer from Abita- but the generosity they’re offering for this cause is impressive. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world, and the Gulf Coast is a cultural treasure. So if buying a bunch of these to make sure any little bit of money I have can help the cause, I’m happy to drink beer, buy shirts, and otherwise put my faith in Abita to support their region through a hard time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Pours pale yellow with a large sudsy white head. The aroma has clean pils malt and is quite a bit fuller and richer than most pils. There is also some spice, light fruit and is definitely on the sweet side for a pils. Medium body (big for pils) that’s quite smooth and has some semi-soft carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts with some rich caramel malt, some sulfur and spicy/grassy hoppiness. The hops seem very pils-esque, but the malt seems amped up to get the higher abv & loses the crispness to the malt. The finish is a bit crisper and spicier and there is a bit of alcohol heat. Probably the best thing I’ve had from Abita, but if this was tamed a bit to back the alcohol heat and sweetness this would be quite a treat. Nice job overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Fresh bomber. Bravo to Abita for taking up such a noble cause. The body is a lightly hazy, glowing, dark golden hue. Bubbles screech towards the surface in fat streams, forming a moderate, creamy head of off white foam. Bubbly patches and splotchy flares of lacing dry on the glass. Aromas kick off with ample amounts of clean pils malt, hinting also at fresh creamed corn, semi-sweet bread dough, and a bit of alcohol. Hops are faint and floral on the nose, with subtle suggestions of lemon and some white pepper. Flavors follow suit, mainly clean and inoffensive, but lacking anything in the way of ’wow’ factor. Fresh, doughy pils malt is met with slightly more staunch peppery, zesty floral hops. Balance is almost there, perhaps showing a bit too much corn sugar, and while some alcohol is detectable, it is unobtrusive. Creamy up front, the moderate palate rushes into a flurry of carbonation, then to a somewhat perplexing sticky-dry finish. I’m not one for "imperial" type pilseners, but this one is pretty decent. I’m rather impressed, as I didn’t know Abita was capable of this. Back the malt bill down and get to around 5.5% and they’d really have something cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Looks like apple juice, nice fluffy head, minimal lacing. Tastes very hoppy and earthy, mulchy, lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1813) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Sweet agave-like smell, not hoppy in the nose. Flavor is like golden wheat (not bud), toast, light malt, and straw or hay. It’s not hoppy in the least IMO. Palate would be perfect if I didn’t have the old newspaper taste that flashes for a brief moment before the beer finishes. Bottle was a gift from Mmmckay. thanks Sean!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5257) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Hazy golden-tan aroma. Big, frothy, off-white head laces the glass. Dry, with a sweet golden malt background. Even though it’s approaching Heller Bock territory with the matl sweetness, Id still say this is a nice example of an Imperial Pils. Fresh, bold, with some complexity. Peppery hops. Sweet, creamy, doughy malt notes. Well done.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Thanks to the tampa crew for the share. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, grain, ammonia, and slight hops. Flavor is similar with an unenjojyable finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bomber. Pours a luscious golden color with nice white head. The aroma is grassy hops, a little bit of lemon, and some sweet maltiness. The flavor is a little on the sweet side for a true pilsener, but is still quite good. Honeyish malt dominates, cut by some lemon, grass, and slight spicy hops. Very drinkable, and for a good cause, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
22 ounce bottle from the Davis Food Co-Op. This has a nice sweet, toasted, aroma with plenty of maltiness and some honey notes as well. There was some initial noble hop grassiness, but it quickly dissipated. Transparent golden body with a medium white head that is pillowy and pretty fortuitous. Starts with some pretty sharp grassiness and hop flavors. This is followed by a super sweet sugary malt middle with some toastiness present. Light biscuit, too. Finishes with spicy, herbal hop flavors. The awkward sweetness in the middle of this makes it feel out of balance and not overly palatable.

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