Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, golden color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that immediately dissolved away into some wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, except for some very faint notes of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste: Quite a lot of flavor though. Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pretzels or English muffins, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of piney hops at the finish. Very, very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, creamy, as there is hardly no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprise at how little alcohol is on the palate, like none at all.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Good, malty and sweet flavors wrapped up in a very smooth, creamy quaff. Delicious!

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SUPERBOWL is starting, I'll be brief!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/yellow-orange with a thick white head dissipating into a thin cap within the first three minutes.

Smells of cereal grains, orange peels. A hint of yeast and malty sweetness.

Has a big malty sweet flavor immediately accented by a very slight hop bitterness. Dried figs and apricots, raisins come to mind on the draw into the palate.

Thick, luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth, if only a bit syrupy. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I'll give this a 4 for drinkability. It's a delicious brew for sure, but very rich and fairly thick. I do really like it, but I'm afraid It will just be one.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very nice, fairly simple but quite tasty, highly drinkable, with a little complexity. As one might expect from a pale doppelbock, it is a lot like a more characterful version of a better, strong malt liquor.

Deep gold, it has a very big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and some wisps, with a little weak lace.

Aroma is unbaked bread dough, grain, golden raisins (faint), ripe apples, and faintly perfumy in its fruity-graininess. This is a lot like a strong, good pale lager or nicer version of what a malt liquor is like.

Taste is a little on the sweet side, light raisiny spiciness, grain, unbaked dough, apple, hint of raisin, finish of light apple and peach before a sweet, fruity-grain aftertaste. Feel is solid, slightly oily, a bit frothy, and quite nice.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass.
8.0% ABV, Best By 03/11/14 on neck.

A - A tall, clumpy white head rises from the depths quickly, frothing up the glass with sticky white suds. Clear and bright golden in color, Andygator is one fine looking beer.

S - Sweet white grapes give the nose an initial crispness but the maltiness, reminiscent of a fresh, soft loaf of white Wonder Bread, bring some heft from the depths. German hops balance the malt aroma with a fair amount of earthy spice notes for a round beer.

T - Crushed white grapes add soft fruitiness while clear corn syrup drizzles sweetness over the beer's malty, untoasted Wonder Bread base but, hops finish out, more so in this beer than any other doppelbock. Crisp hop spice lends an earthy finish to this beer.

M - The closest characteristic of Andygator to a doppel is the beer's mouthfeel where, despite the elevated, slightly bitter hop profile, the maltiness reigns as this somewhat sweet beer finishes pretty dry from the almost transparent level of alcohol.

O - While Abita calls Andygator a helles doppelbock, it's hoppiness and crisp, clean malt profile lean pretty closely to the maibock style or at least a crossover of the two. Sweet and fruity, the bready malt base of this beer make it just as satisfying as the German "liquid bread" doppels, though finished with a touch of spicy hop character.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops.
8.0% ABV, 25 IBU, 8 SRM

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a finely beaded white frothy head with superior retention and lacing, owing in parts to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The nose has a distinct pale malt character with a hint of toast and biscuit. Mouthfeel is crisp, briskly carbonated, medium dense bodied, finishing slightly sweet and with a touch of syrup left in the mouth afterwards. The taste is quite good...pale malt with biscuit note, very clean and letting the malt toast shine through with a well balanced clean bitterness. Medium light DMS in the middle. Grainy notes in the finish. Definite german character.

Comparable to Ayinger and Hofbrau Maibock, this one is pretty tasty. Textbook Helles Bock/Mai Bock. Pleasantly surprised from Abita, who I think generally makes pretty lackluster brews. I would buy it again when in the mood.

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Photo of hophead723
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this randomly at a Total Wine when perusing the aisles because I've always wanted to try it. I love Abita and maibocks are one of my favorite styles. I poured this into a 23 oz. Weiss glass.

Look: Pale gold with a touch of amber. Frothy off white head that gets a bit rocky but eventually settles to a choppy veil. The light makes the core of the body glow like the sun.

Smell: A hearty mixture of unfiltered buckwheat honey, toasted challah crust, and grains. It is a nuanced aroma with a touch of fruit esters and cider-like yeast characteristic that displays the caliber of the ingredients.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt forwardness, barley and honey come next followed by a really superb flash of grassy hops that can only be achieved with noble hops.

Feel: The slightly sweet flavor has a pleasantly dry finish and overall smoothness on the tongue. It lingers with a touch of alcohol that isn't apparent until the beer warms.

Overall: I was impressed with this beer. It's definite proof that Abita is a masterful and diverse brewery that can do more than just Turbodog.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color.
Smells of esters and somewhat like a wheat beer.
I taste a bit of the alcohol but it is extremely smooth and delicious. For using the specific yeast it does for a Helles style this is an extremely interesting beer that for 8% is a great buy!

Thanks for trying something new Abita.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Seems a bit light for the style but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Upon reading the label, I can see why as it is a helles dopplebock.

Aroma is chock full of sweet, chewy malt with a good hint of spice/raisin in the nose. Alcohol heat seems present as well.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a slight alcoholic heat present.Simple. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt. Goes down well. Nothing offensive.

Very clean and drinkable. Seems like one of their better releases too. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 650ml bottle into large tulip (all I had on hand)

A - tawny/copper-gold; one finger of eggshell colored, dense, fine-beaded head; fades to a thin layer of bubbles; minimal lacing; mild CO2 rising

S - malty rich nose; sweet pale malt notes dominate; faintly toffee/buttery note; little hop presence here; slight yeast presence

T - all malt deliciousness; gains focus briefly mid-palate; sweet malt return through the finish; some bread dough and blonde toffee; hops pop out a bit at the very end

M - wonderfully smooth and easy with just enough CO2 to keep it from getting cloying;

O - very good; almost too easy to drink;

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. When poured, the color was a clear medium golden yellow, with a medium amount of white foam and nice lace retention. The smell of sweetness filled the nose of mild hops and mild malts. The taste was a rich, sweet fruitness of roasted walt and whole hop. But, not like most doppelbocks, this one did NOT have a semi-dry finish, but, a sweet finish instead.

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Photo of irongator
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

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Photo of Tearik
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color, maybe a little honey colored . Poured with a great head that settles down into a thin lingering layer. Perfect

S: Opens with a plantlike smell from the hops and finishes sweetly.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smells. You get a bit of bitterness from the hops and a little bit of a sweet finish. Once you're done drinking it, its done with you, you won't be tasting this an hour later.

M: Carbonation is perfect, mouthfeel is a little sticky though.

D: Great beer from Abita, without looking it up you'd never know its 8% which can be a blessing or a curse. If I had a steady supply of this it would be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of bruachan
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

man, do i love helles bocks. i always have trouble writing about them--even if they're frickin delicious

this one starts acceptably: good rich gold color, but the head is mediocre. looks thick and sweet

scents are toasty and a little grainy (excellent beginning). there's a touch of noble hop in there but we're all german malts besides. fantastic aromatics, ultimately. not super dynamic but sweet and rich with enough kilnage

very hoppy flavoring. wonderfully pilsen-ish malts with a touch of diacetyl. balance tips towards the hops (not what i would have expected from an initial sniff) but how would that be surprising for a CO beer?

nice brew

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Photo of jsp2
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, dull yellow with a very thick small bubbled head with good retention. Smells of bread, wheat, and cloves with a slightly sour aroma. A sweet fruity fruity attack gives way to a slightly bitter, dry, and extremely clean finish. Very crisp and balanced. Feels light and drinkable, with low carbonation.

Interesting and successful take on the style that is very crisp, drinkable, and packs plenty of flavor. Lacks the malt flavor that other examples have but the flavors that are present really shine. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Snifter glass

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with a seriously fluffy almost Guinness on tap worthy bright white head.

S- Pale malts and strong yeast. Subtle fruit and banana, maybe some black pepper.

T- So creamy! Tastes like it smells, very fruity and yeasty. Solid malt body, not as pale tasting as it smells. Really good

M- Fuller creamy head like body with decent carbonation and a very tiny bit of bitter in the finish.


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Photo of WJVII
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/23/11 review session hosted by Cdkrenz reviewed from notes- WJVII sample: Review from notes.
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice clean golden yellow color with a small pure white head. The aroma is very yeasty and full of fresh fruits including strong citrus and raisin. The taste has a distinct sweetness with a strong malt finish and a warm alcohol affect. Stronger carbonation in this lighter brew, seems to carry a lot of Helles characteristics was a nice touch. Of all the Abita I had in NO LA this was a good one to bring back and share.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Umm..ok, it's not a dopplebock so let's just forget about that label and have a fresh start. I'm reviewing this as a Maibock. A big Maibock but it's a Maibock.

Aroma: Crackery and bread-like "pils" malt aromatics up front. Definite grainy aromas that are most pleasing. Just a slight earthy bitterness but that malt-like aroma is amazing.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with a bone low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: More pils malt sweetness, followed by more cracker-like malt flavors and some Noble earthy bitterness to balance. Balance is toward the malt sweetness but nearly even. Finish is balanced between the crackery sweetness and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat, and clean. No hop astringency detected.

Overall impression: A big, light, bold Maibock. Immensely drinkable but dangerous due to the alcohol. Nicely done.

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Photo of mattt317
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a big, frosty litre mug at my local watering hole - The Baltic... my kinda beer, not too hoppy, sweet but not too sweet and enough but not too much aroma to keel you over the next day. ... a huge kick, too.... yummy....If you're in the East Bay and wanna good beer at a reasonable price.... Try The Baltic for happy hour...

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tap served in an ale glass.

A-Clear golden yellow color with a finger of white foam. Foam brfokedown into a white ring after a few minutes.

S-Slight hop smell, with a yeast overtone. No single smell overwelmed the others.

T-Very balanced hops versus malt with very little actual yeast taste. Refreshing.

M-Good mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Nice after taste.

D-Definately drinkable, it went down really well with the pizza.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice clear golden color with a finger of white head. Really nice lacing and head retention. Lighter than I expected but this is one of those made up by a brewery styles which I am ok with so long as the beer is good.

S: Apples right up front for me. Some sweetness in the nose as well.Perhaps a pear or two. Not the dark fruit you expect from a bock.

T: It had a nice balance between fruit and sweetness. Finishes a touch on the dry side. Nice clean malt taste than any german brewer would appreciate. More of a helles lager than anything else.

M: Very light all things considered. Well carbonated.

D: Super drinkable. Granted I enjoy both styles being melded here. For the price and the unique experience this is something that I would have to recommend.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. Sweet malty profile, without being cloying, heavy, or otherwise unapproachable. A very nice pale version of a doppelbock. A slightly crisp finish in taste, but a medium-heavy body that is fulfilling and rich. not much on the smell, but i never get much nose on lagers anyway. Alcohol completely hidden, and the 25 IBUs balance it nicely. I may want to brew something like this!

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Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hells dopplebock and it is very fruity on the nose. I poured it into the new New Belgium snifter I just got, and the head fell away with great lace beautifully. Fresh and crisp on the nose. Sweet low hops and fruity on the palet and finishes sweet and wet. The body is at a medium. A good pair with some dirty rice and a warm day.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a helles this looks great, for a dopple Bock its a bit pale. Golden and slightly orange clear color with a huge white foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Apples and grapes on the nose, no real hop scent. A bit of honey too.

Sweet with a little heat. Lots more honey and a touch of fruitiness followed by a little alcohol and dryness in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin bodied. Very dry finish.

Moderately drinkable. Easy on the palette and not too heavy, though a bit foamy.

I don't usually like abitas stuff but this one is pretty damn good.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,569 ratings.
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