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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

228 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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 megahurts4
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 early spring rituals. Mardi Gras, Cajun food and Bock Beer

--J (673 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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-

***
03.31.15:

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.

C- (2,543 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of dreedvol
3.01/5  rDev -13%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.29/5  rDev +24%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice finger and half of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is barnyard and and bread in a weird way.
The taste starts out with grain, then a malty sweetness and finishes with a white sugar sweet.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It's a borderline below average drink. the taste had a artificial sweetness to it and the body didn't support the style. (408 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear amber with a light white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Some sweet caramel and grape, malt.

T: Caramel, biscuity malt, a bit cloying. One dimensional malt flavour. Solid example of the style.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, cloying finish.

O: A OK maibock, really not doing anything that interesting. It's does its job and that's it. (367 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light amber color. White foamy head dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, and some candied fruit. Some hints of grass and perhaps some faint smoke hints.

Taste is malt sweetness, with some sweet candied fruit in the finish. Just a hint of smoke in the background, and a little bit of spice and fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation in the finish.

This is a good example of a Maibock. A fun beer for the fest season! (521 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a frothy off-white head - good retention.

Smells of nuts, roasted malt, and sweet caramel.

Sweet caramel up front followed by roasted malt and fresh nuttiness. Then a slight hop bittering with a dry finish.

A ood solid bock - not great but easy drinking. (283 characters)

Photo of DannyHartman
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, an average to large head develops in the glass.... It has a beautiful light amber/copper appearance that leaves light lacing as you drink it....

The smell is of heavy malt with lighter notes of citrus, caramel, and a tiny bit of cinnamon....

This beer has, similarly, a mostly malty taste with slightly sour and fruity sweetness, although the nose of the beer misleads you when you taste it as it's more dominant....

It has an average body that doesn't leave an aftertaste that lingers too long.... Overall, this beer is one the best I've tried out of the Abita brewery.... However, I was really excited at first look and smell, and slightly let down after finishing.... Not that it's bad, but it leads you to believe that it's much better.... An easier drink than you'd initially think. (838 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #181
Served On: 06/28/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack.

Look: Had a light copper color - bordering on dark gold or bronze. Very clear with good carbonation. The head was a coating of foam that hung around the entire time. Lacing was excellent.

Smell: Fresh baked bread with a hint of toasted cinnamon bun.

Taste: First off was a nice rich malty sweetness that moved into notes of cracker and biscuit. The middle was a slight sour note that faded into some bitterness.

This was certainly a smooth Bock with plenty of character. It was rather light on the palate, but seemed to work well as a spring seasonal. (703 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a disappointing head and OK lacing. Orange beer. The smell is malty, slightly licorice, and sweet. The taste is malt dominated, sweet, with a licorice flavor that may be coming from the hops, not sure about that. Sugary, tastes a little like a Mardi Gras king cake. My favorite Abita offering. (304 characters)

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.