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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
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 Sammy
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sammy, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 29, 2010
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.

metter98, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

zeff80, Oct 26, 2010
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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

russpowell, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

WesWes, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

GClarkage, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ejimhof, May 26, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.