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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,320 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,320
Hads: 4,132
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 30.68%
Wants: 169
Gots: 595 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dherling on 02-26-2007

In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!

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Reviews: 1,320 | Hads: 4,132
Photo of 20holmbrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying this style. I tend to shy away from sours but was feeling adventurous enough to throw one into a build your own sixer. I poured into a snifter. Has a strong aroma but not really picking up any peach. Taste is very sour as expected. Again, no sign of peach. Carb is high. Though not my style, I am happy with my decision to give this a try.

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Photo of Moose90
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served From 12 oz Bottle

A — Pours a clear but ever so slightly hazy yellow hue into the glass, there is a quickly fleeting near pure white colored head that doesn't leave much of anything behind.

S — Smell is bright, tart, and lightly acidic, notes of lemon curd and peach fuzz on top of a lightly sweet malt base.

T — Nice fruit notes and some slight tartness is present here with a bit of juicy peach melded together with some tart lemon and a bready doughy base.

M — Light in body with a prickly effervescence, super refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a nice take on the style, not overdone.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of the Peche....it poured a hazy pale yellow with white head that did not lace much. The scent and taste was white winey. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was not my fav....perhaps had it been in the summer I might be more taken to it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear straw color with a thick creamy white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Earthy straw, peaches, some tart funk.

T - Some tart and tangy peach, white grapes, and a lingering sugar tart finish. The sugar from the fruit eventually forms a sweet coating on the back of the tongue that makes it a little too cloying at times.

M - Very crisp, sprightly carbonation on the tongue, extremely dry finish.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and great for those hot summer days (that are long since gone at the time of this review).

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head that disappears rapidly, leaving small pockets of bubbles coming up on a formless surface. Color is nice. Not much on the nose, that being said I have a bit of a cold, so I may not be picking up on the nuances - wheat and light citrus
for me. The taste is very clean - a little peach or pineapple, but strangely briny on the finish, puckering the cheeks with a salty spritz. Not overpowering, but lingering. Very smooth going down. A very good beer from DFH.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

1 finger head, light straw gold color head is fizzy

straightfoward nose, smells tart and wheaty, you also get a little cooked peach but not too much, the sweetness also present here suggests a bit of unattenuated sugar

tart but not overly so, apple and white grape immediately, some of the earthiness of peach and some of the sweetness, the peach comes out as the beer mellows, tidbits of yeasty character

sticky but not quite syrupy

delicious, not perfect for all occasions but light, crisp and refreshing, shockingly complex bouquet of flavors for a beer this light, the perfect summer day session beer alternate, does not taste remarkably like beer but truly is delicious and worth your time, know someone who hates beer? this is for them. Know someone who loves beer? this is for them too.

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy pale straw color with a bright white head. Muted wheat and yeast aroma with a hint of sour and peach. The taste was surprisingly great, with elements of tart sour, peach and wheat all working together in good balance. Clean finish. Less sour than most Berliners that I have had - more in line with a Gose, but very refreshing.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pairs extremely well with Summer salads, like chicken with mango or avocado. Strong peach and wheat flavor. Has a Pinot Grigio like texture as a dinner beverage. I am not fond of this as a standalone lawnmower beer, but it makes a wonderful table beverage with the right greens and fruit or roasted or breaded chicken. Exceptional when used well. We keep a 12 pack in the fridge all Summer long. Light flavor, refreshing, agreeable aftertaste. Fine beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This crisp clear yellow brew has a ton of carbonation and has a small white head. The taste is very sour and is really overpowering. A unique beer to try but not my preferred style.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #100- Dogfish Head seems like a solid option.
Pours a hazy straw color with a two finger head that rapidly dissipates leaving a ring of lacing at the top. Aroma of lactic tartness with a subtle note of peach. The taste isn't as sour as the aroma indicates. The sourness is very moderate and crisp with a nice peach flavor balancing out the sour before a smooth, dry fruit finish. Light body with high carbonation that works really well with the low ABV.
The peach comes through and neither the peach nor sour is overwhelming. Very crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. A good summer beer that does the style justice.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass
Appears a hayish yellow color. Lots of intial carbonation but no head retention.
Aroma is sour fruit with a little wheat smell.
Taste is tart, with some notes of honey and melon
Mouthfeel is initially very carbonated and bubbly but it transforms to a very light feel after a few seconds.
Overall this is an average Weiss. Not as clean and crisp as a german weiss but not too bad.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl.oz. bottle. Bottle on 2015-01. Poured into tulip.

A: Yellow, a little bit hazy. The head is thin and sank soon.
S: Grainy. Some tropical fruits notes.
T: Moderate sourness. Tastes like lime water. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: My first beer in this style. Interesting but not for me.

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Photo of brutalist
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at London Grill in Philly. Light yellow color with steady bubbles. Some ether smell. Appropriately sour tatse, with peachy notes. Good carbonation. Low ABV. Like it.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle served in a wide mouth champagne glass.

Appearance: very Pale gold with a fluffy head.

Nose: slightly fruity with a hint of lactic sourness

Taste: fruity, slight peach, lactic sour notes but very slight, refreshing

Wonderful summer beer. My first Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I may have rated this higher than usual after hard bike ride, but I found it to be refreshing. Non-athletes - try it after mowing the lawn or golfing.
Good sour ale for summer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed on August 14th, 2015. Presented from 12oz. bottle into wide mouthed chalice.

Beer is clear, moderately yellow with a one finger white head that quickly disappears, leaving no sheeting.

Aroma is strong and peachy.

Flavor is much less intensely sour than usual for a Berlinerweisse; more lightly tart with lots of peach flavor. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little crisp. Very drinkable.

To style, it's not a great beer. Very nice to drink, however.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa. This was the first time I ever enjoyed this beer and the first time I've ever had a beer of this style, which came as a surprise to me given how many of Dogfish Head's offerings I've reviewed on here over the years and the number of beer reviews that I was up to as well. I almost thought that this would be cloudy based on the stylistic name of this but it had a great pour to it and a taste that slowly grew on me, even though it was never terribly complex or deep!

Nice pour to this, as this beer had a clear, straw hue to it and a moderate head that rapidly dissolved into nothing, while leaving no lacing behind at all. Nice, tart peach taste to the nose and even more to it in the taste, along with some Lambic-like sourness and a very juicy mouthfeel underneath it. A hint of Pils in the front as the malt first hit me but the champagne-like carbonation and hint of wheat stuck around much longer after the initial taste wore off. No artificial syrup to be detected and this had the feel of lemon juice from start to finish in addition.

The alcohol was so low in this that I couldn't taste it and would have easily had another had I bought more than one bottle. I loved how light this was without feeling like and the artwork on the bottle featuring the bear on a peach was a nice touch as well. I'm really impressed with how the session IPA's took hold this summer and like those, this proved to be an excellent choice when it came to flavor, body, and low alcohol. An offering like this proves that more of these should be brewed for this time of the year and Dogfish Head nailed it with this one. A great choice for the summer!

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Photo of Zonk
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemonade yellow with a solid white head for a Berliner.

Bit of a funk and can smell some underlying sourness.

While this was really nicely tart and refreshing with a great sour note. Would have liked to taste more peach though.

Light refreshing mouthfeel. Middle of the road for a sour.

Overall, excellent beer in the class. hate to see ratings dragged down by people who just don't get the style.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasant beer, moderately sweet with some dry tartness. I didn't pick up any peach flavor, but did get some faint citrus in the background. An ok beer, but nothing I would be tempted to buy again soon.

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Photo of Nate4288
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is a bit on the pricey side, but it's worth the few extra dollars especially if you aren't sharing (as the packs only come in 4). The first one you drink it takes some time to get used to the tartness, but by the time you are on your second it starts to go down much smoother. It is a pretty balanced drink and the drink grows on you after your first one. I think it's good evening beer when you're with your friends and maybe have already eaten because even if you are full it isn't a stomach ache beer in any way. It is a tart/acidic one, but a very forgivingly refreshing beer. One you won't give up on if you aren't chugging it.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a light looking peach lemonade drink with a small head that fades into virtually no lacing at all. Smells of peach and yeast. The taste is nearly the same as the smell, nice and peachy with slight bitterness yet the peach flavor is somehow not overpowering. It's a light-bodied beer which makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had. Great summer beer, that's for sure.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Supremely refreshing on a blazing hot day. Subtlest notes of peach throughout the drink are very pleasant and oair well with the slight tartness of the beer.

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Photo of Vogie
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A refreshing summer brew best enjoyed during a hot summer afternoon. Great carbonation with a slight peach tartness that is extremely thrust quenching and drinkable.


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Photo of rodmanfor3
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is essentially PBR with lemon juice squeezed into its classic red, white, and blue can. It smells like a corn syrup mess and reminds me of beer pong sessions in the basement of a frat house.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this one half and half with my brother.

Look - Pours a lemomaide looking yellow with a small.fizzy head that quickly leaves without a single touch of lacing. Carbonation appears light.

Smell - The peach is certainly there. Smells very fruty and has a large peach juice quality to it.

Taste - Follows the nose completely. Peachy, lemony with a touch of bitterness.

Feel - Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Goes down like a hard lemon aid.

Overall - Not too shabby. Not my specific cup of tea.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.