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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 200 | 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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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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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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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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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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Pours out a deep, clear gold with a fizzier white head. The head has good-great retention and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is a little undefined, with some slight bready notes and a hint of noble hops. The taste is a close match. It has a nice weight to the body, crisp but not fizzy. If the flavors were a little more robust, this would be a great beer. It's certainly not bad.

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If you ever had "maiwine" or whatever they call it in Germany, you would steer clear of this style. It is a horrible thing. But this style is not much like that, but there is a slight resemblance.

This one is better than many. It pours a boring lightly headed yellow. It has a flowery sweet aroma that telegraphs what is coming in the taste.

This maibock is a sweet, rich balance that totally works. It is full of tasty richness, from malts, a little from hops, and who knows what else.

The aftertaste is fresh spring. This is a great example of the style that you should try. Well done, mes ami.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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