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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%

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:
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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Photo of cpiray45


3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cold mug at the acme oyster house for the first time and it was very good. Nice aroma and taste, and a nice little extra pop. Very surprised at the quality but decided to try at the bar. I will have this brew again in the near future, probably at the same place.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 02:04:05 | More by cpiray45
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Nice golden colour with a bright white head, about a 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Smells predominantly like over ripe banana with some caramel and malt.

Tastes just like the aroma. Bananas just on the verge of being rotten, just over ripe dominates the palate with spots of caramel and malt popping up here and there.

I wasn't a big fan of this one as that banana smell/taste was too much.

Interesting, but I wouldn't have one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 01:52:31 | More by Noxious26
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...

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this beer year round. It has a sweetness, with medium body taste, but has an easy drinkability snap. Pairs really well with hearty meats and strong cheeses, and pickled vegetables. The appearance is cloudy wheat color with a nice head. One of our favorite beers from Abita.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 23:07:12 | More by EatDrinkAmericano
Photo of Davidvols


1.31/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Don't waste your money on this one. Abita usually makes a good quality beer, but this one is truly disappointing. Sent back, waiter told me I wasn't the first. Beer has a nasty smell and tastes as if the beer is still wort. Had three friends with me try it as well, and all agreed it's the worst beer they have ever tasted. Do not recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:21:38 | More by Davidvols
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while in New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, corn, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, floral, wheat, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I really wasn’t impressed with this one that much if I am honest. However, this was about the only thing that was listed on the menu that I had not had before while we were grabbing food after the Zwanze Day festivities. There was just too much of a spicy and wheat aspect going on here. The aroma kind of reminded me of an adjunct lager in a way with the corn aspect going on. Really glad it didn’t carry over. Still not that great unfortunately.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:17:07 | More by thagr81us
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of malty sweetness with lighter notes of herbal hops. Slight hints of alcohol are present.

T: Light amounts of pale malts with some caramel sweetness upfront followed by lighter herbal hops that contribute very light hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: A little too much alcohol is detectable in this beer for me and I do not feel like there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 20:33:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. All of the bubbles eventually completely faded away.
S: The beer smells malty and thick and also has some notes of herbal hops in the aromas.
T: The taste is rather malty and spicy and also has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink for the style because the alcohol isn't that prominent in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:58:56 | More by metter98
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:48:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

South Carolina

3.68/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 18:51:57 | More by chinchill
Photo of mltobin


3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in New York.

Appearance is bright yellow with a finger of off-white head. Its` nose has lemon, sugar, a sweet smell. The taste is a little bitter, sweet, more lemon Mouthfeel is medium, clean finish. A very average tasting helles bock, but one that is nonetheless still refreshing on a warm day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 01:07:14 | More by mltobin
Photo of charlzm


3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at the Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Appearance: clear, light golden. Virtually no head.

Aroma is virtually undetectable. Slightly sweet, maybe a little floral.

A trace of bubblegum flavor: odd for this style. Clean and light with a slight graininess. Malt liquor comes to mind, but without the nasty-tasting bits. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, well-carbonated.

Deceptively drinkable. Wish it had a somewhat bolder flavor, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:11:29 | More by charlzm
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Portico in Monroe, LA. Pours a crisp golden color with some good sticky lacing. Smells of sweet malts and a bit of hops. Taste is slightly sweet and boozey malts. Slight bitter hop taste but its deff a helles. Nice straw flavor as well. Overall, really not a bad brew and neat to see a helles with a bit of bite.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 22:58:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of brandon911


2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at the Pioneer Pub In Natchitoches Louisiana.
When I had this, I had no idea what style it was and just assumed it was a Hefe- or some other wheat style beer.
It was a pretty pale, straw yellow with a finger head. The smell was pretty much just sweet, alcohol and citrus. The taste was pretty much right on with the smell. The sweet was overpowering, almost saccharine and the citurs flavors were pretty mild. I emphasize how sweet, in a bad way, that this beer was. The mouthfeel was pretty average, mild carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty dismal. I'm normally pretty comfortable around Abita, but this one may have changed my mind. Like I said, I thought it was something along the lines of a Hefe, mainly from the citrus flavors and sweetness and the fact that I almost never ever like wheat beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 06:25:15 | More by brandon911
Photo of Reaper16


2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a generic looking honey color. Tell me that you have an imperial lager and this is what I'd expect it to look like. Not much head, probably owing to the alcohol level but the bartender could also be a culprit here. Meh.

The alcohol is the first thing that wafts up from the glass. Behind it are bubblegum gross spent grain aromas (homebrewers know this smell). I feel like flies should be swarming around this beer. There's a bit of like white grape, but not at all in an interesting way. Hops? Nah.

The taste follows the nose pretty well. This is a horrendously shallow beer. It has one note: sweetness. It's very grainy. Ugh. It also has a white-grape-meets-green-apple character that reminds me of cheap supermarket pinot grigio. This is like eating a bowl of Grape Nuts in the morning, but you didn't have milk so you used really boozy cheap white wine instead of milk. Awful.

It's a bit thick in terms of mouthfeel, but I really don't expect anything else knowing that this is an imperial lager (indeed, this is marketed as a "Helles Dopplebock" which is just stupid).

Overall, you're better off saving money and just buying malt liquor. This is a terrible beer. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Bud Light Platinum is basically the same beer as Andygator, only better. Better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 17:47:53 | More by Reaper16
Photo of azorie


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was surprised to see this for $2.50 a shaker PINT at the Ritz, Jax Beach but that is a deal.

A: Gold and yellow in color not cloudy, had a 1/4 head as it was served in a chilled glass, what can you say its a bar. Some fair lacing, I let it warm a lot.

S: Very malty, not sure how this can be a Helles book and Maibock. The hops nose was there, but very mild. The malt is what I get mostly, it seems balanced. I detected the yeast, you get a almost grape like hint as it warm near 55 or so. Grain and cereal presence is there.

T: yumm, nice beer. Very malt forward but almost balanced, its not perfect but its the best I had yet from Abita, long lasting malt cereal front end, and a hint of hops. No booze taste at all in a 8%. Light sweet, slightly bitter easy drinking beer.

M: Smooth. Medium Carbonation. Creamy. dry finish, reminds me of weak tripel.

O: I thought it was a very good beer. So glad this was on tap at a NON BEER PUB, its was in a normal pint glass for $2.50 a pop during happy hour, YOU CANNOT BEAT THAT...

So it goes to show you, other places that serve half pours are fucking rips off I always knew they were.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 14:43:40 | More by azorie
Photo of sloescher


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a golden color with great head that settles down into a thin layer.

S: Can smell the hops almost immediately, although not overwhelming. Ends with a sweeter smell.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smells. You get a bit of bitterness from the hops and a little bit of a sweet finish.

M: Carbonation was perfect. Very light mouthfeel.

O: Overall a very good beer. Served on tap at a Jacksonville Pizza restaurant, and I was very pleased. Others at the table enjoyed it as well. Served in smaller glasses, which was a benefit since it's stronger than it tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 05:11:12 | More by sloescher
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is cloudy yellow with a half-finger of white head.

S: Grassiness, light citrus, and caramel and cracker malts.

T: Grass, cloves, some mild fruitiness, and a bit of sourness.

M: The body has average thickness and the carbonation is a bit weak.

O: This is a bit strange but at least it goes down easy for such a strong brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 00:00:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of MikeOPFL


4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great medium-bodied malty treasure!

Not much of a head and not overly carbonated with a fruity nose that mimics a Belgian Golden ale. A very malty backbone, with a floral/fruity sweet finish.

The beer I know won't let me down when there's nothing wildly interesting on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 19:17:51 | More by MikeOPFL
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and presented a crystal clear straw-gold coloring with a thin, white film of head. Fruity, malty aromas, with light hints of grain. The beer has tangy, fruity flavors, with round, bold, malty notes and a grainy ending. The beer is extremely light and crisp in mouth, with a slightly sour fruit aftertaste. The finish is filmy in mouth, and the lingering sour changes to a musty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 07:37:44 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Cylinsier


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lemony hazy gold, thin whittish head is basically lacing from the get-go.

Smells a bit spice with some grainy malts and citrusy notes, but kind of faint so there might be something different there.

The taste is a bit citrusy but also a bit toasty with some fresh grain elements.

Feel is moderate, with a tingle of carbonation on the back of the tongue and in the throat.

This is a great sipper, hides it's strength well. Despite the strength, was tempted to risk sessioning this. I'd definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 00:47:29 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Andygator has a cloudy yellow body and a pretty good-looking white head that is a finger and a half tall with decent retention.

Big malt bill in this one. Grainy and sweet with hops and fruit around the edges.

Andygator is a pretty standard golden strong ale or helles-bock. A pretty big malt profile has sweetness, a bit of cereal, grain and a touch of honey. The malt is balanced by a slight peppery flavor and a bit of an earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish.

Full-bodied and pretty nice as far as mouthfeel goes.

When I ordered this beer my brother, who is from Louisiana, said "that's what we order at the bar when we just want to get wasted." I ordered it anyway, but after having one I am inclined to agree with him. It is big, malty, boozy, and tastes more like an Old English than a craft beer (although big lagers an pilsners tend to have that quality).

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 03:23:36 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of nickfl


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a perfectly clear, deep gold body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - A little bit of red apple aroma with a lot of bready malt and some herbal hops.

T - Some bready malt with a grainy edge up front. Herbal hops begin to creep in towards the middle. Finishes with an increased musty, herbal character and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a nice hellesbock with a pleasant malt character. The hops, in the finish especially, seem a bit stronger than average for the style, but it helps to cut the malt and makes for a more drinkable than average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 03:38:07 | More by nickfl
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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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