Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

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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 kirok1999
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Read a few other reviews to see if I was the only one who thought this tasted like crap. Yep, just me. Pours a promising slightly cloudy light orange, nice head.
Doesn't smell like much, certainly not like peaches. Some tart sweetness perhaps.
Taste is shockingly bitter, like they used unripe peaches. Finish is bitter and acidic, not at all pleasant. Seems very mildly carbonated.
I can't imagine a food that would compliment this beer. It would wipe out any flavors food might have with it's bitterness.

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Photo of mcallister
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dull cloudy orange in color with a brilliant white whispy head that possesses good retention. Some lacing, quite carbonated.

Very fresh peach aroma is pleasing, not much else there. A little spice, herb, and yeasty goings on. Nice nonetheless.

Sweet peach flavors are quickly brought down by a succulent bitter finish that is almost sour. As the style should be this isn't overly complex. However the wheat component is very staballizing. Seems like it could be slightly more carbonated. Mouth is puckering to a degree and leaves you craving your next sip. After finishing this this beer gets really acrid. Flavors of a vitamin C pill leaves a chalky unwelcome grit on the tongue.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 5/31/07. Hazy yellow in color, with a white, airy head. Decent head retention.

Sour, grainy aroma. Some light peach notes as well, with just a bit of other fruit.

Tart, but does not seem to have the sharp, lactic sourness of a textbook Berliner. Some light peach flavors emerge, and blend in quite well.

Light body, not a whole lot of carbonation. Very refreshing, good summer beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this at Bierkraft -- very excited! (I'm a bit excitable...) Poured a hazy gold with a slight off-white head. Not much lacing, but nice carbonation nonetheless.

Smells of tinned peaches, wheat, and grassy hops. Interesting. I loved the taste -- probably my favorite American fruit beer (though I know that's not the technical style) -- sour peach, a little honey, and crisp as can be. Mmm mmm. Haven't tried it out of the bottle yet, so I don't know how it stacks up, but that gallon disappeared with ease. The perfect summer brew, in my opinion. Thank you, DFH!

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Photo of gunnerman
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a yellow pale yellow with a bit of head that does not stay around long, little bubbles of carbonation fill the drink. Smell is of fresh citrus with notes of honey and malt. Taste is very bitter and sour, but not sour where it does not go down pretty smooth, has a very tarty taste as well, this beer is very unsual and one that goes down pretty nicely, overall I actually enjoyed this different tasting beverage and would have it again and again.

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dogfish head... love them or hate them. i'm a big fan. not for the unadventurous. pours a hazy, fizzy, yellow/straw with a super fizzy white head that goes away quickly. smells of yeast, some spice and a dry, tart peach. tastes very sour and tart. somewhere between a bubbly wine like beverage and a nice summer beer. makes me pucker and goes down very champagne like. great fun and easy drink. it's hard to believe this is a beer, but is a nice change of pace. i won't session this one, but it was cool to explore the lighter side of things. btw - chicks dig this one.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a very cloudy light yellow color with about a finger of white foam that quickly fades leaving no noticeable lace. Smells of bready grains, lemon and peach. Taste is of sour peaches and maybe a touch of yeast and malt. A notch below medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, dry and refreshing. Not a bad effort, but I prefer 1809. Worth a try as a good quencher in the warm weather.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually tried this beer at the DFH ale house in Rehoboth Beach about a month ago, but failed to take any notes. So I grabbed a couple of bottles at Norm's in NOVA the other day.

Pours a dense-looking opaque straw color with a fat two-finger head on top. The foam has a very sudsy/dish soap look to it, but fades after a few minutes. Doesn't leave much lace, if any. Lots of carbonation, like a good Berliner Weisse should have. The aroma is peachy, with some faint citrus notes blended in. Nice and crisp. A refreshing aroma, for sure, which should bode well for the taste.... which is also crisp and refreshing. Sharp and tart (also like a good BW should be) with a lip-smackingly tangy, dry crisp finish. Wow. That's some beer. The peach flavoring is subdued, but you can tell it's there, although it's more present in the nose than in the taste. Mouthfeel is, well, crisp (how many times can I use the word "crisp" in a freakin' beer review?!? Apparently five.). What a great summer beer. I think this is a fine brew indeed.

I can understand that some beer drinkers are not going to like this beer. The Berliner Weisse style is not one that would appeal to the masses. And that's too bad, because it's an excellent summer beer. But the tartness is an acquired taste for sure. Not unlike that of a Flemish sour red, like Rodenbach. It takes some getting used to. But if you're into tart beers, or you're just ready to try something different, definitely give the Festina Peche a go. Kudos to the folks at DFH for trying, and succeeding, at this under-appreciated style of beer.

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Photo of boelker62
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - large fizzy head atop a slightly hazy fizzy yellwo body. I was scared considering it is a DFH offering. Not characteristic of their line up that I have had.

S - well, woul i be obtuse to say Peach? Sorry. Simple slight malty sensation and a floral hop tinge. Then that peach again.

T - peach hits tartly first, with an astringent mid palate and a clearing finish. The bitterness lingers a bit on the back of the tongue.

M - very dry texture with a light body and a long, metallic finish.

D - the tartness is the most prevantative aspect of this as far as drinkability goes.

I'll pass in the future.

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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 sabrills70
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 5/31/07. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and decent lace. Definate yeast aromas mixed with some citrus and honey but I do not detect any peach aromas. A light wiess flavor, spritzy with a peach aftertaste. Big malt flavors though - for a weiss that is. A definate summertime beer. Quality made, but nothing special.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one of tap about a week ago at the BTAH, NYC, was prety law carb, and full of tasty sourness, I thought it was a lambic, but came home, looked it up and started to learn about "Berliner wiesse", who new?...anyway picked up a fourpack at a local store ($9.99) when I had a chance and continued my research....

12 ouncer with "bottled on 5/31/07" etched onto the neck. Pours very light yellowy amber, cloudy with a loose buble white head, that stay around for a short while. Minor lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Nose is brightly of fresh tropical fruits and cool mint. Sourness is a notch below "extreme" but it leaves no room for argument, that this is a quite sour creation, and no doubt will not be for everybody. Finishes a bit chalky, leaving a long sour legacy behind. Tasty and adventuresome creation from DFH.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle at Whole Foods Cary...a little pricey at $2.99, but whatever

appearance: A bone white head hastily recedes to nothing but a thin ring. The beer is a considerably hazy golden straw-white in color.

smell: Tart peach, dry wheat, a touch of lemon, and fresh papery hops are most noticeable to me. Simplicity is the word here, and it works really well.

mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation, only slightly towards the high side, comprised of the small bubbles often indicative of bottle conditioning. The body of the beer is on the lower side of the medium range, lighter and easily quaffable.

taste: Wow...I wasn't expecting that. As the beer fills my mouth, my tastebuds and nose pick up on typical wheat flavors and a faint peachy/apricot flavor. But man, right when I swallow, the tartness hits and the peach really comes out. Not a big peach flavor, mind you...it takes the backseat to the tartness and lounges around with the wheat. Negligible hop flavor and bitterness, as it probably should be. Not very complex and it finishes a bit watery, but wholly interesting. Super clean finish only adds to the drinkability.

drinkability: Easily drinkable, but probably not worth the price tag...for me at least.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a large flaired tulip glass from a 12oz long necked brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Bottled on 5/31/07.

Very cloudy,hazy pale gold glows when held up to the light.2" creamy white head from hard pour dissapates very quickly leaving a thin coating.Good carbination very tiny bubbles wisping from the sides of the glass with larger bubbles randomly surging from the center of the glass' leaves no lacing at all.

Very clean aroma with peach syrup and a fresh doughy wheat or yeast aroma. Very pleasing aroma hard to keep nose from glass

Clean watery taste very sour/acidy,peach overtones throughtout with a sharp lemon juice finish turning clean, no hop tastes leaves a tart coating on the lips.

Very light,acidy mouthfeel. Not a filling beer,water-like a bit like drinking lemmon juice can't get past the sourness to have any amount of drinkability. Don't belive i've had this style before almost a love or hate style. I'm still deciding. Worth a try if you want something different.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light orangy yellow with a small white head that drops to a ring of lace.

Smell is very faint. Some grainy notes.

Taste starts out puckeringly sour, but that quickly takes a back seat to some witbier flavors, lemon peel, a hint of peach. A bit grainy.

Drinkability is high because of the low abv and the fact that this is actually quite refreshing on a hot summer evening.

Overall, a good thirst quencher, but not something I would want on a regular basis.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I normally shy away from fruit beers, but on the other hand, I cannot resist a Dogfish Head Speciality release, sometimes this can present a conflict, at which times my desire for something new and unique always wins, this was one of those times. A Peach Concentrate infused malt beverage...hmmmm. Poured an extremly light golden yellow with a brief white fizzy type of head. Very light and considerably hazy, with a ton of visible carbonation, making its way up through chains of bubbles reaching from the nethers of the glass, my intrest has been piqued.

The aroma was very fruity and light. Lots of peach flavors which one would expect naturally with something infused with peach concentrate. There were also some decent hints of grain mixed within that fruit assault. Some yeast and a light cut grass made its way through as well, all aromas were very light and crisp, clean. Now for the test, first impression of the taste was, very sweet and very light. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation is very heavy, pretty much like that of a wine cooler. The flavor profile pretty much followed suit as well. Lots of sweetned peach flavors mixed on top of a bland malt liquor flavor. Nothing really too stand out about this.

Overall this was a wine cooler to me. Way too light and just not enough character. Had a great feel, and the low ABV makes it a nice very hot summer days treat, in fact my wife would probably love this and will have to give her a taste next time I see one, but for the price, if I wanted a wine cooler I would go for a wine cooler. I will stick to DFH's bigger and in my opinion better offerings. Speaking of which, got a red and white due up next.

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Photo of tmp155
1.55/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a light wheaty amber. Smelled rubbery for some strange reason. The taste was of malt liquour--sort of like peach Smirnoff. It didn't feel or taste good at all. I took a four pack to a BBQ, dumped the one I tried and left 3 for the hostess on the off chance she likes strange, slightly fruity malt liquour.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking slightly hazy orange/golden colour with a fast fading head that dissolves into a thin lace and leaves minimal markings on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweet peach notes, some other tart fruit, wheat and perhaps some spice.

The flavour is more of the same, with the minimal spice notes fading even more here as they give way to a much more apparent (but fitting) tart flavour along with the obvious peach sweetness and wheat notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one and, while I didn't love it, it was certainly enjoyable and much more appealing than expected. This is a nice, different take on a summer thirst quencher, and it does the job nicely overall.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, somewhat cloudy color. Aroma is strong with hints of peach and malt. Very fruity. The taste is smooth and flavorful, not too overpowering with a strong peach essence. As a result, this beer is very drinkable. It's also quite sessionable. I like it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appealing golden straw, sunshine yellow color. Head is white and certainly rapidly fading. A small white topping is left behind with an occasional spot of lace. Smells lightly tart and tangy with wheat and citric acidity with a light soft peach. A nice combination. The peach delicately with the sweetness. A sip brings a more apparent sour tartness softened slightly by the peach. A syrupy feel is only slightly noticeable. It only takes a slight edge off the tartness. Mouth feel is smooth and slick, appropriately wheaty. Drinkable despite the acidic style and nicely refreshing on a hot day.


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Photo of Patrick999
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly not a style I am familiar with; let me say that straight off...but low-ABV Dogfish Head? That's such a crazy idea, it just might work.

I chose a pilsner glass in which to pour this interesting beer, hopefully showcasing some active carbonation and to coax a decent head out of it. I wasn't disappointed. The head is sticking around pretty well over an odd but not unappetizing pale body that looks like Limeade, for lack of a better comparison.

Smell...the sour apricot and peach aroma is in the forefront, residing on top of a mash-y wheat. The only comparison I can really draw is to a lambic.

Taste. Upon first sip, wow, is this shockingly sour. After a couple sips, my taste buds have acclimated, and are receptive. Still a very sour apricot/peach upfront, but there's plenty of wheat in the finish. Tastes mildly yeasty among a distinct lemon note, like a much weaker saison. Alcohol, as you would expect, is non-existent. Did I really just say that about a Dogfish Head beer? After you get past the initial sour-shock, this one strikes a nice balance between the fruit and wheat backing. Not so sweet....certainly NOT a peach-soda type of fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Spritzy and as actively carbonated as it appears. Has good crackle and pop.

Drinkability - I think all golf courses in the Southeast should be required to have this on tap at the 19th Hole. It would be perfect to relax with after a day of typically crappy I-can't-break-100 golf.

Edit: This has really grown on me, so I'm raising the numbers a little. Give this one a real chance, this is the stuff of a great summer seasonal.

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Photo of Bcant
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently bought a single bottle but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent summer beer.

Pours a hazy-yellow color. Small foamy head that quickly reduces to a paper-thin ring of tiny bubbles, carbonation level is good, contributing to delicate mouthfeel.

Aroma is slight but appetizing – lemon zest and a touch of yeast.

Begins sour, very citrus, before transitioning into light peachy sweetness and finishing with a complex sour-bitter taste that clings to the edges of the tong.

Extremely drinkable: refreshing; light, if slightly sticky moutfeel, low abv.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just hit the shelves in Florida today, so I took a special trip to pick up a 4 pack.

A: Very light cloudy yellow in color with a small head rimming the glass. Very nice.

S: Yeasty peach at the nose. Mild yet nice.

T: I like it a lot. Wow this would quench ones thirst on a hot Florida afternoon. They call it Peche, but it has the taste of apricots. tart, funky, apricots, like you would get dried in a package. The good news is I love dried apricots. Yummy!

M: Light and bubbly. This one is carbonated and dances around in my belly.

D: I could drink the entire 4 pack, had I not consumed a Fat Dog Imperial and a Rochefort 10 earlier in the day.

Overall: I like it. A very nice summer brew by DFH. I really don't think they could have done this one any better. It is funky like a nice Belgian, tart, with the taste of dried Apricots. I kept picking up and putting down the glass until the contents quickly disappeared. Bravo Dog Fish Head. If I was not buzzed from the last three beers I would by on my way to pick up 4 more of these. As it says on the bottle; This beer is so down with the dog days of summer. TRY IT!

UPDATE: The more I drink this stuff the more I like it. Off to the beer store yet again for another 4 pack.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upfront, a crisp, refreshing lemony tartness. Further into the sip, the sour acidity begins to blend with a light and very authentic peach flavor. Towards the finish, the acidic tartness remains but the tasty peach eventually gives way to a more classic weiss flavor with some earthy yeast character. Light mouthfeel with sharp, active carbonation (both perfect for the style).

A surprisingly effective combination of fruit and tart lactic acidity. Light and very refreshing. Plus, the peach flavor isn’t cloying or synthetic; it’s quite well balanced and nicely genuine.


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Photo of waughbrew
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. for 2.49, when the four-pack costs 11.00? I always figured the people at Whole Foods Cambridge would be smarter. Hey Sam, thanks for the date code.

Extremely hazy whitish-orangish yellow. Small white head, little stay, less lace. Smells very yeasty with lemon zest and light, semi-fresh peaches. Also a bit like a sweettart. Bright in the mouth, it is opens up with fruity fireworks of pineapple and peach. The tartness is appreciated as it zips across the tongue with just enough strength and speed. Bubbly and medium-bodied. It finishes on the sides of my tongue and the sourness makes me salivate continuously until the next sip.

An enjoyable, drinkable beer whose tart twist stands out of the crowd. The peaches are thankfully subdued and blend in well with the esters of the beer. A little expensive, but I would not mind having it again. It could just use a little more life to it (is this bottle-conditioned?) and a slightly less spritzy mouthfeel.

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