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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,761 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 3,761
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 134
Gots: 375 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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!

8 IBU
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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I love almost all of DFH's offerings... but I would not drink this again even if someone paid me. Tastes like an alcoholic fruit juice, not a beer at all. I see a previous reviewer compared this to a watered down pink lemonade.. which is very true. It's way too sweet and sour and is tough to drink. It was hard for me to finish the bottle. I'm glad I only bought a single of this as the sweetness kills it.

Photo of brewsterz
1.13/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This should not even be called beer as it has NO similarity to anything I have ever tasted before. Besides smelling like my dog's wizz (seriously, the wife agreed) it tastes more like watered down sour lemonaide. There is no fizz, no head and no appeal, period, at all.

I was so put off by this beer that I took time to write this review and it is the only one I have ever posted. And, for the record Dogfish Head produces several of my favorite beers including the 60 minute IPA and the Punkin' Head.

Photo of kenito799
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow, fizzy, no head at all. Aroma is crisp, cider-like, with subtle peach note.

Very crisp and dry with refreshing acidity on the palate. The peach is really a background not ein the finish, and the brew is very tartand dry. I have not had Berliner Weiss in Germany, the only other I have tried was yesterday, the New Glarus unplugged version. This brew is similarly crisp and tart, refershing, but the NG stuff had more interesting complex aromas and flavors probably due to the yeasts used. The DFH FP is crisp and nice, quite drinkable and refershing, but fairly simple, although certainly not a run-of-the-mill brew. Good effort.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz to glass....

Hazy yellow. Not golden yellow - just yellow, like the McDonalds arches. Head was up and down while writing the last sentence. A rather ugly beer, truth to tell.

Smells like sour fruit.

Taste like peach flavored vomit. Didn't know this one was a sour. Is this Dogfish Head's geueze? Some nasty after taste. Sorry Charlie, this one is not for me. And I'm even learning to appreciate sours, having highly enjoyed Temptation on tap at Stone Brewing recently. This one just isn't strong enough or good enough.

Overall: I like Dogfish Head, this must be their one crappy beer.

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

09/29/08- Purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-yellow colored pour. Semi-murky and cloudy. Slight 1/4 inch head on pour. Light spotty lace remains.

Smell- Light funky aroma...kinda like wet hay. Fruity, but can't determine the scent.

Taste- Tart, but not extreme like I was expecting per the style. More like a lambic. Pretty much all sour fruit flavors. Seems like a peach-lemony mixture.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Very crisp.

Drinkability- Quite quenching. Would have this again for sure.

Photo of kylephillips
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pint glass

Straw yellow in color and a bit cloudy. Pours with very little head.

Smell is a candylike sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Initial taste is of candy sour apple.

Aftertaste is strong and extremely sour.

The refreshing qualities of the beer give it good drinkability despite its high sourness.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy lemon color, unfiltered with a thin white head.

S; Some funky sour yeast aroma, farmhouse like.

T: For those expecting some sort of traditional peach flavor will be disappointed. Beer fermented with peaches produces a very acidic sour lemon flavor.

M: Body is very thin and lemon-juice like and finishes with a funky sour lemon tang with some muskiness. Labeled as a neo-berliner weiss style. Body is light, tart, and acidic.

D: Nothing I would drink in multiples or recommend.

Photo of demcorhip
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy pale straw coloured brew. Very mildly carbonated, the almost one finger white head quickly dissipated.

There is not much here for aroma, some peach and some noble hops present, along with some crackery malts.

Would be interested in seeing if ascorbic acid is a major flavour providing ingredient in this beer, or perhaps citric acid. I suspect the pronounced tartness may have more to do with chemical additions than lactobaccillus fermentation. Some crackery malts with a hint of wheat are overtaken by organic acid tartness which is almost relieved by the flavour of the peach syrup. Some noble hops round out the taste with a mild floral and grassy quality.

A light bodied brew with very low level of carbonation. All the zip present comes from the tartness of organic acids, which are no where near subtle.

Somewhat drinkable, but the annoying tartness reallly decreases the drinkablility. When compared to NG's unplugged berliner weiss there is no comparison. The festina really lacks both the subtlety and complexity displayed by the NG unplugged. If you like chewing your vitamin C tablets i would recommend this brew. Thankfully I do, otherwise this would be finding the nearest drain.

Photo of mullenite
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a head so long in took multiple pours to fill a pint glass. The bar tender said this was the norm with this batch.

Smell was sour peach, very similar to a lambic. Taste did not differ too much from the smell, sour peach and very fruity. Very refreshing beer.

High carbonation made for a clean mouthfeel and did not hurt drinkability at all, I really want to find a case of this stuff before it disappears off shelves in favor of Punkin.

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Update: I picked up a 4-pack from a different batch and it poured with a very thin fizzy head as others have experienced.

Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got a single bottle of this at Stave & Hoop in downtown Eau Claire, WI. Just had my first Berliner-Weiss a few weeks ago, and this will be my second.

Pours a hazy pineapple color into a tulip glass. Nice acidic, sour smell, very fruity and and slight funkiness. A very sour brew, bright taste of citric fruits and a very subtle, but noticeable peach flavor. It's lip-smackingly tart and refreshing. Very dry on the finish. Crisp. Light on the tongue. A bit sour to drink many at a time, but was very good. Another great DFH brew.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Girlfriend picked this up, currently her favorite, not my usual style but it was worth a shot.

Poured a light gold with a slight tinge of orange, thin white head.

Smells of wheat, a bit sour.

Taste is also sour, but not skunked sour. Dry with mild citrus, lemon or grapefruit, with an afterthought of peach. Wheat comes in for a smooth and mild finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and sparkling, almost a champagne-ish feeling. Rather nice actually, best part.

Drinkability is alright. Not my cup of beer but worth a try. Won't drink it again.

Photo of Melachai
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Inviting slightly cloudy light golden color with small bubbles. Low volume light cream head with low retention.

Smell: Definitely a "sour beer" smell

Taste: Strong sour flavor with tart peach aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light with tiny sharp bubbles

Drinkability: Easy to drink, a good summer beer. This is one of my current favorite beers

Photo of shirfan
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mangledorf
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ATPete
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orcasteve
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kasper
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joe1510
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
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.

Photo of cnally
1.48/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of changeup45
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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

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!

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

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.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,761 ratings.