Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

AndygatorAndygator
BA SCORE
39%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 1,613 ratings
AndygatorAndygator
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,941
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
1,613
Liked:
629
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
16.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
421
Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,613 |  Reviews: 451
Photo of dbrauneis
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of malty sweetness with lighter notes of herbal hops. Slight hints of alcohol are present.

T: Light amounts of pale malts with some caramel sweetness upfront followed by lighter herbal hops that contribute very light hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: A little too much alcohol is detectable in this beer for me and I do not feel like there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

 823 characters

Photo of oberon
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off this is not a doppelbock in any way shape or form not even close its a strong malt liquor beer that will kick you in the teeth.Poured a dull light golden with a thinner white head that doesnt last to long,whoo the alcohol is there in the nose for sure along with some toasted malt but the sweet alcohol is more prevelant than anything.Just not in to the flavors of this malt licka starts out pretty sweet the somewhat watery mouthfeel does not hold up to the big sweetness at the start of this beer melding into a grainy,alcoholic burn into the finish.Eh the flavors are just to wicked for me to sweet and to much of a burn,I guess for malt licka its ok but I stay away from that shite.

 696 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

 747 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a perfectly clear, deep gold body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - A little bit of red apple aroma with a lot of bready malt and some herbal hops.

T - Some bready malt with a grainy edge up front. Herbal hops begin to creep in towards the middle. Finishes with an increased musty, herbal character and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a nice hellesbock with a pleasant malt character. The hops, in the finish especially, seem a bit stronger than average for the style, but it helps to cut the malt and makes for a more drinkable than average beer.

 691 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is listed on BA as a dopple, above the bar at the Abita Brewpub as a barleywine, and in the Abita Brewpub's menu as a "continental malt liquor". So really what is this? Served in a small chalice. The color is light golden, head is very small. The aroma is sweet and beery. Pretty much a richer version of the smell in a standard malt liquor. The taste is most reminiscent of a malt liquor, I really can't see this being classified as a barley wine or a dopplebock. A flavorful light malt taste is backed by subtle hops. A mild taste of alcohol is in the finish. Basically, I'd consider this a craft beer version of malt liquor. I'd drink this again, but Abita has plenty of beers I'd rather have.

 706 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from twiggamortis420, cheers Greg! Beer tasted about a month ago, review based on notes

Pours a hazy caramel with a pinky of pearl colored head. Nice viscous look to this. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apricot, apple blossom, & honey

T: Orchard fruit, slight boozeyness, & honey malt, plus bready malt depth up front. Dryness & apricot dominate as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry with hints of apples, white grape juice & a touch of booze

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, skews fruitty

Drinks alright, but one bomber has me sleepy. not bad, just to fruitty for the style

 601 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

 463 characters

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

 1,104 characters

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

 1,801 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It seems like there are a LOT of Abita bottles suddenly coming into my local market, so I am willing to take a break from The CANQuest (tm) & review some of the ones that I may have previously overlooked.

From the bottle: "Andygator (R) is a fearsome beast. Don't let his toothy grin, slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma fool you: this cold-blooded creature is a Helles Doppelbock that can sneak up on you. Sip, don't gulp and taste the wild of Abita Andygator (R)."

I Pop!ped the cap on yet another Abita offering & gave it a pretty aggressive pour. This raised two fingers of dense, tawny head with limited retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a honey-like sweetness that I more closely associate with lagers, but here, it also had a bit of fusel alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was medium, but it was tingly on the tongue, thanks to a preponderance of CO2 bubbles along with that heat that I mentioned. The taste was slightly sweet, like doughy bread with a pleasant heat that helped to remind me to sip this beast. I was determined not to allow him to snap his powerful jaws shut on me. The finish was dry, more from the alcohol heat than anything else, but it really was not all that sweet, either. In some ways, it made me think of a distilled spirit. Warming, I began to get a black pepperiness, but that only served to make it seem that much drier. Phew!

 1,440 characters

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the saucer last night. Had not previosuly seen it really anywhere, so needless to say I was thrilled to see this, and about the only thing I was thrilled to see last night. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/07/2008.

A barleywine, really? I think they nailed this one with it listed with the bocks on the menu to be honest. The pour was decent with a very light amber color, some light haze to it and lots of visible carbonation. A smallish white head rose up, but quickly settled down leaving mostly nothing in its wake.

The aroma was loaded with grain. Light fruit vibes and a ton of malt. Nothing in here really led me to think this was a barley wine of any kind. A big malty bock would be completely accurate here. More of this carried over into the flavor as well. Lots of light grainey malts, with some light hints at a grass like hope profile, but mostly just a classic bock like taste. Not much alcohol and a thin feel to it as well. Easily drinkable as no really hotness to it and it was well carbonated and light enough to be enjoyed.

Overall I am not sure how this one is a barley wine. It is way too light as far as I am concerned, but thats fine, still though it was nice to try it and thats about all.

 1,249 characters

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying the abita abductors at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent was faint with hints of grass and biscuit. The taste was very strong leaning toward grassy peat bread. The m outhfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer didn't hit the mark for me.

 342 characters

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a vibrantly bright honey golden hue with a brilliant gleaming white head that leaves fine even rings of speckled lacing as it dwindles. I just had the Abbey ale recently and it also came in these super thick indestructible brown glass 22 ounce bombers, this one was priced at $3.19 at the Giant Eagle Market District. I'm digging the screen printed gator design a bit more than the abbey on the Abbey ale.

Aroma has a strong fruit backend with tart apple and a bit of lemongrass accents. Somewhat grassy but more a sense of cooked vegetables arises, really hitting too close to a typical malt liquor profile. Hard metallic edge with mineral water coming through, some herbal grassy hops as mentioned prior, do peak through nicely with this characteristic.

Flavor honey coated malt profile big bold biscuit malt sweetness with an herbal subdued hop profile attempting to balance it out. Big fruit stands up with some juicy pear and tart green apple moments, no cooked veggies to speak of here. Alcohol doesn't hide itself too well strong solvent note in the finish, some more grassy aspects of the tame hop bitterness stumble in as well. Equating to quite a nice hop burp as it starts to settle in your gut.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied a bit syrupy with some residual malt sugars gripping on the palate, sticks around between each sips almost need a big gamey cut of bison to complement the big malt sweetness. Spicy tuna roll would also play nice with this brew.

Drinkability overall, I'm enjoying the first couple 22 ounce portioned big beers to come out of Louisiana, solid to style yet trademarked with Abita must be the yeast and water their brewing with. Whatever it's a solid brew, I will revisit especially since I hear it's been on tap in the Pittsburgh market lately. Priced great to boot.

 1,820 characters

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.