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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  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 Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly hazy gold color brew. Very large white head, pretty foamy with a few bubbles. Got that sweet, biscuity malt scent.

Im noticing some confusing on what kind of style this is, its called helles doppelbock on the bottle. I would put it pretty close to a maibock. I dont think it fits squarely into that cat, but its close.

That said, there is something deficient on the taste. I like the direction, but it seems a little thin. I dunno...

Photo of nezelrac
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 650ml bottle into large tulip (all I had on hand)

A - tawny/copper-gold; one finger of eggshell colored, dense, fine-beaded head; fades to a thin layer of bubbles; minimal lacing; mild CO2 rising

S - malty rich nose; sweet pale malt notes dominate; faintly toffee/buttery note; little hop presence here; slight yeast presence

T - all malt deliciousness; gains focus briefly mid-palate; sweet malt return through the finish; some bread dough and blonde toffee; hops pop out a bit at the very end

M - wonderfully smooth and easy with just enough CO2 to keep it from getting cloying;

O - very good; almost too easy to drink;

Photo of EkimGram
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650mL bottle poured into weizen glass (due to the lack of a pilsner glass). Rich amber colour pours with a semi-thick bubbly head. Visible amounts of mild carbonation.

Smell: Aromas overall are faint, a little sweet, malty, metallic (presumably from the hops).

Taste: Very malty, notes of what tastes like white grape, perhaps peach - definitely something fruity. Malts are a little roasty; very nice. There is just a little hint of the boozy alcohol flavours as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, medium-bodied, a little thick and syrupy. Finishes a little sticky.

Drinkability: A very interesting beer, the lovely grape flavours were surprisingly good but different. I fear this may be a little too complex for my developing palette - I must try this one again at a later time. Regardless, I will be enjoying this brew to the last drop.

Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Abita sampling. Grabbed this 22oz bottle at Winooski Beverage Warehouse on 01APR11 for $3.99.

Poured some into a small tulip. It's a slightly hazy, pale golden color, with a thin, creamy, fine white layer of bubbles on top. There's some trails of lace left in the glass, too. Aroma has lots of breadyness with a little crackery action thrown in. Body is medium, and the feel is mostly smooth, with just a pinch of prickle present.

Flavor has a bit more bready malt hitting the palate, lending a subtle sweetness to the proceedings. There's a touch of toast as well, plus some mild fruitiness. As for the finish, it's a little dry, with some floral hopping as well as a smidge of spiciness. Not bad, all in all. Prosit!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Photo of TheSarge
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like a helles bock to welcome the Spring weather. Hopefully I enjoy this more than others before me.

Pours well for a two finger thick head, and has a cloudy light amber colored body. I'll knock this down from a 5, due to the excess yeast left behind.

Aroma wise this is on par for the style: light honey, metallic hops, some earthiness, and a hint of lemony hops too.

Starts off as husky grain, but takes a nose dive with a bit of a yeasty funk. Clean this beer up! Get a better filtration system damn it.

Feels nicely carbonated and moist all the way through. Kind of nice for a higher ABV beer.

Altogether I think if you get rid of the residual yeast, this brew would hold its own against any German made Maibock.

Photo of allanplaysguitar
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperence - Pale, almost straw color, head retention is fair.

Nose - Slight citrus hops round off the the sweet malt characteristics.

Taste - While the sweet malt does dominate the beer there notes of grapefruit, white grape or peach that sneak up. The Helles style, (the clean and sharp) do shine through the Dopple Bock style (heavy, sweet and alcohol tastes)

Mouthfeel - Full body, very heavy in the palate despite the light color. Carbonation complements well to the Helles style in this beer.

After taste - Malt leaves quickly and is replaced by a slight harshness from the alcohol.

Overall - Enjoyable, but the abv can sneak up on you.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WJVII
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/23/11 review session hosted by Cdkrenz reviewed from notes- WJVII sample: Review from notes.
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice clean golden yellow color with a small pure white head. The aroma is very yeasty and full of fresh fruits including strong citrus and raisin. The taste has a distinct sweetness with a strong malt finish and a warm alcohol affect. Stronger carbonation in this lighter brew, seems to carry a lot of Helles characteristics was a nice touch. Of all the Abita I had in NO LA this was a good one to bring back and share.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight from Louisiana from WJVII.

A - Yellow body with a medium amount of carbonation. The half inch of head is pure white.

S - The scent is that of wheat and corn with a nice accent of sweetness.

T - This is a good tasting beer. It definitely falls more on the Helles side than it does the Doppelbock side. The reason being the flavors are soft and mild, as opposed to deep and rich like a Doppelbock. This is a malty sweet brew with limited hop presence.

M - Crisp and slightly coarse.

~ I would suggest this brew to a friend. This is something that would be served well at a weekend lunch. The complexity isn't overwelming with would make it a nice mid-day beverage.

Photo of EVaughan
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very clear, dark straw color, very effervescent, thin head, lacing that stays

Aroma - very mild, not very complex, barely noticeable hop aroma

Taste - malty, no hop taste, big mouthfeel

Aftertaste - some peppery notes, subtle bitterness

Overall - Although not terribly memorable, it is refreshing. Mild aroma, taste, and aftertaste make it easily sessionable (even at 8% ABV).

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've had Abita's Pecan Harvest before and it's pretty decent. When I saw this in the store I was interested in getting it, which is unusual considering it's Abita and not a more well known micro-brewery. I usually don't enjoy "light" beers but Helles-style is good. Shiner's Helles-style was enjoyable. Anydgator pours a clear and very bubbly golden-yellow with a thick ultra-frothy head. It smells of grains and light, if that adjective could be used, malts.

Flavor is very clean, light, has a smooth-buttery feel, it's malts aren't too prominent but that is not a negative. The 8% alcohol is more noticeable with such a light beer but it's not distracting to me. After an evident but not significant bready flavor there is little-to-no hint of hops which I expected more of given the style. There is a bit of sweetness to it as well. Overall I'd say Andygator is a refreshing beer that is clean and flavorful enough to satisfy. It's not great but it's simply a good beer.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden orange. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Very good retention. The head finally dwindles into thin wispy islands.

S - Sweet bready malt, grain, doughy lager yeast, honey, stone fruit, & mild grassy hops. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

T - Sweet fruity malt. Peaches and white grapes. Has an orange cream sickle type of flavor. Sweet grain with a good dose of honey are in the mix as well. Hints of grassy hops around the edges. Finish crisp but sweet.

M - The carbonation gives enough fizz bite to balance out the sweetness. Full bodied feel. Very nice.

Big malt presence here. I would have like some more hops but carbonation helps out a little with balance. A Helles /Dopplebock seems weird. Maybe they were going for an Imperial Helles Bock.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my personal favorites...this is the first time i've reviewed it though....abita has always been hit or miss...but this is one of the ones they hit a homerun on....

appearance is deceiving its straw golden and looks to be about a 4% abv...with a fading head and splotchy lacing...

smell is malty...and a little buttery....with no hop in the nose to speak of....

the taste is full bodied and malty....nice german hop presence that does not dominate the beer at all....

the mouth feel is in between creamy and dry....very nice here...feels very full in the mouth...

has great drink ability...but the abv will catch up to you

Photo of alpinebryant
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a healthy tan head. Smell of grass, pilsen malt, sweetness and hay.

Taste of a deliciously sweet Helles lager. This is really great for the style and I would definitely get more of these when I see them. Comparatively to the 30th anniversary Sierra Nevada Helles bock, this one takes the cake. There seems to be more flavor and it is extremely smooth with very few flaws. I believe my bottle is about a year old at this point and perhaps that is why I enjoy this as much as I am right now.

Overall very enjoyable, medium carbonation with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable; even sessionable at this high abv.

Photo of MrDriscoll
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a nice yellow / oragne with a decent two finger foam that was gone almost as fast as it appeared. no lacing at all.

A - Very "earthy" with subtle floral notes. Nothing special...came up short of what I expected from this beer.

T - Nice little citrus note, more on the grapefruit vs. orange side with roasted malts on the back end. Citrus really masked the little bit of malt that you do get.

M / F - Pretty smooth for an 8% beer. flows crisp from front to back with out a strong alcohol note. Well carbinated with a clean finish.

D - May give this one another shot as I did buy the last bottle that was on the self at the time so I may have had an older bottle but can't say that I was blown away by this beer...this review will be subject to edit if and when I get another.

Photo of vapodge
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear, clean yellow with a light head

S - Almost urine, like a cheap lager, but better -- hones

T - ohmygod it's grape juice! Welch's white grape juice! Much, much sweeter than I expected, especially given its aroma.

M - Clean and crisp, much less carbonation than a lager -- nice.

D - Pleasantly surprised, this being the first of the style I recall having. Can see this as an entry beer for those who drink fruity white wines and wine coolers but dislike the "beer" taste of real beers. Sweetness would stop me from drinking more than one or two, but hey, that's me.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of pilotgod
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy copperish gold with a decent head, but the head dissipates almost immediately. There was absolutely no lacing present.

S: Hops are the most present with floral notes picking up as the beer warms. Nothing really remarkable.

T: Really not impressive, the first notes are strong citrus/grapefruit and you have to wait for hints of malted barley and fruits to come through. The citrus is too overpowering to be considered a good tasting beer.

M: The strong attribute of the beer is the mouthfeel. For 8.0% ABV, the alcohol is not detectable and the carbonation is light. This beer feels almost delicate.

D: I won't buy another bottle, but I won't turn down a glass. I will try on tap if ever found as I feel this is a style that is not best suited to bottling.

Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this one the other day, primarily because I had enjoy Save our Shores, but also because $5 seemed like such a small risk. Probably wouldn't buy it again, but the bottle was enjoyable enough. Poured a hazy golden color, with a small white head. Sweet and full bodied, with bready malts, caramel and a little honey. Good, but kind of forgettable.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of abrand
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into a pilsener glass.

The Andygator pours a deep yellow to orange color. A pure white head sits on top with a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are very subtle but some malts, breads, and little floral notes. Taste is pretty smooth. Not too complex but nice malts, grains, and hops make up the quaff. A very sessionable beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So far, this is my least favorite Abita beer and I have had a good number of them. Pours a pretty golden yellow color with a thick luxurious white head and tons of lacing. Smells of strong hop aroma and some malts. A blitz of hop bitterness is up front but then mellows out towards the end leaving some malty sweetness and a little citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

Photo of MirImage
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber pours into a Pint Glass

A: Very hazy dark straw yellow. The whitish head dissipated quickly. Looked like a dark wheat without the extravagant head. It had decent lacing.

S: Some spicy notes. Virtually no hop aroma. Some toasted malt notes. Pretty plain smelling.

T: Slightly watery and sweet. A little like toast. There is very good mask of the 8% ABV.

M: Pretty light bodied.

D: Should not be as easy drinking as it is. Cannot tell as all that is a 8% beer.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy gold with a think white head and so so lacing.

S- sweet notes, a bit of burn sugar, bread, and a bit of spice.

T- The spicy and pepper works well with the toast and sweetness of the grain. Its nice and balanced but could be a littler sharper and cleaner tasting/finish.

M- Abita does a good job of masking the ABV within the body. This one isn't warm at all. Just a touch thicker than I like for this style but all in all it comes together nicely.

D- Considering the high abv, this one is pretty damn drinkable. Its a bit on the thicker but not overbearing.

Photo of JayS2629
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden color with medium white head and light lacing.

S- Sweet bread with earthy hops, hints of mild apples. Nutty with pepper hints.

T- Sweet toasted malts, herbal with hints of cinnomon and pepper. Nutty. Nice.

M- Mellow medium body with a slight booze burn. Warm and mellow. Nice carbonation.

D- Good balance between the malts and hops with subtle hints of different spices. I easily drank this one.

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.