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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 358
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 Glibber


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I saw this one first on the show "True Blood". Caught an $8 growler sale on this 8%ABV beer and had to give it a try. Light colored with a massive white head that left plenty of lacing. A floral, belgian aroma. The alcohol was well hidden and the beer was very easy to drink- almost too easy.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2012 22:35:13 | More by Glibber
Photo of FATC1TY


4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler.

A: Golden yellow color pour, slight haze, but pretty clear. Fair bit of lacing, around a 1 finger head poured aggressively.

S: Fruity, sweet, bready malts. A little hops poking out.

T: Balanced. Pure balance. Sweet fruit and malty, then the hops comes in, little bitter, but so balanced you can't tell at first. Very light tasting, smooth.

M: Great mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation to it. Not oily, but has a bit of hangtime on the tounge as you drink. I like it a good bit! Yeasty bread in there that kinda of mellows it out.

Overall: I'll admit, this is a go to beer for me. I love the higher ABV, hides it exceptionally well. Smooth beer, really good to get a pitcher of it at one of my favorite restaurants and share a pitcher or two with someone. Really well balanced beer, and I'm on Abitas side, great beers. I've had this on draft, in a growler, and in bottles. I keep plenty on stock for when I want to do some session drinking, and this is my main stay!

Serving type: growler

02-14-2012 00:56:33 | More by FATC1TY
Photo of Tearik


4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color, maybe a little honey colored . Poured with a great head that settles down into a thin lingering layer. Perfect

S: Opens with a plantlike smell from the hops and finishes sweetly.

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. Once you're done drinking it, its done with you, you won't be tasting this an hour later.

M: Carbonation is perfect, mouthfeel is a little sticky though.

D: Great beer from Abita, without looking it up you'd never know its 8% which can be a blessing or a curse. If I had a steady supply of this it would be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

12-10-2011 21:15:22 | More by Tearik
Photo of ztaylor1


3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-pale golden color, small white head. Somewhat unimpressive.

Smell- skunky hops, very clean feeling.

Taste- very clean, not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel- smooth and fantastic. Saving grace for this beer.

Drinkability- smooth mouthfeel makes this beer.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 04:23:02 | More by ztaylor1
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita- Andy Gator

Huge thanks to Deepsouth for a growler of this stuff!

A- Light clear copper with a good frothy white head. Nice light lacing down my Abita Andy Gator glass, also courtesy of Deepsouth!
S- Very light pine hops with a light sweet buttery malt.
T- Light crisp pine hops and sweet buttery grainy malt. This is a Barleywine?!
M- Again light and sweet but there's a nice creamy malt body and a touch of tangy pine hops. This ones ends a little thick and cloying.

Overall- Actually quite easy to drink an tasty. I can't really see it being a barleywine though. Regardless tasty and refreshing while I attemt to frame my basement. (Thanks Jason!)

Serving type: growler

08-09-2008 19:08:37 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of gwong

New York

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

A: Pours golden with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Slight scent of hops but that's all I can detect in the nose.

T: An off-putting sweetness that's not balanced very well by the hops. I thought it would be hoppier.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation to keep it easy on the palate.

D: It doesn't seem to be very high in ABV and it has decent mouthfeel but the taste is just not right. I won't be having another one.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2008 05:53:29 | More by gwong
Photo of Beerbuddha


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

Had it poured into my Abita growler at the Abita Brewpub in Abita Springs, LA. They list it as a barleywine.

Appearance- dark golden, very carbonated with white head.

Smell- slight earthy smell with smell of hops and yeast.

Taste- earthy, strong alcohol taste, dry

Mouthfeel- High carbonation with light body.

Drinkability- It wasn't bad. I guess it doesn't travel well after reading the other reviews.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2007 15:12:18 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of AChamberlain


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I visited Bierkraft on a little fact-finding mission this evening. We have been there a few times. Tonight we decided to go for a growler, or jug o' beer as I like to call it. Right now they are offering six (maybe nine?) beers on tap. In the end we went with the Andy Gator.

The taste is very sweet and sparkly in the mouth. From what I've read (and feel) the alcohol content is quite high, but there is no strong alcohol flavor. Malty, fruity, nutty, honey is what I taste.

It poured softly and had a beautiful golden hue.


Serving type: growler

06-10-2006 01:01:51 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow with a quick-lived white head.

The aroma is more like a pilsener with its toasted biscuit malt character, odd fruitiness, and a clean, crisp hop note.

The body is light and refreshing. This would might be a halfway decent lawnmower beer.

The taste is also rather biscuit and bready-like with a clean crisp hop finish. It is 8% ABV but you wouldn't know it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 22:50:43 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Mojo


3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

A - crystal clear medium gold pour with an initial two inch head, average retention and average lacing.

S - very sweet and fruity nose

T - malty with lemon flavor, honey flavors and a dry finish

M - thinner than I expected, average carbonation

O - decent but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:51:06 | More by Mojo
Photo of B_King


2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar.

A - Clear urine yellow, faint head and lacing.

S - Sweet, bready. Yeasts?

T - Ahh. This is Side Pocket with a little bit more hops and lot less alcohol.

M - It seems thin at first but there is something clingy about this brew that makes it linger on the tooth.

O - A good get drunk. However, this camp will still rely on Side Pocket for that.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:10:28 | More by B_King
Photo of JamieDuncan


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up without knowing anything about it because I needed a 4th to get the 10% bottle discount. Pretty average all around beer, nothing special in appearance, smell, but taste is pretty good but not special. Overall the beer gets bonus points because it is easy to drink for 8% and presents a good value. The more I drank it the more I liked it, probably because of the 8%, but I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:05:18 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of beergoot


3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant gold body with a lasting, clinging, foamy, white head; nice rings of lacing. Lightly toasted grain aroma; grassy. Light malt flavor with a bold hop bitterness; peppery; a bit of alcohol warmth; light biscuit taste. Medium-heavy body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A respectable helles doppelbock. Decent balance of malt taste and sweetness with a fairly intense hop bitterness. The 8.0% ABV is noticeable but in a subdued way and doesn't overpower things. Taste and feel may seem a little coarse in some ways, yet it still fits the bill for a heavy-duty lager styled beer with good character.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:58:47 | More by beergoot
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 irongator


4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, the bottle says it is a doppelbock, but this site has it listed as a Maibock. So I won't rate this as a doppelbock, because if I did, it would be a poor doppelock- not heavy on the malt and dark to be sure. Overall, it is a great Maibock, actually one of the best I've had. I drank it a bit colder than room temp and it is very fruity and golden in color, just like a tripel. It is a good summer beer with lots of alcohol- beautiful golden color and tasty. Not zay doppel, to be sure

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:45:59 | More by irongator
Photo of glass_house


3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed goblet

Pours a bright clear honey-gold with one finger of fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar with a few patches of light lacing. Smells like ripe banana, creamed sweet corn, sourdough bread and clean alcohol.

Taste starts off sweet like a smooth bready bock, but slowly morphs into a grassy herbal hop bitterness, with a little spice and lemon along the way. It's full bodied and slightly sticky, but finishes pretty dry. Not finding it particularly boozy but, there is certainly a noticeable lingering alcohol warmth.

Overall, I liked it but didn't love it. I found many of the individual characteristics to be attractive, but the sum total seemed just slightly above average. I'm sure I'll buy Andygator again, as it's a good value, but it won't be a regular.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 21:54:26 | More by glass_house
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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a rich crystal clear copper color. A bubbly white head dissipates to a tight film, while only minimal lines of lacing remain on the glass.

There is a spiciness about the aroma leading to a malty backbone with an herbal finish.

The taste has some cereal grains in it, malty sweetness, and a pretty boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy, dry.

Overall: I pretty much liked everything about this except the taste. And the ABV really comes out.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:04:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass.
8.0% ABV, Best By 03/11/14 on neck.

A - A tall, clumpy white head rises from the depths quickly, frothing up the glass with sticky white suds. Clear and bright golden in color, Andygator is one fine looking beer.

S - Sweet white grapes give the nose an initial crispness but the maltiness, reminiscent of a fresh, soft loaf of white Wonder Bread, bring some heft from the depths. German hops balance the malt aroma with a fair amount of earthy spice notes for a round beer.

T - Crushed white grapes add soft fruitiness while clear corn syrup drizzles sweetness over the beer's malty, untoasted Wonder Bread base but, hops finish out, more so in this beer than any other doppelbock. Crisp hop spice lends an earthy finish to this beer.

M - The closest characteristic of Andygator to a doppel is the beer's mouthfeel where, despite the elevated, slightly bitter hop profile, the maltiness reigns as this somewhat sweet beer finishes pretty dry from the almost transparent level of alcohol.

O - While Abita calls Andygator a helles doppelbock, it's hoppiness and crisp, clean malt profile lean pretty closely to the maibock style or at least a crossover of the two. Sweet and fruity, the bready malt base of this beer make it just as satisfying as the German "liquid bread" doppels, though finished with a touch of spicy hop character.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:30:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of BB1313


3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/27/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent bright golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades leaving nice lacing and retention. Great color. The aromas are full of malts and grains. There's some hints of pear and green apple. The flavors are sharp and crisp. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. Lots of grass too. I'm picking up some lemon too. Some malts. More grains. Very refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This was an enjoyable experience. It's very crisp and refreshing. Well crafted. I would enjoy something like this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:33:53 | More by BB1313
Photo of TheBullsHorn


3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Relying on a simple malt driven profile ,this beer is very clean. Bread-like notes akin to crystal malts overwhelm the entirety of this beer, with honey and light piney notes in the background. Overall it’s cheap and pretty easy to drink with a smooth profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 07:01:45 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of mesatrin


2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 OZ bottle. Over all not impressed with this beer, one note with no complexity.

Slight apple smell and taste with sweet malty notes. That is all I really get from this beer.

After Thought: I guess I would drink this over apple juice...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:16:06 | More by mesatrin
Photo of scottfrie


3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a foamy, thick, bright white head that rose to three fingers before fading into a well retained film. Faint spotty lace left down the glass.
S: Bready lager yeast, faint lemon hop, light toast, cardboard, musk, and earthy grains. Hints of sweet fruits.
T: Wet grains, doughy yeast, apple juice, spices, caramel and sweet simple syrup. Sweet overall, fruity, grainy. Fairly straight forward. Lager finish super sweet aftertaste fruity.
M: Fuller body, slick and heavy with a chewy and sweet mouthfeel. Soft smooth carbonation. Kiss of alcohol.
O: Sweet smooth and simple. Goes down decently well but a bit too sweet for me to want to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:51:12 | More by scottfrie
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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.