Andygator
Abita Brewing Co.

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #145
ABV:
8%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,576
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 15.97%
Reviews:
497
Ratings:
1,781
From:
Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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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
Reviews: 497 | Ratings: 1,781 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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blazerkor from Nevada

3/5  rDev -16%
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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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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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iman99 from Louisiana

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yikes!!!

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

Update:

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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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Nass from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -5%
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
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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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.

Oct 26, 2020
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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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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 1781 ratings