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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 16
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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 BucBasil

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very light, pale golden color that is pretty cloudy. Pure white head is about two fingers thick and lasts less than a minute.

Smell: Citrusy at first - especially lemon with a cereal-like malt profile rounding it out.

Taste: Again very citrusy with a nice semispicy finish.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and kind of prickly.

Drinkability: I had about 2 of these in once sitting. Very nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 05:47:36 | More by BucBasil
Photo of chefscott79


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this on tap at good old beachwood bbq...

light color very carbonated

smells like wonderful wheaty estery goodness

tastes very light and refreshing and a fair amount of wheat flavor and soo tasty

drinkability...I could drink this all day on a hot summer day...or in my case a late October hot and smoky day

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2007 20:58:39 | More by chefscott79
Photo of genog


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Head was gone by the time it arrived at the table. Smell is nice, but very subtle. Some spices, and a little citrus peel smells, and some yeast. Flavor is very smooth a sweet with little else. Mouthfeeling is very crisp and clean

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 22:43:18 | More by genog
Photo of woemad


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

Pint consumed at Hill's in Spokane for $4.

This was served to me cloudy, with a decent-sized fizzy white head that left lots of lace. Looked a bit like a glass of cloudy lemonade.

The smell was refreshing, with cloves, lemons, and earthy grain all making their presence noted. None of it is hit-over-the-head-with-a-shovel bold, but it still smells pretty good.

Like the nose, the taste of this beer is of a pleasant, unassertive witbier, though the spices come slightly more to the fore. It finishes in a pleasingly dry manner.

This was light bodied, and had a crisp mouthfeel. The carbonation was just right for the style.

A pretty good domestic stab at the witbier style, and much better than Lost Coast's Great White, which is commonly encountered around here. When in the mood for it, I'd definitely drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 18:06:12 | More by woemad
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked the top on this and poured it into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a murky, hazy yellow. It has about a one inch head that went away quickly. The nose is of bread and citrus and the taste matches this. Had a nice crisp feeling in the mouth and is quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 03:18:39 | More by brewshakes
Photo of dogger6253


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of champagne colored coming out of the bottle, settling into a darker honey color with a 1/2 inch of white head that fades into a filmy ring. The major smells here were a yeasty, bread-like quality with bits of cloves and coriander.

The taste is definitely where this beer shines best, peppery with some strong yeast flavor coupled with the tang of orange zest and the slight bite of coriander. The body was fairly light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this was crisp and refreshing, very easy to sip and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 06:16:39 | More by dogger6253
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, very pale yellow color. Escaping bubbles were plainly visible. Frothy white head. Spot-on for style. Nose was fruit and spice; coriander was very apparent. Some wheat there, too. Light body. Bitter orange flavor dominated with coriander in the finish. Very sweet. Mouthfeel was about where it should have been, and the drinkability was good.

One of the better witbiers I’ve tried. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:38:24 | More by shererjt
Photo of shirfan

New York

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

Straw gold with some haze and a big bubbled, soapy head which quicky boiled away.

Some pepper, pear, corriander, estery yeast and wheat in the nose.

Smooth and lightly sweet, flavor isn't as aggressive as the nose. Soft wheat base, hints of lemon, orange, corriander. Very light pepper and pear in the background. Little to no bitterness.

A tasty and easy to drink brew, not especially assertive yet still flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 17:08:15 | More by shirfan
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light, opaque yellow-near-golden color. Head dissolves too fast. Nose is crazy strong citrus and wheat; smells how it should. Nice buttery taste, smooth as hell. Lots of wheat, however the citrus is much subtler than I expected based on the nose. Body is medium with good carbonation. This one was okay; a mediocre wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 20:37:35 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, very pale (not as pale as hoegaarden) yellow. Dishwater head that lays down, but doesn't go away. Mild carbonation. The aroma is very similar to Baltika's hefe. Lets see if the taste cries belgian yeast. The flavor is interesting. Not very smooth, but still pretty good. A little soapy, with cardboard wheat and grassy citrus. CO2 flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent, as the carbonation and spice tingles your tongue.

Pretty average witbier. Not something I'd call a staple in my beer diet.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 20:09:03 | More by Rudgers73
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Rhode Island

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

Very drinkable. Can definitely taste the coriander and floral undertones. Nice finish with just a little bite that lingers on the tastebuds. I was very pleasantly surprised as I wasn't exactly sure what it was I was sampling when I asked for a pour (I liked the look of the tap handle). Very solid wit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 20:44:28 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Ratman197


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with a nice lingering white head with minimal lacing. The carbonation was moderate and appropriate for the style.

The nose was herbal and citrus with the herbal notes standing out. The citrus is slightly subdued and there is some wheat in there as well.

The taste is smooth wheat with citrus notes and some mild spice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with light carbonation helping it go down nice and easy.

A very tasty easy drinking summer beer. I would recommend it for those dog days of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2007 01:27:46 | More by Ratman197
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pleasant. It poured into a pint glass with 1 finger of head that dissipated within 30 seconds. It was nice and cloudy with a nice hazy beige color. The aroma was slightly bitter with herbal notes. It left essentially no lacing on the glass.

Several of the wits that I've found recently lack yeast character to balance out the coriander. They also appear to filter them, leaving a thin, clear brew! I was happy to find that this beer had plenty of suspended yeast to act as a coriander foil, and was delightfully unfiltered, giving the beer a very nice. Unfortunately everything that was good about this combination was undone by two things. Number one, the beer was overly carbonated, which made the mouthfeel suffer a bit. The yeast and coriander together made for a nice dry finish with a slightly spicy aftertaste, but the carbonation made the beer feel a bit harsh going down. Second, the yeast and coriander were so overpowering that I couldn't really taste any of the citrusy notes, so all-in-all the flavor was a bit unbalanced.

I would like to see the flavors play off of each other in a more subtle and complex way, but it was still a fairly tasty and enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 23:03:58 | More by WonderfulSam
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little hesitant to pick this one up, but i was pleasantly surprised. usually micro-wits get too overdone, but this one stands out. Very nice pour- cloudy golden yellow, and aromas were strong- lemony spices, yeasty malts and buttery bananas. Flavors were spot on, though somewhat artificial tasting. Yeastiness was welcomed, very well done and the body was not too heavy. Nice earthy lemon finish, with some diacetyl sneaking into the aftertaste. Good brew, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 02:38:45 | More by kernalklink
Photo of BadRockBeer


4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. No freshness date. Interesting “white Rascal” character on the front.

Appearance: Very light straw in color, white haze and a fluffy white head. Faded into a nice tight lace.

Smell: Orange peel, bananas

Taste: Much of the same as the nose, big orange peel and banana ester profile. Sweet malts and balanced hops, although no hop flavor really. Coriander in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. This beer is a great everyday beer. Light enough to satisfy, flavorful enough to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:57:13 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of daaru


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

having just posted some negative comments about avery's redpoint ale, i feel i should add some accolades for what is one of my favourite beers from their stable: the white rascal has been my go to beer with indian food (i'm indian) and it especially holds up really well against very spicy food. in general, i've found this to be true of belgian style witbiers, of which this is a toned down version. it is also very good just on its own on a hot summer afternoon or evening, and is a great accompaniment to burgers as well.

an appealing straw colour, and a citrusy-soapy aroma and flavour. the mouthfeel is light and the beer is eminently drinkable.

i've been in boulder for 4 years now--absolute beer heaven. i sure hope i'll be able to find all my favourite area brews after our cross-country move next week. what will i miss about boulder? the beer, and the mountains. in that order.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 04:55:41 | More by daaru
Photo of albern


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer to be a very average and subdued witbier. The spiciness, color, smell, taste, and mouthfeel were all weaker and more vitiated than I would have hoped. That being said, this is not a bad beer, and it is quite drinkable. I was forced to buy a six pack of it because the supermarket did not sell singles, and I'm not disappointed in anyway in having to finish the remaining bottles. If you want a beer more representative of the style, there are quite a few of much higher quality that should be sought out.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:20:21 | More by albern
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy golden yellowy color with a 2" fluffy white head decends a bit quick to semi-chuncky coating with some spotty lacing. Very lively streams of stringing bubbles raging to the surface.

Good spicy nose mostly clove,doughy,yeasty with a slight scent of citrus peel.

Spicy first impression of taste mostly clove as in the nose. Doughy,yeast flavors,very grassy with a zesty citrus peel finish.

Light tangy mouthfeel, very lively. Goes goes very nice,brought a six pack and brought 3 to a party on Sat. nice 80 degree day wish i had brought the whole six pack. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 02:46:10 | More by jcdiflorio
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Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy pineapple yellow, thin white head, lace spots, nice retention, retains a solid head. Smell is honey sweet, banana, spicey wheat, yeast, bit of citrus, some bread. Taste is very peppery, wheat, banana, clove, yeasty bread, more spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad witbier, but I've had better, pretty average for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 03:20:03 | More by Viggo
Photo of MiScusi


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into weizen type glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bright white foamy, slightly thick head. The aroma has a distinct belgian yeast feel to it, with a small amount of orange. The taste is like a neutral wheat taste, with earthiness. Finishes with some spiciness. The mouthfeel is very smooth. It coats the tongue while still maintaining a very light mouthfeel.

Overall I think my tastes don't prefer the lingering spices in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 21:54:41 | More by MiScusi
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer but not the best witbier. Seems to be missing some of the spices found in many other wits. taste is average and you would be better off with a Hoegarden or Victory Whirlwind. Not a bad beer but falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 23:30:26 | More by ejimhof
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow. Little head. Clear

S - Got some spicy scent off this.

T - Very understated. Not a ton of flavor, what there is is light spice.

M - about where I would like a white to be. Slightly sharp, but mostly mellow.

D - I drank 4/5ths before I remembered to review it. That tells me it's not a wow beer, but it can't be too bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:40:34 | More by enfield249
Photo of Contra

New York

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

White Rascal seems like a slightly different Witbier than I'm used to. The flavor is more on the fruit side, less on the yeast aspect. The color resembles that orange color on the label, with a nice, frosty white head. The aroma is strong and quite sweet. Quite refreshing, but not quite as complex as I'd like.

Overall, White Rascal is a fairly good take on the style, although I think it could be improved. I miss that yeasty characteristic, which isn't completely absent, but toned down. Despite this, White Rascal would make a nice choice if you're buying beer for large audience.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:44:22 | More by Contra
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head that dissolves to a thin lace rather quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice light but effective blend of wheat, lemon and other citrus, and some hints of spice.

The flavour is quite similar to the aroma but a bit of a step up. Sweet lemon and citrus hit you at the front of each sip, and then the flavour moves into a bit of spiciness mixed with a touch of hops and the finish goes back to a bit of citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice brew overall. Appearance could use some beefing up but everything else is quite nice. This one is well balanced and a nice thirst quencher thats also full of flavour. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 03:15:06 | More by guinness33
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin head.

Smell: You're not going to believe this, but the first aroma I got was the seasoning from hot dogs. Then a little coriander.

Taste: Again, weirdness reigns. This reminds me of a not-so-sweet lime popsicle with yeasty and spicy notes.

Drinkability: I like wits, and this one, while a little strange, is pretty good.

This was a strange experience of a beer. I like witbiers so I picked up a single to try. I've never smelled a beer that smelled like a hot dog and tasted like a lime popsicle. However, I like hot dogs and will occasionally eat a lime popsicle, so I won't slam this beer for being a little strange. I might even try it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 00:56:51 | More by Mdog
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
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