Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

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!


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Reviews by zachary80:
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 virus 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.

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Photo of bonns42
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
1.21/5  rDev -66.9%
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.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.54/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of Fellysmarts
1/5  rDev -72.7%

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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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 donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of jam_fanz
1/5  rDev -72.7%

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.

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Photo of Russell_O
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

This is my favorite of the fruit - flavored beers.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Lezlibelle
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of username
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very light yellow not far from transparent a thin fizzy quick to fade white head atop,hmm odd aromas overripe stone fruit, lactic sourness and mineral.That Berliner weiss character shows thru in a genuine tartness that lingers with a hint of grass the peach flavors are slightly subdued but came on more as I drank more and made it pretty appetizing.Leave it to DFH to come up with new and creative ideas in beer this is a summer quaffer no doubt.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple 4-packs at Jenny St. for $8.99 a piece. Pours into my Sam Adams glass a wit like bright white peach color with a thick and bubbly white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is wheat and peach with hints at tartness and the potential for aging. A sense of vinegar. Tastes clean, crisp, light, and tart in a purposeful and carefully crafted way. Hardly any peach flavor, more general tartness and lemon then anything else. Some wheaty cereal notes. Heavily carbonated and very drinkable. A great summer time beer. Refreshing.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, golden-yellow color. A bit cloudy and hazy with a bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose hits with a soft peach smell and a bit of chalkiness. The taste first hits with some malts, corn, grains, and wheat, and about halfway through, the fruit starts to take over. Peachy sweetness engulfs the palette, along with some white grape, apple, and a slight touch of cherry. In fact, near the end, I could swear I was tasting more apple than peach. The middle and aftertaste are very tart and tangy, almost inducing a pucker. Almost no bitterness to this brew at all. Medium to high carbonation with a medium body leaves a crispy, refreshing finish.

A nice warm-weather type beer, crisp and refreshing. Although, my problem is a slightly medicinal and chalkiness that I prefer to not have in my beers. Good tartness and sweetness throughout, although the peach flavoring can come of as impure or contrived. Still decent, though.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from zoso1967. Thanks so much, sir. Reviewed from notes on 10/22/10.

A: Pours a transparent dull gold into a snifter. There is no head at all, but weird, slanted carbonation bubbles streaked up the glass and took awhile to lift. Said bubbles move quickly to the top of the beer. There is no lacing at all and the beer looks more like a sparkling wine than a beer.

S: Wheat and grain aromas blend with a touch of peach sweetness. I get aromas of golden raisin, apple juice, and pear as well.

T: There is much more peach in the taste than in the smell and this leads to a very bright and fruity flavor. This fruitiness is quite tart and blends with the Weiss base very nicely. Hints of sour apple and lemon are also evident in the taste.

M: This beer is aggressively carbonated, and it works perfectly for the taste of the beverage. The MF is bubbly and effervescent. Each sip is an explosion of tingly-ness onto my palate.

D: What a refreshing summer sipper this would be. FP is very sessionable at 4.5%, but I think the sweetness would get to me after awhile.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: The beer is in between straw to pale gold with a slight haze. It has a large dense white head with better than average head retention.

s: The dominate aroma is a moderate sharp sourness with a moderate soft ripe peach aroma. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean with no hops, DMS nor diacetyl

t: Pleasing lactic sourness at moderate levels with moderate peach flavors. There is some low wheat flavors and very low bitterness with no hop flavors.

m: This is a light bodied beer with a moderately-high carbonation and a dry finish.
o: There is a good balance between the moderately sour Berliner Weisse and fruit beer. Personally I'd like the sourness to be a bit more agressive but it's a great beer to cool off with as is.
The first time I had this I didn't know it was a sour and thought it was an awful beer. It's funny what expectations can do to you senses, I thought of a summer peach wheat thing and was disappointed. Fast forward a few years I've learned what sours are, learned to love them and learned to read the description now I look forward to getting a pack or two of this beer when it's released.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of brownbeer
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Pours a murky yellow with a white head.

Acidic like lemonade with unripe peaches and a certain creaminess that's wonderful. Try it on a hot day and you'll never go back.

I wish this were available in my state, it is the ultimate summer beer. I'm not sure why this doesn't get higher reviews.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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