If you are looking for an unusual taste, Festina Peche (pronounced pesh-ay) by Dogfish Head of Milton, Deleware might be your beer. It is based on the Berliner Weisse style, which used to be fairly prominent in Germany, particularly Berlin, but sadly, today there are just a handful of these breweries left.
Festina Peche is a wheat beer that has strong sour “tang” to it. During the process of fermentation, peaches are added to give the beer a slight peach flavor, and make the beer more complex. This contrasts from a standard Berliner Weisse, where a sweet syrup, usually raspberry or woodruff, were added to the beer at serving time, instead of during the brewing process. Like a Berliner Weisse, Festina Peche is a true session beer, measuring in at only 4.5% ABV.
Based on my tasting, the beer was indeed sour, very little bitterness (if any), and didn’t have much hint of peach. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer, and it was very tasty. It finished clean, and left a spectacular sour taste. It would be nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.
Have you tried Festina Peche or a Berliner Weisse?