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Fall Fest | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
107
Ratings:
246
pDev:
17.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bread, and some caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, burnt caramel, and some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but very dense off white head that died down but consistently covered the surface.
S: The smell is rather unusual and seems to share some semblance with caramel, nutty and toasted malts as well as cooked corn.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has also some notes of earthy yeast and Grape-Nuts cereal.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Apart from the light amount of maltiness, this beer is quite unlike other Oktoberfest beers I have tried and the taste takes a little getting used to.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color with a thin cream colored head that holds minimally. Not much lace. Limited aroma of some lightly roasted malts and some hop in the background. The Abita house character is present. Medium/light body with a moderate mouthfeel. The flavor is somewhat less that might be expected for a beer labeled "Fall Fest", but without calling it Oktoberfest that's fine. There's no obvious amount of Munich malt in here. The malt has a more "toasty" character. Not a sweet beer - well balanced with hops. Medium dry aftertaste with a touch of hop. A fairly pleasant beer, but with less character than most "Fest" beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a thin malt character and lager yeast up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, spices and pumpkins. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, just a mediocre O-fest beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -26.9%
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 billab914
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a crystal clear dark amber, almost copper color. It started with a thin but frothy head to it that lasted pretty well into drinking it. Decent lacing as well. Pretty nice looking beer for the style overall.

The aroma has a grainy, biscuity malt flavor coming through along with a bit of caramel flavor as well.

The taste has a grainy, toasted malt flavor coming through along with a decent amount caramel. A moderate bitterness is present in it and really helps balance it out. Not bad but nothing outstanding for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some decent flavors and went down pretty easy. Not a bad beer but not a standout in the style either. Overall I'd say it's a decent beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
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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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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