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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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 drpimento
1.88/5  rDev -45.3%
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 -0.9%
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 +10.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +9.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -11%
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 -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 -20.9%
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 -1.5%
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 -6.1%
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.

Photo of MisterTiat
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale, clear. White head with bit bubbles, decent head retention.

S: Yeast and malt come through. Earthy hop flavor, but in the background.

T: Malty sweet, biscuit flavor, grain flavor comes through. Slight hop presence. Tastes like it smells.

M: Nice carbonation, decently full in the mouth.

D: Pretty drinkable for a strong beer. This could become dangerous, easy to get pissed off this stuff.

Photo of cnally
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MARDI GRAS!!! Well...not really...uh, yeah. Still just in awesome Indianapolis (but not a Colts fan, so no hard feelings.)

Crystal clear see through bronze body, big almost tan head.

Aroma is nutty, vanilla, malty, no hop note to tell.

Flavor is pretty subdued with the malt, actually the bitter comes in at the tail end. Nutty, a little sour.

Feel is slightly watery, crisp.

Not too bad. Not too fantastic, but well balanced, spicy and crisp.

Photo of bgreg3
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bock I have ever had (excluding the Leinenkugal 1888 because I think it would be less flavorful than most bocks). This will be difficult to judge according to style.

Appearance is golden with an amber hue to it. There is minimal white lacing around the top and edges of the pint glass. There is a very strong malt presence in the smell of this beer. Very pungent aroma centered on malts (I'm guessing a mix of pils, crystal, and maybe a few others) and some balancing hops in the background. This beer provides great taste that is very enjoyable and sweet. Another thing I note is this is a very balanced beer even against all the malt smell. It does not overwhelm any ingredient at any point.

The feel of this beer is quite heavy but provides enough carbonation that it is not a bother to the palette. As far as drinkability goes this beer has session written all over, I feel like one would just not be enough, 3 or 4 might be adequate on this beer.

WOW just found out now that this is 6.5% , very hard to believe alcohol is concealed nicely.

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.49 a few days after the Saint's Super Bowl win in honor of that game. No observed "best by" date. Poured into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A Minimal white head that dissipated quickly over a golden, translucent body with minimal carbonation rising up. 3.0

S Minimal barley malt sweetness and faint hops. There is an earthy presence as well. 3.0

T Smell is very suggestive of the taste. A nice, lightly sweet barley taste with faint hops. There is a nice woodsy like taste that is pleasing. 3.5

M Light, making it an easy drinker. 3.0

D As suggested, easily drinkable. 4.5

Notes: I like that this is drinkable in the spirit of Mardis Gras.

Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the Abita mixed 12er. So far we've had a couple of solidly brewed, completely unexceptional beers. And now we come to the bock, one of the most hit or missiest styles thar be.

Pours spritely, smells and tastes zippy. Pretty, rusty amber, boldly translucent with a nice white head.

Smells and tastes zippy, malty, and smooth. Good comparison is Millstream's schildbrau, only this has a livelier yeast profile and a bit more hop presence. Starts with candy sweet toffee, moving into biscuits and bread, ending on sweet and sour maltiness.

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Between amber and straw yellow body. Fairly white head that bubbles up to a few fingers but dies away completely within a minute. Small bubbles occasionally make their way to the top.

S: Fruity and somewhat bready. Also some grassy hops notes. Reminds me of a belgian strong pale ale in many ways.

T: Again fruitiness takes center stage, with something that frankly tastes rather yeasty lurking behind it in the shadows. Don't really get any hops, and the aftertaste is minimal.

M: I think the flavors would've gone better with a slightly lighter body, but it doesn't detract from the beer. The carbonation is just right.

D: A few of these would be no problem.

A decent brew, but not something I'll seek out again.

Photo of elniko
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass, no best by date marked on bottle.

A: Rich golden amber hue, head was somewhat minimal but lacing quite apparent. Moderate carbonation. Solid.

S: Clean malt, bready dominated nose, nothing overwhelming but exactly spot on for this style.

T & M: Taste for the most part corresponds with the nose, finish does have just a touch of hops and crispness. Mouthfeel started quite silky but grew a little thin as it warmed up.

D: Quite drinkable, I really enjoyed this brew and Abita continues to grow on me.

Photo of Bouge
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful: clear, amber in color. Finger thin head that shrinks down within a minute to just around the glass. Leaves nice, sudsy lacing on glass. Color and lacing wise, it's a stunner, though the lack of sizable, lasting head keeps the view from being perfect.

S: Sweet, with fruity ethers, especially some sort of banana-citrus. Noticeable ethanol scent that blends well with the bready-sweet and full aroma.

T: Again, sweetness is first noticeable. After the initial sweetness is a tinge of bitterness before beer moves to sweet, fruity notes. Banana is most prominent, but a citrusy twang that borders on faint grassiness is there also to give, along with the carbonation, a crisp finish.

M: Usually I feel Abita beers are over-carbonated, but not this one. Carbonation is well balanced, cutting the sweetness without distracting the palate or making the beer overly dry. The high ABV seems to help cut the sweetness as well at first, but as I near the end of the beer, "sweet" comes across far more than any bitterness, but this is almost expected given the style.

D: The sweetness is a little cloying, and the full flavor (and "non-sessionable" ABV) gives this beer weight in the back of the mouth. In the end, it's smooth, flavorful, and very drinkable. Enjoy one or two, but more than that and you're gonna be feeling it on a couple levels. Recommended.

Photo of ShinerStArnoldTX
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: first beer review. Also, beer was stored at room temperature then chilled at home. Still pretty warm when I drank it. Poured into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: clear, gold, slight amber with small bubbles. Not exactly like how it appeared on their website, more yellowish than I expected but not too pale. Fluffy, off-white head which dissipates quickly. Very light lacing.

Aroma: grapey smell immediately after opening. Generally smells of caramel, not a particularly strong smell. This could be due to being stored at room temp.

Taste: starts out with floral and caramel notes with a bready, bitter finish. Overall very malty. Full initial flavor but not much aftertaste. Just a slight, dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, wet, light carbonation with tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: pretty big taste makes it less drinkable than your average commercial beer, but not too tawny as to keep one from hammering back a few in the spirit of the Carnival, especially with the very mild aftertaste. This will be a good accompaniment to the Saints first Superbowl!

Watch the high-ish ABV! Probably best enjoyed with hardy food. Abita recommends roasted beef or pork (and Mexican food...).

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia (though it wrap up as Abita Christmas [close enough, I suppose]). Best By: 05/16/10

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-gold body with a frothed, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts with some light toasty qualities and an iota of light caramel held within. Slight hop spiciness along with a meager background fruitiness.

Taste: Pale malts with distributed tastes of lightly toasted grains and lightly toasted sliced bread. Slight caramel sweetness. Spicy, earthy hops with a good amount of malt-countering bitterness. Just a hint of peppery alcohol tones. Drying finish with bit more spice and, at the tail end, a small hint of honey. The combination of toastiness, honey, and graininess eventually leads me to picture a mouthful of whole-grain Cheerios. Not that that's a bad thing!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Typically, I find Abita brews to be lackluster at best, but this lil' bock isn't half bad. If a regular dose of Cheerios is heart-healthy, sure Abita Mardi Gras Bock has some health benefits as well.

Photo of mwa423
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very light and clear golden. Finger and a half of fluffy white head. The color is nothing like I expected from the name, but an attractive beer.

S - Some light sweet malt aroma and some yeast at the end. Not too heavy, quite enjoyable.

T - Excellent taste, a nutty maltiness, and a bit of dried fruit. Beyond that, it is a pretty light taste. I would kill a good number of these at Mardi Gras.

M/D - Excellent in both of these categories. Each sip leaves the mouth wanting more, and I could drink ton of these.

Photo of degerbah
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy light brown with about an inch of head. There is a tremendous amount of lacing around the top of the glass as the head settles quickly. The aroma is slightly yeasty with a sweet malt presence as well. The taste is very malty and slightly smokey as well. The taste is prototypical to a bock and not very remarkable at all. The mouthfeel is very smooth and makes me want to drink many many more of these. Probably my second favorite Abita beer after Turbodog and a good solid bock.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Mardi Gras Bock has a beautiful gold and clear appearance with a minimal head. Carbonation is relatively low. Roasted grain aroma is slight. The taste is good, but very mild. Mouthfeel is light and watery. While this is one of the best-looking beers in a glass, like many beers in this category (Michelob Amber Bock or Shiner Bock for example), Abita bock lacks a bold taste that I would prefer. Overall, it is a good beer and has no offensive characteristics.


Photo of ThaBobfather
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an odd golden color with a fizz of whitish head on top.
Smell is a smidge malty with some bready/yeast hints.
Taste is ok, the light body makes it very drinkable, I've got some good bready qualities on my palate on a muddy finish.
Drinks ok, this is very sessionable which is a good thing, but Bud Light is also sessionable

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.