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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 27
Gots: 148 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003)
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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, darker straw in color. Big eggshell white head, lacing is nice and sporadic.

Smell is it's weakest point. Not a whole lot. Sort of tinny, with some malty backbones.

There is an immediate malt presence up front, with a slight sweet tone. Little bit of citrus.

The feel is light, crisp and slightly silky.

Good amount of abv, but it's well hidden and easy to drink.

I think that this brew is skewed...people review this as a dopplebock. But it is much more a nice, stronger Helles, befitting the Helles Dopplebock title, being a nice double malty helles.

Oh well.

Photo of JRed
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear orange body with white frothy head on top. Aroma of sweet corn, grains, floral notes, and wheat. Strong flavors of stale light fruit, grains, old wheat, slight honey, and artificial sugar. Light in body which makes the unpleasant flavors stand out on the palate. Light in carbonation so you can really soak in the off flavors in this brew. This beer reminds me of the line from the movie "300", "You will not enjoy this. This will not be over quickly."

Photo of claybeer
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Andy Gator....WOW....Yellow and crystal clear! It looks like there is very little carbonation because it had a small thin white head. It quickly dissipated to just a slight film over the top of this beer. I get a a lot of banana in the nose like some hefeweizen. A bit of skunkiness on the palate with more banana. This beer is light and easy to drink. A little bit of alcohol heat is on the finish. It seems like there is too much going on at once in this beer. It is a wonderful change from Abita's other beers.

Photo of aepb1
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Golden with a generous white head

S- Sweet malts, maybe some honey
Not really that much in the nose...

T- Sweet/musty up front, turning into a burn from alcohol in the dry finish but no hops... the dry finish is from the alcohol burn really

M- Light and ok carbonation

D- Being in Gainesville, it's nearly my namesake, too bad it's not the best example of the helles dopple... If it's offered to me, I won't turn it down, but it's certainly not something I will seek out...

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I hate to ask again - what is a doppelbock now? I've had a coffee infused doppelbock. Suck. I've now had this "helles" doppelbock. Suck. I've had plenty of other beers which I have come to know as doppelbocks. Dark plum colored, thick malty brews. That's how it should be, no? Is "doppelbock" a blanket term to describe any jacked up German-style brew?

Anyway, this was hard to drink. I'll keep my eye open for other hellesbock, or whatever they want to be called, just for comparison sake.

The most appealing facet of this beer was the look - not that it was extraordinary. Light champagne gold with a tiny frothy head. Ample carbonation. Mildly hazy.

Smelled like it could take off paint. A ritzier Old E. Tasted much the same. Any malt or grain present in the flavor that was trying to have a polite conversation with me was being drowned out by the clipped, distorted blare of loud spicy (yeasty), fusel (phenolic) voltage. Extremely unpleasant - far from palatable in any sense. Sipped it cold, sipped it less cold, sipped it cool-warm. Blah!, bleck!, blllluuuaaa!

While it didn't burn holes through the lining of my esophagus, funk just washed over my tongue and teeth and the toxic haze of "spice" loomed large. It wouldn't go away. Grainy, biscuity sensations flared up in the very end of the finish. Still, not enjoyable.

Maybe I'm not hip to this angle yet.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear golden color with visible carbonation. It has a big white head, pretty foamy, but with decent retention. Certainly looks "Helles".

Smell: Musty aroma with vague hints of sweeter malt undertones. Not much to go on here, and not very inspiring.

Taste: The flavor is sweet throughout (though not too excessive), starting at "just sweet" (with perhaps a hint of malt), to sweetness with grains, and then some spicy notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; generally smooth and with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong ABV but it isn't really apparent in the taste. However, the sweetness is a bit too lingering and gets to be a bit much.

Supposed to be a Helles Doppelbock, but not really sure if it is even between those styles. That spicy German hop character comes out a bit in the aftertaste, but it doesn't have that sweet malt flavor - the sweetness in a way seems almost artificial. Fun to try, but I doubt I'll be picking this up again.

Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a helles this looks great, for a dopple Bock its a bit pale. Golden and slightly orange clear color with a huge white foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Apples and grapes on the nose, no real hop scent. A bit of honey too.

Sweet with a little heat. Lots more honey and a touch of fruitiness followed by a little alcohol and dryness in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin bodied. Very dry finish.

Moderately drinkable. Easy on the palette and not too heavy, though a bit foamy.

I don't usually like abitas stuff but this one is pretty damn good.

Photo of Stigs
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour in a mini-snifter

A - light gold in color, minimal loose bubbly white foam leaving minimal spotty lacing behind.

S - not much here, some faint toasted and buttery malts, earthy hops, and over-ripened fruit.

T - mostly sweet dominated by honey, dark fruits, grains, toasted malts and some grain alcohol.

M - light bodied with nice crisp carbonation. finishes dry and a little sticky. lingering grassy hops and sweet fruits.

D - this wasnt what i ordered but was given by mistake (albeit for free). i'm never one to turn down a free beverage but about 3/4 of the way through i had enough, not because i overly disliked it, just because it became a bit boring.

Photo of MrTito
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been a favorite of mine for about a year, and I'm ecstatic that a lot of local bars and stores have it on draft. I tend to gauge establishments by their offerings, so if this is on the menu then I feel I'm in good company.

A - Pure golden, though a slightly disappointing head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing, but present.

S - Fruity, a bit of alcohol. Nothing overwhelming but also nothing unpleasant either.

T - This is where Andygator wins me over. While not complex, it is nonetheless delicious. A fair malt quality, sweetness, and minimal hops. I don't mind hopiness at all, but there is hardly any here and I'm fine with that. The taste almost (but without disparagement) reminds me of a hard cider. If you're a fan of bitterness, stay away because there is none here.

M - Medium bodied. A quality thickness without being sticky or too lingering. Though, there is a bit of a dry finish. To a certain extent the body betrays the appearance. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help combat the dryness, and the 8%.

D - Definitely a must try. Great for a muggy summer night when you don't want something heavy but can't settle for something light. Just watch out for the 8% - it will sneak up on you.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Crystal clear yellow amber with almost no white head. Quickly recedes, no lacing. Palate is crisp with some corn phenols, a little pale caramel malt. Carbonation is creamy. Some light hop bitterness. Finish is more like a Vienna lager than a helles.

Seems like a confusion of styles more than a hybrid. Decent brew for the cash, though. Could definitely see getting into trouble with this on a hot day as the 8% is hidden really well.

Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a nice orange yellow with a medium bodied and medium sized white head that fades fast and laces a bit down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a touch of fruit, then a nice hop aroma that is mostly earthy, followed by a hint of alcohol.
T: Tastes like it smells with a lot of sweet toasted and roasted malts with hints of a bit of sweet fruit, then a nice earthy hop flavor followed up with a bit of alcohol.
M: Smooth, lighter bodied than it probably should have been, right amount of carbonation.
D: OK drink-ability, the alcohol was pretty noticeable but the other flavors were pretty good.

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Seems a bit light for the style but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Upon reading the label, I can see why as it is a helles dopplebock.

Aroma is chock full of sweet, chewy malt with a good hint of spice/raisin in the nose. Alcohol heat seems present as well.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a slight alcoholic heat present.Simple. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt. Goes down well. Nothing offensive.

Very clean and drinkable. Seems like one of their better releases too. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is a silk screened abstract alligator. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a little over 1 finger of pure white head. This settles to a complete, 1/4 inch coating of foam, leaving white, sticky lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and crystal clear.

Smell: Slight vegatal hop notes, as is typical of a Helles. However, this one has strong undertones of semi-sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Once again, similar to most Helles; slight bitterness with vegetal hop notes. very slight sweetness. Maybe a hair stronger than the average Helles, but all in all, not too much different.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level with an excellent body.

Drinkability: I don't really see the "Doppelbock" part of this beer. Flavorful and fine to drink, but I certainly wouldn't put this in the Doppelbock category.

Photo of shadow1961
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Andygator Helle Doppelbock pours a finger of creamy white foam over a clear deep gold brew. Carbonation is brisk, and the nose is as fruity as the bottle suggests- though there are notes of barley husk and alcohol tang too. Sweet light malt is the flavor up front- there are bubblegum notes too, balanced by mild herbal, slightly metallic hops off the back. Mouthfeel is round and smooth with a bit of a tingle from the carbonation and alcohol- a not inconsiderable 8%ABV. If you like a dry, assertive lagers this may not be for you, but altogether it's a pretty tasty way to take the edge off.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a great big frothy white head. The head and lacing on this thins are very impressive.

The smell is a bit scattered. Some malt, some ftuit, lots of sweetness. Nothing really sticks out and it seems to lack any character greater than its seemingly unidentifiable parts. Not bad by any means.

The taste follows the nost, but with a bit more purpose. The strong grain malts lead into some light fruit- apples, pears, and raisins- and a crisp finish.

The feel is apropriately light, but still creamy. It works well with the flavors.

You know, this is a much better brew than the $4 price tag indicates. It blows away the $3 #9s we have here in the bang for your buck department. Honestly, I would still be pleased paying Stone prices. This was a surprisingly crisp and refreshing brew.

Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of dopplebocks, so I've stayed away from this one for a while now. While visiting NOLA, I finally broke down and bought it, since it was only $4, rather than the $9 at home. I was pleasantly surprised that it was less of a dopplebock, and more of a strong Helles. Kind of reminded me of Leffe Blonde. Head was super thick, lasted a good while, then to a thin lacing. Smell was malty up front with a slight fruit on the rear. Taste was big malt up front and slight tinge of fruit and alcohol on the finish. Again, the taste reminded me a lot of Leffe Blonde, rather than the dopples I'm used to. It was light, but packed a strong blow with the 8%. Definitely glad I gave it a shot and will get it again back at home.

Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a perfectly filtered, flashy golden yellow. A finger of fine white head fizzles to a frothy dusting. Animal crackers of lacing march along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a downright struggle, with fleeting glimpses of light malt, corn, hop spice, and yeast. Not even the alcohol seems to want to exhibit a real identity.

Upon sipping, the pale malt is sugary sweet and fruity, and along the way yellow corn moves in, but is it really corn, or just indistinguishable grain? The hops are distant and tinny, with echoes of peppery spice and crispness. Alcohol is intimated enough to be notable. The finish is a jumble of residual grain sweetness, moderate hazy bitterness, and a vague dry drop-off, in no discernible order. I'm not quite sure what to think, but I'm not blatantly offended anyway.

Medium bodied, the soft rill across the palate is the star of the show.

So the mouthfeel is the biggest asset, followed by a fairly cool bottle. And what does all that mean? I'm not sure, but it doesn't say, hey, how good is this beer? Nah, it's just a good idea that fell short in execution. And it's a classic case of not bothering to justify facing the shifty ABV. This isn't so much a beast as some poor life-form that got shaken and stirred in the transporter beam.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my small goblet...

1" off white head... no real lacing atop a short grazed head.

Nose has a fair amount of DMS... really.. honestly ... corny pale malts...

Ehhh... diacetyl is pretty abundant.. vegetal.. Damn... some toasty malts still are there for a descent brew.. but the problems are BIG problems...

Body is medium and smooth.. oily.. buttery... Like a cheap Malt Liquor....

Maybe my palate is off... but I don't think so.... I will polish off the rest of this glass ... but the rest goes down the drain.


Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hells dopplebock and it is very fruity on the nose. I poured it into the new New Belgium snifter I just got, and the head fell away with great lace beautifully. Fresh and crisp on the nose. Sweet low hops and fruity on the palet and finishes sweet and wet. The body is at a medium. A good pair with some dirty rice and a warm day.

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden with a bubbly head and decent lacing

S: Grainy malts up front; not a lot going on besides the earthy straw grains and a subtle buttery quality

T: Buttery and grainy like the aroma would indicate; alcohol is subtle; a splash of hops on the front of the mouth

F: A bit of a strange film left as it goes down the throat

D: A pretty good little bock with decent long term drinkability

Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours vivid yellow with a big fluffy head. The aroma is corny and musky, with a coriander spice. Flavor is musky and citrusy, with coriander, an edge of hominy and ground cornmeal. There is a faint phenolic bite in the yeast. There is a feeling of a rich artisnal bread. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.

Photo of taxguyjase
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Foamy white head that lingered for a long while. Light yellow coloring, lots of bubbles. 3.5/5.0

Smell - Some malt and sweetness aroma, but it's really disappointing (i.e. very little there). 2.0/5.0

Taste - Strong malt taste, some spice to it, honey, sweet. Big bold flavor that hits you really hard when you first taste it. For a more alcoholic beer (8%), it's surprising light and smooth. 3.5/5.0.

Feel - Fills your mouth, but mellows out pretty quickly. Very little aftertaste, mostly just the spice. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability - It's a tasty beer. Maybe not the best example of a doppelbock. 3.0/5.0

Photo of DosBeerigos
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C. Clear
H. light orange in color
N. Very weak nose, nothing huge at all. Slight malt and maybe some lemon

Well this beer reminded me of a friend of mine that is a huge UF fan and has a dog by the name of Andy. I had to buy the beer and review it for her even though she isn't a fan of beer at all. OK so sentimental crap aside, once again I feel like Abita is relying too much on their water for their beers. It is smooth yes but the flavor is so subtle and weak it doesn't stick out well. Yes it is smooth to drink but nothing crazy flavor wise. Since it is a "Gator" beer I can easily compare it to Tim Tebow. While the label says dopplebock I really sorta get a standard lager. Just like they say Tebow is going to be a QB but really he is more of a FB. Listen, the kid is great, just like the beer is smooth to drink, but they both FAIL epically in my book.

Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to the Abita rep in Jacksonville for opening this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is honeysuckle, cracked wheat bread, and melted demerara sugar.
Taste is of th aromas with intensified flavors of doughy lager yeast and honey with light peaches pulling through with gentle spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, syrupy, and sticky sweet.

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.