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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,778
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,626
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear golden-yellow body. Not very exciting.

S: sweet citrus, a little tangy with wheats, grains and breads.

T: light malt with pear, cherry notes.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

Overall: not very memorable although a memorable helles is challenging to make.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a unique brew in that it has elements of a german lager and elements of a bayou feast, and the combination is special! lighter in color, honey shade at its deepest, and plenty heady. malty as they come, some pale barley, but a lot of other things too, some wheat, oats even, its thick and creamy and layered like oatmeal and cereal and granola all in the same bowl. hopped well enough too, but the thing that makes this cool is the yeast, its humid almost, wet and dirty and musty and bayou all the way, which i like. its unlike other abita beers in that it doesnt feel mass produced and thought of later, it seems like a conscious effort, and i appreciate that tremendously. fluffy thick but dry and light beer, multiple juxtapositions in terms of feel. great to try this one on tap, and not really quite fitting any style parameters. worth the humble price of admission times two or three, and thats less common than the unique flavors of this lovely brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. All of the bubbles eventually completely faded away.
S: The beer smells malty and thick and also has some notes of herbal hops in the aromas.
T: The taste is rather malty and spicy and also has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink for the style because the alcohol isn't that prominent in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat surprised to see this beer in the area. Steve, thanks for sharing!

The beer opens with a very dopplebock-like viscocity, but with a deep straw color, stark white head formation and light retention (too light for a dopplebock). Some lacing evident on the glass. Looks much like a heavy pilsner.

Favorable aromas are set in in heavy pilsner malt base. Fresh, clean, and inviting. A nicely round boquet of floral hops give a flowery, nectar-like quality. Too bad there's hardly any rich breadiness or toastiness that could have added a much-needed complexity.

Flavors are understandibly dominated by pilsner malts, but with a background balance of hop flavor. The traditional melanoiden charactert that would have come from classic decoction mashing is lacking, making the beer taste like an imperial pilsner instead of a dopplebock. Though the floral hop flavor continues deep into the finish, the beer lacks depth, complexity, and the essential variety of flavors found in the EKU's and Samichlaus' of the world.

Body is on target with a full texture with a pleasant residual sweetness on the palate. Carbonation is a bit high but at times making the beer clean and refreshing, then at times scrubs the tastebuds a bit too harshly. Alcohols are nearing the 'hot' thresholds and prove a bit too fusal while adding a bitter bite to the hop's balance.

Overall a pretty good beer, but it should be defined as an imperial pilsner and not a helles dopplebock.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky inch of foam that leaves a lot of splashy lace behind

Smell: Sugary, shortbread malt with notes of grain

Taste: Sugary shortbread, up front, with a slightly grainy character developing, in the middle; sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Sweet and enjoyable though it seems to lack some of the sophistication of the German examples

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with some cherry notes. Caramel and toffee notes, too.

T - Tasted sweet and malty with a strong caramel presence. Some spice and cherry skins.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice bock from Abita. Good value at less than $5 for a bomber.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/5/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, raisin, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of apple, pear, grape, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, grass, and floral hops. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, cracker, light pepper, herbal, and floral hops on the finish for a bit. Good balance of fruity ester, bready malt, and hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Helles Bock. Good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear; golden-copper color; one-finger of off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled more fruity (cherry and currant) than expected, with hints of caramel and toffee, over a solid baked bread (malt) base.

T - Tasted nicely malty with a bit of fruit (mostly cherry). Slightly boozy, but not objectionable.

M - Very smooth; medium bodied; clean, semi-dry finish.

O - A fine, refreshing, high ABV dobblebock that drinks more like an imperial pils. 3.75

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,626 ratings
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