Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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

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Reviews: 436 | Ratings: 1,569
Photo of flyingpig
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle as a gift from Louisiana:
Quite a disappointing offering overall, the beer seemed quite ordinary & definitely wasn't what I was expecting, especially given it was the last of the American import beers I had to try from over the summer. There wasn't too much variety to the beer either, beyond the sweetness some pale malts & typical lager type flavours featured alongside an earthy middle & some toasted touches nearer the end; I can't say this is one I'm likely to have again I'm afraid.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A champagne apple juice color pours out with one finger of white head...

Smell of Macro fizzy yellow drink hits me with some sweet lemon and tinniness

Sweet wheat, some mild malts a hint of alcohol and after it warms a little bitter bite. Kinda like a weak malt liquor.

Mouthfeel is fuzzy, a tad warming with a semi thick mouthfeel

Overall I feel like I paid five bucks for an Old English... boo hiss

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Photo of mesatrin
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 OZ bottle. Over all not impressed with this beer, one note with no complexity.

Slight apple smell and taste with sweet malty notes. That is all I really get from this beer.

After Thought: I guess I would drink this over apple juice...

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Photo of bbothen
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a pale macro straw like color with a big, thick, & creamy 3 finger deep white head. Head is impressive & looks great. Lots of sticky lacing left on glass.

Smells grainy, sweet, boozy, pilsner like. All faint.

Buttery, sweet, malt liqour like, alcohol, sugary candy, apple, spiciness, hmmmm.

Light bodied, nicely carbonated, oily, sticky, lingering butter like flavor.

Not a big fan of this one. Cant see myself having again.

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Photo of oberon
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off this is not a doppelbock in any way shape or form not even close its a strong malt liquor beer that will kick you in the teeth.Poured a dull light golden with a thinner white head that doesnt last to long,whoo the alcohol is there in the nose for sure along with some toasted malt but the sweet alcohol is more prevelant than anything.Just not in to the flavors of this malt licka starts out pretty sweet the somewhat watery mouthfeel does not hold up to the big sweetness at the start of this beer melding into a grainy,alcoholic burn into the finish.Eh the flavors are just to wicked for me to sweet and to much of a burn,I guess for malt licka its ok but I stay away from that shite.

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Photo of B_King
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar.

A - Clear urine yellow, faint head and lacing.

S - Sweet, bready. Yeasts?

T - Ahh. This is Side Pocket with a little bit more hops and lot less alcohol.

M - It seems thin at first but there is something clingy about this brew that makes it linger on the tooth.

O - A good get drunk. However, this camp will still rely on Side Pocket for that.

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Photo of pkalix
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

thin, yellow. over abv'ed.... this is NOT a dopplebock by any stretch....
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I suppose it WOULD be better than a fourloco or whatever that crap is....
I had heard a lot about this one, and wanted to try it because I love doppelbocks, but this doesn't do anything for me at all....

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my small goblet...

1" off white head... no real lacing atop a short grazed head.

Nose has a fair amount of DMS... really.. honestly ... corny pale malts...

Ehhh... diacetyl is pretty abundant.. vegetal.. Damn... some toasty malts still are there for a descent brew.. but the problems are BIG problems...

Body is medium and smooth.. oily.. buttery... Like a cheap Malt Liquor....

Maybe my palate is off... but I don't think so.... I will polish off the rest of this glass ... but the rest goes down the drain.


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Photo of aepb1
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Golden with a generous white head

S- Sweet malts, maybe some honey
Not really that much in the nose...

T- Sweet/musty up front, turning into a burn from alcohol in the dry finish but no hops... the dry finish is from the alcohol burn really

M- Light and ok carbonation

D- Being in Gainesville, it's nearly my namesake, too bad it's not the best example of the helles dopple... If it's offered to me, I won't turn it down, but it's certainly not something I will seek out...

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a solid fizzy white head.

Scent of strong sweet grain, some caramel, light sugars and a hint of fruit. Nothing much going on here, but it isn't terrible.

Taste of weak malts, faded caramel and not much else. A bland and fairly unpleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of JRed
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear orange body with white frothy head on top. Aroma of sweet corn, grains, floral notes, and wheat. Strong flavors of stale light fruit, grains, old wheat, slight honey, and artificial sugar. Light in body which makes the unpleasant flavors stand out on the palate. Light in carbonation so you can really soak in the off flavors in this brew. This beer reminds me of the line from the movie "300", "You will not enjoy this. This will not be over quickly."

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Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Uhh, not my bag baby. Poured clear gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, perfume aroma laden with spun sugar, lemon, and malt. Sparkling mouthfeel, kept the feel light. Taste started off good, but got sickening towards the end of the glass. Lots of corn and crystal malt int he beginning, very nice. Light fruitiness, light sweetness that kept in check. Somehow, it seemed to build up in your mouth, though. Soon, the taste turned into a grape-candy and straw disaster. Its was like the Sam Adams Longshot Grape beer on steroids. The finish was long and sticky, and very unpleasant. If it remained constant in the beginning, I would have really liked this beer. But as it is, no way.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C. Clear
H. light orange in color
N. Very weak nose, nothing huge at all. Slight malt and maybe some lemon

Well this beer reminded me of a friend of mine that is a huge UF fan and has a dog by the name of Andy. I had to buy the beer and review it for her even though she isn't a fan of beer at all. OK so sentimental crap aside, once again I feel like Abita is relying too much on their water for their beers. It is smooth yes but the flavor is so subtle and weak it doesn't stick out well. Yes it is smooth to drink but nothing crazy flavor wise. Since it is a "Gator" beer I can easily compare it to Tim Tebow. While the label says dopplebock I really sorta get a standard lager. Just like they say Tebow is going to be a QB but really he is more of a FB. Listen, the kid is great, just like the beer is smooth to drink, but they both FAIL epically in my book.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Nice golden colour with a bright white head, about a 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Smells predominantly like over ripe banana with some caramel and malt.

Tastes just like the aroma. Bananas just on the verge of being rotten, just over ripe dominates the palate with spots of caramel and malt popping up here and there.

I wasn't a big fan of this one as that banana smell/taste was too much.

Interesting, but I wouldn't have one again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a crystal clear, golden orange color. A three-finger head of fluffy white foam sits on top. Retention is decent and lacing is okay, but it's pretty slick.

Scent is okay. Kind of mild. Mild yeastiness and a touch of malts. Surprising citrus notes are here.

Very light overall. Not much flavor. Graininess and yeast notes combine with a slightly more than expected hop presence. Mild floral and citrus notes.

Barely a medium body. Full carbonation level, which is almost too much. Almost crisp, but just misses it.

While the 8.0%abv is noticed, it's not overpowering. This is an easy, inoffensive, drinker. Personally, I like my beers to challenge me a little bit more.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a the perfect pilsner color of golden straw. Theres a few bubbles and a very nice two finger head to start,but leads to nothingness eventually. Pretty nice, simple and straight forward sweet malty hay, some earth and a little alcoholic warmth. Pretty simple, mildy sweet malty flavor that gets some help from the alchol. But then the alcohol gets its own show nd slows covers up the mild malts and vry faint earthy hop flavors. Sweet, then warm, then alcoholic palate. Glad I tried this beer, but will probably never buy again.

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Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out really clear with just tad of white suds. Not much lacing for an 8%er.
Smell is spicy in a subtle way. Caramel and grain.
Sugar and caramel and grain. Like a wheat flavor. Don't really taste much here.
Mouthfeel is good and clear and only in the aftertaste do we discover some bitterness. Not dark and brooding though. Just kinda plain.
Needs more pizzazz.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color, very pale ale like. Huge head develops from a standard pour, filling almost half of the standard pint glass with white foam. Dissipation is quite a bit quicker than I would like to see, dropping to less than 1/2" within a minute. Scattered lace remains.
Smell is not that easy to get a handle on. Notes of malt, grain, light fruit, hops, a distinct mustiness riding over all, though not off-putting.
Taste is like a good lager, a decently balanced mix of malt and hops, some more light fruits (apple & pear), some grain, and thankfully, less of the mustiness.
Fuller bodied than I expected, pushing above medium. Effervescence is restrained. Some warming from the alcohol crops up some several seconds after the swallow. A cloying film also develops, sadly, on the palate and, to a lesser extent, the tongue. All told, a decent brew but just that.

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Photo of Vengeance526
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a very faint white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves only the smallest bits of lacing.

Some malt comes through in the nose but this is about it.

Taste reveals subtle notes of sweetness and bits of grain but not much else. It's a very neutral flavor, neither offensive nor exciting.

Medium carbonation but this seemed fairly watered down. Didn't feel like 8% at first but the more I drank, the more of an alcoholic bite I could feel developing in the background. I should probably try the bottled version but I've never had a good enough experience with this on tap to even want to bother. The bottled Abbey Ale was good so maybe I'll give Andy another shot sometime. I'm think I'm done with this on draft though.

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Photo of moistnugget
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a Sunoco that has a nice craft selection. (Who knew?) Golden amber appearance with a small white head. Head died down relatively quickly. Not very cloudy, honestly lighter than I had expected. Smell is nice, very fruity and aromatic. Sweet. Taste is nothing to get too excited about. Spicy, with herbal and hopped up tones, and a slight maltiness. A little sweetness there as well. Mouthfeel is thin, not much carbonation.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing special. It IS easy to drink, which seems to be the point (now that I read the back of the bottle.) If that's your joint, then maybe this is for you, but I like higher ABV's to demand a little respect. I probably won't be seeking this out again, sadly. I would add that most of the Abita that I've had as been great.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is one finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is quite soft and its retention isn't half bad. As it recedes, it leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Almost like a big pilsner in a way. There's a nice combination of sweet, crackery malts and noble hops. What I don't like, though, is the hefty diacetyl note hiding behind the two. A little bit is a good thing, but there's too much here. Otherwise it's an okay nose.

T: At first, I'm getting some of the noble hops, while it finishes with a one-two combination of sweet, white wine like fruitiness and diacetyl. The more I drink, the sweeter it gets. It has a respectable bitterness, but it just doesn't seem to fully balance the levels of sugar/diacetyl that well. It's messy and low on flavor at the same time - and that is NOT a good combination.

M: Quite a light feeling beer - aside from a mild alcohol prickle, it's hard to tell this 8%. But as it gets sweeter, it becomes a bit harder to drink. It's still never really a chore, though (in spite of the mediocre flavor profile). Carbonation cuts through the body well.

O: This does one thing really well: it drinks easier than an 8% beer should. But apart from a mild booze presence, it tastes lighter than an 8% beer should. Even worse, it doesn't seem fully in balance. I'd never refuse one, I just wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while in New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, corn, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, floral, wheat, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I really wasn’t impressed with this one that much if I am honest. However, this was about the only thing that was listed on the menu that I had not had before while we were grabbing food after the Zwanze Day festivities. There was just too much of a spicy and wheat aspect going on here. The aroma kind of reminded me of an adjunct lager in a way with the corn aspect going on. Really glad it didn’t carry over. Still not that great unfortunately.

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Photo of theghost3
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It has a golden appearance with a thin white head. The smell is a little sweet, faint hops. It tastes somewhat spicy with hops and grains. There is a certain bite to it--likely because of the relatively high ABV--dry with a lot of carbonation, watery. Overall, not that drinkable. I'll order something else the next time I'm in Abita.

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Photo of dansteino
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Everything about this beer seemed average or below average.

It is lighter in color, smell, and taste than most dopplebocks that I have sampled. The color was gold. The head moderate. The smell sweet with more of a bready nose than a fruit nose and a little smell of alcohol. The beer was heavily sweet in the mouth followed by too much hop bitterness.

Uncomplicated on the nose or palate.

I just was not impressed by this beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like a helles bock to welcome the Spring weather. Hopefully I enjoy this more than others before me.

Pours well for a two finger thick head, and has a cloudy light amber colored body. I'll knock this down from a 5, due to the excess yeast left behind.

Aroma wise this is on par for the style: light honey, metallic hops, some earthiness, and a hint of lemony hops too.

Starts off as husky grain, but takes a nose dive with a bit of a yeasty funk. Clean this beer up! Get a better filtration system damn it.

Feels nicely carbonated and moist all the way through. Kind of nice for a higher ABV beer.

Altogether I think if you get rid of the residual yeast, this brew would hold its own against any German made Maibock.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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