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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: 387 | 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 joeysmokedporter
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours light straw, golden, and hazy. Good white foamy head formation but little retention and lacing. Lots of carbonation in this one.

S: chalky, earthy, lemony citrus; the chalky aroma dominates with the citrus becoming candy-like.

T: tangy lemony flavor is very refreshing; mixes with hints of malt sweetness that provides some balance to the sourness. Hints of peach mix in with the lemony flavor. A bit of noble hop bitterness in the background but very slight. Also some kind of a chalky flavor seems to be present but it is difficult to describe.

M: Light and fluffy, carbonated; sourness adds a puckering quality to it although nowhere near a lambic.

D: This is an easy drinker and a great answer to the session beer question. There is not a lot of sourness to this beer, contributing to the ease of drinking; all in all very well balanced and refreshing.

One note--this is the only Berliner weisbier I have tried so therefore cannot rate with the style in mind. I was somewhat surprised as I expected more sourness, although for what it is this beer is quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Berliner Weiss is a new style for me this year, and I am psyched that it is in my life. I enjoyed this one in a wine glass.

A:1/4 finger of white head quickly dissipates. A hazy light yellow/golden color.

S: Dry crisp malty smell. Light citrus and slight peach.

T: Light and crisp followed by a mouth watering sweet, clear malt flavor. The peach comes through only in the aftertaste and as it warms.

M: Dry and clean with the mouth watering phenomenon.

D: Very good. A delightful session beer for a warm day/evening.

Photo of spointon
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured an extremely pale, slightly hazy yellow color with a 1/2" white head.

S= This beer had a very "dusty" smell that I can't adequately describe. Also noted some sweet maltiness, and peaches.

T= The taste was a strange combination of syrupy sweetness (peach dominated of course) and a puckering tartness. Not much else penetrated my taste buds but those two overpowering flavors.

MF= Medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation level.

D= Though this is not really my cup of tea, I can appreciate the skill involved here. Another extreme (tasting) brew from Dogfish Head, but unfortunately one that did not suit my tastes.

Photo of aubuc1
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle bottled 5/8/08 poured in a goblet.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a quickly disapating white head.

Smell is smooth malts, yeast, and light peach.

Tart taste that stays tart and sour all the way through. I haven't found the peach.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but not great.

Not too drinkable for me. This is my first berliner weiss, and lacks the good sweetness of a belgian sour- it is just sour.

Photo of Larrytown
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a pale straw color with a small head that fades quickly. Not much in the way of a nose.

The first taste is, frankly, terrible. Incredibly sour up front. Once that's out of the way, it's not too bad, but still pretty sour. I could see this being refreshing if you're in the right mood, but I don't see myself getting this again.

Crisp in the mouth, but I don't see anyone wanting more than one of these. They get points for staying creative though.

Photo of gabemasiulis
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A) Poured fizzy and clean. Small bubbles, no lacing, head settled quickly. Light amber in color, slightly opaque. Good qualities in a Berliner-Weisse.
S) Tart Peach, hint of citrus
T) The taste takes a second to settle in as it is most definitely tart and sour, and it takes a bit for the beer to travel to the more sour sensitive area towards the back of the tongue. The strong peach scent that was present in the nose transitions very well into taste and stays strong all the way through. The tart, and acidic citrus notes linger long after.
M) Very light and crisp, definitely one better chilled. The beer has just a tiny bit of syrupy character to it (helping with it's lingering taste), but it is still thin.
D) This beer fits the realm of being very drinkable, perfectly suited to the Berliner Weisse category, despite it's addition of peach (not quite traditional to my knowledge). The peach, however being the main character, this is suited to a nice summer beer, or in my case, perfect for an Indian summer day late in October.

Photo of beerad666
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

It pours a light yellow color with a huge head... 3 - 4 fingers of head, so much head I had to let it settle down to pour the rest of the beer in. But the head went down pretty quickly. The smell is more sour then peach, the peach is slight. The taste is incredibly sour up front. You get a lot more of the peach as the sour / tart finishes and then in the end you get a lot of carbonation that helps to kill some of the sour. Overall refreshing once all the sour clears. This is different and surprisingly a drinkable beer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden body with almost no head at all.

S- very light in the smell department. faint odor of peaches and other than that basicly nothing.

T- pretty sour. you can taste the peaches much more than you can smell them. also some other fruit, like apple

M- light and crisp. puckeringly sour

D- easy enough to finish, but i dont think id like more than one of these in a sitting, and i wouldnt like them very often either.

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


Cloudy gold color, short-lived white head.


Smells like fresh cut peaches. I know, I just cut some for a cobbler. Not much else here.


Tastes like peach. Seltzer maybe due to high carbonation, but stronger than seltzer. This is not essence of peach folks, this is peach. The peachy taste fades to a peachy finish that turns pleasantly sour in the end. Peachy all the way.

Light bodied, fairly smooth, and peachy.

Might drink another, might enjoy it with the cobbler. Might put some in the cobbler. It couldn't hurt. It's not bad, just....peachy!

Photo of maximum12
1.72/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up in Hudson, WI, as part of the ongoing Dogfish Head drinking tour.

This is...man. The nose on it is terrible, somewhere between fresh piss & piss that's been in the carpet for several days. The sourness is infused with a peachity that isn't, well, peachy, it's sour & tainted. My face hasn't finished scrunching up. I keep taking sips, hoping warmth or familiarity or the death of my taste buds will take hold. To no avail.

Down the drain she goes. Dogfish Head seems to hit plenty of doubles & home runs, but this is definitely blowing a 7-0 lead on two grand slams. Yuck.

Photo of Likeburning
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As a fan of Dogfish Head it pains me to say that I didn't like this beer very much. The aroma was pretty lacking and by that I mean that it didn't seem to have much of one, which I have to say was a little bit of a disappointment since it said peach on the label. I liked the tart and sweet flavor at first, but the more I drank of it the less I liked the sting that the tart taste brought to my mouth. It was not something I would have had two of in succession by any means. Perhaps this would have been better enjoyed in the spring on a warm afternoon.

Photo of Baconisaveggie
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, first off, it's October. That being said:

Pours a finger and a half head, dissapates fairly quickly. Translucent gold, much like many unfiltered wheats and hefewiezens.

Smell is a little boring, very lager-like, with a hint of peach.

Tangy, sharp, similar to a Belgian sour brown, but not quite as intense. Still, refreshing.

Feels like it would be a great session beer, if they toned down the size of the body, which is a little big, which I like... but as far as session beers go...

Anyway, if I lived anywhere I could get this regularly, especially in July, well, you know...

Photo of generallee
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy, light yellow colored body that produces little to no head. What little head is made on the pour quickly fizzles out leaving no head or lace. (This seems week even for a Berliner Weissbier.) There are some visible streams of carbonation that rush to the head and quickly dissipate.

Smell: The aroma has sharp sour fruit notes with pale sour wheat notes and faint grassy hops off in the distance.

Taste/Mouth feel: The first sip has a sour/tart puckering effect on the palate. There is an unripe sour peach flavor that mixes with tart wheat malt and pale grain. It finishes on the tart side with just a hint of grassy hops and mild bitterness. It has a nice level of carbonation that helps to clean the palate. The body is light with slightly thin texture.

Notes: My first thought was that this tasted like a Colt 45 with a blast of sour peach flavoring but after my second they started to get a little better appreciation for this beer.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the ultimate summer beer. When you are looking for a summer beer, you want something that is easy drinking and will really quench your thirst on a hot day. Often these are pilsners and wheat varieties. This was my first berliner weiss, and has since urged me to actively seek out other examples of the style.

Pours with little to no head with a great, slightly hazy yellow shade. The nice tart bite in this beer from the peaches is sublime- not too overbearing but fits in perfectly and is certainly the dominating flavor. Its very very drinkable, which is to be expected by its style guideline and ABV. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side which is also fitting. This would go great with a nice lightly dressed garden salad in the summer.

My only complaint is that they release it a little too early (late april-early may) and there isnt any left for the hottest months!

Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this last night from La Cav Du Vin. Poured into a big clear plastic stein at my friend's place. This beer pours a hazy/cloudy lemon/gold color. The white head was over an inch when first poured, settling to a fairly thin surface layer and medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of wheat, sweet peach, and also a sour yeasty smell. Green apple like sour tang in the taste, along with a sort of candy like sweetness, followed by the peach flavor. Good balance of flavor, although the sourness does tend to dominate a bit in the aftertaste. this beer certainly reminds me of a lambic in some ways. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. I am glad I tried this as it is unlike any beer I have had before.


Photo of JamesS
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very golden color with a rapidly diminishing head (as per style), and no lacing at all. It has a very wonderful scent, a nice crisp and bright wheat scent with wonderful tangy overtones and a great peach undertone, not dominating at all. Great taste, a very clean and refreshing wheat beer with a nice tartness and slight peach flavor, all well balanced. Good mouthfeel, slightly carbonated. This is a great drink, and I'm not even a fan of peach.

Photo of katan
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a very light and hazy golden color. Little head retention or film. Looks like a tripel or a witbier.

S - Very light nose profile. None of the wild yeast notes I thought would be there. A hair of spice is there with a real deep smell.

T - Starts off bitter and flat. Mid stream is all tart - peach and sour flavors. Very potent. Finishes with a slight mellowing of the peach to give it a better balance.

M - Seems to lack body - not much there. Watery on the tongue. Flatness doesn't give it much "pop".

D - Not hard to drink - but certainly a summer drink. Sitting here in my basement on a cool night is certainly not to its strengths. THe tart profile does seem to wear on me as well.

Glad I tried it - but probably won't get again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -37%
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
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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