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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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a surprisingly clear pale yellow colour. Not something I was expecting from something labeled as a "Helles Doppelbock."
The flavour was a surprise as well. Not incredibly sweet by any stretch. Surprisingly light. Thankfully, not overly hoppy at all. Perfect amount of hops here. Despite the lightness of it all, alcohol is incredibly subdued for 8%, but thankfully still discernible. But man, I could probably chug this down if I wanted to. Both due to the light, crisp flavour and the seemingly magically hidden alcohol content. This is not what I was expecting at all, but it's really quite good nonetheless. The only other thing I've encountered that claimed to be a "Helles doppelbock" was made by Samichlaus. That was 14% alcohol and a thick, sweet concoction. Amazing, of course, but in no way related to this. This is a totally different approach. I'm pretty sure I even taste wheat in this. This is far more on the Helles side, not so much on the doppelbock side, but in all the right ways. It's less bitter and a tad more sweet than most helles bocks and of course, it's got that doppelbock level of alcohol. Good stuff.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of hedgepigtails
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of AustinHughes
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DavidEasterling
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Intitial pour releases a very nice arouma, lets you know it's there.

Average head and gets down to business. Minimul lacing.

Very good initial flavor. Wavers only if taken in improper amounts(gulps)

Overall very nice beer. Better when poured around and drank while with a group

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a huge, fizzy, dense, white head that has decent retention

S - apples, grains, grass

T - grains, alcohol, faint grass, faintly fruity

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated

This comes across a bit grainy to me. It's also a bit warm with an excessive alcohol warmth. The drinkability would be improved a great deal if it were toned down slightly. The flavor and body are mediocre. I would expect more from a Maibock.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 1,602 ratings.
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