Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 BitterLover
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber yellow with a huge, fluffy white head (even though I was pouring carefully). In fact, the head was so aggressive that I had to stop pouring when the glass was only half full because the top half was all head. Really light in color for a Doppelbock.

Smell: Definite green apple aroma, smells more like a strong cider than a beer

Taste: Sweet maltiness up front, followed quickly by a citrusy note, and finishing with the flavor of sourdough bread with an alcohol pinch. This wasn't really what I was expecting from a Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very full bodied and velvety.

Drinkability: I just finished the 22 oz bottle, and at 8%, I don't think I'll open another one. It's decent, but it doesn't seem like a Doppelbock.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear amber with a decent white head. Aroma is mainly malty with a strong hoppy undertone and a sharp hint of apple, like hard cider. Flavor is malty and ciderish with a strong but not overwhelming alcohol nip and just a touch of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and it fairly dances on the way down.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Andygator, is a fearsome beast...much too big for any little bottle"

Andygator pours out with your typical golden lager color, big frothy head with ample amounts of retention.

Aroma reminds me of a combination of pale munich malts, abitas trademark aroma, and a funky champagne yeast. In otherwords this smells like your typical pilsner, or maibock/helles lager.

Taste is a bit more assertive than the smell. Crisp light grains, with touches of honey, black pepper, dry hay, and a twangy grassy note. Overall, pretty balanced.

This drinks like a true Lager in every sense of the word. It's hard to exactly classify this one to style, but it's a tossup between a maibock/pilsner/dopplebock. It has an interesting yet easily approach to the richness of a pale malt bomb. It's very drying, with a sappy residual sweetness, yet for a Lager it hits the marks.

Based on category/style, in this case we will just say Lager. This is actually quite a remarkable beer. Easy to drink, with no off flavors, and a great display of pale malts.

Good job, Abita.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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 chaz410
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the beer from Common market in Charlotte.
Smell is very faint. Not much character to the smell. Fairly balanced between malt and hops but nothing too forward.
Taste like a very light dopplebock. Clean smooth taste with a bubbly finish. You can barely taste the alcohol. Good balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of Vengeance526
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a very faint white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves only the smallest bits of lacing.

Some malt comes through in the nose but this is about it.

Taste reveals subtle notes of sweetness and bits of grain but not much else. It's a very neutral flavor, neither offensive nor exciting.

Medium carbonation but this seemed fairly watered down. Didn't feel like 8% at first but the more I drank, the more of an alcoholic bite I could feel developing in the background. I should probably try the bottled version but I've never had a good enough experience with this on tap to even want to bother. The bottled Abbey Ale was good so maybe I'll give Andy another shot sometime. I'm think I'm done with this on draft though.

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

Poured from the 650ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Hazy golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Slowly settles, leaving a nice layer of foam on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. Nice clingy lacing remains.

S: Malt, wheat, baked bread, and honey.

T: Wheat and yeast are prominent. Also a certain hoppyness, sharp citrus, and a touch of sweet.

M: Light but formidable. A sharp yeasty hoppy thing initially assaults the palette. Citrus and sweet follow, but the hops linger throughout. A little dry in the finish. Heavy alcohol taste.

D: Good drinkability, but definitely a sipper.

Really good atmosphere. Pleasant but not overpowering nose. Complex, balanced flavor. Hefty feel, but not overwhelming. Really solid quaff.

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Photo of sweethome
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The new 22 oz. bomber pictured on BA. The first I've seen Abita do in bomber - impressive look with the gator snapping out of the weeds...

Pour is deep golden yellow. Rather large white head. Provided some decent lacing as consumed.

Sweet nose of clover honey and a hint of hallertau? A noble hop back there - thats for sure. The nose grew on me.

Sweet malt entry - the honey flavors that were in nose take off, fills out the palate with full creamy mouthfeel. Nice hop balance. A helles bock indeed.

The finish is slightly clipped. The sweetness lingers, although balanced with a hint of bitterness. Just doesn't quite finish with a statement.

The drinkability belies the 8% abv listed on the bottle. A bit of a velvet hammer. Stylish beer. Smooth, dirnkable and satisfying - if not overly flavorful.

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

22oz bottle into Scandinavian Mug.

Crystal clear golden straw hue with a two finger white head that settles to a thick even cap. A solid wall of lacing is left in its place.

Light sweet grain with a little bit of a sweet candy aroma. A little bit of grassy flavors.

Light and slightly toasty malt aromas which give off a little more of the light candy flavor, which is probably also part alcohol. The hops are present, adding a little bit of bitterness to the sweet malts. Medium bodied.

I think some of the dislike of this one comes from the confusion around which style it actually is. It's not a Doppelbock, that's for sure. I'd say it's a strong Maibock. Not the best, but it's not a bad beer at all. Crisp malts and a dab of assertive hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out to be quite a good looking beer, with pale golden body, three finger thick head, and excellent clarity. That being said, it looked nothing like a typical Dopplebock, but since it's a Helles version of it, I'd let that slide. The smell was sweet honey, banana, bubblegum. and aged Cheddar like hops, in other words, far more typical of a Belgian Pale Ale than a bock. The taste was delicate, sweet, and well balanced. I could detect fruits in the form of banana, pear, and pineapple, but they were mostly fleeting in nature. I was most surprised by the spicy and relatively aggressive hop character. This is something that one would not expect in a Dopplebock, much less in one from Abita. This was certainly not liquid bread for lent, but it was deliciously made, so I overlooked all the non traditional aspects of the taste. Light and runny on the palette, and not much heft to indicate the potency of this beer. If you can cope with something unexpected, and take it how effective it is versus what you expected it to be, this beer might do it for you.

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Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out really clear with just tad of white suds. Not much lacing for an 8%er.
Smell is spicy in a subtle way. Caramel and grain.
Sugar and caramel and grain. Like a wheat flavor. Don't really taste much here.
Mouthfeel is good and clear and only in the aftertaste do we discover some bitterness. Not dark and brooding though. Just kinda plain.
Needs more pizzazz.

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Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at wait for it...Tap in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head into a pint glass. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top with decent lacing.

Smells lightly of sweet malts with small hints of light fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's not a whole lot going on, and none of the light fruit aromas come through in the taste department. Ending is mildly bitter but more of a lingering sweetness pervades.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I would've guessed the ABV at somewhere in the low 6's - very drinkable for such a light-bodied beer at this ABV.

Overall there's nothing overly exciting about this beer, but it goes down easily - a middle-of-the-road beer from Abita.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When I first saw Andygator after it had been transferred to the Growler at the Abita Brew Pub, I thought what a beautiful bronze to golden color. So I drove home with it, chilled it in the frig and poured it in a glass. Just a hint of hops comes out when you sniff it. Then the taste, I told my wife it was like liquid gold. This beer is a the top of my list. Now that could be because it hasn't been easy to get or because it is so very good. Doesn't taste like 8%.
We soon went by the Bulldog on Magazine in New Orleans. I had the Andygator on draft, my what a killer brew. Great taste, beautiful color. Lovely, just lovely.

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Photo of cvfish
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy yellow color that produced a foamy white head that did not stick around or leave any lace in the process

S - This beer has some burn to it, which amazes me that it is only (right, only) 8%, and the alcohol is not masked or muted

T - This beer has some grainy notes that to hit the palate, sour tastes, followed by the strong bite alcohol, but not good Doublebock alcohol, more like bad malt liquor alcohol

M - A smooth, medium bodied quality that lets me know that this is no malt liquor, but lots of carbonation to aid the burps

D - I was no fan of this on tap, nor am I a fan of this in the bottle. There is only one characteristic that tells me that this is not malt liquor, and I can get blazed with something much better, although this was relatively cheap (again, malt liquor-like)

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Photo of Jablonski
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

You can take it for what it is, and there is generally only one reason my friends buy this beer.

I have had it twice on tap at The Chimes.

Appearance: very light amber color

Taste: taste mostly like sweetened water and the alcohol is apparent

Drinkability: really got tired of the beer quickly, and I rarely want more than one pint.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of alcohol, spicy, grainy, and somewhat fruity. Tastes of fruitiness, grains, and the same pepper spiciness. Some alcohol in the finish.

Notes from and tasted on 1/08/08.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had many pints at The Chimes in recent years... most recently on 9-12-2008.

An amber color, lighter than one might expect, but a definite malty aroma and strong taste.

As several have mentioned, this feels more like a strong bock than a barleywine, but it does pack a kick with an ABV of around 8%.

Rumor has it Abita will be bottling this beer for the first time ever shortly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the saucer last night. Had not previosuly seen it really anywhere, so needless to say I was thrilled to see this, and about the only thing I was thrilled to see last night. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/07/2008.

A barleywine, really? I think they nailed this one with it listed with the bocks on the menu to be honest. The pour was decent with a very light amber color, some light haze to it and lots of visible carbonation. A smallish white head rose up, but quickly settled down leaving mostly nothing in its wake.

The aroma was loaded with grain. Light fruit vibes and a ton of malt. Nothing in here really led me to think this was a barley wine of any kind. A big malty bock would be completely accurate here. More of this carried over into the flavor as well. Lots of light grainey malts, with some light hints at a grass like hope profile, but mostly just a classic bock like taste. Not much alcohol and a thin feel to it as well. Easily drinkable as no really hotness to it and it was well carbonated and light enough to be enjoyed.

Overall I am not sure how this one is a barley wine. It is way too light as far as I am concerned, but thats fine, still though it was nice to try it and thats about all.

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Photo of philipquarles
1.99/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold with a two-finger white head. Decent retention and fairly nice lacing. Smells sugary sweet, grainy and a hint of alcohol. Off-putting. Taste is similar; sweetness that's really unmatched by anything else in the brew, making it fairly unbalanced. Grainy malt again, with some citric notes and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but not horrible. It's like all of the negative characteristics that one can find in a cheap lager have been cranked up to 11. The worst beer Abita makes.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita- Andy Gator

Huge thanks to Deepsouth for a growler of this stuff!

A- Light clear copper with a good frothy white head. Nice light lacing down my Abita Andy Gator glass, also courtesy of Deepsouth!
S- Very light pine hops with a light sweet buttery malt.
T- Light crisp pine hops and sweet buttery grainy malt. This is a Barleywine?!
M- Again light and sweet but there's a nice creamy malt body and a touch of tangy pine hops. This ones ends a little thick and cloying.

Overall- Actually quite easy to drink an tasty. I can't really see it being a barleywine though. Regardless tasty and refreshing while I attemt to frame my basement. (Thanks Jason!)

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Photo of deepsouth
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i had this at the abita brewpub today and while i'm not sure it fits the "standard" as a barleywine, it was a damn fine beer.

it was fairly light in color and in the nose, but the taste was very good. very well balanced.

the mouthfeel was good. not too heavy and great on a summer day.

the alcohol content (whatever it was) was well hidden, but apparently on the high side as i had one and decided i'd have to switch to a different beer in order to drive home safely. i made barefootbrewer trade me his jockomo ipa (which was way better on draft as well btw).

this was good enough for me to buy a growler to bring home and a another to send to a person that i'd consider lucky, despite it's low score on beeradvocate.

i honestly think this beer is at least a full letter grade higher than the beeradvocate ratings suggest.

i hope the guy i send it to digs it as i did.

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Photo of theghost3
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It has a golden appearance with a thin white head. The smell is a little sweet, faint hops. It tastes somewhat spicy with hops and grains. There is a certain bite to it--likely because of the relatively high ABV--dry with a lot of carbonation, watery. Overall, not that drinkable. I'll order something else the next time I'm in Abita.

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Photo of garcia2a
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Spring House a while ago and just found my review!

The beer pours a pale golden color and crystal clear. The head was light and laced. Light carbonation.

The bouquet was a bit musty with very light grain and even lighter malt. Alcohol creeps in on the end to boot.

The taste has a bit of sweetness and light hops. Clean, crisp, dry finish, posibly due to the alcohol or the liberty hops.

This is lighter in body than I expected and as long as it is cold, has decent mouthfeel. Andy Gator is a simple beer, dry finished and honestly, perfect for those high humidity Louisiana summer days!

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Photo of sirgeoph
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can only find this on tap, which is a bit disappointing.

It's a great beer to sip at your leisure, and has a nice taste that does hide the higher than average ABV.

The only issue I take with it is that it can often times have a slightly unpleasant aroma that can lower its drinkability.

Overall, it's a good beer and worth a shot if you ever have the chance.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,645 ratings
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