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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,836 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2836
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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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a curious one, a beer 'brewed with peach concentrate', a Berliner Weisse style. This is a very rare style (only two breweries in all of Berlin still produce it!) characterized bi intense tartness and it can be compared to a Flemish Sour. Poured off the tap at American Flatbread (thanks Diora!) a hazy golden yellow. Aromas are wheat, lemon and some peach notes underneath. Flavors burst forth, very crisp and tart, lemons, green grasses, lemon basil, semi-sweet, notably sour but not overly so as some Flemish are. Reminds me of sour, green apples. Light body and fairly easy to drink. Sharp but on the money. Unique summer offering in a nearly saturated market, bravo!

Serving type: cask

08-20-2008 18:37:56 | More by thekevlarkid
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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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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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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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brurevu

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Festina Peche poured a hazy golden yellow with a slight white head. The aroma was bready and malty with a slight tartness and bit of peach. The taste started with a light tartness up front that gives way to ripe peach flavors that has a surprisingly dry finish. The wheat beer flavors were subtle but came through on the end and lingered on my palate. The Festina Peche is not an overly sweet beer but the peach adds a subtle sweetness to this sour beer. Overall the it was a good Berliner Weisse that highlights and is accentuated by the peach flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 16:44:13 | More by brurevu
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a BIF from ufmj, thanks man!

A- Pours a straw-yellow, slightly hazy body with a white, fizzy head that reduces to nothing and leaves no lacing. Looks like a sour.

S- Peach, mango, strawberries. Pretty fruity. Some bready and caramel notes in there too.

T- Upfront it's actually slightly tart, which leads to a nice subtle peachyness. Finishes crisp.

M- Light, easy drinking, refreshing body. Medium carbonation.

Overall nicely crafted, very refreshing. Perfect for summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:47:59 | More by gcamparone
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dowen17

Alabama

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On the nose is white grapes, some wheat, and a hint of alcohol. Some peaches lie in the background. This really smells more like a white wine.

Taste is a bit sour. Sour apples and grapes. Some peach. Grains settle in on the tongue. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and almost airy feeling. Nice carbonation.

This would be a good beer to cool down on a hot day. Not my favorite beer ever but I could drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 18:08:28 | More by dowen17
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, light yellow colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: light peach aroma mixed with a sour grainy smell

T: pleasantly sour up front, acetic acid, tart unripe peach, tangy, cheek puckering, unripe fruit abounds

M: light and refreshing, higher carbonation

O: excited to see a fruit version of an underrepresented style

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:16:36 | More by M_C_Hampton
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, Spring 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy pale golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big peach, pear, tart lemon, apple, floral, grass, wheat, light bread, pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of peach with tart/fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; and solid strength. Taste of peach, pear, lemon, apple, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, light bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, light bread, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of peach concentrate with malt and yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel this is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice flavored Berliner weisse style. Nice balance of flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable and very session-able offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:14:25 | More by superspak
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asaharyev

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Allagash tulip glass.

Pour: Somewhat hazy straw yellow with some redder notes. Fizzy head, about 1.5 fingers worth, which disappears instantly.

Aroma: Sour apple, some faint peach, a bit of sweet wheatiness, a little prickly on the nose.

Taste: Very prickly mouthfeel, but leaves a great finish. Tons of sour throughout, with a punch at the end that gives most of the peach flavor. A touch of light graininess in the middle of the tongue. Very good.

Overall: This is a very good beer, and definitely one of the better Berliner weisse beers out there. However, it did let me down a bit, given the hype. Not quite the beer of the summer, but definitely worth getting several times.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:15:42 | More by asaharyev
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottled (date 2013E) into a tulip with a nice 3 inch head that settled fairly quickly and left no lacing. It was visible how carbonated this was from the bubbles forming at the bottom. Color is a pale yellow with an ever so slight haze.

You can definitely smell the peaches in this one, as you'd expect. Also getting some white grape/white wine aroma.

Taste is not as much peach as the aroma would indicate, though there was a slight peach flavor. Also getting a granny smith apple flavor, with a nice tart finish.

The mouthfeel is a light body and very carbonated, goes down smooth.

Overall this is an enjoyable, refreshing summer beer. A great start to what should be a beaut of a weekend.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:07:03 | More by maxcoinage
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2013beer101

Colorado

1.1/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried this based on a recommendation from the beer store employee. I won't be doing that again. The appearance on the pour was fine. Everything went down hill and fast at the smell. Needless to say it smelled like vomit and literally tasted like it. To be fair I had the girlfriend and an unsuspecting neighbor try it to validate my opinion (the neighbor was compensated for the agony), consensus was the same all the way around. Save your money and appetite, try something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 04:39:26 | More by 2013beer101
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Vivacious pale lemon body, slightly hazed with a crown of white micro bubbles.

S: Sun dried wheat, salt, peach mineral water, straw, pilsner malt and earthy yeast.

T/M: Wheat, peaches and mineral water. This reminds me of a peach flavored San Pellegrino. Light and effervescent finishing with tart but not sour peaches.

O: I gotta say this is a disappointing Beliner. I get not real tart/sour and the overall is just like a flavored soda water. Not a fan. I wanted to like this and I know that people like syrup to cut the sourness but this feel flat for me. Sorry...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:06:17 | More by Hopswagger
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,836 ratings.