Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 33
Gots: 250 | 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: 1,383 | Reviews: 433
Photo of Bali_hi
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of andygator beer drank

Photo of Jpw011
4.94/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tasting IPA from my favorite brewery!

Photo of seabeetastetest
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the best beer but my personal fav.

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. Sweet malty profile, without being cloying, heavy, or otherwise unapproachable. A very nice pale version of a doppelbock. A slightly crisp finish in taste, but a medium-heavy body that is fulfilling and rich. not much on the smell, but i never get much nose on lagers anyway. Alcohol completely hidden, and the 25 IBUs balance it nicely. I may want to brew something like this!

Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a doppelbock? It looked and tasted like a belgian golden, maybe. Some grape and raisin flavors. Poured a nice deep orange color. Slight alcohol. On tap at Depeaux, the new spot in the Decatur train station. The setting was better than the beer. A little disappointing and definitely not reminiscient of a doppelbock to me.

Photo of MisledTitan
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's an interesting brew which may not be traditional to style but is a good beer none the less

Photo of Zenvortex
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lite head dissapates in seconds no lacing of note / crisp nondescript nose / great low hops taste crisp and clean / not like traditional doppelbock but what the heck this is a good beer / would recommend to anyone would wants a safe 8.0 - pair with BBQ & get a ride home

Photo of ZBowden
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from draft
pours clear golden amber little head, smells malty of slight yeast and bitterness, tastes of bitter yeat and malts, smooth feel and finish.

Photo of KensWorld
4.66/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely smooth and drinkable for what it is, a 8% doublebock. Great beer by a great brewery. 4.7

Photo of SF_Posse
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slight hop with a good malt flavor. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a pale gold with nice lacing.
Smell - equal parts hoppy and bready, a little fruity.
Taste - bitter, nice hops up front but finishes differently with a slight sweet twist (almost grapey?) and bready maltness. Awesome! The booze is hidden very well.
Feel - smooth and high quality like all Abita beers.
Overall - super offering by Abita. My fave by them thus far but you can't go wrong with them. They go for a little drinkability in their beers, so they probably won't blow away all the beer snobs. Cheers!

Photo of DocCajun
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer to sip on. Actually much better when mixed with Abita Turbidog (terminator) or Abita purple haze (barney). Its pretty amazing how well this beer mixes with others.

Photo of Tuckerster
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like Spaten Optimator, but light in color

Photo of Bezy901
5/5  rDev +40.8%

When I took my first sip of this I couldn't believe that it was 8.00% ABV. There's one word to describe this beer: smooth. It's one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. There aren't any flavors that jump out and punch you in palate and I think that's the point.

Photo of Fosh
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Now sold in regular 12oz. bottles, this beer is now served (don't hate it until you've tried it) in mixed form with Abita's Purple Haze and Strawberry beers throughout many bars in Louisiana. Poured correctly from a tap this beer, in combination with either of the others mentioned above, is quite delicious (even smoother with a distinct taste of the fruit that was used, strawberry or raspberry) . Try it for yourself, remember to sip as it's still potent, and post for yourself.

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock.

Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Aroma is yeasty, with a touch of Belgian character to it, green apple, and a metallic note. Hints of peach surface. Flavor reveals an overly sweet caramel malt base, toasted notes, and muted peach and apple skin character. Could use some sharp notes to clean up the flab.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautifully pale-golden, especially effervescent Doppelbock, that I'd not had in several years and was happy to see Abita had unleashed in an affordable six-pack, after being bomber-bound for so long.

First off: it's a very drinkable—even somewhat sessionable, under the right circumstances—high-gravity beer. It retains hints of the sweet, thick, and winey qualities that at times accompany higher proofs—particularly doppelbocks—but is, as its labelling promises, quite dry. Indeed, it's extremely crisp generally (and not just in the context of its style), almost prosecco-esque degree, thanks to the very bubbly body and the German lager yeast—though obviously it'd represent a very bad, shockingly sugarly processo.

But luckily what makes a good prosecco is not what makes a good Helles Doppelbock, and this is a very good manifestation of the latter: I detect less "fruit"—in aroma or taste—than that softly-sour, lager-yeasty character that—at it's best—is described as "fruitness" but is both something more and something else than that. The Perle-hopping is light, but present, and adds a complexity to the crispness and operates as another element to mitigate the sweetness; while the golden-blonde hue is matched by the malt textures, which always have bite and never burden with too much heft.

I hadn't had an Andygator in at least four, and maybe six years—and it may very well have been the first doppelbock I knowingly tried—but I'm reminded that, despite its ubitquity in stores, it's meant to be a very fine beer, and a nice, clean take on a style that, at first, one might be skeptical could successfully originate from the deep-south swamps.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: coppery, cloudy, good amount of white head which resolves with fair amount of carbonation

Smell: yeasty, barnyard, metallic with slight floral and undefined esters, musty

Taste: Very light flavor, mildly malted, no hops to speak of, astringent and clean palate secondary to carbonation

Mouthfeel: almost lager like in its texture, good carbonation, good palate cleansing beer

Drinkability: Smells odd but tastes pretty good, easy drinking, akin to a very strong lager - light and quite intoxicating (be careful!)

Photo of tommy13
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Sorry, but the aroma and the aftertaste of this brew was not pleasant, so only gets a 3. Maybe it was an old bottle on a "pick 6" . I just might have to try another one before i cast it aside.

Photo of dmberger
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

A lighter beer than I thought it would be. Still delicious, and very drinkable.

Photo of breakingbland
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Had my first at the original Doe's Eat Place in Greenville MS.

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours hazy yellow. Smells like a pilsner. Sure as hell stronger than one though. Malty and a tiny touch of fruit maybe. I guess it is pretty good for a doppelbock.

Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a yeast and grass smell.
Appearance- this beer is a really bright golden yellow color, with a medium sized white head.
Taste-Has a really flavorful grassy flavor with a nice alcohol finish.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with mild carbonation, with a dry finish.
Overall- OI really like this brew. This is my favorite Abita brew so far.

Photo of ttroha
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Tap at Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent orange with white head. Aroa of malts. Tastes of malt, caramel and toffee. Medium-bodied. Not that great.

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.