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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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 ThaBobfather
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of xybreeder
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper/golden, very clear. Carbonation on the light side with very little head.

S: Not getting much here, having to work hard to get a smell that's prominent; if anything I'm getting a floral scent with just a little hint of hops. Maybe a little caramel (very little)...

T: Malt and floral seem to be the main tastes here, but the characteristics aren't strong (have to work to find the taste). I am enjoying it though as the backend is warm as the hint of caramel is noticeable.

M: It tastes a little too carbonated, which is odd because the carbonation (visible) was light. Nice start to finish though, progressing through a few different mouth feels as it goes down.

D: I could throw these back pretty quickly because it does seem light bodied, and I am enjoying the progressions of taste mentioned above. All in all, a decent brew from the boys down the street.

Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with basically no head. Smell is biscuity with a little bit of fruit and hops. Taste follows the aroma a lot of malt. Not much hop presence in the beer. Even though this beer is half a year old, it still tastes pretty good to me. One of the better Abita brews I have tried.

Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a thin, white head. the head fades slowly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a nice sweet caramel aroma. I can detect some earthy yeast. Some biscuit aroma is also presnet. It has a spicy hop aroma also.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Some spicy hops. Saaz maybe.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. It is carbonated just right for the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is just marginaly high in alcohol,a nd the flavor is pretty good and not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is decent. To me, Abita isnt known for great beers, but this one is worth buying.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Derk's Filet and Vine in Montgomery, AL.

Pours a light copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts and that's about it. As it warms the caramel malt aromas increase and a very light underlying herbal hop aroma wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malts that avoids being cloying thanks to just a bit of hops. Ending is crisp with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slick thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. As I stated before I wasn't too excited about this one until it warmed up, but now that it has I could have a few.

Overall this beer doesn't taste or smell like much of anything until it has a chance to warm, but once it does it turns into a fairly quaffable brew. I certainly don't recommend seeking this one out but it'll do in a pinch.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber hue with a light tan off white head forming thick and creamy like rising above the edge of my glass. Aroma contains sweet biscuit notes with honey caressing the senses and a touch of caramel malts. A mild herbal or grassy hop character just barely peeks through. Flavor is more of the same a mix of sweet and semi sweet with balancing herbal hop notes. Caramel and biscuits drizzled with honey nails my description of this brew. Clean drinking experience with some mineral water adding to the complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but never ways heavy on my palate, excellent quaffable bock from the bayou. Drinkability overall it does the trick, not a brew I'm dying to get again but one that I will revisit next Mardi Gras season, now if Abita would just bring back their 20th Annivesary Czech Pils than, I'd be a happy camper.

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark gold with light tan head. It smelled like heavy bready yeast with honey and fresh wheat, and a bit of orange. It tasted like oranges and honey wheat bread, with some caramel malt. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a nice clean and crisp beer, with a refreshing flavor and good body. It's a well constructed brew that was quite easy to drink, and was definitely enjoyable. This is worth picking up a six-pack of this one, rather than just sampling a single.

Photo of Fnord
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Mardis Gras Bock

Appearance - Clear amber with a dense white head that fades into chunky lacing.

Smell - Alcohol and malty sweetness dominate. An almost saccharine note in there. 3.0

Taste - The hops finally made it to the party, though in fairly small numbers, just enough to balance the sweetness. A kind of grassy flavor to the hops, though that's not unusual in lager styles. Caramel stands out as the biggest malt flavor. Maybe a bit of biscuit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very high. It tastes fairly alcoholic, but it's balanced enough that it still goes down easily.

Notes - A true-to-style bock, which is fairly rare. Probably my favorite Abita to date.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-bronze. The head is reasonably large, frothy, and somewhat thick, with a slightly tan, off-white head that has pretty decent retention and lacing.

S: Some caramel malt aromas, along with a leafy/earthy hop presence. Some substantial vegetable scents. I'll call it slightly toasty and vaguely fruity as well.

T: Some moderately full toasted caramel malt flavor up front. Hops are rather considerable for the style. Leafy flavors dominate, with a moderate bitterness. A dose of the typical Abita vegetable flavor as well - weird...I wonder what that is?

M: Medium body, maybe a bit on the full side. Carbonation is slightly subdued. A bit mealy into the finish.

D: I want to like Abita's standard offering, but these same vegetable flavors keep popping up. Are they using adjuncts, or is it just a unique effect of their specific brewing process? Either way, it's not really doing much for me.

Photo of wmthorne
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review for me. Long time lurker, time to start contributing

Appearance: poured an orange amber with light head. Light lacing as it is consumed.

Smell: quite nice

Mouthfeel: a good bit of carbonation allows a nice fizz

Taste: I really like the malty flavor. Goes down very smoothly following the carbonation in the mouth.

Drinkability: only going to drink one bock tonight but I think I could easily throw back a six-pack during an afternoon on the lake, on the deck, or at the golf course. I am somewhat of an Abita homer. I am a fan of their offerings save the purple haze. I was glad to find the bock while spring brew shopping.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Bock appeared a bright orange/amber color with some haziness. The head was off white and dissipated quickly.

It has a light smell with some riped fruit notes.

The taste starts creamy with flavors of ripened fruit, then transitions to the mid pallet with a delicate kick of hops. The finish is has a lightly sweet note.

Its mouthfeel is well balanced with carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

Overall Abita Bock is a pretty tasting Bock, but I believe that its characteristics makes it must more sessionable then most Bocks I have consumed.

Photo of sliverX
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hinting towards amber, little head most is a thick film hanging around the edges minimal lacing
Smell is all malt not much else going on here
Taste is big and malty with a nice slight hop presence but definitely not balanced but isn't supposed to be
mouthfeel is light smooth and refreshing
drinkability is dead on, seasonable perfect spring celebration beer

Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an Abita "Select" handle in its home state. Was told this was the doppelbock, but this seems to fit the appearance and availability more. Pours a dark amber, mostly clear but some floaties quickly settle to the bottom. Smell & taste: lots of caramel, some vague fruitiness, a bit of grainy and grassy hops, maybe a touch of raisin and alcohol. Decent, might try a single again if I find it in bottles.

Photo of theghost3
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mardi Gras Bock pours a light copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malts, bread, slightly bready. The flavor is kind of empty, just some bready malts with an odd bitterness & a hint of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is a little carbonated, but light & watery. This just OK as far as drinkablilty, but there are much better choices out there as far as bocks go.

Photo of Bedlamist
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer my bocks to be heavier, thicker and sweeter than this. It could be that I should buy doppelbock instead. Nevertheless, it's not a bad beer by any means, and while I won't seek it out again it's drinkable enough that I don't regret buying it.

Photo of danielharper
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light brownish-orange body, very thick off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very transparent, with some effervescence from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, very malty, slightly bready. Slight hints of cherries. Overall just a dry maltiness, not bad for style.

Taste: Very... bock-like. Malty and sweet up-front, with a dry finish and aftertaste. Slightly nutty. Decent, but not a lot of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, low carbonation, no real hops.

Drinkability: A nice beer for relaxing, but nothing that sets the world on fire.

Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now branded "Mardi Gras". I thought it was a new beer... but it turns out, I never reviewed the old one. This beer has a very nice copper color, clear, with a solid half-inch head on top of it. Good malt aroma--the only problem is it's very faint. Moderately malty to taste, with some medium bitterness, tasting floral. A touch of crackeriness, with a finish that lingers a bit on the malt.

Better than I remember it, but still nothing special.

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...

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.