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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 657
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 24.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | 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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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 657
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on an Abita kick currently and I am switching back & forth between CANs and bottles. I just did not feel ready for a CANned IPA as a nightcap, so I went with my last bottle.

From the bottle: "Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans."; "Best By 6/13/12".

What is it about Abita beers that creates such massive head?!? A light-handed pour still garnered two-plus fingers of eggnog-colored head with great retention on this humid evening. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with malty sweetness, perhaps too much for my taste as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant effervescence that seemed to fill my mouth. The sweetness was not as prevalent on the tongue as it had been on the nose and I found myself enjoying it more than I had expected. In fact, it was so smooth as to be dangerous as over half of it was gone from my glass before I realized it! My my. Finish was semi-dry as there was some inherent sweetness in it, but nothing like the nose had led me to expect. Highly drinkable, but be careful.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Maibock from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew poured a clear amber color, produced a thick clingy head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of malted barley and earth. Medium in body, this Maibock featured a malted grain backbone, some notes of caramel, fresh baked bread and sweet malt. Fruity esters from the yeast were also present. Balanced nicely with spicy hops, this is a nice session beer- excellent example of an American Craft version of a german classic. Prost!

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Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tgorgz
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a fizzy one finger head. Ok head retention.

Aroma is full of cereal grains with a tiny bit of toffee. No hops are detectable.

The flavor is very grainy with a slight bit of caramel. Once again there are no hop flavors present and only a mild bitterness. Alcohol is present in a small way too. The finish is pretty crisp and dry leaving a slight stickyness on the lips.

Overall this is just an ok beer. I feel like the hops could have been a little more prominent.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoyed on Fat Tuesday, 2012 in a glass beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - malty aroma with a hint of grassy hops.

T - the malt comes on strong upfront with grassy hop bitterness taking things to the finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - a nice tasting seasonal, happy spring!

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Photo of Crispy34
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in a six pack at the local grocery store.

A: This beer pours a hazy bronze, gold-on-the-edges. It really is a pretty beer with a light head if at all.

S: The aroma is a really cheap hoppy. Some malt with a hop smell that is a really weak IPA.

T: Pretty dang hoppy for a bock. It is a nice beer, but nothing really extravagant. It is just in the middle beer. The bock after taste lasts too long, I think.

M: The beer feels fine in the mouth. Medium for a medium beer, with an aftertaste that lasts too long.

O: Personally, I think this would be a pretty good session beer, although it is pretty strong for that. I would definitely serve his beer at a party. What can I say?... I like a decently strong beer for that? Either way, worth trying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more mild than plenty of bocks ive had. smells german malty and a bit like a red ale, with a smililar malt profile. flavor is balanced but definitely malt dominant. some light notes of wheat and sweet fruit are present. mouthfeel is just above medium bodied with lots of crabonation. makes it feel lighter than it is. easy drinking for a bock, but a nice abv on it makes it a perfect beer for this time of year. not bad at all

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: opaque, amber, with an eggshell-white, 1 finger head that lingers. Big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: leather, earthy, malty; slightly floral and citrusy.

T: great malt presence. A little nutty, with caramel tossing in a few beads. Clean. A semi-dry malt finish.

M: Light-medium with creamy, medium carbonation. Slightly astringent.

O: Smooth and sessionable. Not as malt-heavy as I remember from years ago. Ready to down more when the parades roll by.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as Mardi Gras Bock. Strong, malty aroma has good fruity and caramel notes, rather tempting. It pours a clear, somewhat dark golden amber with a fairly thick, pale golden-tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Flavor has malty, apple, caramel and pear notes, nothing outstanding but still enjoyable. Smooth texture has above-average body and plenty of fizz. Throw me something! ;)

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Photo of FATC1TY
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, off white head, around a finger's worth.

Wheaty, sweet, malty smell to it. Slightly floral, but mostly sweet malts.

Taste is sweet, good malts, slight hops coming through. Has a slightly thinner/watery taste to it. Almost lighter than I imagined it to be.

Mouthfeel was similar to light/medium bodies. Not a whole lot of carbonation but it's there and cleans it up nicely.

Overall, I like the beer. Seems suited to a warmer weather drinking activity. Goes down easy, priced right, and it's not a bad brew to share with friends. Not that complex, so might fit in for the new craft brew crowd.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head of about 1.5 fingers. Aroma is malty sweet, nutty, with caramel and almost some cocoa. Rich maltiness, caramel and toffee. Again, almost some cocoa notes. Slick and upper light body.

Overall, it's a quite enjoyable brew...especially for Abita.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Binny's Beverage Depot in Plainfield, IL for $1.69 in Late 2011.

Pours a golden amber color with a moderate off-white head. Scent is floral and wheaty. The taste is flavorful with a great blend of slightly bitter hops, sweet malts, and floral/hibiscus tones. Drinks smooth and is quite refreshing. My first Abita beer and I plan on drinking many more!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is on the malty side. Taste is crisp, malty, some bready flavors, mildly hopped. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer that is probably better suited to warm weather.

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Photo of boutleg32
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper/amber color. Little to no head and lacing.

S - Rather Malty and caramel. Touch of nuttiness

M - Medium body and very clean.

T -Roasted malted mainly. Has a little hint of fruit but more watered down I'm afraid than most bocks. Seems to be more of a summer drink in my opinion than a bock.

O -Not great but not terrible. the ABV makes up for what it lacks in all other categories. Don't go out of the way to buy it...but don't turn it down if it is offered to ya

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Photo of Kranders
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't think there was too much to this beer. The biggest flavor I found was a bit of alcohol. It wasn't bad or anything, but for sure not one of the best Abita brews. But really, I didn't find a ton of flavor at all. I probably wouldn't get it again myslef, but some people did seem to enjoy it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Mardi Gras Bock is a decent beer. The beer pours a nice copper clear with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The smell includes a slight lemony/white winish scents. The taste is a fairly good balance between barley and hops, with a sharpness from Saaz that is present. Mouthfeel is good...decent carbonation and medium body make this a pretty good beer. Overall this is a decent beer and worth some beads....Yeah Baby!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mardi Gras Bock pours a clear bronze color with little to no head. No lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel and bread. Hints of peach and grass are also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is lightly syrupy with a moderate carbonated fizz. the flavor is malty with caramel and bread followed by some fruity notes of peach (pear?). It finishes bitter with grassy notes. Once gone the caramel and grass lingers on the palate.

A descent beer that leans towards the malty side. Easy to drink and would go good with BBQ.

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Photo of curasowa
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with two fingers of fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt and not much else.

Taste: Toasted malt upfront, then it thins out a bit in the middle with just a hint of bitterness and a little flourish of carbonation leading to a slightly lingering, nutty finish.

The Rest: Medium bodied, Abita Bock checks all of the boxes for the bock style, but isn't really special in any way. A very decent bock, but nothing to write home about.

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