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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,095
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 theformula
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer #17 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/17. I love witbiers, the label was enough to make me drink plus too many RIS' lately...

A: Pours a nearly stark white body into a tulip glass. A 2" soapy white head doesn't stick around too long. The body is very cloudy w/ sediment, but where's the head?

S: Mmm, Belgian yeast. Really nice but subtle aroma of doughy yeast, orange and coriander spice and very soft hops. Some wheat and grain add to the easy mix.

M: Light body, med. carbonation. Thirst quenching and crisp, but a little thin.

T: Not complex or uber-authentic, but enjoyable for a US version. Smooth wheat grains coupled w/ a good dose of leafy hops make the base of the wit. A light and slightly weak bit of orange and coriander spice it up yet are not quite substantial enough. The hops take it over into the finish, with a lemony-citrus flavor.

D: Decent. It's not Blanche de Chambly or Hoegaarden and just lacks body and seems a bit thin. Very sessionable and worth a try to ease someone into the style.

Photo of Shaw
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a cloudy white in color with a nice white head that I destroyed by pouring the swirled yeast on top of it. Boo hoo!

It has that nice, spicy Belgian beer aroma of coriander, malt and other spices.

The taste is lightly of wheat malt and spices, with some nice peppery notes. There is a bit of a straw flavor that I'm not wild about. There are also some sour flavors.

The body is a little too watery for me.

Overall a decent beer, but nothing special. There are better examples of this style.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Straw colored body with a small one finger head, quickly leaving my glass- no lace to speak of. This brew actually looks somewhat lite in my glass.

S- Smell is sour and sweet with floral notes.

T- Taste is of coriander, spice, earthy wheaty notes, and pleasantly sour finish.

M- Mouthfeel is light and clean, one could easily drink many of these in a sitting.

D- This aint bad. It is not the best either. I enjoy the taste but the complexity and body are lacking.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Fizzy and hazy yellow. Thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly. I left a small amount of brownish sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
S: Lemony fresh! Nicely floral, with some well-blended spiciness to it. Typical witbier citrus and coriander scents, nothing out of place.
T: Some lemon zest and other spices are most prominent. Other than that, some floral and yeasty tastes, and a very tiny sweetness. Really not too much happening, but there is a nice coherence to it.
M: Crisp, bubbly and satisfying, albeit rather thin and watery.
D: Not bad, but this seems to feel/taste even waterier as it warms.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light lemon-drop - looks like cloudy lemonade - with a one-finger pillowy head that descends to a thin cover before becoming a patch. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel and a touch of coriander - very soft/mild.

The taste is malty - barley malt more noticeable than usual for style - not a bad thing - with wheat tang. Orange peel and coriander lend slight fruity/spicy notes. Saaz hops are appropriately light. Malt sweetness turns to a dryish finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, but rather watery too.

Nothing "off", but nothing particularly special. Very mild - approaching weak.

Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for under two dollars

Poured into a pint glass with a pale golden straw color, 1/2 white foamy head that settled rather quickly, not much retention or lacing

Smell was in you face wheat with some grassy hoppiness, also lots of oranges,

Taste was complex for a wheat beer, had some oranges and wheat right off the bat and then faded into some dryness in the finish, good things happened when this beer reached room temperature, a belgian waffle-like taste came to the surface along with some other spices, coriander or something, started to taste more like a saison, citrus also got stronger when this happened, nicely balanced between malt and hops, nice unique beer overall

Pretty good amount of carbonation, body was a little on the weaker side, taste did not last very long either

Could probably drink a six pack of this no problem, it is light on the stomach and is around five and a half percent alcohol, goes down nice and easy

Another good beer from Avery, going to have to open the big beers from that brewery soon, recommended, I am not a fan of wiitbiers and I actually enjoyed drinking this one

Photo of HoppyInfidel
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this for my 40th birthday. Appearance is pale yellow and cloudy. Poured a fair head, which settled down to an 1/8" foam that latest throughout the drinking, with nice lacing. The coriander and orange peel spicing shine through in the aroma and taste. Very drinkable -- I'd probably pick up some bottles if I encountered them in a store.

Photo of dsa7783
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another beer that was relatively hard to find in my area, but I am glad that I was finally able to find two remaining six-packs in a nearby store... Appearance-wise, pours a nice amber color that is appealing but doesn't give much of a frothy head that I've come to see from a lot of witbiers... not as cloudy or murky as some I've encountered, but the smell is great, reminiscent of coriander, wheat and citrus. The taste truly complements the aroma, with a nice spicing of citrus and a slightly pepperish flavor that goes down very easily and smoothly... A great beer that I could drink plenty of and still be satisifed... worth looking for and definitely recommended...

Photo of rizzo
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking wit. Aromas have the classic belgian bread like yeast, clove, vanilla, and grassy like scents. A good overall palette of flavours, with the coriander and orange peel sitting nicely amongst the wheat malt tang. These guys are starting to become one of my favourite US brewers.

Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Lots of aromas here. sour, grassy notes, hops, citrus coming through as well. Poured from a 12oz bottle. The head lasts for quite a while, lovely swirls of yeast spiriling down. Taste is great! I get a little sweetness at first followed by sour notes at the end. Very creamy mouthfeel that makes for great drinkability.The second beer Ive tried from avery, I was a little dissapointed with the Kaiser, but this is definatley a superior Belgian Weiss in my opinion.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good taste. I have had better looking, better smelling witbiers, but this one tastes very good. The color is somewhere between the normal hazy straw witbier color and "lager yellow". Nice size head, but requires a hard pour. Very mild but pleasant witbier smell.

What this beer offers is taste. Very good balance between astringency, citrus (lemon) and bready wheat taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the beer is crisp and not watery.

Very drinkable...good taste and a sessionable style make this a good summer session beer.

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy wit/yellow, with a head worthy of The Rocky Mountains. Smell is a standout, remarkably spicy for the style, exhibiting big coriander notes and zippy citrus. Taste starts out great, but for some reason itfalls flat a few seconds in. Texture is nice, full, lively and refreshing. A very nice beer that could benefit from a little tweaking. Wish I could identify what happens in the aftertaste.

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

Love the label, very stylish. Peach colored, mostly opaque. Little head, no lace. Dull wheat smell to it.

Bubbly, crisp, strong, dry wheat taste. Lots of adjectives, and overall it is really a good brew.

This is a very solid micro brew. Never had Avery beer before, but this was quality.

Photo of budgood1
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out of the 12 oz. bottle a light straw colour, with a rollicking carbonation that produces a meringue like white head. and of course, lots of rocky belgian lace is to be had. nice aroma of soft spices; lemon, orange, coriander, wheat malt and yeast make this one a sniffer to be sure. delicate tasting brew this wit is....light clove, a bit of orange, dry wheatiness and a hint of sour alcohol spice all meld well together. a touch of spicy saaz hops rounds it out. the addition of the dregs makes it obviously more yeasty and a bit fruitier. the mouthfeel is crisp yet soft, with a body that is best described as light and airy. drinkability is great...tasty enough not to get bored, yet approachable enough to make friends with those not real enamoured with the style or craft beer in general.

this would be a splendid summer quaffer after a hot day of toiling in the sun. it's even pretty tasty during a cool fall day in november. overall, it's a nice stab at the style. i hope i can obtain this during the summer season next year. it's worth a case.

Photo of livingregret
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow w/ a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly that leaves ample lacing though.

Smell: A sweat wheat smell mixed w/ orange and a touch of spice

Taste: Odd...thin bodied and light. Slight citric taste that is slighty bitter. Light spice and a taste of apple. Pretty good but the mouthfeel is oddly light

Drinkability: A slightly odd feeling beer that is decent

Photo of BucBasil
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very light, pale golden color that is pretty cloudy. Pure white head is about two fingers thick and lasts less than a minute.

Smell: Citrusy at first - especially lemon with a cereal-like malt profile rounding it out.

Taste: Again very citrusy with a nice semispicy finish.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and kind of prickly.

Drinkability: I had about 2 of these in once sitting. Very nice sessionable beer.

Photo of chefscott79
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this on tap at good old beachwood bbq...

light color very carbonated

smells like wonderful wheaty estery goodness

tastes very light and refreshing and a fair amount of wheat flavor and soo tasty

drinkability...I could drink this all day on a hot summer day...or in my case a late October hot and smoky day

Photo of genog
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Head was gone by the time it arrived at the table. Smell is nice, but very subtle. Some spices, and a little citrus peel smells, and some yeast. Flavor is very smooth a sweet with little else. Mouthfeeling is very crisp and clean

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

Pint consumed at Hill's in Spokane for $4.

This was served to me cloudy, with a decent-sized fizzy white head that left lots of lace. Looked a bit like a glass of cloudy lemonade.

The smell was refreshing, with cloves, lemons, and earthy grain all making their presence noted. None of it is hit-over-the-head-with-a-shovel bold, but it still smells pretty good.

Like the nose, the taste of this beer is of a pleasant, unassertive witbier, though the spices come slightly more to the fore. It finishes in a pleasingly dry manner.

This was light bodied, and had a crisp mouthfeel. The carbonation was just right for the style.

A pretty good domestic stab at the witbier style, and much better than Lost Coast's Great White, which is commonly encountered around here. When in the mood for it, I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of brewshakes
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked the top on this and poured it into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a murky, hazy yellow. It has about a one inch head that went away quickly. The nose is of bread and citrus and the taste matches this. Had a nice crisp feeling in the mouth and is quite refreshing.

Photo of dogger6253
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of champagne colored coming out of the bottle, settling into a darker honey color with a 1/2 inch of white head that fades into a filmy ring. The major smells here were a yeasty, bread-like quality with bits of cloves and coriander.

The taste is definitely where this beer shines best, peppery with some strong yeast flavor coupled with the tang of orange zest and the slight bite of coriander. The body was fairly light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this was crisp and refreshing, very easy to sip and highly drinkable.

Photo of shererjt
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, very pale yellow color. Escaping bubbles were plainly visible. Frothy white head. Spot-on for style. Nose was fruit and spice; coriander was very apparent. Some wheat there, too. Light body. Bitter orange flavor dominated with coriander in the finish. Very sweet. Mouthfeel was about where it should have been, and the drinkability was good.

One of the better witbiers I’ve tried. Excellent.

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

Straw gold with some haze and a big bubbled, soapy head which quicky boiled away.

Some pepper, pear, corriander, estery yeast and wheat in the nose.

Smooth and lightly sweet, flavor isn't as aggressive as the nose. Soft wheat base, hints of lemon, orange, corriander. Very light pepper and pear in the background. Little to no bitterness.

A tasty and easy to drink brew, not especially assertive yet still flavorful.

Photo of soupyman10
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light, opaque yellow-near-golden color. Head dissolves too fast. Nose is crazy strong citrus and wheat; smells how it should. Nice buttery taste, smooth as hell. Lots of wheat, however the citrus is much subtler than I expected based on the nose. Body is medium with good carbonation. This one was okay; a mediocre wit.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, very pale (not as pale as hoegaarden) yellow. Dishwater head that lays down, but doesn't go away. Mild carbonation. The aroma is very similar to Baltika's hefe. Lets see if the taste cries belgian yeast. The flavor is interesting. Not very smooth, but still pretty good. A little soapy, with cardboard wheat and grassy citrus. CO2 flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent, as the carbonation and spice tingles your tongue.

Pretty average witbier. Not something I'd call a staple in my beer diet.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,095 ratings.