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Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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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431
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1,546
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
31.25%
 
 
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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 jngrizzaffi
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger foamy head. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is very good. Then this beer drops off. Aroma of German hops, very slightly spicy, grain and coriander. The feel is silky, but the taste is off. Grainy malt, followed by some German hops and a little bit of spiciness, then some sweetness like corn syrup and honey. A little dry on the finish, but doesn't leave a good aftertaste. The alcohol content is evident.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 2.59 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.216/oz) at Spec’s, SATX
Bottle with no discernable date at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – Initially some malt and some wet grain; fades
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – medium yellow, clear
Flavor – light malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

Meh.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a light golden amber with a small head. Malt infuses the nose. The mouth revels in the slightly hoppy malty flavor. Enjoyable!

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Inch of head, looks like beer
Nose has lots of grain and corn. Some malt sweetness. Some melon. Smells kinda like cheap beer
Much more flavorful. The sweetness is more dull and middle-tongue. Also taste grain and corn syrup
Smooth, not very carbonated
It's okay. Not my favorite style. Won't order in the future

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear honey golden color with one finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: brown sugar, flowers and bread, faint to the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet brown sugar then bread, there is a woody oak taste and some vanilla.

PALATE: creamy and smooth.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, the 8% ABV is well disguised, does not taste boozy at all, it's definitely a malt forward beer, very sweet, I would have this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a clear, golden-honey color with a finger of milk-white head and lacing. The head disappeared quickly. It smells of bready malt, bubblegum, banana, and spice (coriander?). The taste is quite sweet and cloying with a spicy, slightly bitter finish. You can also taste the alcohol. There is also some oakiness at the finish. I also thought that as the glass warms, it becomes more bitter. The feel seems too thin for the 8% ABV but the alcohol content is too high for this bock to be sessionable.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw color with moderate carbonation and a rocky off white three finger head.

Smells of bubblegum, crystal malt, freshly whipped cream and floral hops.

Tastes clean, overall quite sweet. I get flavors of white figs, sultanas, white chocolate, more bubblegum, black currants, caramel and lavender. Dry on the finish.

Feel is nice and crisp. Has a slight alcoholic heat to it but it isn't unbearable.

Overall a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: This was quite enjoyable and very easy to drink. (My fav Abita bev to date.) It had a bit
of upfront fruitiness and sugar, but without straying into a space of being vinous. (The ABV most
definitely well concealed.) Almost like the front-half of a good/malty DIPA, but without the
follow-up citrus and pine.

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Photo of acelin
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall not super impressed with their version of a maibock. It hits all the right markers, with a little more figgy fruitness and alcohol spiciness. Although I'm not impressed, I may get this again if I can't find any other bocks or helles bocks.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ragin Cajun, served in a shaker pint. Pours a light, hazy gold with near white, foamy head that recedes quickly to a sudsy film. Mild aroma of sweetish malt and slight fruit. Flavor brings more malt: grains, slight caramel and touches of honey sweetness. Slight herbal hop bitterness lends a balancing touch. Medium body with light, creamy carbonation; well hidden alcohol. Definitely drinkable. Lightness and slight honey sweetness did well to wash down a few lbs of peppery hot boiled crawfish.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It seems like there are a LOT of Abita bottles suddenly coming into my local market, so I am willing to take a break from The CANQuest (tm) & review some of the ones that I may have previously overlooked.

From the bottle: "Andygator (R) is a fearsome beast. Don't let his toothy grin, slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma fool you: this cold-blooded creature is a Helles Doppelbock that can sneak up on you. Sip, don't gulp and taste the wild of Abita Andygator (R)."

I Pop!ped the cap on yet another Abita offering & gave it a pretty aggressive pour. This raised two fingers of dense, tawny head with limited retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a honey-like sweetness that I more closely associate with lagers, but here, it also had a bit of fusel alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was medium, but it was tingly on the tongue, thanks to a preponderance of CO2 bubbles along with that heat that I mentioned. The taste was slightly sweet, like doughy bread with a pleasant heat that helped to remind me to sip this beast. I was determined not to allow him to snap his powerful jaws shut on me. The finish was dry, more from the alcohol heat than anything else, but it really was not all that sweet, either. In some ways, it made me think of a distilled spirit. Warming, I began to get a black pepperiness, but that only served to make it seem that much drier. Phew!

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Photo of jeffreywt
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of pweis909
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a lovely transparent orange color with a firm white foam that persists for a while. It has a slightly bready nose. The taste has a luscious sweetness that initially may seem overwhelming but there is just enough bitterness from hops and alcohol to keep it from going there. I could see it as a dessert beer, as it has a somewhat luscious texture to go with the rich flavor, but it also worked well with a plate of nachos.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold producing 2 fingers of foamy, off-white, shortlived head a thin but solid coating of lace. Aroma is mild, a little caramel some biscuit, a touch of sweetness. Taste is sweet, strong to caramel malt, some biscuit, a little woody vanilla, earthy & spicy hop tones & a little boozy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, syrupy, slick, alcohol spice & warmth. I hate to say it but it is reminiscent of a caramel & rock candy Miller Highlife on steroids. A good but not an exceptional brew that is better paired with food than consumed for its subtle and fine drinking qualities.

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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 DevWand
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not too familiar with Helles Bock style...but nice beer, and a relaxed mellow finish (impressive, considering the 8% ABV).

Pours a pale golden orange. Lingering fruit w/ slight sweet finish.

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Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in mid-October from TW Arrowhead for $1.99. Best by 12/17/15.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is sweet malts with hints of golden fruits.

Taste is sweet, malts dominate, light fruits, and noble hops give an element of crispness but sweetness dominates in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a nice enjoyable bock that is worthy of a shot!

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Photo of swampski
4.78/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Now that this is being sold in the standard 12 oz bottle, I have decided to try this well regarded brew by the biggest microbrewer in Southeast Louisiana and was not disappointed one bit. I'm not sure why, but it seems that I have never been disappointed by the higher APV bock style. This is a wonderful such bock that is very, very drinkable, and especially as it is very available at the local Wal-Mart (except on Sundays, as my little hick town doesn't allow beer sales on that day, but I digress ...)

As far as polybocks go, this is not too potent, and therefore does not take up the alcohol capacity that a 10% double bock would. If I do my regular 3 12-oz imbibing, substituting a standard 5% ABV for this one is not too bad, and in fact is a good choice to start the festivities. Of course, this is sessionable for only the most hard-core beer drinkers, and I most certainly would not have one if I were driving; that said, this would be a good start to a sessioning with some regular ABV brew.

I would recommend any visitors staying downtown in the great City of New Orleans to seek this out, perhaps even sessioning it, if the alternative is to just get hammered with the Hurricane @ Pat O's, or the Neptune Monsson @ The Port of Call.

I shall session this for the next time the Saints make it to the Super Bowl.

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Photo of car2052
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a musty gold, with a 1 finger white head.
S: Sweetness. White bread. Vanilla. Yeast.
T: Sweet, with a hoppy zing, and a roastyness that tingles the tongue. A little oak/bourbon. Alcohol presence is high.
M: Medium-full.
O: A little too sweet and close to malt liquor. Could use a little more hops for balance.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden color with a slightly malt aroma. Taste was outstanding with a well balanced, smooth finish. I really enjoy the helles bock style.

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Photo of Mississippi
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had this style of beer before, so not sure I can judge it. It was refreshingly light and dry for 8% ABV (not sure why Abita calls this sweet). Went great with raw oysters and an oyster loaf at Casamento's.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night after bowling on 10/13/15. Comes in a 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 oz) bottle with a painted-on label. Picked this up at the new World Market in West Omaha last Friday evening for $6.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to 1L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a medium-goldish yellow in color with a super thick 5-finger white foamy/creamy head! Still was a good 15mm after 15 minutes! Sheets of spotty lacing was seen when sipped that mostly slipped back down the slides of the glass. Aroma is of yeast and grains for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste that had a light hint of fruit also, like apricots. Slight bitter finish that was sweet even. Didn't taste 'boozy' with the 8% either. Lighter-side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was horrendous. It was one of the few drain pours I have had in my beer drinking lifetime. Very rich flavor profile, yet thin mouth feel. Stomach turning sweetness. Cloyingly sweet. No presence of bitterness. Even the flavor of the malt had a bit of a funkiness to it that was very unpleasant. Noticeable booziness as well, which did not help this at all.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BethanyB
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Soft and fluffy white head, 1/2 finger thick. Medium gold body has a slight chill haze, but retains enough clarity to exhibit the bubbles clinging to the sides like caviar.

Smell: Yeasty with a whiff of apricot lined with fresh hay and sawdust. Oats, honey, and...I have to say it...corn. Yes, there is some DMS infiltrating the nostrils, but for a Helles Bock, this is not uncalled for.

Taste: Fruity, yet woody, like an apricot pit. Moderate bitterness. Has the fresh, yet earthy taste of a mushroom. A light malty/spicy balance calls to mind a watered down premium whiskey. If that sounds both good and bad, you've got the right idea. In the end, it balances out into a good, but not great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for a Doppelbock of this ABV, and the lightness of the body is accentuated, unfortunately, by carbonation that doesn't press past medium. These attributes, however, are not disappointing to the level where they distract from the beer's more meritorious elements. The finish is smooth and to style.

Overall: The only "Doppel" things about this Helles Bock are the ABV and the spicy notes. The lager postmarks are definitely present via the Pils malt flavor and smooth, light mouthfeel. In the end, however, while this beer may not "wow" an enthusiast, it does not disappoint.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,546 ratings.
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