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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 169 | 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 Tone
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops, coriander, sweet malt, and slight orange peel. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, a good blend, but body is a little weak.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great with some wispy yeast swirling around the pale straw colored body. A little more haze would have been ideal. Good head and lacing. Smells a little too one dimensional on the banana front. Not getting much else except some alcohol as it warms. The taste is also dominated by the banana flavor, but there is a nice touch of clove in the finish. A bit soapy at times, though it feels nice going down. Better than your average white.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a straw colored yellow with a foamy white head that disappears pretty quickly. The yeast swirls in and creates a nice cloudy haze.

S - Smells strong of wheat and citrus. Zesty lemon and coriander.

T - Taste is good, but nothing extraordinary. Sort of the standard witbier. Citrus notes, coriander, a bit of powdery yeast. Slightly tart. Crisp.

M - Light bodied and bubbly, crisp and clean.

D - A decent wit. Clean taste and nice for a warm day.

Notes: Nothing outstanding, but a nice witbier.

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

Pours a pale straw yellow color in the glass, with a nice collar of bright white foam. Very yeasty aroma, with wheat, spice and some lemon. A little tart on the palate, followed by citrus, wheat and a little malt sweetness. A good spring/summertime drinker. Looking forward to this one in cans.

Photo of rpwiii
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I definitely enjoyed this wheat beer. It was a much more drinkable beer than some of the meals in bottles i have had to guzzle down. It had a great overall flavor and was great just out of the bottle. Good color, and no terrible acidity or bite after each gulp. I can not wait to dive into some more of this already impressive line of Avery Brewing beers.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent Witbier. I enjoyed it very much.

Pours into a glass a hazy color, with decent head. Some Lacing.

The aroma is of hop-spice, fruit, hay, and citrus.

The taste is similar to the smell, light in body, easy to drink, and leaves your mouth with a grip. Good finish, and nice light linger in the palate. Very Smooth.

I would recommend this to Witbier lovers.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bass pint glass.

A: Poured a very pale, hazy lemon yellow color with a thin veil of white foam which dissipated quickly to a slight ring. The center showed a hazy, burnt orange with little carbonation noticed.

S: Smells light and citrusy, with some yeasty wheat aromas and slight grassy hops.

T: Tasted sweet and citrusy up front, with hints of lemon zest, coriander and slightly funky wheat malts. The finish is dry with a mild lingering fruity hop bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly creamy and chewy due to the wheat and unsettled yeast.

D: An easy drinking witbier but not a ton of flavor or great character to go back to again and again. Would be good on a hot day or paired with a dry, spicy dish, but nothing too special.

Photo of WWWade
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good summer beer. I am drinking number three with a fried lemon catfish and pasta dinner.

A - Light yellow, like a watered down, diet lemonade. A short lived one finger white head.

S - light citrus, not much though.

T - dry hints of spice and orange, but nothing that amazes or challenges the palate.

M - feels more like a light Macro beer than a Witbier

D - Very drinkable and smooth. Good level of carbonation.

No complaints here. This is a solid brew.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold and cloudy, poured with a very small head that faded quickly. Spicy hop coupled with peppery yeasty scents mixed with some subtle fruit sweetness (oranges) round out the aroma.

At first sip, Belgian candi sugar, grain sweetness, and a purposeful burst of hop bitterness that leaves as quickly as it arrives. Hops impart very little flavor and are pirmarily bittering. Tastes of oranges and coriander is noticeable early on. Sweet aftertaste, possibly too much.

Creamy body from the wheat content, moderate amount of carbonation. Easily drinkable.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-thin white head, bubbly and dissipates quickly leaving a light lacing on the glass. pale lemonade colored liquid that is very hazy.

S-the nose is average in strength bringing a lot of lemon and some spicey backing. Corriander and peppery spice accompany a strong lemon rind scent

T-the taste seems to fall off at the back into a very watered down beer. It does follow the nose, sour lemon peel, corriander, a hint of peppery spice, somewhat watery towards the back

M-lots of cabonation; but choppy in texture. It seems to rub through the mouth like sand paper in the back but is smooth up front and has a light body

D-goes down easy; but not that tasty and a little watery.

Photo of ATPete
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze and a small pure white head. Toasty wheat, light banana aroma, lemon skin and a mild spicy note. A great summer brew from Avery, very drinkable and refreshing. A diamond in the rough? sure.

Photo of snpub540
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy pale yellow. Nice amount of carbonation and a thin head that didn't leave alot of its trace on the glass.

Smell was wheat, spice, bread, and a slight hint of citrus.

Taste was of clove and coriander, bread, citrus, and a slightly floral hop bite. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but slightly towards the thin side. Drinkability was great as it makes for a very crisp and refreshing beer.

Photo of THORN
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A: Pours effervescent with thin head. Fine CO2 trails from bottom of pint. Musty light yellow. Doesn't retain head.
S: Citrus, pineapple, and sweet.
T: Honey with light malts. Citric and it has a chalky taste. Fades with slight bitterness.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Alcohol isn't noticeable, crisp refreshing flavor, and hardly noticeable on palate.

Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into an Avery pint glass. Beer was a golden, yellow color, with a one-finger, white head. Light carbonation and little lacing.

Aroma was coriander, bread, yeast, lemon and grains.

Taste was coriander, lemon, wheat, biscuit, pepper and yeast.

Well balanced, light and easy drinking. Great summer time session beer.

Photo of msemich
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, for an American interpretation of the style this is really quite good. It certainly is a valiant effort at the style but with typical American over and under additions.

The website describes several of the issues, I think. First off, they specify 2-row barley and Belgian wheat. I interpret that as American 2-row...and I think I'm right. The Belgian chewy/toasty character is missing and replaced by the sweeter grain character of the American variety. I do, however, pick up some Brelgian Pils on the nose and mouthfeel. I don't know if they could have gotten away without it (and if they did, Kudos).

The hops are very light, as the 10 IBU rating indicates, but the Curacao either brings them out or imitates them slightly. I am certainly picking some Alpha acids up. Oddly enough, the hops may have been a little fresh without that dry flavor they pick up after some time in storage.

Spices, and lots, but not to excess. Enough to play with the wheat and yeast characters well. I would say that they are too much for the style, but the overall package is well balanced and leave a nice aftertaste. The only flaw I really find in the overall flavor is that it seems a little hollow in the middle. Lots up front, lots after the beer hits the belly, but not much in between. The balance, while achieved, may fight itself some. This could be from the unfiltered nature of the beer as much as anything else, with the flavors constantly under harsh circumstances and varying by the state of the keg. I bet this is minimized in the bottle at the cost of the fresh spicing.

Most say that if you can recognize exactly what spice is in the beer, then too much was used. I believe this varies by serving style and it is up to the drinker to make the choice themselves. To that end, though, remember that these flavors are volatile, they will crest as the beer warms and dimishish if you nurse it out.

Carbonation was great, leaving good rings on the glass and lasting until the end of the pour.

Overall, a good beer, even for those not huge on wheat. Not Avery's best, but one of the better American interpretations of this difficultly simple Belgian style.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very pale white. When I poured the White Rascal in my glass everyone at the table explained, paler your beer.

Smell is very shy, there some spices, ginger, fruity aromas, yeast, banana and what seems like green apple.

Taste is pretty much spicy, the dry hoppy aromas of fruit hit you at first followed by a spicy, gingery hint with a shy hint of spices.
Some spicy cookie spices are there I cannot pinpoint either between faint ginger or cinnamon.

Very smooth, very mellow a basic good beer, not what im used to by Avery but a solid brew

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a single bottle gift from the woman. Good pick babe. Poured into a frozen pint glass.

A: Awesome, milky creamy light yellow color. A nice finger of fizzy head.

S: Hops, coriander, spice and a little orange peel.

T: Light and fruity with a clean, wheaty, citrus finish. Alcohol is very well masked. Suprised to see on here it's over 5% ABV. Exactly what I want from a Belgian style white beer.

Drinkability: I will be buying this again.

Value: I'd go up to ten bucks a sixer on it.

Photo of leighton
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light yellow with just a touch of haze. Bubbly, pure white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Strong and wheaty with some citrus and spice notes.

Flavor: At once tart and sweet, with hints of lemon, pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel: The beer is highly carbonated, creating a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. A somewhat earthy aftertaste.

Overall Impression: Overall, this is a solid example of the witbier style. A potent, lovely aroma gets the experience off to a good start, the nicely balanced flavors complement the aroma, and the energetic mouthfeel helps prolong the goodness.

Comments: I picked up this bottle at the Whole Foods in Tribeca.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A light pear color, slightly cloudy with pure white head.

S: Slightly yeasty, with hints of strawberry, and apple. Light an fruity.

T: Slightly tart at first, but that fades to a lovely sweet fruity flavor. Very nice.

M: Crisp, and highly carbonated, but I think it works for the style.

D: One of the beers I discovered years ago, and go back to every so often. Always good, and a great choice for belgian beginners.

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

White Rascal
Avery Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.50 %

This brew is a decent rep of a Wit with great aroma, taste and is "sessionably drinkable". I enjoyed the tart/crisp citrus and spice notes in the aroma and taste. I would drink this again if I come across it being offered and I am in a Wit kinda mood....

4.0 across all categories.

Appearance is a light/bright cloudy yellow/lemon color. Looks like cider cloudy with a dash of lemon juice. Good 2 finger head with decent retention and lace.
Smell is tart with a dash of sweet, wit style appropriate with citrus/spice/clove/yeast aromas.
Taste as it smells on a nice medium wheat backbone.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp body with high carbonation.

Photo of Squelch
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: perfect to style. Cloudy with a white/yellowish color.

Smell: Slight funk of a belgian beer.

Taste: Light and slightly funky. Not enough so to match the style. Needs a bit more seasoning.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. One of the better American versions of a classic belgian beer.

Photo of drewd
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish-yellow, with not much head to speak of, till you swirl the yeast and pour it on top. Smells of wheat & citrus. Flavor not overwhelming, some wheat & clove here, citrus there, everything pretty subtle and well-blended. Dry finish, which is nice & not sweet at all. Overall, not an outstanding brew, but a very drinkable one. Would like to try on-tap to see if anything else stands out.

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

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: very pale straw color. hazy, but can see through it. 2-3 finger white head that retains well.

S: slightly sweet aroma. a peppery, spicy, wheaty nose as well.

T: wheaty, spicy, orange-zest flavors dominate this beer. there is a sweetness initially, but it has a dry finish, tart-like.

MF: light bodied, medium high carbonation.

Drinkability: yes, a pretty decent brew.

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

A--Golden, hazy, small head, little lacing.

S--Bananas, yeast, a little spice. A little flat, but pretty nice.

T--Like it smells: a strong banana component and some vague spicy undertones. Clean finish.

M--Average. Medium body, nice weight, but nothing remarkable.

D--I'm a fan of Avery in general, but the strong banana here is a bit of a turn-off. Still drinkable though, and good on a hot day. Refreshing, just a bit fruity.

Procured at Red Carpet Wine & Liquor Glendale, CA

Photo of wangbruins
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep hazy gold with a fluffy white one inch head

S- Strong lemon scents with a bit of orange and some ginger

T- Very lemony and just a hint of spice

M- Kind of light, flat, and thin with no aftertaste

D- Very thin so it's easy to drink but the whites don't really do it for me

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.