Festina Pêche
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #666
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,463
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 16.94%
Reviews:
1,388
Ratings:
4,433
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  200
Gots
  760
SCORE
84
Good
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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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BenwayPHD from California

4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thin white head. The nose is the best part of this beer. Peach, unripe apricot, sour lemon. Delicious. The flavor is really good too. It's sweet and sour upfront paired with plenty of acidity, anymore acid would be too much, and it finishes off with the sweetness of the peach. This is one of the best Dogfish head beers I've tried.

Jun 19, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Festina Pêche is based off the Berliner Style Weissbier, which is a tart wheat beer that may be sweetened with syrups when served. Dogfish Head went the extra mile and brewed theirs with peaches.

Pours out a hazed yellowish-golden brew, with a ring of white lace that struggles to stick around. Firm peach aroma with a mildly tart nose; hints of wheat and yeast with a backing of floral notes in the aroma. Very refreshing from a blast of tartness and a deep crispness comes from within the moderate body. The tartness has a perfect snap to it rather than trying to rip your taste buds out. In the core of the tartness sits the peach flavor, with green apple flavors swirling around it. From middle to end, it's soft, but the malt flavor grows and vanishes quickly as dryness sets in and the aftertaste shows its cleanliness.

By far, one of the best summer seasonals brewed in the US this year. This beer is a call to the entire brewing industry not to jump on every bandwagon that comes through town. Do something different.

Mar 30, 2009
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Look is very pale yellow. Head rims the edge thinly until about half the glass is gone, which is also when the head has completely dissipated.
Nose is lightly tart, and definitely has a peach note to it.

Taste starts clean, and the tartness comes on mid taste. Warmth melds the taste. The tastes are like a dry white wine initially. The tart is light, and much like the nose, has definite notes of peach. Carbonation is decent, providing almost like an unsweetened clear citrus soda.

A clean straightforward beer that is quite refreshing. Nothing too extreme in this one, a mild shock for DFH; it reminds me in a couple ways like Weterbacher's Tarte Nouveau.

Jul 25, 2015
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bonns42 from Maryland

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.

Sep 01, 2017
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Fellysmarts from Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -73.1%

I couldn't get past the sour. I ended up breaking my own rule...never dump a beer. That is the first beer in my life I ever purposely dumped down the drain. Sorry Dogfish.

Jul 18, 2014
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username from Maryland

2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 2105A 1901

Pours a clear light-yellow/light-golden. No head retention. Head dissipates quickly.

Smells of sour bacteria with a hint of sulfur.

Tastes like sour lemon and spoiled wheat grain. If you imagine peaches, you might get a small hint behind all the lemon though it certainly isn't obvious.

Mouthfeel is tart, and nothing but; so much bitter lemon just ruins this. Feel is also light/thin.

This might be a good example of the style, but I'd imagine the reason the imbibing populous aren't as thrilled with this style, as it has been historically celebrated, is that it's fucking trash compared to other options. This barely deserves to be called beer; where are the hops!? You could mix up some lemon juice and sulfur and have the same taste experience — or lick a 9v battery while inhaling farts.

Jun 05, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Mar 24, 2016
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Jul 18, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy peach tinted straw color under a pure white frothy foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Peach nose, some tartness and wheat.
T: Has a crisp Berliner Weiss tartness with just enough peach to tame the acidity.
M: Crisp, light, big sharp carbonation, refreshing.
O: the peche in the name had me expecting a lambic but this is Berliner all the way – should have named it pfirsich. A great beer for a summer afternoon sitting in a garden.

Apr 05, 2015
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Amalak from New York

1.21/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Completely opaque yellow, but no head or lace what-so-ever.

S: Very citrus/fruity kind of smell. Not necessarily peach, but close.

T: Fuck this was horrible. Sorry for the language, but that was the very first sensation I had. It was so citrusy. I tasted like someone squeezed a lemon and peach together.

M: Acidic. Very acidic.

D: I just handed this drink off to a girl who thought it tasted good.

Honestly, if that is your style just go with one of those disgusting zima or smirnoff wine coolers.

Oct 16, 2007
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Grant_Satterthwaite from Alaska

4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a light looking peach lemonade drink with a small head that fades into virtually no lacing at all. Smells of peach and yeast. The taste is nearly the same as the smell, nice and peachy with slight bitterness yet the peach flavor is somehow not overpowering. It's a light-bodied beer which makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had. Great summer beer, that's for sure.

Aug 01, 2015
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Lezlibelle from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer a lot . It's not overwhelmingly peachy, just enough fruity without being wimpy. Goes great with summer.

Mar 27, 2015
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donspublic from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint shaker minimal head. Pale cloudy yellow. Nice to look at. Nice peach aroma coming off this. Nice puckering peach hit. Like this. Not much of a peach fan but this is done well. Very tart finish. Will seek this out again

Jul 21, 2015
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Russell_O from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

This is my favorite of the fruit - flavored beers.

Nov 23, 2014
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jam_fanz from New York

1/5  rDev -73.1%

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.

Aug 29, 2014
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 19, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather pale yellow with a thick but not persistent white head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty with an overtone of peach. Flavor is malty with a nice alcohol edge and sweet peachy hints, as well as some cidery peach in the aftertaste. It feels a little thin but edgy, and goes down the hatch smoothly and subtly.

Sep 21, 2007
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head - Festina Pêche poured into a Lawson's Tulip

Look - Pours a pale yellow hue with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind not a trace of lacing.

Smell - Fruity sour and sweet, slightly cloying here.

Taste - Blast of sour funky apricot in the mouth. A little over the top and not as subtle as I would have expected. The first thing I thought was they created a fruit beer here, the Weissbier style is subdued by the peach/apricot flavor, creating almost a cider-like experience.

Mouthfeel - Tart, fruity, not boozy. In general the drinkability is just OK because of the extreme of the flavor that comes with each sip. Light-bodied. Breadiness is quite minimal here as well, which is a bit off for the style, all things considered.

Overall - For what it is, it delivers, and it probably delivers better than most others of this style, but this is not one that I would personally seek out again.

Jun 24, 2013
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kkrez from Colorado

5/5  rDev +34.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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jaltland from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Dec 22, 2011
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lobos62 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jul 22, 2012
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jstewart1130 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Apr 22, 2012
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wembly13 from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 22, 2013
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danp14 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jul 18, 2012
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NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Aug 02, 2014
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