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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 103
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 bmwats


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured this one into a nice pint glass.

A: Medium golden in color. Light head, fairly carbonated. Fizzes up big upon pour, but diminishes quickly.

S: Light malty, and slight nutty aroma; but you have to work for it. It's yeasty-ness stands out a bit more.

T: A little sweet, roasted malt, and a hint of nutty-ness. Decent combination of flavors.

M: A bit watered-down. Does fill the mouth with what it does have. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Nothing to write home about, but nod bad either. Very drinkable, a little watered-down, but enough flavor to make it a serviceable quaff.

12-08-2008 05:27:08 | More by bmwats
Photo of cvfish


2.85/5  rDev -11.5%

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

11-25-2008 06:03:52 | More by cvfish
Photo of Jablonski


2.48/5  rDev -23%

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

11-24-2008 02:30:31 | More by Jablonski
Photo of tmoneyba


3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle from Party Town, KY on 01/01/2007.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

11-13-2008 17:11:09 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of biggmike


3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a dark golden color with decent white head. Didnt really look like a Marzen to me. The aroma was a bit sweet and malty. The flavor was not terribly impressive. It was grainy with a bit of caramel. Hops came through a bit. Mouthfeel was okay. This is not a Marzen I would buy again.

09-18-2008 06:47:35 | More by biggmike
Photo of kinger


3/5  rDev -6.8%

Solid in all aspects, I enjoyed this fall seasonal in the middle of summer. Cracked the bottle and to my joy the freshness was still there. Mild sweet aroma, pours a dirty bronze color with a thin head and very little lacing. Creamy mouthfeel that has just enough fullness to it to be satisfying. Flavor is also mild and sweet, I detect a presence of honey mixed in with the malt. Enjoyable but not very exciting.

08-05-2008 17:28:49 | More by kinger
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.05/5  rDev +25.8%

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 (English?) 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 than a fall beer, but quite good. A fine Oktoberfest.


05-19-2008 03:20:46 | More by williamherbert
Photo of crizmo2352


2.45/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

03-06-2008 21:37:36 | More by crizmo2352
Photo of pwoods


3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. brown stubby bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours golden straw, a few shades darker than a typical blonde. 2+ fingers of pearl white head that has some staying power. Not much lacing.

S: Very yeasty and earthy. Grainy malts. A touch of hop leaf but very subtle.

T/M: Very yeasty for a marzen. Plenty of grainy malts and fresh baked wheat. Hops add some crisp earthy, leafy taste. Body is just right and carbonation is plentiful.

D: Not bad but will easily get lost in the abundance of stellar marzens that Cincinnati is blessed with.

01-11-2008 01:42:58 | More by pwoods
Photo of LeRay


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

This is my first review on B.A. so I wanted to do a local beer. I had this one on tap and thought it was really good this year. Not much of a head, but looked great in the glass. It had a very good smell and it was really smooth to drink. I really enjoyed it and look forward to it every fall. One of the best from Abita.

10-26-2007 15:26:27 | More by LeRay
Photo of acrawf6


3.75/5  rDev +16.5%


Pours out a light orangish copper with a fluffy slightly tan head.

Smell. On the sweet side, but with a boiled peanut smell i cant get out of my head. I think the aroma is on the simple side, but pleasant.

Taste. Nice light roasted malt character to it. Has just a slight spicyness. Aftertaste is has a little nuttiness to it. Again, flavor is not so complex, but still nice.

Mouthfeel. Surprised me with the body, fuller than i remember in past years. Not the fullest oktoberfest, but nice body with a good creamyness.

Overall, a nice beer, much better than what i remember. Still, so similar to the amber (being the same style though).

10-22-2007 01:03:32 | More by acrawf6
Photo of sleazo

New York

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Purchased down the block from my hotel in NOLA.

A-Pours a light clear amber with a small head which quickly is reduced to nothing. There is a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Slight grassy hop scent, and a little caramel smelling malt.

T-Sweeter than I expected. A caramel sweetness is evident from the first sip. There is a slight mineral metallic edge as well. A grassy hop presence is evident in the aftertaste but could be stronger. There is a vague spice that keeps it interesting at least

M-Slightly watery with a mild carbonation.

D-This is a very average beer in every sense of the word. Luckily it does not overdo the sweetness but there could be a better balance.

10-15-2007 22:48:27 | More by sleazo
Photo of drpimento


3/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

09-05-2007 00:44:40 | More by drpimento
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.22/5  rDev +31.1%

Appearance - Orange-golden(Amber) color to it. Thin head off white color.

Aroma - Nice hint of malts and hops..

Taste - Malt, hops and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - full body, not too much carbonation

Drinkability - I really enjoy this beer. I look forward to September when it is available. It's inexpensive which makes it a great beer for the price.

07-16-2007 21:43:43 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of Newglarusguy


3.78/5  rDev +17.4%

This is the fall seasonal from Abita, and my mother-in-law was kind enough to bring me some on her last visit. If it had proclaimed itself to be a marzen or Oktoberfest anywhere on the label I'd have had to take a few points off, because it's less malty..not as full-flavored as most. But, it doesn't. It's just a medium bodied and very tasty lager. I've really enjoyed having it around and will look for more when I'm there for Thanksgiving.

02-14-2007 22:45:36 | More by Newglarusguy
Photo of goochpunch


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours out a pale honey color with a thin head that fizzles out to a thin layer. Has aromas of caramel and bready malt, but then it gets slightly pushed out by a grainy smell. I can maybe pick out some faint noble hops. Agains, with the flavor, it starts off malty, then makes way for grainy flavors. Towards the finish, it gets a little hot from the alcohol and has a nice punch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, oddly enough, and it has a moderate body with slightly stinging carbonation. Drinkability is OK.

12-28-2006 01:02:57 | More by goochpunch
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.35/5  rDev +4%

Appearance - bright orange, a bit thin on color but pretty. Thin head almost no coverage.

Aroma - crackery, light grain, not much more.

Taste - sweet grain, almost a peanut-like flavor. Good balance on the hops. Mild but at the right level. The swallow is sweet with a peanut kind of aftertaste. Interesting. A relatively average beer for the style, but tasty.

Mouthfeel - a smooth beer with even carbonation, solid body.

Drinkability - nothing outstanding but a good drinker.

12-18-2006 18:41:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of jubnat


3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz. bottle, 2006. Pours light copper color. I get a slightly sweet aroma. Taste is fairly subtle, not much going on. Feels pretty light in my mouth, a little over carbonated, with a sort of sweet grainy taste. Not much to say. Not a bad beer, but if I wanted something like it I would just go for an Abita Amber.

11-03-2006 04:55:49 | More by jubnat
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

10-09-2006 11:38:42 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

10-06-2006 02:38:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of bigbubba


3.98/5  rDev +23.6%

This is a clear straw colored beer with a small head. There is alot of carbonation. There is a light malt aroma. No hops are evident. The taste is well balanced and malty. There isn't alot of flavor, and no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, very smooth and full. Drinkability is excellent. Too bad there were only 2 in the sampler 12 pack.

02-21-2006 23:22:08 | More by bigbubba
Photo of GClarkage


3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

10-07-2005 19:45:16 | More by GClarkage
Photo of schrist275


4/5  rDev +24.2%

Abita fallfest dark gold in color on tap head is full tight and thick with fine lace. It has a sweet smell of hops and autumny tones. Taste start of as hops and moves to sour citrus full mouth feel, goes very well with this hamburger.

Very well done 4 cross the board

11-27-2004 07:27:08 | More by schrist275
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

2.53/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

11-20-2004 07:46:57 | More by wailingwench
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.83/5  rDev +18.9%

The head is small, firm and almost cream-colored sitting on the slightly hazy, orangey-gold beer. Some small swoops of lacing. Peanuts and dust in the nose. Sugar and peanuts give way to a full caramel middle. A little fruity. The finish is dry and a little vinous. Nuts and alcohol. This is a good: nutty and caramely, but still fairly fresh and light.

10-27-2004 21:53:58 | More by kbub6f
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
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