Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.89/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: 4.25 Slightly hazy, yellow/gold on the pour. The head quite substantial and almost pure white.
S: 3.75 Mostly wheat, funk, and lemon. There’s also a little grassiness in the background, but no peach is coming through on the aroma. There’s a bit of a metallic smell there too; it’s very mild so it’s not off-putting, but it’s not exactly pleasant either.
T: 4 Sltightly tart and sweet up front with a good amount of lemon, grassiness, and plenty of peach. The peach is much more present than on the nose, especially on the aftertaste. It’s very nice, but the peach has a somewhat artificial flavor to it (kind of like those gummy peach candy rings). That artificial flavor is not bad, just not my thing and a little strong considering the beer has a rather sweet finish.
M: 3.75 The body of this beer is rather nice. It coats the palate without being too thick. The carbonation is a bit low for the style though. A bit more effervescence would really bring the beer to life and probably help balance out the flavors.
O: 3.75 Definitely an interesting and fun beer for summer. Not something I would feel the need to hunt down, but it’s refreshing and tasty. Some more tartness and carbonation would take this beer from good to great.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 00:51:23 | More by Tele
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Considering not many folks make this style. The peaches are subtle and are not boozy or cloying. Think the pulp at the pit pf a peach. This is the perfect beer for the heat of the south. At 4.7% you can have a few and not look like the town drunk. This is a widely available berliner. The only berliner i like better is new glarus out of wisco.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 13:07:46 | More by cherrybomb
3.74/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"Festina Pêche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse fermented with peach juice. This unique, tart and refreshing brew is so down with the dog days of summer." Dogfish Head's Festina Pêche is a Berliner Weisse brewed with peach concentrate. I am comparing a freshly released Festina Pêche to verticals from the previous two years to see how the sourness and fruit characters evolve.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy sunny white head over a pale straw yellow body with mild haze. Moderate subtle carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5
(Smell) Malt characters of fluffy pale unmalted wheat form a light body with a subtle sweetness. A strong essence of peach fuzz, not syrupy or thick enough to be concentrate, but rather squeezed juice with a distinct dry tartness and moderate acidity is in the foreground of this beer's aroma. Simple but light and pleasing aroma. Potency is high. 3.75
(Taste) Light wheat malt with a thin body and a dry, peach juice finish. The tartness of this beer is front and center, tartness is moderate. Very low to no hop presence is detectable, and the balance of soft wheat malt and peach acidity drives the flavor of this beer. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, acidic and tart. Carbonation is modest for a soft crispness. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is very low, off characters are minimal. 3.75
(Overall) A long time favorite of mine, the style itself a very drinkable and enjoyable treat. Nice peach juice flavor with a moderate tartness is just enough to keep from puckering and light enough to session a few with ease. 3.75
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's
1 Year Aged: The head is slightly more crisp and fizzy as well as the body, which has cleared to virtually no haze. Carbonation is more abundant, varied and assertive. The aroma of wheat seems to have smoothed out, and hints of creeping raisin and maple syrup peek in this vintage, overshadowing the peach tartness somewhat. The flavor is cleaner and more syrupy than the fresh with a slightly amplified tartness, less peach flavor present than either vertical. A bit more aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. This vertical was of the 2013 Festina Pêche, particularly different in appearance and strikingly less peachy than the other two verticals.
2 Years Aged: The head on this vertical is slightly more creamy and frothy than the previous vintage, but with a haziness between fresh and the clarity of the 1 year aged beer. Retention for this beer is superior to both. This beer has an aromatic complexity that blends the curious maple syrup and juicy raisin from the 1 year better with the peach tartness, although the fresh batch is ultimately preferable. Perhaps the least enjoyable flavor of the three, the wheat malt and peach character has diminished to insignificance, and the flavor is a compound of musty thin cracker wheat beer with a soft tartness, much more than the other two ages. With time, the beer did not improve in flavor nor did the sourness increase. The older this beer gets, the less sharp and profiled the key flavors get. Don't let a bottle sit neglected for this long.
Recommended Vintage: Fresh (Do not age)
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 21:54:14 | More by Jadjunk
4.48/5 rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
4.5% ABV, Bottled on 2014A
A - A fizzy, loose white head explodes upwards with a loud, soda-like noise before slowly deflating to a thin skim above the lightly hazy pale straw yellow beer.
S - Light lactic acid notes with a hint of sourness pair up with a sweet canned peach aroma while pale malts and a touch of soft wheat with a pin-prick of huskiness finish it out.
T - Wheat is favored in the flavor while a pinch of huskiness comes from the pale malts. Peach all but lost in translation, adding only a thimble-like splash of fruitiness into the lightly sour, nicely acidic flavor.
M - Light-bodied and fully carbonated, Festina is crisp and bright with an almost perfect level of lingering acidic finish on the tongue giving the brew a slight sour pucker with lingering dryness.
O - I'm a huge fan of peach beers done well and while Festina Peche isn't a knock-your-socks-off peach beer, the light peach nuance behind the classic tart acidity of a Berliner is an amazing combination. This beer is superbly drinkable, especially on a hot day.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 23:14:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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