Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.71/5 rDev +5.7%
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
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