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:
718
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
23.7%
 
 
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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange color with a khaki head that fizzes away rather quickly without leaving trails. The smell was rather subdued with a bit of caramel and hops but very faint. The taste was a bit mild, but had the standard bock notes of caramel and then some grassy hop flavors. Nothing too out of the ordinary but overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, foamy, moderately lasting head that leaves streaks & splotches of lace. Aroma is malty toast & toffee with a hint of crackers, nuts & herbal hops. Taste is deeply malty: toast, toffee, cracker, roasted nuts & pepper finishing with pepper & hints of honey, molasses, herbal hops & a roasty bitterness that dominates the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a little syrupy on the tongue & quite smooth despite a light prickle throughout most of the sip.

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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 CIBoy10
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy drinking beer - it has a slight hint of hops on the nose and in the taste. Bread and malt dominate the taste. One of those rare smooth, tasty, easy to drink beers. Not very complex or hoppy though.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +15.6%

02/21/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice beer. I know that can sound offensive but sometimes all you want is something amiable. This is that kind of beer. Polite flavors. I think the Mardi Gras labeling is a misnomer as it's not so much a 'party' beer as a beer of the season. Very drinkable. The personification of a "session" 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 Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden, copper/amber color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread and Club® Crackers. There are also strong notes of caramel and black pepper.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Malty up front, imparting notes of cereal, crackers, toasted bread, followed by caramel-like sweetness, and finished with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Another good beer from Abita. Good flavors of malt and caramel-like sweetness, wrapped up in a smooth, creamy quaff. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This Bock is on the lighter side of the style, a dark orange leaning brownish-red in the darkest depths. The tan-tinted head isn't small but it doesn't last very long. It is able to throw down some thin patching in decent quantity, though.
The nose is a little odd, with a dark malts foundation but little strength and giving little but earth, wood and some sort of metallic mineral note.
It's earthy with a notes of woods, kind of stemmy in the bitterness, with a bit of a nutty character underneath. A bit of breadiness shows up in the malt profile, too, and the hops add a very gentle black pepper bite.
Bock shouldn't be huge, but this seems a little thin in body. Still, the malts lay down pretty good support, and there's a good balance between crisp and smooth, dry and sweet.

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

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

Aroma:
Faint. I smell some toasted malts and caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
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.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear medium orangish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along with copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces pretty quickly to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts with light aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and pale malts with a light amount of initial sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with a nice blend of distinct malt flavors and a definitely hop presence which is not overbearing. Enjoyable and not too filling. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear copper with a foamy tan head, good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Mildly metallic but coated over with toffee and malts.

Taste: Rich malts bring out some buttery flavors mixed with some toffee and faint nuttiness. Sharp, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty harsh, medium bodied.

Overall: A little too rough around the edges, but does offer some decent flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a white, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Honey malty nose and flavor is malty/caramel. Nice bock. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber body with a thick, creamy white head; excellent lacing and rings cling to the glass. A very strong, very prominent smell of warm bread crust is present; straw and dry grass. Warm cereal flavor; cracker and biscuit; nice hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp; dry finish.

The aroma really is unique with this beer and adds to its odd-ball appeal. Distinctive with an easy drinking character.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz serving in a LIbby Belgian ale glass. On tap at Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering, OH.

Appearance: Bright clear amber. Plenty of bubbles rising up through the glass. Thin white foam ring with some strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Metallic mostly, with a bit of leafiness noted on the swirl that generated foam. Unusual.

Taste: Malty with some noble hop bitterness at the front and back. Maltiness picks up more sweetness as the beer warms up. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a little bit sticky on the teeth, but otherwise a bit dry at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Tasty enough, but nothing special. Good enough for washing down a meal though (Salmon melt sandwich) but lacking in aroma.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled January 23, 2014 about six weeks before Mardi Gras begins!

The pour is copper-amber with a bountiful off-white head that fades some but stays around. Big bubbly carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma is of toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, and even a light fruit character. Hops are muted.

The body is smooth and medium.

The taste is quite enjoyable with the toasted malts, crusty sweetness, and a slight bitter finish that lingers only briefly. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ahommell
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber clear beer that has moderate head. Head dissipates to about a finger with amazing lacing throughout. This just looks like a beer you want to drink.

S: Malty. Rosy. This seems stupid to say... but it smells like your breath tastes after a night on Bourbon Street. I can literally smell the chicken on a stick and feel the shame of the bible thumper with just the scent of this concoction.

T: Maltiness is unexpected at this level. Crisp. Flavor that settles is bready and full of caramel.

M: Full bodied feel. Light Carbonation.

O: Mardi Gras time calls for a beer with plenty of alcohol that won't make you feel too full. This is a good stand in for that.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Mardi Gras Bock

Appearance: amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, barley, and malt.

Taste: nice bready malt, faint light hop, and a touch of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a touch of water.

Overall:
This is a good brew. The malts are not thick but do have a very nice bready bouquet. You can easily drink many of these.

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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 Amish_Ambush
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Minimal head, even with an aggressive pour. The beer is a medium copper in color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Sweet malt notes dominate with sugar and a hint of taffy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A medium bodied bock. Sweet in flavor. This bock has a light fruity/toasted malt type character. No bitterness at all. Overall, it is very smooth going down.

Drinkability/Notes: A bock that is very complex in character. The intense flavors are not there but if you sit and contemplate it a bit, you will find it an interesting beer to consume.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden copper color, decent head, very bubbly. Hints of caramel malts with a slight citrus scent as well. Kind of smells like a brewery floor. Flavor is like a rocky road, whereas; there is no balance of flavor. Contrasting flavors make for a strong and unsmooth taste with a strong alcoholic finish. Beer has an overbearing hoppiness to it which isn't as pleasant as a Pale Ale style beer. A very dry very bland taste makes for a boring brew. Very bubbly and just simply plain.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/11/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, grape, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, cracker, apple, pear, floral, grass, bread, toast, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, floral, grass, bread, toast, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a very solid maibock. Good balance of all flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small but lumpy head. Leaves some lines and streaks. Deep amber color and crystal clear.

Mild malty aroma.

Rich bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy taste with a touch of sweetness. There's a touch of hop in the swallow. Very round flavor. Lots of toast and semisweet caramel.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed: 03/02/14
previous quick rating of 4.25

Mardi Gras Bock by Abita
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a frosty mug

P-packaging: somewhat plain but classy Abita style Purple green and gold label 3.5

A-appearance : hazy orange, thin tan head and good lacing 4.25

S- smell: faint malt and even fainter citrus 3.75

T-taste: pungent with malt, understated, persistent, and well balanced 4.0

M-mouthfeel : Crisp and refreshing with lingering malt 4.25

D-drinkability: very drinkable, good taste and mouthfeel 4.5

O-overall: very good maibock, always happy with this one 4.25

This has become one of my early spring rituals. Mardi Gras, Cajun food and Bock Beer

--J

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 6/3/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not something I would go after again.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
3.46 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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