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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
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 srans
4/5  rDev +24.2%

srans, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

jpotocik, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Gregwa, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Amyliz4
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Amyliz4, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of callmeishmALE
3/5  rDev -6.8%

callmeishmALE, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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. 

Mississipping, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of One2Remeber
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

One2Remeber, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

lawlerj, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

FickleBeast, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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 powellmg
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

powellmg, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Morey, Sep 03, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
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

BruChef, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
1.43/5  rDev -55.6%
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.

AleWatcher, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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 JohnQVegas
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

JohnQVegas, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Fall Fest has a medium, off-white head and a clear, orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, with minimal lacing. The aroma is faint, and really, almost nonexistent. Taste is sweet, and some slight barley can be detected, with a mild hop aftertaste. Mouth-feel, as with most Abita products, is light and watery, and Abita Fall Fest finishes wet and pretty refreshing. Although this is on the bland side, it's an okay beer.


RonaldTheriot, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass a light amber and nice think head. nice lacing and Looks good for the style.
Smells of slight caramel malts, sweetness, grain
taste is balanced between light hops and sweet caramel malts
lighter on the mouthfeel just under medium with moderate carbonation
I enjoyed this beer and is brewed right down the street from me. Enjoyed the 6 pack in two sittings and enjoyed the brew.

BayouBengal1537, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Kiwano
2/5  rDev -37.9%
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]

Kiwano, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of JonathanCrites
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a build your own six-pack at the Krogers on West Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a pale copper with a thin whit head into a pint glass at home.

S - I thought the aroma was indistinct at first but eventually the malt aroma came through. Not sure if they used the traditional Munich malts or not but they seemed to be subdued.

T - For some reason the very first taste of this for me came through really sour. After a few more sips I got much more of what I expected from a Marzen; malts balanced with a little bit of hops in finish. I thought it tasted to style except that the malts were fairly weak and indistinct.

M - For mouthfeel I felt it was a traditional lager; easy to drink and smooth going down.

D - True to style, this is a beer that you could drink quite a few of at a 'Fest. Not my favorite of the Okto's available here in Texas but acceptable.

JonathanCrites, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  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+

DrDemento456, Nov 12, 2010
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.