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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,446 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,446
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 119
Gots: 264 | FT: 5
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at Moan and Dove in Mass., the no.1 rated bar in the country. Light and cloudy. Peach and wheat flavour. Bit of head and lace. Straight up peach flavour, above average carbonation. A bit fruit soda taste, medium or lighter mouthfeel. Drying but satisfying. Sessionable ABV appreciated

07-15-2007 18:52:57 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-20-2012 01:00:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a small head that fades to a cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity sour peach notes mixed with biscuit malt smells.

T - Very tasty yet slightly sour. The peach flavor is not overpowering and the wheat mixes very well overall. There is no bitterness whatsoever to this beer.

M - Very tart and crisp with a great level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing and easy going beer. I just tried this for the first time recently, but I can say with certainty that this will be a frequent go to beer for the hot Southern California months ahead.

03-21-2010 06:48:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-05-2012 18:20:53 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

A: A bright semi-orange color with plenty of carbonation and a bone-white head.

S: Light with the peach scents coming through in addition to same pale/grainy malt.

T: Very tart. Less like a peach and more toward the tartness of a not-quite-ripe apricot.

M: Lots of acidic and tart flavors. Light body.

D: I enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel is alright, but the drinkability is not too high. I'd like to try this with some age, as I've heard some suggest.

04-24-2009 13:39:52 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-05-2011 01:44:45 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and peaches in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a slight amount of sourness and although it has flavors of peaches, no traces of sweetness are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of peaches helps to balance off the sourness associated with this style, much like fruit syrups are added to other Berliner weissbiers to make them more palatable. It’s easy to drink for the style and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable, if you can handle the light amount of sourness.

05-27-2011 02:10:16 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Weak lemonade yellow that comes close to losing all color as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The bright white cap is soft and frothy, gently rocky even, but doesn't grace the glass with much lace. The final pour murks things up beautifully.

The nose is both tart and peachy, just as a peach-infused Berliner weissbier should be. It also has a deeper, more interesting muskiness (like the skin of a freshly picked peach) that puts it squarely above average. Make that well above average.

Dogfish Head made a great choice in releasing a Berliner weissbier with the fruit flavoring already added. It may rub purists the wrong way, but so what? Berliner Kindl Weisse probably would have been much better with either raspberry or woodruff syrup.

The peachiness tastes fresh, despite the fact that this 4.5% beer has been in the bottle for at least 9 months. The lactobacillus-derived acidity must be a great preservative (which is why I felt confident in not drinking this bottle until now). Aging Festina Peche seems silly, but it has legs for sure.

One has to like tart to like this offering. That said, it stops well short of being punishingly sour and doesn't give the salivary glands the workout that some lambics do. I also like the fact that the fruitiness isn't overpowering. It's an accent rather than a 900 lb. gorilla. The finish borders on Saharan.

I haven't had enough Berliner weissbiers to know what the mouthfeel should feel like. It's light and is energetically bubbled. Bottom line: it works.

While I would never drink this odd little ale on a regular basis (even with easy access), it's good for what it is. Dogfish Head doesn't always hit everything out of the park, and there are some errors now and then, but it's always interesting to see if what they throw against the wall sticks. Festina Peche sticks.

03-27-2008 13:57:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Pours a very pale but cloudy lemon juice color with a soda head that fizzes away quickly without leaving much in the lacing department; not too familiar with the style but perhaps that is typical

Smell: Peaches, primarily, with a sour aspect

Taste: Opens up with a sour peach and green apple flavor that billows in tartness by mid-palate; there is an underlying wheat element that softens the profile; after the swallow, the sour elements build, but the finish is dry and crisp

Mouthfeel: Light and puckerish; with plenty of fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sour beers, give this a try; a nice change of pace

09-15-2007 22:40:50 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

Well I normally shy away from fruit beers, but on the other hand, I cannot resist a Dogfish Head Speciality release, sometimes this can present a conflict, at which times my desire for something new and unique always wins, this was one of those times. A Peach Concentrate infused malt beverage...hmmmm. Poured an extremly light golden yellow with a brief white fizzy type of head. Very light and considerably hazy, with a ton of visible carbonation, making its way up through chains of bubbles reaching from the nethers of the glass, my intrest has been piqued.

The aroma was very fruity and light. Lots of peach flavors which one would expect naturally with something infused with peach concentrate. There were also some decent hints of grain mixed within that fruit assault. Some yeast and a light cut grass made its way through as well, all aromas were very light and crisp, clean. Now for the test, first impression of the taste was, very sweet and very light. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation is very heavy, pretty much like that of a wine cooler. The flavor profile pretty much followed suit as well. Lots of sweetned peach flavors mixed on top of a bland malt liquor flavor. Nothing really too stand out about this.

Overall this was a wine cooler to me. Way too light and just not enough character. Had a great feel, and the low ABV makes it a nice very hot summer days treat, in fact my wife would probably love this and will have to give her a taste next time I see one, but for the price, if I wanted a wine cooler I would go for a wine cooler. I will stick to DFH's bigger and in my opinion better offerings. Speaking of which, got a red and white due up next.

07-02-2007 21:18:34 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Pulling the rustic, distinctive, and somewhat ancient ale into the twenty-first century kicking and screaming, the Dogfish Head brewers aren't going to allow the Berlinerweisse style to rest in peace, they're yanking it from the casket, dusting it off and giving it a fruity facelift.

While its wisping and airy cotton foam tops the hazy and light peach ale, its appearance is simply an extension of taste- light and fruity with souther Georgia peaches on the forefront. Its shortbread sweetness gives a confectioner's prop to the authentic fruit taste.

As the dry wheat taste quickly recedes, its fruit flavor turns decidedly tart, crisp and bracingly acidic. The taste of tangy peaches butts up against lemon, green apple and under-ripened berry without any threat of vinegar or strong vinous taste.

Pleasantly briny, minerally and balanced to perfection with the acidity of dried lemon and lime; the strong lactic acid tanginess of the ale provides the palate with a high rate of refreshment, clean and crisp throughout with brief echoes of peach and wafer-thin wheat in the beer's post-finish era. -perfect for all those hot and hazy days of summer!

07-07-2014 16:14:37 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-02-2012 16:33:02 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color beer with a big huge pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of tart malt with a hint of fruit sweetness. Taste is quite tart but not up to a lambic level with some light fruit sweetness. Body is about average with some great carbonation. I’m not sure what to make of this one or really to expect since I know so very little of the style. I sure couldn’t have tell there was peach in there and would have loved more tartness but that just me.

09-07-2007 19:05:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +19%

A: Very cloudy pale yellow with a nice white foam.

S: Wheat, lemony sourness, some peach.

T: Excellent level of tartness, the peach is present primarily on the finish, rather than an overpowering flavor throughout the beer. Some notes of wheat and lemon are there as well.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a very pleasant tartness.

D: A very refreshing, easy drinking beer.

08-27-2009 00:07:15 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-02-2011 18:05:36 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-13-2013 03:48:41 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-17-2011 04:23:07 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-10-2014 22:47:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-10-2013 19:05:30 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a medium, white head that vanished in the time it took me to shoo the roommate's cat out of the room. Way to go, Daphne the Cat!

Smell: Faint, slightly musty aroma of damp hay and Del Monte canned peaches with an underlying tartness.

Taste: Moderately tart flavors of wheat and peach juice. Slight saltiness along with a mild citrus taste on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light-bodied. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: A peach of a thirst quencher!

08-11-2007 02:26:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2013 04:13:53 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-27-2011 02:21:17 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

A single finger white foam head which quickly dissipates. Murky golden color. Peach and lemon smell. First taste is initially dry then a rush of the peach flavoring takes over with a somewhat sour feel. Mouthfeel is average with mild to moderate carbonation, light body and dryness.

I do not have the experience of having had this beer in the past so this is the first batch I have tried. Overall it is a refreshing beer. It fits well with summer time foods and activities. I think it may be a beer you love or will just try and may not try again.

06-27-2011 01:41:40 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Just had this on tap and I must say that it's much better than when I had it the first time from a bottle. It's got a very light and refreshing pêche flavor that is well balanced with the wheat. I'm very surprised by the difference I noticed with this. The bottles I had picked up must have gone bad or something, On tap made a world of difference. Glad I tried it again.

Bottled Review - Like most beer nuts I love this brewery and I consider myself quite lucky that at anytime I could take a 3 hour road trip to DfH and have a lot of wonderful brews. But I must say that I do not enjoy this brew specifically. When I received a 4 pack from my family as a gift I was really excited to try it because it was new at the time. I poured my first one into a glass and everything looked good it smelled a little funky but that didn't bother me. It was the taste it was really not my cup of tea. To this day I can't figure out why I think this beer tastes like vomit to me. I feel really bad that I can't enjoy this brew like a lot of other people do but this is one that I can't get passed my lips anymore.

03-20-2011 15:50:31 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

07-04-2007 21:38:48 | More by oberon
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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