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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,707 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,707
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 125
Gots: 350 | 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 Wetpaperbag
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice pour, thin head about half a finger space.

S- The peachy smell is coming through as well as the acidic sour tart smell that is the beer to come.

T- What comes to mind is sweet tart! It is a sweet beer with a very tart and sour peach taste. Very acidic. I thought it was a tasty beer when it comes to this style.

M- My mouth was puckering at first, and then it watered for more.

D- I drank this beer a lot slower then that of other styles. It was a bit on the tart side for my taste. But as far as this style went it was good.

Wetpaperbag, May 28, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 4/09/08, served in a wine glass with a shot of triple sec.

L - clear, golden yellow color with a white head that went away in a few minutes, lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass.

S - on it's own it was very sour smelling, after adding the shot of triple sec it smelled a bit sweeter.

T - a sour tasting brew, citrus sourness. Adding the triple sec (or syrup) helps tame the sourness and balances the taste out.

M - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - adding something sweet makes this a thirst quenching treat.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 22, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Murky yellow coloration, what little head it produced fizzled down into a few bubbles then disappeared within 40 seconds. Little to no lacing. This looks like juice or maybe soda.

S - Hmm, smells faintly like peach juice, but not much else.

T - Very puckering sour peach juice. Slightly acidic and not much beer taste to it.

M - Thin bodied, low carbonation, sour aftertaste.

D - Wow, I'm sad to say this is the first DFH brew that I don't like, it was hard to not make this one a drainpour. They can do better than this...

PhageLab, May 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light gold with some good head, but had a minimal tart smell, mostly of peaches and other citric fruit but not much else.
I know this is a weissbeer, but with the peaches and all this was a little too sour for my liking. A little too dry and the bitterness drowned out some of the fruitiness, unfortunately, but still went down reasonably smooth. Overall, I don't think I'll really go for this again.

clayrock81, May 20, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy pale yellow with a rapidly vanishing head, which apparently is par for the style.

A vague peach smell, but I'm not getting that much else. Almost grainy, like a Budweiser or something.

Taste is very interesting. Champagne-like. Peach and green apple come through followed by a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel furthers the feeling of champagne, slightly watery at the end.

This is certainly a departure from what I'm used to. Interesting I guess, but I'm not all that excited about it.

Strix, May 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $2.29...
They usually sell these in a four-pack...
Pours a hazy, light, golden, straw-colored hue with hardly any head at all and very minimal lacing...
Faint aroma of wheat, melons, citrus, and slight apricot...
Taste was slightly bitter and sour with a touch of wheat and only a slight hint of peach...
Mouthfeel was light and slightly astringent...
Decent level of drinkability thanks in part to the low 4.5% ABV...
Refreshing stuff, but certainly not Dogfish's best...

dsa7783, May 18, 2008
Photo of jslot38
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow. The best aspect.

Smell: A musty tart peach yeasty smell.

Taste: Very very tart. I can see where the direction of this beer was at, but really... just too much. It would have been nice to see a wheaty beer with a touch of peach in the background. But this is overkill.

MF: Crisp wheat beer twang. Sharp carbonation hits right away. Not much of an aftertaste lingers.

Drinkability: Not enjoyable enough to want more. This is unfortunate because I like the idea, peach is an interesting fruit for beer. Coupled with a bit more citrus, less tartness and more wheat would have been nice.

jslot38, May 16, 2008
Photo of chrisny4205
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Little head holds because of the high coarbonation. Besides that it looks like a regular pale ale but if you look closely you can see the peach concentrate in the beer (cloudiness).

S - Clear peach smell. If there are any floral hops the peach hides it.

T - A single tart taste. There is not much sweetiness from the malt in the beginning just tart from the peach concentrate.

M - Way too much carbonation. Had to let the beer set and settle. It was actually difficult to pour. I feel too much carbonation always hides subtle hidden tastes.

D - Wouldn't mind sucking some of these down on a hot summer day. The tartiness would put a limit on it though.

Not impressed by this beer. I do always have high expectations from Dogfish Head because they have great beers. But this one was a down the road pale ale with peach concentrate in it. Simply put not worth 10.99 for a 4 pack. Good thing I got a pint glass out of it.

chrisny4205, May 15, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Freshness is definitely questionable. I didn't notice until I'd emptied the bottle that it was bottled May 31 of 2007. That's what, 20 days short of a year old?

A - Cloudy, straw yellow, reminds me of some pure-pressed apple juice, or hell even peach juice. Large 3 finger head that dies rather quickly and dramatically into nothing, no lace. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, a very pretty beer overall.

S - Some peach aroma, but I'm leaning more towards sour apple. Faint malt in the background; this smells very little like a beer at all. A little bit of paper/cardboard comes through, likely due to this particular bottle's age.

T - Interesting, sort of, but not really impressive or complex. Aside from the unusual sourness, it's fairly bland. The peach aspect doesn't stand out as much as it's strange artificial lemon component. The best way I can describe the taste is to liken it to apple juice mixed with seltzer and then moderately soured with lemon juice. The ungodly carbonation really interferes with any sweetness and masks any further depth of flavor.

M - The extremely high carbonation plus a light body and slight sourness make this brew very refreshing, much like a clear soda or a Tom Collins. I actually enjoy this change of pace.

D - While it is refreshing, I doubt I'd have more than one of these, and even now I wonder if I'll actually get to the bottom of my glass. This would probably hit the spot for people with a certain palate, but I'd rather have something like a Tom Collins or Gin Rickey if I was seeking this flavor. The under-ripe stone fruit sourness also deters me, but it's more natural and in line with this beer than the sourness in so many other beers.

There really wasn't a lot about this beer making me think it was past it's prime aside from the slight paper aroma, but I would like to try a fresher one. Perhaps my lack of percieving any real peach character beyond a faint whiff in the nose is due to fruit flavors not holding up for long periods of time. An interesting beer that I'm glad to have had, but Berliner-Weisse beers won't be at the top of my "to explore" list.

PatrickJR, May 11, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, yeasty yellow, almost opaque. A 2 finger head rises and lasts for several minutes before dissipating.

Smell: Peach puree with a hint of lactic sourness. Fairly one-dimensional but I can't fault it much for that as it's a very nice aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Much more sour than the nose implies, this tastes exactly like what you would expect from a peach-flavored Berliner Weiss. Sourness is mild, and a hint of sweetness from the peach resides underneath. Light-bodied, dry in the finish, infinitely drinkable.

largadeer, May 08, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass 0n 5/7/08

A - Hazy golden wheat-colored body with one-finger bubbly white head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing around the glass. Unfiltered appearance with ample carbonation.

S - Fruity and yeasty aroma with a slight sourness and an obvious emphasis on peach. Malt predominantly smells of bread and wheat. Not much of a hop presence.

T - Sweet peach flavor is actually dominated by a tangy sour aspect that lasts all the way into the finish. Fair amount of wheat bread malt in the flavor. Peach is present, but it's not over-the-top. There's also a bubblegum sweetness that attempts to balance out the sourness, but ultimately the sourness wins out.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and lively, fizzy carbonation. Tart sour finish with just a bit of sweetness.

D - Drinks like a Berliner Weisse with some peach flavor. Quite refreshing, actually. I was expecting more of a fruity affair, but the sourness was quite pleasant.

ffejherb, May 08, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass with ½ fingers worth of light ruby white head that fades to absolutely zero! Cloudy yellow color and smells of grapes and peach but as soon as the head is gone I couldn't detect these smells any more. Very acidic tasting and felt like I was drinking water with lots of lemon juice in it although after the bitterness faded away I did find a extremely small hint of peach. Judging by the bottle I though I was in for a sweet peach cobbler of a beer but looking at the style category on BA it fits perfectly. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this style of beer, interesting and one I might try again?

kurtissellen, May 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for the brew!

Pours a very, very strange looking pale milky yellow. Never seen any other beer ... or beverage for that matter ... with this type of look.

Smells of tart citrus. Kind of surprising, as I expected a sweet brew. Taste has green apples, sour unripe pears, and citrus zest. Very little sweetness to it, and almost no caramel malt. A good brew, and quite unexpected. The mouthfeel, as with most Dogfish Head offerings, was nice and chewy.

Overlord, May 04, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok, i am not a huge fruit flavored beer fan, this beer actually is interesting.

A: not great, where is the head, its like hello goodbye. i am intrigued by the hazy almost applesauce color.

S: smell is sour almost, not sweet like i expected

T: almost green apple tart there is a bit of sweetness it def has a tart taste to it that is crisp in nature, i almost think of desert wine here,

i think this beer has its place though not exactly what i expected

Redwood21, May 03, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge fluffy white cloud of foam, whoa overflowed it, too fast a pour unexpected. A cloudy yellow with particles, lighter than expected. Head diminishes slowly. Came from a 12oz bottle bought recently.

Nose is like the fur on peaches, nice but subtle, no off smells but is this a beer?

Big sour taste hits early, a bit of stone fruit, and a slight bit or sweetness at the finish. Needs more of a malt backbone to balance the fruity/yeasty flavors. Not bad but unusual.

Fizzy mouthfeel, very light, closer to champagne mixed with soda water than beer, maybe a bit over-carbonated as the pour showed.

I would contend that this is more like a flavored malt liquor, not that that's bad. This is so sour it would be hard to drink more than one unless paired with the right foods, less peachy than I expected, was hoping for more, love most of the DFH beers but this one will not be on my regulars list. Nice try.

P.S. Had the wife try it, prefers fruit beers, but this one was a thumbs down for her too.

robbyc1, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy light golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lacing.

S-Twang of sourness with a nice array of fruits ranging from of course peach but also apricot and green apple. Nothing overly intense but all nicely present.

T-Initial tartness followed quickly by the fruity sweetness. Very nice...not too sour, not too sweet.

M-Light body and very refreshing. This posseses a locely acidic bite to it.

D-Very drinkable and refreshing. A very nice American take on this underapprecited style. To me this is a wonderful summertime beer....lovely. Plus, at only 4.5% you can truly enjoy it!

Deuane, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer, or "malt beverage" (as it's labeled on the bottle) pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a massive thin head that quickly disappears, the aroma is a tart, but pleasant peach smell.

The flavor, in my oppinion, is overwhelming. The tart flavors assault the tongue, but finish surprisingly clean. Overall, the beer is less thick and 'syrupy' than I would have imagined a high-fruit beer to be, rolling of the tongues with little remaining aftertaste.

However, I was generally unimpressed. The flavors were less complex that I would have hoped for. It was similar to a poorly-aged fruit mead. The peach flavors are much too assertive to be used in such massive quantities.

Interesting, but not enough for more than the 4-pack I bought.

PBBC, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow with the slightest tint of gold. Minuscule spotty head.

Smells tart and tangy. Peach, apricot, green apple, sour white grapes. Pretty intense fruit, slightly sweet.

Not bad. The initial tart (almost sour) impression leads to developing fruitiness with a touch of sweetness. Tastes of tart apples, apricot and light peach.

Lightly tart, bit of an acidic punch, but not too sharp. Actually pretty creamy and smooth despite the apparent high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Surprising.

BeerZack, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak lemonade yellow that comes close to losing all color as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The bright white cap is soft and frothy, gently rocky even, but doesn't grace the glass with much lace. The final pour murks things up beautifully.

The nose is both tart and peachy, just as a peach-infused Berliner weissbier should be. It also has a deeper, more interesting muskiness (like the skin of a freshly picked peach) that puts it squarely above average. Make that well above average.

Dogfish Head made a great choice in releasing a Berliner weissbier with the fruit flavoring already added. It may rub purists the wrong way, but so what? Berliner Kindl Weisse probably would have been much better with either raspberry or woodruff syrup.

The peachiness tastes fresh, despite the fact that this 4.5% beer has been in the bottle for at least 9 months. The lactobacillus-derived acidity must be a great preservative (which is why I felt confident in not drinking this bottle until now). Aging Festina Peche seems silly, but it has legs for sure.

One has to like tart to like this offering. That said, it stops well short of being punishingly sour and doesn't give the salivary glands the workout that some lambics do. I also like the fact that the fruitiness isn't overpowering. It's an accent rather than a 900 lb. gorilla. The finish borders on Saharan.

I haven't had enough Berliner weissbiers to know what the mouthfeel should feel like. It's light and is energetically bubbled. Bottom line: it works.

While I would never drink this odd little ale on a regular basis (even with easy access), it's good for what it is. Dogfish Head doesn't always hit everything out of the park, and there are some errors now and then, but it's always interesting to see if what they throw against the wall sticks. Festina Peche sticks.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and bright yellow. Almost green. Incredibly thin lacing that falls away from the sides of the glass without sticking.

Incredibly light fruit aroma. Granny smith apple and pear. Not finding any peach in there, not doubting it's in there though.

Very tight short flavor. Sour and tart with a distinct punch. Sparkly carbonation like champagne. Tad bit musty and yeasty, but it's a good unique thing.

Nice belgian yeasty mouthfeel. Almost a sour lambic or flemish red in it's bite. Really enjoyable and unique.

SurlyDuff, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in '07. Poured into a snifter poured a bright and pale yellow. The smell is faintly tart giving off more of the tartness you would get in a wheat beer like a wit. Overall it has very refreshing qualities. The acidity seems on the lower side and the peach taste only comes through fainly. Really like a citrusy witbier that finishes with just a touch of tart sweetness.

MiScusi, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mecell2000
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 12oz. serving poured into a Scaldís glass.

The way the head shot up suprised me, I knew from the audible fizz that this will be a very light bodied and heavily carbonated [beverage].

Head disappeared very quickly, leaving a small ring of large bubbles around the very top.

Color is a light (straw) yellow that is very cloudy. Almost opaque. You can see tons of bubbles floating to the surface.

The smell is amazing, reminding me of fresh peaches in the summer.

Taste leaves much to be desired. I imagined a malt beverage that was entirely peachy, but also sweet. While the peach taste was definitely predominant, it was also very tart. It finished too cleanly and left no real after taste.

It might not be best fit in mid March, but for the price I'd be more likely to get a Magic Hat #9.

If the fruit inspired malt beverage is up your street, give this a try. Though I wouldn't suggest getting anything more than a single.

mecell2000, Mar 18, 2008
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
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,707 ratings.