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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 20
Gots: 123 | 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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a witbier.

Presentation: 12 oz can. Shiny copper red design with the typical design of the white devil holding a pint of the brew and Avery branding. Side narrative offers a brief description including main ingredients. Shows a barely legible canning date on the bottom, and 5.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy straw pour, rich frothy head with persistent retention, good surface memory, and surprisingly little lacing...

S - Sweet wheat, banana, clove, yeasty... Spicy, and citrus sense.

T - Nicely wheaty, all the notes of clove, soft banana, coriander, orange peel.

M - Light/medium body with soft carbonation, smooth and creamy as it rides the palate.

O - Nice flow, makes for a nice session wheat beer and a great generic social offering.

Notes: Nice witbier, maybe nothing outstanding but it hits the style pretty well and it is nicely recommendable. Glad to see it in cans, although ironically one got punctured and spilled all over the backpack, luckily it was an hermetic comparment. I guess it is just a random fluke... First time it happened though.

Daniellobo, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Its a dark golden straw color, darker around the edges. Fluffy white head.

S: Minor notes of Coriander backing the unmistakable wheat profile.

T: More herby/spicy than I thought it would be. I really like it. Good flavors of lemon, wheat, and herbs.

M: Smoother than I expected, moderately carbonation and a medium body. Somewhat of a dry finish.

D: Very high, quite a good beer!

tlazaroff, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: banana, cloves, coriander, yeast

taste: banana, cloves, coriander

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and pleasant summer beer. Enjoyed this one to the final drop. Love drinking beers that surprise you.


THECPJ, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours pale cloudy gold, with a finger of bright white head. The head did settle to a thin layer.
S: lemon, some very light banana in the yeast. Malt is light ans sweet.
T: nice lemon, and yeast flavor. Malt is sweet.
M: very crisp, clean and bubbly
O: easy drinking beer, soft flavors, nothing too out there and would be a good intro into craft IMO

rootbeerman, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours your typical light golden straw color that is slightly hazy. Lots of carbonation in this one but lacks all that is a beer head.

S - Has a pleasant malt backbone but some of the malt has a darker aroma than most witbiers, kind of like a 20L crystal malt or something to that effect. The curacao oranges are more present than the spices IMO and there is a definite yeast aroma that will be quite obvious to all the homebrewers out there.

T - I was a little skeptical from the aroma how this one would taste but I was quite surprised. The oranges dominate this one with the hint of spices and yeast phenols bringing up the rear. Not much malt can be detected so the beer leans toward the sweeter side from the oranges.

M - Light body but doesn't have as much carbonation as the appear would lead one to believe. Finishes sweet on the palate but the aftertaste of spicy oranges fades rather quickly. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

VaTechHopHead, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with vivid white head. Nose has plenty of citrus, maybe orangey coriander and some lemon peel. Candied wheat character comes across right away on the palate with some contrasting sweet 'n sour flavors going on into the finish. Finish is moderately long with some wheaty components lingering. Easy drinking, refreshing, and outstanding with breakfast that has eggs and cheese in it.

yemenmocha, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy yellow. Some orange specs floating to the top, probably unfiltered. 2 inch white head that is gone in a blink of an eye. As expected little to no lacing remains.

Smell-Malt and Yeast with a lemon undertone. Not very inviting at all.

Taste-Wow, really tasty. Lots of lemon and lime, with some banana. Pretty sweet, but the spice balances it out, I'm really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with loads of carbonation. Tingling on the tongue, bubbles bursting all through your mouth.

Overall-So if I'm comparing this to many IPAs that I enjoy I would much rather drink the IPAs, but for the style, I really like this beer. I've had nearly everything avery offers and never tried their White Rascal. Excellent hot summer day beer, and a great way to try and lure in your significant other to craft beers. Definitely will purchase this again, great session beer as well.

SWMeyer4141, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle in April, 2011.

A: Very hazy, even in the bottle. Almost opaque with yeasty haze on the pour. Orange colored cloud city body. Drunk straight from the bottle so couldn't judge the head.

S: Yeast and clover blossom.

T: Lime citrus with a coriander spice finish. Surprisingly light with a wet middle and not much depth on the finish.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Very wet tasting beer which is great for a hot summer day with a modest, dry finish.

O: Not bad overall. I'd drink it again on a hot and thirsty day. It has some flavor spice, not much bitterness on the aftertaste, and is safe enough to have more than one (a drinker, not a sipper). A good beer to introduce a non-craft beer drinker into the realm. Would have appeal to mass market drinkers and crafters.

Aiptasia, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy pale golden color with a fingers worth of white head

S-malt, yeast, citrus, spices

T-much like the smell, spicy yeast, Wheat malt sweetness, and a nice citrus finish

M-light body, medium carbonation, very refreshing

Overall good, very drinkable, not very complex, but better tasting than a lot of other witbiers out there

ksimons, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy light orange color that looks more yellow -- like goldenrod -- when held to direct light. I only got about half a finger's worth of white head here, with consequently minimal lacing. Below average.

There's something not right about the aroma of White Rascal. It's full of orange zest and zippy wheat, just like it should be. There's a spicy character too, though not explicitly of coriander like you expect. The problematic part is a nasty note (I almost said "funky," but I don't want you to confuse it with the good kind of funk aromas) that is reminiscent of wet dog hair. I assume its a yeast issue, but man oh man is it unpleasant to smell that characteristic.

Orange peel dominates the palate. Sure, you get some malted wheat in there too; it's lemony flavor blending into the aggressive rind flavor. The spice comes across not so much as coriander, but as fennel seed. Which... is interesting but not particularly tasty.

A nice medium body and smooth carbonation make for a drinkable beer in terms of mouthfeel. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, really. Too bad it doesn't make up for the lack of achievement elsewhere. I give it points for the fennel seed originality but this is overall a below-average to average witbier. I won't be ordering this one again.

Reaper16, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 Ounce growler pour., poured into Hoegaarden glass

A: Cloudy thin light yellow, hazy translucent, unfiltered. It looks a little funky, albeit inviting and tasty.

S: Bananas and cream, fruity yeast, lemons, slightly metallic. Sweet and spicy.

T: Funky , spicy witbier here! It's a little unrefined tasting, but super tasty and enjoyable. Some spicy cloves, lemony, banana, typical bland witbier finish. I could drink this all day in summer.

M: Silky smooth, a bit of a carbonation and spice bite, which is a little sloppy for the style, but, its an American interpretation and I like it for what it is.

O: Overall I really like this beer. It is a little more manly tasting than your average witbier, which I appreciate! I would definitely pick this up in lieu of some more expensive witbiers out there to share with the GF who likes the style a lot. Better than expected...

Avantyawn, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it was a yellowish coloring that almost seemed to have a green tint to it. The beer was hazy and unfiltered, and it had a white, frothy head on it. Spicy nutmeg aroma, with clove and citrus notes, as well. Creamy body with smooth flavors of citrus and spice. Herb highlights throughout the beer as well, with hints of parsley and basil (?). Tart from the citrus, with a clean finish and a spicy aftertaste.

GarthDanielson, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Pours golden and slightly hazy with a little white head (it does keep a good lacing going). Nose is fairly strong and dominated by bitter citrus, coriander, and belgian yeast. Flavor is a good balanced witbier with orange peel, spice, a medium-big malt, low hops, and a little yeast all coming through without a distinct front or backside to the flavor. Very similar to Hoegaarden but a little thinner on the palate.

CuriousMonk, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of nms1987
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with no freshness date.
Pours a cloudy yellow with good foam. The nose is spritzy and fruity, it even smells summer-y.

The palate is interesting. It is spicier than many wits, especially when cold. As it warms a nice orange fruit quality comes forward a little more. It goes down easily, the combo of spiceness and fruitness make it fairly refreshing while it also the little bit of slickness makes it more smooth than crisp.

nms1987, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow cloudy beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is orange.coriander and wheat.Taste is pretty much the same.It goes down pretty easy.Overall it is amazingly average,it's just like the hundreds of other witbiers out there.I wouldn't recommend and I doubt I would ever buy this again.

matty, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer forms a big, fat, dense white pillow of head about 2 1/2 fingers tall that I'm pretty sure I could rest a coin on. The color is a just slightly hazed pale gold. Retention is quite good and lacing is both prevalent and consistent in thickness and quantity.
The aroma is sturdy and strong, offering up some grains, yeast and light spicing, enough to give this one the proper character without being even remotely overbearing; the coriander and orange notes may even need to be a little stronger to be an exceptional example of a wit, though.
The same applies for the spicing in the flavor. Otherwise, this is one of those beers that encapsulates a lighter style without giving up flavor and being too light. There's great balance in a very nicely put together flavor and a very nice depth of character all around.
The body is the appropriate light-medium, at once both crisp and smooth, with a lingering semi-dry finish.
This beer also has great drinkability.

Brenden, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice crisp golden color, slightly cloudy with a small foamy head.
S: The beer has a good creamy wheat smell with some notes of spiciness and slight citrus.
T: Nice creamy wheat flavor with some good citrus notes. The beer finishes with a slight corriander spiciness.
D/m: Crisp and drinkable. Has some weight while maintaining a very good profile. Very refreshing.

pzrhsau, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer. Haven't had many of this style, so I probably can't review it as well as some. It has a nice light fruity taste, and good mouth feel. The color is a beautiful hazy white. This is an easy drinking beer, and I would definitely buy it again. Yes, a whole six pack! Avery has good beers overall. I tried a nice IPA of theirs, and I think a brown ale.

flyingspatula, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy brightly straw pale, akin to looking at dust particles on a sunny day in a room with drawn yellow drapes. Rocky and quickly settling white head of one finger height. Active carbonation, steams of bubbles keep the sediment highlighted.

S - Bright aroma of orange rind, coriander and clove. Some grains, earthy yeast and mild hoppiness. Not much seems to have been added by the yeast here. Pleasant but not powerful.

T & M - Taste passes in the same way as the nose, pleasant but not really there, by the time it hits you be liquid is gone. Orange peel with spice notes gives a little zest on the front of the palate, finishes dry with wheat and bittering coriander and mild hops. Light bodied and appropriate carbonation, I would have liked it to be more lively, carbonation would give it a more refreshing and crisp quality.

Quite a bright happy beer with a whimsical quality which makes it good for what it is. Like I said additional carbonation would've been nice or more Belgian yeast quality in the nose.

rawfish, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head and very little lacing

S- is some bananas clove and lemon zest

T- clove and coriander some bananas ,lemon rind and spice

M- crisp with a zesty feel

D-- very drinkable with an ok + taste

gatornation, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly lasting, eventually reducing to a puddled film and medium collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a heavy earthy yeast with notes of coriander and citrus.

The taste was lightly bitter and rather yeasty from the beginning and finished about the same with a nice distinct spicy citrus taste towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a lightly spicy citrusy yeast taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a light fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and refreshing Witbier which had a nice balance of spice and citrus, thus making this the perfect example of a great summer time brew...


KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale cloudy yellow, 1 finger head, solid lacing.

S: mild wheat, coriander, orange peel, mild spices.

T: mild spices upfront, wheat, hint of bitter finish.

M: med/light, pricky tongue, bubbly feel

D: Solid Witbier, not my fav, but it's still pretty good. Don't go out of your way for this, but a fine session and summer beer.

BeerLover99, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of femmebiere
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance was that of a white beer on the clear side. Slight cloudiness and minimal sediment. Whatever head came from the poor quickly disappeared. It has a strong citrus taste with hops and a light finish of bitterness. It is a good beer for the price and is drinkable, especially with food. I had it with chicken, corn, and sourdough bread and it paired nicely.

femmebiere, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass - 2nd review of this beer
A - a foggy and very pale yellow. 1 finger head dissolved quickly to only a ring.
S - Flower and lemon/citrus forward this time same yeast backdrop, spice notes
T - Lemon and pear start becomes a lightly spiced and dry yeasty finish.
M - Light and a bit thinner than I think I'm looking for in this White. Same low carbonation, but spice seems to be lower.
D - Very drinkable, but almost not enough to it, quite watery
A decent beer that my fond memories of tasting at the Avery tap room now seem overblown. After two reviews (bottle and can), I believe this is a good brew, but nothing extraordinary to my palate.

rsdaugherty, Feb 27, 2011
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.