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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Ratings: 774 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a moderate amber with a little less than a finger of slightly foamy light tan head. It has great retention and leaves small sticky spots of lacing. The aroma is very good, with nice biscuit, earth, and toffee. The taste, though, is a little lackluster and doesn't bring the flavor as much as the aroma. The body is lighter, with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stignacious
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dsimenson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear Burnt orange light amber color with a creamy off white color head. Has light carbonation as well. The smell is lightly spiced. Initial taste is pleasant, lightly malted and spiced, with flavors of caramel. Overall a real pleasure to drink and look forward to finding more

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very attractive deep amber gold color with white cap.

Clean aroma of sweet malt leaning toward caramel.

Taste on entry is just like it smells but richer, deeper and rounder. Simple and pleasing and this is what I get all the way to the aftertaste. Uncomplicated and pleasant.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I find Abita beers to be unexciting generally and this one is no exception. It is certainly suitable as a food paring and I would choose it over, say, Dixie Blackened Voodoo though when i find myself in the Big Easy I'm a lot more interested in who I'm with than what we're drinking.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: Meh...drinkable, but somewhat underwhelming with respect to highpoints or
standout features. (I didn't really get any type of sweetness from this at all.) If there
was nothing else to drink, it would probably be a coin toss for me in terms of imbibing
or not.

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Photo of johnwetterstrand
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus. The taste is sweet grain. A nice offering from Abita.

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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 pathman
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of 407Guy
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 88caprice
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look: Crystal clear. Orange-tinged copper. Bubbles flying up everywhere.
Smell: Faint. Sweet like pineapple juice. A little acidic and sour like a :S face.
Taste: Acidic and metallic with more :S face. Gone. Then a brief spiced taste. Gone. Then graininess similar to an "all malt" with lingering malt taste.
Feel: Medium body and a little sticky.

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Photo of Cadiazmk78
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked the taste of this beer. It feels refreshing even though is a bock. One of the few from this kind of beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Light caramel colored beer with 1/2 a finger of head. The head is white and is predominantly small bubbles but with some big chunky ones on top before it settles down. The bottle lists the ABV (6.5%) and the best by date is really easy to read (05/03/16).

S: [3.25] Has a lager type nose with corn, malted barley and then maybe some cinnamon.

T: [3.25] Sweet up front then more of a corn pilsner flavor. (Almost like frosted flakes - sweet then corn - but to a much lower scale). I sense a bit of an apple taste also. Then nice caramel finish.

M: [3.25] Carbonation is mild but tingly. The body is thin but not too watery.

O: [3.25] This has the makings of an "apple pie" beer. I am getting hints of apple and then nice caramel. I am pretty sure that is not what they were going for "apple pie". This is just okay. Nothing worth repeating.

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Photo of Cwhitcher1791
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 10Crumra
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/25/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light copper with a subtle haze, but still has transparency; fluffy off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas have lots of caramel malts along with hints of toffee. Lots of caramel. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Tons of malty goodness. The malts shine. Caramel notes dominate. Lots of toffee too. Hints of cocoa. Subtle sweetness with a very subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and fun to drink.

This is a nice maibock. It's enjoyable stuff and is great for the spring weather.

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Photo of teromous
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a sticker on the bottle that says 3/4/2016

Appearance: The beer has pretty good transparency. The body is a lighter shade of orange-brown and the head is thick and white. It has very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. I get a bit of cereal sweetness on the nose but the malt is very subdued and the hops even more so.

Taste: There is a light honey sweetness and a cereal grain flavor. It tastes very much like Honey Nut Cheerios. There is a bit of an herbal grassy hop character to the beer that is predominantly in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer feels a bit disjointed. It's like the beer feels too sweet but at the same time has this odd bitterness that just doesn't balance well with the beer.

Overall: I say take it or leave it. It wouldn't be the first, second, or third choice for any kind of bock but it's an alright beer to pick up for a quick cookout. The flavor profile of the beer has a honey sweetness that doesn't taste the same as other bocks and the hop profile is very low. You might find yourself enjoying the beer if you like a sweeter beer and aren't a fan of hops. Unfortunately instead of the hops balancing out the sweetness they take a back seat until the very end of the drink at which time they pop out and just kill the sweet ride. I wasn't a fan of this bumpy yet mediocre rollercoaster.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 774 ratings