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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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577 Ratings
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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:
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 arguemaniac
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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…

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of jkaufman
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Butch
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.


Photo of ski271
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a small, off-white, foamy, slowly diminishing head. Smell is bready and fruity, with grape being the most notable aroma. The taste is also quite juicy, both in taste and mouthfeel. Fruitiness is accompanied by some buttery malt, light caramel, and light spicy hops. Rather odd, but oddly enjoyable.

Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Listed as their Mardi Gras Bock, I don't know if this is a new version, new beer, or just repackaging.
Tells of being their Spring seasonal, 6 and 13 notched on the back label (sampled 5/7)

Aroma: Nice lightly toasted malt base with a dash of floral noble hops, more sweet than hop.

Appearance: Bright orange amber, great clarity shows about 100 replenishing tiny bubbles racing to the thin cover of off white that drops fairly quickly to a fat collar. Loops of lace cling to the side.

Flavor: Full sweet nutty malt front with some toast and a hint of biscuit. Finish is an earthy bittering hop, gentle but firm. Overall the taste is clean and finishes something like a Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a thick coat to leave you smacking.

Overall Impression: Solid beer. No obvious flaws, nice nutty base, noticeable but restrained hops, clean with a great color. Glad to see Abita can still kick out a solid beer.

Photo of jettjon
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Mouth, cream-soda flavor
Lows: None

From the twist-top bottle, drink by date 6/18. 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. Nose is pretty interesting, sort of apples and malt. Now the taste is pretty unusual… I called it “cream pie” (or Moon Pie) for Mardi Gras goers. Kind of a butterscotch cream soda, with some light bitterness, perhaps hops, can’t tell. After an interesting but average start, the mouth is where this beer shines. It’s full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation to keep it sparkling on the tongue. Together with the butterscotch-cream flavor, it makes for an interesting tasting experience indeed. Finish is lightly bitter, clean, and with a touch of malt. Drinkability is a bit above average, if you enjoy the flavor.

Overall: Intriguing flavor, creamy mouth and matching cream-soda taste is a plus.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly nice, comming from Abita, but still not a strong contender for it's style. Has some nice Bock characters. A strong malt dark malt flavor, but not the body or viscocity. Ok head retention, but quickly fleeting. Has a strong malty aroma and flavor with no supporting melding, aging, complexity, or strength. Lighly syrupy flavored with hops for bittering and, maybe, an earthy flaovr and aroma. A little nutty and woody. Body is quite light for style with over carbonaiton. Leaves the mouth too light and thin. Still better than most macro bocks (cough, cough, amber bock, cough, cough). It's ok. I will probably drink again only when offered for free.

Photo of Jredner
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grassy aroma smells oddly adjuncty. Quite unexpected aroma that reminds me of a polish lager. Clear amber with a tiny white head. Fore is thin and touches on toasty grains and mild apple notes. Pervasive watery flavor throughout. Very low flavor intensity. It's like a Bock Lite.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gold orange color with a small foamy head that settles quickly.

Smell: Very faint smell, if any. You could argue that it is very clean in the nose, but I'd say its weak. The smell, as it warms, begins to smell a bit like day old beer (an unfinished bottle that you find in the morning.)

Taste: Begins with a very refreshing blast of watery sugars and then quickly replaces the flavors with a delicious blend of hops, reminicent of an ESB more than a bock.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is pretty well carbonated; I'd prefer to have this flavor in a body that is a bit more less bubbly.

Drinkability: The flavor really allows this beer to drink fast and often. I could imagine making a big session out of this beer - so very appropriate for Mardi Gras.

Photo of goochpunch
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber garnet with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells sulphury, sweet, and slightly of floral hops. The flavor is pretty lackluster, especially in terms of the malt profile. The only thing holding my attention is the floral hop flavor and the balance to the syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent. It is neither heavy, nor is it too bubbly or anything. Drinkability? No.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Mug:

Appearance: A light orange/red hue with a soft white head that disappeared very rapidly.Little to no laceing.

Smell: Earthy malts perhaps a little grassy not very expressive in the nose.

Taste: The more I drink this, the more this beer grows on me but its still doesn't have the it factor.Tart fruits, earthy malts,maybe just a touch hops for a very subtle bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean,thin, goes down easy,Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I won't be buying this one again.It just didnt jump out at me with much of anything,but I can say this for it,it was a cheap sixer only five bucks.Haha i see why now.


Photo of UncleFlip
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey colour with copper overtones...more orange when held to the light. Head is big, fluffy, and white....and falls at a quick rate.

Aroma is...bacon. Oh, wait. that's the bacon cooking in the other room. Ok, nose down in glass...mild aroma, malty and fruity, with just a hint of floral hops. A half-point off for the fact it was just tough to find the aroma in the first place- even without the bacon.

Flavour is a bit woody, and reminds me of an adjunct lager. There is some malt here, yes. The fruity-sweet malt quality builds at the end, crossfading with the bitterness.

Liquid is above thin, but not quite medium. Oddly, the carbonation seems more apparent after swallowing.

This one goes down easy- but I mark off on drinkability because it's not one I'd want twice in one sitting, if there area other more interesting beers around.

Be well

Photo of kmpitz2
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid copper color with excellent clarity and minimal head over top. I'd like to see a touch more head on the pour. Nose is not what I was looking for. I get a healthy graineyness, not the toasty maly I want to smell. I'm also getting a touch of buttery diacetyl, but blended in the with the grainey character. Not really drawing me in. Flavor is a bit better. Graney and toasty notes dominate, with just a touch of buttery playing in there. I get just a kiss of bitterness on the finsih to balance things out. Feel is moderate with a healthy moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay brew. Its not doing anything to really grab me. I would like to see the grainy character be gone and a stronger toastyness. I'd have it again, just not too soon.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems Abita is now calling this seasonal beer Mardi Gras Bock, although evidently this is the only change.

There is a trace of dry fruitiness, which at first is reminiscent of champage, on the nose of this light bock. The flavor is crisp and fleetingly bitter, with a finish that is immediately soft and then chased by a resurfacing bitterness. Further into the pint there appears a mild tartess in the nose and the slight indication of alcohol in the flavor and aftertaste.

This is not a bad special entry by Abita, especially given their penchant for making some fairly pedestrian brews, particularly some of their minor offerings. I'd be okay with sucking down several Mardi Gras Bocks while taking in a few parades on St. Charles.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow amber color with a small foam top.The head didn't last very long.The smell is kinda hoppy but bland. Does every abita brew smell the same to everyone else? It has the same stench. The taste is better though. The caramel flavors hit ya upon first sip. I would prefer more hops in the taste, kinda weak and not dry enough. The mouthfeel lacks punch, kinda syrupy water feeling. Mouthfeel of soda. It sounds like soda too! There are some good flavors here but everything else falls short. It is just plain blah.

Photo of acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well now its called mardi gras bock, with a new design on the label.
Pours out a dark amber with a white head.
Smells very sweet and malty. caramel notes to it. it smells very sweet.
Taste is excellent. very malty and potent. Slight oat flavor. again very sweet.
Mouthfeel is nice. very full. i wish i knew the alc amount in this, but the alchohol is pretty present. Carbonation is good.

Overall i think this is an excellent beer. One of the best ones i have had from abita, well at least for the seasonals (love turbodog). This years batch seems better than the past years. To me it tastes almost like a light version of andygator.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellowish amber color with a few floaties...maybe hops?...I hope. There was about ¼ inch of creamy foam on top of the beer at first pour. The head retained for a couple minutes and was sustained by quite a few bubbles rising through the murky liquid.

Aroma: Amazingly enough, I smell noticeable hops in this beer! So much for being a true Bock style because it is almost distracting. Other than this, I get some nutty/toasty malts that may be Munich as well as some British malts I’d guess. This is a weird combination in a beer.

Taste: Hmmm, how do I describe this? It is really dry for a Bock. It is very attenuated, and the hops are a big player in this beer. There is a little caramel to the beer, as well as a bit of the toasty malts that I got in the aroma. The beer is really light, and the carbonation is noticeable, so it makes the beer come across the palate like a bat out of heck...just leaving you with a bitter aftertaste from the hops. There is some astringency here also.

Opinion: This is the second time I’ve tried this beer, and I remember thinking the last time that it was an OK beer. This one is way out of balance. Maybe they may do better in coming years, but I wouldn’t buy the ’05 again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber-tan colored head sits atop this brilliantly clear copper colored beer. The aroma is subdued with notes of sweet malt, a hint of sweet orange peel, and a bit of alcohol; not really much there though. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a body that seems both thin and slightly full at the same time. The predominant taste is of sweet malt with a bit of caramalization to it; overall, like in the aroma, this beer is pretty bland. Certainly there is not anything wrong with this beer just a bit uninspiring.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-amber, heavily favoring the former. The head is the color of pearls bathed in the orange glow of a tropical sunset and looks so good that it's getting my hopes up for what's to come. Thick and rich and heavily frothy, it resembles a large scoop of tangerine mousse. It's more than capable in the the lace department as well. Thick vertical streamers connect a ring near the top edge of the glass with the rounded mound of now melted foam.

I swear that I was getting pleasant whiffs of the aroma while I was busy describing the appearance, but that isn't really the case now that I'm assessing it for real. It's a bit rough and vegetal with a meager contribution from earthy hops. There are no real negatives here, but then there are no real positives either.

Abita Bock tastes better than it smells. It's well-malted with loads of buttery pale malt and a lesser quantity of toasted caramel malt. The hops are more prominent on the palate and are still earthy and musty more than anything else. They're slightly spicy too, but much less so. A better hop bill would help.

The mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium with a slick mouthcoating that feels out of place. I usually love big bodies, but this one could stand to be scaled back a notch or two. The laid back carbonation fits the mouthfeel.

This is a better than average maibock. At least the brewers haven't scrimped on ingredients like they do in most of the rest of their lineup. Although it doesn't thrill me, Abita Bock is a drinkable springtime seasonal and is the best beer from these guys that I've had yet.

Photo of ppoitras
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part ofThe Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the clear, light amber brew. Head lasts well, and exhibits nice lacing. Aroma is pretty non-descript, with minimal pale malt and hops components, and a bit of fruitiness. Taste is upfront with the malty bitterness, and a sort of "off" fruitiness that kind of wrecks it for me. Aftertaste doesn't do it for me either. Have to appreciate the creamy mouthfeel here, even if I wasn't enamored by the flavors, and drinkability is reasonable if the tastes are your bag, I guess. Had better Maibocks recently, so this has probably jaded me for awhile.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very clear it almost looks like apple juice. Light head in the center but the ring around the edges is thick and the lacing is nice. Not much to the smell except sweet malt. The taste is bitter, sweet, and malty all at once that finishes with just a slight bitterness. Lingering flavors of vanilla and cherries with a touch of roasted malts. As clear as this beer is I'm impressed with how much body it has. It looks very thin but you can watch the carbonation bubbles struggle to reach the surface.
I like this style the best of all the Abita's I sampled. It's highly drinkable and flavorful, a real pleasure.

Photo of assurbanipaul
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours awfully light for a bock, a light amber with a nice thick head. Aroma is a nondescript combination of malt and hops, nothing extraordinarily "bocky."

Taste is nice and bitter with a light maltiness. Flavors fall a little flat and slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable, not a bad beer at all. However, not a trace of traditional maibock/bock/doppelbock flavors are found here -- the deep caramel, the tangy hops. If I didn't know better, I would call this a middle-of-the-road pale ale. Score suffers only in comparison within the style.

Maybe the swamp water cancelled out some of the bock molecules...

Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Best before date notched on the back label. Short description of the brewery and methods on the back.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and bright orange with a thick white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Slightly fruity with lots of malt aroma.

Taste: Tastes a lot like the aroma - lots of malt and fruity flavor mixed in. Nice hop balance that leaves a nice clean finish. Carbonation is just a tiny bit higher than I would have expected.

Overall impression: This is the first Maibock I have tried, but it is quite enjoyable. Nice drinkability and plenty going on to keep me interested. Another quality brew from Abita.

Thanks to BigLove for the sample, and the Abita glass to enjoy it in!

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.