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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,744 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 3,744
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 129
Gots: 363 | 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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Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always good to have this one on hand in the summer! Bottled in 2011. Enjoyed on 07/15/11.

A - A very vigorous pour into a snifter yields a one finger white head that dissipates before you can put the bottle down. It's a very pale, hazy straw yellow color with absolutely nothing on top after the head goes away and leaves no lacing. Even for a berliner weiss, this should have some kind of head on top of it.

S - Tart peaches, pale malts, hay, grass, some citrus as well. I find most berliners to be quite bland but this is exciting.

T - Follows the nose. Classic berliner weiss: very pale malts, grassy, some light floral hops, with just the added extra kick of tartness from the peaches. The peach gives it something that other berliner's lack, which makes it interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. A little creamier than your normal for the style, which is to be expected from DFH.

O - Overall, this is one of my favorite summer seasonals. Dogfish rarely fails to please.

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a white wine glass at Horse & Hound (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Peach-light orange with short cap of off-white, creamy head with a very waves of lacing.

S: Strong peach and apricot aromas with light herbal hopping. Pale maltiness backs it all.

T: Very fruity peach with light grassy, herbal hopping. The pale maltiness lends some sweetness and a bit of cracker character, but not much else.

M: THin but dry with light body and medium-plus carbonation.

O: A decent fruit beer but not too much else speaks for it. Not a real big step up from Magic Hat #9, and that's not saying much.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle describes this as a neo-berliner weiss, so that explains the higher abv and such (no need to rate it exactly to style in my opinion). Poured into a chalice. The color is very light straw and slightly hazy. The head isn't large and only forms a rim around the glass.

The aroma is enjoyably full of slightly sweet peach and fruit. The wheat is also evident here. This seems inviting.

The taste starts out with a nice lemon-like tartness. There is a mildly sweet peachy-wheat malt finish that leaves a slightly tart aftertaste in the mouth. The balance this strikes should appeal to most types of drinkers.

The body is light and this is very drinkable. The carbonation seems mild.

Not bad. I like this a little more than I think I did last year, though maybe less than 2 years ago; but memories can be hazy.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most impressive looking beer in the world: bubbly, yellow, not much head, even less retention...smells like concentrated peach and not much else but hints of wheat...but damn that tartness just makes this beer surprising and super enjoyable. Too much wheat in a beer can sometimes hinder drinkability for me, and this beer does a great job of maintaining a wheat flavor but not letting it take over. The tart fruit is the star of the show here. Refreshing, crisp, and enjoyable - a great summer brew. Thanks DFH.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Unibroue tulip.
It starts with a decent 1 inch head that settles in about a minute. The beer itself is well carbonated as the bubbles forming on the bottom of the glass indicate.It appears a light golden almost translucent.

It smells of peaches and tartness. On the first sip the acidic tartness hits you right upfront sort of like seltzer water and that quickly fades to a light peach aftertaste. I find it extremely refreshing in warm weather.

Overall a delicious Berliner Weiss bier from Dogfish Head, it packs a lot of taste into a dangerously drinkable 4.5% beer.

Photo of climax
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure how excited I am for this one, but it's DFH and the selection where I am is limited. So I had to have one.

It pours a murky straw yellow. The fizzy white head was up and down pretty quick, but the residual ring was acceptable.

The nose has warm wheat tones with definite frozen/puree peach flavors. The overall character is very bright and not too sour. As it warms the yeast and floral notes begin to surface.

Ah, there's the sour I was anticipating. True to the style yes, but not necessarily my most favorite attribute. The back of my tongue pinches as I struggle to extract the flavors. It's definitely not a sweet peach character, but some softer coriander and yeast tones help to neutralize the bitter bombardment.

It's on the fizzy side, but crisp throughout. The body is light but not watery. The finish is a bit dry, and paired with the bitterness is pretty easy to drink to quench the mouth feel.

I don't know much better with style like this, but this seems to be status quo from what I gather.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 3 Very light blonde color reminiscent of a cider, with a minimal white head which dissipates to practically nothing quickly. It has fairly smooth and slippery lacing that doesn't stick to the glass.

S- 4 The aroma of this is more like white grapes to me, similar to a wine, but the peach is definitely there in the background. It is a little sweet and a little sour. It smells as if it will be refreshing...

T- 3 It is hard for me to get past the tartness of this brew. It is rather sour overall and that masks its other flavors. I really have to search for the peach as the white grapes that also show up here comprise most of its fruit presence. I suppose there's a bit of peach there, but not as much as I'd expect.

M- 3.5 This is medium-light (bordering light) in body. It is a little high in carbonation. Once the tartness subsides, it is a shade watery.

D- 3 I had much higher hopes for this brew, as I'd previously enjoyed Aprihop and some other DFH seasonals. I suppose I wouldn't have found out without trying it, but I won't buy it again. It may be more appealing to those that like wine or other fruit beers, and could be nice and refreshing for others, but it wasn't my cup of brew.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with little to no head that disappears quickly. Quiet carbonation.

Smell: Musky wheat aroma. Not bad, not good either.

Taste: The initial taste is of fruit and is very refreshing. The aftertaste hits you like a bullet train and is TART and overwhelmingly SOUR. Wow! I've never tasted anything like this before and I'm sure I knocked back a few Berliner Kindls once while in Berlin.

Mouthfeel: It makes you pucker...worse than any sour patch kid every did.

Overall: I am not sure I am a big fan. I can see where this might have a niche market, but for the money, refreshment factor, and overall satisfaction, I'll be sticking with Bud Light Limes this summer.

Photo of FarmerTed
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'd read about the beer, and wanted to try a Berliner Weisse (never had one before). This seemed like a good start, and it didn't cost much (~$3 for a 12 oz bottle).

Appearance: nice looking; not much head at all, just a little fizz. Straw colored.

Smell: There's a very faint peach smell, but mostly it smells like valeric acid to me (goat-sweat). Not a really appetizing smell, at least to me.

Taste: It's extremely tart. There is a very faint peach taste to it, but mostly it's just sour. There is no balancing sweetness to it at all.

Feel: fairly tangy and acidic.

It's an interesting beer; I like sour beers and food in general, but prefer to have it balanced out with some sweetness. I'd probably really like this beer if I could add some peach syrup or one of the traditional Berliner Weisse syrups to it. As it is, it's a bit rough, although maybe I could get used to it. The price was reasonable, though, for a sour beer.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold, with slight white head that quickly disappears.

Smells of malt and doughy bread followed by tart peach and slight sour yeast note.

Tartness dominates the mouthfeel but leaves a tingle dryness bouncing with flavor - bread and peach - culls a desire for more. A sharp tart bite hits up front giving way to some chewy bread notes and finishes with tart peach - fully covering the whole mouth. There is some sweet bread lingering aftertaste which is quite nice and subtle.

Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colour with a creamy white head. Great head retention.

Light skunky aroma with a tart peachy note. Odd.

Soft malt with a nice tartness that dissipates to a herbal edge.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer. The aroma really does not work for me and the flavour is a little bit thin but on the whole it is tasty.

Thanks to Will (futura123) for this extra.

Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a urine-sample pale yellow color. It's really not unlike that of a pale lager or something. It's moderately hazy, but not so much that you can't make out the streams of carbonation. One finger of fine-bubbled head leaves delicate strands of lacing.

The peach aroma is dominant here, let's make no bones about it. There's a couple of different peach aromas here. The first, and less significant, is a tart peach smell. The second is that of a syrupy-sweet peach candy. You know those Brach's brand orange slice candies? The ones that are nearly gelatin, and dusted in sugar granules? If Brach's made a peach version of that candy, then it would smell a lot like Festina Peche. The peach aroma is vaguely reminiscent of plastic, in a similar (but more restrained) way that Magic Hat No. 9 is. Underneath the peachsplosion is some light nuttiness from the wheat malt. This doesn't smell much like a Berliner Weisse, but it smells plenty good for the beer that it is.

Again, I can't rate this as a proper Berliner Weisse. It isn't even trying to be one. Festina Peche is trying to be a session-strength sour ale with lots of fruit flavor. And it achieves that goal successfully. A mild tartness, not unlike the kind you'd get from a Gose, immediately greets the tongue. Underneath the acidity is a restrained peach candy flavor. The taste is much less out-and-out peachy than the nose suggested it would be. There's plenty of room on the midpalate and the finish to taste the nutty, bready malt profile. The peach juice tastes ever so slightly plasticky and/or rotten on the finish. That's a good thing, and there's room for more bacteria (or bacteria-like) flavor in this beer, frankly.

Active carbonation meets a rather thin body for a wheat ale. Given the low ABV%, the body size works. Overall, this is a good session fruit beer. It's tart enough to satisfy a sour craving for me, and its 4.5% ABV makes this a great summer drinking candidate. If this were available in my distribution area then I'd be buying it by the case.

Photo of Duff27
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2009

A- Extremely pale beer with a short lived fizzy white head. No lacing or head retention.

S Smells of a soured pale lager.

T- Woo woo tart. Fruity, some peach comes through.

M- Crisp carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

D/O- Appearance was a big turnoff from the start but overall not a bad beer. Would like to try a newer batch sometime.

Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: light golden with light cloudiness. fingers worth of bright white head.. thin cap lasted while i consumed. looks good.

s: initially i got lots of wheat & spice.. as i kept sniffing i picked up the peach.. smells like a freshly opened can of peaches.. syrupy qualities to the peachiness..

t: tartness upfront, maybe even a slight vinegar quality as well.. the peach flavor does pull through, but it seems a bit watered down.. lemon tartness is more present than the peach.. maybe even some apple flavors as well.. refreshing though..

mf: light-medium body with low/med carbonation.. easy going down.. semi-dry with light puckering effect..

o: a pretty decent brew.. very refreshing.

Photo of adam42381
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1-2 finger fluffy snow white head which dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Smell: Grainy with a bit of artificial peach aroma on the back end. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: Mouth-puckering tart fruitiness (that I don't quite recognize as peaches) up front followed by a very light amount of wheat in the middle - so light that the entire flavor almost disappears for a second or two - before coming back with more tartness as the finish. Aftertaste is light, fairly dry and somewhat tart.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The tartness also makes your mouth pucker a bit.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Overall: Solid beer overall. Nothing spectacular here, but nothing offensive in any way either. I would recommend giving this one a shot. Dogfish Head rarely disappoints.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a golden similar to a regular american lager. A slight cloudiness to it, but nothing like an unfiltered wheat.

A slightly floraly, gardeny smell.

Taste a bit like a sweet tart. Not common to the other dogfish head brews like the 90, 120 minute. A friend of mine dubbed it as the least best of the dogfish head line. I on the other hand don't mind the sweeter taste and even welcome it.

Very carbonated although not too much head, very effervescent while sipping.

Photo of Brittmb29
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried this at my world of beer last night, last of three and the only i'm reviewing because it was that good and memorable.

draft into a glass shaker pint:

A- pale golden yellow, some head but dissipates and then leaves some bubbles on glass due to carbonation. (true to style character)

S- wouldn't have guesses it was peaches, mild scent of wheat and then the sourness.

T- worth it to try on the full palate but it is definitely a sour beer under the tongue. No bitterness (no hops) and sweetness from wheat gives a balance to the sour. Peachy background, not overpowering or fake in taste. I am a peach LOVER and this is a perfect beer for the peach. the style's sourness pairs perfect with peach, almost like finishing off the last sour part of the peach on the pit.

M- sour pucker, not overwhelming. very refreshing on the palate a light bodied beer without being thin, carbonation stays thru and is nice on the tongue. dries off the palate quickly.

O- if sour is an iffy subject this is probably not for you. of my friends with me 3 of the 4 said they couldn't drink a whole glass because of the sour. Terrific flavor and 4.5% abv is perfect for a session. I haven't loved all the other dogfish i've tried but this is a TOTAL winner in my book.

Photo of lazjuarez
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated: 05/17/11. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Pours a straw yellow color, some haziness with half a finger of white head which quickly dissipates leaving no lacing whatsoever. Some light carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, some barnyard wetness, some very small hints of sweetness are coming through as well. An ascorbic acid/tart smell caps the nose at the end.

T: Taste is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Some tartiness that pairs well with the sweetness of the peach that is used in this brew.

M: Light bodied, nicely carbonated to help clean the palate. Not much of a lasting impression with this brew, but at an ABV of 4.5%, it is very "session-like".

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: Some crystal and pilsner malt-like aromas at first with a touch of a biscuity smell. Tart fruit aromas follow with a mixture of peaches and strawberries (real strawberries, not artificial aroma/flavors).

T: The pilsner malt and biscuit flavors show up very briefly at first and more in the aftertaste. Most of the flavor is dominated by tart fruits--again I get peaches and strawberries.

M: Medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer manages to have a spritzy, effervescent feel to it from the tartness despite the low carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent and refreshing beer. At $10 a 4-pack, it's a bit pricy for a low gravity sessionable beer. Still, lots of tart fruit flavors make it welcome on a hot summer day.

Photo of AAxsom
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Gingerman in Ft Worth.

A- very light and clear, this looks like it will be a very easy to drink, good summer beer.

S- the peach flavor is a very refreshing smell.

T- the peach flavor isn't too overwhelming, and there is some tartness at the finish. Also a bit of lemon, and there is a wheat tone as well, which I think with this keg is a little funky and makes the taste a little unclean.

M- very light, but it is actually a bit dryer than I expected. I am not sure if this is due to the wheat as I mentioned above, but this is just a bit off.

O- good summer brew. The peach flavor is good but not over the top.

Photo of kralmatej
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

beautiful pour, cloudy golden color, medium bodied head, forms with height of pour, delicious looking

smells dry, wheat brew is apparent, grainy, and hoppy aroma

summer wheat flavor with the peach flavor coming in second but getting stronger with more tastes, …overall I think it is a quality summer beer but lacks some depth and complexity. The peach again doesn't taste authentic, sour is distracting from otherwise quality beer...

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very clear light crisp yellow color with a small white head. Nose is very tart and crisp with a light fruitiness but it's very subtle.
Taste is tart and sweet with a very nice refreshing bite and the mouthfeel is light and very tasty. Delightful summer beer.

Photo of Jammies
1.88/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Very light yellow about a half inch of head, not great retention.

S- Sweet with some citrus notes.

T- Not much flavor. A very subtle fruitiness to it.

M- Watery, hops burn the throat a little bit upon swallowing

O- Dogfish Head is usually hit or miss from me. I enjoy a lot of their stuff, but wouldn't have this again.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A- Nice hazy, light golden color, finger of head.

S- Smells of tart and sour peaches. Expected but doesn't ignite my desire.

T- Sour, tart, light, crisp, smooth. Lemon. I taste the peaches but they don't pop.

M- Not a great mouth feel. To tart, makes my tastebuds pucker.

O - Not a bad summer beer. Don't know if I would buy it again, I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received two bottles of batch one (2007) during a trade a few months back. I said I would drink a bottle when the next batch came out...so here we are. My score is based off the 2011 vintage though.

2011, served in a pint glass:

A - Clear pale yellow. Head faded after a minute or so. Tons of carbonation.

S - Peach juice and some light wheat and malt notes. There is also something about it that seems a bit...chemically?

T - Very crisp and light bodied. Taste is of sour peach and has a wheaty, sour finish. Very clean and easy drinking.

O - This is tasty. Hated the aroma, but liked the taste a lot. This is somewhere between a beer and a malt beverage, but it doesn't detract from the fact that its a damn good beverage to drink on a hot summer day.

2007. This is a bottle from batch one, fading bottling date of 06/01/07. Served in a DFH signature glass:

A - Cloudy, dark yellow/orange. There is a good bit of brown yeast/sediment on the bottom of the glass. This is my major gripe for this beer....holy foam! Even a light pour of half the beer yielded a glass that was overflowing with the white stuff. It took about 5 minutes to get the beer in the glass. The head eventually died down after 10 minutes or so. 3.5/5

S - Sour peaches. Is that it? I can't really find anything else. That weird chemical smell from the fresh bottle has vanished, and the faint yeast and malt notes seem to be MIA as well. Smells kind of awesome to be honest. 4.0/5

T - Certainly changed from fresh. Crisp and bubbly, and fresh peach flavors. Fairly sour after taste. Like drinking a diluted sour peach seltzer that was recarbed. 3.0/5

O - Nothing amazing. The best part is the super concentrated sour peach aroma. But the taste is just all right. Glad I got to compare it to the fresh though. 3.0/5

Conclusion: I've had three different ages with this beer. Fresh, last years batch over the spring, and a four year old bottle. I actually really liked it with almost a year on it. It became even tarter and more sour. Fresh is pretty nice too. But four years is just overkill for this beer. Overall, a decent summer offering from DFH thats something different.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,744 ratings.