RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Abita 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 Doppelbock.

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Strykzone (7355) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Pour into a pint glass leaves 3/4 light tan head and 1/4 golden beer. Patience is required to wait for that foam to dissipate. Bunches of visible carbonation. A faint fruity aroma with some grain and malt. Flavor is metallic, grainy, funky and frankly, not very good. This is only slightly better than any number of malt liquors out there. A 22 oz bottle. Hopefully I didn’t pay very much for it.

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2009
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.

HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle. Beautiful golden color with a bright white head. Nice lacing. Fruit and spice nose. Honey and melon rind jump out at me. Sweet malt and yeast in the mouth. A fair amount of alcohol is present but the finish is really dry. I’m pretty impressed with how the alcohol builds the flavor in the mouth and then fades into the background. Some yeast fruitiness jumps out midway through the taste as well. The hops are present but provide just the right balance. I’m surprised by the poor ratings of this beer. I may be way off, but I really enjoyed this beer.

grebs (72) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
A pretty boring beer. Tastes pretty good and the high ABV is nice but very present. Nothing to note here. Lacking character and direction.

hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle… Clear yellow lager with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Excellent retention. Grainy, acidic, grapefruit and lemon peel aroma. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Well-balanced. Mildly bitter with slight honey sweetness and a suggestion of tanginess – also, sort of boring and grainy. Finishes gently acidic, delicately bitter and dry.

mmmbeer (1419) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent yellow-orange with a dull copper tint, perhaps a small razor thin cloud atop the liquid surface for a head, somewhat lively medium carbonation. Aroma of musk, old grains, and bootleg liquor- el yummo. Hits the mouth with a low-medium body, malt is there but you are suddenly struck like a Mac truck hitting a pizza pie but a bitter and sour sensation. Middle holds those sensations unfortunately, finish is horrific- with alot of bitter sensations on the tongue and an odd old grainy feeling as it hits the back of your throat. Damn, knew I should have grabbed a 6’er of ANYTHING else than this.

bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bomber. Pale gold and clear. Very small head. Nose is grainy, garbage disposal. Taste is a bit malty and very bitter and astringent. Alcohol is present-unpleasantly so. This just did not sit right on my palate. I had the original Andygator in the smaller bottles years ago-my memory may not serve me well but this seems like a completely different beer. I may try again-or not. Drain pour.

DYCSoccer17 (3696) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
22 ounce bottler purchased at BevMo in Natomas. Aroma is metallic, with lightly sweet doughiness and some corn notes. Transparent golden body with a smallish white head that leaves fair lacing. A little sweet to start with some biscuity malts in the middle. Finishes pretty metallic, dry, with some noble hops. I’m generally not a huge fan of the style, and nothing about this beer really stands out. Why isn’t this listed as a hellerbock?

skweek (13) - College Park, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Very slight, sweet aroma. Taste is of sweet malts, with some spices and a slight taste of apples. Didn’t really like it very much.

DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Clear, deep copper tinged gold with a voluminous off white head that collapses into itself rather quickly. Toasty, grainy aroma with hints of toffee and some spicy hops. Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation, and a fairly dry palate. Starts of sweet, but not the rich caramel sweetness of most doppelbocks, and ifnishes some soft bitterness. Rather unusual, advertised as a "helles doppelbock", it certainly is not representative of a classic doppelbock, but does offer some decent qualities.

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