Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

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

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Photo of Jasoncolliver
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of ShutdownKings
5/5  rDev +44.5%

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 KrisPaulk77
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/20/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a purplish-amber in color with a thin white head that settles down along the inside of the glass on top. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of of caramel malts, roasted malts with a hint of honey. The taste is even better with lots going on and has a great taste! Full body with lots of flavor that is mentioned above. Perfect balance as well as perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. A great tasty brew!

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Photo of Zachb4au
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of javahead71
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of mwa423
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

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Photo of trperry
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hiikeeba
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber color with a thick white foamy head.

Aroma/Bouquet: Fleeting, slightly sweet, with syrup tones. No hop notes.

Taste: Despite the malty smell, malt not too apparent. Slight bitterness on the tongue from hops. Slightly sweet malt finish, with a tingle of hops.

Mouthfeel: Full mouth feel with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really good. The slight malt finish reminds me of Spaten Oktoberfest. It's not as strong as Spaten, it hints at that flavor. I actually expected something like Shiner Bock when I bought this. It's more European in feel than Shiner.

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4.44/5  rDev +28.3%

Photo of Piercan
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
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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4.36/5  rDev +26%

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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Photo of acrawf6
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well now its called mardi gras bock, with a new design on the label.
Pours out a dark amber with a white head.
Smells very sweet and malty. caramel notes to it. it smells very sweet.
Taste is excellent. very malty and potent. Slight oat flavor. again very sweet.
Mouthfeel is nice. very full. i wish i knew the alc amount in this, but the alchohol is pretty present. Carbonation is good.

Overall i think this is an excellent beer. One of the best ones i have had from abita, well at least for the seasonals (love turbodog). This years batch seems better than the past years. To me it tastes almost like a light version of andygator.

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Photo of Bouge
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tncapehart
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A really nice looking beer. A clear, straw colored beer with a slight haze. 1/2 inch head that fades pretty quick.

S. Not much of an aroma. Somewhat malty, definitely a lager. No off aroma, which is good.

T. Very smooth taste with no off flavors. Buttery, but not in a bad way. I enjoy the flavor a lot.

M. Light to medium body. Very nice.

D. I could drink a lot of these. Haven't been a fan of lagers lately, but this will bring me back.

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Photo of imwalle
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

A:pours dark golden brown, with little head that leaves quickly, though it has a nice lace

S:reminds me of my favorite breakfast meal: chex/cherrios with a little sugar on top

T: Tastes just like it smells, there is some hops with it. mostly it is a grain taste

M:light body with a little dryness

D: I have been on a Bock kick lately but i would love more of these

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Photo of scratch69
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with two fingers of foamy, white head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread, caramel, and grain.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor with some bread and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A very drinkable beer and a nice example of the maibock style.

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Photo of mjurney
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Faint. I smell some toasted malts and caramel.

Very rich and malty, bready, toasted, caramel, hint of honey. Hop bitterness is low, spicy noble hops. Finish is very crisp, clean and just a little dry. Body is full, very smooth, crisp, semi refreshing, well carbonated.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of sliverX
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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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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 ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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