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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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740 Reviews

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Reviews: 740
Hads: 2,257
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 308 | 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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Reviews: 740 | Hads: 2,257
Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized slow falling white head sits above a clear pale straw golden colored beer.

Lemony and orange citrus aroma with some light pepper and wheat malts.

Light cracked black pepper with lemon and light oranges citrus taste.

Very light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the lemony pepper tastes lingering on with this light bodied beer.

I liked that peppery taste but it seem a little heavy on the lemon for me.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 7/9/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow, 1/2-finger head
S: Light wheat, coriander, orange. Subtle but refreshing aromas
T: Matches the nose perfectly. Also light but balanced with the subtleness of the flavors making me want to drink more
M: Light, crisp, good carbonation
O: Perhaps a bit cool outside to be drinking one of these but I like it & will grab more next summer for sure

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow. The head that formed was small and frothy and really fade away very quickly. No retention and carbonation.
Aroma is light to say the least. There is a very subtle wheat malt aroma with none of the smells one would expect from wheat style beers. Letting it warm brings out some vague spicy/zesty yeast.
At this point the taste is pretty much what I'd expected: A bland washed out shell of a beer.
I don't taste an wit spices, no yeast or malts nothing. At the end some lemony tart.
The mouth feel is smooth and soft and washed out, perhaps due to the lack of carbonation.
Perhaps this beer is flawed. I'll try it again later. The date on the bottle reads "13186" suggesting bottling was around July. Yeah, its gotta be a fluke.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Glass Half Full Tap Room in Littleton, Colorado, post-Beer Diaries premiere - thanks Drew!

This beer appears a mildly cloudy pale golden yellow hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, yet tightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparsely strewn islet lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of semi-sweet, bakery-adjacent pale malt, restrained coriander, white pepper, orange citrus rind, and a subtle leafy hoppiness. The taste is more pleasantly sweet bready pale malt, coriander, multicoloured ground pepper, a touch of earthy yeast, and laid back leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad peppy throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and weirdly, deftly smooth, with an understated creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt, yeast, and zingy spice holding fast.

A decidedly pleasant witbier, bolstered by a certain American sensibility - everything is in the proper Belgian order, but propped up somehow. Totally worthy of another, or further session exploration.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the craft version of Blue Moon, as I say.
This is a nice summer beer, it's not as sweet as Blue Moon, with a lighter color. Nice head retention as well. Spice aroma and flavors are lighter than Hoegaarden but stronger than BMoon

The carbonation is a bit light for the style, but it fits this beer quite well. Throughout, there's a tone of orange and white pepper than comes and goes. Nice dry finish with a slight touch of wet biscuit dough. Could pair well with salads and lighter meats, grilled of course

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Light yellow with no head. Slightly cloudy.

S: Citrus and spice heavy.

T: Lots of wheat. Finishes with orange peel and spices. Good version of the witbier/white ale style.

F: Very light with a high level of carbonation

O: Good for the style. Great for a hot sweaty day in the sun.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first encounter with Avery and I'm impressed.

A. Color is lovely. Very light gold, almost yellow. Cloudy with virtually no head or lacing.

S. Smell is sweet. Nice citrus notes with a little wheat kick.

T. The beer tastes great. Very easy on the palette with nice sweet fruity hits. Sweet wheat also backs up the fruit nicely.

M. The feel is very easy. Not much carbonation but fills the mouth. Very light.

O. I really enjoy this Belgian white ale. It goes down smoothly and tastes great. Will definitely have this again.

Served in recommended glassware.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy hay-yellow body, white head that leaves ribbons and spots of lace. Smells great- perfumey orange pulp and some spices. Taste is pretty heavy with the orange juice up front, and then heavy on the spices with the finish. Maybe if they came together it would be well balanced, but as it is it knocks my palate around a bit. Feel is also great, low carbonation and high fluidity make this very drinkable.
Refreshing beer with some good clarity of flavors, just not well strung together, and comes off as on the immature side.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White Rascal pours a medium straw yellow with a sub-par head. Decent lacing and medium carbonation coming up the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and citrusy, with the spices coming through a touch and a decent yeast presence.

The taste is what you would expect from any belgian white. The orange and coriander come out up front, pairing with the wheat backbone to make a sweet, zesty flavor, citrusy flavor.

The mouthfeel is also what you'd expect. Highly carbonated with a big fizz on the tongue. Very crisp and very smooth.

Overall, this beer is tasty, zesty, and crisp, a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of ElSid
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness Date: None

A: Pale yellow and turbid with a foamy, clean white foam of small bubbles that fades to a cling on the glass.

S: Base of hay and crackers with predominant spice and citrus components.

T: Moderate palate featuring a foundation of cracker, grain, and hay maltiness with highlights of coriander, pepper, and citrus zest. There are also subtle notes of yeasty esters lending a tinge of crisp fruitiness.

M: Thin, light, and sporting moderate carbonation; this brew has a nice refreshing feel.

O: A solid beer that is both subtle and flavorful. Perfect for the warm summer days ahead.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze to a yellow body. Some lacing. Good retention. Thin foam on the surface.

Smell - Lots of spice. Clove and such. Some wheat and a touch of citrus. Like lemongrass.

Taste - Some Belgian character comes through. Wheat. Citrusy. Spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, but thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Wits aren't my thing, but this had enough interesting flavors to keep me... well, interested.

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Photo of NickCleckler
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First impression of this beer made me skeptical, most likely caused by the label . It was purchased among two BYO 6-packs from whole foods.Long story short, this clean refreshing light bodied beer is by far the best Belgium white wheat i've enjoyed.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters with spices; and good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, banana, coriander, clove, wheat, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt and spices; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier! All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. I really enjoyed this one; far exceeded expectations for sure.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy unfiltered yellow appearance gave way to a relatively weak, thin head.

Pretty stock Witbier aromas of banana and clove with a doughy, malt backdrop. Pretty subtle in scent.

The taste is pretty stock as well, with more banana and clove. Not bad but nothing overally different or overwhelming.

Very nice feel with an airy, bubbly refreshing character. Just not going to light the world on fire.

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Photo of mcellis
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this beer. Here's why:

Pros: Great, creamy mouth feel with a good flavor that was hard to pinpoint (I'm new at this; bear that in mind.) but had me picking up notes of white grape and oatmeal. Very nice subtle sweetness and great carbonation too.

Cons: The spice they advertised wasn't as bold as suggested. Kind of a mild twinge in the back of the palate.

Overall: I'd definitely buy it again. It tasted great and gave me the mouth feel I love in heavier beers without spoiling my appetite. I'll also add that it goes great with spicy foods like the curry I made last night. :)

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, light golden yellow with a short soapy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: standard Belgian style, a little banana and clove, yeast

T: follows the nose, slightly sweet, a little pepper

M: higher carbonation with a soft thin feel

O: mean, not terrible or exciting

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy pale straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of sweet grainy malts, light spicy esters and an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was round for the style.

Overall a decent wit.

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Photo of Act25
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can. Gotta love cans in the summertime.

A: Surprisingly light colored straw. Pours thin, lemonade like. Nice 1 finger head but it dissipates very quickly to none. A little bit of fine, dotted lacing. Not best looking beer. But a true unfiltered, yeast in suspension, fine haze beer.

S: As noted not a big waft. Light, faint, little bit of esters, yeast, hops, more Orange, coriander, but very light.

T: Tastes better than smell. Excellent blend of sweetness, coriander & Orange, citruis, yeast smoothness and drying, tingly tartness. Finish is dry. You could session this beer. My wife loves this beer. Nice take on style, and more refreshing and sessionable than lesser ones.

F: Mouth feel is light. Lighter than lagers. Smooth. easy to drink. Moderate but tingly, refreshing carbonation.

Pick the right foods and this is a great beer. If your partner likes white, belgian, blue moon, then give this a try. I view it as a summer beer, nice to surprise guests with.

Like many complex, spicy brews this one gets better as it warms.

However, follow it with an ale and my mouth goes WOW with the ale (in this case Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale), they actually each make the other taste better!

Serving type: can, beautiful bronze can.

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Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is light straw. While pouring it is almost water or lemonade like. Less than a half finger thick off white bubbly head that fades pretty soon. Just about fine lacing. Some bubbles.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast and wheat beer. Some sweetness and some tartness. Strength is good.

Taste is a nice blend of wheat sweetness, Belgian yeast smoothness and drying tartness. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is very light. Lighter than lagers may be. Smooth as hell. Very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Lee17
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer at a reception before dinner. Nice citrus taste, fruity without being too much so. Smooth, easy to drink, no strong bite or aftertaste. Not heavily sweet. I would buy this anytime. I often enjoy a good lager, and I had one when this beer ran out, and it was not as good.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.