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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 SometimesIfart
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this one half and half with my brother.

Look - Pours a lemomaide looking yellow with a small.fizzy head that quickly leaves without a single touch of lacing. Carbonation appears light.

Smell - The peach is certainly there. Smells very fruty and has a large peach juice quality to it.

Taste - Follows the nose completely. Peachy, lemony with a touch of bitterness.

Feel - Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Goes down like a hard lemon aid.

Overall - Not too shabby. Not my specific cup of tea.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is very pale yellow. Head rims the edge thinly until about half the glass is gone, which is also when the head has completely dissipated.
Nose is lightly tart, and definitely has a peach note to it.

Taste starts clean, and the tartness comes on mid taste. Warmth melds the taste. The tastes are like a dry white wine initially. The tart is light, and much like the nose, has definite notes of peach. Carbonation is decent, providing almost like an unsweetened clear virus soda.

A clean straightforward beer that is quite refreshing. Nothing too extreme in this one, a mild shock for DFH; it reminds me in a couple ways like Weterbacher's Tarte Nouveau.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated and tangy but I'm just not tasting the peach. This beer is a little too sour for my taste but I can understand why others enjoy it. It is pleasantly refreshing on a hot day. I prefer RJ Rocker Son of a Peach, but that's more my personal taste than a reflection on the quality of this weissbier.

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Photo of glass_house
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a one-note wonder, but a decent one. A nice light weissbier with peach undertones, mild tartness and a crisp refreshing feel. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but something I'd never turn down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy-ish straw yellow color with white bubble lacing comes up the sides in droves. It's a pretty looking beer. Smells of muted peach. Taste is sadly the same with some muted peach flavors and other fruity tastes, though with a pleasant tartness at the end. It's pleasantly carbonated and drinks easily.

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint shaker minimal head. Pale cloudy yellow. Nice to look at. Nice peach aroma coming off this. Nice puckering peach hit. Like this. Not much of a peach fan but this is done well. Very tart finish. Will seek this out again

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw colored. Not much carbonation. Light and refreshing. Tart and reminiscent of hard apple cider. Not very strong peach flavor. I had hoped it would be peachier. Easy to enjoy -- not a beer with a bunch of weird or challenging flavors. A good summer beverage. Makes me want to try other Berliner weissbiers as well.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Hazy and gold in color with a decent white head that dissipates quickly. Sour, acidic aroma with some fruitiness to it. Clean, sour flavor that is very easy on the palate. Light bodied and highly carbonated, reminiscent of champagne. A really nice summer beer with peach notes but nothing overwhelming. Everything is in balance.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw and beige color. Minimal head rapidly dissipates, lacing very thin.
Sour peach aroma, wheat, and earthy funk. As the drink warms, a hint of sweet malts sets in.
A tart and sour taste predominates. Sweet and sour peaches. Lemony and spicy finish. The dryness sets in throughout the drink. Crisp and tingly mouthfeel that feels medium bodied.
An interesting beer from DFH. Very refreshing!

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Photo of Dikfour
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A finger of white creamy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing but a fine layer of bubbles from the heavy carbonation. Color is a hazy orange.

Smell: Wheat and tart lemony esters

Taste: Super duper tart up front but is cleaned up nicely with a big wheat finish. There is a little Peach in the tartness up front but not a whole lot.

Feel: Light and Crisp. Great acidity. Carbonation is good.

Overall: Fairly indicative of the style. The peach didn't really stand out to me, though. I like this, but don't love it.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head is one of those brands that I truly respect and admire... However, I just can't get into this one. On the plus side, it looks great and even has a fizzy, festive mouth-feel to it... But... The smell reminds me of cork and plastic-- not very pleasant... Furthermore, the most important aspect of any beer should be the taste. This one tastes like cheap, watered down champagne. WTF? To be fair I guess, I should mention that I just polished off a fantastic imperial stout and this truly pales in comparison.

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Photo of Myotus
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 20Apr15) into a pint glass. Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter of a finger's worth within 30 seconds. A very pale, straw yellow (looks like lemonade). Somewhat murky with hardly any bubbles and moderate lacing. Has strong aromas of wheat malts and sour malts with the slightest hint of peach. Initial taste is of very strong sour malt flavors that combine with strong wheat malt flavors. That peach that was barely detected by the nose sneak into the palate about 2 seconds after the initial flavors. The sour malt flavors quickly fade as wheat malts persist resulting in a slightly sour peach and strong wheat aftertaste. Incredibly light- bodied (almost watery), mildly carbonated, with a sourness that agitates the tongue. Not a very complex arrangements of flavors, but this brew was still another great one from DFH. This rating suffered so much do to it's mediocre appearance and it's below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review. Properly sour, the peach notes are well-defined. Nice & crisp, good carb for the style. The nose is incredible on this brew. Not as distinctly sour as some other Berliners, but very quaffable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Festina Peche has a medium, off-white head, a light gold, mostly murky appearance, with thin lacing and some bubbles present. Lacing is not high or heavy. The aroma is of sourness, tartness, peaches, warhead candy, a wheat bread. Taste is the same with low bitterness and high sour tartness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Dogfish Head Festina Peche finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of PatrickCT
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Straw colored body with a medium haze. 1 1/2 finger of shock white head settled quickly into a whisky ring around the glass.

s: Wheaty with green apples and peaches. A bit floral with some mineral aroma.

t: Tart with green apple skin followed by a delicate dose of fresh peach. The wheat backs up the tartness just enough to balance it out.

mf: Light body with good carbonation. Lovely dry finish with a bit of salinity.

o: What a wonderful Berliner Weisse. Perfect for the summer and the fruit compliments the beer, not take it over.

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Photo of dd43
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really dig this Berliner Weiss style beer, but there is an aspect to it which will throw some people off. The aroma has a bit of a stomach acid note, especially if you smell it thinking "stomach acid". I think it's a lovely, crisp and refreshing beer with a bright peach note and a pleasing level of tartness.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good flavor, but there was two issues I took with this beer. First being the watery consistency. It was just a tad thin, even for such a light beer. Second was the flavor, also just a tad light. Overall, it's not bad, but it could be better.

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Photo of TH28
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottled 5/23/15. Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy, no head. Aroma: Funky, sour, acidic. Nothing strong. Taste: Light crackery malt, light lactic tartness, with the slightest touch of peach. Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation Finish: Light lingering peach and lactic sourness. Very subtle. Overall: Decent Berliner Weisse. Clean, well balanced with no off flavor a. Flavor and lactic tartness is mild and subtle.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thin white head. The nose is the best part of this beer. Peach, unripe apricot, sour lemon. Delicious. The flavor is really good too. It's sweet and sour upfront paired with plenty of acidity, anymore acid would be too much, and it finishes off with the sweetness of the peach. This is one of the best Dogfish head beers I've tried.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite thin with sweet tart peach and light grain flavors. The tartness just doesn't deliver enough lasting flavor. Good but gets tiresome before you hit the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of Pouland77
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not an expert on Berliner Weisses but I liked this. Nice and refreshing. Could taste peach but it wasn't over the top. Will def get again. Dunno what the neg reviews are all about.

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Photo of username
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 2105A 1901

Pours a clear light-yellow/light-golden. No head retention. Head dissipates quickly.

Smells of sour bacteria with a hint of sulfur.

Tastes like sour lemon and spoiled wheat grain. If you imagine peaches, you might get a small hint behind all the lemon though it certainly isn't obvious.

Mouthfeel is tart, and nothing but; so much bitter lemon just ruins this. Feel is also light/thin.

This might be a good example of the style, but I'd imagine the reason the imbibing populous aren't as thrilled with this style, as it has been historically celebrated, is that it's fucking trash compared to other options. This barely deserves to be called beer; where are the hops!? You could mix up some lemon juice and sulfur and have the same taste experience — or lick a 9v battery while inhaling farts.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Festina Peche pours a clean looking pale straw color, with a salt-white head of fizzy suds. The aroma is a graceful blend of flowery scents, citrus and peach, as well as a pleasant funkiness from the yeast. The flavor is an ideal summer treat, with a crisp, slightly mineral, mellow tartness that's just right. The lemony finish with a dash of apple cider vinegar seals the deal with your tastebuds perfectly. Slightly effervescent mouth feel. This is one beer this season you don't want to skip for something far more boring. For sour vets and initiates alike.

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Photo of Sebas
1.43/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Never hit a woman, Never "sink" a beer...not this time (I HAD to break one of the rules) Way to sour, to the point of undrinkability. I'm not a fan of sours but this one is a special in my books. Meh.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is fantastic—it tastes just like it's advertised to taste, but it's slightly on the sweet side to the point of being too sweet. It's not overwhelming if you're only drinking one or two at a time, but beyond that, its sweetness can become too much.

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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 4,277 ratings.
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