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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6087) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2013
22 oz bottle. BB 09/10/13. (Stein’s Deli) New Orleans, LA.
Clear pale golden colour with a small frothy white head. Yeast, grassy hops and wheaty malt in the aroma. Yeast, wheat and grassy hops in the flavour. Pilsnery. Not bad but a bit boring. But absolutely for a good cause. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of detergent and metal. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Not enjoyable at all. Unbalanced, rough, dirty, and metallic. A drain pour. A good cause, but a poor beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle:   Dirty straw, slightly hazy, moderate white head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Straw/hay like nose, dried by the sun.   Malty up front, grassy, even wheaty.   Doesn’t seem like a very strong beer.   The 7% ABV is well hidden.   Fairly clean, lots of straw and wheat on the finish.   Could stand to be a bit sweeter.   Very slight astringency on the finish.   Moderate to full body for a Pilsner.   Not a bad beer, but really wished it were a bit sweeter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods Sacramento. Pours yellowish golden with a thick off-white head and a standard pilsner aroma. There is a rich slightly sweet wheat flavor, more taste than most pilsners, and a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
bottle, thanks to mora2000, clear yellow color with raspberry, banana aromas, flavor of grainy, light tropical fruits, thin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Very hazy gold, huge white fizzy/creamy white head. Smells pretty solid - grain, cereal chewiness, floral, a bit sweet. Taste is kind of blah - like the aroma, but vague, less solid grain, more sweetness, no alcohol. Light but somewhat chewy mouthfeel, no carbonation, quick-finishing with a slightly papery aftertaste. Not bad. Would probably be a good "tap" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a near clear gold with a large white head that lasts throughout and laces slightly. Aroma has a a good amount of citrus with a nice light grain backing. Flavor also has a decent amount of citrus (orange peel) in the beginning with a nice grain and cereal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
8/27/10. Bomber. Cloudy off-yellow pour with a big thick white head that laces like a mutha... The aroma is plain old corny, metallic light beer, and basically so is the flavor, except sweeter and a more generous wheat hint. Glad for the cause, meh for the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
22. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a surging white head that sticks around for a while before wandering off. Nice toasty crackery nose, almost overwhelming, like low-salt saltines in the microwave. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Grassy, crackery, right-on pilsner mid-palate. Gets a little warm on the finish, super-toasty, in a nice way. A harvest pilsner, if you will. These hotted-up versions of classic styles are kind of a trip. As curiosities, they’re 100% irresistible. What’s tricky is figuring out how often you might drink a 7% pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
phaleslu (5869) - 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.

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