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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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 drtth
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear with deep rich amber/brownish color. No real head to speak of.

Smell: Lightly malty, sweet with no really hop presence.

Taste: Malty sweet, but not exceptional. Hops provide a faint undertone that is hard to detect and so don't distract from the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability for one or two, but the sweetness would soon get me to switch to something a bit more in the way of a hop presence. Good solid brew but nothing exceptional.

Photo of Jablonski
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I Had this beer on tap at The Chimes. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, not because it was good, but because it was a solid beer from Abita. The appearance is a straw-gold color, but the aroma is a bit better with lighter fruits with a hint of citrus. The taste is mostly roasted malts, but there is a yeasty aftertaste. Like many Abita beers, they made this beer too thin. This beer is very drinkable due to no bad notes in this beer; I also feel it's at a higher ABV than their Amber or Fall Fest.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Medium amber color with no head at all.
Sm: Not much, sweet.
Ta: Again not much, a little chocolate, sweetness.
Mf: light and clean.
Dr: Yes, very drinkable, but why?
(Note: This beer was companion to a hoagie and followed a Vanilla Porter). This beer did not impress me very much...could have been me, surroundings, the food. It was as good as and as drinkable as a glass of fresh, cold water...I mean that as a compliment, sort of.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical slightly hazy copper colour with a mid-sized head that quickly settles down, leaving small patches of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bit chalky, with some caramel and light fruit notes as well, along with a bit of a bread-like vibe. Simple, but pretty good.

The flavour is similar to the aroma for the most part, with bread notes coming out a bit more here, along with a healthier dose of hops, which are most noticeable toward the finish of each sip. They blend nicely with a general sweetness as well. Again, simple, but not bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a bit of a twang to each. A bit weird, but not distracting.

Not bad overall, but not incredibly impressive. I like Abita and this is a decent beer, but it seems a tad uninspired. Easy to drink for sure, but there's just nothing terribly memorable about it. I'd have it again but wouldn't go out of my way to pick more up.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy stark white head that dissipated quickly. Thin lacing washed down the side of the glass leaving faint fingers. Decanted continually.

S: Cut grass and hay. Very faint, slightly burnt caramel. Very light essence of pepper from bittering hops. All in, not a lot of aroma.

T: Sweet doughy bread and caramel notes in the fizz that eases gracefully to a bitter hop finish. Very pleasant; doens't seem to have the malt bill or alcohol bite of typical bock (likely why listed as a Heles Bock - duh).

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Dry and clean - almost scrubbed - with fizzy CO2 in the finish.

D: The flavor and body alone make this beer really drinkable - and in quantity. Not big on flavor or fill especially if you work a little to decant it (which I did on the second beer).

Photo of HoustonTX
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In anticipation of the upcoming Mardi Gras season, I cracked open this beer tonight.

This is an easily approachable, sessionable type beer. Great biscuity malt base with backings of sweet bitter citrus rind, and perfumy florals. Quite basic, but easy to lay one of these back.

These would pair well with spare ribs, or pork tenderloin.

Good offering from Abita.

Photo of TheMistler
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat light yellow brown, I think there is a bit of a chill haze. Creamy white head, good lacing.

Tangy malt nose, even a bit sour - something just seems a bit off, though I'm fairly sure the beer is okay and it isn't an oxidized aroma. Maybe yeast? Citrus. Biscuit.

Grains to the taste, and a bit of caramel malts. Again tangy, but not displeasurably, as it is in the nose. Light citrus melds in, and there is a slightly grassy flavor at the end.

Light bodied, crisply carbonated. It isn't bad, but I'm disappointed.

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...

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

Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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.

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
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
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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.

Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of davidt
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

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.

Photo of scurvy311
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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).

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.

Photo of mcallister
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.