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Fall Fest - Abita Brewing Co.

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
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 sprucetip
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale golden/amber depending on how light hits it, gently active, thin white head stays briefly then fades to a film and leaves more than patchy lacing.

Pale malt graininess followed by some crystal caramel sweetness. Not much else. I can feel a wee whisp of booze. Not bad for such a small beer.

Pale grainy, like the nose, and again with the crystal sweetness kicking in next. Maybe some of what seems like crystal to me is a German yeast? Not sure. It's hard to put a finger on, but I can sense the gentle earthy German hops. Not much else going on. Not bad, but not great or memorable.

Adequate carbonation, thinner than medium body.

For a small beer, it has some flavor and something moving in the direction of complexity. But it is far from desirable. It was part of a "mystery case" at Rob's World of Beers in Wichita, one of the best beer retail stores I have ever visited.

sprucetip, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -7.1%

matjack85, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

skaboom420, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ClayO
4/5  rDev +23.8%

ClayO, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of twax
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

twax, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of rmeller
4/5  rDev +23.8%

rmeller, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

LarryMyers, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of eaddy-p
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

eaddy-p, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of KKB
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Very nice if somewhat pale coloration, a pale yellow-orange with a white head that rises up rather high but recedes very quickly. Not bad looking but not very good looking, the head really recedes quickly.

S – The nose is very weak but it has a steely caramel in the nose, with some bread and a light nuttiness and earthy quality. Very light though, surprisingly light. But not bad in reality.

T – The nutty element comes to the foreground here, with a toasted bready aftertaste, there is more of a steely element here as well, some sweetness and a very slight hops flavor as well. As before though, it is all extremely light. Not flavorless per se, but still, extremely light.

M – The mouthfeel is light to medium, on the lighter side certainly though, with pretty good carbonation.

O – Can I use the world light anymore? This beer is just really pretty underwhelming, mild and not a great Oktoberfest. I probably won’t pick this one up again, but I would drink it if offered to me. Not bad, not good. Very average. And very…light.

KKB, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of fsimcox
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

fsimcox, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -7.1%

sd123, Dec 03, 2012
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 MaxOfMetal
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

MaxOfMetal, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of chubby2u
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

chubby2u, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of TeamD
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

TeamD, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TheSixthRing, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of maplacek
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

maplacek, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

OregonGrown7, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

AlexM, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

RickS95, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

jaswilson2, Nov 02, 2012
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.