Abita Brewing Co.

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German Maibock
Ranked #148
Ranked #43,107
3.57 | pDev: 15.97%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 478 | Ratings: 1,731
Photo of thesherrybomber
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color, transparent, off white head leaves a lacing
Nose is sweet grain, gentle malt, some grassy notes
Taste is nutty, sweet, honeyed
Creamy, medium bodied, warming on the back end
The alcohol becomes more noticeable as time goes on, but no unpleasantly so

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Photo of schrader52
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a smooth doppelbock with full flavor. The finish is nice with hints of caramel. At 8% ABV, this is definitely the slow-sippin' nowhere to go beer.

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3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz Stovepipe can with a best by date of 10/24/19 (opened 7/13/19).
1" white, dense head with good retention, slow burn down to a full, pillowy 1/4" collar. Bright golden beer with a steady stream of carbonation keeping the head full and alive. Sheet of lacing.
Grain, bread, sweet malt, honey and a hint of spicy, grassy hops.
Big toasty malt, sweet with a hint of caramel, some floral/grassy hop flavors.
Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Sweet start but the hops are heavy enough to balance this and semi-dry it out with a slight burn in the finish.
I like it, big and malty - 8% in a stovepipe for $3 and tasty, good combo.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow orange filtered with moderate carbonation, and a finger of white head.

Smells of Helles malts, cardboard, and a sweet acrid scent.

Tastes of sweet, vinous, white grape, light Munich malts, and a hint of burnt rubber.

Medium, syrupy body with moderate to little carbonation.

I got this in Sacramento a while back and am drinking it in Redding, March 8th, 2019.

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Photo of gvickery
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold/light amber color. Off white head. Smell is muted, slightly sweet but mostly neutral. Taste is sweet upfront with some high pitched bitterness from, I assume, the Perle hops. Unfortunately the bitterness lingers too much for me. The balance is off. If the bitterness was toned down by 50% it would be outstanding. It’s still very good. The abv is well hidden. Take it slow, at 8% it will sneak up and kick you square in the ass. I got this from Specs in Katy, TX in a 19.2 oz can.

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Photo of RemyMerlotte
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass bottle into a pint glass. Date stamped on the bottle best by 10/15/2018. Pours straw color with a decent head of foam. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is of sweet biscuit and white bread crust. Taste is similar with just a touch of sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel with very little aftertaste. Overall a delicious beer. Well crafted. At 8% abv this is a sipping rather than guzzling experience. I would give Abita Andygator a solid A+.

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Photo of beckandkat21
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a 'shaker' pint glass. Straw color w/streaming bubbles. Aroma is bready, sweet biscuit. Taste is slightly sweet. Biscuit and white bread crust. Mouth feel is kind of heavy but not overwhelming. A very slight aftertaste but not unpleasant. Very light alcohol burn in the back of the throat. At 8 % abv Andygator is a sipper. Over all another great beer from Abita. Love the gator wearing a crown on the label btw. I would give this beer a solid A. Date stamped on the bottle read best by 10/15/2018 but I don't think that really affected the taste. I would recommend this beer. I bought this from at Green's Discount Beverage. It was $11 for a six-pack. Well worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initially thought I had bought an ipa. Isn’t an ipa. First maibock ever. Very clear on pour. Head went away quickly. Nose is bready almost like a sweet biscuit. Taste is very light and crisp. Good beer.

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Photo of spectru
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly cloudy golden color, The white head is subdued and recedes to no head at all; Not much aroma; the mouthfeel is briskly carbonated; The flavor is robust and full-bodied, Quite good. I liked it. I'd drink it again

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Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color. Crystal clear. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin head.

Aroma has notes of sweet bready malts. Some toasted fresh bread, and a hint of sweet corn (hmm.). There is a faint whiff of spicy earthy hops, but the malts are predominant.

Taste is interesting - its like a monster pilsner. You've got a strong pilsner malt backbone with some herbal flowery hops coming through. Definite spiciness is noted in the flavor. Bready malts along with some sweetness throughout. I do get that sweet corn that I got on the nose also on the flavor - but its not super strong. Some strong alcoholic notes come through on the back end. Somewhat sweet, but it does have a drier finish that cuts down on the overall sweetness.

Feel is medium bodied. Vivacious carbonation. Semi-dry finish with a touch of alcohol burn.

Overall this is an interesting beer - its like the DIPA of lagers for lager drinkers. Not sure its a beer Id really drink again, but it was well worth having.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a snifter at Consume.

After years of seeing this stuff in bottles on local shelves and not giving it a go (despite the relatively low price), I figured it's finally time. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger or so of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, white bread, very faint booze, and a smattering of grassy hops. The taste brings in more of the same, with a strong vein of something akin to buttercream in there for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a nice little helles bock, but there isn't all that much character to it.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a nice gold color with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is understated citrus hops, with a hint of pine and maybe caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Alcohol is not particularly well hidden. Finish is smooth and a little boozy. OK but not at all remarkable.

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Photo of SoulxDD
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer is great, kind of a weird taste at first but the 8.0 ABV quickly makes up for it. Definitely worth a try and great for parties or just hanging around the house on a weekend, just dont plan to do much afterwards if you have more than two . haha

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75


Warm in terms of booziness. Pale maltwise. Hop profile is generic...floral, a bit rindy.

Not real drinkable; its 8% ABV shows through.

Not great work from Abita.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

12/11/18 impression from a bottle given to me by a coworker:

"Helles Dopplebock [sic]" per the label. 8.0% ABV. "...made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops."

Pours a clear vibrant copper. No yeast/lees are visible within. Appears filtered.

AROMA: Pale malt sweetness. Syrupy malt extract. Honey like sweetness. Nectary and floral hop aromatics.

Smells more like a malt liquor than a doppelbock or helles (doppel)bock, but it's generally appealing outside of traditional style conventions.

TASTE: Sweetness is high, which helps cover the beer's 8% ABV. Floral, sweet, nectary, and emphatic of pale malts.

No off-flavours are detectable. I find no yeasty notes. Malts definitely eclipse the hops in this one.

TEXTURE: Slightly syrupy. Thick. I can find some faint boozy warmth lurking beneath the sweetness of the beer.

Highly carbonated. Smooth. Wet. Unrefreshing given its unpleasant viscosity.

OVERALL: A heavy hitter of an attempt at a German lager that has more in line with budget malt liquors than traditional helles bocks. It isn't my favourite, but I'll work my way through the sixer I was given without complaint in spite of its drawbacks.


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Photo of CTHomer
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: more grass and apple than anything else;

T: toast up front, mixing with apple from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish ; ABV is smooth and warming;

O: beer was relatively fresh; I was disappointed in the lack of any significant malt character;

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Photo of Charles_Basch
2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks fine, gold with no head.
Smell is sweet and metallic.
Taste, straight up malt liquor.
Feel... Just like drinking an average beer, moderately carbonated.
I wasn't impressed, the alcohol content will get me through this ordeal.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a crisp amber color with a strong white head.

S) The smell is very grainy, with slight notes of straw and a distinct sweetness.

T) The taste is a very clean, malt-forward, and grainy. The hops are actually distinct, and the floral/resin notes make a good companion to the fairly sweet profile.

F) The brew has a medium-high carbonation, and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. It lingers.

O) A solid strong Maibock. Paired with some cream of chicken soup and mashed potatoes. Wonderful comfort food companion.

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Photo of Figit
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinker, never would have guessed the ABV. Not the worlds most complex brew, but good for what it's supposed to be. The fruit has me confused... It's not cranberry or this mayhaw fruit that I taste?

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-Poors a straw gold with a slight amberish tint. Small pretty much lacy head.
S- Slight stone fruit as well as grape, slightly sour, sweet hops, malt, and bread-y yeast combine for a solid nose.
T- Bitter hops that are covered up by a malty, bready yeast flavor. Sweet, but not much else to the flavor. Maybe a little biscuit and a slight hop flavor.
F- Medium carbonation, slightly thick (medium bodied), a bit sticky and but dry to the tongue on the finish.
O- Good lager with a decent foothold on the style. It's a pretty interesting beer and it's definitely a good sipper. I can't really say much else though. It's a little one demential to be honest. It's in no way bad, it's actually a very good beer. Just nothing special honestly.

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Photo of zubeala
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I visited Berlin a couple of years ago and fell in love with Augustiner Helles. I tasted 21 beers in 21 days while there, and it was my favorite. AndyGator is the closest thing I have tasted in the states. 'Helles' means 'light-colored', and AndyGator lives up to that standard. Pale gold, bright and effervescent, I think tastes more of a lager than a bock. Breadiness and light malts are balanced by just a touch of hop bitterness. The alcohol content is high but not a factor in the taste. This is a dangerous brew...easy to drink but packs a kick.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Bready yeast overwhelms virtually everything else.

Taste: Spicy hops and malt intermix with a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin, good amount of carbonation. Right in the middle.

Overall: A nice little sipper, though I prefer the Amber.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: fairly clear straw, frothy white head with a tinge of yellow
Smell: light nose, mostly hops and a hint of some sweet fruity malt
Taste: sweet honey and fruit (apricot?) up front, followed by floral or herbal hops. Fairly sweet but with a dry, somewhat bitter, and slightly boozy finish, but not very boozy overall for an 8%
Feel: good carbonation, medium+ body, warm, full

Overall a solid beer. Lots of developed, full flavors and a pleasant feel.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured a nice yellow color with a thin fleeting white head. Very fruity smell. Taste is very sweet with not much in the way of malt or hops. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation level. Overall I felt like this beer was closer to Hurricane High Gravity than anything else. If I want HHG I can get it for a lot less than this one.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my new go-to beers.

Big, fruity flavor and quite malty. Not much of a hop kick which is good for me. And the 8% abv is nice too. The feel is great, it's a nice rich beer without being too heavy. And the price in Nashville is decent. Glad I found this.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: I've had helles and dopple, but not both at once. Good brew. Hard to describe.

A medium golden color. Thin white head. Clear. Mild aroma. Smells like lager funk. Tastes the same with a pils-like hop bitterness. Little noticeable alcohol, but it warms you up. Feels sticky.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 1731 ratings