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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 65 | 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

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droomyster

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with an exceptionally frothy and beautiful white head that lasts a long time and laces the glass. Andygator smells of sugary grains and alcohol, a bit too simple for its style. Taste is cloying, very disappointing. The nutrasweety flavor made it impossible for me to enjoy it. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 05:26:59 | More by droomyster
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daledeee

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not familiar with a Helles Doppelbock.

This beer poured a clear straw gold with a nice white head.

The aroma is hops and mild grains. I might have caught some butterscotch for a moment, but now I can't capture that again.

Taste is very appealing with a nice balanced approach of hops and a hint of citrus. Yeast comes through as well. This is a very smooth drinking wheat beer to put it in a nutshell. A hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is very nice with carbonation and then a nice slick finish. Alcohol is not very apparent, but the label says it is there. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 23:50:59 | More by daledeee
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful beer. Andy Gator purchased at a local beer shop in a 22 oz. bomber, served in a St. Bernadus goblet. This beer was light and clear (cleared up once it warmed a little). Medium carbonation and a decent head. A great aroma, hard to describe but the smell was very familiar, not really hop based though. This beer was amazingly smooth to drink. Nice medium to full mouthfeel and a very little aftertaste. A great example of a Helles. I am becoming more impressed with the makers of Purple Haze, did not see that coming.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 16:30:41 | More by drabmuh
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Billolick

New York

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber, no freshness info to be had. Pours clear lighter amber, off white head and nice fine webs of that lacey stuff. Bread and alcohol in the nose. Malt bomb, sweet, alcohol present. Malt, and more malt. Not my favorite style.Not really my cup of tea, one and done on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:48:01 | More by Billolick
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fostwal

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer from Abita.
Appearance: dark golden color
Smell: light hop/malt aroma,
Taste: light malt flavor. No hop bite. No roasted malt flavor at all. Its hard for me to place the taste. Just clean.
Mouthfeel: not very carbonated. Just enough to enhance the taste.
Drinkability: this goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:30:58 | More by fostwal
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GregSVT

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice foamy head and great lacing. The head settles down but never completely goes away.

S: Smells of sweet malts and a slight spice note

T: Very sweet with a quick finish. Not really what I was expecting from a Doppelbock.

M: Very light with high carbonation.

D: The 8% ABV makes this harder to drink than I figured it would. I didn't finish the bottle as I found my head hurting from the alcohol.

I definitely won't be buying this again as Abita has better beers in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:49:16 | More by GregSVT
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joehop67

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, this is no dopplebock. It's more like a lager or a weiss than anything. Lightly colored with a medium head. Head retention was fair but not thick as one might expect. I found it disappointing in the fruitiness. Way too sweet with little backbone. Slightly malty with not much in the way of hop flavor. I was excited to try, but mostly disappointed with the end result. The mouthfeel is a little light, not even really coating the tounge very well. Probably not a beer i would order again. Although, I probably will give it at least one more go just to be fair.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 14:58:32 | More by joehop67
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a large foamy white head. Leave beautiful sheets of lace on the glass as it fades to about a quarter inch crust that stays for quite a while.

Has a sweet, grainy smell with a very mild floral bouquet. Not really much else on the nose, a pretty clean smelling lager here.

Sweet and malty with a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess with a bit too much alcohol abrasiveness. Still, it is fairly smooth and basically a malty treat to drink while not thinking about the beer too much. Biscuity flavor as it warms, one of Abita's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 14:05:59 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerManDan

California

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. When poured, the color was a clear medium golden yellow, with a medium amount of white foam and nice lace retention. The smell of sweetness filled the nose of mild hops and mild malts. The taste was a rich, sweet fruitness of roasted walt and whole hop. But, not like most doppelbocks, this one did NOT have a semi-dry finish, but, a sweet finish instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 22:28:15 | More by BeerManDan
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Umm..ok, it's not a dopplebock so let's just forget about that label and have a fresh start. I'm reviewing this as a Maibock. A big Maibock but it's a Maibock.

Aroma: Crackery and bread-like "pils" malt aromatics up front. Definite grainy aromas that are most pleasing. Just a slight earthy bitterness but that malt-like aroma is amazing.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with a bone low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: More pils malt sweetness, followed by more cracker-like malt flavors and some Noble earthy bitterness to balance. Balance is toward the malt sweetness but nearly even. Finish is balanced between the crackery sweetness and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat, and clean. No hop astringency detected.

Overall impression: A big, light, bold Maibock. Immensely drinkable but dangerous due to the alcohol. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 00:36:45 | More by mattcrill
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ChillMike

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

100th beer review, what better than a beer from the dirty south!

A: Nice clear golden color with a hefty 3 finger frothy head that recedes slowly and leaves some pretty looking lacing that layers )and you can tell at what levels you've drank and what level the beer sat.) all around my Haake Beck Krausen mug and has a bunch of carbonation bubbles bubbling up from the bottom.

S:doughy malts, bananas and cloves, very clean crisp smell, but not a whole lot going on either.

T: Sweet and bitter is how I'd describe this, starts out sort of sugary sweet with a banana flavor and leads into a nice mild bitter hop taste, sorta kinda reminds me of the way a Belgian starts but then just kinda stops. It does hide the alcohol content quite nice.

MF: Medium bodied beer with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Pretty decently drinkable beer, not my favorite but nothing wrong with it either.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 09:03:08 | More by ChillMike
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours with a pretty average look: yellow/straw, 2 fingers of thick soapy foam. Excellent lacing as the head falls back; intricate and complex patterns like Alpine Swiss cheese. Good head resilience despite little help from the bead.

Aroma - very pungent, doughy, with a background yeast element. Smells like a considerable grain bill.

Taste - heavy grain start. Big malts but without so much sweetness. Pilsnery alphas on the swallow, giving this the hoppy balance it needs. A noticeable alcohol presence gives this an imperial pils kind of slant...or a helles doppel slant. It's a delicate balancing act, and this maybe should have less spicy hop character to hit the doppel style properly, IMO. A fine beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - mouthfilling with smooth thickness on the first swallow. Mildly crisp and big on the body.

Drinkability - flavorful and interesting; no problem working through the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 14:59:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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velo343

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is a vibrant gold with a billowy, brilliant white head that cling to the glass and takes a long time to subside. Very bubbly and active.

Smell is quite sweet, a bit like clover honey and fresh flowers, and really gets you excited to taste it. Once in the mouth, though, the beer is a letdown--it's not bad, just not great. While it feels fairly thick, the taste is actually thin and watered down, reminiscent of soft, chewy dinner rolls that were slightly overcooked.

So much hope from the appearance and smell, but the rest of the beer just couldn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 00:48:31 | More by velo343
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strengthdoc

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was very light and golden. Lighter that I had expected, almost what you would expect from a blonde. The aroma was also very light an mildly sweet. This is a nice, smooth and refreshing and slight sweet beer. There is a mild hop finish on the tongue, but what struck me was the absence of an alcohol taste. At 8% abv I expected to taste a little. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:18:44 | More by strengthdoc
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, very much like a macro lager. I was expecting something with a little more body. Nice fluffy head though!

Smell is a bit of sweet malt but nothing too over the top. Possibly a bit of a yeasty spiciness. Its a very subtle smelling pour.

Taste is initial sweetness, almost like sweetened oatmeal. Very malty and bready with a decent crisp finish. I like this one, it has a nice refreshing quality too it despite the high ABV.

Probably not a bullseye on style but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:13:05 | More by indiapaleale
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allengarvin

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer, poured into a half-liter mug, is an extremely pale bright gold, with a fizzy head that starts large, but dissipates to nothing within moments. The nose is a tad grainy, but at least some toasted bread comes through--not a lot, but it's not unpleasant. Very heavy malt despite being a Helles style, but not tasty... and alcohol is apparent at the back end despite not being too strong.

An unpleasant beer. Abita has turned out some decent beers in recent years, like their anniversary pils. This is a distinct step backwards, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 04:13:25 | More by allengarvin
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with adamharbaugh, Thanks Adam!

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with an overflowing white head that thinned to a layer and left some nice spots of lacing.
Earthy and grainy aroma.
The taste is better than the smell, sweet and malty with a hint of bitterness before finishing sticky sweet.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
It's just average.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 01:10:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"No call alligator long mouth till you pass him."

--Jamaican proverb

Sun-splashed goldenrod with a barely perceptible sprinkling of fine yeast. Three fingers of vanilla milkshake-like foam look good atop the beer. A wide band of delicate lace is pleasing to the eye as well. Whatever else this brew is, it looks the part.

Given the ingredients list, my fear was that Andygator would smell (and taste) like a malt liquor. It sorta does, only it's a little more earthy and a little more refined. Earthy-herbal Perle hops combine in lackluster fashion with sweetish pale malt.

Actually, this big reptile does taste like a helles doppelbock, so I guess ABC knows best. American strong golden ale works too. A Belgian yeast strain would have given it some much needed complexity, but then it would be an entirely different (and undoubtedly better) beast.

Flavors include untoasted cereal grains, a dollop of clover honey, a subtle golden fruitiness and an equally subtle nutty earthiness that gives this offering its bock bona fides. Alcohol is buried much more completely than expected. Although Andygator is profoundly simple beer, it's decently drinkable if you're a fan of big lagers and ales.

The body/mouthfeel is seamlessly smooth and is actually a fraction lighter than most beer with a similar ABV. Given the lack of sweetness, it looks like the yeast gorged themselves and consumed quite a few of the sugars that would have added fullness and stickiness. The gentle carbonation is just right.

Abita Andygator should appeal to anyone who likes big bocks. Even though it's short on pizzazz and is as deep as the kiddy pool, it does what it was designed to do. Whether that's enough to warrant a purchase is up to you. It is a bit of a toothy bastard, so respect the ABV and sip accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 14:18:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Shaw

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen a Helles doppelbock before. This is golden in color, when regular doppelbocks are darker. It has a nice, sticky white head.

It smells malty with vegetable and sweet grape notes.

The taste has familiar doppelbock qualities: It's sweet, with almost grape-like fruit flavors. This is a dry beer with a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth.

The body is light, but not watery.

This is an enjoyable beer. I've never had one like it, so I cannot really compare it to anything but regular doppelbocks, which are still rather different.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 04:12:20 | More by Shaw
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bstewyb

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz poured into pint glass

Appearance: deep golden, quite bubbly with thick head

Smell: Very little aroma, slightly bready

Taste: Slight wheat, yeast and toast. Bready and balanced. Sweetness that finishes bitter and quite spicy.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel, nice thickness & carbonation

Drinkability: Smooth drinking for a hot day. Spicy yet smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 00:41:02 | More by bstewyb
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, citrus, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste sweet up front with flavors of honey, citrus and berries. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and the hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while but there are other beers of its kind that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 16:18:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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gford217

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that shows decent retention and lacing. It's definitely on the lighter side of things for a doppelbock.

The aroma is dominated by light roasted grains with hints of malty sweetness. There are hints of nuts as well.

The taste is similar with a pale toasted malt backbone that supports just a hints of fruity sweetness and a dry, slightly bitter finish. It might be just a tad heavier than the aroma with a bit of yeasty spiciness as well.

The mouthfeel is certainly a bit light for the style. It's smooth with lots of carbonation.

I definitely enjoyed this beer, though it's a little short of doppelbock characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:44:46 | More by gford217
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice name; what else could it be but a doppelbock from Louisiana? Kudos.

Nose is bright and fruity - not unlike apple sauce. Slightly sour. Smells peculiar.

Pours a light gold / medium yellow, good clarity, nice creamy/foamy head. Looks good.

Quite grainy and toasty-dry, I can almost taste the raw uncooked malt. Moderately sour and tart, mildly sweet. Mild hop flavor. Hints of chocolate. Creamy body and malt. More sweetness as it warms. Finishes slightly creamy-malty and sour. Tastes alright. Feels pretty good. Decent drinkability.

The head brewer at Abita must have a very different taste preference than me because this, like most Abita's I've tried, just isn't very good (obviously in my opinion). I feel bad bashing Abita, but given their distributorship why can't they produce better beer? This one's boring, not well balanced, and lacking in flavor. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:55:17 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light gold color with two-finger head that quickly died. A malty smell with some sweetness but no real hops at all picked up. Goes down easy but bland as there is some minor caramelized malt sweetness and faint, veggie-like hop presence, but this is not a good DB. Passes over easy and has sweetness, but other than that there is no complexity or oomph in this beer. Maybe it's made for beginner's in mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 15:52:26 | More by clayrock81
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Kromes

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing down the glass. A sweet yeast/malt, clove, hop aroma. There are some fruit notes in the aroma also. The taste is sweet, somewhat toffee malts with a warming alcohol flavor and feel. There are slight earthy hops and bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lasts quite a while. A little bit of peppery spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thick and drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 21:04:32 | More by Kromes
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.