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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-06-2012 01:26:55 | More by avisong
Photo of Hibernator


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Abita Mardi Gras Bock
12 oz brown bottle
Best by 06/20/12 jet ink on the side of the bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a copper and shiny brown with a bleached white head that has a frothy appearance. Nice patterns of sticky webbed lace decorate the side of the glassware.

The aroma has whiffs of grains, cereal and a touch of fruit in the background.

A grainy, malty and cereal flavor provides the backbone with a smooth yeast flare. Some sips give me a hint of pear or apple fruit sweetness. The hop profile is minimal and I'd say this is true to the style and easy to drink.

I leave for the Big Easy tomorrow morning and I plan on drinking my fair share of Abita in the coming days.


04-04-2012 00:18:10 | More by Hibernator
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-29-2012 03:36:46 | More by AlCzerik
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-28-2012 20:21:47 | More by redleg411
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-25-2012 18:13:42 | More by wilfonzo
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-25-2012 02:46:40 | More by stortore
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-23-2012 02:37:22 | More by MerkurKing16
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

03-22-2012 01:48:25 | More by salinasa
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

03-21-2012 01:56:05 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-17-2012 18:29:25 | More by slowandlazy
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

03-17-2012 16:46:39 | More by Zachb4au
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New York

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-17-2012 03:47:06 | More by JedediahK
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-16-2012 10:39:15 | More by fdig23
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-15-2012 02:43:13 | More by JohnK17
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3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

A-Clear amber, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Malt, some spice and even some alcohol?

T-Some malt, not much spice, more of a light lagery taste, some bitterness and a little butter

M-Flat finish, light to medium bodied, but carbonated at first

O-Beer improves as it is allowed to warm, still a poor beer.

03-12-2012 21:38:05 | More by rlee1390
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4.15/5  rDev +21%

Poured from a 12oz. "shorty" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a huge, thick head of off-white foam. Inviting.
Aroma-Bready malt, faintly floral
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, nice little hop bite provides a nice balance. Rich flavor. A nice match with a big bowl of spicy jambalaya.

03-12-2012 19:12:43 | More by hosehead83
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-11-2012 15:59:47 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-09-2012 18:58:04 | More by OldTime
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light copper. Tons of carbonation and bubbles cascading to the thick two finger fluffy off white head. Tons of tight bubbles make up the head. Big head remains for a while. Some patchy lace remains along the edges. Head settles to a thin layer. Decent looks.

Brew smells smokey and malty. Almost a bit of sweet yeasts as well. Musty nose even. Unique and unexpected nose. Decent.

Brew tastes crisp and spiced. Sweet malts, spicy middle and slightly dry finish. Peppery spice here as well. Almost floral and smoke in here. An interesting taste profile here for sure. It is medium in carbonation. Just a tad bit sharp feeling here. Pretty good.

A different brew here, good flavors just a bit sharp to hold my interest to session. Pretty good though.

03-09-2012 02:33:46 | More by magine
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-07-2012 06:26:32 | More by mikerems
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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

P: Straight into a pint glass- I'm always game for seasonals, so we'll see how this one rolls.

A: Clear, clear copper, with a couple of bubbles rolling up through the depths of the glass. 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates within a few minutes.

S: Sweet malt, definitely. That's followed by some caramel undertones and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Plenty of malts- caramel, really. So, probably a Munich malt.

M: Good drinkability, not much of a bite. Pretty solid overall.

O: I'm not leaping out of my shorts, but a very pleasing brew nonetheless. Will certainly have it again. I've not had much of Abita, but I really do like it.

03-06-2012 02:31:29 | More by tgorgz
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2012 01:56:13 | More by crobinso
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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours clear copper with a white head. The smell is of sweet malt, a pleasant floral hop aroma and some breadiness. The taste of slightly sweet malts immediately comes in on the first sip. This is balanced with some hop spiciness and bitterness. The flavor is fairly rich, but also very clean. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is very adequate. I picked this up in the Abita Party Pack and I have to say I'm pleased with this effort overall. I would pick this up as a six-pack. This is a solid beer.

03-02-2012 20:29:25 | More by acevenom
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3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Golden leaning to warm & peachy copper. Bright and clear with a few large bubbles rising to the big, cream/off-white cap of large-bubbled foam. Decent retention, but not much for lace.

S: Relitively lots of honey & light malt sweetness, light bread crust, and bready & crackery malts. Hint of floral hops. Quite clean and a bit faint overall, but while it is light it does hit the right notes and is fair for style.

T: Malts a just a hair more rich and varied than in the aroma, bust still fairly minimal. A bit of bread crust & a touch of caramel on a bready & crackery base. Thankfully the honey & sugar cookie sweetness has been dialed back a bit. Spicy & herbal hops emerge in the middle, grow stronger and more floral through the end, and linger in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable for 6.5% - clean though.

M: Medium body with adequately balanced carbonation. Quite attenuated though it does have some sticky sugars going on. Somehow it seems a touch light bodied for its heft. Abrupt & semi-drying finish. A bit of quench on a bigger beer.

D: I suppose it is an alright maibock for throwing into a mixed 12-pack. Sort of an intro for the masses. But perhaps not the best first impression as it is a bit coarse and not all that inviting. It is also bit wide of the mark of the real deal. It does drink fairly okay, but needs more malts for the style and abv. Alcohol punch without enough flavor or any real heft to the feel gets to be a drag and hurts drinkability after a bit.

03-02-2012 00:34:41 | More by SickGnar
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-29-2012 06:07:43 | More by Peyton5410
Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.