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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 241
Photo of AleWatcher
1.48/5  rDev -53%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of jt31914
1.52/5  rDev -51.7%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of maxpower
2/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (201 characters)

Photo of Kiwano
2/5  rDev -36.5%
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] (481 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of crizmo2352
2.43/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of Jablonski
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
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 (482 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
2.52/5  rDev -20%
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. (526 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 JuicesFlowing
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a light clear copper color, almost a light amber. The head is very light and airy which makes it dissipate quickly with only a thin film remaining. Minimal lacing. Smells of light caramel adjuncts. The taste is in the area of a marzen with notes of caramel sweetness and a slight toffee presence as well. Maybe a hint of adjunct like corn. The mouthfeel is pretty much along the lines of a macro lager. Overall, I'm not real impressed with this version of a fall fest beer. It's just too light. It's got the general idea with the caramel notes, but I wouldn't revisit this next year. (624 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This traditional Marzen style beer poured a clear copper color, produced an average white head, and featured average retention and there was some lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of biscuity malted grain, there were some floral notes as well. Medium in body, this lager had a base of malted grain, some caramel malt and a slight spicy note from the hops. Overall, it is not a great Marzen- There are much better examples of this style to be had. Prost! (509 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 BruChef
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (1,187 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a completely clear golden color with a small white head that rises and falls pretty quickly.  A good amount of lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Wow, this doesn't smell like much at all.  A bit of sweet caramel malt and a touch of apple and hops.  That's really about it. 

T: Apples and a bit of sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nutmeg and some earthy hops in the background.  That's really about all that's going on here.  

M: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  The mouthfeel is ok on this one, and, unfortunately, it's one of the best qualities of the beer.  Slightly sweet up front and a little hoppy on the finish.  I don't think it was listed on the label, but it seems like there are some pilsner malts in this ... it tastes like a what a fall pilsner might taste like.

D: Goes down easy enough, but isn't really desirable.  Bland, subtle, blah.  Really, it's a typical Abita beer.  (962 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copperish amber color with about a 1 finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.

Smells largely of caramel sweetness.

Taste is a bit bland. Caramel malt shows up in the front and only light notes of bread and nuts.

Medium carbonation and somewhat light bodied. I can't really appreciate this as a seasonal offering from Abita because to me, it just seems like a clone of their own Amber. Its almost as if they just changed the label of the Amber to make us believe there was a seasonal that we just had to grab while it was there. I can't imagine going back for this again. (627 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
2.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber color with a thin head that dissappeared quickly. The smell was fruity and bitter.
The taste was fruity but thin. It was pleasant but didn't have the punch I'd expected from a Fall/October Fest beer.
The mouthfeel was average, decent carbonation and density.
This is a highly drinkable beer, but not that remarkable. (341 characters)

Photo of cvfish
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a light brown color that produced a foamy white head that receded rather quickly and did not stick to the sides of the glass

S - Some malts spring out, but nothing else

T - There are some sweet, bready malts that hit the palate, but kind of late on the flavors, nothing that screams seasonal to me, which is what I am looking for

M - The mouthful is very thin and watery, with loads of carbonation, small quickly rising bubbles throughout the beer

D - This beer is too much like the Amber to me, nothing standout that claims the title of a seasonal, and the watery feel and loads of carbonation that accompany most Abitas is not pleasing (661 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Fall Fest is a clear, deep golden beer with a thin off white head that has good retention and lacing. There's not really much aroma, aside from some light grain. It's medium-light bodied and a little watery. It's pretty smooth with a watery finish. It leaves the mouth clean. It's pretty well balanced. There's a bit of an adjunct flavor going on. It tastes a little bready and a little yeasty. Overall, the flavor is too weak to really dig into. This would be refreshing as a summer beer, maybe. It just... tastes like "beer". (533 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one milling around in my fridge. Must have gotten lost somewhere along the way. Poured into my pint glass the beer is lightly cloudy golden orange. About a finger of white head fades with decent retention and leaves a thin coating of lace.

The aroma is light toasted grain with hints of spices. It has a slighlty tart apple juice thing going on.

The flavor is rather muted. Roast nuts and malt are the main flavors I can pick out. A definite black earth tone comes through in the finish.

Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

Overall a rather forgettable beer. Abita gave the style a serious shot but missed the mark for my money. (650 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 Wetpaperbag
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden color. Head is light and fluffy, very active.

S- Caramel malts and thats pretty much it, malts.

T- The malts are there, nice and scrumptious. Very bread like. Slight caramel taste, but reminds me of a multi-grained bread.

M- Feels like a beer like this should.

D- Yeah, easy to drink, and is going well with the football game. (347 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (624 characters)

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