Andygator
Abita Brewing Co.

AndygatorAndygator
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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #151
ABV:
8%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,114
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 15.97%
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
1,763
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Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
81
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AndygatorAndygator
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 by thesherrybomber:
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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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bleedsblu from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass. It pours a yellow color with some nice carbonation. I gave it an aggressive pour and it had an impressive 2 finger head. It smells fresh and fruity. It has a balanced mouth feel not thin and not thick, balanced and not bitter at all. This might be my first Helles Doppelbock, I'm impressed very nice and with an ABV of 8% it can bite ya. It is smooth and well balanced, hints of fruit and just a slight bitterness I must say. I do believe this is my first Abita beer and I am impressed and will try some more.

Sep 01, 2014
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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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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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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: A couple of shades darker than the average sunny helles color. Mild haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains very well. Clumpy lacing. Speedy streams of carbonation.

S: Thick pilsner malt sweetness. Doughy. Light grainy toast. Vague fruitiness creeps in for an instant. Peppery alcohol. Hops are herbal, spicy, and peppery. Clean overall.

T: Toasty malt up front. Pilsner malt sweetness demands the palate's full attention after that. Doughy. Peppery alcohol is quiet and brief. Herbal hops and an oily, lemony zing cut right through all the fat pilsner malt sweetness. Touch of vague fruitiness. Very clean. Toasted grain finish with fading herbal hops.

M: medium-thick body. Heavy and firm malt backbone presses into the tongue. Aggressive prickling carbonation scrubs it away. Smooth.

O: Abita makes some very under appreciated lagers. This is one of my favorites from them. Very technically sound, though perhaps a bit more well-hopped than most of the German doppelbocks I've had. You won't find me complaining though. Maybe its recent GABF medal win will get people to take more notice. If not, more for me I guess.

Aug 30, 2014
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CIBoy10 from Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a pale gold with nice lacing.
Smell - equal parts hoppy and bready, a little fruity.
Taste - bitter, nice hops up front but finishes differently with a slight sweet twist (almost grapey?) and bready maltness. Awesome! The booze is hidden very well.
Feel - smooth and high quality like all Abita beers.
Overall - super offering by Abita. My fave by them thus far but you can't go wrong with them. They go for a little drinkability in their beers, so they probably won't blow away all the beer snobs. Cheers!

Jan 01, 2015
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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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skizziks from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold, raises a massive pile of foam, bright white, dense, with a meringue-like sheen. Excellent retention with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet pastry dough with a mix of apples and pears. A light touch of herbal hops and very slight diacetyl round it out. The fruitiness is unexpected, but pleasant, partially from esters and partially a synergy of hops, malt, and alcohol. Fermentation character seems pretty clean and the suggestion of apple is not from DMS.

Flavors are immediately balanced. Bready malt with a touch of spice. Firm bitterness, more than expected for the style and very well balanced. A light herbal hop flavor runs throughout. Honey candy sweetness going into the medium dry finish with a little lingering bitterness and some mild alcohol vapor.

Body is medium full with moderate carbonation. A little sticky. Some mild warming alcohol, not at all hot, just a gentle suggestion of the power in this beer.

Overall a very nice beer, well executed. I'm not sure about the idea of a "helles doppelbock" but it works very well as a strongish maibock. Shows a good expression of pilsner malt. Drinkable for a beer of it's strength but with just enough complexity and warmth to demand substantially more consideration than the average fizzy yellow beer.

Sep 17, 2009
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soupermirl from Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When I first saw Andygator after it had been transferred to the Growler at the Abita Brew Pub, I thought what a beautiful bronze to golden color. So I drove home with it, chilled it in the frig and poured it in a glass. Just a hint of hops comes out when you sniff it. Then the taste, I told my wife it was like liquid gold. This beer is a the top of my list. Now that could be because it hasn't been easy to get or because it is so very good. Doesn't taste like 8%.
We soon went by the Bulldog on Magazine in New Orleans. I had the Andygator on draft, my what a killer brew. Great taste, beautiful color. Lovely, just lovely.

Jan 09, 2009
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DruC4 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jan 22, 2014
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SGDJosh

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken on 9/7 at home:

A – light golden, yellow straw in color. Pours with a half finger of head on top which dissipates rather quickly into light lace on top.

S – Smells like Germany! Light malt, smells like a premium lager.

T – Smooth and crisp. A lot lighter than other traditional doppelbocks that I’ve had in the past.

M – Very light bodied with crispy carbonation.

O – Lighter than most but a very good Doppelbock. The alcohol is masked very nicely for such a light body. Full of malty goodness that drinks like a Helles Lager.

J

Sep 14, 2012
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rph97 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Sep 07, 2013
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nowhere_native from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%

Nov 29, 2014
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jeffreywt from North Carolina

2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Andygator tasted pretty watered down. Looks like bubbly apple juice when poured into a glass. No significant head even with a straight pour. The only flavor that shines through is the sweet and boozy flavor. There is a malt/yeast flavor but only enough to remind you that it is beer. It's not horrible, but certainly nothing interesting here besides the high ABV.

Feb 06, 2016
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Entering unknown lands here, I'm guessing. I mean, it's a big beer with the unusual categorization of "Helles Doppelbock" from a brewer that's not exactly the talk of the craft-beer town (average beer grade on this site is a respectable but not amazing B-). Here we go...

Pours a bleached-white head, quite fluffy but it thins to a skim quickly. Color is a very clear golden-yellow. Nice lace, tear-shaped, like wax drippings. "Helles" (aka "light"), yes; "doppelbock"...hmm...

Well, doppelbocks are indeed lagers, and this one smells lager-y, but in the most ho-hum manner, unfortunately. Lotta DMS (creamed corn), boiled veggies, and fainter mineral, sugar and hay in the background.

As soon as this hit the tongue I threw away any preconceptions regarding "Germany" and "doppel+bock" and just went with it. And it's a decent beer. Quite reminiscent of a Euro strong lager, actually, along the lines of Lion's version, or Lobster Lovers. Luckily the 8% alcohol isn't intrusive (a problem area with lots of strong pale lagers); honey/white grape-like sweetness is balanced by an earthy graininess, slight mineral flatness, and crispness of body. Well-carbonated, but also a little sticky.

A souped-up lager basically--assertive flavor, sweetness and alcohol level, none of it cloying. "Helles Doppelbock"? I don't know...how about just Big Sweet Lager? It's not bad at all, certainly interesting...or maybe "enigmatic" is the better word.

Dec 01, 2009
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ruckus232 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 09, 2015
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Automator from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Nov 27, 2014
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irongator from Kansas

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, the bottle says it is a doppelbock, but this site has it listed as a Maibock. So I won't rate this as a doppelbock, because if I did, it would be a poor doppelock- not heavy on the malt and dark to be sure. Overall, it is a great Maibock, actually one of the best I've had. I drank it a bit colder than room temp and it is very fruity and golden in color, just like a tripel. It is a good summer beer with lots of alcohol- beautiful golden color and tasty. Not zay doppel, to be sure

Mar 27, 2014
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dookiebrown from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +12%

Jun 22, 2013
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Brackh from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Pours hazy yellow. Smells like a pilsner. Sure as hell stronger than one though. Malty and a tiny touch of fruit maybe. I guess it is pretty good for a doppelbock.

Oct 23, 2014
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Samputnam14 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 05, 2016
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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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dqderrick from California

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.95 22oz bottle from Jimbo's.

Clear, golden with a thin white head. Smells sweet with a hint of Belgian yeast. Maybe a little fruit sweet smell. Overall, the smell is pretty light.

The taste is surprisingly light and reminds me a little of a lager. Yest its sweet but I also pick up a nice dry finish. Carbonation is average to good and feels nice with the dry finish.

I'd consider buying this again at this price. Especially as spring and summer approach. It was a good experience as I watched Survivor with the wife. It was nothing overwhelming impressive while I felt it did a good job with the style. HOWEVER, I really don't know much about the style aside from it being higher ABV and sweeter. So...

Feb 26, 2010
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farrago from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft foamy head of about one finger, mix of all bubble sizes, close to bone white, very credible lacing. Bronze orange to a light brown in color, distorts light easily. Sweetly florid nose with a whole bunch of orange, lemon juice in addition to roasted nuttiness, corn, honeyed bread, sweetened cereal, crunchy apple, pear and peach scents, while thick overall does achieve a little lift. Full-bodied, creamy in feel with not a rough patch in sight, rubs gently into the palate. Lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus dominant here too, juicy and friendly with minimal bite. Malt, corn, granola, cinnamon, dehydrated apple and pear fruit starting to concentrate, some banana. Hint of caramel, toffee. Hard to pick out any keenly edged hoppy components. Stays fluffy and carbonated through the finish, No alcoholic heat but "heady" in a boozy way. Very affable, the John Candy of beers.

May 19, 2009
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FlyingHellfish from Michigan

3/5  rDev -16%

Mar 28, 2014
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