Abita Brewing Co.

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #151
Ranked #45,082
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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pop open a 12 oz. bottle, pour the contents into a clear pint glass and observe. The color now in the glass is a bright copper-amber with remarkable clarity. Plenty of carbonation that seems endless contributing to a solid white head. There's a fairly strong malt-hop aroma to the beer, along with some yeast. The taste has a stronger yeast factor to it than the nose noticed. It's quite like a Belgian yeast taste.There's just enough lace in the glass to avoid a demerit. The aftertaste is more alcohol than another ingredient. Apart from that, Andygator is smoothly sweet.

Monday at 12:21 AM
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Basically this is a craft version of Malt Liquor. Very unusual style but extremely good tasting.
To simplify the idea of what this Beer tastes like can be described as a German Hellas. A bright pale Lager with a classic European flavor profile. Big on the malt and very good Hop character that gives off the Euro Lager vibe. The only difference is the high Gravity. The alcohol produces a sweet and fruity, pastry-like finish. Sort of strange coming from a lager, but very Good.

Sep 26, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one, which was a bit unusual style in that it was a dopplebock but also tasted light enough to qualify as a Helles. It checks in at 8%, so it's a legit dopplebock, but I didn't even notice that, probably because I had it with some good Cajun food. That's the way to have this beer.

Sep 01, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation.
Aroma is malt, sour sugary candy like
Taste is malty,bitter dry hops, and a wierd sour almost sour milk flavor. Its not bad but just not sure about the sour off taste
Not sure I would repeat this experience or maybe this was an off bottle.

Aug 23, 2020
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CoronadoTorpedo from Georgia

1.22/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I am open minded about beer. Almost never had a bad one. Ever. Until now. Almost a pour out. Maybe this wasn't designed to be the first of the evening-- one to be tasted, Didn't do it for me. Glad it was a single gift and not a 6 pack.

Jul 31, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had no idea what this would be like, so I cannot say that I shocked by anything. It is an good, not great, Maibock. It has a bit of an odd finish, but that is probably just my taste buds....maybe. It has a higher ABV but I can't say that this is a real issue with respect to the taste. Give it a try is my motto!

Jul 12, 2020
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crenegar from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent attempt at a style most Americans are too afraid to even try. Challenging to produce a nice light bock with so little hops that you actually have to lager it properly to get the clear and malty crispness so desirable in the style. Certainly not perfect, perhaps a bit too sweet but still a wonderful mouthfeel and a nice call out to the folks at Abita. Please take the time to let this beer warm up a bit after taking it out of the fridge, nice and cool is perfect, cold is not. You'll get none of that rich, beautiful malted barley.

Mar 11, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this gifted as craft for Christmas- no matter, I still love my fam...

It looks decent enough, but that’s about the only redeeming quality. The rest of this is better than most macros, but falls short of being true craft...

Dec 25, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

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

Look: light Amber
Smell: honestly I get a little grapefruit, malt
Taste: honey, malt, breast,
Feel: medium, fit
Overall: pretty decent, not amazing. Actually, it's pretty amazing that this doesn't taste 8% at all.

Nov 22, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

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

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours rich golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Floral, spicy, herbal, and fruity notes, toasty bready malt, caramel honey sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Floral, light spicy herbal tones, toasty bready malt, fruity notes, pear, peach, and cherry, yeasty, caramel honey sweetness, and a touch of alcohol poking through on the back end.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty decent American take on a strong German lager.

Nov 12, 2019
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Radome from Florida

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Beer is a light gold/orange color and crystal clear. Little head and what's there vanishes quickly. Familiar, bready aroma of Munich malt that is perfectly in place for a German-style lager. Lacking in a sweet, dark fruit edge to the aroma that would be present in a typical doppelbock. Flavors are all about soft, very lightly toasted, bready malt. No hops or yeast flavors, as is appropriate. Lacking in the richness of dark malt and overt alcohol that is typical for the style. Medium body and low carbonation; low hops bitterness. Off-dry finish is much drier than expected or typical.

This is a unique beer that is very drinkable and light compared to the German originals. The alcohol is amazingly well-hidden. It is a fine beer, but I find it rather bland, perhaps because I enjoy the original doppelbock style so much.

Oct 26, 2019
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thesherrybomber from California

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

Sep 13, 2019
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schrader52 from South Carolina

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.

Aug 20, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

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.

Jul 14, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Mar 09, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

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.

Mar 01, 2019
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RemyMerlotte from South Carolina

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+.

Jan 01, 2019
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beckandkat21 from Wisconsin

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.

Dec 28, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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.

Nov 27, 2018
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spectru from Florida

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

Nov 05, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

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.

Oct 05, 2018
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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.

Aug 23, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 11, 2018
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SoulxDD from Connecticut

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

Jul 03, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

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.


Jun 25, 2018
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