White Rascal | Avery Brewing Company

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White RascalWhite Rascal

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

WIth white matter, little head. Mild pleasant spicey odour. Fruit bar like mouthfeel, a bit sour taste along with spices. Not a bad beer but only passable on drinkability. Corriander and lemon band orange peel does not work for me in beer or in herbal tea.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger bright white frothy head on a pale straw/golden murky body with nice contrast between head and body color.

S: lots of sweet lemon custard, a little pepper, wheat, grains.

T: more wheat and sweet lemon. Not very spicy or zesty. finish is watered down. ginger and banana notes throughout.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. thin and a little watery in the finish.

Overall: The flavor was a bit of a let down from what is hoped from the taste. Its a little too thin, even for the style. Still very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and a slightly chalky aroma. Taste is of wheat and yeast with a pretty strong spice profile on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a decently crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The retention and lacing were both pretty good. The smell of the beer is citrusy as well as a little peppery. The taste is orangey, some subtle wheat notes come through as well. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty refreshing. Not the best Wit but still worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that slowly disappeared. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are weak aromas of citrus fruits and spices in the aroma.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a bit stronger and also has flavors of wheat in addition to the citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather refreshing, although not quite as thirst quenching as some of the other types of witbiers that are available.

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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 biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale lemon yellow body with a good head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Got that banana wheat beer nose going along with coriander and orange peel; overwheklmingly perfumey

Taste: The nose follows through to the tongue, as this spicy Belgian wheat comes through with bananas, orange, clove and coriander flavors

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a very light body

Drinkability: Pretty darn good for the style, although this is not my thing. Nice and refreshing for a hot day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy white/yellow color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is dominating with light wheat notes. Taste is a mix between some orange peel, coriander and some wheat malt with some notes of fruity ester. Light body with OK carbonation. Not bad but not there with the best from the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a pale yellow with a two-finger head. It also appeared to be highly carbonated. It did leave nice lacing, too.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted very strongly of clove. The wheat and citrus tastes were a little understated.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was very good. A nice representation of the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale apricot orange with a nice, billowing white head and a good amount of lace rings as it goes down the glass. Nose brings forward some citrus and wheat along with a hint of spice. Spice comes out more in the flavor, which still brings mostly a wheaty sweetness and a bit of orange and citrus. Feel is a bit thick and starts to feel almost like a shake. Drinks alright, but not my favorite representation of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like lemonade with no haze to it with not much head not what I expected,strong nose of coriander and smoke.Taste is pretty spicey with a light not of the caracao orange with wheaty aftertaste that was pretty nice.Well not on par with some Belgian wittes it is nice on a hot day like today.

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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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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
Pours hazy apricot topped with a generous, foamy off-white head.
Typical fruity and spicy aroma with banana and clove.
Light, lively body.

Overall: mainstream and decent version of the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey and tangy-scented wheat malt with a full spiciness and notes of juicy orange peels.

Taste: Tangy, lightly sweet wheat malt followed by a brazen dose of coriander and orange peel (like taking a teensy weensy sip of triple sec). Touch of honey. Distinct pear fruitiness Spicy hops with a light bitterness. Pinch of coarse black pepper near the end. Orangey, spicy finish with a faint lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but the additional spices are just a wee bit overbearing for me.

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

Murky, almost milky, pale butter yellow. This may be the lightest witbier that I've ever seen. The tight-bubbled head is one shade darker than pure white and looks to be fairly stubborn; unsurprising since it's fed by mulitple streams of vigorous carbonation. Fine, intricate lace is situating itself on the upper reaches of the glass.

Classic, appetizing witbier nose with loads of coriander, clove and Saaz hops. Wheat malt and Curacao orange aren't quite as prominent. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely with spices (clove especially) in the forefront. Orange peel is more easily appreciated on the palate, but this still isn't an especially orangey wit.

Wheat malt makes its presence known in the firmness of the mouthfeel and in the mild sweet and sourness, but doesn't contribute much actual flavor. The body is light-medium and the level of carbonation is spirited without being spritzy; in other words, ideal for the style.

I've had a handful of good witbiers of late and White Rascal (great name) can easily be counted among them. Heavy on the spices, not too sweet, light of body and deliciously drinkable, this is yet another quality beer from one of Colorado's finest craft breweries.

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