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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 224 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003

22 IBU
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Ratings: 2,157 | Reviews: 747
Reviews by ChrisPratz:
Photo of ChrisPratz
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy yellow color with very minimal head that dissipates to a thin veil all around the edges.

S: Not very much going on here. Some spices typical of a Belgian Witbier, some coriander and peppery notes as well as the yeastyness. Would be more enjoyable if they were more noticeable.

T: Very nice blend of grassy wheat and maltyness. Spice note is clearly defined with coriander and peppery flavor of candied ginger. Get some real sweetness at the end, like a mixture of banana or pear. Really enjoyable, the taste made up for the lack of nose and head.

M: Average carbonation works well with the spiceyness. After taste lingers and the ABV is barely noticeable.

O: Not a bad witbier at all. Was slightly disappointed with the lack of aromas but the taste made up for it in spades.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Very hazy pale straw colored beer, with a large bubbled foamy white head, lace and some stick to the glass.

Musty hay fresh yeast aroma, with splashes of orange peel and soft coriander spice.

Thin-bodied, but even, and quite light on the palate with scrubbing quick flash of tight carbonation. Light short-lived citric hop bitterness. Dirty yeast / pear-skin feel follows. More soft spices of coriander smoothed into the light malt sweetness, with hints of apple and orange, and an herbal backing. Dry-ish yeasty finish.

A fairly decent stab at the style. Seems a bit dumbed down, but it’s still enjoyable and worth a try.

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like lemonade with no haze to it with not much head not what I expected,strong nose of coriander and smoke.Taste is pretty spicey with a light not of the caracao orange with wheaty aftertaste that was pretty nice.Well not on par with some Belgian wittes it is nice on a hot day like today.

Photo of Marty
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was not particularly heady, nor was it very aromatic. After a sip, I did notice a nice little hint of ginger, but apart from that it's not a particulary complex white beer. It does go down smooth, however, without that acrid aftertaste that poorly crafted whites can have.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw pour with little head retention. Smell is somewhat muted with wheat and a little bit of spice on the nose. Taste is a mostly orange and a little coriander. Decent wheat taste-rounds out the mouthfeel. Not super crisp but has decent carbonation. Low on hop flavor as expected. A good beer for a hot day and I could see a couple goingdoing easy but not the best of the style.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Guess what it's actually white! Very
attractive white cloudiness with little
carbonation thus weak head and lace.

S: The orange peel is there with other citrus
a little yeast, but the coriander and spice
is lost.

T: The orange is much more present than other
whites who have suggested an orange ingred-
ient. The spice and coriander is lacking
in favor of the stronger orange notes I
suspect.

M/D: This is a good summer brew that is diff-
erent from the usual white but not com-
pletely successful in its attempts at
uniqueness. The mouthfeel is a little
thin and a tad flat though I'm not sure
that due to the style these "weaknesses"
were all that weak.

Photo of gab2409
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This has a nice and hazy amber look to it.

S: There is a faint citrus smell, but nothing to write home about.

T: This is a really refreshing beer for me. It's crisp and finishes quite nicely. While there isn't a whole lot of distinctive flavor, it's one of those beers that would really be good in numbers at a BBQ.

M: The rascal is highly carbonated, but I think it works here.

O: This isn't a groundbreaking beer, but it is refreshing and one that I wouldn't mind keeping on hand in the future.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.25 bottle at Brickskeller's in Washington DC.

After walking to the bar from the metro stop, I needed something crisp and refreshing. I'd never had an Avery product before, but it turns out I made a wise choice.

A delightful beer. So crisp and clean - fantastic! It is very lively - not like so many other Belgians I've had where the saison yeast just overpowers everything else.

Light and refreshing, but not in a wimpy or weak way. Full of personality and character.

Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The White Rascal pours a hazy, very light yellow-white. It has a decent sized white head that has good retention and some lacing.

The aroma is musty and yeasty with some slight citrus notes (orange peel) and some spiciness.

The taste is yeasty and spicy (corriander) with more of the citrus (lemon and orange) coming out and some sweetish malts which helps balance it nicely. It's a little on the thin side. It has a nice, crisp finish and is very easy-drinking.

Overall, a great summer brew.

Photo of Guden
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy whitish lemon yellow. The head is an inch tall, foamy white, and fades leaving lots of little bubbles behind.

S- Lots of spice and fruit. Coriander and orange stand out the most but light clove, peach, lemon, banana and of course wheat come through.

T- A very smooth and spicy experience. Similar to the nose but with more complexity and strength there is a lot more clove and coriander but also greater amounts of citrus.

M- A wheaty thickness and a bit thin. This is not stellar but certainly okay.

D- A pretty good wit, not quite as good as Allagash but a bit better than Hoegaarden, this is one I could have a couple of but probably won't go out of my way to get.

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours one of the palest yellow colors I've ever seen. Very cloudy from the unfiltered yeast, and the white head rises a couple of inches before settling into moderate patch lacing down the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Very spicy, with cloves, coriander, and allspice. Quite citrusy, as well, with lemon and orange peel hard to miss. Some wheat and yeast notes are also picked up.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

The taste is spicy, and citrus rind bitter. Yeast and wheat are in the background. Bittersweet dominates all the way through, with a pronounced spicy character. The finish has a softer, orange liqueor note. Very clean aftertaste, considering all the spiciness and unfiltered yeast.

Good drinkability, thanks mostly to the soft finish and clean aftertaste. Light body makes this a nice warm weather seasonal. Another winner from Avery.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce botle, w/o freshness indication. Pours light cloudy yellowy amber, with a white loose head, showing fine retentive powers and leaving plenty of loose, yet sticky lacing. Bubble kep on rising to the top, yeasties floating around. Nose is of chalky wheat stalks and grain husks. This is a fairly mainstream wheat ale, notes of a creamsicle ice cream bar, soft wheat, drying soft hops late, with some honey in the finish. Pleasant enuf, but nothing special, pretty boring by Avery standards.

Photo of ElSid
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness Date: None

A: Pale yellow and turbid with a foamy, clean white foam of small bubbles that fades to a cling on the glass.

S: Base of hay and crackers with predominant spice and citrus components.

T: Moderate palate featuring a foundation of cracker, grain, and hay maltiness with highlights of coriander, pepper, and citrus zest. There are also subtle notes of yeasty esters lending a tinge of crisp fruitiness.

M: Thin, light, and sporting moderate carbonation; this brew has a nice refreshing feel.

O: A solid beer that is both subtle and flavorful. Perfect for the warm summer days ahead.

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright yellow in color, clear, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation

Smell: big wheat and honey

Taste: cardamom, coriander, and wheat--pretty standard witbier

Mouthfeel: sweet and crisp, medium-light carbonation and body

Overall: An average to slightly above average witbier that hits the spot on a hot night. This one drinks easy, but unless I am in the mood for a witbier, I would not go out of my way for it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a small white head. Looks about like you expect a Belgian White to look.

The aroma is a mix of coriander, wheat and orange peel. Overall, the wheat is what stands out the most. The flavor is heavy on the wheat and coriander, with a little bit of orange mixed in to enhance the flavor. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Poured a clear faint yellow with a fizzy white head. Not a good start. Pleasant wheat and spice aroma, sweeter than most. Taste was very light, even for the style. Tart wheat and orange peel dominate. Some spice, but nothing to really distinguish the beer. Dry, crisp finish. Refreshing but lacking.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy golden yellowy color with a 2" fluffy white head decends a bit quick to semi-chuncky coating with some spotty lacing. Very lively streams of stringing bubbles raging to the surface.

Good spicy nose mostly clove,doughy,yeasty with a slight scent of citrus peel.

Spicy first impression of taste mostly clove as in the nose. Doughy,yeast flavors,very grassy with a zesty citrus peel finish.

Light tangy mouthfeel, very lively. Goes goes very nice,brought a six pack and brought 3 to a party on Sat. nice 80 degree day wish i had brought the whole six pack. Great summer beer.

Photo of deebo
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking wit. More of an orange forward with a fair amount of coriander type wit. Lots of carbonation.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden colored with plenty of haziness. Head is minuscule and only covers about a third of the top of the beer. Aroma of orange peel,some coriander,and pale wheat is present. The coriander is more prevalent in the flavor with orange peel and pale wheat playing more of a background note. The mouth is a bit watery and fairly quaffable.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but this review is based upon a 3oz pour out of a 12oz bottle at the Spagio Cellar's Beer Social/October Fest Celebration--an event at which president/brewmaster Adam Avery was in attendance.

The color is a pale gold with an alabaster hue. It is difficult to truly gage the head with this taster pour, but the carbonation seems ample. The aroma contiains Belgian yeast, clove, corriander, and both floral and herbal notes.

The mouth is light and not very complex--similar to a classic witbier but with less citrus. Not as complex as I'd like, and seems slightly off-balance. This beer might have it's moments on a hot summer day, but is not one of Avery's best.

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma is the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nails the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Taste follows the nose very closely though with some additional banana notes not found in the aroma. The tart yeast plays a significant role, while the citrus is a bit muted.

Light and too thin of a mouthfeel.

A flavorful and wonderfully aromatic witbier.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles and a little yeast sediment. Decent sized white head fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and spicy aroma of citrus, banana, coriander, orange, and wheat. Lots of zest.

Taste: The taste is also sweet and spicy with lots of wheat, banana, orange peel, and the spices. Also has a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Very forward on the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Witbier from Avery.

Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin foamy head that does not rise up very much, and then sizzles down to nothing like soda bubbles. Aroma of sweet, doughey yeast, and some banana. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Thin flavor of yeast, some spiciness on the tongue, and a pungent lingering finish. Tough to pinpoint the nuances coming out, but there is defintely some citrus and some coriander, and some fine orange peel bitters.

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mighty tasty witbier. Pours a slightly cloudy light-gold color. The white head is nice and foamy, while not long lasting it re-emergs with a gentle swirl of the pilsner glass. The smell is of the spices contained within coriander and curacao orange peel: overall a nice gentle fruity aroma. The taste is very refreshing, nicely spiced, not over the top at all. A wonderful drink for a hot day, or even as a winter warmer. Definitely worth giving a go if you like witbiers, or spiced brews in general. It could be a nice session beer. depending on your palates tolerance for the spices (three of these is a nice prelude to a mocha porter). Enjoy!

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent Witbier. I enjoyed it very much.

Pours into a glass a hazy color, with decent head. Some Lacing.

The aroma is of hop-spice, fruit, hay, and citrus.

The taste is similar to the smell, light in body, easy to drink, and leaves your mouth with a grip. Good finish, and nice light linger in the palate. Very Smooth.

I would recommend this to Witbier lovers.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.