Mardi Gras Bock
Abita Brewing Co.

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German Maibock
Ranked #164
Ranked #45,967
3.48 | pDev: 13.51%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Mardi Gras BockMardi Gras Bock
Notes: Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner, and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans.

25 IBU
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3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like the bottle label artwork, great use of color. The pour is rust colored & it's well carbonated. The taste is caramel, baked bread, orange glazed cookies, faint spice note & a touch of bitterness to round it off. This is a nicely done bock from my favorite Louisiana Brewery. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Apr 19, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-optically clear, mahogany colored bottle pour with a fine foam cap. The aroma is of sweet malt, but as a hint of adjunct elements.
The flavor is commensurate for the style, some caramel and a bit of woody hops.
This is a very tasty domestic bock with a clean finish.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 12, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a German Maibock by Abita with the spirit of the festivities of Mardi Gras brewed into each glass bottle. This brew has 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs; commensurate with the style. It boasts German Lager yeast and Pale, Pilsner, and Caramel malts as well as German Perle hops.

Look-It pours a beautiful copper mahogany color with a tinge of ruby red shimmering in the right light. The color is rich and deep like a proper Cedar or red oak. The head is thick and foamy with a white color and clinging lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells like honey suckle and honey along with buttered pumpernickel bread and toasty malts. There is a yeasty aroma wafting out of the glass as well.

Taste-The taste follows the nose. I taste honey suckle and unfiltered honey as well as bready and caramel malts with buttered pumpernickel bread. The rich smokey flavors come from the pale and caramel malts with the pilsner malts bringing a lighter flavor to the otherwise robust taste. I notice a subtle flavor of dank grassy hops and a mild hop resin coating the tongue. This brew is medium-bodied and sticky, but with a fresh clean rinse.

Overall-This is a refreshing and easy-drinking beer fit for the occasion. It definitely is a well-done Maibock that tastes like celebration in your glass.

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Photo of hophead723
4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I snagged a fresh sixer from Trader Joes. I love and know bocks, so IF YOU RATED THIS LOW YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT A BOCK IS. I know this is going to be awesome because Abita brews Andygator which is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Look: Absolutely gorgeous and brilliant clear amber color (13 SRM) and sports an off-white head that settled down soon after the pour. The plentiful carbonation is illuminated by the beer's clarity. Bright, golden rays of light erupt from within when held to the sunlight. Maibocks are always beautiful; Hofbrau Maibock took my breath away when I first saw it.

Smell: The absolutely fantastic aroma is rich with freshly baked bread, cracked grains, and honeyed biscuits. Inviting and fresh, the smell is everything a Maibock should be.

Taste/Feel: Incredibly clean and rich bready flavors abound with caramel, toffee, biscuit dough, grassy/earthy hops, and nutty richness. The medium body is smooth and finishes clean and dry. Throughout the glass I detect toasted bread crust, buttered pumpernickel, buckwheat honeycomb, sun-warmed barley, and mossy English (or German?) countryside. Pale, pilsner and caramel malts contribute to this amazing malt profile, with German Perle hops providing an earthy refreshing finish.

Overall: Abita really knows how to brew a Bock. I love Andygator, this beer is like the little brother. Really good malt flavors with that delicious drinkability and satisfying ABV. I love the entire Bock family. The reason I love Bocks would be thanks to their higher ABV, clean drinkability, the finesse required to brew one properly. Anyone can brew an IPA, but a Bock takes knowledge and experience.

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hophead723 from California, Feb 24, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber nearing brown in color. Clear with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet as the style usually does. Scent of berries. Noble hops. Lesser scent of grain husks.

Starts out sweet and a little bitter with a strong yeast flavor. Mild toasted grains and an astringent after taste. Assertive bitterness, it doesn't taste that sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK Bock.

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Zorro from California, Feb 14, 2020
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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid tasty beer!

Nice and rich and malty..

Easily one of the better beers that I have had from Abita Brewing...

Full bodied... this would go excellently with some spicy food...

I will probably be picking this up until it's gone as it seems to fit perfectly with the mild winter we are having.

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Tilley4 from Tennessee, Jan 08, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear with a rich, amber color. Small head that faded quickly to a ring and left ok lacing.

S---Malty with a lot of brown sugar. Bread & toffee with some light caramel.

T---Sweet & malty. No real hop presence. Brown sugar & toffee are in the forefont with some bread & vague fruitiness in the background.

F---Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

O---An ok beer. Not going to seek it out, but I'm glad I tried it.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Aug 21, 2019
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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a fairly well retained one inch white head that left some spotty lacing. Smell is very floral with bread notes, honey and yeast. Taste is overly floral with additional flavors of herbs, honey, bread, yeast, spices and a bit of caramel malts. Light bodied, medium carbonation, mild bitterness and a watery mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Mar 11, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Knee Deep Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Toasty bready malt, herbal, grassy, spicy, yeasty, light fruity notes, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty bready malt, toffee, yeasty, light fruity notes, plum, peach, and cherry, slight grassy herbal notes, and some earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a style I drink too often, but I'm enjoying this one.

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RyanK252 from California, Mar 06, 2019
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2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks nice with a good amber color but not much head. Almost nonexistent smell. Taste is decent but very mellow in any direction. Little bit of toasty bitter malt. Creamyish mouthfeel but lacking a bit in carbonation. Overall decent beer but probably wouldn’t get again. My least favorite by Abita.

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Photo of jkblr
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 5/12/19 poured into a .3L dimpled mug at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright honey amber in color with tan head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is yeasty with a hint of honey malt in the background. The taste is semisweet caramel with a hint of tangy & tart before a barely bitter undry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. There are some signs that fermentation was rushed, but it's mostly covered up by the slightly sticky sweetness. Overall, ok. Would be fine with food but not much to drink for pure enjoyment.

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jkblr from Indiana, Feb 07, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red brown, huge pale tan head slowly shrinks.

Aroma is roasty smoky caramelised barley, dried cherries, roast beef.

Taste is spicy brandied cherries, caramel, almost smoky roastiness, cacao nibs, hints of maple candy in finish. Very good, sweet-spicy, pretty rich body and character, a bit heavy.

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Offa from California, Nov 04, 2018
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2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

5/5/18: $1.66 + tax at Binny's. 12 oz pour into into chalice. Light copper bronze pour, one finger white puffy head, thin lacing remains. Light malt and cinnamon aroma. Very light negligible taste. Mild carbonation, thin texture. Won't seek this out again.

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dukeandduke from Illinois, May 05, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just less than a clear gold/amber with a robust all white head that has very good retention and sticky side glass lace.
AROMA: Musty cold metal, some lemon seters.
TASTE: Malts, some caramel. Drinkable to my liking with a drying finish.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Mar 31, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick beige head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, biscuit, German grassy hops, bread crust and a bit of lager yeast.
Flavor with notes of grassy hops, lager yeast, mild caramel, some Maillard notes, pepper and a bit of apple juice. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is absent.
Well-done Bock with clear German hops and Maillard sub products. Optimum level of attenuation.

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FLima from Brazil, Mar 30, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Abita, despite its springs, never has impressed me, and all their beers have a corn-grain flavor, perhaps the water?
a) A clear deep amber/light mahogany body with fast fade head and scant lace.
s) Bread store of wheaty, bakery, bready, caramel malts with aromas of floral hops.
t) Somewhat mono-dimensional of sweet malt. Upfront bready, caramel, and pale malts that over do the sweetness. Backend of floral hops that fail to balance with sufficient bitterness (for me), so it's sweet. And there's that corn grain back ground that I dislike.
f) Medium body with moderate carbonation, and minerally, but too sweet a finish, but not cloying.
o) I'm done with light bocks and with Abita. Not bad, but sweet and bland, so ill look elsewhere.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Mar 19, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle neck is Best By Date of '05/01/18'.
Medium amber colored body, clear. Long lasting white head. Just a few spots of lacing.
Pale malts aroma, with some spicy hops also.
Taste is pale and caramel malts, with spicy hops. Touch of sweetness at the end. Very little bitterness.
Medium mouth feel, moderate carbonation.
Easy drinking, darker body beer, malt driven taste, with the sweetness to finish. A solid beer, made for drinking more than one.

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Photo of Piercan
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent German Maibock-style malty lager ahead of the Maibock season.
Golden amber color. Lovely malty texture and flavors. Very smooth.
Heart-warming like Mardi gras in New Orléans... or the month of May in Munich.
Cheers. There are warmer days ahead!
(Milwaukee - Jan.12, 2018)

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Piercan from Wisconsin, Jan 13, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass: color is copper, Head is off white, presents about 1/2 inch thick then lingers with a thin white top.

Smell is light caramel, some toast, mild hops.

Taste is similar to aroma with lighter caramel, moderate hops; malt is neutral base with some minor toast and caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, lightly bitter.

Overall a good, darker maibock, less pronounced malt flavor, moderate bitterness.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Jul 23, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 05/23/16

Almost a year on this one.

Pours a pretty nice dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight spice. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, with some spice, nice little sweetness. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Apr 09, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear orangish coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malt, cereal grain, bread, and some light sweet notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice malt bill.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer especially for a festive occasion (as the name suggests). Sweet, very malty, delicious. Not a huge bock fan but this one is an obvious exception in my case.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, Mar 20, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Drago's, no glass

Aroma of malts, don't get much of a hop presence

Sweet malt base, grassy, nothing from a hop bite

Low sudsing

Nice beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Mar 08, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

look: deep, clear copper color with a nice head. subtle carbonation.
smell:malt-forward with hints of caramel.
taste: biscuit comes through initially. slight hop presence. a touch of sweetness in the end. no lingering aftertaste.
feel: medium mouth feel, medium carbonation.
overall: an easily drinkable beer. nothing that significantly sticks out about this beer, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks exactly like the rebel rouser double IPA I had earlier. Slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Scent is way different, grassy hops and malt dominate. Light flavored brew with the slight bready and caramel malt background. Watery with a slight hop bite. Easy going but unexciting beer.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Mar 01, 2017
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