1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
White RascalWhite Rascal

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

1,809 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,809
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 16
Gots: 92 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of White Rascal Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,809 | Reviews: 708 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sleazo
sleazo

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Very pale yellow, a bit hazy, good for the style

S-Faint yeasty smell. not much else

T- Bitterness hits the tongue on first taste, then a hint of the coriander with a somehwhat refreshing aftertaste.

M- A nice body to this beer. It lingers over the tongue

D- I could probably knock back a few of these but there are much better versions of this style out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 05:43:13 | More by sleazo
Photo of Generik420
Generik420

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really disappointed in this one. Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Beer is ultra pale hazy yellow. Poured with a 1/4" white head that quickly dissipated with no lacing.

Smell was vaguely sweet, but really somewhat hard to detect.

Taste in my opinion was very similar to Goose Island 312, which isn't a great comparison to me. Kind of sweet, but seemed to be missing something. Some citrusy zest, but some unidentifable malty flavor persists as the after taste.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated as you took a swallow, but afterwards was a lingering oily coating of the mouth.

All in all, this beer to me is decent, but doesn't seem Belgian style at all. I personally wouldn't buy any more and would steer anyone towards Hoegaarden first for a beer in this particular style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 23:01:16 | More by Generik420
Photo of TexIndy
TexIndy

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no date. Had a decent head and good lacing with some carb. Color was a cloudy straw/blonde with bits of yeast floating in it. Wonderful smell with overtones of the coriander and citrus peel. Mouthfeel was pretty good as well. Absolutely love the taste of this style (#2 behind Hefes) and this beer in particular. Another solid effort from Avery and in my Hall of Fame. Highly recommned. (4.5,HR,T,Y,HOF)

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 14:05:22 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Phocion
Phocion

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy golden-yellow color with a foamy head, somewhat large for a wit.

Spicy and citrusy; coriander and orange peel are prevalent. Very wheaty/earthy. Pleasant, but very average for the style.

Very mild flavor; tarty and citrusy with a mild almost undetectable hops background. Wheat is very strong as well.

Thin-bodied, which is good for the style, and very drinkable. Crisp and refreshing without overpowering any tastebuds. Overall, a very average attempt at a wit, but it's cheaper than the Belgians and a lot better than Blue Moon, so I may see myself buying this again for a another hot summer day like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 20:40:47 | More by Phocion
Photo of asabreed
asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dirty, hazy yellow once the yeast is poured in, which also provides the nice and creamy looking off-white head. Lacing is spotty enough to also look nice.

Smell: The usual aromas from a domestic Wit, without the punch to really make it great. Spices are there, some orange peel, sweet malt, and a slight amount of hops. But what I don't like here is the huskiness and thick almost toasted aroma to the brew. I find this happens a lot with domestic examples of the style, and I'm not sure why. For me that adds some unwarranted heaviness and takes away from the aspects such as the spices, the citrus, the creaminess, and the aromas of candi sugar, the latter which is I imagine not used here.

Taste: Again, the same thing--the huskiness overtones don't drown everything out, but everything gets subdued to the point where the former takes over. It's still not bad, though, with the spices and citrus and everything. I just wish those notes weren't there and this could be much better.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice crispness and also a fairly full feeling body. A nice consistency and one that certainly is great in the summer.

Drinkability: One of the better domestics I've had of the style I'd say, but with some tweaking and some more TLC, this could be a great beer. Not bad for snagging a 6-pack and having a small session with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 18:25:45 | More by asabreed
Photo of ElGordo
ElGordo

Oregon

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

Pours a hazy straw color topped by a wispy, creamy white head that recedes to a small ring after about two minutes. Nice aroma of coriander, orange peel, light wheat, and a touch of light floral hops. Palate is nice and lightly spiced - coriander, orange peel, allspice, and just a hint of black pepper accent a crisp, light base of wheat and light aromatic hops. Body is light and well-carbonated, great for such a delicate style. A great beer for sipping on the porch on a cool summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 06:01:27 | More by ElGordo
Photo of rarevos
rarevos

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, cloudy. Head dissipated quickly, moving from a-finger-and-a-half to just a light layer. Layer was solid, though, and remained for most of the glass before becoming light lacing.

S: I sort of use Hoegaarden as a baseline when I drink Belgian wits, and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it was my first wit? So this is a little more citrusy in its nose than Hoegaarden. Not as citrusy as something like Blue Moon. Spicy, with coriander and black pepper, and a bit of sourness as well.

T: Citrus and coriander. Starts off like a typical wit, as the nose would suggest. Peppery, spicy finish. Again, I use Hoegaarden as a baseline. This is more perfumy in its finish, with more pepper. Sort of a creamy-peppery tang at the end, like yogurt almost. Not sour really, though.

M: Crisp, like most wits. Light, refreshing.

D: Great for summer. An enjoyable beer. I'd definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 14:50:42 | More by rarevos
Photo of dfried
dfried

Minnesota

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

Pale straw in color, good white head falls to a ring that leaves great lacing. Wheaty and bready aroma, filled with coriander and pepper, and a good lemon zing. The taste is of fresh wheat and lemon grass. The coriander and pepper accent the beer well, they do not over power it. Good yeasty and bready feel to the beer, but other flavors get to share time equally, a well balanced wit. Mouthfeel is not as tangy as I might like in a wit, but not off putting. Easily drinkable, warm or cold out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 19:03:25 | More by dfried
Photo of cbl2
cbl2

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/3/2005 $9.00 6 pack 5.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy yellow-white with a thin white head. Color almost glows with an eery light.

Aroma:

Bready and spicy (peppery) with hints of orange.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

An excellent representation of a witbier, one of the better American attempts. Mouthfeel is smooth with fine carbonation texture. Notes of orange, black pepper and a subtle sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 18:06:39 | More by cbl2
Photo of thelagerheads
thelagerheads

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew reminds me of a combination of two distinctly unconnected things: Chloroseptic and the twelfth Budweiser at a high school party when you are drinking simply to drink. OK...maybe they are a bit intertwined after all. Anyhow, the first whiff and sud taste said "peanuts"(of all things) but after that was the underwhelming and underacheiving generic sud-scud sinking me into beer blahhood. Not overly bad but not worth writing very much about either. 2 sinking moon-bombs.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:09:37 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of FranklinPCombs
FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty flat, pale lemony color with not too much head which is quickly gone into a thin yet uniform sheet. A bit of carbonation seen floating towards the top

Smell: Slightly sour, dominated by yeast and fresh malts. A little citrus comes through, but not much.

Taste: A perculiar taste, which started as a dry burnt yeast taste and morphed into a creamy bleu cheese taste. Pinned down my a bit of lemon sharpness and some rolled oats.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly fine, if not a bit dry.

Drinkability: I found that I was more concerned with identifying what I was smelling and tasting than I was with enjoying the beer itself.

A pretty average brew, losing points for a taste I couldn't quite let myself enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 23:07:05 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Poured a cloudy, washed out yellow with a moderate head. Got past the appearance and inhaled spices (clove) and some fruit aromas I could not distinguish. Taste was very pleasant with spice, a very light sweetness, again somewhat fruit flavored but hard to specify, and a very hoppy finish for a witbier. Body was light, with moderate carbonation, slightly astringent in the finish. An excellent summer beer, with the spices being a little less prevalent than to style and the hops being a bit moreso.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 18:53:37 | More by
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

WIth white matter, little head. Mild pleasant spicey odour. Fruit bar like mouthfeel, a bit sour taste along with spices. Not a bad beer but only passable on drinkability. Corriander and lemon band orange peel does not work for me in beer or in herbal tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 04:08:58 | More by Sammy
Photo of bjohnson
bjohnson

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Slight bubbly retention.
S: Aromas of banana come first with a good spicyness that follows.
T/M: Good banana wheaty and spicy notes up front with a refreshing smoothness that follows. Aftertaste of spices and fruit linger in the mouth. Extra crisp throughout with a wonderful smoothness and dry finish. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. Very light handed, but inviting.
D: Very easy drinking Wit. One of the better ones I've had lately. Very thirst quenching and refreshing on this hot hot hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:58:56 | More by bjohnson
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good wit, but not quite spot-on. Pours a nice pale yellow with hazy and a rocky head. Smells of spice and a little something else (a friend of mine called it Spam, I disagree). Its not a very citrusy wit and it lacks delicate flavors, the yeasty, corriander like flavor, however, is still quite nice. Nicely carbonated and easy drinking. I put this on par with Whirlwind Wit. Nice beers, but not quite Belgian. I've buy again if it wasn't $9/6er round here.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 22:17:26 | More by tempest
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

This beer looked like foggy grapefruit juice in my pint with a slight mossy green glow to it. The head, or lack thereof, was a sparse, lacy film.

Smells like sour strawberries, corn and a peppery yeast that brings with it hints of sweet cream.

Starts with some creamy, peppery yeast and a touch of wheat. It then picks up a lime and orange citrus zip with a touch of coriander that really lopsided the flavor. A little chalky milk fortunately sneaks into the finish to help restore order.

The mouth feel is light and creamy with an electric carbonation.

Not too bad. The citrus comes across a little strong, and the electric carbonation gets a little carried away at times, but I’ve had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 00:42:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Fish113d
Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a chilled bottle.

Pours pale gold color, almost the color of straw. Some slight sediment throughout and not very clear. 1cm of white, thin head at first then a slight surface layer...nothing special, but nothing bad to note.

Aroma is first of some citrus fruits and wheat. Lemon and grass really. I may even go out on a limb to say that some mango is in there in the aroma also, due to just a tad bit of sweetness on the nose. Again, nothing real special.

First sip reveals more than the aroma. cloves jump out at me right away as does some citrus fruits, making this one very refreshing. Orange peel with just a bit of alcohol in the tip of my tongue. Maybe a bit of hops hits toward the end taking some sweetness away.

Carbonation is decent and not overpowering. Body is fairly light to me. Refreshing!

This beer, however simple it may seem, is a very drinkable brew. By far, my favorite from Avery's base variety pack! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 21:28:57 | More by Fish113d
Photo of nlmartin
nlmartin

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer wasa served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy straw yellow coloration. The head is a creamy white coloration. The head has a ok retention. Tight rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a big wheat base combined with belgian yeast. The beer has a bit of peppery coriander and citrus smells.

Taste: The beer has a nice wheat and yeast combo. The beer has a dash of pepperyness. The beer has a splash of citrus. The hops bring a bit of bittering at the end.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied with slick smooth carbonation. The beer is easy to drink and is a frequent visitor in my beer line up.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 11:38:46 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce botle, w/o freshness indication. Pours light cloudy yellowy amber, with a white loose head, showing fine retentive powers and leaving plenty of loose, yet sticky lacing. Bubble kep on rising to the top, yeasties floating around. Nose is of chalky wheat stalks and grain husks. This is a fairly mainstream wheat ale, notes of a creamsicle ice cream bar, soft wheat, drying soft hops late, with some honey in the finish. Pleasant enuf, but nothing special, pretty boring by Avery standards.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 02:00:30 | More by Billolick
Photo of hanco005
hanco005

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours cloudy, bruised ripe banana yellow, with a wispy bright white head that fades down to nothing almost instantly,

S—spicy, citrus, coriander, very fruity, some sweetness is hidden underneath the fruits, a touch of clove…almost smells like a fruit basket

T—it’s spicy and fruity all right, some mild banana and orange flavors, clove and coriander, a bit of vanilla, lots of flavors going on here.

M—a bit slick, medium bodied, nicely carbonated

D—this is good…one of the better wits I’ve had. A great summer brew in this one. Could drink a few more lounging by the pool…

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 03:50:56 | More by hanco005
Photo of AlesRTasty
AlesRTasty

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this one hidden in the back of the H-E-B. Poured into a pilsner glass a thick foamy head appears. The retention is poor but it leaves nice lacing. Itself appears yellow straw colored with a good amount of haziness. The smell is full of spices, corriander and some lemon in the aftertaste I think. It taste just as it smells, full of spice and citrus. It is quite flavorful. Good mouthfeel, approporiately carbonated. This six pack will go down easy. A nice pleasant surprise find if I must say. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 01:33:05 | More by AlesRTasty
Photo of ByTor2112
ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice cloudy color and has a nice earthy aroma. Fresh grass maybe? A hint of fruit is present but not strong. First taste on the palate is a combo of mild hops/wheat/yeast. This Belgian wheat is so light and easy yet complex to discern. Very reminiscent of a Saison. A good froth livens up the hops and reveals more of the wheat malt. Very drinkable and an excellent offering by Avery.
Cheers, Joe

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 11:42:33 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of blackie
blackie

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.75" white head that never recedes, leaving a healthy layer on top. Light lacing is left behind. The beer is a cloudy whitish golden in color.

smell: Big wheaty and yeasty aromas upfront. Aromas of red bananas and other light fruits such as dried apricot. A touch of noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the smooth, lower end of the high range. The body is light, but not thin.

taste: Big wheat flavors and tastes of belgian witbier yeast and their byproducts. Some mild orange peel and light to moderate spice. Not much hop flavor at all and a very subtle bitterness.

drinkability: As a wit should be, easy to drink

After reviewing, I realized that I had reviewed this same beer almost exactly a year ago (thought this was the first), and gave the exact same rating, though with different numbers for some parameters.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 03:25:27 | More by blackie
Photo of tonistruth
tonistruth

Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale, pale straw color with a white two finger head, lacing also.

S- sweet aromas. Scents of wheat malts. Lots of orange citrus aromas. Probably the dominant scent.

T- Lemon-lime sweetness, kinda reminds me of a 7-up, wheat malt flavors, spice is noticable and flavorful. Floral hop flavors. Hints of sourness.

M- Thinner body, smooth with a carbonation tickle.

D- This is like the gatorade of beer or something. Not a brew i would reach to for anything else than quenching thrist after work, or heavy activity.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 02:59:50 | More by tonistruth
Photo of ggaughan
ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This beer poured a hazy yellow color with an off white head into my pint glass. The aroma is very pleasing and perfect for summer. There are notes of orange and corriander as stated on the label. The taste is equally refreshing with the corriander and orange flavor and the body is crisp. Great summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 01:39:27 | More by ggaughan
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,809 ratings.