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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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 pwsoldier


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a decent white head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Lots of coriander and orange peel aromas, with banana and a hint of bubblegum in there as well. Very aromatic and enticing.

T - Spice asserts itself up front, with banana and orange citrus flavors coming through strongly in the finish. There's some yeasty breadiness in there as well that does a nice job of keeping the sweetness of the fruit flavors in check.

M - Medium-bodied and a bit creamy. Finishes clean and crisp thanks to ample carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer.

D - Very enjoyable and an excellent example of the style. Pretty basic for a wit, but still one of the better ones out there in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 19:53:08 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of damiandavila


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured somewhat cloudy though not what I expected for the genre. Soft-drink style carbonation head with moderate retention.

Typical citrus on the nose with slight spice: orange peel, maybe lemon, coriander plus a slight bit of yeast.. I love whites/wits so I'm not as critical here.

Deceptively light at first, but has some yeast through the middle and finishes with enough bitterness (actually tartness) to keep things interesting.

Feels a bit watered-down in the mouth, but flavor is there and we're not talking Corona. Just a little lighter than the flavor and aroma would lead you to expect. A little fizzy.

Overall, a great quaff for the brutal South Florida summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 16:47:37 | More by damiandavila
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy mellow-yellow. a finger sized head made a quick appearance, and there was a spot of some lacing as well.

S - first things firsts, smells delicioius, very sweet, a ton of orange, a bit of lemon, possibly an unidentifiable spice??? also, there is plenty of wheat malt to fill the olfactory.

T - Drinks very simliar to the way it smells, lots of orange, and wheat, but just enough hops pull through midway to make it interesting. it finishes wheaty-sweat.

MF - lots of carb, crisp, lighter bodied.

D - pretty high. as a big fan of wits, this one is no prized pig, but not a brew to shake your finger at either. just a solid go-to for the price, and a local favorite of mine. Overall a decent american wit, and thirst quencher (especially during the sweat months)

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 18:40:11 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost all of the bottle, swirled the sediment, and topped it off. A straw color with a bubbly, white head. The sediment swirled to the bottom of the glass like a drop of ink in water--very pretty (I added half a point for the effect).

The aroma is faint, but pretty standard for a wit--wheat, yeast, spices and citrus fruits.

The brew is quite spiced with lemon and orange in the background. A little more spice than I like, but it tastes like a standard witbier. Good wheat presence and some yeast. Everything meshes extremely well, the carbonation is even, and there's enough body to fill the mouth.

There's not anything interesting here, but everything is done very well. It'd be an easy choice to pick up a sixer (at least when Whirlwind is out of season).

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 05:00:49 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of elliot23


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Poors a pale cloudy yellow. A decent 2 finger head with decent lacing on the outside.

Smell: Strong nose of yeast and and some mild spice and citrus. Pleasant.

Taste: A nice mellow and crisp sweetness. Hints of spice, banana, and citrus. A mild hop finish that is very well balanced.

Feel: Very light style of beer with adequate carbonation. Good finish on the tongue.

Drink: A nice belgium witbier. A good and refreshing drink, perfect for warm days. Woul drink nice with some sweeter flavored dishes. Also good by itself. Would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:03:05 | More by elliot23
Photo of PatronWizard


2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a cloudy gold under a white head of moderate retention. Smells, well, like fruits and dirty laundry. Taste is a tart/laundry water mix with only 1/4 the regular dose of Tide. Pretty off to me, not enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:10:13 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy with yeast. Big bubbles noticeable. HEAD: Nice specs of lacing and retention to the last sip. COLOR: Straw yellow.

S- YEAST: Nice funky Belgian yeast flavors. SPICES: Typical coriander and orange in light to medium amounts MALT: Pilsner and Belgian aromatic with wheat make for a light base that allows other flavors to shine. HOPS: Light bitter Saaz twang.

T- TONGUE: Clean and dry with some wheat tannins. HOPS: Nice bitter feeling in aftertaste. SPICES: Floral and lightly citric. YEAST: Tart and... "yeasty". MALT: Sweet and reminiscent of a light flour biscuit.

M- BODY: Light and refreshing. CARBONATION: Light and bubbly.

D- This is a damn good Witbier at a 6 pack for 1.40$ per beer and better than most, but doesn't come in 12 packs for 1.04$ per beer like Sam Adams Seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:58:06 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of mithrascruor


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego. Served in a pint glass.

Poured a nice pale white-yellow color. Strong hazy appearance, and nice white head. Light aroma with yeast and some citrus. Taste is more nice yeasts, orange and lemon, a bit of nice grains, and some pepper in the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation. Goes down smooth and alcohol isn't high. Tasty as a quality session Wit. Will get again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 03:12:33 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pleasant surprise I came across at the Torches On The Hudson Restaurant in Newburgh, NY. It poured a musty pale yellow/gold color with plenty of bubble action, and good sized white head and great lacing. The aroma was a polite bready citrus and light allspice, clean and solid for the style. The taste is a medium to light clovey bread with light lemon background to the back of the mouth. It's lively, refreshing and clean refreshment yet it retains a consistency that truly suggests liquid french bread, nearly mid-body with just a bit of viscous feel. I could drink many of these in most any situation. This is generally an easy style to like but this one certainly hangs in there as a better than average offering by my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 05:25:06 | More by Durge
Photo of Kromes


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with a thick head that disappeared rather quickly. Smells yeasty and coriander/clove spicy. The flavor is sweet and fruity even peachy with a clovey type spice. Good aftertaste with a nice tartness in the finish. The only thing I didn't really like is that is was very watery feeling and thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 18:49:11 | More by Kromes
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damn this MOFO is pale... I even tried to get some of the yeast off the bottom to give it some opacity but I just totally failed. In any case...

Pours super white- like champagne, white wine, or a saison. Tons of visible carbonation but less of a head than I would hav expected. Still a good layer of continuous pure white head on the top. I stil lcan't get over the carbonation. I'm going to be burping all day.

Aroma is reminiscent of Duvel. Very dry Belgian yeast. Slight fruit, but mostly an attractive sourness to the aroma. I sorta wish this was a sour beer now from the aroma but I'm expecting a more standard wheat beer that's maybe a little more abstractly Belgian than other standard wits.

Taste follows up as expected. No tartness whatsoever. I'm not sure why I'm complaining about this but now I have to go buy some sours. Has a bit of a homebrew taste to it.. just wish it was crisper. Otherwise great balance between malt flavor and yeast flavors. I think it just has way too sweet of a finish which makes it hard to drink. Like a extract batch that finished at too high of a FG. The beer is kept fairly watery but I think it has a very high proportion of wheat malt, maybe moreso than other wheat beers, that keeps the malt flavor extremely light and subtle. No apparent spices but if there are they're just there to accentuate the yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much like tap water but it has a refreshing level of carbonation that keep it kind of like mineral water and would be nice on a hot day. Drinkability is kept low by the residual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 15:39:59 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of magictrokini


3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 17:03:51 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Rayek


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with hyperactive, almost soda-like carbonation from big bubbles.Soapy white head starts out big and then fades to a thin film. Leaves nice patches of lace.

S: Coriander, clove, orange peel and lemon, plus a hint of doughy yeast.

T: Light flavor starts out with a dry biscuit quality. Mild bitterness has a coriander bite to it. Finishes with a lemon tartness and a touch of orange.

M: Light body feels somewhat watery. Carbonation is about right, despite all the activity in the glass.

D: An easy drinking beer that has a nice lightness to it. There are better takes on this style, but this is a nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:16:19 | More by Rayek
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy yellow color. Almost like a cloudy lemonade, nice head but not a lot of retention, the ring stays around and leaves some laicng but not a lot.

S - Very nice smell here. Lots of spices, most notably a lemon smell and coriander.

T - Great witbier. Lots of lemon with coriander like the smell, but also a lot of other spices that give this one a complex taste. Very good.

M - Nice mouthfell, lots of carbonation, good for the style.

D - Very drinakable, but not as much as some witbiers just because of the complexity and the amount of spices used.

Great witbier, very complex and lots of spices. Well worth a try and will probably pick this up again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:58:34 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with a small off white head with some retention but no lacing.

S: Strong wheat with a bit of lemon.

T: Wheat with a lemon sweetness and a bit of a grain taste. Standard Belgian wheat bite to it.

Overall: Carbonation is okay, pretty much standard. Drinkability is pretty good, it's not a horrible beer but just not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:10:28 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of pmcadamis


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This pretty brew pours a glowing and vibrant shade of lemon-sunshine hazy yellow beneath a huge four finger billowy white head. TONS of crisp white lace is left all around the glass (this glass is gonna be tough to clean!). This is beautiful. Pure sunshine in a bottle.

S - Lively lemon zest, coriander, vanilla bean, and lemon meringue pie. Very spicy on the nose. This is really complex and pleasant.

T - Sweet, light, and airy. Lemon meringue pie, lemon chiffon cake, and boatloads of really yeasty "glazed donut" notes that I didn't pick up in the nose. This is very much the epitome of this summery and subtly complex Belgian style. This is not light on flavor by any means. This is some seriously good beer.

M - Light, but by no means watery or unsubstantial. This is initially very tart and acidic with lemon flavors before gradually building up a glazed donut yeasty sweetness progressing to a clean, but slightly tangy finish. DAMN!

D - I've ever been disappointed with Avery. Looking back at my reviews, the LOWEST score I've ever given one of their brews is 3.5 for Ellie's Brown Ale... and that beer was really good, it was just pretty basic. All of their "big beers" have been kick-ass, and this one is a killer summer session candidate. I have a feeling that this Rascal will be a staple in my fridge when the weather warms up a bit. Just drinking this on a 25 degree (F) day puts images of warm sunny spring days in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 17:13:46 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of angelmonster


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 3 finger white head. Body is pale yellow, straw color.Tons of carbonation is rising similar to a Belgium ale. Head retention is good and lacing is great.

Smell is of spice and coriander, some faint malt is also present

First taste is the spice and coriander that dominated the smell. There is also a slight lemon, sour malt after taste

There is a semi creamy head with high carbonation that goes down light and smooth

Overall nice Colorado Belgium style witbier. Highly drink able, and rather cheap

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 07:07:56 | More by angelmonster
Photo of akorsak


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle that I picked up from Liquid Solutions.

A: The witbier is a hazy straw color. The haze gives a general dullenss to the ale, tempering the color further. A decent head is lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The aroma is very appetizing. Orange peel and coriander mix it up with a light wheat tartness. Biscuity grains also pop up.

T: The ale has a very pleasant flavor, fresh and refreshing. The curacao orange peel and coriander are strong, creating a sweet flavor that contrasts nicely with the wheat's tartness. Biscuity grains add to the lightness of the wheat; some heft is welcome. It's been a while since I've had a good witbier and this one hits the mark.

M: The ale has a very pronounced lemon finish, tart but sweet. The spice profile and wheat combine for a sweet and sour one-two punch.

D: This may be the first of Avery's standard line-up that I've really enjoyed. A solid witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:19:57 | More by akorsak
Photo of Haybeerman


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw yellow color. Poured a 2 finger billowy white head with fair retention. Laced in thick, even rings. Decanted continually.

S: Big citrus aroma hits first. Wheat malt and and muted spice scents follow.

T: Orange peel and sweet wheat malt. Muted clove spices in the middle and through to a lightly bitter hop finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation, but relatively smooth in spite of it.

D: Very drinkable beer in a very drinkable style. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 20:18:21 | More by Haybeerman
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, slight haze yellow, white head with a respectable lace. Super sweet with a hint of Corrinander,clove, orange peel and a bit of funk from the yeast. I enjoyed the mouth feel with the complex flavors but the long lasting clove is a real turnoff and compromises the refreshing feel that most whites tend to have. It over powers when it needs to yield to the cleaner flavors of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 06:45:30 | More by cancino45
Photo of KI9A


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sitting here, during the worst snowstorm in half dozen years, drinking a Wit..go figure! Are we ate up with beer, or what?!

A: Cloudy, slight haze yelow, nice white head, some lace.

S: Corrinder, sweet citrus, a bit of funk.

T: Alot going on here for a wit..well, at least more than normal. Taste is similar to smell, plus, really pick up a shot of tart funkiness at the back end. Orange peel, corrinder, and a slight saaz-like hop flavor.

M: A little dry, but nice. Good bit of carbonation tingles the back of the throat. Spot on.

D: Tough for me give a perfect 5 on this, seeing as I only have one bottle. I'd like to toss a couple back, and re-visit this part of the review. This is a refreshing, easy drinker. I think its my 1st review of an Avery brew, and, looks like I need to try a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:14:00 | More by KI9A
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsen glass an uber-pale color close to a citrine stone. One of the lightest colored beers I have ever seen. Has a fat, pillowy white head that pops about slowly like rice krispies.

Nose is pretty spot on for a wit. Plenty of coriander with a touch of orange peel, honey and maybe a tad of peanut butter. Has a saaz like hop aroma that is very pleasant.

Taste has a lot of coriander with a nice hop bitterness and wheat sharpness. The flavor profile is pretty big, it is not too watery or flavorless. Not one of the sweetest, funkiest or fruitiest but maintains a good balance of the three. One of the better wits I have had in a while. Me Gusto!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:48:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy yellow body with a huge white head. Sure looks like a wit.

s: Spice dominates, clove mostly.

t: Light malt, tart fruitiness, coriander and orange peel.

m: A bit watery, but it is smooth.

d: This sort of beer provides an accessible introduction to Belgian-style beer as well as an alternative to Blue Moon. That said, there are much better, though more expensive, versions on the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:06:55 | More by BradLikesBrew
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy blonde, decent head with nice lacing.

Smell: orange peel and clove

Taste: big lemony flavory, clove, a slight hint of banana, light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation, light bodied, pillowy head.

Drinkability: This is exactly the type of beer you would want on a hot summer day, but not the beer I would reach for when it gets chilly. Very refreshing, a little too light bodied for winter consumption for me. Good example of the style though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 00:06:06 | More by beersheppard
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New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First offering from Avery for me. The label was what originally called my attention to this beer.

Pours a very pale yellow color with a typical wheat haze. Small foamy head a little bit of lace. Seems highly carbonated. Tastes like most wits I've had, although a bit on the light side. Tinges of spices which distinguishes it a bit. Goes down smooth, and seems very drinkable, probably better suited for the summer time, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:23:32 | More by patobandito
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
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