Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,297
Hads: 3,974
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 158
Gots: 503 | 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 PA-hunter
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured bottle into glass. 4.5 % abv

Appearance- Dull yellow and semi cloudy with a two finger head that dissipates quite fast.

Smell- Strong bready malt aroma with a lot of wheat. Honey like sweetness as well. Mostly wheat.

Taste- A big sugary blast of peach hits the palate along with notes of wheat. The tartness is quite prominent but not overly sour. The sourness lends a citrus like aspect. Fresh peach lingers as an aftertaste in the palate.

Mouthfeel- Light and quite dry, just as this should be.

Overall- A great example of the style. The peach taste was quite flavorful. Nice example of the Berliner Weissbier style. Another stellar seasonal by DFH. (663 characters)

Photo of jam_fanz
1/5  rDev -72.5%

I actually had to throw this beer away. First time that has ever happened. No Peach aroma at all, and so sour it was undrinkable. Maybe i got a bad batch but I am super disappointed. (183 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Sept'14 This time around I find it to be quite refreshing. No syrup taste this time. Just a hint of the peachA bit light even for a Weisse, but since it's in the 80's it's on the money.

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Found myself swinging at a curve ball here. Having tried a number of summertime peach brews with a favorable impression I had nothing but great expectations fron DFH, but low & behold I was pretty disappointed. Listed as Weisseer I figured there would be a hint of dry or citrus but all I got was a medium body rather bland beer with a syrupy overlay on the tongue More contrived than complex. Neither refreshing nor bright. I'll stick to the North Carolina guys for this style next time. (704 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Pale golden hued with a fingernail of eggshell white foam. Hazy complexion is present. Perfume sweetness of peaches is a touch too sweet for my nose. The flavor is extremely sweet almost to the point of being cloying. This is like a peach candy. I bet this would be more appealing with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. The mouth is slightly sticky and mildly carbonated. (380 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very yellow, there's no head at all and lots of bubbles.

The smell is peach and citrus fruits lemon and orange.

The taste is is tangy lemon and peach, very sour and sugary. It tastes like those sour sweets.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Suits the style almost soda like.

A good change of pace, refreshing sourness, I liked it enough but at the same time glad I just got a single bottle. (414 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice tiny head at the top that goes away rather quickly, a slight lacing around the glass.

S: Nose has some lemongrass, peach, pine and some honey, a slight sour note in there as well but nothing over the top.

T: Taste is definitely unique, lots of peach taste and citrus taste to go with it, followed by some wheat and lemongrass like the nose, a lot more sour than I expected.

M: Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, and tart.

O: This was a different type of beer than I am use to , but it wasn't terrible, lots of flavors. A refreshing brew and well balanced as well. (621 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, the appearance was a light hazy yellow with a thin fizzy head. The smell was full of peach and sour notes. The taste was full of sour flavors that balanced well with the sweetness from the peach as well as the bitterness from the hops and malt. A nice light mouthfeel finishes the beer off very well. For those who love a bit of sweet and sour. (355 characters)

Photo of MellyVe
4.96/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a very bubbly and fruity beer. Fairly low in abv in comparison to many Dogfish Head brews. This is more like a simplistic champaign, offering lovely peach notes and carbonation. Great in a fat tulip glass or perhaps even a flute. It's extremely tasty and bold in color. (278 characters)

Photo of sanhedrin
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the "ne plus ultra" of fruit beers. A category I usually dislike on account of the oft sickly sweetness, Sam Caligione gets it right, letting the yeast eat up all the residual sugars and leaving behind just the flavor, not the sweet. Tart like a lambic, but without the Brett funk. I can see why some beer drinkers might balk - its not really "beery" and reads more like a dry Cava on the palate. Crazy good with seafood, especially shellfish. Great with a plate of raw oysters and a lobster roll. Used a bottle to steam some mussels and clams - awesome. A knockout, if not the most beery of beers. (608 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. a big two plus finger head, white color, that fades slowly and leaves a small lacing. completely opaque due to haze

Smell: strong wheaty, musky sour smell, very similar to what I find in most berliners. small amount of green apple skin and a touch of sweetness

Taste: opens up with some wheat that comes off slightly musty. small amount of green apple skin and some sweetness with it. just slightly sour overall

Mouthfeel: a light refreshing beer, not quite the peach I was looking for but a good balance between fruit and sour. (563 characters)

Photo of beerjunky413
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Thin white head dissipates almost immediately, very thin lacing clings to the glass. Straw yellow and slightly cloudy. Aroma is sour apples with wild yeast dominant. The tart yeast profile is predominant in the flavor with very little fruit noticeable until the sip is gone. Really mellow peach aftertaste combined with the residual sweetnees gives this more of a tangerine and clementine flavor than peach. Very drinkable but I'd like to have a version of this where the fruit shines more and isn't so muted by the yeast. I'm a huge fan of wild yeast in beers but I expected more fruit intensity even for a Berliner Weisse (644 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light lemon color and mostly transparent with no head to speak of.

Fresh aroma of peach nectar.

Mild bread character. Lots of peach flavor, just the right level of sweetness. Just a hint of leafy hop.

Light body. Crisp finish. High carbonation.

For a fruit beer it's very good. Well balanced and refreshing. (311 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup in the car before we went in to the Steely Dan concert in New Orleans.

A: Beneath the off-white one finger head that held up for some time, the color is a light gold with flecks of peach. Not much lacing.

S: Very subtle peach smell mixed with grain, wheat and light malts.

T: Better than I was expecting. Smooth, lightly sweet. Peaches collide with wheat. Citrus-y. Nice.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A good foreplay to the concert. Could session this one after a bout with the yard. (543 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Notre Dame standard pint...

A. Pours a clear, pale straw gold with two fingers of fast-burning head. Lacing is non-existent. Head disappears in an instant.

S. Fresh peach, cracked wheat, some mild yeast. Really juicy and crisp.

T. Peach juice, barley, grain, bread crust.

M. A little light on carb and needs more wheat presence to round out the sweet peach notes.

O. An excellent Berliner. It doesn't have quite the body the standard Berliners do, with the sweet, sugary peach notes dominating. It's also not quite as tart as the more modern examples of the style. What it is, though, is well-made, closer to the classic style than most examples these days. While I definitely would have enjoyed a bit more graininess, this beer is refreshing and delicious. There aren't enough Berliners today, in my opinion. Festina Peche demonstrates why brewers should visit this style more often. Outstanding brew here. (931 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves small lacing around the glass.
S- not a lot of aroma but I do smell fruit
T- slightly sour taste but not bad sour kind of like sour candy taste. Excellent.
M- smooth light bodied beer that has a dry aftertaste.
O- not bitter and not sweet slightly sour. Another great beer from the best brewery in the US. I would drink many of these on a hot summer day. (419 characters)

Photo of Tele
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.25 Slightly hazy, yellow/gold on the pour. The head quite substantial and almost pure white.

S: 3.75 Mostly wheat, funk, and lemon. There’s also a little grassiness in the background, but no peach is coming through on the aroma. There’s a bit of a metallic smell there too; it’s very mild so it’s not off-putting, but it’s not exactly pleasant either.

T: 4 Sltightly tart and sweet up front with a good amount of lemon, grassiness, and plenty of peach. The peach is much more present than on the nose, especially on the aftertaste. It’s very nice, but the peach has a somewhat artificial flavor to it (kind of like those gummy peach candy rings). That artificial flavor is not bad, just not my thing and a little strong considering the beer has a rather sweet finish.

M: 3.75 The body of this beer is rather nice. It coats the palate without being too thick. The carbonation is a bit low for the style though. A bit more effervescence would really bring the beer to life and probably help balance out the flavors.

O: 3.75 Definitely an interesting and fun beer for summer. Not something I would feel the need to hunt down, but it’s refreshing and tasty. Some more tartness and carbonation would take this beer from good to great. (1,253 characters)

Photo of cherrybomb
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Considering not many folks make this style. The peaches are subtle and are not boozy or cloying. Think the pulp at the pit pf a peach. This is the perfect beer for the heat of the south. At 4.7% you can have a few and not look like the town drunk. This is a widely available berliner. The only berliner i like better is new glarus out of wisco. (344 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Festina Pêche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse fermented with peach juice. This unique, tart and refreshing brew is so down with the dog days of summer." Dogfish Head's Festina Pêche is a Berliner Weisse brewed with peach concentrate. I am comparing a freshly released Festina Pêche to verticals from the previous two years to see how the sourness and fruit characters evolve.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy sunny white head over a pale straw yellow body with mild haze. Moderate subtle carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Malt characters of fluffy pale unmalted wheat form a light body with a subtle sweetness. A strong essence of peach fuzz, not syrupy or thick enough to be concentrate, but rather squeezed juice with a distinct dry tartness and moderate acidity is in the foreground of this beer's aroma. Simple but light and pleasing aroma. Potency is high. 3.75

(Taste) Light wheat malt with a thin body and a dry, peach juice finish. The tartness of this beer is front and center, tartness is moderate. Very low to no hop presence is detectable, and the balance of soft wheat malt and peach acidity drives the flavor of this beer. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, acidic and tart. Carbonation is modest for a soft crispness. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is very low, off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A long time favorite of mine, the style itself a very drinkable and enjoyable treat. Nice peach juice flavor with a moderate tartness is just enough to keep from puckering and light enough to session a few with ease. 3.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's
Festina Pêche

Vertical Reviews:

1 Year Aged: The head is slightly more crisp and fizzy as well as the body, which has cleared to virtually no haze. Carbonation is more abundant, varied and assertive. The aroma of wheat seems to have smoothed out, and hints of creeping raisin and maple syrup peek in this vintage, overshadowing the peach tartness somewhat. The flavor is cleaner and more syrupy than the fresh with a slightly amplified tartness, less peach flavor present than either vertical. A bit more aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. This vertical was of the 2013 Festina Pêche, particularly different in appearance and strikingly less peachy than the other two verticals.

2 Years Aged: The head on this vertical is slightly more creamy and frothy than the previous vintage, but with a haziness between fresh and the clarity of the 1 year aged beer. Retention for this beer is superior to both. This beer has an aromatic complexity that blends the curious maple syrup and juicy raisin from the 1 year better with the peach tartness, although the fresh batch is ultimately preferable. Perhaps the least enjoyable flavor of the three, the wheat malt and peach character has diminished to insignificance, and the flavor is a compound of musty thin cracker wheat beer with a soft tartness, much more than the other two ages. With time, the beer did not improve in flavor nor did the sourness increase. The older this beer gets, the less sharp and profiled the key flavors get. Don't let a bottle sit neglected for this long.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh (Do not age) (3,369 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
4.5% ABV, Bottled on 2014A

A - A fizzy, loose white head explodes upwards with a loud, soda-like noise before slowly deflating to a thin skim above the lightly hazy pale straw yellow beer.

S - Light lactic acid notes with a hint of sourness pair up with a sweet canned peach aroma while pale malts and a touch of soft wheat with a pin-prick of huskiness finish it out.

T - Wheat is favored in the flavor while a pinch of huskiness comes from the pale malts. Peach all but lost in translation, adding only a thimble-like splash of fruitiness into the lightly sour, nicely acidic flavor.

M - Light-bodied and fully carbonated, Festina is crisp and bright with an almost perfect level of lingering acidic finish on the tongue giving the brew a slight sour pucker with lingering dryness.

O - I'm a huge fan of peach beers done well and while Festina Peche isn't a knock-your-socks-off peach beer, the light peach nuance behind the classic tart acidity of a Berliner is an amazing combination. This beer is superbly drinkable, especially on a hot day. (1,091 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with about half a finger of head which dissipated to the edges of the glass. The color is pale yellow with a cloudy body. Active carbonation is bright but just a tick low for the style.

Smell: Peaches and white grapes jump out on the front. Creamy, buttery malts showcase themselves on the body. There is an airy touch of ginger and spices on the back end. A touch of sour shows up but it is very subtle.

Taste: Sweet peaches hit first. Those peaches keep rolling into the body and take a darker turn, yielding some tartness. Some of the traditional berliner yeast and malt notes are felt on the back end with sprite fruits and dry grains but this is peach forward.

Mouthfeel: The peaches do well on the front, transitioning from sweet to tart. Fitting dryness on the back end pulls it together.

Overall: Well done brew by DFH here. The peaches certainly dominate but they really fit within the style. Nice malt and yeast notes pull the style through. (978 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The obvious is peach. A very nice sour, and tartness to this beer. Good, feels like drinking a peach tea or peach drink period. I would like a bit more tart/sourness from this beer. But good overall.

The Wheat character comes through a bit more after each sip. As DogFish Head says, this is a session-sour. (307 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden straw color with a huge sudsy white head that quickly vanishes to a cap that rings the glass.

S - lemon grass, yeast, fruit, grains.

T - Fruity, crackers, tart and sour. Crisp and refreshing mouth feel.

O - A nice change of pace brew that is very refreshing brew to quaff back on a hot summer day. (318 characters)

Photo of Fellysmarts
1/5  rDev -72.5%

I couldn't get past the sour. I ended up breaking my own rule...never dump a beer. That is the first beer in my life I ever purposely dumped down the drain. Sorry Dogfish. (171 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly
S-peach, wet stone, lemon
T-spur and tart with peach and citrus in the background, no hop presence
M-light, crisp, and highly carbonated
O-great berlinner that is tart and refreshing. Highly recommend (291 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - one inch white head, yellow is color almost orange

S - sweet smell of fruits, wheat

T - very strong taste of wheat and bread, very tart fruits including peach, almost like a hard cider but less sweet and more carbonated

M - very bubbly and carbonated, tart and sour in the mouth

O - I found this beer hard to drink because it was very carbonated and tart, almost reminded me of a mix between a soda and hard cider. It was very unique to say the least. I couldn't drink more than one, but for its originality I think it is average to good. (546 characters)

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.