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White Rascal | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
22 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003

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Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BrewViking
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.