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Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -0.9%
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 +20.2%
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 +5.4%
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 -4.8%
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 -25.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.6%
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 +13.4%
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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Photo of Act25
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

ABITA has not bitten me yet.
As 1 reviewer, Beerchitect, wrote, although it starts with a doppelbock feel, it fades into a high ABV, imperial pilsner, and not as subtle lemony or flavorful as the best.

A: Promising pour, 1 finger white head on a golden, visibly carbed clear body... but then once the head settles it's absent much lace or returning. Because this was strong, I consumed in two sessions out of a .5 liter, and the second session felt drab, flat, and alcoholic.

S: Starts lemony, fresh, clean, and round, but dont let it sit because it loses the hop floral bouquet and becomes more medicinal.

T: Follows the smell, and definitely nice right after the pour, but lacking if you drink it slowly, or as I did in two sessions. A nice round, lemony hop clean start.... feel the weight of alcohol on the finish.

M: As noted, it as a medicinal, almost hot finish that was not inviting another.

You can look elsewhere. Better examples from DogfishHead, Victory, SmuttyNose and SixPoint the Crisp. Or for a real double go for:
My Antonia
Dogfish Head Brewery
American Double / Imperial Pilsner

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light brown/amber color good cream color head.
Aroma: Good malty aroma.
Flavor: Good spicy flavor, with sweet taste and slightly bitter finish. Bold bodied larger, good carbonation.
Overall: This is a very a good brew. With 8% ABV, the alcohol does protrude through the beer. This is a good bold larger with a sweet, spicy flavor. It finishes with the perfect hoppiness.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near clear, pale golden with a good looking head that fades quickly.
I don't get alot in aroma. Light, bready malts, and some lemon scents.
Taste: Fair amount of sweetness, toasted malts are present along with a tinge of aromatic hops that provide some bitterness in the after taste.
If this is a big bad boy from the bayou, I am not seeing it! I felt that the 8.0 ABV was surprisingly well hidden (which is a plus). This beer was not as advertised but still comes across as a decent lager for me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color, very pale ale like. Huge head develops from a standard pour, filling almost half of the standard pint glass with white foam. Dissipation is quite a bit quicker than I would like to see, dropping to less than 1/2" within a minute. Scattered lace remains.
Smell is not that easy to get a handle on. Notes of malt, grain, light fruit, hops, a distinct mustiness riding over all, though not off-putting.
Taste is like a good lager, a decently balanced mix of malt and hops, some more light fruits (apple & pear), some grain, and thankfully, less of the mustiness.
Fuller bodied than I expected, pushing above medium. Effervescence is restrained. Some warming from the alcohol crops up some several seconds after the swallow. A cloying film also develops, sadly, on the palate and, to a lesser extent, the tongue. All told, a decent brew but just that.

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Photo of Brant
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful transparent golden honey color. A little more than 1 finger head that fizzled out quickly, at least in my glass.

S - Smells sweet, like sugar water and Frosted Flakes (TM) with a hint of something flowery. Undertones (...erm...underscents?) of the typical lager.

T - This seemed a little bland to me, based on the look and taste - I was disappointed. It has the taste of a cheaper lager with a bit more toast and sugar. You get hints of spice and flora (and a slight tingle of alcohol), but it doesn't match the smell. Thankfully it's not bitter, but it finishes with a grainy taste that is neither good nor bad.

M - Slightly more syrupy than a standard lager, but still pretty light.

O - I bought this on a whim. I was on travel and hadn't seen it before, so I wasn't really expecting anything. It's probably not something I would buy again, but it wasn't bad. I think if it had been a little sweeter in taste with a bit more flavor I would have liked it much better. As is, it just seems like an overly alcoholic lager.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(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.

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Photo of Lungman
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Johnnyhitch
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.