Mardi Gras Bock | Abita Brewing Co.

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Mardi Gras BockMardi Gras Bock

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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 GossageBrewery
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Maibock from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew poured a clear amber color, produced a thick clingy head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of malted barley and earth. Medium in body, this Maibock featured a malted grain backbone, some notes of caramel, fresh baked bread and sweet malt. Fruity esters from the yeast were also present. Balanced nicely with spicy hops, this is a nice session beer- excellent example of an American Craft version of a german classic. Prost!

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Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Mardi Gras Bock
12 oz brown bottle
Best by 06/20/12 jet ink on the side of the bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a copper and shiny brown with a bleached white head that has a frothy appearance. Nice patterns of sticky webbed lace decorate the side of the glassware.

The aroma has whiffs of grains, cereal and a touch of fruit in the background.

A grainy, malty and cereal flavor provides the backbone with a smooth yeast flare. Some sips give me a hint of pear or apple fruit sweetness. The hop profile is minimal and I'd say this is true to the style and easy to drink.

I leave for the Big Easy tomorrow morning and I plan on drinking my fair share of Abita in the coming days.


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Photo of AlCzerik
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MerkurKing16
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little retention. Crimson with golden hues, clear body.

S: malt with a mild nutmeg, honey and cinnamon note.

T: grains and malt mostly with a little grassy/sour in the finish. Not as spicey as the aroma.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly true to the style which isnt one of my favorites.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Malt, some spice and even some alcohol?

T-Some malt, not much spice, more of a light lagery taste, some bitterness and a little butter

M-Flat finish, light to medium bodied, but carbonated at first

O-Beer improves as it is allowed to warm, still a poor beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light copper. Tons of carbonation and bubbles cascading to the thick two finger fluffy off white head. Tons of tight bubbles make up the head. Big head remains for a while. Some patchy lace remains along the edges. Head settles to a thin layer. Decent looks.

Brew smells smokey and malty. Almost a bit of sweet yeasts as well. Musty nose even. Unique and unexpected nose. Decent.

Brew tastes crisp and spiced. Sweet malts, spicy middle and slightly dry finish. Peppery spice here as well. Almost floral and smoke in here. An interesting taste profile here for sure. It is medium in carbonation. Just a tad bit sharp feeling here. Pretty good.

A different brew here, good flavors just a bit sharp to hold my interest to session. Pretty good though.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tgorgz
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Straight into a pint glass- I'm always game for seasonals, so we'll see how this one rolls.

A: Clear, clear copper, with a couple of bubbles rolling up through the depths of the glass. 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates within a few minutes.

S: Sweet malt, definitely. That's followed by some caramel undertones and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Plenty of malts- caramel, really. So, probably a Munich malt.

M: Good drinkability, not much of a bite. Pretty solid overall.

O: I'm not leaping out of my shorts, but a very pleasing brew nonetheless. Will certainly have it again. I've not had much of Abita, but I really do like it.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a white head. The smell is of sweet malt, a pleasant floral hop aroma and some breadiness. The taste of slightly sweet malts immediately comes in on the first sip. This is balanced with some hop spiciness and bitterness. The flavor is fairly rich, but also very clean. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is very adequate. I picked this up in the Abita Party Pack and I have to say I'm pleased with this effort overall. I would pick this up as a six-pack. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden leaning to warm & peachy copper. Bright and clear with a few large bubbles rising to the big, cream/off-white cap of large-bubbled foam. Decent retention, but not much for lace.

S: Relitively lots of honey & light malt sweetness, light bread crust, and bready & crackery malts. Hint of floral hops. Quite clean and a bit faint overall, but while it is light it does hit the right notes and is fair for style.

T: Malts a just a hair more rich and varied than in the aroma, bust still fairly minimal. A bit of bread crust & a touch of caramel on a bready & crackery base. Thankfully the honey & sugar cookie sweetness has been dialed back a bit. Spicy & herbal hops emerge in the middle, grow stronger and more floral through the end, and linger in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable for 6.5% - clean though.

M: Medium body with adequately balanced carbonation. Quite attenuated though it does have some sticky sugars going on. Somehow it seems a touch light bodied for its heft. Abrupt & semi-drying finish. A bit of quench on a bigger beer.

D: I suppose it is an alright maibock for throwing into a mixed 12-pack. Sort of an intro for the masses. But perhaps not the best first impression as it is a bit coarse and not all that inviting. It is also bit wide of the mark of the real deal. It does drink fairly okay, but needs more malts for the style and abv. Alcohol punch without enough flavor or any real heft to the feel gets to be a drag and hurts drinkability after a bit.

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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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