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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,492 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,492
Reviews: 1,246
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 119
Gots: 283 | 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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Baconisaveggie

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Okay, first off, it's October. That being said:

Pours a finger and a half head, dissapates fairly quickly. Translucent gold, much like many unfiltered wheats and hefewiezens.

Smell is a little boring, very lager-like, with a hint of peach.

Tangy, sharp, similar to a Belgian sour brown, but not quite as intense. Still, refreshing.

Feels like it would be a great session beer, if they toned down the size of the body, which is a little big, which I like... but as far as session beers go...

Anyway, if I lived anywhere I could get this regularly, especially in July, well, you know...

10-20-2008 06:00:57 | More by Baconisaveggie
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generallee

New York

2.95/5  rDev -19%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy, light yellow colored body that produces little to no head. What little head is made on the pour quickly fizzles out leaving no head or lace. (This seems week even for a Berliner Weissbier.) There are some visible streams of carbonation that rush to the head and quickly dissipate.

Smell: The aroma has sharp sour fruit notes with pale sour wheat notes and faint grassy hops off in the distance.

Taste/Mouth feel: The first sip has a sour/tart puckering effect on the palate. There is an unripe sour peach flavor that mixes with tart wheat malt and pale grain. It finishes on the tart side with just a hint of grassy hops and mild bitterness. It has a nice level of carbonation that helps to clean the palate. The body is light with slightly thin texture.

Notes: My first thought was that this tasted like a Colt 45 with a blast of sour peach flavoring but after my second they started to get a little better appreciation for this beer.

10-19-2008 23:28:35 | More by generallee
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

This is the ultimate summer beer. When you are looking for a summer beer, you want something that is easy drinking and will really quench your thirst on a hot day. Often these are pilsners and wheat varieties. This was my first berliner weiss, and has since urged me to actively seek out other examples of the style.

Pours with little to no head with a great, slightly hazy yellow shade. The nice tart bite in this beer from the peaches is sublime- not too overbearing but fits in perfectly and is certainly the dominating flavor. Its very very drinkable, which is to be expected by its style guideline and ABV. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side which is also fitting. This would go great with a nice lightly dressed garden salad in the summer.

My only complaint is that they release it a little too early (late april-early may) and there isnt any left for the hottest months!

10-17-2008 22:24:30 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this last night from La Cav Du Vin. Poured into a big clear plastic stein at my friend's place. This beer pours a hazy/cloudy lemon/gold color. The white head was over an inch when first poured, settling to a fairly thin surface layer and medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of wheat, sweet peach, and also a sour yeasty smell. Green apple like sour tang in the taste, along with a sort of candy like sweetness, followed by the peach flavor. Good balance of flavor, although the sourness does tend to dominate a bit in the aftertaste. this beer certainly reminds me of a lambic in some ways. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. I am glad I tried this as it is unlike any beer I have had before.

Eric

10-12-2008 20:08:23 | More by neenerzig
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JamesS

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a very golden color with a rapidly diminishing head (as per style), and no lacing at all. It has a very wonderful scent, a nice crisp and bright wheat scent with wonderful tangy overtones and a great peach undertone, not dominating at all. Great taste, a very clean and refreshing wheat beer with a nice tartness and slight peach flavor, all well balanced. Good mouthfeel, slightly carbonated. This is a great drink, and I'm not even a fan of peach.

10-08-2008 23:43:16 | More by JamesS
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katan

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a very light and hazy golden color. Little head retention or film. Looks like a tripel or a witbier.

S - Very light nose profile. None of the wild yeast notes I thought would be there. A hair of spice is there with a real deep smell.

T - Starts off bitter and flat. Mid stream is all tart - peach and sour flavors. Very potent. Finishes with a slight mellowing of the peach to give it a better balance.

M - Seems to lack body - not much there. Watery on the tongue. Flatness doesn't give it much "pop".

D - Not hard to drink - but certainly a summer drink. Sitting here in my basement on a cool night is certainly not to its strengths. THe tart profile does seem to wear on me as well.

Glad I tried it - but probably won't get again.

10-08-2008 03:12:36 | More by katan
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

I love almost all of DFH's offerings... but I would not drink this again even if someone paid me. Tastes like an alcoholic fruit juice, not a beer at all. I see a previous reviewer compared this to a watered down pink lemonade.. which is very true. It's way too sweet and sour and is tough to drink. It was hard for me to finish the bottle. I'm glad I only bought a single of this as the sweetness kills it.

10-06-2008 23:49:32 | More by oriolesfan4
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brewsterz

Maryland

1.13/5  rDev -69%

This should not even be called beer as it has NO similarity to anything I have ever tasted before. Besides smelling like my dog's wizz (seriously, the wife agreed) it tastes more like watered down sour lemonaide. There is no fizz, no head and no appeal, period, at all.

I was so put off by this beer that I took time to write this review and it is the only one I have ever posted. And, for the record Dogfish Head produces several of my favorite beers including the 60 minute IPA and the Punkin' Head.

10-06-2008 00:59:43 | More by brewsterz
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kenito799

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow, fizzy, no head at all. Aroma is crisp, cider-like, with subtle peach note.

Very crisp and dry with refreshing acidity on the palate. The peach is really a background not ein the finish, and the brew is very tartand dry. I have not had Berliner Weiss in Germany, the only other I have tried was yesterday, the New Glarus unplugged version. This brew is similarly crisp and tart, refershing, but the NG stuff had more interesting complex aromas and flavors probably due to the yeasts used. The DFH FP is crisp and nice, quite drinkable and refershing, but fairly simple, although certainly not a run-of-the-mill brew. Good effort.

10-05-2008 20:54:59 | More by kenito799
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PatronWizard

California

2.42/5  rDev -33.5%

12oz to glass....

Hazy yellow. Not golden yellow - just yellow, like the McDonalds arches. Head was up and down while writing the last sentence. A rather ugly beer, truth to tell.

Smells like sour fruit.

Taste like peach flavored vomit. Didn't know this one was a sour. Is this Dogfish Head's geueze? Some nasty after taste. Sorry Charlie, this one is not for me. And I'm even learning to appreciate sours, having highly enjoyed Temptation on tap at Stone Brewing recently. This one just isn't strong enough or good enough.

Overall: I like Dogfish Head, this must be their one crappy beer.

10-04-2008 05:39:24 | More by PatronWizard
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GClarkage

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

09/29/08- Purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. Semi-murky and cloudy. Slight 1/4 inch head on pour. Light spotty lace remains.

Smell- Light funky aroma...kinda like wet hay. Fruity, but can't determine the scent.

Taste- Tart, but not extreme like I was expecting per the style. More like a lambic. Pretty much all sour fruit flavors. Seems like a peach-lemony mixture.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Very crisp.

Drinkability- Quite quenching. Would have this again for sure.

09-30-2008 14:37:40 | More by GClarkage
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kylephillips

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pint glass

Straw yellow in color and a bit cloudy. Pours with very little head.

Smell is a candylike sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Initial taste is of candy sour apple.

Aftertaste is strong and extremely sour.

The refreshing qualities of the beer give it good drinkability despite its high sourness.

09-28-2008 20:33:01 | More by kylephillips
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8%

A: Pours a hazy lemon color, unfiltered with a thin white head.

S; Some funky sour yeast aroma, farmhouse like.

T: For those expecting some sort of traditional peach flavor will be disappointed. Beer fermented with peaches produces a very acidic sour lemon flavor.

M: Body is very thin and lemon-juice like and finishes with a funky sour lemon tang with some muskiness. Labeled as a neo-berliner weiss style. Body is light, tart, and acidic.

D: Nothing I would drink in multiples or recommend.

09-27-2008 12:22:50 | More by beerthulhu
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

Slightly cloudy pale straw coloured brew. Very mildly carbonated, the almost one finger white head quickly dissipated.

There is not much here for aroma, some peach and some noble hops present, along with some crackery malts.

Would be interested in seeing if ascorbic acid is a major flavour providing ingredient in this beer, or perhaps citric acid. I suspect the pronounced tartness may have more to do with chemical additions than lactobaccillus fermentation. Some crackery malts with a hint of wheat are overtaken by organic acid tartness which is almost relieved by the flavour of the peach syrup. Some noble hops round out the taste with a mild floral and grassy quality.

A light bodied brew with very low level of carbonation. All the zip present comes from the tartness of organic acids, which are no where near subtle.

Somewhat drinkable, but the annoying tartness reallly decreases the drinkablility. When compared to NG's unplugged berliner weiss there is no comparison. The festina really lacks both the subtlety and complexity displayed by the NG unplugged. If you like chewing your vitamin C tablets i would recommend this brew. Thankfully I do, otherwise this would be finding the nearest drain.

09-22-2008 21:47:25 | More by demcorhip
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mullenite

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured with a head so long in took multiple pours to fill a pint glass. The bar tender said this was the norm with this batch.

Smell was sour peach, very similar to a lambic. Taste did not differ too much from the smell, sour peach and very fruity. Very refreshing beer.

High carbonation made for a clean mouthfeel and did not hurt drinkability at all, I really want to find a case of this stuff before it disappears off shelves in favor of Punkin.

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Update: I picked up a 4-pack from a different batch and it poured with a very thin fizzy head as others have experienced.

09-22-2008 19:57:04 | More by mullenite
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Got a single bottle of this at Stave & Hoop in downtown Eau Claire, WI. Just had my first Berliner-Weiss a few weeks ago, and this will be my second.

Pours a hazy pineapple color into a tulip glass. Nice acidic, sour smell, very fruity and and slight funkiness. A very sour brew, bright taste of citric fruits and a very subtle, but noticeable peach flavor. It's lip-smackingly tart and refreshing. Very dry on the finish. Crisp. Light on the tongue. A bit sour to drink many at a time, but was very good. Another great DFH brew.

09-21-2008 04:55:35 | More by KeefD
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Girlfriend picked this up, currently her favorite, not my usual style but it was worth a shot.

Poured a light gold with a slight tinge of orange, thin white head.

Smells of wheat, a bit sour.

Taste is also sour, but not skunked sour. Dry with mild citrus, lemon or grapefruit, with an afterthought of peach. Wheat comes in for a smooth and mild finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and sparkling, almost a champagne-ish feeling. Rather nice actually, best part.

Drinkability is alright. Not my cup of beer but worth a try. Won't drink it again.

09-16-2008 02:36:54 | More by LumpyGuitar
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Melachai

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance: Inviting slightly cloudy light golden color with small bubbles. Low volume light cream head with low retention.

Smell: Definitely a "sour beer" smell

Taste: Strong sour flavor with tart peach aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light with tiny sharp bubbles

Drinkability: Easy to drink, a good summer beer. This is one of my current favorite beers

09-15-2008 04:05:46 | More by Melachai
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shirfan

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Translucent gold with perhaps a touch of peach color. Head vanishes immediately.

Aroma -- Wheat, lemon zest.

Taste -- Huge sourness dominates all other aspects. Probably on par with grapefruit juice, but far drier. Some acidic white wine flavor as well as lemon and a faint hint of peach. Hops: zilch. Some wheat crispness appears in the finish.

Drinkability is high *if* you can enjoy something so sour. Quite demanding of another sip.

Absolutely a "love it or hate it" beer, I happen to love it.

09-12-2008 01:15:56 | More by shirfan
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mangledorf

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Just came back with a growler and a bottle of this because the lady who runs the taps at the distribution claimed everybody was coming saying the keg-aged crop tasted much different (and better) than the bottles.

Whole heartedly agree. On almost all counts the keg beat out the bottle.

Pours slighly misty with a quick rise of head like pop (translate soda). Has that carbonate snap in its smell the way 7up and OJ might.

The growler's tasted very citrus-y and sharp, where the bottle was almost tart to the point of sour.

Both were delightfully fresh in my mouth and easily diminished.

As said early down this thread, this is a hero-beer of beers for a hot day.

09-11-2008 23:24:52 | More by mangledorf
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle, bottled 4/28/08

A- Holy clear beer Batman! Festina Peche pours the clearest yellow color with no head, it looks like apple juice and it glows in the light.

S- Tart fruit, banana notes and tart champagne-like grapes.

T/M- Very tart initially with a very odd, thin but grainy wheat texture, very bright with moderate carbonation. Acidic with notes of lemons, orange skin, sour grape and some citrusy hop character. Very sour when cold but it grows almost rancid as it warms. Light bodied, semi sticky mouth feel and leaves a numbing feeling on the tongue. Do I really enjoy this beer? or do i hate it? Decent drinkability, i must say im a fan of sour...

09-11-2008 17:35:20 | More by ATPete
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

big pop from the bottle, head is gigantic, bigger than the biggest hefe. Color a hazy, pale blonde. Some little dark sand granule-like chunks are settle toward the bottom.
Smells very tart and light. Very much like an acidic white wine, maybe a pinot grigio. Some peach or pear notes in the midst of the winey tartness.
Taste is crazy tart, puckering. It's a very watered down, carbonated pinot grigio with the tannins upped back beyond full strength. The peach is there as an afterthought and comes across as superficial and impotent. then it starts building up and asking to be noticed, which is even worse because it has that low quality concentrate character rather than a fresh convincing fruitiness.
body is practically nonexistent and carbonation just over the top. Not sure what they were thinking with the carb.
you could give this someone having trouble bridging the gap from white wine to beer, or vice versa. Might be very nice with certain foods (grilled fish, fresh salsa?), but not something I could deem worth drinking solely on its own merits. this might be a good example of the style and be what it's "supposed" to be, but if that's the case the style itself could use a serious retooling. (for me it's not enough to say milwaukee's best should get an A+ as it is an A+ example of the piss beer style--the piss beer style is an F idea and so the perfect piss beer is still an F beer!) that said, there was enough to like here for me to suspect there are better examples out there and that the style is just fine.

09-10-2008 01:33:44 | More by brewmudgeon
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orcasteve

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

left in my friend evil jay's fridge for me by his father in law

very sour with the peach kiss at the end. extreamley dry, not the best product from dogfish head. i dont ever want anouther one of these, this is by far the most sour beer i have ever had. the mouthfeal is like sucking on a lemon, your mouth instently puckers.

09-06-2008 13:23:44 | More by orcasteve
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JRed

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Cloudy yellow with initial carbonation that dissipates quickly. Lemon juice aroma with peach, obvious by reading the bottle. Get ready for the peach attack, it latches on the tongue and doesn't let go. A beautifully experimental beer that seems more like a fruit juice than an alcoholic drink. Wonderful for afternoon drinking in the summer time, a real treat. Light bodied, ultra sweet, and zest make for a truly original beer.

09-05-2008 02:04:15 | More by JRed
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

had on tap at winking lizard canton, OH in its own very attractive signature glass.

A- hazy unfiltered light dusty golden lemon yellow with a small short lived soapy white head.

S- wheaty light aroma with peaches n cream, canned peach syrup. all about the peach.

T- very tart yeast flavors combined with a supernatural peach taste. nice fresh under ripe peach taste, meaty wheat and pale barley flavors as well. excellent combination of flavors with the lactobac and the peach.

MF- fizzy, menthol cool, refreshing, light body with a powdery wheat feel and a criso clean finish.

D- supreme drinkability, the best fruit flavored beer i've ever tasted, minus 1/2 point cuz its a real heart-burner.

08-31-2008 17:36:30 | More by hustlesworth
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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