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 ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a helles this looks great, for a dopple Bock its a bit pale. Golden and slightly orange clear color with a huge white foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Apples and grapes on the nose, no real hop scent. A bit of honey too.

Sweet with a little heat. Lots more honey and a touch of fruitiness followed by a little alcohol and dryness in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin bodied. Very dry finish.

Moderately drinkable. Easy on the palette and not too heavy, though a bit foamy.

I don't usually like abitas stuff but this one is pretty damn good.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love doppelbocks, and I've intended to try this brew many of the times I've been in New Orleans. Before my most recent trip I'd never had the opportunity, but I devoured this page before my most recent trip to keep it in my mind. I'm glad I did, because this is not like any other doppelbock, and truly is a heavy, heady helles.

Poured a clear but nonetheless rather dark orange brown color, with a creamy white head. Very whispy, light top, reminiscent of many other higher ABV brews' caps.

A sweet but tangy nose, somewhat reminiscent of a Czeck pils. Bready notes, maybe I'd say sourdough.

A grain malt bomb, but not the chocolate or darker notes found in other doppelbocks - lighter malts. A coarse grain taste. Slightly medicinal alcohol note, but the the ABV is rather well integrated (it packs a wallop when it hits the noggin, however). Gum, interestingly. Hops accompany the grain taste and become more noticeable as you sip. Citrus. Some bittering is left on the palate, the tiniest hint of pine. More balanced between malt and hops than my initial sips indicated it would be.

Some prickly carbonation. A feel like you could bite into it - with the hint of bread in the nose and the coarse notes to the taste, I got the impression of crackers from this beer.

The taste settles on the palate heavily, and combined with the ABV make this a slow sipper of which you would not want to have more than one.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden color with a decent, rich cap that descended slowly to a collar with some globs of fluff. Modest, slow-moving carbonation stream.

S - Walnut, a hint of apple, and bread. A slight trace of hops on the nose, too.

T - This is a nice brew I would purchase again. It reminds me of my trips to Frankfurt, Germany. There's nothing sophisticated here, but I do detect some honey, a trace of walnut, a slight citrus hint, some hops and water.

M - Somewhat rich up front but fades with almost no aftertaste. The carbonation is starting to vanish, so the creaminess factor suffers.

D - This is perfectly drinkable and would be nice to serve at a party where some of your guests enjoy beer, but don't take it too seriously.

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Photo of Zakk
4.8/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm from Louisiana, so I'm partial. Also, I'm from the days when Andygator was only available on draft, and have now tried it both on draft and from a bomber.

Serving type: Draft into pint

A: Straw colored, little head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

S: Bready, yeasty, caramel, floral, slight apple and citrus?

T: Malt forward maibock, toasty, roasty, very little bitterness detected. Slight citrus detected.

M: Medium carb, dry, crisp, not as boozy as one would think.

O: Heavier gravity, but without a warming finish. The alcohol is well hidden behind a great balance. Bready without a boozy taste or warmth. Definitely one of my go to draft beers.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 06/17/17.

Creamy white head that stands 2 fingers tall with good retention and sticky lacing.Deep golden colored body with a slight amber hue,and very good clarity.Low on carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet malts,wheat,sweet corn,and some hints of white grapes.Also getting some yeast and slight hints of piney hops.

The palate follows the nose with sweet corn,wheat,and sweet malts up front,some piney and floral hops in the middle,and white grapes with some earthy malt on the back end.Flavors of wheat are pretty consistent throughout the sip.Small hints of alcohol on the back end.

The mouth feel is thin yet sticky,with a slightly dry yet smooth finished.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue.

This is a pretty solid beer,not something I would look for but not something I would turn down either.

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Photo of chaz410
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the beer from Common market in Charlotte.
Smell is very faint. Not much character to the smell. Fairly balanced between malt and hops but nothing too forward.
Taste like a very light dopplebock. Clean smooth taste with a bubbly finish. You can barely taste the alcohol. Good balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into oversized wine glass. Labeled a Helles Dopplebock, interesting.

Pours a deep golden hay color that is crystal clear. Very clean looking brew with a medium & thin off white head. Lacing is decent.

Aroma is more funky than I expected, borderline saison nose. A touch of lemon zest & clean fruity yeast in the nose as well.

Taste is clean, sweet, and slightly citric. Its a very light bodied brew - I dont know why they would coin this a 'dopplebock'.

Overall, not bad at all. Hides the 8% abv really well and is a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a surprisingly clear pale yellow colour. Not something I was expecting from something labeled as a "Helles Doppelbock."
The flavour was a surprise as well. Not incredibly sweet by any stretch. Surprisingly light. Thankfully, not overly hoppy at all. Perfect amount of hops here. Despite the lightness of it all, alcohol is incredibly subdued for 8%, but thankfully still discernible. But man, I could probably chug this down if I wanted to. Both due to the light, crisp flavour and the seemingly magically hidden alcohol content. This is not what I was expecting at all, but it's really quite good nonetheless. The only other thing I've encountered that claimed to be a "Helles doppelbock" was made by Samichlaus. That was 14% alcohol and a thick, sweet concoction. Amazing, of course, but in no way related to this. This is a totally different approach. I'm pretty sure I even taste wheat in this. This is far more on the Helles side, not so much on the doppelbock side, but in all the right ways. It's less bitter and a tad more sweet than most helles bocks and of course, it's got that doppelbock level of alcohol. Good stuff.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I visited Bierkraft on a little fact-finding mission this evening. We have been there a few times. Tonight we decided to go for a growler, or jug o' beer as I like to call it. Right now they are offering six (maybe nine?) beers on tap. In the end we went with the Andy Gator.

The taste is very sweet and sparkly in the mouth. From what I've read (and feel) the alcohol content is quite high, but there is no strong alcohol flavor. Malty, fruity, nutty, honey is what I taste.

It poured softly and had a beautiful golden hue.


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

Overall: This was quite enjoyable and very easy to drink. (My fav Abita bev to date.) It had a bit
of upfront fruitiness and sugar, but without straying into a space of being vinous. (The ABV most
definitely well concealed.) Almost like the front-half of a good/malty DIPA, but without the
follow-up citrus and pine.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a pale gold with nice lacing.
Smell - equal parts hoppy and bready, a little fruity.
Taste - bitter, nice hops up front but finishes differently with a slight sweet twist (almost grapey?) and bready maltness. Awesome! The booze is hidden very well.
Feel - smooth and high quality like all Abita beers.
Overall - super offering by Abita. My fave by them thus far but you can't go wrong with them. They go for a little drinkability in their beers, so they probably won't blow away all the beer snobs. Cheers!

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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 BloodSoakedAleMug
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw color with moderate carbonation and a rocky off white three finger head.

Smells of bubblegum, crystal malt, freshly whipped cream and floral hops.

Tastes clean, overall quite sweet. I get flavors of white figs, sultanas, white chocolate, more bubblegum, black currants, caramel and lavender. Dry on the finish.

Feel is nice and crisp. Has a slight alcoholic heat to it but it isn't unbearable.

Overall a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: coppery, cloudy, good amount of white head which resolves with fair amount of carbonation

Smell: yeasty, barnyard, metallic with slight floral and undefined esters, musty

Taste: Very light flavor, mildly malted, no hops to speak of, astringent and clean palate secondary to carbonation

Mouthfeel: almost lager like in its texture, good carbonation, good palate cleansing beer

Drinkability: Smells odd but tastes pretty good, easy drinking, akin to a very strong lager - light and quite intoxicating (be careful!)

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Photo of irongator
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, the bottle says it is a doppelbock, but this site has it listed as a Maibock. So I won't rate this as a doppelbock, because if I did, it would be a poor doppelock- not heavy on the malt and dark to be sure. Overall, it is a great Maibock, actually one of the best I've had. I drank it a bit colder than room temp and it is very fruity and golden in color, just like a tripel. It is a good summer beer with lots of alcohol- beautiful golden color and tasty. Not zay doppel, to be sure

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Photo of witster18
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of lowgrav helles brews - so I thought I'd give this high-grav version a whirl.

tastes just like I'd hoped. It's like a fine helles with a slightly winey kick.
Strong fruit notes here... orange, peach, and lemon... at cold temps this is massively drinkable for the abv... DANGEROUS.... but it's highgrav roots show when it warms a bit. I suggest drinking it VERY COLD because it's a great tasting beer at low temps... some would say the higher temps add character... for me it's just gets too boozy... a polar opposite of when it's freezing cold - when it's a superb drinkability high grav..

if you like helles brews you'll like andygator...

looks like a good helles... and nearly tastes like a normal helles when it's cold...

nice floral rose finish after a very tart beginning... this beer could definitely get another sitting...

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Photo of bob3701
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear golden yellow with a big pillowy white head that quickly goes into a thin film with minor lacing. Doughy malty aroma. Very sweet toffee and apples (?) taste. A bit of a spicy aftertaste. This beer is very smooth and too easy to drink for it's high AVB which it hides very well. Thought this was a good attempt at a helles dopplebock.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SUPERBOWL is starting, I'll be brief!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/yellow-orange with a thick white head dissipating into a thin cap within the first three minutes.

Smells of cereal grains, orange peels. A hint of yeast and malty sweetness.

Has a big malty sweet flavor immediately accented by a very slight hop bitterness. Dried figs and apricots, raisins come to mind on the draw into the palate.

Thick, luxurious and velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth, if only a bit syrupy. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I'll give this a 4 for drinkability. It's a delicious brew for sure, but very rich and fairly thick. I do really like it, but I'm afraid It will just be one.

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Photo of garcia2a
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Spring House a while ago and just found my review!

The beer pours a pale golden color and crystal clear. The head was light and laced. Light carbonation.

The bouquet was a bit musty with very light grain and even lighter malt. Alcohol creeps in on the end to boot.

The taste has a bit of sweetness and light hops. Clean, crisp, dry finish, posibly due to the alcohol or the liberty hops.

This is lighter in body than I expected and as long as it is cold, has decent mouthfeel. Andy Gator is a simple beer, dry finished and honestly, perfect for those high humidity Louisiana summer days!

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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 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 kaufmaal
1.48/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass. I was looking forward to a this, as the bottle called it a "Dopplebock," and Abita's beer have been decent. Once I poured it and smelled it, the Andygaror was clearly not a dopplebock. The alcohol smell came through right away along with a strong and very unappealing grass odor. Carbonation was minimal. The taste was very unappealing: overly sweet and loaded with rice. An extremely sour aftertaste lasted for some time, and I continued to smell what seemed like old celery. Malt liquor qualities throughout, as it reminded me of a Milwaukee's Best but with twice the ABV.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very malty, slightly hoppy, and slightly citrusy. First maibock so I have nothing to compare it to, but I did enjoy it. Went well with the red beans and rice I ate since it was a lighter flavor.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my personal favorites...this is the first time i've reviewed it though....abita has always been hit or miss...but this is one of the ones they hit a homerun on....

appearance is deceiving its straw golden and looks to be about a 4% abv...with a fading head and splotchy lacing...

smell is malty...and a little buttery....with no hop in the nose to speak of....

the taste is full bodied and malty....nice german hop presence that does not dominate the beer at all....

the mouth feel is in between creamy and dry....very nice here...feels very full in the mouth...

has great drink ability...but the abv will catch up to you

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Photo of deepsouth
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i had this at the abita brewpub today and while i'm not sure it fits the "standard" as a barleywine, it was a damn fine beer.

it was fairly light in color and in the nose, but the taste was very good. very well balanced.

the mouthfeel was good. not too heavy and great on a summer day.

the alcohol content (whatever it was) was well hidden, but apparently on the high side as i had one and decided i'd have to switch to a different beer in order to drive home safely. i made barefootbrewer trade me his jockomo ipa (which was way better on draft as well btw).

this was good enough for me to buy a growler to bring home and a another to send to a person that i'd consider lucky, despite it's low score on beeradvocate.

i honestly think this beer is at least a full letter grade higher than the beeradvocate ratings suggest.

i hope the guy i send it to digs it as i did.

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