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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,831 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2831
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


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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dar482

New York

4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a bright straw yellow color with tons of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice lemon acidic sourness, but also just tons of juicy peach. Extremely sweet peach.

The taste has tons of carbonation right on the front with tons of peach and then sourness. The body is a bit light, but the sourness is really lemony and gentle. The peach flavor is really interesting in this.

For something with fruit, this is really a surprise and great. Highly recommended for those trying to get into craft because this is so easy to drink and accessible.

I don't really see the problem with this beer. A really fun take on the Berliner Weisse. A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 18:58:18 | More by dar482
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- pours very pale yellow with thin Snow White head

S- smells of unripe peaches

T- taste like it smells, wheat beer with unripe peach

M- light and thin with high carbonation

Overall was ok, won't buy it again, was expecting more sweet peach then sour unripe over carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:13:37 | More by xk6m6m5x
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale, very transparent, straw-colored body with a frothy bone-white head that lingers around.

S- Peach, dried grass, noble hops, some citrus.

T- Very tart and acidic body with peach and citrus coming through. Body is mostly a wheat flavor, with the fruity flavors taking over the bulk of the taste.

M- Very light, very bubbly. Carbonation leaves almost a frothy feel.

O- I had this one a couple times and did not like it, but I feel like the sour peach is not as strong as I remember. Nothing I would seek out, but not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:16:32 | More by stephenjmoore
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FLima

Brazil

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow amber color with a two finger head with low retention.
Light aroma of peach and vanilla.
Elegant taste of peaches with a pleasant sourness. Notes of lemon.
Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Almost a mild Sour beer with a good acidity. Peach was at a perfect level. Enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 14:12:40 | More by FLima
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks aren't this one's strong point. Super fizzy soda-like head dissipates almost instantly, leaving no lacing, with some bubbles rising through the light yellow, clear body.

Aroma is nice, really peachy, with a little tartness. Flavor is also peachy, quite so. For a peach beer, it's really tasty. A light tartness goes with the Berliner aspect well.

Body is light, somewhat fizzy, and very refreshing.

Overall, despite the poor appearance, it's a very nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 21:17:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head - Festina Pêche poured into a Lawson's Tulip

Look - Pours a pale yellow hue with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind not a trace of lacing.

Smell - Fruity sour and sweet, slightly cloying here.

Taste - Blast of sour funky apricot in the mouth. A little over the top and not as subtle as I would have expected. The first thing I thought was they created a fruit beer here, the Weissbier style is subdued by the peach/apricot flavor, creating almost a cider-like experience.

Mouthfeel - Tart, fruity, not boozy. In general the drinkability is just OK because of the extreme of the flavor that comes with each sip. Light-bodied. Breadiness is quite minimal here as well, which is a bit off for the style, all things considered.

Overall - For what it is, it delivers, and it probably delivers better than most others of this style, but this is not one that I would personally seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 12:06:28 | More by JMScowcroft
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: It is a grayish blonde that pours a strong 2 finger head that stays for a bit. No lacing but lots of bubbles.

S: Slightly sour smelling with hints of peachy sweetness.

T: Almost saison-y with a hint of sour funk to it. Nice tiny bite to it. Quite refreshing. All around mild notes but good. Nothing really jumps right out at you.

M: Nice level of smooth carbonation and you can really feel some big bubbles in there.

O: I think this might be my first berliner weissbier. Interesting, definitely a nice summer beer. Another good one from DFH. I think it might be my favorite of their seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:53:48 | More by gillagorilla
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale straw color with an awesome snow white head lacing the glass very well.

Nice cracker like maltiness with just a delicate wiff of peach.

Amazing tart quenching cracker and again the peach is a very light kiss. The tart lemonish acidity is fantastic.

Light and very quaffable brew, perfect for famously HOT columbia, SC on the 1st day of summer.

This could very well become a go to brew for our 6 month summers. BRAVO!

Serving type: growler

06-21-2013 23:09:10 | More by welldigger888
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse globe.

A: Poured a fairly translucent, bright yellow color with a bit of chill haze. No head to speak of, but lots of visible carbonation.

S: I got a tinge of tartness, but mostly fresh grains and peach tea.

T: Tart, funky, and fun. I found this to be thirst-quenchingly good with a very understated contribution by the peach. The sourness really didn't kick in until the late aftertaste.

M: Prickly and wet. No lacing whatsoever.

O: It's always a pleasure to drink this one. I'm a huge fan of this style and this entry doesn't disappoint

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 18:06:14 | More by Chaney
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utopiajane

New York

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a fine white head of loose foam that fell quickly to a thin film. The occasional bubble was observed to be floating nonchalantly to the top. Nose is strong with brett, just a little peach, sour and floral. There's a spicy bite and a dry wheat malt base underneath. Musty. Taste is mild peach. Fruit is much fainter than I expected and I had to work pretty hard to find it on the nose and on the palate. It's light, tart and has a healthy earth. Acidic. Body is light and crisp. The wheat base is strong and refreshing and offers up some bread. Together with the restrained fruit character that bread was a nice compliment. No hop bitterness. A pale, mouthwatering and very dry finish.

This is an exuberant drink. It's not explosive in it's fruit character but it is clean and tart. The fruit did sweeten as the beer warmed but not to the measure of an IPA. The strong wheat based malt character gave enough bread to create a balance you could literally observe. I would call it a liberated taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 13:54:17 | More by utopiajane
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spoony

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-The head fizzles immediately and leaves no lacing. There is a substantial amount of chunky, soda-pop-like carbonation visible in the glass. The beer is light, light golden in color with a touch of haze. Solid representation of the style.

S-The smell is mildly lactic and tart up front. As promised, there is a strong peach scent, but also some apricot. The whole thing is a little musty from the wheat.

T-I taste mildly sweet peach and apricot at first. The fruit then fades and a light, lactic tartness pulls gently at my glands on the finish. There is not much happening here, but the flavors are well-developed and pair nicely with each other.

M-The brew is light weight, with crisp, chunky carbonation that fades in strength towards the end of the glass.

O-This is a fairly simple, but decent-tasting summer beer. I could have used a little more Berliner Weiss tartness to offset the sweet peach flavor, but this brew is not syrupy or cloying. The light body and chunky carbonation make for easy drinkability and solid refreshment. Fruit beers aren't always my thing, but this is not a bad effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:01:37 | More by spoony
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Wicker Park in Chicago, with a buddy yesterday 6/15/2013.

Aroma: Light sweet tartness up front, with a little bit of sweetness- a fruity peach. Smells great, smells crisp and refreshing. I can practically smell the CO2. (4)

Colour: Clear light gold body with a fluffy 3cm white head that dissipates quickly. It's like a white soda, you can see all the bubbles in the beer. It's very much what I expect from a Berliner Weiss. It just looks crisp and refreshing. Great lacing. (4)

Flavour: Tart apricot and peach sweetness. The tartness is not over the top, but it's no wilting flower either. Tastes delicious, not super complex but the flavours are very well represented and everything comes together well. I would like a little bit more tartness though. Overall well put together and is tasty. (4)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and very, very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly a light peach sweetness and a decent bit of tartness that is very pleasant. (4)

Overall: A very nice, tasty Berliner Weiss. I don't even like peach but this is delicious and not off-putting at all. The peach sweetness is mild but delicious, and the tartness complements it very well despite peach not being a typically tart fruit. I'd drink it again, especially this summer! (4)

O-This is a fairly simple, but decent-tasting summer beer. I could have used a little more Berliner Weiss tartness to offset the sweet peach flavor, but this brew is not syrupy or cloying. The light body and chunky carbonation make for easy drinkability and solid refreshment. Fruit beers aren't always my thing, but this is not a bad effort.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 18:05:28 | More by Stevedore
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ghengisflan

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The smell is of a dry peach, and it almost looks like a champagne with the light color and little bubbles. The beer has a forward flavor of a sour peach followed up by a pilsner malt (aside: I don't think that's the style of it, but has that note). The mouthfeel is odd, both thick and thin but overall worth a try for a neat summer experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:35:56 | More by ghengisflan
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mketchen

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Simply put, this was basically a cider to me. From the color to the taste, was not impressed with this "beer" at all. The smell was the best part of this, even that was slightly underwhelming. The first beer from DFH I can say I will not try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:56:41 | More by mketchen
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json83

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

135 Calories, 4.5% ABV. Peach fruit flavor and aftertaste is a good level under this category. I enjoyed trying something out of the ordinary. The price is a bit much though at only 4 bottles for $9. This is a seasonal beer and worth a try but not one I would list on my top 10: which is determined by taste, ABV, and cost.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:38:23 | More by json83
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sporr

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The pour was interesting. When done pouring it almost reminded me of a champaign with the carbonation streaming up from the botom of the taster glass with no head what so ever. The aroma to me was almost bready with a slight hint of peach. The taste was more like a very dry peach cider. I wasn't a big fan at all and think DFH missed the mark. But kudo's for trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:45:57 | More by sporr
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. no bottling date but its brand new.

pours a pale yellow color with no head whatsoever. lots of fizzy bubbles though. mild peach aroma on the nose, very fruity. taste is massively peachy. was expecting some tart to this but there isn't any. just full on peach flavor. light bodied with high carbonation.

overall its not my favorite. was expecting more than just an onslaught of peaches. glad I only got 1 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 18:37:22 | More by Axnjxn
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Brenden

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Berliner Weiss is, in my opinion, a highly underrated style. I like that DFH added peaches right in the brewing process.

It's thickly hazed, a pale gold color with a white head roughly one finger high resting on top for a moderate length of time. A modicum of spotty lacing is left behind.
This beer is peachy, like fresh juice, in both the aroma and the flavor. There's a gentle sourness that isn't off-putting in any way, complementing the juicy sweetness. A wheat base is evident, giving off a note of grains the entire session. Sweet, tangy, ad lightly sour with a hint of a somewhat floral element, this is pretty much what I expect from the style. It's soft, with everything that should be there without going overboard with any of it.
Lightly tart and dry on the tongue, this beer just comes together very nicely altogether. Creamy and consistently crisp with a flowing smoothness underneath before upping the dryness a touch into the finish, the feel is surprisingly good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 12:56:35 | More by Brenden
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a light wit beer. Decent white head and looks pretty fizzy. You can smell the peach instantly along with a sort of musty smell. Tastes refreshing and goes down easy. It does have almost a Chardonnay tangy finish which I'm not wild about but it doesn't ruin it. I'm not a fruit in the beer type drinker but on a hot day I'd reach for this over a peach tea. The ABV is great, since it doesn't eat up much beer credits. I can't see having this regularly, but it might be something I offer at bbqs in the summer. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:06:09 | More by sjones5045
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Gibonow

California

2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tasted surprisingly weak considering the smell. The peach smell was strong and powerful and also suggested the beer would be sweet. In reality, the taste was tart and very light. Very un-dogfish head.

My biggest complaint is the after taste, which was almost non-existent. It left a watery, cleaner-type taste behind, especially towards the end. I attribute this to the quick loss of carbonation. I would also describe it as dry, with high acidity.

As for the good, this is an easy beer to drink. I'd pick this one for a hot day outside because it's so light.

Enjoyed this from a tulip. 12oz for $3.49

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:30:28 | More by Gibonow
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is reminiscent of white wine with a stark white head that retained longer than expected. This offering is effervescent with a body more wine-like than beer-like. The peaches are distinctly present in the nose and flavor profile. The sour peach taste is refreshing and light, but distinct as well. This beer delivers on its promise and is a good example of style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 20:04:34 | More by 57md
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Berliner Weissbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a hazy yellow color, produced an average white head, featured nice retention, just a little lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this ale was very nice, bursting with fresh peach nectar, some suggestions of malted wheat. Medium bodied, this ale features a baseline of malted wheat, that gives way to a sour peach nectar, and Granny Smith Apples. The favorite part of this beer, for me, is the sour bite you get about midway through, that sour bite gives way to a dry finish that leaves you ready for the next sip. Very nice session beer, would be a great summer beer- Thanks Dogfish, another winner! Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 18:54:04 | More by GossageBrewery
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KingSlayer

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle from a local pub, the bottle sticker caught my eye.
At first i was expecting a sweet syrupy peach beer, high on carbonation and somewhat cider like appearence. i was wrong (thank god).

A: Poured a mango yellow hazy liquid, semitranslucent. poured very conservatively so little to no head formed, nonetheless a white loose foam ring formed on top, no lacing,

S: peaches and flowers, dont expect sweetness, its more like a tart, crisp, acid like smell, but pleasant. reminds me of an extra dry champagne or white fruity dry wine.

T: faithful representation of its pleasant bouquet. peaches without being overwhelming, green apple undertones. again reminds me of a dry white wine, no syrup or sweetness.

M: light body, active strong carbonation but not excessively strong. little tart.

O: fizzy refreshing dry peach beer. appeared more like an extra dry peach wine for me except for the lower abv of course. a pleasant experience. Definitively worth trying but not really my type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 05:56:48 | More by KingSlayer
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - slightly murky pale straw with a 3 finger very bubbly white head and average head retention and poor lacing.

S - peaches obviously with mellow wheat notes

T - moderately tart green apple open to be filled of aromatic sour white peaches, a relaxed wheat backbone is finished with a smooth floral acidic finish, almost like a white wine.

M - light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, wet.

O - a really neat light fruity beer that captures the character of peaches without being obnoxious. This would be a nice summer beer to share with friends that don't care for more bitter beers. Haven't tried too many of this style, but I looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 20:49:21 | More by williamjbauer
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Guden

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- White grape juice in color with great clarity, a few carbonation bubbles and a small white head that fades leaving behind a few bubbles.

S- Peach (obviously) with the sweet juiciness coming through as well as some honey, leaves and again a white grape quality.

T- Again juicy peach leads the way with a slight puckering sourness and some candy sweetness.

M- Medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Work out very well making the beer feel juicy without being watery or lifeless. The mouthfeel is actually quite full for a 4.5% abv beer and considering the amount of fruit it does well to not have a white wine quality.

O- I had this beer once at the brewery and really enjoyed it, it seems that some time in the bottle has made this seem a little less bright and refreshing but it still holds a lot of juicy peach flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:26:38 | More by Guden
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.