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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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734 Reviews

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 2,224
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 275 | 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 travolta
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy straw color. No head retention or lacing. Not a very attractive beer at all.

Nose: Banana, clove, and spice. A tiny bit of lemon.

Taste: Same as the nose but with some crispy mouthfeel. A bit more lemon in the taste.

Taste: A very popular beer, and good in terms of style adaptation. (305 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It had a bright yellow slightly orangish color. The head is fluffy and white foam. I could smell some sweetness, and mild spice, and strong clover as well. I could notice some faint citrus. It has a sweetness taste to it. It also has a light body to it as well. (290 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle from SPIN! Pizza in Kansas City. I didn't catch the bottling/enjoy by date on this one, unfortunately. Poured into one of those tricky "pint" glass tumblers that has a ridge inside the glass so that it only holds 12 ounces in spite of looking like it would hold 16.

Appearance - Body is bright yellow and sunny with a slightly orangish twinge that gives it overall a hue similar to egg yolk. The consistency is cloud, preventing light from passing through, but giving it that glowing tone from the reflection on all the particulate. Atop the body sits a one and a half finger head of fluffy white foam that seems to dissipate pretty quickly, and leaves nothing in the way of lace. There is a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass as well as a film of bubbles that is slightly thicker in some places across the surface of the liquid.

Smell - Pretty standard witbier characteristics, with Hawaiian sweet bread and mild spice along the lines of coriander and a fairly strong presence of clove. Overall, it's rather nondescript--not unpleasant, but not particularly wowing either. Some faint citrus, but the spice and wheat are the primary players here.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is a blend of unassuming bready sweetness and baking spices with clove and some coriander. And like the smell, the taste isn't particularly stunning--it's mild and easily consumed, but lacking that little twinge of tartness that comes in the best witbiers (in my opinion anyway). There is a nice gentle sweetness of orange peel as well, but it's faint, and comes in only slightly on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low to moderate carbonation, with a round, wheaty mouthfeel and a semisweet finish with low bitterness--almost none at all.

Overall, a reasonably tasty beer, and I will say that the fact that it comes in cans gives it a head start on the usual suspects I reach for when I want a wit. Definitely a great beer to take out on the lake. And truth be told, this is probably one of my preferred offerings from Avery--at least out of their regular lineup. (2,108 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A balanced Belgian. The color looks to me to be a slightly tannish-orange. The head is close to white and definitely shows you that it is there. Flavor is ok with a little bit of spice overtones and a bit of sweetness(not too much, though). It brings a great refreshing flavor yet is light, but not too light ! (310 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden colored with plenty of haziness. Head is minuscule and only covers about a third of the top of the beer. Aroma of orange peel,some coriander,and pale wheat is present. The coriander is more prevalent in the flavor with orange peel and pale wheat playing more of a background note. The mouth is a bit watery and fairly quaffable. (341 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a 1/5 finger of off-white head. It looks rather nice in body, though it could do with a larger, fluffier head. Scents of banana, clove, hints of coriander, earthy Belgian yeast, grainy, wheat bread malt and hints of orange peel with slight plastic-like notes. A standard, though overall pleasant witbier aroma that is true to style. Taste begins sweet, with a nice, clover honey-like flavor and a hint of bready malt, with notes of orange peel and coriander in the background. A faint tartness is also present. In the middle the honey-like flavors continue but the coriander becomes more assertive, along with hints of white pepper. The finish is semi-dry, with the flavors of coriander reaching their peak, alongside some floral, honey and white pepper notes. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of coriander, white pepper, orange peel and hints of bready malt. A very nice, true to style witbier flavor profile that is pleasantly sweet, refreshing, spicy yet not overpowering and a present, though not overbearing presence of orange peel. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium-high carbonation, a slight acidity and a semi-drying and vaguely creamy and smooth feel. Very nice, easy to drink and refreshing. Overall this is an excellent witbier. It stays true to style and provides a wonderfully refreshing drinking experience. While not the single best example of the style it is quite well executed and well worth trying. (1,469 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Classic bleach white creamy head, and two fingers tall and forms nicely and evenly of the pour. Classic opaque lemon and orange colored body. Some retention, but a standard soapy collar and some good staying power.

Solid impressive aroma. Tangerine oranges. Vanilla cream. Chewy sense of wheat malt and density. Love this fruit and vanilla like action.

Palate comes very impressively. Creamy malt body with a chewy palate. Lemon and orange flavors hit the tongue in a good splash. That creamy texture continues all the way down with the vanilla tones as well. Mild spice more like a dried grain sense on the finish, but finishes clean, wet, and nicely thick. Some popping bread toast as well that hits on the swallow nicely.

Really nice witbier, one I've put off for drinking in a long time, but good to know about since I really seem to be enjoying this one. (919 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

I had this in a mug.
The appearance was a somewhat cloudy yellow with a decent transparency about it. Light lacing came about after a one finger white foamy head dissipated.
The smell was bready and spicy with a nice sweetness and then an added tart that was acceptable.
The taste was bready, spicy, sweet and tart all rolled into one. I liked it.
The mouthfeel was sweet, tart and spicy. I didn't mind that the breadiness kinda went away as the rest of the characters rolled over my tongue. This was about a light on the body.
Overall, damn, what a nice Summer brew, yup sure would love to have this again. (607 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, lively, pale gold with a thin, loose bone-white head. Slightly cloudy, I want for a bit more sediment. Smell is creamy and bready-- apricots, sweet notes, distant hops. Mostly yeast and floral aromas.

White Rascal has a distinct lack of witbier spice; some corriander but not much. Low hops, but creamy and yeasty. Low carbonation, easily drinkable.

A nice CO wheat beer, good cold and in the sun. (406 characters)

Photo of beermemarge
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured out of bottle into glass. Small amount of foam that dissipated quickly. Hazy light yellow straw in color. Smelled wheat and floral. Taste was a little off balanced. Picked up lemon, peppery notes, banana. Little to much pepper taste for me and overpowered the sweet aspect. Mouth feel, crisp, good carbonation. Overall, good beer just wasn't down with the contrast. (372 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(poured with vigor into a 20 oz pint)

A: large foam stand on the pour, gradually receded over a few minutes, leaving sud boogers on the interior walls of the glass... the white foam has a spongy, rocky contour - lacks staying power though... fairly hazy, fairly yellow liquid

S: assertive-doughy yeast presence, lightly-toasted sugar cookie... coriander is well-balanced in the mix, citrus aromas shoot in at the bottom late in the whiff, flaring up the scent-light at the back of the nostrils... perhaps a bit more floral character would round it out perfectly

T: whoa! - buttload of coriander - perhaps a bit overboard?... citrus peel slowly fans out on the outer edges of the palate, dragging its mellow pith-y bitterness along... one can really taste the bare seed husks of the coriander in the finish... the finish also boasts a moderate amount of "green" flavors, whether cilantro leaf or hop-derived, though its bitterness doesn't come through quite that zippy... tiny hum of yeasty spice builds late...

M: clean, almost polished smooth... beautiful, round, sort of silky fullness to its flow... nice, dry finish... a notch or two more body than most

O: quite flavorful and drinkable... the coriander could stand to be toned down a bit... pretty tasty, serviceable Wit at any rate (1,292 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 293/13. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with an average head and lacing. Retention is poor. The light nose is of Belgian yeast over hints of lemon and spice. Light medium body with a touch of slick texture. Average carbonation level - just a touch of effervescence on the finish. A tasty wit, but with a weak flavor profile that follows the nose. On the finish, coriander is evident. This one needs to enhance the flavor. As it is, its a very good lawnmower beer. (461 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very light in color and lots of carbonation - a lot as in too much.

S. a bit of citrus, coriander, wheat

t. For all that is going on with the smell, the taste is a bit weak. Tried to liven it up with an orange, and after squeezing in a good amount, the taste did improve - but hard to give credit with the amount of doctoring that had to be done.

m - thin, over carbonated

Overall - The beer is average or slightly above average. Too many good whites to go back to this beer again. (489 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a pale lemon color with a finger of head that retained well and left a touch of lacing behind. The nose has the classic Belgian yeast notes expected in this style. There is some citrus flavor present, but overall the taste is pretty mild. It’s a witbier – nothing to get excited about. (303 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a wispy one-finger white head. Spider web like lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of clove, banana, coriander, and lemon pepper.

T - Matches the nose; slightly spicy lemon pepper element works well with the banana/clove. White bread like malts, slightly spicy hops. Citrus rind (lemon) present throughout. Very delicate. Flavors not very rich, however.

M - Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Crisp finish.

O - A decent Witbeir, nothing exciting. Body was a bit lacking. Decent American example of the style. (585 characters)

Photo of BrewViking
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a beautiful light cloudy gold with little head or lacing. It smells spicy, and faintly yeasty. The taste is an assault, an overbearing spice, little citrus to balance it, and a yeasty aftertaste. The beer feels heavy in the mouth and the carbonation lingers as it makes it way down your throat.

White rascal is a beer with personality, no doubt, but it's so in-your-face that I'm a bit overwhelmed. (411 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a hand-made pint glass

A: yellowy gold with a thin head that disappears quite quickly.

S: right off the bat you can smell that strong belgian style aroma. bready but also tart (someone else defined it as sourdough which I think is spot on) with some citrus involved.

T: taste is very floral and citrusy as well.

M: Nicely carbonated and prickly on the tongue.

O: I'm particularly into belgian strong ales so I might be a bit biased but I'd say this is a pretty good beer. Though it is certainly of the belgian strong ale style its not as heavy as most. The prickliness is a bit much for me but the flavors are both interesting and well-balanced. Enjoy! (679 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with my new Chimay Chalice glass
*Notes taken on 12/30/12

A: Vibrant golden yellow body with some minimal haze to it and evident carbonation. Thin wisp of paper white froth settles on top with low hang time observed . Few streaks of lace paint the glass along with some dotting work too.

S: Sourdough biscuit with orange peel, lemon, coriander, and some healthy Belgian yeast character. Touch of clove spices with a subtle hint of banana peel. Smells very nice and appropriate for the style.

T: Tastes follows much of the nose with a more prominent golden fruit character. Citrus zest blends with some grainy sourdough bread, coriander, and signature Belgian yeast esters. Clove spice and banana combo mostly with some peppercorns mixed in. Has a nice refreshing spiced citrus flavor. Light with no alcohol coming through and just a mild bitterness. Pretty solid rendition of the style.

M: Very light in body with a frothy texture and nice popping carbonation. A touch thin in body but as to be expected. Nice dry and crisp finish.

D: This is a nice offering from Avery with very little flaws noted. Not exactly a wow you beer but most Wits aren’t. Well crafted none the less. Light and crisp with some citrusy spice. (1,236 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review taken from notes: July 2013.

12 oz brown bottle with an less than impressive label. What looks like a white demon, but not the sort of demon that one would be intimidated by, rather one that just sort of creeps around not wanting to really be seen. Hence the word rascal? Idk.. Anyway, this is one of my all time favorite breweries. And labels aren't everything. I poured this into a standard pub style glass. Sort of tulip shaped but much thinner than a stout style glass. I call it a pub wheat glass.

A - hazy straw yellow that carries a beautiful bright yellow color. Hazy body. White head poured with a pretty good size but didn't last long at all. Leaving a thin ring of lace and leaving the faintest of stick.

S - fresh cut hay, touch of orange, banana, and some spice. Yeast is just plain weird. Not like the good weird, but like musty attic weird. Cardboard box? The aroma is actually very good til the back end sends it for an odd loop.

T - fruity orange peel with soft banana and Belgian style spice up front. Hay, wheat character which is nice blending well with a light malt. Flavor still creeps into that musty attic like yeast note but unlike the nose quickly fades to a traditional witbier finish.

M - pretty thin but still has just enough texture to finish the serving. It's definitely drinkable but the feel isn't mind blowing by any means.

O - I was a bit disappointed in White Rascal. Sure, its an average American mad wheat beer, but with some many very good wheat styles out there in the same price range it'll be hard to pick up again. I love funky yeast, but this was just downright weird. Without those notes this easily scores a 3.8. I'm sure ill cross paths with this one again and maybe The Rascal changes my mind. If light bodied American made wheat brews are your thing by all means try it. It's worth a review, but if you are looking for that typical Avery awesomeness White Rascal falls well short. (1,945 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

really a pisser to put your effort into the reviews and have it disappear. this is like the 10th one now....
pale but bright yellow with light soapiness on the sides. smells rich and with spice; the proto-typical wit brew with coriander, lemon, wheat, orange. easy to drink, very refreshing, but also a bit bland if you're a fan of the spicier blends or Belgians. but overall a great brew and the blandness is almost perfect for me knowing i'm not a fan of this style.
got this one in a can and I liked the way it poured. cooled more quickly than a bottle and was 10 cents cheaper than its bottle counterpart. (609 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold with a white head that leaves a nice lace
S-coriander, wheat with a very tart aroma
T-banana with coriander, bready, with some tart aftertaste
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O- very well balanced. Nice wheat background with no one aroma or flavor overpowering this beer (287 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Hazy golden straw color, no green hues as is common with Wits. One and a half finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing, but decent overall retention. Some yeast haze spiraling around the glass.

Smell: Pungent, bready belgian yeast aroma hits first with a slight herbal spicy sweetness in the background. Coriander dominates. Slightly medicinal smelling, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Bright floral notes predominant with an undeniable belgian twinge. Spices and spice like esters present, but perfectly balanced with the wheat malt pungency. Slight orange flavors and a lingering sweetness after the swallow. All the positive aspects of a true belgian whit without the overpowering esters and yeastiness of some belgians. Lacking the cereal like taste of some Wits. Utterly drinkable.

Mouth: Perfect balance of crisp and sweet, medium carbonation and wheat make for a sublimely smooth beer. (919 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: Belgian wheat beers are not usually high on my list, but on this occasion the White Rascal really hit the spot. It poured a clear golden color with the distinct Belgian yeast aroma of bananas and bubble gum. For being a lighter looking beer the mouthfeel was quite full and chewy and the taste was full and complex. There were hints of clove, banana, and yeast with a bit of orange as well. There was a lot going on in this beer that I found really enjoyable and refreshing. While I don’t always want a Belgian wheat, when I do I will definitely look for the White Rascal. (597 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with moderate head and noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, banana, spice, and yeast.

Taste: Citrus, banana, spice, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry and crisp, with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is what Blue Moon wants to be when it grows up: a Belgian white ale with citrus and spices. (354 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: straw yellow. extremely light and decent clarity. very small head that doesn't last.

Smell: kind of weak. wheaty, belgian yeast.

Taste: wheat and a weak belgian yeast. not very interesting or complex

Mouthfeel: lighter and almost watery.

Overall: just kind of weak all around. nothing significant or good about it. (331 characters)

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.