Mardi Gras Bock
Abita Brewing Co.

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German Maibock
Ranked #165
Ranked #45,529
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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Reviews by ALEXJMZ:
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3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Burnt orange color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

S. Some toasted malts and caramel.

T. Very rich and malty, bready, toasted, caramel, hint of honey. Hop bitterness is low, spicy noble hops.

AT. Finish is very crisp, clean and just a little dry. Body is full, very smooth, crisp, semi refreshing, well carbonated.

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Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap Pork Slope, Brooklyn. A boring looking, malty blast with a poor mix of hops. Did not dig the flavor.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of malts, grains, slight vegetal note, faint caramel. Taste slight sweet malt, grains, grassy, hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mardi Gras is only nine months away, so let's get started! On to the beer:

This is a refreshing bock, if that isn't an oxymoron. It's copperish orange color and half-inch head greet the eyes with wonder. The beer isn't too intense, as soft golden raisin, grass, and pilsner malt notes hit the nose, and a kiss of raisin riding a helles lager-like ride helps make this light/medium bodied beer refreshing. In the warm Louisiana climate, Mardi Gras Bock may be the just the beer made for Bourbon Street.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of dark roasted grain and slight citrus. Tastes of roasted grain with berries. Beer is light-medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer which really has a festive taste. Would definitely drink if I lived back home in Louisiana during Mardi Gras season! And it comes with a Mardi Gras mask!!!

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

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very attractive deep amber gold color with white cap.

Clean aroma of sweet malt leaning toward caramel.

Taste on entry is just like it smells but richer, deeper and rounder. Simple and pleasing and this is what I get all the way to the aftertaste. Uncomplicated and pleasant.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I find Abita beers to be unexciting generally and this one is no exception. It is certainly suitable as a food paring and I would choose it over, say, Dixie Blackened Voodoo though when i find myself in the Big Easy I'm a lot more interested in who I'm with than what we're drinking.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Malacant
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great seasonal malt. A surprising taste. Not too bitter and bread like aftertaste.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMH73
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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Photo of pottergator
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Jarrod_LC
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMH_
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bluesyasian
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brent
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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