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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of Vengeance526
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with about a 1 finger white head that dissiapates rather quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Bready aroma with a touch of citrus and roasted malt. Not very exciting but not bad.

Taste reveals a subtle sweetness from the malts and a sort of syrupy, nutty flavor profile. It's not really a bad flavor, it just doesn't have anything to it and seems a bit plain.

Medium carbonation but seems too thin for a bock. Overall this is just a really average beer. I mean I'd take one if offered, and I'd prefer it over most macros...but there's just nothing really special about this that stands out. One and done here, I've had my fill and won't be seeking this out again. It seems like our local breweries down here like to just tack on "Mardi Gras" to their duller brews to make them look more appealing...

Vengeance526, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of cvfish
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a light amber gold color that produced a foamy white head that did not stick around and left no lace around the glass

S - Some caramel malts accompanied the nose, a little bready yeast

T - The taste of the this Bock was in line with the nose, some caramel malty on the palate, there is some hop presence, but very muted

M - Although this was billed as a full bodied beer, it was certainly lighter, with the usual carbonation I am accustomed to in an Abita

D - I bought this in preparation for the Mardi Gras season down here, but was sorely disappointed. As a Bock beer, there are much better offerings, and much better beers to get into the Mardi Gras spirit

cvfish, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: A "thin" amber color. Medium heavy carbonation, pours into a foamy white head. Settles into a layering of bubbles of the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Spotty lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, freshly baked bread, and maybe a hint of citrus.

T: Malt, hops, orange, pecan shells.

M: Syrupy but light and carbonated. Sweet malty flavor, hops, then a sweet orange-y and nutty aftertaste. A little cloying. Bouquet floats up into the nose enhancing the feel.

D: Good drinkability. Light feel, good flavor.

Decent atmosphere, pleasing complex nose, and distinctive flavor. It has a very interesting sweetness to it, but so much so that it's distracting. Feel doesn't do anything to take away from the brew, either. All this, and good drinkability, make for a really nice quaff.

bmwats, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Bock...

Appearance- light brown to dark orange, somewhat lacey, not very active carbonation.

Smell- sweet aroma, malty, very alcoholic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-too sweet to be that enjoyable, muddled mix, some chocolate, alcohol, not a whole lot of spiciness or character.

Drinkabilty-sweetness is a little tough.

Overall-not that great, too sweet, muddled, just not that drinkable.

TheDeuce, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Jungle Jim's on 05/02/2006.

Poured dark amber hue with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malty tart fruit aroma. Medium body. Moderate sweet tart flavor with a small bitter finish of average duration.

Drinkable average bock.

tmoneyba, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, honey-colored orange. Short-lived head. Color changes to a dark yellow as it thins out. The color looks awfully attractive.

Some nice flowery pale malts in the aroma. Mild German (Hallertau?) hops. A couple citrusy notes but not sure if it's the hops.

Really nice combo of the dry, flaky pale malts and sweetish puckery citrus. Actually a fine combo; the hops add a sweetness and a tart finish.

The feel is creamy and a tad bubbly. Thicker than expected, but certainly not a choker. It's a substantial drink with lots of summery, tree-fruit notes. Very very nice.

williamherbert, Jul 01, 2008
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1" dirty cream head retains at 1/4". Clear, bright golden beer with a good amount of slow moving bubbles rising up. Some lace. Sweet aroma, sugar candy...hops buried way down in there. Low aroma. Not much flavor at all, just some sweet, grainy malt. Thin body with carbonation somewhere between low and medium. Not much there, don't care to drink again.

Photo of jayrod20
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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. I was really excited about trying this beer but was highly disappointed.

jayrod20, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Abita beer I hadn't tried before. In my opinion, the Abita beers are consistently good. Not great, but consistently good. I've never been turned off by any of them, and a few of them have even been very pleasant surprises.

The Bock pours a bright, clear amber color, with a decent 1.5 finger head on top that settles fast but leaves some lace. It's a crisp-looking lager, and lighter in color than I'm used to with bocks, but nice enough looking, and very vibrant. The nose is nice and malty, with hints of nuts, faint chocolate, and maybe some banana. A solid, if not spectacular, bock aroma. The taste is nice as well; good but not great. Sweet up front, with a slightly fruit-based maltiness that fades a bit toward the end, but picks up again at the finish, with an evenly balanced spiced malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and smoother as the beer warms up.

I'm not sure what the ABV is on this bock, but it doesn't feel too big to me. It's crisp, it's refreshing, and it still maintains a nice residual bock sweetness. Another very well-crafted brew from the gang in Abita Springs.

Atlas1, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biggmike, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

pwoods, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of davidt
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

davidt, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hiikeeba, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of scurvy311
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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).

scurvy311, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mmmbeer, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mcallister, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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

russpowell, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of weasbri
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!.

weasbri, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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…

arguemaniac, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

barefootbrewer, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

jkaufman, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

BeerSox, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Butch
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.


Butch, Jan 12, 2007
Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.