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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

Mardi Gras BockMardi Gras Bock

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501 Ratings
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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Photo of AndyRun66

New Jersey

1.33/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm pulling for any craft brew south of the Mason Dixon line particularly these folks in LA. I've also enjoyed a few TurboDogs and Ambers in my day so I picked up a six of the Mardi Gras Bock to give it a try. I first tried their brew at the Rock n' Bowl in New Orleans about 15 years ago while I was down there.

Much to my disappointment, I just poured three bottles of this brew down the sink. The beer, while not skunked, had an awfully unpleasant taste. The beer had a dark golden color and not an unpleasant nose but I struggled to get through each bottle without finishing any.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 21:29:31 | More by AndyRun66
Photo of drpimento


1.88/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

With aggressive pouring got a smallish off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is malt caramel fruit. Flavor is two dimensional: malt caramel with carbonic acid a hint of hop and fruit. Body is ok but carbonation is way over done- seems forced. Finish is like flavor. Came all the way down here thinking I could get some special Abitas that I can't get at home. I'm askin ya, is this any way to answer a reasonable question? Can't finish this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:03:34 | More by drpimento
Photo of SkeeterHawk


1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellowish amber color with a few floaties...maybe hops?...I hope. There was about ¼ inch of creamy foam on top of the beer at first pour. The head retained for a couple minutes and was sustained by quite a few bubbles rising through the murky liquid.

Aroma: Amazingly enough, I smell noticeable hops in this beer! So much for being a true Bock style because it is almost distracting. Other than this, I get some nutty/toasty malts that may be Munich as well as some British malts I’d guess. This is a weird combination in a beer.

Taste: Hmmm, how do I describe this? It is really dry for a Bock. It is very attenuated, and the hops are a big player in this beer. There is a little caramel to the beer, as well as a bit of the toasty malts that I got in the aroma. The beer is really light, and the carbonation is noticeable, so it makes the beer come across the palate like a bat out of heck...just leaving you with a bitter aftertaste from the hops. There is some astringency here also.

Opinion: This is the second time I’ve tried this beer, and I remember thinking the last time that it was an OK beer. This one is way out of balance. Maybe they may do better in coming years, but I wouldn’t buy the ’05 again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 04:24:24 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of BeerAngel


2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The smell of an earthy grain and lightly sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops shining through. After first taste, this reminds me of a bolder version of Miller High Life with a sweet corn taste. Adjuncts? I’m not sure about that, but from the taste I wouldn’t be surprised. It also contains a perfumey fake finish that doesn’t settle well. It is a light bodied brew and finishes with a headache. This is not a good brew! So far, so bad with my Abita journey, and this one is the worst! I’m not impressed. This seems to be a brewery that makes shortcuts on their brews IMO. Cheers anyways!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 18:53:18 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of blitheringidiot


2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lil' stubby 12 oz’er with a ‘best before June 14th' date etched into the paper label. This pour is a sub-par brew in all aspects. Slight head, pale yellow, clear lemonade hue with minute head sliding down the glass. We're talkin' bust out the microscope.

Scent didn’t show up to my nose, other than scant ginger ale & skimpy malts.

Tastes like a malty kolsch lager rather than a pale ale without much of a hop balance showing up to the party, here. Watery & grainy aftertaste.

Last swigs: Best aspect? No adjunct tastes. That is the highest compliment I can give. Why does ABITA make these freaky brews? Bock? Really? Marketing ploy to fill out the 12 x 2 mixed case? I guess. Oh well…every lottery ticket can not be a winner. Emeril’s fave *BAM* turn-it-up-a-notch Turbo dog rocks. ABITA Bock turns it *fizzle* down a notch.

*** UPDATE ***
Second time reviewed...no biggie. I up'ed the Feel to a whopping, Earth shattering 2.5. Other than that, My previous review still stands.

Beer is good. Happy grainy brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 01:56:40 | More by blitheringidiot
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 02:44:14 | More by shapudding
Photo of goochpunch


2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber garnet with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells sulphury, sweet, and slightly of floral hops. The flavor is pretty lackluster, especially in terms of the malt profile. The only thing holding my attention is the floral hop flavor and the balance to the syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent. It is neither heavy, nor is it too bubbly or anything. Drinkability? No.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 05:51:13 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Jredner


2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grassy aroma smells oddly adjuncty. Quite unexpected aroma that reminds me of a polish lager. Clear amber with a tiny white head. Fore is thin and touches on toasty grains and mild apple notes. Pervasive watery flavor throughout. Very low flavor intensity. It's like a Bock Lite.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:17:20 | More by Jredner
Photo of cvfish


2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a light amber gold color that produced a foamy white head that did not stick around and left no lace around the glass

S - Some caramel malts accompanied the nose, a little bready yeast

T - The taste of the this Bock was in line with the nose, some caramel malty on the palate, there is some hop presence, but very muted

M - Although this was billed as a full bodied beer, it was certainly lighter, with the usual carbonation I am accustomed to in an Abita

D - I bought this in preparation for the Mardi Gras season down here, but was sorely disappointed. As a Bock beer, there are much better offerings, and much better beers to get into the Mardi Gras spirit

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 04:00:52 | More by cvfish
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Bock...

Appearance- light brown to dark orange, somewhat lacey, not very active carbonation.

Smell- sweet aroma, malty, very alcoholic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-too sweet to be that enjoyable, muddled mix, some chocolate, alcohol, not a whole lot of spiciness or character.

Drinkabilty-sweetness is a little tough.

Overall-not that great, too sweet, muddled, just not that drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 02:53:04 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is sub-average. It boasts of pale malts and a musty stench. It has a lager yeast aroma as well. The taste is average. It is light with a slight grainy malt flavor. It finishes dry with a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little more than average carbonation. It drinks fair. I don't care for this beer. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 20:25:24 | More by WesWes
Photo of jkaufman


2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a thistle glass.

A: Crystal clear, medium golden, 1/2"-thick white head that quickly thins out with some lacing left behind. Appears much lighter than most bocks.

S: Hints of caramel, saltines, and some aromatic hops, not as sweet-smelling as most bocks.

T/M: Moderately carbonated, crackery, goes down smooth but finishes thin and a bit sharp on the hop end.

D: Its overall lack of body and strength makes it very sessionable. Would be great on a hot summer day.

A fairly poor example of the bock style, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 04:51:47 | More by jkaufman
Photo of scurvy311


2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was good, but it was not a bock as I am used to...it had all of the physical properties of a bock, but none of the taste sensations. There is nothing out of style with this beer except the flavor. It was a little disappointing that, although there was nothing wrong with it, there was nothing even above average with this beer.

It is a more malty, less grainy Shiner Bock (which is also barely a bock).

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 15:25:15 | More by scurvy311
Photo of awmiller


2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A good beer with a rich amber color and a somewhat nice thin foamy head. Not too heavy so it’s a good beer to be enjoyed readily throughout the day. Scents and tastes of caramel and malt are noted but neither of which are too heavy or overbearing of the other; but there’s a nice little bite of hops at the end that makes this a right-tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 17:59:08 | More by awmiller
Photo of jayrod20


2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a smoky brownish orange with no carbonation. One-finger head of light tan foam that fades at a casual pace, leaving a thin sheet of lacing over the beer and plenty along the sides of the glass. I was really excited about trying this beer but was highly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 03:47:27 | More by jayrod20
Photo of kojevergas


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.


Serving type: bottle

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


2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1" dirty cream head retains at 1/4". Clear, bright golden beer with a good amount of slow moving bubbles rising up. Some lace. Sweet aroma, sugar candy...hops buried way down in there. Low aroma. Not much flavor at all, just some sweet, grainy malt. Thin body with carbonation somewhere between low and medium. Not much there, don't care to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:38:52 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This started out looking pretty good, then faded fast. The nice golden tan head vanished nearly instantly and there was absolutely no lacing. The color was light amber or very dark gold. The initial taste was pure malt, but followed by a decent amount hop bitterness in the back. Along the way there was also light fruit sense. Fairly nice flavoring but points off for the feel which was overly astringent and peppery. Insignificant caramel malt aromas.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 20:17:27 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Kranders


2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't think there was too much to this beer. The biggest flavor I found was a bit of alcohol. It wasn't bad or anything, but for sure not one of the best Abita brews. But really, I didn't find a ton of flavor at all. I probably wouldn't get it again myslef, but some people did seem to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:25:35 | More by Kranders
Photo of assurbanipaul


2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours awfully light for a bock, a light amber with a nice thick head. Aroma is a nondescript combination of malt and hops, nothing extraordinarily "bocky."

Taste is nice and bitter with a light maltiness. Flavors fall a little flat and slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable, not a bad beer at all. However, not a trace of traditional maibock/bock/doppelbock flavors are found here -- the deep caramel, the tangy hops. If I didn't know better, I would call this a middle-of-the-road pale ale. Score suffers only in comparison within the style.

Maybe the swamp water cancelled out some of the bock molecules...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 01:49:47 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of caresville

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

received this one from twiggamortis420 in a recent BIF

a- pours a golden amber with a huge fizzy head and some good carbonation, nice lacing.

s- bud light

t&m- nothing overly impressive but nothing bad. honey, grains, caramel, applesauce, slight hops, and some sugar. nothing that stands out too much.

d- there is a sour weird funky aftertaste that i cant get over, it makes this very difficult to fully enjoy and i cant put my finger on it. i feel like if rust had a taste, this could be it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 07:33:22 | More by caresville
Photo of tmoneyba


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Jungle Jim's on 05/02/2006.

Poured dark amber hue with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malty tart fruit aroma. Medium body. Moderate sweet tart flavor with a small bitter finish of average duration.

Drinkable average bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 17:07:48 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Bedlamist


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer my bocks to be heavier, thicker and sweeter than this. It could be that I should buy doppelbock instead. Nevertheless, it's not a bad beer by any means, and while I won't seek it out again it's drinkable enough that I don't regret buying it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 20:02:49 | More by Bedlamist
Photo of maxpower


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color, weak small head, malty, musty aroma, sweet malty caremel flavors, very sweet at first finishes sour, bad aftertaste.I would not wan't to drink more than one, not a very good bock, I don't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 07:50:34 | More by maxpower
Photo of morebeergood


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle this past Saturday at Coda in the South End. Poured in a standard pint glass. Dark tan color. No head, and not much carbonation. Nothing really detected in the nose. Taste was one dimensional. Mostly malt, some sugary overtones. Mouthfeel was slick and flat. I drank this beer, but didn't find it pleasurable at all. Very boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:43:36 | More by morebeergood
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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.