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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,308 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,308
Hads: 4,047
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 162
Gots: 541 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dherling on 02-26-2007

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!

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Reviews: 1,308 | Hads: 4,047
Photo of matthewfuchs
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle in a slender glass. solid white head retention. Stayed through the beer. Smell of citrus and peach. very bright visually and through the nose. Taste the front and it is very tart peach, not too much. Back end smooths out a bit and refreshes the tongue. Sparkling feel in your mouth, almost champagne all around. A nice refreshing ale in with limited session qualities, besides abv. (400 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 06/01/07. Leaves a two finger pure-white foamy head with very good retention, and some good spotty lacing. Body is a cloudy, straw gold.

Smell - peach juice, sour citrus, citrusy wheat malt.

Taste - like the smell. Citrusy wheat malt washed through with intensely tart citrus. The peach flavor is mostly obscured in the overall flavor. Also, slightly salty tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slight tartness-induced puckering.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, but it is not really a sessionable beer, owing to its tartness. It is something that would be excellent to enjoy with food, but not as a session beer. (684 characters)

Photo of rem5
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. (374 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very bright but hazy yellow, almost neon yellow. One finger head dissipated quickly.

S - Nice aroma. The sour tarness is very noticeable, followed by a lemon sweetness. A bit of barnyard funk, an appropriate amount (not too much). The peach aroma was not that apparent.

T - A very light taste up front followed by this nice sourness, however the tartness is covered up a bit in the end by a nice hint of peach. However the beer feels a bit confused. I like the addition of peaches, but it does get in the way of the great sour flavor. In the end this would have been a great light summer sour wheat without the fruit addition

M - Crisp, but lightly carbonated. A bit thick in the end for a light style.

D - Very drinkable, the flavors are very light all around; but this beer still has a lot of depth. It reminds me of a lambic light: the sourness is there, but not too sour, the fruit is apparent but not too fruity. I will have many more of these this summer. (985 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazey banana skin and straw mixed with gold. Good, egg white head that slow recedes to a nice think film. Decent bubbling mixed in with the yeast. Very ripe fruit and yeast aroma. Wouldn't think this was a wheat beer from the aroma. The peach aroma is very faint and mixed in with very tart and ripe granny smith apples. The taste is a tart yeasty, ripened fruit melange. Was hoping for a more pronounced peach flavor. That was pretty subdued. It was more like a very ripe peach pulled off the tree too early. This beer was not as refreshing as expected. But still ok to have right after a hrad day at work. But I will not buy another 4-pack of this beer. (663 characters)

Photo of david131
1.86/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- A very hazy straw color liquid is poured out of the bottle. A nice frothy head forms on top and slowly settles down to a nice thin covering.

S- Quite a bit of sour citrus smell with some hints of yeast and wheatiness. The peach smell is kind of subdued, you have to search for it for a second. Just doesn't seem quite right.

T- Excuse me? Did I order some sourdough bread with lemon slices on top? This is just not doing it for me. Pretty sour. Just a lot of bread and lemon.

M- This is very thin and sour. I kind of wince when I drink this. Very dry on the palate as well.

D- Ouch, what a chore. I am sorry, I tried to have an open mind, but again, this is just not doing it for me. I usually dig a DFH beer, but I guess I can't like everything. I am glad I only have a single of this. (801 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy straw lemon color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. The head disappears without lacing.

S - Tart with yeasty notes and a huge dose of lemon.A hint of sweet peach when you swirl the glass but you need to search for it.

T - Tart with some herbal grassy lemon and sweet peach that turns to a sour dry peach in the finish. Very tasty.

M - Light, fizzy and crisp with a dry tart finish. A great summer thirst quencher.

D - Truly a great summer session beer. These are flying out of my fridge. (519 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Though this brew is stylistically supposed to have a quickly receding head the head I've got here is a large white fluffy head that is receding rather slowly. The beer is cloudy and is a very pale yellow in color.

Nose: This brew has a strong wheat aroma, along with some yeasty character behind it. There is a splash of peach aroma in there as well. Smells great to me.

Tongue: Wow! This is the first one of these I've ever had and oh man... this is the most tart and sour beer I've ever had... didn't know what to expect....great though! No bitterness whatsoever. Very acidic, peach flavor is in there, can definitely taste it. Also some apple/cider taste in here.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: For starters this is the driest beer I've ever drank...really compliments the flavors-acidic and tart/sour-found in this brew. Pretty light on the palate with light carbonation. This is a very crisp brew. This beer could quite easily be a session beer, however that is if you can handle the tartness. As I get farther along with this brew the more used to the style I am becoming, I could see myself drinking a few of these in a row, however I have a feeling it would be a bad idea to drink too many of these. This brew has turned me onto the style and I think I'll keep an eye out for more of this style. (1,315 characters)

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

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and wheat malt scent along with a mildly tart yeast aroma. There is only a hint of the peaches. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor that is crisp and tart with a slight peach feel. It goes down easy and finishes dry and sour. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I'm so glad they didn't make this 11+ %abv or whatever. It's nice to have a session beer with some style. (616 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-26-07
Bottled on 6-1-07

Pours an extremely pale and cloudy yellow, with no head at all.

Smell is very light, wheaty, with just a little citrus.

Taste is a lip-puckering sour at first, with a wheat breadiness out the back. Just a hint of peach bitterness adds some diversity.

Mouthfeel is good, very carbonated and light.

Drinkability is not as good, the sourness becomes tiring after awhile.

Overall, not what I was expecting. The peach definately takes a backseat, and adds to the sourness. Something different, but kind of bland. (563 characters)

Photo of rodrot
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured a very pale, hazy gold color with a solid 1 inch head that receded quickly. The aroma was musty and yeasty with a slight hint of peach and sweet malts. Taste was sour up front and had a bit of peach flavor to go with it and the beer finished with a light malty sweet flavor. Mouthfeel was quite light on the palate. The high level of mouth puckering tartness hurt the drinkability for me. Maybe they could've added some more peach to it? The only other time I've had this style was on a trip to Bavaria a few years ago where they had Berliner Kindl on tap and it was flavored with rasberry syrup. I remember it being very tasty with a good balance between the tartness and sweetness. Either way, you've got to give DFH credit for brewing a style that many consider obscure. (789 characters)

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a bottle that I picked up at Capone's. I tried this side by side with the Harpoon Peche. The Harpoon is a much better product. The appearance was golden in color with a smell of sour hops. The taste was way too sour for this style in my opinion. The carbonation was flat and the mouthfeel was restricted to the sourness which overwhelmed the other tastes. I would not order another one of these. (407 characters)

Photo of BravoTwo
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy blonde color, looked very appealing in the glass. Good strong white head.

This beer started off with just a light peach twang to it but quickly became very tart and sour. Finished off with a light peach aftertaste, but the dominant flavor profile is the tartness of the brew.

This is an easy drinker ( if you like tart / sour beers) which I do. Thanks to phnphilly for turning me on to this beer. (416 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Hazy off yellow with flecks of orange. Not much head to speak of.

S. Not much odor. Slight hint of sour fruit. 3

T tart like lemonade but with minimal sweetness and a faint hint of stone friit. Dry crisp finish. I didn't like this at first but it grows on me

Mi light and crisp with tight sharp carbonation

D. I didn't care for this at first but I have started to dig it (386 characters)

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Festina Peche pours a light, hazy, golden yellow with a thin, white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a peach flavor and definitely some wheat in the aroma. Peach is quite noticeable in the flavor, there is a sour component that is true to style and lends a nice touch to this beer. The body is very light and the carbonation is fairly heavy, also true to style, giving a champangne like effervesence. A nice, refreshing Dogfish take on the style. (461 characters)

Photo of Monsone
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Sam Adams pint glass. Big white foamy head with a hazy blonde color. Looks refreshing.

S - Not much going on here. There is a slight clean yeasty/citrusy note but that is about it.

T - Starts out with a tart peach flavor then quickly goes to big lemony sour. Finishes with a nice sweet peach tang. Kinda makes you pucker. Pretty damn refreshing.

M - Light bodied and very well carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable, but I don't know if I could handle the sour after more than two or so. Plus it isn't super cheap at $11 a four pack.

Overall, pretty decent beer. Would really do the job on a hot day. Allthough I don't think I liked it enough to pick it over others if I was at the store, especially when you consider price. (775 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with many of their products, I like this. Ggauhan brough this over and the sampling began.

The beer poured a nicey-nice cloudy golden color with a moderate head that thins. There is a nice fruit bouquet that makes the consumer dream of peaches, tangerines and nectarines. Once the tasting comences, there is no confusing the peach heritage of this beer. The taste is coupled with great mouthfeel.

This is a great beer from April to September, gotta get my hands on a few more bottles. My advice: Get This Beer!! (521 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
2.31/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at the Old Toad, Rochester, NY. It comes out in a pint glass with a pale, cloudy, watered down wheat beer look. No head. The aroma is so faint you have to sniff really hard to get anything. Wheat, and an acidic hint. The flavor profile is extremely odd: Up front it tastes like cool, filtered water. Then at the very end there is a very tart burst of lemon zest/peach, then back to nothing. Very interesting, but I prefer a beer that isn't so delicate, faint, and fruity. Typical of the off-the-wall style of brewing that has made Dogfish Head so famous. Just not for me. (594 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy honey body with a big white creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace.
Tart citrus scent, pure and dense green apple with a hint of peach.
Deliciously dominating rubarb tart flavor with a subdued sweet lemon meringe note. The aftertaste is a prolonged experience of the initial taste.
Creamy mouthfeel with good coating. Fairly slick and dry to the point of being puckering.

-Oelergud (419 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been awaiting this one since it's "preview" at the EBF '07. One of my favorite styles of beer and perfect in the summer. A nice alternative to the seemingly endless pale wheat ales put out by other breweries in the summer.

Poured from the 12oz.bottle into a pilsner glass the beer is a hazy golden color with more than two-fingers of fluffy pure white head that blossoms over the glass and was quick to fade. Some sticky lacing throughout.

The nose had a soft peach aroma, very mild with some lemon(ade) aromas and fresh cut grass.

The tartness hits the palate upfront and grabs the tounge depriving it of moisture. A nice sour pucking follows up and the peach is barely detectable. (I thought the peach was more predominate at the EFB, I'm glad is was less present in the bottles). A dry finish that again sucks out the moisture of the mouth and puckers the lips. Crisp and quenching with soft citrus notes and a little lemon.

Th body is light, crisp, and dry ... spot on for the style.

Very drinkable, very enjoyable, perfect for the season. This will be a beer I buy up now and look forward too each summer. Well done. (1,141 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Max's on Broadway.
Served as slightly pink colored berr with moderate white soda-pop like head.
Smell was signifcant for peaches, with some other light summer fruit scents also noted.
Taste is lightly tart peach with a nice wheat flavor.
Left a fruity taste in the mouth without going overboard.
Nice light enjoyable summer brew. (344 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy straw/gold colored with not too much of a head.
wheat malt and some tart and bitter smelling peach make up the bulk of the aroma, other than that maybe a bit of a dry yeast smell.
tart peach dominates the flavor, with some of the wheat picking up a little steam middle to back. certainly not all that complex, but tasty none the less.
thin in the mouth with carbonation on the seltzer-y side. i'm not looking for a ful body, but a little more to hold onto would have been nice.
good drinkability, this one disappears from the glass pretty quickly. (556 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

An extremely pale yellow and cloudy beer with a decent white head that fades quickly this looks like a top notch Witbier in the glass.

The smell is light clean and fruity with wheat malt being the dominant scent. Peach is there but is very mild I might have a problem identifying it if I didn't know it was in there. Sour aroma isn't really detectable.

The taste begins medium sour and mostly of wheat flavor with a pronounced wheat cracker aftertaste. Sour but not harsh in anyway it is about as sour as weak lemonade without the sugar. The peach flavor is very light and hard to pick out of the taste, some how I think this would have worked better with lime or lemon zest rather than peaches.

The mouthfeel is light and spritzy per the style.

Quite easy to drink and it was quite nice after a two hour bike ride in a strong wind. Super drinkable and very much tame after some of the harsher Berliner Weiss beers that I have had. A natural summer beer. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

what can I say about this beer other than pucker up baby. pours hazy golden with no head and little carbonation. fresh citrus aroma pleasantly balances this brew. sour as they come, a true wild ale. not my favorite dogfish head but worth trying. be brave. (255 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden. Not much head,or lacing. Aroma is of sweet and sour fruit. Body is thin and carbionated. Taste reminds me of sweetarts. Remember those from your childhood? Good tasting,but a peach wine cooler is really all you have here. (250 characters)

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.