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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 209 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003

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

Served @ the House Pub.

Pours a very hazy lemon-water color with a finger of white head. Sticky bubbles of lacing throughout. The nose is full of spices. Cardamon and clove the most. The taste is an amplified veraion of the nose. The spices create a smooth banana flavor that has the clove and cream taste afterwards. Great lingering aftertaste that leaves nothing behind. Smooth, medium-bodied feel that coats the palate. Overall, this is one of the better canned beers ive had. I'm impressed, very drinkable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel rather rascal-ish right about now, having righted The CANQuest (TM) ship after an extended foray into Bottle Land. I scored a buncha CANs at Pinocchio's in Media following the annual fest at Iron Hill, then I received some more from Onenote81, so it behooves me to get Crackin' & Gluggin'!

From the CAN: "Deviously Delicious"; "Belgian-Style White Ale"; "Ale Brewed With Spices"; "A truly authentic Belgian-style white ale, this rascal is unfiltered (yep, that's yeast on the bottom!) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel and Belgian yeast."

First CANundrum - how to agitate the yeast into suspension. I went with a combination of rolling the CAN back and forth on the counter, followed by a hand-held back and forth inversion ala a paint mixer. The Crack did not release a gusher, but I was ready if it had. I repeatedly interrupted the Glug to CANtinue to agitate the yeast into suspension. I was met with a finger of very rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention as a result. Color was a cloudy, hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and even some floaties for good measure. Nose was redolent with spices, the coriander just reaching up to tweak my nose, followed by the zest of the orange peel, then the mustiness of the yeast. I recently polished off some Blue Moon in a CAN that had been hanging around, but this beer puts that one to shame! Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but the riotous taste of the spice, the citrus and the yeast was memorable. I am still not a big fan of the style, but I know a good one when I taste it. Finish was dry and refreshing. I'd put some in the cooler as long as people agree not to put fruit in it!

Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of vivid white head. Subtle but very nice aroma of honey, apple, and Belgian spice.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Wheat and orange peel up front with some gentle clove and a touch of lemon on the finish.

Very smooth, refreshing, and easy-drinking without being too one-dimensional.

Photo of xylophonica
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy, pale lemon coloured. Not much head but a nice patina forms on top. Plenty of carbo bubbles.

S - Quite herbal with some malt and a big sensation of Belgian yeast. Some orange/lemon aromas coming through as well.

T - Sweeter and softer on the palate at first then I expected. Can taste the curacao orange and a big hit of dull malt in the background. The body is slightly thinner than I'm used to with this style. Some lemon myrtle coming through later with just the slightest hint of pepper in the aftertaste.

M - Very sweet and smooth. There's a sensation of maltiness but it doesn't coat the mouth like some other beers.

O - Fairly laid back, fruity type of refreshing summer cooler. It is a little thin on the palate and could've been a bit more spicy but otherwise is a nice drop with enough substance to maintain your interest.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed tumbler (very different & unique glass). The only numbers on the bottle are as follows:
It pours w/ a nice cloudy/lemon yellowish hazy w/ plenty of carbonation. White head quickly dissapating w/ not so great lacing. The nose is typical. Yeasty, lemon, bready, orange peel & peppercorns. The aromatics are ok so far. Nothing overwhelming or too exciting.

The taste has some slight orange to it mixed in with a backdrop of peppercorn. An interesting mixture of flavor. Picking up the malty-sweetness is fairly easy & the yeast is probably the 2nd most prominent flavor in this beer. A pretty typical Wit. As it warms up the peppercorn/yeast combination really starts to shine.

The body is light & overall it's a pretty refreshing beer for a hot day. True to the style & has a welcomed place at any backyard BBQ. Not the most impressive of the style but a pretty good representation at that. I would like to have tasted some more play b/w the different flavors but I'd pick this up again. Drinkability is high due to the ABV & light body. Prosit!

Photo of MacQ32
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy soft yellow with a hint of orange with about two fingers of white fluffy head that quickly dissipates, little lacing

S - Smells super wheaty with a bit of lemon/orange and grassy notes.

T - Again very wheaty with some citrus undertones, citrus dominates grassy notes that were present in the nose. A little malty sweetness in the end

M - Light bodied, lighty carbonated really drinkable

O - not really enough taste or body to feel like I'm drinking beer, more like lemon water

Photo of Buggies
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color, minimal head for my pour. The nose is mostly citrus. Tastes OK. Mostly citrus with peppery twang to it. Also has a hint of spice, but it is mostly subdued by the orange. Slight spicy/citrus finish, but for the most part it is dry. Nice carbonated making it crisp.

Not a bad beer by any means. But it just didn't have anything that would wow me. Just another witbier is all.

Photo of mocktm
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz can into a Duvel Tulip. Logo is pretty kick-ass.

Real aggressive pour yields two fingers of thick white head that lingers around for a bit. Decent amount of lace is left behind as the froth slowly dissipates from atop a deep golden orange brew. I can tell just from looking at it, this is going to be super citrusy.

Nose has some serious orange peel with just a faint hint of grassy hops and moderate coriander spice. Pretty standard for the style, but could use a bit more balance.

Tastes just as advertised. A lot of orange and lemon citrus up front with complementary spice. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the end, leaving a nice dry sweetness on the palate. Alcohol is also a bit more noticeable within this wit as compared to others. However that should be a given since it clocks in at 5.6%, compared to the average 4.5-ish%.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, I could pound these all day.

Overall, this isn't the best example of the style out there, but at around $10 for a six pack, you can't really go wrong. Not a groundbreaking beer, but an outstanding value.

Photo of SisuPride
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beers that most closely resembles the White Rascal is Hoegarden. This beer poured light colored with almost zero head. It was a little more zippy/had more zest than other beers. It was like it was almost due to the carbonation but I think it was the taste - so that was interesting. Mouthfeel was poor.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles and a little yeast sediment. Decent sized white head fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and spicy aroma of citrus, banana, coriander, orange, and wheat. Lots of zest.

Taste: The taste is also sweet and spicy with lots of wheat, banana, orange peel, and the spices. Also has a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Very forward on the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Witbier from Avery.

Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours banana colored, with light fizzy head. The smells is the expected yeast and citrus. I really like how crisp and tart this brew is. It reminds me of Hoegaarden but much better. It has a medium to light body that is zesty and refreshing. This is a great beer for the style because it lacks the over-soapiness that Belgium beers often have.

Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a shaker glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back some fizzy looking lace. Pretty typical look here for the style. Grass and spice have some assertiveness in the nose, with an underlying sticky yet supportive mix of grains and sweet fruit.

There is a LOT of sweetness to the taste, from that mix of grains and ripe fruit, with a moderate amount of grassy bitterness evening things out. A firm spiciness trails into the finish, leaving behind a good bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and initially prickly on the tongue before getting a bit thicker feeling on the sides. This thickness controls the feel a bit too much at times.

This was a decent enough Witbier I suppose but it never did find the right balance of sweetness and spice for me and just had an overall thickness to the feel that cut back on the drinkability of this.

Photo of SFrankBrew
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had three of these from the can at Pizza Peel. Great summer brew. Light, airy and thirst quenching. Poured can into pint glass. Nice color and had the smell of corriander and a bit of orange peel. Really good on both accounts. The taste was really good given that it was a 5.6% Wit. Most wits are around 4.8-5%. Nice balance and good mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is a great summer gulper. High, high drinkability. Highly recommend.

Photo of Andreji
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, and still, thanks to aschwab, I've still got a few more thanks to give that dude and well deserved they are too.

I liked this change of pace beer. I'd been going on with tougher american examples which are all fantastic but it's refreshing to see america can pull off other, milder things- and got another decent impression from Avery.

Pour is somewhere between a wit and a weizen. The body is much tanner than I'd anticipated even up against a light- burnt yellow tanned, very much opaque and active; however the head is shiny, impeccably white much like those beautiful witbier types. holds for a while and is thick and cushion-y.

Smell is very good, if not the best part. extremely citrusy. you can feel the lime zesty feel from a distance- a well blended hop-to-wheat combo that overwhelms the nose. I'm becoming all seasonal, but this thing smells like summer, of sorts. it doesn't give off any sweetness whatsoever. It's pure fruit.

The taste and mouthfeel didn't kill me, though. they're good, but not exceptional. first off a very short lived wheat taste to it when you're already tasting the hops. and soft felt too, not the type of hop seemingly blending into the beer too much. It has an almost cough-syrupy sweetness to it at the end that I can't quite describe but it rescues it somewhat from being all too bland. The alcohol is as expected- nonexistent- and it's not too thick and rather carbonated making it sort of soda-ish.

Overall it's not a bad beer but I can ascertain there's better wits out there. However it does have a couple of interesting things to it somewhere.

Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hazy, cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Smells of orange and coriander. Little bit of black pepper, too.

The taste is light and crisp. Bitter and a bit sour at first, some citrusy sweetness, then a spicy kick at the end.

I think it's a pretty good example of the style, and would be good in the right setting. Plus, at only 5.6% ABV, it's not going to blow you away.

Bonus points for the sweet label!

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Cloudy, pale, yellow/gold in color, with a moderate white head of foam.
Aroma-Coriander, clove
Taste-Spices, clove coriander, orange zest. Very refreshing and flavorfull. Easily "poundable" on a hot summer's day. Good value and portability in can package.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy yellow color with a really small head. Nothing really special to look at, but you can't always judge a book by its cover.

Now the aroma is more like it! Spicy and sweet with a large helping of coriander.

The taste is more of the same, spicy, lots of coriander and hints of citrus. It's pretty thin though, not much body to it. The spices blend well together and it's a very easy drinking witbier.

Decent beer, not the best ever but satisfying and refreshing.

Photo of gab2409
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This has a nice and hazy amber look to it.

S: There is a faint citrus smell, but nothing to write home about.

T: This is a really refreshing beer for me. It's crisp and finishes quite nicely. While there isn't a whole lot of distinctive flavor, it's one of those beers that would really be good in numbers at a BBQ.

M: The rascal is highly carbonated, but I think it works here.

O: This isn't a groundbreaking beer, but it is refreshing and one that I wouldn't mind keeping on hand in the future.

Photo of trappistlover
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy yellow with minimal white head. Hardly any carbonation bubbles. Coriander and orange dominate the aroma along with some wheat and some peppercorn. Taste is sweet malt with citrus and spice from the coriander. Medium bodied with with an oily texture. Finish is a bit spicy and somewhat bitter. A very nice witbier.

Photo of tito42
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a weizen glass. Julian date code partially wiped out on bottle.

A: Cloudy straw in color with little carbonation. Nice sediment and a frothy white head that sticks around throughout and leaves little lacing.

S: Very inviting aroma with coriander taking charge. Orange peel and wheat are also in force with a tad bit of yeastiness. Not as yeasty in the nose as other witbiers.

T: Coriander, white pepper, and a touch of orange throughout with a clean finish. These flavors outweigh any wheat or yeast flavors.

M: Light bodied with a very prickly sensation at the finish from the carbonation and pepper. Dries the mouth too much.

O: I enjoy the flavor profile and nose of this beer, but the carbonation and spice goes a bit too far in drying out the tongue for my taste.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk, the letdown in the finish was that it was just a tad thin and flat and that really seemed to just let it fade away all too quickly.

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a pretty cloudy yellow with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is some earthy banana and other fruits that bring the aroma to a spice side that has some slightly sweet aroma that reminds me of Italian Ice.

The taste is tart with some nice yeasty flavor. There is some bubblegum flavor coming out in the middle and it quite nice but before you know it there is a wash of grainy flavor that takes it away.

The feel of this beer is light to medium and it a really nice drinker. It goes down easy and is a good summer beer as the temps start to rise.

Photo of lazjuarez
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy straw color with one finger of white head which dissipates very quickly, leaving almost no trace of lacing behind.

S: Nose is full of citrus, lemon, and grassy notes. Also, yeast is evident, very earthy.

T: Taste is of mild citrus, and earthy yeast. Not much going on, but stylisticly it's where it needs to be.

M: Light-bodied, small carbonation, not too much depth/complexity. Still refreshing, great summer hot day drink.

Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a hazy, lighter, golden yellow color with a thin white lacing clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a lot of the orange peel and coriander citrus to it in the aroma. The spices of the Belgian yeast are also there and give some clove and nutmeg notes to it. Some sweeter, wheat malt is present in it as well. Decent aroma for the style, the citrus is a little dominating but it was appealing and refreshing.

The taste has a lot of the flavors that came through in the aroma. I get a lot of the orange and coriander throughout the flavor. I get some of the sweeter, wheat malt up front, while the belgian yeast spice seems to come out more in the finish. The flavors were pretty good up front, but seemed to get a little bit of a watered down feeling towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a decent and refreshing beer, but not an outstanding beer of the style.

Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another little can love it anyway the brew pours an impressive cloudy golden yellow hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is very spicey basically corriander and orange peel with a hint of salami and herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that has tastes of salami,belgian yeasty bread,corriander,orange peel,a touch of oregano and finished with a herbal hoppy,citrus zest dry finish and overall its quite a drinkable witbier thats made for more than one off even if your not the biggest fan of witbiers as it is quite subdued and i must say this brewery has eased my mind about quality being limited to bottles as their cans still contain quality flavours cheers.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.