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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,156
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 alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a healthy tan head. Smell of grass, pilsen malt, sweetness and hay.

Taste of a deliciously sweet Helles lager. This is really great for the style and I would definitely get more of these when I see them. Comparatively to the 30th anniversary Sierra Nevada Helles bock, this one takes the cake. There seems to be more flavor and it is extremely smooth with very few flaws. I believe my bottle is about a year old at this point and perhaps that is why I enjoy this as much as I am right now.

Overall very enjoyable, medium carbonation with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable; even sessionable at this high abv.

alpinebryant, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of BMoney575
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%

Sampled on 11-8-10

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color, with almost no head and a single ring of lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty, almost macro-y. Not much else going on.

Taste is malt liquor. Sweet, boozy, and that's it.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, which helps the sweetness but detracts from any good qualities.

Drinkability is poor, for the obvious reasons.

Overall, avoid.

BMoney575, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

stortore, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +13.3%

OKCNittany, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

NateMac13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Yeti1979
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Yeti1979, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of IBUnit63
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

22 oz. courtesy of the very-generous beerbuddha. Thanks Jeremy! Into a mason jar it goes.

Pours a light honey-lemon color - not a whole lot of carbonation is visible...just a little bit. I hate to say it...maybe it's the jar but...it resembles a specimen...

Quite light on the nose vs. what I'd expect from the style. Mostly a Saaz presence (a little stewy silage here). First lager I've had in quite a while so I may be out of practice. Decent lager character but there's no single element that stands out at the moment...expecting a little more from the malt profile - a bit of sweetness and stewiness is desired.

There is some sweetness than makes it to the palate that we're looking for. Not a huge amount but it's combined with the nice oily viscoity we want. Generally it's mild...more Saaz silage shows up with the stewy spent grain. More "helles" than "doppelbock" for what it's worth. Not a huge bite of alcohol - where'd they hide it?

Feels heavy on the palate as you would expect a doppelbock to feel. The bitter Saaz silage and that stewy malt aren't rowing in the same boat so it all gets a little muddled on the finish.

As mentioned, to me it's more of a "helles" than a "dopplebock." Interesting effort and I am grateful for the opportunity to try the Abita special release series. This one is slightly messy...definitely drinkable but a tweener in terms of style. I am impressed with their hiding of the 8% ABV...defintely!

IBUnit63, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Straight from Louisiana from WJVII.

A - Yellow body with a medium amount of carbonation. The half inch of head is pure white.

S - The scent is that of wheat and corn with a nice accent of sweetness.

T - This is a good tasting beer. It definitely falls more on the Helles side than it does the Doppelbock side. The reason being the flavors are soft and mild, as opposed to deep and rich like a Doppelbock. This is a malty sweet brew with limited hop presence.

M - Crisp and slightly coarse.

~ I would suggest this brew to a friend. This is something that would be served well at a weekend lunch. The complexity isn't overwelming with would make it a nice mid-day beverage.

cdkrenz, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JVan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Best by 5/27/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent bright golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades leaving nice lacing and retention. Great color. The aromas are full of malts and grains. There's some hints of pear and green apple. The flavors are sharp and crisp. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. Lots of grass too. I'm picking up some lemon too. Some malts. More grains. Very refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This was an enjoyable experience. It's very crisp and refreshing. Well crafted. I would enjoy something like this in the summer.

BB1313, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sgoro, May 10, 2013
Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Tasted On: 06-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Appearance: Pours clear, with a pale orange/golden color. The head is pretty huge and shows very good lace and excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with aromas of breads and caramel. Simple yet very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: A sweet beer, with big caramel malt flavors. Also has some oak character. The hops are earthy and spicy, but not very bitter. I also get a nice warming of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated on a medium body. The finish is somewhat sweet with some spiciness and earthy notes.

Overall: A very well-executed beer. One of the better ones from Abita, I'd recommend it.

sommersb, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of abex44
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

abex44, May 17, 2013
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -15%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +2%

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

dbossman, May 16, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Fairly hazy gold color brew. Very large white head, pretty foamy with a few bubbles. Got that sweet, biscuity malt scent.

Im noticing some confusing on what kind of style this is, its called helles doppelbock on the bottle. I would put it pretty close to a maibock. I dont think it fits squarely into that cat, but its close.

That said, there is something deficient on the taste. I like the direction, but it seems a little thin. I dunno...

Tballz420, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

KeyWestGator, Mar 30, 2013
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 NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

NYR_Rob, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

braican, Mar 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BKotch, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.