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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,714 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 126
Gots: 351 | 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 FuzzyGuy84
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter

A - Hazy, light yellow orange color. Thin, white head that doesn't linger. A very few, tiny bubbles present. This is a very distinct looking beer - more similar to a hefe than anything else.

S - A lot of sourness right up front. I'm not getting a very complex nose here - very pronounced apricot/peach smell.

T - Very tart flavor. Malt and hops completely give way to the bright acidity of the peach. Totally different than your average beer. Light finish, especially with a beer that packs so much up front. Not for everyone, but I'm a big fan.

MF - Thin and lacy feel, not especially heavy. Very bitter and bubbly on the front of the tongue Move this one around on the palate a lot for the full effect.

D - Despite the very low alcohol content (4.5%), this is as far from a lawnmower beer as a DIPA or an Imperial Porter. Best enjoyed leisurely.

FuzzyGuy84, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Franchise
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from DFH pours a murky pale orange with a light watery yellow bottom leaving a thick and strong white head. The aroma is tart peach, sour funk, lemon, strong tart acidicty, followed by a bit of hay and grass with a faint must.

The taste starts tart, unripened, fruit, peaches, sour grapes, lemon tart flavor abound with a bready malt sweetness of honey great play on the tartness actually pretty brisk highly carbonated refreshingly tart with a mild balanace making this a playful beer.

Franchise, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a hazy bright yellowish color, almost like a lemon-lime Gatorade, one-finger head with no retention or lacing

s - lots of wheat and graininess on the nose with hints of the peach, pretty weak aroma

t - pretty tart and crisp up front with a bit of lemon flavor, midpalate has some light peach flavors along with some wheat, finish has a light lingering peach note with some light graininess and corn chip flavor, no alcohol noticeble really, pretty refreshing

m - light bodied with lots of carbonation, slightly drying finish, but not bad at all, easy on the palate

d - quite drinkable, a great beer for a hot summer day, easy on the palate and pretty refreshing with its moderate tartness

Not too bad of a beer overall, but nothing that blew me out of the water. My first experience with this style, to my knowledge. I'd love to try some more examples of the style.

WeisGuy, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ridiculous pale yellow, and is incredibly cloudy. I watched a hunk of sediment fall into this one mid pour and was a little disappointed it fell in that early. A thin white head forms and quickly disappears.

Aroma is very weak. Some fruit notes with not much else.

Taste is ok. Actually a nice little peach profile with some bready malt and a tangy character too. It's more sour with every sip, and I'm really starting to dig it!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol and decent flavor makes for easy consumption. The flavor is so simple and beer is so light that I could easily drink several of these.

Goliath, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pale yellow in color, mostly clear, with no real head or lacing.

S: Wheat, fresh yeast and light fruitiness, presumably peach but not all that distinctive.

T: Initially struck me as a dry country wine with light carbonation, but as it swirls around on the tongue it changed complexities just a bit. At the swallow there is an interesting bitterness that comes through and then a long wheat linger follows. This is relatively complex for such a light-weight ABV brew. This isn't what you might consider to be 'traditional' but if you are feeling a little adventurous and want to try something a little different, check this one out.

M: Light, dry, very light carbonation. Not really 'smooth' drinking, but with the wine-like texture, it wouldn't work well if it were too smooth.

D: I found this intriguing. It was quite dry but still had an interesting flavor profile. It was light yet still rather satisfying. This is one of those brews that is probably one of the more unique flavors I've had in beer but still enjoyed. Honestly, I don't think I would want to drink more than one at a time but it is good just the same.

SIRIUS2, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a pale yellow color with a medium bodied short white head that left a decent amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of peach really, nothing much else I could detect in the nose except a little bit of sweet malt.
T: A really big tart peach flavor with this one with a tiny bit of sweet malt mixed in.
M: Very fresh and smooth with a tartness that was left afterwards that was actually pretty nice.
D: Very drinkable as it is a nice summer beer.

erosier, May 31, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, cool label. Tried this last year and didn't know what to think about it. I think it is time to give this one another go. Poured into a pint glass.

Murky straw colored beer with a fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. It actually kind of sounded like soda when I poured it.

Smell is tart, peachy, sour. Interesting. Taste is similar, acidic and sour, tart and a dose of peaches. This is good beer and well suited to summer weather--I would drink it all day if I could. Definately recommended.

wheelinshirt, May 30, 2008
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
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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