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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 Litterbean
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like witbiers. This one is a good one, though not great. It looks good with all the yeast swirled in, like a sandstorm in a glass it overtakes the entire beer. Smells of spices and yeast. The taste is good, but not mind blowing. The chalkiness that accompanies the yeast is present, and the spiciness is also good. Still, there wasn't much that wowed me, and it made for a less than stellar beer. Less than stellar, however, still means it's a good'un. I could drink this and enjoy it many times over. I just wish it had more pizazz.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white color, some carbonation, fizzy head which does not last long, some lacing afterwards. Scents of grassy wheat, corinader spices, and orange. The taste is tangy, kinda dry, and clean. Medium body. Very drinkable. A good representation of the style, definitely in the Hoegaarden range. Would recommend for sure.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazed brass color with little to no head. The aroma reveals musty fruit and spices that smell quite nice. The taste is light and contains flavors more of the fruit and spices and a light black pepper hop lying off in the distance. This is a light bodied beer that finishes with a jagged bite and then sliding into a slight sweetness. All of this is quite nice, yet a tad muted. There again with the weaker taste, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. Cheers and thanks to pineywoodrooter for the beers!

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Photo of Illinick
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: VERY Pale, cloudy yellow in color with a white fluffy head that shrinks to a ring with multiple island formation. Nice lacing.
S: Tart citrus, orange peel, banana, some vanilla, and coriander and other spice. Quite a tart smell; however; there is an off putting "steel" scent in there.
T: BLAND typical wit flavors-some spice, citrus, orange peel, and banana. Also, macro tasting corn and barley. Tart fruit that is almost sour.
MF: light and watery.
Overall: An admirable stab at an american wit, but comes up short, probably would never try again.

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Photo of IceAce
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw colored body with a sticky collar of white foam. Nose is yeasty with notes of Belgian yeast and corriander.

Entry shows zippy carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Midtaste features spicy notes of orange peel, corriander and yeast. The finish leads with a crisp mention of hop followed by a slow yeasty fade.

Certainly not a bad Wit...just wishing there was a little more substance to the application of the style.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from my Uncle on vacation...

This beer pours a macro light lager (got worried) color in pale yellow, the head was large and retained very well, head retained the whole 45 minutes with nice lacing effects all the way down. The beer has a touch of spice and wheat when under the nose.

The taste is just like the smell and is refreshing and light, too light, almost like a light 'Hefe' beer. Goes smooth due to the nice head retention and is drinkable due to its lightness, but I still want a little more in the taste department.

Final Thought: Well, This beer is Hefe quality except you can't taste it, if they would double the ingredients with the same amount of water Avery would have themselves a classic on hand.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale, hazy yellow. This is quite expected. One finger head quickly thins to a mere coatint of white on the top.

Smell is a laod of banana and spice (clove upstages everyone with a brilliantly turned double axel),with citrus join in for the chorus' final crescendo at the end.

Flavour has a dry, grainy feel to it- with lots of yeast and spice. Estery bits on the end suggest banana (but don't put it up on a banner above your head).

Carbonation is a bit rougher and more present than I would like but I stress, just a bit. I do not feel at all like I've gargled Liquid Plumber. Liquid holds its own- not too thin, not too thick.

Very drinkable. The carbonation would annoy me after a while, but it's a good beer I'd gladly drink more than once.

Be well

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.25 bottle at Brickskeller's in Washington DC.

After walking to the bar from the metro stop, I needed something crisp and refreshing. I'd never had an Avery product before, but it turns out I made a wise choice.

A delightful beer. So crisp and clean - fantastic! It is very lively - not like so many other Belgians I've had where the saison yeast just overpowers everything else.

Light and refreshing, but not in a wimpy or weak way. Full of personality and character.

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Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow beer with a large white head, exactly what it should look like.

Smell is very fruity and spicy with a good scent of raw coriander and orange peel. Light sweetness and a little wheat malt in the scent, very clean with no faults.

Taste is spicy with a lemony acid edge. Good flavors of coriander and orange peel with a good bitterness in the finish. Slightly sweet but this is mostly a spice and hops beer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good and a little light as it should be for the style.

This is simply and outstanding rendition of a Belgian witbier, better than the Hoegaarden that we get in the USA. Outstanding in all respects, THIS is now my most preferred Witbier.

Addendum: Looked at some of the other reviews here and most did not rate this as highly as I did but I stand by my review; This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow in color. Very thin head that clumps a little around the edge. Very active carbonation level. Smell of citrus and yeast. Taste of orange peal with a nice wheat backbone. Nice level of carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth finish. A very drinkable beer. Some qualities that i am not crazy about but it hits the style description dead on. All in all the best witbier i've had.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of wheat yeast and corriander. Smells like a white ale.

More of the wheat yeast esters hit upfront with the corrianter as a light aftertaste. I am not usually a fan of the white ales, but I am finding this to be quite tasty.

Body seems a little thin.

Surprisingly easy for me to drink. I usually avoid corriander, but I may have found the beer that begins my true appreciation for the white ales...

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Photo of dren
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being a fan of white beers I was quite happy to get my hands on a six pack of this brew. Avery usually does not let me down and this time was no exception.

The beer pours a light golden orange with a little fizzy head. Smells of orange and yeast! Tastes the same with quite a bit of citrus flavor but not overpowering. More heavily on the citrus side then most whites I have tasted in the past, less yeasty. This is how I love my whites! An extremely easy beer to drink, especially on a hot summer's day. One of the better beers I have had in quite some time. It isn't supurb in any one area, but just right for my tastes. I just wish I could get this beer locally. I could put back a 12 pack of this in a night with no problems.

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Photo of texashammer
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy yellow white with thin white head. smell of yeast and lemons! strong citrus. light cracker or cookie malt. taste is crisp, clean, refreshing citrus and yeast. very light body and light on palate. hardly even there. I don't have a lemon but personally think this beer could use one; the acid would liven it up. sweet finish. it tastes cold, if that makes sense. sort of thin and understated. drinkability high because it is so refreshing and simple.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a mix case with fish113d.
I am sampling a cold beer in a snifter.
The beer pours a very light hazy yellow almost like champagne. A ring of fizzy bleached white head foams up and sticks to the edge of the glass. Aroma is citrusy with some lemon and some coriander as well. A bit of biscuity yeast arises from the glass as well.
First sip reveals a lite but not thin body with very fine fizzy carbonation. Flavor starts sweet yet tart with some lemon and grainy malt. Finishes rather clean but does leave a crisp citrus note in my mouth. I find the beer very refreshing and enjoyable. Would be tasty on a hot day and I dont think I would tire of drinking these. not a bad beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very pale cludy yellow color with sparse white head that fell to a thin ring. Smell is spicy, with notes of clove, corriander, and pepper present. Taste is perfect, with spiciness combined with a nice crispness, Truly enjoyable. After taste continues with the spiciness along with a slight dryness. Great drinking beer. Great all around beer. Good Job!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice hazy, glowing white yellow color, possibly the witest witbier I have seen. Head forms and fades fast, leaving a little film on top of the beer. Lots of citrus in the nose, mandarin oranges, orange rind, with some nice coriander in the mix, also. Taste is murky, but some sweet orange shows through, as well as the coriander, which mixes well with the impressive hop finish. Above average, very good, even.

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Photo of mentor
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery and consumed a couple days later. Pours a gorgeous finger and a half fluffy pristine white head over a super murky light cream yellow liquid. Smells like scrambled eggs on toast. That was weird, but seriously, that was my first impression. A second sniff reveals wet yeast, clove, dark wheat bread, and salt. Perhaps some straight up H2S, sulphur. Tastes like a witbier should, perhaps a bit mroe watery than I've had before. Yeast, clove phenolic, a gentle tart citrusy zing. I was expecting, but don't get any, orange peel. Overall the beer is wet sweet enough that the clove and tart zing are bathed in a refreshing nectar, rather than standing tall and oppressive on the tastebuds. Md light body that hangs fluffy on the tongue. Moderate carbonation works with the flavors and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Evenly hazy lightly greenish yellow appearance, medium head of bright white color. Laces in dripping rings. Aromatic, stuffy and yeasty with orange accents and light pineapple. Mouthfeel is sub-medium, carbonation is fairly lively but more subdued than some. Flavor is straightforward, senses of candied fruit, plenty of sugary sensations, chalky tones that range to chewing on a pencil, but mainly similar to many Wits. Finishes relatively clean with a lemon candy aftertaste. Seems about typical for style, a bit metallic in all over impression and not highly spiced, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive. Like most Wits, it's pale and cloudy yellow. Big fluffy head with loose bubbles. Laces well. Smells a whispy citrus lemon and grapefruits. Throw in some tartness and spiciness. Tastes modestly sweet with light banannas and papayas. Citusy with ripe lemons, kiwi, and pears. Quite spicy with corriander, curraco, and pepper. Light but firm body is silky smooth and a quite creamy and slick. High carbonation plays on the toung. Light honey or powdered sugar sweetness in the finish along side of tartness and light bittering. No real hop presence. Slight alcohol flavors in the finish helps with the dryness and crispness. Good for the summer season.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color and is topped by a wispy pale white head. The aroma is an interesting mix of bready yeastiness, earthy/ herbal coriander, and a hint of zesty lemon notes. The taste is just barely sweet up front which accentuates the spritzy, citrusy lemon acidity. This beer is quite light on the palate and is quite refreshing. There is sort of an austere, dry note in the finish which seems to come from the coriander. This is quite a nice example of a Wit, it is spicy and quenching with its light acidity. Again Avery proves that they can brew great standard gravity beer.

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Photo of frazbri
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Rascal from Avery Brewing poured a cloudy pale straw/yellow topped by a frothy snow white head. A nice layer of belgian lace stayed on the walls of the glass. The nose consisted of lemon zest, cracked pepper, and corriander, with just a hint of bananas. The flavor was a mix of citrus and spices. Grapefruit and pepper started things off. Lemon zest dominated the finish. The body was medium-light, with moderate carbonation. The finish was dry.

This was a nice wit. The lemon zest flavor was a little overpowering at times, but my overall impression was still good.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a bit fizzy. It creates a small white head that goes away rapidly. The beer pours a cloudy straw yellow color. There are hints of corriander and orange to the nose. Also a hint of breadiness. It is quite tasty. It is a medium wheat body, with reserved tastes of coriander and orange. A twinge of sourness to the finish. Quite refreshing. Thanks, Jay

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. No freshness info to be found, but a good description of the style is there.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a nice white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of spice and yeast, with some sweet malt as well. The coriander is very obvious, and there is some definite citrus as well.

Taste: Nice light to medium bodied with a good crisp flavor. Lots of spices show up here, with some lemon and coriander dominating. The yeast gives a nice flavor as well.

Overall impression: A very nice wit - great drinkability, and perfect for the warm weather to come.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking beer, very cloudy pale yellow with a thick, frothy white head that retains very well. Smell is spicy with hints of corriander, clove and lemon rind, not particularly complex but nice for a wit and pleasing nonetheless. The taste begins with a light spiciness that includes corriander, clove and lemond rind...all very typical wit...this tastes like a hoegaarden clone to me. It's not that this is a bad brew, in fact it's pretty tasty but i cant really distinguish it from the classic wit hoegaarden. Spicy (spicy as in a lot of spices not as in hot like a pepper) with a cloying sweetness and a crisp refreshing finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated but i feel it could have been slightly more carbonated and it would have made the beer more refreshing. The drinkability is high as this is a tasty wit, and is quite a refreshing summer brew, possibly a cheaper alternative to the everpresent hoegaarden.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's White Rascal is an excellent example of the Belgian witbier style, and a hell of a lot cheaper too boot! It's hazy "white" yellow body is capped by a head of creamy white that's obviously buoyed by the effervescent bubbles streaming from beneath. In the nose it's quite typical with notes of coriander and citrus rind; and it's light body passes almost unoticed across the palate with the exception of a delicate zest at the front of the tongue from it's very-fine bubbled, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is drier and more coriander-based than some examples, but there is some tartness and a touch of lemon there as well. It's bitterness is restrained as expected, and it's quite nicely balanced. A very well-done, refreshing, and quaffable example of the style!

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