Stinson Beach Peach | Marin Brewing Company

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Stinson Beach PeachStinson Beach Peach

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Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 46
Photo of shivtim
2.03/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very clear, light appearance. No head. Smell and taste both have an artificial peach flavor. It's not over the top, but it's not pleasant. Just not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of trevreef
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to have a beer that nailed the P E A C H flavor. Yum! I am a fan of fruit beers, but not ciders so much. I prefer the beer/yeasty taste over a sweeter alcoholic beverage. I recommend that you try it (I found it at whole foods in oakland), and I would love to find this on draft some time soon. Cheers for a five buck price!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Marin Brewing Co's Stinson Beach Peach: 5%, decent solid white head, tiny bubbles; Appearance: pale cloudy yellow, actively rising carbonation; Smell: peach skin, touch of peach flesh, hint of wheat; Mouthfeel: bubbles active in the mouth; Taste: fairly strong peach skin flavor, touch of peach flesh, faint hint of peach pit, finishes with faint wheat; decent/pretty good.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 22 oz bottle into FFF Teku glass.

The beer pours very light and almost transparent. It has the absolute hue of peach almost down to Crayola accuracy. The smell is relatively pleasant with light peach notes and some bready qualities. It takes a good 3-4 sips to start getting the level of peach flavor that I expected. Much less peach than say Wheach by O'Fallon. It's very easy drinking and effervescent which helps mask the limited flavor of the beer. It's a pretty thin and light beer. If you're a peach fan, then it's worth a shot. Wheach and the Peach Berlinerweisse by Perennial were far superior to this offering. I'd rather be smacked in the face with peach.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some mild peach and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct buttery flavor on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that seems to be suffering from some sort of infection issue with the buttery flavor and high carbonation level.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant light wheat beer taste, which is to say it's inoffensive and doesn't interfere with the peach flavor. Great aroma of ripe peaches.

Attractive light amber in the Duvel tulip. Nice foam with plenty of spritz in the mouth. Very light bodied and a thoroughly refreshing style. I think the hoppy bitterness is a little more bold than it needed to be. Less sweet than some other fruit beers, notably the much stronger-flavored Pyramid apricot.

Light as this is, it's a perfectly quaffable summer beer. The endless aromatics are nice, and it has a watery character that is about as thirst-quenching as you could want. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine, which has quite an array of Marin brews.

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Photo of Sakacs16
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear darker yellow color with 1-finger head. Head stays throughout the beer, but doesn't leave lacing.

S: At first a bit of funk, but then a syrupy peach flavor comes through with a bit of malt. Not much aroma to speak of.

T: Has a bready flavor with some peach that isn't quite as syrupy as the aroma would suggest. Again, not much to speak of.

M: I enjoy the mouthfeel, somewhat oily and coats the tongue, has a good amount of carbonation. Lingering finish that is pretty good.

O: Overall, I'm okay with this beer, but I don't think I need to try it again. I'm sure some will like it more than me and some will like it less.


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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woo Hoo!!! The final 100 days are upon me....after tonight, of course...

Pours a murky and sedimentary straw-lemon color. Nary a head upon this, no real lacing. Carbonation is light to medium but hard to discern amidst the murk. Odd...Aromas are peachy keen. That is to say it's smells like peaches - fresh peaches, mind you. I also get a floral note, like roses, and it's strong. Maybe also a hint of Bubble Yum...So far, more off than on...Flavor is a strange, detergent like mix of sharp malt tang, peach hints and, as I said, detergent. Kind of gross, in a way. It's got a distinct quality similar to American (read that Widmer) Hefeweizens...The finish is thin and washy, and carries some of the peach with it. This is to beer what wine bottle size wine coolers are to wine. It really seems to be targetting non-beer drinkers, and it probably treats them right. Me, however, nope. Price point is $4.49/bomber and ABV is 5%. Not worth trying unless you don't really like beer.

What I like most: Um, maybe the refreshing nature of the beer.

What I like least: The detergent like flavor profile.

BVerdict: Not good beer. Avoid.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It 100 beers so it's time to drink a fruit beer without getting shit from my friends. If I lived in a cave, i would drink these everyday. This has a balanced peach taste that doesn't over-run the beer, but adds big to the drinkability. The Peach isn't fruit loop sweeet that makes you cringe, just balanced a clean. Good beer, highly recommended, now back to some tough guy IPA's with the boys.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pineapple yellow with light orange highlights with a very thin head that had almost no lacing on the glass.

S: surprisingly there is a nice peach aroma that has grainy and slight malty notes; not too much going on here.

T: the peach flavor is actually pretty decent that meshes quite well with the malts and slight grains that do come thru.

M: light body with almost no carbonation that has a peachy slight malt and grainy finish.

D: very drinkable beer that is not too sweet at all and is really refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a slightly cloudy yellow-gold color with a half inch head that fizzled down rather quickly. Didn't notice much lacing going on either. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma was of carbonated water with peaches and yeast. Could not detect any hops in the aroma.

Light flavor of carbonated water with a sour peach flavor and a very light hop bitterness at the end to remind you its a beer.

Has the mouthfeel of an over-carbonated light beer making you burp a lot more often than a normal beer. The peach flavor does, however, stick to your taste buds, so I do give it points for that. A little too light bodied for my taste.

Very drinkable or sessionable if you prefer light beers with a touch of fruit flavor. Light enough for you to knock back a case of these.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to my buddy Eric for bringing this one from Cali (for my wife, but she has sworn off of beer for the time being)

Pours golden with 1+ finger of beige head. Hazed a bit a the bottom of the bottle, no head retention & just a trace of lacing

S: Peach juice

T: Peaches, grassy hops & dryness up front, plus a bit of tartness. Slight metallic taste as this warms, along with some lemony hops & dry peach. Finishes with a bit of grapefruitty hops, dryness, apricots & peaches

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly aggressive carbonation, not really helping the cause

Drank alright, this paired well with some smoked pork I had in the fridge, but too damn fruitty for me take too serious

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, poured into a pint glass.

A: Fairly light yellow beer...I don't think I've ever seen an ale quite this light. A bit of bubbly white head that quickly dissipates, but there is plenty of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Mild peach scent, smells like actual peaches to me (as opposed to some fake peach flavoring). Seems like a good sign.

T: Really not a whole lot going on with the flavor here. Opening is a very thin malty flavor, then the peach comes out but it's extremely mild. The finish is a bit bitter...maybe hoppy, but hard to say.

MF: Thin but fairly bubbly. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and lingering. Alcohol is pretty low and doesn't do much damage.

D: Not really thrilled by this beer. It smelled a lot better than it tasted. I feel like they could do a lot more with the peach flavor, and if they're going to make it this subdued, it'd be nice to have a bit more solid of a beer to back it up.

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Photo of cancino45
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This peach beer is exceptionally clean, crisp and refreshing. An unfiltered cloudy body with a perfect head pours nicely into a thin tall glass. This is a great representation of a perfect blend of flavor to a wheat based beer. Unlike many beers in this category it doesn't suffer from the syrupy remnants of artificial flavoring. The flavor balance blends well enough that it is merely a slight flavor similar to a garnish traditionally found in most wheat beers. Exceptionally refreshing but can be a bit too aromatic at the nose. A great pairing complement to a White stilton apricot cheese (trader Joes)and a warm afternoon.

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Photo of geckointhebox
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow, highly carbonated, soda pop head that dissipates quickly

S - Yep, definitely a peach beer, but pleasant.

T - Definitely do not drink this one too cold. Much better balance when not right out of the fridge. My first impression was sour peaches. However, as it gets warmer there are some pleasant malts on the front end. Still finishes with a sour peach flavor, like the hops and peaches are fighting for supremacy.

M - There are probably plenty that like this style, but for me I had to double check that I didn't purchase a cider by mistake. It was very thin and was gone before I knew it.

D - If you like wheat beers this will probably work for you. I just didn't like it well enough to run out and purchase another. New Glarus Belgian Red still ranks #1 with me in fruit beers.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely my favorite fruit beer.

Pours out a very appealing straw gold with a nice crisp white head.

Very much true to the label, the aroma is of fresh peach. Label says "peach flavor added" but the smell is very authentic, which is most often not the case with "natural flavors".

Peach in the flavor, with some very clean pale malts and a very mild balancing bitterness that doesn't detract from the fruit/malt balance. Fairly dry, which is nice. Too many fruit beers rely on overly sweet esters to enhance the fruit flavor, which comes off too sickly-sweet for my taste. There is some residual malt sweetness, but not cloying, and well enough done to enhance the peach flavor.

Crisp and pretty clean, without leaving your mouth dry and parched at the end. This is my perfect hot-weather beer. I would buy this buy the case if it were a little cheaper.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber poured into a stemmed tulip. It has a hefe look to it, cloudy and yellow with little visible carbonation. Head is white and lace is sporadic and spot like.

There is a rather large aggressive peach jolly rancher type aroma. It is far less candied in the flavor. The grain bill comes out full force and squashes the peaches. It has a small but essential citrus aspect to keep it as un-candied as possible. This was essentially an American Wheat beer with some peach flavor on the backside. IF you like fruity beers try the blueberry offering but pass on this one.

Notes: Not very complex and rather it leans towards run of the mill or worse.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled April 2007
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, pale gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, off white colored head that dissipates fairly quick. The aroma is quite fruity, and I would actually say that it smells quite a bit like apricot, though the aromas are quite similar to peach. This is just about the only aroma noticeable in this beer as any other notes are drowned out by the fruit notes.

The taste is quite dry up front and even has a touch of tartness to it. Up front the beer has a touch of fruity acidity, but it is not until the finish were the strong apricot / peach flavors become quite noticeable. The fruit flavors seem to add a touch of perceived sweetness in the finish despite that this beer is fairly dry overall. Very light and refreshing, this is definitely a hot weather beer for when you are in the mood for something quenching. This beer actually gets fairly tart as my palate gets used to it, this actually tends to lessen the impact of the apricot / peach flavor in the finish for some reason too. Actually I think it is because the beer has lost that hint of sweetness that it had initially. This beer is quite simplistic and even almost one-dimensional. For some reason I have a soft spot for apricot flavored beers and I even find this enjoyable.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, $4.59 from BevMo Sacramento, into pint glass.

Pours a bright, carbonated yellow with a thick, fluffy white medium dense head, leaves little lacing.

Aroma is intensely peach, bordering on candy flavored peach.

Taste is also peach, but more restrained than the aroma might have indicated. Sugar and very light spice. There's something cloying about it that I can't put my finger on. Maybe a little bit of flour/bread.

Mouth is very thick and slick. A little too thick.

Overall, a pretty tasty essence style fruit beer, and one which I'd buy again. It's nothing extraordinary, given that I know fruit beers can be extraordinary (think New Glarus Wisconsin Red, or Raspberry.)

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggresively carbonated...showed signs of mobility the second the cap came off. Poured a towering snow white head, a lot like a triple. The body is the color of a white beer but with just a hint of haze. Lots of free roaming bubbles moving playfully around the base.

S: Obvious peach aroma on this one. Slightly perfumy but not unattractive. Some citrus hops in the distance.

T: Not as peachlike as the smell would lead you to believe. Begins with some crisp sweetness at the tip of the tongue. The peach flavor then moves down the center and expands to the back roof of the mouth. Fairly subtle but pronounced enough to pick out in a blind tasting. The rest of the beer sort of reminds me of an English pale, but with an American wheat aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

D: It is what it is. Certainly could have been a lot worse.

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Photo of ReDave
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from Hollingshead (!) Poured carefully in large nonic, whew! Took me forever, huge head. Very foamy. Finally died down. Slightly off white colored head. Quickly thins out after several sips. Straw golden amber [light] colored, very cloudy. Very peachy aroma. Slightly cidery sour taste. Some peach milling around. Not too bad on a hot summer day.

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Photo of clickpush
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Comes out a slightly foggy, light orange/gold color with 1.5 fingers of head. The head disappears rather quickly to just a tiny necklace of froth around the glass and almost no lacings at all. A few small bubble trails are visible on the interior of the glass.

Nose: Peaches.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is pretty good, with a medium carbonation that keeps its composure throughout the experience. A pleasant bitterness with light lemon and peach flavors. The peach is somewhat sweet on the entrance and the beer maintains a good balance between sweet/bitter, but there's no lasting flavors after swallowing and the mouth soon forgets all about the beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow body with a touch of orange. Bright white head of decent size. Powerful peach scent at first. It tends to die away slightly as time passes. Same with the taste. It's a very strong peach taste that subsides as you drink. More of a fruity wine flavor and feel pushes its way on to your tongue half way through. Tiny bubbles make up a decent amount of carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer isn't fuzzy peach, unfuzzy peach or any sort of peach color at all. It's much closer to lightly dusted lemon topped by a fine-bubbled head of ivory foam. Most fruit beers would kill to have a lid that looks this good. All in all, it's a bright, fresh, summertime look with which it's impossible to find fault.

If you like peaches then you'll love the aroma on Stinson Beach Peach. I'm not crazy about them (ever since a peach schnapps chugging incident in college), but I recognize a quality fruit beer nose when I smell one and will attempt to keep my peach bias under wraps. The make-or-break question for me when it comes to this style is 'does it smell like fresh fruit or does it smell artificial?' Nothing but fresh peaches here.

There are any number of ways in which fruit beers go astray. Thankfully, this one appears to have avoided most of them. First of all, if the base beer is no good, there's no way that the beer as a whole will be a success. Here, the base beer tastes like a light amber ale (rather than a wheat ale) that has enough pale malt and an acceptable enough malt-hop balance to get the job done.

Second of all, the fruitiness can't be all-encompassing, but neither can it run away and hide. Mission accomplished. Peach is present in a just right amount so that the experience is one of a beer 'with natural peach flavor added', just as the label states. Lastly, it helps (drinkability especially) if there's the right combination of sweet and bitter. I enjoy those hypersweet, sticky sippers such as the Melbourn Bros. line, but can only drink them on occasion, and then only very slowly.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to keep my peach bias from rearing its ugly head and will have to judge the flavor accordingly. Again, if you love peaches, bump the taste score back up a half notch. By the way, there are no 'pie spices' that I can detect, such as one sometimes tastes in a blueberry beer. That might have been an improvement now that I think about it.

The body is summertime fruit beer light, or at least closer to light than to medium. No hint of wateriness though. Given the likely target, I'd say that Marin achieved just the body/mouthfeel that they were aiming for. I'm glad that they haven't ruined things by injecting too many bubbles.

Stinson Beach Peach is a peach of a fruit ale. To repeat myself ad nauseum and to state the blindingly obvious, your enjoyment is likely to be directly proportional to your affinity for... peaches. If you're in the market for a quality lawnmower beer with a fruity twist, look no further. If you like peaches that is.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy very pale yellow beer without too much of a head. Shows every sign of being a Belgian Witbier with peach flavor added.

Smell is PEACHES and very strongly of them too. Peach scent obliterates any other scents that may be present except for a powdery yeast scent.

Taste is very neutral; flavor of wheat is very prominent. Lightly flavored slightly sweet with bready wheat malt, powdery yeast flavor and lastly a hint of peaches. Tastes like a Belgian witbier with peach flavoring added.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK drinkable witbier that I could see drinking on a hot day. But I would drink a Hoegaarden instead if available.

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