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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 104 | 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 cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev +5%

The beer pours a pale whiteish yellow color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma features all the wonderful flavoris in belgain wits with wheat, orange peeland corriander. The taste is mildly tart with some yeast and wheat flavors with hints of the orange peel. The taste is good but a little thin and subdued. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a very good domestically produced wit that really surprised me. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was made in Belgium. Recommended.

05-19-2007 03:11:18 | More by cjgator3
Photo of alexgash


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Very pale, whitish, lemon-yellow, yeasty-wheat haze. Gauzey, cottony, off-white head. What a "white" should look like. Wheaty cereal notes underneath fragrant lemon and orange citrus zest. Yeast and some spicy coriander, clove, and allspice make some background noise.

Soft, wheat and oat taste and feel up front. Light sweetness mixes with light spice. Refreshing citrus zest perks up the taste buds near the yeasty, and mildly bitter finish. Nice! Moderate body with a refreshing, lilting, yet smooth mouthfeel. Well made witbier from Avery.

05-17-2007 00:57:25 | More by alexgash
Photo of kimcgolf


3.8/5  rDev +5%

This was a very pleasant beer, and I’m not a big fan of wheats. Poured to a hazy lemonade color with medium white head that lingered well through the glass and left good lacing. Aroma was faint, but the presence of dough and spices was present. Mouthfeel was tingly, and the flavor was very prominently coriander and clove spices, all leading to a thirst-quenching finish.

My only complaint with this was that I was drinking it on a Spring inside a restaurant. I think this would be much better served cold outside on a hot summer’s day. I’ll have to plan on that.

04-25-2007 02:44:55 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of terrabyte


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a very hazy, very light-yellow color with a medium white head. Lacing spots the glass sporadically.

Aroma is yeasty with a high pitched spiciness.

Flavor has a nice, crisp, lemon rind taste. Matching spices like white pepper, coriander, cloves and maybe banana/bubblegum. Some of this yeasty spiciness is apparent in the back end of the swallow and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, slightly grainy, but very crisp.

Drinkability is quite high. I'm not usually a fan of this style, but I'm practically turning into a convert with this brew. This doppelbock and stout lover is digging it.

04-25-2007 02:43:02 | More by terrabyte
Photo of beerphan


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a cloudy light straw color with a tightly packed full white head. Thin patchy rings of lace. Carbonation is intense.

Nose: Yeasty bananna, a tiny bit of spice along with some orange peel.

Light and clean. A little banana flavor comes through, finishes quick with some lemon tang, and spicey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp.

Quick and easy to drink. Not alot of big flavors, but what is there is well balanced and refreshing.

04-20-2007 19:23:51 | More by beerphan
Photo of Hautacam


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Hazy yellow with a swirl....foamy white head.
Not a lot of aroma....hints of wheat and orange.
Tastes pretty good..more flavor than a lot of American wits. Doughy and sweet, with a good flavor of orange and more coriander than I've tasted in most other wits...some banana and bubblegum. The hops finish things up nicely with a clean slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light and the carbonation just right.
This is a very good American wit.

04-18-2007 22:25:13 | More by Hautacam
Photo of rallison


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that eventually dies down.

S: Smells of wheat, citrus and banana.

T: Very similar to the smell. Lots of banana wheat and citrus. Also, some pineapple and other tropical fruits. Very refreshing in flavor. I'd prefer this over most American Witbiers.

M: Lighter, with not a huge amount of carbonation.

D: Overall, quite a drinkable witbier.

Recommended, although not as nicely balanced as some of the German examples.

04-11-2007 07:43:42 | More by rallison
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

Well hazed yellowish amber brew with a puffy white head that has decent retention and lacing. Looks right on par.

Aroma is soft, wheaty, and fruity, with a zesty lemon/orange peel note, generous spice, and hints of pink bubblegum and very light minerality.

Flavor is actaully quite excellent. Soft wheat and peppery bread dough notes are highlighted by fresh orange peel, coriander, faint clove, bubblegum, and sweet fruit. It's not as sweet as the nose and displays light mineral notes and a generous Saaz hop finish. I would have to place this in my top 3 American Witte beers. It actually really reminds me of Hoegaarden.

Body is medium, and matbe just a tad too thick for this style. Slick, creamy, and mega-refreshing nontheless. I'm really digging this beer!

04-07-2007 13:05:19 | More by AlexJ
Photo of meadhead


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

a mild tartish belgian white
refreshing and easy
goes down fairly lite
has a bit of complexity-
a tad weak in its strength
but theres slight clove and fruit ester
plus the orange peel spice-ing

Pours a hazy golden yellow
with a wee bit of head
depending how you pour,
or if you swirl the yeast in

Smell is mild and general
a spice wheat tart yeast

taste is weak fruit malt
with bitter
spice finishing

mouthfeel has zing;
a little carbonated zest,
but nothing overpowering
the flavor is too mild
at best

good though
easy without complication
an american take
on a belgian variation

03-29-2007 04:35:01 | More by meadhead
Photo of jbsteiny


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Thanks to my friend James for teaching me the proper way to get maximal yeast out of the bottle (vigorously rolling it back and forth on the table with a bit left in it), this witbeer poured a cloudy yellow with a thin, persistent white head with curious lacing. Smelled like a quality Belgian white -- fruity, yeasty, and a little spicy. Like blood orange marmalade on fresh bread - yum. Above average taste for a domestic wit, nice yeast taste treads the line between fruity and bitter, some apple in the finish. I thought this was an unusually big body for this style, but it was balanced by carbonation. But those bubbles make this a beer a burpy one -- I'm planning on making this a regular purchase (tastier than Blue Moon if not as refreshing), but I couldn't drink it all night.

03-24-2007 22:24:41 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured (with the swirled yeast) from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a very cloudy light yellow color. Reminds me of the color of lemonade. There is about an inch of fluffy, dense white head. Lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Smells of coriander, lemon, orange and spicy yeast. Tastes of peppery spice, orange peel, maybe a touch of lemon and honey as well as a nice dose of wheat. Crisp and light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable even on a brisk early spring evening.

03-23-2007 03:09:08 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Bobikel


2.68/5  rDev -26%

Appearance - A very pale almost whitish liquid pours with a descent head that, unfortunately, dissolves into a whispy ring, just a little to quickly. Lacing, however, was quite nice. Little pits of yeast swirl around, despite a careful pour.

Smell - Yeasty, almost like a hefeweizen, with the clovey characteristics, there in. A little malt squirms through, as does a dry hopiness and corriander? Not sure of that.

Taste - A very smooth beer. definetly a wheat beer, lots of light wheat tang here. Flavors meld very nicely here, but I wouldn't classify it so much a belgian, as much as a spiced weizen.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and watery, a little more carbonation, as in a hefe or a more traditional belgian would help alot here.

Drinkability - On a hot summer day, after mowing the lawn, or re-taring the roof is where this ale would shine. Quaffable, but without the depth of character that one expects from a belgian. Would be a great intro to craft beer for a BMC drinker.

Edit: After drinking, I realised there were words printed on my bottle. Spiced with corriander, and orange curacoa peel. The bottle also advises to swirl, and dump the yeast a la Heffeweizen...
Make your own decisions here.

03-17-2007 00:09:42 | More by Bobikel
Photo of notoriousdav


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

A nice citrusy wheat beer from Avery. Smells like cardamon and lemon. Appearance is a muted golden hugh with two finger white head. Taste is citrusy and little bit of hemp and some spice. Nicely carbonated for the style. Not a lot of alcohol present on the tounge. Not a bad wheat beer.

03-01-2007 19:42:31 | More by notoriousdav
Photo of Onibubba


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours an almost clear pale gold. Not getting any of the yeast haze I see from other Wittes. Nice head. Subsides quickly, but a bit of swirlling coaxes it back up to the top. Wonderful aroma of sweet orange and spices. Taste is sweeter than a Hoe, for example, but not overly so. Not too spicey in the taste.

I liked this a lot. Very refreshing, crisp mouthfeel with almost prickly mouthfeel. Nice drinkability. Good beer to keep on hand. Will certainly buy more of this.

02-26-2007 19:21:32 | More by Onibubba
Photo of angie497


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

It poured a hazy lemon yellow with a small head that diminished quickly but left nice lacing. The aroma is light and spicy, with the coriander very apparent. I thought the odor was more lemony than orange. The orange was more obvious in the flavor than I expected from the aroma, with the coriander still very noticeable, along with a hint of pepper and clove. It's a little hoppier than many witbiers, but since I like a hoppy beer, this suited me just fine! White Rascal is definitely a very drinkable beer, and one that I'll be putting in my "beer rotation."

02-20-2007 00:41:43 | More by angie497
Photo of RevDru

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Pours a lemon yellow with a thin head of foam. Decent carbonation, but no head retention.

S - Coriander and cinnamon. Orange vanilla and cream.

T - Strong orange and spice. A bit of ginger and honey, and even some mild chocolate.

M - Smooth and crisp, almost cider-like.

D - A nice take on the Belgian white style. Orange flavor really stands out. Server was kind enough to leave out the slice of lemon or orange.

02-13-2007 23:16:41 | More by RevDru
Photo of UnionMade


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Very bright and pale gold, hazy from the yeast pour. Thick white head with good retention. Speckly lacing. Spicy aroma with a hint of banana. Coriander is readily apparent, with a touch of saaz spiciness. Sourish wheat scent. The flavor is light and pleasant. Very easy drinking with the light body and affable carbonation. Slightly sour wheat malt and yeast presents a dryish, mildly powdery texture. Evenly and pleasantly spiced with evident orange peel and coriander, riding into the finish with vague herbal hop presence. Very little bitterness, but some hop flavor is there. Good balance, neither leaning towards sweet, sour, bitter, or overly spicy. Nothing crazy or really out of the ordinary for the style, but it's solid and benignly drinkable. A very easy going brew that I'm definitely in the mood for. Something tasty and flavorful for a hot day or just when you're feeling tired and want an easy drinking brew.

01-28-2007 11:36:45 | More by UnionMade
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

This rascal pours a very light, almost tan color with a half finger of tight bubbled head. The strange thing is the crystal clarity; no cloudiness exists at all, just a ton of carbonation. The nose is heavily spiced with coriander, citrus and a generally yeasty flavor.

Spice is also a leader throughout the taste with a bit of an alcohol tint to the orange and coriander. Still, it's balanced and not too watery in the mouth. Overall, an interesting if not perfect attempt at the style.

01-27-2007 02:06:25 | More by daliandragon
Photo of NEhophead


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a cloudy-white, lemon in color; tons of active carbonation. Dense, bright white head that settles as a stable, quarter-inch. Eye catching ringed and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Dry and musty, malted wheat aroma. Hints of orange peel and lemon zest beneath the mustiness. Moderate corriander that adds some spice to a touch of diacetyl.

Intense corriander-spice up front that gives a kick to a clean, toasted oat, malt character. Stiff, malted wheat filled with mustiness. Faint bitterness followed by dark corriander tones that cut a light flavor of diacetyl.

Light bodied; crisp, dry, and refreshing. Unobtrusive despite its spicy flavor profile.

A very pleasant, balanced witbier. Clean and crisp compared to other overly-sweetened takes on the style.

01-16-2007 13:11:25 | More by NEhophead
Photo of TheBungyo


1.88/5  rDev -48.1%

From notes:

I wish the pour had tipped me off to how ass funky nasty this would be. It looked harmless enough. Pale yellow body with miniscule head.
The nose though, is the fist indicator of what lies ahead ... it smells sweet for a split second and then morphs into this utterly disgusting aroma of rancid fritos corn chips left in a half open bag with about 2 inches of rainwater to make them mold. I cannot believe how bad this smells.

Why hello there taste, my nose did not decieve me ... it seems the rancid corn chips are back.It's like someone mixed those chips with wet paper and salt. Absolutely horrid.

I just can't do it, I can't take another sip. Down the drain with you.

01-14-2007 07:38:09 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Pours out a pale yellow with a two-finger head. It also appeared to be highly carbonated. It did leave nice lacing, too.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted very strongly of clove. The wheat and citrus tastes were a little understated.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was very good. A nice representation of the style.

12-19-2006 23:33:33 | More by zeff80
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

I've already reviewed this beer once, but my opinion has changed slightly (esp. given that I've tried other beers of the style). I like this beer, and I think I was a bit unfair: I said that the spices weren't strong enough, but I've changed my mind. They aren't particularly strong, but enough to maintain its presence amongst the hops. I still wish that the yeasty flavor was a bit stronger. Altogether a fairly good witbier, though not too complex (I'm still looking for that holy grail of witbiers!)

12-13-2006 03:34:44 | More by EmilNoldSinclair
Photo of Marty


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

This beer was not particularly heady, nor was it very aromatic. After a sip, I did notice a nice little hint of ginger, but apart from that it's not a particulary complex white beer. It does go down smooth, however, without that acrid aftertaste that poorly crafted whites can have.

12-05-2006 04:11:01 | More by Marty
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

A little more hoppiness to it than the average wit. I enjoyed it. The orange peel and coriander were present but the hops made them a little faint. This is a great spring time beer, and I may very well pick some up next spring. An easy beer to drink. Give it a try. Buy a six pack, yo won't be disappointed.

12-05-2006 02:17:15 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of BeerSox


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle into mug

Very cloudy bright yellow hue. A frothy white cap quickly settles to a thin cap. Some sediment can be found floating in the beer. Thick layers of lacing along the glass.

Sweet smell consisting of a sweet citrusy smell along with a musty aroma.

Weak grainy flavors along with a sharp hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Thin bodied with medium carbonation gives it a rough feel. The finish comes comprised with a creamy malt presence and a little hop bitterness that lingers for a little while.

An average witbier. Seems to be a little bland, and closer to an American Wheat Ale. It's worth a try, but I won't be buying it again.

11-30-2006 05:31:07 | More by BeerSox
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.