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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,033 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 2,033
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
22 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: At the moment my stop watch say about 4 minutes and 15 seconds, I started running it about three minutes after I poured this glass of White Rascal and most of the head is still intact. So yeah, the head retention is pretty decent. It is a creamy, white head and it crowns a pale, yellow and hazy beer that has thousands of bubbles darting from the bottom to the top.

SMELL: The magnificent head retention has also allowed for excellent aroma retention. Even now, a good eight minutes after I initially poured this beer, it is still giving off a pretty solid aroma of lemon zest and a mild funk. There are also some tropical fruits lingering in this one.

TASTE: OK, stop watch is at eight minutes now and the head has finally settled into a cap that resembles the thickness of a beer coaster, so it's time to take a sip. The flavor is not as intense as the nose, but that's alright for this Witbier. Of course there is lemon and plenty of tropical fruit, but there also seems to be a hint of coconut to round it out. It's a pleasant and sweet taste that is contrasted just a touch by a mild funky earthiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, this light bodied beer is pretty sweet. The carbonation is low, providing just a faint tickle of the palate.

OVERALL: This is a very accessible beer. This is the kind of beer that people who don't like beer say "Oh, but I do like that one" about. That is not to say it cannot be appreciated by a BAer. No, it isn't my first choice, but it is a nice change of pace from the intensity that I typically seek in my brews. On the sweeter side, but well crafted and highly drinkable.

StoneTSR, Nov 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Todd, May 04, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

oberon, May 08, 2004
Photo of Marty
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Marty, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of withliterature
4/5  rDev +10.2%

withliterature, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

hopsleeroy, Feb 08, 2008
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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of gab2409
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

gab2409, May 13, 2011
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +10.2%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Beaver13, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

TTripp725, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -17.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

TimoP, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Nversobr
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Nversobr, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Guden, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

merlin48, Jun 14, 2004
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.

Billolick, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of ElSid
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

ElSid, Jul 21, 2013
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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.