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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,831 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2831
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


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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ONUMello

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow with a very thin head
S: Fairly muted, mostly wheat, maybe just a hint of peach
T: Wheaty, after several sips a nice peachy flavor does come through, along with a sourness. Maybe out of place for a peach beer, but I enjoy sour. Just lacks complexity beyond that
M: Light-bodied, crisp, somewhat sour, pleasant carbonation
O: I enjoyed this but I don't see myself adding it to the regular lineup

Serving type: growler

09-24-2013 01:39:33 | More by ONUMello
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a 32oz growler into my BHB tulip glass. Pours a nice clean yellow color, fizzy white head that is gone fairly quickly. Smell is clean, some sour notes but not a ton of peach on the nose. Flavor is very tart, sour nice. Not a ton of peach flavor coming through but I kind of welcome the subtle nature of it... Once the sour flavors back off there is a really biscuit tone to the finish of the beer. I really like this tart, refreshing great finish.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2013 00:47:12 | More by alk3kenny
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale straw color with an awesome snow white head lacing the glass very well.

Nice cracker like maltiness with just a delicate wiff of peach.

Amazing tart quenching cracker and again the peach is a very light kiss. The tart lemonish acidity is fantastic.

Light and very quaffable brew, perfect for famously HOT columbia, SC on the 1st day of summer.

This could very well become a go to brew for our 6 month summers. BRAVO!

Serving type: growler

06-21-2013 23:09:10 | More by welldigger888
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tjsjostrom

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Festina Peche is a very light yet snappy beer. The peach immediately jumps out when you are smelling it. I had this beer literally after mowing my yard, and it smelled like 12oz of heaven. The beer has a very light feel (I would compare it to the feel of a half-breed of beer and champagne). While the beer tastes good, it is decisively peach and I could only have one or two before I had to move onto something else.

When visiting a Dogfish Head Alehouse, I was given the recommendation to mix the Festina Peche with their 90 Minute IPA. This is perhaps the wisest thing I have ever done, and my wife greatly appreciated it. For most people that do not drink a lot of IPA, they are turned off by the "excessive" hop taste (Being from Seattle, I do not think there is a such thing). With mixing in the Festina Peche, it cut away at the "excessive hop flavor" without taking away from the essence of the IPA. It was easy on the palette yet went down like an IPA. I liked it so much I got a growler filled with 2/3 90 Minute IPA and 1/3 Festina Peche.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2012 02:41:44 | More by tjsjostrom
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JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a small 1-figner foamy white head on it. The head has decent retention, and leaves no lacing behind.

S - It smells of wheat and peaches. It is tart, tangy, and a tad sour. The smell reminds me a little bit of cider.

T - The taste starts off with a tart, sour peach flavor. Near the finish, the wheat background makes itself pronounced. The finish leaves some lingering peach and wheat on the palate.

M - This has a light to medium body and lower carbonation. It goes down very smooth. It has some sour fruit flavor that is almost mouth puckering at times.

O - This has good drinkability. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I think it is a nice new twist on what most breweries put out as a summer beer. It is light, refreshing, and they didn't go overboard with the fruit. Also, with it only being 4.5% ABV I could drink these all day. I recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2011 02:58:55 | More by JizackFH
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jpro

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler for a cookout - it seemed like a good choice for a refreshing summer afternoon brew. Poured a slightly hazy pale orange (very light), with an almost non-existent head - very fizzy, though. Aroma was dominated by wheat and peaches - ruh-roh, what have I done... Taste was surprisingly enjoyable (compared to the bland / fruity aroma) - wheat / grains, with some peach starchiness, with a puckering, sour finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light - that crisp, sour finish is what saved this beer for me. Pretty drinkable, but its definitely something I'd have to be in the mood for to have again - the peach sweetness gets a little old after a couple. Worth a try, though -

Serving type: growler

07-07-2010 19:36:24 | More by jpro
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Augustiner719

New York

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled on 2/12, poured on 2/14

Appearance: Pours an almost crystal clear orange yellowish color with a nice foamy pure white head. Very little lacing and the head recededs moderately fast but leaves a nice ring on the glass. Very carbonated and great looking.

Smell: Smells a bit different, almost like budweiser. Corn, ethanol and a bit of grain husks come through. Very muted though and a bit macro like and dull.

Taste: Tastes very very interesting. Bitter citrus, kumquat, lime zest and a mango bitterness come through predominately. There is a medium bodied orange flavor. Very interesting and refreshing. Light body overall, but good flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, but silky smooth despite the bitterness. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: this would be a great go to in the summer. Its refreshing and light with a touch of sweetness that grows after a few sips. Nice.

A) 4.5
S) 2.5
T) 3.5
M) 4
D) 4

***Review on 6/22/10***

Realized that my previous review was way out of season. Got a fresh 4pack and quickly changed my mind.

Appearance: Not sure why i rated the appearance so high. I find an orange yellow hazy color with crappy head retention due to the style. Fizzy at first and then totally flat after a minute.

Smell: This has a a great kumquat, orange peel type of sourness to the aroma that is very distinct. Some sour peach, with a bit of bitter cherry also. Highly aromatic.

Taste: Taste also went up because its fresh now and has bright vibrant flavors of sour peach, nectarine, mango, orange peel and a lemon acidity to it that is balanced by the malt that is ever so slight. Great summer brew and very very fresh tasting.

Drinkability: raise the drinkability also because this was so refreshing and the abv is nice and low yet it packs so much flavor. easlily went through the 4 pack.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 21:01:14 | More by Augustiner719
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mangledorf

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just came back with a growler and a bottle of this because the lady who runs the taps at the distribution claimed everybody was coming saying the keg-aged crop tasted much different (and better) than the bottles.

Whole heartedly agree. On almost all counts the keg beat out the bottle.

Pours slighly misty with a quick rise of head like pop (translate soda). Has that carbonate snap in its smell the way 7up and OJ might.

The growler's tasted very citrus-y and sharp, where the bottle was almost tart to the point of sour.

Both were delightfully fresh in my mouth and easily diminished.

As said early down this thread, this is a hero-beer of beers for a hot day.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2008 23:24:52 | More by mangledorf
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shaebs99

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from Superstar a while back. Thought it was interesting and worth sharing with my Brother and Father.
Poured from growler into pint glasses. Light yellow with fizzy and quick dissipating head.
Aroma is of wheat and peaches. Taste is tart and peachy. Very interesting.
Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation.
I found it quite enjoyable on a hot summer day. Sort of refreshing and a nice alternative to other typical refreshing summer beers. If you don't mind the interesting taste of the beer (my father didn't like it) a very drinkable beer at 4.5%
I can't fault it for deviating from the style since this is the only one of this style that I have seen available. Just an interesting and refreshing fruit beer.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2007 04:25:29 | More by shaebs99
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rem5

New York

2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a growler from shoreline beverage. The beer poured clear... almost like bud light. I was very disappointed. Carbonation was good for the style. Beer had no wheat or peach flavor or very little. The funk was less than expected and frankly a terrible representation of the style.

Dogfish Head needs to rethink this one, as it has totally missed the mark.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2007 19:40:21 | More by rem5
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this at Bierkraft -- very excited! (I'm a bit excitable...) Poured a hazy gold with a slight off-white head. Not much lacing, but nice carbonation nonetheless.

Smells of tinned peaches, wheat, and grassy hops. Interesting. I loved the taste -- probably my favorite American fruit beer (though I know that's not the technical style) -- sour peach, a little honey, and crisp as can be. Mmm mmm. Haven't tried it out of the bottle yet, so I don't know how it stacks up, but that gallon disappeared with ease. The perfect summer brew, in my opinion. Thank you, DFH!

Serving type: growler

07-07-2007 03:07:48 | More by jbsteiny
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JulioH

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baffled with this beer!

After pouring it in a glass, the clear, faint gold color reminded me of a dessert wine. Texture was on par, color was on par, and very little carbonation was produced. When I tasted it, it was like a carbonated chardonnay. There was hardly any taste of wheat or hops, although some hints lingered. I don't know if DHB is trying to achieve this effect, but for sure Festina Peche doesn't taste like a beer. It is either amazing, or a flop.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:23:40 | More by JulioH
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GCBrewery

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light golden, yellow when held to light, a few suspended particulates. No head or lacing but typical to style

S- This is no DIPA and can not be held to that standard. It is a "neo-berliner" and will be held to that standard. There is not supposed to be a huge hop presence and there isn't. It smells like moldy lemon peels with the faintest touch of peach skin (read delicious)

T- Probably somewhere in the medium to medium low tartness scale, but overall very pleasant and well appreciated. The peach is noticed in the aftertaste more than anywhere and is complimentary to the backbone of this brew.

M- Prickly just like a good Berliner should be. Finishes clean and enticing.

O- There is a high degree of variability on the reviews for this beer. For those who are not acquainted with sour beers, this may be a bit of a shocker. For those well acquainted, this may leave some to be desired. For me personally, I think that DFH nailed this interpretation of a Berliner and am thrilled to drink this beer every time (and I am generally a stout/porter head)

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:04:40 | More by GCBrewery
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Clear yellowish orange color. White two finger head decent retention and lacing

S: Smell of peaches is about all thats present.

T: Peaches and pears kind of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Good amount of carbonation, easy drinking

O: Its alright I picked it up $4 for a 4 pack, I may try it again if I ever see it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:24:19 | More by watermelon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head, clear watery tan yellow color.

Nose peach, peach syrup and canned peaches, syrupy with little sweet malt, mild malty aroma.

Taste more peaches, mostly canned peaches with syrup, little fresh peach flesh, juicy peach with mild malty flavor, hint of bitterness. Finish is sticky and syrupy with mild sweetness, lingering canned peaches in syrup.

Mouth is lighter bod but mild syrupy, decent carb.

Overall there no beer here, mostly just canned peaches. Tasty though, and plenty of peach, but why make it a beer, I can just go to the store and buy canned peaches and pour some vodka in it and call it a day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:25:13 | More by jlindros
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very simple bottle in the DFH style with a classy eye-catching label that gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Bottle has the DFH logo embossed on it. Bottled on date 1-28-13.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz nonic pint let to a 1½ finger white head of a very light airy density atop a clear bright hay yellow beer with a ton of tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was 2min 4sec before fading to a thin ring and coating with an OK lacing left behind. Very nice looking beer.

Smell/Aroma: Smells slightly sour with a bit of acidity along with a huge sweet peach aroma. Also has slight hints of grassy hops.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of very sour and tart peach on the front end with a nice wheat flavor coming through midpoint to mellow the tartness. A sweet peach flavor dominates the back end and finish with the aftertaste again turning slightly sour.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with an above average amount of carbonation that makes this crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable!

Overall/Comments: Wow. I thought this was a really good brew that was very well done as well as being very unique in its flavor profile. I think this would be great, ice cold, on a warm summer day. I suggest trying this one!! Classified as a Berliner Weissbier @ 4.5%. Consumed 6/20/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:12:08 | More by thegodfather1076
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TheBrouMaster

Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A– Slightly hazy straw color with a 2-finger white bubbly head. Pretty good retention but no lacing. A decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Grainy wheat, peaches, and green apple Lactobacillus acidity.

T – Sour all the way through with green apple tartness. Grainy wheat malt and peach notes shine through at the end.

M – Light-to-medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and puckering mouthfeel, and a very dry finish. Tartness and dryness both linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a really good beer. It’s an awesome introduction to Berliner weissbiers. It is perfectly tart and not overwhelmingly sour at all. Very tasty, drinkable, and refreshing. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 20:13:31 | More by TheBrouMaster
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Bottled on 2013.

A- Pours a light straw color with a 1/4 inch white head that barely retains at all before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Literally no lacing.

S- Aroma of mild lactic acid, a bit of peach and some wheat.

T- Ah. So they nailed the peach flavor this time. Good for them. Though I'm sure they still use concentrate, the peach flavor is juicy and works well with the subdued tartness. Kind of like a peach Bellini beer. Super drinkable and quite sweet.

M- Dry and thin with medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- My friend gave this to me insisting that this year's Festina was the best thus far and I gotta say I agree. While this still isn't my idea of a fantastic Berliner Weisse, they really got the peach flavor to shine this time around. Still lacks carbonation and the complexity of a sour but it's perfect to introduce someone to the concept of sourness in beer. Maybe one day they'll figure out how to make it as good as one of J Wakefield's Berliners.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:39:14 | More by Immortale25
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heygeebee

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From Warner's.

A - hazy straw, two fingers head fizzes and dies, no lace, no film.

S - hint funk, grain.

T - sweet and sour, hint peach (and yes it tastes like peach concentrate or puree) , hint green apples, more like Turkish Delight (Go figure). None of the zestiness I associate with style.

M - zingy and zesty. Good.

O - a dissapointment. Great brewery, great style, non delivery....

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 08:19:37 | More by heygeebee
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KajII

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a lightly cloudy straw yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white fizzy head that was totally gone in a matter of seconds, leaving nothing behind as far as lacing.

The aroma was somewhat light with a grain malt and an earthy cobweb yeast and just a hint of peach and a light cardboard odor.

The taste was sweetly tart right off and was present throughout, with a decent peach flavor creeping in creating a tart peach taste for the finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with the tart fruity taste fading off the taste buds rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet lightly dry texture and a mildly ticklish carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor of this brew, which was slightly more intense than the aroma suggested. I could see myself sippin’ on a couple of these, as I found it to be lightly refreshing and mildly tasty...

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Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 17:59:53 | More by KajII
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Putting on my "style ambivalence" hat. I realize the importance of rubrics, but could care less more often than not.

This is what I get...

Has a spritzy , off-white head that combusts quickly. Clear gold in color.

Smell involves peach, lemon, grass and grain.

Tastes peachy and tart with some green apple, lemon peel and furtive caramel.

This simple but surprisingly sharp little beer doesn't need to be categorized, just drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:58:56 | More by stephens101
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know why this isn't in the fruit-flavoured beer category, but whatever. Either way, it's biggest problem is carbonation. It's way over-carbonated. So over-carbonated that it gets too foamy for the refreshing fruity characters to do their job. It's hard to call foam refreshing. Otherwise, I think it's really great. I'm not often into these kinds of things, but this is decent. For fruit beers, I like Shiner's prickly pear beer better, but this beats the hell out of New Belgium's attempt at frambozen bier. I like how the dry character does not detract from the peachiness and how the peachiness goes well with this sour beer with a slightly biscuity backbone. It's a good alternative to fruit flavoured beers that have more of a sweet, yeasty backbone.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 09:37:40 | More by ElCommodoro
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cubbienathan

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally worked up the bravery to review a beer here, have been stalking this site for months.

This is my first Berliner Weissbier so i didn't know exactly what to expect.

Poured a hazy orangeish yellow color and had a loud fizzing sound that almost startled me. The head was there for a couple seconds and then was completely gone. No lacing at all. Had never seen anything like it so i wasn't sure if there was something wrong with it...but after tasting I don't think so.

Smells tart and fruity. I suppose I can smell peach but it's not the dominant smell.

Tastes tart and fruity as well, sour even. Finishes very refreshingly.

Mouthfeel was light and fairly carbonated.

Maybe not the best choice for my first review since I've never had anything like it, but this is a very interesting beer, will have to try more of the style to get more of a feel for it. Didn't knock me out of my seat however. Perhaps I will try it again next summer because it seems like a very nice summer beer; this was on clearance for the end of the season and had caught my eye a few times before so I figured I'd get it before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:50:48 | More by cubbienathan
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danieelol

Australia

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours white-yellow with a billowing and over-indulgent white head which rapidly dissipates.

Nose is sour, a little varnish, malt takes the form of some sort of fruit like figs. Don't know if I would have picked the peach without prompting but knowing it's there I can definitely pick it up.

Taste is more sour, more of those figgy malty flavours.

Mouthfeel is more of that moderately sharp figgy malt.

Not an authentic Berliner but kind of interesting in its own right. Would choose another example of the style for next time though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 13:00:25 | More by danieelol
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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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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.