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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fall Fest (September – November) is a Marzen-style Octoberfest lager. It is brewed with German Haullertau hops and pale and crystal malts. The result is a full-bodied, malty beer with a beautiful amber color.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by scvance:
Photo of scvance
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Smell is almost nonexistent slight malty sweet smell with slight earthy notes. Taste is malty, with a nice sweetness level and a crisp earthy bitterness to it. Fairly high in carbonation. Very clean finish and low to medium body. Overall I expected more from this beer and was slightly disappointed by the lack of a good aroma. The taste left much to be desired and even the appearance was lighter than expected. It's a decent beer, however I doubt I will be having this again. Not necessarily because it was bad, just because it wasn't anything special.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong notes of toasted malt, black pepper, caramel, clover and hops. Some subtle lemon citrus too.

Taste: Malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some black pepper, a little bit of lemon, caramel, and some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some pretty good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty decent American version of an Oktoberfest beer, but nothing special. Tasted good as I drank it, but it was totally forgettable once drunk. I probably won’t get it again, but I won’t turn it down if offered.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RickS95
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.
Crisp body.
Not the greatest, but certainly a great drink.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of lawlerj
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale honey color with a thin head that fizzles out to a thin layer. Has aromas of caramel and bready malt, but then it gets slightly pushed out by a grainy smell. I can maybe pick out some faint noble hops. Agains, with the flavor, it starts off malty, then makes way for grainy flavors. Towards the finish, it gets a little hot from the alcohol and has a nice punch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, oddly enough, and it has a moderate body with slightly stinging carbonation. Drinkability is OK.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some earthiness.

Tastes of some toasted malts and earthy hops. Malts have a caramel note with some toasted bread. Hops are earthy and herbal. Could be more assertive in every aspect. Decent enough balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a build your own six-pack at the Krogers on West Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a pale copper with a thin whit head into a pint glass at home.

S - I thought the aroma was indistinct at first but eventually the malt aroma came through. Not sure if they used the traditional Munich malts or not but they seemed to be subdued.

T - For some reason the very first taste of this for me came through really sour. After a few more sips I got much more of what I expected from a Marzen; malts balanced with a little bit of hops in finish. I thought it tasted to style except that the malts were fairly weak and indistinct.

M - For mouthfeel I felt it was a traditional lager; easy to drink and smooth going down.

D - True to style, this is a beer that you could drink quite a few of at a 'Fest. Not my favorite of the Okto's available here in Texas but acceptable.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden amber in color with a light white head, maybe a fingers. Not much lacing.

Smell is decent, with a lot of malt sweetness, and some nutty qualities.

Taste is a bit better, with more intense maltyness, and that nutty, bready quality. Slightly sweet

Feel is a little bit velvety, slightly crisp and smooth. Not heavy on the carbonation.

Average drinkability. It's tasty enough, and good to enjoy a 6 pack throughout the season, but not something I would drink much more than that.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Fall Fest has a medium, off-white head and a clear, orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, with minimal lacing. The aroma is faint, and really, almost nonexistent. Taste is sweet, and some slight barley can be detected, with a mild hop aftertaste. Mouth-feel, as with most Abita products, is light and watery, and Abita Fall Fest finishes wet and pretty refreshing. Although this is on the bland side, it's an okay beer.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but very dense off white head that died down but consistently covered the surface.
S: The smell is rather unusual and seems to share some semblance with caramel, nutty and toasted malts as well as cooked corn.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has also some notes of earthy yeast and Grape-Nuts cereal.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Apart from the light amount of maltiness, this beer is quite unlike other Oktoberfest beers I have tried and the taste takes a little getting used to.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Falls short on hitting the category mark. Appropirate brown appearance with some mildly nutty malt aroma. Lacks sufficient substance to really fill the Marzen shoes - body is underdeveloped and lacks the characteristic level of maltyness. A bit watery and grainy.

Photo of rlee1390
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear yellow orange, some carbonation, two finger fluffy head.

S-Malt, wheat, caramel, some grass. nothing else.

T-Very wheat heavy, straw as well. Some caramel, very malt forward, grass and dirt as well but not balanced.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and watery.

O-The lack of balance hurts this beer, it is bland and doesn't offer much.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass a light amber and nice think head. nice lacing and Looks good for the style.
Smells of slight caramel malts, sweetness, grain
taste is balanced between light hops and sweet caramel malts
lighter on the mouthfeel just under medium with moderate carbonation
I enjoyed this beer and is brewed right down the street from me. Enjoyed the 6 pack in two sittings and enjoyed the brew.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light copper color with a creamy off-white head. Decent retention, some lacing.

Pretty typical 'fest beer nose, super malty and toasty. A bit more caramel sweetness than most and I also smell hints of brown sugar, toffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Very heavy on the toast and nuts. Not too much of the sweetness in the nose comes through. It is fresh, crisp and easy to drink, but overall a pretty average and typical American version of the style. Can easily be a session beer or a quencher for these warm southern fall afternoons.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid soft malt aroma with hints of caramel and hop.

The taste was subtle and grainy. Strong grain bill with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side.

Overall a good drinkable Oktober. However, it doesn't really stand out.

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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.