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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,121
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 209 | 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 kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy..yellow with a good head, good retention as well

Aroma is coriander and wheat

Taste is a well spiced wit..good notes on the wheat, citrus and banana

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation

Drinkability: It is a wit..and it delivers on the refreshing aspect, as well as having a taste good for a summer day. A good wit..try it out

Photo of deapokid
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Avery offering pours a hazy yellow with a very thin white head (little to no retention) and light body. The sizzly bubbles caused by the high level of carbonation make the beer look like it's alive.

Scent is heavy on banana esthers with a thick, wheaty back end. This is one of my favorite summer time smells and this is very inviting on such a humid day.

Taste is a bit thinner than expected, but it still packs hints of wheat body with notes of coriander and orange peel. It's noticeably lacking that malty, cereal-esque characteristic most wits are recognized for.

Although it has definitely taken a different route than expected, it does have an appealing flavor and is highly drinkable. It might get flack for being a lighter and more user-friendly version of the witbier, but that doesn't stop it from being a tasty little wheat ale and something capable of heavy warm weather consumption.

Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a kick-ass Unibroue flulted tulip glass. Sweet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and light golden/lemony yellow straw color with a big 2 and 1/2 finger head that slowly fades to an uneven and full skim; leaves a pretty thick and dry looking lacing clinging to the sides; very strong carbonation -- big bubbles in some spots, little bubbles in others... Should be a lively drink.

Smell: Wheat, first and foremost is the wheat. Definitely a pretty powerful yeasty presence follows it and carries with it some of the spices I would expect -- some coriander and clove, hints of banana in the scent as well.

Taste: Comes across a little more tart than I would have expected - almost a bit of a sharp bitterness that is grassy and grainy in flavor from the wheat; the yeast is much more mellow in the mouth, as are the spices which are more present in the swallow and aftertaste than anything else, and that doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: As expected, it's very lively due to the carbonation; body is fairly light and a little watery as well, but it still manages to leave a slight coating on the tongue and roof of the mouth. All in all, it's a very clean finish as I hardly retain any flavors in the mouth once it's gone.

Drinkability: It's not too bad... The flavor isn't something that catches my attention as I've definitely had more flavorful offerings, but it's still refreshing enough at the end of a long hot day that I certainly don't mind drinking it.

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

Appears much like most beers in this style; a bright golden color with a high degree of cloudiness.

Pretty sweet taste with abundant fruity esters here mixed with a medium degree of spices (cloves). The sweetness only seems to linger after the swallow.

For style it is a pretty sweet beer as opposed to others which enchance the citrus more. For this, I find it very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

going to the beer store and picking an avery is like going to the ferrari dealership, it doesn't matter which one you get, its going to be awesome. has a very very light color to it, even for a wit, and has a big white head, the head is one of those big foamy ones that does not go away quickly, sticks around for a while. smell is nice and yeasty, with notes of corriander and citrus fruits. taste is very good, this is one of the few wheat ales that has a bit of a malt kick to it, its mostly noticable on the after taste. very solid beer, and it hits the spot on a hot day like today.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and light lace is left behind.
S: A light fruity aroma of banana and citrus. There is a grainy aroma. Some coriander spice lingers on.
T: Fruity banana and orange. coriander spice as well. A cereal grain flavor. Not much is here.
M/D: A medium body, but very thin and watery. An easy and smooth beer to drink. Something I can session with no problem.

Not a bad summer beer. Nothing special, but very pleasant. Something to bring to a party or BBQ.

Photo of praufs01
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy bright yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Very peppery with a classic Belgian White ale aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth on the palate with light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light Golden Delicious Apple flavor with some white pepper, clove, and a touch of baby aspirin in the background.

Overall - Very classic Belgian Wit flavors with this ale. The flavors are pronounced but not overwhelming

Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An easy-drinking witbier. Pours a very light yellow, slightly green, with a head that quickly dissipates to a ring of carbonation. Some nice lacing, but nothing too outstanding. Smells almost buttery, but very subtle. There's not much aroma to this beer. The taste is soft and slightly bubblegummy. It's a delicate style, I understand that, but nothing really stands out about this brew. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's no Celis White or Blanche de Chambly.

Photo of chaswisler
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow. Good pour from bottle to pint glass. Thin head that disappears quickly.

A - a little better than average. Nice even yellow.

S - Lemon, then wheat.

T - Nice blends of lemon, banana, and wheat. Light at first.

D - I could definately polish off a couple in one sitting.

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

A: Cloudy yellow. No fluff in the head. Thing white foamy skim. Moderate lacing.

S: Wheat. Lemon. Coriander. soft...

T: Wheat and lemon with hints of banana and yeast which I didn't get in the nose. Rather bland and uninspired.

M: A bit heavy for the style but has a crisp finish. Not as refreshing because of the heavier body.

D: A pedestrian effort which I am unlikely to retread.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bit cloudy and yellow and a more than decent bright white head that leaves some modest lacing.

S - Coriander, orange citrus and banana and a hint of Bazooka Joe.

T - Banana and citrus (tangerine?)flavors and some yeast. Complex enough to keep things interesting which makes this a nice offering. Modest sweetness on the back-end.

M - Medium-bodied and a touch creamy. Finishes clean and has been a treat out here on the deck in the Virginia humidity.

D - Nothing extraordinary but more than drinkable and would satisfy the "unwashed masses" at any summer gathering.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a decent white head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Lots of coriander and orange peel aromas, with banana and a hint of bubblegum in there as well. Very aromatic and enticing.

T - Spice asserts itself up front, with banana and orange citrus flavors coming through strongly in the finish. There's some yeasty breadiness in there as well that does a nice job of keeping the sweetness of the fruit flavors in check.

M - Medium-bodied and a bit creamy. Finishes clean and crisp thanks to ample carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer.

D - Very enjoyable and an excellent example of the style. Pretty basic for a wit, but still one of the better ones out there in my opinion.

Photo of damiandavila
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured somewhat cloudy though not what I expected for the genre. Soft-drink style carbonation head with moderate retention.

Typical citrus on the nose with slight spice: orange peel, maybe lemon, coriander plus a slight bit of yeast.. I love whites/wits so I'm not as critical here.

Deceptively light at first, but has some yeast through the middle and finishes with enough bitterness (actually tartness) to keep things interesting.

Feels a bit watered-down in the mouth, but flavor is there and we're not talking Corona. Just a little lighter than the flavor and aroma would lead you to expect. A little fizzy.

Overall, a great quaff for the brutal South Florida summer.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy mellow-yellow. a finger sized head made a quick appearance, and there was a spot of some lacing as well.

S - first things firsts, smells delicioius, very sweet, a ton of orange, a bit of lemon, possibly an unidentifiable spice??? also, there is plenty of wheat malt to fill the olfactory.

T - Drinks very simliar to the way it smells, lots of orange, and wheat, but just enough hops pull through midway to make it interesting. it finishes wheaty-sweat.

MF - lots of carb, crisp, lighter bodied.

D - pretty high. as a big fan of wits, this one is no prized pig, but not a brew to shake your finger at either. just a solid go-to for the price, and a local favorite of mine. Overall a decent american wit, and thirst quencher (especially during the sweat months)

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost all of the bottle, swirled the sediment, and topped it off. A straw color with a bubbly, white head. The sediment swirled to the bottom of the glass like a drop of ink in water--very pretty (I added half a point for the effect).

The aroma is faint, but pretty standard for a wit--wheat, yeast, spices and citrus fruits.

The brew is quite spiced with lemon and orange in the background. A little more spice than I like, but it tastes like a standard witbier. Good wheat presence and some yeast. Everything meshes extremely well, the carbonation is even, and there's enough body to fill the mouth.

There's not anything interesting here, but everything is done very well. It'd be an easy choice to pick up a sixer (at least when Whirlwind is out of season).

Photo of elliot23
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Poors a pale cloudy yellow. A decent 2 finger head with decent lacing on the outside.

Smell: Strong nose of yeast and and some mild spice and citrus. Pleasant.

Taste: A nice mellow and crisp sweetness. Hints of spice, banana, and citrus. A mild hop finish that is very well balanced.

Feel: Very light style of beer with adequate carbonation. Good finish on the tongue.

Drink: A nice belgium witbier. A good and refreshing drink, perfect for warm days. Woul drink nice with some sweeter flavored dishes. Also good by itself. Would buy it again.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a cloudy gold under a white head of moderate retention. Smells, well, like fruits and dirty laundry. Taste is a tart/laundry water mix with only 1/4 the regular dose of Tide. Pretty off to me, not enjoying it.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy with yeast. Big bubbles noticeable. HEAD: Nice specs of lacing and retention to the last sip. COLOR: Straw yellow.

S- YEAST: Nice funky Belgian yeast flavors. SPICES: Typical coriander and orange in light to medium amounts MALT: Pilsner and Belgian aromatic with wheat make for a light base that allows other flavors to shine. HOPS: Light bitter Saaz twang.

T- TONGUE: Clean and dry with some wheat tannins. HOPS: Nice bitter feeling in aftertaste. SPICES: Floral and lightly citric. YEAST: Tart and... "yeasty". MALT: Sweet and reminiscent of a light flour biscuit.

M- BODY: Light and refreshing. CARBONATION: Light and bubbly.

D- This is a damn good Witbier at a 6 pack for 1.40$ per beer and better than most, but doesn't come in 12 packs for 1.04$ per beer like Sam Adams Seasonal.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego. Served in a pint glass.

Poured a nice pale white-yellow color. Strong hazy appearance, and nice white head. Light aroma with yeast and some citrus. Taste is more nice yeasts, orange and lemon, a bit of nice grains, and some pepper in the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation. Goes down smooth and alcohol isn't high. Tasty as a quality session Wit. Will get again for sure.

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

Another pleasant surprise I came across at the Torches On The Hudson Restaurant in Newburgh, NY. It poured a musty pale yellow/gold color with plenty of bubble action, and good sized white head and great lacing. The aroma was a polite bready citrus and light allspice, clean and solid for the style. The taste is a medium to light clovey bread with light lemon background to the back of the mouth. It's lively, refreshing and clean refreshment yet it retains a consistency that truly suggests liquid french bread, nearly mid-body with just a bit of viscous feel. I could drink many of these in most any situation. This is generally an easy style to like but this one certainly hangs in there as a better than average offering by my taste buds.

Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with a thick head that disappeared rather quickly. Smells yeasty and coriander/clove spicy. The flavor is sweet and fruity even peachy with a clovey type spice. Good aftertaste with a nice tartness in the finish. The only thing I didn't really like is that is was very watery feeling and thin.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damn this MOFO is pale... I even tried to get some of the yeast off the bottom to give it some opacity but I just totally failed. In any case...

Pours super white- like champagne, white wine, or a saison. Tons of visible carbonation but less of a head than I would hav expected. Still a good layer of continuous pure white head on the top. I stil lcan't get over the carbonation. I'm going to be burping all day.

Aroma is reminiscent of Duvel. Very dry Belgian yeast. Slight fruit, but mostly an attractive sourness to the aroma. I sorta wish this was a sour beer now from the aroma but I'm expecting a more standard wheat beer that's maybe a little more abstractly Belgian than other standard wits.

Taste follows up as expected. No tartness whatsoever. I'm not sure why I'm complaining about this but now I have to go buy some sours. Has a bit of a homebrew taste to it.. just wish it was crisper. Otherwise great balance between malt flavor and yeast flavors. I think it just has way too sweet of a finish which makes it hard to drink. Like a extract batch that finished at too high of a FG. The beer is kept fairly watery but I think it has a very high proportion of wheat malt, maybe moreso than other wheat beers, that keeps the malt flavor extremely light and subtle. No apparent spices but if there are they're just there to accentuate the yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much like tap water but it has a refreshing level of carbonation that keep it kind of like mineral water and would be nice on a hot day. Drinkability is kept low by the residual sweetness.

Photo of magictrokini
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Poured a clear faint yellow with a fizzy white head. Not a good start. Pleasant wheat and spice aroma, sweeter than most. Taste was very light, even for the style. Tart wheat and orange peel dominate. Some spice, but nothing to really distinguish the beer. Dry, crisp finish. Refreshing but lacking.

Photo of Rayek
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with hyperactive, almost soda-like carbonation from big bubbles.Soapy white head starts out big and then fades to a thin film. Leaves nice patches of lace.

S: Coriander, clove, orange peel and lemon, plus a hint of doughy yeast.

T: Light flavor starts out with a dry biscuit quality. Mild bitterness has a coriander bite to it. Finishes with a lemon tartness and a touch of orange.

M: Light body feels somewhat watery. Carbonation is about right, despite all the activity in the glass.

D: An easy drinking beer that has a nice lightness to it. There are better takes on this style, but this is a nice beer overall.

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy yellow color. Almost like a cloudy lemonade, nice head but not a lot of retention, the ring stays around and leaves some laicng but not a lot.

S - Very nice smell here. Lots of spices, most notably a lemon smell and coriander.

T - Great witbier. Lots of lemon with coriander like the smell, but also a lot of other spices that give this one a complex taste. Very good.

M - Nice mouthfell, lots of carbonation, good for the style.

D - Very drinakable, but not as much as some witbiers just because of the complexity and the amount of spices used.

Great witbier, very complex and lots of spices. Well worth a try and will probably pick this up again sometime.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,121 ratings.