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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 212 | 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 rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wasn't the best representation of its style, nor was it the best representation of the brewery. Poured from the bottle to a tulip.

A- What I would expect from a whit beer. Cloudy pale yellow witha a fizzy head that quickly disperses. Spiderweb lacing.

S- Strong on the clove with a citrus and banana. Faint.

T- Strong on the orange with a clove aftertase that sticks with you. Nice carbonation with a dry banana finish. A bit watery and subdued.

MF- Light and watery. Creamy with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

D- Refreshing, clean, crisp and dry. Slightly creamy while in the mouth, but dry finish. Typical of this style. Clove is on the strong side for such a watery beer. Its easy enough to drink with a meal.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta make it to Julio's, the last beer in my mini-fridge that I wanna review right now.

A- Pours a very pale yellow with a fizzy white cap that falls down pretty quickly. A cloud saves this beer from looking like juice. Some random patches of fine lace.

S- A pleasant mix of clove, banana, Belgian yeast spice, coriander and floral hops. Pretty much right where I imagine a Wit being.

T- Follows the nose. A few differences are a heavier citrus (orange zest) influence here and more bread notes from the yeast. The spice is not overbearing. The yeast is strong but does not turn me away.

MF- Light end body with a nice smooth creaminess that I would expect of any Belgian style. The carbonation is right down the middle and lends a nice silky texture. Slight bitterness in the finish.

DB- A pleasant surprise. Witbier, or any Belgian with similar yeast flavor, is not my first choice but I am enjoying this one. I guess the relatively relaxed (or balanced) yeast and spice makes this one refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of mattgreger
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Phelps
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.