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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,406
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 34
Gots: 272 | 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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Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours hazy yellow. Smells like a pilsner. Sure as hell stronger than one though. Malty and a tiny touch of fruit maybe. I guess it is pretty good for a doppelbock. (163 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a yeast and grass smell.
Appearance- this beer is a really bright golden yellow color, with a medium sized white head.
Taste-Has a really flavorful grassy flavor with a nice alcohol finish.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with mild carbonation, with a dry finish.
Overall- OI really like this brew. This is my favorite Abita brew so far. (392 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Interesting, it poured a bright golden color, I guess that it is why they place Helles before Doppelbock. Head retains for a short period of time.
Light aroma of bread malt, grassy hops and dough.
Flavor with predominant notes of grassy hops, lager yeast, lemon, some booze and hints of green apples. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is felt on taste, but it feels lighter and it has no warming sensation whatsoever.
It felt to me like an Imperial Pilsner with alcohol and malts predominating too much over hops. (571 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14%

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. (387 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, golden color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that immediately dissolved away into some wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, except for some very faint notes of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste: Quite a lot of flavor though. Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pretzels or English muffins, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of piney hops at the finish. Very, very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, creamy, as there is hardly no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprise at how little alcohol is on the palate, like none at all.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Good, malty and sweet flavors wrapped up in a very smooth, creamy quaff. Delicious! (896 characters)

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +14%

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. (555 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

"Andygator is a fearsome beast. Don't let his toothy grin, slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma fool you: this cold-blooded creatures is a Helles Doppelbock that can sneak up on you. Sip, don't gulp and taste the wild of Abita Andygator." Brewed in the style of a German Helles Doppelbock, this beer is available in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp creamy foam head of a buttery white tone over a golden amber body with high clarity, minimal haze and sediment and ample, sporadic carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. The aroma yields notes of clean bready and pale malts, mellow herbal hop with a subtle aromatic bitterness, and a moderate potency of unfermented white grapes with a mild sweetness. The flavor is very similar with white grape juice up front, transitioning to a mildly hopped earthy finish over a clean and light pale malt body with a touch of bread for body. Expect a faint touch of fall spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, slick and oily, a touch acidic with an assertive carbonation that makes for a spritely mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is mildly in favor of tart, acidic flavors over sweetness, and the alcohol presence is mild with no notable off characters. Andygator is a little less menacing than it appears to be, and although it is arguably one of Abita's finest achievements, its flavor range is fairly limited and simple, making for a tasty, but predictable flavored German style lager with a bit too much alcohol in tow to enjoy multiple drinks of. I recommend a cautious investment of one 12 oz. bottle to start.

Abita Brewing Co.'s
Andygator Helles Doppelbock
3.5/5.00 (1,784 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying the abita abductors at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent was faint with hints of grass and biscuit. The taste was very strong leaning toward grassy peat bread. The m outhfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer didn't hit the mark for me. (342 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have wanted to try this, spotted some locally and jumped at the chance. Best by 8/2014 clear on the bottle's neck.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a large, dense, long-lasting, egg shell colored head that leaves nice lacing -- a very pretty beer and solid to style.

S -- Sweet malts and spicy alcohol.

T -- Rich, sweet maltiness with some peppery alcohol bite, but not overwhelming. Light toasty breadiness and mild fruitiness from rich malts. Vaguest hop bitterness in the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium-full body.

O -- A surprisingly nice take on the style. Goes to show that breweries can surprise you out of the blue. Anyone who likes German-style beers should try this one. (699 characters)

Photo of ShawnMN
1.87/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

My least favorite abita. Had a good aroma. Did not like the thick almost slimy feel. The taste was almost a strong bitter amber , almost that this brew was crafted just for the strong alcohol content. (201 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice helles dopplebock from Abita. Pours a thick yellow straw color with a huge rocky head of white, dying down to a thin foam layer with excellent clinging lacing. Smells of fresh apples, pears, and sweet light malts. Excellent mouthfeel, well carbonated, with light caramel and slight bittering hops on the back. Not a lot of dimension, but not bad at all. I would compare it to a lot of the Russian beers, yet smoother and not as abrasive to the novice beer drinker. Also would love to have it side by side to the hop gator which I have had and liked a bit more. This beer at one time to my recollection was a "barley wine" by name sold in small Little Kings sized bottles (a bottle style many I know referred to as stop sign smashers). Still, a very nice beer indeed. (778 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooo, helles doppelbock. I wouldn't expect to see myself with a glass of one in June, but this shows that I am willing to go past the "lighter brews in warm months" mentality. Well, its color is said to be light, but not its alcohol. There's 12 ounce to drink, so let's start. On to the beer:

True to style, this beer is a lighter colored one. Looking fools gold in the chalice and topped with a short head which dissipates to a thin white lace. The aroma is very sweet, like white grapes and sparking cider mixed together. A little earthy as well with a kiss of spicy hops.

While overall a sweet beer, it isn't cloying as I feared. It has the flavor of apples and grapes, a solid white cracker base, and a note of vague hops which cut some of the sweet flavor out. Malt bombs are generally thick with the mouthfeel, but this one is on the lighter side with just a few whisper of alcohol being heard.

After being on a barrage of hopped beer, it's a pleasant change to come back to something sweet and malty. Andygator is one of its many useful cures. (1,055 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled this at a tasting and even though it's no dopplebock ended up getting a bottle and it pours a crystal golden hue with a creamy one finger head and lacing here and there,the aroma is very sweet and malty with a subtle background aroma of herbal earthy hops,the feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and the tastes are pretty much what you smell it's a big malty sweet drop but finishes evened out with a soft bitterness from the herbal earthy hops and overall if your after a true dopplebock it's not for you as it screams more otcoberfest/helles to me but if your after a sessionable malty golden lightly hopped ale with a decent ABV then yeah give it a crack cheers. (681 characters)

Photo of BillBabbitt
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very significant pale white head on the initial pour. The initial aroma was surprisingly intense with a sweet, fruity, floral character. It didn't strike me as a typical Helles Doppelbock, but I very much enjoyed this beer. While I am more of an IPA hop-head, this is a nice, light summer beer that I will buy again. After I finished the beer, I noticed it was 8.0% ABV which came as a big surprise. It drank more like a nice 5.0% session beer. (446 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is an interesting wet hay and grain in a barn mixture.
The taste is quite grainy, a solid sweet note running through it all. Some apples and a little orange.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a little too sweet for me, interesting though. (323 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is one finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is quite soft and its retention isn't half bad. As it recedes, it leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Almost like a big pilsner in a way. There's a nice combination of sweet, crackery malts and noble hops. What I don't like, though, is the hefty diacetyl note hiding behind the two. A little bit is a good thing, but there's too much here. Otherwise it's an okay nose.

T: At first, I'm getting some of the noble hops, while it finishes with a one-two combination of sweet, white wine like fruitiness and diacetyl. The more I drink, the sweeter it gets. It has a respectable bitterness, but it just doesn't seem to fully balance the levels of sugar/diacetyl that well. It's messy and low on flavor at the same time - and that is NOT a good combination.

M: Quite a light feeling beer - aside from a mild alcohol prickle, it's hard to tell this 8%. But as it gets sweeter, it becomes a bit harder to drink. It's still never really a chore, though (in spite of the mediocre flavor profile). Carbonation cuts through the body well.

O: This does one thing really well: it drinks easier than an 8% beer should. But apart from a mild booze presence, it tastes lighter than an 8% beer should. Even worse, it doesn't seem fully in balance. I'd never refuse one, I just wouldn't buy it again. (1,409 characters)

Photo of pkalix
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

thin, yellow. over abv'ed.... this is NOT a dopplebock by any stretch....
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I suppose it WOULD be better than a fourloco or whatever that crap is....
I had heard a lot about this one, and wanted to try it because I love doppelbocks, but this doesn't do anything for me at all.... (317 characters)

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep golden brown, short lived white head
S-nice, can't describe it
T-good red ale, very similar to Sam Adams Boston ale
M-pleasant, medium bodied
O-really liked it. Drank a draft out on a river bank before dinner which multiplied my feelings of relaxation and pleasure (271 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, clear gold with a fizzier white head. The head has good-great retention and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is a little undefined, with some slight bready notes and a hint of noble hops. The taste is a close match. It has a nice weight to the body, crisp but not fizzy. If the flavors were a little more robust, this would be a great beer. It's certainly not bad. (386 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you ever had "maiwine" or whatever they call it in Germany, you would steer clear of this style. It is a horrible thing. But this style is not much like that, but there is a slight resemblance.

This one is better than many. It pours a boring lightly headed yellow. It has a flowery sweet aroma that telegraphs what is coming in the taste.

This maibock is a sweet, rich balance that totally works. It is full of tasty richness, from malts, a little from hops, and who knows what else.

The aftertaste is fresh spring. This is a great example of the style that you should try. Well done, mes ami. (600 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and hint of citrus fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of sweet biscuit malt partially balanced by grassy hops and alcohol. Alcohol is noticable. Finish is long, semi-dry. Somewhat sweet for me. (331 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear yellow color. There was a bit of a white foamy head on it that leaves some lacing. The aroma is OK. A bit of sweetness to it, with some breadiness. Maybe some faint banana in there. The taste is pretty good. A bit of dryness and no sweetness. A touch thin for an 8% beer. Some malts, a hint of spices. OK, but I expect more in an 8% beer. (374 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (326 characters)

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.