Festina Pêche
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #607
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,245
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 16.94%
Reviews:
1,386
Ratings:
4,426
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Summer
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Gots
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SCORE
84
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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche
Notes: 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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Photo of KRug
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/19/18

Pours a pale golden straw with a finger of quickly fading white head

The aroma has a strong note of lemon sourness with light malts to back it up, not much peach at all

The front of the sip is tart and a little malty, and it turns into a more subtle, dry peach with a doughy aftertaste. A great balance here, though I was expecting a bit more on the peach front

Highly carbonated and easy drinking, a very light refreshing finish

This is an all around great beer, despite the only slight hint of peach flavor, which could be chalked up to freshness, it's just over 17 months old so it may have lost a bit of flavor, and I'd love to try it fresh

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Photo of rapayn01
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a full draft pint at the brewpub in Rehobeth on my birthday in 2017. It was sour, which I usually don't like, but it was tasty nonetheless on a warm day. I have liked other peach beers in the past. Enjoyed the brewpub, but it was very crowded in early August and we had to wait for a table.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale yellow hue.

White head; no lace.

Sweet peach nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Sweet effervescent peach delight. Great summer delight-almost like champagne.

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Photo of Savan
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured aggresively into a Mason Jar :D Beautiful thick white head dissapates resonably quick to reveal a thin lacing of white atop a pale straw ambrosia :) now the fun begins.... Aromas of sour dough, ripe peaches and Musk give way to a paletable sour! This is one of the easier drinking sours ( i would reconmend it to anyone unsure about the style). Very refreshing sour and a light finish that leaves you wanting more :) A darn fine brew indeed!

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Photo of seasidewineandspirits
4.87/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This Neo-Berliner Weisse that is fermented with peaches is by far one of my all time favorites. A pale gold appearance with a nice white head. The Aroma makes me think of a peach orchid with a hint of lemon. The balance between fruit and crisp style with a bit of a sourness is refreshing . The mouthfeel is clean with a great finish. Summertime however can see this beer go down faster than normal.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the rare beer that I actually prefer to drink directly from the bottle. For whatever reason, the peche / peach pops more that way. Drank it that way at a tailgate that was lacking glassware once, and now it 's my preferred modus drinkerus for this beer.

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Photo of dcotom
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a thin-walled glass goblet. Clear amber color, with a couple of fingers of white head. Good head retention, not much lacing. The tartness is understated, as is the peach flavor. Aromas and flavors of light malt, yeast, peach, and green apple. Very low bitterness, and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, this is very refreshing and lip-smackingly good. It would make an approachable choice for someone looking to get into sours.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip pint. Pale yellow color. Nice head that quickly fades.

Nose is like peaches and cream. Taste follows w/ sour. The peach flavor is earthy, almost apricot.

Sour mouth. Low dry finish.

Similar to their gose, but with peaches instead of lime and salt. A creamier sour, good for a session.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold. Smells of yeast, malt and peaches. Flavor is a mild blend of malt and peaches. Fairly sharp carbonation that blends into a moderate tartness. Not bitter or very sweet.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale yellow with an average head. The aroma features strong, dusty wheat malt notes, along with sour peach and underripe apricot, cheese rind, and a hint of basil. The flavor is mild with a solid but not puckering amount of sourness, with a subtle level of fairly underripe peach, and that hint of romano cheese rind on the back. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Overall this a fine sour, but nothing special - the peach is a touch too understated, and nothing really stands out, yet it is too sour to be truly crushable.

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Photo of haines710
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a hot summer day but I won’t be seeking it out. Seems pretty typical wheat. Kind of sour and a dry finish. Easy to drink. Not much going on and definitely not interesting to me. Pass.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - 1-finger bright white head atop a translucent orange body.

S - peaches, grass, salt, brown sugar.

T - semi-sweet peaches. A little bit of salt. No bitterness. No booziness.

F - light body with top of the line carb.

O - a classic summer quencher.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Festina Pêche"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 05/01/18" and sampled on 06/12/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: This isn't my first sampling of Festina Pêche so I'll just run you through the basics kind of shorthand:
- Clear golden body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white foam that holds surprisingly well for a sour beer. Average to limited lacing.
- Clean. Malty with clear notes of soft peach and a suggestion of acidity.
- Clean. Tart, balanced by sweetish grainy malt and then livened by soft peach. Very little bitterness but still with a dry, mildly acidic finish.
- Light body leaning towards medium-light with a gently effervescent and bristling bite due at least in part to the acidity.

So to the "overall". Unlike many Berliner-weisse-style beers this one is very clean. There are no off-flavors and not too much mineral qualities or anything like that. And unlike many breweries that add fruit to them there's just a light pleasant note of the peach here that adds to the beer rather than it being a fruit beer that happens to have a Berliner Weiss base. It's easy to drink despite its tartness, and quite refreshing. It doesn't linger for long, and certainly isn't sticky, and it's perfect for summer. Very nice. Certainly worth trying.
Review# 6,065

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Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color, with a white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a clean and simple balance between a light funky sour note and a bright peach background note, with neither overpowering the other. Tastes of bright and moderate acidity that blends perfectly with the peach juice. Malt flavor is almost non existent, but there is a low honey-like malt note. The finish is semi-dry, with a lingering sour funk and light mouthfeel.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white ring. Medium carbonation. Thin body. Crisp, tart, and light taste. Flavor of sour peaches. Dry finish.

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Photo of bonns42
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
L- Clear, pale gold straw, head disappears quickly. Lively carbonation is evident.
S- Mild acidic citrus fruit, lemon, sourness. Not very strong.
T- Tart, mildly sour, strong lemon and some grapefruit citric flavors, with some sourness lingering in the back of the mouth. Extremely refreshing, and very easy to drink.
F- Light body, but the lingering sourness is pleasant. Lively carbonation on the attack that fizzes away quickly in the mouth.
O- Really refreshing, and way too easy to drink. Good tart flavors and a bit of a bubbly pop in the mouth make this perfect for drinking on the porch after a long day.

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Photo of Reef
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with a finger's white head which doesn't stay around long. No residual ring or lacing.
Light peach aroma, ginger, yeast.
Sour but not bitter peach continues in the flavor along with other sour stone fruit, wheat, yeast.
Crisp bite at first, mellows somewhat, dry finish.
Stellar light touch of peach flavoring results in a quite refreshing beer. My favorite American Berliner.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hold orange color. Carbonation is light,can feel it but doesn't influence feel too much. Aroma is wheat and peaches but not too strong,fake,or floral from the peaches. A slight tart sour finish. Other than a bit of wheat it reminded me of a sour with just a touch of peach.and like advertised it didn't come off syrupy,just a light touch of natural peach

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Photo of LIODIYA
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Drank out of the bottle so I couldn't get a good look at the beer but the packaging is cool and modern. Definitely representative of the flavors to come.

Smell: Yeast, Fruit, Bread and grass. Again out of the bottle so I couldn't get as much a nose as I wanted.

Taste: Fruit and wheat flavors in the beginning. Finishing off with a sour note in the aftertaste.

Feel: First couple sips are a bit overwhelming but the beer settles down as you get use to it. Definitely has a nice bodied feel for the style with a sour that lingers on the pallet.

Overall: I would love to review this again on a different occasion to get more familiar with its complexities.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy light gold with almost no head. Initial impression is peachy tartness. Kinda like liquid SweeTarts candy. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is on the light side. Despite the light carbonation, it's still quite refreshing. Very fruity for my taste though. My ratings reflect my personal preferences, not the quality of the beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly hazy orange gold with a small white head. Smells of sweet peaches, tropical fruit, and wheat. Tastes of sweet and sour peaches. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this is a good beer, albeit not my usual style.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Peach is barely noticeable in the nose. I smell mostly just wheat. Nice hazy gold color with no head. Very tart! Peach flavor is very prominent, sour. Tartness lingers on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a nice looking golden bronzed orange color with a nice half fingered white foamy head that quickly died. The smell had a really nice authentic peach to apricot to somewhat spicy sort of maybe "ginger" (I’m going out on a limb on that one), sigh, all tightly packed into a slightly refreshing sort of citrusy-ness. The taste was sweet fruity refreshingness over top of some nice light peachy sort of malts. On the palate, this one sat somewhat light to medium with a decent sort of refreshing quality covering my mouth and tongue and revealing a nice super Summer-y coating overall. Overall, what a nice beer by DFH, geez louise, I would love to have this again and in my opinion, I think it would go well with a nice seafood dish.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz glass into Stone Brewing Goblet. Bottled on May 1st 2017.

L: Hazy pale yellow, thin white head fades quickly as usual with this style.

S: Fruit, sour funk, wheat.

T: Peach really comes through in flavor and not aroma, very fruity and has a good tartness. Wheaty here too.

F: Light bodied, crisp and slightly dry.

O: I am not a big sour guy and the first sour I liked was Bell's Oarsman Ale, this is also good and hopefully it opens the door for me to try more sours.

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Photo of pew_slag
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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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