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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

501 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%


Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.61/5  rDev +34%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:51:10 | More by BeerWithMike
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mjurney

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 07:33:40 | More by mjurney
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:41:25 | More by dbrauneis
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:52:11 | More by JuicesFlowing
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:19:06 | More by jdhilt
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beergoot

Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:17:41 | More by beergoot
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 18:29:11 | More by damndirtyape
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:41:32 | More by puboflyons
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:40:16 | More by ahommell
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:25:58 | More by megahurts4
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matjack85

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I bought this at the local Jewel-Osco store as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date anywhere on the label, but this style is only brewed between January and March, so this bottle is somewhere between 6 to 8 months old now.

The beer poured a clear orange/copper color witha big 3 finger off-white head. The head lasted about 2 minutes, but it didn't leave much lacing.

Huge caramel malt smell - really nice.

If you're into sweet caramely beers, then this one hits the spot. Not much other flavor in here so you can call it one dimensional, but it's still very tasty. The company website lists it as having 25 IBU's, but I can't find a trace of hop bitterness in it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The only complaint I have with this beer is that it leaves a slight metallic aftertaste despite it coming from a glass bottle and not an aluminum can.

I liked it despite it's simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:31:41 | More by matjack85
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Amish_Ambush

Tennessee

3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Minimal head, even with an aggressive pour. The beer is a medium copper in color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Sweet malt notes dominate with sugar and a hint of taffy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A medium bodied bock. Sweet in flavor. This bock has a light fruity/toasted malt type character. No bitterness at all. Overall, it is very smooth going down.

Drinkability/Notes: A bock that is very complex in character. The intense flavors are not there but if you sit and contemplate it a bit, you will find it an interesting beer to consume.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:14:47 | More by Amish_Ambush
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden copper color, decent head, very bubbly. Hints of caramel malts with a slight citrus scent as well. Kind of smells like a brewery floor. Flavor is like a rocky road, whereas; there is no balance of flavor. Contrasting flavors make for a strong and unsmooth taste with a strong alcoholic finish. Beer has an overbearing hoppiness to it which isn't as pleasant as a Pale Ale style beer. A very dry very bland taste makes for a boring brew. Very bubbly and just simply plain.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:37:17 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/11/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, grape, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, cracker, apple, pear, floral, grass, bread, toast, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, floral, grass, bread, toast, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a very solid maibock. Good balance of all flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:34:23 | More by superspak
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small but lumpy head. Leaves some lines and streaks. Deep amber color and crystal clear.

Mild malty aroma.

Rich bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy taste with a touch of sweetness. There's a touch of hop in the swallow. Very round flavor. Lots of toast and semisweet caramel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 17:55:07 | More by smcolw
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed: 03/02/14
previous quick rating of 4.25

Mardi Gras Bock by Abita
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a frosty mug

P-packaging: somewhat plain but classy Abita style Purple green and gold label 3.5

A-appearance : hazy orange, thin tan head and good lacing 4.25

S- smell: faint malt and even fainter citrus 3.75

T-taste: pungent with malt, understated, persistent, and well balanced 4.0

M-mouthfeel : Crisp and refreshing with lingering malt 4.25

D-drinkability: very drinkable, good taste and mouthfeel 4.5

O-overall: very good maibock, always happy with this one 4.25

This has become one of my spring rituals. Mardi Gras, Cajun food and Bock Beer

--J

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 15:48:20 | More by Extrajoker00
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 6/3/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not something I would go after again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:14:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty and has hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty with hints of bready, caramel and pale malts along with hints of spicy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is rather malty, it's not overly filling and seems to have a good balance between the different malts so not one flavor dominates.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:35:07 | More by metter98
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kojevergas

Texas

2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Acquired for $.99 at Total Wine. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4 finger head of nice soft cream and thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Clean malts, barley, minimal floral hops, caramel, and metallic character. Grains. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean and malty. Mild floral hops. Painfully simple. Grassy. There's really just not much to say about it; there's very little going on here. Lacks complexity and subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Generic and bland.

Mf: Light buttery quality. Smooth and wet. Thick. Carbonation is a bit too high. Heavy presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A drinkable maibock from Abita, but a very simple uninspired one. I wouldn't get this again, even at this sale price. Very underwhelming pedestrian beer. Not worth trying. Wouldn't recommend this to friends.

C-

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 05:31:54 | More by kojevergas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's been about a month since Fat Tuesday, but, hey, it ain't Easter yet, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a couple fingers of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild mixed greens, light sweet biscuit, and a twinge of marshmallow. The taste brings in more of the same, only now things are brighter, more expressive, and a bit heavier on the greens (but not by too much more). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a nice little maibock, nothing worth a party, but a welcome addition to anyone's Spring lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 07:07:02 | More by TMoney2591
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a middle of the road amber color, similar to a lager.
S - Smells decent good malt aroma, some nice dry hop scents, and earthy fresh undertones.
T - Taste lacks from what you smell, you get the big malt backbone, but not much in the taste of the hops that should be there, especially for a maibock.
M - Sweet malt hangs clings on and you feel the alcohol a bit.
O - Not bad, but not superb, about middle of the road, but thinking of maibock's I really havent had one that's been great to me. Still worth having.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:01:33 | More by Omnium
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dreedvol

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey to amber color, clear with a slight head.

Aroma is caramel, slightly chocolate.

Taste is similar though a slight citrus hint is noted. Relatively clean.

Smooth and slightly prickly carbonation. Light, nice finish.

Hard to taste much in the way of hops. Not a veteran of this genre of beer but it drinks easily though not as complex as others. It's ok but not my favorite. Would be easy to drink a ton of these at mardi gras so I guess it works for that.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:08:13 | More by dreedvol
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a reddish honey with lots of bubbles and at least a two finger offwhite head that hung around for some time.

S - Huge malt smell upfrunt. Also detected grass, yeast, and even a little lemon

T - Very tasty. Started off quite sweet. Big tastes of malts and caramel. Hand sort of a tangy finish.

M - Very light and smooth. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

O - I was impressed with this beer. I found it easy to drink, but still moderately complex with lots of flavor. I will definately pick it up again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:20:19 | More by Goosehunter75
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scratch69

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with two fingers of foamy, white head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread, caramel, and grain.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor with some bread and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A very drinkable beer and a nice example of the maibock style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:28:09 | More by scratch69
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CloudStrife

New York

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 05/11/13.

A: Pours a clear amber with a 1 finger mostly white head. Low to average visible carbonation. Some lacing when the head dissipates and as I sip.

S: There is a pale malt profile that seems to dominate. Has a slightly crackery and doughy aroma. Some of the yeastiness comes through.

T: Fairly malt forward brew but with a light malt character. First I noticed some carmel sweetness, then sort of a bready backbone. Some hops do balance it out but the aftertaste is a smooth pale malt.

M: Fairly light body, mild carbonation. Just a bit of stickiness to it from the malt. Remains a very drinkable brew.

Overall its not a bad beer but it isnt very exciting. None of the categories besides it look were very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:38:16 | More by CloudStrife
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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.