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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
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 Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very fine witbier. Impressive for being American too. Pours a dense cloudy yellow with a touch of yeast sediment at the bottom. Smells like a whirl of orange, lemon, coriander spice, vanilla. Taste fruity but not overly sweet, coriander, orange peel, almost flowery. Smooth drinking and very quaffable.

Photo of chiapete
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy , pale , yellow appearance. Poured with a half inch off head that faded quickly. left good lacing down whole glass.

has a yeasty, grainy , spicy aroma. Almost sour and alcohol smell.

taste was spicy , yeasty , a little oily . slight sweetness.
but the spice does come through. mellowed as the drink went on.

mouth feel was rather light and watery.
slight bitter after taste but not much.
a drinkable beer.

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

Aroma is a little more muted than I was hoping for. However you can smell the fruit, sweetness and spices within this beer. It just smells and looks refreshing. Poured a nice cloudy pale gold, as it should per the style. The orange and coriander are noticeable as they should be.

Taste hits first with the spices and lots of it. The orange citrus flavor comes across as it passes over the tongue and is then more noticeable in the back of the nose after tasting than it was initially to me.

Mouthfeel is smooth but with a lingering spice flavor and light to medium body. Drinkability on this one is high. This is my first time having it and I like it more than Hoegaarden, which is one of the only other Belgian Wits that I've had to compare it to. Give this one a shot for sure.

Photo of nrbw23
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A very pale strange cloudy light yellow. Almost looks like watered down lemonade. A small head and descent head.

S- Some orange/lemon, little coriander also. Grassy and clove type smells.

T- Follows the nose pretty much here.

M- Very light maybe a little too watery though.

D- Very drinkable and is probably best on a nice hot day.

Photo of BeerZack
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden pee-pee color with small ring of foam, does leave some lace.

Yeast, banana, citrus, baked beans...

Soft, yeasty wheat with banana, hint of spice (very mild clove). Pretty light and easy to drink. Bit of citrus and definitely doesn't overdo the spice. Moderate medium taste for the style.

Photo of Atron67
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter pretty harshly. hasnt aged much

A-poured a huge fluffy white head witha light golden cloudy. looked really good. the fluffy head stuck like hell and left big lacing all over the place.

S- big yeastiness. some wheaty charachter underneath but mainly yeast, little dissapointing,

T- smooth wheatiness, good flavor not as strong yeastiness in it but still there. good smooth, nice wheatyness, solid but not great

M- solid medium carbonation, smooth clean body

D- pretty damn good

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3F of prickly white foamy head over a semi-opaque dirty-gold colored body. Nice lacing.

Good amount of spiced aromas - white pepper like. Lemon-citrus comes through next.

Flavors are really well balanced. Just enough sweetness to counter the tartness of the citrus. Plenty of malty goodness. Decent amount of spices - nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Smooth, as a Wit should be - with just enough carbonation to keep it from being watery.

Drinkability is huge - the well balanced flavors combined with a silky smooth Mouthfeel make this one that you could enjoy all night.

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

I had a couple 6-packs of this beer over the years, and overall this is a very drinkable beer. It has a nice light citrusy flavor. I have friends who are not beer drinkers say that they enjoy this one. Not this best Wit I've had, but it's still enjoyable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy pale yellow with meringue-like white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, white sugar, and citrus.

The taste is sweet and fruity like a can of fruit cocktail. Coriander, bananas, and wheat round at the taste.

Medium mouthfeel, clean and crisp, and moderately carbonated.

A nice enjoyable wit from Avery. Makes me think of Spring which is just around the corner.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy white/yellow color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is dominating with light wheat notes. Taste is a mix between some orange peel, coriander and some wheat malt with some notes of fruity ester. Light body with OK carbonation. Not bad but not there with the best from the style.

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

Color is a pale, somewhat cloudy yellow, typical of a wheat beer but still promising. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a hint of citrus. Flavor is full and satisfying, wheaty and malty, no bitterness and just a hint of sweetness. Any fan of wheat beers should enjoy this one.

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

Consumed on 01/16/08.

Poured into a weizen glass, the beer is a very pale, cloudy yellow. A two-fingered head formed upon pouring, but subsided within a minute to a thin skin of white foam. Banana and clove greet the nose with a sugary aroma. Mouthfeel is smoother than expected, almost creamy. Controlled pepperiness comes out initially. Malty, wheaty flavor spiked with a faint metallic tang (yeast?) in the mid-mouth. Did not note the citrus or sourness that some others report. Very slight note of astringency and a subtle bitterness finish off the palate. Not the best I have had, but very, very good.

Photo of udubdawg
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours very light in color. I pour some sediment in anyway to give it some color. Huge airy white head rapidly recedes despite all the lines of tiny bubbles feeding it. Spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit of orange, some more tart lemon, a bit of belgian yeast. Only mildly sweet, and no spices that I was able to discern. Not bad by a longshot...but well short of what I come to expect from the style.
Pretty tasty, not a sipper - decent quencher. A bit of tartness helps in this regard too. A bit of wheat in the finish, and I can safely call it "spicy" although it remains light and other than a light coriander I'd be hard-pressed to name anything in particular.
Expected the carbonation to be pretty expressive - It isn't, and detracts a bit from the otherwise high drinkability score - just doesn't quite quench my thirst somehow without it. Not what I look for in the style, or from light lawnmower beers, but I'm sure another bottle or three will someday make it into my glass - a decent effort.

Photo of russellgillette
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in my local supermarket in bottle form. The a head quickly dissipated after being pured into a .5L mug. The color was a light yellow. Where as, the smell can best be described as mix of citrus and wheat. The taste closely follows the look and smell of the beer. It has a good initial impact, but the citrus/wheat taste leaves a weak boring flavor. One of its most positive aspects has to be the drinkable. It's a beer that can be easily enjoyed without filling up the belly too much. Maybe best for a cool spring or fall day?

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

The White Rascal pours a hazy straw color with very little foam head. The aroma is coriander and orange peel. The taste is crisp and has a yeasty flavor to it that is spicy on the finish. It has a sour taste that is left in your mouth. Kind of lemony with bananas. It is a pretty decent witbier.

Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow with a moderate foamy white head that leaves some decent lace while it lasts.

The aroma is bread dough with mild citrus, and coriander.

The taste is wheat, orange zest and coriander with a somewhat dry, spicy finish.

Light bodied, very drinkable, shoulkd be an excellent warm weather brew.

Photo of BMoney575
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-8-08

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow, with little bubbles that rise to the surface.

Smell is slightly Belgian, with a pleasant fruity spice and a wheat breadiness.

Taste is just like the smell, but with a very enjoyable peppery, citrus hop balance.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and light, right for the style.

Drinkability is very good, a session beer definately.

Overall, witbiers are usually hits or misses. This one offers good flavors and a good variety. Well worth a try.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw pour with little head retention. Smell is somewhat muted with wheat and a little bit of spice on the nose. Taste is a mostly orange and a little coriander. Decent wheat taste-rounds out the mouthfeel. Not super crisp but has decent carbonation. Low on hop flavor as expected. A good beer for a hot day and I could see a couple goingdoing easy but not the best of the style.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, unfiltered look of a typical wit beer. Maybe a little too yellow/chartreuse. Average head. Scent of wheat, coriander and slight hint of citrus. Tangy and light with a nice spice level, slightly puckering finish. Slightly dry. Good for a change-up on one of those surprisingly warm days of winter; imagine I could put a few of these away on the beach.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy light yellow under a quickly-fading white head. Decent enough, though it seems a bit too golden for a witbier.

Smell is mild coriander, a little pepper, and some grass over a moderate mild malty base. Nothing special, but decent.

Taste is pleasant enough, and follows the aroma to a "T." Decent enough.

Mouthfeel is okay. Not too much thickness, but then, this is a witbier.

Drinkability is excellent. I think this would make a good session beer.

Overall, it is what it is. Decent, mild taste, very drinkable. Worthwhile.

Photo of Dalem
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A not quite clear but not too hazy color and a nice balance between the citrus, coriander and malt in the scent. The taste also equals that balance too. A slight citrus tang but not too much, a bit of spice but not too much with a clean and refreshing yeasty finish.

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.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.