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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 delta490
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and hint of citrus fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of sweet biscuit malt partially balanced by grassy hops and alcohol. Alcohol is noticable. Finish is long, semi-dry. Somewhat sweet for me.

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Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear yellow color. There was a bit of a white foamy head on it that leaves some lacing. The aroma is OK. A bit of sweetness to it, with some breadiness. Maybe some faint banana in there. The taste is pretty good. A bit of dryness and no sweetness. A touch thin for an 8% beer. Some malts, a hint of spices. OK, but I expect more in an 8% beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow with a quick-lived white head.

The aroma is more like a pilsener with its toasted biscuit malt character, odd fruitiness, and a clean, crisp hop note.

The body is light and refreshing. This would might be a halfway decent lawnmower beer.

The taste is also rather biscuit and bready-like with a clean crisp hop finish. It is 8% ABV but you wouldn't know it.

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Photo of Mojo
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

A - crystal clear medium gold pour with an initial two inch head, average retention and average lacing.

S - very sweet and fruity nose

T - malty with lemon flavor, honey flavors and a dry finish

M - thinner than I expected, average carbonation

O - decent but unspectacular.

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Photo of B_King
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar.

A - Clear urine yellow, faint head and lacing.

S - Sweet, bready. Yeasts?

T - Ahh. This is Side Pocket with a little bit more hops and lot less alcohol.

M - It seems thin at first but there is something clingy about this brew that makes it linger on the tooth.

O - A good get drunk. However, this camp will still rely on Side Pocket for that.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up without knowing anything about it because I needed a 4th to get the 10% bottle discount. Pretty average all around beer, nothing special in appearance, smell, but taste is pretty good but not special. Overall the beer gets bonus points because it is easy to drink for 8% and presents a good value. The more I drank it the more I liked it, probably because of the 8%, but I would buy again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant gold body with a lasting, clinging, foamy, white head; nice rings of lacing. Lightly toasted grain aroma; grassy. Light malt flavor with a bold hop bitterness; peppery; a bit of alcohol warmth; light biscuit taste. Medium-heavy body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A respectable helles doppelbock. Decent balance of malt taste and sweetness with a fairly intense hop bitterness. The 8.0% ABV is noticeable but in a subdued way and doesn't overpower things. Taste and feel may seem a little coarse in some ways, yet it still fits the bill for a heavy-duty lager styled beer with good character.

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Photo of cpiray45
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cold mug at the acme oyster house for the first time and it was very good. Nice aroma and taste, and a nice little extra pop. Very surprised at the quality but decided to try at the bar. I will have this brew again in the near future, probably at the same place.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Nice golden colour with a bright white head, about a 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Smells predominantly like over ripe banana with some caramel and malt.

Tastes just like the aroma. Bananas just on the verge of being rotten, just over ripe dominates the palate with spots of caramel and malt popping up here and there.

I wasn't a big fan of this one as that banana smell/taste was too much.

Interesting, but I wouldn't have one again.

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Photo of irongator
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, the bottle says it is a doppelbock, but this site has it listed as a Maibock. So I won't rate this as a doppelbock, because if I did, it would be a poor doppelock- not heavy on the malt and dark to be sure. Overall, it is a great Maibock, actually one of the best I've had. I drank it a bit colder than room temp and it is very fruity and golden in color, just like a tripel. It is a good summer beer with lots of alcohol- beautiful golden color and tasty. Not zay doppel, to be sure

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed goblet

Pours a bright clear honey-gold with one finger of fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar with a few patches of light lacing. Smells like ripe banana, creamed sweet corn, sourdough bread and clean alcohol.

Taste starts off sweet like a smooth bready bock, but slowly morphs into a grassy herbal hop bitterness, with a little spice and lemon along the way. It's full bodied and slightly sticky, but finishes pretty dry. Not finding it particularly boozy but, there is certainly a noticeable lingering alcohol warmth.

Overall, I liked it but didn't love it. I found many of the individual characteristics to be attractive, but the sum total seemed just slightly above average. I'm sure I'll buy Andygator again, as it's a good value, but it won't be a regular.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden pour with a one finger head. Grainy aroma. Yeast and biscuit flavor upfront. Can taste a bit of grain throughout. Mellows to a smooth a slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of mattt317
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a big, frosty litre mug at my local watering hole - The Baltic... my kinda beer, not too hoppy, sweet but not too sweet and enough but not too much aroma to keel you over the next day. ... a huge kick, too.... yummy....If you're in the East Bay and wanna good beer at a reasonable price.... Try The Baltic for happy hour...

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Andygator is bright and yellow as a fresh lemon and has a reflection like a camera flash. It is about 97% clear (allowing for a very minor haze). From above its bleached-white head looks dense and solid as ice, but the air gradually picks away at it, dissolving it almost entirely.

This is a really nice Helles Bock, at least on first impression. The 'je ne sais quoi' of the style is on proud display in the aroma; its sweet, bready maltiness has a depth of flavour not found in simple helles lagers of lower strength. You do indeed get the impression of the 8% alcohol.

...but it doesn't hurt things one bit. In fact, it adds to them. This maltiness, though plain and simple, is sturdy and wholesome enough to soak up the harsh notes and still maintain its grainy, lightly toasted cereal flavour in spite of the odd fruity ester or sting. It even has light caramel notes and a hint of spice that fly in the face of it all.

Helles Bocks are somehow distinctive without being much of anything in particular. These beers are modest; ordinary and unsophisticated upon first inspection. But closer looks (err, tastes) reveal an understated intricacy: a corn bread-like flavour that is sweet and grainy, with hints of grassy, herbal bitterness, and an overall towering maltiness.

Andygator, like all good examples of the style, is very lean but very muscular. It doesn't hit a ton of notes but the ones it does are sung loud and held long. Given the naturally understated qualities of helles bocks I'm not surprised it has failed to impress others, but bock lovers will certainly recognize and appreciate its quality, composure, and authenticity. Good job!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a rich crystal clear copper color. A bubbly white head dissipates to a tight film, while only minimal lines of lacing remain on the glass.

There is a spiciness about the aroma leading to a malty backbone with an herbal finish.

The taste has some cereal grains in it, malty sweetness, and a pretty boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy, dry.

Overall: I pretty much liked everything about this except the taste. And the ABV really comes out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass.
8.0% ABV, Best By 03/11/14 on neck.

A - A tall, clumpy white head rises from the depths quickly, frothing up the glass with sticky white suds. Clear and bright golden in color, Andygator is one fine looking beer.

S - Sweet white grapes give the nose an initial crispness but the maltiness, reminiscent of a fresh, soft loaf of white Wonder Bread, bring some heft from the depths. German hops balance the malt aroma with a fair amount of earthy spice notes for a round beer.

T - Crushed white grapes add soft fruitiness while clear corn syrup drizzles sweetness over the beer's malty, untoasted Wonder Bread base but, hops finish out, more so in this beer than any other doppelbock. Crisp hop spice lends an earthy finish to this beer.

M - The closest characteristic of Andygator to a doppel is the beer's mouthfeel where, despite the elevated, slightly bitter hop profile, the maltiness reigns as this somewhat sweet beer finishes pretty dry from the almost transparent level of alcohol.

O - While Abita calls Andygator a helles doppelbock, it's hoppiness and crisp, clean malt profile lean pretty closely to the maibock style or at least a crossover of the two. Sweet and fruity, the bready malt base of this beer make it just as satisfying as the German "liquid bread" doppels, though finished with a touch of spicy hop character.

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Photo of BB1313
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/27/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent bright golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades leaving nice lacing and retention. Great color. The aromas are full of malts and grains. There's some hints of pear and green apple. The flavors are sharp and crisp. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. Lots of grass too. I'm picking up some lemon too. Some malts. More grains. Very refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This was an enjoyable experience. It's very crisp and refreshing. Well crafted. I would enjoy something like this in the summer.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Relying on a simple malt driven profile ,this beer is very clean. Bread-like notes akin to crystal malts overwhelm the entirety of this beer, with honey and light piney notes in the background. Overall it’s cheap and pretty easy to drink with a smooth profile.

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Photo of mesatrin
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 OZ bottle. Over all not impressed with this beer, one note with no complexity.

Slight apple smell and taste with sweet malty notes. That is all I really get from this beer.

After Thought: I guess I would drink this over apple juice...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a foamy, thick, bright white head that rose to three fingers before fading into a well retained film. Faint spotty lace left down the glass.
S: Bready lager yeast, faint lemon hop, light toast, cardboard, musk, and earthy grains. Hints of sweet fruits.
T: Wet grains, doughy yeast, apple juice, spices, caramel and sweet simple syrup. Sweet overall, fruity, grainy. Fairly straight forward. Lager finish super sweet aftertaste fruity.
M: Fuller body, slick and heavy with a chewy and sweet mouthfeel. Soft smooth carbonation. Kiss of alcohol.
O: Sweet smooth and simple. Goes down decently well but a bit too sweet for me to want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle split between two pint glasses. Best by 3/11/14.

Pours clear golden with a small head. Medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is lagery, lemony, yeasty, a little spicy, maybe a slight hops presence in the lemony/citrus aroma.

Taste is sweet, pleasant, more of that lemoniness. Bitterish aftertaste, some of that lager tang.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thick white head that is creamy and lasting with moderate lacing. Color is golden amber. Aroma is grainy and boozy with a touch of noble hop aroma. There is not much complexity to hide the 8 % abv. Flavor is sweet malt, sweet alcohol and a hint of noble hops. There is an imbalance toward sweet flavors, but for such a high gravity this is expected for the style. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Overall, this is a boozy, easy-sipping, high falutin' malt liquor with no off flavors or roughness. It does lack complexity but I like it.

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Photo of EatDrinkAmericano
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this beer year round. It has a sweetness, with medium body taste, but has an easy drinkability snap. Pairs really well with hearty meats and strong cheeses, and pickled vegetables. The appearance is cloudy wheat color with a nice head. One of our favorite beers from Abita.

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