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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 244
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 244
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 Brent
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Falls short on hitting the category mark. Appropirate brown appearance with some mildly nutty malt aroma. Lacks sufficient substance to really fill the Marzen shoes - body is underdeveloped and lacks the characteristic level of maltyness. A bit watery and grainy.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some earthiness.

Tastes of some toasted malts and earthy hops. Malts have a caramel note with some toasted bread. Hops are earthy and herbal. Could be more assertive in every aspect. Decent enough balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Fall Fest is a clear, deep golden beer with a thin off white head that has good retention and lacing. There's not really much aroma, aside from some light grain. It's medium-light bodied and a little watery. It's pretty smooth with a watery finish. It leaves the mouth clean. It's pretty well balanced. There's a bit of an adjunct flavor going on. It tastes a little bready and a little yeasty. Overall, the flavor is too weak to really dig into. This would be refreshing as a summer beer, maybe. It just... tastes like "beer".

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Photo of jss38
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What I got was in a different bottle than pictured and was described as a lager. Tasted like one to me

A: A clear medium brown. Decent inch of whitish head,

S: Some hops, caramel, just enough nuttiness.

T: Hops, carbonation and alcohol are the start then it flows into a nutty malt flavor

M: A type I beer I gulp.

D: For a lager- wow. Not to knock lagers but I've been caught up in ales for a while. An offbeat take on the Fall/Oktoberfest craze, and I liked it. Nothing I'd seek out regularly, but since it comes out once a year I'll look for it again sometime.

Abita is 2/2 for me. Pecan is next.

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Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small whitish foam. Not much retention.

Aroma is of hops and caramel malts.

The taste is odd on this one. It isn't bad..it has the usual caramel malt profile, some mild hops, toastiness, but a really odd aftertaste that I can't place. Sulfuric, maybe? Minus the aftertaste, which is actually not that off putting (even though I did notice it), the taste was pretty average and standard. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. Drinkability is fine.

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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 EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden amber in color with a light white head, maybe a fingers. Not much lacing.

Smell is decent, with a lot of malt sweetness, and some nutty qualities.

Taste is a bit better, with more intense maltyness, and that nutty, bready quality. Slightly sweet

Feel is a little bit velvety, slightly crisp and smooth. Not heavy on the carbonation.

Average drinkability. It's tasty enough, and good to enjoy a 6 pack throughout the season, but not something I would drink much more than that.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one milling around in my fridge. Must have gotten lost somewhere along the way. Poured into my pint glass the beer is lightly cloudy golden orange. About a finger of white head fades with decent retention and leaves a thin coating of lace.

The aroma is light toasted grain with hints of spices. It has a slighlty tart apple juice thing going on.

The flavor is rather muted. Roast nuts and malt are the main flavors I can pick out. A definite black earth tone comes through in the finish.

Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

Overall a rather forgettable beer. Abita gave the style a serious shot but missed the mark for my money.

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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 Tilley4
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, was this one a surprise... After reading some of the reviews, I was expecting a very average brew at best.. Pleasant surprise...

The appearance of this brew was probably its weakest attribute... Looks like Coke with a small thin fizzy head... Uh oh...

Pretty nice aromas of caramel malts mix with a surprisingly strong noble hop presence here... Hey, not bad...

Wow... This tastes dang goos... My first brew of the evening is loaded with caramel malt and noble hop flavor... This isn't overtaken by the roasted malts like some others of the style and its not overly sweet... Strong noble hop finish leaves me wanting another sip...

I picked up a single of this in a mixed O-fest sixer and I'm dang pleased...

Probably my favorite offering from Abita thus far...

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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 KrisPaulk77
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an uneventful amber-orange, with 1/4 of an inch of bubbly white head. The head was fast fading with no lacing noted.
The aroma, as faint as it is, isn't very impressive. Some nutty aromas, and a slight toasty smell was noted.
Taste was decidedly average as well. A slight toastiness was present, as well as a nutty taste, and a slight hop bitterness.
The feel is fairly thin. The carbonation was adequate.
Overall, a pretty average beer. It was fairly easy drinking, but not anything I'd go out of my way to track down.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A-- Poured a carmel color with a one finger head. moderate carbonation and a little bit of lacing.

S-- A little bit of roasted malts, a touch of pecan. Not much else.

T-- A little carmel, pecan and roasted malts.

M-- Well carbonated. The pecan comes through more in the mouthfeel but not all that apparent. Very light and not all that flavorful.

D-- Good drinkability but not much to this beer. not a good fall beer at all. A session beer with not a lot of flavor and not much else to it.

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Photo of jt31914
1.52/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle

A: 1/4 finger of head; amber color with a lot of carbonation rising.

S: Smells of artificial nut flavor - nothing else present.

T: Tastes the same as smell - the nut flavor comes out in finish but this beer wasn't done well.

M: Average

D: Fairly drinkable, but not very good.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mildly translucent orange-bronze color. The light beige head is tall and foamy, with solid retention. Some thin rings of foamy lace are left along the glass.

S: Mild toasted malt with some faint caramel notes. A moderate herbal hop aroma, along with some mineral, vegetal, and mild fruity hints.

T: Toasty malt and some caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is low, with some mild herbal flavor. A bit fruity and nutty. The classic mineral/vegetal Abita flavor is present, somewhat unfortunately. Mildly yeasty.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly crisp, with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry into the finish.

D: A pretty uninspired fall seasonal. Like many other Abita offerings, mineral and vegetal flavors undermine some otherwise solid flavors. Little better than pedestrian.

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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 Vengeance526
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copperish amber color with about a 1 finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.

Smells largely of caramel sweetness.

Taste is a bit bland. Caramel malt shows up in the front and only light notes of bread and nuts.

Medium carbonation and somewhat light bodied. I can't really appreciate this as a seasonal offering from Abita because to me, it just seems like a clone of their own Amber. Its almost as if they just changed the label of the Amber to make us believe there was a seasonal that we just had to grab while it was there. I can't imagine going back for this again.

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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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Photo of stockingcpl
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a thing tan head that leaves plentiful lacings. Brew color is a honey.

Smell: Aroma is a nice malt toasty presence with very faint hops in the background. Pretty good but a little underpowered.

Taste: The traditional Maerzen style comes to the front immediately. There are molasses hints along with slight hop twang backed up by traditional Bavarian malts.

Mouthfell: Maerzen snap...that's about it. Nothing else needs to be added.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This is a great Oktoberfect beer. I'm impressed.


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Photo of introvertedone
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed: 1/112/09

Abita's Fall Fest was an alright beer. It's appearance was amber, copperish. There was a sweet, grassy aroma and presented a bisquity flavor. This beer had a smooth kind of heavy mouthfeel. This is an average but decent beer and would definitely drink this again.

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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 Wetpaperbag
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden color. Head is light and fluffy, very active.

S- Caramel malts and thats pretty much it, malts.

T- The malts are there, nice and scrumptious. Very bread like. Slight caramel taste, but reminds me of a multi-grained bread.

M- Feels like a beer like this should.

D- Yeah, easy to drink, and is going well with the football game.

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Photo of bmwats
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cvfish
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.