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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,289 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,289
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 113
Gots: 212 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-05-2007)
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off this review by saying that I have no idea how to judge this beer. This was the first Berliner Weissebier I have ever had and I had no expectation for this beer. The label describes the beer as a "unique, tart, refreshing brew." That doesn't prepare the drinker at ALL. I may have to change my ratings later, since I am still not sure what to think. I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass. Bottled on 05/05/08.

A: Very pale, hazy yellow body topped by a foamy white head with huge bubbles that disappeared to nothing almost instantly. There are consistent streams of carbonation present. According to the style guidelines, a quickly fading head is typical of the style, so I suppose I should give points for that trait and for the fact that it is light colored. It looked like lemonade sans pulp.

S: Very faint aromas. There was a vague smell of peach, which was covered up by a wheat smell and a strong acidic smell. I am not sure what to say here either. There was no indication of hops in the smell, which is in line with the style once again. However, the smell was too faint.

T: "SOUR! Something must be wrong...AWFUL taste, actually hardly any taste...cannot drink it." That is what I wrote after I had taken a few sips. Then after I had checked the style guidelines I realized that this was a "special" beer. So it was my tastebuds vs. style. Style always wins out with me however. I decided that I would not pour the beer down the drain and I would drink the entire bottle. After 1/2 the bottle was gone, the taste sort of warmed up to me, and I could taste the light peach flavor. It was not unpleasant. However, this beer should come with a warning label.

M: Light bodied beer accompanied by a sharp, crisp carbonation.

D: "UNDRINKABLE. I hate this beer." Again, that is what I wrote before knowing what a Berliner Weisse beer actually was. In a sense, there is much validity in our initial reactions. I was startled and shocked by this beer. I couldn't see this coming. However, I now must consider what the brewer intended for the beer. It is pretty good. I would have another, with maybe some of that syrup added, like it says on the style guidelines. However, this is my least favorite beer style out there so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 17:42:40 | More by MusicaleMike
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beerjunky413

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Thin white head dissipates almost immediately, very thin lacing clings to the glass. Straw yellow and slightly cloudy. Aroma is sour apples with wild yeast dominant. The tart yeast profile is predominant in the flavor with very little fruit noticeable until the sip is gone. Really mellow peach aftertaste combined with the residual sweetnees gives this more of a tangerine and clementine flavor than peach. Very drinkable but I'd like to have a version of this where the fruit shines more and isn't so muted by the yeast. I'm a huge fan of wild yeast in beers but I expected more fruit intensity even for a Berliner Weisse

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 20:39:41 | More by beerjunky413
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Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light lemon color and mostly transparent with no head to speak of.

Fresh aroma of peach nectar.

Mild bread character. Lots of peach flavor, just the right level of sweetness. Just a hint of leafy hop.

Light body. Crisp finish. High carbonation.

For a fruit beer it's very good. Well balanced and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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Mississippi

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup in the car before we went in to the Steely Dan concert in New Orleans.

A: Beneath the off-white one finger head that held up for some time, the color is a light gold with flecks of peach. Not much lacing.

S: Very subtle peach smell mixed with grain, wheat and light malts.

T: Better than I was expecting. Smooth, lightly sweet. Peaches collide with wheat. Citrus-y. Nice.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A good foreplay to the concert. Could session this one after a bout with the yard.

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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siege06nd

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Notre Dame standard pint...

A. Pours a clear, pale straw gold with two fingers of fast-burning head. Lacing is non-existent. Head disappears in an instant.

S. Fresh peach, cracked wheat, some mild yeast. Really juicy and crisp.

T. Peach juice, barley, grain, bread crust.

M. A little light on carb and needs more wheat presence to round out the sweet peach notes.

O. An excellent Berliner. It doesn't have quite the body the standard Berliners do, with the sweet, sugary peach notes dominating. It's also not quite as tart as the more modern examples of the style. What it is, though, is well-made, closer to the classic style than most examples these days. While I definitely would have enjoyed a bit more graininess, this beer is refreshing and delicious. There aren't enough Berliners today, in my opinion. Festina Peche demonstrates why brewers should visit this style more often. Outstanding brew here.

Serving type: bottle

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,289 ratings.