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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,586
Photo of pweis909
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a lovely transparent orange color with a firm white foam that persists for a while. It has a slightly bready nose. The taste has a luscious sweetness that initially may seem overwhelming but there is just enough bitterness from hops and alcohol to keep it from going there. I could see it as a dessert beer, as it has a somewhat luscious texture to go with the rich flavor, but it also worked well with a plate of nachos.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold producing 2 fingers of foamy, off-white, shortlived head a thin but solid coating of lace. Aroma is mild, a little caramel some biscuit, a touch of sweetness. Taste is sweet, strong to caramel malt, some biscuit, a little woody vanilla, earthy & spicy hop tones & a little boozy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, syrupy, slick, alcohol spice & warmth. I hate to say it but it is reminiscent of a caramel & rock candy Miller Highlife on steroids. A good but not an exceptional brew that is better paired with food than consumed for its subtle and fine drinking qualities.

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Photo of hophead723
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this randomly at a Total Wine when perusing the aisles because I've always wanted to try it. I love Abita and maibocks are one of my favorite styles. I poured this into a 23 oz. Weiss glass.

Look: Pale gold with a touch of amber. Frothy off white head that gets a bit rocky but eventually settles to a choppy veil. The light makes the core of the body glow like the sun.

Smell: A hearty mixture of unfiltered buckwheat honey, toasted challah crust, and grains. It is a nuanced aroma with a touch of fruit esters and cider-like yeast characteristic that displays the caliber of the ingredients.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt forwardness, barley and honey come next followed by a really superb flash of grassy hops that can only be achieved with noble hops.

Feel: The slightly sweet flavor has a pleasantly dry finish and overall smoothness on the tongue. It lingers with a touch of alcohol that isn't apparent until the beer warms.

Overall: I was impressed with this beer. It's definite proof that Abita is a masterful and diverse brewery that can do more than just Turbodog.

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Photo of DevWand
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not too familiar with Helles Bock style...but nice beer, and a relaxed mellow finish (impressive, considering the 8% ABV).

Pours a pale golden orange. Lingering fruit w/ slight sweet finish.

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Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in mid-October from TW Arrowhead for $1.99. Best by 12/17/15.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is sweet malts with hints of golden fruits.

Taste is sweet, malts dominate, light fruits, and noble hops give an element of crispness but sweetness dominates in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a nice enjoyable bock that is worthy of a shot!

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Photo of swampski
4.78/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Now that this is being sold in the standard 12 oz bottle, I have decided to try this well regarded brew by the biggest microbrewer in Southeast Louisiana and was not disappointed one bit. I'm not sure why, but it seems that I have never been disappointed by the higher APV bock style. This is a wonderful such bock that is very, very drinkable, and especially as it is very available at the local Wal-Mart (except on Sundays, as my little hick town doesn't allow beer sales on that day, but I digress ...)

As far as polybocks go, this is not too potent, and therefore does not take up the alcohol capacity that a 10% double bock would. If I do my regular 3 12-oz imbibing, substituting a standard 5% ABV for this one is not too bad, and in fact is a good choice to start the festivities. Of course, this is sessionable for only the most hard-core beer drinkers, and I most certainly would not have one if I were driving; that said, this would be a good start to a sessioning with some regular ABV brew.

I would recommend any visitors staying downtown in the great City of New Orleans to seek this out, perhaps even sessioning it, if the alternative is to just get hammered with the Hurricane @ Pat O's, or the Neptune Monsson @ The Port of Call.

I shall session this for the next time the Saints make it to the Super Bowl.

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Photo of car2052
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a musty gold, with a 1 finger white head.
S: Sweetness. White bread. Vanilla. Yeast.
T: Sweet, with a hoppy zing, and a roastyness that tingles the tongue. A little oak/bourbon. Alcohol presence is high.
M: Medium-full.
O: A little too sweet and close to malt liquor. Could use a little more hops for balance.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden color with a slightly malt aroma. Taste was outstanding with a well balanced, smooth finish. I really enjoy the helles bock style.

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Photo of Mississippi
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had this style of beer before, so not sure I can judge it. It was refreshingly light and dry for 8% ABV (not sure why Abita calls this sweet). Went great with raw oysters and an oyster loaf at Casamento's.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night after bowling on 10/13/15. Comes in a 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 oz) bottle with a painted-on label. Picked this up at the new World Market in West Omaha last Friday evening for $6.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to 1L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a medium-goldish yellow in color with a super thick 5-finger white foamy/creamy head! Still was a good 15mm after 15 minutes! Sheets of spotty lacing was seen when sipped that mostly slipped back down the slides of the glass. Aroma is of yeast and grains for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste that had a light hint of fruit also, like apricots. Slight bitter finish that was sweet even. Didn't taste 'boozy' with the 8% either. Lighter-side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was horrendous. It was one of the few drain pours I have had in my beer drinking lifetime. Very rich flavor profile, yet thin mouth feel. Stomach turning sweetness. Cloyingly sweet. No presence of bitterness. Even the flavor of the malt had a bit of a funkiness to it that was very unpleasant. Noticeable booziness as well, which did not help this at all.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BethanyB
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Soft and fluffy white head, 1/2 finger thick. Medium gold body has a slight chill haze, but retains enough clarity to exhibit the bubbles clinging to the sides like caviar.

Smell: Yeasty with a whiff of apricot lined with fresh hay and sawdust. Oats, honey, and...I have to say it...corn. Yes, there is some DMS infiltrating the nostrils, but for a Helles Bock, this is not uncalled for.

Taste: Fruity, yet woody, like an apricot pit. Moderate bitterness. Has the fresh, yet earthy taste of a mushroom. A light malty/spicy balance calls to mind a watered down premium whiskey. If that sounds both good and bad, you've got the right idea. In the end, it balances out into a good, but not great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for a Doppelbock of this ABV, and the lightness of the body is accentuated, unfortunately, by carbonation that doesn't press past medium. These attributes, however, are not disappointing to the level where they distract from the beer's more meritorious elements. The finish is smooth and to style.

Overall: The only "Doppel" things about this Helles Bock are the ABV and the spicy notes. The lager postmarks are definitely present via the Pils malt flavor and smooth, light mouthfeel. In the end, however, while this beer may not "wow" an enthusiast, it does not disappoint.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thick head that was white on top and cream on the bottom. Smells of malted barley and straw. Taste of malt, sweet with a touch of bitter that is barely noticable. Havent had many dopplebocks but this basically tasted like a higher quality budweiser. This used to be a go to for me when i was a beer novice but as my palate has become more refined and having not tried it for a while it is not nearly as good as it was when i first tried it. The abv is nice at 8% but any variety of beer Abita makes someone else makes it better. Not bad but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a unique brew in that it has elements of a german lager and elements of a bayou feast, and the combination is special! lighter in color, honey shade at its deepest, and plenty heady. malty as they come, some pale barley, but a lot of other things too, some wheat, oats even, its thick and creamy and layered like oatmeal and cereal and granola all in the same bowl. hopped well enough too, but the thing that makes this cool is the yeast, its humid almost, wet and dirty and musty and bayou all the way, which i like. its unlike other abita beers in that it doesnt feel mass produced and thought of later, it seems like a conscious effort, and i appreciate that tremendously. fluffy thick but dry and light beer, multiple juxtapositions in terms of feel. great to try this one on tap, and not really quite fitting any style parameters. worth the humble price of admission times two or three, and thats less common than the unique flavors of this lovely brew.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labeling states, "Helles/Doppelbock". I think the only characteristics of a Doppelbock on this is the high abv. I prefer to call this an Imperial Helles. True to style but has that alcoholic punch of a doppelbock. Toasty aroma. Head dissipates rather quickly (thank the abv) Rich malty pilsner flavor. peppery undertones. Very dry. High on the bitter end but pleasant.

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Photo of Beerds
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, one of the first higher ABV that I thoroughly enjoyed. Words of advise if never had this beer: tap or 12 oz bottles, bombers just don't do it justice.

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Photo of Ike1981
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on a business trip to Baton Rouge. I always try to find a local brew to try when I'm in a new place. We were drinking this by the pitcher, and I had a hard time choking down the first glass. After that it went down ok. After about 5 pitchers between the 3 of us I was blinded, literally, I had to go buy new glasses the next day!!!

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times on trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, although I've never had the chance to review it. I recall it as always being powerful, drinkable, and flavorful. This time, it was no exception....clear, pale, golden, with a bright head. The aroma is of spice, malt, and booze. Very malty backbone...clean and sweet malt. Not overly sweet, but not at all dry...definitely a sweet spring bock. Full in body, with a little more hops than the style would normally call for. Firm and clean finish. Excellent.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes an awful like an adjunct it gives off some corn, bubblegum, rice and barley. The 8% translates to a stiff backbone and a jolt of flavor. The ABV is hidden but this doesn't hold enough Helles properties.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love Abita. Andygator is one of my favorites. Haters are nuts. This is a great Helles Doppelbock. Great flavor. ABV creeps up on you. Terrific walk around beer for the Quarter.

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Photo of jettjon
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden orange with little precipitating carbonation. Vigorous pour produces nice thick head with sticky lacing and nice clumpy head. (Less vigorous pour leaves an anemic head with thin collar and scattered cap.) Nose of sweet malts and vague fruit-like character. Malt forward in the mouth with lightly tart hoppy finish. Good in mouth; crispiness belies the lack of apparent carbonation. Smooth and slightly chewy. Is this a doppelbock? Perhaps. Whatever it is, it's certainly a fine beer though nothing incredible. Would try again.

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Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Pale gold colour, decent slightly off-white head which reduced to a ring, traces of lacing. Very gentle aroma, honeydew? Lightly sweet taste. Medium-full body. Smooth, slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Not as assertive as your typical Doppelbock but decent enough in its own right. 6.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. Sweet malty profile, without being cloying, heavy, or otherwise unapproachable. A very nice pale version of a doppelbock. A slightly crisp finish in taste, but a medium-heavy body that is fulfilling and rich. not much on the smell, but i never get much nose on lagers anyway. Alcohol completely hidden, and the 25 IBUs balance it nicely. I may want to brew something like this!

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Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a doppelbock? It looked and tasted like a belgian golden, maybe. Some grape and raisin flavors. Poured a nice deep orange color. Slight alcohol. On tap at Depeaux, the new spot in the Decatur train station. The setting was better than the beer. A little disappointing and definitely not reminiscient of a doppelbock to me.

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Photo of Zenvortex
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lite head dissapates in seconds no lacing of note / crisp nondescript nose / great low hops taste crisp and clean / not like traditional doppelbock but what the heck this is a good beer / would recommend to anyone would wants a safe 8.0 - pair with BBQ & get a ride home

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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