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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 20
Gots: 123 | 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 ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head above the cloudy lemon-hued brew. Head lasts reasonably well, with good lacing for the style. Aroma is wheaty with citrus notes. Taste is subdued wheat flavor with a citrus note to it, kind of seems a bit watered-down. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are not too bad, but the watery effect makes it almost seemed kind of dumbed down. Worth a try if Wits are your thing, otherwise there's other fish in the sea.

ppoitras, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard bottled witbier pour. Pours a cloudy yellowy-white color with a thin, sticky white head. Good malted wheat and pale malt nose with some citrusy fruitiness and peppery alcohol notes. Yeast addition gives it a further mustiness. A little bigger in flavor than most witbiers; a touch sweeter and spicier. Malty and slick on the tongue and a good Saaz spiciness in the finish. I'm impressed, it's been awhile since I had a good witbier.

crookedhalo, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of FormatKid
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my tall wheat/pilsner glass. The body is a hazy straw yellow in appearance, I made no effort to get the extra yeast from the bottom of the bottle into this glass but I may on the next. Huge white head results from the pour, a little sticker than I expected, good retention and rings of lace are left around the glass. The nose is very nice, musty, with clove, orange, rye dough, bananas and hints of pineapple and white pepper. This beer is mildly sweet and as smooth as silk, really light in mouthfeel with the yeast fluffing it up a little bit so it’s not too slick. I can taste the wheat malt, the orange flavor here seems a bit sweeter than other wits I’ve had and it works really well. The obligatory flavors of clove and coriander are here as well accompanied by cracked white pepper in the finish. A good witbier I can see myself drinking more of this in the future.

FormatKid, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out a clear straw yellow with about half an inch of white head. No head retention and minimal lacing was left around the glass. Aroma was lightly spicy with a doughy malt and light yeastiness to it. Overall the aroma was pretty subdued. Taste was similar with the spices and doughy malt making up the majority of the flavor. Notes of lemon and yeast are in the mix as well. End on a dry spicy notes with a hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and crisp with bubbling carbonation. Ok drinkability here, this is not the most appealing for the style but it would do in a pinch.

meathookjones, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Pale cloudy, yellow color with the chunky bits on the bottom. Medium bodied. Nose is a faint yeast. Medium-strong carbonation. Starts and finishes with a crisp citrus flavor that is not overwhelming. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

jdhilt, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I loved this beer! I didn't know such wheaty goodness was so close to home. Everything in this beer is imported. Made to be a Belgian witbier.
pours like fermented, or cloudy lemonade. It has a huge white froth like a summer cloud. It holds the lace like a Victoria's Secret model.
Aroma of bread, saddle blanket, orange peel under a saddle.
The orange opens nicely as a vaporous zing. Citrus. Delish Saaz hops. This is goddamned refreshing! Lemon grabs the palate like a flashback as the beer goes down. Yeast provides a nice sourness that just brings down the house. So perfectly balanced. This is a short story about complexity. Not clean; there's dried orange peel, vanilla extract, a chalky mouthfeel. The whole beer seems geared to make this raw wheat funkiness a good tasting experience. And it is!

gbontrag, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Dallas, I think. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured an extremely cloudy, light yellow color. The white head was coarse and rose up high, but dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Straight up Mandarin oranges right after the pour. Kind of heavy and sweet at that point. After the beer had settled, though, the citrus component lightened up and was joined with mild grains and spicy yeast. Some alcohol came through strongly, which surprised me for this style of brew.

Mouthfeel: Velvety in the mouth, with some roughness as it hit the throat. Light bodied without any chewy grain presence. It came across as watery at times.

Taste: Nothing special here. It was really light in the citrus and orange catagories. Any spices, such as coriander, were hardly noticeable. The yeast contributed its own spiciness, and there was little grain presence. One of the strongest flavors was the alcohol, but it seemed to come and go with each drink.

There are many, many other wits out there that I would rather drink, though I have had worse.

Quaffer, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow, small head. Lots of cloudy haze, and small bubbles forming and flowing upwards.

Aroma: Soft wheat aroma, with a touch a vanilla.

Flavor/Body: Lot of wheat taste up front, with spicy notes from coriander present but not dominant. Yeasty, dusty flavor lingers at the finish. Light body with a slight citrus character.

A nicely balanced, light beer. Subtle and tasty.

allengarvin, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White/straw color with a decent white head. Spicy aroma dominates (coriander) with black pepper notes and wheat in background. More fruity in flavor than it smells with lots of orange zest... nice. Medium bodied and smooth ... very refreshing.

Nice - A rebuy !

Label states: "Malted barley, imported Belgian malted wheat, Czech Saaz hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel"

'03' emb on bottom ('1613' lasered)
Tasted: 10/16/04

(1.43 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin foamy head that does not rise up very much, and then sizzles down to nothing like soda bubbles. Aroma of sweet, doughey yeast, and some banana. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Thin flavor of yeast, some spiciness on the tongue, and a pungent lingering finish. Tough to pinpoint the nuances coming out, but there is defintely some citrus and some coriander, and some fine orange peel bitters.

far333, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a cloudy yellow, nice fluffy white head. Exactly as you would expect. Smell is a mellow wheat which touches the back of the nostril passage by the throat. very pleasant with hints of the citrus to come. Yummy taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste from this very citrusy beer ( I took the lemon out immediately, so it wasn't from that). This was enjoyable bitterness. It is a very carbonated beer, which I liked and made it feel good and go down easy. Like most wheat beers, I this it would get tiring after a while. It has a somewhat heavy feeling, despite the airiness of the carbonation and mouthfeel. A good beer, and a good effort.

TheJudge, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in hue with tawny highlights, fairly hazy, I managed to keep the big glob of yeast in the bottle. The head was white in color; at the apex it was almost one finger in height. Head retention was fair; it rapidly slipped to a skinny cap. Subsequent lacing was unorganized and spotty plus it didn’t cling all that well. I thought, maybe, Avery would tinker with a classic style. They didn’t on this occasion. The nose is pleasant; it is as strong in potency as can be expected for the style. There is a big dash of wheaty-mustiness then comes a flash of spice, citrus, orange, and vanilla. I have no complaints with the bouquet. It is not flashy or very zippy but it is inviting. The palate is very tasty and it is not bold or crazy hoppy. The taste is ideal for the style. I like the big wheaty taste, which couples nicely with a bit of yeasty musk. Yum. The citrus bite is petite but big enough, once this subsides an orangey taste moves in. The finish is home to the coriander and other spices. There is a good firmness in the taste as well, some “straight” malt qualities too. I am surprised at the lively tang. The citrusy flavors only seem to grow in time (and warmth). This is very clean for a Wit as well, which is very nice; the spices didn’t wear me down. Medium in body, lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant. It is very refreshing and just as drinkable. This is worthy of buying a six-pack of, a good warm weather beer. Low enough abv to session with. Simplicity works. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Nice stuff.

bditty187, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, almost milky, pale butter yellow. This may be the lightest witbier that I've ever seen. The tight-bubbled head is one shade darker than pure white and looks to be fairly stubborn; unsurprising since it's fed by mulitple streams of vigorous carbonation. Fine, intricate lace is situating itself on the upper reaches of the glass.

Classic, appetizing witbier nose with loads of coriander, clove and Saaz hops. Wheat malt and Curacao orange aren't quite as prominent. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely with spices (clove especially) in the forefront. Orange peel is more easily appreciated on the palate, but this still isn't an especially orangey wit.

Wheat malt makes its presence known in the firmness of the mouthfeel and in the mild sweet and sourness, but doesn't contribute much actual flavor. The body is light-medium and the level of carbonation is spirited without being spritzy; in other words, ideal for the style.

I've had a handful of good witbiers of late and White Rascal (great name) can easily be counted among them. Heavy on the spices, not too sweet, light of body and deliciously drinkable, this is yet another quality beer from one of Colorado's finest craft breweries.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of finepaws
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Nice foamy head if you swirl the last of it before adding to glass as suggested. It does dissapte, but laces the glass nicely. Smells like spicey oranges. If my sniffer was better I'm sure I could give more description. Tastes like wheat and citrus. You can almost taste the spices in the after taste. Has a good combination of thickness and flavor. I really like this one. Not too sweet as I have found some witbiers to be. This is a good summer six packer.

On a re-review, in comparing this to Hoegaarden and Flying Dog's In-Heat-Wheat. this is spicier. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

finepaws, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of kosmoraios
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent ale for the style. Poured agressively from the bottle a nice light golden color with a small, half-finger head in my Duvel tulip glass. The head clings a bit to the glass as you drink. The aroma is wheat and citrus with an underlying cashew-like nuttyness from the yeast that resides at the bottom of the bottle. The taste is crisp and clean. Light and refreshing, but not TOO light, with hints of orange, coriander, lemon and wheat. Finish is dry and crisp with a lingering citrus flavor somewhere between tangerine and lemon. Carbonation is just right for a wit. A very drinkable, very enjoyable summer ale that I recommend trying.

kosmoraios, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry finish. There is some coriander and orange peel here which rounds out the aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry wheat flavor with some banana and clove hints along with bitter orange peel and coriander. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry, yet fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine wit. It's well rounded and highly drinkable.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow topped by a smallish white head. Visible carbonation. Head dissipates to a film and left no lacing.

Smell: Lemony citrus zest with some coriander in the background. Whiffs of wheat malt. Mildly sulfury.

Taste: Sweet, slightly sour pale wheat malts with lemon and coriander spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and ephemeral with no aftertastes. Quite crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty quaffable summer brew. A decent and solid interpretation of the style, but I've had better.

ManekiNeko, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice pale yellow color with a finger of head. The nose is orange and spices. The beer tastes of orange and spice, just like it smells with a bit of hop staying on my tongue after swallowing. A decent take on a witbier. The beer is light to moderate in my mouth, with a bit of carbonation burn on my tongue. This is easily a session beer on a warm night. Nicely refreshing.

kmpitz2, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick head that dissipates quickly to large bubbles and then to lacy islands. Looks very heavily carbonated.

Tight aroma characteristic of a Belgian Witbier. Not very spicy, only smells of corriander.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery on the palate. The flavor has an almosty meaty taste to it. Very little aftertaste but that aftertaste has a soft bready flavor. Not surprising for a wheat based brew. It leaves a lot of flavor to be desired though. Very weak and tasting somewhat watered down.

BrewMaster, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of Hefe
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 7/15/04. Served plastic tasting cup at the DFH - Avery Brewing tasting at R.F.D.

Appearance: Hazy luminescent white, fluffy sticky head.

Smell: Tart and spicy. Lemon, coriander, wheat, yeast.

Taste: Yeast, citrus, coriander. Wheat and malt background. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Delicate body

Drinkability: Another enjoyable wit, if not earthshattering.

Hefe, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy gold, with a wispy white head. The smell is a very strong coriander. The taste is a noticable wheat tartness with just a bit of the coriander that was in the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit flat for a wit. As for drinkability, maybe have a few.

Ahh, sort of a meh witbier. The smell promised so much, but the flavor didn't quite deliver. This wasn't a terrible beer, but with so many good witbiers out there, this one could easily get passed over; still, I'd give it a try again.

beergeek279, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of granger10
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really like Avery and think they have some great beers to offer. Unfortunately this beer was the worst Avery beer I have had to date. The pour left the beer very pale in color and somewhat watery looking even though it was slightly hazy. The smell and taste were overly spiced and maybe this was an older bottle but it tasted a bit skunky as well. Just not that good imo. I might try again and if the bottle is fresher I might enjoy it more. But since I don't see a freshness date I'll believe that this was a somewhat fresh bottle and simply a below average beer.

granger10, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at TJ's recently.

This was a cloudy pale golden brew that left a sticky lacing down my pint. It has a fairly sweet fruity smell maybe of orange peel. The taste was not complicated as the result was a wheaty fruity smooth finish. It had smooth mouthfeel with a slightly acitic finish. Overall drinkability was pretty good, kind of a curious beer but worth another shot if offered by a friend.

arizcards, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big bubbled head that dies far too quickly for the style; no lace. Light orange/yellow color; extra cloudy, which is appropriate.

Citrusy smell, low yeast (different from my review from four years ago)

Soda pop fizz for the carbonation level--it makes the liquid seem too watery for my tastes. The flavor is classic wheat: lots of citrus and spiciness. The finish is very dry and short living.

This is an easy wheat beer to drink, but the appearance and body detract significantly.

smcolw, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an insanely light pale yellow color and had a small lively head of white. This is the lightest witbier I've ever seen, yet it still is very cloudy and obviously unfiltered. The smell is of light yeast and very strong citric lemon. The taste is very one sided; that side being a load of corriander. If you want to know how this tastes, buy some cilatro seeds, crush them in your teeth and gargle. I detect none of the curaco orange peel they say is in this, and I was rather disappointed by the yeast. The strain is not very strong tasting, and leaves this beer feeling almost too light and thin. I expected more clove taste also, yet only got light cinnamon in the last breath. The mouthfeel is very watery and the carbonation is weak. Drinkability is great though, as anyone could quaff these all day and all night. Not bad in any way, but not as good as other more available witbiers.

99bottles, Jun 21, 2004
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.