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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 189 | 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 codewarrior
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of deadbody
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Anaz
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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?

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of ninaturner
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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...

Photo of scoobybrew
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy straw color with a decent head that settles into a lace

S - strong coriander accents the sweet malt aroma

T - spicy sweet malt flavor accented by mostly coriander, slight wheat tang but perhaps not as much as expected

M - light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a decent witbier. The beer lacks some spice complexity however and the malt seems to lack the raw wheat character typical of the style. Technically it's not really flawed but lacks interest. Still, it's good on a hot day like this one.

Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Avery obsession with devilish beings.

This is a pale as hell yellow beer with a sticky white head.

The aroma is very spicy, very lemony.

The lemon continues into the flavor. Many other fruits are present, like banana, apricot...and a decent dose of yeast. Little bitterness in this one.

A well carbonated feel and quite a bite.

Very drinkable, a composite of decent to good parts make for a refreshing and crisp brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours an incredibly dull, hazy straw color; almost reminiscent of fresh made lemonade. Tight white head with little retention and nice lacing

S - Coriander, some yeasty wet hay aromas, hints of lemon zest and tangerine

T&M - Crisp with a bright carbonation, somewhat dry in the feel and finish. Has a citric zing to it with notes of orange and lemon. Coriander is very present but feels in balance with everything else, and I think the carbonation is well done here and pulls everything together.

D - What a great hot day beer. I'd nab this over any of the mass produced Wits any day.

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

appearance: Cloudy golden with plenty o bubbles. white creamy slight head.
smell: spicy, citrusy nose.
taste: As the nose advertises. Spicy but not overpowering.
mouthfeel: Evident carbonation. Not too heavy or light.
drinkability: A nice summer brew. The spiciness is subdued but keeps it from being a "quaffer".

Photo of aeminter
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a thin persistent head
S - There are hints of citrus and spice and something a little on the funky side.
T/M - Very mild, no discernible hop presence...light carbonation and a little watery...This might sound crazy, but as I'm drinking my head keeps saying milk.

I thought this might have been a bad bottle, but after just reading a few other reviews it looks like this is the norm.

All in all not a bad beer, but not a great beer either.

Photo of aahynick
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

40F in a pilsner glass

A- pale straw with thick creamy head

S- slight saaz aroma, not much else

T- thin, mild, light, not much hop character

M - almost watery

D- this is just okay, I sure wouldn't pay money for it again. it was little taste and no muscle

Photo of ronniebruner
2.47/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The very first thing you will notice when you crack open a White Rascal is the odd aroma. This beer is "ale brewed with spices" according to the label.. but what spices? The taste is very bitter, like someone mixed in dill or paprika, or some other spice that does not really belong in a beer. Its a shame because Avry brewing Co is usually one of my favorite breweries and I must admit I am disappointed in this brew because I really wanted to like it. Still not as bad as an MGD though.

Photo of jmerloni
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One of the finest looking wits I've seen. Extremely hazy yellow-gold with pink tint and a looming mass of yeast in the middle of the pour. Head is bright white, receding quickly at first and then lasting. Laces nicely. It's a sight to see, really.

S - Yeast, orange, coriander. The aroma is a bit musty. Does not smell fresh, per se.

T - Pretty good. Mouthful of bready yeast, orange, coriander. Not very pronounced. The mustiness that is detected on the nose is also there in the flavor. It is decent.

M - Thin to medium bodied, not overly carbonated, and a pretty dry finish. Good.

D - Pretty drinkable. Not very exciting, however, as there a lot better witts out there.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pale yellow color pour with a medium sized lasting head , lively carbonation . Aroma of coriander and orange peel as promised with some peppery spice and wheat notes .Flavor is spicy ,lots of coriander , peppery , with some lemon and orange ,tangy wheat and just a hint of babana , light bitterness . oily mouthfeel, medium body, quite drinkable pretty good .

Photo of darksev
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A = pale yellow, cloudy. Very little head which dissipates quickly, leaving little trace on the glass

S = Yeasty, peppery with a hint of citrus. it's about 90F out today, so it smells "refreshing" if that's possible :)

T = Sweet and slightly fruity balanced with a spicy finish. Very mild aftertaste, a bit of hop and pepper. Very crisp with some wheat tang.

D = I've always like wheat beers. I find them (generally) to be extremely drinkable, and this is no exception. The light character and refreshing taste make this a great beer to toss in the cooler on a very hot day. This is on my "buy again" list for sure.

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

P: Very cool label. tall 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One finger head that retains ok. Cloudy pail yellow in color. and no lacing.

S: Orange and lemon.

T: Bit bitter, maybe from lemon & orange taste im getting. a bit of wheat.

M: Light body and well carbonated.

D: Easy to drink. a really good beer. i would love to buy a six pack of this.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of wheat citrus and some spices.

Tastes of big wheat notes all rounded by spices. Plenty of lemon notes with coriander and clove. A little sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel is light and has a crisp, fizzy amount of carbonation.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very pale cloudy yellow with a big white foamy head.

Tons of yeast and sweet grain aromas, some white pepper and coriander.

Lacks a bit intensity, but still very good clean flavors. Sweet wheat, yeast, grain, some light spice. Clean finish. Very refreshing. Just a touch mild.

Light bodied, well carbonated.

An easy drinker, just a hair behind the belgians. Needs a touch more intensity to be great -- so, very good. Terrific hot weather/summer beer. Very decent domestic product.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.