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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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1,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,759
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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:
22 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2003)
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-14-2013 11:21:25 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 06:20:41 | More by biboergosum
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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 21:37:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-15-2011 17:14:55 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast, fruity flavors of orange and lemon and mildly spicy flavors of clove and coriander. The malt character is light but still hearty enough to give the beer some substance. There's a mild hops presence but about the right amount for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good lighter beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 03:12:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-15-2012 21:54:02 | More by nickfl
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 16:46:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow color, yearning toward white, with a beautiful head, pure head, fresh and frothy head.
The nose is everything I'd expect from a witbier, or any decent imitation, alert, spicy, citric, a touch dry, some lemon, a show of orange, and overall, inviting and appetizing.
Taste: decent hops at first, nice wheat texture, very light in body, and extraordinarily drinkable. I could kill a ton of these in the summertime. (I can only admire that attribute now as the snow falls!) It's lightness and smoothness is it's perfection, a bit more lemon than orange in the flavor, very thirst-quenching and full of zing!
Thanks to vitriola for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 09:06:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with a finger of cream colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some band-aid notes, white pepper, some juicy-fruit once warm

T: Follows the nose, lemony notes as well up front, some grainyness too. Lemon & phenols as this warms, a touch of dryness too. Finishes with hints of juicy fruit, lemons, a whisper of grapwefruit, cloves, coriander & white pepper.

MF: Light/medium bodied with subtle carbonation

An alright Wit, but not upper tier by any means, still great to see another choice in canned beer though

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 01:29:33 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded apricot golden orange hue with haziness galore, I'd call this unfiltered. Fine intricate lacing left as the bright white head dwindles. Aroma has orange peel citrus fruit, clove, with hints of coriander and even a touch of tropical fruit this is very nice witbier. Flavor spiced with citrus peel, coriander, hints of clove, with a refreshing yeast spiciness, more tropical fruits hints of chammomile. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy effervescent carbonation carries the beer pretty well. Drinkability was effortless the right type of beer to drain for sure, enjoyable and approachable to all. I'm surprised I've nevere reviewed this beer, it's one that I've tasted multiple times over the years.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 18:40:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a shaker glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back some fizzy looking lace. Pretty typical look here for the style. Grass and spice have some assertiveness in the nose, with an underlying sticky yet supportive mix of grains and sweet fruit.

There is a LOT of sweetness to the taste, from that mix of grains and ripe fruit, with a moderate amount of grassy bitterness evening things out. A firm spiciness trails into the finish, leaving behind a good bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and initially prickly on the tongue before getting a bit thicker feeling on the sides. This thickness controls the feel a bit too much at times.

This was a decent enough Witbier I suppose but it never did find the right balance of sweetness and spice for me and just had an overall thickness to the feel that cut back on the drinkability of this.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 19:34:34 | More by Kegatron
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry finish. There is some coriander and orange peel here which rounds out the aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry wheat flavor with some banana and clove hints along with bitter orange peel and coriander. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry, yet fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine wit. It's well rounded and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 18:20:35 | More by WesWes
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a small white head. Looks about like you expect a Belgian White to look.

The aroma is a mix of coriander, wheat and orange peel. Overall, the wheat is what stands out the most. The flavor is heavy on the wheat and coriander, with a little bit of orange mixed in to enhance the flavor. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:37:45 | More by Mora2000
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a nice white head that retained and laced well. Bready yeast on the nose, a bit funky, with notes of grass and citrus zest. Similar taste, yeasty, bready, wet grass, some pear and lemon. Crisp, appropriately carbonated, light-bodied, and quite drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 05:02:28 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-07-2012 04:10:48 | More by SocalKicks
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice belgian white, heavy on the flowery yeast notes. pours a cloudy pale straw color with almost no head. smelld like belgian yeast and wheat malt. flavor is yeasty first, with a fruity sort of hop middle, and a crisp belgian finish. feel is nice, but not as bubbly as i want it to be. i dont know, the yeast is the star here, and its down easy, but i like a lot of other avery beers a whole lot more. thats said, its a damn good american belgian wit. no complaints really

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 07:23:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 05:50:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light lemon-drop - looks like cloudy lemonade - with a one-finger pillowy head that descends to a thin cover before becoming a patch. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel and a touch of coriander - very soft/mild.

The taste is malty - barley malt more noticeable than usual for style - not a bad thing - with wheat tang. Orange peel and coriander lend slight fruity/spicy notes. Saaz hops are appropriately light. Malt sweetness turns to a dryish finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, but rather watery too.

Nothing "off", but nothing particularly special. Very mild - approaching weak.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 15:05:49 | More by jwc215
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4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like a slimmed-down Hefeweizen with a touch of spice. Smooth and fragrant. Surprisingly rich, malty flavor with a light, refreshing body. Nose of malt with a touch of banana and pears. A faint hoppy touch, but the stuff seems so well balanced. This just seems like the ideal pale, light beer. There seems to be just enough yeasty flavors to give it so much interest and complexity. Yet it's as clean and perfectly drinkable as any Pilsener.

On tap at Bergie's in Old Town, San Diego. Pale golden in the pint glass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 05:28:06 | More by mactrail
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-26-2011 22:56:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy sun yellow, with a perfect cap of white foam, great retention, with extensive lacing.

S: Pastry bread, almost a glazed donut scent, white sugar, light orange in the end.

T: One of the breadier tasting wits that I have had lately, the wheat is sweet-tasting and there in droves dominating the flavour of the brew. Orange is secondary, coriander definitely comes in 3rd, only a hint of that spice, light candied fruit in the finish.

M: Definitely a fuller-bodied wit, creamy, smooth, but light enough to be easily drinkable.

D: A great wit all and all by Avery, been tasting a lot of wits lately, this is top notch within that group.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:00:55 | More by Halcyondays
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big bubbled head that dies far too quickly for the style; no lace. Light orange/yellow color; extra cloudy, which is appropriate.

Citrusy smell, low yeast (different from my review from four years ago)

Soda pop fizz for the carbonation level--it makes the liquid seem too watery for my tastes. The flavor is classic wheat: lots of citrus and spiciness. The finish is very dry and short living.

This is an easy wheat beer to drink, but the appearance and body detract significantly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 21:33:37 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1" head that falls slowly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable banana, clove, coriander, and yeast.

Taste: light wheat tones with the usual spice suspects - clove, coriander, and pepper - along with some lemon zest and hints of banana. Mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: simply put this is clean, crisp, and refreshing. Light in body.

Drinkability: very nice drinkability especially on a warm summer day as this quenches your thirst. Not the usual "over the top" beers from Avery, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 19:33:29 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow, headed towards white in color. Cloudy in looks. Full 3/4 inch head which settles into a nice 1/8 inch frothy head. Nice streaks of lacing.

Smell- Not a real strong smeller, but when you dig in you find a pleasant corriander and lemon rind scent.

Taste- Typical of good refreshing wit's. Highest in corriander flavor with a good lemon hit behind it. Maybe some white pepper as well. A bit sweet and also a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Nice average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Nice wit at a good price. Would be my go to if it were available to me and I wanted to save some cash.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 00:49:58 | More by GClarkage
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

05-25-2012 07:47:29 | More by beernads
White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,759 ratings.