Fall Fest | Abita Brewing Co.

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Fall FestFall Fest

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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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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Morey
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours copper in color with some orange hues when it's held up to light. Good clarity allows you to see an abundance of carbonation bubbles headed up towards a cream colored head in streamline fashion. Head settled to a thin lace after just a couple of minutes. Very minimal retention.

Smells of wheat bread & toasted grains. A touch nutty.

Taste: I'm getting a bite from the carbonation up front. The carbonation seems to be getting stuck on the roof of my mouth with each sip. The malt profile helps round things out a bit towards the middle, but I could use just a bit more.

Thin to medium bodied with a lively level of carbonation (a touch too high IMO).

Not bad, but this wouldn't be my first choice within the style either.

Morey's Bottom Line: Judging by the reviews/ratings, I expected this to be worse. It's actually pretty good. The only thing holding it back is the carbonation. That, and it's just a little thin in the malt department.

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Photo of BruChef
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love me some O'fest brew, this one was...meh.
Poured into mug and was a little put off by the color and clarity. Bright orange/copper and slightly hazy with a finger or two of creamy head in the pour. The smell is bready and...yeasty?
Strange, so far i feel like i am describing a subtle hefe.

The flavor definitely has some clove nuances. I can even detect some lemony citrus notes. Very little in the way of medium caramel, malty goodness and balanced hop presence i would expect for the style. An Oktoberfest? I call Shenanigans! Me thinks this brew was fermented with ale yeast. Wouldn't be the first time an American brewer uses ale yeast for a marzen (ahem, harpoon, although yours is tastier and less detectable). Or i could be wrong and it is just very similar to the BMC brewers of Germany that make crummy versions of this style that originated in their own country.

Mouth feel is creamy and not as clean as i like for this style. Drinkability is okay but would be better if it was classified as a different style, perhaps a keller or helles would be more fitting.
Bad beer? No, its drinkable. Disappointing, especially for the style? Yeah. Wouldn't seek this one out again

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): 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 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. Will not reach for it again however.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.48/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

So I haven't reviewed too many from abita, but I have a good reason... It's because I have never really liked any of their beers that I've tried... We stopped frequenting a bar because they syrematically replaced all of their tap with offerings from Abita. I tried quite a few and decided not to purchase any of their products... Of course, I didn't tell anyone this, and therefore JohnQVegas can't be faulted for sending me this... Thanks buddy.

Served in a pint glass.

Clear. Orangey copper. Minimal head. Vetually no retention or lacing. Too light in color.

Smells watered down and weak. I'd expect more malts from the style. Virtually no hops on the nose.

Tastes watered down. Slight sweetness. Perhaps a touch of roastiness. A harsh metallic finish. What the hell is that?

The beer is almost entirely undrinkable. I actually find it offensive. The body is oily... Light... Utterly disappointing.

Abita remains a brewery that I just don't understand. Maybe I'll figure it out eventually... But til then, I'll go back to not buying their beer.

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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

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale copper, very clear, with only a thin smattering of bubbles on top. No real retention or lacing to speak of.

Nose is light and floral, with a light, dry breadiness. Significant upgrade over appearance; simple but nice.

Taste is... well, disappointing. No real malt body to speak of, and a hop character that seems thin, harsh, metallic, with very little in the way of any actual hop flavor at all. Hop character is all bitterness, harsh and unappealing.

Mouthfeel isn't as bad as the flavor - medium in body, a bit thin, carbonation is a bit on the coarse, over aggressive side as well. Again, harshe lingering bitterness without any other hop character. Not great, not even good.

Not very drinkable. Unfortunately a pretty disappointing beer.

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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.


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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass a light amber and nice think head. nice lacing and Looks good for the style.
Smells of slight caramel malts, sweetness, grain
taste is balanced between light hops and sweet caramel malts
lighter on the mouthfeel just under medium with moderate carbonation
I enjoyed this beer and is brewed right down the street from me. Enjoyed the 6 pack in two sittings and enjoyed the brew.

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Photo of Kiwano
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very light tan maybe a hint of orange - almost no head at all and then only a tiny ring of bubbles around the rim of glass

S - a tiny bit of yeastiness - not much of a smell

T - a bit of sugar, bread, and malt -- maintains for a bit but not much flavor stays through

M - some small bubbles but a little too watery

D - sort of innocuous and weak - not much depth of flavor or body to this - probably wouldn't have again -

[serving type - chilled bottle poured into a glass]

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a build your own six-pack at the Krogers on West Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a pale copper with a thin whit head into a pint glass at home.

S - I thought the aroma was indistinct at first but eventually the malt aroma came through. Not sure if they used the traditional Munich malts or not but they seemed to be subdued.

T - For some reason the very first taste of this for me came through really sour. After a few more sips I got much more of what I expected from a Marzen; malts balanced with a little bit of hops in finish. I thought it tasted to style except that the malts were fairly weak and indistinct.

M - For mouthfeel I felt it was a traditional lager; easy to drink and smooth going down.

D - True to style, this is a beer that you could drink quite a few of at a 'Fest. Not my favorite of the Okto's available here in Texas but acceptable.

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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+

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Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight wheat, slight hops, hint of yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight grain, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, otherwise decent at best.

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

Look - clear, light amber in color. About a finger and a half's worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Smell - fair balance between malty and hoppy smelling, but maybe leaning toward malty. Other than that, nothing really stands out.

Taste - Sort of a flat maltiness to it. Only a little bitterness that's in the aftertaste. Maybe a little toasty, but thinner in body. Texture is not as thin, leaning toward being creamier.

Drinkability - a drinkable brew this one. Not exceptional, but not bad either. I don't personally think it's a great representation of a Maerzen, but it doesn't have to be.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear brassy color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet grainy malt.

T - light malty sweetness with a balancing bitterness, maybe too balanced.

F - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - ok, but there are many others I would go for before this one.

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Photo of billab914
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
3.18 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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