Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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!


Added by dherling on 02-26-2007

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Photo of pew_slag
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased as 64 ounce growler. Nice head after moderately gentle, tilted pour. A little light in the bod but not nearly as thin and lifeless as some other Berliners.

Nice subtle peach. Perfect amount of fruit for my taste for when I'm in the mood for fruit. I breathe the peach more than taste it.

Taste is a pleasant neutral sour but I'd like it more if it were more sour. Could use A LOT more funk. Nice for warm sunny day, I guess.

Not sure what cost is on those 4-packs but the growler was cheap. If it were more than $8 or $9 I'd probably do something else.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, the next brewery's horizontal to be conducted is that of DFH. Interestingly, this one was a recent purchase at my former place of employment, Molly's Carryout. I have no idea how they came up with a vintage bottle, but it does not really matter.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with peach juice"; "Festina Peche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse. Unique, tart and refreshing, this brew is so down with the dog days of summer."; "Dogfish Seasonal Art Series 6th Annual Ltd. Edition 2014 Jermaine Rogers".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a very gentle pour in keeping with my newest self-imposed standard. There was no need for an in-glass swirl since there was a LOT of foaming action going on. It finally created just under three fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with better retention than I actually expected to occur. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an undeniable tartness that immediately caused my lips to pucker, but accompanied by a peach sweetness which was easy to identify. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just a step or two above watery. It was initially quite tart, but the sweetness of the peach began to creep into the picture and smooth things out. I was reminded of those gummy sour peach candies with the coarse sugar that also start vey tart and become slightly sweet. Finish was tart and dry and I can see how this would be refreshing on a hot, humid summer's day. I will probably revisit it when this year's batch is released. For now, I am anxious to get rid of that creepy-looking raccoon on the label ...

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Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass with sediment roused.

Overall: Tart and refreshing. Peaches are not the star, but that's probably ok. A more palatable Berliner.

Look: tawny yellow, cloudy, fizzy bubbles, no lacing. Sprite-like carbonation.
Smell: twangy wheat and sour. Nothing else. No peach smell.
Taste: lots of sour tang and wheat twang up front, but not as sharp or unpleasant as Berliners can be. Juicy with hints of lemon or tart apple. A slight yeasty finish. Oh, there it is. The slightest hint of peach in the aftertaste. Subtle as can be.
Mouthfeel: sparkly, medium bodied. A little dry.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of peaches, bacterial funk, slight hop, hint of fruit, wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight peaches, hint of bacterial funk, slight hop, hint of fruit, wheat, hint of pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just a fantastic beer. The peach aroma and taste seep through in this sour and perky Berliner Weiss. As usual, dogfish head represents a style with their Owen take and skill. Well done.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Berliner weisse pours a slightly opaque yellow color with a faint orange tint, a small foamy white head, and some significant sediment, but not so much that it’s off-putting. The smell is light and citrusy, with a hint of peach; it’s kind of similar to some goses that I’ve had, really pleasant and summery. The taste is quite a bit different than I expected from the scent. It is quite a bit bolder for one, particularly with respect to peach, which is probably the prominent flavor. There is also significant tart citrus (lemony) flavor and a slight wheat quality. It has a little bit of a white wine spritz appeal. This is the only peach beer that I have ever had and I have to think that it somehow works with this style. The Berliner weisse style is far from one of my favorite styles of beer, but this is definitely the best one that I have ever had, although I have had a couple of goses that would be competitive with it. Not something that I would drink a lot of personally, but it is a fantastic, refreshing beer to have one or two of in the summer.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Look: Hazy, pale yellow with a rapidly fading 3/4 finger head.

Smell: Lemony citrus notes predominate with some faint peach bringing up the rear.

Taste: Follows the nose, tart lemon but unfortunately not much if any peach.

Feel: Crisp, refreshing, acidic, lightly carbonated. The perfect beer for a hot summer's day.

Overall: A great beer, it hits the nail on the head at just about every point for the style. My only complaint is that it could of had more peach.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass at Agora in Houston
(drank on August 15, 2016)

L: pale yellow, very light, about 75% clear with slight mistiness; pushes up almost 2-inch head of white fluffy foam that dissipates quickly; little sticking, no lacing

S: lemon tartness, grain ,sour grain, tart peaches; as it warms, the peach aroma sweetens into peach pie with some bread malt

T: lemon-peach mix, tart up front and sweeter on the back end; as it warms, has just a hint of earthy lemon peel and brett sourness, though still very clean and tart

F: solid all around, light and crisp

O: perfect starter kit for the sours novice; the peach tastes a bit like sugary syrup but the base brew is still good

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass. Hazy yellow, white foam. Tart aroma with peach dominating. Up front taste of tart peaches, like peaches blended with lemonade and a subtle malt finish. Dry mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Well made sour beer, loved everything about this.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy lemonade color with tons of streaming bubbles topped by a quickly disappearing bubbly white head.

Smells like a slightly sweet white bread.

Taste is salty and tart citrus notes. A wonderful taste that might have some peach in the background if I look for it.

Mouth feel is very light with a very crisp sharp finish.

This beer is a real winner! I really have a hard time finding the peach but overall I don't give a damn! This is just that tasty and refreshing. Here in Vegas we are still over 100 degrees and this is so damn refreshing. The flavor of the tart and salt is so damn tasty. I have the 8th annual 2016 version and the bottle art is just as beautiful as the beer in the bottle. If you like this style of beer go grab some of this before it is gone. While not a cheap brew for the quality of the product I am willing to shell out a few extra clams.

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Photo of Benish
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hay color with very little head. It smelled vinous and vinegary. Also notes of lactic tartness. Can't identify any peach or fruit alone in this beer. The flavors were similar. Very vinous with a lactic tartness. It has a very nice sweetness complimenting the tartness. No notes of fruit. If anything, maybe subtle peach. I mean very subtle. This is a good Berliner Weiss. I might have had my expectations higher as it has added peaches. But if it was labeled as a plain Berliner Weiss, I'd find this beer satisfying.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had much luck with Dogfish Head, until today...

Though the look of the brew and it's smell were underwhelming, the rest that this little gem has to offer was impressive. The feel was carbonated, but due to the peach flavoring it had more of a tingling feeling than just the normal carbonation - it was probably the first beer that was as carbonated as this one that I enjoyed quite a bit. The taste was tart and slightly sweet - perfectly mixed actually. Overall, I enjoyed partaking the brew even though I wasn't impressed at how it looked or smelled.

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Photo of LeRose
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tumbler pint.

The beer was a light, golden straw color and I was surprised to find it to be extremely clear. The head was lively but very short-lived. Big, soapy bubbles the fell almost immediately as expected for a Berliner Weissbier.

The aroma - very faint. There was an earthiness and mild funky note, sour peach, and a little yeasty with a bit of the herbal/grassy notes going on.

The taste was surprising based on the aroma. The initial taste was moderately sour that evolved into a decently strong peach flavor (bordering on apricot). There is just enough malt on the back of the swallow to provide a touch of sweetness and enough bitterness to offset the initial sour impact. The malt taste isn't clear - it is just there - but gives enough balance. There is a light herbal/green hay note as well.

The carbonation was lively enough to offset the "clingy" tendency of the beer. It had the potential to become stick/sweet but it never really did. Enough bitter and tartness to offset, I think. It ends up being a bit dry, and I get the impression of eating fruit with the way the flavor progresses.

Overall, this beer fits within the style although it lacks in the typical citrus notes. Being a peach version, that seems OK. This one doesn't smack you in the mouth with the tartness - it is more soft and generally pleasing. It is a decently refreshing, quite flavorful beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of jp32
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a slight haze to it. Smells tart with subtle notes of sour apples and peaches in the background. The flavor has a big sour note to it, and again some slight notes of apples and peaches. A very dry, sparkling pinot grigio-esque mouthfeel adds to the uniqueness of this beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artwork: A fairly cutesy label depicting what appears to be a smiling peach/sun creature rising above a field of peaches, barley and various critters. Kinda like it.

Appearance: Head that lasts a total of 5-seconds (pour time included) which is typical of US-made Berliners (not that I've had anything else). Hardly any signs of carbonation. Hazy yellow.

Nose: Very metallicy. No detectable peach or other fruit. None of the lactic sourness of most Berliners. In general I do not find the nose to be too appetizing.

Taste: Not as tart as most Berliners. Very tasty otherwise. Peach barely detectable. Little in the way of complexity. Fairly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing but that's about it. Would drink again if found for cheap.

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Photo of JSBliler
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Seasonal 4 pack freshly purchased this week.

Nice goldfish yellow color with white head upon pour. Head quickly collapsed and disappeared. Nice bubbly effervesce present with a slightly hazy color.

Not much for the nose on this one. slightly malty with not too much else.

Taste is a slightly sour, no bitterness at all. Traces of peach, more pronounced lemon and white wine. Light and refreshing on the mouth. Opposite on the scale from an IPA. Those who tend to shy away from craft brews because of the hoppiness will probably find this one clean and enjoyable. Nice easy hot day beer...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first try of this beer was not pleasant. However, when I looked in the basement and saw a 2 year old bottle, I thought I would try it again. I found it acceptable, but not outstanding. Hazy with a nice head and a bit of peach in the nose and mouth.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a teku glass. Summer seasonal 4-pack brewed with peach juice. Features art from Drew Millward. Can't make out the bottle on date.

L - bright yellow-gold color. Bubbly head but not sustainable. Clear but not see through.

S - peach, lemon, wheat malt, moscato. Not very aromatic, even in a teku glass.

T - wheat maltiness, white wine, lemon tartness, no evidence of peach. Not too sour either, very balanced, like a session wine.

F - viscous body, clean and smooth with a little bit of crispness. medium acid, tartness linger. Super easy drinking

O - this is an awesome sour beer. Perfect for the wine drinker or malt beverage drinker who is intimidated by craft beer. Not overly sour either. Perfect summer beer from Dogfish Head

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into some glassware I don't know the proper name of:

Appearance: dull, slightly hazy yellow in color, with plenty of little bubbles rising all over the place. Not much, if any head on top.

Aroma: little to speak of here. Slight, subtle lemon aroma, with a little tiny touch of cracker malt. I didn't get any peach notes at all.

Taste: slightly better than the smell, but still a pretty average Berliner. I know these brews are meant to be light and crushable, but why put Peche in the name if there's not going to be any peach flavor? Anyhow, the slightly tart, slightly fruity flavor was still pretty solid, if not memorable. Drinks like a nice gose, minus the salt.

Feel: crisp, clean, and refreshing, I could definitely throw three or four of these back in an hour or two at the beach.

Overall: a mediocre to slightly above average Berliner. I'd get it again, if it was cheap.

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Photo of theBubba
1.21/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Well, I think at almost 3 bucks for a 12 oz. tall neck, the folks in Rehoboth really saw me coming. Pour...looks like flat Coors , head gone before you could say Peche. Taste...just like a seltzer with a squirt of juice from one of those plastic lemons. A neo Berliner Weisse? Give the Berliners a break and leave them out of this. This is an over priced awful "beer". Try at your own risk and don't say I didn't warn you.

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Photo of Im4jojo
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured into a glass, tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface. Nice, clear and crisp golden color, with a small head that dissolves quickly. It leaves a thin layer on the tongue. The final notes are tart. Very much enjoyed this beer; would love to find the one with jalapenos!

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Photo of Guppy314
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a hazy straw color with a thin white quickly dissipating head. Indistinct fruity aromas. Fruit tastes with sour lime coming to mind with decent carbonation. There are really no hop flavors but there is a light wheat malty finish. Nicely light and refreshing ... a great Summer drink.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6/20....pours a dirty gold with white foam. Clingy, but not to a fault. Light peachy nose. Taste is a peach tart - the berliner style is bolstered by the fruit. All wrapped around a malty sour. Very good. Nice seasonal summer beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Cloudy yellow color with decent white head that dissipates to just a white ring of bubbles.

Smell - Funky hay and straw, little bit of wheat I am getting no peach.

Taste - From a taste stand point still just a hint of peach, lots of tart lemon zest and wheat nice flavor wish it had more peach.

Feel - Light body pretty dry

Overall - I liked this beer wish it had more peach but I do like this style.

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Photo of kevintaraross
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The GOOD: Pours like a Whet Beer, with a quick to dissipate white head of foam with large floating bubbles but no "lets".Kinda nice and different from my normal IPAs.

The BAD: absolutely no smell that I can sense, overly tart to my taste buds and here is the wierd thing: I cannot taste a hint of Peaches because the "granny green apple" taste is overpowering.

In any case - maybe my Wife would enjoy but, me not so much. ALTHOUGH - I always have to hand it to DogFish - they really know how to push the envelope and move outside most other brew's comfort zones.

The BEST news: I shall be making my kinda annual trip to Rehoboth, DE to visit their Brewery and new Resturant in 2 weeks!


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