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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 634 | Reviews: 239
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.5% ABV, no date.

A - Abita's bock pours out a nice clear goldenrod color with massive amounts of carbonation streaming up to a tall, dense off-white head. Great retention! The bubbles start imploding around the perimeter, eventually leading to thick lace on the sides.

S - Mardi Gras Bock has a slightly musty, old smelling pilsner malt aroma with water minerals that greet the nostrils right away offering dryness and a touch of yeast. Sweet honey and soft, sweet floral aromas follow and have a bold presence as well, concluding with dry biscuit.

T - Grassy and floral hops impart a dry touch to the lightly toasted malt. Honey sweetness continues on with a lingering sweetness on the finish.

M - Very dry, Mardi Gras Bock has medium carbonation making it feel like it's medium-light bodied with a smooth feel but hard mineral finish.

O - Abita Mardi Gras Bock does a good job of delivering a little more alcohol in a smooth and familiar package to those who might binge-drink the yellow, fizzy stuff, during this "celebration" time. A fine maibock, the maltiness is there for a seasonally enjoyable brew.

Photo of drpimento
1.88/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

With aggressive pouring got a smallish off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is malt caramel fruit. Flavor is two dimensional: malt caramel with carbonic acid a hint of hop and fruit. Body is ok but carbonation is way over done- seems forced. Finish is like flavor. Came all the way down here thinking I could get some special Abitas that I can't get at home. I'm askin ya, is this any way to answer a reasonable question? Can't finish this beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. 'pry off'-capped bottle, the laser-etched date is tough to find but (partially) visible on the neck as: --/28/10. That's right, month is a no-show. Considering I picked this up on an early April visit to Louisiana, I'm guessing at the very least those missing digits are '05', maybe even '06'. So on May 18th, we're still good... Poured to a pint glass.

A: Into the glass, a perfect caramel orange. Crystal-clear, good (but not hyperactive) carbonation fills the glass, rising to a 1-finger+ head of dense, creamy whiteness. Good lace, big and drippy.

S: Sweet and malty aroma, a bit on the fruit syrup/corn pop side. Falls in the 'average' range, style-wise, although fairly strongly-scented.

T: Doughy caramel, ever so slightly buttery, then a pleasant fruit and nutty roast. Earthy spice, grassy and a little peppery-dry in the finish. Good balance.

M: A crisp, slightly biting feel. Light-medium body, refreshing at first, yet the feel coats a little more with each sip. The alcohol begins to glow a little towards the bottom of the pint.

D: A tasty brew, easy to drink. Paired with a Thai dish (Gai Pad Nam Prik Phao leftovers), this was probably better than as a stand-alone sipper. Worth a try, a pretty good spring-time brew.

Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel.

A: Hazy caramel tinged amber with very little carbonation. A foamy cream cap has good initial retention, but dies down to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves a fair patchwork of lace.

S: Caramel, toffee, grass in that order, plus a hint of alcohol.

T: The straw like malts out front initially make this beer seem like an amped up pils. But a caramel sweetness comes along quickly to quell the illusion. Bitterness is very low, with a lemongrass kick. Alcohol adds balance and a bit of warmth to the finish.

M: The medium body is syrupy and has a bit too much fizz.

D: This is a nice bock overall. Avery nice complement to a cool spring day.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden tinted brown with an active off-white frothy head. Swirling and active carbonation is nice.

S - Smell is not too strong - picking up some grains, floral notes and maybe a bit of light fruit; pear maybe.

T - More malt than expected. Slightly sweet but still dry. A bit of honey, citrus, and picking up the light fruit that was in the nose. Just a small bit of bitterness comes through on the finish as it begins to warm. Pleasant, not overwhelming, but not overly impressive.

M - Decent. Medium to light bodied, mostly smooth, and a little dry.

D - Not bad. Would be nice on a warm day. It's a little sweet for a session beer, but I could probably have a couple.

No homerun here, but a decent beer that you could probably have a good time with, especially if you've got the mardi gras beads to go with it.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, light copper body with a nice, big head that leaves a few smudges of lace

S- Smells like an improved American lager with scents of grass, grain, and not much else

T- The flavor is mild and shines on the fruity byproducts of the yeast. Somewhat buttery

M- Very refreshing with a smooth feeling

D- Fits in well every now and then but doesn't serve as a staple

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a fairly bubbly, tan, two-finger head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some floral notes.

T - This is a nice malty bock with good caramel and toffee flavors. It had a mild spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice maibock. One of the better brews from Abita.

Photo of jneiswender
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-nice, off-white head; gem-like amber body

S-pizza dough smell, somewhat yeasty

T-strong, bready malt front, light hop flavor at the end but alot of booze flavor throughout


D-not bad but very one dimensional malt wise. The flavor is fairly straight forward. I would drink this again if given limited choices.

Photo of mklinger
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass. Slight amber color with a thin white head. Nice enough looking beer, though it didn't look like what I think a Maibock should look like. Interestingly, it's darker than their doppelbock, which just doesn't seem like it should happen.

Aroma was also uncharacteristic. Some Cascade, citrus hops & crystal malt sweetness. It was good but not what you'd expect for the style.

Taste was a bit more malty than I expected from the aroma. Of the 4 Abita beers I had while recently in NOLA, this was my favorite, though I certainly didn't love it.

All the Abita beers I had were overcarbonated and a bit thin in mouthfeel. Perfectly fine bee.

Photo of caresville
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

received this one from twiggamortis420 in a recent BIF

a- pours a golden amber with a huge fizzy head and some good carbonation, nice lacing.

s- bud light

t&m- nothing overly impressive but nothing bad. honey, grains, caramel, applesauce, slight hops, and some sugar. nothing that stands out too much.

d- there is a sour weird funky aftertaste that i cant get over, it makes this very difficult to fully enjoy and i cant put my finger on it. i feel like if rust had a taste, this could be it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with freshness numbers for notching, but no notches (Natchez?) are there. Pours a very clear light copper color with a large and impressive cap of off-white head. Retention is very good, as is the lacing. An exceptional looking beer.

Smells lightly of caramel malt and cereal grains with just a touch of floral hops. Nose is a bit on the faint side, though it is a clean smelling bock.

Malt flavor leans more towards the toasty side than caramely sweet. There is a bit of hoppiness in here, but it seems as though most of the bitterness is coming from the toasty malts. Lack of sweetness hurts the mouthfeel as this one is kinda thin. Does have just enough creaminess once some of the carbonation leaves (via some swirling action) to keep things interesting. This is a drinking bock that goes down very easy without thinking too much about. Bought this at the same time as SN Glissade and am enjoying this one a bit more surprisingly. Perfect for slugging down on Mardi Gras mornings before a big parade!

Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with good clarity a clear rich golden with a well formed,fluffy one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly.A mix of vegetal,and caramel notes in the nose along with a bit of toast.None of the aroma attributes come across on the palate reaaly save some light caramel in the finish,not one thing eally stands out really.Eh,it started out pretty good but really fell flat flavor wise.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.