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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 84 | 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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Reviews by TechTriumph:
Photo of TechTriumph


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

From notes on 04/12/12:
Best by: 02/28/2013; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Over an inch of slight off-white, fluffy head with good retention; Crystal clear appearance with a golden color; Decent rings of lacing left behind

S - Pretty yeasty/bready smell with lightly toasted grains, cereal, light herbal hops, and a bit of sweetness; Extremely subtle hint of booze

T - Herbal and spicy hops have a decent presence - more than the aroma; Again, very faint booze presence that you really have to look for to find, though it strengthens as the beer warms to room temperature; Good bit of sweet bread, grain, and cereal flavors that linger in the aftertaste; Just a bit of hop bitterness steps up to counter the sweetness

M - Leaves the mouth a bit dry and sticky; Good bit of prickly carbonation; Lighter than medium bodied with a crisp and fairly smooth mouthfeel; Finish is slightly warming

O - This lager isn't one to bring lots of complexity or stand out from the pack, but with it's crisp, lighter body, it's certainly an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel was the strongest point of the beer for me, and while a little light for the style, it still seemed to work pretty well. Overall, there are plenty of nice Maibocks out there to choose from, but this offering is a solid choice when in the mood for a lighter, crisper option.

05-19-2012 11:21:31 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

First off this is not a doppelbock in any way shape or form not even close its a strong malt liquor beer that will kick you in the teeth.Poured a dull light golden with a thinner white head that doesnt last to long,whoo the alcohol is there in the nose for sure along with some toasted malt but the sweet alcohol is more prevelant than anything.Just not in to the flavors of this malt licka starts out pretty sweet the somewhat watery mouthfeel does not hold up to the big sweetness at the start of this beer melding into a grainy,alcoholic burn into the finish.Eh the flavors are just to wicked for me to sweet and to much of a burn,I guess for malt licka its ok but I stay away from that shite.

07-08-2006 21:51:49 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.47/5  rDev +27%

Appearance - This is a light-colored orange in the body and very clear with a head that came up nicely and retreated quickly.

Smell - The faint malts are grainy yet easy on the nose and the light booze carries the style through.

Taste - This is much bigger at the taste. The malts are full-on grain with little sweetness but incredibly smooth and the alcohol is large as it should be. No hops of course can be had anywhere in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with no bitterness and a light but uneventful carbonation. The alcohol sensation completes the package.

Drinkability - It's tough to rate "to style" a Helles Doppelbock as I've never really heard of it before, but my idea was to take the helles bock and expect a bit more booze and to this end the beer delivers. I guess it's kind of the German equivalent of American malt liquor and if that's the case then this is the finest ML I've ever had. Those with a more refined beer palate may find themselves quick to dismiss this Abita offering, but I would suggest considering what the goal is here because for me this was a terrific brew especially (I would imagine) when enjoyed in the Louisiana summer.

09-12-2009 01:52:05 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Zakk


4.83/5  rDev +37.2%

I'm from Louisiana, so I'm partial. Also, I'm from the days when Andygator was only available on draft, and have now tried it both on draft and from a bomber.

Serving type: Draft into pint

A: Straw colored, little head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

S: Bready, yeasty, caramel, floral, slight apple and citrus?

T: Malt forward maibock, toasty, roasty, very little bitterness detected. Slight citrus detected.

M: Medium carb, dry, crisp, not as boozy as one would think.

O: Heavier gravity, but without a warming finish. The alcohol is well hidden behind a great balance. Bready without a boozy taste or warmth. Definitely one of my go to draft beers.

06-26-2012 06:50:08 | More by Zakk
Photo of APetitfils


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Partly cloudy golden-orange-yellow. White head that retains decently

S: Crisp but not strong aromas, fruity signatures, detectable alcohol

T: Weak malts, slight cinnamon or dried figs, slight apricot, alcohol is present

M: Light Mouthfeel that rests easy of the tongue. Slight astringency/bitterness and carbonation works a bit to balance the not so overt flavors.

D: Though it is a Helles Doppelbock the beer seems not to have the signature qualities of either style varieties and becomes sort of lost in its mix. The flavors are not too complex which make it too drinkable for an 8% A.B.V. Yet, its worth trying because I found it does produce an interesting experience that only adds to ones repertoire.

02-10-2010 01:19:15 | More by APetitfils
Photo of Tiernan


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-27-2013 22:34:25 | More by Tiernan
Photo of tbryan5


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-27-2013 01:42:10 | More by tbryan5
Photo of sabitu


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-08-2014 02:21:33 | More by sabitu
Photo of BeerDreadz


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-19-2013 22:32:34 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of Shagator


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-18-2014 03:40:50 | More by Shagator
Photo of mattt317


4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

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...

03-04-2014 23:29:58 | More by mattt317
Photo of TimoP


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-03-2013 23:40:59 | More by TimoP
Photo of Chantdaddy

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

I was surprised to see a 22 oz. Abita so I gave it a try. Not bad... My only critique of it was the fact that it calls itself a "helles doppelbock"...eh? Next they'll be making a Stout IPA... but whatever. That aside, I was surprised at how good this beer was. Easily Abita's best beer in their lineup. I was sad that Stoudt's Double Mai Bock was leaving the shelves this year, but Andygator more than makes up for this loss in my opinion... as Andygator really is a Maibock more than anything else.
Brew was malty, with low hop pressence. Warm alcohol gave a sharpness/bite that balanced well with the sweeter, malty side... making this beer extremely drinkable... and at 8% you have to exercise some caution!

04-16-2009 20:27:21 | More by Chantdaddy
Photo of iemailjack


3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-04-2011 22:06:23 | More by iemailjack
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Bomber, no freshness info to be had. Pours clear lighter amber, off white head and nice fine webs of that lacey stuff. Bread and alcohol in the nose. Malt bomb, sweet, alcohol present. Malt, and more malt. Not my favorite style.Not really my cup of tea, one and done on this one.

07-14-2009 00:48:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: golden brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and earth

Taste: biscuit, butterscotch, toasted malt, brown sugar, and a touch of earth.

Mouthfeel: light for the style,high carbonation, sweet, moderately smooth, with a really sweet aftertaste

Drinkability: This is refreshingly different for a dopplebock. Similar to other Abita beers it is light for the style and surprisingly very drinkable. I tasted a small bite, but not a huge gator bite. I did not get a huge alcohol taste. This is a nice and relaxed sipper. Possibly Abita's best.

09-15-2009 14:08:20 | More by tigg924
Photo of JayEvans813


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-21-2013 23:13:45 | More by JayEvans813
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to shan5484 on this one.

Appearance: Golden amber color with about one finger of white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruit, floral notes mostly with some malts amd hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is mostly fruity with some floral qualities. Some hops in the background.

Overall: Had this beer a few times now and it still remains one of my all time favorites.

04-21-2012 13:41:36 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of magictrokini


2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Uhh, not my bag baby. Poured clear gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, perfume aroma laden with spun sugar, lemon, and malt. Sparkling mouthfeel, kept the feel light. Taste started off good, but got sickening towards the end of the glass. Lots of corn and crystal malt int he beginning, very nice. Light fruitiness, light sweetness that kept in check. Somehow, it seemed to build up in your mouth, though. Soon, the taste turned into a grape-candy and straw disaster. Its was like the Sam Adams Longshot Grape beer on steroids. The finish was long and sticky, and very unpleasant. If it remained constant in the beginning, I would have really liked this beer. But as it is, no way.

05-12-2009 21:56:48 | More by magictrokini
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Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-13-2012 08:14:03 | More by jaminjohnson
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-10-2013 02:54:21 | More by dankjohn
Photo of deebo


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

On tap at buck Finns- for a buck at happy hour u can't go wrong!

A-clear light amber golden with a hint of whitehead without staying power and no lacing

S-pils malt with just a hint of spicy bittering hops

T-similar to the aroma

M- very light for a beer of this abv. Carbonation is on the high side. Mouthfeel is very light. Bittering finish but fairly crisp.

O-nothing exciting here. The alcohol is well hidden and goes down fairly easy for a stronger beer. I'll give it a 3.5 just for that

10-30-2012 23:49:17 | More by deebo
Photo of kingcrowing


3.8/5  rDev +8%

22oz bomber poured into an Abita pint glass.

Pours a golden wheaty color thats bright and crisp with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head. Nose is a bit boozy, it's a little sweet and malty with a light biscuit note from the yeast.

Taste is rich and malty but it's a bit too boozy. It has a nice toastiness to it as well as a rich breadiness. It's creamy and easy drinking with a full mouthfeel.

01-22-2010 01:38:33 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Franziskaner


3.16/5  rDev -10.2%

Brilliant gold in color with great clarity and moderate carbonation. A light wisp of foam rests on top of the beer. I get a lot of light biscuity malt and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth and brisk. The flavor is more light malt and biscuit like flavor.

11-17-2013 05:28:25 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Golden32


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-01-2014 01:57:44 | More by Golden32
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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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