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Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
720
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
23.7%
 
 
Wants:
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For Trade:
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Reviews by etaggie09:
Photo of etaggie09
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber with a small but strong head that slowly disappears but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. lots of bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass. Head wasn't large enough and retention wasn't good enough, but still it did well.

Aroma: Predominately sweet malt with some toasty and spicy notes as well. Clean and quite nice. Good for the style.

Flavor: Wow! It actually tastes like a bock. Even more so than Shiner Bock and this is a Helles. A solid malty flavor with the hops pulling through in the end to a dry and bitter aftertaste. Some toasted and alcoholic notes are also detected. Well balanced and interesting. This is a good representation of the maibock style.

Mouthfeel: Finally! An Abita beer that isn't too carbonated or watery. I am very particular about mouthfeel, more so than a lot of factors and I had to remind myself I was trying to review the mouthfeel, because I kept going back to the taste. I like it when I don't have to think about mouthfeel. A nice prickly sensation from the moderate-low carbonation complemented the flavor nicely. My only complaint is that it turned just a tad watery towards the end.

Drinkability: This would be my year-round session brew if it weren't a seasonal. Just downright tasty and I got this stuff really fresh. I didn't expect it out till January. A great beer for Mardi Gras and football.

Notes: Well done, Abita. A near flawless stylistic represenation with great attributes that bring it beyond its stylistic descriptions. I really liked this beer and wish that Abita made it a year-round brew since their Purple Haze is awful, their Amber overcarbonated, and their Turbo Dog too watery.

P.S. I have noticed that some people have detected metallic or musty flavors or aromas in the beer and I can only say that I was lucky to get this beer super fresh. There were no off flavors at all and I can only hope that more people will see how great a bock this is when they get to try it fresh. I dont know why everybody keeps talking about a golden color, mine was dark amber, thats weird, maybe they changed the recipe.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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 LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +44.5%
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 ygtbsm94
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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 cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 John_Squires
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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 oberon
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with good clarity a clear rich golden with a well formed,fluffy one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly.A mix of vegetal,and caramel notes in the nose along with a bit of toast.None of the aroma attributes come across on the palate reaaly save some light caramel in the finish,not one thing eally stands out really.Eh,it started out pretty good but really fell flat flavor wise.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a bright brownish-orange in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - There's little aroma here but what I'm getting is that light, bockish caramel malt.

Taste - This is bigger at the taste than it smelled. The malt is actually quite nice and rich with some juicy caramel undertones.

Mouthfeel - This is lighter than medium-bodied and very clean

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable example of the style. Nothing here is going to blow you away but this seems to be one of the most problematic styles for American brewers to replicate but Abita did a good job of it.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of shapudding
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, lumpy white head. Tangy, sweet nose. Has an orange quality as well. Flavor has a strong malt character. Fairly stout hops comes in at the end and almost unbalances the beer, but the malt lingers.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that goes quickly, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: toasted caramel malt and brown sugar--very sweet smelling

Taste: toasted malt and brown sugar with small hops in the background

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A solid maibock. Not overly interesting but not really flawed either. I could have several on a hot day, but there are several other Abita offerings I would hit up first.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

The nose is a little more "winey" that 6.5% alcohol would suggest, also spicy hops, malt spice.
Pours copper amber under a massive 3"+ slightly off-white persistent foam cap that produces thick ledges of lace.
The palate starts rich and malty balanced by a spicy-earthy hop accent on the finish.
Medium to just above on the body, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth.

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Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Golden32
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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