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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 726
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 stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite witbiers, but then again, I'm an Avery loyalist. A murky golden-yellow pour culminates in a huge white head that rounds off above the rim of the pilsner. Head is bubbly and lasting with a little circle of lacing left behind. Smells of lemon, coriander, wheat, a bit of grass and yeast. Tastes spicy and somewhat sweet, yet it's crisp and refreshing. This is a light-bodied drinker that seems to work well as a refreshing recovery drink after a long bike ride.

Photo of changeup45
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a moderate sized white head that fades. Sharp citrus notes in the aroma with orange and banana coming to mind with some yeast. Zesty citrus flavor consisting of lemons, orange coriander and a touch of banana with a hint of spicy hops. Light-bodied and refreshing but not watery, which was nice. Not Belgian good but a pretty good beer nonetheless. I'd have no problem having this again on a warm day.

Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured an imperial pint glass, White Rascal is a hazy very pale gold with a large white head that leaves heavy lace. Great color!

Smell is nice, soft fruitiness and clean cereals, dry.

Taste is also very clean and well done, crisp graininess, slight sourness from the wheat, with only a slight hint from the spices. Heavy mineral, hard water saltiness that I really like, pushing this into small saison territory.

Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp, with a lighter body and heavier carbonation, this is a great hot weather session beer.

Drinkability is high, I love this style of beer, and Avery's is clean and well down, without being over-spiced.

Photo of HalfFull
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass, this brew pours a very hazy carbonated orange-lemon in color. Deeper in orange than I've seen in my few other witbiers.

Notes of orange and coriander on the nose, a bit of wheat and a definite sour smell, particularly when agitated or through the head. A nice pleasant smell and quite welcome.

Taste is of light wheat and a touch of candi sugar, perhaps a bit too sweet. Nicely balanced with a fairly deep malt background for the style. Feel is also rather solid, with a nice active carbonation yielding a smooth finish.

Well done easy quaffing brew with a myriad of scents and flavors around the next turn. Will surely try again.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice head and a good lace.
The aroma is wheat,citrus and yeast.
The taste is yeast and citrus with some vanilla sweetness,clove and cinnamon hints.
The feel is well balanced carbonation with a crisp,clean finish.I must add that it was very creamy.

Notes: Say what what you want,but this was delicious and so easy to down. I want a six pack,fast!
I know that there are many examples of the style and I have tried a few. This one stands up quite well.
More than worthy in my book.

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

Pours a great white, barely colored, beer, with great head and lacing, especially for a wheat beer. It has a great aroma, very malty with great wheat hints and a nice spiciness (a little clover and pepper, mostly). Great taste, very nice and crisp, with great aftertastes of pepper and banana. It goes down nice, if a little rough from the carbonation.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey and tangy-scented wheat malt with a full spiciness and notes of juicy orange peels.

Taste: Tangy, lightly sweet wheat malt followed by a brazen dose of coriander and orange peel (like taking a teensy weensy sip of triple sec). Touch of honey. Distinct pear fruitiness Spicy hops with a light bitterness. Pinch of coarse black pepper near the end. Orangey, spicy finish with a faint lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but the additional spices are just a wee bit overbearing for me.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If nothing else, White Rascal nails the look of an authentic Belgian white: hazy washed-out yellow and a firm glaring white cap of fine bubbles.

Light, springtime earthy smell--mild orange, mild coriander, straw/hay, faint lemon.

Aromas carry over into the flavor, with a tangy aspect in the front, center and finish; mild pungency from the yeast; a flowery/perfume-like character along with the expected and traditional orange and coriander. Texture provides plenty of zip and zing from generous carbonation, but also has a softened, rounded, almost milky element.

Like Oberon, this is an excellent take on the style by a U.S. brewer. Certainly one to use to turn people onto witbiers. And how sad is it that Hoegaarden doesn't even taste this good anymore? And the label/name is very cool...

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

Bottle poured into a hefe glass. Poured a very pale straw color--think almost platinum blonde. Easily the lightest beer I've had so far. Had a 2 inch white pillowy head that stuck around nearly til I finished it. Some light lacing.
Aroma was strongly banana with some light spice and faint bready/yeasty smell.
Light, fruity flavor with some bready flavor in the background. Aftertaste had very faint hoppy taste that was mostly drowned out by the banana flavor.
Mouthfeel was light, crisp and pretty balanced. Smooth with light carbonation at the end to finish it off.

Overall pretty refreshing, but the fruit flavors were a bit strong and dominated the beer. Will have it again, but certainly not what I'll be reaching for first.

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

12-ounce bottle poured, swirled, and poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade body with orange highlights and a thick cap of soft, fine-bubbled white foam that recedes pretty quickly to a ring that leaves webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is spicy with plenty of dry orange, cloves and coriander with a sizzle of earthy hops.

Taste is tangy with oranges and spices right up front and a softly bready yeast note. A lightly-toasty wheaty backbone acts as a great platform for the spices to strut their stuff, and they do just that. A touch of banana reveals itself as the drink warms.

Smooth and medium-bodied with superb drinkability.

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

Pours a pale hazy yellow with a big head. The first smell is of citrus then yeast. This is full bodied Wit with a refreshing citrus note on the finish. Not terribly refined or complex but rather flavourful and in your face unlike a lot of watery wits.

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

A-Light yellow body, semi cloudy/milky. 1 finger head that dissapeared rather quikly with no lacing.

S-Mainly cloves and citrus, not a whole bunch going on but still smells pleasant.

T-Taste is prototypical for this style, mainly clove spices with a little banana mixed and possible bubble gum.

M-Light on the palete, light body with medium carbonation.

D-A nice representation of this catagory, nothing eye popping but definatly a nice beer. Avery is 2/2 as far as my reviews go.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle gave instructions on how to pour the beer. Stated something like: Leave some beer in the bottle after you pour, swirl remainder and pour the yeast into your glass to top off brew.

A: Cloudy straw color, unfiltered. Very thin white head. Consistent with Wit's.

S: A decent, but not overwhelming hint of wheat, orange and spice.

T: Lots of grass, citrus and spice flavors. Nothing overwhelming, but a good mix.

M: A decent crisp clean flavoring left on the palate.

D: Not a bad witbier, probably not one I would search out. I want to get another couple bottles to try to taste the variances if I pour the beer the way they say and the normal way.

Photo of midaszero
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Hazy yellow with 1 finger of white head and little lacing

S - Belgian yeast with citrus and wheat

T - Sweet wheat taste with hints of orange very refreshing. Some spice I can't seem to place.

M - Light to medium body with a nice light carbonation

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. 5.5% makes it not bad for sessioning and goes down easy. Especially good on a hot day.

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite hazy yellowish brown in color, with a paper-thin off-white head, and fine lacing to coat the glass walls. Fat bubbles cling to the glass walls, and there are ample quantities of sediment that rise and fall in the carbonation streams.

Aroma: Sweet, vaguely honey-like notes with strong coriander and clove notes.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, with a slight spiciness. As the taste progresses, there is a backdrop of herbal bitterness, which gradually rises towards the end of the taste. Finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Soft and relatively full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not a bad example, certainly not the equal of the best Belgian whites, but then again, who could expect it to be?

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of berserker256
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick hazy yellow color. Lots of bubble rise to the surface. Not a ton of head but it hangs on the side of the glass nicely. There's a citrusy yeasty aroma. Nice texture and a flavor that reflects the aroma. Heavy yeasty/citrus flavor that's typical of Belgian wheats. Easy to drink. Good beer. Too expensive though. I think I went to a ritzy joint to buy it. I probably could have gotten for about three bucks cheaper from a different place.

Photo of chileman13
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith glass.
A- light straw to golden yellow with a 1 1/2" white head.
A- wheat, light yeast with orange/cardomon/ ? spice.
T- light wheat beer with good spicing.
D- I don't know why but I really liked this witbeir/ hefe-cousin. It was refreshing and I felt better than the reviews show. Maybe it was the batch...

Photo of Onslow
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had at Molly's for the Spain-Russia game, 2nd half after I lost my cable ... Looks like Pineapple juice... is decent stuff but needs more complexity ... medium spritz ... light-medium mouthfeel .. mild refreshing flavour.. it took me 4 years to try this, but probably never again, that being said, the lowest of the avery lineup...

Photo of hiikeeba
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up cloudy pale yellow, almost white with a thick white head that dissipates slowly

S - Smells mostly of yeast, some citrus in the background and a hint of spice

T - Starts off with sharp carbonation tingle, replaced with slight sweetness at the edge of the tongue, and finishes with a hint of spice. Very light and crisp.

M - Strong carbonation tickle on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable wit beer. Two of these go down pretty smooth.

Photo of PiecefulToker
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer here in Nashville. While this beer was simple and refreshing on a warm summer evening, it lacked complexity in flavor that I was looking for and have found in other wit beers. It was off-white, and completely cloudy and opaque, with minimum head. There were subtle flavors of yeast and coriander, but the malt and hops were definitely subdued and under-represented. I would drink this beer again, and it would be great for sessions, but I would not seek it out.

Photo of shadow1961
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery White Rascal pours a finger of white foam
over a cloudy lemon yellow brew. Carbonation
is extremely active- the nose is funky yeast and
citrus- no doubt from the orange peel and coriander
the label cites as additions. The flavor is a bit of clove,
citrus, and wheat husk, underscored by herbal noble
hops- again, the label states they are of the Saatz
variety. Mouthfeel is crisp and semidry, with a suggestion
of orange rind in the aftertaste. It's not quite to style with
the tiny hop additions, but it does liven up the flavor. A
nice, solid Wit.

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

Poured 12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams special glass. Appearance - looks like lemonade. Smells wheaty and citrsy, not overally strong. Taste is pretty good. Good beer on a hot summer day, would not turn one down, but would not go out of my way to find one. Witbier is no my fav style, but I do like this beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast, fruity flavors of orange and lemon and mildly spicy flavors of clove and coriander. The malt character is light but still hearty enough to give the beer some substance. There's a mild hops presence but about the right amount for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good lighter beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

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

Pours very light straw color with fluffy fine bubbled wite head. Moderate lacin.

Aroma of belgian yeast esters, some spiciness, very clovey.

Taste follows the spirit of the aroma with a tiny bit of citrus sweetness complimenting the clovew spice. Slight pepper finish, moutfeel is light and bubbly. Fairly crips finish.

This was a very nice drink on an extrememly hot afternoon.

Photo of MisterClean
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Cloudy, light golden, medium head, very resilient head.

S - Heavy orange peel. That's all I can smell.

T - Orange zest. That's it.

M - Earthiness took over on the mouthfeel, could use less bittering to take the edge off.

D - Not bad, but there are better examples.

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