It’s getting closer and closer to springtime, even though it may not look like it outside for most of us. But on the shelves of hour local stores we’re already seeing the spring seasonal beer. Here we have one from Abita out of Abita Springs Louisiana, this is their Mardi Gras Bock, 6.5& ABV. Mardi Gras Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner, and caramel malts and German Parle Hops. Mardi Gras Bock is similar to German maibock. Maibocks are just spring bocks. Mardi Gras Bock pours a cooper color with a semi tan two and a half finger bubbly head. There is some light coming through the glass and lost carbonation on this. The aroma is nice with hints of malts characteristics and a slight breaded note that might be from the pilsner malts. Mardi Gras Bock’s taste is a little breaded from the tasty pilsner malts, and there is a slight yet faint sweetness to this beer but nothing overwhelming. I did get the faintest taste of those Perle hops, and I found it pleasurable. I also found the taste on this beer to be on the smoother side and yet drinkable. The mouth feel is medium to full, and Mardi Gras Bock has a nice smooth finish with hints of those pale, pilsner and caramel malts. The after taste is not around for long, but what is there is a nice malted character not unlike the finish or the taste. Overall Mardi Gras Bock is not a bad beer; I think this maibock deserves a B+. Mardi Gras Bock is a good drinkable bock with nice ABV level (6.5%). I found all the taste and flavor of Mardi Gras Bock going well with one another, and nothing clashing for a bad flavor or taste. Mardi Gras Bock is a good beer choice during Carnival season in New Orleans or where ever you’re celebrating. So go out and try Abita Mardi Gras Bock and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsible!