|Seasonal Summer Beer|
|Summer Berliner Weisse|
Dogfish Head’s Description of this Summer Berliner Weisse:
“A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches to — get this — 4.5% ABV! Hey, extreme beers don’t have to be extremely boozy! Festina 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!”
Dogfish Head has a reputation for brewing bold unique beers. Festina Peche Berliner Weisse is on par with that philosophy. A sweet floral orchard temps the nose which rises from a hazy yellow base with a quickly receding head. The craft beer opens with a crisp sweetness that is quickly paired with a pleasing mild tart peach vaguely similar to sour candy. There is great balance to this light bodied beer concluding with a dry finish. Oddly, it drinks similarly to a Sauvignon Blanc.
A written description does not do Festina Peche justice. It is a “must try” for summer beer lovers.