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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 158 | 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:
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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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at the Pioneer Pub In Natchitoches Louisiana.
When I had this, I had no idea what style it was and just assumed it was a Hefe- or some other wheat style beer.
It was a pretty pale, straw yellow with a finger head. The smell was pretty much just sweet, alcohol and citrus. The taste was pretty much right on with the smell. The sweet was overpowering, almost saccharine and the citurs flavors were pretty mild. I emphasize how sweet, in a bad way, that this beer was. The mouthfeel was pretty average, mild carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty dismal. I'm normally pretty comfortable around Abita, but this one may have changed my mind. Like I said, I thought it was something along the lines of a Hefe, mainly from the citrus flavors and sweetness and the fact that I almost never ever like wheat beers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a huge billowing white head. The head fades to give a very nice level of lacing

Smell – Sweet aromas of lighter fruit and a bit of citrus meet the nose. They are really quite soothing aromas. These sweeter aromas then mix in with a bit of bready and yeasty aromas which complement the sweet nicely and round out the smell quite nicely.

Taste – Breadiness of malt mixed with sweet caramel and fruit are quite heavy upfront. These lighten a bit as the taste moves on and bitter up ever so slightly. There is also a slight yeasty flavor that also develops with the bitter toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end, some alcohol taste comes into play, rounding out the taste experience and warming the mouth and body in a very nice way.

Mouthfeel – The very creamy body coupled to the lower level of carbonation allow it to cling to and absorb into the tongue leaving a very warm and soothing feeling in the mouth.

Overall – I quite enjoyed this beer. It is a bit on the sweeter side with nice sweet aromas and a very nice mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and rather relaxing.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky inch of foam that leaves a lot of splashy lace behind

Smell: Sugary, shortbread malt with notes of grain

Taste: Sugary shortbread, up front, with a slightly grainy character developing, in the middle; sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Sweet and enjoyable though it seems to lack some of the sophistication of the German examples

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler.

A: Golden yellow color pour, slight haze, but pretty clear. Fair bit of lacing, around a 1 finger head poured aggressively.

S: Fruity, sweet, bready malts. A little hops poking out.

T: Balanced. Pure balance. Sweet fruit and malty, then the hops comes in, little bitter, but so balanced you can't tell at first. Very light tasting, smooth.

M: Great mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation to it. Not oily, but has a bit of hangtime on the tounge as you drink. I like it a good bit! Yeasty bread in there that kinda of mellows it out.

Overall: I'll admit, this is a go to beer for me. I love the higher ABV, hides it exceptionally well. Smooth beer, really good to get a pitcher of it at one of my favorite restaurants and share a pitcher or two with someone. Really well balanced beer, and I'm on Abitas side, great beers. I've had this on draft, in a growler, and in bottles. I keep plenty on stock for when I want to do some session drinking, and this is my main stay!

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,286 ratings.