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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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 MrVonzipper
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber/copper color with a light bubbly white head with no retention and no lacing

Real nice on the nose. Light caramel malt, buttery chocolate and a little nutty. It almost smells like an ice cream drumstick.

Mild caramel malt flavor with chocolate across the back of the palate. Not a ton going on and nothing overwhelming.

Mild to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. A slight bitter aftertaste at first.

Overall I like it. It's nothing spectacular or too complex as far as flavor but a very easy drinking beer. I could crush a six-pack quick and easy.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that goes quickly, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: toasted caramel malt and brown sugar--very sweet smelling

Taste: toasted malt and brown sugar with small hops in the background

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A solid maibock. Not overly interesting but not really flawed either. I could have several on a hot day, but there are several other Abita offerings I would hit up first.

Photo of AndyRun66
1.36/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm pulling for any craft brew south of the Mason Dixon line particularly these folks in LA. I've also enjoyed a few TurboDogs and Ambers in my day so I picked up a six of the Mardi Gras Bock to give it a try. I first tried their brew at the Rock n' Bowl in New Orleans about 15 years ago while I was down there.

Much to my disappointment, I just poured three bottles of this brew down the sink. The beer, while not skunked, had an awfully unpleasant taste. The beer had a dark golden color and not an unpleasant nose but I struggled to get through each bottle without finishing any.

Photo of Duhast500
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Allagash flute.

The color is clear gold with a thin wisp of white head that was gone too fast. No lacing left on the glass.

The smell is grainy with some malt aroma that is muted a bit. There is a bit of a caramel aroma that is detectable but light in the nose.

The taste is more sweetness that is hitting upfront and sliding down into a small bitter flavor that is light and not too hoppy in flavor. There is a bit of a bready flavor that is throughout most of this beer but hides off and on.

The feel of this beer is crisp with a light drinkable feel. There is a smoothness that has a nice welcoming feel and goes down easy.

Photo of bump8628
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita seems to be one of the first American craft brewers to attempt this once hard-to-find style that has recently found favor with some of the bigger US operations (Boulevard and Sierra Nevada to name a few).

Deep gold to orange with a good finger of white head that hangs admirably.

Not much to the aroma and only mild grain, white bread, and light caramel on the palate. A bit of spicy bitterness offsets the sweetness enough and makes this one drinkable enough.

This one pretty much hits the style done the middle. It's not a particularly exciting beer, but neither is the style.

If there was ever reason to brew an easy to quaff, relatively high ABV style, then Mardi Gras is it.

Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle this past Saturday at Coda in the South End. Poured in a standard pint glass. Dark tan color. No head, and not much carbonation. Nothing really detected in the nose. Taste was one dimensional. Mostly malt, some sugary overtones. Mouthfeel was slick and flat. I drank this beer, but didn't find it pleasurable at all. Very boring.

Photo of budgood1
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one pours out of the 12 oz. stubby bottle a glowing copperish colour with a fair off white head. sort of fizzy looking with fair retention and a little lace. odd malty aroma, vegetal...like cooked beets or other roots of that sort. some peppery spice, but not really all that great. the taste does make things up a bit with a good deal of pale maltiness akin to other pale bocks and maibocks. some soapiness, boozy spice, but there still is a bit of off flavours...i'd swear that there are adjuncts used if in fact that this is an all malt brew. it has a corny character...either that or the yeast used is throwing these flavours at me. there is a bit of cheap alcohol sting, too...another flag which tells me that this isn't all malt. this pale bock has a pretty thick, and at times, a sweet and cloying mouthfeel on top of a surprising sturdy body. drinkability is average at best...it has it's moments, but falls short of being considered above average.

overall i can see why this would be a mardi gras favourite. a spring pale bock and higher ABV mixed with revelry and jubilation makes for a drunken good time. but as a standalone maibock, it lacks the character that i consider worthy of praise. not bad, but not recommended.

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

Poured from the bottle into a chilled pint.

Pale, very slightly hazy golden amber in color, with a fizzy off-white head that bubbles away in seconds. No lace, just a patch of white.

The nose: lightly sweet red apple crackers. Sourdough. A small bite of spicy German hops.

The flavor: red apples again, with lightly toasted bread, both well-balanced by German hops that impart a moderate bitterness. A crisp flavor with lingering sweetness.

Medium, prickly carbonation, very lightly fizzy, inside a kind of watery medium-light body. Crisp finish.

Overall, a decent lager. Not too flavorful, but solid and drinkable -- and good paired with mustard and fried crawfish.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Nice amber color with lots of carbonation, nice fluffy/foamy head, and lacing that coats the glass nice

S- Mostly caramel, some yeasty and floral aroma as well.

T- Sweet Caramel, graininess, with mild hop bitterness towards the finish. Slightly medicinal taste as well. The alcohol taste was more prominent than I expected

M- Medium bodied, maybe a little lighter

D- Drinkable, just think after a couple of these I might get bored with it.

Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a goblet...

The beer pours an orange, copper color with a white head that quickly faded to nothing. It has a nice nutty, buttery, toffee aroma. The taste first consists of a light lemon flavor on the back of the tongue, a wave of butter, nuts and caramel washes over and leaves a nice balanced aftertaste. The beer is light with stinging carbonation and a bit of a sticky finish. I thought this was a well done bock, I could definitely drink this again.

Photo of aepb1
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with orange hues and a small white head

S- Light citrus and malty sweetness

T- Sweet caramel up front and finishes with bitter hops

M- Light body and dry with moderate carbonation

O- A fine example of the style but it's not too interesting. Solid, nothing offensive.

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight citrus hop, hint of grain, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of yeast, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Photo of schoolboy
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has become evident to me that most bocks are disappointing to me. I'm not sure what to expect out of one. I guess this one would be better if it were a bit more of everything - it isn;t very malty, it lacks any kind of strong hoppy taste or aroma, it isn't boozy.

These short coming make it drinkable - if I had a bunch, I could drink a bunch. But it is not memorable. This not being one of my favored styles, my opinion is perhaps too much on the low side. It is well made and drinkable.

Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a fine head that sticks around a bit.

S: Smell is lager like. Strong malt backbone with grassy edge.

T: Mild malty sweetness dominates with a biscuit/cracker finish.

O: Pretty darn good brew here. Abita gives you a nice Maibock with this one.

Photo of meeekyh
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz into my Fin Du Monde glass. The color is an orange hued deep gold. The head is tan and large and the lacing is tight.

There is a slight alcoholic wafting and a clean grain note.

Taste is slightly bitter and tangy with a full-sweetness. Hints of raisin and biscuits are present.

Mouthfeel is medium body and light carbonation with a full semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability is high and overall this is a great tasting beer.

Slainte and Happy Mardi Gras!

Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a bright brownish-orange in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - There's little aroma here but what I'm getting is that light, bockish caramel malt.

Taste - This is bigger at the taste than it smelled. The malt is actually quite nice and rich with some juicy caramel undertones.

Mouthfeel - This is lighter than medium-bodied and very clean

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable example of the style. Nothing here is going to blow you away but this seems to be one of the most problematic styles for American brewers to replicate but Abita did a good job of it.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Foggy orange amber body with pillowy white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Light and fruity, like peach, orange and nuts.

Taste - Tastes like an amberbock with a hint of fruit it in. Slightly bitter, noticably acidic. Slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel - Balanced; neither watery nor creamy.

Drinkability - Has an interesting fruity character to it, which helps the drinkability. Just enough complexity to keep you coming back but won't overload your tastebuds.

Photo of ObeerwanCO
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on a Thursday functioning as a Friday, 'cause I ain't working tomorrow.

A- (4) Copper, clear, with a soft white head that held up pretty well.

S- (3) Smells like grains, bready. Nothing too special.

T- (4) Initially, I get caramel with a hint of roastyness, a little bit of fruit. On the finish, it turns a corner and the bittering hops come through. It also has a unique taste to it that I have noticed with other Abita beers. It's a little hard to describe- almost astringent, but not exactly. I like it, but I could see how some would feel that it is an off flavor. I also taste a fair amount of alcohol coming through.

M- (3) Medium bodied and carbonated. A little bit acidic.

D- (4) Goes down easy. I'm going to get another.

Photo of imwalle
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

A:pours dark golden brown, with little head that leaves quickly, though it has a nice lace

S:reminds me of my favorite breakfast meal: chex/cherrios with a little sugar on top

T: Tastes just like it smells, there is some hops with it. mostly it is a grain taste

M:light body with a little dryness

D: I have been on a Bock kick lately but i would love more of these

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass,Poured crystal clear copper color with golden highlight's. Beautiful fluffy white top. Alot of bubbling action going on in my glass. Lacing holds it's own.

Smell is metallic,some sweet caramel notes come to pick it up with a solid earthy aroma.

Taste is mostly dominant with sweet caramel malts,toasty and bready right in the middle. Nice spicey hop linger that slight touches down to let you know it's there.

Mouth is light bodied,perfect balance not to thick not to watery. Slightly slick in the mouth with alot of carbonation tingling and stinging the tongue.

Drink is good. I am not too familiar with the Maibock style but this is a winner of a lager in my book. Nicely done.

Photo of speter
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light copper color with a fluffy two-finger white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing.

S: Grains and a hint of butter: a lightly-buttered biscuit, perhaps.

T: Quite dry for a bock, with a pronounced metallic taste. The front is creamy with a slight bitter bite. There isn't much development in the center, and the finish is dry. Somewhere in the lot, there is a metallic twang that persists in the aftertaste.

M: The body of the beer is rather full, and combined with the carbonation and the diacetyl, it gives a creamy mouthfeel.

D: The creaminess makes it go down easily, but the taste is just too bland to leave me wanting more.

Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep golden color with a moderate white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a nominal lace in my pint glass

S- smell is predominantly cereal grain with notes of caramel and nutty toffee, some alcohol present as well

T- taste follows suit with nose, a bit of bitter hop at the grainy onset, a little out of balance however,, caramel and dark fruits come out at some point, a good bit of booze in the finish

M- a med.-full body on this one , decent carbonation as well

D- a very drinkable brew, esp. on a cold night

Photo of Tncapehart
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A really nice looking beer. A clear, straw colored beer with a slight haze. 1/2 inch head that fades pretty quick.

S. Not much of an aroma. Somewhat malty, definitely a lager. No off aroma, which is good.

T. Very smooth taste with no off flavors. Buttery, but not in a bad way. I enjoy the flavor a lot.

M. Light to medium body. Very nice.

D. I could drink a lot of these. Haven't been a fan of lagers lately, but this will bring me back.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 biglite351
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - golden lager like. Short white creamy head.

S - mild sweet bock scent, rather light.

T - reminds me of a wet feels on a farm. Straw and old vegetables, but not in a bad way. Mildly sweet. Nothing to write home about though.

M - mild coating and tingle on front of tongue and back of top of mouth

D - I could drink this, but wouldn't buy it.

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.