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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,765
Reviews: 1,274
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 135
Gots: 378 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-05-2007

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 Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw color; evenly hazy. Pored a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to skim around the edges. Minimal lacing in random, broken patches.

S: Peaches and green apples. Bready wheat malt undernieath the fruity sting.

T: Fuzzy peaches. Sweet wheat malt in the middle. Mild bitter provides a surprising balance and a crisp, dry finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Nice balance of sweet and sour with even bitter for the rest of the balance.

Photo of tchenery
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer has no head, but shows carbonation. It is a very, very light yellow color. It smells sweet, like peaches.

It tastes very dry and tart, It is a very light tasting beer. Aftertaste of more tart, almost like a sweet tart. It tastes good though. Probably the most interesting and solid summer offering I've had yet this season. I remember trying this beer a few years back not knowing anything about beer and just being confused by it. Now, I have a completely different view of this beverage.

Play some Allman Brothers while drinking this one...preferably somewhere sunny.

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.
Cloudy, yellow-gold in color, with a smallish, quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Malt, fruity
Taste-Tart fruit, sweet malt, sourness. Lightly carbonated, light bodied, very refreshing and drinkable.
At first I was a bit dissapointed with this beer, but then I reviewed the style (Berliner Weissbier) and found it very true to form. Not my favorite beer from Dogfish Head, but kudos to them for brewing a style that is a bit "off-centered". Cheers!

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

Pours a hazy straw color, with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of wheat, and light fruit (peach) are evident.

Flavor basically follows aroma. Wheaty, with some very light peach fruit coming out. Finishes dry, with a clearly evident sour puckering character into the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, with moderately high carbonation. Fairly light, and somewhat crisp. Refreshing, and pretty easy to drink, especially on a hot day. Would try again.

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

4 pack of 12oz bottles - 2009 (Bottle conditioned)

Pours a light golden color, a frothy, one finger head appears consisting of white bubbles. It eventually fades to a light ring, I've been told this is normal of the style. Leaves no lacing.

Smell is of white wine, apples, not peach, though. Slightly acidic/vinegar characteristic

Taste is extremely sour at first, then a fruity white wine flavor kicks in. There is a slight peach at then end and a slight maltiness but honestly not as much peach as I thought. More sour than sweet.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, with some carbonation to break it up.

Drinkability is alright, I woul enjoy some more sweetness and peach flavors, but then again this is my first for the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20cl Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip glass.

A: Similar to a witte beer; straw-like and unfiltered with small amounts of sediment in the bottom of my glass. No head and no lacing at all.

S: Crisp sour apple, some champagne with heavy peach/apricot in there as well. Sweet and fermented, papaya and dried tropical fruit.

T: Sour and bready, fruity and woody with a nice dry finish. Peach is prevalent but really well balanced. Very nice.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that rolls over the tongue nicely.

D: Goes down real smooth - a perfect balance of sweet and sour. I can't get enough of these!

Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light spotty lace is left behind.
S: A light wheat grainy malt aroma. Slightly tart and fruity. Mostly a lemon aroma. No peaches at all. An odd musky, mineral aroma that lingers and really detracts.
T: Up front tart lemon and grassy flavors. Rough and grainy malt. Wheat and crackers. No peach and the flavor vanishes in a second.
M/D: A light body and low carbonation. Thin and watery. Not really crisp and refreshing like it should be. Not hard to drink. This is not overly tart or sour. So it is pretty inoffensive.

Not bad, enjoyable for the most part. Though it is not what I was expecting. Overall there is not a lot here. Barely any sour, tart, fruit, or otherwise. Just kind of blah.

Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with thin, fast fading white head, leaving a couple blobs of coarse lace. Smell: a little hay and green grass, peach / nectarine. It smells dry. Taste: wheat cracker, tart, slightly sweet, unripe peach / nectarine. Definite lactic character, but it's got a good dose of sweetness. Quite light with a tart, drying finish. Pretty straightforward but enjoyable. The fruit both complements and mitigates the tartness, so this would be a good intro to the style.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale and very hazy yellow-white color. Very much like a wit-bier, but without the head. There's a bit of a white film at first, but this quickly disappears.

Smell: Definite peach aroma, with some hints of wheat or yeast, lemon, and some tartness and sourness.

Taste: Definitely captures the tart end of a peach's flavor. There's a fair amount of yeast in there too, and some lemon and sourness into the finish and aftertaste. Pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, but it is very light. Generally light bodied, and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Low ABV, flavor is good.

This is the first time I've had a beer of this style. It is nice and pretty refreshing. Very fruity, but it works here, unlike some beers (outside of the usual lambics and Unibroue offerings). While it isn't so much my thing (though I might get it again), I'd definitely recommend it to others who are curious.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up at bootleggers in Thopsham, Me. I had tried it last year but never reviewed. I am getting the chance now.

This is a really nice brew it tastes of tangy peach with a yellow hazy appearance. The taste and smell was what was to be expected from this style of beer tart and crisp with this you get a tast of peach as well.

The mouth feel gives you a tart feeling and the drinkability is high for those hot summer days.

I really liked this and it's okay when someone might not. I feel its worth having and it a great representation of the style.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Dogfish Head Festina Peche poured a hazy color, with a small head that disapated quickly. It smelt and tasted very much the same, tart, and very peachy. There were no beer flavors, it was like drinking peach juice. I couldnt finish one. If you LOVE peaches you will probailly enjoy this beer, however if you do not LOVE peaches, its not very good.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH goblet styled glass (really very cool looking, I think I might accidentally steal it) reviewed at a pub on iPhone-- please forgive the terse/ concise review.

very pale straw colored yellow... Hazy brew with a nice white cap of foamy white bubbles. Very limited lacing.

Smells of grassy lemony fruitiness-- peaches and green apples. This actually smells slightly acidic... Like dilluted vinegar.

Taste is lemons, grassy or floral freshness
and if course, peaches... Very pleasant. It blends nicely with the sour finish.

Could use a bit more carbonation in my opinion... But the body is light enough that it works as it is.

Overall-- a very pleasant and easy drinking beer. No real flaws that prevent me from ordering a 2nd glass.

Photo of hophead21210
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From pint glass. Poured out a hazy, light golden color, with a slight fizziness (no head) that abruptly died off. There is a citrusy aroma and a very subtle hint of peach that could very well go unnoticed. To me, this beer was reminiscent of a Shandy or a Radler. It tastes like a very light wheat beer with a little lemonade concentrate mixed in. I was looking foward to a nice summer replacement for my beloved Aprihop, but to no avail. I can see how this beer can be slammed back on a hot summer day, but so can Michelob Ultra Lime, for the same reasons. Just not what I was expecting from Dogfish Head.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden/yellow with a minimal head that quickly drops down, leaving no cap behind. Little to no lacing.

S - Mellow wheat aromas as well as some tart, fruity undertones.

T - Tartness up front, leading into some sweet, juicy peach flavors. A touch of wheat flavor comes through as well. Finish is very clean and quite dry, lingering into a slightly tart, peachy aftertaste. The tartness in this beer is very well done. It stands out without being overdone and blends very well with the nice peach flavors.

M - Light bodied with a lively carbonation. Seems to fit the style well.

D - Not a style I am familiar with at all, but I really enjoyed this brew. Interesting flavors and I really like the level of tartness in this one. Refreshing, would be great for a hot day.

Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy golden with a quick-lived white head that leaves no lacing on the glass.

smells of peaches, but I don't know if I would have been able to place that without knowing it beforehand. plenty of tartness, lemony citrus, yeast, wheat, and a bit of white bread.

starts of tart and sour (think sour warheads or lemon drops candies) with an underlying sweetness. lemony and yeasty up next, with some slight bready sweetness until a bit more tartness comes through on the back end.

feels like half juice and half soda in the mouth. a bit watery, but with a bit of prickly carbonation.

goes down rather well. not quite sour, not quite sweet, not quite malty, not quite hoppy, but overall, not bad either.

Photo of emagana
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was not what I was expecting overall. First time trying this beer style. Poured cloudy copper orange. Half a finger of head with short lived white foamy head. Aroma of weat, grassy barn yard, wet hay, and some fruit. Starts off bubbly in the tip of the tongue exploding into a sour mash party. I wasn't expecting the sour taiste but it lended to the fruity tones but no peach. Similar to bad pineapple. Interesting. Overall.

Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost pale, straw yellow color, with an impressive couple inches of dense white foam on top. Aromas of white peaches, chardonnay and lactic sourness. There is a slight sourness on the palate, with some wheat, some sweetness, apples and peaches. Alright, but nothing earth-shattering going on here.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thinnish bubbly white head that disappears almost instantly. Staring into the glass this reminds me of apple cider. Smells of light sweet malts, tart and sour fruit and juicy peaches. Sweet fruits appear at first sip then fade quickly. Taste is a bit tart with the lactic piercing the tongue with lemons. Sweet and tart in the mouth, medium carbonation and body. Light highly quaffable brew. I could see myself enjoying these on a hot day.

Photo of branimal9
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle - 5/24/2010.

Clear pale straw gold in color; highly carbonated. Wheaty, slightly lactic peach aroma. Flavor is light, sour and quite tangy. Slightly funky (wonder what kind of yeast they use?). Very effervescent & awesomely refreshing. A summer favorite of mine.

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Festina Peche is a nice straw yellow color, but I'm disappointed by the complete lack of any head formation (and thus no lace either). This is my first Berliner Weiss, and I know not to expect much in the way of a head, but I'd like something. The nose is largely of peaches, but it seems fairly muted/weak (and I haven't had a problem picking up aromas from my other beers tonight). A few sips raise my opinion of this beer greatly, as Dogfish Head absolutely nailed it with how tart they made this beer, it stops just a bit short of becoming overwhelming. The peach flavor is a fantastic balance to the sourness and really rounds out the beer well. The body is light and Festina Peche is highly carbonated (which works well with this beer). It's almost ridiculous how drinkable this beer is, especially given the sour aspect. I'd love to spend a summer afternoon leisurely working through a few of these.

Photo of djbreezy
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR poured into a schooner.

appearance - pours a cloudy yellow/orange, head recedes, light lacing

smell - lemon, wheat, peach, sour notes

taste - right away the beer is sour, then the peach and lemon notes start to come out with some wheat hanging out in the mix

mouthfeel - fairly light body that is disguised by the tartness of the beer, high carbonation

drinkability - refreshing and flavorful

Photo of Avagadro
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: FP is quite hazy and displays impressive lacing. It is, however, lacking in the froth department, with no head in sight.

S: bouquet is disappointingly faint, with only a whiff of fresh peaches being detectable.

T: wow, bone dry and exceptionally tart. I am dumbfounded as to how DFH achieved a beer that is this tart without the use of bacteria. I am also very satisfied with the fact that the peach is playing a supporting role in this brew, and not trying to take over the show. Hops are nowhere to be found, but the tartness does an excellent job in their stead.

M: very light and extremely carbonated. the mouthfeel suits the style excellently.

D: I am impressed with the fact that FP delivered a taste of the Berliner weisse, and even more so with the fact that it was accomplished without bacteria. This is the best fruit beer I've had by far, and would definitely recommend it to fans of the Berliner weisse.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a lemonade type of hue into my tulip with a finger of head that died really quick and had a little bit of sticky lacing.

S: sour lemons come to mind on the first whiff with some tartness and slight vinegar notes. I also kinda get a wheat scent as well.

T: I get some mild sour tartness right away with lemony hay flavors that remind me of fresh sqeezed lemonade. Didn't get much peach character on this one.

M: light bodied with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that accents the overall taste.

D: Not a big fan of the berliner weiss style but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of AJacob81
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle date-stamped 2009 into a flared Guinness pint.

A - Very cloudy, pale straw in color. A massive head builds and spills a bit over the side of the glass upon pouring, but recedes fairly quickly. Looks like a good example of a weizen/weiss bier.

S - Wheat and sour notes. Not sour peach necessarily, but a general aroma of sour fruit. Not unpleasant, but not really that inviting either.

T - Mouth-puckeringly sour. The peach shows up here, but there is very little sweetness. A basic wheat backbone, with a little spice, again very representative of weizens, but the sourness is the main attraction here. I like the flavor, but don't love it.

M - Still a good deal of carbonation and an overall bready mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat dry and again with the tartness.

D - Not at all quaffable, but a decent drinker thanks to the low ABV. Sits a little heavy in the stomach, though.

I'd like to give a fresh batch of this a try, as the sourness was very compelling. This isn't meant to age this long, but I think it held up reasonably well. Worth the mix 6 add, for sure.

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color with a thin finger of fizzy white had with very little staying power. After the head falls with no so much as a collar on the surface, this really looks a lot like grapefruit juice. A little dark for a Berliner Weissbier, but I expected it to be a bit different given other DFH beers.

S - Hmm, almost smells like a peachy Sprite. I guess that means some lemon-lime aroma kicks in a bit here. Some lactic sourness too, as would be expected. The peach smooths, sweetens and rounds out the aroma pretty well, but also serves to push the boundaries of the style. Enjoyable though.

T - Flavor is much more in line with the Berliner Weissbier style than I expected. Tart, lactic, lemony, with a touch of peach around the fringes. A bit puckering and bracing, but this is expected and desirable. Not truly classic, but a surprisingly good tasting example of the style.

M - Thin, watery and highly carbonated. Tart and puckering...tingles the tongue and sides of the mouth. Definitley light, refreshing and thirst quenching.

D - Well this definitely has to be one of the most drinkable styles out there, at least for me - and this is no exception. Light, lively carbonation and a great sour/tart flavor...throw in a low 4.5% alcohol level and here's a beer that you can drink all day. Think I'll be grabbing more of this in the summer when this will really shine.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,765 ratings.