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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 29
Gots: 171 | 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 BeardedRiker
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not the biggest fan of Avery beers and I did not enjoy this beer as soon as I began drinking yet the deeper I got into the beer the more I wanted...more!

The head was a single finger in height and white with the color looking exactly as if someone had poured me a cloudy lemonade. It looked very appetizing indeed.

The smell and taste were identical with a pronounced citrus character leading in front of the yeast.

It was not a great beer but it was very good.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded apricot golden orange hue with haziness galore, I'd call this unfiltered. Fine intricate lacing left as the bright white head dwindles. Aroma has orange peel citrus fruit, clove, with hints of coriander and even a touch of tropical fruit this is very nice witbier. Flavor spiced with citrus peel, coriander, hints of clove, with a refreshing yeast spiciness, more tropical fruits hints of chammomile. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy effervescent carbonation carries the beer pretty well. Drinkability was effortless the right type of beer to drain for sure, enjoyable and approachable to all. I'm surprised I've nevere reviewed this beer, it's one that I've tasted multiple times over the years.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky yellow/orange with nice white head and great lacing.

In the smell you get some nice spices and some lemony citrus.

The taste consists of a spiciness from the yeast along with a little kick from the hops. I get a lot of lemon and orange on the back and a ever so slight dry finish.

This is a very light styled beer and great for hot summer days.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger white head. Pale, cloudy strraw body. Sweet banana and orange smell. Bitter with noticable alcohol. Like biting into a lime-orange hybrid. Reminiscent of wine. Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of a bite. I'd drink again, but any place you're likely to find this stuff might have a better witbier so it's easy to pass this one up.

Photo of midwestbrewers
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours with an orangeish color and a soapy looking puffy head. Decent lacing.

S: Malty and spicy. Some hops added to the mix. The spice (coriander, cinnamon etc.) not too overpowering but a bit much for me.

T: Awful. the coriander and other spices come out full force. Some citrus from the hops and the mix of breadyness from the malts makes for a very unpleasant drink. Moderate carbonation.

This was the first beer that I have almost poured out. It was not bad like a BMC, those having no flavor whatsoever, but a bad flavor profile. I was very disappointing with the taste. Too much of a spice flavor for me. Nice beer Avery Brewing Co.

Photo of plfahey
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale gold, hazy. Moderate white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Primary notes in the aroma are coriander spice and yeasty, bread dough. Light perfumy orange, with a hint of grainy wheat and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Some coriander which and almost like a cheap, orange flavoring kind of flavor take the forefront. Some slight vegetal notes derived from the coriander. Grainy wheat flavor makes a brief showing before leading to a finish which is dried by a bit of alcohol. Seems a little bland.

Mouthfeel-Medium light in body and medium low in carbonation (WAY undercarbonated).

Lacks a lot of the character that make a good witbier-the orange in the flavor combined with an alcohol undertone (which shouldn't be there) comes off almost like flavored vodka. I love Avery, but this one just isn't up to snuff.

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always on the look out for something really good that I can get in a can. This one is among the best, really. A full flavored witbier in a can is a great thing for a cooler. Of course, I'm not doing a cooler today, and it has been a weekend of much beer, yet this still stands up.

It has nothing offensive coming from the vessel - the can works. And the wheat and yeast taste are where they should be. Perhaps on the light side, but that's just fine for the style.

The lacing is made up of very pretty and uniform bubbles of medium size. Avery makes good things and this is the first can I have tried from them. I would buy again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Like most Witbier's it pours a hazy yellow with a half inch of head. It slowly turns to a slightly bubbled lace ring.

S - Orange and clove highlight with mild yeast tones and some bread. Nice.

T - Starts off with a bit of lemon zest, touch of clove, hint of orange and finishes rather bitter with a touch of malts and yeast. Light and drinkable.

M - Defiantly light and found it uber drinkable.

D - Like most beers like this drinkability is good but the cheapest found is 10.99 a sixer and thats a pretty good price. Would consider if getting something light.

Photo of phantomwyse
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a muted lemon drop color, highly turgid. Thin pure white head graces the beer.

S: Oranges and cream, honey, lemon, heather.

T: Acidic oranges, vanilla, lemon twist, and spring water.

M: Much more light bodied and watery than anticipated.

D: The aroma was so promising, but overall this beer is shooting for typical and falls just shy of that.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this Wit into a nonic pint glass. A very pale, clear yellow straw body with an inch of white head that settles after a few minutes to a thin white cap.

Fairly standard aromas - clove, yeast, coriander, wheat, and lemon are the most noticeable. More of the citrus and wheat on the tongue than the nose. Light bodied, nice amount of carbonation, and refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these in a hot summer day.

Photo of skenyon1811
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This is very carbonated, the head began to spill over. I could not pour the entire 12oz into a pint glass at once. The head receded quickly but left a nice thin layer. it is a cloudy orangish yellow color. I like the color of this beer because it is different from the norm.

S: Very sweet fruity scent. The aroma reminds me of cheap sparkling wine. It is definitely a unique aroma, I don't feel either way on it.

T: Very acidic and citrusy right in the beginning. Followed by a spicey taste. Hint of banana at the end. At first I thought it was pretty bitter but actually it is just the heavy carbonation. Bitterness is fairly low.

M: Even for a light refreshing wheat ale, this is tooo carbonated.

D: I would not turn one of these down, but at the same time I don't think I'll be buying another six pack.

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale yellow in color with a thin white head. Impressive lacing that sticks. Smells of yeast phenols. Taste is light sugary bread up front, with a nice yeast profile in the middle, and an earthy finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, low carbonation. Very good drinkability, light and refreshing.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pale straw, with a very slight haze. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, effervescence fueled islands of bubbles.

S- Coriander/spices, hints of zesty citrus, against a lightly fruity Belgian yeast backdrop.

T- Sweet and fruity (apple? and citrus) hits first, followed by spices and a hint of banana on the finish. Bitterness very low.

M- Crisp, with moderately high carbonation and a medium feel.

D- Good. Pleasant enough, and easy to drink. Would be easy to mindlessly suck down many of these were one so inclined.

Future outlook: Nothing to get my pulse racing, but plenty enjoyable. Not one to seek out, but not one to sneer at if I happen to find in my glass again.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Super clear pale straw color to the beer. Light carbonation, and a nearly non-existent thin head. Moderate lacing for a witbier. It is just about everything I would expect.

Smell: Wheaty, more than a touch of yeast; however, it is counterbalanced by a spicy/sweet citrus tone. The scent is very "round," is the only way I can put it. Really enticing.

Taste: Upon first sip, there is lots of citrus flavor with some hop help. As the beer fizzes out on my tongue, I am suddenly bombarded with a great deal of spice flavor: nutmeg? cinnamon? Aftertaste is all herbal/spice.

Mouthfeel: It's very chewy; a surprise considering the color characteristics. The carbonation creates a light feeling through the chewiness, and the beer rinses smoothly. Quite possibly one of the better beers I've had this year. (nyuk nyuk nyuk)

Drinkability: This is a beer even my fiancee would enjoy. The lightness combined with a flavor-craver approach make for an awesome brew. And at just a hair over 5% ABV, you can have more than one! (This is not the case with a lot of Avery's brews ;-) )


Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a thin wisp of white head that swirled around and was supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The perfumed floral yeast aroma blends with tart oranges and a softer coriander support. As the beer warms there is a very soft banana hint to the yeast that adds a nice depth.
T- The perfumed yeast flavor has lots of nice ester flavors and some tart dried citrus notes. There is a good pale malt flavor that is slightly sweet and a dry finish of a green hop note with some lemon qualities.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- The yeast, citrus and spice qualities are all supported by a nice pale malt base. There is lots of character and it is very drinkable with the bottle being way to small.

Photo of SassyBootblack
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub, served in a New Belgium tulip glass for some reason. I'm reminded why this beer got me back into wit beers after one too many Blue Moons.

Appearance: A hazy deep gold color. It almost glows. White head.

Smell: Big fruity Belgian phenols. A little spice.

Taste: Creamy banana, more strong Belgian fruitiness. Maybe they used an abbey yeast. Whatever they did, it tastes fantastic. Some orange and spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Tastes so good, I could drink it all day.

Photo of bens0n
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow, almost looks green to me, with a ton of really foamy white head that lingers for a while. You can see tons of yeast floating and swirling around in the glass.

Smells like hops and yeast, nothing special or surprising here.

Flavor wise, all I can pick up on is the yeast/wheat, not very hoppy at all.

For a light bodied beer this is pretty good, very drinkable, theres just just not that much to it.

Photo of jwinship83
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank out of my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy golden colored body with a tall bright white head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose is malted wheat. after that i get some fruity (orange) esters and something sweet like honey. theres a decent spiciness i can pick up. coriander and clove mostly.

T- malted wheat as in the nose followed by some sweet honey and a pretty strong orange taste. the spice level in the taste is stronger than in the nose. lots of clove and coriander. a little bit of bubblegum.

M- the body is about average size for the style and highly carbonated.

D- one of the spicier wits ive tried. a little over spiced for my liking. the six pack i bought was well received by my non beer loving family.

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick white head into a pilsener glass that left sticky lace and good sheeting throughout. the body was a bright straw gold color.
s - yeast, flowers, apples.
t - sweet and malty with a hint of floral hops. some apple and pear flavors as well.
m - creamy and medium thickness.
d - highly drinkable and a good wit.

Photo of diamondc
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, lazy yellow. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Coriander, oats, orange zest.

T: Tangy, orange, slight vanilla & lemon. Tart & mildly acidic.

M/D: A decent witbier. Hits all the style notes perfectly, but nothing really stands out. Not the best out there, but worth the $9.99 a six pack.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with lots of head. Almost whit in appearance. Smells of faint hops and wheat wheat wheat. Tastes light and wheat heavy with a bit of hops. Very drinkable But really nothing special. A bit thin for my liking but overall decent considering ite from Avery

Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Rascal Belgian-Style Wheat Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--10 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Wit--Thin mild lacy head. Clear thin watery straw yellow color hazes lemon white with thick tight sediment. Rich coriander wheat orange peel front. Mild creamy semi-sweet rich Belgian ester wheat spice crisp body. Tangy coriander orange citrus end. Very Belgian Wit. Sampled 7/6/2008. 6-Pack $9.99. 3 Left.

Avery Brewing Company--White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale--Ale Brewed With Spices--Deviously Delicious--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 10 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Wit--Light tight dark sediment. Foamy lacy big pretty lasting white head. Cloudy bright lemon white color. Rich coriander citrus zest mild hop Belgian fruit ester front. Mild sweet crisp zesty tasty banana wheat crisp clean rich body. Fresh clean mild citrus end. Sampled 12/7/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 @ Whole Foods--Interbay, Seattle on 7/30/2010.

Avery Brewing Company--White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale--Ale Brewed With Spices--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 10 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Wit. Dense lasting lacy 1/2 " bright white head. Cloudy vibrant lemon yellow color. Light tight sediment. Aromatic coriander lemon orange peel mild banana citrus front. Juicy refreshing rich well balanced spicy Wit mild citrus fruit crisp body. Clean mild citrus refreshing end. Nicely done. Rich spice flavor. Sampled 2/20/2011. Purchased for $6.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle 2/20/2011.

Photo of Trueant1
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow. 50% cloudy. White fluffy head.
Smells of peppers up front with corriander,lemons, and yeast.
Tasts of sweet lemons, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking.
Drinks good. This style if usually highly carbonated, this one is not carbonated enough.
A good offering from Avery.

Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

52nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Very thin and watery pale yellow with a one finger head.

Smell- Banana, clove, yeast and some mild hops. I thought it was in range for the smell of a wit.

Taste- Citrus with orange being the dominant flavor profile. Little bit of spice. Medium yeast profile as well.

Mouth- Light and a bit watered down. Bit creamier than I would have thought.

Drink- Not too bad for a run of the mill Wit.

Photo of ToddT
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale yellow with light cloudiness and topped with a one finger off white head. Head falls slowly to a ring and leaves lots of wispy lacing on the glass.

S- Spices, orange, coriander, banana, and clove. What you would expect from a whit beer.

T- Clove and orange dominate the flavor profile; the other flavors are pushed to the back with out much room to shine. The coriander makes a quick appearance at the end before being pushed aside again by the clove notes. Finish is quick and refreshing, not the best balanced whit I've ever had, but not the worst either.

M- Medium in body and decently carbonated, crisp in the mouth.

D- Pretty easy drinker and at 5.5% ABV it could be a session beer, a little too out of balance for it to be one of mine but a solid effort.

Decent take on the style, just not the best take on it.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.