Abita Light

Val and I went into Philly for a birthday part for her friend’s child. After the party, we walked around for awhile and then stopped to get a snack. They didn’t have many beers on tap that I hadn’t reviewed, so I went for this one. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4%

Style: Light Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Light is an all-malt lager brewed with pilsner and carapils malts and Vanguard hops. It is the smoothest and most flavorful light beer you’ll ever taste. Crisp and refreshing with a mild hop aroma, it has only 118 calories and 8 carbs. Great with almost anything, it’s an excellent choice for lighter foods and salads too. Try Abita Light with a sharp Cheddar.”

Random: I could see this beer making a good pair with a sharp cheddar, especially since the beer is so light. Next time I get this beer, I think I’ll try it.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass, but not much. The body was clear and straw yellow with high carbonation. The nose was light with grain and not much else. The taste had some mineral water with grain and a corn taste to it. The body was really light with high carbonation. It had a quick and grainy finish. This beer was really simple, which I expected. But, it was easy to drink and crisp. If there weren’t any other choices but macros, I’d grab for this.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Abita Bayou Bootlegger Hard Root Beer

Abita is one of the breweries I always look at fondly, since I went to their beers when I got into craft beer. Their labels have gone through a whole redesign and their labels have a certain masculine feel to them now. I like them slightly better than their old labels. They also offer an alcoholic root beer, since they are all the rage now.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gluten-free and sweetened with pure Louisiana cane sugar, this handcrafted hard root beer delivers aromas of wintergreen, vanilla and sassafras with hints of clove and anise. Enjoy its smooth and satisfyingly sweet flavor as your go-to thirst quencher.”

Random: I wonder how long this hard root beer trend is going to last.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wintergreen, which was way too aggressive for my taste and bordered on medicinal. It had some vanilla as well, but the wintergreen note dominated. The taste had the normal root beer notes of sassafras and vanilla, but again, the wintergreen was syrupy and medicinal. It took away from the other flavors. The body was on the thicker side, but nothing that took away from the beer. It had high carbonation. The finish was quick and minty with vanilla. A bottle of this was $1.91, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I’m not a huge fan of alcoholic sodas and this one was one of the worst that I’ve had. I wouldn’t bother trying this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Abita/Birrificio Del Ducato Two Boots Saison

This is another beer that Val picked up for me. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Boots is Abita’s first ever collaboration brew. We chose to collaborate with Birrificio del Ducato, an award-winning craft brewery located in Parma, Italy known for using natural and local ingredients. Appropriately named for the shape of Louisiana and Italy, Two Boots is a Saison brewed with peppercorns, lemon balm and honey. This beer uses pilsner and wheat malts and is hopped with German Perle hops. We used raw honey from a local producer, Blood River Honey, to give the brew a very dry finish perfect for a Saison. The addition of the lemon balm, green and pink peppercorns enhance the overall flavor of the brew. The honey is added in the brewhouse at the end of the boil and the lemon balm and peppercorns are added in the aging tank. The result is a very balanced beer with the flavors of the malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, herbs and honey all blended together for a refreshing brew.”

Random: I’m surprised that this was the first collaboration beer for Abita, given how long they’ve been around.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, lemon yellow color with visible moderate carbonation. The nose was lemony with honey and a lot of yeast. The taste had a lot of white pepper. Then, I picked up lemon zest and yeast. There was also some lemon pulp as well. The body was light with light carbonation, and could have used a bit more. The finish was long and peppery with lemon zest. This was $5.99 for the bomber, which came to $.27 per ounce. Despite the affordable price, this beer was just very simplistic and missed the mark for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Abita Strawgator

Oh Abita, the soft spot I have for you. I am really excited to see them doing some barrel aged beers and put some new ones out as well. This was one that Val really wanted to try, so we split the bomber one night at home. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Strawgator is the fusion of Strawberry Harvest Lager sweetness with the bite of Andygator. This golden lager is made with malted barley and wheat. It is hopped with German Perle hops for a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice are added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a rich golden color and slight cloudiness. Strawgator is a great dessert beer. It pairs well with fruit, dessert of sorbets. It is also excellent with chocolate dishes and cheeses such as St. Andre, Mascarpone and Brie.”

Random: We never ended up getting strawberries from our plant.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a slightly cloudy, yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grassy hops notes and a touch of strawberry. The taste was outstanding. It had fresh strawberry juice and cereal grain. The booze was well-hidden. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with strawberry juice and cereal grain. My only complaint was that the strawberry note wasn’t strong enough but this beer was still outstanding, especially at $5.99 for the bomber ($.27 per ounce). This is a beer worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Maine. The other half and I are on vacation and have plenty of beer-related excursions planned. I’m sure I’ll have lots of reviews, but until then, here’s another beer review.


ABV: 9.25%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Baltic Porter is brewed with pale, caramel and roasted malts. It is fermented at cooler temperatures to accentuate the malt flavors, which gives the beer its dark color and smooth, sweet roasted flavor. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for months before bourbon barrel aging begins.”

Random: The cat is loving the new bird feeder that we got. He’s spent a lot of time staring at it.

When I popped this beer open, the bomber exploded all over. When I finally got it in the glass (after losing about a quarter of the bomber), it had a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was clear and a dark brown, but not nearly as dark as I’m used to. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had vanilla, oak, bourbon and butterscotch. There wasn’t much in terms of roasted malts. The taste had all of the typical bourbon notes with oak and vanilla and some light smoke. What it didn’t have was roasted malts, cocoa or coffee. The body was way too thin and the carbonation was mild at best. It did have significant booze warming. The finish was quick with bourbon and oak. The bomber was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. This beer was reasonably priced for a bomber, but it was missing roasted malts and the body was way too thin. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout

After going to George Street Ale House, we stopped at World of Beer so I could check out their tap list. I saw this gem and had to have it.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bourbon Street Stout is an Imperial Stout that is aged in small batch bourbon barrels. Our Imperial Stout is brewed with a combination of pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for 6 weeks. This is necessary for all of the flavors of the malt and hops to balance and produce a very smooth flavor. After the cold aging the beer is transferred into the bourbon barrels. It is then aged for another 8 weeks to absorb all of the flavors from the barrels. The result is a stout that brings out the roasted flavors from the malt and the warming toasted, vanilla, and bourbon flavors.”

Random: We got our stockings up today. The place is starting to look festive.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of cream-colored head into a snifter. The head dissipated slowly with light lacing on the glass. The body was a black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of dark chocolate with vanilla and oak. The taste was impressive. It had big notes of warm oak and vanilla upfront and went into bitter dark chocolate notes. Bourbon came through as well and there was a slight booze warming on the beer. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a long finish with oaky flavors and dark chocolate. This beer is exactly what I want on a cold and snowy night. It was flavorful and warm and probably one of my favorite Abita beers I’ve ever had. This is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Abita Andygator

I haven’t had a beer from Abita since June 2013. This offering from Abita is one that has been on my list to try for a very long time. It got a silver medal this year at the Great American Beer Festival and has always been well-regarded, so I was definitely excited to try this one.


ABV: 8%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich. Andygator® is also a good aperitif and easily pairs with Gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious — sip it for the most enjoyment.”

Random: I really need another cup of coffee. The first one isn’t working yet.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a lot of malt with significant honey sweetness. The taste wasn’t as sweet. I got some definite honey and a lot of malt, but also a mineral twang to it. The booze was somewhat apparent as well. It was a bit under carbonated with a medium thickness body. It had a short finish with some sweetness to it as well. I’m thinking perhaps that I got an older bottle of this, because it really didn’t floor me. With that being said, I would be open to giving it another try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Abita Spring IPA

Oh Abita. I have a special place in my heart for you. I’ve been through my affinity for Abita simply because of the nostalgia of it. When my craft beer shoes were barely wet, Abita was a go-to brewery for me. Now that I’ve broadened my horizons (a lot), I tend to go for other beers. It’s almost like I’ve outgrown them a bit. But, when I saw their Spring IPA on the shelves, I figured why not take a trip down memory lane?

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spring IPA (March-May) is a West Coast-style IPA with an up-front intense hop flavor and aroma. Amarillo and Centennial hops give the brew a rich and resinous flavor of citrus and spice. This bright pale ale has a malt sweetness that will give way to a pleasant bitter. It pairs well with Mexican or spicy Szechwan Chinese food. Spring IPA is a nice accompaniment for cheeses with strong flavors, like sharp cheddar or goat cheese.”

Random: I like how Abita has updated their packing and their labels. I definitely like it better than the old sixers.

This one poured a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was grassy and then a bit of resiny hops, but nothing that was too overwhelming. The taste was pretty hoppy at first, bringing notes of grass, grapefruit and citrus rind. Again, nicely bitter, but nothing abrasive in the taste. The body was a little too thin for me with very high carbonation. It had a quick grapefruit finish. In the world of IPAs, was this outstanding? No, but it doesn’t have to be. I was expecting it to be bitter and drinkable and it was. I could see this as a lawnmower beer, although the ABV is a little high, without a problem. If you still see it on the shelves…it’s probably past its prime, but try it next year when it comes out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Abita SOS (Save Our Shore)

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I usually record my review notes in one of three ways. Either I put it in the notes of my iphone, write it manually in my beer notebook or put it directly into wordpress. For this one, I wrote it manually. I left my beer notebook on the table and my five year old managed to draw all over the review notes. So, deciphering this one was a lot of fun.

ABV: 7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Beer established ‘SOS – A Charitable Fund’ in 2010 to assist with rescue and restoration following the the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The centerpiece of the fundraising effort is a charitable beer created by Abita called SOS – A Charitable Pilsner. SOS is a message in a bottle…a distress signal for the troubled Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita will donate 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the Gulf Coast. In addition, SOS retail merchandise (hat, tee shirt and more) donates 100% of the net proceeds to the SOS Fund. How Abita is helping ‘Save Our Shore’ Over $350,000 has been raised by SOS. Donations from the fund have fed fishermen and their families, restored critical wetland habitats and made Christmas a little brighter for struggling families. In 2012, our focus turns to addressing the greatest threat facing the future of our state: coastal land loss. Abita has formed a partnership with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), our state’s longest-standing organization dedicated to coastal restoration. CRCL is a non-profit citizen’s organization with 24 years of experience leading efforts to restore coastal Louisiana. Louisiana’s coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. These wetlands provide habitat for hundreds of species of animals, protect us from devastating storms and serve as a cultural base for more than 2 million people who call Louisiana’s coast home. We are losing our wetlands at the rate of one football field of land every hour. 80% of the entire nation’s coastal land loss takes place right here in our state.”

Random: I really dislike Florida.

This brew poured with a huge, two finger, pure white head that dissipated very slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was very grainy with some grass. Usually I get some metallic notes with this style, but not in this one. The taste had a hint of sour apple and lemon with a touch of peppercorns. I also got some light bitterness at the end coupled with biscuit. The body was towards the thicker side with high carbonation. The booze was relatively well hidden as well. I found it generally to be non offensive and on the soft side, but I’m generally not a fan of the style. The finish was quick and left behind some biscuit on the tongue. I would have this again, but it’s not my favorite of the style. What I was a huge fan of is that this is a charitable beer and given all that’s happened in New Jersey lately, it seemed very appropriate to pop this one open.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Abita Amber

After spending a few days in Tampa, we were headed to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Yep, we went to Disney. We stayed at the Port Orleans, which was pretty nice. I’ve never stayed in Disney, so this was a new experience for me. Once we got there, we had a few hours to kill before hitting up the Magic Kingdom for the Christmas party. So, Kate and her mother took the kid to the pool and I hit up the pool bar at the Riverside. The beer selection was pretty slim, but they did have 3 selections from Abita. I overheard the bartender telling someone that it was really rare to find Abita outside of Louisiana. I for one, have never ever had a problem finding Abita in New Jersey. So, I nicely corrected him and talked some beer with him and ordered a pint of amber.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller. Amber is Abita’s most versatile beer for pairing with food. It has been voted “best beer” in numerous New Orleans reader polls and is used frequently in recipes of great Louisiana chefs. Because of its smooth, malty flavor, try it with smoked sausages, Louisiana boudin, or even with caviar. It’s great with crawfish and Cajun food. You might also enjoy it paired with a spicy gumbo or tomato-based pasta sauce. It also goes well also with fried catfish dipped in a tart, lemony tartar sauce. Parmesan, Pecorino and Romano cheeses are good pairings with Abita Amber.”

Random: I guess since the hotel had the whole Cajun thing, they had to find appropriate beers from the area.

Disney was keeping it classy with the plastic cup. It poured with half a finger of white head that lingered for awhile and left some lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a clear, mahogany color with very light visible carbonation. The nose was very light with some caramel malt and maybe even a hint of hop. The taste was a malt bomb up front. It had some nuttiness to it and followed up with some sweet caramel malt. There was also some toasted bread thrown in too. There wasn’t any real bitterness to it. This was a bit one-dimensional to me. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. It finished quickly, but had a slight metallic hint to it. This brew was only alright to me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0