Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 26.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 Sammy
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bread, and some caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, burnt caramel, and some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting.

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Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than most Abita beers. A richly flavored brew with ripe fruit flavors, aromas and a bready / yeasty flavor throughout. Seems that all Abita beers finish with a mild grainy bite, perhaps from over sparging. Still there is enough malt character and smooth body to temper the potential harshness. Finishes a little too sweet to consider clean or crisp, but a worthy Oktoberfest bier.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harvest orange with a glossy glow when backlit with January sunshine. Several inches of beige colored foam rest atop the beer, then begin deflating in attractive fashion. Multiple taffy-like connections between head and glass indicate a fair amount of stickiness.

The nose is so low on power that guessing the style would have been difficult if the label was hidden. Warming brings out the typical earthy nuttiness, though nothing other than pale and crystal malt is present. This lager has some work to do on the palate.

Like most Abita beer, Fall Fest is more weakly flavored and lighter than most versions. The brewery must want to keep Louisianans on the slim and trim side. That philosophy makes for easily drinkable beer, but it doesn't make for especially desirable beer. For most Beer Advocates anyway.

Flavors include steely caramel with minimal sweetness and earthy-herbal hops (Hallertau) with slightly more than minimal bitterness. Let's throw toasted bread and baked nuts in there as well. It's all just so-so, which is exactly where most beer from these guys falls.

The mouthfeel firms up and smooths out later in the bottle. It's still on the lighter side of light-medium, probably due to less than abundant malt sugars. Well-done carbonation is the final piece of the slightly above average puzzle.

Fall Fest is a harmless little number that would be a good place to start for BMC lovers who are looking to branch out and get a taste of what Oktoberfest beer is like. Any serious marzen/Oktoberfest fans will want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of zeff80
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper/orange color with a one-finger, bubbly, white head of foam. It was fairly long-lasting and left some lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt with some floral and grainy aromas.

T - It had a very minimal spicy quality with caramel and bready malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - This doesn't really impress me. I honestly think I may not like the spring water that Abita uses.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/ light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly malty scent that is a bit musty and bisquit like. It is dry with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is a bit malty from the use of light crystal malts. It is really musty with a slight mettalic finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average Festbier. It is lousy on the flavor. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/07/05- Received as a wedding gift from BigLove.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Pike Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance- Amber coloring in the pour. 1/4 inch semi-spritzy head which fades quickly. Very very slight lacing.

Smell- Kinda of a vanilla yeasty scent. Reminisent of a Pyramid type scent. Some toasted and corny scented malt.

Taste- Sweeter malt flavor combined with a very light flowery hop taste. Has a bit of a corny flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with an average carbonation level.

Drinkability- This would be good with something like a tailgate brat roast or something. On it's own it's nothing special, granted it is quenching.

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Photo of billab914
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a crystal clear dark amber, almost copper color. It started with a thin but frothy head to it that lasted pretty well into drinking it. Decent lacing as well. Pretty nice looking beer for the style overall.

The aroma has a grainy, biscuity malt flavor coming through along with a bit of caramel flavor as well.

The taste has a grainy, toasted malt flavor coming through along with a decent amount caramel. A moderate bitterness is present in it and really helps balance it out. Not bad but nothing outstanding for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some decent flavors and went down pretty easy. Not a bad beer but not a standout in the style either. Overall I'd say it's a decent beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very light amber, small white head, sporadic spots of lace.

S: Munich malt, very toffee-like. Nice sugary, baked goods notes.

T: Light caramel and it gets a note of club soda, sulfur springs, makes me think it might not have been lagered long enough. It's got some rough patches for sure. Light hoppy finish redeems it somewhat, the malt flavours when they can be found are good.

M: Light-bodied, smooth and crisp.

D: Pretty standard fest, nothing special, solid pub beer for me, got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight wheat, slight hops, hint of yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight grain, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, otherwise decent at best.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to the German varieties of Oktoberfests I've tried this one seems a little less malty and less full-flavored. Appearance is a medium amber shade with a somewhat large head. Aroma is weak, some light sweetness was noticed. Taste is pretty good, but the strength I was expecting was missing. Malts have a decent presence, but there isn't the fullness I'd like. Still, this is a tasty and well-balanced beer. Easily one of my favorites of the Abita line.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick one finger head and semi-hazey copper. Looks more like an IPA than an Oktoberfest beer. Toasted malts mixed with cheap, musty, stinky hops in the nose. The taste has an aire of sweetness that and has a pretty hoppy middle and backbone. Hoppy Oktoberfest makes this mediocre tasting beer much more sessionable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice Oktoberfest. Dark brown amber with an inch of head. Nice.

S - Slight hops and malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. Pretty decent.

T - wow a pretty smooth taste! Not very much caramel but a light bitterness which is appreciated. Slight hops and malts. Plan yet sweet. Lovely.
M - Light to medium. Very good.

D - I actually liked this one and am surprised it is only a C+ rating. Should be at least a B. Still I liked it and it deserves a B+

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not up to some of the others. Drinkable. Amber color instead of traditional red. Malty and not too sweet. Very light hops. Decent body. Good carbonation. Very little head and almost no lace. Finish is good. Could be a session beer depending on what you have to compare it with.

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Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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