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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%


Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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fsimcox

California

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 19:05:14 | More by fsimcox
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:16:42 | More by TMoney2591
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TheSixthRing

California

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:36:40 | More by TheSixthRing
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RickS95

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:20:42 | More by RickS95
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jtd1969

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 21:38:46 | More by jtd1969
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shand

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:39:39 | More by shand
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 15:44:06 | More by tdm168
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scvance

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 18:07:52 | More by scvance
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 02:46:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 19:49:58 | More by Fatehunter
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 18:52:02 | More by acevenom
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metter98

New York

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:20:57 | More by metter98
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Moss

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:06:47 | More by Moss
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:10:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 16:57:31 | More by GossageBrewery
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:46:55 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Mississipping

Mississippi

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:15:00 | More by Mississipping
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One2Remeber

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pouring into a pint glass

A: A nice slow pour gives a 1" head, frothy thick but not luscious and creamy. Dissipates to a thin, fading to almost no head after a minute. Beautiful glowing orange colored body with a slight haze but still clear visibility through the glass. Carbonation looks moderate.

S: Standard lager aroma, assuming I am picking up Vienna malts. Slightly sour bitter while hints of creaminess. Smell is very inviting and spot on for an Oktoberfest style.

T: The smell translates into the taste but not very potent. Almost taste watered down, a ton of flavor seems to be there but quickly fades after a quick second.

M: There is a bubbly bitterness from the second the beer touches to the lips all the way to the finishing swallow which really takes away from any tasteful enjoyment.

O: This beer has so much potential yet comes up short. I have a feeling the taste characteristics are more full-flavored / potent served on draft compared to bottle. Not terrible for the style but nothing to go crazy about.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:45:25 | More by One2Remeber
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA glass.

A - pours an orangey gold. Just a touch hazy with an eggshell white head. Dissipates quickly.

S - the aroma is quite sweet; very strong malt aroma. No hop character than I can detect.

T - sweet bready malt; a touch of yeast, and a bit of hops dry out the finish. Honestly not a lot of flavor going on here. Pretty simple.

M - medium bodied, a little slick feeling. Not too bad.

O - overall, not much to write home about. Maybe I've just had a few too many oktoberfests this year, but this didn't really do a whole heck of a lot for me. Not much flavor, not a whole lot going on in the aroma. It's easy drinking, meaning I could drink a ton of it, but I'm not sure I would want to.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:33:21 | More by lawlerj
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very pale brown color with one finger of foam. Aroma is is mild, grainy, and some caramel sweetness.

First sip is crisp, clean, but unexciting. Some lingering sweetness, with a toasted, nutty flavor. A touch of spicy hops in the flavor as well.

Overall, decent but uneventful. A nice beer, but nothing that I'd bend over backwards to get again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:17:51 | More by FickleBeast
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 03:53:06 | More by Sammy
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powellmg

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, golden beer with a thin, white head. Low, malty and nutty aroma. Taste also leans to malt, with a slight sweetness and fruity hop flavors in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

If this had been a blind tasting, I would have guessed it was a maibock.

Overall, a competent if not incredibly complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:51:26 | More by powellmg
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours copper in color with some orange hues when it's held up to light. Good clarity allows you to see an abundance of carbonation bubbles headed up towards a cream colored head in streamline fashion. Head settled to a thin lace after just a couple of minutes. Very minimal retention.

Smells of wheat bread & toasted grains. A touch nutty.

Taste: I'm getting a bite from the carbonation up front. The carbonation seems to be getting stuck on the roof of my mouth with each sip. The malt profile helps round things out a bit towards the middle, but I could use just a bit more.

Thin to medium bodied with a lively level of carbonation (a touch too high IMO).

Not bad, but this wouldn't be my first choice within the style either.

Morey's Bottom Line: Judging by the reviews/ratings, I expected this to be worse. It's actually pretty good. The only thing holding it back is the carbonation. That, and it's just a little thin in the malt department.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:27:40 | More by Morey
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BruChef

New York

2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:43:41 | More by BruChef
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): The look is a hazy light copper color. Decent white and foamy head. Light bubby carbonation. Sturdy and pretty nice-looking. Has a rich bittersweet toasted malt aroma with fresh hops wafting above. Light caramel and hints of liquid yeast. The taste is rich toffee and molasses notes over a roasted (not burnt) malt. The hops are a bittering accent which is mild and serves to balance all that sweetness. Hint of pale malt as well. It feels creamy and thick. Remains on the tongue for sometimes after. Quite substantial. It's a sweet (caramel/molasses) thick beer with mild and bitter hops. More like a roasted pale. Will not reach for it again however.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 21:51:11 | More by CuriousMonk
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.