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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,585
Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Swung by a grocery store and made my own six pack while down in New Orleans. Can find Abita everywhere. Pours a bright clear golden color with plenty of head and lacing. Smell is pleasant, and initial taste is surprisingly smooth with a little bitterness that finishes quite smooth. Definately gotta find more this summer

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.51/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Was looking forward to another offering from Abita. They have a nice Octoberfest.

This "helles" is nothing to write home about.

Too hoppy, no full flavor and IMHO - no good.


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Photo of GLBClover85
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I've had of the style..not sure what to think. Nothing special to me the malt profile stands out..thin bodied easily drinkable. For being 8% you could easily session these as the booze is well masked

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Photo of D1noB
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special, it has a grain/malt front that fades

Taste Rating in Words: You enter a gift store and put a king cap on, it's the illusion of special and then it fades, you realize you're standing in the store with a new case of head lice. . . But you still look smashing.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 06/17/17.

Creamy white head that stands 2 fingers tall with good retention and sticky lacing.Deep golden colored body with a slight amber hue,and very good clarity.Low on carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet malts,wheat,sweet corn,and some hints of white grapes.Also getting some yeast and slight hints of piney hops.

The palate follows the nose with sweet corn,wheat,and sweet malts up front,some piney and floral hops in the middle,and white grapes with some earthy malt on the back end.Flavors of wheat are pretty consistent throughout the sip.Small hints of alcohol on the back end.

The mouth feel is thin yet sticky,with a slightly dry yet smooth finished.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue.

This is a pretty solid beer,not something I would look for but not something I would turn down either.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very malty, slightly hoppy, and slightly citrusy. First maibock so I have nothing to compare it to, but I did enjoy it. Went well with the red beans and rice I ate since it was a lighter flavor.

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Photo of DrivewayLegend
4.51/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This one of my favorite beers. It is a great tasting Helles Lager with a well-rounded body. When poured, the head is very healthy but not overwhelming .

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Photo of MinerBob
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy gold color with a good head. A good beer smell with fruity notes. A good but not great taste. It is smooth with an easy swallow and almost no aftertaste.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow with good (but not overwhelming) carbonation. Smell is sweet with some citrus. Taste follows the nose - very sweet and syrupy. A bit of ginger. Not a huge fan. Taste quite watered down and just OK. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it's fine but not worth the $3.

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Photo of beerguy04
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color with a half finger head. Smelled pretty grainy. Taste is grainy and malty. Very watered down. Mouthfeel is watery. Overall, I felt the beer was watered down and I had trouble picking any real flavors. It was a meh beer to me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft in a tall pilsner glass

Clear golden, thin white head. Mild grainy aroma. Taste is earthy hops and pale malt, mildly sweet. Okay flavor. Thin bodied.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
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 -10.8%
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 -14.5%
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


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

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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%
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 +8%
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 +2%
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 +10.5%
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 +14%
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 Squire123
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with fast disappearing white cap.

Noticeably sweet grainy aroma.

Tastes is rounded and sweet. Well, to be fair it's not a sugary sort of sweetness but whatever the source (malt presumably) that's what I'm getting. Brewer says the flavor is dryer and while I applaud their effort I can't agree with their assessment. Hops are subdued throughout and emerge with a rough sort of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a strong bitterness but here a little goes a long way.

Texture is medium and carbonated.

I've had this on occasion while in New Orleans and draw the same conclusions each time which is a high gravity brew that is mostly a sweet heaviness that overshadows the hops to the extent balance isn't achievable. Like a see-saw with a child on one end and a fully grown man on the other.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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 +4%
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 +6.3%
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 -35.6%
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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