Fall Fest | Abita Brewing Co.

107 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Fall FestFall Fest

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 245
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 365 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  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+

 468 characters

Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


 763 characters

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

 463 characters

Photo of schrist275
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

 270 characters

Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 340 characters

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...

 772 characters

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 353 characters

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.


 562 characters

Photo of Newglarusguy
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 442 characters

Photo of scratch69
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of lingering head. Fair amount of patchy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and baked bread aromas with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a touch of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent example of the style. Not the best that I've had but certainly enjoyable.

 435 characters

Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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).

 647 characters

Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

 393 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
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.


 442 characters

Photo of powellmg
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

 331 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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

 519 characters

Photo of Mikecap
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery, served in a plastic cup via a self-pour (classy, ya know?)

Appearance: Poured a medium brown with a nice fluffy two finger head that fades relatively quickly, not a ton of lacing on the cup.

Smell: Toasted bread, a good amount of caramel, and some earthy hop character. Also a bit of nuttiness. A good amount of aroma from a plastic cup.

Taste: I get a lot of malty flavor characteristic of the style, fairly sweet without being overpowering, and then some earthy and nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied and easy drinking for the style some creaminess, not very bitter.

Overall: Surprisingly solid, and I'd drink this again. Not a heavy oktoberfest by any means, and worth a try.

 721 characters

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.

 604 characters

Photo of fsimcox
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

 505 characters

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.

 315 characters

Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

 639 characters

Photo of pkalix
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on to the weak beers!
slightly orangish color with a very nice head of frothy, creamy, white topping! very nice pour into the Golden Harvest masonry...
supposed to be 'Oktoberfest-like', and very commercial-like, as expected... no wonder I stick to those high-powered seasonal stouts...
taste is... commercial. nothing special here. typical. bland, but decent. looks beautiful upon pour, looks very german, but still very commercial and without the caramel malts. but then, this IS supposed to be an Oktoberfest-type brew.... Abita has solidified the market of commercial, yet slight craft-y brews. great drinkable (session) brews, but still nothing spectacular. widespread availability, relatively successful (financial) I imagine, but still nothing quite yet game-changing. VERY LIGHT, indeed... cheers!

 805 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to the German varieties of Oktoberfests I've tried this one seems a little less malty and less full-flavored. Appearance is a medium amber shade with a somewhat large head. Aroma is weak, some light sweetness was noticed. Taste is pretty good, but the strength I was expecting was missing. Malts have a decent presence, but there isn't the fullness I'd like. Still, this is a tasty and well-balanced beer. Easily one of my favorites of the Abita line.

 460 characters

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong notes of toasted malt, black pepper, caramel, clover and hops. Some subtle lemon citrus too.

Taste: Malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some black pepper, a little bit of lemon, caramel, and some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some pretty good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty decent American version of an Oktoberfest beer, but nothing special. Tasted good as I drank it, but it was totally forgettable once drunk. I probably won’t get it again, but I won’t turn it down if offered.

 878 characters

Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 520 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
3.18 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.