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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,781
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 386 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a hazy yellow-white color with a tiny head. The aroma is the weak part, it mostly smells of musty fruits. The taste is much better though, with very tart fruit being the primary flavor. It's also slightly sour, with a bit of graininess on the finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is nice, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a delicious and very unique brew, it's really not quite a Berliner Weiss, but still worth consuming en-masse.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I found out from the owner at Blackwell's that this beer resembled more of a mild sour ale, yet still remained a tribute to Berliner Weissbiers, I became instantly curious. I poured it into a chalice - although I wish I had a German goblet - and the freshness date is listed as "2011 1012."

Appearance: Pale orange, a bit cloudy in appearance, a small ring remains albeit very low carbonation.

Smell: Sugary malts with mild peach notes, although apricots and white grapes are present as well. Contains a small, hoppy tinge, yet not too much else.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as it smells, unfortunately. Yet mild sourness indeed! The alcohol and peach concentrate definitely creates the sweet vibe, yet the slight carbonation and hoppiness provides a mild bitter finish. The malts appear to hold the most power here, but it's a little too unbalanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Feels pretty bubbly like champagne, which makes it an interesting beer to drink. Not too creamy though, and quite watery towards the end. Still, significantly impacts the tongue and allows it to be a refreshing beverage.

Overall: I was sadly disappointed with this beer, but it's nevertheless still Dogfish Head quality brewing. It's more on the sweetened side than the fruity side, and I'm always a larger fan of the latter. Very good for a hot summer day, but otherwise, makes me long to try Berliner weissbiers over in Germany someday.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden colow with about one finger of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

The scent is of wheat and a tart peach presence.

The taste is very tart peach, there are notes of wheat also, and a very clean, dry finish.

Light bodied, very crisp and clean, high carbonation.

I thought this was pretty interesting, it is very true to the style, but I'm not sure this is for me.

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

12oz bottle to DFH Signature Glass

A: Light golden orange. Half finger white head. Some decent carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. Slightly translucent.

S: Slight tart smell, then a dominant aroma of fresh peaches.

T: Tart, with a strong coarseness like a sour. Peach comes in the tail of it, but is very subtle (Possibly faded as the bottle has sat?). Very simple brew.

M: Light bodied for sure, with good carbonation giving it a refreshing quality. Quaffable. Even the non-beer drinker in my house admitted she could have quite a few of these.

D: It's a poundable session beer, at a not-very-sessionable price. I could only imagine the peach is more pungent as it is super fresh. Simple beer, not bad at all.

Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Champagne-like lacing trickles down the side of the glass. Low carbonation.

N: Peach, nectarine, lactic acid, white grapes and honey.

T: There’s a big tartness upfront akin to Sweet Tarts candy, sour apple, lactic acid and perhaps some vinegar. This is followed by notes of peach, nectarine and some grains. White grapes mingle in there making this beer somewhat reminiscent of champagne. Finishes again with vinegar, Sweet Tarts and perhaps light notes of barnyard.

M: Medium bodied, tart, mouth puckering and refreshing.

O: This is an extremely unique summer seasonal. It is rather mouth puckering and I feel it could benefit from being a little less tart and having more peach flavors. There is a decent complexity though. The drinkability is unfortunately low for me on this one.

Photo of Cavery
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz purchased as something sundaysour wished to try, leading to this tick.

Poured into a new glarus flute.

A: Light pickled pear flesh with sudsy apple cider foam. Aggressive bubbles burn in an ephemeral flame, only to leave a still water head. Not even a ring of foam around the top.

S: Smells like oddly fruity pizza dough. Dried pears, white peaches, and some green grapes. Some fruity breakfast pastries creep up. More peach skin than flesh for me, fleshy notes come off pickled and suggestive of pears.

T: Odd very pickled flavor with some juicy but drying fruit juices. Green apples, sweet limes, and slightly unripe grapes. The peach flavor is lost behind pickling juices. Odd and vague sweetness only suggestive of peaches. 

M: Lightly carbonated without feeling entirely flat. Slick juiciness that dries out like cotton in the mouth. In order for this to work it needs to be much brighter and juicier. Right now the mouth is more of a flavor thief.

O: This isn't terrible, but it comes off very messy. Too many aspects of this beer collide to negate flavors and sensations. Some nice light juicy flavors, but they feel contaminated by the pickled flavors. Furthermore, the mouth plays cleanup by drying up the flavors quickly and entirely. The body of a crisp brew, without the crisp clean flavors. Good concept beer, but the concentrated flavors tax this too heavily.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy, bright, pale yellow color with lots of bubbles and a slight ring of film around the glass. Very light aromas of toasted oats and the slightest hint of peach sweetness. Flavors are light and the carbonation keeps it very crisp. Semi-sour flavor, with very mild fruit highlights. The aftertaste is tangy and sour, and the finish is a little slick and a little sharp. Very interesting brew, and the fruit doesn't overpower like other fruit beers tend to do. Very light and refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.08/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow color, very light, with a white foamy head and high fizziness.

S: Smells spicy with white pepper, an earthy sweetness like unripened peaches and a slightly metallic overtone.

T/M: Taste is tinny with lots of bubbles up front and a very sour acidity immediately after. It finishes with that earthiness from the aroma like raw fruit rind or tree bark but doesn't really taste sweet at all. The tinniness lingers throughout and is rather unwelcome.

I've never been a fan of the sour beers and this one follows suit. I'm sorry, Dogfish Head, it's just not very good.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pallid straw color with a tiny head that lasts a while but doesnt leave any lace on the glass. The aroma is of faint peaches and a light acidity, quite direct and simple. The taste is tart first, with a lactic quality. Some unripe peaches and other fruit flavors figure into the mix. The finish is very clean and lightly tart.

This is a decent Berliner weiss, with the focus on the acidity as it should be. I was expecting a lot more fruit presence. Overall though, its a touch watery and lacking in complexity. Thirst quencher for sure, but nothing out of this world.

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

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that quickly reduces to a thin rim of bubbles around the glass.  The color is a light straw color with a faint haze. 

Smell: lemon grass, peach, and a hint of vanilla

Taste:  explosive tartness with peach over tones and malty finish. The peach is not offensive nor dominant and it arrives more in the late aftertaste. 

Drinkability: this is a tart malty beer that is perfect for a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is light, clean, and crisp with mild carbonation.  I've had this couple of times this summer and it seems to taste better the hotter the weather. 

Photo of zaphodchak
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of whitish head that fizzed away immediately. Clearish golden body.

Smells.... bad. Like urine, a trace of malt, and a bit of peach.

Taste is interesting. Sour, not just tart, and there is a decent peach presence. There's a wheat presence as well, but from the nose, it's hard to escape 'peach-flavored macro'. The peach here is really nice, though I feel it's overly sour, and there's something in the way of the peach... might just be the carbonation.

Carbonation is super-sharp and fizzy... kinda steals from the taste. Lactic acid sticks to the palate.

Well, it's better than my initial impression, now that I've had a year more experience and a broader horizon for appreciating sours and fruit beers. For the price point, quite a decent lambic (does it qualify as such?), but the carbonation and bad smell are kind of a turn-off.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a sour kick at the moment.

Looks lighter golden yellow color with slight haze, but nothing too turbid or cloudy...very fizzy and light bodied, there is a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Short lived head, foamy skim layer left behind on top of liquid. Smells of lemony peach and a light sweet malt, very simple scent.
Tastes of a clean stripped-down malt beer with overlapping lemony-peach sour. Very simple in profile compared to other wild ales and fruit sours, perhaps that is the selling point? Light bodied, high carbonation crisp and refreshing, very summery.

This is a very gentle sour, not very acidic or harsh at all. Makes a good introduction for a friend into the world of sours, later on they can ramp up the pucker and acidity if they feel up for it.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2011) poured into a white-wine like glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with about a finger and half of champaign-like white head that dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves just little bit of lacing.

S: The peaches come across strong with plenty of sugary sweetness, slight tartness evident, and pale malts. Very fruity.

T: The peaches and creamy fruit (lemons definitely present) are rush over the tip of the tongue. It's not nearly as sugary sweet as I was expecting, it has a much more creamy and light flavor that it's rather pleasant. Slight bit of tartness and sourness, it's there but very manageable. The middle opens up to very light and airy malts, exactly what I expect from a wheat-based beer. The tart peaches linger throughout leaving a semi-dry, tart finish that's crisp, light, and refreshing.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation that is similar to almost champaign. Light levels of sourness and tartness and a clean, crisp, airy finish make this unbelievably drinkable and refreshing.

O: This is my first Berliner Weissbier review so I don't have much to compare it too, but I thoroughly enjoy this. It's basically a lighter, more drinkable version of a peach lambic. I might have to buy some more before this is gone.

Photo of ChanChan
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange hazy, really nice color in this beer

Aroma: not much in that department, smells like canned peaches and apricots.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel good carbonation tangy.

Taste: Sour but not overly sour, tastes like green peaches.

Overall: This beer is definetly not for everyone, it has a nice sour taste but its not a typical sour, its as if they used green peaches to brew this. The flavor feels really artificial. Im not sure I would buy this again. Its definetly different than all the other summer ales I have tried before but not in a good way.

Photo of mdvatab
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.
No bottled-on date.

Aroma: Simple fragrant, tart fruity mix of peach nectar and lemon tartness. The aroma is definitely the highlight of this one.

Appearance: One finger white head disappears in ~30 sec. Minimal lacing. Clear golden body with fine effervensce and a slight chill haze.

Flavor: Lemon tartness, some very floral peach notes, a pretty subtle sweetness, and a sour, clean finish. The flavor falls a bit short when it comes to complexity.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like carbonation stings the palate with each sip. A little bit too much CO2 in my opinion. Light body.

Overall: Almost like a dry peach champagne. Aroma is great, and I didn't find any off-notes in the flavor. Something seemed to be missing in this one, though. The flavor profile was a tad bit one-dimensional, while the CO2 was probably a bit over the top. Definitely a good, tasty beer, though, so please give it a try to see what you think.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale golden color with a thin white cap.

S: Big tart aroma of unripe white peaches. A little bit of funk in there as well.

T: Very smooth and sweet with a lot of peach flavor. A slight wheat taste on the finish. To me, it didn't taste like a berliner weiss as much as it did a lambic or even a cider. The mouthfeel wasn't quite as light as I've come to expect and the beer lacked that delicate tartness. That said, I still enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass

A: Pale golden color with the slightest haze to it. Minimal fizzy head with a loose frothy ring around the edges. No lacing at all.

S: Smells a bit on the sour side with peaches and sour apple, although there is more of a malt aroma present than expected.

T: Very tart, but just within the threshold to keep it enjoyable. Fermented peaches and sour apple flavors with a more subtle peach and malt finish. The lingering taste is honestly my favorite part. It's like each sip is a bit of a challenge, but then the flavors slowly reside into a tongue tingling true beer flavor. The finish is a bit dry with flavors reminiscent of american wheat beers.

M: Puckery, fizzy, light bodied. Very crisp.

O: Well it's no Monk's Flemish Sour ale (yes i know it's a different style), where the tartness is followed by a bit more complexity, but this is still a very enjoyable beer. And it's extremely outside the box. I will probably be purchasing my own pack of this, since this was only a 12oz sample. As far as summer beers go, this was definitely refreshing, literally and figuratively.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a modest one fingers worth of white head. No lacing remains, a thin ring of bubbles do tho. Slightly hazy, very very very pale yellow body.

Smells tart, malty, some white fruit.

Tastes sweet and sour, like sweet tarts: go figure. The peach flavor comes through quite nicely similar to other fruits I've brewed with. Its not just like a peach but a fermented version of the fruit, with subtle notes of the actual fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and pleasing. Medium high carbonation keeps the slightly puckering tartness interesting and plesant.

Overall this is very nice. I'd have many of these in one sitting if needed. $2.50 a single is ok considering the nice flavors and high drinkability.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. "Bottled in 2011 1031."

A: Really white two fingers of head bubbles and churns before fading completely. LOTS of bubbles in an extremely pale milk-yellow beer. Not perfectly clear.

S: Grain and tart fruit.

T: Very tart, but pleasantly so. I might not have picked out peach without knowing the name, but it is increasingly obvious on the light, clean aftertaste. Maintaste is brief and would be beery if not for the overriding sour peach. Pretty good beer.

M: Puckery, moreish, and summery.

O: A really great of the style. It actually grows on me a lot. Light and fun. Unlike some other Berliner Weissbiers, the tartness is never overbearing. Recommended. Would drink again.

Photo of Meerkey
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: substantial white, bubbly head. quickly disappears. It's so light. Pale yellow straw with some dulled white in it. Lots of bubbles.

S: Tart. Citrus - lemons - and sour. Grains. Not to my taste, but pretty good I guess for the style.

T: Very sour. Acidic lemons, some grains in the aftertaste. Some fruit. Not really a fan.

M: Carbonated, light, meh.

O: Definitely not my thing, but like I said, a decent representation of the style. Had a hard time rating, because this is not a style I enjoy. I won't have another, but if you like Berliner weissbiers, might as well go for it.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow with a large white fluffy lasting head. Aroma of sweet peaches, and nice light fruity esters fill the nose. Taste is a sweet, tart and sour combination of flavors, ansd sweet ripe peaches. Plate is a nice medium body, lightly carbonated, with a nice refreshing mouthfeel. Finish is sweet, tart and sour but not overpowering, with ripe peaches and with some light malt on the end. Overall an interesting and well done easy drinking brew.

Photo of vobr0002
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden yellow color with a thin head

S- smells like a Belgian witbier with the ester smell

T- sour hits your tongue with hints of peaches. Low to no hops

M- highly carbonated and light on the mouth.

O- I enjoyed this beer. It was the first sour I have ever had and thought it was a good summer session beer. Very light and easy drinking.

Photo of TVolt1
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very light, lemon colored clear beer with a small amount of head. Light lacing that disappears very quickly. Unique appearance of beer; not a color you see often.

S: The smell is not very appealing to me. By just smell alone, it wouldn't be a beer I would be interested in smelling. It reminds me of college...

T: Very unique beer. It is definitely something i've never had before. I taste a lot of lemon, mango, and peaches. Has a nice sour taste mid drink and follows with a mellow finish. Being that this was my first taste of a sour beer, I am quite pleased. It is something you need to get used to but is a surpisingly delicious beer!

M: cold, light, crisp, and sour. Leaves a great taste lingering on your lips. Medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a beer that makes you scratch your head. Not pleased with the smell, okay appearance but with a unique, interesting sour lemon/mango taste, it is sure to please!

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Lindeman's glass.

Pours a very light yellow color with a thick head that lingers. High levels of carbonation.

Tangy and sour with hints of sour peaches mixed in somewhere.

Upon tasting, the sour, bitter notes dominate. The wheaty malt is felt in the nose. Whats really nice is that the sour peach flavor doesnt overpower anything. It's there (in extreme moderation mind you), but it cuts what would be an awful aftertaste from strictly wheat malt. The sourness stays with you through the end.

Aftertaste is all sour and slightly fruity. This is where the fruit comes out to play. If you can make it through the initial assault, you'll experience what this beer is really all about.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the first DFH beers I wasn't overly impressed with. It tasted like someone poured canned peach juice into an effervescent wit bier. I've had previous iterations of this beer, and this seasons was just...off. Tasted more like a wine cooler than it did a beer. Surprisingly, two cases of this flew out of the fridge at my BBQ yesterday. I'm thinking everyone else enjoyed it far more.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,781 ratings.