Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,314
Hads: 4,088
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 30.68%
Wants: 163
Gots: 558 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

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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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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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is very pale yellow. Head rims the edge thinly until about half the glass is gone, which is also when the head has completely dissipated.
Nose is lightly tart, and definitely has a peach note to it.

Taste starts clean, and the tartness comes on mid taste. Warmth melds the taste. The tastes are like a dry white wine initially. The tart is light, and much like the nose, has definite notes of peach. Carbonation is decent, providing almost like an unsweetened clear virus soda.

A clean straightforward beer that is quite refreshing. Nothing too extreme in this one, a mild shock for DFH; it reminds me in a couple ways like Weterbacher's Tarte Nouveau.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated and tangy but I'm just not tasting the peach. This beer is a little too sour for my taste but I can understand why others enjoy it. It is pleasantly refreshing on a hot day. I prefer RJ Rocker Son of a Peach, but that's more my personal taste than a reflection on the quality of this weissbier.

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Photo of glass_house
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a one-note wonder, but a decent one. A nice light weissbier with peach undertones, mild tartness and a crisp refreshing feel. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but something I'd never turn down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy-ish straw yellow color with white bubble lacing comes up the sides in droves. It's a pretty looking beer. Smells of muted peach. Taste is sadly the same with some muted peach flavors and other fruity tastes, though with a pleasant tartness at the end. It's pleasantly carbonated and drinks easily.

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint shaker minimal head. Pale cloudy yellow. Nice to look at. Nice peach aroma coming off this. Nice puckering peach hit. Like this. Not much of a peach fan but this is done well. Very tart finish. Will seek this out again

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw colored. Not much carbonation. Light and refreshing. Tart and reminiscent of hard apple cider. Not very strong peach flavor. I had hoped it would be peachier. Easy to enjoy -- not a beer with a bunch of weird or challenging flavors. A good summer beverage. Makes me want to try other Berliner weissbiers as well.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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