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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

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
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Ratings: 1,344 | Reviews: 418
Reviews by fostwal:
Photo of fostwal
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer from Abita.
Appearance: dark golden color
Smell: light hop/malt aroma,
Taste: light malt flavor. No hop bite. No roasted malt flavor at all. Its hard for me to place the taste. Just clean.
Mouthfeel: not very carbonated. Just enough to enhance the taste.
Drinkability: this goes down very easily.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a pale gold with nice lacing.
Smell - equal parts hoppy and bready, a little fruity.
Taste - bitter, nice hops up front but finishes differently with a slight sweet twist (almost grapey?) and bready maltness. Awesome! The booze is hidden very well.
Feel - smooth and high quality like all Abita beers.
Overall - super offering by Abita. My fave by them thus far but you can't go wrong with them. They go for a little drinkability in their beers, so they probably won't blow away all the beer snobs. Cheers!

Photo of oberon
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Zakk
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of APetitfils
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mattt317
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
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...

Photo of Chantdaddy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Nose: bready, yeasty over spicy Munich malt with some hop spice mingled in, faint cooked vegetal.
Pours brilliant gold under a dense 2" finely bubbled foam cap, lacy.
Palate: Initial malty sweetness followed by alcohol, fresh grains, faint grass, bready malt, malt spice and a light hop touch.
Very smooth and creamy medium full bodied beer with just below medium carbonation. Warming.

Photo of far333
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This can't be a dopplebock. The bar listed it as a barleywine, but it's barely anything at all. A light honey yellowish color with a fine, light fizzy head that disappears quickly. There is absolutely no aroma, and the flavor is ever so faint. Flavor is mostly sweet apple and pear, a bit of an alcohol sweetness, and some lingering fruit in the finish. That is it. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a little fizzy tingle in the finish. Pretty disappointing.

Photo of sarahspat
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very clear, mildly effervescent sunshine yellow (I thought Dopplebocks were supposed to be dark). VERY sticky and abundant white head.

Smells earthy, grassy, bready-malty, with a touch of clove.

As first it tastes very spicey. Cloves and coriander run amok. As it warms, however, it becomes kind of anonymously malty-sweet, and a strong, unpleasant stale wheat flavor grows in prominence. I also detect some celery notes. A mild caramel flavor announces itself after significant warming.

The body is way too light for the style. As far as drinkability, I didn't have much desire to finish my glass. I'm no expert on German lagers, but based simply on the BA style description of Dopplebocks... well, this isn't one. And it's really not a great beer either. It's not like it's disgusting, but not I would not drink it again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a vibrantly bright honey golden hue with a brilliant gleaming white head that leaves fine even rings of speckled lacing as it dwindles. I just had the Abbey ale recently and it also came in these super thick indestructible brown glass 22 ounce bombers, this one was priced at $3.19 at the Giant Eagle Market District. I'm digging the screen printed gator design a bit more than the abbey on the Abbey ale.

Aroma has a strong fruit backend with tart apple and a bit of lemongrass accents. Somewhat grassy but more a sense of cooked vegetables arises, really hitting too close to a typical malt liquor profile. Hard metallic edge with mineral water coming through, some herbal grassy hops as mentioned prior, do peak through nicely with this characteristic.

Flavor honey coated malt profile big bold biscuit malt sweetness with an herbal subdued hop profile attempting to balance it out. Big fruit stands up with some juicy pear and tart green apple moments, no cooked veggies to speak of here. Alcohol doesn't hide itself too well strong solvent note in the finish, some more grassy aspects of the tame hop bitterness stumble in as well. Equating to quite a nice hop burp as it starts to settle in your gut.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied a bit syrupy with some residual malt sugars gripping on the palate, sticks around between each sips almost need a big gamey cut of bison to complement the big malt sweetness. Spicy tuna roll would also play nice with this brew.

Drinkability overall, I'm enjoying the first couple 22 ounce portioned big beers to come out of Louisiana, solid to style yet trademarked with Abita must be the yeast and water their brewing with. Whatever it's a solid brew, I will revisit especially since I hear it's been on tap in the Pittsburgh market lately. Priced great to boot.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear; golden-copper color; one-finger of off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled more fruity (cherry and currant) than expected, with hints of caramel and toffee, over a solid baked bread (malt) base.

T - Tasted nicely malty with a bit of fruit (mostly cherry). Slightly boozy, but not objectionable.

M - Very smooth; medium bodied; clean, semi-dry finish.

O - A fine, refreshing, high ABV dobblebock that drinks more like an imperial pils. 3.75

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at wait for it...Tap in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head into a pint glass. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top with decent lacing.

Smells lightly of sweet malts with small hints of light fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's not a whole lot going on, and none of the light fruit aromas come through in the taste department. Ending is mildly bitter but more of a lingering sweetness pervades.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I would've guessed the ABV at somewhere in the low 6's - very drinkable for such a light-bodied beer at this ABV.

Overall there's nothing overly exciting about this beer, but it goes down easily - a middle-of-the-road beer from Abita.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml bottle without freshness date.

A: Golden and clear with swift carbonation and a thick half a finger head that lasts and leaves a beautiful ring on the glass.

S: Bread, apple, herb hops and citrus.

T: Starts bready, then becomes herbaceous and citrus, it finishes sweet bready with slight bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, slight creaminess mid-way in.

D: Not really heavy and very smooth. However, the alcohol is hefty, this beer can and will creep up on you.

Overall: Nice beer, however, not Abita's best. Yet, for 4.99 this is a decent dinner size beer. It is perfect for hot terrible weather, the kind Maryland has been seeing for most of this summer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a snow-white head of foam that fades to a sticky ring.

S- The aroma of fresh rain mixes with fresh raw grain and some honey malt. There is a very light sweet sulfur note at the finish that compliments the grain nicely.

T- The dry very pale malt flavor has hints of honey and toasted corn to it. There is a mellow Noble green hop hint that finishes with a soft bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a faint fizz finish that makes the hops bite very nicely.

D- This beer has a smooth great flavor with a great freshness to the grain and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer drinks very easy.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.