Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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3.55 w/ 1,613 ratings

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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3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very significant pale white head on the initial pour. The initial aroma was surprisingly intense with a sweet, fruity, floral character. It didn't strike me as a typical Helles Doppelbock, but I very much enjoyed this beer. While I am more of an IPA hop-head, this is a nice, light summer beer that I will buy again. After I finished the beer, I noticed it was 8.0% ABV which came as a big surprise. It drank more like a nice 5.0% session beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is an interesting wet hay and grain in a barn mixture.
The taste is quite grainy, a solid sweet note running through it all. Some apples and a little orange.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a little too sweet for me, interesting though.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is one finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is quite soft and its retention isn't half bad. As it recedes, it leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Almost like a big pilsner in a way. There's a nice combination of sweet, crackery malts and noble hops. What I don't like, though, is the hefty diacetyl note hiding behind the two. A little bit is a good thing, but there's too much here. Otherwise it's an okay nose.

T: At first, I'm getting some of the noble hops, while it finishes with a one-two combination of sweet, white wine like fruitiness and diacetyl. The more I drink, the sweeter it gets. It has a respectable bitterness, but it just doesn't seem to fully balance the levels of sugar/diacetyl that well. It's messy and low on flavor at the same time - and that is NOT a good combination.

M: Quite a light feeling beer - aside from a mild alcohol prickle, it's hard to tell this 8%. But as it gets sweeter, it becomes a bit harder to drink. It's still never really a chore, though (in spite of the mediocre flavor profile). Carbonation cuts through the body well.

O: This does one thing really well: it drinks easier than an 8% beer should. But apart from a mild booze presence, it tastes lighter than an 8% beer should. Even worse, it doesn't seem fully in balance. I'd never refuse one, I just wouldn't buy it again.

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2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

thin, yellow. over abv'ed.... this is NOT a dopplebock by any stretch....
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I suppose it WOULD be better than a fourloco or whatever that crap is....
I had heard a lot about this one, and wanted to try it because I love doppelbocks, but this doesn't do anything for me at all....

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep golden brown, short lived white head
S-nice, can't describe it
T-good red ale, very similar to Sam Adams Boston ale
M-pleasant, medium bodied
O-really liked it. Drank a draft out on a river bank before dinner which multiplied my feelings of relaxation and pleasure

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 39% out of 100 with 1,613 ratings
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