Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

754 Ratings
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 754 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of allbrigs
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's been about a month since Fat Tuesday, but, hey, it ain't Easter yet, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a couple fingers of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild mixed greens, light sweet biscuit, and a twinge of marshmallow. The taste brings in more of the same, only now things are brighter, more expressive, and a bit heavier on the greens (but not by too much more). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a nice little maibock, nothing worth a party, but a welcome addition to anyone's Spring lineup.

 644 characters

Photo of dwtyler
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AngelM
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Omnium
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a middle of the road amber color, similar to a lager.
S - Smells decent good malt aroma, some nice dry hop scents, and earthy fresh undertones.
T - Taste lacks from what you smell, you get the big malt backbone, but not much in the taste of the hops that should be there, especially for a maibock.
M - Sweet malt hangs clings on and you feel the alcohol a bit.
O - Not bad, but not superb, about middle of the road, but thinking of maibock's I really havent had one that's been great to me. Still worth having.

 543 characters

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of khargro2
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Dooleymon
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Ford
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of HazardousBrewer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dreedvol
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey to amber color, clear with a slight head.

Aroma is caramel, slightly chocolate.

Taste is similar though a slight citrus hint is noted. Relatively clean.

Smooth and slightly prickly carbonation. Light, nice finish.

Hard to taste much in the way of hops. Not a veteran of this genre of beer but it drinks easily though not as complex as others. It's ok but not my favorite. Would be easy to drink a ton of these at mardi gras so I guess it works for that.

 463 characters

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a reddish honey with lots of bubbles and at least a two finger offwhite head that hung around for some time.

S - Huge malt smell upfrunt. Also detected grass, yeast, and even a little lemon

T - Very tasty. Started off quite sweet. Big tastes of malts and caramel. Hand sort of a tangy finish.

M - Very light and smooth. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

O - I was impressed with this beer. I found it easy to drink, but still moderately complex with lots of flavor. I will definately pick it up again next year.

 523 characters

Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of PaulD
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mcewesr
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of troegaarden
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of lostinfla
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of scratch69
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

 393 characters

Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 05/11/13.

A: Pours a clear amber with a 1 finger mostly white head. Low to average visible carbonation. Some lacing when the head dissipates and as I sip.

S: There is a pale malt profile that seems to dominate. Has a slightly crackery and doughy aroma. Some of the yeastiness comes through.

T: Fairly malt forward brew but with a light malt character. First I noticed some carmel sweetness, then sort of a bready backbone. Some hops do balance it out but the aftertaste is a smooth pale malt.

M: Fairly light body, mild carbonation. Just a bit of stickiness to it from the malt. Remains a very drinkable brew.

Overall its not a bad beer but it isnt very exciting. None of the categories besides it look were very impressive.

 776 characters

Photo of boudreaux
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 754 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.