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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,908
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 cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Cloudy golden with plenty o bubbles. white creamy slight head.
smell: spicy, citrusy nose.
taste: As the nose advertises. Spicy but not overpowering.
mouthfeel: Evident carbonation. Not too heavy or light.
drinkability: A nice summer brew. The spiciness is subdued but keeps it from being a "quaffer".

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of aeminter
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a thin persistent head
S - There are hints of citrus and spice and something a little on the funky side.
T/M - Very mild, no discernible hop presence...light carbonation and a little watery...This might sound crazy, but as I'm drinking my head keeps saying milk.

I thought this might have been a bad bottle, but after just reading a few other reviews it looks like this is the norm.

All in all not a bad beer, but not a great beer either.

aeminter, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of aahynick
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

40F in a pilsner glass

A- pale straw with thick creamy head

S- slight saaz aroma, not much else

T- thin, mild, light, not much hop character

M - almost watery

D- this is just okay, I sure wouldn't pay money for it again. it was little taste and no muscle

aahynick, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The very first thing you will notice when you crack open a White Rascal is the odd aroma. This beer is "ale brewed with spices" according to the label.. but what spices? The taste is very bitter, like someone mixed in dill or paprika, or some other spice that does not really belong in a beer. Its a shame because Avry brewing Co is usually one of my favorite breweries and I must admit I am disappointed in this brew because I really wanted to like it. Still not as bad as an MGD though.

ronniebruner, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One of the finest looking wits I've seen. Extremely hazy yellow-gold with pink tint and a looming mass of yeast in the middle of the pour. Head is bright white, receding quickly at first and then lasting. Laces nicely. It's a sight to see, really.

S - Yeast, orange, coriander. The aroma is a bit musty. Does not smell fresh, per se.

T - Pretty good. Mouthful of bready yeast, orange, coriander. Not very pronounced. The mustiness that is detected on the nose is also there in the flavor. It is decent.

M - Thin to medium bodied, not overly carbonated, and a pretty dry finish. Good.

D - Pretty drinkable. Not very exciting, however, as there a lot better witts out there.

jmerloni, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pale yellow color pour with a medium sized lasting head , lively carbonation . Aroma of coriander and orange peel as promised with some peppery spice and wheat notes .Flavor is spicy ,lots of coriander , peppery , with some lemon and orange ,tangy wheat and just a hint of babana , light bitterness . oily mouthfeel, medium body, quite drinkable pretty good .

WakeandBake, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of darksev
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A = pale yellow, cloudy. Very little head which dissipates quickly, leaving little trace on the glass

S = Yeasty, peppery with a hint of citrus. it's about 90F out today, so it smells "refreshing" if that's possible :)

T = Sweet and slightly fruity balanced with a spicy finish. Very mild aftertaste, a bit of hop and pepper. Very crisp with some wheat tang.

D = I've always like wheat beers. I find them (generally) to be extremely drinkable, and this is no exception. The light character and refreshing taste make this a great beer to toss in the cooler on a very hot day. This is on my "buy again" list for sure.

darksev, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Very cool label. tall 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One finger head that retains ok. Cloudy pail yellow in color. and no lacing.

S: Orange and lemon.

T: Bit bitter, maybe from lemon & orange taste im getting. a bit of wheat.

M: Light body and well carbonated.

D: Easy to drink. a really good beer. i would love to buy a six pack of this.

mytireisfat, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of wheat citrus and some spices.

Tastes of big wheat notes all rounded by spices. Plenty of lemon notes with coriander and clove. A little sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel is light and has a crisp, fizzy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very pale cloudy yellow with a big white foamy head.

Tons of yeast and sweet grain aromas, some white pepper and coriander.

Lacks a bit intensity, but still very good clean flavors. Sweet wheat, yeast, grain, some light spice. Clean finish. Very refreshing. Just a touch mild.

Light bodied, well carbonated.

An easy drinker, just a hair behind the belgians. Needs a touch more intensity to be great -- so, very good. Terrific hot weather/summer beer. Very decent domestic product.

OtherShoe2, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a a good session witbeer should be.
It has that nice cloudy pale golden color and a clove/yeasty aroma. But its not an overspiced wit. It has a nice clean wheat flavor, that lends itself to having several. While there is a hint of clove and banana, its in the back and you just get a nice wheat kick. very good mouthfeel also lends to the drinkibility.

Liverpool08, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of ryno09
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an eggshell white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing as the head fades.

Brewed with orange peel and coriander, you get slight spice notes in the nose that is dominated by the Belgium yeast breadiness with a slight funk.

Taking a drink, this beer has a very smooth mouth feel. The spice notes are rather subdued, letting the wheat to shine through. It's an easy drinking beer, especially on a summer day.

ryno09, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint.

a- pours a very hazy pale yellowish gold. quite lacking in the head retention and the head was not very luxurious to start with.

s- Moderate sweetness with light notes of vanilla. spicy wheat aromatics that are slightly perfumy. Quite complex herbal and spicy notes in the background. Moderate citrusy orange peel influence.

t- a low-moderate sweetness and a zesty, orange-citrusy fruitiness. Refreshingly crisp with a quite dry finish. some light herbal-spicy flavors are pleasant. a spicy-earthy hop flavor is a little higher than wanted and almost gets in the way of the spices.

m- light bodied crisp high carbonation creates an effervescent, refreshing and smooth but not the greatest body.

d- it's not the highest quality Wit but it's probably damn near the smoothest. If it were a little tastier it would be a great affordable option for an easy drinking Belgian-style ale. either way it will likely be purchased again...especially if I ever see it in a can.

Freethyhops, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of stimulus
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a very pale yellow, unfiltered, with a white head.
S: Faint scents of orange, could be more pronounced.
T: This is dominated by the familiar flavors of coriander and orange peel.
M: Good carbonation with a crisp finish.
D: Easy drinking, and a decent representation of the style.

stimulus, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap from Haute Dish restaurant in Minneapolis, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a minimal head that didn't leave much lacing, but settled to a white frothy cap

Smell: Sweet and citrus-like, some malts hidden in there. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Sweet and lemony, with a little spice in the mix. A good example of a light witbier. This is the closest an American beer has come to Hoegarrden that I have tried. If you like Hoegaarden (and I do), you'll probably enjoy this as well (and I did).

Mouth Feel: Lower carbonation and a bit slippery on the tongue, just like a witbier should be.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, low ABV and pairs well with flavorful foods. This would be an easy beer to session with, especially on a hot summer day.

ChopperSmith, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of BrewMasterBurch
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber, yellowish.

Smell- Citrus aroma and slightly spicy. Perhaps use of coriander or cloves.

Taste- Sweet, with a spiced-up finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied.

Drinkability- Easy. Almost chug-able-- if your into that type of thing.

In terms of Belgian-wheat ales I would compare this to Blue Moon...with a little more spice. As far a wheat ales go, it's alright, but not the best I've had.

BrewMasterBurch, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5-25-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Citrus yellow, 1 finger of foam but dissipated quick. Decent lacing ring present with carbonation

S - Slight citrus, big wheat/malt aroma, no hop presence

T - Big wheat flavor followed with malts, slight citrus taste at the end

M/D - Pretty wheaty brew not big on this one, pretty easy to drink but the wheat taste wasn't for me

FreshmanPour77, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this one at the FC in Fort Worth. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is a hazy light yellow with a tight bone white head.

Clove and coriander on the nose.

The beer is a refreshing combination of grains, clove, coriander, citrus and some pear. Turns slightly tart at mid glass.

The mouth is slick with lower than expected carbonation. It was an enjoyable change of pace beer for me.

Redrover, May 27, 2010
Photo of sadie23
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with a thin head and plenty of bubbles rising to the top. The head has good retention as you drink it down.

S: Mild oranges, becoming richer as it warms.

T: Light citrus. Balanced, pleasant combination of sweet and tart.

M: Feels a little like fizzy candies (in a good way), but it's clean.

D: Refreshing for a sunny afternoon relaxing. I would drink 1 or 2.

sadie23, May 24, 2010
Photo of EvilGnome6
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow with a touch of gray haze. Has a thin white head with a constant stream of bubbles rising up. Leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S: Strong orange peel in the nose with a hint of coriander and a slightly soapy character. Has a pleasant, earthy, yeasty smell that blends well with the earthiness of the Saaz hops. The earthy aroma intensifies as the glass warms.

T: Pleasantly tart and bitter. The orange peel shines through without being overpowering. Has a touch of sweetness that balances well with the tart bitterness. The coriander seems to play a bit in the background but this works well in the balance.

M: A little bit dry but not so much that it leaves you with a cotton mouth sensation. The finish is very clean and leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

D: Very drinkable. This would make for a very refreshing drink on a hot summer afternoon. The tartness would get fatiguing after more than a few. It's not something you could drink all night long but I don't think that's what it's intended to be. It's definitely something I would buy again.

Overall: A very good example of the style. Comes much closer to a true Belgian Witbier than many other American attempts.

EvilGnome6, May 23, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy pale wheaty yellow colour - almost like lemon juice, with an initially frothy head of white bubbles which just dissipates to a light foam on the top. Only minimal carbonation. Body looks light and pleasant. I'm impressed by the cloudiness, which is often tamped down in the non Belgian examples. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is a little spicy, with hints of pepper and grapefruit rind, but it's rather muted. There's a light sour wheat character to it, and a round lightness, but it's all quite subtle. It doesn't impress me with robust fragrance.

Overly carbonated palate, sparkling and tingling with extremely zealous bubbling over the tongue from the first sip. The flavour is again very muted, perhaps even more so than the nose. Quite thin, with a light seltzer acidity and a wishy-washy spice note that I fear I only notice because I'm looking hard for it.

It's a pretty average wit, but it's drinkable as the style almost automatically implies. Not a huge amount to recommend it, but it's refreshing and quaffable enough. Just remember there are much better examples.

lacqueredmouse, May 19, 2010
Photo of Tron67
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Very light, but the yeast adds a nice texture

S- Strong Citrus smell, subdued Belgian aroma

T- Excellent taste. light citrus flavor tasty without overpowering malt.

M- Very light but not watery, subtle feel.

D- Very drinkable, need to get more soon!

Tron67, May 07, 2010
Photo of BeerSquid
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A post finals celebration beer.
Poured from bottle into standard Pilsner glass.

A- The pour appears to be very clear, much like a weak lemonade. Once settled into the glass the beer takes on an opaque yellow hue, that's really quite unique. A moderate head dissipates over a bit of time, but still thinly veils the top of the glass.

S- Pretty typical smell for a Belgian style Wheat. I detect a bit of citrus, also possibly some banana. Very faint clove presence.

T- Very enjoyable. Although I'm generally not a big fan of Belgians, this is a rare exception. The cloves are nearly unnoticeable. The citrus is very light, the banana taste comes off smooth and hits just on the finish, and there may also be flavours of apple that are very slight.

M- Smooth. The carbonation is very light, just enough to notice.

D- Excellent. The beer could use a bit more flavour, but its an excellent summer brew.

This beer is very well composed. Its light flavour and body make it a great summer, outside, hangin out by the pool or latenight fire beer. I'd reccomend it.

BeerSquid, May 05, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops, coriander, sweet malt, and slight orange peel. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, a good blend, but body is a little weak.

Tone, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of BeefyMee
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great with some wispy yeast swirling around the pale straw colored body. A little more haze would have been ideal. Good head and lacing. Smells a little too one dimensional on the banana front. Not getting much else except some alcohol as it warms. The taste is also dominated by the banana flavor, but there is a nice touch of clove in the finish. A bit soapy at times, though it feels nice going down. Better than your average white.

BeefyMee, Apr 27, 2010
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.