Abita retired their Fall Fest beer in 2013 and introduced a rebranded version last year. Abita Octoberfest is the new fall seasonal and is available now pretty much everywhere Abita is sold. Here’s what they have to say about it:
Abita Octoberfest (September – November) is a German style lager. This full bodied malty lager has a copper color and is hopped and dry hopped with German Hallertau hops giving it a pleasant, spicy hop aroma that’s just right for the season.
Octoberfest pours a golden copper color and has a nice fluffy head. The sweetness and breadiness is immediately apparent on the nose, but I got little hop aroma (disclaimer: I’m a huge hophead, so subtle hop aromas are pretty much lost on me). The taste is all about the sweet malt with notes of biscuit and little hops. At 5.4% ABV, this beer certainly reminds me of fall and the traditional German Oktoberfest season. Although Abita calls this one full bodied, I don’t find it too heavy and sweet, and you should be able to drink several of these. For those of you who like the Marzen style lagers, this is a good effort. It’s probably not as good as the Oktoberfests brewed in Munich, but it’s worth trying. This style just doesn’t really excite me, but nonetheless, it can be enjoyable to an extent.