White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 733
Hads: 2,210
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 42
Gots: 261 | 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 smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (656 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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that is mostly comprised of larger bubbles that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is rather mild with light notes of lemon citrus and some spices (clove).

T: Similar to the smell, the beer has flavors of wheat along with lemon citrus and some clove spice.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable - this is a nice summer beer. I could see myself picking this up for outdoor events as the beer is good and the can form-factor is also nice. (761 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Color is pretty strange. A pale, cloudy straw yellow. Not to appealing. Head is full at first, but then fades down. Leaves some lacing.

The aroma was of banana and cloves. Citrus fruit smell was also noted.

The taste was quite similiar. There was a banana, lemon, and orange flavor in this beer.

The mouthfeel was crisp at first, but eventually faded to become smooth.

Overall, this is a really easy to drink beer. I enjoyed it and would recommend this as a nice session beer. (509 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel rather rascal-ish right about now, having righted The CANQuest (TM) ship after an extended foray into Bottle Land. I scored a buncha CANs at Pinocchio's in Media following the annual fest at Iron Hill, then I received some more from Onenote81, so it behooves me to get Crackin' & Gluggin'!

From the CAN: "Deviously Delicious"; "Belgian-Style White Ale"; "Ale Brewed With Spices"; "A truly authentic Belgian-style white ale, this rascal is unfiltered (yep, that's yeast on the bottom!) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, coriander, Curacao orange peel and Belgian yeast."

First CANundrum - how to agitate the yeast into suspension. I went with a combination of rolling the CAN back and forth on the counter, followed by a hand-held back and forth inversion ala a paint mixer. The Crack did not release a gusher, but I was ready if it had. I repeatedly interrupted the Glug to CANtinue to agitate the yeast into suspension. I was met with a finger of very rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention as a result. Color was a cloudy, hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and even some floaties for good measure. Nose was redolent with spices, the coriander just reaching up to tweak my nose, followed by the zest of the orange peel, then the mustiness of the yeast. I recently polished off some Blue Moon in a CAN that had been hanging around, but this beer puts that one to shame! Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but the riotous taste of the spice, the citrus and the yeast was memorable. I am still not a big fan of the style, but I know a good one when I taste it. Finish was dry and refreshing. I'd put some in the cooler as long as people agree not to put fruit in it! (1,821 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz CAN into a pint glass.

White Rascal pours out Berliner Weisse yellow with mo yellow. A bit hazy on appearence but there was some yeast in the can. A flimsy head of white that leaves a lasting cap, no lace.

This one is all about the wheat and pale malt. Fresh wheat with some lemon drops and quite a bit of orange appeal. Pretty pungent unlike most wit's.

This one is great, tastes of fresh cut wheat with some small grassy tones. In the middle a nice mix of orange peel and lemon spritz's with a touch of coriander at the end mixing in with some malt sweetness.

Feel is very light and refreshing without a lot of carb going for it. Very smooth and easy going down. Not dead, yet not lively in any way, made for summer.

This went down easy enough, could easily go for a few more. Im always checking out Avery's smaller beers as they are spot on when fresh. (865 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark, hazy yellow with a short, white head that has little retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint coriander, faint white grapes

T - wheat, faint yeast, faint white grapes, very faint spices

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is an OK beer. I would like more of the wheat and promised orange peel to come through. The malt and yeast give off a heavy white grape note similar to a scaled down Tripel. It's easy to drink but boring. I won't buy this again. (467 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce botle, w/o freshness indication. Pours light cloudy yellowy amber, with a white loose head, showing fine retentive powers and leaving plenty of loose, yet sticky lacing. Bubble kep on rising to the top, yeasties floating around. Nose is of chalky wheat stalks and grain husks. This is a fairly mainstream wheat ale, notes of a creamsicle ice cream bar, soft wheat, drying soft hops late, with some honey in the finish. Pleasant enuf, but nothing special, pretty boring by Avery standards. (497 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a hazy, lighter, golden yellow color with a thin white lacing clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a lot of the orange peel and coriander citrus to it in the aroma. The spices of the Belgian yeast are also there and give some clove and nutmeg notes to it. Some sweeter, wheat malt is present in it as well. Decent aroma for the style, the citrus is a little dominating but it was appealing and refreshing.

The taste has a lot of the flavors that came through in the aroma. I get a lot of the orange and coriander throughout the flavor. I get some of the sweeter, wheat malt up front, while the belgian yeast spice seems to come out more in the finish. The flavors were pretty good up front, but seemed to get a little bit of a watered down feeling towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a decent and refreshing beer, but not an outstanding beer of the style. (993 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 smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Classic bleach white creamy head, and two fingers tall and forms nicely and evenly of the pour. Classic opaque lemon and orange colored body. Some retention, but a standard soapy collar and some good staying power.

Solid impressive aroma. Tangerine oranges. Vanilla cream. Chewy sense of wheat malt and density. Love this fruit and vanilla like action.

Palate comes very impressively. Creamy malt body with a chewy palate. Lemon and orange flavors hit the tongue in a good splash. That creamy texture continues all the way down with the vanilla tones as well. Mild spice more like a dried grain sense on the finish, but finishes clean, wet, and nicely thick. Some popping bread toast as well that hits on the swallow nicely.

Really nice witbier, one I've put off for drinking in a long time, but good to know about since I really seem to be enjoying this one. (919 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer but not the best witbier. Seems to be missing some of the spices found in many other wits. taste is average and you would be better off with a Hoegarden or Victory Whirlwind. Not a bad beer but falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. (261 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capping off the night with Avery's version of a white ale. On to the beer:

Poured slowly into a pint glass, it's very light blonde to colorless. It's head is a suprise for the style, and it lasts until the last sip. Coriander and "crème d'orange" are in the smell. The flavor was mixed well, light, yet still yummy. Malted wheat, some cream, a touch of orange run around, with the saaz hops sizzling on the tongue. This brew hit the spot for me.

Update 6/1/11: Tried for the first time in four years. Head retention doesn't quite last as long. Doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that I remember, more singular. Still tasty, but I need to be fair and drop some scores accordingly. (686 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good wit, but not quite spot-on. Pours a nice pale yellow with hazy and a rocky head. Smells of spice and a little something else (a friend of mine called it Spam, I disagree). Its not a very citrusy wit and it lacks delicate flavors, the yeasty, corriander like flavor, however, is still quite nice. Nicely carbonated and easy drinking. I put this on par with Whirlwind Wit. Nice beers, but not quite Belgian. I've buy again if it wasn't $9/6er round here. (466 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 lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy pale wheaty yellow colour - almost like lemon juice, with an initially frothy head of white bubbles which just dissipates to a light foam on the top. Only minimal carbonation. Body looks light and pleasant. I'm impressed by the cloudiness, which is often tamped down in the non Belgian examples. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is a little spicy, with hints of pepper and grapefruit rind, but it's rather muted. There's a light sour wheat character to it, and a round lightness, but it's all quite subtle. It doesn't impress me with robust fragrance.

Overly carbonated palate, sparkling and tingling with extremely zealous bubbling over the tongue from the first sip. The flavour is again very muted, perhaps even more so than the nose. Quite thin, with a light seltzer acidity and a wishy-washy spice note that I fear I only notice because I'm looking hard for it.

It's a pretty average wit, but it's drinkable as the style almost automatically implies. Not a huge amount to recommend it, but it's refreshing and quaffable enough. Just remember there are much better examples. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (863 characters)

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