Beer: Abita Brewing ‘Andygator’ Helles Doppelbock…

Category: Drinks

Abita Brewing - Andygator - Helles Doppelbock - 2009I saw this brew from Louisiana brewery, Abita, and decided to go for it. I know, what a surprise, it’s NOT an IPA, but the name and bottle drew me in and so here we are. This particular brew, which the brewery catagorizes as one of their ‘Big Beers’, is a Helles Dopplebock. As I’ve said before, I don’t claim to be a gnarly beer snob afficionado, so I don’t even know what a Helles Dopplebock is. That being said, this is new territory for me. This guy packs a very respectable 8% alcohol by content and each sip provides a little zap to prove it. The beer itself is much lighter in color than I was guessing. It’s a light golden color and the head is white foam reminiscent of your standard Bud (that’s not a diss, just a visual for color). It’s sweet on the palate and has an aftertaste that fades really quickly. All and all this is an extremely light feeling beer for how heavy it is in the alcohol department. You can taste that it’s got more than your typical brews alcohol content, but the feel of the beer, the color, and head are all lighter than I’d of imagined. Maybe if I was more of an expert on beer, I’d realize that these are just ‘standard issue’ traits for this particular type of brew. Either way, I’m glad I grabbed this one and am enjoying the change in brew styles. I guess this is how they roll in ‘Leesy-anna’.
For more info, check out the Abita website: Abita Brewing (Andygator)
Oh..lookin at the site I saw this: “Abita Beer, Louisiana’s first, oldest and largest craft beer.” I guess they been doin this for a while. I’m hoping that my local brew slingers get some other flavors to try out.

Abita Brewing - Andygator - Helles Doppelbock - 2009


4 Comments so far

  1. Corey Tisdale June 3rd, 2009 7:16 am

    Abita has been around forever, and they are as ubiquitous as Budweiser in southeastern Louisiana (but thankfully much tastier!).

    I think they get a lot of crap for brewing non-conforming beer styles, but I think they do a (mostly) great job of giving folks something different on the cheap (at least it is cheap in New Orleans).

    I do have a huge huge huge recommendation for anyone brave enough: find abita strawberry beer and buy it! Even if you don’t typically like fruity beer (I don’t), this beer is amazing and might broaden your horizons. Also, if you are lucky enough to be near a pub that has Abita Select on tap (very rare outside of Louisiana), always try it! It changes every month and it is almost always great.

  2. zOnk.oNe June 3rd, 2009 8:11 am

    Big thanks for the comment and recommendations Corey. I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for those.


  3. JR October 8th, 2009 5:25 pm

    Just purchased some of this AndyGator to try. Know bottled beer not as good as on draft but no drafts of this in So Fla. (Hard to find too.)

    True beer afficionados must try Abit TurboDog. It is a dark brown ale, made famous by Emeril Lagasse for use in some of his recipes. Turbodog is the bomb!

  4. Mike May 4th, 2010 7:35 am

    Where can Andygator be found in the south florida area? Any recommendations for stores that carry it?

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