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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,260 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,260
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 111
Gots: 211 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Dogfish Head Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a crisp, light, hazy golden color. Similar to peach juice, actually, which is a good thing. Loose, foamy bubbles form a head and retreat, just as quickly. No retention and no lacing.

Very mild smell. Definite peach smell comes through. Mild wheat notes. A slight tang of sourness.

Mmm, that's a good one. Light peach sweetness mingles with a big peach tartness. Nice wheat-y undertones. Similar to a glass of lemon juice with some fresh peach juice/nectar thrown in.

Super crisp and clean feel to this light bodied brew. Very nice.

Great summertime drinkability. Very refreshing. Easily drinkable all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 19:38:35 | More by coldmeat23
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow that reminds me of a lemon lime soda or a lemonade.

S: Not much going on here.

T: Tart as hell. I love it. It tastes like sucking on a lemon. Every time I take a sip, I finish with a weird puckering sound emanating from my lips. It snaps with a citric acid type of refreshment. Finishes really dry, yet has some sweet aspects to it as well.

M: Light body.

D: Exceptional. It's low in alcohol and high in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:06:10 | More by gameface23
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, clouded, yellow-white with a big head that recedes quickly, actively, and noisily.

Funky wheat and yeast aromas. Fruit is also present.

Sweet. Sour. Tart. Fruity. Dominant sour peach flavors ride through a sparkling carbonation. The wheat provides adequate body.

Very easy to drink. Very tasty. A great brew for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 17:58:21 | More by IMincedTheKing
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johnd513

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange like color with a big fizzy white head. Smells of hints of peach and wheat. The taste is tart with peach flavors and ends sour. The mouthfeel has high carbonation and tingles the tastebuds. Drinkability is good as these go down easy but not great because this one just didn't do it for me. I am not a big fan of fruit beers anyway but this one was a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 18:43:11 | More by johnd513
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SABL glass.

A. Very bubbly white head. Head is gone almost immeadiately. Hazy yellow color.

S. Fruit, Wheat, slight peach smell.

T. Sour, Sweetness, Peaches

M. Low bodied. Crisp. Has a sparkling/spritzer like quality.

D. Something different for a warm weather beer. Its an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:37:55 | More by siradmiralnelson
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dismal

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a hazy pale yellow. A small white head appears but immediately disappears and is gone within seconds. The smell is sour, and fruity (obviously peach), and just a little sweet. The taste is sour and sweet. It's almost like I'm not drinking a beer at all it has a mix drink kind of taste to it. Goes down pretty smooth though. I'm not huge into this beer but it's definitely not bad at all. Not something I would drink often but on a hot summer day I think this would be very refreshing and I would love to have a couple if that were the circumstance.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 20:34:13 | More by dismal
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A bright semi-orange color with plenty of carbonation and a bone-white head.

S: Light with the peach scents coming through in addition to same pale/grainy malt.

T: Very tart. Less like a peach and more toward the tartness of a not-quite-ripe apricot.

M: Lots of acidic and tart flavors. Light body.

D: I enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel is alright, but the drinkability is not too high. I'd like to try this with some age, as I've heard some suggest.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 13:39:52 | More by Thorpe429
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kels

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from the bottle into my pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy apple juice color with loads of carbonation bubbles running throughout. The short white head fizzles out immediately without a trace.

Smell: The smell is very light with only the slightest hints of the peach and wheat.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is acidic and tart, with uber-sweet pulpy peach coming through backed up with a little bready malt and wheat presence. The mouthfeel is very sticky, which unfortunately cuts down the refreshment of the high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty high - drinks kind of like juice.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 21:51:41 | More by kels
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jsg2220

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured peach colored (pale yellow/orange) with very little white head that dissipates almost instantly cloudy especially if you swirl in the bottom of the bottle

S - Slightly sour and acidic

T - A subtle tart peach flavor at the start and then a sour finish

M - Prickly little bubbles that mellow out as the beer sits

D - A really refreshing beer, the tart taste stays with you, great for the summer

Etc. - This is my first berliner-weise, and I love this particular beer, around my area its not that easy to find this style, I can find plenty festina peche, so if anyone knows where some can be had please pass on the info

Served - 12oz. bottle into a wide tumbler

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 20:32:59 | More by jsg2220
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never saw a beer that looks quite like this. Extremely fizzy and carbonated, with a cloudy golden yellow color. Sort of looks like some random Faygo pop creation.

Smell is strange as well.. sour and citrus. It's pretty faint and to say I could detect anything else would be a lie.

Taste is interesting.. a kind of sweet and sour tossup with definite peach characteristics. Has a lip-smacking tartness to it. This is very light, refreshing, and drinkable. Pretty much a perfect summer beer.

This is the first beer of this style for me. This pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:39:14 | More by webmanspidey
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow/orange, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly

Smell: wheat, lemon, and orange

Taste: wheat, lemon, orange, and peach on the aftertaste..The peach is very subdued.

Mouthfeel: smooth, sour, tangy, high carbonation that is present throughout, a slightly sweet finish

Drinkability: I love the sour aspect of this beer. I think this nails the style. A great summer brew. Sort of like a sunset wheat with added layers of complexity. I will grab another four pack soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 19:54:50 | More by tigg924
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storksonm

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giant Mug

First thing I notice was the smell musty smell like it was almost stale. The head didn't really form much at all, was really white and carbonated for a moment in its head. It was really carbonated and when I tasted it it really tasted like regurgitated beer to me at first, but the aftertaste was a really nice peach. I really didn't like this one too much it was alright and a unique beer but it really didn't taste to great, I think the peach aftertase was really the best part.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:49:50 | More by storksonm
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DannyS

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Hazy golden orange, agressive pour yielded a head that dissipated into nothing quickly.

S - Slightly peachy, slightly hay-like and musty, but very little aroma for the most part.

T - Tangy upfront, almost like a peach lambic. It's not very intensely flavored, but it's got a nice twang to it. Grains on the aftertaste.

M - light body and very fizzy. Watery too.

D - Good drinkability. I could easily session this one.

Overall - I love really sour lambics, but I have a hard time drinking more than one of them in a session. This is like a lambic light. I might try it again if I can find a fresher bottle. (this one's kinda old, admittedly)

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:07:29 | More by DannyS
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DoubleJ

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a warm day as I sit in my lawn chair outside, and about to open this beer:

The head fizzes away on the pour, the color being a pee yellow with some bubbles racing to the top. Smells like: peaches. A litttle tart too. This could get interesting....hmm....I can dig it. It's a little sour, kind of like the sour lemon flavored Gatorade my college cross-country coach would make for us every practice. Mmm, this is a nice one. Tart too. Hop vines are subtle in the flavor. Body has a wee bit of a syrupy touch to the light and sparking feel.

It says it uses peaches in the fermentation, but this is no alcopop or Lindemans. A tart, easy drinking beverage while vegging outside on a warm day is the right way to go with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:56:51 | More by DoubleJ
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popery

California

2.08/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Despite my review, big thanks to deliriumfest for this beer. Actually, no, this was a bonus beer, so a huge thanks to deliriumfest for giving me the chance to try it without forking over a rather large sum of money on a four pack.

A: It looks fine for a Berliner Weissbier. I haven't one that one was really special to look at thus far. The liquid is golden straw yellow. The head puffs up big and white but dissipates to nothing quickly.

S: Where are the peaches? I love peaches. Fresh from the farmer's market, peaches are incredibly lovely, and their lush aroma lets you know when they're ripe and juicy. This smells nothing like a peach, farm fresh and ripe or any other way. This beer smells a bit like cheap malt liquor, sweaty with grain lurking in the background. I kind of like the tart yogurty aroma of a plain Berliner Weissbier, but this beer doesn't even have that.

T: The taste is somewhat better, still no peaches but some of the proper tart notes. The fruit flavoring clashes with these notes in a quite unfortunate manner. The flavoring imparts a blandly citric character. I've never had a peach wine or anything, so I can't really comment on how fermented peaches taste, but it definitely doesn't taste like sweet peaches. It's hard to tell if the underlying Berliner Weissbier is any good because the flavoring corrupts it.

M: My problems with the peach flavoring makes it difficult to judge this category effectively, but I will say that the feel does not make things worse.

D: I just don't like this beer. I didn't like ApriHop, either, but for very different reasons. This beer doesn't really have a fruit concentrate flavor. The fruit flavor just tastes a bit like a bad lemon, rather than cloying in any way. I love DFH for experimenting, but they shouldn't force something that just doesn't work. This is all just my opinion, of course. I definitely have no desire to trash DFH. They're good people and make some great beers. Punkin Ale is my favorite pumpkin beer. Why can't their other seasonals be that good?

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 04:12:40 | More by popery
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Festina Pêche is based off the Berliner Style Weissbier, which is a tart wheat beer that may be sweetened with syrups when served. Dogfish Head went the extra mile and brewed theirs with peaches.

Pours out a hazed yellowish-golden brew, with a ring of white lace that struggles to stick around. Firm peach aroma with a mildly tart nose; hints of wheat and yeast with a backing of floral notes in the aroma. Very refreshing from a blast of tartness and a deep crispness comes from within the moderate body. The tartness has a perfect snap to it rather than trying to rip your taste buds out. In the core of the tartness sits the peach flavor, with green apple flavors swirling around it. From middle to end, it's soft, but the malt flavor grows and vanishes quickly as dryness sets in and the aftertaste shows its cleanliness.

By far, one of the best summer seasonals brewed in the US this year. This beer is a call to the entire brewing industry not to jump on every bandwagon that comes through town. Do something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 22:39:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my extremely generous secret santa, guinnessdoc. You're the man, Josh.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, light straw color. Carbonation appears to be very active and yields a white head that barely reaches a finger deep. It disappeared very quickly and left little lacing to speak of.

Smell: The nose is underpowered and really needs some strength. That being said, it smells very sweet. There's definitely a fruity-peach aroma, but it's not all that strong. There's an interesting tart-like smell to it. Surprisingly, that's the dominant feature here. Smells earthy and a tad grainy. It's above average, but could use a little work.

Taste: The flavor of this beer is surprisingly tart. It's mouth puckering and really dominates the overall flavor of the beer. It's actually a bit better than I was expecting. There's definitely a fruity peach flavor. It's easily noted, but not overwhelming. It is sweet and sugary. There's an earthy/grainy flavor toward the end. No alcohol is noted. It finishes sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty good feel. Carbonation is very high and keeps it from smoothing out as well as it could. Drinkability is above average. It goes down easy, but it's tart to a degree that drinkability is limited.

Festina Peche is an interesting beer. It's above average, but that's about it. Frankly, it's a little better than I expected. But, it's more of a novelty beer than anything. Constructively criticizing it really doesn't seem to be appropriate. This beer is exactly what it was intended to be...a novelty beer with a fruity twist. Taking it for what it is, it's okay. Definitely worth a try. Thanks, Josh.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:14:47 | More by prototypic
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Stimack

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to give this brew a try as I have not really had this style in the past. The brew poured to a cloudy golden color with a good sized white head that fizzed almost like champagne. That fizzy head broke down in an instance leaving no signs of foam or lace. The aroma of this brew was wheat, tart sourness, grapes and peaches. The flavor is pretty nice, I like tart/sour beers so this was good. The sourness was not as overpowering as I have had in other styles but it is a little puckering. Nice peach flavor there as well as a nice wheat backbone. Finishes somewhat dry. Not a traditional Berliner by any stretch but not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 12:13:37 | More by Stimack
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Mar 2009. Thanks again to R&S, much appreciated.

Poured in Sierra Nevada pint glass. Very large lacy tan head quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Cloudy honey mustard color. Smells like peach preserves and yeast. Opens with a lot of sour tart lemon with some slight peachy overtones. Hint of yeast but mostly lemony sour tart, but not overwhelming. Slight peach sweetness breaks through to mitigate some of the sourness. Finish is a bit dry, citrus tart and sour. Medium body. Alcohol minimal.

Maybe not the best example of the style but quite drinkable and not overpoweringly sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:21:52 | More by htomsirveaux
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light yellow in color. I can honestly say I've never drank a beer this color. Smell is peaches and some smoky/ash notes coming through. It has quite the over ripened peach smell going on. Taste is all peach. Pretty tart/sour. Tastes like spiked Bahama Mama fruit punch. This is candy in a bottle. Quite refreshing and poundable. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and tart. Decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 18:58:47 | More by FtownThrowDown
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wiseguy142

New York

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

Pours dulled golden yellow with brisk carbonation and a champagne like head that fizzles and then dies within seconds.

Aroma is equally reminiscent of champagne- tart alcohol and grapes with a slight hint of wheat underneath complemented by the fruit. A little dull and subdued around the edges after the initial tartness- husk aroma or maybe just some plain malt coming through to balance it out.

Taste is.. mmm.. Berliner Weisse. Not as tart as some of the others I've had, but extrordinarily dry in taste and actually makes your mouth feel dry. A little peach comes through at the end, like a diluted Magic Hat No. 9. Malt character is a little lacking. Most of the malt taste comes from wheat, if I'm identifying the taste correctly. I don't know what proportion of the malt bill is wheat but it's basically the only thing in there that you can taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light with a crackling carbonation. Pretty nice. This is definitely a summer beer (good thing I'm drinking it in Feb...) that would go great with some BBQ. I'd say it could be a little tarter just to make you really remember you're drinking a Berliner Weisse but it's a great take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 04:40:01 | More by wiseguy142
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JayNH

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a small short lived head.

S- Tart and acidic, slightly citric. Almost a slight hint of vinegar.

T- Starts out sharply tart, subtle notes of wheat and citrus.

M- Well carbonated but still smooth on the palate, light bodied.

D- Very good if you like sour (I do!) Overall a little more body would make this beer much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 00:40:31 | More by JayNH
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Orangevango

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks To Kkipple for this wonderful respite during our RIS tasting. The stark white, 2 finger head crackles a bit when you swirl the glass, wonderfull. The hazy golden color is just pretty, there is nothing else to say about it. The aroma is mostly of peaches, fresh peaches, not canned pasturized crap (surprising since they used extract not fresh peaches to brew this beer) It reminds me of summer, and the hint of tartness in the aroma sugests it would be quite refeshing on a hot day. The taste is all tartness, peaches, and wheat, oh so yummy and refreshing. The mouth feel was unremarkable but also did not detract from the beer. I could drink this all day long, and when Im a rich man, maybe I will.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 17:10:44 | More by Orangevango
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-golden color into a goblet, with a thin active head which immediately vanishes. Aroma is quite active with lots of tart fruit, champagne-like aroma. Mouthfeel thin with some good spiny carbonation. Taste is sour orange, tart, lemon juice up front with some crackers, bread toward the finish. I personally don't catch the peach taste others do. The contrasting flavors make for an interesting brew. Drinkability is moderate-good, as this is a beer and a style that has grown on me. I love the sweet and sour character of the brew that melts into bread as you exhale after the sip. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 23:42:03 | More by ljbrisson
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littlekidlover

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hmm, this is a very odd beer. I have not had anything quite like it. It pours a cloudy straw color with very little head. Smells of tart tangerine. Tastes of tart tangerine/ peach, kind of like Orangina. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat astringent. I am drinking this on a cold winter day, not exactly appropriate. I could imagine this would be nice and refreshing during the summer, although a little pricey for a summer beer. I'm glad I tried this, always curious about Dogfish Head's oddball offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:21:05 | More by littlekidlover
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