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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,823 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,823
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 146
Gots: 415 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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!

8 IBU
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Ratings: 3,823 | Reviews: 1,296
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly cloudy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and very fruity aroma with big hints of peaches and yeast. Upfront wheat and German yeast with hints of grains, cracker, and straw. Hints of Brett like funk and sourness. Big aroma of peach juice that is the primary scent. Also some fruit hints of berries and lemon zest. Very subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid fruity Weiss aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, sour, and fruity wheat driven taste with big notes of peach and funky yeast. Upfront presence of wheat and yeast with notes of grains, straw, and cracker. Funky Brett like bacteria notes. Wine like taste of dry fruit with big notes of peaches along with some berries and lemon zest. Light backing presence of earthy hops. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Berliner Weiss. Good bready wheat presence with a nice sour kick of peaches.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Festina Pêche is based off the Berliner Style Weissbier, which is a tart wheat beer that may be sweetened with syrups when served. Dogfish Head went the extra mile and brewed theirs with peaches.

Pours out a hazed yellowish-golden brew, with a ring of white lace that struggles to stick around. Firm peach aroma with a mildly tart nose; hints of wheat and yeast with a backing of floral notes in the aroma. Very refreshing from a blast of tartness and a deep crispness comes from within the moderate body. The tartness has a perfect snap to it rather than trying to rip your taste buds out. In the core of the tartness sits the peach flavor, with green apple flavors swirling around it. From middle to end, it's soft, but the malt flavor grows and vanishes quickly as dryness sets in and the aftertaste shows its cleanliness.

By far, one of the best summer seasonals brewed in the US this year. This beer is a call to the entire brewing industry not to jump on every bandwagon that comes through town. Do something different.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy peach tinted straw color under a pure white frothy foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Peach nose, some tartness and wheat.
T: Has a crisp Berliner Weiss tartness with just enough peach to tame the acidity.
M: Crisp, light, big sharp carbonation, refreshing.
O: the peche in the name had me expecting a lambic but this is Berliner all the way – should have named it pfirsich. A great beer for a summer afternoon sitting in a garden.

Photo of Amalak
1.21/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Completely opaque yellow, but no head or lace what-so-ever.

S: Very citrus/fruity kind of smell. Not necessarily peach, but close.

T: Fuck this was horrible. Sorry for the language, but that was the very first sensation I had. It was so citrusy. I tasted like someone squeezed a lemon and peach together.

M: Acidic. Very acidic.

D: I just handed this drink off to a girl who thought it tasted good.

Honestly, if that is your style just go with one of those disgusting zima or smirnoff wine coolers.

Photo of Fellysmarts
1/5  rDev -72.6%

I couldn't get past the sour. I ended up breaking my own rule...never dump a beer. That is the first beer in my life I ever purposely dumped down the drain. Sorry Dogfish.

Photo of jam_fanz
1/5  rDev -72.6%

I actually had to throw this beer away. First time that has ever happened. No Peach aroma at all, and so sour it was undrinkable. Maybe i got a bad batch but I am super disappointed.

Photo of Russell_O
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

This is my favorite of the fruit - flavored beers.

Photo of Lezlibelle
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer a lot . It's not overwhelmingly peachy, just enough fruity without being wimpy. Goes great with summer.

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very light yellow not far from transparent a thin fizzy quick to fade white head atop,hmm odd aromas overripe stone fruit, lactic sourness and mineral.That Berliner weiss character shows thru in a genuine tartness that lingers with a hint of grass the peach flavors are slightly subdued but came on more as I drank more and made it pretty appetizing.Leave it to DFH to come up with new and creative ideas in beer this is a summer quaffer no doubt.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple 4-packs at Jenny St. for $8.99 a piece. Pours into my Sam Adams glass a wit like bright white peach color with a thick and bubbly white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is wheat and peach with hints at tartness and the potential for aging. A sense of vinegar. Tastes clean, crisp, light, and tart in a purposeful and carefully crafted way. Hardly any peach flavor, more general tartness and lemon then anything else. Some wheaty cereal notes. Heavily carbonated and very drinkable. A great summer time beer. Refreshing.

Photo of tectactoe
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, golden-yellow color. A bit cloudy and hazy with a bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose hits with a soft peach smell and a bit of chalkiness. The taste first hits with some malts, corn, grains, and wheat, and about halfway through, the fruit starts to take over. Peachy sweetness engulfs the palette, along with some white grape, apple, and a slight touch of cherry. In fact, near the end, I could swear I was tasting more apple than peach. The middle and aftertaste are very tart and tangy, almost inducing a pucker. Almost no bitterness to this brew at all. Medium to high carbonation with a medium body leaves a crispy, refreshing finish.

A nice warm-weather type beer, crisp and refreshing. Although, my problem is a slightly medicinal and chalkiness that I prefer to not have in my beers. Good tartness and sweetness throughout, although the peach flavoring can come of as impure or contrived. Still decent, though.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from zoso1967. Thanks so much, sir. Reviewed from notes on 10/22/10.

A: Pours a transparent dull gold into a snifter. There is no head at all, but weird, slanted carbonation bubbles streaked up the glass and took awhile to lift. Said bubbles move quickly to the top of the beer. There is no lacing at all and the beer looks more like a sparkling wine than a beer.

S: Wheat and grain aromas blend with a touch of peach sweetness. I get aromas of golden raisin, apple juice, and pear as well.

T: There is much more peach in the taste than in the smell and this leads to a very bright and fruity flavor. This fruitiness is quite tart and blends with the Weiss base very nicely. Hints of sour apple and lemon are also evident in the taste.

M: This beer is aggressively carbonated, and it works perfectly for the taste of the beverage. The MF is bubbly and effervescent. Each sip is an explosion of tingly-ness onto my palate.

D: What a refreshing summer sipper this would be. FP is very sessionable at 4.5%, but I think the sweetness would get to me after awhile.

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: The beer is in between straw to pale gold with a slight haze. It has a large dense white head with better than average head retention.

s: The dominate aroma is a moderate sharp sourness with a moderate soft ripe peach aroma. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean with no hops, DMS nor diacetyl

t: Pleasing lactic sourness at moderate levels with moderate peach flavors. There is some low wheat flavors and very low bitterness with no hop flavors.

m: This is a light bodied beer with a moderately-high carbonation and a dry finish.
o: There is a good balance between the moderately sour Berliner Weisse and fruit beer. Personally I'd like the sourness to be a bit more agressive but it's a great beer to cool off with as is.
The first time I had this I didn't know it was a sour and thought it was an awful beer. It's funny what expectations can do to you senses, I thought of a summer peach wheat thing and was disappointed. Fast forward a few years I've learned what sours are, learned to love them and learned to read the description now I look forward to getting a pack or two of this beer when it's released.

Photo of brownbeer
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Pours a murky yellow with a white head.

Acidic like lemonade with unripe peaches and a certain creaminess that's wonderful. Try it on a hot day and you'll never go back.

I wish this were available in my state, it is the ultimate summer beer. I'm not sure why this doesn't get higher reviews.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Festina Peche, 4.5% alcohol.
Berliner Weissbier poured into an oversized wine glass.

A- Pours a pale yellow-orange colored fluid with a medium carobonated head that falls in seconds to watery non exsistant head. Refreshing appearance.

S- Smell is of fresh peach and sweet malts are upfront.

T-M- Smooth and sweet with tangy tones of star fruit and peaches. Tartness is noted with a lightly puckering effect. Nice light carbonation let the beer tingle and dance down the taste buds light a sparkling flavored water drink but with alcohol.

D- Its drinkable, refreshing and beer. Not something i'd drink all the time but a nice change.

Photo of CBOLAND17
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This isnt at all your typical DFH brew. Unlike many other DFH beers this one is very very light. There is very little foam and what seems to be a high level of carbonation. Also it is very dry and fruity due to the addition of peaches. This is not at all what i had expected but i should have known better because sweet fruit always produces a dry cider-like characteristic. That being said, it is a good beer and a great change of pace for the DFH regular, but its just not my cup of tea(or beer in this case).

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow in color, mostly clear, with no real head or lacing.

S: Wheat, fresh yeast and light fruitiness, presumably peach but not all that distinctive.

T: Initially struck me as a dry country wine with light carbonation, but as it swirls around on the tongue it changed complexities just a bit. At the swallow there is an interesting bitterness that comes through and then a long wheat linger follows. This is relatively complex for such a light-weight ABV brew. This isn't what you might consider to be 'traditional' but if you are feeling a little adventurous and want to try something a little different, check this one out.

M: Light, dry, very light carbonation. Not really 'smooth' drinking, but with the wine-like texture, it wouldn't work well if it were too smooth.

D: I found this intriguing. It was quite dry but still had an interesting flavor profile. It was light yet still rather satisfying. This is one of those brews that is probably one of the more unique flavors I've had in beer but still enjoyed. Honestly, I don't think I would want to drink more than one at a time but it is good just the same.

Photo of Marisol820
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

It pours a hazy gold with very little head. It has an interesting and sour aroma of peaches and a hint of apple, overall a weak fruity aroma. The aroma resembled more of a hard cider rather than an ale. There were a few flavors that managed to surface through the overpowering sourness. There was not as much peach flavor as expected but there was a very acidic apple flavor. There were flavors resembling that of a sparkling white wine. Overall, I was not too pleased with this beer but it will please palates fond of sour flavors and hard ciders.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a hazy light straw yellow color with a half inch of bubbly white head. Some active carbonation, looks good in the glass. Aromas begin with sour wheat graininess. Lemony and pureed peach aromas are there as well. Slight spiciness and a touch of earthy yeast. Nice.

First sip brings a crisp, slightly toasted wheat grain maltiness. It moves into a lightly acidic sourness along with some lemon zest and a pureed peach flavor. Flows down with a subtle spiciness and some yeasty flavors as well. Quite crisp, it finishes off with a lingering sour twang and a peach afterthought.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but it has a good creaminess to it with plenty of carbonation. Quite a refreshing brew that I really enjoyed drinking this past summer. The low abv makes it great for the beach and a nice session. Overall, one of my favorite new Dogfish beers as of late. Well worth a try.

Photo of rwinzing
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light straw appearance with little head that vanished quickly

light peach smell with a touch of floral

Nice taste of peach but not over bearing. The peach was in the finish more than at any other point. Had a sample out of a keg and it was much more pronounced

very drinkable. Summer pool side beer

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully prepared to not like this beer, because I have a general aversion to fruit beers, I thought this was a very good beer. Poured into a pint glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a small head. It had a citrus aroma, more lemon than anything else. Very tart taste, still more lemon, but the peach also showed up. Very crisp and refreshing, a good summer beer.

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/1/10; 2010 bottling

Pours with absolutely no head; a hazy golden brown.

Tart (underripe) peach aroma with a slight amount of funk as well.

Taste is pretty pleasant actually. Iwasn't sure what to expect from this. Taste is a hit of general tartness with peach notes coming through more after the carbonation subsides. Not all that different from a semi-dry sparkling white wine, except for a bit of grain/malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is light and bright with moderate/high carbonation; finish is crisp and dry.

Low abv and pleasant taste/mouthfeel lead to very good drinkability. I liked this more than I expected, but still wouldn't want very often.

Photo of marvin213
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost white, this one looks like a traditional macro beer the way it fizzes. It definitely looks watery and--appropriately for the style--it doesn't appear to pack a punch. Difficult to judge relative to its style counterparts (because I'm unfamiliar with any other beers of this style), it really doesn't look like much of a beer.

The smells is quite good--definitely a strong whiff of peach concentrate. The acidic odor is unbecoming, largely because it truly tastes so chemical. It's the closest a beer can come to a chemical storage shed. The carbonation helps carry the odor and, again, it's unmistakably peach. Were it not for the synthetic sense of the odor, I'd deem it outright good.

It's a pungent taste, and true to its smell. My rationale for judgement in taste aligns directly with that previously used for smell. It's good, but like a sweet tart...and I don't eat a lot of sweet tarts. Like such a candy, the neatest and most worthy quality about it is the feel in your mouth. The excellent carbonation nicely contributes to the tang. Now that I think about it, this is Beer Tang.

This beverage really does have its place and time. Summer, for example, sharing novel beers with friends might be an ideal such setting. It's too tart to pound, or even enjoy regularly, but it's such a unique production that you really want to have it in any versatile collection...typical Dogfish excellence...this time on the weak and kinda girly side of the spectrum.

Photo of Beaver13
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 6/7/07. Pours a murky yellow with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears completely.

The aroma is peaches and maybe some acidic apples and bready malt.

The flavor is tart and acidic peaches, lemon, and wheat with some slightly sour notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, a pretty one-dimensional beer (peaches), but enjoyable. It's almost like a carbonated fruit juice.

Photo of generallee
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy, light yellow colored body that produces little to no head. What little head is made on the pour quickly fizzles out leaving no head or lace. (This seems week even for a Berliner Weissbier.) There are some visible streams of carbonation that rush to the head and quickly dissipate.

Smell: The aroma has sharp sour fruit notes with pale sour wheat notes and faint grassy hops off in the distance.

Taste/Mouth feel: The first sip has a sour/tart puckering effect on the palate. There is an unripe sour peach flavor that mixes with tart wheat malt and pale grain. It finishes on the tart side with just a hint of grassy hops and mild bitterness. It has a nice level of carbonation that helps to clean the palate. The body is light with slightly thin texture.

Notes: My first thought was that this tasted like a Colt 45 with a blast of sour peach flavoring but after my second they started to get a little better appreciation for this beer.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,823 ratings.