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!


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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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Photo of Moose90
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served From 12 oz Bottle

A — Pours a clear but ever so slightly hazy yellow hue into the glass, there is a quickly fleeting near pure white colored head that doesn't leave much of anything behind.

S — Smell is bright, tart, and lightly acidic, notes of lemon curd and peach fuzz on top of a lightly sweet malt base.

T — Nice fruit notes and some slight tartness is present here with a bit of juicy peach melded together with some tart lemon and a bready doughy base.

M — Light in body with a prickly effervescence, super refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a nice take on the style, not overdone.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of the Peche....it poured a hazy pale yellow with white head that did not lace much. The scent and taste was white winey. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was not my fav....perhaps had it been in the summer I might be more taken to it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, mostly transparent, with absolutely no head beyond a quick fizzy beginning pour, sort of like a light soda.

Lemon and monterrey cheese funk on nose.

Peach forward flavor, with yeasty and malty lager undertones.

Tangy, bright, crisp, and something similar to effervescent, nearing champagne territory.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear straw color with a thick creamy white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Earthy straw, peaches, some tart funk.

T - Some tart and tangy peach, white grapes, and a lingering sugar tart finish. The sugar from the fruit eventually forms a sweet coating on the back of the tongue that makes it a little too cloying at times.

M - Very crisp, sprightly carbonation on the tongue, extremely dry finish.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and great for those hot summer days (that are long since gone at the time of this review).

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head that disappears rapidly, leaving small pockets of bubbles coming up on a formless surface. Color is nice. Not much on the nose, that being said I have a bit of a cold, so I may not be picking up on the nuances - wheat and light citrus
for me. The taste is very clean - a little peach or pineapple, but strangely briny on the finish, puckering the cheeks with a salty spritz. Not overpowering, but lingering. Very smooth going down. A very good beer from DFH.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

1 finger head, light straw gold color head is fizzy

straightfoward nose, smells tart and wheaty, you also get a little cooked peach but not too much, the sweetness also present here suggests a bit of unattenuated sugar

tart but not overly so, apple and white grape immediately, some of the earthiness of peach and some of the sweetness, the peach comes out as the beer mellows, tidbits of yeasty character

sticky but not quite syrupy

delicious, not perfect for all occasions but light, crisp and refreshing, shockingly complex bouquet of flavors for a beer this light, the perfect summer day session beer alternate, does not taste remarkably like beer but truly is delicious and worth your time, know someone who hates beer? this is for them. Know someone who loves beer? this is for them too.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good Berliner, which is one of my favorite styles, nice and tart with just a little fruit to keep up the sweetness. It's not overbearingly sour, which makes it a great entry level sour.

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy pale straw color with a bright white head. Muted wheat and yeast aroma with a hint of sour and peach. The taste was surprisingly great, with elements of tart sour, peach and wheat all working together in good balance. Clean finish. Less sour than most Berliners that I have had - more in line with a Gose, but very refreshing.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pairs extremely well with Summer salads, like chicken with mango or avocado. Strong peach and wheat flavor. Has a Pinot Grigio like texture as a dinner beverage. I am not fond of this as a standalone lawnmower beer, but it makes a wonderful table beverage with the right greens and fruit or roasted or breaded chicken. Exceptional when used well. We keep a 12 pack in the fridge all Summer long. Light flavor, refreshing, agreeable aftertaste. Fine beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This crisp clear yellow brew has a ton of carbonation and has a small white head. The taste is very sour and is really overpowering. A unique beer to try but not my preferred style.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review #100- Dogfish Head seems like a solid option.
Pours a hazy straw color with a two finger head that rapidly dissipates leaving a ring of lacing at the top. Aroma of lactic tartness with a subtle note of peach. The taste isn't as sour as the aroma indicates. The sourness is very moderate and crisp with a nice peach flavor balancing out the sour before a smooth, dry fruit finish. Light body with high carbonation that works really well with the low ABV.
The peach comes through and neither the peach nor sour is overwhelming. Very crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. A good summer beer that does the style justice.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass
Appears a hayish yellow color. Lots of intial carbonation but no head retention.
Aroma is sour fruit with a little wheat smell.
Taste is tart, with some notes of honey and melon
Mouthfeel is initially very carbonated and bubbly but it transforms to a very light feel after a few seconds.
Overall this is an average Weiss. Not as clean and crisp as a german weiss but not too bad.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl.oz. bottle. Bottle on 2015-01. Poured into tulip.

A: Yellow, a little bit hazy. The head is thin and sank soon.
S: Grainy. Some tropical fruits notes.
T: Moderate sourness. Tastes like lime water. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: My first beer in this style. Interesting but not for me.

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Photo of brutalist
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at London Grill in Philly. Light yellow color with steady bubbles. Some ether smell. Appropriately sour tatse, with peachy notes. Good carbonation. Low ABV. Like it.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle served in a wide mouth champagne glass.

Appearance: very Pale gold with a fluffy head.

Nose: slightly fruity with a hint of lactic sourness

Taste: fruity, slight peach, lactic sour notes but very slight, refreshing

Wonderful summer beer. My first Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I may have rated this higher than usual after hard bike ride, but I found it to be refreshing. Non-athletes - try it after mowing the lawn or golfing.
Good sour ale for summer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed on August 14th, 2015. Presented from 12oz. bottle into wide mouthed chalice.

Beer is clear, moderately yellow with a one finger white head that quickly disappears, leaving no sheeting.

Aroma is strong and peachy.

Flavor is much less intensely sour than usual for a Berlinerweisse; more lightly tart with lots of peach flavor. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little crisp. Very drinkable.

To style, it's not a great beer. Very nice to drink, however.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa. This was the first time I ever enjoyed this beer and the first time I've ever had a beer of this style, which came as a surprise to me given how many of Dogfish Head's offerings I've reviewed on here over the years and the number of beer reviews that I was up to as well. I almost thought that this would be cloudy based on the stylistic name of this but it had a great pour to it and a taste that slowly grew on me, even though it was never terribly complex or deep!

Nice pour to this, as this beer had a clear, straw hue to it and a moderate head that rapidly dissolved into nothing, while leaving no lacing behind at all. Nice, tart peach taste to the nose and even more to it in the taste, along with some Lambic-like sourness and a very juicy mouthfeel underneath it. A hint of Pils in the front as the malt first hit me but the champagne-like carbonation and hint of wheat stuck around much longer after the initial taste wore off. No artificial syrup to be detected and this had the feel of lemon juice from start to finish in addition.

The alcohol was so low in this that I couldn't taste it and would have easily had another had I bought more than one bottle. I loved how light this was without feeling like and the artwork on the bottle featuring the bear on a peach was a nice touch as well. I'm really impressed with how the session IPA's took hold this summer and like those, this proved to be an excellent choice when it came to flavor, body, and low alcohol. An offering like this proves that more of these should be brewed for this time of the year and Dogfish Head nailed it with this one. A great choice for the summer!

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Photo of Zonk
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemonade yellow with a solid white head for a Berliner.

Bit of a funk and can smell some underlying sourness.

While this was really nicely tart and refreshing with a great sour note. Would have liked to taste more peach though.

Light refreshing mouthfeel. Middle of the road for a sour.

Overall, excellent beer in the class. hate to see ratings dragged down by people who just don't get the style.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 4,296 ratings.
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