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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: 57 | 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 MisterTiat
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 -3.2%
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 +19.8%
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 +2%
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 +20.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +25.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +7.3%
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 +31.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +7.6%
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 -7.3%
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

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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