Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: German Maibock

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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Ratings: 1,695 |  Reviews: 468
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice name; what else could it be but a doppelbock from Louisiana? Kudos.

Nose is bright and fruity - not unlike apple sauce. Slightly sour. Smells peculiar.

Pours a light gold / medium yellow, good clarity, nice creamy/foamy head. Looks good.

Quite grainy and toasty-dry, I can almost taste the raw uncooked malt. Moderately sour and tart, mildly sweet. Mild hop flavor. Hints of chocolate. Creamy body and malt. More sweetness as it warms. Finishes slightly creamy-malty and sour. Tastes alright. Feels pretty good. Decent drinkability.

The head brewer at Abita must have a very different taste preference than me because this, like most Abita's I've tried, just isn't very good (obviously in my opinion). I feel bad bashing Abita, but given their distributorship why can't they produce better beer? This one's boring, not well balanced, and lacking in flavor. Sorry.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Kromes
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing down the glass. A sweet yeast/malt, clove, hop aroma. There are some fruit notes in the aroma also. The taste is sweet, somewhat toffee malts with a warming alcohol flavor and feel. There are slight earthy hops and bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lasts quite a while. A little bit of peppery spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thick and drinkability is ok.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a golden straw color with a large off-white head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S - Sweet, grainy malt aromas dominate the nose. Wheat, corn, and buttered bread are the most notable notes.

T - A slightly offensive corn-like sweetness dominates up front, followed by caramel and buttery notes in the finish. I know that doppels are supposed to be sweet, but this one seems overdone.

M - Medium-bodied and fairly creamy with a lingering sweetness on the palate. Carbonation is not quite potent enough to offset the malt sweetness.

D - This is the first "helles doppelbock" I've had, and I wasn't very impressed. I think I'll stick to the more traditional doppels. This one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of sarahspat
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very clear, mildly effervescent sunshine yellow (I thought Dopplebocks were supposed to be dark). VERY sticky and abundant white head.

Smells earthy, grassy, bready-malty, with a touch of clove.

As first it tastes very spicey. Cloves and coriander run amok. As it warms, however, it becomes kind of anonymously malty-sweet, and a strong, unpleasant stale wheat flavor grows in prominence. I also detect some celery notes. A mild caramel flavor announces itself after significant warming.

The body is way too light for the style. As far as drinkability, I didn't have much desire to finish my glass. I'm no expert on German lagers, but based simply on the BA style description of Dopplebocks... well, this isn't one. And it's really not a great beer either. It's not like it's disgusting, but not I would not drink it again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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 farrago
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft foamy head of about one finger, mix of all bubble sizes, close to bone white, very credible lacing. Bronze orange to a light brown in color, distorts light easily. Sweetly florid nose with a whole bunch of orange, lemon juice in addition to roasted nuttiness, corn, honeyed bread, sweetened cereal, crunchy apple, pear and peach scents, while thick overall does achieve a little lift. Full-bodied, creamy in feel with not a rough patch in sight, rubs gently into the palate. Lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus dominant here too, juicy and friendly with minimal bite. Malt, corn, granola, cinnamon, dehydrated apple and pear fruit starting to concentrate, some banana. Hint of caramel, toffee. Hard to pick out any keenly edged hoppy components. Stays fluffy and carbonated through the finish, No alcoholic heat but "heady" in a boozy way. Very affable, the John Candy of beers.

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

APP-Poured a crystal clear straw. Nice thick white head. recedes to lacing after an initial pour.
Aroma= Nice malt profile. Munich malt comes through in the nose. No apparent hop aroma. Some small amount of diacetyl. Nice sugar profile similar to a good tripel.
Taste- Big malt profile. No hop flavor but good bitterness level. A little more sweet then balanced. Great malt profile. Munich malt comes through in profile.
Mouthfeel- A little thin in body. Appropriate for style but I like a little more body is what I like.
Overall- This is an easy drinking beer. Perfect for style but nothing breathtaking. I would still recommend but would not go out of my way to get some.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear pale yellow, with a thick white head

S - Malty sweet, with a hint of hops.

T - Very mild malt flavor, slightly sweet, witha sweet finish. Hints of grain, if the malt.

M - Slightly thin mouthfeel

D - Very easy drinking beer. Mild and smooth.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Uhh, not my bag baby. Poured clear gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, perfume aroma laden with spun sugar, lemon, and malt. Sparkling mouthfeel, kept the feel light. Taste started off good, but got sickening towards the end of the glass. Lots of corn and crystal malt int he beginning, very nice. Light fruitiness, light sweetness that kept in check. Somehow, it seemed to build up in your mouth, though. Soon, the taste turned into a grape-candy and straw disaster. Its was like the Sam Adams Longshot Grape beer on steroids. The finish was long and sticky, and very unpleasant. If it remained constant in the beginning, I would have really liked this beer. But as it is, no way.

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

22oz bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Andygator pours a straw gold, lager-esque body with good clarity and a well-retained tuft of off-white head. Aggressive carbonation level, too. Aromas of sweet cornmeal, light citrus, grass, and crystal malts. Nothing great, but still enticing.

Not quite sure what a "Helles Doppelbock" should taste like, but this lager bastardization works. Peppery, citric hops follow a sweet corn husk & pale malt profile, biting the back of the palate with a hint of booze and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, perhaps a bit over-carbonated, and without the signature chewiness of a good Doppelbock. A bit harsh on the finish. Still, Andygator is probably the best tasting beer I've yet had from Abita, and for that reason I'll look forward to trying their other bombers.

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Photo of jnfs
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This big beer is medium yellow in color and clear with a nice frothy head that fell to about 1/4" after a minute. It appears to be medium in carbonation. The nose on this beer is of malt, alcohol, and possibly vanilla. The taste is of malt and a moderate amount alcohol. Initial body impression is light, but there is a little more to it than that. I'd say it's a light to medium bodied beer. The malt, alcohol and hint of vanilla flavoring are nice for this awesome brutish blond brew which I believe is worthy of it's name.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear light gold with white head. It smelled like bready yeast and lemon, with a hint of spices. It tasted like sweet honey malt and bready yeast and fresh wheat, with light orange and lemon hops and a bit of spice. It was fairly thick with mild carbonation, and had a light malty aftertaste. Overall this didn't have as big or bold of a flavor as I was expecting. It was still pretty crisp and tasty, and had a nice fully body. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was pretty easy to drink. But it could definitely use more malty sweetness and overall flavor. As it is, this beer was pretty bland and forgettable. Abita's Mardi Gras Bock might even have bigger flavor (although a bit less complex).

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy/foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain, somewhat nutty with lemongrass. Smells like a robust helles.

The taste is of sweet grainy, slightly nutty (almondy) with a hint of fruitiness. There is a very slightly soapy aftertaste that detracts a bit.

It has a thickish, syrupy medium body.

I can see where they were going - a souped-up helles bringing it to "doppelbock" category. Could be Imperial Helles, if there were such a style. A doppelbock, being a "big" lager, and this being a big helles-style, fits well enough. It is a bit boozy, not unexpected. The only real drawback I have is the slightly soapy aftertaste. Also, if you are having it alone, I suggest keeping it refrigerated between pours, as it doesn't exactly improve with warming (also not unexpected for what it is). It does have a nice sweetish nutty-ish, grainy presence and some fruity balance. An interesting "sipper".

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Photo of frothyhead
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's get this out of the way: the label calls this a "Helles Dopplebock". This is no where near representative of any kind of dopplebock that I've ever had. I'm going to rate it simply as a lager, because the style is pretty much obscured.

Pours crisp, clear bright orangeish yellow into a pint glass with a good two finger off-white head.

Nose is bready and has a distinct malty, unfermented wort smell - like my apartment on brew day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation.

Taste is malty and a little sweet, some very mild hop bitterness in finish. Has that same flavor of raw malt extract that the nose has.

Drinkability is average.

Overall I'm having trouble saying much of anything about this beer. It is boring and average. It's surprising that it is 8% ABV because frankly it has more in common than a standard American macro lager than it does with any kind of "extreme" beer, which the label seems to talk it up as.

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Photo of thryn
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pale. I'd call it golden. It's yellow-orange ... th color of the empty pill bottle on my desk next to it, in fact. I know Doppelbocks have a range of color, but this is way too light, IMO. Lively carbonation, a finger of fluffy white head. It's pretty, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't look like a doppelbock at all. Some sticky lace.

Smell's right on the nose. Sweet malt, a hint of raisin, and alcohol.

Not doing it for me flavorwise, though. Sweet malt flavor and not much else. Needs more hops to give it a spine, needs more malt to give it a body. Abita's Web site says this would be good with crawfish, and I can see that, as it's really striking me more as a regular lager than a doppelbock. Maybe a doppellager? They're calling it a Helles doppel, and Helles bocks can be lighter ... Eh, I dunno.

Man, I really want some fried crawfish right now.

Mouthfeel is thin and sticky. Carbonation's high. Great for washing down some fried crawfish, I'm sure!

It's totally drinkable, and is actually a tasty beer. It doesn't fail as a beverage at all ... but as a doppelbock, it falls flat.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at Table 43 a shimmering, golden-amber body topped with a fizzy, white foam. Lovely, glass-coating lace on the way down. If nothing else, at least it looks nice.

Smell: Vaguely sweet-smelling, grainy malt aroma paired with fruity notes and some spicy, even lightly herbal Noble hop scents.

Taste: Light pils maltiness initially, lightly sweet and with a minor hint of grain. Fruit flavors follow of yellow apples and white grapeskins. Spicy hop character delivers a medium amount of balancing bitterness. Touch of wildflower honey in the latter half of the taste, along with a few more discarded grapeskins. Finishes fairly drying with a coy, knowing wink from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation is greatly appreciated, as I'd wager this would otherwise be a syrupy, cloying mess otherwise.

Drinkability: Sorry, but I just didn't find this one to be a pleasure to drink nor is it agreeable in large quantities -- the completion of the sixteen ounces dragged on into the second shift at Taco Mac.

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Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cold 22oz bottle served in UK-metred pint glass. Beer pours a light orange amber with a medium-thick yellow-white head. Faint and pleasant pilsner-esque aroma, with a hint of acid. Head is light and foamy, and tastes vaguely of skunkbeer.

First sip is light and thirst-quenching without making any immediate impression to the palate. The malt is chalky, and the bitterness in the aftertaste confirms chalky hops, not the crisp line of Saaz suggested in the aroma. To be fair, there is also a caramelly malt flavor, typical of bock-style beers, but not as cloying as some.

I don't think the alcohol (8%) is too present in the taste, but I agree it is too strong for the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, which would be fine -- if the beer was 50% tastier.

At the time of this writing the top two reviews claim this is not a Helles Doppelbock (as per the label) but instead a 1. malt liquor, or 2. imperial pilsner. I disagree. I admit, I did buy this bottle because I was intrigued by the gimmicky alligator design and "Helles Doppelbock" sounds like a legit style to attempt. This has the right general idea, it's just not that good to drink. If you're expecting Optimator you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Helles Dopplebock. still not clear how that works. although upon pouring into the glass, the helles (bright) aspect becomes clear. literally. A light golden straw color with fierce bubbles and a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head. The head sticks around for an impressive time and leaves ample spotty lacing.

Aroma is unlike a dopplebock... but a helles dopplebock? maybe. toast, biscuit and crackers doused with honey and grain alcohol. a fairly strong whiff of alcohol pervades while a smidgen of hops and some strong light fruit - apples, peaches, grapes - comes though nicely.

Taste is a bit less complex than the aroma... honey, grain, toasted corn, warming alcohol and a hint of hops. a bit of fruit comes through as well. then more grain... almost reminds me of some of the stronger euro macro lagers. which isn't necessarily bad.

mouthfeel is thick yet drying, well carbonated yet not creamy. almost syrupy, but enjoyably so. just a slight astringent, it keeps this one crisp despite the abv and sweetness.

I'm digging this one. After tasting a glass, decided to pair it with grilled sausages and veggies... which worked beautifully. Drinkability is pretty good for something with a higher abv. I'm still intrigued as to what this one really is... more of an imperial helles lager than a dopplebock, however contradictory "imperial helles" is. Either way, it's a deliciously surprising brew that I'd definitely pick up again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation. The head is tall, thick, and foamy, with an off-white tint. Retention is pretty decent, with some patchy lacing. Not dark in the slightest...a doppelbock?

S: Some pilsner malt aromas, along with some citrusy and herbal hops. Rather yeasty and somewhat mineraly. Perhaps some whiffs of alcohol and honey.

T: Again, pilsnery malt flavor. Somewhat sweet. Hops are floral and slightly lemony, providing mild bitterness. The typical mineral/vegetable Abita note is also present - must literally be something in the water. A considerable dose of alcohol into the finish is about the only thing consistent with the doppelbock labeling.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat light, or at least lighter than it needs to be - it could stand to be a bit livelier. A bit of dry alcohol in the finish.

D: Kind of a weird mishmash between an imperial pilsner, a doppelbock, and a malt liquor. It drinks fairly well and is kind of interesting as a change of pace, but overall it lacks a bit of focus.

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Photo of Chantdaddy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see a 22 oz. Abita so I gave it a try. Not bad... My only critique of it was the fact that it calls itself a "helles doppelbock" Next they'll be making a Stout IPA... but whatever. That aside, I was surprised at how good this beer was. Easily Abita's best beer in their lineup. I was sad that Stoudt's Double Mai Bock was leaving the shelves this year, but Andygator more than makes up for this loss in my opinion... as Andygator really is a Maibock more than anything else.
Brew was malty, with low hop pressence. Warm alcohol gave a sharpness/bite that balanced well with the sweeter, malty side... making this beer extremely drinkable... and at 8% you have to exercise some caution!

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Photo of scurvy311
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in 22 oz bottle. Poured correct color. No head. Smell of sweet malts and nuts. Taste was what you would expect from a hellesbock. Warming alcohols, slick maltiness, and a mild hop bitterness. Better out of the bottle than a glass. Seems to be smoother with less smell involved using a bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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 nick76
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet and fruity with yeast and malt. The appearance is copper with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall it's alright but that's all. This is easy to drink but rather underwhelming. Worth a try.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,695 ratings