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.