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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 97 | 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 TheMistler
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

I love doppelbocks, and I've intended to try this brew many of the times I've been in New Orleans. Before my most recent trip I'd never had the opportunity, but I devoured this page before my most recent trip to keep it in my mind. I'm glad I did, because this is not like any other doppelbock, and truly is a heavy, heady helles.

Poured a clear but nonetheless rather dark orange brown color, with a creamy white head. Very whispy, light top, reminiscent of many other higher ABV brews' caps.

A sweet but tangy nose, somewhat reminiscent of a Czeck pils. Bready notes, maybe I'd say sourdough.

A grain malt bomb, but not the chocolate or darker notes found in other doppelbocks - lighter malts. A coarse grain taste. Slightly medicinal alcohol note, but the the ABV is rather well integrated (it packs a wallop when it hits the noggin, however). Gum, interestingly. Hops accompany the grain taste and become more noticeable as you sip. Citrus. Some bittering is left on the palate, the tiniest hint of pine. More balanced between malt and hops than my initial sips indicated it would be.

Some prickly carbonation. A feel like you could bite into it - with the hint of bread in the nose and the coarse notes to the taste, I got the impression of crackers from this beer.

The taste settles on the palate heavily, and combined with the ABV make this a slow sipper of which you would not want to have more than one.

TheMistler, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

22 oz. courtesy of the very-generous beerbuddha. Thanks Jeremy! Into a mason jar it goes.

Pours a light honey-lemon color - not a whole lot of carbonation is visible...just a little bit. I hate to say it...maybe it's the jar but...it resembles a specimen...

Quite light on the nose vs. what I'd expect from the style. Mostly a Saaz presence (a little stewy silage here). First lager I've had in quite a while so I may be out of practice. Decent lager character but there's no single element that stands out at the moment...expecting a little more from the malt profile - a bit of sweetness and stewiness is desired.

There is some sweetness than makes it to the palate that we're looking for. Not a huge amount but it's combined with the nice oily viscoity we want. Generally it's mild...more Saaz silage shows up with the stewy spent grain. More "helles" than "doppelbock" for what it's worth. Not a huge bite of alcohol - where'd they hide it?

Feels heavy on the palate as you would expect a doppelbock to feel. The bitter Saaz silage and that stewy malt aren't rowing in the same boat so it all gets a little muddled on the finish.

As mentioned, to me it's more of a "helles" than a "dopplebock." Interesting effort and I am grateful for the opportunity to try the Abita special release series. This one is slightly messy...definitely drinkable but a tweener in terms of style. I am impressed with their hiding of the 8% ABV...defintely!

IBUnit63, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Holy heat, Batman.

The color of rejected chaff sitting in the sun (i.e. lots of dirt clods, rotting straw, etc.) with a large white head that bubbles really quickly down to a thin cap of white bubbles. Lacing is surprisingly tenacious for a German style brew.

The nose and flavor are more reminiscent of an Eastern European strong lager than any prominent German style I've tasted, although the limited experience I have with Helles Bocks should have prepared me.

Super-sweet, with lots of pale malt that have been fermented long enough to impart a rich grainy sweetness that's way short of caramel and is more like fusel-laden cotton candy. Very little in the way of melanoiden character (did I mention it was pale?) and thus strikes too closely to the heart of the euro strong lager/imperial pils to ring true.

Hops are definitely present, as befits a strong lager, and contribute some flowery characteristics to an otherwise rather unpleasantly hot and sticky brew.

It's really not too bad, and pretty interesting. Helles doppelbock seems an interesting style to aim for, given that even a geeky audience hardly has a frame of reference for it. A little different marketing for this (see: Carlsberg Elephant) might have made Andygator more along the lines the consumer is hoping to see. I like the experimental nature of this brew, and if Abita feels like throwing out a few more high-gravity boys I will be sure to try them out, but this one was quite a ways from my wheelhouse.

BretSikkink, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.6/5  rDev +2%

A - Light golden color with a decent, rich cap that descended slowly to a collar with some globs of fluff. Modest, slow-moving carbonation stream.

S - Walnut, a hint of apple, and bread. A slight trace of hops on the nose, too.

T - This is a nice brew I would purchase again. It reminds me of my trips to Frankfurt, Germany. There's nothing sophisticated here, but I do detect some honey, a trace of walnut, a slight citrus hint, some hops and water.

M - Somewhat rich up front but fades with almost no aftertaste. The carbonation is starting to vanish, so the creaminess factor suffers.

D - This is perfectly drinkable and would be nice to serve at a party where some of your guests enjoy beer, but don't take it too seriously.

pinotboy007, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of damienblack
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%

Pours a completely transparent light brown, twin jets of carbonation spiraling to the top. Nifty sized head caps it off. Sadly, this is the high point of this beer's day. It's all downhill from here. Smells yeasty and doughy, but it all smells like its been left out in the rain. Smells like I get from Magic Hat, which is like wet dog, or sweatsock. Not appealing. Not as strong as MH though, fortunately. Very faint smell of dark fruit.

The one thing the beer has going for it is that carbonation is in the right place. The beer is bready and nutty, a thin watery midbody quickly gives way to a spicey, zesty aftertaste with a kick like the smell. To me, it's sour in a bad way. This flavor just lingers. No depth or bearing at all in the mouthfeel, it's like a light-beer. It's got too much watery lager in it to be a quality beer in my opinion, and what else is left is that semi-rancid kick in the teeth. It's like it's strong in the wrong places, and weak in the wrong places alike for the style. Drinkability is inoffensive save for what I've already mentioned. I definitely won't be seeking this out. Tastes like a weak lager, not a malty doppelbock.

damienblack, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

A: I rather like the bottle this comes in... it kinda appealed to my eye. The beer itself was not as pleasing, compared to others of the style, though. Helles, it most certainly is, with a clean straw colour to it. Head is fizzy and dies out in no time... it does have some positive points to it, but it could certainly look better. A second, more aggressive pour the 'already christened' glass to empty the bottle fared better, but still falling a little short.

S: Whole grain bread, a slight whiff of fruit sweetness, and even a faint touch of lemon (though that's kinda pushing it!). A slightly nutty quality that offers an interesting uniqueness to it.

T: Some full flavours... just a hint of a dark fruitiness, some alcohol, and more of a toasty malt and bready taste to it. It's not as 'rich' as others, but it still does alright. In some ways, it presents itself to my palate a bit like a märzen.

M + D: A little bit of stickiness, but again, not as rich as many others. It's got a good feel of carbonation and a slight, albeit delayed dryness on the finish. Not a bad beer at all, though I'd lean more towards enjoying it as its own thing rather than trying to pile it into the style, as I'd be more likely to lean towards other doppelbocks. Worth a try, though, and I had found it at a reasonably good price.

Proteus93, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

Reviewed 2/28/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very clear pale yellow color body, with a huge white creamy head, diminishing. Very sweet fruity aroma, like a fruit cocktail. Some nuttiness too. Some light apples and grapes, light fruit aromas. Effervescent. Some nuts too, like hazelnut or something. Carbonated slightly nutty taste, some alcohol. Lots of light fruit. Some maltiness and nuttiness present. Lots of flavor. Not too bad tasting. Banana taste. A little too sweet for my taste. Hotter as it warms up.

jujubeast6000, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Poured from a bomber into a Warsteiner pilsener glass.

Pours a nice clean golden color. Nice collection of tiny bubbles floating to the top. Small white head that didn't retain well. Left spotty lacing.

Smell was of very sweet fruit with a tiny sour hint. No trace of hops detected in the nose. More like cider than a beer.

Taste is rather unexciting. Sweet grains and dry malts. That's about it. Has a rather unpleasant hint of corn. Tastes like an amped up malt liquor. What in the world makes this a dopplebock? Watery feel. This one is a struggle to finish.

Gyle41386, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a snow-white head of foam that fades to a sticky ring.

S- The aroma of fresh rain mixes with fresh raw grain and some honey malt. There is a very light sweet sulfur note at the finish that compliments the grain nicely.

T- The dry very pale malt flavor has hints of honey and toasted corn to it. There is a mellow Noble green hop hint that finishes with a soft bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a faint fizz finish that makes the hops bite very nicely.

D- This beer has a smooth great flavor with a great freshness to the grain and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer drinks very easy.

rhoadsrage, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

On tap at the celebratorfest. Let me start by saying, not a big fan of this brewery.

A - Pours golden wth a nice 2 finger white head, dissipates slow, with beautiful lacing.

S - Breadiness, honey, and nectar.

T - Fairly similar to the smell, but hops lend a slight citrus and grassy profile.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. No presence of alcohol, but slightly dry mouthfeel.

D - Great overall. Very easy drinking for an imperialish helles, yet complex enough for the beer connoisseur. Never had anything like this brew.

MisterClean, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours a pale, dull yellow with a very thick small bubbled head with good retention. Smells of bread, wheat, and cloves with a slightly sour aroma. A sweet fruity fruity attack gives way to a slightly bitter, dry, and extremely clean finish. Very crisp and balanced. Feels light and drinkable, with low carbonation.

Interesting and successful take on the style that is very crisp, drinkable, and packs plenty of flavor. Lacks the malt flavor that other examples have but the flavors that are present really shine. Well balanced and delicious.

jsp2, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

Price was right, about $5.99 for a bomber. Poured with a nice head with tight bubbles. Dissapated quickly, leaving lace down sides of glass. Smell was sweet, malty, no hop aroma. Taste was sweet and malty as well. Slight alcohol burn at the finish. Mouthfeel was thin. If not for the alcohol, this might make for a good session beer. But, alas, it goes down too quickly, then bites you in the a**.

Overall, good interpretation of a blond doppelbock. Not remarkable. But would definitely buy again.

JamnesCameron, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of BitterLover
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber yellow with a huge, fluffy white head (even though I was pouring carefully). In fact, the head was so aggressive that I had to stop pouring when the glass was only half full because the top half was all head. Really light in color for a Doppelbock.

Smell: Definite green apple aroma, smells more like a strong cider than a beer

Taste: Sweet maltiness up front, followed quickly by a citrusy note, and finishing with the flavor of sourdough bread with an alcohol pinch. This wasn't really what I was expecting from a Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very full bodied and velvety.

Drinkability: I just finished the 22 oz bottle, and at 8%, I don't think I'll open another one. It's decent, but it doesn't seem like a Doppelbock.

BitterLover, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Comes out of the tap a nice clear amber with a decent white head. Aroma is mainly malty with a strong hoppy undertone and a sharp hint of apple, like hard cider. Flavor is malty and ciderish with a strong but not overwhelming alcohol nip and just a touch of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and it fairly dances on the way down.

Cyberkedi, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

"Andygator, is a fearsome beast...much too big for any little bottle"

Andygator pours out with your typical golden lager color, big frothy head with ample amounts of retention.

Aroma reminds me of a combination of pale munich malts, abitas trademark aroma, and a funky champagne yeast. In otherwords this smells like your typical pilsner, or maibock/helles lager.

Taste is a bit more assertive than the smell. Crisp light grains, with touches of honey, black pepper, dry hay, and a twangy grassy note. Overall, pretty balanced.

This drinks like a true Lager in every sense of the word. It's hard to exactly classify this one to style, but it's a tossup between a maibock/pilsner/dopplebock. It has an interesting yet easily approach to the richness of a pale malt bomb. It's very drying, with a sappy residual sweetness, yet for a Lager it hits the marks.

Based on category/style, in this case we will just say Lager. This is actually quite a remarkable beer. Easy to drink, with no off flavors, and a great display of pale malts.

Good job, Abita.

HoustonTX, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

22 oz. bomber from the Liquor Warehouse in HB, $4.09,

A: Pours yellow with a 2-finger white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Bready malt, alcohol, light sulfur.

T: Taste is good with a strong presence of sourdough bread. Hops are light adding a bit of grass and flowers. Mild ethanol.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, very easy drinking for it's ABV.

D: This is a really nice strong lager, not overly alcoholic at all. Harkens to the Eastern European strong lager, a style that is drinkable and high gravity, good job by Abita.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Got the beer from Common market in Charlotte.
Smell is very faint. Not much character to the smell. Fairly balanced between malt and hops but nothing too forward.
Taste like a very light dopplebock. Clean smooth taste with a bubbly finish. You can barely taste the alcohol. Good balance between the malt and hops.

chaz410, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a very faint white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves only the smallest bits of lacing.

Some malt comes through in the nose but this is about it.

Taste reveals subtle notes of sweetness and bits of grain but not much else. It's a very neutral flavor, neither offensive nor exciting.

Medium carbonation but this seemed fairly watered down. Didn't feel like 8% at first but the more I drank, the more of an alcoholic bite I could feel developing in the background. I should probably try the bottled version but I've never had a good enough experience with this on tap to even want to bother. The bottled Abbey Ale was good so maybe I'll give Andy another shot sometime. I'm think I'm done with this on draft though.

Vengeance526, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from the 650ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Hazy golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Slowly settles, leaving a nice layer of foam on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. Nice clingy lacing remains.

S: Malt, wheat, baked bread, and honey.

T: Wheat and yeast are prominent. Also a certain hoppyness, sharp citrus, and a touch of sweet.

M: Light but formidable. A sharp yeasty hoppy thing initially assaults the palette. Citrus and sweet follow, but the hops linger throughout. A little dry in the finish. Heavy alcohol taste.

D: Good drinkability, but definitely a sipper.

Really good atmosphere. Pleasant but not overpowering nose. Complex, balanced flavor. Hefty feel, but not overwhelming. Really solid quaff.

bmwats, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of sweethome
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

The new 22 oz. bomber pictured on BA. The first I've seen Abita do in bomber - impressive look with the gator snapping out of the weeds...

Pour is deep golden yellow. Rather large white head. Provided some decent lacing as consumed.

Sweet nose of clover honey and a hint of hallertau? A noble hop back there - thats for sure. The nose grew on me.

Sweet malt entry - the honey flavors that were in nose take off, fills out the palate with full creamy mouthfeel. Nice hop balance. A helles bock indeed.

The finish is slightly clipped. The sweetness lingers, although balanced with a hint of bitterness. Just doesn't quite finish with a statement.

The drinkability belies the 8% abv listed on the bottle. A bit of a velvet hammer. Stylish beer. Smooth, dirnkable and satisfying - if not overly flavorful.

sweethome, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev 0%

I'm somewhat surprised to see this beer in the area. Steve, thanks for sharing!

The beer opens with a very dopplebock-like viscocity, but with a deep straw color, stark white head formation and light retention (too light for a dopplebock). Some lacing evident on the glass. Looks much like a heavy pilsner.

Favorable aromas are set in in heavy pilsner malt base. Fresh, clean, and inviting. A nicely round boquet of floral hops give a flowery, nectar-like quality. Too bad there's hardly any rich breadiness or toastiness that could have added a much-needed complexity.

Flavors are understandibly dominated by pilsner malts, but with a background balance of hop flavor. The traditional melanoiden charactert that would have come from classic decoction mashing is lacking, making the beer taste like an imperial pilsner instead of a dopplebock. Though the floral hop flavor continues deep into the finish, the beer lacks depth, complexity, and the essential variety of flavors found in the EKU's and Samichlaus' of the world.

Body is on target with a full texture with a pleasant residual sweetness on the palate. Carbonation is a bit high but at times making the beer clean and refreshing, then at times scrubs the tastebuds a bit too harshly. Alcohols are nearing the 'hot' thresholds and prove a bit too fusal while adding a bitter bite to the hop's balance.

Overall a pretty good beer, but it should be defined as an imperial pilsner and not a helles dopplebock.

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle into Scandinavian Mug.

Crystal clear golden straw hue with a two finger white head that settles to a thick even cap. A solid wall of lacing is left in its place.

Light sweet grain with a little bit of a sweet candy aroma. A little bit of grassy flavors.

Light and slightly toasty malt aromas which give off a little more of the light candy flavor, which is probably also part alcohol. The hops are present, adding a little bit of bitterness to the sweet malts. Medium bodied.

I think some of the dislike of this one comes from the confusion around which style it actually is. It's not a Doppelbock, that's for sure. I'd say it's a strong Maibock. Not the best, but it's not a bad beer at all. Crisp malts and a dab of assertive hops. Worth a try.

BeerSox, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

This poured out to be quite a good looking beer, with pale golden body, three finger thick head, and excellent clarity. That being said, it looked nothing like a typical Dopplebock, but since it's a Helles version of it, I'd let that slide. The smell was sweet honey, banana, bubblegum. and aged Cheddar like hops, in other words, far more typical of a Belgian Pale Ale than a bock. The taste was delicate, sweet, and well balanced. I could detect fruits in the form of banana, pear, and pineapple, but they were mostly fleeting in nature. I was most surprised by the spicy and relatively aggressive hop character. This is something that one would not expect in a Dopplebock, much less in one from Abita. This was certainly not liquid bread for lent, but it was deliciously made, so I overlooked all the non traditional aspects of the taste. Light and runny on the palette, and not much heft to indicate the potency of this beer. If you can cope with something unexpected, and take it how effective it is versus what you expected it to be, this beer might do it for you.

rajendra82, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of peabody
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours out really clear with just tad of white suds. Not much lacing for an 8%er.
Smell is spicy in a subtle way. Caramel and grain.
Sugar and caramel and grain. Like a wheat flavor. Don't really taste much here.
Mouthfeel is good and clear and only in the aftertaste do we discover some bitterness. Not dark and brooding though. Just kinda plain.
Needs more pizzazz.

peabody, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Had this on-tap at wait for it...Tap in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head into a pint glass. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top with decent lacing.

Smells lightly of sweet malts with small hints of light fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's not a whole lot going on, and none of the light fruit aromas come through in the taste department. Ending is mildly bitter but more of a lingering sweetness pervades.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I would've guessed the ABV at somewhere in the low 6's - very drinkable for such a light-bodied beer at this ABV.

Overall there's nothing overly exciting about this beer, but it goes down easily - a middle-of-the-road beer from Abita.

glid02, Jan 13, 2009
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.