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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

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BA SCORE
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2,833 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2833
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


Brewed by:
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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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jonrx

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite summer beers. It's a super easy drinking beer that you can enjoy on a porch in the heat or on the beach. On a boat. Anywhere, really, where it's warm and, preferably, sandy. I think you have to look at it that way in order to appreciate it. It's not going to warm you up in the winter or fill you up like a stout. That's not what this beer was intended to do and it makes no bones about it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 03:27:04 | More by jonrx
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-wheat, peach, grains

T-wheat, peach, slight tart grapes, grains

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-not as tart as I would like for a Berliner Weisse, peach flavor is nice though

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 02:32:41 | More by MDDMD
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mechtech

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Although this is a low ABV beer, it has a sort of fuzzy peachiness to it. The peach permeates this brew.

I'm not sure if I like what's going on behind the peach flavor though. There is a raw doughy breadiness, I found the alcohol apparent, and the watered down acidic nature of it was slightly unpleasant.

Perhaps this just isn't my style, or perhaps it would me more enjoyable "mit Schuss"...

I wouldn't go out of your way to seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 05:55:48 | More by mechtech
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FLima

Brazil

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow amber color with a two finger head with low retention.
Light aroma of peach and vanilla.
Elegant taste of peaches with a pleasant sourness. Notes of lemon.
Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Almost a mild Sour beer with a good acidity. Peach was at a perfect level. Enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 14:12:40 | More by FLima
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Wicker Park in Chicago, with a buddy yesterday 6/15/2013.

Aroma: Light sweet tartness up front, with a little bit of sweetness- a fruity peach. Smells great, smells crisp and refreshing. I can practically smell the CO2. (4)

Colour: Clear light gold body with a fluffy 3cm white head that dissipates quickly. It's like a white soda, you can see all the bubbles in the beer. It's very much what I expect from a Berliner Weiss. It just looks crisp and refreshing. Great lacing. (4)

Flavour: Tart apricot and peach sweetness. The tartness is not over the top, but it's no wilting flower either. Tastes delicious, not super complex but the flavours are very well represented and everything comes together well. I would like a little bit more tartness though. Overall well put together and is tasty. (4)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and very, very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly a light peach sweetness and a decent bit of tartness that is very pleasant. (4)

Overall: A very nice, tasty Berliner Weiss. I don't even like peach but this is delicious and not off-putting at all. The peach sweetness is mild but delicious, and the tartness complements it very well despite peach not being a typically tart fruit. I'd drink it again, especially this summer! (4)

O-This is a fairly simple, but decent-tasting summer beer. I could have used a little more Berliner Weiss tartness to offset the sweet peach flavor, but this brew is not syrupy or cloying. The light body and chunky carbonation make for easy drinkability and solid refreshment. Fruit beers aren't always my thing, but this is not a bad effort.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 18:05:28 | More by Stevedore
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Brenden

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Berliner Weiss is, in my opinion, a highly underrated style. I like that DFH added peaches right in the brewing process.

It's thickly hazed, a pale gold color with a white head roughly one finger high resting on top for a moderate length of time. A modicum of spotty lacing is left behind.
This beer is peachy, like fresh juice, in both the aroma and the flavor. There's a gentle sourness that isn't off-putting in any way, complementing the juicy sweetness. A wheat base is evident, giving off a note of grains the entire session. Sweet, tangy, ad lightly sour with a hint of a somewhat floral element, this is pretty much what I expect from the style. It's soft, with everything that should be there without going overboard with any of it.
Lightly tart and dry on the tongue, this beer just comes together very nicely altogether. Creamy and consistently crisp with a flowing smoothness underneath before upping the dryness a touch into the finish, the feel is surprisingly good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 12:56:35 | More by Brenden
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is reminiscent of white wine with a stark white head that retained longer than expected. This offering is effervescent with a body more wine-like than beer-like. The peaches are distinctly present in the nose and flavor profile. The sour peach taste is refreshing and light, but distinct as well. This beer delivers on its promise and is a good example of style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 20:04:34 | More by 57md
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socon67

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pour with a high white foam. Cloudy appearance, with some carbonation noted.

S - Scent of fresh grains, and fresh fruit. The scent is peaches is very faint.

T - A light flavored wheat beer that has a sweet flavor of fruit. A good summer beer, the taste of light grain and sugary fruit is refreshing. The distinction of peaches is not really there.

M - Very drinkable and sessionable. Slightly carbonated and light bodied.

O - Not a beer I'd seek out again. There ar eother peach flavored beers I prefer more (RJ Rockers Son of the Peach and CCB Peach Jai-Alai).

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 15:03:34 | More by socon67
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brystmar

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerMongers.

Lemony yellow body, cloudy, white head. Mild yeast and peaches greet my nose. Crisp, refreshing, mild Berliner taste with no sourness and nice peach support. A little watery and mildly flavored overall, as is often the case with Berliners.

A refreshing, sessionable beer for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 00:24:27 | More by brystmar
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the brewpub in MD from the tap. Color is golden/ peachy. Some haze there as well.
Odor is of peach and seems tart.
Taste follows the smell. Peach is heavy and tartness is pronounced. Tartness mellows toward the end and finishes more sweet peach. Mouth feel is very crisp and fruity. Very refreshing and light on the tongue. A very good fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 13:40:38 | More by dexterk1
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denver10

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy sandy color with a white head. An aroma of some peach, wheat, and hay. Flavor followed suit with some tartness, some sweetness from the peach and some funky hay/earthiness in the finish. A crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. I tend to not be much of a fan of Dogfish Head's offerings but I definitely was a fan of this one. Would happily drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 23:09:13 | More by denver10
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Jsenay

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a tulip

A - Pale straw yellow with heavy carbonation and some nice lacing.

S - Smells like a bouquet of peaches with some rich honey.

T - Tart peaches, white grape, sweet honey and apricot.

M - Nice acidity with a mild sweetness. Cleans the palate rather nicely while leaving a delicious filmy peach aftertaste.

O - Great session beer for a hot day. The sweet fruit flavor would make this great with a chopped or grilled chicken salad maybe even a ricotta cheesecake. Will definitely have it again when I can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 07:02:16 | More by Jsenay
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a slightly hazy yellow color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast leaving only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heavy of sour and tart apricot and peach with some notes of lemon and wheat as well.

Taste – The flavor begins more with a bit of a sour wheat and peach flavor. As the taste moves more to the middle it sours even more with some lemon flavors mixing in. These tastes mingle to take the taste to the end where a quite sour flavor with light notes of yeast are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a very light and crisp body with a carbonation level that is slightly higher than average. Very refreshing for the sour flavors of the brew and quite fitting.

Overall – It was a pretty good easier drinking Berliner Weisse that is very nice for the summer months when you are looking for something sour and tart.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 00:12:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden yellow into a standard US pint glass with two fingers of white head, decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus is dominant, and I do get some peach for sure. Somewhat funky aroma with some grainy wheat notes as well. Was hoping for more in the smell but okay nonetheless.

Taste: Better than the nose with a distinct tartness and a hit of citrus as well. I get solid peach flavor with a champagne like effervescence. Interesting flavor and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with a dry finish and nice carbonation. Easy drinking beer that sits well on the palate.

Overall: A very nice beer on a hot day and one of my first of this style. I'd like to try out some more and this is definitely a beer worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 14:49:49 | More by Mikecap
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TSJ4000

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm surprised this beer is so lowly rated. After all Sam has his face on every beer magazine and even a (now cancelled) nationally sindicated show. Doesn't that make the beer rate higher? Nonetheless the beer is still very enjoyable. It had subtle sour and subtle peach flavors. I didn't pick up much Berliner Weiss-esqu yeastiness but I found this beer thirst-quenching on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 23:01:35 | More by TSJ4000
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly cloudy pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: As I expected for this style, there is a light sourness/tartness to the overall aroma with some hints of peach.

T: The flavor of the peaches is quite present in this beer but there is not any of the sweetness that I expected. There is some light amount of sourness/tartness in the taste of this beer along with a hint of the wheat.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not as tart/sour as many of the other beers in this style, the peach really helps to balance that out. Still it is a good example of an easily accessible Berliner Weissbier. I find this beer especially easy to drink on hot summer days and it is quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 01:48:21 | More by dbrauneis
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GregSVT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table Dogfishtival

A: Pours a very slightly hazy yellow with a white heads that fades to a ring leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pure peach...it's actually pretty fantastic. Lots of sweet fruit and a touch of a tart aroma.

T: The taste has the peach with a tart/ sour flavor. The peach wasnt as prominent as I'd hoped for but it is definitely there.

M: The feel is light and dry.

O: I'm not a sours fan but this is actually pretty tasty. I'd like more peach flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 19:23:43 | More by GregSVT
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ehammond1


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with lots of visible carbonation running up through the beer. This leaves very little cling to the glass on the way down.

A very mild aroma consisting of peach, mild wheat, and some grass and hay character. It's very mild, though pleasant.

The flavor is a bit more assertive than the aroma, and all the flavors come together nicely. The peach character is front and center, along with a moderate tart, sourness. There's a bit of wheat character to pull it all together.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very nice, refreshing, peach berliner. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 15:45:56 | More by ehammond1
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alexkeil

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Dogfish Head tap takeover at Coles in Buffalo, NY.

I stayed away from this one for a long time because of what other people said about it. I need to stop listening to those people. This berliner weiss like beer is great. What must turn people away is the sour/tartness that is unexpected to them but very much what that style is all about. I like the way that tartness is balanced and enhanced by the peach. At 4.5% this is a sessionable a beer as your going to get from DFH.

A great summer beer, or a nice change of pace from darker winter beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 11:56:30 | More by alexkeil
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claspada

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright semi-golden color with plenty of carbonation and a bone-white head.

Aromas begin with light with the peach scents coming through in addition to same pale/grainy malt. Eh...

The taste is semi-tart. Less like a peach and more toward the tartness of a not-quite-ripe apricot. Lots of grainy, wheat and pale malt. Blah...

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied; quite acidic and tart. Light body through the finish.

Overall just as unmemorable and blah as I remembered from the bottle. Even on a hot day this would be less than enjoyable. Pass...

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 17:04:06 | More by claspada
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indiana24

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I'll probably get some odd stares for this, but as someone not particularly infatuated with Dogfish Head beers (though their coastal brewpub is a lot of fun), this is the beer of theirs I look forward to the most.

Not the greatest Berlinerweisse-style beer out there, for sure, but I find it a good example of the style, and extremely refreshing during the hot days of the summer. The peach puree blends well into the beer, adding flavor while not over-sweetening it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 17:21:18 | More by indiana24
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taphouse Grill - Westmont; served in a pint glass

A: Clear straw-yellow with a cap of fading white head.

S: The nose is strong and not altogether pleasant. I smell sourness, but its more of a lemon than peach. Tartness is there too, but no sweetness.

T: Yeah, more sour than tart. It is pretty one-note and just blasts you with a mild pucker, then thinly falls off and doesn't attempt any other flavours.

D: Ultimately, it loses its appeal after one or two drinks. Part of the challenges of the style is squeezing a lot of flavour into a low ABV beer; this one fails in that regard. Mouthfeel is soda-pop thin and carbonation escapes the beer fast.

Overall: I'm glad I tried this one, because I was interested in it. However, I'm glad I got it on tap. I would never pay the price they charge for a 4 pack. This is a tough style to nail and although DFH usually can put down those trickier styles, this one is just a bit uninspired.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 13:00:43 | More by JohnnyChicago
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fatmcb1

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in downtown Ft Worth

Hazy yellow color with a ring of head that dies shortly.

The smell came out very light, with only feint odors. There is peach, tartness, and malt.

Very interesting flavors! Peach is very apparent, and becomes more robust as the beer warms. There is a very tart, almost sour taste that has a modest malt balance.

Light bodied, well carbonated, and a dry, crisp finish.

This is a decent beer, but not Dogfish Head's best offering. Nice to enjoy on a patio.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 19:13:29 | More by fatmcb1
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rel

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a chain-like establishment and I was quite impressed to see it on the menu.

This beer is not very inviting to the eyes. It's a boring pale yellow that's looks watered down. No head, no lacing.

What's that thing that people say... Don't judge a beer by its. That didn't work. Anyways, this beer smells delightful. You can smell something tart and sour in it. Naturally I figured this beer is very lemony.

But wait! Its not. It has an overwhelming sour bite at first. I liked it. This is definitely hit or miss with the crowd. Afterwards though, the beer mellows out and you can taste peaches and a more tartness. Really enjoyable but not lemony. The tart flavor is well balanced with the sweet peach. Think sour patch.

Sour mouth. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 00:17:20 | More by rel
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap are the local 127

A golden body with a nice white head that sticks around for a while

S- little bit of a lemon zest but it is dominated by another fruit, which I wouldn't know was peaches unless I was told

T-fuirt, lemony and yeast comes out . Very refreshing

m- light, crisp and refreshing.

O-Didn't think I would like it but it was a nice summer beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 22:34:48 | More by brew3crew
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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