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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 162 | 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 UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very bright and pale gold, hazy from the yeast pour. Thick white head with good retention. Speckly lacing. Spicy aroma with a hint of banana. Coriander is readily apparent, with a touch of saaz spiciness. Sourish wheat scent. The flavor is light and pleasant. Very easy drinking with the light body and affable carbonation. Slightly sour wheat malt and yeast presents a dryish, mildly powdery texture. Evenly and pleasantly spiced with evident orange peel and coriander, riding into the finish with vague herbal hop presence. Very little bitterness, but some hop flavor is there. Good balance, neither leaning towards sweet, sour, bitter, or overly spicy. Nothing crazy or really out of the ordinary for the style, but it's solid and benignly drinkable. A very easy going brew that I'm definitely in the mood for. Something tasty and flavorful for a hot day or just when you're feeling tired and want an easy drinking brew.

UnionMade, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rascal pours a very light, almost tan color with a half finger of tight bubbled head. The strange thing is the crystal clarity; no cloudiness exists at all, just a ton of carbonation. The nose is heavily spiced with coriander, citrus and a generally yeasty flavor.

Spice is also a leader throughout the taste with a bit of an alcohol tint to the orange and coriander. Still, it's balanced and not too watery in the mouth. Overall, an interesting if not perfect attempt at the style.

daliandragon, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a cloudy-white, lemon in color; tons of active carbonation. Dense, bright white head that settles as a stable, quarter-inch. Eye catching ringed and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Dry and musty, malted wheat aroma. Hints of orange peel and lemon zest beneath the mustiness. Moderate corriander that adds some spice to a touch of diacetyl.

Intense corriander-spice up front that gives a kick to a clean, toasted oat, malt character. Stiff, malted wheat filled with mustiness. Faint bitterness followed by dark corriander tones that cut a light flavor of diacetyl.

Light bodied; crisp, dry, and refreshing. Unobtrusive despite its spicy flavor profile.

A very pleasant, balanced witbier. Clean and crisp compared to other overly-sweetened takes on the style.

NEhophead, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of TheBungyo
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From notes:

I wish the pour had tipped me off to how ass funky nasty this would be. It looked harmless enough. Pale yellow body with miniscule head.
The nose though, is the fist indicator of what lies ahead ... it smells sweet for a split second and then morphs into this utterly disgusting aroma of rancid fritos corn chips left in a half open bag with about 2 inches of rainwater to make them mold. I cannot believe how bad this smells.

Why hello there taste, my nose did not decieve me ... it seems the rancid corn chips are back.It's like someone mixed those chips with wet paper and salt. Absolutely horrid.

I just can't do it, I can't take another sip. Down the drain with you.

TheBungyo, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a pale yellow with a two-finger head. It also appeared to be highly carbonated. It did leave nice lacing, too.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted very strongly of clove. The wheat and citrus tastes were a little understated.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was very good. A nice representation of the style.

zeff80, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed this beer once, but my opinion has changed slightly (esp. given that I've tried other beers of the style). I like this beer, and I think I was a bit unfair: I said that the spices weren't strong enough, but I've changed my mind. They aren't particularly strong, but enough to maintain its presence amongst the hops. I still wish that the yeasty flavor was a bit stronger. Altogether a fairly good witbier, though not too complex (I'm still looking for that holy grail of witbiers!)

EmilNoldSinclair, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Marty
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was not particularly heady, nor was it very aromatic. After a sip, I did notice a nice little hint of ginger, but apart from that it's not a particulary complex white beer. It does go down smooth, however, without that acrid aftertaste that poorly crafted whites can have.

Marty, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more hoppiness to it than the average wit. I enjoyed it. The orange peel and coriander were present but the hops made them a little faint. This is a great spring time beer, and I may very well pick some up next spring. An easy beer to drink. Give it a try. Buy a six pack, yo won't be disappointed.

jasonjlewis, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug

Very cloudy bright yellow hue. A frothy white cap quickly settles to a thin cap. Some sediment can be found floating in the beer. Thick layers of lacing along the glass.

Sweet smell consisting of a sweet citrusy smell along with a musty aroma.

Weak grainy flavors along with a sharp hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Thin bodied with medium carbonation gives it a rough feel. The finish comes comprised with a creamy malt presence and a little hop bitterness that lingers for a little while.

An average witbier. Seems to be a little bland, and closer to an American Wheat Ale. It's worth a try, but I won't be buying it again.

BeerSox, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Callenak
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head. Smell is wheat and citrus.

Has a very interesting taste. It is VERY spicy. Loads of coriander put in this and maybe some black peppercorn. Maybe another spice used too. A little orange rind and yeast also present. Mouth feel is creamy and carbonated.

I was drinking this on a cold night and it actually hit the spot. Not sure why, but I had a bad feeling about the beer. It wasn't anything extraordinary but I did enjoy it. Something I'll try again if it comes up.

Callenak, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light gold with a slight greenish tinge and a bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of yeast and coriander dominate. On the palate, an offputting cooked grain note leads things off, followed by some fruity sweetness and a carbonation/acidity combo that succeeds in drying out things through the finish. Mouthfeel is suitably medium, with some yeasty thickness and acidity that lends a feeling of lightness. Overall, this beer contains representations of all the touchstone elements of Belgian witbiers, but none of these elements feel right; they're all executed with what falls somewhat short of success. The gestalt of that is that this beer is only mediocre; there are much better examples, both from Belgium and even from America, out there.

geexploitation, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow straw with a medium white foamy head. The head leaves decent lacing,but the color is Real pale. The smell is pungent with clove,pepper,lemon,bread, and coriander. A pretty nice aroma from this beer. The taste is lemony with wheat,coriander,pepper,and some "bisquity" flavors. A good tasting beer that really is a good summer brew. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. I feel this beer is a tad underrated,but try it for yourself, what the hell do I know. Cheers!!!

jmz62565, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light yellow. Head is decent with nice lacing.

Smell is very yeasty and spicy. Sweet lemony aroma as well.

Taste is similiar the nose. Definite corriander and orange peel and pepper going on here. Nice wheaty character with bananna and nut. Finish is dry with lingering spices.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A very drinkable Wit. Flavor is balanced and enjoyable, if a little mild. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dull yellow with just a soap ring of white head.

Smell was nice, with a good bit of citrus, pepper, yeast, and coriander, spot on white smell.

Taste was slightly tart and citrusy with a touch of pepper and corainder, just a small bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light.

Overall its a pretty good white, easy to drink, and definitly will make a great summer beer.

bashiba, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first i would like to say of all the reviews i read on this beer only two mentioned the proper pour for this beer which is on the bottle,s label. pours cloudy yellow straw color with creamy three quarter head with fair lacing. smell, fresh orange rind. taste slight bitter citrus coriander and pepper.medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and slight after taste of citrus. nice beer i would buy it again.

billybob, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this wit produces a solid inch of creamy, white head that leaves a quarter inch behind for the rest of a glass. Very nice head retention and lacing throughout. The body is a very hazy, pale / straw yellow.

The nose of this beer starts off with coconut, vanilla and almonds. There is some notable coriander and clove but not as much as I expected. The end of a sniff is very nutty with aromas of peanuts and walnuts. Very strong nut smells rise as it warms.

A short burst of orange and lemon zest flavors lead off this witbier softly. Vanilla and some sweet cream tastes soften the already meager spice flavors. The finish is relatively abrupt with fleeting cloves and a short burst of hops. This could be much better with stronger flavors.

The mouth presence is moderately creamy, spicy and very lightly carbonted. Overall, this feels watered down.

Drinkability is good but nothing too special. This is a very subdued witbier which is very surprising for Avery. I could picture this is a nice companion for a summer barbecue to introduce friends to the style.

Budlum, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but this review is based upon a 3oz pour out of a 12oz bottle at the Spagio Cellar's Beer Social/October Fest Celebration--an event at which president/brewmaster Adam Avery was in attendance.

The color is a pale gold with an alabaster hue. It is difficult to truly gage the head with this taster pour, but the carbonation seems ample. The aroma contiains Belgian yeast, clove, corriander, and both floral and herbal notes.

The mouth is light and not very complex--similar to a classic witbier but with less citrus. Not as complex as I'd like, and seems slightly off-balance. This beer might have it's moments on a hot summer day, but is not one of Avery's best.

Osiris9588, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light straw color with a decent head that fades quickly.

Yeasty aroma with a hint of spiciness in the background. Taste is an initial hint of spiciness followed by a fruitiness I can't quite place.
Not bad, but not very exciting. I got this bottle in a mixed sixer, I doubt I'd go out and purchase this one.

LarryV, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a murkey bright yellow colour, with a decent head and some carbination.

smell: uh oh. Sort of smells like off fermination to me. kinda like they ferminted too high with the wrong yeast. smelling some wheat. not to good.

taste: that same not so good yeast taste dominates with a sweet wheat backing. not really very good of combo, kinda dull and kinda off, but not offensive.

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: damn, pretty lame beer here Avery, I think even Blue Moon is better than this. Not worth the 8 bucks I spent and I have 5 more of these to get through. very eh.

pjwilson, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin whit head. Light cloudy golden color. Thin lacing over most of top.
S-The floral european hops come through. Some lighter fruits also. Some yeast aromas also.
T- Oranges come through first. The floral europen hops also come out. I think the fruits and clove taste are most present. Also some wheat taste also. Very watery taste. Not a strong beer at all.
M- Thin body, medium to high carbonation.
D- It's alright. Won't be buying again. Very weak flavors and is just to watery.

BlindPig, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer has a hazy, straw color, with a decent white head and some lacing. Well carbonated. The smell was slightly spicy and yesty. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Not much going on. Some faint spiciness, that was a stretch to detect, and not much else. Decent amount of body to it, and easy to drink, due to the blandness of the taste. Not bad, but much better versions of the style available.

jhu1995, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Very pale yellow, a bit hazy, good for the style

S-Faint yeasty smell. not much else

T- Bitterness hits the tongue on first taste, then a hint of the coriander with a somehwhat refreshing aftertaste.

M- A nice body to this beer. It lingers over the tongue

D- I could probably knock back a few of these but there are much better versions of this style out there.

sleazo, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Generik420
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really disappointed in this one. Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Beer is ultra pale hazy yellow. Poured with a 1/4" white head that quickly dissipated with no lacing.

Smell was vaguely sweet, but really somewhat hard to detect.

Taste in my opinion was very similar to Goose Island 312, which isn't a great comparison to me. Kind of sweet, but seemed to be missing something. Some citrusy zest, but some unidentifable malty flavor persists as the after taste.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated as you took a swallow, but afterwards was a lingering oily coating of the mouth.

All in all, this beer to me is decent, but doesn't seem Belgian style at all. I personally wouldn't buy any more and would steer anyone towards Hoegaarden first for a beer in this particular style.

Generik420, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no date. Had a decent head and good lacing with some carb. Color was a cloudy straw/blonde with bits of yeast floating in it. Wonderful smell with overtones of the coriander and citrus peel. Mouthfeel was pretty good as well. Absolutely love the taste of this style (#2 behind Hefes) and this beer in particular. Another solid effort from Avery and in my Hall of Fame. Highly recommned. (4.5,HR,T,Y,HOF)

TexIndy, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy golden-yellow color with a foamy head, somewhat large for a wit.

Spicy and citrusy; coriander and orange peel are prevalent. Very wheaty/earthy. Pleasant, but very average for the style.

Very mild flavor; tarty and citrusy with a mild almost undetectable hops background. Wheat is very strong as well.

Thin-bodied, which is good for the style, and very drinkable. Crisp and refreshing without overpowering any tastebuds. Overall, a very average attempt at a wit, but it's cheaper than the Belgians and a lot better than Blue Moon, so I may see myself buying this again for a another hot summer day like this.

Phocion, Sep 06, 2006
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.