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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,553 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,553
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 122
Gots: 304 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 tlazaroff
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

(2010 production) Poured with almost no head, and a straw-yellow like color; a bit of haze to it as well. Sour fruits (peach mostly) on the nose. Slight peach taste to it and has a small puckering effect on your mouth. This was the first of the Festina Peche's that i've had from Dogfish Head, so I don't have previous years to compare it to. I wouldn't buy this again, but I will have no trouble finishing this 4-pack.

tlazaroff, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.98/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy (swirled the bottle to activate the yeasts resting on the bottom of the bottle) orange colored brew that makes a brief appearance (evidently this is typical of the Berliner Weisse style) and then is completely gone. A little unusual, but expected for the style.

Smells of peaches, grains and sweet malt.

Tart, sour, peachy and wheat with mild hops - refreshing. Perfect for the summertime.

Light and well carbonated...

A really unique brew that would be great for summer parties...

ujsplace, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. This has been a go-to of my girl for a while now, and I like it too. But I always find something "better" - more rare, unknown, or just more manly - to drink. Time to sit down and appreciate this for what it is - a great slightly sour summer session Berliner style brew from the old DFH.

Looks really pale straw. Almost white it's so light yellow. Small white head lingers but doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Smells of a slight lacto tartness with some lemon zest. The wheat and funk are there too. Not too shabby. Peach is there too, but not luscious, meaty peaches - more of an underripe peach skin smell.

Taste is malt, peach, and a touch of sour. The malt is pale and wheat ridden. The peach is accompanied by some white grape skin and some champagne teases. No need for syrup, the fruit gives the sour a nice counterbalance. The tastes aren't too crazy or prominent, more of a beginner's sour - but that's perfect for what this trys to be.

Mouthfeel is nice, sure it's a touch light but that's to be expected for the style. Carb and body are appropriate, and finish is crisp and very dry.

Overall, I like this beer. It's an American take on an underappreciated style, and I think it's a good session beer for summer. I get why T drinks this all the time. She's a smart girl with great tastes in both beer and men ;)

jampics2, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of beers2danno
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Interesting beer, not what I expected. I was a bit taken back at the first sip, but gave it a good chance.

A...pale yellow with not much head.
S...not alot but some citrus.
T...very citrusy, tart more like a sour wine cooler.
M...light and crisp, plenty of carbonation and sourness.
D...It grows on you if very cold. Refreshing with an open mind.

beers2danno, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz bottle into tulip pint.
the only date given on bottle is 2010.

I'm going to state now that this is the first Berliner weissbier I've had, and thus really have no experience to go from even from word of mouth. . . so hear goes!
It pours a very pale, hazy yellow while the head is white, very fizzy and dissipates extremely quickly and noisily, much like a soda. There is slight carbonation rising.
The aroma is sour, with very nice tart fruit notes. There is also an almost musty, in only the best way, slightly wheat backing.
The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely, with very tart and acidic fruit notes. The musty wheat notes are a bit more subdued then in the flavor though.
The mouthfeel is pleasantly light bodied with very active carbonation and a crisp, dry and refreshing finish.
While this is my first of this style and a bit apprehensive I was fairly impressed. And though it is not something I will seek out regularly I am very happy that I gave this a try, and would very much enjoy trying a couple more.

vkv822, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

200th review!
A very fun, tart, easy drinking refreshing, summer beer...

appearance is light yellow golden with very little head and no lacing...not very nice looking but a very good colour.

smell is not really all that present, but not awful - a bit strangely skunky and wheaty with some slight maltiness and some nice peach fruitiness.

taste is very pleasant indeed. with almost fruit wine/very dry champange like with sour apricot/peach character with some nice mineral notes and noticable citrus - very champagne like in fact...finishes with a pleasant mouthfeel of tongue drying tartness, but not overwhelming or even as much as a sour beer, its nice and subtle, even a little hop kick on the finish.

very very drinkable, guzzleable if cold in fact.

benclimbs, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of mempath
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

a DFH i've never had before plus it's midsummer...good time to try it. very pale straw slightly cloudy appearance with a sparkling, active head that lives out its existence almost immediately. maybe that's just the nature of this type of brew, but now one molecule of foam remains. looks like some refreshing ice cold green tea!

ah, a few swirls emits some fresh peach notes buoyed by a seeming wheaty/yeasty backbone, wispy as it is. very nice though still subtle.

wow. carbo-citrus bitter immediately that mellows fast and finishes dry with the peche notes fading second and leaving the weiss-sense fading last. nice layering. strange it seems so fizzy in taste, but i think it's just the yeasty-peachiness in this unique 'extreme' stijl...! i really don't like when brews like this come across too fruity. this doesn't at all. if anything, i wish it was just a touch sweeter. almost sour (in the candy sense). i think a piece of white chocolate would go well here. i'd also boil some bratwurst with this!

a fine experiment, a bit sour for me, maybe it's changed in the last few years, i don't know. i'll gladly try it again, esp. the draft version if i get a chance.

might have to try mixing this with a pale and/or some 'fruitier' brew, just for fun.

mempath, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Perrumpo
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%

One of my favorite summer beers. Even better on tap, of course!

Non-clear golden color with virtually no head. You can lightly smell the tart fruit and malt. A smoother tartness on tap with light fruit and malt flavor. The peach is not in the forefront. It's blended nicely with the malts... the tartness is the main thing. DFH dialed back the tartness a bit for 2010, and I think it is perfect now. Lovely mouthfeel for summer. High drinkability since it's so light and tart.... very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Perrumpo, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

Got a bunch of Dogfish brews I have not tried yet to give them a go. Here's one I've never tried. 2010 12oz bottle...

A: Very yellow. Lemonade yellow. Kind of looks like an iced tea and lemonade mix with emphasis on the lemonade. Small white head that quickly fades to nothing. Decent.

S: Hmm, smells kind of like tart hidden peaches. Not getting much else. Eh.

T: Slioghtly tart upfront with hints of peaches, malty sugars, and some breadiness. Almost tastes like a lemonade. Hints of lemonade flavor on the backend. Ok.

M: Very good here. Just a hint of strange tartness.

D: The flavors kind of blend strangely in this brew making it harder to get down. Decent.

All in all, this brew disappointed. Not much going on to make this brew worth tying. I love many DFH brews, but this is not one of em. Not worth your time.

steve8robin, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of rdub
4.05/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a bottle into my favorite pint glass. Appearance was light and bright. Smell was wheat-y and peachy. Nice bright smell. The taste was light as well with a small amount of nice peach flavor. The sourness was really nice as well. My favorite was the mouthfeel. The bubbles were very tiny and smooth. Drinkability was up there as well. I'd have this again.

rdub, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind for the Blind Beers BIF. Here we go: It pours a hazy orange straw topped by some white foam that dies faster than the Cubs' chances for a title. The nose comprises lemon pulp, coriander, mandarin oranges, sweet corn, and a tiny bit o' flowers. The taste starts with some nice, bitingly tart lemon wedge, then moves into some green apple, cardamom, coriander, and a late sweetness like that found after a Sour Patch Kid has been in your mouth awhile. The body is light, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, almost sticky finish. I was thinking wit for most of the tasting, but the tartness destroyed that possibility. I had forgotten about Berliner Weisses. It was interesting that I didn't get too much in the way of peaches, but there is a possibility this was a slightly vintage bottle, so that could have influenced things a bit. Good times, regardless.

TMoney2591, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%

I think this is a really nice beer. From an appearance standpoint, it looks like it's going to be light and refreshing, which is exactly what it ends up being. Pale, clear color with a wispy and pure white head that settles out rather quickly.

Super vibrant aromas of peach and citrus hit you out of the glass and are followed by tart and correct flavors of the same with a nice petulance. I could drink the hell out of this beer even though it wasn't one I immediately reached for.

But right now it's like 100 degrees and I'm having a hell of a time thinking of anything else that would be working better.

detlefchef, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a pale cloudy yellow. A huge bright white head fills half the glass and actually pauses my pour to allow it to settle a bit. No lace left behind.

The aroma is tart peach and lemons with a underlying wheat cracker back bone. A hint of vanilla ice cream is present as well.

The flavor is tart peach up front for sure. A solid amount of wheat and vanilla as well. Pleasantly sour.

Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall tasty, tart and very drinkable. This will be going in to heavy rotation in my fridge for the rest of the summer.

beerwolf77, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of deaconoflove
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Ap. Cloudy brownish golden color. Hazey with no head and none to be summoned.
Sm. Sweet peachiness with a bit of hops.
Ta. Tart peach with crisp peach cobbler finish. Maybe some peach pits and lemon in there.
Mf. A bit syrupy for beer, but not a bad thing. Virtually no carbonation, hence the syrupy feel.
Dr. Very good, nice dessert. Two would be max I think.

deaconoflove, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
2.28/5  rDev -37.5%

On tap at the B

A - Pale Yellow body with a thin white head

S - Sour aroma

T - An overwhelming sourness. I do not find this beer pleasant at all.

M - Made me cringe, my tongue ran away. Does not feel balanced in he least bit.

D - Luckily it was only a sample. I gave the rest to Soupedupdiesel.

DNICE555, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Shortly after being pour into the snifter the then head quickly disappeared.

The nose is tart with a small fruity sweetness.

The tastes starts out sour then as the tingles dissipate the sweetness of the peaches develop.

Intense tingle that finishes with a sweet and sour taste on your palette.

Very dinkable

dayswonder, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of aahynick
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

40F in a pilsner glass

A- straw with fine white thin head

S- mild peachy aroma

T- very sour, hard to detect anything beyond the peach sour

M - pretty watery

D- not bad, I'm not a really big fan of it but I like the novelty and would be willing to try it again.

aahynick, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +9%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color with golden hues. A small head bubbles up and dissipates quickly as the beer begins to effervesce.

S - There's plenty of tart, wheat, and fruit floating from the glass, as the peach is clearly present.

T - Festina begins a bit sour, as the wheat flavors and fruit try to hold everything together. it lingers a bit on the palate, with plenty of peaches and apple, ending with a tart finish.

M - Bubbly and refreshing, yet definitely acidic due to citrus flavors.

D - I could easily drink a couple of these, especially with the lower alcohol content and overall briskness demonstrated by DFH on this one.

This is pretty ideal concoction for the season, as everything is super crisp and light. I'm not sure why so many people wrote such awful reviews as if they were blown away by the tart and fruit aspects being this is a Berliner Weiss inspired brew. Either way, it's another hit from DFH for me.

xnicknj, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of al3
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

Good for a hot day if you are looking for an alcoholic peach alternative to unsweetened lemonade. It does not drink like a beer at all...at least in the traditional sense of hops and malt, or any beer I've ever had. Pours like a soda with a sour/tart smell. Tastes sour, with a sour finish. Some peach flavor there, but more lemony citrus than peach. To DFH's credit the front of the label lists it as a "malt beverage with peach concentrate". It also describes it as "unique, tart, and refreshing" which is mostly spot on. It also seems to follow much of the Berliner Weisse description in terms of look and taste, so I can't really knock it, I just won't drink it when I want a beer.

al3, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

This is the 3rd beer from the Blind Beers BIF. I reviewed this beer without knowing what it was, here are my notes before finding out exactly what I was drinking.

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow with no head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Lacing, like the head, is non-existent.

S - Fruity, estery nose. The nose suggests this is some kind of lambic, but I can't really tell yet. Lots of light fruits with some maltiness coming through.

T - very sour initial taste. Same fruits as the aroma, more malt is coming through. Maybe a hint of wheat, but the tart-ness of this beer is overpowering anything else. Definitely not a lambic from the taste.

M - Very light bodied, heavy carbonation. Finish is dry and sour. More wheat is present in the finish, a lot more.

D - Good drinkability. I would put this at around 5%. The sourness of this beer makes it a little difficult to take large swigs, so definitely closer to a sipper, but the finish is perfect for rounding out the beer. Makes it very easy to go right back for another drink. I have definitely not had this style before. The combination of such sour fruits and a wheat/malt base is very different from anything I have had, so I can't classify this beer, but it is definitely good.

After-notes: Not at all surprised to see the style, hadn't even heard of it. I had heard of the beer though, and just hadn't gotten around to drinking it. After reading the description of the style, this fits it perfectly. Now I just have to try more within the style to find out this beer's true style ratings...

GarrettMD, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured ½ of a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The pour yielded a single finger of white foam that vanished almost instantly, leaving absolutely no signs of life behind. The body is hazy and pale (very light) yellow.

The nose has lots of light fruits (peaches), wheat and pale malts. Is tart a smell? If so, this has it in abundance!

Wow...the tartness from the nose really takes over the taste. Pretty much present throughout; the fruitiness is present in the middle, but is eaten by the lacto sourness. The backbone of the flavor is a grainy/wheat character.

Light bodied, thin and well carbonated pretty much sums up the mouth feel.

This is a very refreshing, easy drinking beer. A perfect summertime drink!

mgbickel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Agold
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

This beer is a dead ringer on appearance for the style definition on the site. The head is effervescent, the color is pale straw, and it is clear. The aroma falls a bit short, but the smell of peaches does come through. Very strong when it comes to taste. The sourness from the lacto culture complements the peaches very well, and there is a grainy wheat character that backs both up. The carbonation is plentiful and appropriate adding to the light body of this beer.

Agold, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

08 bottle.

a- Very pale straw in color and is quite hazy, maybe due to bad decanting. a rather small white head with poor retention is expected and is rightfully effervescent.

s- not strongly sour, it could be a bit stronger. some obvious grainy wheat, but the peaches are very subdued and you really have to search for them in the nose. the wheat is surprisingly the strongest aroma of the bunch.

t- the strong wheat and sour blend very well up front with just a hint of peaches. the lactic sourness is moderate and keeps it from being too intense to give take away from the light refreshing peach wheat beer below. I will say that the peach is barely there after a couple years.

m- quite effervescent from the high carbonation. light with just the slightest mouth puckering from the sourness.

d- a sessionable sour ale for $8 a 4pk? I'll take it. I heard they changed the recipe this year, so I'll have to get a newer bottle and compare. I hope they didn't stray too far, as this is a good one.

Freethyhops, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of WEBBEER
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%

Poured into a tulip shaped glass produced a cloudy pale champagne color and carbonation.
Thin head dissapates quickly but retains the carbonation
Acidic fruit note favors a lemonade more than a unripened or sour peach. (mit schuss gelb)
A great summer session beverage much like a shandy or a radler. Added to my outdoor activity menu.

WEBBEER, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a very pale yellow with tons of carbonation and a head that evaporates immediately, as is the style characteristic. The aroma is sour patch tart with a hint of peach and some grainy wheat aroma. The flavor is quite tart up front with an acidic bite that is very refreshing. It also has a very wheaty malt flavor as well as some peach and pear notes in the background. This beer is quite interesting in that it is kind of like a Berliner weisse mit schuss, but with the syrup (peach in this case) built in. I was skeptical when I heard about this at first, but it works quite well. The body is light with effervescent carbonation and a spiky mouthfeel that is quite refreshing. It is also one of the lowest ABV beers that DFH makes and is a great BBQ beer. I could drink these all day, and it is a nice change of pace from other summer wheat beers.

zoso1967, Jul 14, 2010
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,553 ratings.