Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Party Town, KY. 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.
swanmann (522) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
When I poured the bottle it looked like fall in a glass. Great amber color with a finger’s worth of creme colored suds, moderate retention. Aromas of light citrus and caramel, almost like a wheat beer. The palate is a bit hollow, but the flavor is good with a mellow bitter finish. Could be a bit fuller bodied, but I like it.
dkoonce (905) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber, with a significant head that lingers. The aroma is roasted malt, with very little hop. The body is medium, with a full malt feel. Fairly true to the style.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a light amber color, with a small off-white head. Caramel notes, with some honey aroma as well. Thin, malty palate, with average carbonation. Pretty good balance, but nothing exciting.
LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was a grower. I wasn’t immediately impressed, but started drinking it by the bucket by the time the Christmas Ale rolled around. Has a light, malty flavor with a hint of caramel.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Only two more Oktoberfest beers left in my fridge: Christian Moerlein Oktoberfest and Abita Fall Fest. So, tonight I will drink these two brews and that will be the end of Oktoberfest 2006 for me...
The Abita Fall Fest is a clear, orange color. It has moderate carbonation and a foamy light orange head. The aroma is generic malt. The flavor is palt malt with a really strange taste that I can’t put my finger on. Whatever it is, its unpleasant and somewhat repulsive (maybe its just overly earthy or a strange hop bitterness). Once that passes, the finish has a light caramel flavor balanced with a soft hop bitterness. The palate is a bit thin, but it isn’t too fizzy. Overall I am pretty disappointed with this Abita offering. This is probably the worst of their beers (that I’ve had). The Christian Moerlein Oktoberfest was much better than this one, but for a really nice American micro Oktoberfest, give Goose Island’s or Samuel Smith’s a try...
12 oz bottle (Best before 1/30/07), $1.70 from The Party Source.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - OCT 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[GABF 2006 – Denver, Co]
A deep rich dark golden color Oktoberfest. This had some rich characters and a deep use of good malts. I liked the finish of this beer. I would have another of this brew.
Parrothead (287) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much in th enose [maybe it’s MY nose], white, short lasting head. Malty flavor, nice, but mouthfeel isn’t what I associate with Oktoberfests. Nicely balanced, though. Hey, maybe it’s Oktoberfest Lite!!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 I am not a big Abita fan. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a copper color with a large tan head. The aroma is sweet and lightly fruity with a slightly macro sour undertone. The flavor is sour macro tang with a sweet underside that is moderately bready. The finish is a bit chewy.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abita Fall Fest pours to a beautiful, bright amber color with a nice white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is very malty with big aromas of sweet malt paired with toasty and nutty aromas. The palate is firm with lots of toasty and nutty flavors that roll over the tongue. The body is round and clean, making this beer very drinkable and delicious. Abita Fall Fest finishes with more toasty and nutty flavors, then ends with a nice touch of grassy hop bitterness that balances this beer out to perfection.
This was a very well done domestic example of marzen, and perfect for the Fall in Louisiana. I matched this beer with a number of dishes when I was in New Orleans. It went very well with spicy barbecued crab claws, sea food gumbo, jambalaya, muffaletta sandwiches, Lucky Dog Creole Sausages, even raw oysters.