Local Beer Review: Abita Mardi Gras Bock
12 oz. bottle purchased at Dan Stein’s Deli
Style: Helles Bock
Official brewery description:
Bock (January – March) is the first of our seasonal brews. It is brewed with Perle hops and pale and caramel malts. Our Bock is similar to a German Maibock in its high malt content, full body and slightly higher alcohol content. Abita Bock is a very popular brew, especially during our Mardi Gras season.
Why I bought this beer:
Of course I’m going to try every seasonal Abita puts out. Their Amber is the go-to afternoon beer in the Bro’Fille household. Also, a colleague of Brother O’Mara made the heady claim that it was his favorite Abita brew.
Actual drinking experience:
Color: orangey-gold with a white head
Aroma: malty, caramel
Taste: very malty (+), but with a slight bitterness and a short finish
Overall decently tasty, but definitely lacking in body and finish. Dan Stein didn’t like this one either, but I’m much more forgiving of it than that blasted Lobotomy Bock. Still sticking with Abita Amber, but I wouldn’t pour the Mardi Gras Bock down the sink if it were given me.