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

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple 22 oz. bottles on a late June trip to Louisiana, my 'home state'. Abita always holds a special place in my heart, as it was among my very first craft breweries enjoyed well over a decade ago. Poured, appropriately, to an Abita pint glass. Bottleneck reads: 'Best By: 04/17/10'.

A 'Helles Doppelbock', with a clever user of the traditional Doppelbock '-ator' suffix...just wondering who 'Andy' is...

A: Per the 'Helles' moniker, Andygator is a 'bright' lager, golden-honey in color. The finest of hazes clouds the glass oh-so slightly, otherwise the clarity is cut only by a number of streaming fonts of carbonation. Small-ish head, a snowy ivory that doesn't quite enclose; there's a jagged creamy ring and a broken blotch of film at the center.

S: Aroma has a corn-pop sweetness and intense berry and melon fruit, a mushy cereal grain. Little to know dark grain, fruitiness is softer and sweeter-smelling. Tough to judge against a style, let's just say it smells pretty good, though skews toward a corny sugar-sweetness.

T: Hmmm...loaded with caramel and cereal sugariness, also has some spiced fruit: apples, pears, cantaloupes(?). Evening bitterness, a bit medicinal, nails down the finish. A light doppelbock is a strange beast, as it lacks the darker roast, cocoa, dark fruit, etc. flavors expected. The taste and balance are all intact, though...'tasty' is still the result.

M: Mild crispness, slight spice tingle, soft carbonation. Medium feel, well-concealed alcohol.

D: Vaguely recall tasting this one on-tap at the pub 3+ years ago...found it 'good' then, assessment is the same now (though the subtleties are appreciated more). A big beer but a drinkable one, well-made and worth endorsing. Look for the bombers if you're in SE Louisiana; I'd grab more if I could.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tap served in an ale glass.

A-Clear golden yellow color with a finger of white foam. Foam brfokedown into a white ring after a few minutes.

S-Slight hop smell, with a yeast overtone. No single smell overwelmed the others.

T-Very balanced hops versus malt with very little actual yeast taste. Refreshing.

M-Good mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Nice after taste.

D-Definately drinkable, it went down really well with the pizza.

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Photo of droomyster
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with an exceptionally frothy and beautiful white head that lasts a long time and laces the glass. Andygator smells of sugary grains and alcohol, a bit too simple for its style. Taste is cloying, very disappointing. The nutrasweety flavor made it impossible for me to enjoy it. Pass.

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Photo of daledeee
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not familiar with a Helles Doppelbock.

This beer poured a clear straw gold with a nice white head.

The aroma is hops and mild grains. I might have caught some butterscotch for a moment, but now I can't capture that again.

Taste is very appealing with a nice balanced approach of hops and a hint of citrus. Yeast comes through as well. This is a very smooth drinking wheat beer to put it in a nutshell. A hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is very nice with carbonation and then a nice slick finish. Alcohol is not very apparent, but the label says it is there. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber, no freshness info to be had. Pours clear lighter amber, off white head and nice fine webs of that lacey stuff. Bread and alcohol in the nose. Malt bomb, sweet, alcohol present. Malt, and more malt. Not my favorite style.Not really my cup of tea, one and done on this one.

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Photo of fostwal
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer from Abita.
Appearance: dark golden color
Smell: light hop/malt aroma,
Taste: light malt flavor. No hop bite. No roasted malt flavor at all. Its hard for me to place the taste. Just clean.
Mouthfeel: not very carbonated. Just enough to enhance the taste.
Drinkability: this goes down very easily.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice foamy head and great lacing. The head settles down but never completely goes away.

S: Smells of sweet malts and a slight spice note

T: Very sweet with a quick finish. Not really what I was expecting from a Doppelbock.

M: Very light with high carbonation.

D: The 8% ABV makes this harder to drink than I figured it would. I didn't finish the bottle as I found my head hurting from the alcohol.

I definitely won't be buying this again as Abita has better beers in their lineup.

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Photo of joehop67
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, this is no dopplebock. It's more like a lager or a weiss than anything. Lightly colored with a medium head. Head retention was fair but not thick as one might expect. I found it disappointing in the fruitiness. Way too sweet with little backbone. Slightly malty with not much in the way of hop flavor. I was excited to try, but mostly disappointed with the end result. The mouthfeel is a little light, not even really coating the tounge very well. Probably not a beer i would order again. Although, I probably will give it at least one more go just to be fair.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a large foamy white head. Leave beautiful sheets of lace on the glass as it fades to about a quarter inch crust that stays for quite a while.

Has a sweet, grainy smell with a very mild floral bouquet. Not really much else on the nose, a pretty clean smelling lager here.

Sweet and malty with a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess with a bit too much alcohol abrasiveness. Still, it is fairly smooth and basically a malty treat to drink while not thinking about the beer too much. Biscuity flavor as it warms, one of Abita's better brews.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. When poured, the color was a clear medium golden yellow, with a medium amount of white foam and nice lace retention. The smell of sweetness filled the nose of mild hops and mild malts. The taste was a rich, sweet fruitness of roasted walt and whole hop. But, not like most doppelbocks, this one did NOT have a semi-dry finish, but, a sweet finish instead.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Umm..ok, it's not a dopplebock so let's just forget about that label and have a fresh start. I'm reviewing this as a Maibock. A big Maibock but it's a Maibock.

Aroma: Crackery and bread-like "pils" malt aromatics up front. Definite grainy aromas that are most pleasing. Just a slight earthy bitterness but that malt-like aroma is amazing.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with a bone low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: More pils malt sweetness, followed by more cracker-like malt flavors and some Noble earthy bitterness to balance. Balance is toward the malt sweetness but nearly even. Finish is balanced between the crackery sweetness and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat, and clean. No hop astringency detected.

Overall impression: A big, light, bold Maibock. Immensely drinkable but dangerous due to the alcohol. Nicely done.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

100th beer review, what better than a beer from the dirty south!

A: Nice clear golden color with a hefty 3 finger frothy head that recedes slowly and leaves some pretty looking lacing that layers )and you can tell at what levels you've drank and what level the beer sat.) all around my Haake Beck Krausen mug and has a bunch of carbonation bubbles bubbling up from the bottom.

S:doughy malts, bananas and cloves, very clean crisp smell, but not a whole lot going on either.

T: Sweet and bitter is how I'd describe this, starts out sort of sugary sweet with a banana flavor and leads into a nice mild bitter hop taste, sorta kinda reminds me of the way a Belgian starts but then just kinda stops. It does hide the alcohol content quite nice.

MF: Medium bodied beer with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Pretty decently drinkable beer, not my favorite but nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours with a pretty average look: yellow/straw, 2 fingers of thick soapy foam. Excellent lacing as the head falls back; intricate and complex patterns like Alpine Swiss cheese. Good head resilience despite little help from the bead.

Aroma - very pungent, doughy, with a background yeast element. Smells like a considerable grain bill.

Taste - heavy grain start. Big malts but without so much sweetness. Pilsnery alphas on the swallow, giving this the hoppy balance it needs. A noticeable alcohol presence gives this an imperial pils kind of slant...or a helles doppel slant. It's a delicate balancing act, and this maybe should have less spicy hop character to hit the doppel style properly, IMO. A fine beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - mouthfilling with smooth thickness on the first swallow. Mildly crisp and big on the body.

Drinkability - flavorful and interesting; no problem working through the bomber.

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Photo of velo343
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is a vibrant gold with a billowy, brilliant white head that cling to the glass and takes a long time to subside. Very bubbly and active.

Smell is quite sweet, a bit like clover honey and fresh flowers, and really gets you excited to taste it. Once in the mouth, though, the beer is a letdown--it's not bad, just not great. While it feels fairly thick, the taste is actually thin and watered down, reminiscent of soft, chewy dinner rolls that were slightly overcooked.

So much hope from the appearance and smell, but the rest of the beer just couldn't deliver.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was very light and golden. Lighter that I had expected, almost what you would expect from a blonde. The aroma was also very light an mildly sweet. This is a nice, smooth and refreshing and slight sweet beer. There is a mild hop finish on the tongue, but what struck me was the absence of an alcohol taste. At 8% abv I expected to taste a little. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, very much like a macro lager. I was expecting something with a little more body. Nice fluffy head though!

Smell is a bit of sweet malt but nothing too over the top. Possibly a bit of a yeasty spiciness. Its a very subtle smelling pour.

Taste is initial sweetness, almost like sweetened oatmeal. Very malty and bready with a decent crisp finish. I like this one, it has a nice refreshing quality too it despite the high ABV.

Probably not a bullseye on style but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer, poured into a half-liter mug, is an extremely pale bright gold, with a fizzy head that starts large, but dissipates to nothing within moments. The nose is a tad grainy, but at least some toasted bread comes through--not a lot, but it's not unpleasant. Very heavy malt despite being a Helles style, but not tasty... and alcohol is apparent at the back end despite not being too strong.

An unpleasant beer. Abita has turned out some decent beers in recent years, like their anniversary pils. This is a distinct step backwards, though.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with adamharbaugh, Thanks Adam!

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with an overflowing white head that thinned to a layer and left some nice spots of lacing.
Earthy and grainy aroma.
The taste is better than the smell, sweet and malty with a hint of bitterness before finishing sticky sweet.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
It's just average.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"No call alligator long mouth till you pass him."

--Jamaican proverb

Sun-splashed goldenrod with a barely perceptible sprinkling of fine yeast. Three fingers of vanilla milkshake-like foam look good atop the beer. A wide band of delicate lace is pleasing to the eye as well. Whatever else this brew is, it looks the part.

Given the ingredients list, my fear was that Andygator would smell (and taste) like a malt liquor. It sorta does, only it's a little more earthy and a little more refined. Earthy-herbal Perle hops combine in lackluster fashion with sweetish pale malt.

Actually, this big reptile does taste like a helles doppelbock, so I guess ABC knows best. American strong golden ale works too. A Belgian yeast strain would have given it some much needed complexity, but then it would be an entirely different (and undoubtedly better) beast.

Flavors include untoasted cereal grains, a dollop of clover honey, a subtle golden fruitiness and an equally subtle nutty earthiness that gives this offering its bock bona fides. Alcohol is buried much more completely than expected. Although Andygator is profoundly simple beer, it's decently drinkable if you're a fan of big lagers and ales.

The body/mouthfeel is seamlessly smooth and is actually a fraction lighter than most beer with a similar ABV. Given the lack of sweetness, it looks like the yeast gorged themselves and consumed quite a few of the sugars that would have added fullness and stickiness. The gentle carbonation is just right.

Abita Andygator should appeal to anyone who likes big bocks. Even though it's short on pizzazz and is as deep as the kiddy pool, it does what it was designed to do. Whether that's enough to warrant a purchase is up to you. It is a bit of a toothy bastard, so respect the ABV and sip accordingly.

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Photo of Shaw
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen a Helles doppelbock before. This is golden in color, when regular doppelbocks are darker. It has a nice, sticky white head.

It smells malty with vegetable and sweet grape notes.

The taste has familiar doppelbock qualities: It's sweet, with almost grape-like fruit flavors. This is a dry beer with a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth.

The body is light, but not watery.

This is an enjoyable beer. I've never had one like it, so I cannot really compare it to anything but regular doppelbocks, which are still rather different.

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Photo of bstewyb
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz poured into pint glass

Appearance: deep golden, quite bubbly with thick head

Smell: Very little aroma, slightly bready

Taste: Slight wheat, yeast and toast. Bready and balanced. Sweetness that finishes bitter and quite spicy.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel, nice thickness & carbonation

Drinkability: Smooth drinking for a hot day. Spicy yet smooth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, citrus, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste sweet up front with flavors of honey, citrus and berries. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and the hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while but there are other beers of its kind that I would pick first.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that shows decent retention and lacing. It's definitely on the lighter side of things for a doppelbock.

The aroma is dominated by light roasted grains with hints of malty sweetness. There are hints of nuts as well.

The taste is similar with a pale toasted malt backbone that supports just a hints of fruity sweetness and a dry, slightly bitter finish. It might be just a tad heavier than the aroma with a bit of yeasty spiciness as well.

The mouthfeel is certainly a bit light for the style. It's smooth with lots of carbonation.

I definitely enjoyed this beer, though it's a little short of doppelbock characteristics.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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