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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9266) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a medium sized creamy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of dry, biscuity malts, peppery hops with a bit of a tropical note. The taste is tropical fruits with pale malts and a dry and bitter peppery hop finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4430) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Appearance: Pours a goodly hazed, straw-colored body with a tall, billowing, white head. Slight smattering of lace collects on the glass like so much tar on the Gulf beaches. Smell: Clear-cut scents of pilsner and wheat malt housed with notes smelling of sun-drenched grasses, saltines, a pinch of white pepper, husky grains, and orchard fruits. Taste: A crisp, grainy taste of pils malts paired with a noted twinge of tangy-tasting wheat malt. Modest sugary-toned sweetness. Fruity ester accents suggesting Bosc pears and Golden Delicious apples. Eventually a touch of simple honey emerges. Lightly floral, spicy hops with ample bitterness. A bit more of that bitterness and some peppery alcohol hints grace the dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Sure, it’s a little high on the alcohol, but, thankfully, it doesn’t stray too terribly far towards unrefreshing, cloying territories. Overall, a good beer for a good cause. You know, it’s nice to occasionally use my evident alcoholism for the forces of GOOD.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (3862) - - AUG 21, 2010
22oz bottle. clear gold under a large, frothy, white head. aroma of sweet cereal grains, gentle bittering hops, maybe some honey. flavor has notes of over-ripe peaches and pineapple with sweetened cereal. low carbonation and creamy palate. they did do a nice job hiding 7% in a pilsener.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Hazy golden color, fluffy but lingering foam. Sweet lemony aroma. A little thin and syrupy on the palate. Tastes of lemon curd with touches of buiscuity malt. Finishes with a decent bitter bite. Not particuarly complex but interesting. Smooth and refreshing with nice suggestions of sweet fruity flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4448) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Abita continues its good work in the community, as with the Restoration Ale. First off, this is a great painted bottle, probably second only to their Abbey Ale. Bright lemony yellow, misty beer with a big white head. Spritzy beer aroma. Citrus, lemony pils with pith bittering over a briny/cereal beer. Starchy mouthfeel. A good pint, or bomber or whatever. ABC Liquors, Betton (which has a lot better price than does Market Square Liquors.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 17, 2010
Really skeptical about buying Abita stuff, but was extremely happy I invested in this when I discovered the cause... I am no longer worried whether it is good or bad, but the ratings have me expecting good things, so here goes. Nice clear golden color with a big creamy white head. Nice lace as well. Nice pale malt aroma with some juicy hop quality to boot. It is all very balanced, not in-your-face, but very well crafted. The flavor is the same... very juicy, but not aggressive, hop character that works great with the pale malt backbone. Super fresh and refreshing. Medium to light bodied with minimal carbonation. Smooth and, again, refreshing. Overall: not only am I very happy with this purchase, I will certainly be buying this again to support the relief. And, at such an affordable price (3 dollars and small change), its a no brainer! This beer is also changing my perspective of, and respect for, Abita.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1428) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Fairly basic pilsner aroma, with a touch of hops. Pours a clear golden, with a big white head, and very visible carbonation. Not a bad pilsner, a bit more sweet malts and less hops then I prefer in my pilsners. Fairly light in the palate, and the alcohol is not noticeable. I may pick up another bottle of this or two before summer ends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1076) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Clear golden pour, frothy white head and a pleasant straw-hay aroma. Medium bodied with an upfront malt presence, just sweet enough to be balanced. Grassy, straw and hay flavors with just the faintest amount of citrus. i like this pilsener. Alcohol is only evident by the medium-full body of this beer which contrasts to it’s light appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Stiff, large billowy white head, almost clear golden yellow color. Aroma is fantastic for a pils. The wheat gives this a little of a doughey character, I think. Unique malty wheat mouth feel with a bitter, but malty finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3031) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber from ABC Liquor on Thomasville. Yellow-gold pour with a medium white head and a ring of lacing. Aroma is muted spice, yeast and light malts. Taste is a sweet but crisp mix of honey, tropical fruit, lemon, sweet tea, pepper and bread. Finishes up grassy and tinny. Texture is slick medium to light. Tasty enough.

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