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Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner, and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans.

25 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: Meh...drinkable, but somewhat underwhelming with respect to highpoints or
standout features. (I didn't really get any type of sweetness from this at all.) If there
was nothing else to drink, it would probably be a coin toss for me in terms of imbibing
or not.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus. The taste is sweet grain. A nice offering from Abita.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, lumpy white head. Tangy, sweet nose. Has an orange quality as well. Flavor has a strong malt character. Fairly stout hops comes in at the end and almost unbalances the beer, but the malt lingers.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look: Crystal clear. Orange-tinged copper. Bubbles flying up everywhere.
Smell: Faint. Sweet like pineapple juice. A little acidic and sour like a :S face.
Taste: Acidic and metallic with more :S face. Gone. Then a brief spiced taste. Gone. Then graininess similar to an "all malt" with lingering malt taste.
Feel: Medium body and a little sticky.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Light caramel colored beer with 1/2 a finger of head. The head is white and is predominantly small bubbles but with some big chunky ones on top before it settles down. The bottle lists the ABV (6.5%) and the best by date is really easy to read (05/03/16).

S: [3.25] Has a lager type nose with corn, malted barley and then maybe some cinnamon.

T: [3.25] Sweet up front then more of a corn pilsner flavor. (Almost like frosted flakes - sweet then corn - but to a much lower scale). I sense a bit of an apple taste also. Then nice caramel finish.

M: [3.25] Carbonation is mild but tingly. The body is thin but not too watery.

O: [3.25] This has the makings of an "apple pie" beer. I am getting hints of apple and then nice caramel. I am pretty sure that is not what they were going for "apple pie". This is just okay. Nothing worth repeating.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/25/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light copper with a subtle haze, but still has transparency; fluffy off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas have lots of caramel malts along with hints of toffee. Lots of caramel. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Tons of malty goodness. The malts shine. Caramel notes dominate. Lots of toffee too. Hints of cocoa. Subtle sweetness with a very subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and fun to drink.

This is a nice maibock. It's enjoyable stuff and is great for the spring weather.

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Photo of teromous
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a sticker on the bottle that says 3/4/2016

Appearance: The beer has pretty good transparency. The body is a lighter shade of orange-brown and the head is thick and white. It has very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. I get a bit of cereal sweetness on the nose but the malt is very subdued and the hops even more so.

Taste: There is a light honey sweetness and a cereal grain flavor. It tastes very much like Honey Nut Cheerios. There is a bit of an herbal grassy hop character to the beer that is predominantly in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer feels a bit disjointed. It's like the beer feels too sweet but at the same time has this odd bitterness that just doesn't balance well with the beer.

Overall: I say take it or leave it. It wouldn't be the first, second, or third choice for any kind of bock but it's an alright beer to pick up for a quick cookout. The flavor profile of the beer has a honey sweetness that doesn't taste the same as other bocks and the hop profile is very low. You might find yourself enjoying the beer if you like a sweeter beer and aren't a fan of hops. Unfortunately instead of the hops balancing out the sweetness they take a back seat until the very end of the drink at which time they pop out and just kill the sweet ride. I wasn't a fan of this bumpy yet mediocre rollercoaster.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Getting to be that time of year for Maibocks.

Body : Pours a dark golden color, retaining much of the same as it fills the glass. 90% transparent.
Head : 3 fingers, and very soapy with lots of lace. Eventually it fades to 1 finger but still very strong.

Initial : Um, smells like a garbage disposal with eyes of potatoes, strawberry tops, and pineapple core. Bleh.
With Agitation : More of a fruity zinfandel aroma comes out.

Front : Lots of pale bitterness from crystal malt and Perle hops and the faintest hint of light fruits
Back : Malt warmth with a touch of bread
Finish : Pasty bitter finish with lingering notes of grape stem and dry grains.

Start : Crisp and sharp
Finish : Pasty, chalky, semi-dry.

Overall : While Maibocks aren't my favorite, I thought I'd give this a spin. Not a very strong offering, I'd probably pass next time.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle (stamped "best by 05/09/16") poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Clear, light orange amber, with a thick, rocky head of white foam.

Smell: Malt, caramel and light esters.

Taste: Solid malty body, husky grains and caramel with light, fruity esters. Light but balancing hops: spice, earth and grass. Closes clean and just bitter enough.

Mouthfeel: Lighter medium body and good carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable and hopped just enough to balance its malt body.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug

Pours a crystal clear dark straw/amber color with a moderate amount of tight white head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Toasted bread, and sweet malts are light but present, and there is just the slightest hint of hops.

A little light in the flavor dept. There are some bready notes, and some caramel sweetness, but no real sign of the hops that were present in the aroma. Goes down very smooth. Light bodied and crisp with a moderate amount of carbination.

Not bad, tastes alot like a smaller version of of a traditional Bock, not really what I would consider a Maibock, but a good beer none the less.

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Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happened on this one at a local retailer who does its best to keep up with the craft onslaught. I thought this may have been a re-labeling of Abita's Andygator, but see it isn't -- so here goes.

L -- Pours a clear, deep amber-gold-bronze color with a tight, firm off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Sweet, toasty-bready malt, light DMS, maybe a light touch of sulfur.

T -- Sweet bready malts with light, spicy hops and alcohol in the finish.

F -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body.

O -- A very malty, rich rendition of the style that begs you to drink more.

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Photo of acelin
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber gold

S: Not much here.

T: This beer I feel is more between a maibock and a normal bock in taste. It's like a light normal bock.

F: Normal the the style, nice and medium thick with mild carbonation.

O: Pretty solid bock, this isn't a maibock though!

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Photo of SFNC
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking label, just right for the Mardi Gras season
Look; Crystal clear gold with modest white head. Tiny bubble rise throughout the drinking session.
Smell; My nose might be a little dried out, but I'm not getting much here. Light bready smell, not unpleasant, still faint.
Taste; Caramel, bread and some light bitter hops. Nice job of balancing he malt with hops here. A very slight yeast presence.
Feel; Full, a little sticky. Light to medium carbonation.
Overall; Looks very good, but a little underwhelming. It did pair well with BBQ pork and biscuits.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer that consists of a small pillowy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a sticky lacing down the mug. Nice slightly burnt orangish color. Very corny scents come through on the nose which is unappealing. Taste is very pleasant. Not bitter not too sweet. Well balanced. No detection of alcohol making it quite smooth. Light-mild body keeps it delicate with a top malty palate with a smooth back drop. A pretty good bock here. Nothing outstanding but nothing in the least offensive.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Look is a crystal clear golden Amber with a thin head.

Smell is intense lager yeast- semi metallic and floral.

Lots of rich caramel malt in the taste. Slightly metallic and floral note from the yeast and malt.

Overall decent beer. La Bon Temps Roule.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of dark roasted grain and slight citrus. Tastes of roasted grain with berries. Beer is light-medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mardi Gras is only nine months away, so let's get started! On to the beer:

This is a refreshing bock, if that isn't an oxymoron. It's copperish orange color and half-inch head greet the eyes with wonder. The beer isn't too intense, as soft golden raisin, grass, and pilsner malt notes hit the nose, and a kiss of raisin riding a helles lager-like ride helps make this light/medium bodied beer refreshing. In the warm Louisiana climate, Mardi Gras Bock may be the just the beer made for Bourbon Street.

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Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer which really has a festive taste. Would definitely drink if I lived back home in Louisiana during Mardi Gras season! And it comes with a Mardi Gras mask!!!

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Hazy red-orange hue with a small head that didn't leave lacing. Smelled like malts and caramel. Rich malt taste with good sweetness before the hops break through at the end. Alcohol is noticeable but not detracting. No bitterness. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Not quite full bodied and a little light for the style.
Overall, an acceptable bock with room for improvement. Nothing worth seeking out, but it definitely feels like something to drink many of while walking around Mardi Gras.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle. This bock pours a clear bright orange with a thin, quickly dissipating white head that leaves little lacing. Nose of light bread, caramel malts, nuts, grains, and sweet malts. flavors follow the nose with sweet breaded malts notes up front and on the sides, a nutty character blends with light breaded malts as well as a moderate grain flavor. Lightly sweet aftertaste mixed with a grain note. Moderate alcohol in the finish. Smooth and wet, lightly dry on the finish. A decent bock.

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Burnt orange color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

S. Some toasted malts and caramel.

T. Very rich and malty, bready, toasted, caramel, hint of honey. Hop bitterness is low, spicy noble hops.

AT. Finish is very crisp, clean and just a little dry. Body is full, very smooth, crisp, semi refreshing, well carbonated.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lite auburn draft with thin off white head. Not much nose, maybe a little caramel. Semi sweet caramel malt flavor. Dry, medium lite mouthfeel, with a little caramel malt tongue coating. Overall, an enjoyable lower alcohol bock style beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nicely sweet on the nose it has a deep caramel and toffee aroma with some barley, grain and nut.

The flavor is ok but a little weak. Grainy barley malt, toffee malts, light bubblegum, piney bitterness and a pecan nuttiness are not overly pronounced but obvious.

The feel is very light, bubbly and at times sharp but it is actually served better a touch warm.

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Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange-tinted amber with a creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelized grain, nuts with a mild floral note.

The taste is of mildly caramelized grain, nuts...Sweet, but balanced with a subtle touch of grass/floral note in the finish.

Smooth and creamy. The description says full-bodied - I would put it at medium. In any case, it's smooth and the body works well.

The description says similar to a maibock - and it's similar. A nice malty, yet with some balance, easy-drinking beer. I can see this going well at Mardi Gras in warm New Orleans!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange color with a khaki head that fizzes away rather quickly without leaving trails. The smell was rather subdued with a bit of caramel and hops but very faint. The taste was a bit mild, but had the standard bock notes of caramel and then some grassy hop flavors. Nothing too out of the ordinary but overall not a bad beer.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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