Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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!

8 IBU

Added by dherling on 02-26-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,348
Ratings:
4,272
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
30.68%
 
 
Wants:
183
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687
For Trade:
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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 RobertDBrase
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 jasonpeckins32
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | 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 Salt-n-Beer
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!

Cheers!

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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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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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