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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,961 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 135 | 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 MiScusi
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into weizen type glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bright white foamy, slightly thick head. The aroma has a distinct belgian yeast feel to it, with a small amount of orange. The taste is like a neutral wheat taste, with earthiness. Finishes with some spiciness. The mouthfeel is very smooth. It coats the tongue while still maintaining a very light mouthfeel.

Overall I think my tastes don't prefer the lingering spices in the finish.

MiScusi, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer but not the best witbier. Seems to be missing some of the spices found in many other wits. taste is average and you would be better off with a Hoegarden or Victory Whirlwind. Not a bad beer but falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

ejimhof, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow. Little head. Clear

S - Got some spicy scent off this.

T - Very understated. Not a ton of flavor, what there is is light spice.

M - about where I would like a white to be. Slightly sharp, but mostly mellow.

D - I drank 4/5ths before I remembered to review it. That tells me it's not a wow beer, but it can't be too bad.

enfield249, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Rascal seems like a slightly different Witbier than I'm used to. The flavor is more on the fruit side, less on the yeast aspect. The color resembles that orange color on the label, with a nice, frosty white head. The aroma is strong and quite sweet. Quite refreshing, but not quite as complex as I'd like.

Overall, White Rascal is a fairly good take on the style, although I think it could be improved. I miss that yeasty characteristic, which isn't completely absent, but toned down. Despite this, White Rascal would make a nice choice if you're buying beer for large audience.

Contra, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head that dissolves to a thin lace rather quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice light but effective blend of wheat, lemon and other citrus, and some hints of spice.

The flavour is quite similar to the aroma but a bit of a step up. Sweet lemon and citrus hit you at the front of each sip, and then the flavour moves into a bit of spiciness mixed with a touch of hops and the finish goes back to a bit of citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice brew overall. Appearance could use some beefing up but everything else is quite nice. This one is well balanced and a nice thirst quencher thats also full of flavour. Definitely worth a try.

SixpointJMH, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin head.

Smell: You're not going to believe this, but the first aroma I got was the seasoning from hot dogs. Then a little coriander.

Taste: Again, weirdness reigns. This reminds me of a not-so-sweet lime popsicle with yeasty and spicy notes.

Drinkability: I like wits, and this one, while a little strange, is pretty good.

This was a strange experience of a beer. I like witbiers so I picked up a single to try. I've never smelled a beer that smelled like a hot dog and tasted like a lime popsicle. However, I like hot dogs and will occasionally eat a lime popsicle, so I won't slam this beer for being a little strange. I might even try it again sometime.

Mdog, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a full white head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is sweet banana's and lemon peel. Some coriander present as well.

Taste is light and tart lemons at first with a slightly doughy finish. A good bit of coriander flavor.

A bit thin, although not out of wack with the style at all.

Easy to drink, and refreshing. Although not stand-out, it is still a good beer. Recommended if you are a fan of witbiers.

bluegrassbrew, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of fank2788
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer pours out a pale straw gold, slightly hazy with an everlasting pure white head which laces a lot. The smell is of wheat, a bit of orange or lemon, some floral hops and a good deal of yeastiness. The taste is of spicy hops, coriander, orange a touch of lemon and a few other spices all surrounded by wheat malt. The mouthfeel is light and fairly effervescent with somewhat high levels of carbonation. Drinkability is good this is a very pleasant summer beer and a fine example of the witbier style.

fank2788, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capping off the night with Avery's version of a white ale. On to the beer:

Poured slowly into a pint glass, it's very light blonde to colorless. It's head is a suprise for the style, and it lasts until the last sip. Coriander and "crème d'orange" are in the smell. The flavor was mixed well, light, yet still yummy. Malted wheat, some cream, a touch of orange run around, with the saaz hops sizzling on the tongue. This brew hit the spot for me.

Update 6/1/11: Tried for the first time in four years. Head retention doesn't quite last as long. Doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that I remember, more singular. Still tasty, but I need to be fair and drop some scores accordingly.

DoubleJ, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass, including all the yeasty sediment from the bottom of the bottle. A very soft, hazy yellow color and cloudy as expected. Extremely light-colored yellow.

An awesome fruity wheat ale flavor while still managing to keep it lightly done. No overpowering attributes, just an easy drinking wheat ale. Maybe a good choice as a break-in beer for someone.

jasonpeckins32, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Light yellow, almost like lemon jello yellow. Cloudy with a rocky head that dissipates quickly to something much smaller, still a head, but not as grand. lacing isn't all that great. Not much to write home about.

Nose: Orange and coriander aromas hop out at you in this brew, classic for a wit. Not much malt or hop aroma, everything derived from the yeast character. Fairly potent, it is not hard to identify the aromas here, but they don't fill the room either. Average in my opinion, "Just another one of the guys."

Tongue: A little bitterness first from the hops followed by the yeast flavors and finally by a grainy flavor. Overall a little watery but still refreshing on a hot day. Just not as strong as Hoegaarden.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied on the palate. This brew has a slightly drying finish, but not too much so. Easy to drink and incredibly refreshing on a hot day (or in a hot apartment while brewing). This is a brew that I could see myself buying again, though I'd rather go with Hoegaarden or Holy Moses. I'll definitely be exploring the style more, especially now that the summer months are here.

becktone, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- opaque hazy pale yellow. The yeast haze does not move within the glass and the color is consistent throughout the beer. Head is thin and white. Leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

S- Refreshing citrus and spices hit the nose. Solid wheat and yeasty background.

T- very similar to the smell. Citrus upfront with spices and yeast providing a nice background. Citrus and yeast linger in the aftertaste.

M- yeasty body and heavy carbonation. Mouthfeel is a hair thin but its still well done.

D- This is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Good example of a witbier from Avery. I will have it again. Good and easy beer to session.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Rascal pours a hazy straw yellow into the glass with a thin creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a creamy ring around the surface and a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rather subdued with notes of orange peel, yeast and wheat. Perhaps a hint of lemon in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with a mild carbonated fizz on the sides of the tongue. The flavor has notes of orange peel, banana, yeast and wheat. At the end a touch of spice (coriander?) pokes through. It finishes slightly tart leaving behind some of the banana flavors when gone.

If you don't like all the banana and clove in a hefeweizen, but want to drink a nice wheat beer give this one a try.

WanderingFool, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled off tap at Mr.Goodbar in Buffalo.
A very gritty lemony yellow (the colour looks uneathly actually!) with bubbles and big bubbly white head. The body is hazy when viewed and rather spritzy when in the mouth. Flavours of fresh ground pepper and light, simple spices. It finishes on that very peppery note. Refreshing, although the body is lacking alot of texture. The aroma is filled with lemon and ginger. This is not a great version of the style, but still acceptable and easily enjoyed - Recommended as a real "lite" beer.

biegaman, May 24, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow very hazy | wonderful carbonation | good head

Tart and sweet | thick | spicy

Powdery wheat tart edge with light cream | coriander | European floral hops

Nice carbonation | creamy medium bodied | powdery smooth

Decent brew, but not my favorite Witbier though.

MrHungryMonkey, May 22, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cjgator3, May 19, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

alexgash, May 17, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kimcgolf, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

terrabyte, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerphan, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hautacam, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rallison, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

AlexJ, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

meadhead, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jbsteiny, Mar 24, 2007
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,961 ratings.