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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003)
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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +13%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass. It pours a yellow color with some nice carbonation. I gave it an aggressive pour and it had an impressive 2 finger head. It smells fresh and fruity. It has a balanced mouth feel not thin and not thick, balanced and not bitter at all. This might be my first Helles Doppelbock, I'm impressed very nice and with an ABV of 8% it can bite ya. It is smooth and well balanced, hints of fruit and just a slight bitterness I must say. I do believe this is my first Abita beer and I am impressed and will try some more.

bleedsblu, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: A couple of shades darker than the average sunny helles color. Mild haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains very well. Clumpy lacing. Speedy streams of carbonation.

S: Thick pilsner malt sweetness. Doughy. Light grainy toast. Vague fruitiness creeps in for an instant. Peppery alcohol. Hops are herbal, spicy, and peppery. Clean overall.

T: Toasty malt up front. Pilsner malt sweetness demands the palate's full attention after that. Doughy. Peppery alcohol is quiet and brief. Herbal hops and an oily, lemony zing cut right through all the fat pilsner malt sweetness. Touch of vague fruitiness. Very clean. Toasted grain finish with fading herbal hops.

M: medium-thick body. Heavy and firm malt backbone presses into the tongue. Aggressive prickling carbonation scrubs it away. Smooth.

O: Abita makes some very under appreciated lagers. This is one of my favorites from them. Very technically sound, though perhaps a bit more well-hopped than most of the German doppelbocks I've had. You won't find me complaining though. Maybe its recent GABF medal win will get people to take more notice. If not, more for me I guess.

ryan1788a5, Aug 30, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +33.3%

Blakerussell3, Yesterday at 10:39 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +35.6%

mjchurchman, Yesterday at 10:26 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bushwack, Yesterday at 01:13 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jamstone714, Saturday at 09:49 PM
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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

Greene428, Thursday at 11:18 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Rod_J, Thursday at 03:16 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

claspada, Tuesday at 08:48 PM
Photo of Fosh
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Now sold in regular 12oz. bottles, this beer is now served (don't hate it until you've tried it) in mixed form with Abita's Purple Haze and Strawberry beers throughout many bars in Louisiana. Poured correctly from a tap this beer, in combination with either of the others mentioned above, is quite delicious (even smoother with a distinct taste of the fruit that was used, strawberry or raspberry) . Try it for yourself, remember to sip as it's still potent, and post for yourself.

Fosh, Nov 18, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -33.3%

Indyguy41, Nov 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

RavenForBeer, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock.

flagmantho, Nov 16, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -18.6%

BBS323, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

Ianwink24, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

lzepplin01, Nov 15, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

Aroma is yeasty, with a touch of Belgian character to it, green apple, and a metallic note. Hints of peach surface. Flavor reveals an overly sweet caramel malt base, toasted notes, and muted peach and apple skin character. Could use some sharp notes to clean up the flab.

barczar, Nov 15, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

Chadda24, Nov 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%

CPB, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautifully pale-golden, especially effervescent Doppelbock, that I'd not had in several years and was happy to see Abita had unleashed in an affordable six-pack, after being bomber-bound for so long.

First off: it's a very drinkable—even somewhat sessionable, under the right circumstances—high-gravity beer. It retains hints of the sweet, thick, and winey qualities that at times accompany higher proofs—particularly doppelbocks—but is, as its labelling promises, quite dry. Indeed, it's extremely crisp generally (and not just in the context of its style), almost prosecco-esque degree, thanks to the very bubbly body and the German lager yeast—though obviously it'd represent a very bad, shockingly sugarly processo.

But luckily what makes a good prosecco is not what makes a good Helles Doppelbock, and this is a very good manifestation of the latter: I detect less "fruit"—in aroma or taste—than that softly-sour, lager-yeasty character that—at it's best—is described as "fruitness" but is both something more and something else than that. The Perle-hopping is light, but present, and adds a complexity to the crispness and operates as another element to mitigate the sweetness; while the golden-blonde hue is matched by the malt textures, which always have bite and never burden with too much heft.

I hadn't had an Andygator in at least four, and maybe six years—and it may very well have been the first doppelbock I knowingly tried—but I'm reminded that, despite its ubitquity in stores, it's meant to be a very fine beer, and a nice, clean take on a style that, at first, one might be skeptical could successfully originate from the deep-south swamps.

OrestesMethuon, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.