Mardi Gras Bock
Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #87
Ranked #27,938
3.47 | pDev: 13.54%
May 11, 2022
Mar 17, 2002
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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3.74 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on May 11, 2022
3.78 by Beecham from California on Mar 28, 2022
3.67 by Sellen from Connecticut on Mar 22, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a clear red-amber with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Heavy lacing present.

Nose is malty and bready.

Taste is big malt, bread, brown sugar.

Moderate - light body with light carbonation and a bit of dryness on the finish.

Overall, a good bock.

Feb 11, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Draft at Barleycorns.

Feb 07, 2022
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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear, reddish-amber appearance with an average size white head and little lacing. Underneath the initial malt sweetness in the aroma is a pleasant toasty, biscuit like edge. Flavor still emphasizes the malts along with spicy hops. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel.

Jan 29, 2022
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3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Skywave from Oklahoma

Clear Copper-gold and appropriate head and lacing

Malt forward. Bread, brown sugar and toasted malt. Not much hops. No esters or ale character at all. Slight sulfur. 100% Lager here

Crisp and bready, dryish caramelized malt and moderate noble hop bitterness to balance. Some steely, sulfury lager notes throughout. Slight alcohol sweetness on the finish.

Light-Medium, Nominal CO2, Slight alcohol warmth.

A solid American take on a traditional Bock. Not quite a Maibock, but more like a regular bock or a Lost Forty Love Honey Bock. Good brew for the krewe. LLBTR!

Jan 29, 2022
3.58 by kkazemi from New York on Jan 22, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gvickery from Texas

Cloudy medium copper with a white head. Not much head retention.
Smells of dark wheat bread, semisweet, floral goodness.
Surprisingly, I got a hit of cinnamon right up front. Dark bread, grassy, floral. There’s a substantial hit of bitterness on the backend that I enjoyed. It makes for a more crisp and refreshing bock. I guess it’s not really too style but I like it. The abv is well hidden so beware, it will bite you if you have too many.

laissez les bon temps rouler

Jan 09, 2022
4.05 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 12, 2021
3.5 by dd53grif from Michigan on Nov 18, 2021
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 24, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

I really like the maibock style. This is a true maibock; sweet, caramel, little hops, 6.5 ABV. Overall, It smells good and tastes good.

Jul 31, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine in Chesapeake VA. Pours a beautiful burnished copper color with a big foamy slightly off-white head. Head retention is excellent and the head settles down to a more frothy look. There are wide bands of lacing on the glass - a good looking beer! Aroma is malty with a little grassy hops bitterness. Flavor is bready malt, and a lesser amount of grassy hops. There is a noticeable alcohol presence here too. Mouthfeel is less rich than I would like. I was expecting more malty smoothness. This beer is a bit thin and more bitter than I would expect in a strong bock. I still enjoyed it - it went down fairly easy, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Mar 25, 2021
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3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Radome from Florida

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Attractive beer--light copper or orange color and crystal clear. There are sheets of bubbles constantly rising through it. Off-white head is thick at first, then fades to a sticky sheet.

S - The aroma certainly confirms this is a lager. There is some bready, warm malt appropriate for style, but it is swamped by strong sulfur and skunk I associate with lager yeast.

T - Flavors are more inviting than the aromas. the warm, bready malt expected for the German style is there. Hops are not a big flavor component. There is some sulfury yeast character in mid-palate, but it is at a low level and quickly fades to a crisp, dry finish.

F - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation feels slightly creamy. Low to moderate hops bitterness. Light alcohol presence.

O - This is an enjoyable beer; quaffable, but with some nice malty flavors. I find the sulfury nose a bit harsh and distracting, but the rest of the experience with this beer is rewarding.

Mar 02, 2021
3.36 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2021
2.9 by mg97 from Mississippi on Feb 26, 2021
3.93 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2021
3.54 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 21, 2021
4.33 by JuanPn from Louisiana on Feb 05, 2021
3.66 by Danzifer from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BigGold from Mississippi

Had Mardi Gras Bock poured from 12-oz. bottle, neck stamped "BEST BY 05/20/21," gift from friend, into goblet.

Pours deep copper-gold, with clarity and 1/2-finger very light-tan head, which dissipates to a persistent ring and partial film, and leaves at most a few specks of lace. Sweet malt aroma initially, and some mild floral and spice aromas as warms. Begins with carbonation bite and then tea and mild caramel malt, over a creamy body, revealing some fruit and leading into a not-too-sticky, rather bitter-tea finish. This is a rather deft Maibock.

Jan 31, 2021
3.52 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 31, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Pale orange. One finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Savory and malty, almost meaty.

Taste: Sweet and doughy malt with a crisp finish and mild orange peel note. Mild hop bitterness mostly present on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy, with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice, filling bock.

Jan 30, 2021
3.73 by Sayb from Arizona on Jan 26, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by mthelm85 from Texas

I really think this is an under-appreciated beer and I cannot understand why it's not rated higher (especially considering the average score given to Rogue's Dead Guy Ale). This is a really nice representation of the style and we need to encourage Brewers to bring more of these beautiful, classic styles to market rather than encouraging them to find some new exotic ingredient to add to their portfolio of IPAs.

This beer is a beautiful, chewy, malty, balanced Bock that is an absolute pleasure to drink. If you've never had a well-done Bock, give this one a go - you won't be disappointed as long as you understand the style.

Jan 22, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very nice light copper color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malty hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice malty and bready flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A very nice easy drinking beer

Jan 16, 2021
4.02 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 23, 2020
3.83 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Jun 19, 2020
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ThaTennesseeKid from Tennessee

Like the changeup from the typical Shiner Bock. Heavier than a Shiner, but not as dark. Bottle looks great. Solid beer from Abita

Jun 11, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nass from Florida

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-

Apr 19, 2020
3.44 by Jjl329 from California on Apr 03, 2020
3.6 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Mar 19, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-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.

Mar 12, 2020
3.94 by aatazebeats from Texas on Mar 07, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hopphead31415 from Virginia

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.

Feb 25, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hophead723 from California

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.

Feb 24, 2020
3.44 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 19, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Zorro from California

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.

Feb 14, 2020
Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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