Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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227 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 18
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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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. (502 characters)

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!!! (166 characters)

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. (504 characters)

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. (521 characters)

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. (353 characters)

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. (360 characters)

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! (574 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of unimatrix1
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised on how well this beer tasted. Complex flavors make it feel and taste almost like a pilsner but has a more full body. Very good smell too. (152 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy drinking beer - it has a slight hint of hops on the nose and in the taste. Bread and malt dominate the taste. One of those rare smooth, tasty, easy to drink beers. Not very complex or hoppy though. (205 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +15.6%

02/21/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice beer. I know that can sound offensive but sometimes all you want is something amiable. This is that kind of beer. Polite flavors. I think the Mardi Gras labeling is a misnomer as it's not so much a 'party' beer as a beer of the season. Very drinkable. The personification of a "session" beer. (335 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

The nose is a little more "winey" that 6.5% alcohol would suggest, also spicy hops, malt spice.
Pours copper amber under a massive 3"+ slightly off-white persistent foam cap that produces thick ledges of lace.
The palate starts rich and malty balanced by a spicy-earthy hop accent on the finish.
Medium to just above on the body, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth. (370 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden, copper/amber color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread and Club® Crackers. There are also strong notes of caramel and black pepper.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Malty up front, imparting notes of cereal, crackers, toasted bread, followed by caramel-like sweetness, and finished with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Another good beer from Abita. Good flavors of malt and caramel-like sweetness, wrapped up in a smooth, creamy quaff. I’d certainly get it again. (858 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This Bock is on the lighter side of the style, a dark orange leaning brownish-red in the darkest depths. The tan-tinted head isn't small but it doesn't last very long. It is able to throw down some thin patching in decent quantity, though.
The nose is a little odd, with a dark malts foundation but little strength and giving little but earth, wood and some sort of metallic mineral note.
It's earthy with a notes of woods, kind of stemmy in the bitterness, with a bit of a nutty character underneath. A bit of breadiness shows up in the malt profile, too, and the hops add a very gentle black pepper bite.
Bock shouldn't be huge, but this seems a little thin in body. Still, the malts lay down pretty good support, and there's a good balance between crisp and smooth, dry and sweet. (783 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/20/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a purplish-amber in color with a thin white head that settles down along the inside of the glass on top. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of of caramel malts, roasted malts with a hint of honey. The taste is even better with lots going on and has a great taste! Full body with lots of flavor that is mentioned above. Perfect balance as well as perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. A great tasty brew! (565 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Aroma:
Faint. I smell some toasted malts and caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Very rich and malty, bready, toasted, caramel, hint of honey. Hop bitterness is low, spicy noble hops. Finish is very crisp, clean and just a little dry. Body is full, very smooth, crisp, semi refreshing, well carbonated.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer. (429 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear medium orangish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along with copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces pretty quickly to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts with light aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and pale malts with a light amount of initial sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with a nice blend of distinct malt flavors and a definitely hop presence which is not overbearing. Enjoyable and not too filling. Definitely one to grab again. (957 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear copper with a foamy tan head, good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Mildly metallic but coated over with toffee and malts.

Taste: Rich malts bring out some buttery flavors mixed with some toffee and faint nuttiness. Sharp, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty harsh, medium bodied.

Overall: A little too rough around the edges, but does offer some decent flavors. (416 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a white, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Honey malty nose and flavor is malty/caramel. Nice bock. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH. (254 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber body with a thick, creamy white head; excellent lacing and rings cling to the glass. A very strong, very prominent smell of warm bread crust is present; straw and dry grass. Warm cereal flavor; cracker and biscuit; nice hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp; dry finish.

The aroma really is unique with this beer and adds to its odd-ball appeal. Distinctive with an easy drinking character. (408 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz serving in a LIbby Belgian ale glass. On tap at Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering, OH.

Appearance: Bright clear amber. Plenty of bubbles rising up through the glass. Thin white foam ring with some strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Metallic mostly, with a bit of leafiness noted on the swirl that generated foam. Unusual.

Taste: Malty with some noble hop bitterness at the front and back. Maltiness picks up more sweetness as the beer warms up. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a little bit sticky on the teeth, but otherwise a bit dry at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Tasty enough, but nothing special. Good enough for washing down a meal though (Salmon melt sandwich) but lacking in aroma. (729 characters)

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled January 23, 2014 about six weeks before Mardi Gras begins!

The pour is copper-amber with a bountiful off-white head that fades some but stays around. Big bubbly carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma is of toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, and even a light fruit character. Hops are muted.

The body is smooth and medium.

The taste is quite enjoyable with the toasted malts, crusty sweetness, and a slight bitter finish that lingers only briefly. Very easy to drink. (523 characters)

Photo of ahommell
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber clear beer that has moderate head. Head dissipates to about a finger with amazing lacing throughout. This just looks like a beer you want to drink.

S: Malty. Rosy. This seems stupid to say... but it smells like your breath tastes after a night on Bourbon Street. I can literally smell the chicken on a stick and feel the shame of the bible thumper with just the scent of this concoction.

T: Maltiness is unexpected at this level. Crisp. Flavor that settles is bready and full of caramel.

M: Full bodied feel. Light Carbonation.

O: Mardi Gras time calls for a beer with plenty of alcohol that won't make you feel too full. This is a good stand in for that. (672 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Mardi Gras Bock

Appearance: amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, barley, and malt.

Taste: nice bready malt, faint light hop, and a touch of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a touch of water.

Overall:
This is a good brew. The malts are not thick but do have a very nice bready bouquet. You can easily drink many of these. (366 characters)

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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