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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,569 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,569
Reviews: 1,252
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 122
Gots: 309 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Drew966
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Festina Peche pours a light, hazy, golden yellow with a thin, white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a peach flavor and definitely some wheat in the aroma. Peach is quite noticeable in the flavor, there is a sour component that is true to style and lends a nice touch to this beer. The body is very light and the carbonation is fairly heavy, also true to style, giving a champangne like effervesence. A nice, refreshing Dogfish take on the style.

Drew966, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Sam Adams pint glass. Big white foamy head with a hazy blonde color. Looks refreshing.

S - Not much going on here. There is a slight clean yeasty/citrusy note but that is about it.

T - Starts out with a tart peach flavor then quickly goes to big lemony sour. Finishes with a nice sweet peach tang. Kinda makes you pucker. Pretty damn refreshing.

M - Light bodied and very well carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable, but I don't know if I could handle the sour after more than two or so. Plus it isn't super cheap at $11 a four pack.

Overall, pretty decent beer. Would really do the job on a hot day. Allthough I don't think I liked it enough to pick it over others if I was at the store, especially when you consider price.

Monsone, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of garcia2a
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with many of their products, I like this. Ggauhan brough this over and the sampling began.

The beer poured a nicey-nice cloudy golden color with a moderate head that thins. There is a nice fruit bouquet that makes the consumer dream of peaches, tangerines and nectarines. Once the tasting comences, there is no confusing the peach heritage of this beer. The taste is coupled with great mouthfeel.

This is a great beer from April to September, gotta get my hands on a few more bottles. My advice: Get This Beer!!

garcia2a, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at the Old Toad, Rochester, NY. It comes out in a pint glass with a pale, cloudy, watered down wheat beer look. No head. The aroma is so faint you have to sniff really hard to get anything. Wheat, and an acidic hint. The flavor profile is extremely odd: Up front it tastes like cool, filtered water. Then at the very end there is a very tart burst of lemon zest/peach, then back to nothing. Very interesting, but I prefer a beer that isn't so delicate, faint, and fruity. Typical of the off-the-wall style of brewing that has made Dogfish Head so famous. Just not for me.

Rudgers73, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy honey body with a big white creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace.
Tart citrus scent, pure and dense green apple with a hint of peach.
Deliciously dominating rubarb tart flavor with a subdued sweet lemon meringe note. The aftertaste is a prolonged experience of the initial taste.
Creamy mouthfeel with good coating. Fairly slick and dry to the point of being puckering.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been awaiting this one since it's "preview" at the EBF '07. One of my favorite styles of beer and perfect in the summer. A nice alternative to the seemingly endless pale wheat ales put out by other breweries in the summer.

Poured from the 12oz.bottle into a pilsner glass the beer is a hazy golden color with more than two-fingers of fluffy pure white head that blossoms over the glass and was quick to fade. Some sticky lacing throughout.

The nose had a soft peach aroma, very mild with some lemon(ade) aromas and fresh cut grass.

The tartness hits the palate upfront and grabs the tounge depriving it of moisture. A nice sour pucking follows up and the peach is barely detectable. (I thought the peach was more predominate at the EFB, I'm glad is was less present in the bottles). A dry finish that again sucks out the moisture of the mouth and puckers the lips. Crisp and quenching with soft citrus notes and a little lemon.

Th body is light, crisp, and dry ... spot on for the style.

Very drinkable, very enjoyable, perfect for the season. This will be a beer I buy up now and look forward too each summer. Well done.

Sycodrummer, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Max's on Broadway.
Served as slightly pink colored berr with moderate white soda-pop like head.
Smell was signifcant for peaches, with some other light summer fruit scents also noted.
Taste is lightly tart peach with a nice wheat flavor.
Left a fruity taste in the mouth without going overboard.
Nice light enjoyable summer brew.

tgbljb, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy straw/gold colored with not too much of a head.
wheat malt and some tart and bitter smelling peach make up the bulk of the aroma, other than that maybe a bit of a dry yeast smell.
tart peach dominates the flavor, with some of the wheat picking up a little steam middle to back. certainly not all that complex, but tasty none the less.
thin in the mouth with carbonation on the seltzer-y side. i'm not looking for a ful body, but a little more to hold onto would have been nice.
good drinkability, this one disappears from the glass pretty quickly.

kmo1030, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

An extremely pale yellow and cloudy beer with a decent white head that fades quickly this looks like a top notch Witbier in the glass.

The smell is light clean and fruity with wheat malt being the dominant scent. Peach is there but is very mild I might have a problem identifying it if I didn't know it was in there. Sour aroma isn't really detectable.

The taste begins medium sour and mostly of wheat flavor with a pronounced wheat cracker aftertaste. Sour but not harsh in anyway it is about as sour as weak lemonade without the sugar. The peach flavor is very light and hard to pick out of the taste, some how I think this would have worked better with lime or lemon zest rather than peaches.

The mouthfeel is light and spritzy per the style.

Quite easy to drink and it was quite nice after a two hour bike ride in a strong wind. Super drinkable and very much tame after some of the harsher Berliner Weiss beers that I have had. A natural summer beer.

Zorro, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

what can I say about this beer other than pucker up baby. pours hazy golden with no head and little carbonation. fresh citrus aroma pleasantly balances this brew. sour as they come, a true wild ale. not my favorite dogfish head but worth trying. be brave.

Backer2004, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden. Not much head,or lacing. Aroma is of sweet and sour fruit. Body is thin and carbionated. Taste reminds me of sweetarts. Remember those from your childhood? Good tasting,but a peach wine cooler is really all you have here.

riversider76, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, milky orangish yellow. No head, very few bubbles. Nose is slightly peachy, some alcohol, mild bitter hops, and some barn scent. Taste is very unique; it's a nice combo of bitterness and sweet peaches, with a tangy hoppy backdrop. Very much like a Berliner Weiss with the syrup already added, yet different and fresh. Mouthfeel is pretty good, as is drinkability.

shivtim, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected more of a fruity, sweet scent from the bottle. A bit of a sour smell came forth.

Poured with a nice, foamy head, which soon settled down. A clear golden color, fizzling with mild carbonation.

The taste was different than anticipated. Rather tart. Reminscent of a sour ale. More of a sour cherry flavor than peach.

The last few remnants of the bottle were poured out...less foam, more of a yeasty/cloudy character was produced in the glass.

Interesting, but not great. Drinkable, but one is enough for me.

Nutleybeer, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully prepared to not like this beer, because I have a general aversion to fruit beers, I thought this was a very good beer. Poured into a pint glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a small head. It had a citrus aroma, more lemon than anything else. Very tart taste, still more lemon, but the peach also showed up. Very crisp and refreshing, a good summer beer.

lordofthewiens, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a first for me for this style, so hopefully I review it fairly, but I should start out by saying that I enjoyed it very much. Poured a pale and cloudy golden straw with a one and a half finger head that diminished to a ring around the glass. Very light/no lacing.

Very wheaty and yeasty up front on the nose, but citrusy lemon with a faint peachy scent.

Tartness right off the bat! Like I said, this is a first for me of this style, and I was not expecting it! After reading about it some however, and a few more sips, I've come to the conclusion that it's very intriguing to the palate. The tartness quckly moves towards a wheat flavored center and finishes once again with a lemony sour. I noticed that the peach is very faint and is really only noticable upon exhaling after you swallow...and in that aspect it really does taste like a lot like peach.

Feels fairly light in body in the mouth, and leaves you dry, clean, and crisp. Overall a very nice and welcome change from the typical summertime brews. I'll be picking up this instead the nextime I'm experiencing a heatwave.

greenbeaner, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dense hazy pale yellow body with a snow white head that turns into a thick sticky mat of foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- The notes of tart dry peaches with a lemon note and a light white bread note.

T- This beer has a dry tart flavor with a note of dry peach pits and a lemon note. There is a light herbal hops finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light pucker in the finish.

D- This is a bright tart crisp beer that is refreshing and a nice peach flavor in the background. I love this style and this is a really great summer beer.

rhoadsrage, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Festina Peche
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light yellow with a hazy & cloudy character. No sticky lacings appear.

Pleasant nose with fruity notes upfront and a peach presence.

My first sip is highly acidic and ripe on the tongue. Pressured carbonation and very spritzer-like overall. A hint of tart citrus flavors add to this semi-mouth puckering brew. A combo of peach, lemon & lime provide an intense fruit blast.

Quite refreshing, unique and easy to drink on this humid July evening. Not sure if I would drink more than a few of these in one sitting however.

Hibernator, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Tomas77
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light haze to this beer which is typical to a berliner weisse. Pale,yellow gold in color. Good carbonation. Small head on surface that leaves a slight trace of lace behind.

*Good looking summer beer.

A tart/sour aroma(probably from the yeast) is noticeable. I smell some peach but more citrus notes like lemon and orangy zest.

Very dry low bitter beer without much lactic sourness that I would expect from a berliner weisse but it's there just the same and very refreshing. Low to moderate on the malts(wheat) and hops(lemongrass,citrus). Good balance.

*Good tasting summer beer.

Light body. Thin. Dry, with a non-lingering seltzery aftertaste left behind. A great session beer. Two or 3 of these go down nice on a hot summer day.

*Just a good tasting, refreshing summer beer! (in case I haven't mentioned it already)

DFH does it again.

Tomas77, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy blonde color with a head consisting of a thin layer of tiny bubbles, little spotty lacing. Smells of lemons and some light peach tones. Taste is very tart, with a finish of lemons and peaches. Light in body with great carbonation dancing on the palate. Another unusual but great brew from Dogfish Head, perfect for summertime.

HopDerek, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I imagine this will be a love it or hate it beer. Being a fan of the Berliner Weisse style, the jaw-clenching tartness on the first sip is exactly what I'm looking for. Nice, biting lactic acidity that smooths out rather quickness with aromatic peach flavor wafting through. The peach is more of a complimentary flavor than a primary flavor in the beer, with less sweetness than you might expect. Refreshing.

Brent, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just barely not see through straw yellow in color, thin white head formed mainly a ring after a minute or so. A lot of active carbonation. The aroma is wheaty and lemongrass like, plenty of sour notes coming through. Peach is noticeable but far from overwhelming, some other fruity notes as well like banana and bubble gum. The taste showed a sour edge I was not expecting after taking in the aroma, not acrid at all, quite tart and refreshing, just more than I expected. It made me pucker. After a second though sweetness folds in to balance it out. Peach flavor was there, but again it won't blow you away. Plenty of wheaty, zesty malt shines through, along with some apricot, banana, and cherry notes.

Overall: I figured there would be a lot of haters of this *fruit* beer, so I am pleased to see it's getting some decent reviews. I liked it quite a bit, it is a great summer session beer. A few refreshing, quality flavors, but not overly complex, relatively light in body. The peach juice used during brewing is well balanced with everything else and doesn't taste like generic concentrate. I am glad to see an off centered company take on this style and do a good job of it.

dfried, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass. A nice hazy color, thin head.

Smell is faintly peach.

This beer has a surprising tartness, with a hint of peaches. No maltiness or hops coming through.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat watery. Overall a refreshing beer I may grow to like.

shroompod, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on-tap and from the bottle. This review is for the draft version.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice white head. Some light spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is better than what I got from the bottle. Sour, tart lemon and peach. Smells like what I expect from a Berliner Weiss. Peach isn't as strong as I would like, but it is there.

The flavor is both sour/tart and refreshing...kinda like a good lemonade. The tartness is dominant but there is a nice hint of peach in there. Lemon is also present as is a hint of earthy hops.

Nice, light mouthfeel. Very active carbonation. Refreshing brew for a warm summer's day. On-tap is superior to the bottles, imo. But I do enjoy the bottles, also. My wife loves this beer. She has drank more of it than I ever will. Another hit from DFH.

Imstillthegman, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of deanhead
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to enjoy this beer on tap. WOW! It certainly is different.Consequently it was my first sampling of a Berliner Weisse beer. A very interesting beer to say the least. I enjoyed it with chilled melon soup which complemented it nicely.


Appearance: It was poured into a 6oz tulip glass. A golden, straw color with a lacey white head. Resembled some lambics that I have drank before. Lot's of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Smelled of horse blanket, and a hay barn with sour undertones. This beer did not smell like peaches at all.

Taste: Youzzzers, this was a tart beer. Way ove the top, reminded me of swee tarts :) The peach taste is present but, to me still seemed sublte enough to let the combo of malt and hops shine thru. A very Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer, with limited body, Tiny bubbles that tickle your nose. Reminded me of seltzer.


Overall: This was a tasty beer, a light summer drinker for a hot day. I don't know if I could drink more than one or two in one sitting, as it was very sour/tart beer.

deanhead, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The Festina Peche pours a hazy, light gold color, with a nice white head on it. Aroma is slightly sour, but the taste is where this beer shines. For fans of sour beer, this is a solid entry. Having never tried a Berliner Weisse before, I had no idea what to expect, but am now quite interested in finding more. (Any recommendations?)

The taste is strongly sour, with a nice light taste of peach. No real noticeable hops profile, as the sourness is by far the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is good - nice and light, which fits this style well. This is a great summer beer - you could easily drink several of these in a night just lounging out on a front porch. Nice work yet again Dogfish Head.

Update (7/21): I had this on tap at Deep Ellum in Allston last night. On tap it came through even better than in the bottle. The tartness and sour were more bold than in the bottle, which made for an even more enjoyable drinking experience. I highly recommend this on tap, more so than in the bottle.

YonderWanderer, Jul 16, 2007
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,569 ratings.