Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BitterLover:
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Clear amber yellow with a huge, fluffy white head (even though I was pouring carefully). In fact, the head was so aggressive that I had to stop pouring when the glass was only half full because the top half was all head. Really light in color for a Doppelbock.
Smell: Definite green apple aroma, smells more like a strong cider than a beer
Taste: Sweet maltiness up front, followed quickly by a citrusy note, and finishing with the flavor of sourdough bread with an alcohol pinch. This wasn't really what I was expecting from a Doppelbock.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, very full bodied and velvety.
Drinkability: I just finished the 22 oz bottle, and at 8%, I don't think I'll open another one. It's decent, but it doesn't seem like a Doppelbock.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2009 05:02:34 | More by BitterLover
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4.13/5 rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Served in a big, frosty litre mug at my local watering hole - The Baltic... my kinda beer, not too hoppy, sweet but not too sweet and enough but not too much aroma to keel you over the next day. ... a huge kick, too.... yummy....If you're in the East Bay and wanna good beer at a reasonable price.... Try The Baltic for happy hour...
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2014 23:29:58 | More by mattt317
3.71/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Andygator is bright and yellow as a fresh lemon and has a reflection like a camera flash. It is about 97% clear (allowing for a very minor haze). From above its bleached-white head looks dense and solid as ice, but the air gradually picks away at it, dissolving it almost entirely.
This is a really nice Helles Bock, at least on first impression. The 'je ne sais quoi' of the style is on proud display in the aroma; its sweet, bready maltiness has a depth of flavour not found in simple helles lagers of lower strength. You do indeed get the impression of the 8% alcohol.
...but it doesn't hurt things one bit. In fact, it adds to them. This maltiness, though plain and simple, is sturdy and wholesome enough to soak up the harsh notes and still maintain its grainy, lightly toasted cereal flavour in spite of the odd fruity ester or sting. It even has light caramel notes and a hint of spice that fly in the face of it all.
Helles Bocks are somehow distinctive without being much of anything in particular. These beers are modest; ordinary and unsophisticated upon first inspection. But closer looks (err, tastes) reveal an understated intricacy: a corn bread-like flavour that is sweet and grainy, with hints of grassy, herbal bitterness, and an overall towering maltiness.
Andygator, like all good examples of the style, is very lean but very muscular. It doesn't hit a ton of notes but the ones it does are sung loud and held long. Given the naturally understated qualities of helles bocks I'm not surprised it has failed to impress others, but bock lovers will certainly recognize and appreciate its quality, composure, and authenticity. Good job!
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 22:21:56 | More by biegaman
3.46/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer is a rich crystal clear copper color. A bubbly white head dissipates to a tight film, while only minimal lines of lacing remain on the glass.
There is a spiciness about the aroma leading to a malty backbone with an herbal finish.
The taste has some cereal grains in it, malty sweetness, and a pretty boozy finish.
The mouthfeel is pretty heavy, dry.
Overall: I pretty much liked everything about this except the taste. And the ABV really comes out.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 22:04:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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