Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BruChef:
2.65/5 rDev -17.7%
I love me some O'fest brew, this one was...meh.
Poured into mug and was a little put off by the color and clarity. Bright orange/copper and slightly hazy with a finger or two of creamy head in the pour. The smell is bready and...yeasty?
Strange, so far i feel like i am describing a subtle hefe.
The flavor definitely has some clove nuances. I can even detect some lemony citrus notes. Very little in the way of medium caramel, malty goodness and balanced hop presence i would expect for the style. An Oktoberfest? I call Shenanigans! Me thinks this brew was fermented with ale yeast. Wouldn't be the first time an American brewer uses ale yeast for a marzen (ahem, harpoon, although yours is tastier and less detectable). Or i could be wrong and it is just very similar to the BMC brewers of Germany that make crummy versions of this style that originated in their own country.
Mouth feel is creamy and not as clean as i like for this style. Drinkability is okay but would be better if it was classified as a different style, perhaps a keller or helles would be more fitting.
Bad beer? No, its drinkable. Disappointing, especially for the style? Yeah. Wouldn't seek this one out again
02-27-2011 01:43:41 | More by BruChef
More User Reviews:
2.68/5 rDev -16.8%
Appearance: slightly cloudy, golden/orange, with medium carbonation
Smell: I get a good dose of malt
Taste: malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, with a slightly bitter middle
Drinkability: The spice to me was noticable, but that is it...I have had better American marzens. I will not be seeking this out again. To me Abita is good where it is good. I just do not think they hit on the marzen style.
02-08-2009 05:53:27 | More by tigg924
3.03/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this trade.
Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.
Smell: Malts and hops.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of malts and some sweet sugary notes too.
Overall: This one is ok. Sweeter and lighter than most Octoberfest brews I have had.
12-30-2013 23:02:27 | More by Cavanaghty
3.23/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz. brown stubby bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.
A: Pours golden straw, a few shades darker than a typical blonde. 2+ fingers of pearl white head that has some staying power. Not much lacing.
S: Very yeasty and earthy. Grainy malts. A touch of hop leaf but very subtle.
T/M: Very yeasty for a marzen. Plenty of grainy malts and fresh baked wheat. Hops add some crisp earthy, leafy taste. Body is just right and carbonation is plentiful.
D: Not bad but will easily get lost in the abundance of stellar marzens that Cincinnati is blessed with.
01-11-2008 01:42:58 | More by pwoods
3.15/5 rDev -2.2%
This beer's got a good look to it, a standard clear amber color with a head one finger tall and fluffy, densely compact but not rocky. Retention is good, and it takes time for this head to fade, and it never is smaller than about 1/4 finger at any point. Lacing is light, considering, but some moderate spotting, almost patching, is left on the glass.
The nose is light, mostly nutty with some caramel and bready malts along with lemony hops that almost go sour as a faint hint of a vegetal note flashes in and out.
The flavor indicates that the vegetal note may be a misinterpretation in my nose of the hops, leafy and a little herbal, and it's not bad. This is along with an overlying nutty character. It's a little harsh in its cooked corn sourness, and the plus side is that this particular aspect isn't all that strong. This certainly isn't right, though.
The body is too light, though barely, and too fizzy up front. It's crisp, yes, but it's not smooth or clean, and some harshness comes into the finish. This eases up very much as it warms. The finish is cleaner as well as the carbonation backing off.
09-28-2013 23:45:21 | More by Brenden
3.15/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance - Pours golden orange with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Leaves behind a small, spotty lace without much stick.
Smell - Notes are distinctly octoberfest; hints at caramel, toffee, a bit of grain and a touch of grass.
Taste - Begins with a lot of grain malt character, and an underlying caramel and toffee sweetness. A faint bit of bitterness catches on in the back end. Finish comes swift, leaving the overall profile feeling a bit shallow.
Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a good amount of carbonation. Tickles the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.
Overall - A light, easy drinking Oktoberfest brew that's a bit too wimpy in flavor for my liking; watery at times. Not bad, but there are other oktoberfests that are far better. Will not buy again.
11-10-2012 03:36:40 | More by TheSixthRing
3.23/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at Cole's. So-so beer. A little bubby head on yellow body. A little funky aroma. Big carbonation. Decent mouthfeel. Decent drnkability and taste nevertheless. Caramel, chocolate malts, possibly corny.Passable beer.But OK if you must have a beer from this brewery.
09-20-2011 03:53:06 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +24.2%
A - light, see through amber with tons of carbonation bubbles; soft, bubbly head that fades after a few seconds
S - caramel, faint toast, faintly herbal
T - caramel, sweet, toffee, light toast, faintly bitter
M - medium bodied, sticky, well carbonated
I'm impressed by this beer. I didn't expect much going into this beer, but it is flavorful and very much to style. It is a bit sweet, but it's tasty and easily drinkable. This is a marzen that's worth a try.
10-20-2012 15:44:06 | More by tdm168
2.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Deep copper color with a thin cream colored head that holds minimally. Not much lace. Limited aroma of some lightly roasted malts and some hop in the background. The Abita house character is present. Medium/light body with a moderate mouthfeel. The flavor is somewhat less that might be expected for a beer labeled "Fall Fest", but without calling it Oktoberfest that's fine. There's no obvious amount of Munich malt in here. The malt has a more "toasty" character. Not a sweet beer - well balanced with hops. Medium dry aftertaste with a touch of hop. A fairly pleasant beer, but with less character than most "Fest" beers.
08-08-2002 07:48:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.08/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a light amber brown. Relatively clear with a faint haze and some orange hues. The head is a finger and a half thick, full of mostly tiny bubbles giving it a foamy look with various larger bubbles. Decent retention and the slightest lace left behind.
I wouldn't know this to be an Oktoberfest had I not read it first. Malt forward on the nose, the caramel malts playing the leading role. With big whiffs you can pick up some nutty smells, but anything spicy is subtle at best.
The taste doesn't resemble the American versions of fall seasonal beers I've come to expect. It's clearly a lager as it lacks much flavor. A bit of the caramel malts come through as well as the savory hops, but all the flavors are subdued.
Mouthfeel is mostly non-descript. Starts off with a slightly sweet feel before the lager yeast takes over and makes everything bland. It is relatively smooth with a bit of a sour, bittery finish.
Not something I'd drink again other than I have five beers left. I expect more spiciness from the Oktoberfest beers and this just didn't have it. Just a very ordinary beer.
11-03-2012 03:20:42 | More by RickS95
2.93/5 rDev -9%
Into a pint glass. Straw/golden color with a finger of head.
Faint smell of grain, a little wet.
Nice taste. Pretty well balanced without any standout flavors. Mildly bitter with a little honey at the end.
Not the greatest, but certainly a great drink.
10-06-2012 19:49:58 | More by Fatehunter
3.63/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Bready & cereal notes
T: Follows the nose, some caramel as well & steely/metallic hops too up front. Some cereal sweetness, slight pear fruittyness as this warms, plus slight leafy hop presence, Finishes fruitty, slightly dry with a touch of caramel
MF: Light bodied, assertive carbonation, nice balance, finishes a touch wet/thin
Drinks very easy, not a bad take on the style & way better than most Abita brews IMO
12-24-2010 01:16:04 | More by russpowell
3.15/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA glass.
A - pours an orangey gold. Just a touch hazy with an eggshell white head. Dissipates quickly.
S - the aroma is quite sweet; very strong malt aroma. No hop character than I can detect.
T - sweet bready malt; a touch of yeast, and a bit of hops dry out the finish. Honestly not a lot of flavor going on here. Pretty simple.
M - medium bodied, a little slick feeling. Not too bad.
O - overall, not much to write home about. Maybe I've just had a few too many oktoberfests this year, but this didn't really do a whole heck of a lot for me. Not much flavor, not a whole lot going on in the aroma. It's easy drinking, meaning I could drink a ton of it, but I'm not sure I would want to.
10-08-2011 22:33:21 | More by lawlerj
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
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