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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,545 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,545
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 302 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%

2013 vintage
poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazed straw gold, with a 2 fingers tall, pure white head that quickly recedes. The dissipating head leaves zero lacing behind, a which consistent with the use of Lactobacillus in the brewing process.

Aroma: (4.25)
Woah, tons and tons of freshly ripened peaches erupt from the glass as soon you bring it to your nose. There is a soft lactic acidity that is beautifully interwoven into the peach aromatics. Subtle, tangy wheat malt lingers in the background. Smells very refreshing.

Taste: (3.75)
Tart suggestions of lemon peel and peach juice hit your palate first, followed by some gentle impressions of apricot. Before right before the very dry, light tart finish, a twinge of tangy, slightly creamy malted wheat cleanses your palate. Lingering notes of more peach flesh, apricot and wheat. Refreshing

Mouthfeel: (4)
light bodied with refreshingly spritzy carbonation.

Overall: (4)
Dogfish Head takes a very under appreciated style from Germany and puts their own unique stamp on it; The naturally tart Berliner Weissbier style is traditionally sweetened in the bar with woodruff or raspberry syrup, so Dogfish saves you the trouble and ferments the beer with peach juice. I personally wish it was a bit more tart and sour, but the beer definitely serves it's purpose of being a perfectly refreshing summer drink. Recommended anyone who wants to try a summer seasonal that definitely separates itself from the trite myriad of summer beers.

flayedandskinned, Jul 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

oberon, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

aszatk01, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

tectactoe, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

MadScientist, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Zakk, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%

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.

brownbeer, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Tiernan, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

wesbrownyeah, Nov 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

poibag808, Nov 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

woodchipper, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of CBOLAND17
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

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).

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

SIRIUS2, May 31, 2008
Photo of Firefox13
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Firefox13, Feb 06, 2013
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.

Marisol820, Sep 08, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of rwinzing
4.6/5  rDev +26%

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

rwinzing, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DaftPatrick, Aug 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Todd, Jul 01, 2013
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,545 ratings.