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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty sweet honey amber with a half inch of head which turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Has a bit of caramel from the dopplebock side with some lager yeast tone and honey sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a good bit of sweetness from a honey or caramel which is enjoyably. Simple yet tasty.

M - Has a pretty good medium body but no ABV burn or taste.

Overall this is a very solid Imperial Helles lager (in my eyes) with sweet dopplebock tones. Most affordable at only 5 dollars so give it a try!

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Photo of mltobin
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in New York.

Appearance is bright yellow with a finger of off-white head. Its` nose has lemon, sugar, a sweet smell. The taste is a little bitter, sweet, more lemon Mouthfeel is medium, clean finish. A very average tasting helles bock, but one that is nonetheless still refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a the perfect pilsner color of golden straw. Theres a few bubbles and a very nice two finger head to start,but leads to nothingness eventually. Pretty nice, simple and straight forward sweet malty hay, some earth and a little alcoholic warmth. Pretty simple, mildy sweet malty flavor that gets some help from the alchol. But then the alcohol gets its own show nd slows covers up the mild malts and vry faint earthy hop flavors. Sweet, then warm, then alcoholic palate. Glad I tried this beer, but will probably never buy again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft in a tall pilsner glass

Clear golden, thin white head. Mild grainy aroma. Taste is earthy hops and pale malt, mildly sweet. Okay flavor. Thin bodied.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Seems a bit light for the style but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Upon reading the label, I can see why as it is a helles dopplebock.

Aroma is chock full of sweet, chewy malt with a good hint of spice/raisin in the nose. Alcohol heat seems present as well.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a slight alcoholic heat present.Simple. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt. Goes down well. Nothing offensive.

Very clean and drinkable. Seems like one of their better releases too. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Some nice sticky lace though.
S: Mainly some malt sweetness and light grain. Some husky grassy and yeast aromas. Very light hop bitterness. Fairly standard helles aroma.
T: Mostly sweet malt again. Some light grain, and much more pronounced hop bitterness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp and clean snap of carbonation. This drinks pretty easy for being 8% ABV. I quaffed a few at a hotel bar in Morgan City, LA with no problem.

Not bad at all. I don't know what to call this. This is not a dopplebock at all though. If anything this is a helles lager. Still, something that is worth a try.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times on trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, although I've never had the chance to review it. I recall it as always being powerful, drinkable, and flavorful. This time, it was no exception....clear, pale, golden, with a bright head. The aroma is of spice, malt, and booze. Very malty backbone...clean and sweet malt. Not overly sweet, but not at all dry...definitely a sweet spring bock. Full in body, with a little more hops than the style would normally call for. Firm and clean finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a huge billowing white head. The head fades to give a very nice level of lacing

Smell – Sweet aromas of lighter fruit and a bit of citrus meet the nose. They are really quite soothing aromas. These sweeter aromas then mix in with a bit of bready and yeasty aromas which complement the sweet nicely and round out the smell quite nicely.

Taste – Breadiness of malt mixed with sweet caramel and fruit are quite heavy upfront. These lighten a bit as the taste moves on and bitter up ever so slightly. There is also a slight yeasty flavor that also develops with the bitter toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end, some alcohol taste comes into play, rounding out the taste experience and warming the mouth and body in a very nice way.

Mouthfeel – The very creamy body coupled to the lower level of carbonation allow it to cling to and absorb into the tongue leaving a very warm and soothing feeling in the mouth.

Overall – I quite enjoyed this beer. It is a bit on the sweeter side with nice sweet aromas and a very nice mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and rather relaxing.

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Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at wait for it...Tap in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head into a pint glass. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top with decent lacing.

Smells lightly of sweet malts with small hints of light fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's not a whole lot going on, and none of the light fruit aromas come through in the taste department. Ending is mildly bitter but more of a lingering sweetness pervades.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I would've guessed the ABV at somewhere in the low 6's - very drinkable for such a light-bodied beer at this ABV.

Overall there's nothing overly exciting about this beer, but it goes down easily - a middle-of-the-road beer from Abita.

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Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draught at the Richmond Arms, served in an imperial pint, Andygator is gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweet, honey malt, not too strong.

Taste is pretty simple, it's a bit on the sweet side but not cloyingly so, some diacetyl for sure, butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, lighter then I expected for the gravity.

Drinkability is okay, it's smooth and goes down with ease. The diacetyl is an obvious flaw, but it actual provides some otherwise absent complexity.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass.
8.0% ABV, Best By 03/11/14 on neck.

A - A tall, clumpy white head rises from the depths quickly, frothing up the glass with sticky white suds. Clear and bright golden in color, Andygator is one fine looking beer.

S - Sweet white grapes give the nose an initial crispness but the maltiness, reminiscent of a fresh, soft loaf of white Wonder Bread, bring some heft from the depths. German hops balance the malt aroma with a fair amount of earthy spice notes for a round beer.

T - Crushed white grapes add soft fruitiness while clear corn syrup drizzles sweetness over the beer's malty, untoasted Wonder Bread base but, hops finish out, more so in this beer than any other doppelbock. Crisp hop spice lends an earthy finish to this beer.

M - The closest characteristic of Andygator to a doppel is the beer's mouthfeel where, despite the elevated, slightly bitter hop profile, the maltiness reigns as this somewhat sweet beer finishes pretty dry from the almost transparent level of alcohol.

O - While Abita calls Andygator a helles doppelbock, it's hoppiness and crisp, clean malt profile lean pretty closely to the maibock style or at least a crossover of the two. Sweet and fruity, the bready malt base of this beer make it just as satisfying as the German "liquid bread" doppels, though finished with a touch of spicy hop character.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is one finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is quite soft and its retention isn't half bad. As it recedes, it leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Almost like a big pilsner in a way. There's a nice combination of sweet, crackery malts and noble hops. What I don't like, though, is the hefty diacetyl note hiding behind the two. A little bit is a good thing, but there's too much here. Otherwise it's an okay nose.

T: At first, I'm getting some of the noble hops, while it finishes with a one-two combination of sweet, white wine like fruitiness and diacetyl. The more I drink, the sweeter it gets. It has a respectable bitterness, but it just doesn't seem to fully balance the levels of sugar/diacetyl that well. It's messy and low on flavor at the same time - and that is NOT a good combination.

M: Quite a light feeling beer - aside from a mild alcohol prickle, it's hard to tell this 8%. But as it gets sweeter, it becomes a bit harder to drink. It's still never really a chore, though (in spite of the mediocre flavor profile). Carbonation cuts through the body well.

O: This does one thing really well: it drinks easier than an 8% beer should. But apart from a mild booze presence, it tastes lighter than an 8% beer should. Even worse, it doesn't seem fully in balance. I'd never refuse one, I just wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear light gold with white head. It smelled like bready yeast and lemon, with a hint of spices. It tasted like sweet honey malt and bready yeast and fresh wheat, with light orange and lemon hops and a bit of spice. It was fairly thick with mild carbonation, and had a light malty aftertaste. Overall this didn't have as big or bold of a flavor as I was expecting. It was still pretty crisp and tasty, and had a nice fully body. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was pretty easy to drink. But it could definitely use more malty sweetness and overall flavor. As it is, this beer was pretty bland and forgettable. Abita's Mardi Gras Bock might even have bigger flavor (although a bit less complex).

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Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Interesting, it poured a bright golden color, I guess that it is why they place Helles before Doppelbock. Head retains for a short period of time.
Light aroma of bread malt, grassy hops and dough.
Flavor with predominant notes of grassy hops, lager yeast, lemon, some booze and hints of green apples. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is felt on taste, but it feels lighter and it has no warming sensation whatsoever.
It felt to me like an Imperial Pilsner with alcohol and malts predominating too much over hops.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear amber with a decent white head. Aroma is mainly malty with a strong hoppy undertone and a sharp hint of apple, like hard cider. Flavor is malty and ciderish with a strong but not overwhelming alcohol nip and just a touch of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and it fairly dances on the way down.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a large foamy white head. Leave beautiful sheets of lace on the glass as it fades to about a quarter inch crust that stays for quite a while.

Has a sweet, grainy smell with a very mild floral bouquet. Not really much else on the nose, a pretty clean smelling lager here.

Sweet and malty with a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess with a bit too much alcohol abrasiveness. Still, it is fairly smooth and basically a malty treat to drink while not thinking about the beer too much. Biscuity flavor as it warms, one of Abita's better brews.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While this beer is a pale yellow color, it definitely appears to be pretty thick. The head is bone white and sustains one finger's height for the duration, dropping quite slowly and never fully, as the strong half-finger or so that lasts the entire session leaves behind deposits of lace that spread some legs and cling in heavy spotting.
I didn't know what do expect from this beer, and I'm not sure what to think of it. Ultimately, it's pretty good, but it's extremely unusual. The nose brings out lots of floral, not quite leafy or grassy hops but with elements of both in a softer type of earthiness. There's some honey-like sweetness running through. The 8% is well masked.
The honey note runs strongly through with a little malts support along with the floral hops. The dryer taste of the pilsner malt is much more strongly evidenced.
It's smooth with a solid crispness in a medium body and some sort of thickness to it; it's not viscous, per se, but on the heavier side despite the crisp, clean effect.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin white mousse. There's nothing really interesting about this one's appearance.

S: Aromas of straw, grassy hops, butter, and caramel are evident on the nose. This smells a little off-it reminds me of neither a helles bock nor a doppelbock.

T: Notes of straw, damp hay, minerals, lemon, butter, cream, caramel, and grass gently swirl across the palate. The finish is sweet and smooth with pronounced notes of caramel, lemon, and cream.

M: Full bodied and relatively dry. Carbonation is relatively crisp. There is a slight alcoholic warmth here that is not entirely unpleasant.

O: In my opinion, this is a very average lager. Maibock is not my favorite style anyway, but to me, this is a strictly mediocre offering. This is one I will probably pass on in the future.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a foamy, thick, bright white head that rose to three fingers before fading into a well retained film. Faint spotty lace left down the glass.
S: Bready lager yeast, faint lemon hop, light toast, cardboard, musk, and earthy grains. Hints of sweet fruits.
T: Wet grains, doughy yeast, apple juice, spices, caramel and sweet simple syrup. Sweet overall, fruity, grainy. Fairly straight forward. Lager finish super sweet aftertaste fruity.
M: Fuller body, slick and heavy with a chewy and sweet mouthfeel. Soft smooth carbonation. Kiss of alcohol.
O: Sweet smooth and simple. Goes down decently well but a bit too sweet for me to want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while in New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, corn, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, floral, wheat, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I really wasn’t impressed with this one that much if I am honest. However, this was about the only thing that was listed on the menu that I had not had before while we were grabbing food after the Zwanze Day festivities. There was just too much of a spicy and wheat aspect going on here. The aroma kind of reminded me of an adjunct lager in a way with the corn aspect going on. Really glad it didn’t carry over. Still not that great unfortunately.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up without knowing anything about it because I needed a 4th to get the 10% bottle discount. Pretty average all around beer, nothing special in appearance, smell, but taste is pretty good but not special. Overall the beer gets bonus points because it is easy to drink for 8% and presents a good value. The more I drank it the more I liked it, probably because of the 8%, but I would buy again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is an interesting wet hay and grain in a barn mixture.
The taste is quite grainy, a solid sweet note running through it all. Some apples and a little orange.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a little too sweet for me, interesting though.

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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 DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Portico in Monroe, LA. Pours a crisp golden color with some good sticky lacing. Smells of sweet malts and a bit of hops. Taste is slightly sweet and boozey malts. Slight bitter hop taste but its deff a helles. Nice straw flavor as well. Overall, really not a bad brew and neat to see a helles with a bit of bite.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that shows decent retention and lacing. It's definitely on the lighter side of things for a doppelbock.

The aroma is dominated by light roasted grains with hints of malty sweetness. There are hints of nuts as well.

The taste is similar with a pale toasted malt backbone that supports just a hints of fruity sweetness and a dry, slightly bitter finish. It might be just a tad heavier than the aroma with a bit of yeasty spiciness as well.

The mouthfeel is certainly a bit light for the style. It's smooth with lots of carbonation.

I definitely enjoyed this beer, though it's a little short of doppelbock characteristics.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
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