Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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429
Ratings:
1,535
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
31.25%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful beer. Andy Gator purchased at a local beer shop in a 22 oz. bomber, served in a St. Bernadus goblet. This beer was light and clear (cleared up once it warmed a little). Medium carbonation and a decent head. A great aroma, hard to describe but the smell was very familiar, not really hop based though. This beer was amazingly smooth to drink. Nice medium to full mouthfeel and a very little aftertaste. A great example of a Helles. I am becoming more impressed with the makers of Purple Haze, did not see that coming.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is listed on BA as a dopple, above the bar at the Abita Brewpub as a barleywine, and in the Abita Brewpub's menu as a "continental malt liquor". So really what is this? Served in a small chalice. The color is light golden, head is very small. The aroma is sweet and beery. Pretty much a richer version of the smell in a standard malt liquor. The taste is most reminiscent of a malt liquor, I really can't see this being classified as a barley wine or a dopplebock. A flavorful light malt taste is backed by subtle hops. A mild taste of alcohol is in the finish. Basically, I'd consider this a craft beer version of malt liquor. I'd drink this again, but Abita has plenty of beers I'd rather have.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, slight grain, wheat, hint of citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of wheat, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooo, helles doppelbock. I wouldn't expect to see myself with a glass of one in June, but this shows that I am willing to go past the "lighter brews in warm months" mentality. Well, its color is said to be light, but not its alcohol. There's 12 ounce to drink, so let's start. On to the beer:

True to style, this beer is a lighter colored one. Looking fools gold in the chalice and topped with a short head which dissipates to a thin white lace. The aroma is very sweet, like white grapes and sparking cider mixed together. A little earthy as well with a kiss of spicy hops.

While overall a sweet beer, it isn't cloying as I feared. It has the flavor of apples and grapes, a solid white cracker base, and a note of vague hops which cut some of the sweet flavor out. Malt bombs are generally thick with the mouthfeel, but this one is on the lighter side with just a few whisper of alcohol being heard.

After being on a barrage of hopped beer, it's a pleasant change to come back to something sweet and malty. Andygator is one of its many useful cures.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some biscuit, a touch of sweetness. Taste is no so mild, biscuits, alcohol, malts, some sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

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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.

3.5/3/2.5/3/2.5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

LOOK: Clear golden color, but lifeless, fizzy white collar dips out quickly.

SMELL: Grain, yeast, buttery toffee, dough.

TASTE: Sweet cereal grains, table sugar, light hops. Faint grapefruit and herb notes with some biscuit and crust. No real alcohol flavor, besides a small estery fruitiness. Malt and rice are detectable. Basic strong lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Opens up almost dry but midway through the bottle that notion is lost.

OVERALL: Ok brew. A bit sweet, could find many better examples of the style. With a few tweaks, not too far off from being a contender in the imperial helles category. As it is, more like a clean malt liquor.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Andygator is bright and yellow as a fresh lemon and has a reflection like a camera flash. It is about 97% clear (allowing for a very minor haze). From above its bleached-white head looks dense and solid as ice, but the air gradually picks away at it, dissolving it almost entirely.

This is a really nice Helles Bock, at least on first impression. The 'je ne sais quoi' of the style is on proud display in the aroma; its sweet, bready maltiness has a depth of flavour not found in simple helles lagers of lower strength. You do indeed get the impression of the 8% alcohol.

...but it doesn't hurt things one bit. In fact, it adds to them. This maltiness, though plain and simple, is sturdy and wholesome enough to soak up the harsh notes and still maintain its grainy, lightly toasted cereal flavour in spite of the odd fruity ester or sting. It even has light caramel notes and a hint of spice that fly in the face of it all.

Helles Bocks are somehow distinctive without being much of anything in particular. These beers are modest; ordinary and unsophisticated upon first inspection. But closer looks (err, tastes) reveal an understated intricacy: a corn bread-like flavour that is sweet and grainy, with hints of grassy, herbal bitterness, and an overall towering maltiness.

Andygator, like all good examples of the style, is very lean but very muscular. It doesn't hit a ton of notes but the ones it does are sung loud and held long. Given the naturally understated qualities of helles bocks I'm not surprised it has failed to impress others, but bock lovers will certainly recognize and appreciate its quality, composure, and authenticity. Good job!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from the Liquor Warehouse in HB, $4.09,

A: Pours yellow with a 2-finger white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Bready malt, alcohol, light sulfur.

T: Taste is good with a strong presence of sourdough bread. Hops are light adding a bit of grass and flowers. Mild ethanol.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, very easy drinking for it's ABV.

D: This is a really nice strong lager, not overly alcoholic at all. Harkens to the Eastern European strong lager, a style that is drinkable and high gravity, good job by Abita.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a good white colored head, looks like a regular lager.

Sweet and nutty this basically smells like Pecan Pralines. There is a slight lemon aroma to this one; it mixes with the herbs to give this a slight lemon grass scent.

Starts out sweet and fruity in the mouth, aftertaste is banana? Malty and bready beer with a restrained sweetness. Good bitterness in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one that leaves me thinking there was something here that I just didn't get. It is OK but somehow I expected more from this beer. It is OK.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to the Abita rep in Jacksonville for opening this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is honeysuckle, cracked wheat bread, and melted demerara sugar.
Taste is of th aromas with intensified flavors of doughy lager yeast and honey with light peaches pulling through with gentle spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, syrupy, and sticky sweet.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow with a quick-lived white head.

The aroma is more like a pilsener with its toasted biscuit malt character, odd fruitiness, and a clean, crisp hop note.

The body is light and refreshing. This would might be a halfway decent lawnmower beer.

The taste is also rather biscuit and bready-like with a clean crisp hop finish. It is 8% ABV but you wouldn't know it.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, yellow/blond with a white head, some retention, hints of leg.

S: Nice nobel-hop-like aroma: Grassy, floral and even a little herbal. Underlying sweet toffee and a light fruitiness.

T: Grassy, herbal & floral hops, sponge toffee, light bread, hints of tropical fruit, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth. Quite good.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A really easy drinker for its weight. Well-crafted.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber/yellow color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grassy nose. Flavor is malty sweet, hints of grass. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Best by May 2011.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden orange with a frothy dull white head. Retention was rather short and sweet, but a decent spongey web lacing makes amends for its quick exit. A light visible carbonation factor was observed.

S: tart, with a light funky orange aroma along with a sour fruitiness with some grapes. Supporting lemony scents were also evident, light to medium in strength, but never as dominant nor grimacing as the label suggests.

T: The flavor was tart with some sour citric notes along with a light acidity. Some fermented orange juice provides a light funky nature along with some sour fruitiness of pineapples and melons. A light herbal hopping was nice, but seemed to clash with the tartness of the drink. Dried lemon peels with a lingering fade of sour apples rounds things out here.

M: medium with a oily, smooth texture. A very soft carbonation was felt while a quick finish off the tongue left you wondering if that was a good thing or not.

D: I found to be limiting. Its not one I would bother to drink again , much less in multiples. It had flashes of some good flavor from now and then but just not enough to justify this as a good recommend. Worthy of a try, maybe, but never made me look forward to the next sip and was average at best in most regards.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a snow-white head of foam that fades to a sticky ring.

S- The aroma of fresh rain mixes with fresh raw grain and some honey malt. There is a very light sweet sulfur note at the finish that compliments the grain nicely.

T- The dry very pale malt flavor has hints of honey and toasted corn to it. There is a mellow Noble green hop hint that finishes with a soft bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a faint fizz finish that makes the hops bite very nicely.

D- This beer has a smooth great flavor with a great freshness to the grain and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer drinks very easy.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light gold color with two-finger head that quickly died. A malty smell with some sweetness but no real hops at all picked up. Goes down easy but bland as there is some minor caramelized malt sweetness and faint, veggie-like hop presence, but this is not a good DB. Passes over easy and has sweetness, but other than that there is no complexity or oomph in this beer. Maybe it's made for beginner's in mind.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color wtih an off-white head.

S- The aroma is some grain and a good amount of honey with some citrus and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features some smooth sweet malt and honey flavors with some hops in the finish. It's a little on the sweet side but the alcohol is hidden pretty well

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The sweetness limits the drinkability for me but it is a decent beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of beertunes
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Before I start my review, a couple of notes. The bartender at the restaurant where I had this didn't know anything about the beer, so I just went at it blind. When I looked it up here, I thought "Helles Dopplebock? What the hell? I never thought Dopplebock while drinking it!". Keep that in mind during the review.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear golden yellow with a white head that quickly dissipated and left slightly more than a little lacing.

The slightly sweet aroma had a solid, grainy scent with a bit of a hop note at the end. The flavor was extremely close to the scent, just a little sweeter than the aroma indicated. Primarily grain/grass flavors with a pleasant little hop zing at the end.

The body was light (but remember, I had no idea of style while drinking this beer) and sticky. Drinkability was good (in my notes I said good, but why have more than one?) and now that I see what they were trying for here, I bumped the score up a little bit.

Overall, a decent beer worth trying, I'll go back and try it again and adjust my review if needed.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Nose: bready, yeasty over spicy Munich malt with some hop spice mingled in, faint cooked vegetal.
Pours brilliant gold under a dense 2" finely bubbled foam cap, lacy.
Palate: Initial malty sweetness followed by alcohol, fresh grains, faint grass, bready malt, malt spice and a light hop touch.
Very smooth and creamy medium full bodied beer with just below medium carbonation. Warming.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and kind of boozy. Taste also starts sweet, is creamy in the middle, but then hits a bit harshly with the alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but quashed by the harsh fusels or something, with drinkability being ok. Could have been better.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Aroma is yeasty, with a touch of Belgian character to it, green apple, and a metallic note. Hints of peach surface. Flavor reveals an overly sweet caramel malt base, toasted notes, and muted peach and apple skin character. Could use some sharp notes to clean up the flab.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty sweet honey amber with a half inch of head which turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Has a bit of caramel from the dopplebock side with some lager yeast tone and honey sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a good bit of sweetness from a honey or caramel which is enjoyably. Simple yet tasty.

M - Has a pretty good medium body but no ABV burn or taste.

Overall this is a very solid Imperial Helles lager (in my eyes) with sweet dopplebock tones. Most affordable at only 5 dollars so give it a try!

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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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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,535 ratings.
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