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 njmoons
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle mostly out of curiosity. Had a great label (poor reason to pick a beer, I know), Abita makes some good beers, and the price was right.

Pours a light gold, with ample head that held up for a while.

Smelled good with distinct malt, apple, and hops well in balance.

Taste was OK. The beer was well made but too sweet on the front end for my tastes, the hops and other flavors take over pretty quickly and it finished with some hop bitterness and a crispness you would expect from a lager yeast.

Like I said it was well done, but with each sip the sweetness on the front end just messed it up for me.

Mouthfeel was pleasant a slightly thick as would be expected for a Doppel.

The drinkability for a 8%, was surprising smooth and easy. It would be easy to knock a few of these back.

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Photo of guinness310
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass...

A: A white fluffy head sits on top of a orange-goldish body that dissipated kinda quickly.

S: A nice hop and malty nose with ethyl alcohol scents come out of this beer.

T&M: Nice! Cloves, sweet malts, citrus presence, Mild-bodied and definitely strong. Living up to its style. Lacing was not good. Abv is 8% but hidden very well.

D: Very drinkable. Not much of a memorable one though... but still good.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got one of these after eyeballing it for so long. Deep golden in color. Smells like sweet, pale malts. Slightly bready. Tastes similar, quite sweet though. I think I just prefer the standard doppels to these helles ones, maybe that much pale malt is just a little overpowering to me. Can't taste too much hops, outside of what is probably a little noble flavor (saaz?). Not bad but I probably won't ever get this again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a crystal clear, golden orange color. A three-finger head of fluffy white foam sits on top. Retention is decent and lacing is okay, but it's pretty slick.

Scent is okay. Kind of mild. Mild yeastiness and a touch of malts. Surprising citrus notes are here.

Very light overall. Not much flavor. Graininess and yeast notes combine with a slightly more than expected hop presence. Mild floral and citrus notes.

Barely a medium body. Full carbonation level, which is almost too much. Almost crisp, but just misses it.

While the 8.0%abv is noticed, it's not overpowering. This is an easy, inoffensive, drinker. Personally, I like my beers to challenge me a little bit more.

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Photo of skizziks
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold, raises a massive pile of foam, bright white, dense, with a meringue-like sheen. Excellent retention with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet pastry dough with a mix of apples and pears. A light touch of herbal hops and very slight diacetyl round it out. The fruitiness is unexpected, but pleasant, partially from esters and partially a synergy of hops, malt, and alcohol. Fermentation character seems pretty clean and the suggestion of apple is not from DMS.

Flavors are immediately balanced. Bready malt with a touch of spice. Firm bitterness, more than expected for the style and very well balanced. A light herbal hop flavor runs throughout. Honey candy sweetness going into the medium dry finish with a little lingering bitterness and some mild alcohol vapor.

Body is medium full with moderate carbonation. A little sticky. Some mild warming alcohol, not at all hot, just a gentle suggestion of the power in this beer.

Overall a very nice beer, well executed. I'm not sure about the idea of a "helles doppelbock" but it works very well as a strongish maibock. Shows a good expression of pilsner malt. Drinkable for a beer of it's strength but with just enough complexity and warmth to demand substantially more consideration than the average fizzy yellow beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and earth

Taste: biscuit, butterscotch, toasted malt, brown sugar, and a touch of earth.

Mouthfeel: light for the style,high carbonation, sweet, moderately smooth, with a really sweet aftertaste

Drinkability: This is refreshingly different for a dopplebock. Similar to other Abita beers it is light for the style and surprisingly very drinkable. I tasted a small bite, but not a huge gator bite. I did not get a huge alcohol taste. This is a nice and relaxed sipper. Possibly Abita's best.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a light-colored orange in the body and very clear with a head that came up nicely and retreated quickly.

Smell - The faint malts are grainy yet easy on the nose and the light booze carries the style through.

Taste - This is much bigger at the taste. The malts are full-on grain with little sweetness but incredibly smooth and the alcohol is large as it should be. No hops of course can be had anywhere in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with no bitterness and a light but uneventful carbonation. The alcohol sensation completes the package.

Drinkability - It's tough to rate "to style" a Helles Doppelbock as I've never really heard of it before, but my idea was to take the helles bock and expect a bit more booze and to this end the beer delivers. I guess it's kind of the German equivalent of American malt liquor and if that's the case then this is the finest ML I've ever had. Those with a more refined beer palate may find themselves quick to dismiss this Abita offering, but I would suggest considering what the goal is here because for me this was a terrific brew especially (I would imagine) when enjoyed in the Louisiana summer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Feeling fancy I poured half of my bomber into a champagne glass.

The look is similiar to a champagne only slightly darker in body with golden hues. The white head dissipates after several minutes leaving lacing down the glass. Tons of bubbles reveals a well carbonated beer.
The aromas are light toast, unripened fruit, and some floral alcohol notes. The flavor is malty sweet then the flash of alcohol comes in to clean it up. Slightly vegetal and steely as well.
Lush full mouthfeel, but not as full as could be expected of an 8% beer. Some have compared this to a macro brewed malt liquor with slightly more complexity and would tend to slightly agree.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a deep gold with a frothy head. After the first sip, it had some nice lacing, with some frothy remnants sticking to the glass.
Smell - A sweet banana, earthy smell. Pleasant.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - I was expecting something boozy and filling at the 8% abv, but this was very subtle and fruity, and almost more light and refreshing than expected, leaving me very pleased. Mouthfeel was fruity and sweet as well.
Drinkability - I had this thing sitting in my fridge forever, never really calling me to finally open it up, but now that I have, I wish I would have done it sooner. This is very drinkable and solid, good stuff.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden body with a large and sudsy off-white head that burns out quickly and leaves little lace.

Aroma: A rich and grainy malt body accompanied by a nice dose of earthy hops and some fruitiness. Somewhat Doppelbock-like, but clearly something different.

Taste: Not much to report over what was represented in the nose; dry, earthy hops over a sweet cereal-like malt backbone with lots of dark fruit and nutty notes in the mix. The aftertaste is grainy with just a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Perfectly quaffable, just watch the eight percent alcohol content.

Verdict: Basically a souped-up Helles, Andygator may not be a true Doppelbock, but it is a serviceable and solid enough brew. An interesting hybrid style, I'd like to see some other brewers have a shot at it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and kind of boozy. Taste also starts sweet, is creamy in the middle, but then hits a bit harshly with the alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but quashed by the harsh fusels or something, with drinkability being ok. Could have been better.

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Photo of elniko
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Golden amber coloring, nice head and retention. Lacing rather heavy, minimal carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Nose is dominated by sweet bread tinged malt with light notes of alcohol.

T & M: As I would expect from doppelbock the taste is malt dominated. As the beer warmed just a bit the balance did level out as there is just enough of a crisp finish. Medium bodied and mouthfeel is tongue coating and silky.

D: A nice effort by Abita, I've been impressed by the Harvest series and this brew. Would seek this brew out again.

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Photo of jsh420
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

best by 01/02/10

pours clear gold with a 1+ finger head that left notches all down the glass

smells of sweet yet lighty roasted malts with some fruit maybe apples and grassy hops

taste is great much like the smell the sweet yet roasted bready malts along with apples and slightly bitter hops

mouthfeel is light to medium smooth and crisp at the same time - perfect for this hybrid style

drinkability is great as well - but watch out with the 8% abv

overall this hybrid is fantastic - reminds me of capital's blonde dopplebock but with the add in flavors of a helles lager - this is my first abita beer and i was blown away

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw to gold color and crystal clear. Nice three-finger head; leaves some spotty lace.

Strong earthy aroma, like a French Biere de Garde.

Thinner than most doppelbocks, but the brew has the classic malty (quite dry) presence with a warming alcohol burn in the swallow. There is a light hop touch to the back end of the taste. Not much of an aftertaste. The earthiness is not present in the taste. Overall, an easy, if light, introduction to the world of bocks.

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Photo of KDReeves
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could not disagree more with Optimat0r's assessment. Given his handle, I must assume that he is a genuine doppelbock fan. I prefer Celebrator as my stand-by doppel, for the record.

I found the Andygator to be a deliciously rich and complex brew, and NOTHING like Corona. Corona is like flat tap water by comparison, and I find it baffling to draw a similarity between the two.

The Andygator has a wonderful balance between the rich, front-of-the-palate, toasted, almost chocolate-like feel on the tongue though much more a honey and break texture on the follow-through, and the crisp and thorough cheek of fruit.

I found the Andygator to be lush and blossoming, with a terrific expansion. Corona sits in the mouth like old Mountain Dew. Andygator is a beautiful brew and I believe bears some very serious resemblance to a proper doppelbock.

Our local expert's mailing list indicated that the Andygator was an ideal change of pace for serious doppelbock fans. I agree wholeheartedly and believe that the similarities are outstanding but the slightly lighter (though no less deep and refined) characteristics make it a great choice.

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Photo of Optimat0r
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i could go on about the intricicies of the taste, smell, head etc..but ill just be very straightforward and honest instead. theres really nothing 'dopplebock' about this. i know its a 'helles'. but to be frank its very similar in appearance, smell and taste to corona or tecate. that said, its not a bad beer at all and better and more potent than either of those. it has a citrusy presence that they dont. but other than that, its basically a more potent corona.

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Photo of bruachan
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

man, do i love helles bocks. i always have trouble writing about them--even if they're frickin delicious

this one starts acceptably: good rich gold color, but the head is mediocre. looks thick and sweet

scents are toasty and a little grainy (excellent beginning). there's a touch of noble hop in there but we're all german malts besides. fantastic aromatics, ultimately. not super dynamic but sweet and rich with enough kilnage

very hoppy flavoring. wonderfully pilsen-ish malts with a touch of diacetyl. balance tips towards the hops (not what i would have expected from an initial sniff) but how would that be surprising for a CO beer?

nice brew

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +16.5%
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 -12.2%
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%
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 +10.2%
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 -8.2%
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 -6.8%
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 -15.3%
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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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,569 ratings.
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