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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 137
Gots: 386 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dherling on 02-26-2007

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

Pale golden yellow pour with a thin head.

Smells like a combination of tart citrus fruits. Mainly peach and green apple....a real sweet and sour delight.

Carbonation is fairly high and the refreshing factor is incredible. I'm a big Rodenbach Grand Cru fan so sour doesn't overwhelm me at all. Its just nice to enjoy the sourness in a light Berliner Weiss style instead of a Belgian Sour.

I keep coming back to this seasonal from Dogfish Head and believe I will continue to do so.

Photo of Murchmac
2.24/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head, cloudy grapefruit color. Looks kinda cool.

No smell for me, hope it tastes better than it smells.

Like drinking rotten peaches. Drain pour

Bitter peach concentrate.

I was wrong about this beer, just as obi wan was wrong about anakin. Move along

Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with absolutely no head whatsoever, and only the slightest carbonation.

Aroma is pale malt, honey and lemon, along with grassy citrus fruit with hints of peach.

Taste is incredibly tart then sour green apple and lemon. Wow. This is something different, no doubt about it. Upon further inspection it is wheaty and grainy with no hop presence whatsoever. Sugary sweetness becomes apparent after the initial shock wears off.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A peach beer that doesn't taste like peach. I've never heard of this style, but from what I read it appears to be spot on. However, this style appears to be an acquired taste as I don't find myself wanting to pick this up again in the near future. Go get this if you are a fan of the style, or enjoy sour beers in general.

Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a super cloudy beer that looks yellow in some light and more orange in others. The head was thin but still pulled off a nice lace. Lots of little carbonation bubbles adding to the haziness.

Smell- Super fruity and a little wine like.

Taste- It was complex it wasn't like it was just peach there were some nice citrus tones and the peach flavor was not over sweet.

Mouthfeel. Somewhat thin but easy to drink.

Drinkability- It is nice a change up and very refreshing.

Photo of bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy and dirty yellow with hints of orange, no head to speak of.

The smell has a light bit of yeast and citrusy fruit with a touch of pepper.

Flavor is very tart and citrusy with hints of peach and lime and a bit wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel is light and farily carbonated with a bit of a dry finish.

Not a style I'm familiar with, but it fits the description of the style dead on, so I have to assume its a good example of the style. Light and refreshing a decent drink for summer.

Photo of bonkers
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
a-pors a hazy tranlucent yellow with a thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.
s-fruity sweet with peach accents
t-the peach comes through clearly, but not overly sweet. There is a peachy aftertaste.
m&d-a thin, heavily carbonated brew. I drank this on a hot summer day and it went down easily
overall-An interesting beer that I did not like at first but it did grow on me. I give DFH credit for trying something different, but I do not think I will purchase this again.

Photo of smerkinb
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured cloudy pale gold with 1/2" head that quickly dissipated as dictated by style. No lacing to speak of. Smells of fruit--more citrus than peach--, some light spice as well. Sour strong fruit taste, more citrus-orange, lemon, grapefruit--than peach. I got a bit of very sour peach a couple of times. Nothing else that I could taste. Mouthfeel was pretty dry with fizzy carbonation, and left me with a bit of a pucker.

Not much to look at, no great taste, and too sweet to be refreshing. If this is a top example of this style I'll be steering clear in the future. I did try to adjust my score as the description of this style lines up pretty well with this beer.

Photo of currysage1
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy light goldenrod yellow, fizzy head that goes away completly within 30 seconds. Effervescent, think alka-seltzer, bubbling from the center of the glass.

Smells of sour peach cobbler, not so much sweet as the baked grain that is part of it. Get that co2 tingle in my nose when I bury it in there. Very minimally scented.

Tastes sour right off the bat, not unpleasent actually in a slightly refreshing sort of way, granny smith. Baked grain flavor is on its tail, no hopping detected.

Mouthfeel is kind of minimal but does have some body to it, fizzy carbonation is definately a put off. Glad it was only a four pack.

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

Pale and hazy lemon yellow tone. Thick white head. Lace is moderate. Nose has got a little peach and some sour apple on it as well. Tart and acidic from the start. Sour green apples come to mind. Some lemon drop nuances come and go. Sparkling carbonation. Medium body. Really not overly acidic or mouthpuckering. This is a pretty good drinker. Not much peach in the flavor, but good nonetheless. Not a style I'm very familiar with, but I like this one pretty good.

Photo of phattysbox
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz poured into Duvel glass. Soda-like heads dissapears before it starts. The color was a murky off-brown, kind of like turbid water with rust deposits.

Peach smell? Nowhere to be found but the tartness does go to the nose

Again was looking for peaches but it was more absent in the taste than in the nose. Tartness hits upfront and was very abrasive. Compared to other Berliner-wiess's this part was a let-down. Dry with a husk-like taste in the end.

An subpar sour beer with a low drinkability. There are better sours/summer wheats to be had than this one. Not accustomed to this coming from DFH.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a special DFH pint glass at Winking Lizard in Fairlawn OH. It was the beer of the month.

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a little head.

S - This is going to sound redundant but it had a strong peach smell and was really sweet.

T - Very tart with a strong peach flavor. It almost had a grapefruit bite with the peach flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - A good beer but to sweet and tart to drink more than 1 at a sitting.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, wheat like tones and a small peach tartness. In the taste, peaches, small sugary, wheaty, and a small tartness. A tart bite, and light bodied mouthfeel, and a dry wheaty aftertaste. A nice summer like beer, nice small tartness, and a nice small peachiness.

Photo of SeanRedd
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn. Wasn't expecting that. I'm impressed. Skinny lil body but packs a sharp cut. Helluva tart, lemon, peach, and high pitch hard candy. Cools me down and summer humidity aint shit. Beliner-Weiss; ressurecting endangered styles and bringing comfort from the elements. Spanks good.

Photo of dstc
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Head falls to nothing with no lace leaving it looking like a glass of piss. Sorry.

Faint citrus aroma and nothing else.

Big lemony flavor. Very tart. Can't quite get the peach flavor.

Thin and moderately carbonated in the mouth.

I absolutely love DFH beers but this one just does not do it for me.

Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head, no lacing.

smell of wheat, light peach, and touch of citrus.

taste is peachy, more sour than sweet, wheat, lemon hangs out in the back.

overall not that bad, never had this style before, i enjoyed the tartness.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Hopleaf.

A: Pours a hazy lemon pie yellow (that light pastel looking yellow you know) with a touch of peach because damn, they put some peaches into this beer so why not have it look a little like peach juice. Hazy doesn't fit the guidelines so it looses points there but the head dissapeared right away so all is well in that department.

S: Nice to see its not over the top with peach but a nice compliment to a refreshing lemon and grainy husky scent. Still I feel like this is not a perfect replica of what I might experience out of a true Berliner Weissbier so points off once again.

T/MF: Can't deny the great taste, not as sour as I was going to expect but that spritzy lemon and peach combo works wonders on a hot and humid day walking around in Chicago. The mouthfeel is what wins me over on this one. Light but puckering and attaches onto the back of your throat like champagne.

D: I could drink about a dozen of these without a second thought though my throat my close up from all the lactic acid and sourness. A great beer for a hot day, a real peach...sorry.

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.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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