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White Rascal - Avery Brewing Company

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 30
Gots: 188 | 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 Alextricity
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Can't be spoken for. Drank from a bottle.

Smell: Like a typical witbier. Clove, banana. But then a little something that's more dominant int he taste...

Taste/feel: Wet trunk. It's not appealing. It's certainly drinkable, and the bananas help it out, but whatever's causing that wet trunk taste is not encouraging me to drink another one of these. I've had worse, but as far as a witbier, this is my least favorite of the style. It's just off-putting.

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow,thin white head,and decent lacing. Smell is the usual fruit and spice. Body is thin,and slightly carbonated.Taste is of lemon,and spice. Starts smooth,with a bit of a tart finish. This would be a decent summer session beer.Give it a try.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light gold with a slight greenish tinge and a bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of yeast and coriander dominate. On the palate, an offputting cooked grain note leads things off, followed by some fruity sweetness and a carbonation/acidity combo that succeeds in drying out things through the finish. Mouthfeel is suitably medium, with some yeasty thickness and acidity that lends a feeling of lightness. Overall, this beer contains representations of all the touchstone elements of Belgian witbiers, but none of these elements feel right; they're all executed with what falls somewhat short of success. The gestalt of that is that this beer is only mediocre; there are much better examples, both from Belgium and even from America, out there.

Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MisterClean
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Cloudy, light golden, medium head, very resilient head.

S - Heavy orange peel. That's all I can smell.

T - Orange zest. That's it.

M - Earthiness took over on the mouthfeel, could use less bittering to take the edge off.

D - Not bad, but there are better examples.

Photo of Reaper16
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy light orange color that looks more yellow -- like goldenrod -- when held to direct light. I only got about half a finger's worth of white head here, with consequently minimal lacing. Below average.

There's something not right about the aroma of White Rascal. It's full of orange zest and zippy wheat, just like it should be. There's a spicy character too, though not explicitly of coriander like you expect. The problematic part is a nasty note (I almost said "funky," but I don't want you to confuse it with the good kind of funk aromas) that is reminiscent of wet dog hair. I assume its a yeast issue, but man oh man is it unpleasant to smell that characteristic.

Orange peel dominates the palate. Sure, you get some malted wheat in there too; it's lemony flavor blending into the aggressive rind flavor. The spice comes across not so much as coriander, but as fennel seed. Which... is interesting but not particularly tasty.

A nice medium body and smooth carbonation make for a drinkable beer in terms of mouthfeel. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, really. Too bad it doesn't make up for the lack of achievement elsewhere. I give it points for the fennel seed originality but this is overall a below-average to average witbier. I won't be ordering this one again.

Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Very pale yellow, a bit hazy, good for the style

S-Faint yeasty smell. not much else

T- Bitterness hits the tongue on first taste, then a hint of the coriander with a somehwhat refreshing aftertaste.

M- A nice body to this beer. It lingers over the tongue

D- I could probably knock back a few of these but there are much better versions of this style out there.

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kbub6f
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is small. It's also white and foamy. The bright yellow/gold beer is slightly hazy. Minimal spots of lacing. Gorgeous nose: buttery, grainy, nutty, fresh, flowery, creamy. The front is a simple combination of fruit, butter, pepper, coriander, and orange/citrus. The middle is tangy, fruity. A nice, dry, buttery, peppery finish. Surprisingly bitter. This is good. The butter gives this a slight edge in my book over some others. But I think the coriander is just a little overstated. Delicious.

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel chalice. Label depicts a devil holding a glass of beer; a near exact copy of Leonetto Cappiello's ubiquitous Maurin Quina poster. Some inked numbers on the bottom of the can, but no clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of fluffy white head. This settles slowly to a very thin cap, thicker in the center of the nucleation site, with a ring of foam around the edge. Nice lacing remains after each sip. The beer itself is pale to medium yellow and cloudy. No sediment remains in the can.

Smell: Strong esters of peaches and bananas with a very distinct wheat twang.

Taste: Fruity flavors upfront of peaches, cherries and strawberries followed by a tangy sweet wheat backbone. Finishes out with a very mild hop bitterness with slight vegetal undertones.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as is expected for the style. Body is great.

Drinkability: My first Belgian from a can and an excellent one. I instinctively swirled the last bit looking for some yeast sediment and found none, but other than that, not much difference between this and a bottle.

Photo of moonknight31
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of udubdawg
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours very light in color. I pour some sediment in anyway to give it some color. Huge airy white head rapidly recedes despite all the lines of tiny bubbles feeding it. Spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit of orange, some more tart lemon, a bit of belgian yeast. Only mildly sweet, and no spices that I was able to discern. Not bad by a longshot...but well short of what I come to expect from the style.
Pretty tasty, not a sipper - decent quencher. A bit of tartness helps in this regard too. A bit of wheat in the finish, and I can safely call it "spicy" although it remains light and other than a light coriander I'd be hard-pressed to name anything in particular.
Expected the carbonation to be pretty expressive - It isn't, and detracts a bit from the otherwise high drinkability score - just doesn't quite quench my thirst somehow without it. Not what I look for in the style, or from light lawnmower beers, but I'm sure another bottle or three will someday make it into my glass - a decent effort.

Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/3/2005 $9.00 6 pack 5.50% No best by date.


Pours a hazy yellow-white with a thin white head. Color almost glows with an eery light.


Bready and spicy (peppery) with hints of orange.


An excellent representation of a witbier, one of the better American attempts. Mouthfeel is smooth with fine carbonation texture. Notes of orange, black pepper and a subtle sweetness.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow very hazy | wonderful carbonation | good head

Tart and sweet | thick | spicy

Powdery wheat tart edge with light cream | coriander | European floral hops

Nice carbonation | creamy medium bodied | powdery smooth

Decent brew, but not my favorite Witbier though.

Photo of amalburg
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of target88
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super cloudy pale yellow color. No lace. Hue of the middle traffic light. Looks a tad weak but we shall see.

The dry wheaty smell of a witbier combined with a spicy orange peel. Dry and with a little punch. Quite good.

Spicy Belgian taste, countered with the sweetness of the light wheaty accent. Puts the "Belgian" into the flavor for sure, with it's pungence. Spicier than a regular witbier, for sure.

Feels fizzy and dances on the palate. Leaves a dry, sticky film. It's a very nice spicy Belgian wit. Not at all a thin, watery witbier.

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A balanced Belgian. The color looks to me to be a slightly tannish-orange. The head is close to white and definitely shows you that it is there. Flavor is ok with a little bit of spice overtones and a bit of sweetness(not too much, though). It brings a great refreshing flavor yet is light, but not too light !

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.