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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,660 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,660
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 123
Gots: 339 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 SourHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow color.

S: Wheat and faint peach smell.

T: Tart peach up front and followed by a continuous tart flavor and finishing. I really enjoy tart/sour beers.

M: Smooth. Light/Med carbonation

D: I enjoyed this beer a lot drinking in 114 degree AZ sun. Tart, but not overly sour.

SourHopHead, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer from dogfish head. You'll either love or hate this one.

Pours a very pale, clear, light yellow color, similar to a white whine or champagne. Head forms up quick with fine, tiny bubbles, but they don't last very long and turn into a lacing just around the glass. Tiny bubbles flow up the center.

Aroma is just light and acidic, with a fine sour peach aroma. Kind of smells like an attic. Not a very strong aroma, but it's interesting.

The flavor is light and tart. Think of a warhead candy, peach flavored, that has most of the sour powder sucked off. It won't make a sour face, but your aware all the way through. Peach flavor is very authentic, and interesting. I'm not a huge fan of peaches but this pleased me.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, and fits the character of this beer the best it can. Drinkability is good. This fits only a hot summer day. It's refreshing acidity, spritzy mouthfeel and light body are great for a hot summer day and not much else. Very refreshing, but I feel it would be great only in small quantities.

jeffthecheff, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of DawnL
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer served at a tasting. Poured into champagne flutes.

Cloudy pale amber with an aggressive head that dissipated into nothing.

The nose betrayed peach characteristics and a slight floral aroma.

It tastes like a sour bellini. So refreshing on a hot day - this is definitely one of my favorite summer brews.

The mouthfeel with the light effervescence feels like champagne.

This is a very easy beer to drink. One comment from a taster was, "It doesn't taste like beer. It tastes like a cocktail."

DawnL, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Berliner Weissbier style, and it seemed to live up to the style's description...

Poured into tall Weiss-style glass - pretty golden to orange color, with 2F head dropping quickly. Some carb present, and just a slight haze.

Smell was light - faint wheat and sour apple.

The flavor was tart, sour and acidic peach - almost seemed a bit artificial, but not bad. Good grainy/earthy notes pulled thru for balance as it warmed.

Moutfeel was pretty crisp and smooth at the same time - some puckering sourness.

I give it pretty high marks for drinkability ... wish there were more of the style to compare it to.

BeerImmediately, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy pale yellow with a nice white foam.

S: Wheat, lemony sourness, some peach.

T: Excellent level of tartness, the peach is present primarily on the finish, rather than an overpowering flavor throughout the beer. Some notes of wheat and lemon are there as well.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a very pleasant tartness.

D: A very refreshing, easy drinking beer.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of alkemy
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale straw yellow color into my mason jar pint glass...I was vacationing in a cabin and these were the glasses du jour. Smelled of peaches with a hint of sour apple. Pretty tart, which I liked, but there really wasn't much beer taste. To me, the peach was more of a background flavor. I actually liked the acidy tartness that lingered after each drink. It went well with the light fizzy mouthfeel.

alkemy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this being naive to the peach theme because I don't speak the French and am a bit slow on the uptick. Mostly, just wanted a lighter beer because it's the summer, it's hot out, and the evening was just getting started. Got the glass, it looked good, but the smell was fruity and strange. Bheilman, devilish man that he is, then filled me in on the dirty little secret. Peaches my friend, peaches. Immediately revulsion filled my head, but you know what, it was pretty good. It was light and refreshing and had a fruit taste, but the beer part of this beer was still front and center. I won't run back to get this, but I enjoyed it.

SwiftyMcBeer, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer on several occasions, both on-tap and from a bottle. I recall the first time a couple years ago, when I was a complete novice at the fruit/sour/Berlinerweiss thing: wasn't completely turned off but was definitely caught by surprise. Since then, the style has grown to be among my favorites, especially in summer's heat. Earlier this week, opened a 12 oz. ("Bottled In: 2009 F") and poured to a pint glass.

A: Lightly cloudy wheat-golden under a mound of fizzing white foam, cresting at well over a finger. Head drops to a thin film, hugging the edges, leaving a patchy lace behind. After an initial roil, few bubbles rise randomly.

S: Muted aroma of peach, otherwise it's musty yeast and a slightly stinging sourness.

T: Upfront fruity and tart, I don't really discern the source as 'peaches'. Plenty of spiced wheat, sour and acidic non-descript fruit, drying bready/crackery finish. Not overly complex, but it all works well.

M: Crisp then ultra-mellow, a progression that takes at least 10-15 seconds after each sip. Stylistically right, the light body is refreshing, the tartness is saliva-inducing.

D: Extremely easy to drink, the hotter the day the better. Or the cooler. Basically, I really like this one alot, and find it tough to make it last more than 5-6 sips/gulps every time I have one...recommended.

msubulldog25, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mdale13
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Straw/pale yellow. Thin, white head that was reduced to a rim ring quickly.

S-Sharp smell. Sweet and sour. Very acidic.

T- Sour. Almost reminded me of vomit? (I know that sounds awful, but I dont really mean it in a bad way). Its a sharp, sweet bite. Not really any trace of peaches.

M- Sharp. Stings the mouth in a not so pleasant way.

D- Not at all. Between the harsh flavor, and the putrid, vomit like bite, it was a struggle to put down just one glass. Glad I didnt buy a four pack.

Other- I was really let down by this beer. I love DFH, and I love fruit beers, but something about the style or flavor, just wasnt for me. That doesnt mean another wont like it, but I dont plan on ever drinking one again.

mdale13, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Iowa of all places.

A: Cloudy yellow w/ darker brown hues. A ton of clumped yeast comes out and sinks to the bottom. No real head at all.

S: Sweet and sour. A hint of peach. Faint metallic aroma in the end.

T: Hits the tongue with a pleasant sweetness, quickly followed by sharp tartness. The tartness dies quickly and the beer ends with fruity peach tones.

M: Light bodied. Crisp and "fizzy" on the tongue.

D: This was my first experience with the style. I must say that it was just "above average" on a tasting scale for me. I have nothing to compare this beer to, so maybe it is great for the style. I am not typically into sour beers, but I could see myself buying this again. I'd like to check out a few more of this style first though.

brewdoc75, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is ok, very dry and lemony-fruity with little else.

Pale, bright but slightly hazy straw yellow, it has a medium, fiarly frothy-creamy white head that slowly shrinks and leaves a lasting thin top with frothy ring and some lace.

The aroma is light, perfumy but thin, lemony with peach fruitiness and underlying hints of grain and general dry, vague fruitiness.

The taste is somewhat similar, perfumy, light, thin, and dry, lemony with hints of peach and grapes. It has a light cracker-grain element that takes over in the aftertaste. Overall, it is too fruity, dry, and thin and does very little for me.

Offa, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a light yellow color with plenty of bubbles. A half inch head was there but dissipated within a minute of pouring, but with a tad bit left around the edges of the liquid.

Smells pretty good. Tart and I can definitely smell the peaches but they aren't very sweet. It's more of an unripe peach smell but more intense than the fruit would give off. Pretty nice smelling, really.

On the first sip the first thing I can taste is the tartness. It is not puckering but is definitely the most forward flavor. The peach is there too but is definitely a less dominant flavor. I do like the flavor, it's pretty refreshing with it's tartness but not overly tart. This will help with it's drinkability for sure.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Lots of dancing bubbles on the tongue and pretty light.

Drinkability is real good since the alcohol content is low, the body of the beer is light and the flavor isn't overpowering. You could drink this all night and not get too tired of it or too drunk.

auroracrisis, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ChuckVee
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, how many American breweries are making the Berliner-Weiss style? I'm having a hard time coming up with any. Very cool in my opinion that DFH would even try to attempt a beer like this. In the glass this bee is a hazey dul hay color with some chunks of yeast in the bottom. Massive foamy head rise quick and falls fast signalling high carbonation. The smell is yeasty with a little bit of spice and some tropical fruit. The flavor is mostly tart, slightly lactic, and nicely flavored by the peaches. Most fruit beers I find are very sweet and fruity, but this one is fairly dry and very well done. I could not put this beer down after the first sip. Quenching and quite addictive.

ChuckVee, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was ordered at the local Old Chicago. When it first came to the table the roasted golden beer had a good deal of head and reduced to wisps of lacing. The aroma of peaches, and citrus hits the nose. The taste is a surprise as it is a tarter beer then what I thought that they peach sugars would give. Overall a good change within the summer months.

Tolnik, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of dogfishhead1117
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a weissbier, not traditionally my cupotea, this is really quite a good brew by sam and the good folks at DFH.

A real great coloration to this beer, light and hazy, shades of light orange and deep golds circle together with a thin, pale head.

Smells like champagne and summer, there's little if any direct "peach" aroma but there's definately citrus, grapefruit and apricots off the top of my head.

The mouthfeel is a bit coarse because of the carbonation but it's really enjoyable overall. The peaches hit your tongue just as you get the beer down your throat, initial bitterness and an afterbite are both present to bring the beer home.

A real great summer beer that goes down easy and has a light alcohol content make this one of my favorites for an afternoon barbeque or just if you're lookin' for something light.

dogfishhead1117, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky pale wheat/orange body with little head.
S: Mainly like a wheat beer like Blue Moon--heavy on sweet malts and wheat, but also with a tang to it.
T: First taste coming through is a mixture of the tart peach and wheat. The peach dies out and it finishes a bit bitter with the wheat.
M: A bit heavy and syrupy, but given the style, might be what they were going for.
D: Haven't had this style before. For that reason, a bit hard to judge it properly. Don't have something to compare it against and not entirely sure what I was looking for in the taste. Though given what I've read about the style it seems pretty close to what the style ought to be.

lhaqq, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served cold in a chalice.

Pours a pale cloudy yellow-white color like white wine. It has a thin layer of white head that wanes immediately leaving a ring around the outside.

Aroma is sweet and tart like peaches, green grapes, and honey.

Flavor is sweet and slightly tart up front with a nice sour kick towards the middle. It finishes pretty dry almost like a brut champagne. The peaches and tart green apple add a really interesting character to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body but heavy in carbonation. I prefer the opposite but it works for this type of beer. Drinkability is going to be limited by the sourness, carbonation, and dry finish.

Overall it's better than I expected. More sour too. In a day when sours are all the rage, I would expect this one to do better on BA. It's underrated if you ask me.

GilGarp, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of seanthornton152
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap Baileys Taproom, 20 oz Nonic Stout glass.

Light yellow color, slightly cloudy but still transparent, 2 thumb head.

Strong lemon zest scent, a bit of a bitterness and light scents of grain

Citrus beginning, tart and sour, fruits flavors; apple, lemon, peach, then ends with a nice fresh taste of grain.

Thin mouthfeel and with high carbonation

Great beer for the summer, I enjoyed it on a gray Portland OR afternoon, but I'll remember to have one next time it is hot. "A tart Hefeweizen" Steffie Cheldelin

seanthornton152, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of kbm
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw. Thin head with fast dissipation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, lemon and fruit with hints of grain.

Taste: Medium tart with sweet apple and lemon with a slight corn grain finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a nice dry bite.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

I love this beer for summer. It strikes a good balance between sweet, tart and drinkablility.

kbm, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of collander
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite hot weather beers. Crisp and easy drinking, just enough tartness/sourness and a lovely touch of peach. This finishes clean, I could drink this all day long. I wish this was available all year long.

Between festina and aprihop, i'm a happy clam.

collander, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Light yellowish color with about a 1/4 inch of white bubbly head that recedes somewhat quickly

S- Nothing overpowering. Some fruity citrus aroma

T- Interesting. Not a lot of beer flavor. Very sour tasting with a hint of peach. Unlike any other beer I've ever had

M- Very light bodied. The sour flavor makes your mouth pucker

D- Once you get used to the sour flavor, it's pretty refreshing and easy to drink

CHEERS!

bbeane, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a very light, cloudy faded yellow with very little head.

Smell is very bitter. Smells like cider, bitter apple, some funk here...yeasty, bready.

Man, that is bitter...and pretty darn good. This beer tastes of bitter apple, sour grapes, tart peaches...like a very refreshing jolly rancher. Malts come through strong, and the flavor is so bitter-sweet...a great sipper, and excellent summer beer.

Overall, this beer is drinkable, and the quality is up there with the best sour beers. I like the light body presented here, as well as the playful mouthfeel and bitter fruitiness.

movingtrain, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of dreamgazer
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What started as a potentially bright lemon and peach-infused summer brew turned into a tart, unpleasant experience with Dogfish Head's Festina Pêche. Served in a tall glass from a 12oz bottle, a single item purchase from Greene's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Appearance is very attractive, a bright and cloudy yellow with very little head. As it pours, the aroma of the tart citrus flavors rise from the glass -- promising something of a bubbly, vibrant experience. A very mild barley / wheat note comes from it, but the acidic aromatics dominate.

Once the first sip had been taken, it went downhill. Mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly carbonated, somewhat watery but with a bit of bubble later on. It does have a velvety feel that's not entirely unpleasant when sipped on a deeper level, but mixing the lemon / peach concentrate with any form of quaff against the brew results in an off-putting backwash of biting citrus potency.

Flavor, however, is this brew's major bane. Combined with the syrupy texture and the light carbonation, the overall sensation with Festina Pêche feels like drinking a very poor infusion of fruit concentrate and dusty, flat light beer that's been haphazardly stirred together. It has a pungent shot after each taste, leaning so hard on the tartness that it almost rustles up the urge to pucker lips. After three or four sips and trying to "adjust" to the overly sour bite, it was time to surrender.

Dogfish Head's brews are among my favorites, especially their crowd-pleaser Indian Brown. However, the Festina Pêche, though creative and quite different, is a face-scrunching, tart experience that won't be revisited.

dreamgazer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Pours a murky yellow with a white head.

Acidic like lemonade with unripe peaches and a certain creaminess that's wonderful. Try it on a hot day and you'll never go back.

I wish this were available in my state, it is the ultimate summer beer. I'm not sure why this doesn't get higher reviews.

brownbeer, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of johannasclimacus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. I want to give DFH lots of creativity points for doing this, although admittedly this is my first Berliner Weissbier. Much different than anything I've ever had from an American brewery.

The description of a tart wheat beer is spot on. The appearance is a hazy golden color, and the beer is interestingly carbonated. I got almost no head or lacing. The beer seemed highly carbonated, though, and this mostly came through in the flavor and mouthfeel. There is a mellow taste of peach there but for me the more dominant flavors were the tartness and the wheat.

This is something I'm very glad to have tried and would have again, but not sure how soon. The ABV makes it drinkable, but I haven't had any experience with tart beers at all, so I'm not sure I could drink multiple. Initially I didn't like the beer, but after I took a few more sips and got used to the flavor profiles, I became more intrigued and kept drinking. It definitely has a pretty refreshing aftertaste and feel to it. If and probably when I try some again, I would like to do so in the middle of a hot afternoon.

johannasclimacus, Aug 08, 2009
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,660 ratings.