Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 1,392
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 34
Gots: 259 | FT: 0
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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 StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labeling states, "Helles/Doppelbock". I think the only characteristics of a Doppelbock on this is the high abv. I prefer to call this an Imperial Helles. True to style but has that alcoholic punch of a doppelbock. Toasty aroma. Head dissipates rather quickly (thank the abv) Rich malty pilsner flavor. peppery undertones. Very dry. High on the bitter end but pleasant. (368 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, one of the first higher ABV that I thoroughly enjoyed. Words of advise if never had this beer: tap or 12 oz bottles, bombers just don't do it justice. (162 characters)

Photo of Ike1981
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on a business trip to Baton Rouge. I always try to find a local brew to try when I'm in a new place. We were drinking this by the pitcher, and I had a hard time choking down the first glass. After that it went down ok. After about 5 pitchers between the 3 of us I was blinded, literally, I had to go buy new glasses the next day!!! (345 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times on trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, although I've never had the chance to review it. I recall it as always being powerful, drinkable, and flavorful. This time, it was no exception....clear, pale, golden, with a bright head. The aroma is of spice, malt, and booze. Very malty backbone...clean and sweet malt. Not overly sweet, but not at all dry...definitely a sweet spring bock. Full in body, with a little more hops than the style would normally call for. Firm and clean finish. Excellent. (533 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes an awful like an adjunct it gives off some corn, bubblegum, rice and barley. The 8% translates to a stiff backbone and a jolt of flavor. The ABV is hidden but this doesn't hold enough Helles properties. (209 characters)

Photo of joe_hurd
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love Abita. Andygator is one of my favorites. Haters are nuts. This is a great Helles Doppelbock. Great flavor. ABV creeps up on you. Terrific walk around beer for the Quarter. (176 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden orange with little precipitating carbonation. Vigorous pour produces nice thick head with sticky lacing and nice clumpy head. (Less vigorous pour leaves an anemic head with thin collar and scattered cap.) Nose of sweet malts and vague fruit-like character. Malt forward in the mouth with lightly tart hoppy finish. Good in mouth; crispiness belies the lack of apparent carbonation. Smooth and slightly chewy. Is this a doppelbock? Perhaps. Whatever it is, it's certainly a fine beer though nothing incredible. Would try again. (589 characters)

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Pale gold colour, decent slightly off-white head which reduced to a ring, traces of lacing. Very gentle aroma, honeydew? Lightly sweet taste. Medium-full body. Smooth, slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Not as assertive as your typical Doppelbock but decent enough in its own right. 6. (327 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. Sweet malty profile, without being cloying, heavy, or otherwise unapproachable. A very nice pale version of a doppelbock. A slightly crisp finish in taste, but a medium-heavy body that is fulfilling and rich. not much on the smell, but i never get much nose on lagers anyway. Alcohol completely hidden, and the 25 IBUs balance it nicely. I may want to brew something like this! (389 characters)

Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a doppelbock? It looked and tasted like a belgian golden, maybe. Some grape and raisin flavors. Poured a nice deep orange color. Slight alcohol. On tap at Depeaux, the new spot in the Decatur train station. The setting was better than the beer. A little disappointing and definitely not reminiscient of a doppelbock to me. (331 characters)

Photo of Zenvortex
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lite head dissapates in seconds no lacing of note / crisp nondescript nose / great low hops taste crisp and clean / not like traditional doppelbock but what the heck this is a good beer / would recommend to anyone would wants a safe 8.0 - pair with BBQ & get a ride home (271 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from draft
pours clear golden amber little head, smells malty of slight yeast and bitterness, tastes of bitter yeat and malts, smooth feel and finish. (157 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a pale gold with nice lacing.
Smell - equal parts hoppy and bready, a little fruity.
Taste - bitter, nice hops up front but finishes differently with a slight sweet twist (almost grapey?) and bready maltness. Awesome! The booze is hidden very well.
Feel - smooth and high quality like all Abita beers.
Overall - super offering by Abita. My fave by them thus far but you can't go wrong with them. They go for a little drinkability in their beers, so they probably won't blow away all the beer snobs. Cheers! (514 characters)

Photo of DocCajun
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer to sip on. Actually much better when mixed with Abita Turbidog (terminator) or Abita purple haze (barney). Its pretty amazing how well this beer mixes with others. (176 characters)

Photo of Bezy901
5/5  rDev +42.5%

When I took my first sip of this I couldn't believe that it was 8.00% ABV. There's one word to describe this beer: smooth. It's one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. There aren't any flavors that jump out and punch you in palate and I think that's the point. (269 characters)

Photo of Fosh
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Now sold in regular 12oz. bottles, this beer is now served (don't hate it until you've tried it) in mixed form with Abita's Purple Haze and Strawberry beers throughout many bars in Louisiana. Poured correctly from a tap this beer, in combination with either of the others mentioned above, is quite delicious (even smoother with a distinct taste of the fruit that was used, strawberry or raspberry) . Try it for yourself, remember to sip as it's still potent, and post for yourself. (481 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock. (606 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Aroma is yeasty, with a touch of Belgian character to it, green apple, and a metallic note. Hints of peach surface. Flavor reveals an overly sweet caramel malt base, toasted notes, and muted peach and apple skin character. Could use some sharp notes to clean up the flab. (271 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautifully pale-golden, especially effervescent Doppelbock, that I'd not had in several years and was happy to see Abita had unleashed in an affordable six-pack, after being bomber-bound for so long.

First off: it's a very drinkable—even somewhat sessionable, under the right circumstances—high-gravity beer. It retains hints of the sweet, thick, and winey qualities that at times accompany higher proofs—particularly doppelbocks—but is, as its labelling promises, quite dry. Indeed, it's extremely crisp generally (and not just in the context of its style), almost prosecco-esque degree, thanks to the very bubbly body and the German lager yeast—though obviously it'd represent a very bad, shockingly sugarly processo.

But luckily what makes a good prosecco is not what makes a good Helles Doppelbock, and this is a very good manifestation of the latter: I detect less "fruit"—in aroma or taste—than that softly-sour, lager-yeasty character that—at it's best—is described as "fruitness" but is both something more and something else than that. The Perle-hopping is light, but present, and adds a complexity to the crispness and operates as another element to mitigate the sweetness; while the golden-blonde hue is matched by the malt textures, which always have bite and never burden with too much heft.

I hadn't had an Andygator in at least four, and maybe six years—and it may very well have been the first doppelbock I knowingly tried—but I'm reminded that, despite its ubitquity in stores, it's meant to be a very fine beer, and a nice, clean take on a style that, at first, one might be skeptical could successfully originate from the deep-south swamps. (1,690 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: coppery, cloudy, good amount of white head which resolves with fair amount of carbonation

Smell: yeasty, barnyard, metallic with slight floral and undefined esters, musty

Taste: Very light flavor, mildly malted, no hops to speak of, astringent and clean palate secondary to carbonation

Mouthfeel: almost lager like in its texture, good carbonation, good palate cleansing beer

Drinkability: Smells odd but tastes pretty good, easy drinking, akin to a very strong lager - light and quite intoxicating (be careful!) (528 characters)

Photo of tommy13
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Sorry, but the aroma and the aftertaste of this brew was not pleasant, so only gets a 3. Maybe it was an old bottle on a "pick 6" . I just might have to try another one before i cast it aside. (194 characters)

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)

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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