Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

647 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

Bock (January – March) is the first of our seasonal brews. It is brewed with Perle hops and pale and caramel malts. Our Bock is similar to a German Maibock in its high malt content, full body and slightly higher alcohol content. Abita Bock is a very popular brew, especially during our Mardi Gras season.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 647 | Reviews: 244
Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +45.3%
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!!!

Photo of BArunnerchick
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It was rich and malty, no hints of bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable, nothing overpowering in this beer.

Photo of reptile3141
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Tastes rather bland and watery. Not a drain pourer by any means, but a below average beer that I will not be seeking out again.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been wanting to try one of Abita's beers for quite a while...this one is simple and bland, rather disappointing for the style.

Photo of CycleHops
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just does not quite taste like a beer I'd buy again

Photo of stickydankhop
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Started to taste better when it warmed up

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Antc2382
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat watery, this was very malt forward, as expected. Decent beer, nothing excellent

Photo of ALEXJMZ
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Hub_City_Hop_Hound
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and easy to drink despite sporting a higher ABV than most other Bock beers.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit too sweet for my taste. Might be better when washing down some oysters down in NO but not for a night on the tundra.

Photo of iprivett
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special really. It represents the bock style well but doesn't bring anything new to the table.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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. Dry with a little caramel. Dry, lite mouthfeel. Enjoyable overall.

Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of seabeetastetest
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable beer very smooth. Make this your Mardi Gras Beer. From the great folks at Abita!!

Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Furlinator
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like the artificial butter flavoring that goes on movie theater popcorn.

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer all around. Good job again abita.

Photo of Jasonboerner
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad bock. Would have again.

Photo of John_Squires
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap Pork Slope, Brooklyn. A boring looking, malty blast with a poor mix of hops. Did not dig the flavor.

Photo of Onawen12
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They market thisbasba maibock, maybe Dead Guy has me spoiled but I just find this on the watery side. Just nothing spectacular. A resounding meh.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of malts, grains, slight vegetal note, faint caramel. Taste slight sweet malt, grains, grassy, hoppy bitter finish.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, foamy, moderately lasting head that leaves streaks & splotches of lace. Aroma is malty toast & toffee with a hint of crackers, nuts & herbal hops. Taste is deeply malty: toast, toffee, cracker, roasted nuts & pepper finishing with pepper & hints of honey, molasses, herbal hops & a roasty bitterness that dominates the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a little syrupy on the tongue & quite smooth despite a light prickle throughout most of the sip.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.