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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 114 | 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 stormgasm7:
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

stormgasm7, Nov 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +19%

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
Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 oberon
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Zakk
4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Zakk, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of APetitfils
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

APetitfils, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Tiernan, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Ldgrem
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%

Ldgrem, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sabitu, May 08, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

BeerDreadz, May 19, 2013
Photo of Shagator
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Shagator, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mattt317
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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...

mattt317, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

TimoP, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Chantdaddy
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Chantdaddy, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -15%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Billolick, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

tigg924, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of JayEvans813
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

JayEvans813, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Cavanaghty, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

magictrokini, May 12, 2009
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

jaminjohnson, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -15%

dankjohn, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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

deebo, Oct 30, 2012
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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.