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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
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#42,147
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
761
pDev:
13.91%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a creamy white head that fades into a good amount of lace, but the head can easily be fully resurrected by swirling the glass. Nose is sweet malts with a touch of stale and musty grains. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts with a bit of fruit and some grassy notes followed by a mildly bitter hop bite. This was a pretty enjoyable brew, but it’s not one I would buy all that often.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A sticky, white head leaves decent lacing as it dies to a thin layer of dense foam. The beer is gold bending to amber and clear.

The smell is toasty nutty with a little bit of fruit. The beer starts sweetish and lagery, giving way to a roasty nutty middle. Quite full-bodied. The finish is German bitter, a little metallic, some alcohol evident. This is quite a surprising beer. Interesting.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Abita brews. The beer pours quite golden for a Bock. The head is weak and short lived. The nose is also quite weak and only hints at malt. On the inverse - the flavors do not match the nose. There is a very strong malt and hop flavor that stands out in contrast. The flavors are a bit out of balance and the hop finish is quite bitter. This has a medium to light mouthfeel with no unique texture. This is really more like an IPA than a Bock.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours to a cloudy copper- orange color with a small white foam on top that dies to a thin foam and leaves its race all over the glass. Aromas of sweet fruits are the main smell I get from this one. Some bittering hops are there, but they are not in the magnitude that I need for them to really add to the aroma.

The flavor of this beer is fairly good. It is pretty fruity and sweet, like caramel and sweet black cherries. There are not a lot of dark and roasty malts like I would have expected out of a "bock". I had expected a darker beer, but it did not hurt this brew that it was fairly light and light-bodied. It was very easy to drink, but I think if you came accross this during the summer, it would end up being a fine selection to quench the hard hours of labor.

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Photo of TXHops
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: British Pale; Caramel
-Hops: Perle

-Bright, deep golden, sedimented body. (Large pieces of trub.)
-Smallish-bubbled, white head that disappears too quickly.
-Strong, honey-grain aroma, characteristic of the Abita house yeast and reminiscent of several Belgian golden ales (Like Abbey de Leffe, or Bar Bar Honey Ale).

Abita Bock is Abita Brewing Company’s interpretation of the classic Bavarian style Maibock. This Bock was Abita’s first seasonal brew, and is still only available (oddly) from January through March. (I guess Spring in New Orleans comes considerably earlier than May…) Bright gold in color, with just a hint of harvest orange and sporting a very thin, white head of smallish bubbles, Abita Bock smells like a more powerful version of Abita Amber. There is the distinct evidence of German-style roasted grain and an intense honey-like sweetness. Abita’s house yeast gives off a distinct DMS quality that is as noticeable in their Bock as it is in their Amber.

Putting the smell of cooked corn aside, the sweetness of pale malt is quite enjoyable, and the ever-so-slight sense of roasted grain gives this beer more of a German quality than it otherwise would have… If a Maibock is the equivalent of a strong Helles lager, than this beer is an accurate representation of that extrapolation. It really tastes like a strong cross between a Munchener Helles and a German Pils—a big soft body like a Helles, but with a strong corn-like flavor common in beers like Warsteiner and Bitburger. (If I didn’t know it was hopped with Perle, I would have guessed Saaz.) The obvious difference between Abita Bock and the other two styles is that Bock has a pretty substantial mouthfeel. Though like most Abita beers, I find it over-carbonated. It might be important to remember how damn hot it is in Louisiana though and a nice, smooth, sweet, low-carbonation beer might just be too sticky for one of the stickiest places in the US… Hop character is minimal, and the medium body finishes long and sweet.

An slightly above-average beer all in all. Abita suggests that it goes well with Mardi Gras... Considering the deceptive alcohol, a few of these would ensure that the drinker either gave or received large volumes of beads…

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Photo of maxpower
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color, weak small head, malty, musty aroma, sweet malty caremel flavors, very sweet at first finishes sour, bad aftertaste.I would not wan't to drink more than one, not a very good bock, I don't care for it.

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Photo of putnam
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Best before 7-21/22" appears on the back label.
The nose is a beautiful push of brown sugar and honey. On the palate it briefly offers more of the same before it succumbs to a watery tasting mix of hops, caramel and kids cereal. A nice effort and quite drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium gold in color with good carbonation, a decent off-white head and thick sticky lace, which rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Predominant aroma is of toasted malts, mildly spicy hop notes, and a slight nutty character.

Taste is very smooth, begins with butter notes, toasted malts, progresses towards a mildly bitter, oily hop finish, with slight alcohol notes throughout the taste. Very pleasant and drinkable, a great choice for a lazy summer afternoon.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of the style, quite worthy.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear, bright orange/amber with a rocky, foamy, sticky head -- good retention and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Musty, metallic, light esters.

Taste: Malty, rich, smooth and medium-bodied. Sweetness is even and full with caramel, bready and toasted malt flavours. Light fruity esters. Hops are spicy, but not overwhelming and aid quite nicely in breaking up the malty profile. Bitterness is a thin flash of grassy-like flavours, almost not perceived. Finish is near clean with residual malt flavours.

Notes: A damn nice stab at the Maibock style. A bit one-dimensional if compared to traditional Maibocks, but if not compared, this is a pretty tasty offering. Personally I enjoyed it. Drinkable, flavourful and sturdy.

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Photo of Brent
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Mardi Gras Bock from Abita Brewing Co.
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