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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,273 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 27
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  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 barczar
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

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 Chadda24
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of CPB
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  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 lewis0216
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dubgotti304
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of Italiano86
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Kpray23
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Spdalton
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillWillows
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of psdonnelly
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Meyers1023
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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 -15.3%

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 twincano
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dmberger
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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

Photo of jeremiahoden
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of breakingbland
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Photo of Josh10814
1/5  rDev -71.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Jback93
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.