Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper in color with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Cloves, apple, and caramel in both the aroma and the taste. Light and slightly bitter flavor with nutty and malty hints. Overall not a bad beer.
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught in NOLA. Pours an orangish copper with moderate white crown. Aroma is completely replete with malt, caramel malt, biscuit, and a slight hint of roasted malt. The flavour is full of sweet malt that is carried through to the finish with mild hop bitterness. This beer finishes very cleanly with a moderate carbonation and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and amazingly balanced. One of the best American-brewed Märzens I’ve had. I’d love to try this in the bottle some time soon.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some light citrus, earthy. Tastes of sweet caramel with a vegetal finish.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Flavor is malt, spices, caramel, toasted nuts with a very subdued hop bitterness. Easy to drink, and no glaring flaws. Fairly decent octoberfest.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, herbal hops, and a touch of biscuit malt. Flavor is a lightly sweetened toasted malt with light esters. Light to medium body. This beer isn’t half bad.
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I began reviewing beers here just as the last of last year’s Fall Fests had disappeared from the shelves and the taps. Abita Fall Fest has been a seasonal favorite of mine for years, and I wanted to review it after a fresh taste, not from memory. The 2008 Fall Fests hit the shelves today, so here’s that review: Pours a slightly tarnished copper color with a medium sized and rapidly dissipating head. Nice lacy lacing is left on the glass. Nose, IMHO, is that of the quintessential Octoberfest beer. Bready and rich of sweet, caramel malt. Taste is very smooth and well balanced and also understated. There are lots of subtle little notes in the taste, yet none jumps out. The first obvious note in the taste is that of caramel malt, with just a hint of chocolate. Then, somewhat more subtle notes of nuts, biscuits, and hints of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, yet just a little bit creamy. Finish is short and consists of understated hop bitterness with just a slightly astringent component. This simply IS THE Octoberfest beer to me.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a copper body with a little head. It Has a distinct fall aroma. Lighter boded, with a maltier mouthfeel and a hint of leaves. Finishes a little sweet with an accent of squirrels gathering nuts.
rwaldron (2) - River Ridge, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This quite possibly might be my all-time favorite Beer. It is a Rich flavorful Oktoberfest Marzen crafted by Abita. Each year I await September. I am more excited when this beer hits the shelves (or the streets for the pub crawls) than I am for my birthday (which is always soon to follow); the celebration of which is usually done by consuming mass quantities of this beer. This beer Has the necessary qualities to stand up next to the Munich marzens, such as Paulaner and Spaten. In my opinion, this beer is worthy of its own tent at those famed fairgrounds (Those being the fairgrounds where Oktoberfest is held annually in the last two weeks of September and the first week of October). Eats some Brats, Sauerkraut, and potatoes with a liter of Fall Fest and you’ll have one helluva evening.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not really sure what this has to do with the Märzen style. It’s got a gold body with a short-lived head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a wee suggestion of earthy hops. The flavor is sweet and grainy, but the hops seem to disappear altogether. Drinkable, perhaps, but don’t pop one expecting a Märzen.
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