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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Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a light golden amber with a small head. Malt infuses the nose. The mouth revels in the slightly hoppy malty flavor. Enjoyable!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a rich crystal clear copper color. A bubbly white head dissipates to a tight film, while only minimal lines of lacing remain on the glass.

There is a spiciness about the aroma leading to a malty backbone with an herbal finish.

The taste has some cereal grains in it, malty sweetness, and a pretty boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy, dry.

Overall: I pretty much liked everything about this except the taste. And the ABV really comes out.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy heat, Batman.

The color of rejected chaff sitting in the sun (i.e. lots of dirt clods, rotting straw, etc.) with a large white head that bubbles really quickly down to a thin cap of white bubbles. Lacing is surprisingly tenacious for a German style brew.

The nose and flavor are more reminiscent of an Eastern European strong lager than any prominent German style I've tasted, although the limited experience I have with Helles Bocks should have prepared me.

Super-sweet, with lots of pale malt that have been fermented long enough to impart a rich grainy sweetness that's way short of caramel and is more like fusel-laden cotton candy. Very little in the way of melanoiden character (did I mention it was pale?) and thus strikes too closely to the heart of the euro strong lager/imperial pils to ring true.

Hops are definitely present, as befits a strong lager, and contribute some flowery characteristics to an otherwise rather unpleasantly hot and sticky brew.

It's really not too bad, and pretty interesting. Helles doppelbock seems an interesting style to aim for, given that even a geeky audience hardly has a frame of reference for it. A little different marketing for this (see: Carlsberg Elephant) might have made Andygator more along the lines the consumer is hoping to see. I like the experimental nature of this brew, and if Abita feels like throwing out a few more high-gravity boys I will be sure to try them out, but this one was quite a ways from my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, yellow-gold in appearance, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Sweet, floral note, fruity.
Taste-Sweet malt, peach, lemongrass, hint of honeyed bread. Very smooth and drinkable for the strength. A refreshing sipper served cold on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of far333
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This can't be a dopplebock. The bar listed it as a barleywine, but it's barely anything at all. A light honey yellowish color with a fine, light fizzy head that disappears quickly. There is absolutely no aroma, and the flavor is ever so faint. Flavor is mostly sweet apple and pear, a bit of an alcohol sweetness, and some lingering fruit in the finish. That is it. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, a little fizzy tingle in the finish. Pretty disappointing.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandon911
2.18/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at the Pioneer Pub In Natchitoches Louisiana.
When I had this, I had no idea what style it was and just assumed it was a Hefe- or some other wheat style beer.
It was a pretty pale, straw yellow with a finger head. The smell was pretty much just sweet, alcohol and citrus. The taste was pretty much right on with the smell. The sweet was overpowering, almost saccharine and the citurs flavors were pretty mild. I emphasize how sweet, in a bad way, that this beer was. The mouthfeel was pretty average, mild carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty dismal. I'm normally pretty comfortable around Abita, but this one may have changed my mind. Like I said, I thought it was something along the lines of a Hefe, mainly from the citrus flavors and sweetness and the fact that I almost never ever like wheat beers.

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Photo of GFD400
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with just a touch of haze and a 1.5 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a sheen on top, leaving good sheets of lace.

Yeasty with plenty of graininess, a little herbal or floral hops.

Taste is sweet and yeasty, herbal hops are light but notable and provide a bit of balance against the sweetness, along with some grain and bready flavors.

Body is pretty light and a bit slick, plentifully carbonated, and a bit warming from the alcohol. A sweet yeasty aftertaste lingers just a bit longer than I'd prefer, but it's still a pretty solid feel.

It's a pretty tasty beer overall, and a solid maibock.

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Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of farrago
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft foamy head of about one finger, mix of all bubble sizes, close to bone white, very credible lacing. Bronze orange to a light brown in color, distorts light easily. Sweetly florid nose with a whole bunch of orange, lemon juice in addition to roasted nuttiness, corn, honeyed bread, sweetened cereal, crunchy apple, pear and peach scents, while thick overall does achieve a little lift. Full-bodied, creamy in feel with not a rough patch in sight, rubs gently into the palate. Lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus dominant here too, juicy and friendly with minimal bite. Malt, corn, granola, cinnamon, dehydrated apple and pear fruit starting to concentrate, some banana. Hint of caramel, toffee. Hard to pick out any keenly edged hoppy components. Stays fluffy and carbonated through the finish, No alcoholic heat but "heady" in a boozy way. Very affable, the John Candy of beers.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +40.8%
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 LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Squire123
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with fast disappearing white cap.

Noticeably sweet grainy aroma.

Tastes is rounded and sweet. Well, to be fair it's not a sugary sort of sweetness but whatever the source (malt presumably) that's what I'm getting. Brewer says the flavor is dryer and while I applaud their effort I can't agree with their assessment. Hops are subdued throughout and emerge with a rough sort of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a strong bitterness but here a little goes a long way.

Texture is medium and carbonated.

I've had this on occasion while in New Orleans and draw the same conclusions each time which is a high gravity brew that is mostly a sweet heaviness that overshadows the hops to the extent balance isn't achievable. Like a see-saw with a child on one end and a fully grown man on the other.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and hint of citrus fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of sweet biscuit malt partially balanced by grassy hops and alcohol. Alcohol is noticable. Finish is long, semi-dry. Somewhat sweet for me.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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