Festina Pêche

Delaware
United States
Dogfish Head Festina Peche Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, Festina Peche is available in 4-packs and on draft during the sweaty months.

Sadly, there are only a few breweries left in Berlin still brewing the Berliner Weisse style, which is characterized by its intense tartness (some say sour). There were once over 70 breweries in Berlin alone making this beer!

In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic (or green apple-like) character. Served as an apertif or summertime quencher, Festina is delicately hopped and has a pale straw color. To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup.

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!

Profile

ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
8
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

When done well, fruit and Berliner Weisse go together like peas and carrots. Festina Pêche’s peach/sour combination definitely does it well!

The beer pours a pale straw color, with a scant white head that dissipates quickly. The haze is as expected for the style, but the head is a bit of a disappointment. The aroma is a clean and simple balance between a light funky sour note and a bright peach background note, with neither overpowering the other but both clearly present.

On first taste, a bright and moderate acidity blends perfectly with the flavor of peach, right down to the slightly tannic flavor of the skin. Malt flavor is almost absent, but there is a low honey-like malt note. The finish is semi-dry, with a lingering sour funk. In the mouth it’s light and effervescent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Purists might like a touch more wheat and grain flavor (bumping up the wheat might also aid in head retention), but there’s no denying that this is a fruit beer done very, very right.

Popular Reviews

themattfactor's picture

My Score: 
89
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
4 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
7/ 10
Overall Impression: 
19/ 20