Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BigBry
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from our hand picked Fall / Oktoberfest 6 Pack.
Pours slightly hazy, chestnut brown with tan head. Foam fades, thin stringy lace.
Smell is of caramel malt, toasted bread.
Taste is malt dominant, caramel, and some herbal hop at the finish.
Lower level of carbonation, smooth but still a slightly crisp mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty average beer, drinkable but nothing special. (394 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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. (878 characters)

Photo of Warmonster
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Hmm where to start... I love oktoberfests, and this said Oktoberfest-style lager.. So I thought I'd like it... I'm glad I only bought one tho.. The smell is great, look is fine, but the taste.. Oddly sweet.. Too sweet.. and to be honest it doesn't even taste like Oktoberfest to me.. its close enough u can tell it was attempted.. but it just doesn't make an Oktoberfest IMO... its an OK beer I Guess... But I will never buy more.. this reminds me of a drink a child would drink.. too sweet for my tastes... (507 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma is on the mild side with roasted malt, bit of malt sweetness and a bit of hops in the background. Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness and a hint of chocolate. Has a subtle bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly medium body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing. Not a fancy Oktoberfest, but still enjoyable. (396 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on to the weak beers!
slightly orangish color with a very nice head of frothy, creamy, white topping! very nice pour into the Golden Harvest masonry...
supposed to be 'Oktoberfest-like', and very commercial-like, as expected... no wonder I stick to those high-powered seasonal stouts...
taste is... commercial. nothing special here. typical. bland, but decent. looks beautiful upon pour, looks very german, but still very commercial and without the caramel malts. but then, this IS supposed to be an Oktoberfest-type brew.... Abita has solidified the market of commercial, yet slight craft-y brews. great drinkable (session) brews, but still nothing spectacular. widespread availability, relatively successful (financial) I imagine, but still nothing quite yet game-changing. VERY LIGHT, indeed... cheers! (805 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of lingering head. Fair amount of patchy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and baked bread aromas with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a touch of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent example of the style. Not the best that I've had but certainly enjoyable. (435 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery, served in a plastic cup via a self-pour (classy, ya know?)

Appearance: Poured a medium brown with a nice fluffy two finger head that fades relatively quickly, not a ton of lacing on the cup.

Smell: Toasted bread, a good amount of caramel, and some earthy hop character. Also a bit of nuttiness. A good amount of aroma from a plastic cup.

Taste: I get a lot of malty flavor characteristic of the style, fairly sweet without being overpowering, and then some earthy and nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied and easy drinking for the style some creaminess, not very bitter.

Overall: Surprisingly solid, and I'd drink this again. Not a heavy oktoberfest by any means, and worth a try. (721 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale golden/amber depending on how light hits it, gently active, thin white head stays briefly then fades to a film and leaves more than patchy lacing.

Pale malt graininess followed by some crystal caramel sweetness. Not much else. I can feel a wee whisp of booze. Not bad for such a small beer.

Pale grainy, like the nose, and again with the crystal sweetness kicking in next. Maybe some of what seems like crystal to me is a German yeast? Not sure. It's hard to put a finger on, but I can sense the gentle earthy German hops. Not much else going on. Not bad, but not great or memorable.

Adequate carbonation, thinner than medium body.

For a small beer, it has some flavor and something moving in the direction of complexity. But it is far from desirable. It was part of a "mystery case" at Rob's World of Beers in Wichita, one of the best beer retail stores I have ever visited. (884 characters)

Photo of KKB
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Very nice if somewhat pale coloration, a pale yellow-orange with a white head that rises up rather high but recedes very quickly. Not bad looking but not very good looking, the head really recedes quickly.

S – The nose is very weak but it has a steely caramel in the nose, with some bread and a light nuttiness and earthy quality. Very light though, surprisingly light. But not bad in reality.

T – The nutty element comes to the foreground here, with a toasted bready aftertaste, there is more of a steely element here as well, some sweetness and a very slight hops flavor as well. As before though, it is all extremely light. Not flavorless per se, but still, extremely light.

M – The mouthfeel is light to medium, on the lighter side certainly though, with pretty good carbonation.

O – Can I use the world light anymore? This beer is just really pretty underwhelming, mild and not a great Oktoberfest. I probably won’t pick this one up again, but I would drink it if offered to me. Not bad, not good. Very average. And very…light. (1,054 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color. White bubbly foamy head dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer, and then is gone. No lacing.

Smells of malt and sweet caramel. Some hints of grass and perhaps some faint roasted notes. Overall, very faint.

Taste is malt sweetness, with some sweet caramel in the finish. Some roasted notes and a little bit of spice and friut.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. A little carbonation in a dry finish.

This is a good example of a Marzen. I prefer it to Sam Adams O-fest. (505 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Getting down to my last few Oktoberfests here... This one pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, grass, greens, and stale biscuits. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass really tries to take over the whole operation, lending a strong chlorophyll-y bitterness to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but one that just doesn't balance itself all that well. (553 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - fairly clear amber in color, good head with lacing

S - light caramel, sweet lager smell

T - octoberfest qualities, some bread, lightly caramel rich

M - medium bodied, good carbonation

O - Average Fall beer, it is a true Marzen style beer, worth a try (258 characters)

Photo of shand
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Fall Fest pours a slghtly hazy pale orange color with a small head. The aroma is very grainy. Smells a little damp, even. Not the most appealing nose. The taste is of sweet malts at first, then a bit of the grains from the nose come in. And, that's it. Malts. Grains. Done. More like a mediocre amber than any Oktoberfest I've had. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a wet finish. The drinkability is good. Overall, Fall Fest lingers in mediocrity. It's just an alright beer that really shares a lot in common with a macro beer flavor profile. (553 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +27%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a thin malt character and lager yeast up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, spices and pumpkins. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, just a mediocre O-fest beer. (778 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours amber with a soapy off-white head and abundant tiny bubbles in the beer. The beer smells like brown bread and there's some earthy hops aromas. It's a very straightforward aroma with some mild sweetness in the background. There's plenty of that brown crusty bread flavor from the Munich and caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness. The hops bring those earthy, spicy, and floral characteristics to this beer as well as the back end bitterness. It's very well balanced. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. The drinkability is very high. This is a good beer. (639 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of Moss
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 2 find white foam head that dissipates within a minute or two. Some good carbonation and a yellow to amberish in colour. Left some slight lacing on the glass.

S - Definitely pick-up on the Caramel malts along with a slight bit of the Munich malt.

T - Taste is a little below par. The bitterness is there with the after taste but I fail to feel the malts as much in this beer as compared to others of this style. Would rate the taste of this below Sam Adams Oktoberfest and the Brooklyn Oktoberfest.

M - The bottle says it is full-bodied but it is more just medium-bodied to even light-bodied.

Overall - Wouldn't recommend this nor have it again. I just feel it lacks the flavour of other types of this beer style. (721 characters)

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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.