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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 135 | 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 wangbruins
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep hazy gold with a fluffy white one inch head

S- Strong lemon scents with a bit of orange and some ginger

T- Very lemony and just a hint of spice

M- Kind of light, flat, and thin with no aftertaste

D- Very thin so it's easy to drink but the whites don't really do it for me

wangbruins, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is a witbier alright. Pretty much just run of the mill though.

A: Cloudy, check. Pale in color, light yellow - check. No head, lacing or film on the glass, boo. Liquid is pretty to look at though.

S: The nose is pretty citrusy. Not much else there.

T: Avery says it's made with cilantro and curacao orange peels. I don't know about the orange peels, but the cilantro is definitely present. Very nice mild lemon and spice flavor.

M: Light bodied beer, without much carbonation to distract the tongue. Although that also means it's not that exciting to drink.

D: Good all around light beer. Suitable for a hot summer day and trying to relax and cool down.

bilyboy65, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: very light straw/white color, nicely opaque, with a thin head.

Smell: light wheaty aroma; very subtle. Not bad, but barely present.

Taste: wheaty, but with plenty of basic barley malt. Quite grainy; almost no sense of the coriander or orange peel. There's also an almost soapy quality to the beer. Altogether, not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: now, here's something I like: medium bodied with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: like most wits, it is pretty drinkable. However, its grainy and almost soapy quality mean it is not *that* drinkable.

flagmantho, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer really shows why you use the word wit in discribing it. The head the white as snow and the beer itself is super pale. It's hazy and just a true whiteish yellow. There is a little active carbonation and the head is creamy, but a little thin.

S: Grainy wheat is the strongest smell, and them some spicey hops as well. Maybe a little clove, but mostly just a spicey, almost peppery bitter smell. Not much citrus, if any. There is no malty sweetness.

T: The taste is odd. The lack of malt is bothering me, and the wheaty-spiceyness leaves it feeling empty to me. I get no aftertaste, just sort of a tingling sensation. Eventually the spice sort of mellows. It's a little bready, no yeast and very mild, or at least very different hops. Not sure on how "to style" it is, but very different in a good way.

M: Light and airy, almost leaves the mouth feeling empty. It's mildly biting, but leaves no aftertaste.

D: Would be great very cold on a hot day. Decent at all other times. Maybe good with spicey food.

mdwalsh, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured a cloudy, pale straw color with a tall white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing on the glass. Aromas were of wheat, Belgian yeasts, coriander, and faint orange rind. Tastes were similar to the aromas with the addition of some banana notes. Mouth-feel was fairly low carbonation and although light in body, the wheat noticeably adds some weight to the mouth. Alcohol is non-existent. Relatively easy to drink and a decent representation of the style.

barnzy78, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at home, 12 oz poured into a shorty glass.

Pours a whitish yellow with a decent crisp white head with a hazy sedimentary base. Smells of yeast, citrus, and banana, which flows into the taste. Nice and wet on the palate. Finishes a touch crisper than most, but overall, nice delicate balance and stronger than average carbonation.

Soft, but not as soft as some of the better beers of its style. Not particularly complex (a bit grainy wheat and wood flavors) and the separate elements of the beer do not flow together as well as the score suggests.

TLove, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Guess what it's actually white! Very
attractive white cloudiness with little
carbonation thus weak head and lace.

S: The orange peel is there with other citrus
a little yeast, but the coriander and spice
is lost.

T: The orange is much more present than other
whites who have suggested an orange ingred-
ient. The spice and coriander is lacking
in favor of the stronger orange notes I

M/D: This is a good summer brew that is diff-
erent from the usual white but not com-
pletely successful in its attempts at
uniqueness. The mouthfeel is a little
thin and a tad flat though I'm not sure
that due to the style these "weaknesses"
were all that weak.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow/white color, this is what Wits should look like. Beer had a very small head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Had the head been a little more stronger i would have given a higher score in appearance.

That wonderful spicy Wit aroma is assertive on the nose and gives a nice preview of what's in store for the tongue. Those coriander flavors seem to be backed up by a touch of clove, and the expected orange is not really noticeable.

The body is a little fuller than typical for the style and has a dry finish. This style is very drinkable in general and this example has great drinkability even compared to other Wits. Overall, a very good example of the style, worth seeking out.

beertunes, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at fritz frys at the bremerton ferry terminal.

pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head, some sediment, and some lacing.

smell is faint, yeast, and some banana.

taste is smooth, wheat, banana, and a little bit of citrus, end is on the dry side.

overall okay for a wit.

froghop, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy frosted blonde with a nice looking meringue like head that melts slow and leaves foamy blobs of lace on the glass. Lemon zest, potpourri, coriander and other spices combine with wheat malt in the nose. Nice wit flavors, curacao orange peel and coriander of course but also a good deal of maltiness that makes it tastier that most. Medium bodied and effervescent. Nice wit.

Note. I had to swirl the bottle on it's side for a good minute or two to get all the yeast sediment off of the bottle and into the glass, it was well worth the trouble.

biggred1, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of epicness
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow with a 2 finger head that fades quickly. Very nice lacing with this brew.

S - Pretty standard Wit. Can smell the Citrus, Banana, Wheat, and Spice right off the bat.

T - Orange dominates the taste. Pretty spicey taste, almost caught me by surprise. Pretty solid balance of wheat and spice to create a good taste. I can't really taste the banana I smelled. Maybe it was my imagination. Almost has a bit of a bready taste to it.

M - It's a normal light bodied Wit. Tons of bubbles in this bad boy though. Pretty high carbonation which I'm not used to when it comes to Witbiers. Not saying it's a bad thing though!

D - Goes down the hatch very easy. Could easily get caught up drinking a few of these.

epicness, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of BrewsBrother
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's 105 degrees today in Tulsa! Avery White Rascal is refreshing when it is 105. Well, its always refreshing.

The White Rascal pours a light straw color with a nice thin head that is maintained by the little bubbles through the duration.

As soon as you dip your nose into the glass you know you have hit the perfect Belgian Wit. Bready, Yeast, and Spice. It is enough to keep you satisfied alone.

The taste is only complimented by the smell. The bread and yeast coat your tongue and the orange peel and coriander do a Rascaly little dance on your the way down. A perfect balance.

Only when you swirl it around your mouth do you notice that it is over 5% abv. And those tiny bubbles that sustain the head are there as well to flow right over your palette and promote those spices. It is wonderful soft feeling.

And like I said, its hot outside and I feel like my 6-pack might be fearful for its future in the fridge. Extremely drinkable.

Take off you knobs,
Brews Brother

BrewsBrother, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Very pale yellow-tinged white body with a thin one-finger head that quickly fades into a wispy lace.

S - The requisite orange peel and coriander, with a round bouquet of other spices. The spice character is pleasant, but it is difficult to pick up on the more subtle notes present here, like flowers and honey. I have to really strain to get past the spice

T - Sweet orange and wheaty yeast dominate the flavor profile. The candied yeastflavors that sometimes accompany brews of this style are here, but they taste stale and dull to me.

M - Prickly carbonation extend this brew's finish, and it despite the light-bodied feel, there manages to be a juicy citrus character that helps the brew along. A bit sticky.

D - This brew falls a little flat for me. The taste isn't spicy enough (especially compared to the nose) and the sweet flavors feel unbalanced and rough. Not a bad American interpretation of a Belgian classic, but then, again, not a great interpretation, either.

vrazionale, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy pale yellow almost white with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is a little funny i pick up some kind of rubber scent - also some spices and citrus

taste is good lots of spice a little banana bready

mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing

drinkability is also good - not a beer/style with tons of things going on

after drinking both this and hoegaarden - averys white rascal is far superior

jsh420, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent light straw color that is slightly cloudy. The head is pretty billowy and retains very well. Lacing along the glass is thick and spotty. Nice so far.

S: Spices are very aggressive. Coriander, nutmeg, phenol, and orange peel, along with a yeasty/bready aroma.

T: Pretty much spot on with the nose, very similar. A little boring for me though, I guess it might be the witbier style in general

MF/D: Slightly over-carbonated, light in body, again, a little boring

scottyshades, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy..yellow with a good head, good retention as well

Aroma is coriander and wheat

Taste is a well spiced wit..good notes on the wheat, citrus and banana

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation

Drinkability: It is a wit..and it delivers on the refreshing aspect, as well as having a taste good for a summer day. A good wit..try it out

kshankar, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of deapokid
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Avery offering pours a hazy yellow with a very thin white head (little to no retention) and light body. The sizzly bubbles caused by the high level of carbonation make the beer look like it's alive.

Scent is heavy on banana esthers with a thick, wheaty back end. This is one of my favorite summer time smells and this is very inviting on such a humid day.

Taste is a bit thinner than expected, but it still packs hints of wheat body with notes of coriander and orange peel. It's noticeably lacking that malty, cereal-esque characteristic most wits are recognized for.

Although it has definitely taken a different route than expected, it does have an appealing flavor and is highly drinkable. It might get flack for being a lighter and more user-friendly version of the witbier, but that doesn't stop it from being a tasty little wheat ale and something capable of heavy warm weather consumption.

deapokid, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a kick-ass Unibroue flulted tulip glass. Sweet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and light golden/lemony yellow straw color with a big 2 and 1/2 finger head that slowly fades to an uneven and full skim; leaves a pretty thick and dry looking lacing clinging to the sides; very strong carbonation -- big bubbles in some spots, little bubbles in others... Should be a lively drink.

Smell: Wheat, first and foremost is the wheat. Definitely a pretty powerful yeasty presence follows it and carries with it some of the spices I would expect -- some coriander and clove, hints of banana in the scent as well.

Taste: Comes across a little more tart than I would have expected - almost a bit of a sharp bitterness that is grassy and grainy in flavor from the wheat; the yeast is much more mellow in the mouth, as are the spices which are more present in the swallow and aftertaste than anything else, and that doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: As expected, it's very lively due to the carbonation; body is fairly light and a little watery as well, but it still manages to leave a slight coating on the tongue and roof of the mouth. All in all, it's a very clean finish as I hardly retain any flavors in the mouth once it's gone.

Drinkability: It's not too bad... The flavor isn't something that catches my attention as I've definitely had more flavorful offerings, but it's still refreshing enough at the end of a long hot day that I certainly don't mind drinking it.

bamadog, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears much like most beers in this style; a bright golden color with a high degree of cloudiness.

Pretty sweet taste with abundant fruity esters here mixed with a medium degree of spices (cloves). The sweetness only seems to linger after the swallow.

For style it is a pretty sweet beer as opposed to others which enchance the citrus more. For this, I find it very drinkable and refreshing.

NODAK, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

going to the beer store and picking an avery is like going to the ferrari dealership, it doesn't matter which one you get, its going to be awesome. has a very very light color to it, even for a wit, and has a big white head, the head is one of those big foamy ones that does not go away quickly, sticks around for a while. smell is nice and yeasty, with notes of corriander and citrus fruits. taste is very good, this is one of the few wheat ales that has a bit of a malt kick to it, its mostly noticable on the after taste. very solid beer, and it hits the spot on a hot day like today.

1fastz28, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and light lace is left behind.
S: A light fruity aroma of banana and citrus. There is a grainy aroma. Some coriander spice lingers on.
T: Fruity banana and orange. coriander spice as well. A cereal grain flavor. Not much is here.
M/D: A medium body, but very thin and watery. An easy and smooth beer to drink. Something I can session with no problem.

Not a bad summer beer. Nothing special, but very pleasant. Something to bring to a party or BBQ.

champ103, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of praufs01
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy bright yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Very peppery with a classic Belgian White ale aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth on the palate with light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light Golden Delicious Apple flavor with some white pepper, clove, and a touch of baby aspirin in the background.

Overall - Very classic Belgian Wit flavors with this ale. The flavors are pronounced but not overwhelming

praufs01, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An easy-drinking witbier. Pours a very light yellow, slightly green, with a head that quickly dissipates to a ring of carbonation. Some nice lacing, but nothing too outstanding. Smells almost buttery, but very subtle. There's not much aroma to this beer. The taste is soft and slightly bubblegummy. It's a delicate style, I understand that, but nothing really stands out about this brew. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's no Celis White or Blanche de Chambly.

Andrewtherooster, May 27, 2009
Photo of chaswisler
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow. Good pour from bottle to pint glass. Thin head that disappears quickly.

A - a little better than average. Nice even yellow.

S - Lemon, then wheat.

T - Nice blends of lemon, banana, and wheat. Light at first.

D - I could definately polish off a couple in one sitting.

chaswisler, May 20, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow. No fluff in the head. Thing white foamy skim. Moderate lacing.

S: Wheat. Lemon. Coriander. soft...

T: Wheat and lemon with hints of banana and yeast which I didn't get in the nose. Rather bland and uninspired.

M: A bit heavy for the style but has a crisp finish. Not as refreshing because of the heavier body.

D: A pedestrian effort which I am unlikely to retread.

callmemickey, May 16, 2009
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,961 ratings.