Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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!


Added by dherling on 02-26-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +12.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -37%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, yeasty yellow, almost opaque. A 2 finger head rises and lasts for several minutes before dissipating.

Smell: Peach puree with a hint of lactic sourness. Fairly one-dimensional but I can't fault it much for that as it's a very nice aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Much more sour than the nose implies, this tastes exactly like what you would expect from a peach-flavored Berliner Weiss. Sourness is mild, and a hint of sweetness from the peach resides underneath. Light-bodied, dry in the finish, infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -29%
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; I hated this style in Berlin and Dogfish Head seems to be known mainly for IPAs, me least favourite style. 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 bankrupt style. I'd avoid this one, even if you're a hardcore fan of either the brewery or the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color beer with a big huge pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of tart malt with a hint of fruit sweetness. Taste is quite tart but not up to a lambic level with some light fruit sweetness. Body is about average with some great carbonation. I’m not sure what to make of this one or really to expect since I know so very little of the style. I sure couldn’t have tell there was peach in there and would have loved more tartness but that just me.

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Photo of oline73
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A bright semi-orange color with plenty of carbonation and a bone-white head.

S: Light with the peach scents coming through in addition to same pale/grainy malt.

T: Very tart. Less like a peach and more toward the tartness of a not-quite-ripe apricot.

M: Lots of acidic and tart flavors. Light body.

D: I enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel is alright, but the drinkability is not too high. I'd like to try this with some age, as I've heard some suggest.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bells snifter

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head. Fades down to nothing leaving no lace. Color is a hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: Peaches and then some. It smells artificial. Some wheat flavors with lemon zest.

Taste: More peaches and wheat. It again tastes a bit artificial with the peaches. There is a light tartness to it. Lemon flavors and citrus as well. Some green apples show in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a bit of tartness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends bland, but relatively clean.

Overall, a decent drinkable beer for a hot summer day. This is nothing mind blowing for a b-weisse. I was expecting more of a tartness. Pretty drinkable if you can get by the artificial peach flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, Spring 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy pale golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big peach, pear, tart lemon, apple, floral, grass, wheat, light bread, pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of peach with tart/fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; and solid strength. Taste of peach, pear, lemon, apple, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, light bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, light bread, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of peach concentrate with malt and yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel this is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice flavored Berliner weisse style. Nice balance of flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable and very session-able offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale straw color with a small white head. It was quite clear when pouring, but a lot of yeast came out with the last 1/3 of the bottle and caused a thick clean haze with no autolyzed chunks.

S - Smells like peaches and sour yeastiness; maby a little bit of sulphur too.

T - Sour, dry peaches. Fruity and somewhat nutty. Very authentic fresh peach character.

M - Very, very dry with high carbonation. No astrengency to speak of, which is a good thing.

D - Seems pretty drinkable, but I have a hard time being objective on this one. The peach character is as good as I could expect it to be in any beer, but once I started drinking it I remembered that I really don't like peaches. It seems like a very well made beer, but I can't really say that I like it.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head, clear watery tan yellow color.

Nose peach, peach syrup and canned peaches, syrupy with little sweet malt, mild malty aroma.

Taste more peaches, mostly canned peaches with syrup, little fresh peach flesh, juicy peach with mild malty flavor, hint of bitterness. Finish is sticky and syrupy with mild sweetness, lingering canned peaches in syrup.

Mouth is lighter bod but mild syrupy, decent carb.

Overall there no beer here, mostly just canned peaches. Tasty though, and plenty of peach, but why make it a beer, I can just go to the store and buy canned peaches and pour some vodka in it and call it a day.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy lemony yellow with a 1-inch white head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim. Leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Nice bright lemony peaches, yeast, wheat grains with some floral notes.

T: Mildly tart peach juice with lemons, wheat and yeast. Fairly one dimensional.

M: A bit thin with a light body and some prickly carbonation. Finishes like a watery peach tart.

O: Very refreshing on a warm afternoon. Easy drinking. The peach aroma is good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Consumed about 14 months after bottling (a delay adding to my suspicion that this sample had largely lost its carbonation).

Not the most enticing looking brew, it pours a very hazy yellow-golden with a very short lived thin white head that quickly disappears .... yes not even a ring left after about 2 minutes and 1 small sip. {re-tasted in Sept. 2011 with a more lasting head and more visible carbonation -- still, not a great looking brew}

Little aroma of fresh peaches, but the aroma is quite fruity with yeasty notes and hints of very ripe or canned peaches, toasted grain and white grape juice.

T - Despite some initial sweetness, this is a surprisingly tart beer. Hints of lemon. Wheat flavor contributes nicely to the swirl of flavors and the fine finish.

M - nice bit of pucking tartness with a (unexpected) semi-dry finish. Not full bodied, of course, but not thin.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an over sized Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of foamy brite-white head. This fizzles down pretty quickly into a thin ring with some wisps in the center. Swirling this doesn't get much flareup but does throw some spotty lacing up the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh, tart, and funky smelling with an undercurrent of sweetness and hints of lemon and peach.

The taste is fresh, crisp tartness that is more citric in nature than anything else that then spreads out into notes of juicy peaches as it warms up more. An underlying layer of sweetness helps pull some of that tartness back, being a good balancing force in the profile. Finishes lightly sour and a bit tangy. The mouthfeel feel thicker than it should in the mouth, with a sharp carbonation and lively feel. There is a nice contrast between the pricklier carbonation and the heavier feel.

Interesting and nicely done take on the Berliner Weisse style that uses the peach character to enhance the fresh and flavorful tartness that is present. The body seems a bit thicker than I would have thought but the crispness of the carbonation more than makes up for it. Nice stuff here.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but is still fruity, containing peaches, wheat and light malts.

T: The taste is tart and sour with the peach flavor remaining prevalent the whole time. The malt character is very thin and although the style does not really lend itself to having much of a hops presence, I would swear there is a hint of some in there. There is also a strong acidic burn as you swallow, like I normally get when I finish my wife’s Malibu & pineapple juice or hard lemonade. There after-taste is sour and slightly bready.

M: Very crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Although I am not a big fan of anything with a peach flavor, this beer was still a little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, this beer seems to be what many fruit-flavored beers try to be. If I liked peaches, I would have enjoyed this beer more, but even so, it was still pretty decent.

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