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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 199 | 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: 1,331 | Reviews: 412
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.

Photo of drtth
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear light golden color with ¼" white head that soon recedes. There is some very light lacing, but not a lot.

Smell: The aromas include some grainy or bready malt and some earthy/herbal hops. There also seems to be some traces of alcohol.

Taste: The flavors contain some lightly toasted malt backed up by a fair amount of sweetness that is prevented from cloying by the arrival of the earthy bitter character of the hops. Some alcohol can be detected.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and prickly with the abundant carbonation. The finish is medium length and basically bitter with the earthy/herbal character of the hops. Not particularly dry.

Drinkability: I can see that this beer actually does really fit with the bottle description (Helles doppelbock) in that it is an helles bock with extra "oomph" to strengthen the alcohol. That said I've not become a fan of this beer. It lacks some of the subtle complexity I like to find in an helles bock. It was ok to try it but I'll probably not revisit this one. ( I thought this one better on tap.)

Photo of BMoney575
2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on 11-8-10

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color, with almost no head and a single ring of lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty, almost macro-y. Not much else going on.

Taste is malt liquor. Sweet, boozy, and that's it.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, which helps the sweetness but detracts from any good qualities.

Drinkability is poor, for the obvious reasons.

Overall, avoid.

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

Andygator has a cloudy yellow body and a pretty good-looking white head that is a finger and a half tall with decent retention.

Big malt bill in this one. Grainy and sweet with hops and fruit around the edges.

Andygator is a pretty standard golden strong ale or helles-bock. A pretty big malt profile has sweetness, a bit of cereal, grain and a touch of honey. The malt is balanced by a slight peppery flavor and a bit of an earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish.

Full-bodied and pretty nice as far as mouthfeel goes.

When I ordered this beer my brother, who is from Louisiana, said "that's what we order at the bar when we just want to get wasted." I ordered it anyway, but after having one I am inclined to agree with him. It is big, malty, boozy, and tastes more like an Old English than a craft beer (although big lagers an pilsners tend to have that quality).

Photo of cgmees
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 650ml bottle.

Clear amber color with a thick head.

Has hints of fruit, some citrus but apple and other also, and yeast

Good taste with some fruits and grain earthiness. Not a lot of alcohol taste with a slight sweetness to it.

Mouth is medium body with some carbonation

Good drink ability, doesn't chase you away from the alcohol, and has flavor. will have to try again to see if it holds up

Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber/yellow color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grassy nose. Flavor is malty sweet, hints of grass. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Best by May 2011.

Photo of chickenflea
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

The taste is of sweet grainy, slightly nutty with a hint of yellow apples, honey, and spices.

It has a thickish, syrupy medium body. Medium to high carbonation saves this brew from sickly sweetness.

I appreciate experimentation with imperial styles, but this one just doesn't work that well for me. I don't think the beer is poorly conceived. But I don't think that it really works as a style. Nice try but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of phideltashaggy
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Boston Lager Perfect Pint glass.

A- Golden and clear with a fluffy, white head. Leaves a perect amount of lacing, imo.

S-Floral and slightly fruity. A hint of alcohol, but very subtle.

T- Oh man, this is nice. The barely fruity sweetness is up front, then perfectly off-set by the hops at the end. I am very picky when it comes to bitter, but this citrusy hops works well with the other flavors.

MF- The carbonation is slightly above normal.

D- Easily one of the most drinkable high-grav brews I've ever had. I drank the entire bottle much quicker than I thought I was going to and loved ever second of it. I honestly didn't realize it was high gravity until I finished the bottle and looked it up.

Overall, this goes high on the list of brews that I want a lot more of.

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

22oz bottle into a Snifter glass

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with a seriously fluffy almost Guinness on tap worthy bright white head.

S- Pale malts and strong yeast. Subtle fruit and banana, maybe some black pepper.

T- So creamy! Tastes like it smells, very fruity and yeasty. Solid malt body, not as pale tasting as it smells. Really good

M- Fuller creamy head like body with decent carbonation and a very tiny bit of bitter in the finish.


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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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