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 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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Photo of BuckSpin
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Nice, tart/sour fruited nose, full of ripe peach, faint lemon, dull banana, fresh bread (sourdough?), yet also dry with straw. As it warms it gets drier & crisper, more apple cider (Granny Smith definitely). A pencil's worth of thin white foam faded quickly, leaving a transparent sheen and edge ring that did not lace. Hazy & clouded, the color is a dull banana gold, thick, some lone bubbles rising slowly thru it.

Oh, this is tart. A nice puckerish hit of sourness (much like the mixed drink) rides in raw overtop a delicate, yet present, peach profile. Its thick, chewy, slightly syrupy in mouthfeel with that wonderful sensation of one's lips curling inwards towards your teeth from tartness, you remember, the feeling you got from eating too many "Tart N' Tinies"!

Semi-dry with a dull crispness and even duller crunch (more chewy than crunchy) its even & flat but not boring. It grows beautifully bittersweet on the palate, thicker, the sour quality not so much increasing in strength but more resonating throughout my mouth, a sour "echo" of equal strength if you will. The peach quality is there, but not so sweet as more a presence, an essence. It finishes bittersweet with dulled tartness, drier and sweetly crisp like Granny Smith cider, leaving a filmy, dull, just barely sour aftertaste as well as my lips trying like hell to curl under my teeth....nice.

An unusual style, but enjoyable. Can't say I could session these, but this would make a nice beer to search out & enjoy while available, especially if you like sour/tart. Peach fans might be disappointed, but they also may really enjoy it...its certainly no peach bomb. This would make for an interesting side for a fruit & soft cheese plate. I'd certainly drink it again, and would recommend it.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy/cloudy golden-straw color. Had a subtle sour smell to it at first and then opened up to the peach aromas. Good carbonation on it gave it a great mouth feel. The sourness really overpowered the peach flavor in this beer for me. You could taste some peach but again, it was very subtle. I think this is a great summer beer. The sourness was not over the top like a La Folie, but it was still prominent.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at Max’s in Baltimore.

Looks like a whit beer with a foggy pale gold color and a bleach white head that stuck around for a while. The colors here really grabbed my attention in an enticing fashion.

Smells of old basement and apricots with a slight electric lemon sting.

The flavor is based on a delicate powdered sugar, honey and a touch of wheat that picks up an orange and apricot sourness that brings with it elements of Sprite’s sourness. It then fades to a yeasty almost lactic stickiness. This just goes to balance out the flavor, finishing far more cleanly that expected.

Feels light and easy, a little dense with a playful carbonation.

Finishes just a slightly bit sticky which detracts from it’s near perfect drinkability. A summer sipping wonder without question.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap in the Gaithersburg, MD Brewpub.

A - Hazy straw yellow. No head, no lacing.

S - Lgiht malt. A bit of underripe peaches.

T - A very tart white peach flavor. Not sweet at all. Aftertaste is a lingering sour with some mild maltiness.

M - High carbonation makes it a tad harsh, thin, very refreshing.

D - Good Really hit the spot on a hot Sunday afternoon. I might have agian. The flavor and so forth isn't great, but it is pleasant. A tad reminiscent of lemonade.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Date code says bottled on 5/24/07. Hazy pale straw, with a thick creamy white head. Patchy lace.

Aroma is lightly sour with a touch of wheat.

Flavor is lemony and wheaty with a hint of peaches.

An interesting and tasty beer. Paired nicely with a couple pieces of Havarti cheese.

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Photo of BigMart42
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m always excited to see a new dogfish selection on the shelf, so I bought the 4 pack and ran home to try it.

It poured a very light gold with an almost champagne like carbonation. It contained a very light citrus aroma.

I received an instant bite when I took my first sip and it reminded me even more of champagne, being very tang and tart. After taste as well as the rest of the glass was much smoother. I'd say overall a descent fruit beer. But nothing that would keep me coming back.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served very chilled in a pint glass. It poured quite hazy and golden in color. It was topped with a half inch bright white sudsy head. Really nice looking brew.

A lot of yeast and citrus in the nose. And of course peach as well.

My initial thought on the first sip was that it had a strong flavor of tart peaches and apricots. Not sweet at all which is good. Slightly yeasty with a dry grainy finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a slightly biting carbonation. Very crisp.

Extremely drinkable. One of the best fruit additions to a beer I've ever tasted. I really liked that the peach was tart and not sweet. I found it easy to see myself drinking a few of these on a summers day.

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

Appearance - Hazy yellow color. Small white head. Zero retention and lacing.

Smell - Peach, lemon, yeast, and some maltiness.

Taste - Peachy, tart bite that levels out after several sips.

Mouthfeel - Nice clean feel. It's dry and refreshing.

Drinkability - Initially I thought I couldn't drink much of this but by the time I finished the beer I was ready for another one.

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

Cloudy pale yellow, without much of a head, as you might expect. I was concerned that it would be overpoweringly fruity (at least in scent) but that was not the case at all -- there is a slightly sweet smell, but nothing I perceived as overtly peachy.

It's wonderfully tart, then settles into a smooth, sweeter taste as you continue to drink it -- very refreshing indeed. It's the opposite of chewy -- ideal for a hot summer day. I am not a fan of peaches, but this won me over with a perfect balance of up-front tartness and secondary sweetness without ever seeming syrupy or too sweet.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in MD.

Poured a cloudy, bright straw yellow with very little head. Didn't leave any lace.

You can really smell the yeast in this one. Slighty mellow nose not very impressed.

Big punch of peach when you first sip it. Very difficult to place the flavors. Very acidic and when warmed up become very, very tart. Slight wheat notes where present. Very clean finish with more tartness on the way. Bartender said they brewed it with five hundred pounds of peachs and you can really tell. Very light and tight on the tongue.

A refreshing beer that needs a little bit of work done. I don't know alot about the style but I was expecting something a little more German like. Something I might pick up later but don't count on it.

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Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a cloudy, pale (yet bright) straw yellow with a one-finger, bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was macro-ish and a touch skunky with a powdery yeastiness lingering in the background. As the beer warmed, some German pilsener-like maltiness emerged, along with a touch of lemony tartness.

The taste was sharply acidic and quite lemony. Some wheaty notes came through mid-palate and on the back end. The finish was clean, crisp and rather tart, with a slight skunkiness. This beer claims that it is a "malt beverage brewed with peach concentrate," yet I found absolutely no indication of peach in the aroma or in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was very thin, light and highly carbonated. I have never sampled a more fizzy and airy beer.

As for drinkability, this beer may have been light and somewhat refreshing, but it definitely was not very tasty or enjoyable.

Because this was my first time sampling a Berliner Weissbier, I must admit that I am not accustomed to the style. However, if this beer is in any way indicative of other beers in this category, I find find few redeeming qualities with them.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- translucent straw yellow body with thin white head that quickly fades and leaves behind some lacing.

S- Smell is quite tart. Sour fruit and citrus stand out with a yeast backbone.

T- Tart peaches and citrus upfront. Wheat background can be noticed. The tartness fades lingers and is rather sour.

M- Light carbonation and light body perfect for summer consumption. Smooth.

D- This is a very drinkable summer beer. Great brew from DFH. I was excited to get to try a Berliner. I would not hesitate to have this again.

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

Served on-tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Murky golden color with a thin white head. Looks like a hefe...minus the good head.

Smell: Two things - citrus and peaches. Smells like a peach grove.

Taste: Initial taste is all citric acid. After the first few sips, the fruity peaches come back. Extremely clean and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and tart...fells good! Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The clean finish is nice. I'm sure the tartness will turn off some, but I like it!

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thin head. Well, this style isn't exactly known for its head retention, anyway. There is a lasting thin island of a patch, though.

The smell is of hints of peach. A candy-like sweettart aroma is there.

The taste is sweettart. Peach skin (no syrupy fruit here) blends with a malty sweetness with a balancing tartness. Finishes refreshingly dry.

Refreshingly light, a nice flavor hangs on. Smooth.

A broad interpretation of the style - well, what do you expect from DFH. I do have to say, though, that they put a nice twist on the style. A nice summer brew. Wish it came in six-packs for the same price!

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Photo of AlephNull
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass the day after the local liquor store received it. They only had cases, but were nice enough to break one open for me since I was a bit worried about trying a peach beer as I'm not a fan of fruit beers. This was a bit surprising.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a deep white peach pinkness deep in the glass -- not much in the way of head.

S - Scent's got a bit of tartness behind it, maybe a taste of wheat -- with a bit of sweetness behind it and a bit of peach -- not as much as I expected.

T - Refreshing and thirst quenching -- not at all like the Sam Adams Cherry What cloying flavor that I expected. The peach is a sharp and refreshing citrus not a sticky sweetness.

M - Super-carbonated... at first I thought too much, but with a bit of sipping I've learned to enjoy it.

D - More drinkable than any fruit beer I've ever tasted. Nothing overwhelming about this "beer" makes for a nice summer drink.

Overall: A real pleasant surprise. I wouldn't have minded having an entire case of this despite my initial reservations... This would be a great beer for a summer barbecue of mixed real beer drinkers, cheap beer drinkers and the wine cooler crowd.

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

A tumbler glass served at Capone's.

A: The ale is a pale but hearty yellow color, well carbonated and slightly hazy. The head was near 1 finger on pour and retained nicely through the glass.

S: The nose has a distinct tartness that is softened by a subtle peach sweetness. The sweetness is not as syrupy or sickly sweet like what you would find in Lindeman's Peche.

T: The ale does a remarkable job of straddling the two disparate worlds of Berliner Weisse and fruit lambic. The ale reveals a light wheat body up front, airy and slightly tart, that soon reveals a stronger tart, pucker-up element. Before the tartness can build up too far, a fruity peach flavor emerges, softening the tartness with a strong sweetness that mixes with the wheat for a refreshing finish.

M: The ale nicely melds the wheat tartness and the peach's sugary sweetness, creating an excellent mix worthy of consideration alongside himbeer and waldmeister syrups.

D: The tart flavor makes this beer almost too drinkable. One sip and I reflexively reach for another. A great creation from the twisted minds at DFH.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Grey Lodge the other night for their DFH tasting and picked up a few bottles the next day. The beer poured a very cloudy golden color into my DFH pint glass with a medium thickness, fluffy white head that runs away quickly. The aroma has alot going on. There a very present peach aroma running around and it is also a bit creamy. The taste is more of the same and oh so good. You first get a nice tart sensation in the mouth that is rounded out by a fresh peach taste and balanced out with an almost creamy texture. Probably due to the lactic fermentation this gets. This is a really good representation of the Berliner style. You get the tartness that is a trademark of the style but the peach flavor is really enjoyable and with a low ABV of 4.5%, this is going to be on my summer beer rotation at home for some while.

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

At the brewpub I noticed that Festina Peche was not the Festina Lente yeah I know...anyway I asked Wes the bartender for a half pint on this one just b/c of the tart character and my eagerness to start drinking one of the 90 minutes through the Randall. Appearance a clouded apricot light golden tone with a large fizzy whtie head leaves behind thin lacing after dwindling away. Aromatics contain that great tart lactic character trademark of the Berliner Weissbier of Germany but in this case also an evident nose of Peaches with a light herbal quality detected as well. Flavors definitely pucker the lips a great eye opening tartness dives into my senses leaving behind a clean dryness after the rush lets up fruity peach notes are not syrupy or cloying very well blended into the design of this beer I'm guessing with Dogfish real peaches here great and refreshing with tartness and funky citrus wheat mix as well. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy carbonation really tickles the throat with the fine bubbled flow as stated the finish is definitely dry once the tart lactic character fades very nice stuff. Drinkablity quite refreshing and interesting but I preferred the half pint although I would not have had any problmes definitely the drinkable type of funky tart beers not that ones that start to turn the stomach acidic a true session beer.

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

Served on-tap @the brewpub in a small tulip glass.

A- Nice yellow color, kind of hazy. Small head of white bubbles that remain thru the sample.

S- Enjoyed the peach smell. Something about a great fruit smell on a cold day to get ready for spring.

T- Peachy, tart bite that levels out after several sips.

M- Very bright. It first, I was not crazy about the beer, but after sipping for awhile the charm of this beer becomes clear. The peach element lingers and at 4.5%, you are getting a nice clean beer.

D- I had this beer thinking that I had grabbed lightning in a bottle by have it at the pub, but I think this going to be a regular beer for DFH now. If you are not crazy about fruit beers, try this one; it changed my view on them.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sign said it was a Berliner weiss thingy @ 4.5% abv. Pale and hazy yellow in color. Nice, small, tight white head. Mellow and pleasant peach aroma. Nice blend of peach/fruit flavor and a slight sourness. Carbonation level brightens it up a notch. At a mellow 4.5% it was very drinkable. A lot of flavor in a small glass. I am assuming it was a one off brew at the brew pub.

Edit 3/10-just read on the email letter from the brewery that this will be released this spring. So much for a 1 off-sorry.

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

Poured out a pale clear lemon color, thin bone white head, marginal lacing. The nose was sour first, almost lambic like, with some solid stewed peach notes, citrus, and a bit of yeastyness. The taste confirms the nose, and adds a little breadyness, also not as as sweet as I thought it would be. Has a prickly tight mouthfeel, fantastic for the style. Highly drinkable and enjoyable for a broad range of beer drinkers. I hope they bottle this so I don't have to drive three hours to sample more. Hurry and get some while it lasts. They say they'll do it again next summer using fresh peaches.

Note their sign called this a: Neo Berliner Weisse style beer.

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