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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%

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:
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 Mitchster


4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops.
8.0% ABV, 25 IBU, 8 SRM

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a finely beaded white frothy head with superior retention and lacing, owing in parts to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The nose has a distinct pale malt character with a hint of toast and biscuit. Mouthfeel is crisp, briskly carbonated, medium dense bodied, finishing slightly sweet and with a touch of syrup left in the mouth afterwards. The taste is quite good...pale malt with biscuit note, very clean and letting the malt toast shine through with a well balanced clean bitterness. Medium light DMS in the middle. Grainy notes in the finish. Definite german character.

Comparable to Ayinger and Hofbrau Maibock, this one is pretty tasty. Textbook Helles Bock/Mai Bock. Pleasantly surprised from Abita, who I think generally makes pretty lackluster brews. I would buy it again when in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:24:03 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Franziskaner


3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brilliant gold in color with great clarity and moderate carbonation. A light wisp of foam rests on top of the beer. I get a lot of light biscuity malt and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth and brisk. The flavor is more light malt and biscuit like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 05:28:25 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Brenden


3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While this beer is a pale yellow color, it definitely appears to be pretty thick. The head is bone white and sustains one finger's height for the duration, dropping quite slowly and never fully, as the strong half-finger or so that lasts the entire session leaves behind deposits of lace that spread some legs and cling in heavy spotting.
I didn't know what do expect from this beer, and I'm not sure what to think of it. Ultimately, it's pretty good, but it's extremely unusual. The nose brings out lots of floral, not quite leafy or grassy hops but with elements of both in a softer type of earthiness. There's some honey-like sweetness running through. The 8% is well masked.
The honey note runs strongly through with a little malts support along with the floral hops. The dryer taste of the pilsner malt is much more strongly evidenced.
It's smooth with a solid crispness in a medium body and some sort of thickness to it; it's not viscous, per se, but on the heavier side despite the crisp, clean effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 21:38:18 | More by Brenden
Photo of Strix


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden with a frothy head.

Light fruit (pear?) and a subtle floral hop note.

Cheerios, sugar, pear, biscuit, cracker, floral hops.

Clean, crisp mouthfeel.

Clean and basic, but quite drinkable. Perhaps lacking in uniqueness, but nicely balanced and a good example of the style. Pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:35:09 | More by Strix
Photo of TruePerception


3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Abita's Andygator: helles doppelbock, 8% ABV; Appearance: brilliant golden-yellow; Smell: sweet lager, touch of wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: sweet bread, toffee-ish sweetness, bit of acidity, slight burnt wood bitterness; okay/decent.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 07:13:56 | More by TruePerception
Photo of Lungman


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big bad boy from the bayou. Abita has produced some lack luster brews in the past, but this one is really good. As far as bocks go this follows all the rules. Nice carbonation, good yeast back, clean finish. Strong ABV but well hidden. Had mine in a 22 oz bottle, uhm take two and call me in the morning. Had mine with a couple nice roasted chicken breast the wife had waiting on me when I got home from work.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 06:29:27 | More by Lungman
Photo of tone77


3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some biscuit, a touch of sweetness. Taste is no so mild, biscuits, alcohol, malts, some sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 11:52:15 | More by tone77
Photo of Johnnyhitch

New York

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice malty aroma. Toasty on the back end. Medium body with some toffee sweetness, pilsner malt, pleasant earthy hop on the back end with some fusels. They could of brought the abv down a little or gave it a touch more sugar. Only downside to it IMO

Overall. Got it in a trade as an extra and glad i did. Not a style i get to enjoy often, would have it again if i saw it but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:57:53 | More by Johnnyhitch
Photo of sommersb


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Appearance: Pours clear, with a pale orange/golden color. The head is pretty huge and shows very good lace and excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with aromas of breads and caramel. Simple yet very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: A sweet beer, with big caramel malt flavors. Also has some oak character. The hops are earthy and spicy, but not very bitter. I also get a nice warming of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated on a medium body. The finish is somewhat sweet with some spiciness and earthy notes.

Overall: A very well-executed beer. One of the better ones from Abita, I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:10:31 | More by sommersb
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #273
Served On: 06/05/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8%
Date/ Code: 01/25/2014

This was a 22oz bomber from Evergreen Liquors ($4.99).

Look: Had a light golden color - bordering on straw colored. Very clear with good carbonation. The head was a thin coating of foam that managed to stick around the entire time. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Super sweet nose with some skunk and grainy cracker. Similar to a malt liquor.

Taste: First off was a nice rich malty sweetness that moved into an alcohol burn followed by some cracker and biscuit. The middle was a bitter note that faded into some grainy sweetness. Some grassy hops were noticeable. Mount feel was very thin, again – like a malt liquor.

This was certainly a smooth brew with a very thin consistency. It was rather light on the palate and had slightly more character than a high gravity malt liquor like St. Ides or a Steel Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 15:37:18 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

LOOK: Clear golden color, but lifeless, fizzy white collar dips out quickly.

SMELL: Grain, yeast, buttery toffee, dough.

TASTE: Sweet cereal grains, table sugar, light hops. Faint grapefruit and herb notes with some biscuit and crust. No real alcohol flavor, besides a small estery fruitiness. Malt and rice are detectable. Basic strong lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Opens up almost dry but midway through the bottle that notion is lost.

OVERALL: Ok brew. A bit sweet, could find many better examples of the style. With a few tweaks, not too far off from being a contender in the imperial helles category. As it is, more like a clean malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:06:05 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of beeragent


3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a light straw yellow, forming a 1/2 inch head with light lace on the glass. Looks like a macro lager.

S - A bit grassy and grainy aroma. Also smells a bit like a macro lager.

T - Light malty flavor, buscuity, with the hops creating a grassy finish. Very simple flavor but full.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation and suprisingly smooth.

O - For a very unique style, a Helles Dopplebocks, I think this fits the name. Just like a Helles on steroids. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:16:48 | More by beeragent
Photo of rangerred


3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a small half finger white head. Not much at all in the way of head retention or lacing.

The aroma has lots of caramel with a slight hint of toasted malt and grass/hay. There is some light tropical fruit that plays in the background but caramel and toffee really rules here.

The flavor is quite a bit weaker than the aroma but still has the caramel/toffee notes up front. There is tropical fruit in the middle with some wet grass coming in towards the finish although it is light. Bitterness is on the light to moderate side with just a tiny hint of alcohol to go along with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, it is a nice attempt by Abita but I am less than impressed. The flavors and aroma are just way too weak all-around and it is a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:11:20 | More by rangerred
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/5/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, raisin, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of apple, pear, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, grass, and floral hops. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops on the finish for a bit. Good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Helles Bock. Good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 05:13:58 | More by superspak
Photo of MaximalC


3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw color with a respectable white head that recedes to a level that just qualifies as full surface coverage. Aroma is mild, smelling of honey, hay, and a faint, tropical fruitiness. I have no idea what a Helles bock should taste like, but it's much milder than I expected. There's a gentle, bready, honeyed malt flavor with enough earthy, herbal hops to balance it out. Some pepper is evident as well. The aftertaste is slightly medicinal, but mostly dry. The hops become a bit more aggressive as it warms. I must say that the alcohol is adeptly concealed, as I never would have suspected its 8% ABV. Present, tingly carbonation lends a lively mouthfeel that complements the flavor profile nicely. Despite the highly generic presentation and mild aroma, this brew was a pleasant surprise, yielding a drinkable, balanced character that belies its weight. Not exactly my favorite style, but a pretty quality offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:16:33 | More by MaximalC
Photo of Davidvols


1.31/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Don't waste your money on this one. Abita usually makes a good quality beer, but this one is truly disappointing. Sent back, waiter told me I wasn't the first. Beer has a nasty smell and tastes as if the beer is still wort. Had three friends with me try it as well, and all agreed it's the worst beer they have ever tasted. Do not recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:21:38 | More by Davidvols
Photo of Thistle3


3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is much improved by adding a half ounce of Woodford Reserve. The whisky rounds out the less attractive edges and adds the pleasing characteristics of bourbon -- a surprisingly balanced cocktail. Also surprising is the disappearance of the off-putting nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:14:21 | More by Thistle3
Photo of swoopdog


4.94/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – Clear golden pilsner with a billowy two fingers worth of eggshell white head. Ridiculous carbonation streaming off the bottom like a champagne except in erratic bubbles. Not much lacing but there is some.

S – Not really nose heavy but there is some yeast and malts among some toasted earthy aromas. Pretty average smelling for the style and I could definitely use a bigger aroma.

T – The taste is superb a bit of peppery bite in the front of the tongue sort of takes you back at first but the malts give this some great sweetness and makes this almost too easy to drink. Pulling a small amount you definitely get a bit of fruit almost like grapes of plums also getting some green apple flavors at the very end of the tongue. Absolutely delicious but drinking a full mouthful at a time kills this one so I would recommend taking your time.

M – Medium bodied with a lot of crisp from the heavy carbonation and that peppery taste. smooth as a fruit and easier to drink than the darker Doppelbocks I have had.

O – Abita has done it again this thing is tremendous and really has set the bar high for Doppelbocks domestic and imported alike. This is much much better than the Celebrator from Ayinger which is rated as the top Doppelbock in the world. Definitely tasty and if you go slow it smooths out and leaves you with a very subtle bit of fruit that gives this tremendous drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:00:11 | More by swoopdog
Photo of cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light cold, highly carbonated, nice head after poor.

S - Not much, lager, and citrus notes.

T - Surprisingly light on initial taste, craft lager, a little more malt bill on aftertaste, all leaves soon after.

M - Very light on tongue.

O - Smooth as hell. I liked it very much!


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 21:13:02 | More by cattersley
Photo of mrweems

3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Saw this in the store. Decided to try it. The name and type of beer doesn't give much insight to its taste. Tastes like a Pilsner but with a higher alcohol content so it has that spikey kind of initial taste. Poured beautifully and the head was tasty.

Not really my favorite type of beer, might purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:40:52 | More by mrweems
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while in New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, corn, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, floral, wheat, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I really wasn’t impressed with this one that much if I am honest. However, this was about the only thing that was listed on the menu that I had not had before while we were grabbing food after the Zwanze Day festivities. There was just too much of a spicy and wheat aspect going on here. The aroma kind of reminded me of an adjunct lager in a way with the corn aspect going on. Really glad it didn’t carry over. Still not that great unfortunately.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:17:07 | More by thagr81us
Photo of moistnugget


2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a Sunoco that has a nice craft selection. (Who knew?) Golden amber appearance with a small white head. Head died down relatively quickly. Not very cloudy, honestly lighter than I had expected. Smell is nice, very fruity and aromatic. Sweet. Taste is nothing to get too excited about. Spicy, with herbal and hopped up tones, and a slight maltiness. A little sweetness there as well. Mouthfeel is thin, not much carbonation.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing special. It IS easy to drink, which seems to be the point (now that I read the back of the bottle.) If that's your joint, then maybe this is for you, but I like higher ABV's to demand a little respect. I probably won't be seeking this out again, sadly. I would add that most of the Abita that I've had as been great.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:48:37 | More by moistnugget
Photo of deebo


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at buck Finns- for a buck at happy hour u can't go wrong!

A-clear light amber golden with a hint of whitehead without staying power and no lacing

S-pils malt with just a hint of spicy bittering hops

T-similar to the aroma

M- very light for a beer of this abv. Carbonation is on the high side. Mouthfeel is very light. Bittering finish but fairly crisp.

O-nothing exciting here. The alcohol is well hidden and goes down fairly easy for a stronger beer. I'll give it a 3.5 just for that

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 23:49:17 | More by deebo
Photo of RickS95


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like some Belgians I've had...slight hazy, pale gold. Not exactly cloudy, but enough stuff to make it almost opaque. The head is bright white and fluffy, but has no rentention.

Pilsner malts are the first thing that hits, but as it warms, the fruity esters start to come out. If I close my eyes, it's almost like there's some funky Belgian yeast. Lemon peel.

Pilsner malt and pepper dominate. There's subtle lemon notes, but the peppery flavor stomps it immediately.

Not an easy drinker, and that's probably the idea. It's hard to get past the bite of the pepper. A bit of alcohol in the finish.

It really tastes like a strong, peppery pilsner beer. Nothing strikes me as German, but ultimately, it's just too much spice to be a good beer. Has some good characteristics, but the mouthfeel just kills it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:30:36 | More by RickS95
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of malty sweetness with lighter notes of herbal hops. Slight hints of alcohol are present.

T: Light amounts of pale malts with some caramel sweetness upfront followed by lighter herbal hops that contribute very light hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: A little too much alcohol is detectable in this beer for me and I do not feel like there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 20:33:07 | More by dbrauneis
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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