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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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229 Reviews
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Reviews: 229
Hads: 659
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 24.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.



Brief 2nd impressions:

Seems overcarbonated upon pouring, yielding ~5 inches of white foam. Decent creaminess and fullness. The body is a clear vibrant copper with golden straw hues. Clean-looking.

Aroma is grainy, with Munich malts, pilsner malts, and clean German yeast. Evokes a crisp brew with a mild floral hop character.

Taste matches the aroma, with graininess, Munich malts, floral hops, and German yeast all making appearances but offering little in terms of depth of flavour. Balance is okay, but it's a rather simple build and isn't gestalt. Too sweet, and almost artificial in its presentation of that sweetness. Has some malt extract-y/syrupy notes.

Texture is nicely soft, but suffers from a biting overcarbonation and off-putting crispness. Clean, medium-bodied, smooth, and wet. Unrefreshing. This mouthfeel doesn't accentuate any specific notes or elevate the beer, but it suits the taste okay.

A drinkable helles bock with no notable characteristics. Yet another Abita offering that is best left on the shelf. Definitely below average.


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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, served in a becher glass. Beer is amber, dark, clear with a thin head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and weak with a mildness to it that is not off-putting.

Beer is medium to light in body, malt on the backbone, simplicity, nothing else at all. This beer is easy going, easy drinking, easy tasting, no offensive. I liked it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.