Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
Translucent gold with perhaps a touch of peach color. Head vanishes immediately.
Aroma -- Wheat, lemon zest.
Taste -- Huge sourness dominates all other aspects. Probably on par with grapefruit juice, but far drier. Some acidic white wine flavor as well as lemon and a faint hint of peach. Hops: zilch. Some wheat crispness appears in the finish.
Drinkability is high *if* you can enjoy something so sour. Quite demanding of another sip.
Absolutely a "love it or hate it" beer, I happen to love it.
09-12-2008 01:15:56 | More by shirfan
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Just came back with a growler and a bottle of this because the lady who runs the taps at the distribution claimed everybody was coming saying the keg-aged crop tasted much different (and better) than the bottles.
Whole heartedly agree. On almost all counts the keg beat out the bottle.
Pours slighly misty with a quick rise of head like pop (translate soda). Has that carbonate snap in its smell the way 7up and OJ might.
The growler's tasted very citrus-y and sharp, where the bottle was almost tart to the point of sour.
Both were delightfully fresh in my mouth and easily diminished.
As said early down this thread, this is a hero-beer of beers for a hot day.
09-11-2008 23:24:52 | More by mangledorf
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
12 oz bottle, bottled 4/28/08
A- Holy clear beer Batman! Festina Peche pours the clearest yellow color with no head, it looks like apple juice and it glows in the light.
S- Tart fruit, banana notes and tart champagne-like grapes.
T/M- Very tart initially with a very odd, thin but grainy wheat texture, very bright with moderate carbonation. Acidic with notes of lemons, orange skin, sour grape and some citrusy hop character. Very sour when cold but it grows almost rancid as it warms. Light bodied, semi sticky mouth feel and leaves a numbing feeling on the tongue. Do I really enjoy this beer? or do i hate it? Decent drinkability, i must say im a fan of sour...
09-11-2008 17:35:20 | More by ATPete
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
big pop from the bottle, head is gigantic, bigger than the biggest hefe. Color a hazy, pale blonde. Some little dark sand granule-like chunks are settle toward the bottom.
Smells very tart and light. Very much like an acidic white wine, maybe a pinot grigio. Some peach or pear notes in the midst of the winey tartness.
Taste is crazy tart, puckering. It's a very watered down, carbonated pinot grigio with the tannins upped back beyond full strength. The peach is there as an afterthought and comes across as superficial and impotent. then it starts building up and asking to be noticed, which is even worse because it has that low quality concentrate character rather than a fresh convincing fruitiness.
body is practically nonexistent and carbonation just over the top. Not sure what they were thinking with the carb.
you could give this someone having trouble bridging the gap from white wine to beer, or vice versa. Might be very nice with certain foods (grilled fish, fresh salsa?), but not something I could deem worth drinking solely on its own merits. this might be a good example of the style and be what it's "supposed" to be, but if that's the case the style itself could use a serious retooling. (for me it's not enough to say milwaukee's best should get an A+ as it is an A+ example of the piss beer style--the piss beer style is an F idea and so the perfect piss beer is still an F beer!) that said, there was enough to like here for me to suspect there are better examples out there and that the style is just fine.
09-10-2008 01:33:44 | More by brewmudgeon
2.48/5 rDev -31.9%
left in my friend evil jay's fridge for me by his father in law
very sour with the peach kiss at the end. extreamley dry, not the best product from dogfish head. i dont ever want anouther one of these, this is by far the most sour beer i have ever had. the mouthfeal is like sucking on a lemon, your mouth instently puckers.
09-06-2008 13:23:44 | More by orcasteve
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Cloudy yellow with initial carbonation that dissipates quickly. Lemon juice aroma with peach, obvious by reading the bottle. Get ready for the peach attack, it latches on the tongue and doesn't let go. A beautifully experimental beer that seems more like a fruit juice than an alcoholic drink. Wonderful for afternoon drinking in the summer time, a real treat. Light bodied, ultra sweet, and zest make for a truly original beer.
09-05-2008 02:04:15 | More by JRed
4.28/5 rDev +17.6%
had on tap at winking lizard canton, OH in its own very attractive signature glass.
A- hazy unfiltered light dusty golden lemon yellow with a small short lived soapy white head.
S- wheaty light aroma with peaches n cream, canned peach syrup. all about the peach.
T- very tart yeast flavors combined with a supernatural peach taste. nice fresh under ripe peach taste, meaty wheat and pale barley flavors as well. excellent combination of flavors with the lactobac and the peach.
MF- fizzy, menthol cool, refreshing, light body with a powdery wheat feel and a criso clean finish.
D- supreme drinkability, the best fruit flavored beer i've ever tasted, minus 1/2 point cuz its a real heart-burner.
08-31-2008 17:36:30 | More by hustlesworth
4.28/5 rDev +17.6%
I guarantee half the folks rating this beer probably have no freakin' clue what a berliner weiss is supposed to taste like and are not prepared for the level of tartness. Like them, I too hated this brew the first time I tasted it. Was totally "expecting" something else. Handed the rest off to my gf. Then, it suddenly began to grow on me and I was craving a second taste. It's now one of my go-to beers on hot days because it's so damn refreshing and light.
A: pours like champagne, cloudy straw color with off white head that peaces out rather quickly.
S: tangy lemon sweetness, I never get much of the peach, but a presume it accounts for some of the sweetness.'
T: seriously tart and tangy, citrus lemon, slightly wheaty.
M: effervescent (high carbonation), tingly, but very light
D: I could prolly drink a sixtel of this sh*t on a hot summer day. abv is low. refreshing as all hell.
People, understand what a berliner weiss is before you start knocking down the rating of this otherwise quality beer.
08-29-2008 01:42:41 | More by kasper
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
Route 6 Liquors
Festina Peche is a straw golden beer with a slight haze. This beer has an incredibly light golden body. A fizzy dishwater head grew quickly to one finger on the pour and fell even faster down to absolutely nothing. There is not even a hint of head on this beer. A lot of tiny carbonation bubbles burst to the surface and the only thing I see where the head should be is bursting bubbles. The look of this beer is disappointing to say the least. Once the carbonation settles down this beer looks like white grape juice.
The lack of head detracts from the aroma but overall this does smell like a refreshing beer. Peach is right upfront and dominates throughout. There's a slight mustiness that goes along with that peach that I enjoy. The peach is mildly sweet at first before sliding into a tart note. A solid wheaty twang pops up here and there. I like the aroma of this beer but there's just far too much peach involved. The more I smell the more I'm reminded of those jelly peach ring candies.
Everything comes together much better in the flavor then what I've come across so far. The tartness hits right up front and continues through mid palate. Wheat twang and slightly sweeter peach qualities come about when the tartness begins to fade. The sweet and sour play off each other nicely and combine for a refreshing drink.
I really enjoyed the mouthfeel right off the bat but when I got about half my through the glass the aggressive carbonation became a little too much and I could feel it giving my tongue a lashing. The tartness is mild leaves some pucker on the tongue.
Drinkability is what makes this beer. Each sip leaves me wanting another on hot nights like tonight. The tartness is refreshing and enjoyable.
I really enjoy some of Dogfish Head's beer and some of them I feel are overdone, Festina Peche, being an example of the latter. I think there's just too much peach in this beer. In smaller amounts it would be very enjoyable but as is it tastes like peach juice at certain times.
08-29-2008 00:18:46 | More by joe1510
1.48/5 rDev -59.3%
I am slightly addicted to Dogfish Head, so I even had to try this one.
The beer pours out with a color of orange, very cloudy and swampy. No head at all, obviously.
Yeasty peach scent rises up really strong. Hints of corn and wheat.
The taste was not good at all. I took a sip and immediately wanted to spit it out. This is a watery carbonated peach juice that is sitting in the pantry until three days after its expiration date. This is like mixing cheap champagne with peach juice.
The feel is like flat soda, lightly carbonated. Faygo that has been sitting in the fridge, opened for the last two months.
Obviously, I didn't like it. I can drink some of these fringe malt beverages and not hate them, but this was just sour.
08-28-2008 21:23:10 | More by cnally
2.33/5 rDev -36%
Pours a murky yellow color with a quick fading white head. Aroma is malty and grassy with just a faint hint of citrus fruit. The beer tastes very tart and tangy with lemons and peaches and a touch of wheaty malt. Very acidic and tart which masks anything else the beer may have going for it. Nice attempt at something different but this just isn't good.
08-28-2008 17:40:09 | More by changeup45
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours an oddly fizzy pale yellow, with slight cloudiness and a decent fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Nose is some peach and some slight wheat. Taste is suprisingly tart with some peach juiciness and some very slight wheat. Mouthfeel is tart and very dry. Drinkability is good for the tartness, but not what it should be for a summer slammer. An ok brew, but nothing really incredible. Interesting thats for sure, reminds me a bit of calabaza blanca, with the whole tart yet refreshing kind of spritzery feel. Try some, it might be your bag, baby, yeah!
08-28-2008 02:35:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a pale lemon color with a small 1 finger head.
Smells tart with a nice peach aroma. Smells nice.
Mouth puckering, sour, tart, refreshing, like a peach champagne.
Feels effervescent, dry, & cloying.
Don't really enjoy the style, although I'm glad I tried this. One bottle was enough for me.
08-27-2008 22:44:47 | More by bbothen
3.93/5 rDev +8%
A: Very pale, cloudy, straw color with fizzy head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace.
S: Sour, tart, lactic acid, peaches, pale malt, no discernible hop presence.
T: Every time I get this beer I forget how delicious it is, but also how sour it really is. This hits you with an instant puckered, mouth watering, sourness., but beautifully balanced with a sweet peach presence at the end. I really like this beer and drink it often (when I can find it) in the summer time.
M: Pretty thin, highly carbed, makes your mouth water.
D: High on a hot day.
Some people like it, others don't, but give this one a try.
08-27-2008 02:59:30 | More by PiecefulToker
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Moderately cloudy, yellowish champagne color... a little darker than. What little head there was quickly dissipated. Moderate carbonation. Not to prettiest beer I've seen, but here we go.
There's a tangy and sweet; champagne-like smell. A little syrupy. Nice, but not a strong smell overall. Fruity, peach taste; again, tangy, but not too sour. It's really almost like I'm drinking champagne at this point. There's a very slight saltiness on the back and sides of the tongue as it goes down. Unexpected but pleasant. Nothing new comes out as it warms a bit.
This beer is dry and light, but far from watery. Tingly carbonation. Very refreshing. Not my favorite, overall, but a great summer beer. Could be enjoyed in the blistering noon heat, or in cooler summer nights. I hope to see this beer next year.
08-22-2008 21:22:25 | More by SusurusIgnoramus
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.
The beer poured a hazy straw-yellow with a thin white head into a pint glass. I detected a slight peach aroma. The taste was very tart and fizzy, with peach/lemon flavors at the forefront. All together a light and refreshing weissbier, great for a hot summer's day.
08-21-2008 15:13:11 | More by pershan
4/5 rDev +9.9%
This is a curious one, a beer 'brewed with peach concentrate', a Berliner Weisse style. This is a very rare style (only two breweries in all of Berlin still produce it!) characterized bi intense tartness and it can be compared to a Flemish Sour. Poured off the tap at American Flatbread (thanks Diora!) a hazy golden yellow. Aromas are wheat, lemon and some peach notes underneath. Flavors burst forth, very crisp and tart, lemons, green grasses, lemon basil, semi-sweet, notably sour but not overly so as some Flemish are. Reminds me of sour, green apples. Light body and fairly easy to drink. Sharp but on the money. Unique summer offering in a nearly saturated market, bravo!
08-20-2008 18:37:56 | More by thekevlarkid
2.25/5 rDev -38.2%
12oz single bottle purchased for $2.20 from Wine Emporium in Boston. Bottled in May 2008, consumed in July 2008. Pours a very pale colour, virtually white when held up to light - more white than a typical Belgian wit. Zero head - virtually flat. Weak aroma with a hint of peach - which I doubt I'd place if not for the name. First taste is sour initially, quickly giving way to not much of anything. Not complex nor enjoyable.
08-18-2008 03:26:25 | More by sstackho
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is small and recedes quickly into nothing. The aroma is of peach with a hint of sourness. The taste is more balance than the aroma. It is quite sour, but mellowed out by the peach. The aftertaste vanishes quickly which is unlike any other Berliner Weiss I have had. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. As far as Berliner Weiss go there are better ones out there, but this is still drinkable.
08-18-2008 01:25:16 | More by KarlHungus
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Pale golden yellow pour with a thin head.
Smells like a combination of tart citrus fruits. Mainly peach and green apple....a real sweet and sour delight.
Carbonation is fairly high and the refreshing factor is incredible. I'm a big Rodenbach Grand Cru fan so sour doesn't overwhelm me at all. Its just nice to enjoy the sourness in a light Berliner Weiss style instead of a Belgian Sour.
I keep coming back to this seasonal from Dogfish Head and believe I will continue to do so.
08-16-2008 01:21:15 | More by koopa
2.2/5 rDev -39.6%
No head, cloudy grapefruit color. Looks kinda cool.
No smell for me, hope it tastes better than it smells.
Like drinking rotten peaches. Drain pour
Bitter peach concentrate.
I was wrong about this beer, just as obi wan was wrong about anakin. Move along
08-14-2008 21:04:05 | More by Murchmac
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with absolutely no head whatsoever, and only the slightest carbonation.
Aroma is pale malt, honey and lemon, along with grassy citrus fruit with hints of peach.
Taste is incredibly tart then sour green apple and lemon. Wow. This is something different, no doubt about it. Upon further inspection it is wheaty and grainy with no hop presence whatsoever. Sugary sweetness becomes apparent after the initial shock wears off.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
A peach beer that doesn't taste like peach. I've never heard of this style, but from what I read it appears to be spot on. However, this style appears to be an acquired taste as I don't find myself wanting to pick this up again in the near future. Go get this if you are a fan of the style, or enjoy sour beers in general.
08-12-2008 22:18:25 | More by Blakaeris
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance- It is a super cloudy beer that looks yellow in some light and more orange in others. The head was thin but still pulled off a nice lace. Lots of little carbonation bubbles adding to the haziness.
Smell- Super fruity and a little wine like.
Taste- It was complex it wasn't like it was just peach there were some nice citrus tones and the peach flavor was not over sweet.
Mouthfeel. Somewhat thin but easy to drink.
Drinkability- It is nice a change up and very refreshing.
08-10-2008 12:41:06 | More by MTNboy
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured a cloudy and dirty yellow with hints of orange, no head to speak of.
The smell has a light bit of yeast and citrusy fruit with a touch of pepper.
Flavor is very tart and citrusy with hints of peach and lime and a bit wheat and yeast.
Mouthfeel is light and farily carbonated with a bit of a dry finish.
Not a style I'm familiar with, but it fits the description of the style dead on, so I have to assume its a good example of the style. Light and refreshing a decent drink for summer.
08-10-2008 02:33:14 | More by bashiba
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
a-pors a hazy tranlucent yellow with a thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.
s-fruity sweet with peach accents
t-the peach comes through clearly, but not overly sweet. There is a peachy aftertaste.
m&d-a thin, heavily carbonated brew. I drank this on a hot summer day and it went down easily
overall-An interesting beer that I did not like at first but it did grow on me. I give DFH credit for trying something different, but I do not think I will purchase this again.
08-10-2008 01:36:54 | More by bonkers
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,499 ratings.