Abita Strawgator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita StrawgatorAbita Strawgator

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Abita Strawgator™ is the fusion of Strawberry Harvest Lager sweetness with the bite of Andygator. This golden lager is made with malted barley and wheat. It is hopped with German Perle hops for a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice are added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a rich golden color and slight cloudiness.

Strawgator is a great dessert beer. It pairs well with fruit, dessert or sorberts. It is also excellent with chocolate dishes and cheeses such as St. Andre, Mascarpone and Brie.

Added by EgadBananas on 08-28-2014

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by KG710:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Not a big fan of Abita (they are OK, but I've never been impressed by anything of theirs). But this looked too interesting to pass up.

A pure white generous head and color is light straw, not dark. What style is this again?

Strawberry and wheat are both present forming the foundation of the character of this brew. The strawberry is enticing, but almost doesn't smell or taste real. It's too... potent and pure. Dominating. Is this flavoring? Not that I can tell. Bottle claims it is made with "generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice", added after filtration. If this much strawberry flavor is coming from actual strawberries, then hats off to them. I suspect there's some kind of catch, though... concentrate, maybe? Of course, it could just be from adding the strawberry juice last minute before bottling. But the bottle also calls this a "malt beverage with natural flavors". Dunno how to interpret all that.

Tasty, but not at all what I expect for a "doppelbock". No flavors of dark fruits and breads. Other side of the world. The profile description here lists it as a Helles Bock, but the bottle clearly says "strawberry doppelbock". Does Abita not know the style, or am I missing something? Maybe just poor labeling? The back of the bottle informs me this brew is actually a blend of Abita's Strawberry Harvest Lager and "Andygator" (which I presume is a doppelbock?). Hmm. OK. So, how is this a doppelbock, then? Why not just call it a fruit beer blend rather than confusing the buyer? I picked this up in the store and imagined Celebrator with strawberries floating in it, what I got was a pint glass with Strawberry Lager someone claims to have mixed with some undisclosed amount of an alleged doppelbock. I'm not sure I get any of the doppelbock, other than alcohol. If you told me this was an "imperial strawberry lager" I would not question that description at all.

I enjoyed this... whatever it is... but my expectations were thoroughly confused. Not challenged, mind you, but actually confused. I like being challenged. But when I'm confused I just feel... confused.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Abita's Strawgator a couple weeks ago for $4.49 at The Lager Mill. I'm not the biggest Abita fan, but a Strawberry Doppelbock really peaked my interest, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty vivid, but I still like the design and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice hazy bright yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of very creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness with the strawberry being the first to show up and it imparts a nice candy like strawberry aroma that isn't the most natural smelling, but it's still nice and it's followed by a great creamy aroma that when mixed with the strawberries it reminds of those strawberry cream hard candys. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast followed by a light grainy and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a good aroma, it was a little maibock like but the strawberries really dominated.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up a long with some doughy yeast and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this times there's a nice bready and biscuit like aspect to it. Up next comes the strawberries and cream which show up just like they did in the aroma and they still impart a nice strawberry cream hard candy flavor. On the finish there's just a slight amount of bitterness that's barely noticeable and there's also some light tart flavors with a straw berry creamy and biscuit malt aftertaste, This was a good tasting beer that lived up it's name.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, very creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, the label says it's a Doppelbock, but BA has it has a Maibock and I find it to fit into that category nicely and even though a lot of that Maibock base is covered up by the strawberries and cream it still works since the flavors are so nice. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, very creamy, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I'll have no problem drinking a bottle to myself and I think this would make for a great late spring or summertime beer. What I like the most about this beer was the strawberry cream aspect it was really nice and the star of the show. What I liked the least about this beer was that the Maibock base wasn't a little more reconcilable, but in the end it wasn't that big of a deal. I would buy this beer again, at $4.49 it's a great deal and I could see myself buying more than a few of these during the summer and I would recommend this to anyone interested in a strawberry cream flavored beer. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, as I said early I don't have the highest expectations for this brewery, but this turned out to be one tasty beer that I enjoyed. It's now my favorite Abita beer and it's one of the better Strawberry beers I've had. Good job guys this was one tasty beer, keep up the good work.

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Photo of memphischas
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Abita should call this Strawberry Haze or just replace the Purple Haze for this. Most "strawberry" tasting beer I've had that's not a lambic or sour. The taste isn't fake but actually tastes like real strawberry. I wish Abita would have came out with this earlier than September so I could have enjoyed it all summer and I'm surprised that the ABV is 8%. Abita has a winner in this beer but I had it very fresh so who knows what this would taste like if its been on the shelf for a few months.

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Photo of J-Dog86
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks good, smells good, taste good at first. Halfway through the bottle it starts tasting like poison. Drink more than 2 and you'll most probly vomit it back up. Sub par from Abita

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Photo of bmjivi221
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer on tap about 2 years ago, and fell in love since then. At this time I do not believe they were bottling this beer.

Pours light in color. Not much head retention.

The smell is a sweet breadiness that gives it a Strawberry Shortcake smell, like heaven.

There's also a small light tang in the smell, that also compliments a fresh strawberry taste.

As far as the taste, you would never know that this beer has an alcohol content of 8%, it's hidden very well. It's not often you find a smooth fruity beer with great flavor. The taste is mildly sweet, strawberry shortcake.

This is similar to Abita's Strawberry lager, but this one is richer, and slightly heavier on the palate. Abita always has reasonable bomber prices around $6 which allows people to try all of their specialty beer. This one is a must that you shouldn't pass up if you do happen to stumble upon this delicious treat!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.11/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, gold, with 1/4 inch head that goes quick. Taste is strawberry, toasted malt, and grass. Tasty, good example of the style. Not my favorite Abita brew, but one to pick up again.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours slightly hazed deep golden hue with a bright off white head forming creamy luscious head arising well above the rim of the chalice I poured it into. I’m a fan based on the appearance, but I’m weary of this mix of their Strawberry Harvest Lager with the Andygator golden doppelbock.

Aroma tart strawberries with the flesh fruit and essence of the juice adding quite a nice effect to the wheat/malt base, the label mentions delicate Perle hops(so delicate that I really can’t make out any hop aromas).

Flavor has some stick residual sweetness from the strawberry juice additions here, but it’s a natural fruit flavor doesn’t seem like an extract and you even get hints of that strawberry seed note in there. The slight unfiltered quality gives it some body and the crisp malt/wheat combo go great together with each sip, really smooth and easy to drink for an 8% golden doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied even flowing carbonation everything is really well done here on the palate slight tartness from the strawberries dries it out enough to make it that much more drinkable, even the style is known for being a malt monster.

Overall, impressive mix of two worlds American brewed German style with American harvested Louisiana strawberries blends much better than I thought it was going to. This will definitely be a crossover beer for someone in the Bud, Miller, Coors segment that thinks craft beer is too heavy and bitter.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got from draft at local store. Poured into a pint glass three finger head quickly downs to a two finger. Taste very little like andygator. Light aroma, strawberries and hay. Taste lightly of malt, very strongly of strawberries. Overall not bad for a flavored beer. Better than Abitas purple haze and the high abv is a plus. Decent beer overall but there could be more beer flavor.

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Photo of Tilly
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Light straw with a huge white head. Lovely lacing.
A: Sweet fruit, malt, yeast.
T: Strawberry Quick! Fresh bread, strawberry!
M: Light/medium, good balance, sweet and semi dry.
O: An interesting doppelbock. Shocking at first but I really dig this ( changes my rating twice).

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Well carbonated golden color with a two inch head that leaves lacing halfway down the cup. Aroma of strawberry, grass, and earthy hops. The taste is grassy wheat and a surprisingly strong strawberry presence with an earthy hop finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertaste. I'm not sure what style this is actually. It's not a bock or a fruit beer.
Whatever you want to call it, it's good. The strawberry really comes through without making the beer too sweet. It is best as a dessert beer, but not so sweet that it can't be a savory pairing. Good fusion by Abita that works better than it probably should.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into: German style wheat glass, etched with the logo of NNPTC (Naval Nuclear Power Training Command). Three of these were given to me as a gift from my now-honorably discharged brother.

S: A burnished gold body gives support to a spongy but thick off-white head. The lacing it leaves on the glass as it recedes reminds one of aboveground pool-lining vinyl, in a rounded but grid-like pattern. Good head retention, about a thumb’s width. Bubbles well up from the bottom leisurely, as if on a Sunday stroll down the main street of a Southern village on a hot day.

A: A waft of strawberry and banana, much like a smoothie, greets the nose. Doughy malt and sweetness is a close second. Sniff gently, and one can also detect fruity esters and just a faint hint of alcohol. No discernable hop presence in the aroma.

T: Strawberry again in the beginning, plus a tiny taste of spice from the yeast. Like the aroma, doughy sweet malt follows joined a trace of bubblegum. It ends tangy, sweet, and just the smallest bit of dryness and bitterness. The German Perle hops get lost in the bayou until the beer warms up a bit. This is certainly of the dessert side of the beer scale.

F: Slick, full and creamy. There’s enough carbonation present not to make it a chore to drink, but on the flatter side.

O: An interesting take on the style, certainly not traditional. There are no real roasty, chocolate notes here- more like strawberry shortcake. Between all the aspects, you have the smell, sight (almost), and taste. Think of this as a heavier version of Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager. It’s better consumed (I say) a little cooler, as it’s a bit more crisp. As it warms up, the sugar is a bit more apparent.

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Photo of Mtooman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Italiano86
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a can glass

A: straw colored clarity like you wouldn't believe head disappeared quickly

S: mush strawberry smell with a creamy smell like malted milk

T: it's a straight up strawberry flavor it's all this beer is about but it's almost like a milkshake or ice cream strawberry taste

M: a little thicker than you'd think looking at the beer it looks like it's going to be watery but it isn't

O: This beer is pretty good if you like strawberries if someone one was to ask what style is it I'd say I don't know but it tastes like a strawberry shake. I don't like Abita beers much but this is surprisingly tasty

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Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a small white head. The aroma is strawberry cake. The taste is wheaty strawberry.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wilfonzo
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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