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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 96 | 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 SolomonGrundy
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

So, they are calling this a Helles Dopplebock. I assume that means a dopplebock brewed without the more highly roasted malts. In any event....Pours a crisp and brilliant pale amber. So clear you can read your fB page through it. Aroma carries some two-row malt and not much else. Vibrantly carbonated and gives huge head, that actually settles into a nice comforter like layer of foam, with decent lacing. I'm already impressed from what is usually a sub-par brewer. This is like Baroness' "Blue Record", to continue that thought...Ouch, wtf am I drinking? Lots of cinnamon and other stuff, like coriander, right up front in the flavor. This is truly unique, no doubt about it...But is it good? Crazy stuff going on, and a hop bitterness I can't quite place which ends the beer both sharply and with a certain roundness. It's actually well-balanced, but so wacky are these flavors they clash with each other. Hmmm...I'd have to say it's a good beer just out of uniqueness, and I like the spciy flavors...Worth trying folks. Color me a very Baroness-level surprised...

SolomonGrundy, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of kaufmaal
1.45/5  rDev -58.9%

Poured into a pint glass. I was looking forward to a this, as the bottle called it a "Dopplebock," and Abita's beer have been decent. Once I poured it and smelled it, the Andygaror was clearly not a dopplebock. The alcohol smell came through right away along with a strong and very unappealing grass odor. Carbonation was minimal. The taste was very unappealing: overly sweet and loaded with rice. An extremely sour aftertaste lasted for some time, and I continued to smell what seemed like old celery. Malt liquor qualities throughout, as it reminded me of a Milwaukee's Best but with twice the ABV.

kaufmaal, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of jwolf217
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

Having never been a huge fan of other Abita beers that I've tried, I picked this one up with a little skepticism. I was pleasantly surprised by the beer overall, especially its feel. It has an almost silky smoothness and a low to mid level of carbonation. It is sweet without overdoing it, and the predominant flavor for me was a real bready one.

After my bomber was gone however, I didn't crave any more. The lack of anything resembling a bitter note started to wear on me I guess.

All in all however, it's a good, not great beer. Definitely my favorite selection that I've had from Abita so far.

jwolf217, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

A- Pours a bright vibrant golden, with a two finger white head. Fatty carb bubbles.
S- Smell is of cereal grains with some fruitiness, primarily green apple skin and some grape presence.
T- Taste is of oncooked cereal grain, some fruits, same as in aroma, and a bit of earthiness. The presence of alcohol is only really noticable in the finish. Definitely on the sweet side, but not overly so.
M- Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, but the slightly elevated carbonation levels make this a momentary issue.
D- this isn't a bad beer. But abita is right. It is a beast, one that could use some domestication and refining. I probably would drink it again, but at the price point it's at, probably not.

jsprain1, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of denflyr
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Poured very clear bright golden color and while it had a small head it dissipated very quickly. No obvious lacing either.

I really like the smell. As the bottle says it has fruity overtones and I could not agree more! A very nice fruity (almost canned fruit cocktail) nose and it has a very nice creamy maltiness to it.

Taste is good, but I rate it just a little lower because the finish seems a bit hollow. It does not stick around. That aside, I do like the taste. It is finished slightly sweet, but it is not cloying.

Mouthfeel is nice and the carbonation is in check. A pleasing beer for sure.

Drinkability is good and honestly I could drink a few of these even with it higher ABV. While obviously not a session beer, it is great for those hot Houston afternoons!

denflyr, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a clear, light golden color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, slight grain, wheat, hint of citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of wheat, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Tone, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

ST: 750ml bottle without freshness date.

A: Golden and clear with swift carbonation and a thick half a finger head that lasts and leaves a beautiful ring on the glass.

S: Bread, apple, herb hops and citrus.

T: Starts bready, then becomes herbaceous and citrus, it finishes sweet bready with slight bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, slight creaminess mid-way in.

D: Not really heavy and very smooth. However, the alcohol is hefty, this beer can and will creep up on you.

Overall: Nice beer, however, not Abita's best. Yet, for 4.99 this is a decent dinner size beer. It is perfect for hot terrible weather, the kind Maryland has been seeing for most of this summer.

ianjsullivan, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a perfectly clear, deep gold body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - A little bit of red apple aroma with a lot of bready malt and some herbal hops.

T - Some bready malt with a grainy edge up front. Herbal hops begin to creep in towards the middle. Finishes with an increased musty, herbal character and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a nice hellesbock with a pleasant malt character. The hops, in the finish especially, seem a bit stronger than average for the style, but it helps to cut the malt and makes for a more drinkable than average beer.

nickfl, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Pale, darker straw in color. Big eggshell white head, lacing is nice and sporadic.

Smell is it's weakest point. Not a whole lot. Sort of tinny, with some malty backbones.

There is an immediate malt presence up front, with a slight sweet tone. Little bit of citrus.

The feel is light, crisp and slightly silky.

Good amount of abv, but it's well hidden and easy to drink.

I think that this brew is skewed...people review this as a dopplebock. But it is much more a nice, stronger Helles, befitting the Helles Dopplebock title, being a nice double malty helles.

Oh well.

EgadBananas, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of JRed
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%

Pours clear orange body with white frothy head on top. Aroma of sweet corn, grains, floral notes, and wheat. Strong flavors of stale light fruit, grains, old wheat, slight honey, and artificial sugar. Light in body which makes the unpleasant flavors stand out on the palate. Light in carbonation so you can really soak in the off flavors in this brew. This beer reminds me of the line from the movie "300", "You will not enjoy this. This will not be over quickly."

JRed, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Abita Andy Gator....WOW....Yellow and crystal clear! It looks like there is very little carbonation because it had a small thin white head. It quickly dissipated to just a slight film over the top of this beer. I get a a lot of banana in the nose like some hefeweizen. A bit of skunkiness on the palate with more banana. This beer is light and easy to drink. A little bit of alcohol heat is on the finish. It seems like there is too much going on at once in this beer. It is a wonderful change from Abita's other beers.

claybeer, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of aepb1
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

A- Golden with a generous white head

S- Sweet malts, maybe some honey
Not really that much in the nose...

T- Sweet/musty up front, turning into a burn from alcohol in the dry finish but no hops... the dry finish is from the alcohol burn really

M- Light and ok carbonation

D- Being in Gainesville, it's nearly my namesake, too bad it's not the best example of the helles dopple... If it's offered to me, I won't turn it down, but it's certainly not something I will seek out...

aepb1, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
2.17/5  rDev -38.5%

I hate to ask again - what is a doppelbock now? I've had a coffee infused doppelbock. Suck. I've now had this "helles" doppelbock. Suck. I've had plenty of other beers which I have come to know as doppelbocks. Dark plum colored, thick malty brews. That's how it should be, no? Is "doppelbock" a blanket term to describe any jacked up German-style brew?

Anyway, this was hard to drink. I'll keep my eye open for other hellesbock, or whatever they want to be called, just for comparison sake.

The most appealing facet of this beer was the look - not that it was extraordinary. Light champagne gold with a tiny frothy head. Ample carbonation. Mildly hazy.

Smelled like it could take off paint. A ritzier Old E. Tasted much the same. Any malt or grain present in the flavor that was trying to have a polite conversation with me was being drowned out by the clipped, distorted blare of loud spicy (yeasty), fusel (phenolic) voltage. Extremely unpleasant - far from palatable in any sense. Sipped it cold, sipped it less cold, sipped it cool-warm. Blah!, bleck!, blllluuuaaa!

While it didn't burn holes through the lining of my esophagus, funk just washed over my tongue and teeth and the toxic haze of "spice" loomed large. It wouldn't go away. Grainy, biscuity sensations flared up in the very end of the finish. Still, not enjoyable.

Maybe I'm not hip to this angle yet.

Bouleboubier, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear golden color with visible carbonation. It has a big white head, pretty foamy, but with decent retention. Certainly looks "Helles".

Smell: Musty aroma with vague hints of sweeter malt undertones. Not much to go on here, and not very inspiring.

Taste: The flavor is sweet throughout (though not too excessive), starting at "just sweet" (with perhaps a hint of malt), to sweetness with grains, and then some spicy notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; generally smooth and with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong ABV but it isn't really apparent in the taste. However, the sweetness is a bit too lingering and gets to be a bit much.

Supposed to be a Helles Doppelbock, but not really sure if it is even between those styles. That spicy German hop character comes out a bit in the aftertaste, but it doesn't have that sweet malt flavor - the sweetness in a way seems almost artificial. Fun to try, but I doubt I'll be picking this up again.

mithrascruor, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

For a helles this looks great, for a dopple Bock its a bit pale. Golden and slightly orange clear color with a huge white foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Apples and grapes on the nose, no real hop scent. A bit of honey too.

Sweet with a little heat. Lots more honey and a touch of fruitiness followed by a little alcohol and dryness in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin bodied. Very dry finish.

Moderately drinkable. Easy on the palette and not too heavy, though a bit foamy.

I don't usually like abitas stuff but this one is pretty damn good.

ryanonline, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

12oz pour in a mini-snifter

A - light gold in color, minimal loose bubbly white foam leaving minimal spotty lacing behind.

S - not much here, some faint toasted and buttery malts, earthy hops, and over-ripened fruit.

T - mostly sweet dominated by honey, dark fruits, grains, toasted malts and some grain alcohol.

M - light bodied with nice crisp carbonation. finishes dry and a little sticky. lingering grassy hops and sweet fruits.

D - this wasnt what i ordered but was given by mistake (albeit for free). i'm never one to turn down a free beverage but about 3/4 of the way through i had enough, not because i overly disliked it, just because it became a bit boring.

Stigs, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of MrTito
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

This has been a favorite of mine for about a year, and I'm ecstatic that a lot of local bars and stores have it on draft. I tend to gauge establishments by their offerings, so if this is on the menu then I feel I'm in good company.

A - Pure golden, though a slightly disappointing head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing, but present.

S - Fruity, a bit of alcohol. Nothing overwhelming but also nothing unpleasant either.

T - This is where Andygator wins me over. While not complex, it is nonetheless delicious. A fair malt quality, sweetness, and minimal hops. I don't mind hopiness at all, but there is hardly any here and I'm fine with that. The taste almost (but without disparagement) reminds me of a hard cider. If you're a fan of bitterness, stay away because there is none here.

M - Medium bodied. A quality thickness without being sticky or too lingering. Though, there is a bit of a dry finish. To a certain extent the body betrays the appearance. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help combat the dryness, and the 8%.

D - Definitely a must try. Great for a muggy summer night when you don't want something heavy but can't settle for something light. Just watch out for the 8% - it will sneak up on you.

MrTito, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Crystal clear yellow amber with almost no white head. Quickly recedes, no lacing. Palate is crisp with some corn phenols, a little pale caramel malt. Carbonation is creamy. Some light hop bitterness. Finish is more like a Vienna lager than a helles.

Seems like a confusion of styles more than a hybrid. Decent brew for the cash, though. Could definitely see getting into trouble with this on a hot day as the 8% is hidden really well.

SFLpunk, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

L: Pours a nice orange yellow with a medium bodied and medium sized white head that fades fast and laces a bit down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a touch of fruit, then a nice hop aroma that is mostly earthy, followed by a hint of alcohol.
T: Tastes like it smells with a lot of sweet toasted and roasted malts with hints of a bit of sweet fruit, then a nice earthy hop flavor followed up with a bit of alcohol.
M: Smooth, lighter bodied than it probably should have been, right amount of carbonation.
D: OK drink-ability, the alcohol was pretty noticeable but the other flavors were pretty good.

erosier, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +19%

Pours a light golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Seems a bit light for the style but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Upon reading the label, I can see why as it is a helles dopplebock.

Aroma is chock full of sweet, chewy malt with a good hint of spice/raisin in the nose. Alcohol heat seems present as well.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a slight alcoholic heat present.Simple. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt. Goes down well. Nothing offensive.

Very clean and drinkable. Seems like one of their better releases too. Definitely worth picking up.

Brad007, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is a silk screened abstract alligator. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a little over 1 finger of pure white head. This settles to a complete, 1/4 inch coating of foam, leaving white, sticky lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and crystal clear.

Smell: Slight vegatal hop notes, as is typical of a Helles. However, this one has strong undertones of semi-sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Once again, similar to most Helles; slight bitterness with vegetal hop notes. very slight sweetness. Maybe a hair stronger than the average Helles, but all in all, not too much different.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level with an excellent body.

Drinkability: I don't really see the "Doppelbock" part of this beer. Flavorful and fine to drink, but I certainly wouldn't put this in the Doppelbock category.

beveritt, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of shadow1961
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Abita Andygator Helle Doppelbock pours a finger of creamy white foam over a clear deep gold brew. Carbonation is brisk, and the nose is as fruity as the bottle suggests- though there are notes of barley husk and alcohol tang too. Sweet light malt is the flavor up front- there are bubblegum notes too, balanced by mild herbal, slightly metallic hops off the back. Mouthfeel is round and smooth with a bit of a tingle from the carbonation and alcohol- a not inconsiderable 8%ABV. If you like a dry, assertive lagers this may not be for you, but altogether it's a pretty tasty way to take the edge off.

shadow1961, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a lively yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a great big frothy white head. The head and lacing on this thins are very impressive.

The smell is a bit scattered. Some malt, some ftuit, lots of sweetness. Nothing really sticks out and it seems to lack any character greater than its seemingly unidentifiable parts. Not bad by any means.

The taste follows the nost, but with a bit more purpose. The strong grain malts lead into some light fruit- apples, pears, and raisins- and a crisp finish.

The feel is apropriately light, but still creamy. It works well with the flavors.

You know, this is a much better brew than the $4 price tag indicates. It blows away the $3 #9s we have here in the bang for your buck department. Honestly, I would still be pleased paying Stone prices. This was a surprisingly crisp and refreshing brew.

RomaniIteDomum, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

JISurfer, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

Foxman, Jun 04, 2010
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.