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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,778
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 388 | 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 berpwillie
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy transparent yelow color with little to no head, little to no lacing, and flat carbonation. peachy fruity smell which was expected. looks almost more like juice than beer. peachy seltzer like flavor that was very enjoyable. light body that had a fizzy sweet and tart finish and taste. thin slick texture, and average flavor duration. definitely something different than your average beer. very good, would definitely drink again.

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy, pale yellow with a made of very coarse bubbles that dissipated instantly and left no lacing.

A slightly sour wheat scent is what was noticed in the nose. Just like the aroma there was no discernable peach taste, just a sour wheat flavor.

The body was OK, light and crisp, with the remaining carbonation providing some life across the tongue. Drinkability was OK as well, not great, not terrible. Overall, a kind of bland take on the style.

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

Thanks to mdaschaf for this bottle.

Poured into a lost continent tulip.

Pours a murky pale orange, with some small amount of loose head that goes away very quickly. no lacing.

The smell is peach with a slight tart smell coming through, as the beer warms the tart becomes a bit more funky.

The taste is the same, fruity peach with a very mild tart and mild malt backbone. As the temp rises there is a nice funkyness that comes through.

Over all a good session sour!

Photo of ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a fizzy white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smells of peach and lemon fruity notes.

Tastes of a tart lemony flavor with the peach sweetness cutting it. A good amount of sourness, and the sweetness balances it well.

Mouthfeel is light and has a crisp amount of carbonation.

Photo of urwithdave
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours cloudy, golden orange in color. It resembles apple juice. A very thin head that dies as fast as it shows up.

A- tartness is very forward with peach and lemon suggestions. There is a funky musky aroma also present.

T- a nice sour tartness right away. Not mouth puckering by any means but its def tart. The peach comes out in bubbly fashion. Almost has a cider resembalance.

M- thin bodied with an abbundance of carbonation. Finishes dry and sour.

D- drinks extremely easy. Its very refreshing. I'm drinking this after a loooong day of fishing in the hot warmer sun.

Photo of goldbot
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/28/2010. Review from notes taken on 5/31/2010.

Pours golden yellow and slightly hazy. Thin, fizzy white head that dissipates in a matter of seconds. Not what I normally look for in a good appearance for a beer, but I suppose its appropriate for the style.

Has a predominant grainy malt and wheat aroma that seems almost stale smelling. Backed up by a touch of soury fruit with a nice yeasty profile. Very light aroma overall.

Smooth and malty flavor up front, moving to a bright, tart, kind of tangy peach and lemony flavor. Quite acidic but pleasant, and with a very slight bitterness that is mostly overshadowed by the tartness.

Bright and acidic mouthfeel, nice and puckering without being overwhelming. Smooth and crisp, but maybe a bit thin. Overall a nice and refreshing change of pace for a summer beer. The fruit is subtle, but it has a nice range of flavors throughout.

Photo of lovindahops
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited for DFH's session summer sour sessional!

A- pours a light hazy yellowish appearance. A unique look. There is virtually no head at all on this brew at all.

S- sharp sour scents emerge from the brew. Some lemons, apples, and of course peaches are the primary fruit concepts. The scent is almost seltzer like. Also some buttery yeast is present

T- wow, that is some tartness coming out! The sourness is extreme! The taste is engulfed with berries. It is so carbonated.... and that is almost a problem. It almost transforms the beer into the aforementioned seltzer concept. However, the taste matches up with a summer seasonal different type of taste

M- carbonated. The sour flavors are almost like a tapestry over the mouth

D- Festina is something different. I give DFH credit for staying committed to this style. You can drink many of these and still let out a sour smile. I will always seek out some of these during the summer days because they can be pounded ridicuosly well

Photo of krisandajt
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored a couple of bottles of this brew in a case split last night. On a warm summer afternoon, I'm hoping this will do the trick.

Appearance: An easy pour into my DFH Off-Centered Ale glass, and the beer looks lifeless. The color is a light, cloudy yellow, and there is absolutely no head and no sign of carbonation. Quickly looking through some other reviews, this appearance is pretty standard for this particular DFH brew.

Smell: Not really picking up much peach, but the smell does have a general fruity kind of sweetness with hints of wheat. Nothing extraordinary here.

Taste: I'm getting a little peach now, though not as much as I was hoping for. It's got a nice balance of sweet with refreshing tart. Simple, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light body, drinks pretty easy. Lacking some carbonation, but otherwise good.

Drinkability: There's really not a lot to this beer. It's easy to drink, has a simple, refreshing taste to it, and it's going pretty well with the summer afternoon. It isn't great, but it isn't bad either. I'd say if you're a fan of DFH that it's worth a try, but to be honest I wouldn't go crazy trying to score a sixer of this.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into duvel tulip

A: pour bright hazy yellow, with a finger of white head that fell to a hair thin layer.
S: lemon citrus, with wheat malt. a very light peach
T: sour like a lemon, then wheat with a little bit of lemon/peach sweetness, but mainly sour and quite dry.
M: carbonation feels low, the dryness makes it feel higher, very crisp and clean
D: style wise i think i can see why the Germans mix it with sweet syrups.

Photo of homebrew311
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindemans flute, 2010 version.

A: Pours a pale translucent yellow, fizzy head on pour, dissipates to no head at all.

S: tart lemons, toasted grains, notes of wheat, some fruit in there, no identifiable peach

T: the front is nice and tart with lots of citric tartness, orange and grapefruit..this gives way to noticeable wheat profile. Very crisp. Finish is fruity. Not as tart as it was before the recipe variation.

MF: light refreshing body, carbonation seems spritzy at first, but is surprisingly tame

D: this is another unique beer from DFH. Nice refreshing brew, great for a hot summer day. I preferred last years version when it was more tart and less wheaty.

Photo of mdfb79
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 6/3/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with very little head or carbonation.

s - Almost non existent. Some bready malts and wheat. Not getting any peach or fruit.

t - Hints of peach in the taste, but not much. Also sweet fruity malts, and some tart.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a very good beer. The nose was non existent, and the taste had tart and very little peach taste. My girlfriend usually likes fruitier beers but neither of us enjoyed this one. Wouldn't try again.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours light gold in color with a hazy body. There was a very small head that dissipated quickly.

S: Surprisingly don't get a lot on the nose, a little wheat, and a faint peach smell, but not as much as expected.

T: There is a tartness, and some peach, but like the nose does not dominate. You can taste some wheat and a little bit of spice as well.

M/D: It is thin and light, very easy to drink. It works well as a summer beer, and great on a hot day out in the back yard. The first time I had this beer I really wasn't a huge fan, but am finding myself enjoying it more and appreciating the style more as well.

Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage sampled on tap at the Garland Flying Saucer.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is peaches with some light tartness and some wheat. The flavor is wheat and peaches with only a little bit of tartness. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but I wish the beer was a little more tart.

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.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,778 ratings.