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Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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!


Added by dherling on 02-26-2007

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Reviews: 1,333 | Ratings: 4,203
Photo of crotharagain
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I may have rated this higher than usual after hard bike ride, but I found it to be refreshing. Non-athletes - try it after mowing the lawn or golfing.
Good sour ale for summer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed on August 14th, 2015. Presented from 12oz. bottle into wide mouthed chalice.

Beer is clear, moderately yellow with a one finger white head that quickly disappears, leaving no sheeting.

Aroma is strong and peachy.

Flavor is much less intensely sour than usual for a Berlinerweisse; more lightly tart with lots of peach flavor. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little crisp. Very drinkable.

To style, it's not a great beer. Very nice to drink, however.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa. This was the first time I ever enjoyed this beer and the first time I've ever had a beer of this style, which came as a surprise to me given how many of Dogfish Head's offerings I've reviewed on here over the years and the number of beer reviews that I was up to as well. I almost thought that this would be cloudy based on the stylistic name of this but it had a great pour to it and a taste that slowly grew on me, even though it was never terribly complex or deep!

Nice pour to this, as this beer had a clear, straw hue to it and a moderate head that rapidly dissolved into nothing, while leaving no lacing behind at all. Nice, tart peach taste to the nose and even more to it in the taste, along with some Lambic-like sourness and a very juicy mouthfeel underneath it. A hint of Pils in the front as the malt first hit me but the champagne-like carbonation and hint of wheat stuck around much longer after the initial taste wore off. No artificial syrup to be detected and this had the feel of lemon juice from start to finish in addition.

The alcohol was so low in this that I couldn't taste it and would have easily had another had I bought more than one bottle. I loved how light this was without feeling like and the artwork on the bottle featuring the bear on a peach was a nice touch as well. I'm really impressed with how the session IPA's took hold this summer and like those, this proved to be an excellent choice when it came to flavor, body, and low alcohol. An offering like this proves that more of these should be brewed for this time of the year and Dogfish Head nailed it with this one. A great choice for the summer!

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Photo of Zonk
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemonade yellow with a solid white head for a Berliner.

Bit of a funk and can smell some underlying sourness.

While this was really nicely tart and refreshing with a great sour note. Would have liked to taste more peach though.

Light refreshing mouthfeel. Middle of the road for a sour.

Overall, excellent beer in the class. hate to see ratings dragged down by people who just don't get the style.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasant beer, moderately sweet with some dry tartness. I didn't pick up any peach flavor, but did get some faint citrus in the background. An ok beer, but nothing I would be tempted to buy again soon.

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Photo of Nate4288
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is a bit on the pricey side, but it's worth the few extra dollars especially if you aren't sharing (as the packs only come in 4). The first one you drink it takes some time to get used to the tartness, but by the time you are on your second it starts to go down much smoother. It is a pretty balanced drink and the drink grows on you after your first one. I think it's good evening beer when you're with your friends and maybe have already eaten because even if you are full it isn't a stomach ache beer in any way. It is a tart/acidic one, but a very forgivingly refreshing beer. One you won't give up on if you aren't chugging it.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a light looking peach lemonade drink with a small head that fades into virtually no lacing at all. Smells of peach and yeast. The taste is nearly the same as the smell, nice and peachy with slight bitterness yet the peach flavor is somehow not overpowering. It's a light-bodied beer which makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had. Great summer beer, that's for sure.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Supremely refreshing on a blazing hot day. Subtlest notes of peach throughout the drink are very pleasant and oair well with the slight tartness of the beer.

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Photo of Vogie
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A refreshing summer brew best enjoyed during a hot summer afternoon. Great carbonation with a slight peach tartness that is extremely thrust quenching and drinkable.


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Photo of rodmanfor3
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is essentially PBR with lemon juice squeezed into its classic red, white, and blue can. It smells like a corn syrup mess and reminds me of beer pong sessions in the basement of a frat house.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this one half and half with my brother.

Look - Pours a lemomaide looking yellow with a small.fizzy head that quickly leaves without a single touch of lacing. Carbonation appears light.

Smell - The peach is certainly there. Smells very fruty and has a large peach juice quality to it.

Taste - Follows the nose completely. Peachy, lemony with a touch of bitterness.

Feel - Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Goes down like a hard lemon aid.

Overall - Not too shabby. Not my specific cup of tea.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is very pale yellow. Head rims the edge thinly until about half the glass is gone, which is also when the head has completely dissipated.
Nose is lightly tart, and definitely has a peach note to it.

Taste starts clean, and the tartness comes on mid taste. Warmth melds the taste. The tastes are like a dry white wine initially. The tart is light, and much like the nose, has definite notes of peach. Carbonation is decent, providing almost like an unsweetened clear virus soda.

A clean straightforward beer that is quite refreshing. Nothing too extreme in this one, a mild shock for DFH; it reminds me in a couple ways like Weterbacher's Tarte Nouveau.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated and tangy but I'm just not tasting the peach. This beer is a little too sour for my taste but I can understand why others enjoy it. It is pleasantly refreshing on a hot day. I prefer RJ Rocker Son of a Peach, but that's more my personal taste than a reflection on the quality of this weissbier.

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Photo of glass_house
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a one-note wonder, but a decent one. A nice light weissbier with peach undertones, mild tartness and a crisp refreshing feel. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but something I'd never turn down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy-ish straw yellow color with white bubble lacing comes up the sides in droves. It's a pretty looking beer. Smells of muted peach. Taste is sadly the same with some muted peach flavors and other fruity tastes, though with a pleasant tartness at the end. It's pleasantly carbonated and drinks easily.

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint shaker minimal head. Pale cloudy yellow. Nice to look at. Nice peach aroma coming off this. Nice puckering peach hit. Like this. Not much of a peach fan but this is done well. Very tart finish. Will seek this out again

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw colored. Not much carbonation. Light and refreshing. Tart and reminiscent of hard apple cider. Not very strong peach flavor. I had hoped it would be peachier. Easy to enjoy -- not a beer with a bunch of weird or challenging flavors. A good summer beverage. Makes me want to try other Berliner weissbiers as well.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Hazy and gold in color with a decent white head that dissipates quickly. Sour, acidic aroma with some fruitiness to it. Clean, sour flavor that is very easy on the palate. Light bodied and highly carbonated, reminiscent of champagne. A really nice summer beer with peach notes but nothing overwhelming. Everything is in balance.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw and beige color. Minimal head rapidly dissipates, lacing very thin.
Sour peach aroma, wheat, and earthy funk. As the drink warms, a hint of sweet malts sets in.
A tart and sour taste predominates. Sweet and sour peaches. Lemony and spicy finish. The dryness sets in throughout the drink. Crisp and tingly mouthfeel that feels medium bodied.
An interesting beer from DFH. Very refreshing!

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Photo of Dikfour
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A finger of white creamy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing but a fine layer of bubbles from the heavy carbonation. Color is a hazy orange.

Smell: Wheat and tart lemony esters

Taste: Super duper tart up front but is cleaned up nicely with a big wheat finish. There is a little Peach in the tartness up front but not a whole lot.

Feel: Light and Crisp. Great acidity. Carbonation is good.

Overall: Fairly indicative of the style. The peach didn't really stand out to me, though. I like this, but don't love it.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head is one of those brands that I truly respect and admire... However, I just can't get into this one. On the plus side, it looks great and even has a fizzy, festive mouth-feel to it... But... The smell reminds me of cork and plastic-- not very pleasant... Furthermore, the most important aspect of any beer should be the taste. This one tastes like cheap, watered down champagne. WTF? To be fair I guess, I should mention that I just polished off a fantastic imperial stout and this truly pales in comparison.

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Photo of Myotus
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 20Apr15) into a pint glass. Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter of a finger's worth within 30 seconds. A very pale, straw yellow (looks like lemonade). Somewhat murky with hardly any bubbles and moderate lacing. Has strong aromas of wheat malts and sour malts with the slightest hint of peach. Initial taste is of very strong sour malt flavors that combine with strong wheat malt flavors. That peach that was barely detected by the nose sneak into the palate about 2 seconds after the initial flavors. The sour malt flavors quickly fade as wheat malts persist resulting in a slightly sour peach and strong wheat aftertaste. Incredibly light- bodied (almost watery), mildly carbonated, with a sourness that agitates the tongue. Not a very complex arrangements of flavors, but this brew was still another great one from DFH. This rating suffered so much do to it's mediocre appearance and it's below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review. Properly sour, the peach notes are well-defined. Nice & crisp, good carb for the style. The nose is incredible on this brew. Not as distinctly sour as some other Berliners, but very quaffable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Festina Peche has a medium, off-white head, a light gold, mostly murky appearance, with thin lacing and some bubbles present. Lacing is not high or heavy. The aroma is of sourness, tartness, peaches, warhead candy, a wheat bread. Taste is the same with low bitterness and high sour tartness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Dogfish Head Festina Peche finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of dd43
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really dig this Berliner Weiss style beer, but there is an aspect to it which will throw some people off. The aroma has a bit of a stomach acid note, especially if you smell it thinking "stomach acid". I think it's a lovely, crisp and refreshing beer with a bright peach note and a pleasing level of tartness.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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