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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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413 Reviews
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Reviews: 413
Hads: 1,444
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 31.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 296 | 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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Photo of Fosh
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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!)

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Photo of tommy13
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

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Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
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.

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Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Interesting, it poured a bright golden color, I guess that it is why they place Helles before Doppelbock. Head retains for a short period of time.
Light aroma of bread malt, grassy hops and dough.
Flavor with predominant notes of grassy hops, lager yeast, lemon, some booze and hints of green apples. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is felt on taste, but it feels lighter and it has no warming sensation whatsoever.
It felt to me like an Imperial Pilsner with alcohol and malts predominating too much over hops.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14%

Nose: bready, yeasty over spicy Munich malt with some hop spice mingled in, faint cooked vegetal.
Pours brilliant gold under a dense 2" finely bubbled foam cap, lacy.
Palate: Initial malty sweetness followed by alcohol, fresh grains, faint grass, bready malt, malt spice and a light hop touch.
Very smooth and creamy medium full bodied beer with just below medium carbonation. Warming.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, golden color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that immediately dissolved away into some wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, except for some very faint notes of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste: Quite a lot of flavor though. Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pretzels or English muffins, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of piney hops at the finish. Very, very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, creamy, as there is hardly no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprise at how little alcohol is on the palate, like none at all.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Good, malty and sweet flavors wrapped up in a very smooth, creamy quaff. Delicious!

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +14%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass. It pours a yellow color with some nice carbonation. I gave it an aggressive pour and it had an impressive 2 finger head. It smells fresh and fruity. It has a balanced mouth feel not thin and not thick, balanced and not bitter at all. This might be my first Helles Doppelbock, I'm impressed very nice and with an ABV of 8% it can bite ya. It is smooth and well balanced, hints of fruit and just a slight bitterness I must say. I do believe this is my first Abita beer and I am impressed and will try some more.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: A couple of shades darker than the average sunny helles color. Mild haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains very well. Clumpy lacing. Speedy streams of carbonation.

S: Thick pilsner malt sweetness. Doughy. Light grainy toast. Vague fruitiness creeps in for an instant. Peppery alcohol. Hops are herbal, spicy, and peppery. Clean overall.

T: Toasty malt up front. Pilsner malt sweetness demands the palate's full attention after that. Doughy. Peppery alcohol is quiet and brief. Herbal hops and an oily, lemony zing cut right through all the fat pilsner malt sweetness. Touch of vague fruitiness. Very clean. Toasted grain finish with fading herbal hops.

M: medium-thick body. Heavy and firm malt backbone presses into the tongue. Aggressive prickling carbonation scrubs it away. Smooth.

O: Abita makes some very under appreciated lagers. This is one of my favorites from them. Very technically sound, though perhaps a bit more well-hopped than most of the German doppelbocks I've had. You won't find me complaining though. Maybe its recent GABF medal win will get people to take more notice. If not, more for me I guess.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

"Andygator is a fearsome beast. Don't let his toothy grin, slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma fool you: this cold-blooded creatures is a Helles Doppelbock that can sneak up on you. Sip, don't gulp and taste the wild of Abita Andygator." Brewed in the style of a German Helles Doppelbock, this beer is available in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp creamy foam head of a buttery white tone over a golden amber body with high clarity, minimal haze and sediment and ample, sporadic carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. The aroma yields notes of clean bready and pale malts, mellow herbal hop with a subtle aromatic bitterness, and a moderate potency of unfermented white grapes with a mild sweetness. The flavor is very similar with white grape juice up front, transitioning to a mildly hopped earthy finish over a clean and light pale malt body with a touch of bread for body. Expect a faint touch of fall spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, slick and oily, a touch acidic with an assertive carbonation that makes for a spritely mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is mildly in favor of tart, acidic flavors over sweetness, and the alcohol presence is mild with no notable off characters. Andygator is a little less menacing than it appears to be, and although it is arguably one of Abita's finest achievements, its flavor range is fairly limited and simple, making for a tasty, but predictable flavored German style lager with a bit too much alcohol in tow to enjoy multiple drinks of. I recommend a cautious investment of one 12 oz. bottle to start.

Abita Brewing Co.'s
Andygator Helles Doppelbock

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying the abita abductors at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent was faint with hints of grass and biscuit. The taste was very strong leaning toward grassy peat bread. The m outhfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer didn't hit the mark for me.

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Photo of steveh
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have wanted to try this, spotted some locally and jumped at the chance. Best by 8/2014 clear on the bottle's neck.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a large, dense, long-lasting, egg shell colored head that leaves nice lacing -- a very pretty beer and solid to style.

S -- Sweet malts and spicy alcohol.

T -- Rich, sweet maltiness with some peppery alcohol bite, but not overwhelming. Light toasty breadiness and mild fruitiness from rich malts. Vaguest hop bitterness in the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium-full body.

O -- A surprisingly nice take on the style. Goes to show that breweries can surprise you out of the blue. Anyone who likes German-style beers should try this one.

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Photo of ShawnMN
1.87/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

My least favorite abita. Had a good aroma. Did not like the thick almost slimy feel. The taste was almost a strong bitter amber , almost that this brew was crafted just for the strong alcohol content.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice helles dopplebock from Abita. Pours a thick yellow straw color with a huge rocky head of white, dying down to a thin foam layer with excellent clinging lacing. Smells of fresh apples, pears, and sweet light malts. Excellent mouthfeel, well carbonated, with light caramel and slight bittering hops on the back. Not a lot of dimension, but not bad at all. I would compare it to a lot of the Russian beers, yet smoother and not as abrasive to the novice beer drinker. Also would love to have it side by side to the hop gator which I have had and liked a bit more. This beer at one time to my recollection was a "barley wine" by name sold in small Little Kings sized bottles (a bottle style many I know referred to as stop sign smashers). Still, a very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooo, helles doppelbock. I wouldn't expect to see myself with a glass of one in June, but this shows that I am willing to go past the "lighter brews in warm months" mentality. Well, its color is said to be light, but not its alcohol. There's 12 ounce to drink, so let's start. On to the beer:

True to style, this beer is a lighter colored one. Looking fools gold in the chalice and topped with a short head which dissipates to a thin white lace. The aroma is very sweet, like white grapes and sparking cider mixed together. A little earthy as well with a kiss of spicy hops.

While overall a sweet beer, it isn't cloying as I feared. It has the flavor of apples and grapes, a solid white cracker base, and a note of vague hops which cut some of the sweet flavor out. Malt bombs are generally thick with the mouthfeel, but this one is on the lighter side with just a few whisper of alcohol being heard.

After being on a barrage of hopped beer, it's a pleasant change to come back to something sweet and malty. Andygator is one of its many useful cures.

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Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled this at a tasting and even though it's no dopplebock ended up getting a bottle and it pours a crystal golden hue with a creamy one finger head and lacing here and there,the aroma is very sweet and malty with a subtle background aroma of herbal earthy hops,the feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and the tastes are pretty much what you smell it's a big malty sweet drop but finishes evened out with a soft bitterness from the herbal earthy hops and overall if your after a true dopplebock it's not for you as it screams more otcoberfest/helles to me but if your after a sessionable malty golden lightly hopped ale with a decent ABV then yeah give it a crack cheers.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very significant pale white head on the initial pour. The initial aroma was surprisingly intense with a sweet, fruity, floral character. It didn't strike me as a typical Helles Doppelbock, but I very much enjoyed this beer. While I am more of an IPA hop-head, this is a nice, light summer beer that I will buy again. After I finished the beer, I noticed it was 8.0% ABV which came as a big surprise. It drank more like a nice 5.0% session beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is an interesting wet hay and grain in a barn mixture.
The taste is quite grainy, a solid sweet note running through it all. Some apples and a little orange.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a little too sweet for me, interesting though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is one finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is quite soft and its retention isn't half bad. As it recedes, it leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Almost like a big pilsner in a way. There's a nice combination of sweet, crackery malts and noble hops. What I don't like, though, is the hefty diacetyl note hiding behind the two. A little bit is a good thing, but there's too much here. Otherwise it's an okay nose.

T: At first, I'm getting some of the noble hops, while it finishes with a one-two combination of sweet, white wine like fruitiness and diacetyl. The more I drink, the sweeter it gets. It has a respectable bitterness, but it just doesn't seem to fully balance the levels of sugar/diacetyl that well. It's messy and low on flavor at the same time - and that is NOT a good combination.

M: Quite a light feeling beer - aside from a mild alcohol prickle, it's hard to tell this 8%. But as it gets sweeter, it becomes a bit harder to drink. It's still never really a chore, though (in spite of the mediocre flavor profile). Carbonation cuts through the body well.

O: This does one thing really well: it drinks easier than an 8% beer should. But apart from a mild booze presence, it tastes lighter than an 8% beer should. Even worse, it doesn't seem fully in balance. I'd never refuse one, I just wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of pkalix
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

thin, yellow. over abv'ed.... this is NOT a dopplebock by any stretch....
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I suppose it WOULD be better than a fourloco or whatever that crap is....
I had heard a lot about this one, and wanted to try it because I love doppelbocks, but this doesn't do anything for me at all....

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep golden brown, short lived white head
S-nice, can't describe it
T-good red ale, very similar to Sam Adams Boston ale
M-pleasant, medium bodied
O-really liked it. Drank a draft out on a river bank before dinner which multiplied my feelings of relaxation and pleasure

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.