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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 86 | 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 WastingFreetime


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

More transfer from my recent Abita session in the tasting notebook...

Looks honey golden in color, I accidentally chill-hazed it a bit, so I let it breathe a while in the tulip glass to warm up. Two fingers of foam that falls apart in less than a minute, no lacing left behind. Medium body with really nice carbonation, just a touch of stickiness to the body. Nice floral scent overlaid with mild generic fruit esters, some caramel malt appears in the nose once it gets good and warmed up to room temperature. Taste is semi-sweet, the generic esters on the nose come into focus as restrained pear tones garnished with herbal hopping notes. Overall a nice, tasty Maibock, hides the alcohol rather well, nothing really wrong with it, but not really very distinctive from similar offerings either. (maybe the high ABV counts as being distinctive?)

11-09-2011 19:43:27 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Golden clear color, half fingef bubbly head that settles to a thin bubbly layer that lingers well. Minal lacing

S: Slight hoppy floral and sweet sublte fruity scent

T: Not overly sweet as I may have thought from the scent Great balance of hoppy sweet ness and bitterness. Not much of a lingering aftertaste.

M: Good cabonation and balance.

D: Decent beer, never felt the 8% which can be good or bad! I would try it again but nothing too special going on here.

Serving type: bottle poured into perfect pint 6.99 1pt6oz

11-05-2011 20:45:54 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of DrDemento456


3.73/5  rDev +6%

A - Pretty sweet honey amber with a half inch of head which turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Has a bit of caramel from the dopplebock side with some lager yeast tone and honey sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a good bit of sweetness from a honey or caramel which is enjoyably. Simple yet tasty.

M - Has a pretty good medium body but no ABV burn or taste.

Overall this is a very solid Imperial Helles lager (in my eyes) with sweet dopplebock tones. Most affordable at only 5 dollars so give it a try!

10-26-2011 01:55:55 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ccrida


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

On draught at the Richmond Arms, served in an imperial pint, Andygator is gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweet, honey malt, not too strong.

Taste is pretty simple, it's a bit on the sweet side but not cloyingly so, some diacetyl for sure, butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, lighter then I expected for the gravity.

Drinkability is okay, it's smooth and goes down with ease. The diacetyl is an obvious flaw, but it actual provides some otherwise absent complexity.

09-14-2011 03:08:35 | More by ccrida
Photo of JMad


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

I drank this from a tumbler...

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thick foamy white head. It smells of apple and caramel, slightly tart, with hints of citrus and honey. The taste is sweet and fruity with pear and apple. There is a hint of honey, alcohol and bready malt. It's medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation and a slightly dry finish, This is an interesting dopplebock, it's fruity and not as malt driven as others but it is an enjoyable brew.

09-04-2011 04:16:16 | More by JMad
Photo of TigerFan


4.33/5  rDev +23%

I remember "back in the day" when this beer came out, once again, Abita was an innovator in the Micro-brew industry (that wasn't even an industry yet back then, lol). I still love it and am glad I can now find it on the West Coast! It has a nice golden/amber color and is both malty and hoppy in flavor, but not overpowering on either account. Very well balanced. It is very easy to drink for a high alcohol beer!

08-30-2011 17:16:11 | More by TigerFan
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.58/5  rDev -26.7%

A champagne apple juice color pours out with one finger of white head...

Smell of Macro fizzy yellow drink hits me with some sweet lemon and tinniness

Sweet wheat, some mild malts a hint of alcohol and after it warms a little bitter bite. Kinda like a weak malt liquor.

Mouthfeel is fuzzy, a tad warming with a semi thick mouthfeel

Overall I feel like I paid five bucks for an Old English... boo hiss

08-28-2011 01:41:22 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of nickd717


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

Bottle sampled at SF International Beer Fest, review from 5/1/2009.

Clear golden color with a white head.

Aroma is malt and grains.

Flavor is pale malt, caramel malt, honey, and slight fruity notes.

Finishes dry with alcohol noticeable.

Pretty unmemorable overall but not bad.

08-25-2011 22:09:12 | More by nickd717
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

A 22 oz bottle, silk screen printed. Poured the whole damn thing into my Duvel tulip.

Crystal clear body, even after a bit of agitation during the pour. Some coarse head bubbles up to about 2 inches before subsiding quickly. No lacing to speak of. The color of the beer is coppery amber, leaning more towards amber, in my opinion.

The aroma has earthy notes, some subtle fruity undertones, and just a touch of caramel. The flavor brings on more subtleties...peach, apple, pear...along with the earthy and grassy hops. Caramel notes come through, and early on, they fly solo. However, later, as the beer warms, the caramel is accompanied by some boozy warmth.

Well-textured with a medium consistency and a medium to high level of carbonation. This could benefit from a little time to mellow. A solid offering, though I would pick up a 4-pack of Celebrator before springing for another bomber here.

08-24-2011 02:11:39 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and malty with a slightly sour sweetness. Scents of pear and green apple. Unexpectedly fruity for a Helles Bock.

Taste: Citrus hops and a slightly sour and tart fruit-like flavor. Green apple tartness and a slight yeasty flavor. This is quite good, and unusual, for a Helles Bock style...and I like it.

Mouth Feel: Medium-body and a good crispness and dryness that compliment the flavors nicely. Good carbonation that fits the mouth feel.

Drinkability: For a high ABV beer (8%) there's no strong alcohol flavor. The light and fruity flavors make it a unique Helles Bock, and one that is very easy to session with. I will be grabbing more of this to take along on vacation with me soon. A perfect brew to enjoy around a campfire or on the deck with friends (friends who enjoy good beer!).

08-18-2011 22:48:43 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of witster18


3.38/5  rDev -4%

I'm a big fan of lowgrav helles brews - so I thought I'd give this high-grav version a whirl.

tastes just like I'd hoped. It's like a fine helles with a slightly winey kick.
Strong fruit notes here... orange, peach, and lemon... at cold temps this is massively drinkable for the abv... DANGEROUS.... but it's highgrav roots show when it warms a bit. I suggest drinking it VERY COLD because it's a great tasting beer at low temps... some would say the higher temps add character... for me it's just gets too boozy... a polar opposite of when it's freezing cold - when it's a superb drinkability high grav..

if you like helles brews you'll like andygator...

looks like a good helles... and nearly tastes like a normal helles when it's cold...

nice floral rose finish after a very tart beginning... this beer could definitely get another sitting...

08-14-2011 17:58:34 | More by witster18
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.73/5  rDev +6%

Bomber poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Hazy apple juice body.

Smell - Apple. Banana. Gummy bears. Artificial sweetness.

Taste - Honey. Water. Alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Light. Lots of carbonation bite.

Overall Drinkability - Good. Actually really good. Surprisingly.

08-06-2011 08:39:16 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured at basement temp in flared glass

A: golden orange, not much head, not much lacing
S: malty, sweet, but subtle
T: strange taste, sweet but salty, bland; high ABV but not extraordinarily flavorful; a bit buttery in flavor

overall, a good beer, but chill it first.

08-06-2011 00:51:19 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of hosehead83


4/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, yellow-gold in appearance, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Sweet, floral note, fruity.
Taste-Sweet malt, peach, lemongrass, hint of honeyed bread. Very smooth and drinkable for the strength. A refreshing sipper served cold on a warm summer afternoon.

08-01-2011 17:32:53 | More by hosehead83
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.73/5  rDev +6%

On-tap @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is cloudy yellow with a half-finger of white head.

S: Grassiness, light citrus, and caramel and cracker malts.

T: Grass, cloves, some mild fruitiness, and a bit of sourness.

M: The body has average thickness and the carbonation is a bit weak.

O: This is a bit strange but at least it goes down easy for such a strong brew.

07-31-2011 00:00:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of hoptualBrew


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

22oz bomber poured into oversized wine glass. Labeled a Helles Dopplebock, interesting.

Pours a deep golden hay color that is crystal clear. Very clean looking brew with a medium & thin off white head. Lacing is decent.

Aroma is more funky than I expected, borderline saison nose. A touch of lemon zest & clean fruity yeast in the nose as well.

Taste is clean, sweet, and slightly citric. Its a very light bodied brew - I dont know why they would coin this a 'dopplebock'.

Overall, not bad at all. Hides the 8% abv really well and is a nice refreshing beer.

07-30-2011 16:33:11 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Nice hazy golden yellow hue with a 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly

S - Moderate malt character is backed by a light grassy floral hop aroma

T - Malt character is ahead of the grassy floral hops again. It is pretty sweet with a slightly bitter finish

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation

O - This was an amazingly easy drinker that hid it's abv extremely well. I would definitely tell others to give this a try and hope Abita continues to push style boundaries

07-27-2011 03:31:08 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of mralphabet


3.73/5  rDev +6%

22 oz Bomber poured Pint glass.

A: Golden in color very clear little carbonation can be seen.... Nice fluffy white finger and a 1/2 worth of head that settles to a ring with very nice lacing.

S: Floral hops with a slightly fruitiness....(maybe grapes). There is also a hint of alcohol floating around.

T: Tastes like if smells but in reverse order.... I'm getting a nice fruity sweetness upfront then it finishes with a slightly bitter hops.... A little grape-fruity bitterness... Balances nicely with the sweetness. The aftertaste lingers a little...

M: Pretty strong carbonation here, it is bright and sharp... but calms as it warms up.

D: Pretty nice little beer here... one was good with me but the 8% really never hit me.... It hide the 8% pretty good.. I had never seen the Abita so I took a chance and found another good brew from our friends at Abita..

07-26-2011 04:05:44 | More by mralphabet
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.73/5  rDev +6%

22 oz bottle. Best-by date rubbed off on neck. Really neat painted art on the bottle.

Pours a clear, sparkly gold. A white head rears back, but coats the glass. Smell is floral and herbal and hoppy; nicely unexpected from a beefy helles. Taste quickly morphs into the nutty, bitter, and slightly pungent bock character. Finishes straight boozy, although this might be exaggerated by the inherent feel of the doppelbock. Very big contrast smell-to-taste, imo. A unique offering, I'm pleased once again with the experimentation of Abita.

07-20-2011 04:27:54 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of harpo111


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

A: yellow golden with an ok head

S: malty, a little hops and lemon grass

T: malty with a moderate, but not intrusive hop finish..smooth

M: average... but with a bite

O: kinda sweet tasting...with a pleasant hop malt aftertaste...

I like this one.. not to heavy..but with enough weight to carry its own....some bite..but not enough to run you away....the sweetness entices you ...would be a great beer for Thai food!

07-06-2011 04:03:45 | More by harpo111
Photo of Francepants06


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

It poured yellow to light orange color, It has a small white foaming head. I smelled hints of citrus, herbs, floral, and grassy notes. I tasted a bit of fruitiness and hop, with a malty finish. I tasted it on tap before they ever bottled it and I felt that at the time it felt heavier than in the bottle. i need to pass by the brewery pub to taste again.

06-21-2011 20:43:05 | More by Francepants06
Photo of DWilliams76

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

From my weekend notes: Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Clear golden pour with a small off-white head. Nose is grassey, floral, and lightly sweet. Tastes of grass, florals, apple juice, and yeast. Sweet enough to balance the grass and florals, but not overly fruity or estery. The big draw of this beer is the ABV, and turned out to be an ok brew.

06-20-2011 20:21:24 | More by DWilliams76
Photo of MTNboy


4/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer surprised me. I was little skeptical at first it being a double bock and helles hybrid. I found it to have very pleasing aroma. It was not as rich as a bock but not as fruity as a helles in both the flavor and the taste. It has the caramel and roastyness of a bock. It also has the grass/grainy and citrus flavor of the helles. The body is medium. Two styles combined into a great marriage.

06-20-2011 19:03:29 | More by MTNboy
Photo of MikeOPFL


4.45/5  rDev +26.4%

This is a great medium-bodied malty treasure!

Not much of a head and not overly carbonated with a fruity nose that mimics a Belgian Golden ale. A very malty backbone, with a floral/fruity sweet finish.

The beer I know won't let me down when there's nothing wildly interesting on tap.

06-12-2011 19:17:51 | More by MikeOPFL
Photo of jacobseyb


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Color was pretty with a yellowish base and a golden hue. Head was healthy, white, and about one and a half fingers strong. Little lacing. Smell was initially grassy with some florals. Taste has a bit more malt to it, with the florals taking more of a back seat. Feel is smooth and enjoyable with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Great flavor, smell and feel.

05-11-2011 03:17:41 | More by jacobseyb
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.