Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Mardi Gras BockMardi Gras Bock

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653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
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 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 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 oberon
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with good clarity a clear rich golden with a well formed,fluffy one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly.A mix of vegetal,and caramel notes in the nose along with a bit of toast.None of the aroma attributes come across on the palate reaaly save some light caramel in the finish,not one thing eally stands out really.Eh,it started out pretty good but really fell flat flavor wise.

Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a bright brownish-orange in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - There's little aroma here but what I'm getting is that light, bockish caramel malt.

Taste - This is bigger at the taste than it smelled. The malt is actually quite nice and rich with some juicy caramel undertones.

Mouthfeel - This is lighter than medium-bodied and very clean

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable example of the style. Nothing here is going to blow you away but this seems to be one of the most problematic styles for American brewers to replicate but Abita did a good job of it.

Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear, bright orange/amber with a rocky, foamy, sticky head -- good retention and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Musty, metallic, light esters.

Taste: Malty, rich, smooth and medium-bodied. Sweetness is even and full with caramel, bready and toasted malt flavours. Light fruity esters. Hops are spicy, but not overwhelming and aid quite nicely in breaking up the malty profile. Bitterness is a thin flash of grassy-like flavours, almost not perceived. Finish is near clean with residual malt flavours.

Notes: A damn nice stab at the Maibock style. A bit one-dimensional if compared to traditional Maibocks, but if not compared, this is a pretty tasty offering. Personally I enjoyed it. Drinkable, flavourful and sturdy.

Photo of shapudding
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick head, but very thin lacing and almost no head retention. Golden color. Heavy carbination, but not too much. Very light aroma, hint of champagne in the scent, and there is an almost sweet champagne taste in there too somewhere. Maybe it is apple juice -sparkling cider? Slight bite in there, light bitterness that is left in your mouth afterwards. Light tasting beer, smooth, would be good for hot days in the sun. Goes down easy. One of the better of the Abita's.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that goes quickly, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: toasted caramel malt and brown sugar--very sweet smelling

Taste: toasted malt and brown sugar with small hops in the background

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A solid maibock. Not overly interesting but not really flawed either. I could have several on a hot day, but there are several other Abita offerings I would hit up first.

Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with basically no head. Smell is biscuity with a little bit of fruit and hops. Taste follows the aroma a lot of malt. Not much hop presence in the beer. Even though this beer is half a year old, it still tastes pretty good to me. One of the better Abita brews I have tried.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber hue with a light tan off white head forming thick and creamy like rising above the edge of my glass. Aroma contains sweet biscuit notes with honey caressing the senses and a touch of caramel malts. A mild herbal or grassy hop character just barely peeks through. Flavor is more of the same a mix of sweet and semi sweet with balancing herbal hop notes. Caramel and biscuits drizzled with honey nails my description of this brew. Clean drinking experience with some mineral water adding to the complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but never ways heavy on my palate, excellent quaffable bock from the bayou. Drinkability overall it does the trick, not a brew I'm dying to get again but one that I will revisit next Mardi Gras season, now if Abita would just bring back their 20th Annivesary Czech Pils than, I'd be a happy camper.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Bottle lists ABV as 6.4%.

A - light orangish-amber with a bone colored head that has decent duration. Clear; no sediment.

S - nice malt aroma, including pilsner and caramel; rather nutty.

M - near medium body; medium carbonation. Semi-crisp with a trace of dryness in the finish.

T - Mainly a mix of roasted malt flavors. There are hints of hops in the lower sweetness and faint notes of bitterness.

O - an enjoyable bock beer. Maltier than average for style.

Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a thin, white head. the head fades slowly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a nice sweet caramel aroma. I can detect some earthy yeast. Some biscuit aroma is also presnet. It has a spicy hop aroma also.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Some spicy hops. Saaz maybe.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. It is carbonated just right for the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is just marginaly high in alcohol,a nd the flavor is pretty good and not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is decent. To me, Abita isnt known for great beers, but this one is worth buying.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Derk's Filet and Vine in Montgomery, AL.

Pours a light copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts and that's about it. As it warms the caramel malt aromas increase and a very light underlying herbal hop aroma wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malts that avoids being cloying thanks to just a bit of hops. Ending is crisp with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slick thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. As I stated before I wasn't too excited about this one until it warmed up, but now that it has I could have a few.

Overall this beer doesn't taste or smell like much of anything until it has a chance to warm, but once it does it turns into a fairly quaffable brew. I certainly don't recommend seeking this one out but it'll do in a pinch.

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 pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber with orange tinting and clear visibility. 1/2 finger of off white head forms and falls within a minute. Some decent patches of lacing at the start but then falls off.

S: Very sweet malts. A crisp earthy hop leaf note comes out a bit, especially after warming. A touch of yeast.

T/M: Very clean but plain malt character. Malts are on the sweet side and are dominant but don't help the body at all. I know it's not supposed to be very heavy but this is very thin especially for lacking a good dose of carbonation. Underlying hop leaf and fruit esters help with complexity a bit.

D: Again, Abita makes OK brews but nothing special by any stretch of the word.

Photo of degerbah
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy light brown with about an inch of head. There is a tremendous amount of lacing around the top of the glass as the head settles quickly. The aroma is slightly yeasty with a sweet malt presence as well. The taste is very malty and slightly smokey as well. The taste is prototypical to a bock and not very remarkable at all. The mouthfeel is very smooth and makes me want to drink many many more of these. Probably my second favorite Abita beer after Turbodog and a good solid bock.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber/copper color with a light bubbly white head with no retention and no lacing

Real nice on the nose. Light caramel malt, buttery chocolate and a little nutty. It almost smells like an ice cream drumstick.

Mild caramel malt flavor with chocolate across the back of the palate. Not a ton going on and nothing overwhelming.

Mild to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. A slight bitter aftertaste at first.

Overall I like it. It's nothing spectacular or too complex as far as flavor but a very easy drinking beer. I could crush a six-pack quick and easy.

Photo of weasbri
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better late than never for this review of Mardi Gras Bock from Abita.
Pours an orangey color with a bubbly head which faded quickly. I didn't get much from the aroma on this one, a bit of malt perhaps.
The malt comes through at the forefront, a nice sweet flavor, just a slight caramel flavor too. The beer finishes with a clear and surprisingly hoppy aftertaste. Nothing crazy, just more than I expected from a bock.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!.

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

A - dark gold with a thick, soft, white head that has great retention

S - very faint, almost discernible nose; maybe some faint grass and grains

T - cereal grains, bitter, some warming alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, warm

This is a rather simple though very drinkable beer. There isn't much to report in either flavor or aroma, but there aren't any off flavors either. This is a beer that you can sit back and enjoy a few of without worrying about fatigue. I'm glad I tried this one once, but I probably won't pick it up again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is hazy and orangish-gold in color topped by a frothy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent collar and whispy surface foam. The aroma is quite nice with a slightly fruity and richly malty Munich malt character that's gently toasty and sweetish; backed by some bright, sharp, spicy hops. The body is medium with a very fine, standard level of carbonation that gives it a lightly crisp but smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is as the aroma suggests with a slightly fruity, rich, toasted malt that's supported by an underlying bitterness. It's a "juicy" malt that also has some decent hop flavor present - spicy Saaz and floral Hallertauer. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering sweet maltiness as well as some clear alcohol. Easily, and without question, my favorite beer from Abita! Although this Bock offers some rich malt & hop character, it's not real filling and the alcohol is fairly well-masked making it quite drinkable. Very well done and definitely worth trying. I'd love to get a hold of this fresh, and on tap!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Mardi Gras Bock is a decent beer. The beer pours a nice copper clear with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The smell includes a slight lemony/white winish scents. The taste is a fairly good balance between barley and hops, with a sharpness from Saaz that is present. Mouthfeel is good...decent carbonation and medium body make this a pretty good beer. Overall this is a decent beer and worth some beads....Yeah Baby!

Photo of McNealc31
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and very light amber. Not much of a head, but it's sticking around. Smells like it's going to be a malty delight. Sweet malt and sweet citrus start off the flavor with loads of caramel and butterscotch. Hops at just a touch of bitter dryness in the finish. Kind of an earthy finish, as well.

I have a feeling the influence from the hops would be great if this were fresher, but it's mighty tasty and highly drinkable.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.