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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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414 Reviews
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Reviews: 414
Hads: 1,447
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 30.97%
Wants: 34
Gots: 297 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear golden-yellow body. Not very exciting.

S: sweet citrus, a little tangy with wheats, grains and breads.

T: light malt with pear, cherry notes.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

Overall: not very memorable although a memorable helles is challenging to make.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a unique brew in that it has elements of a german lager and elements of a bayou feast, and the combination is special! lighter in color, honey shade at its deepest, and plenty heady. malty as they come, some pale barley, but a lot of other things too, some wheat, oats even, its thick and creamy and layered like oatmeal and cereal and granola all in the same bowl. hopped well enough too, but the thing that makes this cool is the yeast, its humid almost, wet and dirty and musty and bayou all the way, which i like. its unlike other abita beers in that it doesnt feel mass produced and thought of later, it seems like a conscious effort, and i appreciate that tremendously. fluffy thick but dry and light beer, multiple juxtapositions in terms of feel. great to try this one on tap, and not really quite fitting any style parameters. worth the humble price of admission times two or three, and thats less common than the unique flavors of this lovely brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky inch of foam that leaves a lot of splashy lace behind

Smell: Sugary, shortbread malt with notes of grain

Taste: Sugary shortbread, up front, with a slightly grainy character developing, in the middle; sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Sweet and enjoyable though it seems to lack some of the sophistication of the German examples

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat surprised to see this beer in the area. Steve, thanks for sharing!

The beer opens with a very dopplebock-like viscocity, but with a deep straw color, stark white head formation and light retention (too light for a dopplebock). Some lacing evident on the glass. Looks much like a heavy pilsner.

Favorable aromas are set in in heavy pilsner malt base. Fresh, clean, and inviting. A nicely round boquet of floral hops give a flowery, nectar-like quality. Too bad there's hardly any rich breadiness or toastiness that could have added a much-needed complexity.

Flavors are understandibly dominated by pilsner malts, but with a background balance of hop flavor. The traditional melanoiden charactert that would have come from classic decoction mashing is lacking, making the beer taste like an imperial pilsner instead of a dopplebock. Though the floral hop flavor continues deep into the finish, the beer lacks depth, complexity, and the essential variety of flavors found in the EKU's and Samichlaus' of the world.

Body is on target with a full texture with a pleasant residual sweetness on the palate. Carbonation is a bit high but at times making the beer clean and refreshing, then at times scrubs the tastebuds a bit too harshly. Alcohols are nearing the 'hot' thresholds and prove a bit too fusal while adding a bitter bite to the hop's balance.

Overall a pretty good beer, but it should be defined as an imperial pilsner and not a helles dopplebock.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with some cherry notes. Caramel and toffee notes, too.

T - Tasted sweet and malty with a strong caramel presence. Some spice and cherry skins.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice bock from Abita. Good value at less than $5 for a bomber.

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Photo of oberon
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"No call alligator long mouth till you pass him."

--Jamaican proverb

Sun-splashed goldenrod with a barely perceptible sprinkling of fine yeast. Three fingers of vanilla milkshake-like foam look good atop the beer. A wide band of delicate lace is pleasing to the eye as well. Whatever else this brew is, it looks the part.

Given the ingredients list, my fear was that Andygator would smell (and taste) like a malt liquor. It sorta does, only it's a little more earthy and a little more refined. Earthy-herbal Perle hops combine in lackluster fashion with sweetish pale malt.

Actually, this big reptile does taste like a helles doppelbock, so I guess ABC knows best. American strong golden ale works too. A Belgian yeast strain would have given it some much needed complexity, but then it would be an entirely different (and undoubtedly better) beast.

Flavors include untoasted cereal grains, a dollop of clover honey, a subtle golden fruitiness and an equally subtle nutty earthiness that gives this offering its bock bona fides. Alcohol is buried much more completely than expected. Although Andygator is profoundly simple beer, it's decently drinkable if you're a fan of big lagers and ales.

The body/mouthfeel is seamlessly smooth and is actually a fraction lighter than most beer with a similar ABV. Given the lack of sweetness, it looks like the yeast gorged themselves and consumed quite a few of the sugars that would have added fullness and stickiness. The gentle carbonation is just right.

Abita Andygator should appeal to anyone who likes big bocks. Even though it's short on pizzazz and is as deep as the kiddy pool, it does what it was designed to do. Whether that's enough to warrant a purchase is up to you. It is a bit of a toothy bastard, so respect the ABV and sip accordingly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the saucer last night. Had not previosuly seen it really anywhere, so needless to say I was thrilled to see this, and about the only thing I was thrilled to see last night. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/07/2008.

A barleywine, really? I think they nailed this one with it listed with the bocks on the menu to be honest. The pour was decent with a very light amber color, some light haze to it and lots of visible carbonation. A smallish white head rose up, but quickly settled down leaving mostly nothing in its wake.

The aroma was loaded with grain. Light fruit vibes and a ton of malt. Nothing in here really led me to think this was a barley wine of any kind. A big malty bock would be completely accurate here. More of this carried over into the flavor as well. Lots of light grainey malts, with some light hints at a grass like hope profile, but mostly just a classic bock like taste. Not much alcohol and a thin feel to it as well. Easily drinkable as no really hotness to it and it was well carbonated and light enough to be enjoyed.

Overall I am not sure how this one is a barley wine. It is way too light as far as I am concerned, but thats fine, still though it was nice to try it and thats about all.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at Table 43 a shimmering, golden-amber body topped with a fizzy, white foam. Lovely, glass-coating lace on the way down. If nothing else, at least it looks nice.

Smell: Vaguely sweet-smelling, grainy malt aroma paired with fruity notes and some spicy, even lightly herbal Noble hop scents.

Taste: Light pils maltiness initially, lightly sweet and with a minor hint of grain. Fruit flavors follow of yellow apples and white grapeskins. Spicy hop character delivers a medium amount of balancing bitterness. Touch of wildflower honey in the latter half of the taste, along with a few more discarded grapeskins. Finishes fairly drying with a coy, knowing wink from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation is greatly appreciated, as I'd wager this would otherwise be a syrupy, cloying mess otherwise.

Drinkability: Sorry, but I just didn't find this one to be a pleasure to drink nor is it agreeable in large quantities -- the completion of the sixteen ounces dragged on into the second shift at Taco Mac.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, citrus, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste sweet up front with flavors of honey, citrus and berries. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and the hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while but there are other beers of its kind that I would pick first.

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from twiggamortis420, cheers Greg! Beer tasted about a month ago, review based on notes

Pours a hazy caramel with a pinky of pearl colored head. Nice viscous look to this. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apricot, apple blossom, & honey

T: Orchard fruit, slight boozeyness, & honey malt, plus bready malt depth up front. Dryness & apricot dominate as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry with hints of apples, white grape juice & a touch of booze

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, skews fruitty

Drinks alright, but one bomber has me sleepy. not bad, just to fruitty for the style

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/5/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, raisin, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of apple, pear, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, grass, and floral hops. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops on the finish for a bit. Good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Helles Bock. Good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw to gold color and crystal clear. Nice three-finger head; leaves some spotty lace.

Strong earthy aroma, like a French Biere de Garde.

Thinner than most doppelbocks, but the brew has the classic malty (quite dry) presence with a warming alcohol burn in the swallow. There is a light hop touch to the back end of the taste. Not much of an aftertaste. The earthiness is not present in the taste. Overall, an easy, if light, introduction to the world of bocks.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy/foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain, somewhat nutty with lemongrass. Smells like a robust helles.

The taste is of sweet grainy, slightly nutty (almondy) with a hint of fruitiness. There is a very slightly soapy aftertaste that detracts a bit.

It has a thickish, syrupy medium body.

I can see where they were going - a souped-up helles bringing it to "doppelbock" category. Could be Imperial Helles, if there were such a style. A doppelbock, being a "big" lager, and this being a big helles-style, fits well enough. It is a bit boozy, not unexpected. The only real drawback I have is the slightly soapy aftertaste. Also, if you are having it alone, I suggest keeping it refrigerated between pours, as it doesn't exactly improve with warming (also not unexpected for what it is). It does have a nice sweetish nutty-ish, grainy presence and some fruity balance. An interesting "sipper".

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful beer. Andy Gator purchased at a local beer shop in a 22 oz. bomber, served in a St. Bernadus goblet. This beer was light and clear (cleared up once it warmed a little). Medium carbonation and a decent head. A great aroma, hard to describe but the smell was very familiar, not really hop based though. This beer was amazingly smooth to drink. Nice medium to full mouthfeel and a very little aftertaste. A great example of a Helles. I am becoming more impressed with the makers of Purple Haze, did not see that coming.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a huge, fizzy, dense, white head that has decent retention

S - apples, grains, grass

T - grains, alcohol, faint grass, faintly fruity

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated

This comes across a bit grainy to me. It's also a bit warm with an excessive alcohol warmth. The drinkability would be improved a great deal if it were toned down slightly. The flavor and body are mediocre. I would expect more from a Maibock.

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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from the Liquor Warehouse in HB, $4.09,

A: Pours yellow with a 2-finger white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Bready malt, alcohol, light sulfur.

T: Taste is good with a strong presence of sourdough bread. Hops are light adding a bit of grass and flowers. Mild ethanol.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, very easy drinking for it's ABV.

D: This is a really nice strong lager, not overly alcoholic at all. Harkens to the Eastern European strong lager, a style that is drinkable and high gravity, good job by Abita.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.