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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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734 Reviews
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Reviews: 734
Hads: 2,223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 274 | 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 LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of mikefuski17
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of BlackDog
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of NickCleckler
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of mcellis
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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. :) (611 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 (337 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Lee17
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a white color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spice. Taste is good, citrus up front, some mild spices at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, I imagine it would be refreshing during the summer. (291 characters)

Photo of bcpriess
2.01/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Kind of orangey, caramelly colored. The meniscus of the liquid lacked any real effervescence or character otherwise. Just a very average looking still liquid.

aroma: Little to speak of. I'd like to say I could smell citrus notes in this, or coriander, or something, but it really doesn't waft very well.

taste: Above all, it tastes like there is a lot of unused malt in the bottle. There are hops, but the malt flavor borders on syrupiness.

mouthfeel: Bland, little carbonation, but also little body. This has a dry or particulate feel - really noticeable if you run your tongue over your teeth.

overall: This is a thin beer, and barely a Witbier. I expect either effervescence or body, and since there is so little carbonation, something needs to make up for it, but doesn't. The flavor leaves a strong sugary aftertaste - that bitter/tart on the back of the tongue - which to my palate is offputting. Honestly, a Blue Moon on tap is a lot better than this. (975 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with small white head. Nose feature light bready wheat, heavy coriander, and highlights of orange. The taste is mild with wheat up front and the spice character follows. Nice refreshing and straight forward wit. Mouthfeel is light an refreshing. Overall, nice easy drinking beer. (313 characters)

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

I am pouring this from the tap in my garage, out of a 5 gallon. I am not basing my comment on a 4 oz taster in a bar somewhere. i am nearly through a 5 gl tank of this, and i would usually have an ipa on tap, so a pale ale like this is going to be scrutinized every time i change the laundry. in my garage. where the beer is. This is not a weissen beer, whoever thinks that is mistaken. This is a pale ale with some added spice that actually makes it even better, a surprisingly white creamy head, you can't pigeon hole this beer. Sounds like the dryer just shut off, I'm gonna go check on that... (597 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head has decent retention fading to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of wheat and orange and lemon citrus. Mixed with these aromas are some notes of yeast, coriander, and banana. Rather classic witbier smell.

Taste – The taste begins with lots of wheat and some orange citrus. The citrus grows stronger more toward the middle only to fade some in the end. While the citrus grows to its max, it is met with a yeasty and spice flavors of coriander and clove. These spices and yeasty flavors grow stronger at the expense of the citrus and with a light grassy and funky flavor, which comes to the tongue at the very end of the taste, together leave a wheaty, yeasty and lightly spice and funky taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. Again classic witbier style in feel and good for the flavor profile.

Overall - A fairly easy drinking and tasty brew, but in many ways just on in the crowd witbiers. Nothing was bad, but nothing really stood out either. (1,214 characters)

Photo of intensify
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow body and a small head on the pour. Very poor lacing but somewhat common amognst this style..?

Strong corn aroma as well as a hay smell, but not in a bad way like most cheap lagers. Malty, bready and some banana and pineapple.

The taste starts out sweet then quickly dissapears into a spice filled world. Banana and a lemon zest finish this one off.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. Light bodied and easy to drink.

A decent brew by Avery that I enjoyed but not sure if I would come back to this. Maybe during summer time while grilling up some burgers, but not something i would really have again as a desert. (622 characters)

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