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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,904 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 20
Gots: 121 | 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

drank straight from can.

Appearance: Did not get a good look at the beer, but its a light colored yellow body beer with a white head.

Smell: Smells spicy with a some oranges and lemon in there too.

Taste: Follows the smell. This beer is pretty spicy with flavors of coriender and orange peels. Mild hay flavor like a saison too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with high levels of carbonation. Easy drinking here!

Overall: Took this beer for tube floating trip down the river today. The convience of canned beer in the outdoors was ideal here, I choose this beer because I wanted a session beer for a hot day and I really did not want to drink any BMC beers and it was not practical to bring lots of bottles to the river. Avery is a great brewery and the canned craft beers was a pretty limited selection were I was shopping at for this trip. This was my best option I had, but I was pleasantly surprised. The BMC crowd had a pretty positive opinion on this beer, might have even converted a few BMC lovers into the world of craft beer today. The beer is fairly spicy, but the light body helps keep the spiciness under control.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

A - Looks like lemonade with a soapy foam on top. Laces the glass quite a bit. No visible carbonation through the cloudy look.

S - Scents of lemon and peaches. Smells of wheat as well. Almost reminds me of a saison.

T - Very sweet with a citrus punch, that ends with a light grain flavor. Perfect for a summer BBQ.

M - Light on the palate, and hits all the spots. This is a great drinker, and my growler emptied quickly.

O - A very refreshing beer that is true to style. Maybe doesn't stand out, but certianly does not disappoint either.

socon67, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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 tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

tigg924, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

A. An average pour got a finger or fizzy, quickly shrinking head. Light lacing noticed, but this too disappears in time. Very effervescent beer. Body is a hazy straw color.

S. Bread, yeast and spices.

T. Slightly more complex than the nose. Has hints of citrus early, then hints of banana at the tail end of the bread flavor. Spicy at the end.

M. Like a loose girl, it goes down easy. Medium bodied, slight drying noticed, with a hint of stickiness. Well carbonated to keep her flowing.

CFHMagnet, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No dating on the bottle or label. Very light yellow/straw color that is completely hazy. Two-finger white head that leaves a small white cap on top and rings of sticky lacing.

The aroma features citrus, lemon first, then orange. Good Belgian yeast spiciness blends in with a light bready yeast finish.

Very tasty and a solid interpretation of the style. I get plenty of lemon zest, spicy and peppery yeast notes, and light biscuity wheat on the backside. A little coriander and a little orange make for a solid witbier flavor mix.

Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. One of the better Avery beers I've had. If you like this style, I recommend this one for sure.

FanofHefe, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a bright almost electric straw like color with a tight half finger stark white head which gives way to nothing and a slight soapy lace. The aroma is of lemons and a belgium candy yeast strain. The smell is very bubblegum like in nature. The taste is close to the nose, there is a nice bubble gum belgian yeast strain taste that starts followed up by some lemonzest and then a slight hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly thin. Overall it is a solid wit. The candy yeast strain gives it a slightly different flavor than others in the class. The flavor is smooth and not medicinal like some in the glass can be.

goblue3509, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Look: Straw yellow with 1/4 head and zero retention and lots of carbonation bubbles

Smell: sweet belgian yeast and hints of banana and wet bread

Taste: Similar to the smell. Bready notes hints of banana hints of straw and a little bit of lemon zest

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation light body almost a champagne feel to it

Overall: I really like this beer. It reminds me of being in Belgium and sampling the local fair. If you have not tried it I recommend it

DarthKostrizer, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

This a solid witbier with all the typical parts. It has a summery refreshing flavor with spices like coriander and a little bit of pepper. It has lemon and orange citrus notes, and most important, that yeasty character that is so important to a good wit. The aroma is underwhelming considering the flavor, but the look and feel edge above the average. Good beer for lounging on a nice day.

ryantaussig, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of AlleywayRover
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Look: pale straw colored and cloudy with a thick white head.

Aroma: banana and citrus. Nothing special here.

Taste: a lot of citrus with slight banana flavor with a surprising hop back. As the beer warmed I started to notice a lot of sweet light malt off the top as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with very little carbonation. There was something almost buttery about the mouthfeel.

Pretty good. Very refreshing summer offering.

AlleywayRover, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

A: A light yellow-golden color. Snow-white head and some moderate lacing. Lots of carb streams from the bottom.

S: Very typical. Coriander...orange peel...some peppery spice.

T: I LOVE IT. This is better than Allagash. A perfect balance of spices, orange, and wheat backbone. Sweet-tart going down with just a tad of peppery spice and lemon citrus on the finish. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Smooth...creamy...crisp. Nice medium body.

D: Very drinkable. This is my new favorite wit. Less tart and dry than Allagash. I'll stock this when I see it on sale as a great summer beer.

Brunite, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Served @ the House Pub.

Pours a very hazy lemon-water color with a finger of white head. Sticky bubbles of lacing throughout. The nose is full of spices. Cardamon and clove the most. The taste is an amplified veraion of the nose. The spices create a smooth banana flavor that has the clove and cream taste afterwards. Great lingering aftertaste that leaves nothing behind. Smooth, medium-bodied feel that coats the palate. Overall, this is one of the better canned beers ive had. I'm impressed, very drinkable.

ChugginOil, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +21%

I feel rather rascal-ish right about now, having righted The CANQuest (TM) ship after an extended foray into Bottle Land. I scored a buncha CANs at Pinocchio's in Media following the annual fest at Iron Hill, then I received some more from Onenote81, so it behooves me to get Crackin' & Gluggin'!

From the CAN: "Deviously Delicious"; "Belgian-Style White Ale"; "Ale Brewed With Spices"; "A truly authentic Belgian-style white ale, this rascal is unfiltered (yep, that's yeast on the bottom!) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel and Belgian yeast."

First CANundrum - how to agitate the yeast into suspension. I went with a combination of rolling the CAN back and forth on the counter, followed by a hand-held back and forth inversion ala a paint mixer. The Crack did not release a gusher, but I was ready if it had. I repeatedly interrupted the Glug to CANtinue to agitate the yeast into suspension. I was met with a finger of very rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention as a result. Color was a cloudy, hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and even some floaties for good measure. Nose was redolent with spices, the coriander just reaching up to tweak my nose, followed by the zest of the orange peel, then the mustiness of the yeast. I recently polished off some Blue Moon in a CAN that had been hanging around, but this beer puts that one to shame! Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but the riotous taste of the spice, the citrus and the yeast was memorable. I am still not a big fan of the style, but I know a good one when I taste it. Finish was dry and refreshing. I'd put some in the cooler as long as people agree not to put fruit in it!

woodychandler, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a cloudy straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of vivid white head. Subtle but very nice aroma of honey, apple, and Belgian spice.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Wheat and orange peel up front with some gentle clove and a touch of lemon on the finish.

Very smooth, refreshing, and easy-drinking without being too one-dimensional.

grittybrews, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of xylophonica
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 fl oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy, pale lemon coloured. Not much head but a nice patina forms on top. Plenty of carbo bubbles.

S - Quite herbal with some malt and a big sensation of Belgian yeast. Some orange/lemon aromas coming through as well.

T - Sweeter and softer on the palate at first then I expected. Can taste the curacao orange and a big hit of dull malt in the background. The body is slightly thinner than I'm used to with this style. Some lemon myrtle coming through later with just the slightest hint of pepper in the aftertaste.

M - Very sweet and smooth. There's a sensation of maltiness but it doesn't coat the mouth like some other beers.

O - Fairly laid back, fruity type of refreshing summer cooler. It is a little thin on the palate and could've been a bit more spicy but otherwise is a nice drop with enough substance to maintain your interest.

xylophonica, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed tumbler (very different & unique glass). The only numbers on the bottle are as follows:
It pours w/ a nice cloudy/lemon yellowish hazy w/ plenty of carbonation. White head quickly dissapating w/ not so great lacing. The nose is typical. Yeasty, lemon, bready, orange peel & peppercorns. The aromatics are ok so far. Nothing overwhelming or too exciting.

The taste has some slight orange to it mixed in with a backdrop of peppercorn. An interesting mixture of flavor. Picking up the malty-sweetness is fairly easy & the yeast is probably the 2nd most prominent flavor in this beer. A pretty typical Wit. As it warms up the peppercorn/yeast combination really starts to shine.

The body is light & overall it's a pretty refreshing beer for a hot day. True to the style & has a welcomed place at any backyard BBQ. Not the most impressive of the style but a pretty good representation at that. I would like to have tasted some more play b/w the different flavors but I'd pick this up again. Drinkability is high due to the ABV & light body. Prosit!

HaysAmerica, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

A - Pours a hazy soft yellow with a hint of orange with about two fingers of white fluffy head that quickly dissipates, little lacing

S - Smells super wheaty with a bit of lemon/orange and grassy notes.

T - Again very wheaty with some citrus undertones, citrus dominates grassy notes that were present in the nose. A little malty sweetness in the end

M - Light bodied, lighty carbonated really drinkable

O - not really enough taste or body to feel like I'm drinking beer, more like lemon water

MacQ32, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Buggies
3.73/5  rDev +3%

Pours a hazy orange color, minimal head for my pour. The nose is mostly citrus. Tastes OK. Mostly citrus with peppery twang to it. Also has a hint of spice, but it is mostly subdued by the orange. Slight spicy/citrus finish, but for the most part it is dry. Nice carbonated making it crisp.

Not a bad beer by any means. But it just didn't have anything that would wow me. Just another witbier is all.

Buggies, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of mocktm
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A 12oz can into a Duvel Tulip. Logo is pretty kick-ass.

Real aggressive pour yields two fingers of thick white head that lingers around for a bit. Decent amount of lace is left behind as the froth slowly dissipates from atop a deep golden orange brew. I can tell just from looking at it, this is going to be super citrusy.

Nose has some serious orange peel with just a faint hint of grassy hops and moderate coriander spice. Pretty standard for the style, but could use a bit more balance.

Tastes just as advertised. A lot of orange and lemon citrus up front with complementary spice. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the end, leaving a nice dry sweetness on the palate. Alcohol is also a bit more noticeable within this wit as compared to others. However that should be a given since it clocks in at 5.6%, compared to the average 4.5-ish%.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, I could pound these all day.

Overall, this isn't the best example of the style out there, but at around $10 for a six pack, you can't really go wrong. Not a groundbreaking beer, but an outstanding value.

mocktm, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of SisuPride
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

The beers that most closely resembles the White Rascal is Hoegarden. This beer poured light colored with almost zero head. It was a little more zippy/had more zest than other beers. It was like it was almost due to the carbonation but I think it was the taste - so that was interesting. Mouthfeel was poor.

SisuPride, May 31, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

MattyG85, May 28, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.73/5  rDev +3%

This pours banana colored, with light fizzy head. The smells is the expected yeast and citrus. I really like how crisp and tart this brew is. It reminds me of Hoegaarden but much better. It has a medium to light body that is zesty and refreshing. This is a great beer for the style because it lacks the over-soapiness that Belgium beers often have.

beerdown77, May 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz can into a shaker glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back some fizzy looking lace. Pretty typical look here for the style. Grass and spice have some assertiveness in the nose, with an underlying sticky yet supportive mix of grains and sweet fruit.

There is a LOT of sweetness to the taste, from that mix of grains and ripe fruit, with a moderate amount of grassy bitterness evening things out. A firm spiciness trails into the finish, leaving behind a good bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and initially prickly on the tongue before getting a bit thicker feeling on the sides. This thickness controls the feel a bit too much at times.

This was a decent enough Witbier I suppose but it never did find the right balance of sweetness and spice for me and just had an overall thickness to the feel that cut back on the drinkability of this.

Kegatron, May 24, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

Just had three of these from the can at Pizza Peel. Great summer brew. Light, airy and thirst quenching. Poured can into pint glass. Nice color and had the smell of corriander and a bit of orange peel. Really good on both accounts. The taste was really good given that it was a 5.6% Wit. Most wits are around 4.8-5%. Nice balance and good mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is a great summer gulper. High, high drinkability. Highly recommend.

SFrankBrew, May 23, 2011
Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +3%

So, and still, thanks to aschwab, I've still got a few more thanks to give that dude and well deserved they are too.

I liked this change of pace beer. I'd been going on with tougher american examples which are all fantastic but it's refreshing to see america can pull off other, milder things- and got another decent impression from Avery.

Pour is somewhere between a wit and a weizen. The body is much tanner than I'd anticipated even up against a light- burnt yellow tanned, very much opaque and active; however the head is shiny, impeccably white much like those beautiful witbier types. holds for a while and is thick and cushion-y.

Smell is very good, if not the best part. extremely citrusy. you can feel the lime zesty feel from a distance- a well blended hop-to-wheat combo that overwhelms the nose. I'm becoming all seasonal, but this thing smells like summer, of sorts. it doesn't give off any sweetness whatsoever. It's pure fruit.

The taste and mouthfeel didn't kill me, though. they're good, but not exceptional. first off a very short lived wheat taste to it when you're already tasting the hops. and soft felt too, not the type of hop seemingly blending into the beer too much. It has an almost cough-syrupy sweetness to it at the end that I can't quite describe but it rescues it somewhat from being all too bland. The alcohol is as expected- nonexistent- and it's not too thick and rather carbonated making it sort of soda-ish.

Overall it's not a bad beer but I can ascertain there's better wits out there. However it does have a couple of interesting things to it somewhere.

Andreji, May 20, 2011
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,904 ratings.