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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 147 | 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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4.65/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

Photo of Reaper16
2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a generic looking honey color. Tell me that you have an imperial lager and this is what I'd expect it to look like. Not much head, probably owing to the alcohol level but the bartender could also be a culprit here. Meh.

The alcohol is the first thing that wafts up from the glass. Behind it are bubblegum gross spent grain aromas (homebrewers know this smell). I feel like flies should be swarming around this beer. There's a bit of like white grape, but not at all in an interesting way. Hops? Nah.

The taste follows the nose pretty well. This is a horrendously shallow beer. It has one note: sweetness. It's very grainy. Ugh. It also has a white-grape-meets-green-apple character that reminds me of cheap supermarket pinot grigio. This is like eating a bowl of Grape Nuts in the morning, but you didn't have milk so you used really boozy cheap white wine instead of milk. Awful.

It's a bit thick in terms of mouthfeel, but I really don't expect anything else knowing that this is an imperial lager (indeed, this is marketed as a "Helles Dopplebock" which is just stupid).

Overall, you're better off saving money and just buying malt liquor. This is a terrible beer. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Bud Light Platinum is basically the same beer as Andygator, only better. Better.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear gold color with two fingers of rich white head.

Malty and lightly sour aroma with cracker and sweetened cereal.

Quite sweet with candy sugar, cinnamon and floral notes with caramel malts at the end. The 8% abv. is well hidden.

Light-to-medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A bit too sweet for me but still pretty decent.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into thistle glass.

P: Poured clear golden color with streaming bubbles racing to the top. A full 2 finger of white head with good retention.

S: First whiff is straight cinnamon toast crunch, followed by semi sweet pears, malt, yeast, and floral hop goodness. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering.

T/M: A sloshy salty, lightly tart batch of pears, apples, green grapes and well balanced carbonation. Finishes with a slight peppered cotton mouth feel. Alcohol becomes head if the class once it warms.

O: Nice and refreshing, mellow bouquet of fruit flavors and a smooth yet boozy finish. Nice summer beer which I will probably revisit then.

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

Was surprised to see this for $2.50 a shaker PINT at the Ritz, Jax Beach but that is a deal.

A: Gold and yellow in color not cloudy, had a 1/4 head as it was served in a chilled glass, what can you say its a bar. Some fair lacing, I let it warm a lot.

S: Very malty, not sure how this can be a Helles book and Maibock. The hops nose was there, but very mild. The malt is what I get mostly, it seems balanced. I detected the yeast, you get a almost grape like hint as it warm near 55 or so. Grain and cereal presence is there.

T: yumm, nice beer. Very malt forward but almost balanced, its not perfect but its the best I had yet from Abita, long lasting malt cereal front end, and a hint of hops. No booze taste at all in a 8%. Light sweet, slightly bitter easy drinking beer.

M: Smooth. Medium Carbonation. Creamy. dry finish, reminds me of weak tripel.

O: I thought it was a very good beer. So glad this was on tap at a NON BEER PUB, its was in a normal pint glass for $2.50 a pop during happy hour, YOU CANNOT BEAT THAT...

So it goes to show you, other places that serve half pours are fucking rips off I always knew they were.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.