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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 Spineypanda
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color.
Smells of esters and somewhat like a wheat beer.
I taste a bit of the alcohol but it is extremely smooth and delicious. For using the specific yeast it does for a Helles style this is an extremely interesting beer that for 8% is a great buy!

Thanks for trying something new Abita.

Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, hazy pale gold pour. Very thin head and no retention.

Weak malt nose. Slightly sugary and lemony. Mild spice profile. Very weak toast finishes it out.

Very sweet hit, almost surprisingly so. Gets tarter in the middle with lemons and a slight spice quality. Picking up sweeter fruit as the glass warms, cherries mainly.

Thin body but appropriate for the style.

Hides the abv extremely well and slides down surprisingly quickly.

Photo of mklinger
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale golden -- a doppel maibock, I guess. Thin head formed.

Aroma was minimal. Some malt character, bit of bready sweetness, not much else.

Taste was similar. More of a malt focus with only a bit of hop character. I would have never guessed this was an 8%abv beer. Very smooth & easy to drink. I didn't find this beer to have a lot of character, but it wasn't bad or flawed in any way. Just not as interesting as I had hoped.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a thin wisp of a white head. The head faded rather fast, but a decent cap of foam lingered throughout the whole serving.
The aroma has the initial lager cleanliness, but the sweet malt starts to show, a slight banana aroma, some doughy tones, a whisp of fruits (apples?), and some florals from the hops.
The taste is sweet and malty, with a mild background bitterness. Bready tones, alcohol, a light nutty taste, and caramels all make a showing. The beer feels slightly thick and smooth, has nice carbonation, and has medium body.
Overall, a decent showing from Abita. I will continue to enjoy an Andygator from time to time, especially on visits to the brewery.

Photo of dropout86
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful straw-honey gold with a tall, soapy pure white head. Lacing was minimal in a tulip glass.

S: Bouquet full of pears, honey and champagne (apples) esters. Lacking malt and hops aroma.

T: Very weak malts and weak hops with a biting alcohol assault that immediately dissipates. Loads of candy sugar. Big and bready with a fruit dimension - maybe a hint of banana.

M: Heavy alcohol burn up front then along comes the sweetness to make up for it. Light body but the typical Belgian-style carbonation aerates itself in the mouth to give it more weight.

D: I'm pretty sure I'd stop at the one 22oz bottle I had. I find myself craving something with more malt and less obvious alcohol and sweetness.

Overall, I'm not sure what to compare this to... so I won't. i'll just take it for what it is: a very sweet high-alcohol bock which means it won't fair that well.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Andygator on Tap....

A- Dark golden color with some orangey tint. Creamy white head about a fingertip long. No lacing.

S- Big hints of banana and pineapple. Fruity and chewy bubblegum. Spice.

T- Cloves, Candied Sugars, Malty, and chocolate banana. Bubbleyum bubblegum. This is an odd doppelbock, but I can't help but enjoy it. Dangerous and flavorful. Very Belgian-y. Spice- corriander.

M- Luscious and creamy. Chewy and slightly bold.

D- Easy drinking beer because of the big flavors. I warn you, this one will creep up on you!

Photo of dqderrick
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.95 22oz bottle from Jimbo's.

Clear, golden with a thin white head. Smells sweet with a hint of Belgian yeast. Maybe a little fruit sweet smell. Overall, the smell is pretty light.

The taste is surprisingly light and reminds me a little of a lager. Yest its sweet but I also pick up a nice dry finish. Carbonation is average to good and feels nice with the dry finish.

I'd consider buying this again at this price. Especially as spring and summer approach. It was a good experience as I watched Survivor with the wife. It was nothing overwhelming impressive while I felt it did a good job with the style. HOWEVER, I really don't know much about the style aside from it being higher ABV and sweeter. So...

Photo of bob3701
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear golden yellow with a big pillowy white head that quickly goes into a thin film with minor lacing. Doughy malty aroma. Very sweet toffee and apples (?) taste. A bit of a spicy aftertaste. This beer is very smooth and too easy to drink for it's high AVB which it hides very well. Thought this was a good attempt at a helles dopplebock.

Photo of johnwarne
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you--

Tastes German to me;
A nice option here".

Not an all star, but to me this is a nice option from our friends in Louisiana. Nice taste, nice finish, nice opportunity to try a beer that would hold it's own against foreign competition.


Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a vibrantly bright honey golden hue with a brilliant gleaming white head that leaves fine even rings of speckled lacing as it dwindles. I just had the Abbey ale recently and it also came in these super thick indestructible brown glass 22 ounce bombers, this one was priced at $3.19 at the Giant Eagle Market District. I'm digging the screen printed gator design a bit more than the abbey on the Abbey ale.

Aroma has a strong fruit backend with tart apple and a bit of lemongrass accents. Somewhat grassy but more a sense of cooked vegetables arises, really hitting too close to a typical malt liquor profile. Hard metallic edge with mineral water coming through, some herbal grassy hops as mentioned prior, do peak through nicely with this characteristic.

Flavor honey coated malt profile big bold biscuit malt sweetness with an herbal subdued hop profile attempting to balance it out. Big fruit stands up with some juicy pear and tart green apple moments, no cooked veggies to speak of here. Alcohol doesn't hide itself too well strong solvent note in the finish, some more grassy aspects of the tame hop bitterness stumble in as well. Equating to quite a nice hop burp as it starts to settle in your gut.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied a bit syrupy with some residual malt sugars gripping on the palate, sticks around between each sips almost need a big gamey cut of bison to complement the big malt sweetness. Spicy tuna roll would also play nice with this brew.

Drinkability overall, I'm enjoying the first couple 22 ounce portioned big beers to come out of Louisiana, solid to style yet trademarked with Abita must be the yeast and water their brewing with. Whatever it's a solid brew, I will revisit especially since I hear it's been on tap in the Pittsburgh market lately. Priced great to boot.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita's malt liquor entry is above average for this category. It has a very thin head (typical for this style), a very cloudy, golden appearance (atypical for this type of beer), and a citrus aroma. This beer has a tangy, alcohol taste, with quite a sting to it. Mouth feel is very harsh, making me want to take very small sips. Overall, I'd say this is a fine drink to have occasionally with hogs head cheese and crackers or a salad.


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

02/04/10 our final night in New Orleans... so sad to leave. Served in a 22 ounce bomber at NOLA restaurant. Special occasion and all...

Pours amber and clear. Aroma is light, fruity, malty. Taste is sweet also. There's a good malty presence, with flavors of honey and bread fresh from the oven. Hop presence is mild. Tastes like a doppelbock alright. There's some heft to the mouthfeel without being thick or syrupy. Finishes sweet, and was a good contrast to the prime rib. Oh baby!

Photo of APetitfils
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Partly cloudy golden-orange-yellow. White head that retains decently

S: Crisp but not strong aromas, fruity signatures, detectable alcohol

T: Weak malts, slight cinnamon or dried figs, slight apricot, alcohol is present

M: Light Mouthfeel that rests easy of the tongue. Slight astringency/bitterness and carbonation works a bit to balance the not so overt flavors.

D: Though it is a Helles Doppelbock the beer seems not to have the signature qualities of either style varieties and becomes sort of lost in its mix. The flavors are not too complex which make it too drinkable for an 8% A.B.V. Yet, its worth trying because I found it does produce an interesting experience that only adds to ones repertoire.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Bevmo in Redlands, CA; February 2010. Enjoyed the day after the Saints won their first ever Super Bowl (after drinking other Abita beers during the game).

Pours a golden copper, slightly hazy (but pretty clear) with a nice white head that doesn't last a whole long time.

Aroma of rich wheaty bread, almost rye tones. Flavor is bready, sweet caramel, honey and almost molassas. A little too sweet. Slight nuttiness. Too drinkable for an 8% beer.

I am not terribly knowledgeable of the style, but I would have to say this is one of the better Abita beers. Good stuff.

Photo of paco1029384756
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a solid fizzy white head.

Scent of strong sweet grain, some caramel, light sugars and a hint of fruit. Nothing much going on here, but it isn't terrible.

Taste of weak malts, faded caramel and not much else. A bland and fairly unpleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SUPERBOWL is starting, I'll be brief!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/yellow-orange with a thick white head dissipating into a thin cap within the first three minutes.

Smells of cereal grains, orange peels. A hint of yeast and malty sweetness.

Has a big malty sweet flavor immediately accented by a very slight hop bitterness. Dried figs and apricots, raisins come to mind on the draw into the palate.

Thick, luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth, if only a bit syrupy. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I'll give this a 4 for drinkability. It's a delicious brew for sure, but very rich and fairly thick. I do really like it, but I'm afraid It will just be one.

Photo of JAramini
1.38/5  rDev -61%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yellow beer, no visible carbonation, looks nothing like a doppelbock. This is a malt liquor.

Smell is sweet adjuncts and vegetables.

Taste is sweetness and alcohol. Not complex and not pleasant.

Out of the bomber I choked down about half a pint before drainpouring the rest. A hideous beer.

Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this one around for a while now and I never bothered to pick any up but I decided to break down and give it a go..

Into my Chimay goblet it goes.... quite possibly the lightest doppelbock I've ever seen.. This looks like a Belgian Strong Pale or something.. I'd never buy that this was a doppelbock..

This has a very weird aroma... It actually smells like buttered popcorn to me.. and that's not good so far... I might get a little fruitiness but mostly buttered popcorn.. well.... 0 for 2 so far...

This starts out very Belgian with a nice yeastiness that is surprising the hell out of me.. This quickly melds into a nice sweet fruity maltiness that is nothing whatsoever like the aroma.. I'm very very surprised at how good this tastes compared to the aromas.. I'd never believe it... This is actually very good.. I'm liking it..

Overall, this was a weird experience for me... The aromas and appearance really put me off at first but the taste, the most important thing, was a total turnaround and saved this brew for me...

I have to mention that I didn't get the first whiff or taste of the 8% in this one either.. No booziness at all which seems to be different that what everyone else got out of this.. At any rate, I wound up liking this one....

Photo of cdizinno
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow color with nice white head and minimal lacing. Not what I would expect.

S: Very sweet smell. It almost smelled spoiled at first, but it is a honey sweet smell that is quite odd. Some fruitiness and no hop aromas.

T&M: Nice clean, crisp taste. Mild fruitiness with heavy malt flavors. Hint of caramel and citrus hops make this a great tasting beer. It is a smooth, full-bodied beer that is quite heavy for it's clarity.

This stuff is spot on for the style with the exception of color. Slow drinking but very good. I am usually skeptical of Abita brews, but I'd highly recommend this as it is high quality and tasty.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 14 Jun 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L stein. Very large yellow white foamy head. Well carbonated. Clear bright gold in color. Smells like buttered kettle corn. A sweet sugary start. Spiciness slowly emerges in middle along with the alcohol. Some hints of dried fruit. Ethanol lingers through the middle and finish. Finish and aftertaste are slightly drier. Medium body.

Aroma is slightly odd but other than that a tasty beer.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew from a 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a bright copper hue with large fluffy orange tinted white head foaming up 3-4 cm with a gentle pour. The foam is very creamy in appearance and tightly packed, getting recharged from several active streams of bubbles rising from the bottle of the glass.
Aroma is caramel and some white grapes with a general malt sweetness about the beer.
Not really much hop presence, maybe a little grass.
The first sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel and light fruity sweet notes. The beer is an easy drinker with no hints of booze and not a lot of hop character either.
I dont love it but it doesnt suck either, nice, clean simple beer.

Photo of Minkybut
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color and poured a beautiful blond head. The beer has a fruity smell and a fruity taste. The beer had a bit of a alcohol burn to it which I did not care for. I will not buy this beer again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an Abita pint glass.

Pours a golden wheaty color thats bright and crisp with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head. Nose is a bit boozy, it's a little sweet and malty with a light biscuit note from the yeast.

Taste is rich and malty but it's a bit too boozy. It has a nice toastiness to it as well as a rich breadiness. It's creamy and easy drinking with a full mouthfeel.

Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very nice, fairly simple but quite tasty, highly drinkable, with a little complexity. As one might expect from a pale doppelbock, it is a lot like a more characterful version of a better, strong malt liquor.

Deep gold, it has a very big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and some wisps, with a little weak lace.

Aroma is unbaked bread dough, grain, golden raisins (faint), ripe apples, and faintly perfumy in its fruity-graininess. This is a lot like a strong, good pale lager or nicer version of what a malt liquor is like.

Taste is a little on the sweet side, light raisiny spiciness, grain, unbaked dough, apple, hint of raisin, finish of light apple and peach before a sweet, fruity-grain aftertaste. Feel is solid, slightly oily, a bit frothy, and quite nice.

Photo of phillipzayas
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually liked this beer, and considering I am not a Doppellbock fan at all, that is saying something.

I have always been really skeptical about Abita's beers, but lately they have been surprising me and this is one of them.

A - The nice golden color of this beer came out quite nicely.

S - The smell almost reminded me of a cider, but not quite so sweet.

T - some fruitiness combined with great malty flavors make this a fairly nice tasting beer.

M - It has a really creamy rich full-body mouthfeel and a taste that is spot on for this style.

D- It is a slow drinking beer and would go great with a pairing with some sharp cheeses I think.

I'd highly recommend this to someone who is looking for a pleasant surprise.

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