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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 20
Gots: 120 | 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)
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Yellow and hazy, white head lasted for a bit then left spotty lacing.

Smells typically witbier like, yeast is dominant, with bananas, cloves, spices.

Taste is pretty good, lots of cloves and banana, coriander, spices, tons of yeast.

Body is light yet somewhat thick, like you'd expect in a witbier. Carbonation is light.

Overall it's a nice witbier, and great that it's in a can.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Bought a 12 fl oz can of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Deviously Delicious Can into a Pilsner glass and reviewing my 2nd time. Does not have a freshness date on the bottom, just serial codes.

Aroma- Very light aroma with good sweetness and bit of grain. Also hints of orange peel.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger head that has AWESOME retention. Has a pale straw color body with a light haze but good clarity when it comes down to it. Leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Nice and sweet from the beginning with the orange taste again. Light and crisp but then has a tart, dry finish at the end. No real spices evident or hop bitterness (very low if anything).

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGH carbonation, Smooth, and the tart finish on the tongue. Really interesting effervescent character here.

Overall Impression- This is much more refreshing and interesting than I've had before! Has a good orange smell and taste, and has a good finish. Will be getting more of these for float trips!

DCon, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

I wasn't sure what to make of this beer.

The appearance was a bit darker than I thought it would be. It seems to borderline on looking like a hefeweizen. It had a dark straw-colored body, and it's cloudy.

The taste is decisively the kind you expect from a unfiltered beer. There's a lot of malty notes to the beer, with citrus and orange flavors being present. It doesn't taste as light as I'd like, but it's still a decent beer.

Over all, it's not a bad beer. It's decent, but it's not especially unique or exciting that sticks out the next time anybody ask me for recommendations regarding the witbier style.

2xHops, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a nice white head that retained and laced well. Bready yeast on the nose, a bit funky, with notes of grass and citrus zest. Similar taste, yeasty, bready, wet grass, some pear and lemon. Crisp, appropriately carbonated, light-bodied, and quite drinkable for the style.

Rifugium, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours honey colored with a finger of cream colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some band-aid notes, white pepper, some juicy-fruit once warm

T: Follows the nose, lemony notes as well up front, some grainyness too. Lemon & phenols as this warms, a touch of dryness too. Finishes with hints of juicy fruit, lemons, a whisper of grapwefruit, cloves, coriander & white pepper.

MF: Light/medium bodied with subtle carbonation

An alright Wit, but not upper tier by any means, still great to see another choice in canned beer though

russpowell, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel chalice. Label depicts a devil holding a glass of beer; a near exact copy of Leonetto Cappiello's ubiquitous Maurin Quina poster. Some inked numbers on the bottom of the can, but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of fluffy white head. This settles slowly to a very thin cap, thicker in the center of the nucleation site, with a ring of foam around the edge. Nice lacing remains after each sip. The beer itself is pale to medium yellow and cloudy. No sediment remains in the can.

Smell: Strong esters of peaches and bananas with a very distinct wheat twang.

Taste: Fruity flavors upfront of peaches, cherries and strawberries followed by a tangy sweet wheat backbone. Finishes out with a very mild hop bitterness with slight vegetal undertones.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as is expected for the style. Body is great.

Drinkability: My first Belgian from a can and an excellent one. I instinctively swirled the last bit looking for some yeast sediment and found none, but other than that, not much difference between this and a bottle.

beveritt, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Pour - cloudy, golden straw color in appearance. Half an inch of head. As this settles it becomes clearer with the head leaving some fine lacing.

Aroma - crisp, with the unmistakable aroma of Belgian yeast. The coriander is spicy and definitely stands out. Some sweet citrus aromas as well.

Taste -Spicy coriander upfront with hints of orange coming through towards the end. Very smooth with just a bit of sweet and sour. White Rascal is very thirst quenching and extremely refreshing. Each sip leaves me wanting just one more taste.

Overall - there are a lot of Witbiers available in cans these days and this is definitely one of the best. I like it more than Hoegaarden personally (and yes, even Hoegaarden comes in cans over in Belgium).

indiapaleale, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a tap into a Goblet at The Linkery in San Diego, Calif. About two inches of head. Lots of film, which stayed on the glass throughout. Lacing on the top almost made it all the way through as well. Color was honey golden.

Smelled sweet cloves and light cinnamon. Lemon/citrus in there, too.

A roller coaster of flavors that rolled off the mouth. Cloves still ruled the day, but there was some orange in there as well.

Mild carbonation. Somewhat refreshing and a consistent taste.

Not too bad of a beer. It was a much better experience than the Salvation. I would like to try some more Avery’s.

BucannonXC5, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev +3%

Served in a chilled pint glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Small head fades fast. Yellow and cloudy. Translucent but far too cloudy to see through.

S: Strong spice -- coriander? clove? Sweet and wheaty.

T/M: Spicy wheat. Nice, if plain. Citrus peel amidst the strong sweetness. Clean, light, and tingly-dry on the endtaste. Very pleasant! Overall, a good, spicy witbeir.

O: Probably wouldn't have again, but rather recommended. It's alright, and drinkable.

AgentMunky, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Very nice white headed pour. Decent lacing is left behind too. Brew is elegant yellow with lots of whites and some light orange.

S - Straight-up lemon. Some nice citrus in this one. Very aggressive to the style. Perfect scent, just as a wit should be.

T - Lacking the taste the scent gives off. Some light orange and lemon dominate, but with little else.

M - Perfect carbonation, zero bitterness, decently dry, but mild flavor.

O - A very awesome brew, but lacks flavor depth.

chugalug06, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz CAN into a pint glass.

White Rascal pours out Berliner Weisse yellow with mo yellow. A bit hazy on appearence but there was some yeast in the can. A flimsy head of white that leaves a lasting cap, no lace.

This one is all about the wheat and pale malt. Fresh wheat with some lemon drops and quite a bit of orange appeal. Pretty pungent unlike most wit's.

This one is great, tastes of fresh cut wheat with some small grassy tones. In the middle a nice mix of orange peel and lemon spritz's with a touch of coriander at the end mixing in with some malt sweetness.

Feel is very light and refreshing without a lot of carb going for it. Very smooth and easy going down. Not dead, yet not lively in any way, made for summer.

This went down easy enough, could easily go for a few more. Im always checking out Avery's smaller beers as they are spot on when fresh.

BARFLYB, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of cooncat
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into a std. shaker pint at fridge temp ... should have used one of my chalices, but wasn't thinking.

A firm pour produces a light lemon yellow beer, which exhibits the traditional haze (from the wheat I suppose). A fine white head rises nearly to the rim, but falls back disappointingly fast. Some lacing on the swirl, but no stickage noted here.

The nose is typical of the style, with spiciness (clove, coriander and bitter orange) and a touch of fruitiness from (perhaps) Saaz hops. Quite prominent after the pour, the nose is much lighter afterward.

Taste follows the nose, and the spiciness is to the fore. Clove and coriander lead, and the orange is just a hint. Fruity notes from the hops balance things out nicely. Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation could stand to be a bit higher, imho. I'd guess this carbonation level at just over 2 volumes, and it needs to be at or above 3 volume (again, imho).

Overall impression is that this is a well crafted brew, like all Avery offerings. Recommended! Highly drinkable on these warm Summer days!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow brew with a nice bubbly head. Retention was moderate and some washy lace was left behind.

S - Pears, lemons, and yeast comprise the majority of the scent. Smells very fresh.

T - Slightly sour profile with a strong flavor of lemon peel. Zesty and peppery. Not too complex, but quite tasty.

M - Light bodied with a mellow carbonation level. Finish is fairly clean with a hint of spiciness.

D - Very good rendition of a wit, and a neat looking can to boot. Most certainly worth your hard earned dollar.

PhageLab, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

got this one tossed my way by a rep in a beer store not all that long ago.

a - opened and filled my southamtpon RIS oversized snifter...yellow, almost white with a thin bubbly head that was gone in moments. no lacing to speak of.

s - wow, big boast oranges, lemons....very strong light fruit. candied sugar. good, classic, witbier.

t - like the nose, but with a touch of bitterness. very strong orange peel. almost one dimensional...touch of lemon, but essentially orange peel beer.

m - somewhat thick for the style...orange peel overload.

o - overall a good witbier, if you like orange. this beer might as well be called orange-aide.

cosmicevan, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. True, taste could be bolder, more pungent, but if serves the purpose of a witte. Definitely a good beer on a warm day or with spicy food.

Matter of fact, I drank mine poured in a pint glass with extra spicy pad thai take-out and it complemented my meal very well - the lemony citrus taste worked very well with the chilis in my pad thai, both taste-wise and it really helped cool my tongue.

Before tucking into the food, I poured a glass - cloudy gold with a substantial head and sticky lacing coating the pint glass along with a definite lemony aroma. First draught: lots of citrus and yeast. There's a creamy smoothness to this beer that follows the initial taste blast. Next time I'll try it solo and update here.

Vanlingleipa, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

12oz split->Marshall Pint
A ~ Poured carefully, but still somehow erupted an excessive amount of head. Large bubbles, little spots of soft lacing on the glass. Color is similar to an Oak-y Chardonnay.

S ~ Prairie grass, Old lemons, White-Grape-juice, yeast. Decent nose, but the citrus smells very faded for a wit.

T ~ White-Grape, Prairie Grass & Old lemons follows through from the nose. Powdered Sugar, Bubble-yum, yeast-roll...yeast is more phenolic than expected. Toasted wheat & Red-apple on the back of the throat.

M ~ Medium bodied, which was a surprise. It's got a bit of texture to it. Bittering is mild, appropriate for the style.

D ~ Overall, I would probably order this one on Tap with Pizza if I were out of state, but I wouldn't seek it out. OK's distro of Avery is gone, though, so I am glad that my pops sent one for me to try.

chocosushi, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Hazy straw, stark whit head that stays for some time. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very light wheat. Hint of lemon.

T - I know it's cliche, but taste really does match smell here.

M - Nice carb, light body, fair balance.

D - Not much to write home about, but nice on a hot summer day.

srandycarter, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into ST tulip

Pours a very pale yellow with good head and great lacing, smells very loud.. if that makes any sense.. all sorts of herbal and spice notes with citrus and grass, not exactly something i loved but it sure was interesting. Taste was funky and there was a lot going on, funky on the tongue.

Overall this was an okay beer

engagechad, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of coalcracker
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Billowy, substantial carbonation upon initial pour. Beer itself is mildly cloudy in appearance with a light golden hue.
Smell: Very fruity and floral aroma. Strong- can be smelled from a good distance away!
Taste: Quite spicy and fruity, both characters sitting atop a wheaty base. The lemon is pretty darn detectable, along with some orange, coriander, and pepper. Despite these elements, I feel as if there is a small lack of crispness. Finish is a little on the dry side.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with an overall smooth quality.

Overall- very flavorful wit. Worthy.

coalcracker, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from the tap a hazy lemon yellow with a tight active white head that disapated slowly and laced nicely through the beer. Smell is banana and clove some spice and a bit of wheat malt. Taste is bright sweet with banana and clove and some corriander very refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice constant feed of carbonation keeping the beer crisp. Overall a very enjoyable beer brewe in the style of the whitbier.

rpardon7, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of horshack7
3.33/5  rDev -8%

Appearance: A hazy pale beer with a decent fluffy white head on top.

Aroma: At the start are subtle notes of alcohol with underlying tones of pears. The hops have a citrusy note. Not too much from the malts a light bit of sweetness.

Taste: A relativly crisp mouthfeel to begin with. The texture of a pear as well as the flavor. Hops are somewhat bitter but it's only a minor touch.

Notes: This one is not too bad a decent brew all the way around. Cheers.

horshack7, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Can into a Wiezen glass

A - A lemon yellow hazy body with a large frothy egg white head - good lacing.

S - Like a good witbier great bannana and clove and coriander and some spice.

T & M & D - Some bannana and coriander right off the bat with slight citrus in the middle. A good level of spice is there throughout. The beer is very smooth and medium in body with very light carbination in the mouth.

O - A good representation of the style and a great canned brew. I like the art too!


CuttDeez, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

12 oz bottle poured into hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy murky light straw yellow with a nice fluffy rocky white head. Lacing is minimal as head receeds down to a film like top layer.

Smells strongly of that Belgian yeast funk nearly like a saison. Not as funky as a saison & with a nose of zesty citrus & spices as well.

Funky orange peel up front with a spicy fruity prickle on the back end. A bit too much coriander at the end of the palate for me, not really feeling it.

Light-medium body & well carbonated enhance the brew.

$1.79 single bottle at Total Wine & More.

hoptualBrew, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Giggy
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Nice crisp refreshing white ale for a hot 90 degree day.
A: A pale yellow with a very thin white head of moderately sized bubbles. Fairly clear for an unfiltered.
S: Smells like a Belgian. Yeasty with lots of malt with a slight hint of citrus & spice.
T: Tastes like a belgian but more crisp. Bitter up front with lots of malt and smooth and sweet on the finish. Palate is fizzy. I thought it would be lame based on the appearance but was pleasantly surprised.
M: Very easy to drink. Light and crisp. Very drinkable brew.

Giggy, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a cloudy yellow tone with a thin white head. It smells of orange, coriander, spices including nutmeg. The taste of this wit has more citrus, some wheat, along with yeast on low key level. Body is light with a crisp texture. Overall, an easy drinking and refreshing beer, particularly for the summer season.

mltobin, Jul 14, 2011
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.