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Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 427 | Ratings: 1,527
Photo of allengarvin
2.92/5  rDev -17%
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 -7.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +5.4%
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 -10.2%
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 +4.5%
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 -2%
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 -11.6%
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 -10.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -12.5%
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%
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%
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 +8.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.7%
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%
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 +4.5%
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 +36.4%
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 +2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 -32.1%
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 -5.4%
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 -11.6%
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 -13.4%
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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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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