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 clvand0
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy light yellow color with a medium head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very interesting and light. Smells like fresh peaches with a very small hint of sourness behind it - very soft and pleasant aroma. The flavor is much the same. Just a hint of sourness on the finish that doesn't linger long. The peach flavor is very soft and smooth, but definately there. The body is light and the drinkability is good. The sourness seems to increase as the beer warms, but never becomes too strong.

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Photo of phisig137
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy light gold with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing but liquid in the glass.

Aroma is a distinct mild peach, with faint hints of vanilla. Nice, but a bit mild. Also doesn't prepare you at all for the flavor.

Strong wheat presence on the palate, with a hefty, yet not overpowering peach flavor. Fresh and bright, this is not artificial at all, like some DFH beers can taste. Tart from front to back, and a dry finish with almost no lingering flavor. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good .

An interesting one from DFH. Quite the thirst quencher on a hot day. Nice to see a larger American brewer taking a stab at this almost dead style. I personally would like to taste it unblended, without the peach. Well worth trying for anyone out there that is interested in the sour side of beers. Perhaps a nice introduction to lambics and Oud beers.

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Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks a lot like lemonade. There is a thick head and a ton of carbonation. The smell is lemongrass and orange. The peach is in there but subdued. The taste is sour and citrusy. The mouthfeel is smooth and the sourness lingers. I could drink this beer again. Another strange release from DFH.

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

A nebulous patchwork of ashen swirls top a straw body of liquid that is both lucent and opaque.
Scented of grapefruit juice, cereal grain, and vinegar, it unfold through the mouth first with a husky sense of wheat, quickly tailed by shearing lemon juice tartness. Flakes of husk still appear on the periphery, but this has turned and will stay tart, with various concentrates of citrus, vacillating among lemon, grapefruit, and orange pulps, and serrated daggers of vinegar. Curiously, nothing here even nods towards peach.
Exuberantly bubbled, with missiles of fine-beaded carbonation, it has all the properties of a thirst destroyer.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold color into a pint glass. Having this on tap, I expected a little more head. I got absolutely none. The bartender filled it so high that I didn't dare reach over the person who was sitting at the bar to get it. Luckily she handed it to me.

S: Very tart, almost of a peach mixed with lemon.

T: Just OK. Extremely peachy, but in a sour/tart sort of way. The wheat taste is also apparent, but everything else was drowned out by the peach. If jolly rancher made a sour peach beer flavor, this would probably be it.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and very easy to consume. I do like sour things, so I found the puckering in my mouth somewhat pleasant.

D: This absolutely destroyed my palate. The sourness of the peach just absolutely made detecting other more subtle flavors difficult throughout the rest of the night. But it was fairly refreshing for a summer night.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed pale straw with a creamy white head that recedes.Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very distinct in this style of beer. One whiff smells nice and tart with a hint of peach and wheat. The next one has that distinct "barnyard" smell that comes with the use of lactobacillus.

Cirsp and tart upfront, it really grabs your attention. The peach taste come into play and is very mild and really compliments the tartness of the base beer. It finishes quite clean with a nice tart tanginess that leaves you salivating and anticipating the next sip.

Light body, mild cramy texture.

Bravo to DFH for producing a style that is severly under-represented. This beer (and style) really show that you can achieve a lot of flavor and complexity at a rather low gravity. I seldom buy more than a six pack of any particular seasonal, and I am already on my 3rd 4-pack of this stuff. I just can't get enough, and unfortunately there just aren't many other commercial options in this style.

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Photo of adowney523
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a chalice-style glass. Color is golden and very hazy. The thin white head dissappears very quickly.

Mostly light fruits along with raw grain.

Lots of peach upfront in the taste along with some graininess. Fades to a sharp acidic tartness.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with some lingering sweetness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice one finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing. Stickiness is ok at first but pretty weak towards the end. Smell is a sugary apricot/peach with a crisp lemongrass blended in. Taste, wow, very tart and sour on the tongue at first...almost like a lemon or orange sour patch kid. Very different, not much alcohol taste at all which is just about the only good thing the taste has going. A nice pale malt in the aftertaste takes a while to surface, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very light bodied with a whole buncha carbonation. Drinkability lacks a bit just because of how tart it is, but it picks its self up with the lack of alcohol on the nose and tongue. Give it a try, but I wouldn't go out of your way to get one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in case form from Kunda Bev in King of Prussia, Pa, and poured into a shaker pint class.
Appearance: The body poured a merky orange color toped off with a big white head that left even faster than in appeared from tons of carbonation. No lacing to be seen. When I first poured, before the sediment settled, the beer looked like the "sperm beer" from American Pie. Odd.
Smell: Very small nose, hints of malty peach, but not much else.
Taste: Very tart, with many fruity flavors, such as peach (suprise suprise), cherries and oranges, all coming and going as they please.
Mouthfeel: Pretty darn crisp, and combining that with the tartness, even with an ABV of 4.5 and very tastyness, it makes it hard to drink more than a few.
Drinkability: Pretty good, not my faviorate from DFH, but good non-the-less.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of BBM
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was fortunate to find this one on tap. It poured a very pale, cloudy yellow. Probably the closest beer to "white" I have come across. The bubbly white head didn't leave much of a contrast. The smell was tart, but also a bit skunky and sour. Not very pleasant, to be honest.

Fortunately it tastes better than it smells. Although the taste isn't conventional at all. Tart citrus, sour peaches, and a bitter lemonade quality make this one of the odder beers I've had. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and fizzy, giving it more of a soft drink quality, but it didn't detract from the beer's uniqeness.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Florian's. Light yellow body, a tad hazy due to the little bit of yeast I accidentally got in it, and a half inch of off-white head. Smells like peach juice and very little else. It smells good, but rather one-dimensional. Tastes like peach initially, with kind of a sourness toward the finish that is reminiscent of apple or lemon. Light in body, and extremely drinkable. Wow, this is a good beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like most Americans I have never had this style before. Very tart. Definitely shows it's wheat beer heritage but I prefer Hefeweizen over this anytime. Thanks to DFH for letting me taste this without a trip to Germany but this is not one of my favorites. Nice to try once but probably won't buy it again.

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

Best by 5/31/07. Pours a hazy golden yellow, fizzy white head that vanishes quickly, Nose is subdued tart fruit, peach definitely evident, slight grainy smell as well. Taste is very sour peach, mouth puckering. After a few sips, tartness becomes more manageable, and it becomes very nice tasting, with a nice peach flavor over a smooth wheat malt, finishing tart but refreshing. Definitely better tasting than I was expecting. Don't know how this stacks up to the real thing, but this is a different yet good summer beer.

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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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