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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper caramel color with an off white head and a small bit of lacing. Nose is mostly comprised of a bit of yeast and some bready malt. A touch of light fruit. Taste is much the same with a bit more fruit along with some grain. Slightly sweet. Light to medium mouthfeel. Drinkability isn't half bad. Nothig great about this but it is an easy sipper.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little retention. Crimson with golden hues, clear body.

S: malt with a mild nutmeg, honey and cinnamon note.

T: grains and malt mostly with a little grassy/sour in the finish. Not as spicey as the aroma.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly true to the style which isnt one of my favorites.

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 BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly nice, comming from Abita, but still not a strong contender for it's style. Has some nice Bock characters. A strong malt dark malt flavor, but not the body or viscocity. Ok head retention, but quickly fleeting. Has a strong malty aroma and flavor with no supporting melding, aging, complexity, or strength. Lighly syrupy flavored with hops for bittering and, maybe, an earthy flaovr and aroma. A little nutty and woody. Body is quite light for style with over carbonaiton. Leaves the mouth too light and thin. Still better than most macro bocks (cough, cough, amber bock, cough, cough). It's ok. I will probably drink again only when offered for free.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-amber, heavily favoring the former. The head is the color of pearls bathed in the orange glow of a tropical sunset and looks so good that it's getting my hopes up for what's to come. Thick and rich and heavily frothy, it resembles a large scoop of tangerine mousse. It's more than capable in the the lace department as well. Thick vertical streamers connect a ring near the top edge of the glass with the rounded mound of now melted foam.

I swear that I was getting pleasant whiffs of the aroma while I was busy describing the appearance, but that isn't really the case now that I'm assessing it for real. It's a bit rough and vegetal with a meager contribution from earthy hops. There are no real negatives here, but then there are no real positives either.

Abita Bock tastes better than it smells. It's well-malted with loads of buttery pale malt and a lesser quantity of toasted caramel malt. The hops are more prominent on the palate and are still earthy and musty more than anything else. They're slightly spicy too, but much less so. A better hop bill would help.

The mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium with a slick mouthcoating that feels out of place. I usually love big bodies, but this one could stand to be scaled back a notch or two. The laid back carbonation fits the mouthfeel.

This is a better than average maibock. At least the brewers haven't scrimped on ingredients like they do in most of the rest of their lineup. Although it doesn't thrill me, Abita Bock is a drinkable springtime seasonal and is the best beer from these guys that I've had yet.

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

more mild than plenty of bocks ive had. smells german malty and a bit like a red ale, with a smililar malt profile. flavor is balanced but definitely malt dominant. some light notes of wheat and sweet fruit are present. mouthfeel is just above medium bodied with lots of crabonation. makes it feel lighter than it is. easy drinking for a bock, but a nice abv on it makes it a perfect beer for this time of year. not bad at all

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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia (though it wrap up as Abita Christmas [close enough, I suppose]). Best By: 05/16/10

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-gold body with a frothed, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts with some light toasty qualities and an iota of light caramel held within. Slight hop spiciness along with a meager background fruitiness.

Taste: Pale malts with distributed tastes of lightly toasted grains and lightly toasted sliced bread. Slight caramel sweetness. Spicy, earthy hops with a good amount of malt-countering bitterness. Just a hint of peppery alcohol tones. Drying finish with bit more spice and, at the tail end, a small hint of honey. The combination of toastiness, honey, and graininess eventually leads me to picture a mouthful of whole-grain Cheerios. Not that that's a bad thing!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Typically, I find Abita brews to be lackluster at best, but this lil' bock isn't half bad. If a regular dose of Cheerios is heart-healthy, sure Abita Mardi Gras Bock has some health benefits as well.

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a fairly bubbly, tan, two-finger head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some floral notes.

T - This is a nice malty bock with good caramel and toffee flavors. It had a mild spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice maibock. One of the better brews from Abita.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very darker amber brown. No head. Nose is crisp and airy. And apples. Flavor is very sugary sweet; too much so in my opinion. On the end an out of place metallic tone. Bordering on burnt caramel is there too. Feel is extremely sticky and thick on the liquid and very low on the carbonation. I have to say that overall you can drink this one, but I don't really see any good reason to. Leaning way too far to one side, it doesn't deliver a balanced and worthy experience.

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Considered this a lucky find, way up here in CO, now let's we what we have:

BBD of 1Jul 07 Pours an effervescent bronze/orange with 4 fingers + of fluffy offwhite head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Corny with a hint of honey. Malt sweetness as this warms

T: Caramel with iron & hints of corn up front. Some honey malt & grainy bitterness as this warms. More hints of honey & malt sweetness, toffee, dryness along with some herbal hoppyness in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation doesn't reaaly feel like a bock

Drinks okay a very dulled down version of a bock, still glad to see something different from these guys, I remember when these guys were the the only southern craft beer I could get. As long a you're not too pedantic about style (or malt), this is an alright warm weather sessioner

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.