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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 68 | 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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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-16-2011 03:50:42 | More by oline73
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy/foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain, somewhat nutty with lemongrass. Smells like a robust helles.

The taste is of sweet grainy, slightly nutty (almondy) with a hint of fruitiness. There is a very slightly soapy aftertaste that detracts a bit.

It has a thickish, syrupy medium body.

I can see where they were going - a souped-up helles bringing it to "doppelbock" category. Could be Imperial Helles, if there were such a style. A doppelbock, being a "big" lager, and this being a big helles-style, fits well enough. It is a bit boozy, not unexpected. The only real drawback I have is the slightly soapy aftertaste. Also, if you are having it alone, I suggest keeping it refrigerated between pours, as it doesn't exactly improve with warming (also not unexpected for what it is). It does have a nice sweetish nutty-ish, grainy presence and some fruity balance. An interesting "sipper".

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:37:11 | More by jwc215
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

05-08-2014 01:08:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw to gold color and crystal clear. Nice three-finger head; leaves some spotty lace.

Strong earthy aroma, like a French Biere de Garde.

Thinner than most doppelbocks, but the brew has the classic malty (quite dry) presence with a warming alcohol burn in the swallow. There is a light hop touch to the back end of the taste. Not much of an aftertaste. The earthiness is not present in the taste. Overall, an easy, if light, introduction to the world of bocks.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:41:37 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from the Liquor Warehouse in HB, $4.09,

A: Pours yellow with a 2-finger white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Bready malt, alcohol, light sulfur.

T: Taste is good with a strong presence of sourdough bread. Hops are light adding a bit of grass and flowers. Mild ethanol.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, very easy drinking for it's ABV.

D: This is a really nice strong lager, not overly alcoholic at all. Harkens to the Eastern European strong lager, a style that is drinkable and high gravity, good job by Abita.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:01:22 | More by Halcyondays
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 22:49:25 | More by weeare138
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-06-2014 01:20:24 | More by oriolesfan4
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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-07-2013 19:27:22 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-29-2011 20:33:55 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a snow-white head of foam that fades to a sticky ring.

S- The aroma of fresh rain mixes with fresh raw grain and some honey malt. There is a very light sweet sulfur note at the finish that compliments the grain nicely.

T- The dry very pale malt flavor has hints of honey and toasted corn to it. There is a mellow Noble green hop hint that finishes with a soft bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a faint fizz finish that makes the hops bite very nicely.

D- This beer has a smooth great flavor with a great freshness to the grain and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer drinks very easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 19:31:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of malty sweetness with lighter notes of herbal hops. Slight hints of alcohol are present.

T: Light amounts of pale malts with some caramel sweetness upfront followed by lighter herbal hops that contribute very light hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: A little too much alcohol is detectable in this beer for me and I do not feel like there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 20:33:07 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber/yellow color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grassy nose. Flavor is malty sweet, hints of grass. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Best by May 2011.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:26:02 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a good white colored head, looks like a regular lager.

Sweet and nutty this basically smells like Pecan Pralines. There is a slight lemon aroma to this one; it mixes with the herbs to give this a slight lemon grass scent.

Starts out sweet and fruity in the mouth, aftertaste is banana? Malty and bready beer with a restrained sweetness. Good bitterness in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one that leaves me thinking there was something here that I just didn't get. It is OK but somehow I expected more from this beer. It is OK.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 03:59:21 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-12-2014 03:37:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooo, helles doppelbock. I wouldn't expect to see myself with a glass of one in June, but this shows that I am willing to go past the "lighter brews in warm months" mentality. Well, its color is said to be light, but not its alcohol. There's 12 ounce to drink, so let's start. On to the beer:

True to style, this beer is a lighter colored one. Looking fools gold in the chalice and topped with a short head which dissipates to a thin white lace. The aroma is very sweet, like white grapes and sparking cider mixed together. A little earthy as well with a kiss of spicy hops.

While overall a sweet beer, it isn't cloying as I feared. It has the flavor of apples and grapes, a solid white cracker base, and a note of vague hops which cut some of the sweet flavor out. Malt bombs are generally thick with the mouthfeel, but this one is on the lighter side with just a few whisper of alcohol being heard.

After being on a barrage of hopped beer, it's a pleasant change to come back to something sweet and malty. Andygator is one of its many useful cures.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 04:29:58 | More by DoubleJ
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and kind of boozy. Taste also starts sweet, is creamy in the middle, but then hits a bit harshly with the alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but quashed by the harsh fusels or something, with drinkability being ok. Could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 22:38:31 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-19-2013 23:00:20 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

LOOK: Clear golden color, but lifeless, fizzy white collar dips out quickly.

SMELL: Grain, yeast, buttery toffee, dough.

TASTE: Sweet cereal grains, table sugar, light hops. Faint grapefruit and herb notes with some biscuit and crust. No real alcohol flavor, besides a small estery fruitiness. Malt and rice are detectable. Basic strong lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Opens up almost dry but midway through the bottle that notion is lost.

OVERALL: Ok brew. A bit sweet, could find many better examples of the style. With a few tweaks, not too far off from being a contender in the imperial helles category. As it is, more like a clean malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:06:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Andygator is bright and yellow as a fresh lemon and has a reflection like a camera flash. It is about 97% clear (allowing for a very minor haze). From above its bleached-white head looks dense and solid as ice, but the air gradually picks away at it, dissolving it almost entirely.

This is a really nice Helles Bock, at least on first impression. The 'je ne sais quoi' of the style is on proud display in the aroma; its sweet, bready maltiness has a depth of flavour not found in simple helles lagers of lower strength. You do indeed get the impression of the 8% alcohol.

...but it doesn't hurt things one bit. In fact, it adds to them. This maltiness, though plain and simple, is sturdy and wholesome enough to soak up the harsh notes and still maintain its grainy, lightly toasted cereal flavour in spite of the odd fruity ester or sting. It even has light caramel notes and a hint of spice that fly in the face of it all.

Helles Bocks are somehow distinctive without being much of anything in particular. These beers are modest; ordinary and unsophisticated upon first inspection. But closer looks (err, tastes) reveal an understated intricacy: a corn bread-like flavour that is sweet and grainy, with hints of grassy, herbal bitterness, and an overall towering maltiness.

Andygator, like all good examples of the style, is very lean but very muscular. It doesn't hit a ton of notes but the ones it does are sung loud and held long. Given the naturally understated qualities of helles bocks I'm not surprised it has failed to impress others, but bock lovers will certainly recognize and appreciate its quality, composure, and authenticity. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:21:56 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/5/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, raisin, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of apple, pear, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, grass, and floral hops. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops on the finish for a bit. Good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Helles Bock. Good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 05:13:58 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-22-2011 20:54:50 | More by brandoman63
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden orange with a frothy dull white head. Retention was rather short and sweet, but a decent spongey web lacing makes amends for its quick exit. A light visible carbonation factor was observed.

S: tart, with a light funky orange aroma along with a sour fruitiness with some grapes. Supporting lemony scents were also evident, light to medium in strength, but never as dominant nor grimacing as the label suggests.

T: The flavor was tart with some sour citric notes along with a light acidity. Some fermented orange juice provides a light funky nature along with some sour fruitiness of pineapples and melons. A light herbal hopping was nice, but seemed to clash with the tartness of the drink. Dried lemon peels with a lingering fade of sour apples rounds things out here.

M: medium with a oily, smooth texture. A very soft carbonation was felt while a quick finish off the tongue left you wondering if that was a good thing or not.

D: I found to be limiting. Its not one I would bother to drink again , much less in multiples. It had flashes of some good flavor from now and then but just not enough to justify this as a good recommend. Worthy of a try, maybe, but never made me look forward to the next sip and was average at best in most regards.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 22:46:56 | More by beerthulhu
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.5%

05-26-2014 23:17:35 | More by Latarnik
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a huge, fizzy, dense, white head that has decent retention

S - apples, grains, grass

T - grains, alcohol, faint grass, faintly fruity

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated

This comes across a bit grainy to me. It's also a bit warm with an excessive alcohol warmth. The drinkability would be improved a great deal if it were toned down slightly. The flavor and body are mediocre. I would expect more from a Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:48:39 | More by tdm168
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.