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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.


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936 Ratings
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. All of the bubbles eventually completely faded away.
S: The beer smells malty and thick and also has some notes of herbal hops in the aromas.
T: The taste is rather malty and spicy and also has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink for the style because the alcohol isn't that prominent in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:58:56 | More by metter98
Photo of SGDJosh

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken on 9/7 at home:

A – light golden, yellow straw in color. Pours with a half finger of head on top which dissipates rather quickly into light lace on top.

S – Smells like Germany! Light malt, smells like a premium lager.

T – Smooth and crisp. A lot lighter than other traditional doppelbocks that I’ve had in the past.

M – Very light bodied with crispy carbonation.

O – Lighter than most but a very good Doppelbock. The alcohol is masked very nicely for such a light body. Full of malty goodness that drinks like a Helles Lager.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 13:39:57 | More by SGDJosh
Photo of ubenumber2


2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found this to be an average beer , ok so Im a hillbilly from Arkansas , not sure how that lowers my rating ability , but this just didnt do it for me , the smell , the taste , the fullness of the beer just wasnt there for me. I like a lot of the beers out of LA, love all of the bayou tech stuff Ive tried , and most of the Abita , this one just wasnt special enough for 5 dollars for a 22oz bottle , and I also had to drive to Memphis to get it , so maybe that didnt help any , I mean I didnt drive over just for this , but picked it up with a batch of beers I wanted to try. Its ok , just not great

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 15:20:41 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:48:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ElCommodoro


4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a surprisingly clear pale yellow colour. Not something I was expecting from something labeled as a "Helles Doppelbock."
The flavour was a surprise as well. Not incredibly sweet by any stretch. Surprisingly light. Thankfully, not overly hoppy at all. Perfect amount of hops here. Despite the lightness of it all, alcohol is incredibly subdued for 8%, but thankfully still discernible. But man, I could probably chug this down if I wanted to. Both due to the light, crisp flavour and the seemingly magically hidden alcohol content. This is not what I was expecting at all, but it's really quite good nonetheless. The only other thing I've encountered that claimed to be a "Helles doppelbock" was made by Samichlaus. That was 14% alcohol and a thick, sweet concoction. Amazing, of course, but in no way related to this. This is a totally different approach. I'm pretty sure I even taste wheat in this. This is far more on the Helles side, not so much on the doppelbock side, but in all the right ways. It's less bitter and a tad more sweet than most helles bocks and of course, it's got that doppelbock level of alcohol. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 09:10:24 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of DavidEasterling

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Intitial pour releases a very nice arouma, lets you know it's there.

Average head and gets down to business. Minimul lacing.

Very good initial flavor. Wavers only if taken in improper amounts(gulps)

Overall very nice beer. Better when poured around and drank while with a group

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:48:51 | More by DavidEasterling
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a huge, fizzy, dense, white head that has decent retention

S - apples, grains, grass

T - grains, alcohol, faint grass, faintly fruity

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated

This comes across a bit grainy to me. It's also a bit warm with an excessive alcohol warmth. The drinkability would be improved a great deal if it were toned down slightly. The flavor and body are mediocre. I would expect more from a Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:48:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of Glibber


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I saw this one first on the show "True Blood". Caught an $8 growler sale on this 8%ABV beer and had to give it a try. Light colored with a massive white head that left plenty of lacing. A floral, belgian aroma. The alcohol was well hidden and the beer was very easy to drink- almost too easy.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2012 22:35:13 | More by Glibber
Photo of Zakk


4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm from Louisiana, so I'm partial. Also, I'm from the days when Andygator was only available on draft, and have now tried it both on draft and from a bomber.

Serving type: Draft into pint

A: Straw colored, little head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

S: Bready, yeasty, caramel, floral, slight apple and citrus?

T: Malt forward maibock, toasty, roasty, very little bitterness detected. Slight citrus detected.

M: Medium carb, dry, crisp, not as boozy as one would think.

O: Heavier gravity, but without a warming finish. The alcohol is well hidden behind a great balance. Bready without a boozy taste or warmth. Definitely one of my go to draft beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 06:50:08 | More by Zakk
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with just a touch of haze and a 1.5 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a sheen on top, leaving good sheets of lace.

Yeasty with plenty of graininess, a little herbal or floral hops.

Taste is sweet and yeasty, herbal hops are light but notable and provide a bit of balance against the sweetness, along with some grain and bready flavors.

Body is pretty light and a bit slick, plentifully carbonated, and a bit warming from the alcohol. A sweet yeasty aftertaste lingers just a bit longer than I'd prefer, but it's still a pretty solid feel.

It's a pretty tasty beer overall, and a solid maibock.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 21:15:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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

A - Crystal clear; golden-copper color; one-finger of off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled more fruity (cherry and currant) than expected, with hints of caramel and toffee, over a solid baked bread (malt) base.

T - Tasted nicely malty with a bit of fruit (mostly cherry). Slightly boozy, but not objectionable.

M - Very smooth; medium bodied; clean, semi-dry finish.

O - A fine, refreshing, high ABV dobblebock that drinks more like an imperial pils. 3.75

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 18:51:57 | More by chinchill
Photo of brewskifan55


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Clear golden with an big puffy off-white 2 finger head that stays...and stays. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Clean; citrus, malts, lemon.

T: Malty, smooth, rich. Bananas, bready. A light, lager start with more of an ale-like finish.

M: Light to medium, medium bodied, creamy.

O: A very different Abita offering. One of those "cutting the grass" session beers. Will do well in Mississippi when they bring it in July. This gator nibbles at your taste buds, then puts the chomp down for a decent Helles Bock. I bet it's even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 20:36:02 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of mltobin


3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in New York.

Appearance is bright yellow with a finger of off-white head. Its` nose has lemon, sugar, a sweet smell. The taste is a little bitter, sweet, more lemon Mouthfeel is medium, clean finish. A very average tasting helles bock, but one that is nonetheless still refreshing on a warm day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 01:07:14 | More by mltobin
Photo of charlzm


3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at the Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Appearance: clear, light golden. Virtually no head.

Aroma is virtually undetectable. Slightly sweet, maybe a little floral.

A trace of bubblegum flavor: odd for this style. Clean and light with a slight graininess. Malt liquor comes to mind, but without the nasty-tasting bits. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, well-carbonated.

Deceptively drinkable. Wish it had a somewhat bolder flavor, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:11:29 | More by charlzm
Photo of TechTriumph


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/12/12:
Best by: 02/28/2013; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Over an inch of slight off-white, fluffy head with good retention; Crystal clear appearance with a golden color; Decent rings of lacing left behind

S - Pretty yeasty/bready smell with lightly toasted grains, cereal, light herbal hops, and a bit of sweetness; Extremely subtle hint of booze

T - Herbal and spicy hops have a decent presence - more than the aroma; Again, very faint booze presence that you really have to look for to find, though it strengthens as the beer warms to room temperature; Good bit of sweet bread, grain, and cereal flavors that linger in the aftertaste; Just a bit of hop bitterness steps up to counter the sweetness

M - Leaves the mouth a bit dry and sticky; Good bit of prickly carbonation; Lighter than medium bodied with a crisp and fairly smooth mouthfeel; Finish is slightly warming

O - This lager isn't one to bring lots of complexity or stand out from the pack, but with it's crisp, lighter body, it's certainly an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel was the strongest point of the beer for me, and while a little light for the style, it still seemed to work pretty well. Overall, there are plenty of nice Maibocks out there to choose from, but this offering is a solid choice when in the mood for a lighter, crisper option.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 11:21:31 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of acevenom


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear orange gold with a large white head. There are plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. This appears to be well carbonated. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption and the bubbles later become tiny. There are aromas of sweet malts, hops, and fruits. There are flavors of sweet malts, mild hop bitterness, and some fruit like apple or pear. It's bready. There is also some faintly perceptible alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is light to medium. The finish is crisp and dry. The carbonation is adequate. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is not the best of Abita's big beers, but it is certainly very good good beer in its own right. I feel Abita accomplished what it set out to do here.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:31:41 | More by acevenom
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Portico in Monroe, LA. Pours a crisp golden color with some good sticky lacing. Smells of sweet malts and a bit of hops. Taste is slightly sweet and boozey malts. Slight bitter hop taste but its deff a helles. Nice straw flavor as well. Overall, really not a bad brew and neat to see a helles with a bit of bite.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 22:58:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw yellow, with a huge off-white head. The tiny bubbles leave a wall of fine lacing, and stick until the finish. Constant bubbles effervesce up the glass.

Smells of caramel, malts, booze, with an apple or pear like fruitiness as the beer warms.

Tastes as well of a fruitiness, and some bready malts, but it falls off right there.

Texture is smooth, medium bodied, but feels lighter. Slightly low carbonation, except for a light bubbly sting when it sits in my mouth.

I liked the beer, nothing about it was expected. Mostly missing is a hop component of any mentionable amount.


Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 18:31:26 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to shan5484 on this one.

Appearance: Golden amber color with about one finger of white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruit, floral notes mostly with some malts amd hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is mostly fruity with some floral qualities. Some hops in the background.

Overall: Had this beer a few times now and it still remains one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 13:41:36 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of kylehay2004


3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear golden-yellow body. Not very exciting.

S: sweet citrus, a little tangy with wheats, grains and breads.

T: light malt with pear, cherry notes.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

Overall: not very memorable although a memorable helles is challenging to make.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:41:37 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of srandycarter


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, small white head leaves fast to ring. Lots of cling.

S - Malty, wheaty, euro hops prevail.

T - Very similar to smell. Delicate taste that hides the ABV rather well.

M - Light body, good carbonation and balance.

D - Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 05:17:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Jonmoore89

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that I was very surprised to see such a low rating for this beer. I drank it on a sober pallet. Andygator poured a vibrant gold with a perfect two finger head. Although the head dissipated after two minutes to about a quarter inch, I did notice it had extraordinary lacing. The aroma was sweet and slightly hoppy with a hint of malt. Not too overpowering though. After the first taste I was very impressed. Floral, sweet, and smooth all the way to the end. There was a slight taste of hops left in the back of my throat. The medium body and crisp carbonation complement the taste perfectly. I will admit that this was my first doppelbock, thus I have nothing to compare it to. However, overall I would say this is certainly a new favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:32:09 | More by Jonmoore89
Photo of WMEugene


4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick head that dissipates to a thin layer with pretty decent lacing.

S - Sweet fruit and citrus aromas. A little bit of light malty sweetness as well. A sweet lager smell.

T - Sweet fruit flavors mesh with a little bit of breadyness in the malts. A little bit of spiciness comes next. There's also some alcohol warmth in the taste, which is surprisingly nice.

M - A little thinner than I expected, but it is smooth and crisp. Carbonation level is nice. For its ABV, which really isn't hidden, it's pretty drinkable.

O - I like what Abita has done here. The idea of a helles doppelbock seemed interesting and the Andygator does a great job of being a drinkable and enjoyable beer. This isn't pretentious at all and is well worth your time if you want a hearty, sessionable imperial-style lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:06:23 | More by WMEugene
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with some cherry notes. Caramel and toffee notes, too.

T - Tasted sweet and malty with a strong caramel presence. Some spice and cherry skins.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice bock from Abita. Good value at less than $5 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 04:08:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of mpcrump


3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold with a small foamy head.

S: Very light to the nose. Malts, yeast, and some hops.

T: Light taste with some interesting malts and yeast up front and then it finishes rather quietly

M: Light body, light carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: I liked the way this beer started but it just ended somewhat light. Almost has that water down taste. Easy to drink, the ABV is hidden. Not a bad beer but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:34:42 | More by mpcrump
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.