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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,574
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 122
Gots: 311 | FT: 4
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!


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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy straw color w/ thin ivory head that dissapated quickly. lots of active carbonation

S - candied fruits, peaches and apricots mostly, hints of lemon

T - very, very sour and tart, much more than i expected. i was put off at first, but once i got used to it, it became quite enjoyable and refreshing. the peaches and lemon really dominate, almost no hop presence, and a very yeasty and dry biscuit close. interesting beer, with a lot of flavor for such a low abv.

MF/D - extremely high carbonation, which i found pleasing and complimentary to this beers already high quaffability.obviously, at such a low abv, the body is quite light and very approachable. if you like sour/ tart beers this is the perfect summer gulper. i found it hard to review only because it was too easy to throw these beers down my throat. i had to make myself slow down to note the subtleties.

THIS BEER IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, IT IS SOUR! but at least worth a try

bonsreeb85, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of JMD
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with vibrant orange tints. Big frothy head that clings to the glass.

S: Fresh peach, citrus, some grassy notes. I know "tart" isn't a smell, but this beer smells tart.

T: Wow, mouth-puckering tartness, followed by subtle waves of peach and lemon. After taking a sip I felt like the old guy in the Keystone Light commericals with the Bitter beer face. This is like drinking a glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice.

M: Very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles your entire mouth.

D: Very tart, one of these was enough for me. It's oddly refreshing in a way, but still too much tartness for me to enjoy. Not my favorite from DFH.

JMD, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent pale yellow, with hints of orange. Tons of carbonation bubbles are cascading up from the bottom of the glass. The foamy white head is fairly large and reasonably thick, with so-so retention and a bit of weblike lacing.

S: Tart peach fruitiness is most prominent, as expected. Also some notes of wheat and a tangy yeastiness. Some light metallic hints as well.

T: A fresh, puckering peach sourness up front. Nice. Not overdone. Wheat and yeast add an interesting second dimension that I'm enjoying. Some lemony citric tartness as well, as I continue to drink. There's a plain, unsweetened yogurt twang here as well.

M: Light bodied, with fairly active carbonation. Crisp and extremely dry into the finish. Refreshing.

D: This is a quirky little beer from Dogfish Head. Quite refreshing on a summer afternoon. I enjoy sour flavors, peach especially, so I liked this one quite a bit. Definitely worth a try.

Clydesdale, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours this crazy, funky, golden, glowing, reflective color. I know that my descriptive skills suck, but it really looks great in the glass. Thin head that laces moderately well, not bad at all.

The smell and taste are both collisions of sweet and sour, very nice. It is like a party in my mouth in a completely non gay way. The peach and sour are really a match made in heaven. nice.

The mouthfeel is again a perfect balance between sweet cloying and tart sourness. Very nice and very drinkable, excellent beer.

grayburn, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz fresh bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting for this to come back out, peche is one of my faves.

A- A slight hiss upon the cap lift, festina has a bright straw/hay pale yellow color. An active loose white head eventually faded into nothing. A pretty clear brew up until the last few oz in the bottle where some peach concentrate lays, I like to throw it in there, dirtying up the beer. no lace on this.

S- Not a huge scent coming from this and not the most lively. all the smells are faint but I get peach the most followed by wheat and possibly yeast. Cant really place any hops under the the other scents.

T- Now this is a summer beer, very refreshing. One of my favorite Berliner Weiss's. The peach is very big but it's not like taking a bite out of the actual thing. It works well with the wheat taste. Any malts that I got very very minimal and quick. This is not sour but has a quaint tartness. I don't know why but I love this.

M- Light and refreshing plus a little tart which will make it a love it or hate it beer for most people. No alcohol at all as the abv is less than five. Nicely carbonated and felt on the tounge.

D- This one is very drinkable, one that I can drink all day. When this was 1st released a few years ago, I drank so much of it (3 cases) during the summer that by mid july I was dry heaving every 1/2 hour fron all the acidity in the festina. I learned my lesson and now I drink it slower although it's hard to resist.

This is my favorite DFH beer!

BARFLYB, May 31, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Spitfire Grill, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Nice yellow/orange color with 1' head that did not stick around too long after pour.

Smell: Wheat, slight tart pear and peach.

Taste: Starts out slighty sweet then the sour hits the back of the tastebuds. Peach is just noticable and not overwhelming at this point. Finish is sour and tart. After it warms to room temp, the peach really shows its flavor and was not welcoming.

Overall: I liked this version of a Berliner Weiss, though I could not have more than one.

Kolsch, May 30, 2009
Photo of chaduvel
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden peach-yellow slightly hazy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Head doesn't last long with just wisps around the edges.
Beautiful aroma of tart, yeast, peaches and sour apple.
Taste is bold tart and sour. The middle is where you get subtle peach, and sour apple flavors tempered by the weisse and yeast. The finish is very clean with just a bit of the yeast and tart flavors lingering.
A great example of the style and a fantastic summer beer if you like tart and sour beers. Be sure to swirl and ad the yeast from the bottom of the bottle to the glass in order to impart the yeast complexity and to temper the tartness. Leave out the dregs for a cleaner even more tart version.

chaduvel, May 28, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-yellowish color, quite hazy and with visible carbonation that looks like seltzer bublles.. smells a bit spicey, fruity with peach obviously, a bit tart and yeasty.. Flavor is fruity and quite tart, above all. Fairly complex, actually. The spiciness and tart qualities create an interesting complexity. Mouth is light-bodied with strong carbonation and that tartness, again, like sweet tarts or such. Its quite easy to drink, especially on a hot summer day.. quite sessionale as long as you like tart fruitiness.

BirdFlu, May 28, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fizzy and yellow with little head
Smelles tart, thats it just tart
Tastes about hte same, tart and sour, but not like a good sour like a flemish red lambic etc , its just sour with no depth. I get the peach in the back, but still its a very one dimensional.
Granted i had a one year old bottle, but this beer should age well, and its really not that great, if i find it fresh i will try it again, but other than that i don't expect it to be a regular for me.

redneckchugger, May 26, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Badger pint glass at my house from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with hints of orange,not much head

Dry peaches, not a lot of nose, but definitely dry and earthy.

Tart and pleasantly sharp upfront, peachy, and refreshing. A slight very ight malt at the end,

Refreshing, carbonated, easy to drink.

Wonderful in the heat, this is simple and refreshing, low alcohol, not a "fruit beer", easily sessionable.

mhatters, May 26, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED IN: 2009 C3" stamped on the back of the neck.

A- Pours a hazy straw yellow/ light golden. ~1 finger of effervescent white head, which unsurprisingly fades nearly instantly to nothing. No lacing noted.

S- A slightly unusual tart, corny/grassy/wheat characteristic. I'm straining to detect hints of peaches, but fail. Not bad, just a bit unusual.

T- Tart. Very tart. I feel like the primary flavors here are citric and ascorbic acid. These must be some extraordinarily young, extremely concentrated peaches....

M- Crisp and light.

D- IMO, not so great. Just too tart and acidic to drink more than one.

Future outlook: Well, I dunno. I don't think Berliner Weisse is a style that I enjoy tremendously as a stand alone drink, but with it's assertive acidic flavoring, I could see it being much more enjoyable paired with some select dishes.

DoctorDog, May 24, 2009
Photo of hdofu
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A pale yellow colored beer. Has an unusual peachy and sour taste somewhat like a cider. Smells alot like a soured peach. Feels smooth to the tongue. Overall it wasn't the most pleasant tasting seasonal I've gotten from dogfish head which still remains to be aprihop.

hdofu, May 22, 2009
Photo of JBogan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy and very pale gold, with a small white head which soon turns into a thin film leaving minimal lacing.

Smells of citrus and a bit of soap, along with some medicinal quality. Sounds kind of disgusting but actually isn't all that bad.

Tastes of lemon at first, soon followed by only a hint of peach. Pretty refreshing for this time of year.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Somewhat thin but with a very crisp carbonation bite. Just what the doctor ordered on this hot day.

I can see drinking a couple of these in a session. A different but enjoyable beer from our DFH friends.

JBogan, May 21, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. Bottled in 2009 F.

Appearance: Clear, yellow straw color with thin white head.

Nose: Funky, horse saddle leather, old peach pits, mold. (All the funk blows off in a couple minutes.) Lemon rind, thai lime.

Palate: Clean and crisp. Sour peach and sour apple flavors with a dollop of funky earth on the finish. Some lemon pulp too. Cleaner after a few minutes.

Notes: Not as great as I remembered...but after a few minutes, most of the funk blows off and it's refreshing and crisp - like peach lemonade.

SFLpunk, May 19, 2009
Photo of veachster
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly cloudy with a golden foggy color... like lemon juice. It pours a small white head with little retention.

S - I'm not impressed with the smell. It smells like a lemon or something citric. I can't tell that it's suppose to be peach by smell. I would guess it's lemon.

T - Upfront, it tastes as a strong citric lemon followed by a peach after taste.

M - Not a lot happening. I'm surprised by the citric taste that it doesn't have a citric bite. Sits lightly on the tongue but goes down crisp.

D - I could see a stomach ache after a few of these followed by a numb mouth... citrus is all I have to say.

veachster, May 16, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

coldmeat23, May 14, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

gameface23, May 14, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

IMincedTheKing, May 13, 2009
Photo of johnd513
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

johnd513, May 05, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

siradmiralnelson, May 05, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

dismal, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of kels
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

kels, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of jsg2220
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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

jsg2220, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

webmanspidey, Apr 19, 2009
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,574 ratings.