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: 247 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not up to some of the others. Drinkable. Amber color instead of traditional red. Malty and not too sweet. Very light hops. Decent body. Good carbonation. Very little head and almost no lace. Finish is good. Could be a session beer depending on what you have to compare it with.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright orange, a bit thin on color but pretty. Thin head almost no coverage.

Aroma - crackery, light grain, not much more.

Taste - sweet grain, almost a peanut-like flavor. Good balance on the hops. Mild but at the right level. The swallow is sweet with a peanut kind of aftertaste. Interesting. A relatively average beer for the style, but tasty.

Mouthfeel - a smooth beer with even carbonation, solid body.

Drinkability - nothing outstanding but a good drinker.

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Photo of jubnat
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 2006. Pours light copper color. I get a slightly sweet aroma. Taste is fairly subtle, not much going on. Feels pretty light in my mouth, a little over carbonated, with a sort of sweet grainy taste. Not much to say. Not a bad beer, but if I wanted something like it I would just go for an Abita Amber.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid soft malt aroma with hints of caramel and hop.

The taste was subtle and grainy. Strong grain bill with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side.

Overall a good drinkable Oktober. However, it doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/07/05- Received as a wedding gift from BigLove.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Pike Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance- Amber coloring in the pour. 1/4 inch semi-spritzy head which fades quickly. Very very slight lacing.

Smell- Kinda of a vanilla yeasty scent. Reminisent of a Pyramid type scent. Some toasted and corny scented malt.

Taste- Sweeter malt flavor combined with a very light flowery hop taste. Has a bit of a corny flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with an average carbonation level.

Drinkability- This would be good with something like a tailgate brat roast or something. On it's own it's nothing special, granted it is quenching.

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Photo of schrist275
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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

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Photo of wailingwench
2.52/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eye Candy: Light amber color with a fizzy 2 finger off -white head. No retention and lacing. minimal rising carbonation. Halfway through appears watery and thin.

The Nose Knows: Slight toasted malt that is dominated by fruity yeast. Something almost metallic, finishes with musty presence.

Tongueland: Toasted malts that finish dry and slightly bitter. Close to a metallic finish, the yeast stands out from the malts. Similar to a Ringwood species.

Bender Factor: Certainly better than other O-fests, but avg at best.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/ light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly malty scent that is a bit musty and bisquit like. It is dry with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is a bit malty from the use of light crystal malts. It is really musty with a slight mettalic finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average Festbier. It is lousy on the flavor. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  rDev +9%
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 HardTarget
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Thin nose, not much here. A slight sweet smell, perhaps lightly toasted malt,
Appearance: Painfully clear dirty blond body with a nice cap of creamy white bubbles. Nice lacing.
Flavor: Again with the lightly toasted malt, with a fair spike of peppery hops. Balance is toward the sweet with a nice spicy aftertaste, almost ginger like.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a slight chew. Nice carbonation level and fairly dry. Does leave a slight film behind, but oddly it doesn’t seem oily.
Overall Impression: Not really an Oktoberfest, but a Cajun cousin of the style. Kind of unfair to knock it for being off style, they never claimed a style. A good fall style brew for my money. Malty, but balanced. I could see this being a session for a good LSU game.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber color with a thin head that dissappeared quickly. The smell was fruity and bitter.
The taste was fruity but thin. It was pleasant but didn't have the punch I'd expected from a Fall/October Fest beer.
The mouthfeel was average, decent carbonation and density.
This is a highly drinkable beer, but not that remarkable.

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Photo of Redrover
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Acme Oyster House. Great place to eat while in the quarter.

Beer had a nice orange hue with good lacing and decent head. Nose was faint, but clear malt and some earthy aroma.

Taste was slightly disappointing. I enjoyed it, but know there is much better O-fests out there. Malt sweetness and slight hop presence, can’t overcome the thin mouthfeel. I also thought there was to much carbonation for this style.

Beer was not made to stand up to the spicy local cuisine, but would be fine with sausages and kraut.

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Photo of maxpower
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden-yellow color with a small white head, musty grainy corn aroma. Stale light malt flavor, some hops noticable in the finish along with some sourness, light bodied and watery, not even worth a try.

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Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a semi-clear light copper color. a rocky head leaves a nice deal of lace. french toast aroma, sugary sweet. tastes of sweet toasted caramel malts and other grains. medium body, just the right amount of smoothness, with a slight crisp finish. a bit of flowery hops. also a bit of astringency...like mega hard water...minerally. a shaky beer on it's own...this a beer to be paired with food, such as sauerkraut and sausage.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Fall Fest from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 247 ratings