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Fall Fest | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 Tilley4
3.89/5  rDev +20.4%
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...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very light amber, small white head, sporadic spots of lace.

S: Munich malt, very toffee-like. Nice sugary, baked goods notes.

T: Light caramel and it gets a note of club soda, sulfur springs, makes me think it might not have been lagered long enough. It's got some rough patches for sure. Light hoppy finish redeems it somewhat, the malt flavours when they can be found are good.

M: Light-bodied, smooth and crisp.

D: Pretty standard fest, nothing special, solid pub beer for me, got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an uneventful amber-orange, with 1/4 of an inch of bubbly white head. The head was fast fading with no lacing noted.
The aroma, as faint as it is, isn't very impressive. Some nutty aromas, and a slight toasty smell was noted.
Taste was decidedly average as well. A slight toastiness was present, as well as a nutty taste, and a slight hop bitterness.
The feel is fairly thin. The carbonation was adequate.
Overall, a pretty average beer. It was fairly easy drinking, but not anything I'd go out of my way to track down.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A-- Poured a carmel color with a one finger head. moderate carbonation and a little bit of lacing.

S-- A little bit of roasted malts, a touch of pecan. Not much else.

T-- A little carmel, pecan and roasted malts.

M-- Well carbonated. The pecan comes through more in the mouthfeel but not all that apparent. Very light and not all that flavorful.

D-- Good drinkability but not much to this beer. not a good fall beer at all. A session beer with not a lot of flavor and not much else to it.

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Photo of jt31914
1.52/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle

A: 1/4 finger of head; amber color with a lot of carbonation rising.

S: Smells of artificial nut flavor - nothing else present.

T: Tastes the same as smell - the nut flavor comes out in finish but this beer wasn't done well.

M: Average

D: Fairly drinkable, but not very good.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mildly translucent orange-bronze color. The light beige head is tall and foamy, with solid retention. Some thin rings of foamy lace are left along the glass.

S: Mild toasted malt with some faint caramel notes. A moderate herbal hop aroma, along with some mineral, vegetal, and mild fruity hints.

T: Toasty malt and some caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is low, with some mild herbal flavor. A bit fruity and nutty. The classic mineral/vegetal Abita flavor is present, somewhat unfortunately. Mildly yeasty.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly crisp, with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry into the finish.

D: A pretty uninspired fall seasonal. Like many other Abita offerings, mineral and vegetal flavors undermine some otherwise solid flavors. Little better than pedestrian.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Vengeance526
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copperish amber color with about a 1 finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.

Smells largely of caramel sweetness.

Taste is a bit bland. Caramel malt shows up in the front and only light notes of bread and nuts.

Medium carbonation and somewhat light bodied. I can't really appreciate this as a seasonal offering from Abita because to me, it just seems like a clone of their own Amber. Its almost as if they just changed the label of the Amber to make us believe there was a seasonal that we just had to grab while it was there. I can't imagine going back for this again.

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Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy, golden/orange, with medium carbonation

Smell: I get a good dose of malt

Taste: malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, with a slightly bitter middle

Drinkability: The spice to me was noticable, but that is it...I have had better American marzens. I will not be seeking this out again. To me Abita is good where it is good. I just do not think they hit on the marzen style.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
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.


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Photo of introvertedone
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed: 1/112/09

Abita's Fall Fest was an alright beer. It's appearance was amber, copperish. There was a sweet, grassy aroma and presented a bisquity flavor. This beer had a smooth kind of heavy mouthfeel. This is an average but decent beer and would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light copper color with a creamy off-white head. Decent retention, some lacing.

Pretty typical 'fest beer nose, super malty and toasty. A bit more caramel sweetness than most and I also smell hints of brown sugar, toffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Very heavy on the toast and nuts. Not too much of the sweetness in the nose comes through. It is fresh, crisp and easy to drink, but overall a pretty average and typical American version of the style. Can easily be a session beer or a quencher for these warm southern fall afternoons.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden color. Head is light and fluffy, very active.

S- Caramel malts and thats pretty much it, malts.

T- The malts are there, nice and scrumptious. Very bread like. Slight caramel taste, but reminds me of a multi-grained bread.

M- Feels like a beer like this should.

D- Yeah, easy to drink, and is going well with the football game.

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

Poured this one into a nice pint glass.

A: Medium golden in color. Light head, fairly carbonated. Fizzes up big upon pour, but diminishes quickly.

S: Light malty, and slight nutty aroma; but you have to work for it. It's yeasty-ness stands out a bit more.

T: A little sweet, roasted malt, and a hint of nutty-ness. Decent combination of flavors.

M: A bit watered-down. Does fill the mouth with what it does have. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Easy drinkin'.

Nothing to write home about, but nod bad either. Very drinkable, a little watered-down, but enough flavor to make it a serviceable quaff.

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Photo of cvfish
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a light brown color that produced a foamy white head that receded rather quickly and did not stick to the sides of the glass

S - Some malts spring out, but nothing else

T - There are some sweet, bready malts that hit the palate, but kind of late on the flavors, nothing that screams seasonal to me, which is what I am looking for

M - The mouthful is very thin and watery, with loads of carbonation, small quickly rising bubbles throughout the beer

D - This beer is too much like the Amber to me, nothing standout that claims the title of a seasonal, and the watery feel and loads of carbonation that accompany most Abitas is not pleasing

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Photo of Jablonski
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 6-pack a few weeks back from the grocery store. Not very impressed with the beer, but I've heard its better on tap.

Appearance: nothing special--it's a clear golden-brown color

Smell: no distinct smell except a bit of malt

Taste: the taste was very lacking; it is not that it tasted bad, its just that their was no taste; the beer was very watered down

Drinkability: as stated above, it tasted like water, so it's very easy to have several of these beers at a time

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Town, KY on 01/01/2007.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of biggmike
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden color with decent white head. Didnt really look like a Marzen to me. The aroma was a bit sweet and malty. The flavor was not terribly impressive. It was grainy with a bit of caramel. Hops came through a bit. Mouthfeel was okay. This is not a Marzen I would buy again.

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Photo of kinger
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid in all aspects, I enjoyed this fall seasonal in the middle of summer. Cracked the bottle and to my joy the freshness was still there. Mild sweet aroma, pours a dirty bronze color with a thin head and very little lacing. Creamy mouthfeel that has just enough fullness to it to be satisfying. Flavor is also mild and sweet, I detect a presence of honey mixed in with the malt. Enjoyable but not very exciting.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
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.


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Photo of crizmo2352
2.43/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper color with decent white head which fades rather quickly into a thin pad. Very minimal lacing as I sip this down. Faint aroma of malt, but no detectable scent of Munich or Vienna malt (which I was hoping for) and very little hop aroma - barely noticeable. This brew has a medium light body on the palate, a bit on the light side for the style. Maltiness dominates the inital flavor, mostly roasted with chocolate notes. Flavor fills out into a slighlty warm maltiness with a bit of biscuit and well balanaced hop bitterness. Toast notes linger on the palate and then finishes semi-dry. Although this brew is pretty tasty and quite quaffable, I was expecting a bit more for an "Octoberfest lager." Overall this beer seems a bit lackluster in comparison to other Octoberfest beers, but for what it is, still quite palatable.

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Photo of pwoods
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown stubby bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours golden straw, a few shades darker than a typical blonde. 2+ fingers of pearl white head that has some staying power. Not much lacing.

S: Very yeasty and earthy. Grainy malts. A touch of hop leaf but very subtle.

T/M: Very yeasty for a marzen. Plenty of grainy malts and fresh baked wheat. Hops add some crisp earthy, leafy taste. Body is just right and carbonation is plentiful.

D: Not bad but will easily get lost in the abundance of stellar marzens that Cincinnati is blessed with.

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Photo of LeRay
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review on B.A. so I wanted to do a local beer. I had this one on tap and thought it was really good this year. Not much of a head, but looked great in the glass. It had a very good smell and it was really smooth to drink. I really enjoyed it and look forward to it every fall. One of the best from Abita.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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).

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Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased down the block from my hotel in NOLA.

A-Pours a light clear amber with a small head which quickly is reduced to nothing. There is a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Slight grassy hop scent, and a little caramel smelling malt.

T-Sweeter than I expected. A caramel sweetness is evident from the first sip. There is a slight mineral metallic edge as well. A grassy hop presence is evident in the aftertaste but could be stronger. There is a vague spice that keeps it interesting at least

M-Slightly watery with a mild carbonation.

D-This is a very average beer in every sense of the word. Luckily it does not overdo the sweetness but there could be a better balance.

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