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

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

Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with white head. Wheat, light spice, and light citrus notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crisp. Finishes with wheat and some sweet notes. Nice for summer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I saw this was on tap at a late night restaurant that my buddy and I went to while in Denver and decided to try it. This beer features a thick, bright white, frothy head that dissipates incredibly slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is hazy and a light golden color with moderate carbonation visible in the form of numerous small bubbles. 4.25/5 The aroma is very typical of the Hefeweizen and Witbier styles in that it features notes of banana, white bread, and cloves that are the centerpieces of the aroma. A light grassy hop note comes out as well. The real surprise are the notes of apricot and pear which provide a nice fruitiness to the beer. 4/5 The flavor is just like the aroma in this case, which is always nice, with a light caramel sweetness along with bananas leading off and providing a nice burst of sweetness up front to start things off. The white bread and cloves come in on the heels of the sweet notes providing a lighter sweetness as well as a bit of spice. Apricot and pear come in after the cloves, but are fairly light, before the grassy hops comes in at the end and round out the flavor profile. There is virtually no bitterness and no lingering bitterness here. Throughout the profile there is a funky earthiness that is pervasive and takes away from the flavor, unfortunately. 3.25/5 This is a light to medium bodied beer that is wet and coating. There is no dryness and no lingering dryness. There is a light carbonation tickle up front but this dissipates very quickly. 3.75/5 This is a nicely layered beer in terms of aroma and tasting notes, but the funky earthy note (almost a peat moss like flavor, but not a good peat moss) that permeates the full flavor profile really takes away from it. Definitely not my favorite beer by Avery, and not likely to order again. 3.5/5

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow. Big head that quickly reduces to 1 inch and stays that way.

Nose: Lots of banana. Some clove. Spices. Kind of atypical for a Wit.

Taste: Same as nose. Fairly sweet but not in a bad way. Flavor is strong upfront but then there is hardly any aftertaste. It gives you the impression that you just swallowed water. I guess that's a good thirst-quenching quality.

Mouthfeel: Light body and with small-bubble carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad wit, with elements that remind you of a saison or hefe, and very refreshing too.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Cloudy yellow, thin white head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - Clove, banana, spices, sweet bread smell.

Taste - Lots of banana and clove, wheat coriander.

Feel - Lighter body, good carbonation very smooth.

Overall - A decent beer, very light and tasty.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 18, 2016... OCCASION: home without Shan--making use of it to prepare her fortieth game plan... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos shaker...pours a cloudy, barnacle-bubbled,, unfiltered body of tawny straw.... a carbonated affair brings thick, clingy white head that clumps like cotton... fresh onion and pepper, with vanilla and clove--spicy to the nostrils... orange peel is also represented... hops are aromatic but soft, encouraging... an equally soft, thirst-quenching palate, with plenty of carbonation and sweetness at its finish--no doubt this is where it "deviously" solicits sip upon sip... the flavor profile hits its stride late, with enough malt to leave a rewarding sweetness of biscuit to give some low end to the orange peel citrus and lemon grass... this one caught me off guard a bit--a refreshing, bright, citrus wheat blast with enough malt to balance the beer without losing its original intent... part of an Avery mix pack that I bought mostly for its IPA... this sneaks in as a worthwhile have...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey color with little floaties. Big marshmallow head, leaving tons of lace behind. Haze leaves almost no transparency but light still bleeds through.

Aromas of marshmallow, oranges, burnt bananas, coriander, and finally more dominating orange/pith. Off to a great start.

The flavor falls flat a bit, leaning more towards hard mineral water. It finally starts to develop flavor at the swallow, with a tail end of yeast, wheat, coriander, and orange. The flavors linger a bit which is nice.

The feel is carbonated, semi-dry, semi-creamy. A bit of paste on the finish.

Avery's attempt at a witbier is a weak one. It's not the worst Wit I've had, but it's not really worth revisiting again. This tastes a lot like a Hoegaarden served with ice cubes and forgotten about.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium straw yellow body, two finger white head. The head is thick and effervescent, with solid retention, little bits of lacing persist for a little while. Smells mostly of spices and a grainy cereal sweetness, slight esteriness and mineral. Not too complex, but the Belgian origin is clear here. Flavour brings a bit more of the cereal sweetness, mild ester presence, a bit floral, minerally with a light earthy bitterness. Solid, refreshing with a lighter body, good carbonation and a light floral finish. Hoegaarden it isn't quite in terms of drinkability, but flavourwise it is perfectly fine as a light drinking Belgian wit.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4.5) - Very light straw colored beer. Lots of light head on top.
S (3.75) - A slightly "spicy" smelling aroma here. Not a lot of citrus or anything like that.
T (4) - Has that spicy coriander and citrus taste you'd expect. Not too over the top, but a pleasant tasting enough beer.
F (3.75) - A little thin for my liking here. More so than the style calls for.
O (4) - I'm not a expert in this type of beer, but this one isn't bad. I've had better, but you could sure do a lot worse!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a light straw with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander, light stone fruit and a hint of toffee. Flavor follows, starting with wheat, coriander, light stone fruit, mostly apricot, clove; thins out into a semi-dry wheat and coriander bittered finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A reasonable domestic take on the style, with an aroma that is spot-on. The flavor starts out well, but kind of dissipates into a modest finish. Spicing is good for a witbier. Not as outstanding as many of Avery's other offerings, but a good, refreshing wit.

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Photo of beercam
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect 5's across-the-board type of brew. True comestible art . That carbonation tho! Brrrr.

12 oz can, reading this on the bottom:
Canned 1-8-16
Then some inventory shit blah blaghh. Popped this at about 38 degrees... centrigrade!! Haha! Jk.. To me, this deep chill brings forward the best flavors of this very earthy, herbaceous stew, nearly garden-like in its yeasty presence, profoundly refreshing. Non-imbibers of farmhouses and belgians are depriving themselves of these deep, subtle, ornate ales. This beer to me represents a height of brewing activity, a triumph of liquid concoction. I find it endearing and chuckle-some that this beer comes in with such average ratings here on BA; an embarrassing exposure of a malnourished, confused, under-appreciative american palate in the realm of masterfully yeasty, spiced brews. Bros... seriously, check yourselves here.

But hey, bazinga, I drink this whenever and often, because it's a rival-less Belgian in a can whose quality stands up and out. I encourage all to support Avery, and to watch out for those oscar blue rascals, out there, breakin' tha law

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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 GregA135
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a white head
Smelled wheat, citrus and coriander
Taste like a typical Witbier
Witbier is not really a beer style I drink often. But this was refreshing and clean.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Coriander and more coriander. Sourdough yeastiness.
Taste: Clove. lemon, bread, coriander. No bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, light
A decent Belgian white ale

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Photo of DaverCS
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderately hazy yellow color with a touch of orange. 1/2 finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma is simple: citrus and wheat. Not spicy or complex. Mainly just a lemon-like citrus aroma and a nice slap of wheat. Perhaps a bit of bubblegum.

Taste is rather low on the carbonation, but the mouthfeel is very creamy. Absolutely no bitterness or hop profile to note. Definitely no alcohol character either; a dangerous beer on a hot summer day. Lots of lemon, some wheat, and only the smallest (I mean SMALL) bit of spice (clove predominantly). As soon as the swallow ends, the beer and most of the flavor is gone.

Overall, this is an ideal lawnmower beer. These go down so incredibly easy (almost too easy). It's by no means complex or world class in its style, but it is tasty and easy to drink. I see it pairing well with something spicy like carnitas tacos with a chipotle crema. It gets a 76.5/100.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can with 15192 stamped on the bottom. Sampled on January 2, 2016.

It is an unfiltered slightly foggy yellow pour with a quick lasting white head.

The aroma is of wheat, light coriander and herbs, hay, and sweet malts. There is also a touch of apricot in the mix.

Light but creamy body.

This tends to be much sweeter than a lot of beers of this style but it was not offensive because the wheat and mild spice characters kicked in with subtle fashion. Dry end.

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Photo of rhett7660
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my go to beers when I am out or at a friends house. This beer is very clean and refreshing. No bitter taste and goes down rather easy. This beer is great for anytime of the year especially on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a light hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing was here and there in a messy stringy sort of way.
The smell started off with some citrus, yeasty/breadiness, and coriander - all nicely blended together.
The taste was sweet initially with a nice ordeal of the coriander to add extra flavor.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt great and came across pretty low allowing the spice to take hold and cling on my tongue.
Overall, you know, I like this beer as it is and I like it for me, but this time of the year, its only hard to take down due to the fact that's almost too refreshing. I wonder if Avery should make this a seasonal, just saying.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a nice hazy golden straw color. Creamy white head that slowly dissipates, some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove , lemon peel and some yeasty smells.

Taste: Very similar to the smell with banana, clove, lemon peel. Though it does taste slightly watered down compared to some Belgian wits.

Feel: Medium carbonation and this has pretty light almost at times watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright hazy yellow with a about a one finger of head that dissipates rather quickly
tastes light with little to no bitterness and goes down rather smoothly
a great beer for drinking on a summer day

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a nice layer and laces lightly.

S: Light citrus, lemon and orange, a little spice, wheat, a bit yeasty, and a faint sweetness.

T: Light citrus and spice from the coriander and orange peel, bready wheat, and a little sweetness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable wit. Great on a warm day.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: A generous white head tops a honey-colored haze. An uneven dispersement of Belgian lace lingers against the glass.

Smell: A strong collection of spices hits the nose hard, but is mellowed by yeasty malt and apricot.

Taste: The spice is more mellow on the tongue than the nose, but still adds a nice, distinct edge to the white peach and apricot esters. Pale malt in the finish rounds out the aftertaste, presenting itself as lightly toasted French bread.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, easy drinking, with a medium light body and moderate carbonation. A bit more bubbles would be useful in making the beer more refreshing, but the existing amount feels reasonable.

Overall: A fine beer, but nothing remarkable by any means. The spice, malt, and fruit perform a fine balancing act, but it's nothing any beer lover hasn't seen before, and a lack of crispness lets things fall a bit flat.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very very light gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. Has a sour smell, almost champagne like. Not tastes like many a belgian white that I've had before. It gave me a bit of indigestion. Not a bad beer but nothing spectacular.

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4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head, with little to no retention, and minimum lacing. light gold body, medium cloudiness. On the nose, I get a slight lemon/citrus and caramel malt notes. On the palate I get a creamy biscuit flavor, a little sweet from the malts, and toasted pine nuts. Finishes crisp (not over carbonated, which is a plus. really lends to the white ale). clean wet mouth feel. I enjoy this ale, very sessionable.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle as a cloudy pale gold with initially very active carbonation. the aroma is not too strong and is mainly candy sweet with slight funk. The taste follows the aroma, with the funk coming to the forefront and with a subdued sweetness along with a slight lemony citrus. Hops presence is medium low. The beer feels fairly light on the tongue as appropriate for the style; it has a pleasant bite from the carbonation. Overall this is a refreshing beer and a good example of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light body, medium high carbonation. White bread, wonder bread, spice, orange, Belgian flavors, creamy, hazy gold with a slight sweetness, white bread finished dry. Very mild hop accent.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
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