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Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

1,339 Reviews
Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 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 Bikeman_110
1.36/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I have ever had. No one would drink it. Fed plants with it. Just nasty.

L- looks like beer

S- has an off smell to it

T- awful awful awful

O- cant believe ho people like this

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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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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale cloudy gold beer with a bright white head that clings to the edges. Smells funky with peaches and crackers. There is also a nice white wine hint. The taste is fresh peach with some sour notes. Really nice beer.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a pale yellow hue with little to no head. Head disappears quickly.
S: Slight hint of peach smell, but no other smell.
T: Notes of wild yeast, sour peach, some butter hints on the back end. On a more emotional note the pallet reminds me of hay, summer pollen, plaid picnic blankets and the like.
M: Sour, bright, farm-housey finish. Refreshing and pallet cleansing.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a fancy drinking glass of some sort.

Pours a foggy light yellow resembling lemonade.
Very small foam head that dissipates instantly leaving a thin band around the edge of the glass.

Smells of a wheat ale with a small hint of peach.

Tastes very tart, more like a lemon and not much of a peach, if there is, I can't taste it.

Drinks smooth enough, carbonation is light and doesn't burn or make it thick, it's a light drink.

Would be excellent on a hot day and renamed "lemon tart" or something.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with haze, head barely forms and doesn't stay for long. There's a peach like whiff of aroma, lemon.

Mildly sweet, grist full, no bitterness. More lemon and peach notes. Wheat fully apparent. One of the better DFH beers and formats out there.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This may not be a fair review. The bottle I was given was a 2014 vintage. So to drink it In early 2016 is probably not fair. That said, it didn't seem funky at all. Fruit beers are not really my favorite style. Hazy amber with no head. Tart flavor with a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The creamy white head resembles a fresh snow bank. The body is quite hazy and full of questionable sediment. Pale yellow in color. Overall, the look is unsettling once you peek below the head.

A nice peach aroma mixed with lemon-line soda and pale grainy malt comes through easily enough. An inviting smell, but not so much that it makes the mouth even begin to water.

Tart enough to only border on being a sour. The fruit flavors are muddled and difficult to pick out at first, but as the beer settles, they present as white nectarine, ripe orange, and peach, as promised. No malt or hop flavors are present, causing the beer to masquerade as a mix of orange and citrus soda pop stirred wth a healthy squeeze of lemon juice.

A medium body with medium-high carbonation creates a mouthfeel which recalls an old fashioned soda.

Drinkable, but not worth going out of one's way for. It's like a simple, sweetened sour with the complexity wrung right out of it. With such a little w ABV you'd want to be able to consume one after another, but a fuller mouthfeel makes it too filling to be entirely sessionable.

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Photo of smbslt
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a fleeting white head and minimal carbonation.
Faint smells of herbs and lemon.
Sourness is well moderated, tartness is refreshing
Feel compliments and helps the finish linger.
Maybe not a traditional Berliner but a well done American interpretation.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying this style. I tend to shy away from sours but was feeling adventurous enough to throw one into a build your own sixer. I poured into a snifter. Has a strong aroma but not really picking up any peach. Taste is very sour as expected. Again, no sign of peach. Carb is high. Though not my style, I am happy with my decision to give this a try.

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Photo of Moose90
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served From 12 oz Bottle

A — Pours a clear but ever so slightly hazy yellow hue into the glass, there is a quickly fleeting near pure white colored head that doesn't leave much of anything behind.

S — Smell is bright, tart, and lightly acidic, notes of lemon curd and peach fuzz on top of a lightly sweet malt base.

T — Nice fruit notes and some slight tartness is present here with a bit of juicy peach melded together with some tart lemon and a bready doughy base.

M — Light in body with a prickly effervescence, super refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a nice take on the style, not overdone.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of the Peche....it poured a hazy pale yellow with white head that did not lace much. The scent and taste was white winey. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was not my fav....perhaps had it been in the summer I might be more taken to it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, mostly transparent, with absolutely no head beyond a quick fizzy beginning pour, sort of like a light soda.

Lemon and monterrey cheese funk on nose.

Peach forward flavor, with yeasty and malty lager undertones.

Tangy, bright, crisp, and something similar to effervescent, nearing champagne territory.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear straw color with a thick creamy white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Earthy straw, peaches, some tart funk.

T - Some tart and tangy peach, white grapes, and a lingering sugar tart finish. The sugar from the fruit eventually forms a sweet coating on the back of the tongue that makes it a little too cloying at times.

M - Very crisp, sprightly carbonation on the tongue, extremely dry finish.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and great for those hot summer days (that are long since gone at the time of this review).

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head that disappears rapidly, leaving small pockets of bubbles coming up on a formless surface. Color is nice. Not much on the nose, that being said I have a bit of a cold, so I may not be picking up on the nuances - wheat and light citrus
for me. The taste is very clean - a little peach or pineapple, but strangely briny on the finish, puckering the cheeks with a salty spritz. Not overpowering, but lingering. Very smooth going down. A very good beer from DFH.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

1 finger head, light straw gold color head is fizzy

straightfoward nose, smells tart and wheaty, you also get a little cooked peach but not too much, the sweetness also present here suggests a bit of unattenuated sugar

tart but not overly so, apple and white grape immediately, some of the earthiness of peach and some of the sweetness, the peach comes out as the beer mellows, tidbits of yeasty character

sticky but not quite syrupy

delicious, not perfect for all occasions but light, crisp and refreshing, shockingly complex bouquet of flavors for a beer this light, the perfect summer day session beer alternate, does not taste remarkably like beer but truly is delicious and worth your time, know someone who hates beer? this is for them. Know someone who loves beer? this is for them too.

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy pale straw color with a bright white head. Muted wheat and yeast aroma with a hint of sour and peach. The taste was surprisingly great, with elements of tart sour, peach and wheat all working together in good balance. Clean finish. Less sour than most Berliners that I have had - more in line with a Gose, but very refreshing.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pairs extremely well with Summer salads, like chicken with mango or avocado. Strong peach and wheat flavor. Has a Pinot Grigio like texture as a dinner beverage. I am not fond of this as a standalone lawnmower beer, but it makes a wonderful table beverage with the right greens and fruit or roasted or breaded chicken. Exceptional when used well. We keep a 12 pack in the fridge all Summer long. Light flavor, refreshing, agreeable aftertaste. Fine beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This crisp clear yellow brew has a ton of carbonation and has a small white head. The taste is very sour and is really overpowering. A unique beer to try but not my preferred style.

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