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Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#33,800
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
4,364
pDev:
17.21%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
741
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Moan and Dove in Mass., the no.1 rated bar in the country. Light and cloudy. Peach and wheat flavour. Bit of head and lace. Straight up peach flavour, above average carbonation. A bit fruit soda taste, medium or lighter mouthfeel. Drying but satisfying. Sessionable ABV appreciated

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A single finger white foam head which quickly dissipates. Murky golden color. Peach and lemon smell. First taste is initially dry then a rush of the peach flavoring takes over with a somewhat sour feel. Mouthfeel is average with mild to moderate carbonation, light body and dryness.

I do not have the experience of having had this beer in the past so this is the first batch I have tried. Overall it is a refreshing beer. It fits well with summer time foods and activities. I think it may be a beer you love or will just try and may not try again.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a small head that fades to a cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity sour peach notes mixed with biscuit malt smells.

T - Very tasty yet slightly sour. The peach flavor is not overpowering and the wheat mixes very well overall. There is no bitterness whatsoever to this beer.

M - Very tart and crisp with a great level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing and easy going beer. I just tried this for the first time recently, but I can say with certainty that this will be a frequent go to beer for the hot Southern California months ahead.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this as a summer seasonal. pours very pale yellow in color with a smallish white head, bubbles rising fast from the bottom of my tulip. smells like white wine, tart and clean, with robust peach notes. flavor is very peachy, but not sweet or anything, very pleasant and drinkable. the malt profile is very light, which makes this very drinkable. the essence of peaches is beautiful in this beer, nothing artificial about it at all. feel is very very dry in the mouth, refreshing though just the same, and effervescently carbonated. this is a very easy drinking beer i wish they would put in 6packs instead of 4packs. always looking for one or two more when i buy this. a really lovely summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on tap and I must say that it's much better than when I had it the first time from a bottle. It's got a very light and refreshing pêche flavor that is well balanced with the wheat. I'm very surprised by the difference I noticed with this. The bottles I had picked up must have gone bad or something, On tap made a world of difference. Glad I tried it again.

Bottled Review - Like most beer nuts I love this brewery and I consider myself quite lucky that at anytime I could take a 3 hour road trip to DfH and have a lot of wonderful brews. But I must say that I do not enjoy this brew specifically. When I received a 4 pack from my family as a gift I was really excited to try it because it was new at the time. I poured my first one into a glass and everything looked good it smelled a little funky but that didn't bother me. It was the taste it was really not my cup of tea. To this day I can't figure out why I think this beer tastes like vomit to me. I feel really bad that I can't enjoy this brew like a lot of other people do but this is one that I can't get passed my lips anymore.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I love almost all of DFH's offerings... but I would not drink this again even if someone paid me. Tastes like an alcoholic fruit juice, not a beer at all. I see a previous reviewer compared this to a watered down pink lemonade.. which is very true. It's way too sweet and sour and is tough to drink. It was hard for me to finish the bottle. I'm glad I only bought a single of this as the sweetness kills it.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and peaches in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a slight amount of sourness and although it has flavors of peaches, no traces of sweetness are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of peaches helps to balance off the sourness associated with this style, much like fruit syrups are added to other Berliner weissbiers to make them more palatable. It’s easy to drink for the style and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable, if you can handle the light amount of sourness.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulling the rustic, distinctive, and somewhat ancient ale into the twenty-first century kicking and screaming, the Dogfish Head brewers aren't going to allow the Berlinerweisse style to rest in peace, they're yanking it from the casket, dusting it off and giving it a fruity facelift.

While its wisping and airy cotton foam tops the hazy and light peach ale, its appearance is simply an extension of taste- light and fruity with souther Georgia peaches on the forefront. Its shortbread sweetness gives a confectioner's prop to the authentic fruit taste.

As the dry wheat taste quickly recedes, its fruit flavor turns decidedly tart, crisp and bracingly acidic. The taste of tangy peaches butts up against lemon, green apple and under-ripened berry without any threat of vinegar or strong vinous taste.

Pleasantly briny, minerally and balanced to perfection with the acidity of dried lemon and lime; the strong lactic acid tanginess of the ale provides the palate with a high rate of refreshment, clean and crisp throughout with brief echoes of peach and wafer-thin wheat in the beer's post-finish era. -perfect for all those hot and hazy days of summer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with a few fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of vegetal (?) peach essence, and a light white grain. The taste is sour orchard fruit, more nectarine than peach - almost lemony, apple, and musty white grain. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weighted, and fruit-juice-like, and it finishes dry, with some earthy pit fruit.

A solid, dry fruit beer, the tartness not overwhelming. A refreshing end of summer quaff.

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2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem-goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are moderately low. Reviewed live.

A: Hazy yellow-gold. Pours a half finger head that dissipates before I can note any of its characteristics. Appealing in a general sense - it's beer anyway.

Sm: Peach and malt dominate. Maybe some apricot esters creep in; perchance the yeast affected the peach in a certain way to cause this. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very peachy - perhaps overly so. Sweet up front, but it fades into a syrupy sort of hazy estery second half that disappoints. Very simple, and not particularly quality. I wouldn't even call it balanced. It may be true to style, but I don't find it (or the style) particularly appealing.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and very sharp. Syrupy without being thick if that makes sense. Doesn't suit the flavour really at all.

Dr: Drinkable and low abv, but also low quality. It's a bankrupt attempt at a style better executed by other breweries. I'd avoid this one, even if you're a hardcore fan of either the brewery or the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance starts out strong, with lively carbonation, but by the end of the glass it starts to lose steam a little. It pours a nice pale orange tone, with bubbles that cling to the sides of the wide fishbowl-style chalice. Pouring the yeast is recommended, it boosts the mouthfeel and tartness.

Light aroma of peach, lemon, and white grape juice. Vague sourdough bread in the background, but not as pronounced as Berliner Kindl Weisse.

Tart upfront, like lemonade without the sugar. Pale malt or wheat in the middle, clean not funky. Peach is soft and light, and comes out toward the end, lingering with a mild zesty tartness. After half the glass, it seems to ebb away.

Feels like peach schnapps and seltzer, without the sweetness or alcohol. The tingling carbonation centers itself on the tongue, and spreads outward. Spritzy, juicy, not especially dry.

After finishing the first, I had to have another. Perfect for the summer heat. Definitely gets points for creativity...

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale but cloudy lemon juice color with a soda head that fizzes away quickly without leaving much in the lacing department; not too familiar with the style but perhaps that is typical

Smell: Peaches, primarily, with a sour aspect

Taste: Opens up with a sour peach and green apple flavor that billows in tartness by mid-palate; there is an underlying wheat element that softens the profile; after the swallow, the sour elements build, but the finish is dry and crisp

Mouthfeel: Light and puckerish; with plenty of fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sour beers, give this a try; a nice change of pace

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Photo of oline73
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a one finger fluffy white head that leaves a layer. Wouldn't call this one beautiful.

Smell: A fairly strong sour presence with a sweet peach smell in there as well.

Taste: Light and crisp, nice for summer. There is a tart acidity along with a sweet peach flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice summer beer. Perhaps not the best example of the style, but not bad.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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