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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,764
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 135
Gots: 377 | 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 BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy golden hue with an off white head that fizzed away quickly, like a soda. Tons of carbonation bubbles shoot to the top.

Light citrusy aromas of lemon, along with a little bit of smooth peach.

The beer has an extremely acidic flavor which gives way to a little bit of sweet peach. After the ultra-tart flavors subside, there is a bit of lingering grain. Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation.

Although the beer seems to be a fine example, the acidity of it just took the drinkability way down. I recommend you try this one for yourself.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy light yellow body.

s: very weak nose. vague fruity sweetness.

t: a wheat base with lemon and a nice peach finish. surprisingly tart.

m: lively carbonation suits this beer perfectly.

d: great beer for the summer. pretty tasty, but like many dfh offerings, it doesn't seem to live up to expectations (or the price tag).

Photo of oakbluff
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow with one finger white head and minimal lacing. Nose- apricots and peach. Taste- tart with peach sharpness. Has a certain graininess to it. Finishes clean and minimal aftertaste other than grain. Fruit not overdone nor sweet which is appreciate. Easy drinker- high carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled 05/05/08, into my Trumer pils glass

A: Hazy straw yellow with a white head that recedes fairly quickly. Plenty of carbonation

S: Wheat and mild hop aroma (grassy and herbal). Mildly sour with a very faint peach aroma

T: Wonderfully tart with lactic sourness to start things off. This is followed by a hint of wheat and some peach flavor - discernible but not prominent. Dry on the finish

M: Not as light as I'd expected with a somewhat fuller body (for a Berliner Weiss, at least) but the great carbonation and dryness on finish make this one delicious. That said, it's still pretty darned light!

D: This one's gone in record time!

Photo of everetends
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks to BamaBeerBuff and AmishT. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Poured an nice lemon juice color. Very hazy with tons of carbonation. This looks like a sparkling ale. Beautiful. Head was white but quickly fell prey to the carbonation.

S: Smells like you just picked up a fresh peach and smelled the skin. There is also a touch of lemon citrus and wheat on the aroma.

T: Taste is a very subtle peach combined with a tart lemon presence. It balances well and almost tastes like a mixed drink. The malt is extremely subtle along with the grains. The stars here are the fruit.

M: Light bodied brew with an amazing carbonation. Very clean, crisp and refreshing. Very Nice.

D: This is a very tart brew. A great alternative to lemonade after a long day of working in the heat. I imagine the tartness would get a little old, but still an enjoyable brew. Another good brew from DFH.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A hazy light-lemonade color with a rapidly vanishing, dirty white head. No lacing to speak of, but that's on-par for the style.

S: An intensely tart lemon aroma intertwined with a refreshing peachy fruit.

T&M: Some of the peach flavor is prevalent in the beginning, but it gives way to an intense lemony tartness. Body is light with a crisp, bubbly carbonation that provides some pleasant crispness.

D: Festina Peche is a refreshingly tart summer beer. However, it's fairly intense and I couldn't see myself sessioning this brew (or drinking more than 2 in a sitting). Still, DFH has brewed yet another unique, interesting, and quality brew.

Photo of LarryV
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with very little head, aroma is citrusy, wheatlike. First sip and what really hits is the dominating tartness of this brew. Heavy carbonation stings the tongue, slight flavor of peach is present but overwhelmed by the tartness. Any sweetness is clobbered as well. Color is a hazy light peach skin color. An interesting brew, but I can only drink one of these and I have to move on to something else. his would probably go pretty good with some hot, spicy jerked chicken.

Photo of nrbw23
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer of the month at Winking Lizard.

A- Pours a cloudy light orange color with no head or lacing.

S- Sweet malts with a hint of citrus. Tried to find some peaches in there but I just can't.

T- A ton of citrus, very tart and sour.

M- Medium in body and very carbonated.

D- A little rough for me I think I'll pass next time.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow-orange colored with a bubbly white head that sizzles like soda and quickly disappears.

Aroma of wheat malt, a little yeasty. Not picking up any peach notes.

Immediate flavor of sour and tart fruit, light notes of peach.

Very light body, somewhat slick and watery, finishes a bit bubbly.

Okay drinkability, refreshing and light.

Photo of Roeters
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: pale yellow, kinda looks like a hard pear cider, no head but there is are very fine carbonation bubbles that just don't stop coming.

S: Smell of a light wheat with a little fruit aroma and just a touch of alcohol

T: Sour fruitiness, can't really tell that it is a peach beer, the rest of the flavor is lost in this sourness.

M: A little fizzy throughout the mouth and the sourness lingers for some time.

D: I enjoy one and thats about it, every couple weeks

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Coles in Buffalo.

The Festina Peche, somewhat appropriately, looks very shandy-esque: peach colour infused into a very pale lemonade. It is ghostly pale to the light and seems actually white in places!

Any description of the appearance should include every synonym for the word 'hazy'. The beer's blurred, filmy, foggy, fuzzy, misty appearance doesn't make it overly appetizing ...or does it? Its big pillow of head dies out soon into the tasting, which I understand is typical for the style.

The aroma crawls with a lingering lemon funk bouquet. It is lemon and lime citrus with peaches fermenting faintly in the backdrop. The lactobacillus culture is rather noticeable even before ever putting the beer to your lips.

Once you do, however, the lactobacillus becomes really evident. The bacterial 'funk' adds a spiky carbonation and a texture that is both tart and acidic. The peach really isn't all that noticeable over the lemon/lime tartness that dominates on the palate. The beer is very light but manages to produce a puckering tart flavour that is rather enjoyable and refreshing.

Of those of us at the table I was the sole drinker who had yet to try this fruit-infused American take on the Berliner Weiss. Two loved it, two didn't, and I was to be the deciding vote in the group. I'm still not entirely sure where I stood on it...

Like most, my experience with the style is limited, but enough to know I've tried better German examples. And although I find DogFish Head to be a fanatically innovative brewery that often writes cheques its beer can't cash, I don't think that was the case here. I'll give them credit for this one, they pulled it off.

Photo of ph2001
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

looks thick and hazy, a plae pinapple color. sort of looks like peach or pear juice. no head but it seems like its strongly carbonated. smells like fresh peaches and alcohol.

very crisp and light bodied, mild and clean tasting. lots of carbonation in the mouth. there is a strong peach flavor up front but it tones down quickly into an almost empty flavor. pleasant light aftertaste.

Photo of Reagan1984
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, is this supposed to be brewed with peaches? (peach concentrate?)

It must have been NOT RIPE peach concentrate. Can't smell it. Can't taste it. Can't sense it.

I asked the server about this (Dogfish Head Ale House - Falls Church) and he completely agreed and said that he gets the same comment all the time.

Straw colored, cloudy brew with no head and no lacing after the fact.

Anyway, there was little to no aroma to this brew. Only a citrus sour aroma.

Taste was all tart/sour and almost of unsweetened lemonade.

Any Hops present? I couldn't detect much if any.

No body and not very drinkable.

For as big of a Dogfish Head fan as I am, I have to say this is not very good. And the BA term of "NOT Worthy" comes to mind.

I'll choose to try and forget that I ever stopped at this exit, if you know that I mean.

Photo of jeremy13586
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured absolutely no head and left no lacing in my pint glass. Large bubbles could be seen floating to the top. The color was a hazy gold. The aroma was very sour with notes of peach coming through. The peach became more apparent as the beer warmed. This brew was very tart taste-wise, but quite plain. There was some sweetness at the tail-end of each sip and there was absolutely no after-taste. It was very smooth and soft as far as mouthfeel goes, but felt heavily carbonated on the first couple of sips. I'm glad I grabbed a four pack when I had the chance, but this beer didn't do much for me. I could see this being an awesome lawnmower beer on a hot summer's day.

Photo of AmishT
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Head vanishes into thin air shortly after pouring; I understand this is typical of the style. Hazy, lemony yellow.

S - Wheat and lemon dominate the aroma profile. Strong aromas. Nothing complex.

T&M - Tastes pretty much like the nose: intense lemon flavor blended with wheat. I'm disappointed because these two flavors really overwhelm any hint of peach there might be. At any rate, the flavors are tart, but crisp. Light bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable summer beer. I'm not sure how well I could session it, but low abv and crisp flavors make it pretty drinkable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a hazy light yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma of mostly sour fruit.

The taste is very sour. Almost more citrus than peach and definitely one to pucker the palate. The level of hops and malts is so low as to taste more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Light mouthfeel, very dry, and moderately carbonated.

The sourness was much more than expected and made it hard to be a sessionable brew.Sorry, but not my cup of tea.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.9/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle > Stella glass

As I pour this I notice a strange over-carbonation effect, very fizzy, very fast. There is only a slight white fizz that never forms a true head, it just fizzes away and dies, just like soda. I gotta admit, i'm not impressed yet. The color is a murky yellow color with some white hues. It appears flat after only a few seconds in the glass. Yikes.

The nose is pretty subdued, I'm getting...tart fruits, but sharp tart. Citric acid...not much else.

The flavor is equally as subdued as the aroma, basically there's very sharp sour fruits and citric fruits but a bit more acidic than anyone should handle. The malt is sooo light it's hard to pick it out and th balance is crazy simply because I'm not getting much of a malt effect. Sure it's supposed to be on the light side, but should it be flavorless? nah.

It starts out crisp...too crisp but burns itslef out in no time flat. (pun intended)

I'm sorry to say this was actually a drain pour city. I'm surprised and dissapointed, abd DFH is not a company I'm ever not satisfied with. Oh well.

Photo of Jerico
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - more or less typical for a wheat-style beer but less yellow/more orange color, cloudy. Mine had almost no head to it though.

S - light citrus smell, not bready like I was expecting.

T/M/D - it has a light, spritzy and surprisingly sour taste, with mellow hints of peach and citrus. This is a good beer to sip on a hot day!

Photo of malty
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/05/08

Pours a hazy corn yellow with a boisterous soda-like fizzy bright white head that percolates and pops and fizzes down to a faint hazy cloud over larger than average visible uprising and popping carbonation. 

The smell is sharp and sweet, kinda like peach Jolly Rancher candies, but not so 'candy-ish'.  There is a soft mellowness to the peach scent though, which makes me very keen on how the peach flavor/s will present themselves.

Ting, ting, ting...sour & tart flavors pucker the tongue right out of the gate.  As this feisty little guy cascades through the mouth, the peach flavors I've been anticipating are pleasantly apparent in just the right capacity; not too sweet and definitely not syrupy or contrived.  The brisk lemon rind tartness really holds everything in a classy and unique balance.  The wheat malt definitely adds softness and some roundness to this mouth puckering sour ale.

Mouthfeel is light with a (take a wild guess) sour and tart finish. Carbonation is apparent but toned down after initial pour.

Drinkability is highly subjective due to the unique style of this beer.  I'll give it high marks because I really enjoy sour beers.

Overall a well executed 'neo' Berliner Weisse with a pleasant and well placed peach overtone.  I've had a fair share of authentic Berliner Weisse's through the years, and this one keeps the pace with their traditional tart/sourness that have made them world renowned.  I believe DFH has done this style proud.  A beer that you'll either really like or hate.  I really likey.

Photo of toolbrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at the Winking Lizard in Columbus, OH, and it came with a DFH glass as well.

Poured a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Not much head retention or lacing.

Faint smell of citrus/peaches but more of a sour smell.

The taste has a hint of peach and a crisp bitter finish.

Easy in the mouth. Crisp taste and somewhat of a dry finish.

It was easy to drink, but I was also drinking more to get more glasses. If I were looking for something easy to drink on a hot day I would go for this.

Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem, PA

A: Extremely hazy, yellow, lemonade like color with a thin white head. Looks sort of wit like, but thicker.
S: Very strong aroma of tart, but more sour body of peach and some lemon.
T: This is only beer I have had of this style, so I don't have a basis to compare this to. However, this beer has always struck me being very refreshing and enjoyable, though not necessarily a great "beer". Flavor is dominated by sour/acidic peach flavor on top of a wheat/wit like body with some lemon and earthy flavors. Finish is slightly bitter. Active carbonation over a medium body results in a very clean refreshing beer. Obviously not for everyone, but not necessarily as bad as some make it out to be

Photo of atigerlife
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemonade-like color. Reminds me of a wit. Cerainly interesting looking.

Aroma of sour peach.

Taste of tart peaches dominate. Not much else to say about this one.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, dry and crisp.

Overall, it is a decent beer. Certainly interesting. Not great, but refreshing on a hot day. If you like something "different"...sort of like a Saison...then it is worth a go.

Photo of bboven
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, straw colored body with lots of bubbles but absolutely no head or lacing.

Very tart aroma, citric fruit. A nice amount of yeast comes through but not enough to fully balance the citrus.

The taste is extremely tart, it runs rampant to the point of making you pucker. Not for the faint of heart.

Crisp and very drying mouthfeel.

To style, but not for me. The tartness makes it really hard to get through the pint, but I'm sure some love it.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a lemonade yellow, minimal head or atleast disappears quick.

Tart almost sour smell. Not the sweetness one would expect with this beer's name. Sour apple and sour citrus.

Taste is more tart than sweet. Sweet fruit flavor not noticed up front but detected slightly on the back end. Again tart somewhat sour fruit flavor. Slight malt back.

Lively carbonation, crisp and definitely refreshing.

Very good summer brew. Not my favorite, but on a hot day this may be a darn good choice.

Photo of goethean
4.92/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass on a very hot and humid July day in Chicago.

Slightly musty aroma.

Quite tart, "gleeky". Lemonadey, almost astringent. Very refreshing. I wouldn't have guessed that there was peach in it if the label hadn't told me. Tiny bit of fruity sweetness. Bit of horsey funk in nose and mouth --- this beer used some wild yeasts and/or souring bacteria. No hops bitterness. A slightly dry, very pleasant, Germanic hops aftertaste.

I don't seek out light beers or weissbiers, but this is the most enjoyable example that I have encountered. 5 out of 5.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,764 ratings.