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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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83
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3,711 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,711
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 126
Gots: 351 | FT: 4
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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 phiberoptik
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head to the top of the pint class. The head is light and airy and doesnt stick around long.

Smells of musty sour peaches. There is some sort of funk, like yeast, but not. There might be a hint of lemon in there as well.

Tastes like it should... sour, peaches, fruit juice, with not much in the finish. You get some tartness right up front then it goes flat... kind of like the Namaste.

In all fairness I am not well versed in this style, but it is very thin and carbonated. Light though and great for the warmer weather.

Overall this is a nice light fruity change from many of the beers I am used to.

phiberoptik, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of RTJakarta
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a sort of murky golden yellow with no head and not any heavy carbonation at all.

Smells like sort of sweet and tart peach. Not like anything I've ever really smelled before. Pleasant, in a weird way.

Very tart. A good mix of herbal flavors and vague peach notes. Feels very bubbly in my mouth, which I kinda like. Wish the flavor was more bold. It's nice, but is kind of weak.

Overall, I struggled with giving it a 3.5 or 4. With a flavor with a little more backbone, this could be a GREAT summer beer. But paying $7.99 for a 4 pack of this isn't something I'd always want to do.

Definitely worth a try, though.

RTJakarta, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kylehay2004, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and peach-colored (obviously). Very good lacing and decent foam. Very thick.

Smell: There's a juniper-like smell to this that I can't describe any other way. I know it reminds me of other beers, but I can't think of it offhand. Honestly, this is a little weird for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great combination of peachy acidity and some herbal notes in the background. Feels like a good full-bodied wheat beer.

Drinkability: The fruit makes this a nice beer to drink.

Overall: A cross between a sahti and a wheat beer.

tjsdomer2, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Festina Pêche | 330 ml. | 4.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Berliner Weissbier
Glass: Rare Vos stange

Appearance:
Pale yellow with barely any foam and no lacing.

Aroma:
Peaches, lemons, and tart malt.

Taste:
Refreshing and tart, with a beautiful peach flavor that rounds out the finish. It's simple, not too forceful, and the peach ending ties the knot nicely.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp and clean.

Harmony:
Very nicely put together, and an excellent summer brew.

Would I get it again?:
Yup.

Bottled: ?
Served: June 26, 2011

Price = $10.99 for a six-pack at Whole Foods

BeerNemesis, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured just over a finger of white, unremarkable head. This quickly dies down to a ring and leaves no discernible lacing. Body is a hazy straw color.

S. Peach and wheat are the main body to the nose. A light apple-like tartness and melon aroma was also noted.

T. Peachy with a tart backbone. Ends up with a funny hop mix.

M. Very light. Flavor transition has a snap to it, and it is almost watery in places.

CFHMagnet, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People either love this beer or hate it, it seems. I regret to say I'm in the latter group. While "hate" is a strong word, I definitely wouldn't shell out any more money on this beer, but it doesn't deserve a drainpour.

I thought I'd love it with the peaches and all, but it just made it taste odd. Odd and different is all I can describe this beer. It's like when I went to the Philippines and ate a burger from Jolly Bee (meat is from some other animal, not cow)...taste way strange, but not altogether bad. Maybe it's overly fruity, but it doesn't seem appropriate for a beer. It's unfortunate really, since I was looking forward to this all week, literally.

Drink it if you must, but expect something unlike you've ever tasted, and not necessarily in the good way depending on your taste.

Northsider, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a 4 banger from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - pint, ommegang flutey thing and tulip glasses

Pours a straw color, fizzy and quickly diminishing head (great to style. If i hadn't read what these are supposed to look like I'd be more critical). Smells sour, and vaguely citrusy. Taste is tart like a sweet tart and sour, but refreshing. Upon rolling under the tongue you get the peaches a little with those sensitive taste buds below. Feels bubbly and kind of thin.

Overall this is a change. Very intersting brew as this is one of the two BW's I've tried. I found it refreshing and interesting however, i wouldn't really go out of my way for another.

engagechad, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011 101 2. Not sure what that means. Pours a light yellow colored, mostly clear body. The white head bubbles up quickly, but also dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is definitely fruity, even tart. I'm getting more lemon than peach in the aroma, but a little peach comes along. Grainy wheat aroma rounds of the nose.

Pretty tasty. More peach in the flavor than the aroma, but still tart, with a lemon taste in the background. A bit of a bready, wheat, flavor underpins the entire taste profile, as expected, and it comes through.

Light mouthfeel that is plesant to drink, especially if you like any sour brews, which I do. Great summer offering and the light abv almost makes this an excellent replacement for lemonade!

FanofHefe, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden. Served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is similar to peach nectar, lightly hazed with golden highlights and a quick to drop white cap. The bead is tight and retention is ok (what is left of it). The smell is faintly peachy -sweet and mildlly floral with a slight lactic sourness: kind of like taking a whiff of a peach yogurt except instead of creamy milk you get a dose of toasty wheat which is a plus. The feel is good, however the sweetness borders on jolly rancher. I am glad it doesn't verge too far because I like the tangy sour edge that makes the style interesting and drinkable. The carbonation is moderately high and gives the perception of spice slightly but finish is relatively dry.

This is a very tasty beer for those that like peach flavor in their beer. It is refreshing and slightly sweet at first yet not like peach syrup as it begins to have a lactic sour edge and hold until the carbonation starts to seem like a spice combined with the wheat flavor which has a slight toastiness and is gently grainy. I could drink this beer anytime it is refreshing yet full of flavor with so much happening in such a relatively low alcohol wheat. I recommend this to those who enjoy peaches and wheat and sour candy.

Slatetank, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of scinerd3000
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium hard pour into a goblet produced a 2 finger white head which fizzled fairly quickly down to a slight ring. Golden color with amber highlights. Beer is hazy but not outside of the style.

S: Peach right up front and some of the lactic smell but very subdued. Smells delicious! Lemons, c antelope and melons. Faintly of lemonade. As it warms, slight noble hop aroma? (very faint)

T: Peaches and lemonade. Tart but not overly so with a slight pucker factor. Lactic acid lingers on the pallet with a complex fruity flavor- not just peaches... The peach fades into the beer after the second sip making it perfectly balanced. No hop flavors or alcohol taste. Refreshing!

M: Light body although slightly heavier than other Berliner Weiss i have tried. Fruit lingers long after swallow as does sourness and is very pleasing. Crisp.

O: Damn good beer for summer or hot weather. Perfect balance of sourness and fruit for the style and although outside of ABV range for B.W. it is something I would definitely drink again! This would be good for someone starting in on sour beers also.

scinerd3000, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 102 3 (weird bottling date?)

A: Pours a clear, hazy yellow with a cap of a head

S: As soon as you pop the bottle, some sourness emerges alongside some sweet peaches. Some fruity yeast in there as well, although it might just be the peaches

T: Definitely opens sour, but it doesn't linger for too long. Get some notes of peaches and again some yeasty characters. Not bad at all for a low abv summer beer

M: Light bodied with high carbonation that helps to clear the palate of the initial sourness

O: Great and easy summer drinker that goes down nice and easily but has that sourness that keeps you on your toes. A nice mix-up from the usual summer beer

BEERMILER12, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can remember having this beer years ago. I had this a while back and it just didn't pop for me. Bought one two weeks ago bottled in may.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a light golden crystal clear with a nice one finger head that quickly faded to leave a slight halo and no lacing.

S - mostly malts with just a very light sour peach aroma.

T - similar to the nose in that it has prevalent malts followed by some nice sourness and light peach flavours.

M - Nice and light mouthfeel though slightly thin on the end but overall very refreshing.

O - I enjoy this beer. Very refreshing and great for a summer day. A definate go-to summer beer for me.

rudzud, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - cloudy yellow body, big white dissipating head.

S - peach is a big player here, with a hint of tartness in there too

T - Light and crisp, peachy and a touch tart for sure, with a weird finish of bland malts. A good taste, but the finish just doesnt feel right.

M - surprisingly dense for this ABV, smooth, a bit heavy.

O (D) - a good, easy drinking summer beer. A bit pricey, if I recall correctly, but this is a nice and interesting and refreshing drink.

ColdPoncho, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of scotvega18
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into southern tier tulip

A - Nothing special with a pale straw color and pure white head. Some haziness and minimal lacing.

S - Some immediate funk followed by a sour peach smell. Not complex but extremely nice.

T - This is what you buy this beer for. An initial refreshment followed by some nice sourness, peaches, and then a dry fruity finish. One of the most unique and refreshing beers around and perfect for a hot summer day. It goes against the dogfish credo by being extremely subtly and not overly sweet.

M - Dry but refreshing. No alcohol at all, but at 4.5 percent, it would be unacceptable if present.

Notes - Refreshing, its the name of the game for this beer, and it fufills it to the max. A phenomenal summer seasonal, and I'll probably end up buying a case of this next year as well.

scotvega18, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of vrushing88
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Nice true gold color, with a subtle haze, light foamy head.

This beer had a floral/fruity aroma, heavy sour peaches.

This beer is a heavily sour. It isn't highly fruity, but it has a heavy sour character.

While I wouldn't call this a sour-beer, it is very intense on the inside of your cheeks.

Not a bad beer, but it is definitely on the low end of DFH.

Worth trying!

vrushing88, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a very light golden yeallow with a finger of fluffy white head with a little bit of soapy lace.

A little bit of tart peach in the aroma with a little bit of a sulfaric aroma to it. After a few more whiffs the aroma gets a little sweet and very juicy. Lots of great peach characters coming through, but there is a little bit of the off aromas of sulfer. Sweet and tart peach on the pallet right away. Seems to have a little bit of sharp cheddar cheese to the flavor.

Nice light feel with crisp carbonation. This one overall isn't bad. I actually remember liking it a lot more before they changed the recipe a bit to tone down the sourness of it. I liked it better two years ago but it's still solid. A few off aromas and off flavors but even with that being said, this is still a some what enjoyable.

Bendurgin, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Troegman
1.93/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass, cloudy yellow with little head.
Had a lemon/sour smell that wasn't very enticing.
Tasted sour in a bad way. Was very thin with no detectable peach taste. Seemed tasteless and sour to me. Maybe an old keg. No one at the table would drink it.

Maybe just not my style.

Troegman, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of knucks999
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 batch. Seems to have more acidity than the 2010 batch, but not as much as the 2009 batch. I really enjoyed this beer, the peach juice didn't overpower the beer for me, and the lactic acid they add in the brew kettle was very balanced overall, making it a real easy drinker. The price seems steep for a simple 4.5% ABV beer, but overall I really enjoyed this beer. Just sour enough to not make you think you're drinking a Lindemans Peche.

knucks999, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of danronian
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light gold, a minimal head which lingers. A consistent stream of bubbles from the bottom and good carbonation.

Smells sweet and a bit citrusy...maybe a little peachy.

Very acidic taste. The alcohol taste is non-existent. Reminds me of apple juice a bit (mostly due to the color likeness), but does have some maltiness like beer.

A very different brew, almost reminds me of a cider.

Good stuff and very drinkable and fairly light.

danronian, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw with a nice haze and white corn highlights. A thin fizzy head two fingers high with poor retention and no lacing. Yup, looks like a nice summer beer to me.

Was expecting more acidity for the style. Musty aroma, faint peach and apricot skins hidden beneath a layer of bread dough, bakers yeast and honey. No real whet or cereal grains nor a tart profile, makes me brace for what's to come.

Yeasty feel throughout the drink with a slight honey dough presence. This bready and earthy feel disappears with a wheat twang coupled with soft peach flavors and ends with a nice tart lemon smack on the lips. As the tartness fades it's replaced by a sugary cereal aftertaste returning to the malty base.

Nicely carbonated and a nice light body. Crisp and light though the bread dough and sweetness both surface in the front and ends of the drink and combat the overall feel a bit.

A nice take on a berliner wiesse but with more bready malts and sweetness than I would like, gets heavy in some areas. Tartness and crisp feel were excellent however, definitely worth a try and one of the more unique seasonals out there.

rawfish, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured was a hazy wheat yellow with very little foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of acidic citrus was the only aroma that was evident. The taste had a the components of a bitter/sour/acidic/semi-sweet/salty citrus flavor, but, I could'nt taste the peach. In fact, I could'nt taste anyone type of citurs. Not one of their better brews!

BeerManDan, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Berliner Weissbeir and DFH beer, compliments of schwaeh. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dull yellow color with a slight chill haze, good carbonation, and a white head that doesn't stick around or stick to the glass; from what I understand, spot on for the style.

S: A touch funky, reminds me more of a Belgian pale than a wheat beer; bready, malt/wheat, pear cider and a touch of tartness, maybe lemon.

T: The peach shows up here, and its a tart beer but not overly so become there is some honey sweetness too as well as the wheat/malt. Other flavors of lemon, green apple and that wheat-beer banana character are all present.

MF: Crisp lighter body, with lighter carbonation.

O: An enjoyable beer all around. Pretty drinkable, not too fruit forward or tart.

Thanks Steve!

Scotchboy, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a small 1-figner foamy white head on it. The head has decent retention, and leaves no lacing behind.

S - It smells of wheat and peaches. It is tart, tangy, and a tad sour. The smell reminds me a little bit of cider.

T - The taste starts off with a tart, sour peach flavor. Near the finish, the wheat background makes itself pronounced. The finish leaves some lingering peach and wheat on the palate.

M - This has a light to medium body and lower carbonation. It goes down very smooth. It has some sour fruit flavor that is almost mouth puckering at times.

O - This has good drinkability. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I think it is a nice new twist on what most breweries put out as a summer beer. It is light, refreshing, and they didn't go overboard with the fruit. Also, with it only being 4.5% ABV I could drink these all day. I recommend giving this a try.

JizackFH, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a sort of dull yellow. slightly hazy. a dense white head tops it but falls to a small rim pretty quickly. just read this makes complete sense due to acidity and low protein/hop content.

S: a faint peach is the dominant aroma in this faint smelling brew. would love more of a tart acidity.

T: tart, acidic lactic acid starts in the beginning and follows into the bulk of the taste buds. tart peaches versus a sweet peach. finish is rather bready/toasty.

M: tart w/ high carbonation.

D: a great summer brew. very refreshing outdoors (as well as indoors in my case). buy it by the case.

Jimmys, Jun 17, 2011
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,711 ratings.