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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 89 | 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 JISurfer

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

I'm not a huge fan of dopplebocks, so I've stayed away from this one for a while now. While visiting NOLA, I finally broke down and bought it, since it was only $4, rather than the $9 at home. I was pleasantly surprised that it was less of a dopplebock, and more of a strong Helles. Kind of reminded me of Leffe Blonde. Head was super thick, lasted a good while, then to a thin lacing. Smell was malty up front with a slight fruit on the rear. Taste was big malt up front and slight tinge of fruit and alcohol on the finish. Again, the taste reminded me a lot of Leffe Blonde, rather than the dopples I'm used to. It was light, but packed a strong blow with the 8%. Definitely glad I gave it a shot and will get it again back at home.

06-14-2010 22:50:47 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

It pours a perfectly filtered, flashy golden yellow. A finger of fine white head fizzles to a frothy dusting. Animal crackers of lacing march along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a downright struggle, with fleeting glimpses of light malt, corn, hop spice, and yeast. Not even the alcohol seems to want to exhibit a real identity.

Upon sipping, the pale malt is sugary sweet and fruity, and along the way yellow corn moves in, but is it really corn, or just indistinguishable grain? The hops are distant and tinny, with echoes of peppery spice and crispness. Alcohol is intimated enough to be notable. The finish is a jumble of residual grain sweetness, moderate hazy bitterness, and a vague dry drop-off, in no discernible order. I'm not quite sure what to think, but I'm not blatantly offended anyway.

Medium bodied, the soft rill across the palate is the star of the show.

So the mouthfeel is the biggest asset, followed by a fairly cool bottle. And what does all that mean? I'm not sure, but it doesn't say, hey, how good is this beer? Nah, it's just a good idea that fell short in execution. And it's a classic case of not bothering to justify facing the shifty ABV. This isn't so much a beast as some poor life-form that got shaken and stirred in the transporter beam.

06-04-2010 23:11:25 | More by Foxman
Photo of JohnGalt1


2.7/5  rDev -23.3%

22 picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my small goblet...

1" off white head... no real lacing atop a short grazed head.

Nose has a fair amount of DMS... really.. honestly ... corny pale malts...

Ehhh... diacetyl is pretty abundant.. vegetal.. Damn... some toasty malts still are there for a descent brew.. but the problems are BIG problems...

Body is medium and smooth.. oily.. buttery... Like a cheap Malt Liquor....

Maybe my palate is off... but I don't think so.... I will polish off the rest of this glass ... but the rest goes down the drain.


05-29-2010 07:47:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of RobertTh3Texian


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%

This is a hells dopplebock and it is very fruity on the nose. I poured it into the new New Belgium snifter I just got, and the head fell away with great lace beautifully. Fresh and crisp on the nose. Sweet low hops and fruity on the palet and finishes sweet and wet. The body is at a medium. A good pair with some dirty rice and a warm day.

05-26-2010 15:22:48 | More by RobertTh3Texian
Photo of dbossman


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Clear and golden with a bubbly head and decent lacing

S: Grainy malts up front; not a lot going on besides the earthy straw grains and a subtle buttery quality

T: Buttery and grainy like the aroma would indicate; alcohol is subtle; a splash of hops on the front of the mouth

F: A bit of a strange film left as it goes down the throat

D: A pretty good little bock with decent long term drinkability

05-16-2010 19:11:04 | More by dbossman
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev +6%

Pours vivid yellow with a big fluffy head. The aroma is corny and musky, with a coriander spice. Flavor is musky and citrusy, with coriander, an edge of hominy and ground cornmeal. There is a faint phenolic bite in the yeast. There is a feeling of a rich artisnal bread. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.

05-16-2010 16:09:34 | More by Seanibus
Photo of taxguyjase

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Appearance - Foamy white head that lingered for a long while. Light yellow coloring, lots of bubbles. 3.5/5.0

Smell - Some malt and sweetness aroma, but it's really disappointing (i.e. very little there). 2.0/5.0

Taste - Strong malt taste, some spice to it, honey, sweet. Big bold flavor that hits you really hard when you first taste it. For a more alcoholic beer (8%), it's surprising light and smooth. 3.5/5.0.

Feel - Fills your mouth, but mellows out pretty quickly. Very little aftertaste, mostly just the spice. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability - It's a tasty beer. Maybe not the best example of a doppelbock. 3.0/5.0

04-26-2010 01:47:18 | More by taxguyjase
Photo of DosBeerigos


2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

C. Clear
H. light orange in color
N. Very weak nose, nothing huge at all. Slight malt and maybe some lemon

Well this beer reminded me of a friend of mine that is a huge UF fan and has a dog by the name of Andy. I had to buy the beer and review it for her even though she isn't a fan of beer at all. OK so sentimental crap aside, once again I feel like Abita is relying too much on their water for their beers. It is smooth yes but the flavor is so subtle and weak it doesn't stick out well. Yes it is smooth to drink but nothing crazy flavor wise. Since it is a "Gator" beer I can easily compare it to Tim Tebow. While the label says dopplebock I really sorta get a standard lager. Just like they say Tebow is going to be a QB but really he is more of a FB. Listen, the kid is great, just like the beer is smooth to drink, but they both FAIL epically in my book.

03-31-2010 21:18:04 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

Much thanks to the Abita rep in Jacksonville for opening this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is honeysuckle, cracked wheat bread, and melted demerara sugar.
Taste is of th aromas with intensified flavors of doughy lager yeast and honey with light peaches pulling through with gentle spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, syrupy, and sticky sweet.

03-29-2010 22:49:25 | More by weeare138
Photo of Spineypanda


4.22/5  rDev +19.9%

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color.
Smells of esters and somewhat like a wheat beer.
I taste a bit of the alcohol but it is extremely smooth and delicious. For using the specific yeast it does for a Helles style this is an extremely interesting beer that for 8% is a great buy!

Thanks for trying something new Abita.

03-26-2010 00:04:44 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

A nice, hazy pale gold pour. Very thin head and no retention.

Weak malt nose. Slightly sugary and lemony. Mild spice profile. Very weak toast finishes it out.

Very sweet hit, almost surprisingly so. Gets tarter in the middle with lemons and a slight spice quality. Picking up sweeter fruit as the glass warms, cherries mainly.

Thin body but appropriate for the style.

Hides the abv extremely well and slides down surprisingly quickly.

03-24-2010 01:14:13 | More by beer2day
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Pale golden -- a doppel maibock, I guess. Thin head formed.

Aroma was minimal. Some malt character, bit of bready sweetness, not much else.

Taste was similar. More of a malt focus with only a bit of hop character. I would have never guessed this was an 8%abv beer. Very smooth & easy to drink. I didn't find this beer to have a lot of character, but it wasn't bad or flawed in any way. Just not as interesting as I had hoped.

03-19-2010 20:48:05 | More by mklinger
Photo of KrisPaulk77


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a thin wisp of a white head. The head faded rather fast, but a decent cap of foam lingered throughout the whole serving.
The aroma has the initial lager cleanliness, but the sweet malt starts to show, a slight banana aroma, some doughy tones, a whisp of fruits (apples?), and some florals from the hops.
The taste is sweet and malty, with a mild background bitterness. Bready tones, alcohol, a light nutty taste, and caramels all make a showing. The beer feels slightly thick and smooth, has nice carbonation, and has medium body.
Overall, a decent showing from Abita. I will continue to enjoy an Andygator from time to time, especially on visits to the brewery.

03-09-2010 02:06:16 | More by KrisPaulk77
Photo of dropout86


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

A: Pours a beautiful straw-honey gold with a tall, soapy pure white head. Lacing was minimal in a tulip glass.

S: Bouquet full of pears, honey and champagne (apples) esters. Lacking malt and hops aroma.

T: Very weak malts and weak hops with a biting alcohol assault that immediately dissipates. Loads of candy sugar. Big and bready with a fruit dimension - maybe a hint of banana.

M: Heavy alcohol burn up front then along comes the sweetness to make up for it. Light body but the typical Belgian-style carbonation aerates itself in the mouth to give it more weight.

D: I'm pretty sure I'd stop at the one 22oz bottle I had. I find myself craving something with more malt and less obvious alcohol and sweetness.

Overall, I'm not sure what to compare this to... so I won't. i'll just take it for what it is: a very sweet high-alcohol bock which means it won't fair that well.

03-08-2010 01:08:55 | More by dropout86
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

Andygator on Tap....

A- Dark golden color with some orangey tint. Creamy white head about a fingertip long. No lacing.

S- Big hints of banana and pineapple. Fruity and chewy bubblegum. Spice.

T- Cloves, Candied Sugars, Malty, and chocolate banana. Bubbleyum bubblegum. This is an odd doppelbock, but I can't help but enjoy it. Dangerous and flavorful. Very Belgian-y. Spice- corriander.

M- Luscious and creamy. Chewy and slightly bold.

D- Easy drinking beer because of the big flavors. I warn you, this one will creep up on you!

02-28-2010 21:34:03 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of dqderrick


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

$3.95 22oz bottle from Jimbo's.

Clear, golden with a thin white head. Smells sweet with a hint of Belgian yeast. Maybe a little fruit sweet smell. Overall, the smell is pretty light.

The taste is surprisingly light and reminds me a little of a lager. Yest its sweet but I also pick up a nice dry finish. Carbonation is average to good and feels nice with the dry finish.

I'd consider buying this again at this price. Especially as spring and summer approach. It was a good experience as I watched Survivor with the wife. It was nothing overwhelming impressive while I felt it did a good job with the style. HOWEVER, I really don't know much about the style aside from it being higher ABV and sweeter. So...

02-26-2010 06:30:09 | More by dqderrick
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +8%

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear golden yellow with a big pillowy white head that quickly goes into a thin film with minor lacing. Doughy malty aroma. Very sweet toffee and apples (?) taste. A bit of a spicy aftertaste. This beer is very smooth and too easy to drink for it's high AVB which it hides very well. Thought this was a good attempt at a helles dopplebock.

02-21-2010 23:32:24 | More by bob3701
Photo of johnwarne


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

A beer haiku for you--

Tastes German to me;
A nice option here".

Not an all star, but to me this is a nice option from our friends in Louisiana. Nice taste, nice finish, nice opportunity to try a beer that would hold it's own against foreign competition.


02-21-2010 23:07:27 | More by johnwarne
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Appears a vibrantly bright honey golden hue with a brilliant gleaming white head that leaves fine even rings of speckled lacing as it dwindles. I just had the Abbey ale recently and it also came in these super thick indestructible brown glass 22 ounce bombers, this one was priced at $3.19 at the Giant Eagle Market District. I'm digging the screen printed gator design a bit more than the abbey on the Abbey ale.

Aroma has a strong fruit backend with tart apple and a bit of lemongrass accents. Somewhat grassy but more a sense of cooked vegetables arises, really hitting too close to a typical malt liquor profile. Hard metallic edge with mineral water coming through, some herbal grassy hops as mentioned prior, do peak through nicely with this characteristic.

Flavor honey coated malt profile big bold biscuit malt sweetness with an herbal subdued hop profile attempting to balance it out. Big fruit stands up with some juicy pear and tart green apple moments, no cooked veggies to speak of here. Alcohol doesn't hide itself too well strong solvent note in the finish, some more grassy aspects of the tame hop bitterness stumble in as well. Equating to quite a nice hop burp as it starts to settle in your gut.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied a bit syrupy with some residual malt sugars gripping on the palate, sticks around between each sips almost need a big gamey cut of bison to complement the big malt sweetness. Spicy tuna roll would also play nice with this brew.

Drinkability overall, I'm enjoying the first couple 22 ounce portioned big beers to come out of Louisiana, solid to style yet trademarked with Abita must be the yeast and water their brewing with. Whatever it's a solid brew, I will revisit especially since I hear it's been on tap in the Pittsburgh market lately. Priced great to boot.

02-21-2010 03:38:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.45/5  rDev -2%

Abita's malt liquor entry is above average for this category. It has a very thin head (typical for this style), a very cloudy, golden appearance (atypical for this type of beer), and a citrus aroma. This beer has a tangy, alcohol taste, with quite a sting to it. Mouth feel is very harsh, making me want to take very small sips. Overall, I'd say this is a fine drink to have occasionally with hogs head cheese and crackers or a salad.


02-17-2010 18:38:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of dude


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

02/04/10 our final night in New Orleans... so sad to leave. Served in a 22 ounce bomber at NOLA restaurant. Special occasion and all...

Pours amber and clear. Aroma is light, fruity, malty. Taste is sweet also. There's a good malty presence, with flavors of honey and bread fresh from the oven. Hop presence is mild. Tastes like a doppelbock alright. There's some heft to the mouthfeel without being thick or syrupy. Finishes sweet, and was a good contrast to the prime rib. Oh baby!

02-13-2010 00:02:19 | More by dude
Photo of APetitfils


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Partly cloudy golden-orange-yellow. White head that retains decently

S: Crisp but not strong aromas, fruity signatures, detectable alcohol

T: Weak malts, slight cinnamon or dried figs, slight apricot, alcohol is present

M: Light Mouthfeel that rests easy of the tongue. Slight astringency/bitterness and carbonation works a bit to balance the not so overt flavors.

D: Though it is a Helles Doppelbock the beer seems not to have the signature qualities of either style varieties and becomes sort of lost in its mix. The flavors are not too complex which make it too drinkable for an 8% A.B.V. Yet, its worth trying because I found it does produce an interesting experience that only adds to ones repertoire.

02-10-2010 01:19:15 | More by APetitfils
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

22 ounce bottle from Bevmo in Redlands, CA; February 2010. Enjoyed the day after the Saints won their first ever Super Bowl (after drinking other Abita beers during the game).

Pours a golden copper, slightly hazy (but pretty clear) with a nice white head that doesn't last a whole long time.

Aroma of rich wheaty bread, almost rye tones. Flavor is bready, sweet caramel, honey and almost molassas. A little too sweet. Slight nuttiness. Too drinkable for an 8% beer.

I am not terribly knowledgeable of the style, but I would have to say this is one of the better Abita beers. Good stuff.

02-09-2010 00:06:19 | More by Dukeofearl
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2.7/5  rDev -23.3%

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a solid fizzy white head.

Scent of strong sweet grain, some caramel, light sugars and a hint of fruit. Nothing much going on here, but it isn't terrible.

Taste of weak malts, faded caramel and not much else. A bland and fairly unpleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.

02-07-2010 23:58:57 | More by paco1029384756
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4.28/5  rDev +21.6%

SUPERBOWL is starting, I'll be brief!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/yellow-orange with a thick white head dissipating into a thin cap within the first three minutes.

Smells of cereal grains, orange peels. A hint of yeast and malty sweetness.

Has a big malty sweet flavor immediately accented by a very slight hop bitterness. Dried figs and apricots, raisins come to mind on the draw into the palate.

Thick, luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth, if only a bit syrupy. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I'll give this a 4 for drinkability. It's a delicious brew for sure, but very rich and fairly thick. I do really like it, but I'm afraid It will just be one.

02-07-2010 23:48:26 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.