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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,308
Hads: 4,047
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 162
Gots: 543 | 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:
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!

8 IBU
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Reviews: 1,308 | Hads: 4,047
Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle as a gift from Virginia, USA:
I quite enjoyed this one from Dogfish Head, it definitely wasn't the classic that I was hoping for but it had enough going for it to keep things interesting and enjoyable, particularly because I've frequently found Berliner Weisse beers a little too strong and overpowering at times. The beer had a pleasant citrus and peach taste to it that went down relatively easily, particularly after it settled down and opened up some; it's one well worth trying but I'd probably opt for something else over this one if I ever came across it in future. (585 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Festina Pêche brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery, this brew has an ABV of 4.5% This brew pours out a light cloudy yellow color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. The smell is sweet with fruits and spices. The taste is sour with sweetness. This brew is different from any brew I have ever had. This brew is bitter sweet. The mouthfeel is bitter sweet. I like how this brew is different from the rest on the market. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out 5. Not the best but not the worst. If you are looking for something different try Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery (620 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew'a got no head or lacing, and a light slightly hazy clear golden body.

I smell zero hops, a slight malt kinda scent, and that's about it. Nothing peach in the scent of this brew.

I can detect more of a granny smooth apple taste than peach, but it sorta kinda appears at the very end. Not extremely tart, but yes, as I've scrolled down and skimmed other reviews, I agree with that for sure.

Mouthfeel is clean for the moat part with a slight blast of overall tartness at the end.

Overall a 4 for Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery. I really enjoyed the diversion of sweet wheat brew for this sour one. I may pick this brew up again. (733 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow color with a nice thick fluffy white head. The head seemed to last quite a long time and left some very nice lacing to the end. The aroma has a lot of peach up front, with some tartness and wheat notes, and just a touch of yeasty funk. The taste was nice peachy tartness, with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was pretty light, but in a very nice way, as it combined with the carbonation to really set the flavors off. Overall, I really like this beer, very refreshing after a workout, and very sessionable. Nice job DFH. (565 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeCity
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Light, saison-like taste, with subtle hints of fruit, and layered flavors. Beer has a light sour finish. Low alcohol content adds to the beer's high drinkability. (164 characters)

Photo of CupcakeNY
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Decided to try this after getting tired of ever hoppier IPA (which I love, but hey, gott go the other way sometimes). I was impressed by the relative lack of sweetness; it is flavorful, and redolent of peaches, but refreshing and tart. has a very clean finish too, and is an attractive orange-yellow. Head is pretty minimal and carbonation pretty high. A very pleasant surprise! (378 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle
A: yellow. Slight haze. Thin white head. Bubbly.
S: slight acidity. Might have some peach aroma, but I think I am searching too hard.
T: lightly sour. Tart. Refreshing.
M: highly carbonated. Light. Dry. Tart.
O: good sour. I don't pick up on the peach. Crisp. Would definitely buy again. (296 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting peach weissbeer. Color is very pale and slight;ly cloudy with constant bubbles rising. Aroma is light and peachy. Taste is pretty interesting, lots of carbonation, tart peach and a hint of sweetness. Also, the wheat flavor is there. Overall, very refreshing and tangy. (280 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is gold, lightly cloudy, head is feint and a ring, no lacing.

aroma is light wheat, touch of sour tart, touch of peach

taste is similar to the aroma as tart flavors are forward, hints of peach and light wheat and biscuit like notes

mouthfeel is crisp and sour, very pleasant and refereshing (334 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a finger of head on cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is an airy peach smell.
The taste is tart with a peach sweet middle and end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste is great. The aroma is on the light side. (246 characters)

Photo of Marisol820
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

It pours a hazy gold with very little head. It has an interesting and sour aroma of peaches and a hint of apple, overall a weak fruity aroma. The aroma resembled more of a hard cider rather than an ale. There were a few flavors that managed to surface through the overpowering sourness. There was not as much peach flavor as expected but there was a very acidic apple flavor. There were flavors resembling that of a sparkling white wine. Overall, I was not too pleased with this beer but it will please palates fond of sour flavors and hard ciders. (550 characters)

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)

Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.