Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Ranked #79
Ranked #27,472
3.56 | pDev: 16.01%
Saturday at 09:19 PM
May 01, 2003
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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Rated: 4 by duglius from Texas

Saturday at 09:19 PM
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Look: It pours on the amber side with an off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a grainy and yeast combination in the aroma. There is a low herbal quality.

Taste: It has some grainy sweetness to it with bread. There is a yeasty quality to it with noticeable alcohol.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a bit os slickness to it.

Overall, some of the flavors especially the yeast notes throw the flavor off for me.
Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 3.47 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by One90proof from Alabama

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
From a 12oz bottle. Clear light amber color with a thin layer of white head. Caramel malt smell. Heavy feel with less carbonation. Caramel malt, peppery hops, and a sweet brown sugar-like finish. Glad I tried it, but not a fan of the sweet finish.
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by AustinBrn420 from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Popped the cap, had an interesting grape aroma for me. Taste is indeed dry and slightly crisp. Look is a dark piss color. Excellent specimen of a Helles Doppelbock.
Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle mfgr date 02/09/22? into a pint glass.
L: Pours rich, clear caramel w/a 1/2" creamy eggshell white head, fair retention, good carbonation, skeletal lacing & banding.
S: Caramelized malts, sweet bread, fruity esters, light citrus.
T: Ripe fruits, grassy, lightly yeasty, citrus zest, pine, honey. It is resinous and lightly metallic, gently gritty, fairly sweet overall w/bitterness lingering in the finish. Light alcohol as the beer warms.
F: Moderately smooth, lightly creamy medium bodied mouthfeel w/a medium length drying finish that lingers.
O: A very easy drinking doppelbock with a pleasant feel and robust malts. A firm bitter attack awaits as Andygator lurks in the deep...It is excellent in it's style.
Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Hophazzard from California

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by tzbel013 from Tennessee

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Smell is kinda skunki but the spiciness of the hops come through on the initial sip. Straw colored on the pour and you don't feel the booziness of this hi test brew. One of my go to Bock beers when I want a quick buzz.
Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 3.66 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Brillaintly clear light amber, thin white head, retention and lacing aren't great
Smells like sweet, bready malt
Tastes like it smells, a hint of grape syrup, just enough bitterness to offset
Medium-heavy bodied, slightly sticky, appropriately carbonated
Not my favorite hellesbock
Mar 29, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Beecham from California

Mar 28, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by dd53grif from Michigan

Mar 09, 2022
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Rated by Davidstan from Alabama

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Good beer not great. Surprised at 8.0 abv you get no alcohol heat at all. Well hidden!
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by DrBass from Maryland

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Stratscott

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The brewery calls it a Dopplebock. Beer Advocate labels it a Maibock. I would tend to go with Beer Advocate!!!!! The strength is a bit more than the typical Dopplebock and the color is a bright, clear gold (not coppery or brown). In addition to the beautiful gold color, there is a small, carbonated white head that fades fast to a covering of the top. There is some thin, filmy lacing on the glass. Taste is primarily malty with a little grassy bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness here too. Not a bad tasting beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and lager-like. I'm not a big Abita fan, but this is a pretty good beer!!!!
Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear golden amber color with visible carbonation. A large frothy head retains well and leaves good lacing.
The nose is malty sweet with notes of caramel, toast and biscuit. Aromas of grass and hay, as well as, oddly enough, notes of corn.
Sweet overall, but not at all boozy, with a chewy and caramelized malt backbone.
Notes of grainy, biscuity malt, fruity and floral spices, corn, grass and sweet alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish.
Medium to full bodied. The mouthfeel is chewy kind of thick. The finish is semi dry and the carbonation is moderate.
I’m glad I tried this but I’m not sure I would have again. It felt a bit like a malt liquor in that you don’t particularly enjoy drinking it, yet, feel ok at the end because of the alcohol buzz you get.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 2 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 3.82 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It has a powerful scent of both skunk and really malty sweetness. 

It tastes exactly like it smells.  Bitter skunkiness and deep molasses sweetness at the same time.

It's got a medium mouthfeel mostly built by the foamy carbonation.  The finish starts out a little bitter but sticky sweetness far outlasts any other taste.

Overall this one is just alright.  Like a strong flavored shiner bock.  I'll give it a 3.6 out of 6.
Aug 18, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Pours a pale amber color with a somewhat thin off-white head.
S: Smells rich of caramel, malts, biscuity, faint amount of floral hops.
T: Follows the nose, super malty, can taste the booze as well.
F: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, boozy, crisp.
O: Really great beer for the style.
Jul 06, 2021
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
September 2015
Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by iman99 from Louisiana

2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

As soon as I tasted this it was like drinking some weird distilled vomit purified to resemble some type of beer mixed with subtle hints of urine.

Maybe I could be a little less descriptive and just say it tastes disgusting.

Cannot recommend sorry.

Oh by the way I should be a little constructive so if you want the details it goes like this:

Look: light yellow - golden color

Smell: sort of has a faint citrus smell

Taste: refined and purified vomit-urine taste (I don't know what urine taste like but I can only imagine that a refined and purified vomit with hints of fine urine is what this beer taste like)

Feel: A light splashy feel similar to a corona type of feel but the foul taste is nearly unbearable.

Overall: I was disappointed and sad that I got this 6 pack instead of something else when I tried this however at least it was 8% which is quite possibly why it's such a bad taste. It doesn't have the necessarily cheap flavor of malt 8% beverages but Id rather drink steel reserve thanx this that's how disgusting tasting this is in my very honest opinion. Sorry


I tried drinking at room temperature and surprisingly it was much better. I guess this a type of beer better served warm than cold.
May 23, 2021
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. The finish is dry with noticeable alcohol strength of 8%.
May 06, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

May 02, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a half pint glass. Best by 12/23/20, so 3+ months past optimum.

Looks very good in the glass. Almost clear golden yellow body with good carbonation. Small head shrinks to a ring and covering leaving some light lacing.

Hay and grassy aroma.

Taste is pretty good. It's certainly sweet. Grassy, and a light pepper spice hit. A lingering light bitterness as well.

Mouth a solid medium. Tha lasting bitterness is a little off, and there is a feather light coating.

Overall, a decent drinkable beer, slightly spoiled by the finish. The abv is well hidden, and there is a fair amount going on here.
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Rhetion from Florida

Feb 18, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia

Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The pour is a mix between bronze & amber colored in my dimple mug. The taste is caramel, smoked BBQ, cereal grains, & a faint citrus note near the finish. The 8% abv is hidden well. Cheers! B-
Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Rabideeyore from Wisconsin

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by CodyBasden from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L: very light bock clear gold small head no retention or lacing
S: kind of citrusy bready smell
T: bready yeasty flavor low roast bad after taste
F: heavy body a little creamy low carbonation
Dec 19, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2020
Rated: 4 by travelguy from Ohio

Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by TerryMills from Tennessee

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Oct 26, 2020
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