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Mardi Gras Bock - Abita Brewing Co.

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547 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Photo of Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Good looking brew. Brilliantly clear golden with orange accents, forming a proudly soapy white head with a hefty pour, with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace.Carbonation is spot-on...moderately mild:) Aroma of freshly mown hay and Saaz, dry German pale malts, esters remind me of authentic Helles yeast strain. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy with a medium-light body. Taste echoes the aroma, with a pervasive metal note in the middle (which accentuates the alpha bitterness) and an odd isopropyl cadence with associated astringency. Finish is herbal medium bitterness with grass and distant husk lingering in the aftertaste. Difficult to finish, and somewhat offensive.

Not quite sure what to make of this. It's kinda between a Kolsch in it's carbonation, mouthfeel, and dryness, and kinda like a Helles or Dortmunder otherwise. Either way, it's not very impressive. One is plenty enough for me. Would probably be better ice-cold.

Mitchster, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lil' stubby 12 oz’er with a ‘best before June 14th' date etched into the paper label. This pour is a sub-par brew in all aspects. Slight head, pale yellow, clear lemonade hue with minute head sliding down the glass. We're talkin' bust out the microscope.

Scent didn’t show up to my nose, other than scant ginger ale & skimpy malts.

Tastes like a malty kolsch lager rather than a pale ale without much of a hop balance showing up to the party, here. Watery & grainy aftertaste.

Last swigs: Best aspect? No adjunct tastes. That is the highest compliment I can give. Why does ABITA make these freaky brews? Bock? Really? Marketing ploy to fill out the 12 x 2 mixed case? I guess. Oh well…every lottery ticket can not be a winner. Emeril’s fave *BAM* turn-it-up-a-notch Turbo dog rocks. ABITA Bock turns it *fizzle* down a notch.

*** UPDATE ***
Second time reviewed...no biggie. I up'ed the Feel to a whopping, Earth shattering 2.5. Other than that, My previous review still stands.

Beer is good. Happy grainy brewing.

blitheringidiot, May 06, 2004
Photo of schoolcb
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer I would put in the top three of the Abita offerings, behind Turbodog, and their Amber Ale. This beer is an excellent example of the style, has a great malty nose, followed up by a clean malty flavor. I had the priveledge of drinking a couple of pints at the Abita Springs Brewpub and would highly recommend making the trip if you are ever in the New Orleans area.

schoolcb, May 02, 2004
Photo of shapudding
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick head, but very thin lacing and almost no head retention. Golden color. Heavy carbination, but not too much. Very light aroma, hint of champagne in the scent, and there is an almost sweet champagne taste in there too somewhere. Maybe it is apple juice -sparkling cider? Slight bite in there, light bitterness that is left in your mouth afterwards. Light tasting beer, smooth, would be good for hot days in the sun. Goes down easy. One of the better of the Abita's.

shapudding, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Bock: a nice tasting MaiBock from Abita, in fact this is probably my favorite Abita beer. Pours a deep golden, with just a hint of red around the edges. Not much head, but what it had was a wee bit sticky. The taste is very nice, rich hearty malty Mai-Bock flavors. Sweet and slightly fruity, with mild tastes of red apples. Very nice, and worth picking up if you see it.

jackndan, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is sub-average. It boasts of pale malts and a musty stench. It has a lager yeast aroma as well. The taste is average. It is light with a slight grainy malt flavor. It finishes dry with a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little more than average carbonation. It drinks fair. I don't care for this beer. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Excessive cabonation supports a big fluffy white head above crystal clear golden amber beer.
Aroma is musty with German/ Munich malt sweetness. Smells a bit sugary, like something in a 40oz bottle.
Flavor isnt bad - certainly not great. More sugary malt up front and then it disapears into a grainy, hop bite that seems out of place in a Bock style to me. Nothing very interesting going on here. Body is light and lacks complexity.
Finish is dry w/ another hint of German malt in the background.

Shiredave, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Starchild
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is an appetizing ruby brown. Metallic, old malt, semi-syrupy sweet, with a little bit of bite. The metallic taste really bothers me. The body of the beer is quite thin, but I guess this is a Maibock at the same time, this quality adds to its drink ability.

Starchild, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brownish-orange with a thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. Light malt aroma. Thin to medium-bodied with a clean malt flavor. Smooth and a little watery though. The finish is a little spicy and malty. Overall not bad, it just felt like there could have been more to this.

Dogbrick, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This started out looking pretty good, then faded fast. The nice golden tan head vanished nearly instantly and there was absolutely no lacing. The color was light amber or very dark gold. The initial taste was pure malt, but followed by a decent amount hop bitterness in the back. Along the way there was also light fruit sense. Fairly nice flavoring but points off for the feel which was overly astringent and peppery. Insignificant caramel malt aromas.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The smell of an earthy grain and lightly sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops shining through. After first taste, this reminds me of a bolder version of Miller High Life with a sweet corn taste. Adjuncts? I’m not sure about that, but from the taste I wouldn’t be surprised. It also contains a perfumey fake finish that doesn’t settle well. It is a light bodied brew and finishes with a headache. This is not a good brew! So far, so bad with my Abita journey, and this one is the worst! I’m not impressed. This seems to be a brewery that makes shortcuts on their brews IMO. Cheers anyways!

BeerAngel, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a creamy white head that fades into a good amount of lace, but the head can easily be fully resurrected by swirling the glass. Nose is sweet malts with a touch of stale and musty grains. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts with a bit of fruit and some grassy notes followed by a mildly bitter hop bite. This was a pretty enjoyable brew, but it’s not one I would buy all that often.

Morris729, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A sticky, white head leaves decent lacing as it dies to a thin layer of dense foam. The beer is gold bending to amber and clear.

The smell is toasty nutty with a little bit of fruit. The beer starts sweetish and lagery, giving way to a roasty nutty middle. Quite full-bodied. The finish is German bitter, a little metallic, some alcohol evident. This is quite a surprising beer. Interesting.

kbub6f, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Abita brews. The beer pours quite golden for a Bock. The head is weak and short lived. The nose is also quite weak and only hints at malt. On the inverse - the flavors do not match the nose. There is a very strong malt and hop flavor that stands out in contrast. The flavors are a bit out of balance and the hop finish is quite bitter. This has a medium to light mouthfeel with no unique texture. This is really more like an IPA than a Bock.

AtrumAnimus, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours to a cloudy copper- orange color with a small white foam on top that dies to a thin foam and leaves its race all over the glass. Aromas of sweet fruits are the main smell I get from this one. Some bittering hops are there, but they are not in the magnitude that I need for them to really add to the aroma.

The flavor of this beer is fairly good. It is pretty fruity and sweet, like caramel and sweet black cherries. There are not a lot of dark and roasty malts like I would have expected out of a "bock". I had expected a darker beer, but it did not hurt this brew that it was fairly light and light-bodied. It was very easy to drink, but I think if you came accross this during the summer, it would end up being a fine selection to quench the hard hours of labor.

ElGuapo, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of TXHops
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: British Pale; Caramel
-Hops: Perle

-Bright, deep golden, sedimented body. (Large pieces of trub.)
-Smallish-bubbled, white head that disappears too quickly.
-Strong, honey-grain aroma, characteristic of the Abita house yeast and reminiscent of several Belgian golden ales (Like Abbey de Leffe, or Bar Bar Honey Ale).

Abita Bock is Abita Brewing Company’s interpretation of the classic Bavarian style Maibock. This Bock was Abita’s first seasonal brew, and is still only available (oddly) from January through March. (I guess Spring in New Orleans comes considerably earlier than May…) Bright gold in color, with just a hint of harvest orange and sporting a very thin, white head of smallish bubbles, Abita Bock smells like a more powerful version of Abita Amber. There is the distinct evidence of German-style roasted grain and an intense honey-like sweetness. Abita’s house yeast gives off a distinct DMS quality that is as noticeable in their Bock as it is in their Amber.

Putting the smell of cooked corn aside, the sweetness of pale malt is quite enjoyable, and the ever-so-slight sense of roasted grain gives this beer more of a German quality than it otherwise would have… If a Maibock is the equivalent of a strong Helles lager, than this beer is an accurate representation of that extrapolation. It really tastes like a strong cross between a Munchener Helles and a German Pils—a big soft body like a Helles, but with a strong corn-like flavor common in beers like Warsteiner and Bitburger. (If I didn’t know it was hopped with Perle, I would have guessed Saaz.) The obvious difference between Abita Bock and the other two styles is that Bock has a pretty substantial mouthfeel. Though like most Abita beers, I find it over-carbonated. It might be important to remember how damn hot it is in Louisiana though and a nice, smooth, sweet, low-carbonation beer might just be too sticky for one of the stickiest places in the US… Hop character is minimal, and the medium body finishes long and sweet.

An slightly above-average beer all in all. Abita suggests that it goes well with Mardi Gras... Considering the deceptive alcohol, a few of these would ensure that the drinker either gave or received large volumes of beads…

TXHops, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of maxpower
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color, weak small head, malty, musty aroma, sweet malty caremel flavors, very sweet at first finishes sour, bad aftertaste.I would not wan't to drink more than one, not a very good bock, I don't care for it.

maxpower, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of putnam
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Best before 7-21/22" appears on the back label.
The nose is a beautiful push of brown sugar and honey. On the palate it briefly offers more of the same before it succumbs to a watery tasting mix of hops, caramel and kids cereal. A nice effort and quite drinkable.

putnam, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is hazy and orangish-gold in color topped by a frothy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent collar and whispy surface foam. The aroma is quite nice with a slightly fruity and richly malty Munich malt character that's gently toasty and sweetish; backed by some bright, sharp, spicy hops. The body is medium with a very fine, standard level of carbonation that gives it a lightly crisp but smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is as the aroma suggests with a slightly fruity, rich, toasted malt that's supported by an underlying bitterness. It's a "juicy" malt that also has some decent hop flavor present - spicy Saaz and floral Hallertauer. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering sweet maltiness as well as some clear alcohol. Easily, and without question, my favorite beer from Abita! Although this Bock offers some rich malt & hop character, it's not real filling and the alcohol is fairly well-masked making it quite drinkable. Very well done and definitely worth trying. I'd love to get a hold of this fresh, and on tap!

NeroFiddled, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium gold in color with good carbonation, a decent off-white head and thick sticky lace, which rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Predominant aroma is of toasted malts, mildly spicy hop notes, and a slight nutty character.

Taste is very smooth, begins with butter notes, toasted malts, progresses towards a mildly bitter, oily hop finish, with slight alcohol notes throughout the taste. Very pleasant and drinkable, a great choice for a lazy summer afternoon.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of the style, quite worthy.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear, bright orange/amber with a rocky, foamy, sticky head -- good retention and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Musty, metallic, light esters.

Taste: Malty, rich, smooth and medium-bodied. Sweetness is even and full with caramel, bready and toasted malt flavours. Light fruity esters. Hops are spicy, but not overwhelming and aid quite nicely in breaking up the malty profile. Bitterness is a thin flash of grassy-like flavours, almost not perceived. Finish is near clean with residual malt flavours.

Notes: A damn nice stab at the Maibock style. A bit one-dimensional if compared to traditional Maibocks, but if not compared, this is a pretty tasty offering. Personally I enjoyed it. Drinkable, flavourful and sturdy.

Todd, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of Brent
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita's bock shares a slightly astringent tartness that I find in all of their beers. In the bock, it is well integrated with a mellow maltyness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but this is a very drinkable brew, and would go along happily with about any food you want to pair. Their Turbodog gets the most attention (probably because of the name), but the bock is something of a sleeper from the brewery.

Brent, Mar 17, 2002
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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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