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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: 386 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dherling on 02-26-2007

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!

8 IBU
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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle at about 45-50 degrees.
Appearance - shows a light, hazy straw in the glass with a white froth that dissipates quickly.
Smell - Peach (duh), tart apricot, sour red candy, and a light cereal smell.
Taste - holy cow that's sour! (Yes, I just realized that this is a berliner weisse) Everything that is on the nose comes across on the palate along with an extra orange zest character. Long finish.
Drinkability - This is definitely an above average effort from an under appreciated category.

Photo of eljefe21
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Massive three-finger head rises from a pale yellow bodied brew. Head slowly shrinks to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is fluffy and liquidy. Bubbles cling to the bottom of the glass, then rise to the top.

S: Smell is sharp and tart. Don't know if I could identify the peaches without having read the label, but I definitely know there's some kind of fruit.

T: There's really only one taste here: sour. I like it, but could see others not. Unique and not something I've tasted in other beers.

M: A quick flash of clean up front, followed by a tart, puckering finish. Light bodied.

D: This one needs to be enjoyed in the right spots. I've had it with fish and after some sweat drenching work. It goes great in those cases, but I don't know if I'd enjoy it as much outside the right food or weather.

Served: in a Weizen glass.

Review from notes taken on: 9/10/09

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw, tight white head on pour that eventually recedes.

Tart and sour up front on the nose, sweet floral notes in the background.

Tart sour flavour profile, faint hints of peach on the finish, pretty one-dimensional.

Rounded and sticky mouthfeel, light carbonation but still a decent amount of body. Leaves a coating on the palate.

Quenching and refreshing, that's for sure, and best to drink it on the colder side. Still nothing too remarkable here, but it delivers what it's supposed to.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, not much of head but a nice golden hazy color. decent

nice tart/sour aroma,bit of wheat malt,somewhat funky.bit of peaches.

flavor is lip puckering tart.nice sour peach flavor interwoven through the sour wheat notes. very refreshing.

moderate carbonation and light mouthfeel make this a very freshing beer,especially after a hard day's work.

Photo of cinemadust
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review, so please forgive me.
I drank this from the bottle, and smelling inside the bottle, it's aroma was like a regular Dogfish Head beer. So I was quite taken back by my first taste. Tasted very carbonated even though it didn't have a carbonation look. It was also very sour and tasted more like a wine. I've never described my beer as dry before, but that is just the word for this beer. I actually really enjoyed this beer but near the end found myself getting a little tired of the sour taste. Still a PERFECT beer for the summer, and would be great with something grilled or marinated. It's the kind of beer I could serve my friends who prefer wine/cocktails over beer.

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

Tasty and refreshing sour Berlin Weissbier.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Dogfish small bottle identity design with a naive peach tree painting motive . One front liner choosing to label this as a "malt beverage". Short two liner on the side, accurately describing style albeit in quite a small way. Shows date of bottling (2009), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (4.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale straw haze with a small white head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.

S - Sour and soft wheat dry smell with a touch of peach and citrus notes.

T - Tart crispness, with some light fruit, and a subtle peach identity.

M - Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation working rather well.

D -Very drinkable if you like tartness. Low alc. but the balanced, crisp, and carbonated lightness makes for a fully enjoyable drinking experience.

Notes: A common mistake I´ve witnessed a few times with this is expecting, or demanding, it to be something that it is not. For instance I´ve seen a beer staffer at a well-know store telling another customer that this is only good as a paint stripper, and better stick to "Son of a Peach" as a fruit ale of choice. Different beers and different styles... This is quite a nice brew for a Berlin Weissbier, and purism aside if one thinks of the hints of peach, it is actually quite true to style. Nice, refreshing, tart, and a great addition to seasonal brew offerings on this side of the Atlantic.

Photo of jsprain1
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden color with a quickly dissipating white head. a little haziness in there too. a pretty good definition of how the style should look.
s- smell is very subdued. a little malt, a good bit of fruit smell, a little bit of straw or farm smell. not a terrible smell but there isn't much there luring me in.
t- one sip... three seconds later... and the tartness hits hard. a face puckerer. maybe its because i didnt really expect it because the smell was so subdued. but it was pretty overwhelming at first. after the tartness, it moves to a peach flavor and some malt. in like a lion out like a lamb.
m- mouthfeel was ok. this style is designed to be light and it was. pretty standard.
d- its a different kind that's for sure. its a beer that one wouldn't randomly pick one up and drink, but if you're in the mood for different this is certainly different. not a terrible beer. not most people's styles though, i feel. but if you like the kind, this is a good beer.

Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Tulip. From last nights notes.

Very light blonde body that looks pretty clear at first but shows a moderate haze when held to light. White, medium sized head fades quickly. Pretty standard for the style.

Aroma is predictably fruity with peaches right out front. Peaches aren't so intense as to be off putting though and they blend pretty well in with the overall mild fruitiness that's there in just about any weissbier. Also something slightly earthy here. Not picking up much lacto sour here, pretty clean overall.

First taste and...there's the sour! Lacto really pops but not really because it's strong, mostly because I didn't expect it after the light aroma. Once the palate adjusts things are back in relative balance with the fruitiness holding the sour in check.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my tastes but I can't really call that a defect for the style. Low alcohol and balance keeps it drinkable but not really my thing.

Overall an interesting change of pace but I'm not likely to purchase again.

Photo of philipquarles
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a small white head that dissipates to nothing. Smells like sour fruit cocktail. Pale malt with peach syrup, Overly sweet. Taste is sour, but not shockingly so, and definitely not particularly flavorful. Reaching, there is some slight fruitiness. Lactic without any other real character. Light-med body with high carbonation.

There's just nothing good going on here. DFH have turned a beer sour, but there's no character behind it. Just an overly sweet lacto-bomb.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep straw in color. Little head that dissipates quickly. Smell of frozen peach ice cream and lemon zest dominate the slight aroma this beer gives off. Taste is tart and to the point - this is just as you expect a Berliner Weiss from DFH to taste. Not up there with the greats, but pretty friggin close. Highly drinkable on a summer day, although too many and the sweetness overpowers. No need for syrup in this bad boy.

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

after drinking hottenroth for the past few weeks, this beer is somewhat of a let down.

pours a golden straw with a big head that quickly dissipates leaving small bubbles where the beer and glass meet and a trail of bubbles running right along the top.

smells of straw, lemons, slight zestiness, a slight maltiness that almost reminds me of mocha, but very subtle.

tastes quite tart with a lemon zing and very little noticeable wheat. after a decent amount of time the wheat and yeast become slightly noticeable in the aftertaste. i am honestly not really getting any peach on this at all, which is somewhat unfortunate. the combination of lemon juice and carbonation hop along your tongue, which is an intriguing mouthfeel, but nothing out of this world. this is a light bodied brew and is well suited for the summer months.

Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with a thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Nose has subtle peaches, tart citrus and wheat. Taste also has a nice sour yeast presence along with bready malts, lemon, white grapes and again a soft peach flavor. Crisp body is well carbonated. Very refreshing feel. This ended up being much better than I expected. Would be interesting to see how it ages.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P: Sits a cloudy, dull-looking straw color with a huge, healthy head of very active, very rocky foam. Shows rather poor retention, though, as it crackles & pops its way down to nothing more than a thin halo in mere seconds. Leaves no lace to look at, either.

A: The nose is not as strong as I anticipated, and doesn't really tickle my fancy, either. It's comprised of a big lactic acid kick, toasted wheat, citric acid, yeast, and peaches, of course. It doesn't smell like fresh, juicy peaches, though. Instead, it reminds me more of tart, peach juice concentrate. Interesting

T: The lactic acid sourness combines with a sharp, acidic lemony twang for a tart, bitter greeting of the palate. Toasted wheat comes through more as the mouthful progresses, as do the peaches, albeit very subtly. Once again, they're more reminiscent of peaches in concentrate form, and they never lend a big hand to the profile because they're muted by the tart citrus flavors. Turns bone-dry halfway through and just seems to suck the moisture out of every nook and cranny in my mouth. Seriously, one sip and I felt like Jim Carrey in Me, Myself, and Irene after he takes his medication.

M: Medium-bodied, almost creeping into medium-full territory with a sticky, mouth-coating dryness (as mentioned above) that reminds me of the way lemonade feels. Now, I would never claim to be an expert on the Berliner Weissbier style (or any style yet for that matter) but the 1809 I had recently was much thinner, much more crisp, and a whole lot more refreshing because of it. So, it seems to me that Festina Peche is just too heavy and cumbersome to strike me as something refreshing that I'd want to slurp down on a hot summer's day.

Notes: This is an interesting brew, to say the least. Dogfish Head makes off-centered beer for off-centered people, and I consider myself to be a bit off-centered. But, me and this beer must be on opposite sides of the center because I just didn't enjoy it all that much. I've only had the chance to try a couple DFH brews, with 60 minute and Palo Santo Marron being my favorites. I gotta give them respect for being so creative and quirky, as it takes some serious balls to take the kind of risks they do with such off-the-wall beers. I just wasn't feeling this little quirky creation.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with a few fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of vegetal (?) peach essence, and a light white grain. The taste is sour orchard fruit, more nectarine than peach - almost lemony, apple, and musty white grain. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weighted, and fruit-juice-like, and it finishes dry, with some earthy pit fruit.

A solid, dry fruit beer, the tartness not overwhelming. A refreshing end of summer quaff.

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. It is a hazy, pale yellow. It smells kind of like an adjunct lager with a hint of peach. It tastes tart. It reminds me of green apples more than peach. It is dominated by the tartness. I could probably have another, but that would be about it. I would have to be in the mood for this style of beer to try it again.

Photo of adamette
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $2.00 a few weeks ago into my DFH pint glass.

A Cloudy pale yellow body under a nearly non existent head (a ring around the top of the beer). This is a somewhat unique look and right to the style guildines. Even so, it is just a bit boring. 3.5

S A unique, grainy, peachy smell. Not very fruity at all though. 3.5

T Well, the taste is pretty much right to the style guidlines (a style that I cannot recall having before) but it carries right over from the smell. There is a chemically, seltzer like taste and the peach was more prominent. I did not like that it tasted a bit "chemically" to me. 3.0

M Moderate with low ABV (4.5%) but some tastes to beef up the feel. This is consistent with the style though. 3.5

D I don't know, average I guess. I finished the 12 ounces but I was not anticipating every sip. It is like seltzer water with some peach flavoring. 3.0

Notes: Had recently missed a chance to catch this on tap a few months ago so when I saw the bottle I snatched it up. I wonder if it would have presented significantly different on tap. More investigation may be required. Again here, I very much appreciate DFH willingness to explore lots of styles (and even create seemingly new ones at times!).

Photo of berley31
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a spare head that wasn't so much really a head as it was a thin film. Body is cloudy and a light-yellow color.

S: Smells of light malt, and, of course, peach. Luckily, the peach isn't overpowering at all; actually, I was quite surprised at just how mild it was.

T: Flavor is very sweet and peachy. Refreshing, short duration; really doesn't taste too much like beer. I've never had anything like this before.

M: Light bodied with an oily texture, and average carbonation.

D: Like I said, very refreshing and different. Goes down easy on a warm summer day, but I think it's too sweet for me to have more than one. Still, a very interesting beer that proves yet again that DFH is always willing to push the envelope.

Photo of SourHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of DawnL
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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."

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of alkemy
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

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