Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

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Mardi Gras BockMardi Gras Bock

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 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 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 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 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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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 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 unimatrix1
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised on how well this beer tasted. Complex flavors make it feel and taste almost like a pilsner but has a more full body. Very good smell too.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is hazy and orangish-gold in color topped by a frothy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent collar and whispy surface foam. The aroma is quite nice with a slightly fruity and richly malty Munich malt character that's gently toasty and sweetish; backed by some bright, sharp, spicy hops. The body is medium with a very fine, standard level of carbonation that gives it a lightly crisp but smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is as the aroma suggests with a slightly fruity, rich, toasted malt that's supported by an underlying bitterness. It's a "juicy" malt that also has some decent hop flavor present - spicy Saaz and floral Hallertauer. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering sweet maltiness as well as some clear alcohol. Easily, and without question, my favorite beer from Abita! Although this Bock offers some rich malt & hop character, it's not real filling and the alcohol is fairly well-masked making it quite drinkable. Very well done and definitely worth trying. I'd love to get a hold of this fresh, and on tap!

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Photo of matjack85
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I bought this at the local Jewel-Osco store as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date anywhere on the label, but this style is only brewed between January and March, so this bottle is somewhere between 6 to 8 months old now.

The beer poured a clear orange/copper color witha big 3 finger off-white head. The head lasted about 2 minutes, but it didn't leave much lacing.

Huge caramel malt smell - really nice.

If you're into sweet caramely beers, then this one hits the spot. Not much other flavor in here so you can call it one dimensional, but it's still very tasty. The company website lists it as having 25 IBU's, but I can't find a trace of hop bitterness in it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The only complaint I have with this beer is that it leaves a slight metallic aftertaste despite it coming from a glass bottle and not an aluminum can.

I liked it despite it's simplicity.

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Photo of Brent
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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 mynie
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the Abita mixed 12er. So far we've had a couple of solidly brewed, completely unexceptional beers. And now we come to the bock, one of the most hit or missiest styles thar be.

Pours spritely, smells and tastes zippy. Pretty, rusty amber, boldly translucent with a nice white head.

Smells and tastes zippy, malty, and smooth. Good comparison is Millstream's schildbrau, only this has a livelier yeast profile and a bit more hop presence. Starts with candy sweet toffee, moving into biscuits and bread, ending on sweet and sour maltiness.

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Photo of wmthorne
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review for me. Long time lurker, time to start contributing

Appearance: poured an orange amber with light head. Light lacing as it is consumed.

Smell: quite nice

Mouthfeel: a good bit of carbonation allows a nice fizz

Taste: I really like the malty flavor. Goes down very smoothly following the carbonation in the mouth.

Drinkability: only going to drink one bock tonight but I think I could easily throw back a six-pack during an afternoon on the lake, on the deck, or at the golf course. I am somewhat of an Abita homer. I am a fan of their offerings save the purple haze. I was glad to find the bock while spring brew shopping.

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Photo of bgreg3
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bock I have ever had (excluding the Leinenkugal 1888 because I think it would be less flavorful than most bocks). This will be difficult to judge according to style.

Appearance is golden with an amber hue to it. There is minimal white lacing around the top and edges of the pint glass. There is a very strong malt presence in the smell of this beer. Very pungent aroma centered on malts (I'm guessing a mix of pils, crystal, and maybe a few others) and some balancing hops in the background. This beer provides great taste that is very enjoyable and sweet. Another thing I note is this is a very balanced beer even against all the malt smell. It does not overwhelm any ingredient at any point.

The feel of this beer is quite heavy but provides enough carbonation that it is not a bother to the palette. As far as drinkability goes this beer has session written all over, I feel like one would just not be enough, 3 or 4 might be adequate on this beer.

WOW just found out now that this is 6.5% , very hard to believe alcohol is concealed nicely.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "shorty" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a huge, thick head of off-white foam. Inviting.
Aroma-Bready malt, faintly floral
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, nice little hop bite provides a nice balance. Rich flavor. A nice match with a big bowl of spicy jambalaya.

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Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happened on this one at a local retailer who does its best to keep up with the craft onslaught. I thought this may have been a re-labeling of Abita's Andygator, but see it isn't -- so here goes.

L -- Pours a clear, deep amber-gold-bronze color with a tight, firm off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Sweet, toasty-bready malt, light DMS, maybe a light touch of sulfur.

T -- Sweet bready malts with light, spicy hops and alcohol in the finish.

F -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body.

O -- A very malty, rich rendition of the style that begs you to drink more.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Listed as their Mardi Gras Bock, I don't know if this is a new version, new beer, or just repackaging.
Tells of being their Spring seasonal, 6 and 13 notched on the back label (sampled 5/7)

Aroma: Nice lightly toasted malt base with a dash of floral noble hops, more sweet than hop.

Appearance: Bright orange amber, great clarity shows about 100 replenishing tiny bubbles racing to the thin cover of off white that drops fairly quickly to a fat collar. Loops of lace cling to the side.

Flavor: Full sweet nutty malt front with some toast and a hint of biscuit. Finish is an earthy bittering hop, gentle but firm. Overall the taste is clean and finishes something like a Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a thick coat to leave you smacking.

Overall Impression: Solid beer. No obvious flaws, nice nutty base, noticeable but restrained hops, clean with a great color. Glad to see Abita can still kick out a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on an Abita kick currently and I am switching back & forth between CANs and bottles. I just did not feel ready for a CANned IPA as a nightcap, so I went with my last bottle.

From the bottle: "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."; "Best By 6/13/12".

What is it about Abita beers that creates such massive head?!? A light-handed pour still garnered two-plus fingers of eggnog-colored head with great retention on this humid evening. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with malty sweetness, perhaps too much for my taste as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant effervescence that seemed to fill my mouth. The sweetness was not as prevalent on the tongue as it had been on the nose and I found myself enjoying it more than I had expected. In fact, it was so smooth as to be dangerous as over half of it was gone from my glass before I realized it! My my. Finish was semi-dry as there was some inherent sweetness in it, but nothing like the nose had led me to expect. Highly drinkable, but be careful.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head of about 1.5 fingers. Aroma is malty sweet, nutty, with caramel and almost some cocoa. Rich maltiness, caramel and toffee. Again, almost some cocoa notes. Slick and upper light body.

Overall, it's a quite enjoyable brew...especially for Abita.

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