Fall Festival Lager
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Fall Festival LagerFall Festival Lager
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #421
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
81
Ranked #40,757
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 12.96%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
48
From:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
81
Good
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 48
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at TRATA in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light brownish amber color, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

This smells like overly sweet malt and nothing else, really. This doesn't bode well for the overall quality of this beer.

This is really quite poorly done. It finishes with a weird sweetness that almost feels like you're drinking a cider. It's also metallic, and just too generically caramel-malty. There's nothing really to recommend here.

This drinks an Oktoberfest soda, or an Oktoberfest cider - it's just watery and underattenuated, and the carbonation doesn't even feel right. It's not drinkable.

This is a pretty thorough swing and a miss.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego. It poured a clear amber with very thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had caramel malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt up front and hints of grain on the finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear copper amber pour with thick fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Toasted malts and grains... bread and earth.

T/F: Follows the nose. Lightly toasted grains... modest sweetness. Doughy... earthy... some mild hopping for bitterness and a bit of spice near the finish. Light bodied.

O: An inoffensive marzen. Easy drinking but there are way better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium copper/amber with moderate head and persistent lacing.
Smell is light, sweet malt.
Taste is a nice blend of malt and hops.
Earthy with a dry finish. Smoother than your typical Marzen.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fall Festival pours a bronze color, with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Aroma is very light, but sweet. Flavor is sweet, but a nice spicy bill. Good body and feel. Overall its a sweet Oktoberfest, with a bitter finish, pretty spicy.

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Photo of CoolAxioms
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma of floral and bread dough. Entry taste of malt. Breadiness with a burst of hops at mid-palate, with mild bitterness, bread, and mild citrus toward the end. Very refreshing.

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Photo of izraelc
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color. Thick foamy head. Smells boring. Malty, clean, and crisp. Slight bitter finish. Goes down smooth. Not your typical Oktoberfest in my opinion, but a great fall offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ellicottville Brewing Co. "Fall Festival Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 08/01/17 B203 14:17"
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Slightly hazy very deep copper in color beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention and lacing are better than average.
Smell: Distinctly bready malt with a good deal of toastiness and caramel. Fresh and welcoming.
Taste: As the aroma suggests. The gently sweet and bready malt is tempered by its toastiness, and livened by its caramel - neither of which are overdone - and a light touch of yeasty fruitiness. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes mostly dry with just a touch of leafy and spicy hops lingering.
Feel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a gently crisp carbonation.
Overall: Richly flavored but not too full. Very nicely balanced and rounded. Quite charming. Well brewed.

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Photo of RonM5xho
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color, very little head w/no lace. Bread malty smell upfront. Sweet malty taste with a little smoke flavor and mild bitter end note. Good clean and crisp mouth feel. A good clean lager for a winter afternoon lunch.

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Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive clear amber gold color with white cap.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some bready notes and floral, spicy hops.

On entry it is malt forward but more dry than the scent indicates. This is a fuller, richer flavor than a run of the mill amber such as Yuengling (good but ordinary good) that elevates this beer to a higher level. Hops enter mid palate and while sitting pretty maintain a low profile as if they were the frame for a malt picture. Bready elements appear just before the finish which also brings surprising but pleasing burst of hops leading the crowd into the aftertaste with enough bite to leave an impression of refreshment.

Medium-full texture with balancing carbonation.

Some good stuff going on here. Fairly complex for such simple elements, each singing their line individually yet all in harmony. Now where did I put those Brats.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper-amber hue true to label. Pedestrian headstand, light tan in color.

S: Clean malt profile that reminds me of smoked beech or cherry wood. Bready and almost chocolate like sweetness.

M: Medium body. Feel is ultra-smooth. Even though it's not as dry as some others, still pleasant, uncloying, and highly drinkable.

T/O: Nutty and fruity character give a nice impression of sweetness. No heavy-handed toasted character. White bread crust parlays into a quasi-dry finish. Malt profile is reminiscent of what I like in a Scottish ale, so it's tasty regardless.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Until recently we considered Oktoberfest and Märzen as one and the same. Of course, styles aren't static - they are constantly evolving, as is our understanding of them. Currant guidelines now distinguish between the strong, toasty amber lagers exported as "Oktoberfest" and the modern domestic golden ones actually served at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Ellicottville simply calls theirs Fall Festival and makes no reference to any one specific month. Beer judges would be pleased: its deeper, darker, rather dense orange hue and toasty, fairly intense maltiness are the flagships of a proper Märzen. It has a clean and elegant aroma that is heavily reminiscent of crunchy, crusty homemade breadcrumbs.

A lot of people when tasting this style are quick to cite caramel - but the beer isn't sweet. The richness of the grain is *suggestive* of sweetness given its nutty nuances and gooey richness but there's nothing dessert- or pastry-like here. The dry, well-attenuated bready malt make really encourages another drink - you're left constantly wanting more!

Proper lagering and the resulting clean, crisp mouthfeel are responsible for high drinkability. Though the finish comes quick and dry, hops stay out of it (though there's been a subtle orange-like flavour that's persisted from the nose to the mouth which, while not typical of Hallatauer hops, is doubtful to have stemmed from anything else).

Ellicottville has never overly impressed me but their beers have been consistently good over the years. I've never had an infected or flat bottle and the recipes, while typically a little mild for my tastes, are decent and true to style. All this is true for Fall Festival Lager too - it's certainly not a beer worthy of celebration but is definitely worth celebrating with!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: October 1, 2016... OCCASION: staving the cold after a visit to Akalaland, watching PSU on tape delay... GLASSWARE: Orioles mug... swirling effervescence spins through a copper orange body, befitting of its season... a white foamy, soapy head thins to a quarter finger before thinning further in its center... a metallic, copper punch, lighter in caramel and spiced rye bread... the hops are adrift, with a hint of earthiness... the body is fizzy at the throat but quickly quiet... a medium-bodied, buttery lager that has some heft for colder weather... falls a bit flat after a few sips... a sweet sipping lager, that at 5.6% ABV is more pronounced in its caramel and earthiness than the aroma lets onto... thanks to Rich for bringing this over last week, as I had yet to hear about Ellicotville Brewing... the buttery element detracts from the profile, but at home with football and fall...

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Photo of utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange with an exceptional head of off white foam that persists . Nose is bread. Hearty bread with crust and a light hop backing that is barely discernible. Taste is rich with flavor but not heavy. An impressively creamy malt glides over the palate exploding with flavor. An elegant hops bitterness caresses the finish. Lingers without sweetness and very round. Exceptional.

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Photo of fx20736
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a single bottle from Wegmans Hylan Dr on 10/05/14. Poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: light amber, thin head, minimal lacing

smell: underpowered, virtually non existent.

taste: some malt, a hint of spicy hops

overall: bland, indistinguishable

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a nice golden with a thin white head. Decent retention, and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malts, and hints of spice. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Taste is smooth and rich. Mildly hopped at the finish. Nice version of this style.

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Fall Festival Lager from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 48 ratings