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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 198 | 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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Ratings: 1,330 | Reviews: 412
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at basement temp in flared glass

A: golden orange, not much head, not much lacing
S: malty, sweet, but subtle
T: strange taste, sweet but salty, bland; high ABV but not extraordinarily flavorful; a bit buttery in flavor

overall, a good beer, but chill it first.

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, yellow-gold in appearance, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Sweet, floral note, fruity.
Taste-Sweet malt, peach, lemongrass, hint of honeyed bread. Very smooth and drinkable for the strength. A refreshing sipper served cold on a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is cloudy yellow with a half-finger of white head.

S: Grassiness, light citrus, and caramel and cracker malts.

T: Grass, cloves, some mild fruitiness, and a bit of sourness.

M: The body has average thickness and the carbonation is a bit weak.

O: This is a bit strange but at least it goes down easy for such a strong brew.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into oversized wine glass. Labeled a Helles Dopplebock, interesting.

Pours a deep golden hay color that is crystal clear. Very clean looking brew with a medium & thin off white head. Lacing is decent.

Aroma is more funky than I expected, borderline saison nose. A touch of lemon zest & clean fruity yeast in the nose as well.

Taste is clean, sweet, and slightly citric. Its a very light bodied brew - I dont know why they would coin this a 'dopplebock'.

Overall, not bad at all. Hides the 8% abv really well and is a nice refreshing beer.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy golden yellow hue with a 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly

S - Moderate malt character is backed by a light grassy floral hop aroma

T - Malt character is ahead of the grassy floral hops again. It is pretty sweet with a slightly bitter finish

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation

O - This was an amazingly easy drinker that hid it's abv extremely well. I would definitely tell others to give this a try and hope Abita continues to push style boundaries

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

22 oz Bomber poured Pint glass.

A: Golden in color very clear little carbonation can be seen.... Nice fluffy white finger and a 1/2 worth of head that settles to a ring with very nice lacing.

S: Floral hops with a slightly fruitiness....(maybe grapes). There is also a hint of alcohol floating around.

T: Tastes like if smells but in reverse order.... I'm getting a nice fruity sweetness upfront then it finishes with a slightly bitter hops.... A little grape-fruity bitterness... Balances nicely with the sweetness. The aftertaste lingers a little...

M: Pretty strong carbonation here, it is bright and sharp... but calms as it warms up.

D: Pretty nice little beer here... one was good with me but the 8% really never hit me.... It hide the 8% pretty good.. I had never seen the Abita so I took a chance and found another good brew from our friends at Abita..

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Best-by date rubbed off on neck. Really neat painted art on the bottle.

Pours a clear, sparkly gold. A white head rears back, but coats the glass. Smell is floral and herbal and hoppy; nicely unexpected from a beefy helles. Taste quickly morphs into the nutty, bitter, and slightly pungent bock character. Finishes straight boozy, although this might be exaggerated by the inherent feel of the doppelbock. Very big contrast smell-to-taste, imo. A unique offering, I'm pleased once again with the experimentation of Abita.

Photo of harpo111
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: yellow golden with an ok head

S: malty, a little hops and lemon grass

T: malty with a moderate, but not intrusive hop finish..smooth

M: average... but with a bite

O: kinda sweet tasting...with a pleasant hop malt aftertaste...

I like this one.. not to heavy..but with enough weight to carry its own....some bite..but not enough to run you away....the sweetness entices you ...would be a great beer for Thai food!

Photo of Francepants06
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured yellow to light orange color, It has a small white foaming head. I smelled hints of citrus, herbs, floral, and grassy notes. I tasted a bit of fruitiness and hop, with a malty finish. I tasted it on tap before they ever bottled it and I felt that at the time it felt heavier than in the bottle. i need to pass by the brewery pub to taste again.

Photo of DWilliams76
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my weekend notes: Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Clear golden pour with a small off-white head. Nose is grassey, floral, and lightly sweet. Tastes of grass, florals, apple juice, and yeast. Sweet enough to balance the grass and florals, but not overly fruity or estery. The big draw of this beer is the ABV, and turned out to be an ok brew.

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me. I was little skeptical at first it being a double bock and helles hybrid. I found it to have very pleasing aroma. It was not as rich as a bock but not as fruity as a helles in both the flavor and the taste. It has the caramel and roastyness of a bock. It also has the grass/grainy and citrus flavor of the helles. The body is medium. Two styles combined into a great marriage.

Photo of MikeOPFL
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great medium-bodied malty treasure!

Not much of a head and not overly carbonated with a fruity nose that mimics a Belgian Golden ale. A very malty backbone, with a floral/fruity sweet finish.

The beer I know won't let me down when there's nothing wildly interesting on tap.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Color was pretty with a yellowish base and a golden hue. Head was healthy, white, and about one and a half fingers strong. Little lacing. Smell was initially grassy with some florals. Taste has a bit more malt to it, with the florals taking more of a back seat. Feel is smooth and enjoyable with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Great flavor, smell and feel.

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, yellow/blond with a white head, some retention, hints of leg.

S: Nice nobel-hop-like aroma: Grassy, floral and even a little herbal. Underlying sweet toffee and a light fruitiness.

T: Grassy, herbal & floral hops, sponge toffee, light bread, hints of tropical fruit, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth. Quite good.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A really easy drinker for its weight. Well-crafted.

Photo of gkunkle
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22 of this while I was in california and brought it home to Oregon. I poured this into a coke glass (think perfect pint-ish) Which resulted in a thick white head on top of the rich golden color beer. The head retention was impressive, it reversed very slowly. Smell is of sweet malts and some citrus hops, seems inviting. Taste starts with light malts, some interesting sweet and fruit flavors. Hops come in toward the end to help finish the sip with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel was just a touch thick for my preferences. Overall I don't know if I was able to fully appreciate this beer, I'd like to try it again next time I visit CA.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lable says: "live it, love it, wear it"....wait? "wear it"? kinda strange.

A clear and sharp golden color, hella bubbles with a towering 3" sea foam head with a rather long life and slow moving.

heady,sweet malty aroma, cream 'o corn and sour veggies.

A clean feel right off ,nice light bite with a classic lagered feel. sharp herbs, corn, and gentle spices in the flavor more sweet bready maltiness and rather relaxed for an 8% abv. The feel becomes a bit too flat a bit too fast, the malt really takes over and makes it a bit tough to get through and a touch too sweet for me.

Starts out fine, ends a bit boring but if this is your style it's easier to look beyond.

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.

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