Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of bmcduff2
1/5  rDev -69%

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1/5  rDev -69%

Photo of AleWatcher
1.43/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

So I haven't reviewed too many from abita, but I have a good reason... It's because I have never really liked any of their beers that I've tried... We stopped frequenting a bar because they syrematically replaced all of their tap with offerings from Abita. I tried quite a few and decided not to purchase any of their products... Of course, I didn't tell anyone this, and therefore JohnQVegas can't be faulted for sending me this... Thanks buddy.

Served in a pint glass.

Clear. Orangey copper. Minimal head. Vetually no retention or lacing. Too light in color.

Smells watered down and weak. I'd expect more malts from the style. Virtually no hops on the nose.

Tastes watered down. Slight sweetness. Perhaps a touch of roastiness. A harsh metallic finish. What the hell is that?

The beer is almost entirely undrinkable. I actually find it offensive. The body is oily... Light... Utterly disappointing.

Abita remains a brewery that I just don't understand. Maybe I'll figure it out eventually... But til then, I'll go back to not buying their beer.

Photo of jt31914
1.55/5  rDev -52%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle

A: 1/4 finger of head; amber color with a lot of carbonation rising.

S: Smells of artificial nut flavor - nothing else present.

T: Tastes the same as smell - the nut flavor comes out in finish but this beer wasn't done well.

M: Average

D: Fairly drinkable, but not very good.

Photo of EersandBeers
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of maxpower
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden-yellow color with a small white head, musty grainy corn aroma. Stale light malt flavor, some hops noticable in the finish along with some sourness, light bodied and watery, not even worth a try.

Photo of Kiwano
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very light tan maybe a hint of orange - almost no head at all and then only a tiny ring of bubbles around the rim of glass

S - a tiny bit of yeastiness - not much of a smell

T - a bit of sugar, bread, and malt -- maintains for a bit but not much flavor stays through

M - some small bubbles but a little too watery

D - sort of innocuous and weak - not much depth of flavor or body to this - probably wouldn't have again -

[serving type - chilled bottle poured into a glass]

Photo of mulder1010
2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A-- Poured a carmel color with a one finger head. moderate carbonation and a little bit of lacing.

S-- A little bit of roasted malts, a touch of pecan. Not much else.

T-- A little carmel, pecan and roasted malts.

M-- Well carbonated. The pecan comes through more in the mouthfeel but not all that apparent. Very light and not all that flavorful.

D-- Good drinkability but not much to this beer. not a good fall beer at all. A session beer with not a lot of flavor and not much else to it.

Photo of TeamD
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a somewhat dark brown with a light tan head and not too much lacing as it goes down. Nose is pretty plain with hints of nuttiness, caramel, and a bit of bread. Taste is similar and the nuttiness is a bit off putting. Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent and light. Not terribrly drinkable. Im not normally a fan of many things by Anita but I've liked a lot of heir offerings more than this.

Photo of crizmo2352
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper color with decent white head which fades rather quickly into a thin pad. Very minimal lacing as I sip this down. Faint aroma of malt, but no detectable scent of Munich or Vienna malt (which I was hoping for) and very little hop aroma - barely noticeable. This brew has a medium light body on the palate, a bit on the light side for the style. Maltiness dominates the inital flavor, mostly roasted with chocolate notes. Flavor fills out into a slighlty warm maltiness with a bit of biscuit and well balanaced hop bitterness. Toast notes linger on the palate and then finishes semi-dry. Although this brew is pretty tasty and quite quaffable, I was expecting a bit more for an "Octoberfest lager." Overall this beer seems a bit lackluster in comparison to other Octoberfest beers, but for what it is, still quite palatable.

Photo of Warmonster
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
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...

Photo of Jablonski
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 6-pack a few weeks back from the grocery store. Not very impressed with the beer, but I've heard its better on tap.

Appearance: nothing special--it's a clear golden-brown color

Smell: no distinct smell except a bit of malt

Taste: the taste was very lacking; it is not that it tasted bad, its just that their was no taste; the beer was very watered down

Drinkability: as stated above, it tasted like water, so it's very easy to have several of these beers at a time

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of bernat1971
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of KingBiscuit
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of wailingwench
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eye Candy: Light amber color with a fizzy 2 finger off -white head. No retention and lacing. minimal rising carbonation. Halfway through appears watery and thin.

The Nose Knows: Slight toasted malt that is dominated by fruity yeast. Something almost metallic, finishes with musty presence.

Tongueland: Toasted malts that finish dry and slightly bitter. Close to a metallic finish, the yeast stands out from the malts. Similar to a Ringwood species.

Bender Factor: Certainly better than other O-fests, but avg at best.

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale copper, very clear, with only a thin smattering of bubbles on top. No real retention or lacing to speak of.

Nose is light and floral, with a light, dry breadiness. Significant upgrade over appearance; simple but nice.

Taste is... well, disappointing. No real malt body to speak of, and a hop character that seems thin, harsh, metallic, with very little in the way of any actual hop flavor at all. Hop character is all bitterness, harsh and unappealing.

Mouthfeel isn't as bad as the flavor - medium in body, a bit thin, carbonation is a bit on the coarse, over aggressive side as well. Again, harshe lingering bitterness without any other hop character. Not great, not even good.

Not very drinkable. Unfortunately a pretty disappointing beer.

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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.