Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

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 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 AsburyParkJMH
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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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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