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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 163 | 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 Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date code 10-216

Pours a pale yellow-gold, slightly cloudy and in-line with the style. Not much head, but a ring of lacing retains to the glass.

Scent is faint; a mild yeast note and not much else.

Tart yeast, sweet banana and pear, with a hint of clove make up the bulk of the flavor. Every element mellow, coming together in a nice balance.

Nice, crisp body and easy drinkability. Not an outstanding wit, but nicely balanced and goes down well.

Natural510, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of brdc
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy yellowish body, with an off white head that is significantly smaller than its original counterparts.
Aroma is the usual, pleasant combination of citric fruits, orange peel, coriander.
Light and refreshing, easy to drink, it shows a bit more coriander on the palate than expected, but otherwise, a very solid example of the style. A little acidic, fruity, with some spicy notes.
It is definitely worth a try.

brdc, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a wonderful golden yellow color, with a nice thin layer of bubbles, that disappeared fairly quickly. The brew left a bit of spiderwebing of lacing behind.

The aroma of this brew is pretty good. It has a nice belgian wheat aroma. There is some follow up with a nice orange flavor, followed by a good combination of some other spices.

The taste is very close the the aroma of this brew. The front this brew had that of the nice yeast flavor of the wit, followed with a nice orange flavor and spices. It actually had a sweet and a bitter complexity to it.

This is a light bodied beer, with a great carboniation level that gives this brew a nice crisp mouthful. The flavor is good, but not the best representation of this kind of brew. Expected a bit more of that strong wheat flavor of a true wit, but still a good brew none the less.

This is an easy drink. I do recommend this brew to anyone who likes the style. As I said above, there are better wits out there, but this one has a bit of a identity of its own. Its very refreshing. I wouldn't turn one down.

mattgreger, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The light yellow color reminds me of lemonade. A light weight head that is basically white sat on top of this beer for a very short time. There is a little citrus in the nose and oranges. I get too much yeast like notes and some cloves as well. It is very refreshing and light without losing the mouth feel. It still has a creamy feeling. The finish is a little rough. The beer has a dry feeling with plenty of clove sticking to the back of your tongue. I'm not a fan of the clove but I really enjoyed this beer. Perfect for an Oklahoma summer day.

claybeer, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This witbier pours a very hazy orange with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lacing. Its smells yeasty, with spices of coriander and some orange zest. The light bodied beer brings te flavor of orange peel, yeast, light malt, with spices. This is an average at best wheat beer.

beersensei305, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very pale, hazy straw yellow with a fuzzy off-white head that nonetheless exhibits some nice retention and results in webbed lacing as I drink.

Smell: sweet pears, orange peel and estery Belgian yeast. Much sweeter than the flavor suggests.

Taste: very subdued. Lightly tangy, with notes of light coriander, earth and lemon peel. Crisp, with a dryer finish than I usually get from a wit.

Feel: light bodied with a fuzzy, medium carbonation.

Drink: White Rascal was enjoyed during a mini wit tasting, and stood out in its mediocrity. A very average witbier.

Phelps, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of climax
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gives tremendous head.... bluntly putting it. The massive white foam lives on top of a completely cloudy, lemonade yellow body.

Definitely Belgian yeast in here, very potent in the aroma. Juicy mandarin oranges, and more subtle coriander and clove comprise a rich nose.

The flavor was good, the warmth seemed to come from the alcohol, but perhaps the wheat flavor itself. It was very juicy, lots of citrus, predominately orange. Soft Belgian yeast coated the mouth leaving a chalky lingering finish.

The body was nice and full for a wit. That paired with crisp carbonation leaves us with a full-flavored easy drinking wheat, with no sacrifices.

climax, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale apricot orange with a nice, billowing white head and a good amount of lace rings as it goes down the glass. Nose brings forward some citrus and wheat along with a hint of spice. Spice comes out more in the flavor, which still brings mostly a wheaty sweetness and a bit of orange and citrus. Feel is a bit thick and starts to feel almost like a shake. Drinks alright, but not my favorite representation of the style.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a nice white head to go with it.

S: The coriander and orange peel notes of your traditional witbier are here, which is nice. However, the pitfalls of so many brewpub wheat beers are here as well: lemons and sour wheat. Maybe a little bit of corn, too.

T: The flavor is fairly light, somewhat watery, but very similar to the nose. The spice note is more pronounced than on the aroma, but the slight tartness is there again.

M: The body is light and a bit watery, but at least the carbonation is nice and lively.

D: This is not what I look for in a witbier. Too much like a crappy brewpub "hefeweizen" and just watery.

womencantsail, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle on 9/26/10. Reviewed from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light clear gold with a good 2-finger head resting comfortably on top. Retention was fair. Left some light lace. Nose full of pineapple, cut grass, and white pepper. Body was crisp and mildly effervescent, as the style goes. Nice tart citrus notes. Big yeasty presence, earthy vegetation, lemon finish. Great refreshing beer. High drinkability in my book. Not the best beer out there, but not one I would ever turn down. Good stuff.

Onenote81, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy,pale orange with a quickly dissipating 2 finger head that resulted in spotty lace.

S-Slight citrus,cracker and faint yeast with subtle spice notes of clove,coriander and ginger on the nose.

T-More pronounced citrus,yeast rolls and pale malt with some grassy hop qualities also.

M-Light,clean and bright mouthfeel with good moderate carbonation.

D-Good drinkability and a true representation of the style but nothing spectacular.

StlHopHead77, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that slowly disappeared. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are weak aromas of citrus fruits and spices in the aroma.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a bit stronger and also has flavors of wheat in addition to the citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather refreshing, although not quite as thirst quenching as some of the other types of witbiers that are available.

metter98, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The beer pours a murky dark yellow with a thin white head.
Smells of orange peel and sweet malt.
Taste has hints of wheat, citrus and grass.
It's light-medium bodied and is refreshing.
I think this had been sitting on the shelf for awhile.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from a 6-pack.

L: Looks like a straight-up unfiltered wheat.

S: Fresh, citrus and soapy! This thing smells delicious. You can defeinitely make out the orange peel and coriander.

T: Smooth and clean, citrusey and banana-ey. Very good light wheat taste. Only problem with this is that the citrus and coriander in here could be achieved with more subtlety.

F: Light. Could gulp the whole thing down in one go.

D: Refreshing as hell ...

Only comment here is that I don't think it needed coriander, and could have been more clean without it. Natural tastes in this style already lean in that direction, doesn't really need the help, in my humble opinion.

codewarrior, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow with white dissipating head. Aroma of wheat, floral notes, some lemon zest. Spices, wheat, floral notes, slight orange notes, banana esters, and vanilla. Spritzy carbonation in a light bodied beer. A castrated devil. No aggression, no character.

JRed, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of deadbody
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Interesting beer, not really my style very thin, and super spicy. Bought one bottle when a store was moving and selling all their singles cheap. I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but wouldn't pick to drink again.

A friend of mine took a sip and loved it, said he thought it was a good flavorful wheat.

deadbody, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Anaz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not very hazy for a wit, really clears up fast and has a big head of small, but not fine bubbles with a lot of lacing.

Lots of coriander and spice on the nose, a bit of clove, stale bread, and some pepper thrown in for good measure.

Tastes like it smells, with lots of coriander, pepper, clove, some malty sweetness that gets a little honeyed in the middle, and a hint of sourness. Very little hop bitterness, but some hop spice that evens things out nicely.

The medium-light body, creamy carbonation and gentle bitterness make for very easy drinking beer that would be be great for a two or three beer session, but the abv is a little high to spend all day drinking these.
Pretty good job overall.

Anaz, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very soft lemon yellow body brimming with a stark white foam head. Hazed and with good head retention, this beer is so light yellow that it is softer in color than the piss colored brews. Appears very refreshing. However, the head is kinda small, actually quite small for the style.

Lemon and banana, doughy yeast aroma and a clean bitter hop aroma.

Banana soda, sweet wheatiness, some spicy, peppery notes in the finish along with some nutmeg-like (coriander?) earthiness with a sharp, delicate bitterness. All the flavors balance really masterfully and melt on the palate in tandem.

Crisp and dry, a little chewy with a soft, dry finish.

I like this one a lot. What I don't get is orange. I've had so much orange that I can dig some lemon once in a while, especially when it is from the yeast (is it? I'll assume it is). I wonder if they brew it with lemon peel or is it just good yeast?

tapman, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Paulaner weisbier glass. Ill take any excuse I can to pull this awesome piece off my glassware shelf. As the label (and most wits) suggests I swirled the bottom and poured in the lees. It significatly hazed this one over. Im getting little brown chunks too, this bottle might have been sitting in the fridge a bit too long. The beer is a pale straw color with a short white head.

S- Lots of spicy coriander and smooth oranges. Its a bit like an orange cremesickel or orange creme soda. Some chalky/earthy yeast rounds it out.

T- Light, crisp and smooth. Oranges and creme and spice are really the only things going on here though. Spicy wheat and coriander. Its very very mellow and pretty good.

M- Nice mellow smooth body. It finishes very silky smooth.

MbpBugeye, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of ninaturner
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color, small head, little lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The isn't very much of a strong aroma. To me, it's very subtle, but sweet... almost like honey and spices mixed together.

Taste: Not sweet, not bitter. The wheats and the spices are very apparent. My only complaint is that it's not very smooth and you have to taste it very quickly.

Overall: A nice Witbier. Again, not as smooth as I usually like my beers. I like how light and simple it is, which does make it easy to drink in that regard. Highly recommended compared to other Witbiers I've tried.

ninaturner, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's upper west side. I'm a huge fan of this brewery but I'm not the biggest fan of Witbier. Overall this was a decent beer but, because I don't love Witbier, I'll probably not have it again too soon but it is a good example of the style if you like it.

david18, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color. A 2 finger bone white head.

S - Grassy wheat, bready yeast with orange influences. Some spicy coriander and a hint of banana.

T - Earthy yeast, wet hay, strong coriander, has a citrus sweetness that flows over the the delicate wheat, the grain notes flow throughout with a touch of sweetness riding along. Slightly dry on the finish.

A very clean wit with solid flavors. A tiny bit watered down but still a very refreshing brew. Nice spice profile.

StaveHooks, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very cloudy, pale whitish straw with about one finger of dense white foam.

S - Lush wheat/cereal aroma with orange zest and phenolic yeast.

T - Starts off with big wheat flavor, tart and slightly sweet. Orange zest, coriander and another spice (chamomile?) come through in the middle, before yielding to the drying influence of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced, with mild hop bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy, with ample, but soft, carbonation.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink, with plenty of depth for its size. Definitely worth a try.

trbergman, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color with a ivory white head.

S: A strong wheat smell with hints of orange zest and yeast.

T: A very mellow tasting beer. Sort of water down flavors with a little evidence of citrus hops and spices. A very simple tasting beer, not too much going on.

M: Light body with little carbonation. Very watery beer.

D: I like this for an afternoon drink or for a party. Not an exceptional beer, but very easy to drink due to the simplicity of it.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of gueuzer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

App- Hazy white with small white head.

Sm- Coriander and orange peel. Wheat proteins.

Ta- Full wheatiness. Lots of creamy goodness. Heavy spices: coriander, orange and lemon and grains of paradise.

MF- Beautiful. Full mouth coat like a wit should be. Nice light carbonation on the finish.

DR- On a hot summer day this would be hard to beat.

Living in CO I have been drinking this beer for years, but had it last night and decided to review it. Have to say it was the best bottle I have ever had. Maybe the tweaked the recipe, but it just tasted much more vibrant. Would guess it was just really fresh. I did drink it in boulder...

gueuzer, Aug 17, 2010
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,035 ratings.