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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,743 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,743
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 129
Gots: 360 | 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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

I had this one pretty close to a year ago and it was the first beer that I had that was remotely sour/tart, and I really didn't dig it at the time. Since then I've had a few offerings that are sour/tart and I've definitely grown to appreciate them, so I thought I'd give this another shot so I grabbed a single of it. Review is from notes taken on 4/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color and starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to a very thin and uneven skim; body is a little hazy and shows quite a bit of strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; no lacing holds at all to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of toasted cracked grains and yeastiness right up front; there is a nice following of the peach scent; overall it comes across as a little tart.

Taste: Not especially strong or robust, but the sour/tart peachiness right up front, and it makes the mouth pucker a bit; the tart fruitiness is followed by a really nice toasty/grainy presence and a slightly sweet maltiness that offers a little bit of reprieve from the sour/tart aspect for a well-rounded drink overall.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite strong and borderline sharp -- could be just a tad mellower; the sour/tartness really makes the mouth pucker and when it subsides the mouth is left watering a little; the roof of the mouth is left with a moderately thick coating and the belly is left a little warm from the acidity.

Drinkability: The first time I had this beer, I really couldn't get into it, but now I feel I can appreciate and enjoy it. I would find this quite refreshing in the summer, and with the low ABV I could easily enjoy a few, but would limit it two probably two because of the acidity.

Photo of nickspagnolo
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: looks like a regular macro beer and has very little foam

s: SOUR and sweet

T: it has an interesting taste...difficult to describe. It is like a sour peach more than beer flavored. More like sparkling peach juice.

m: Lightly carbonated peach soda

D: goes down easy with a little tartness...I could drink a few of these without a problem.

Photo of VIEILLE
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first sunny days of spring made me crave a nice summer beer.
The local beer store was still full of porters, stouts ,barley wines, barrel aged this and that , but nothing to quench the thirst for summer. My favorite summer beer is the apricot IPA by dog fish head, but of corse it's not available, yet. Actually there's a snow storm in Denver and here in Portland there is hardly any Dog Fish head beer at all. Then there it was setting there all by it's lonesome the Festina Peche, just screaming summer. It was exactly what I was looking for, just perfect for a sunny afternoon.

Color and appearance: The color was a light straw yellow with a little cloud of yeast, topped with a light dissipating foam.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, pallet cleansing.

Aroma: Loads of citrus, tangerine and meyer lemon, with a subtle floral peach background, and light yeast aroma.

Taste: nice and tart with a dash of sour, lots of citrus, with a light peach essence.

Glass used: A wide mouth goblet

Pairings: sunshine, paella, sushi, and grilled poultry.

Photo of beer2day
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extremely pale yellow pour. Ugly color - way too macro looking. Audibly fizzy beer. Active 1-finger head, but quickly dissipates and leaves nothing behind. No lacing.

Nose is more lemon that peach. Perhaps not yet ripe peaches.

Very sour beer. More sour than tart, but tart is there toward the end and really comes out in the finish. Very puckering. If you like sour, you'll love this one.

Body is very light, but that's expected with the style.

Overall, I think they hit their mark. I'm just left to wonder why?

Photo of Mosley1212
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. This beer was not what I was expecting.

A - Pours a pale, straw color that looked like water when it was pouring out of the bottle. Not attractive at all.

S - Ok smell. Lot of malt present. Also pick up a hint (albeit just a trace) of floral and peaches.

T - It hits your tastebuds like an anvil. Very, very sour taste. Almost like drinking a lemon zest. Being from the south, I like my peach flavor overly sweet, this isn't what I was expecting in this beer.

M - Biting sensation on the toungue as the sourness of the beer hits. But it does away toward the end of the beer and the beer starts sweeting up.

D - Not much drinkability here. It's ok for what it is (a sour), but I wouldn't sit down and drink a sixer of this or anything.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that hangs around for a little while.

Smells of sweet wheat with a little kiss of peach.

This is actually a lot more tart that I would ahve guessed. It's not quite lambic or sour level, but it;s up there. The peach lends essence more than sweetness.

Light but not watery in the mouth. Nice carbonation.

Fairly drinkable and refreshing, but not really something I will seek out.

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

Reviewed from notes.

One finger white froth dissipates rather quickly. The brew is transparent straw. Fruity esters and a sour green apple are emphasized on the nose. There's also a hint of wet hay or straw, but just a hint. Flavors are tart tart tart! This is true to the style descriptions. The sour notes aren't distinctly peach, though I am partial to sweet, ripe peaches and long for that flavor instead. It's pretty overwhelming, which is wonderful for a sour lover like me. Not much of a taste for hops, but that also appears to be true to the style. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the sour notes pull at my taste buds.

This brew is like a hybrid of a cider and a wild ale. It's sour, and then sweet, and of course back to sour again. Very tasty, but I definitely couldn't have more than one in a single sitting.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour from a bottle stamped 2009 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A- Thick, foamy, 1.5 finger head that dissipated into a few minutes into a lacy coating. Very light lacing that didn't linger. Very cloudy, unique orange/pink color (coral?)

S- Tart citrus- more to the lemony side

T- TART!! Bitter apple, sour lemon.

M- Foam/Fizzy, fuller side of light, vibrant

D- HOT HOT HOT weather malt beverage- you need to be overheated and sweaty to really enjoy this thirst quencher. It's perfect for those conditions, but certainly not an everyday brew.

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acidic, faintly flavored, pale beer.

Utterly without a hint of sweetness, and very lemony-tart. Pleasing flavor if you like a sharp edge. Low viscosity, thin, and crisp in the mouth. From past tastings I seem to remember some fruit aroma, but I don't get any fruit except the tartness that makes me think of lemons.

A good drink for the right mood. I'm trying this one after a session in the salt water, but it has taken me six weeks to drink three out of the four pack.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is probably one of 2 DFH beers I actually like. Most of their stuff is just too much for me.

Pours a cloudy grain color. Light wheat lookin color. No head and no lacing.

Aroma is probably my favorite thing. Fruity and tart aroma.

Taste is good. Nice and tart and with a good wheat malt backbone. Refreshing and easy to drink. I can't really taste peaches.

Mouthfeel is a little too viscous for the style IMO. Needs a little more carb too.

Overall I will probably buy this again. A solid Berliner that deserves a try.

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

Poured into a pint. I had this a long time ago during my formative craft beers months. I liked it a lot back then and I'm curious to see if I'll like it more or less now. Thanks go out to Mudpuppet for this one.

3.5 A: Cloudy dark yellow color. I wasn't expecting a great head, but the one finger of fizzy white fell in a matter of seconds.

3.5 S: Decent amount of muskiness, with tart peach, and a soft wheat background. Not bad, just really weak.

4.0 T: At first sip, the lactic acid really comes through. Over time, the lactic acid bite mellows but a peachy tartness persists. Slight fruitiness, but mostly dry.

4.0 M: Light body and spritzy carbonation work well. I'm usually not a fan of light bodies, but it works well in this brew.

4.0 D: Overall this is a pretty simple brew, but it isn't half bad and quite refreshing though one might be enough.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a small head that fades to a cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity sour peach notes mixed with biscuit malt smells.

T - Very tasty yet slightly sour. The peach flavor is not overpowering and the wheat mixes very well overall. There is no bitterness whatsoever to this beer.

M - Very tart and crisp with a great level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing and easy going beer. I just tried this for the first time recently, but I can say with certainty that this will be a frequent go to beer for the hot Southern California months ahead.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dirty yellow with a skim of white head and some floaters. Looks like you poured a flat macro in a dirty glass. I don't judge by appearance at all, but in this case, it is ugly. There are alot of carbonation bubbles rising in this one, which helps in this category.

Immediate sour note, but nothing spoiled or vinegar-like. Some tart fruit in the aroma and light grain and yeast as well.

Instant tart flavor, but in a good way. Prickly carbonation clears the palate (almost a seltzer-like element, leading to light tart fruit, yeast, like malt, and a clean, dry finish. The hell with the peach element -- I dug this for being very clean and very very different.

A moderate body with good carbonation. Not watery at all, but at the same time light and refreshing.

Overall, very very easy drinking. People who only like one style, or are new to craft beer will not be shocked and appalled by this -- it is beer-like, but the sour note will throw them off. Worth trying this one if new to the style.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
1.88/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, they can't all be winners. My wife picked this out thinking a fruit beer would be a nice thing to try, and we fuckin' hated it. It's a pretty dark gold color with lots of carbonation. The aroma has a bit of peach with lots of hops. The taste is godawful, it stings and is super sour. I almost couldn't swallow it because it was so bad, and it left an awful aftertaste. Three sips was enough before it went down the drain. Absolutely never again with this one.

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a small pils glass.

Pours an exceedingly pale hazy straw color with just a skim of a head, but it's kept alive with a steady dose of vigorous fizzy carbonation. No lacing.

Very nice nose- tart peach fruitiness, some tangy wheat and yeast. A bit of floral sweetness in the background, but quite tangy overall. Can't wait to give this a try.

Tart green apple and lemon shock the tongue at first, but slighlty sweeter peach soon arrives, followed by some husky light grains and snappy wheat. Medium bodied with very active carbonation that cleans the palate with ease. Dries out substantially at the finish, but the tartness never overwhelms.

Tasty and extremely refreshing beer here. I'd love to see more American brewers give this style a chance.

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

One of my favorite breweries DogFish Head rarely lets me down. Poured a hazy orange thick looking color. Smell was subdued peaches that weren't fake like out of a can with a slight sour note. Taste was clean, peachy, not overwhelming but not very complex. The wheat showed through as well as a little yeast with a tart finish. Not bad and possibly my first for this style.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color, very large white head but fades at a fast rate, no lacing.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a bit of a grassy presence, peach fruit is present but not overwhelming.

Taste is surprisingly tart and sour, carbonation is on the high side and would have been nicer if it were softer, the sourness really tickles the sides of the mouth, slightly dry finish, the peach isn't as present as it was in the aroma since there seems to be more of a fruity citrus aspect.

My first time drinking the Berliner Weissbier style, not quite what I was expecting, although DFH rarely does what one expects.

Photo of backfat
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i don't know why advocate is asking me where i had this at? on my buddies couch while watching 'dune' (don't judge me!)
pours a very light hazed straw color with a very quickly dissipating, film like head. A lot of white wine (sauv. blanc) like aromas, with light peach, sweet yeast, and apples. taste is really really tart. whew. lemon juice, green apples, faint peach. some cider qualities. very interesting. champagne carbonation mouthfeel. A little too tart for me right now, but i could drink 'em on new years as a champagne sub.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden wheat yellow color with a frothy white head. Decent retention. Smell was earthy then strong citrusy, lemon and very bitter peach. Taste was similar, light wheat then moving to strong citrusy taste, almost like biting into a lemon. Not a particularly balanced beer IMO, not bad but not my style.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled on 2/12, poured on 2/14

Appearance: Pours an almost crystal clear orange yellowish color with a nice foamy pure white head. Very little lacing and the head recededs moderately fast but leaves a nice ring on the glass. Very carbonated and great looking.

Smell: Smells a bit different, almost like budweiser. Corn, ethanol and a bit of grain husks come through. Very muted though and a bit macro like and dull.

Taste: Tastes very very interesting. Bitter citrus, kumquat, lime zest and a mango bitterness come through predominately. There is a medium bodied orange flavor. Very interesting and refreshing. Light body overall, but good flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, but silky smooth despite the bitterness. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: this would be a great go to in the summer. Its refreshing and light with a touch of sweetness that grows after a few sips. Nice.

A) 4.5
S) 2.5
T) 3.5
M) 4
D) 4

***Review on 6/22/10***

Realized that my previous review was way out of season. Got a fresh 4pack and quickly changed my mind.

Appearance: Not sure why i rated the appearance so high. I find an orange yellow hazy color with crappy head retention due to the style. Fizzy at first and then totally flat after a minute.

Smell: This has a a great kumquat, orange peel type of sourness to the aroma that is very distinct. Some sour peach, with a bit of bitter cherry also. Highly aromatic.

Taste: Taste also went up because its fresh now and has bright vibrant flavors of sour peach, nectarine, mango, orange peel and a lemon acidity to it that is balanced by the malt that is ever so slight. Great summer brew and very very fresh tasting.

Drinkability: raise the drinkability also because this was so refreshing and the abv is nice and low yet it packs so much flavor. easlily went through the 4 pack.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first of many new beers I will be trying tonight. Before I continue, a big thanks to kzoobrew for this extra. I feel I will be giving you quite a few shout outs tonight as I do my own tasting tonight to keep myself entertained while my fiancée is out of town! Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours, cliché I know, a hazy peach color with loads of carbonation bubbling all over the glass. About a finger of white head that honestly dissolves before my eyes within a minute of pouring. As I am typing there is zero head and I don't even know if I can call what is on the sides of the glass lacing to be honest.

Smell - A nice biting scent - begins with a bit of tart fruit and gives way to wheat and slight sweet malts.

Taste - Whoa, not what I was expecting at all from the nose. A very tart/sour peach flavor bursts forward at first but is almost immediately drowned out by the malty backbone but oddly enough this is also just a flash because the taste ends with my mouth still being puckered. It is a very different taste, I will say that. I don't think I have ever had a beer that has made me puckered in this way. I've had plenty of sours but none that tasted anything like this (yes I know this is not in the AWA or Sour category but just comparing the similar puckering/odd-tasting factor).

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied - almost watery. Also, there was a burst of carbonation when I poured the beer but later on now, there is literally none. Not sure if this is how it is suppose to be, but it leaves the beer with zero lacing and almost no carbonation. It honestly feels like I am drinking a "sour mix" with some alcohol in it.

Drinkability - For as tart as this is, I don't think I could drink more than one or two of these at a given time. Now that I am typing this out, I know what this reminds me of taste wise. Growing up for some odd reason I use to steal the lemon juice from our fridge and try to concoct "lemonade" with it by adding sugar. It never turned out right and you would always drink nine tenths of the water/sugar/lemon juice mixture before getting any sweetness. Hence, for most of the time you were drinking bitter tasting water. That is what this beer tastes like. It reminds me of lemon juice and a hint of peach flavor added to it. That is the puckering effect I am remembering...from when I was a child making that drink. I am glad I was able to try this beer, but I would probably not seek it out in the future. An interesting experience indeed.

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a watery light gold, with a white head that stays for some time, leaves no lace.

S - Pretty sour, but no real funk - just tart. Hard to pin down exactly which fruit comes through the strongest, but definitely a citrus blend (lemon, lime) and peach, probably more of the latter.

T - Not nearly as sour as I remember when I had this on tap some months ago, but still pretty tart. Peaches, lime, and a bit of salt.

M - Very light, even a little watery. Could do with a bit more of a backbone.

D - Pretty sessionable for the style, would be great during the summer heat.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,743 ratings.