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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,428 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,428
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 118
Gots: 254 | FT: 5
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!

8 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-05-2007)
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ph2001

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

12oz bottle in pint glass

looks thick and hazy, a plae pinapple color. sort of looks like peach or pear juice. no head but it seems like its strongly carbonated. smells like fresh peaches and alcohol.

very crisp and light bodied, mild and clean tasting. lots of carbonation in the mouth. there is a strong peach flavor up front but it tones down quickly into an almost empty flavor. pleasant light aftertaste.

07-12-2008 16:30:35 | More by ph2001
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

1.95/5  rDev -46.4%

Wow, is this supposed to be brewed with peaches? (peach concentrate?)

It must have been NOT RIPE peach concentrate. Can't smell it. Can't taste it. Can't sense it.

I asked the server about this (Dogfish Head Ale House - Falls Church) and he completely agreed and said that he gets the same comment all the time.

Straw colored, cloudy brew with no head and no lacing after the fact.

Anyway, there was little to no aroma to this brew. Only a citrus sour aroma.

Taste was all tart/sour and almost of unsweetened lemonade.

Any Hops present? I couldn't detect much if any.

No body and not very drinkable.

For as big of a Dogfish Head fan as I am, I have to say this is not very good. And the BA term of "NOT Worthy" comes to mind.

I'll choose to try and forget that I ever stopped at this exit, if you know that I mean.

07-11-2008 02:02:14 | More by Reagan1984
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

This beer poured absolutely no head and left no lacing in my pint glass. Large bubbles could be seen floating to the top. The color was a hazy gold. The aroma was very sour with notes of peach coming through. The peach became more apparent as the beer warmed. This brew was very tart taste-wise, but quite plain. There was some sweetness at the tail-end of each sip and there was absolutely no after-taste. It was very smooth and soft as far as mouthfeel goes, but felt heavily carbonated on the first couple of sips. I'm glad I grabbed a four pack when I had the chance, but this beer didn't do much for me. I could see this being an awesome lawnmower beer on a hot summer's day.

07-10-2008 06:07:23 | More by jeremy13586
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AmishT

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Head vanishes into thin air shortly after pouring; I understand this is typical of the style. Hazy, lemony yellow.

S - Wheat and lemon dominate the aroma profile. Strong aromas. Nothing complex.

T&M - Tastes pretty much like the nose: intense lemon flavor blended with wheat. I'm disappointed because these two flavors really overwhelm any hint of peach there might be. At any rate, the flavors are tart, but crisp. Light bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable summer beer. I'm not sure how well I could session it, but low abv and crisp flavors make it pretty drinkable.

07-10-2008 00:59:39 | More by AmishT
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

Poured from the bottle a hazy light yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma of mostly sour fruit.

The taste is very sour. Almost more citrus than peach and definitely one to pucker the palate. The level of hops and malts is so low as to taste more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Light mouthfeel, very dry, and moderately carbonated.

The sourness was much more than expected and made it hard to be a sessionable brew.Sorry, but not my cup of tea.

07-09-2008 21:36:46 | More by Monkeyknife
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

1.9/5  rDev -47.8%

12 oz. bottle > Stella glass

As I pour this I notice a strange over-carbonation effect, very fizzy, very fast. There is only a slight white fizz that never forms a true head, it just fizzes away and dies, just like soda. I gotta admit, i'm not impressed yet. The color is a murky yellow color with some white hues. It appears flat after only a few seconds in the glass. Yikes.

The nose is pretty subdued, I'm getting...tart fruits, but sharp tart. Citric acid...not much else.

The flavor is equally as subdued as the aroma, basically there's very sharp sour fruits and citric fruits but a bit more acidic than anyone should handle. The malt is sooo light it's hard to pick it out and th balance is crazy simply because I'm not getting much of a malt effect. Sure it's supposed to be on the light side, but should it be flavorless? nah.

It starts out crisp...too crisp but burns itslef out in no time flat. (pun intended)

I'm sorry to say this was actually a drain pour city. I'm surprised and dissapointed, abd DFH is not a company I'm ever not satisfied with. Oh well.

07-08-2008 21:43:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Jerico

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

A - more or less typical for a wheat-style beer but less yellow/more orange color, cloudy. Mine had almost no head to it though.

S - light citrus smell, not bready like I was expecting.

T/M/D - it has a light, spritzy and surprisingly sour taste, with mellow hints of peach and citrus. This is a good beer to sip on a hot day!

07-06-2008 20:10:05 | More by Jerico
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malty

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Bottled on 05/05/08

Pours a hazy corn yellow with a boisterous soda-like fizzy bright white head that percolates and pops and fizzes down to a faint hazy cloud over larger than average visible uprising and popping carbonation. 

The smell is sharp and sweet, kinda like peach Jolly Rancher candies, but not so 'candy-ish'.  There is a soft mellowness to the peach scent though, which makes me very keen on how the peach flavor/s will present themselves.

Ting, ting, ting...sour & tart flavors pucker the tongue right out of the gate.  As this feisty little guy cascades through the mouth, the peach flavors I've been anticipating are pleasantly apparent in just the right capacity; not too sweet and definitely not syrupy or contrived.  The brisk lemon rind tartness really holds everything in a classy and unique balance.  The wheat malt definitely adds softness and some roundness to this mouth puckering sour ale.

Mouthfeel is light with a (take a wild guess) sour and tart finish. Carbonation is apparent but toned down after initial pour.

Drinkability is highly subjective due to the unique style of this beer.  I'll give it high marks because I really enjoy sour beers.

Overall a well executed 'neo' Berliner Weisse with a pleasant and well placed peach overtone.  I've had a fair share of authentic Berliner Weisse's through the years, and this one keeps the pace with their traditional tart/sourness that have made them world renowned.  I believe DFH has done this style proud.  A beer that you'll either really like or hate.  I really likey.

07-06-2008 17:26:19 | More by malty
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Bought this at the Winking Lizard in Columbus, OH, and it came with a DFH glass as well.

Poured a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Not much head retention or lacing.

Faint smell of citrus/peaches but more of a sour smell.

The taste has a hint of peach and a crisp bitter finish.

Easy in the mouth. Crisp taste and somewhat of a dry finish.

It was easy to drink, but I was also drinking more to get more glasses. If I were looking for something easy to drink on a hot day I would go for this.

07-06-2008 15:29:02 | More by toolbrew
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem, PA

A: Extremely hazy, yellow, lemonade like color with a thin white head. Looks sort of wit like, but thicker.
S: Very strong aroma of tart, but more sour body of peach and some lemon.
T: This is only beer I have had of this style, so I don't have a basis to compare this to. However, this beer has always struck me being very refreshing and enjoyable, though not necessarily a great "beer". Flavor is dominated by sour/acidic peach flavor on top of a wheat/wit like body with some lemon and earthy flavors. Finish is slightly bitter. Active carbonation over a medium body results in a very clean refreshing beer. Obviously not for everyone, but not necessarily as bad as some make it out to be

07-05-2008 15:43:35 | More by yourefragile
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a hazy lemonade-like color. Reminds me of a wit. Cerainly interesting looking.

Aroma of sour peach.

Taste of tart peaches dominate. Not much else to say about this one.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, dry and crisp.

Overall, it is a decent beer. Certainly interesting. Not great, but refreshing on a hot day. If you like something "different"...sort of like a Saison...then it is worth a go.

07-04-2008 18:30:34 | More by atigerlife
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bboven

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Cloudy, straw colored body with lots of bubbles but absolutely no head or lacing.

Very tart aroma, citric fruit. A nice amount of yeast comes through but not enough to fully balance the citrus.

The taste is extremely tart, it runs rampant to the point of making you pucker. Not for the faint of heart.

Crisp and very drying mouthfeel.

To style, but not for me. The tartness makes it really hard to get through the pint, but I'm sure some love it.

07-04-2008 18:09:39 | More by bboven
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Pour a lemonade yellow, minimal head or atleast disappears quick.

Tart almost sour smell. Not the sweetness one would expect with this beer's name. Sour apple and sour citrus.

Taste is more tart than sweet. Sweet fruit flavor not noticed up front but detected slightly on the back end. Again tart somewhat sour fruit flavor. Slight malt back.

Lively carbonation, crisp and definitely refreshing.

Very good summer brew. Not my favorite, but on a hot day this may be a darn good choice.

07-03-2008 22:37:06 | More by kzoobrew
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goethean

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +35.4%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass on a very hot and humid July day in Chicago.

Slightly musty aroma.

Quite tart, "gleeky". Lemonadey, almost astringent. Very refreshing. I wouldn't have guessed that there was peach in it if the label hadn't told me. Tiny bit of fruity sweetness. Bit of horsey funk in nose and mouth --- this beer used some wild yeasts and/or souring bacteria. No hops bitterness. A slightly dry, very pleasant, Germanic hops aftertaste.

I don't seek out light beers or weissbiers, but this is the most enjoyable example that I have encountered. 5 out of 5.

07-02-2008 18:14:32 | More by goethean
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A. Served on tap into a glass. A nice head appears and disapears slowly. Hazy sickly yellow looking, yet looks appetizing at the same time.

S. Sweet fruits.

T. Unmistakably sour with a bit of a sweet fruit finish. The sour funk is what gets me, I like it, but the fruit flavor seems almost synthetic and is dominated by the sour.

M. Takes a few sips to enjoy this one, a bit light.

D. Good on a hot summer day, but one is enough for me.

07-01-2008 22:54:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a pale pear juice-colored drink briefly topped by a fizzy shot of white head that starts at a finger and vanishes to zip as I watch, faster than I can type about it. Holy cow! That was impressive! No head. No lace.

Smell is a bit fruity, perhaps with a note of peach.

Wow! Taste is a tart, crisp explosion of fruit that delves into the land of sourness. Tooth-squeaking tart, in need of only a bit more carbonation to be the citrusiest (sic) soda pop ever. Tangy, to say the least, but in a way that would make it just perfect, somewhere, sometime... I just can't imagine when, or where. Bone dry finish.

06-29-2008 02:19:22 | More by cvstrickland
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Crosling

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

Yellow color with a well developing, but then quickly diminishing foam. Nose shows some light malts, some funky character and lemon and peach aromas. Flavor is well balanced between the sourness and peach character. Goes down easy. I could see myself craving this once in awhile.

06-28-2008 15:18:16 | More by Crosling
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a very cloudy pale banana yellowish-orange color that looks very much like grapefruit juice. Relatively no head and certainly no lacing. Not too attractive.

S - Soft peach accents compliment a spicy coriander and banana scent. Very fruity and attractive to the nose.

T - Starts sweet with plenty of tingly carbonation. Tartness is strong. Coriander spice and tartness combine well. Good banana and peach flavors make up much of the sweetness. Gets more sour as it warms.

M - High carbonation (or is it just really spicy?) with a fairly light body. Still a little tingly at the finish and after.

D - Easy drinking, but maybe a little too tart to consider tipping several back on a hot summer day. Low alcohol, good and unique flavor. Despite its lackluster appearance, I would recommend trying at least one bottle of this.

06-28-2008 14:02:20 | More by gmcfarre
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Slynger

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -32.7%

Festina Peche pours a very pale, lightly hazed, lemon color with a slim head of fizzy white.

Nose is lightly sweet lemon and peachy fruit with a tinge of flowery and earthy musk.

Zing!! Woah, sour, tart lemon peachiness. Light and spritzy with minimal fizzy carbonation.

Not my thing here. Maybe I just wasn't ready for something like this, but it doesn't even taste like beer to me. I may consider trying again, but not for a while.

06-27-2008 03:08:15 | More by Slynger
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at Raleigh's Flying Saucer in a DFH off-centered pint glass for me to keep. Served a hazy pale orange with a thin head that quickly diminished to nothing. Aroma was some peach and slight pale malts. The taste was an extremely sweet abundance of peach and sweet malt, almost reminiscent of over-sweetened lemonaid. A rush of sourness follows in the finish. The beer is very light and crisp with a bit of carbonation. While this beer may be decent on the back porch on a hot Summer day, it doesn't seem to do as well in a well air-conditioned bar.

06-25-2008 23:10:46 | More by atsprings
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johanvond

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Festina Peche is one of my favorite summer beers. It is great on a hot summer afternoon. The bartender (a newer one ) didn't pour it prefectly, it had almost no head. It's color is almost light straw with a slight hue of orange. The tart aroma welcomes you before your first sip. Low carbonation but astringintly sour and tart, with a slight hint of peachy sweetness. There no hop presence but who need it with it being this tart. The tartness is reminisant of granny smith apples and grapefriut, with a big wheat base. I love this beer but I cant have more than two, because it will upset my stomach.

06-23-2008 23:16:37 | More by johanvond
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

On-tap at Tria in Philadelphia

Ordered a pint while taking a break from the summer heat. The body is a hazy yellow and there's a short, white head. The aroma is musty at first, with wine-like sweet peach and bread. The peach is only a slight taste on the palate, with sharp, acidic lemon and sour bread with a touch of white pepper and spice. This is a great

06-23-2008 00:55:12 | More by tempest
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A - Yellow in color with a haze and very little head. What head there is disappears quickly.

S - Fruity with peach and lemon.

T - Very, very tart and a bit fruity. A lot like a Flemish Red but different as well. Not much actual peach flavor to it. Definitely some wheat flavors coming through.

M - The flavor affects all parts of the mouth from the lips all the way to the throat.

D - This beer is very different but I find it interesting and a worthwhile project. It's not for everyone but my love of Flemish Reds makes me appreciate it a bit. Not sure I could make it a regular though.

06-22-2008 23:15:25 | More by GJ40
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demitriustown

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle: Aroma is sour lemon and peach off the first sniff. A subtle wheat texture with a more lemon than anything into the scent. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a huge white head that lingers around forever it seems. Taste has a sour acidic taste to it. Definitely similar to the other Berliner Weisse that I've tried. Some wheat characteristics intermingled with an, oh so, light peach texture. Overall, I thought peach was going to be a more substantial contributed to this brew. As a Berliner it lives up to expectations, but I wish there was more of a peach flavor in this brew.

06-21-2008 23:30:36 | More by demitriustown
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +27.7%

Straw, wheaty gold. Very pale. Initially pours with a full two fingers of head, fizzing like soda and dying out to nothing. Completely hazy.
Smells sour and fruity. Green apple and under-ripe peach, fresh off the tree you pick yourself at the orchard.
The flavor opens up light and airy, with a purely summertime feel. If this isn't refreshing, I don't know what is. The carbonation is effervescent, yet mellow and finely bubbled. Lightly flavored green apple tartness with the essence of peach. The flavors intermingle effortlessly, finishing off with barely a trace of floral hops and refreshing fruity sourness. Excellent, interesting and unusual. Who makes a berliner weisse in regular production? I could drink the four pack on the back stoop in one sitting, easy.

06-21-2008 04:36:10 | More by UnionMade
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,428 ratings.