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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,635 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,635
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 123
Gots: 329 | 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 CrellMoset
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance: First thing I noticed was that the head was GONE within 5 seconds. It was almost like the carbonation in a soft drink - the foamy, big bubbles, the fizzy sound, and then - poof! - disappeared. It's murky too, hiding a lively, effervescent carbonation. The color is a pale yellow-green, perhaps with a mild orange hue present throughout. True to the style, although not really an appealing look.

Smell: Tart fruitiness. It's the sugars I can smell, not the esters, so I don't get the peach ... just the neutral fructose sugars. No hop smell, no alcohol, and a slight earthy yeast note. Rather bland.

Taste: Blargh, it's sour! The peach taste is definitely there, but it's very dry, and I'm left with this overwhelming puckering. The aftertaste is also sort of sticky. I think it reminds me of champagne. It's interesting, but kind of simple, and not really my thing.

Mouthfeel: Crazy light and spritzy, like drinking carbonated water. Very refreshing, but very un-beerlike in my book.

Drinkability: Low alcohol content, a crisp, bubbly mouthfeel and a tart, fruity taste make at least the idea of this beer appealing during a hot summer day. But everything's just a little too off - it's a little too tart, a little too crisp.

Definitely not my thing. This beer has its redeeming qualities - it's true to style, and it comes close in a few departments to hitting the mark, but I had a little trouble finishing it. If sour is your thing, give it a go.

CrellMoset, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of SiphonKing
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

An interesting premise and offering from a brewery that has been consistent with "extreme" beer styles. Unfortunately, this beer is not their best example. The beer pours with a nice head atop a straw body. The taste is what hits you with an almost lactic aftertaste. A little apricot flavors shine through but primarily it is the sourness that dominates this beer. A summer style indeed, not one for those who are not adventourous in their beer styles. This Berliner Weiss is a very acquired taste.

SiphonKing, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky yellow color with a hint of pink. An inch thick soft white head.

S: I can pick up a fruity smell, not really peach. Just a general "fruit" aroma. Hmm.

T: Sour in front. Peach. The aftertaste killed me, not good. A bit too sour.

M: Medium body. Smooth at first, frothy going down.

D: Too sour for me. And the peach is not very apparent. I have had and enjoyed Berliner Kindl Weisses, and I was using that as a judging point. It just did not compare. I think I will give it another try this year.

AChamberlain, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow, and cloudy appearance, with explosive and rapidly dissipating carbonation. Probably authentic looking, but not a look I care a whole lot for. The smell was pretty much nothing. I was expecting to get some peaches on the nose, but nada. The taste was quite a sour treat. The lemony acidity was up front and center. The fruit that was missing from the smell was much more evident in the taste. Not easy to make it out as peaches, but clearly quite a fruity beer. As light and airy as a Lambic in the mouth, and very refreshing. I am surprised that beers like this are associated with cold and dreary Berlin This would be more at home on a sultry July day in Georgia on the back porch.

rajendra82, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a mellon rind greenish yellow colored body. Creates an almost white head that erupts to two fingers showing a nice amount of carbonation. Nose is like smelling the skin of a fresh peach just before you take a bite. You also get noticeable hints of tartness. That same tart feel transcinds right to the front of the tongue as you take first sip. The sour feel meets up with the malt to create almost a flemish sour or wild ale effect. This one is not as harsh as some of those sour bombs are though. It is much more drinkable for my likes. A mineraly, malty hue is left on the buds for a unique mouthfeel of sour, thick and dryness. I was expecting something more sweet but this was a pleasant surprise.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent by DrBayern - I had been wanting to try this for a long time and finally acquired one through trade. Poured this into the closest glass I had to a "bowl" style glass. Looked a hazy yellowish with no head. Kind of Hoegaarden-esque. Smell was very underwhelming with some very faint perhaps peachy smells that I wouldn't have picked up if I didn't know what it was, along with an almost skunky yeast smell. Very unique to me as it was also my 1st of the style. Taste was dry very bland peachy flavor up front, followed by a noticeable tartness in the mouth and then a definite wheaty finish to it. Very different, and although drinkable, not the easiest beer to enjoy. Perhaps just the style, but this lacked almost any sweetness at all and as a result almost none of the flavors were brought out very well. Extremely mild and tart.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Spot on good for a Weissbier.

S- Very clean but lacking the character that I was expecting considering that it was brewed with peach.

T- Very tart with very light notes of peach. Otherwise its a pretty solid wiess.

M- Just light enough to be refreshing.

D- I'll have to try it again come summertime.

All in pretty good but not the "peach bomb" that I was expecting.

Pauly2X, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Quasmo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first appearance the beer seems a little lacking. The beer pours smooth but has absolutely no head. The beer has a chalky yellow color.

The smell is very peachy as it should, and there is a clear smell of hops, but it has a full smell. I like it.

At first taste it is very bitter, almost sour, not what I expected. It is very light and flavorful.

The beer stays in my mouth, but the carbonation and citrus from the peach creates a fine tingling that feeld good.

I could defintely drink this beer, it has a great finish, great for the summer.

Quasmo, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a spiffy Belgian tulip-type glass...

Hazed faint peach/pear appearance, nice, if slim slab of white foam above.

Effervescence at large in aroma, light fruit, again, peach and pear, ...pilsner-like...slightly sweet, slightly dry.

Taste: sour, puckering, spritzy, ...citric, tart, then dry...like pear champagne. Light bodied, light finish, too...and the flavor's not doing it for me.

Boy, I've been meaning to try this for a long time, grabbed a bottlle in Wisconsin that was foul, and now this time...not crazy about this. It's probably as good as it should be, but, clearly, it's not pushing my buttons.

It's actually growing on me as I finish it. Would make a nice
dessert brew. Sparkling, dry, and a little fruity. Good. Not great.

feloniousmonk, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Toaster565
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pale cloudy blonde color with a 1-finger head that diminishes rapidly...cloudy with strong carbonation bubbling lasting throughout...no lacing left behind

S: not much there...champagne, and subtle citrus (peach, grapefruit)

T: very tart the first sip, but mellows a little...very much like a champagne

M: highly carbonated and kind of slippery on the tongue

D: a little too tart, especially for the middle of winter...i wouldn't mind having one or two of these on a hot summer day

Toaster565, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 4.5% abv. with peaches

Aroma: Champagne with a strong yeasty note and a mild peach smell

Appearance: Regular pour resulted in a complete glass of bright white foam that slowly settled into a very cloudy tangerine. For all the head, not much lace.

Flavor: Strong sour pucker but not overwhelming. Lambic level of lemon juice but not nearly the "funky barnyard" element. A sour, light, carbonated lemon juice with peach.

Mouthfeel: Prickly sourness, light body

Overall Impression: Very different, a good summer drink. Funky lemon juice.

HardTarget, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Pours a cloudy, pale banana; almost a white highlight. Carbonation-filled white head that recedes pratically on impact. No lasting lacing.

Stiff, malted wheat and toasted oats. Musty and phenolic with a light citrus quality: lemon and orange. Notes of dry pepper.

Bright, intense champagne-like tartness; apricot, apple, peach. The yeast-filled character builds after the sour quality subsides and leads to a burnt, solvent wheat and grain.

Light bodied; overly carbonated and active on the palate. Slick in the middle due to the solvency.

Too intensely tart and champagne-like on the palate, even for a lighter summer offering. Almost like a faux-lambic; artificial.

NEhophead, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Bavaria1516
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA for about $8. Very nice light yellow hay color with little head. Not much in the way of smell, mostly fruit. Taste is tart starting with a peach flavor and quickly moving to a sour lemon which didn't really bother me. It was actually quite unique. Mouthfeel is fizzy which I didn't enjoy at first but it started to grown on me about halfway through. Drinkability was good but I couldn't drink many in one sitting. I'd have to say if I was going to drink a fruit infused beer it would be Pyramid Apricot Ale before this one again.

Bavaria1516, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with no head and little apparent carbonation. Beer is a hazy yellow color with no lacing.

Smell- Sweet, fruity nose. Notes of lemon and peach.

Taste- Begins with a sweet dose of peach juice, quickly fades to tart lemon, and ends with a subtly sweet decline of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty decent palate coverage, perhaps a bit oily?

Drinkability- A delicious, refreshing beer, another good offering from DGF.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light straw color with a constant stream of bubbles and a tiny bit of foam at the top. The scent was a bit overpowering, it smelled like very syrupy peach concentrate. However, the taste was much lighter and the peach flavor is actually quite subtle. This beer is a bit tart and has a very dry finish. I thought the taste and mouthfeel was similar to a chardonnay. This is my first experience with a peach beer, but I liked this one. It's drinkability was high and the pleasant peach flavor makes it a nice spring beer, or a light beer for earlier in the day.

jenbys2001, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When decanted carefully from the bottle, this one poured a very clear pale yellow with fizzy, white foam that formed a thin collar. It showed little stickage and there was a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. With the remainder of the bottle added, there was just a slight haze to the beer. The aroma was full of peach flesh sweetness backed up by noble, sulfury hops. The flavour was pretty intense, lemony sourness with a lighter peach character. There were some floral hops that were apparent for a moment up front and peach/sour really lingered. Very light bodied, approaching thin, with plenty of fizzy carbonation. The sourness really was like a punch in the face and the peach didn't cut through it that much. Still, very interesting and sort of refreshing. I'd definitely have it again - it's quite an experience.

DrJay, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive foam tops this carbonated monster. Light cloudy yellow colour. Bready aroma with a light sour peach and lemon zest.

Tart peach and citrus flavor with the yeast notes coming through sharply. More puckering up front as the flavor fleets some toward the finish which is more dry/bready/wheat-like. The carbonation is sharp on the tongue, almost too strong, making me belch. The body is light overall.

This beer is hard for me to compare as I have not had many in this style. Worth a try for something unique...

bennetj17, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy light yellow beer has a very small white head that disappears very quickly. The aroma starts with a nice light wheat character with a light sourness in the background and a hint of lemon.A light sour tang hits your tongue first and on the finish there is a soft wheat note. Not much fruit flavor if any, but I understand that is normal for the style. Light and refreshing is what it should be and that's what it is.

ybnorml, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer I've ever had of this style. Not sure about this one.

It actually looked beautiful. Wonderful golden hazy straw color with a pretty good head as well.

Not much in the way of an aroma. Maybe a little sweet and lemony but not overpowering.

Sweet and bitter at the same time. Definitely a change of pace from the run of the mill brew here. I didn't dislike it but I don't know that I'll spend money on this one.

Tilley4, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Lexx
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy lemony yellow.. almost the color of one of those lemon jelly candies. Pours a huge fluffy white head that leaves a nice, spotty lace.
Smells very sour, almost wild yeastlike. Strong persian lime, strangely, not so much peach. Smells almost like a saison.
The peach definitely comes through in the taste. Very tart, slight bit of wheat, but it's mostly lemony and peachy. Light, sweet, almost anise-like aftertaste. Unfortunately, most of the taste is on the front, and there's not all that much follow through.
This is nothing like any weissbier i've ever head; calling it that is somewhat of a misnomer. That being said, if I'm not thinking of it as a weissbier, it's pretty good. Extremely easy to drink, I'd probably enjoy it more if it wasn't so damn cold right now!

Lexx, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.Poured out a hazy golden straw color, with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A good finger of bright white head rose up in the glass, and somewhat quickly faded. Left traces of thin lace behind. Nose was of thick, astringent peach concentrate, wheat, with some sour aromas. Taste was strong with manufactured sour peach. Loads of wheat and some yeasty notes. Finishes smooth, crisp, and clean. Plenty of carbonation. What little alcohol is in here is undetectable. Nice smooth, light bodied mouthfeel. Nice and refreshing with great drinkability. A nice change to the Dogfish line up.

jaxon53, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded straw. Nose is mild with a slight metallic tone to it with a slight bit of wheat yeasty funk. The flavor is where it's at here. Tart rules the day with an obvious peach influence with what seems like a fair amount of lemony goodness mixed in. Tart and smooth. Gives a very balanced flavor ride. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid with a nice biting carbonation. Overall extremely drinkable. It's a damn shame I bought a four pack of this. Geez. What ever will I do with it.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of vladimerjr
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definately not what I had expected.
Poured a very pale golden color with the normal hazy look of a weisse beer. Little to no head.
Had to stink my nose all the way into the glass to get any odor. Light stale citrus smell with a bit of a macro light beer scent - not impressed at all by the scent.
Taste shocked me at first was not expecting it to be so pungent and flavorful being as the smell was so light. Took a few sips to get used to this but tasted almost like a peach flavored hard cider but with a little less sweetness and a litte more tang. - much more impressed here.

Nothing something I could drink more than one of in a night but a nice refreshing taste for a nightcap.

vladimerjr, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of stagman
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer. It poured a light gold, but tasted like a very, very heavy pinot. Not any hops flavor present, and the peach flavor was somewhat hidden by a high level of carbonation. Perhaps that's what the flavor profile required, but this was a little too sour for me. I guess I'm just not a fan of Berlinner Weisse beers.

stagman, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of mellocello2003
1.73/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Had this a while back at Bukowski's in Inman Square in Massachusetts. I came in expecting that it would be interesting, given Dogfish's general ability to win me over. It had a nice smell to it that was sweet and dry, but upon drinking it I felt that it might be the worst attempt at a flavored Wiessbier I've tried - I apologize for saying that since I have such a profound respect for everything Dogfish makes. I just don't know what happened with this one.

The beautiful freshness of the wheat was completely overpowered by a horrible tartiness that made this beer completely undrinkable. I actually had to ask the waiter to take it back and request another one. She then replied that most people there generally never finish it. The mouthfeel was nice, however - nice and fizzy and refreshing. But it couldn't overcome the fact that I couldn't stand the taste.

mellocello2003, Dec 14, 2007
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,635 ratings.