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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | 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

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Photo of biggmike


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer poured a golden/amber color with a nice white head that lasted a while. Aroma was malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Flavor was very much the same with some hop bitterness coming through to balance the flavor. Very little lacing, good mouthfeel and carbonation. Good beer.

01-27-2008 07:18:56 | More by biggmike
Photo of pwoods


3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber with orange tinting and clear visibility. 1/2 finger of off white head forms and falls within a minute. Some decent patches of lacing at the start but then falls off.

S: Very sweet malts. A crisp earthy hop leaf note comes out a bit, especially after warming. A touch of yeast.

T/M: Very clean but plain malt character. Malts are on the sweet side and are dominant but don't help the body at all. I know it's not supposed to be very heavy but this is very thin especially for lacking a good dose of carbonation. Underlying hop leaf and fruit esters help with complexity a bit.

D: Again, Abita makes OK brews but nothing special by any stretch of the word.

01-21-2008 01:58:31 | More by pwoods
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-31-2007 06:47:27 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of davidt


2.9/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a orangish gold color. Thick head on the pour that quickly dissipated. The smell is weak with a faint toffee smell. The flavor isn't bad, but nothing exceptional. A sweet malt flavor up front with faint hop bite at the end. Not a bad bock, just nothing outstanding about it.

11-09-2007 02:42:34 | More by davidt
Photo of hiikeeba


4.47/5  rDev +30.3%

Appearance: Golden amber color with a thick white foamy head.

Aroma/Bouquet: Fleeting, slightly sweet, with syrup tones. No hop notes.

Taste: Despite the malty smell, malt not too apparent. Slight bitterness on the tongue from hops. Slightly sweet malt finish, with a tingle of hops.

Mouthfeel: Full mouth feel with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really good. The slight malt finish reminds me of Spaten Oktoberfest. It's not as strong as Spaten, it hints at that flavor. I actually expected something like Shiner Bock when I bought this. It's more European in feel than Shiner.

08-08-2007 19:42:30 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of scurvy311


2.58/5  rDev -24.8%

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).

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


3.05/5  rDev -11.1%

12 oz. stubby bottle, best before 7/3 - 2007 I would presume. It pours a lightly-carbonated golden/topaz with a finger of frothy, beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine collar. The bouquet is lightly sweet, with hints of fruit or jam (apricot?, banana?) and maybe some white wine, which seems a bit strange. Its flavor is very clean, with lightly spicy/grassy hops, a mild bitterness, and a cherry Kool-Aid fruitiness, which also seems a bit strange. The body is medium, fairly smooth, with light carbonation and a fleeting finish. OK at best - not really worth seeking out.

04-10-2007 05:19:10 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of mcallister


3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

Bought this beer with a salad at Tanks in Dayton. I've never really been a big Abita fan and my hopes were low on this being a worth brew. Well I was wrong. This is by far the best Abita offering I've tried. On with the review:

Liquid caramel colored , clear with little carbonation.Brilliant white head with medium retention and no lace.

Sweet caramel malt aromas. A floral hop agent for aroma is pleasant. Hints of toffee, sweet earthy esters and an effervesence of lemon.

Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, tingly and invigorating. Toffee malt is layered in a sandwich with chewy caramel, a bit a brown sugar sweetness. A bit of floral hops show through and a bittering hop to balance things on the finish.

A great session beer on a warm springs day.

04-04-2007 10:28:55 | More by mcallister
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a clear dark-golden with no head and mild carbonation.

S - Smells of mild malty tones with some grassy notes in the background...some fruity notes come out towards the end.

T - Flavors are there, but never really develop into a full taste. Hints of biscuity malts, but on the thin side, along with floral hops and citrus tones.

M - Too thin, but a nice finish/aftertaste.

D - I sampled this on a beautiful spring-like day, but it really wasn't anything worth waiting for. In the 'spring-bock' category, I'll stick with Saint Arnold.

03-14-2007 11:50:47 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

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

03-14-2007 04:13:23 | More by russpowell
Photo of weasbri


3.5/5  rDev +2%

Better late than never for this review of Mardi Gras Bock from Abita.
Pours an orangey color with a bubbly head which faded quickly. I didn't get much from the aroma on this one, a bit of malt perhaps.
The malt comes through at the forefront, a nice sweet flavor, just a slight caramel flavor too. The beer finishes with a clear and surprisingly hoppy aftertaste. Nothing crazy, just more than I expected from a bock.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!.

03-01-2007 23:45:57 | More by weasbri
Photo of arguemaniac


3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Pretty good, but it’s not the best example of the style. It does have that subdued malt fruitiness and a touch of caramel, like many good maibocks do, but the flavor in general is just a wee bit watery and the alcohol has a sweetness that is a little more intense than that of the better maibocks out there. Plus the hops, while balanced (for the style), have a sort of flat bitterness, but it’s no too bad. Overall, though, it’s pretty smooth and the body features just the right level of thickness.

I like this one, but like I said, there are so many better maibocks out there (both German and American). I could see myself going through a six-pack of this, but I’m not sure…

Anyway, give it a try…

02-25-2007 04:48:52 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer poured a clear golden color with a nice creamy head – small bubbles, but the head doesn’t last long. The smell is quite malty – with sweet and sour hints. The taste is malty, but not sweet. The hops are noticeable and balance out the beer well. The mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy. This is a nicely balanced beer that I would consider a favorite during the season.

02-22-2007 00:21:34 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of jkaufman


2.58/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz bottle into a mug.

Clear honey colored brew, with a light tan head that slowly fizzles to a thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing along the glass.

Very light cracker like aromas with the slightest hint of hops.

Toasty malts with not much else in there, maybe a light hop residue in the back of the mouth. A little bit of a caramel flavor makes its way in there. Lighter bodied for bock, with good carbonation. The finish is mostly grain.

Not a bad bock, however it seems to be a little more tame than other beers in this style. Try it for yourself.

02-04-2007 05:22:33 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Butch


3.6/5  rDev +5%

Color is pure copper, exactly matching the unoxidized metal. Beautiful. The head was outstanding, but I did make an over-aggressive pour. It faded to a normal cap, but didn’t stick to the glass well.

Standard “Abita” aroma. I swear they could make a Hefe and I’d be able to tell it came from Abita from smell and aftertaste alone. I don’t know what it is, maybe that Abita Springs water, but all their beers have it. Kind of yeasty and malty at the same time.

Nice mouthfeel. It’s a bock alright.

Taste is malty, malty, malty. I meal of a brew. I assume there is hops in there someplace, but you’d have to show me the brewer adding them for me to believe it.

We have discovered that The Wife is a fan of the bock style. As she also enjoys that “Abita” character so this one was a real winner for her. I enjoyed it as well. Great example of an Abita brew that I’ll be sure to get again before they run out for the season.


01-12-2007 02:26:00 | More by Butch
Photo of ski271


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Medium amber with a small, off-white, foamy, slowly diminishing head. Smell is bready and fruity, with grape being the most notable aroma. The taste is also quite juicy, both in taste and mouthfeel. Fruitiness is accompanied by some buttery malt, light caramel, and light spicy hops. Rather odd, but oddly enjoyable.

05-30-2006 03:03:04 | More by ski271
Photo of HardTarget


4.08/5  rDev +19%

Bottle Inspection: Listed as their Mardi Gras Bock, I don't know if this is a new version, new beer, or just repackaging.
Tells of being their Spring seasonal, 6 and 13 notched on the back label (sampled 5/7)

Aroma: Nice lightly toasted malt base with a dash of floral noble hops, more sweet than hop.

Appearance: Bright orange amber, great clarity shows about 100 replenishing tiny bubbles racing to the thin cover of off white that drops fairly quickly to a fat collar. Loops of lace cling to the side.

Flavor: Full sweet nutty malt front with some toast and a hint of biscuit. Finish is an earthy bittering hop, gentle but firm. Overall the taste is clean and finishes something like a Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a thick coat to leave you smacking.

Overall Impression: Solid beer. No obvious flaws, nice nutty base, noticeable but restrained hops, clean with a great color. Glad to see Abita can still kick out a solid beer.

05-08-2006 02:51:12 | More by HardTarget
Photo of jettjon


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Highs: Mouth, cream-soda flavor
Lows: None

From the twist-top bottle, drink by date 6/18. 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. Nose is pretty interesting, sort of apples and malt. Now the taste is pretty unusual… I called it “cream pie” (or Moon Pie) for Mardi Gras goers. Kind of a butterscotch cream soda, with some light bitterness, perhaps hops, can’t tell. After an interesting but average start, the mouth is where this beer shines. It’s full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation to keep it sparkling on the tongue. Together with the butterscotch-cream flavor, it makes for an interesting tasting experience indeed. Finish is lightly bitter, clean, and with a touch of malt. Drinkability is a bit above average, if you enjoy the flavor.

Overall: Intriguing flavor, creamy mouth and matching cream-soda taste is a plus.

04-30-2006 15:50:49 | More by jettjon
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

04-10-2006 15:16:31 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Jredner


2.38/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Pours a gold orange color with a small foamy head that settles quickly.

Smell: Very faint smell, if any. You could argue that it is very clean in the nose, but I'd say its weak. The smell, as it warms, begins to smell a bit like day old beer (an unfinished bottle that you find in the morning.)

Taste: Begins with a very refreshing blast of watery sugars and then quickly replaces the flavors with a delicious blend of hops, reminicent of an ESB more than a bock.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is pretty well carbonated; I'd prefer to have this flavor in a body that is a bit more less bubbly.

Drinkability: The flavor really allows this beer to drink fast and often. I could imagine making a big session out of this beer - so very appropriate for Mardi Gras.

03-14-2006 03:30:23 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of goochpunch


2.33/5  rDev -32.1%

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.

02-25-2006 05:51:13 | More by goochpunch
Photo of cheers2beers


3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a Mug:

Appearance: A light orange/red hue with a soft white head that disappeared very rapidly.Little to no laceing.

Smell: Earthy malts perhaps a little grassy not very expressive in the nose.

Taste: The more I drink this, the more this beer grows on me but its still doesn't have the it factor.Tart fruits, earthy malts,maybe just a touch hops for a very subtle bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean,thin, goes down easy,Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I won't be buying this one again.It just didnt jump out at me with much of anything,but I can say this for it,it was a cheap sixer only five bucks.Haha i see why now.


02-21-2006 02:29:14 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of UncleFlip


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

Honey colour with copper overtones...more orange when held to the light. Head is big, fluffy, and white....and falls at a quick rate.

Aroma is...bacon. Oh, wait. that's the bacon cooking in the other room. Ok, nose down in glass...mild aroma, malty and fruity, with just a hint of floral hops. A half-point off for the fact it was just tough to find the aroma in the first place- even without the bacon.

Flavour is a bit woody, and reminds me of an adjunct lager. There is some malt here, yes. The fruity-sweet malt quality builds at the end, crossfading with the bitterness.

Liquid is above thin, but not quite medium. Oddly, the carbonation seems more apparent after swallowing.

This one goes down easy- but I mark off on drinkability because it's not one I'd want twice in one sitting, if there area other more interesting beers around.

Be well

02-17-2006 07:22:08 | More by UncleFlip
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