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Andygator | Abita Brewing Co.

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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:
#39,778
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,626
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and presented a crystal clear straw-gold coloring with a thin, white film of head. Fruity, malty aromas, with light hints of grain. The beer has tangy, fruity flavors, with round, bold, malty notes and a grainy ending. The beer is extremely light and crisp in mouth, with a slightly sour fruit aftertaste. The finish is filmy in mouth, and the lingering sour changes to a musty flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy/foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain, somewhat nutty with lemongrass. Smells like a robust helles.

The taste is of sweet grainy, slightly nutty (almondy) with a hint of fruitiness. There is a very slightly soapy aftertaste that detracts a bit.

It has a thickish, syrupy medium body.

I can see where they were going - a souped-up helles bringing it to "doppelbock" category. Could be Imperial Helles, if there were such a style. A doppelbock, being a "big" lager, and this being a big helles-style, fits well enough. It is a bit boozy, not unexpected. The only real drawback I have is the slightly soapy aftertaste. Also, if you are having it alone, I suggest keeping it refrigerated between pours, as it doesn't exactly improve with warming (also not unexpected for what it is). It does have a nice sweetish nutty-ish, grainy presence and some fruity balance. An interesting "sipper".

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, slight grain, wheat, hint of citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of wheat, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some biscuit, a touch of sweetness. Taste is no so mild, biscuits, alcohol, malts, some sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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 flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Eziel
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooo, helles doppelbock. I wouldn't expect to see myself with a glass of one in June, but this shows that I am willing to go past the "lighter brews in warm months" mentality. Well, its color is said to be light, but not its alcohol. There's 12 ounce to drink, so let's start. On to the beer:

True to style, this beer is a lighter colored one. Looking fools gold in the chalice and topped with a short head which dissipates to a thin white lace. The aroma is very sweet, like white grapes and sparking cider mixed together. A little earthy as well with a kiss of spicy hops.

While overall a sweet beer, it isn't cloying as I feared. It has the flavor of apples and grapes, a solid white cracker base, and a note of vague hops which cut some of the sweet flavor out. Malt bombs are generally thick with the mouthfeel, but this one is on the lighter side with just a few whisper of alcohol being heard.

After being on a barrage of hopped beer, it's a pleasant change to come back to something sweet and malty. Andygator is one of its many useful cures.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, yellow/blond with a white head, some retention, hints of leg.

S: Nice nobel-hop-like aroma: Grassy, floral and even a little herbal. Underlying sweet toffee and a light fruitiness.

T: Grassy, herbal & floral hops, sponge toffee, light bread, hints of tropical fruit, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth. Quite good.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A really easy drinker for its weight. Well-crafted.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,626 ratings
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