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Fall Fest | Abita Brewing Co.

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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.

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 244
Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's got a good look to it, a standard clear amber color with a head one finger tall and fluffy, densely compact but not rocky. Retention is good, and it takes time for this head to fade, and it never is smaller than about 1/4 finger at any point. Lacing is light, considering, but some moderate spotting, almost patching, is left on the glass.
The nose is light, mostly nutty with some caramel and bready malts along with lemony hops that almost go sour as a faint hint of a vegetal note flashes in and out.
The flavor indicates that the vegetal note may be a misinterpretation in my nose of the hops, leafy and a little herbal, and it's not bad. This is along with an overlying nutty character. It's a little harsh in its cooked corn sourness, and the plus side is that this particular aspect isn't all that strong. This certainly isn't right, though.
The body is too light, though barely, and too fizzy up front. It's crisp, yes, but it's not smooth or clean, and some harshness comes into the finish. This eases up very much as it warms. The finish is cleaner as well as the carbonation backing off.

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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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of KKB
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 TheSixthRing
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - fairly clear amber in color, good head with lacing

S - light caramel, sweet lager smell

T - octoberfest qualities, some bread, lightly caramel rich

M - medium bodied, good carbonation

O - Average Fall beer, it is a true Marzen style beer, worth a try

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Photo of shand
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Fall Fest pours a slghtly hazy pale orange color with a small head. The aroma is very grainy. Smells a little damp, even. Not the most appealing nose. The taste is of sweet malts at first, then a bit of the grains from the nose come in. And, that's it. Malts. Grains. Done. More like a mediocre amber than any Oktoberfest I've had. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a wet finish. The drinkability is good. Overall, Fall Fest lingers in mediocrity. It's just an alright beer that really shares a lot in common with a macro beer flavor profile.

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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.

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Photo of scvance
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Smell is almost nonexistent slight malty sweet smell with slight earthy notes. Taste is malty, with a nice sweetness level and a crisp earthy bitterness to it. Fairly high in carbonation. Very clean finish and low to medium body. Overall I expected more from this beer and was slightly disappointed by the lack of a good aroma. The taste left much to be desired and even the appearance was lighter than expected. It's a decent beer, however I doubt I will be having this again. Not necessarily because it was bad, just because it wasn't anything special.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Fatehunter
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Straw/golden color with a finger of head.
Faint smell of grain, a little wet.
Nice taste. Pretty well balanced without any standout flavors. Mildly bitter with a little honey at the end.
Crisp body.
Not the greatest, but certainly a great drink.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Moss
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 2 find white foam head that dissipates within a minute or two. Some good carbonation and a yellow to amberish in colour. Left some slight lacing on the glass.

S - Definitely pick-up on the Caramel malts along with a slight bit of the Munich malt.

T - Taste is a little below par. The bitterness is there with the after taste but I fail to feel the malts as much in this beer as compared to others of this style. Would rate the taste of this below Sam Adams Oktoberfest and the Brooklyn Oktoberfest.

M - The bottle says it is full-bodied but it is more just medium-bodied to even light-bodied.

Overall - Wouldn't recommend this nor have it again. I just feel it lacks the flavour of other types of this beer style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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 GossageBrewery
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This traditional Marzen style beer poured a clear copper color, produced an average white head, and featured average retention and there was some lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of biscuity malted grain, there were some floral notes as well. Medium in body, this lager had a base of malted grain, some caramel malt and a slight spicy note from the hops. Overall, it is not a great Marzen- There are much better examples of this style to be had. Prost!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a light clear copper color, almost a light amber. The head is very light and airy which makes it dissipate quickly with only a thin film remaining. Minimal lacing. Smells of light caramel adjuncts. The taste is in the area of a marzen with notes of caramel sweetness and a slight toffee presence as well. Maybe a hint of adjunct like corn. The mouthfeel is pretty much along the lines of a macro lager. Overall, I'm not real impressed with this version of a fall fest beer. It's just too light. It's got the general idea with the caramel notes, but I wouldn't revisit this next year.

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Photo of Mississipping
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a completely clear golden color with a small white head that rises and falls pretty quickly.  A good amount of lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Wow, this doesn't smell like much at all.  A bit of sweet caramel malt and a touch of apple and hops.  That's really about it. 

T: Apples and a bit of sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nutmeg and some earthy hops in the background.  That's really about all that's going on here.  

M: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  The mouthfeel is ok on this one, and, unfortunately, it's one of the best qualities of the beer.  Slightly sweet up front and a little hoppy on the finish.  I don't think it was listed on the label, but it seems like there are some pilsner malts in this ... it tastes like a what a fall pilsner might taste like.

D: Goes down easy enough, but isn't really desirable.  Bland, subtle, blah.  Really, it's a typical Abita beer. 

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pouring into a pint glass

A: A nice slow pour gives a 1" head, frothy thick but not luscious and creamy. Dissipates to a thin, fading to almost no head after a minute. Beautiful glowing orange colored body with a slight haze but still clear visibility through the glass. Carbonation looks moderate.

S: Standard lager aroma, assuming I am picking up Vienna malts. Slightly sour bitter while hints of creaminess. Smell is very inviting and spot on for an Oktoberfest style.

T: The smell translates into the taste but not very potent. Almost taste watered down, a ton of flavor seems to be there but quickly fades after a quick second.

M: There is a bubbly bitterness from the second the beer touches to the lips all the way to the finishing swallow which really takes away from any tasteful enjoyment.

O: This beer has so much potential yet comes up short. I have a feeling the taste characteristics are more full-flavored / potent served on draft compared to bottle. Not terrible for the style but nothing to go crazy about.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA glass.

A - pours an orangey gold. Just a touch hazy with an eggshell white head. Dissipates quickly.

S - the aroma is quite sweet; very strong malt aroma. No hop character than I can detect.

T - sweet bready malt; a touch of yeast, and a bit of hops dry out the finish. Honestly not a lot of flavor going on here. Pretty simple.

M - medium bodied, a little slick feeling. Not too bad.

O - overall, not much to write home about. Maybe I've just had a few too many oktoberfests this year, but this didn't really do a whole heck of a lot for me. Not much flavor, not a whole lot going on in the aroma. It's easy drinking, meaning I could drink a ton of it, but I'm not sure I would want to.

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
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