Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,745
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 129
Gots: 366 | FT: 5
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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!


(Beer added by: Todd on 03-05-2007)
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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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of rajendra82
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow, and cloudy appearance, with explosive and rapidly dissipating carbonation. Probably authentic looking, but not a look I care a whole lot for. The smell was pretty much nothing. I was expecting to get some peaches on the nose, but nada. The taste was quite a sour treat. The lemony acidity was up front and center. The fruit that was missing from the smell was much more evident in the taste. Not easy to make it out as peaches, but clearly quite a fruity beer. As light and airy as a Lambic in the mouth, and very refreshing. I am surprised that beers like this are associated with cold and dreary Berlin This would be more at home on a sultry July day in Georgia on the back porch.

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a mellon rind greenish yellow colored body. Creates an almost white head that erupts to two fingers showing a nice amount of carbonation. Nose is like smelling the skin of a fresh peach just before you take a bite. You also get noticeable hints of tartness. That same tart feel transcinds right to the front of the tongue as you take first sip. The sour feel meets up with the malt to create almost a flemish sour or wild ale effect. This one is not as harsh as some of those sour bombs are though. It is much more drinkable for my likes. A mineraly, malty hue is left on the buds for a unique mouthfeel of sour, thick and dryness. I was expecting something more sweet but this was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of JDV
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent by DrBayern - I had been wanting to try this for a long time and finally acquired one through trade. Poured this into the closest glass I had to a "bowl" style glass. Looked a hazy yellowish with no head. Kind of Hoegaarden-esque. Smell was very underwhelming with some very faint perhaps peachy smells that I wouldn't have picked up if I didn't know what it was, along with an almost skunky yeast smell. Very unique to me as it was also my 1st of the style. Taste was dry very bland peachy flavor up front, followed by a noticeable tartness in the mouth and then a definite wheaty finish to it. Very different, and although drinkable, not the easiest beer to enjoy. Perhaps just the style, but this lacked almost any sweetness at all and as a result almost none of the flavors were brought out very well. Extremely mild and tart.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Spot on good for a Weissbier.

S- Very clean but lacking the character that I was expecting considering that it was brewed with peach.

T- Very tart with very light notes of peach. Otherwise its a pretty solid wiess.

M- Just light enough to be refreshing.

D- I'll have to try it again come summertime.

All in pretty good but not the "peach bomb" that I was expecting.

Photo of Quasmo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first appearance the beer seems a little lacking. The beer pours smooth but has absolutely no head. The beer has a chalky yellow color.

The smell is very peachy as it should, and there is a clear smell of hops, but it has a full smell. I like it.

At first taste it is very bitter, almost sour, not what I expected. It is very light and flavorful.

The beer stays in my mouth, but the carbonation and citrus from the peach creates a fine tingling that feeld good.

I could defintely drink this beer, it has a great finish, great for the summer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a spiffy Belgian tulip-type glass...

Hazed faint peach/pear appearance, nice, if slim slab of white foam above.

Effervescence at large in aroma, light fruit, again, peach and pear, ...pilsner-like...slightly sweet, slightly dry.

Taste: sour, puckering, spritzy, ...citric, tart, then dry...like pear champagne. Light bodied, light finish, too...and the flavor's not doing it for me.

Boy, I've been meaning to try this for a long time, grabbed a bottlle in Wisconsin that was foul, and now this time...not crazy about this. It's probably as good as it should be, but, clearly, it's not pushing my buttons.

It's actually growing on me as I finish it. Would make a nice
dessert brew. Sparkling, dry, and a little fruity. Good. Not great.

Photo of Toaster565
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pale cloudy blonde color with a 1-finger head that diminishes rapidly...cloudy with strong carbonation bubbling lasting throughout...no lacing left behind

S: not much there...champagne, and subtle citrus (peach, grapefruit)

T: very tart the first sip, but mellows a little...very much like a champagne

M: highly carbonated and kind of slippery on the tongue

D: a little too tart, especially for the middle of winter...i wouldn't mind having one or two of these on a hot summer day

Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 4.5% abv. with peaches

Aroma: Champagne with a strong yeasty note and a mild peach smell

Appearance: Regular pour resulted in a complete glass of bright white foam that slowly settled into a very cloudy tangerine. For all the head, not much lace.

Flavor: Strong sour pucker but not overwhelming. Lambic level of lemon juice but not nearly the "funky barnyard" element. A sour, light, carbonated lemon juice with peach.

Mouthfeel: Prickly sourness, light body

Overall Impression: Very different, a good summer drink. Funky lemon juice.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Pours a cloudy, pale banana; almost a white highlight. Carbonation-filled white head that recedes pratically on impact. No lasting lacing.

Stiff, malted wheat and toasted oats. Musty and phenolic with a light citrus quality: lemon and orange. Notes of dry pepper.

Bright, intense champagne-like tartness; apricot, apple, peach. The yeast-filled character builds after the sour quality subsides and leads to a burnt, solvent wheat and grain.

Light bodied; overly carbonated and active on the palate. Slick in the middle due to the solvency.

Too intensely tart and champagne-like on the palate, even for a lighter summer offering. Almost like a faux-lambic; artificial.

Photo of Bavaria1516
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA for about $8. Very nice light yellow hay color with little head. Not much in the way of smell, mostly fruit. Taste is tart starting with a peach flavor and quickly moving to a sour lemon which didn't really bother me. It was actually quite unique. Mouthfeel is fizzy which I didn't enjoy at first but it started to grown on me about halfway through. Drinkability was good but I couldn't drink many in one sitting. I'd have to say if I was going to drink a fruit infused beer it would be Pyramid Apricot Ale before this one again.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with no head and little apparent carbonation. Beer is a hazy yellow color with no lacing.

Smell- Sweet, fruity nose. Notes of lemon and peach.

Taste- Begins with a sweet dose of peach juice, quickly fades to tart lemon, and ends with a subtly sweet decline of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty decent palate coverage, perhaps a bit oily?

Drinkability- A delicious, refreshing beer, another good offering from DGF.

Photo of jenbys2001
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light straw color with a constant stream of bubbles and a tiny bit of foam at the top. The scent was a bit overpowering, it smelled like very syrupy peach concentrate. However, the taste was much lighter and the peach flavor is actually quite subtle. This beer is a bit tart and has a very dry finish. I thought the taste and mouthfeel was similar to a chardonnay. This is my first experience with a peach beer, but I liked this one. It's drinkability was high and the pleasant peach flavor makes it a nice spring beer, or a light beer for earlier in the day.

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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