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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BoozeHound81
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice finger of head,cloudy hazy typical witbier color.The lacing is as I`ve never seen before,it doesn`t disappear.I got a bit of a sinus thing going on so my smell isn`t up to snuff for now.Has a bit more bite than most wits,maybe a tad more Coriander notes also. A good a brew overall though.

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Photo of mckajd03
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A soft white head tops a hazy pale yellow color. Head appears thick, but also effervecent.
S - Strong clove, some banana, and a bit of bubble gum makes a very complex nose.
T - Clove and other spices come through, along with phenols and esters of a typical belgian yeast. Sweet bubble gum on the back, boarding on too sweet. A slight hop finish.
M - Highly carbonated and dry on the finish.
O - A nice belgian white. Could be a bit more complex in the flavor.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and extremely pale. A very, very light colored beer. Milky white head melts down pretty quick.

Belgian yeast in the aroma. Not much else to say here.

A light, crisp flavor up front with a funky Belgian finish.

Light bodied with fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Not much bitterness here.

A very straight forward Belgian style wit. Pretty good, nothing outrageous. Probably a good stepping stone for someone who drinks Blue Moon or Shock Top.

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Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a huge, fluffy, frothy, foamy, sudsy, off white head that was short lived and some clingy lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is mainly yeast with some malt, fruit, spice, bread dough. Flavor is fruit, malt, a little spice, and some tang, but not sure where from. Body is ok and carbonation seems a bit light. Finish is estery, like flavor and average length. Ok beer, nothing special.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a Pilsner glass

A- cloudy orangish-gold with a 1/2 finger head. Moderate retention, thick lacing and nice carbonation.

S- Unfortunately rather skunky. The wheat is there, but hidden behind a not very pleasant smell. Couldn't find the bottle date, so maybe it is just the yeastiness? Bready and citrusy beyond the funk.

T- Bread flavors as well as some orange peel. Not tremendously complex, but enjoyable compared to the smell.

M- Crisp and well carbonated. Nice body and thickness.

O- I may have just got a funky smelling beer, and I'm willing to try it again because of the positives on all the other fronts.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Despite the fact that the head retention isn't great, this is still an attractive witbier.

S: Aromas of wheat, butter, toast, vanilla, and coriander are quick to make their presence known. I only detected a hint of orange peel and clove-like spiciness as the beer settled. Not the most appealing scent(s) in the world. Fairly bland compared to some beers of this style.

T: Opens malty and a bit grainy with notes of wheat, cream, vanilla, butter, minerals, and coriander at the fore. Subtle orange peel notes emerge just before the finish. White Rascal finishes in a clipped manner with notes of orange peel, coriander, cream, and wheat briefly swirling across the palate.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, dry, and firm. Carbonation is active. The higher alcohol content makes this ale seem a bit warm and meaty. Not nearly as drinkable as many other witbiers.

O: This beer is a mixed bag. It looks good, and the heavier mouthfeel and higher alcohol content help it to stand out from a rapidly growing crowd. The ho-hum flavor profile and unimpressive aroma, though, make it a beer that I will not seek out regularly. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have a strong feeling this bottle is expired..

Appearance - Pours a very pale golden/orange color with a pretty small head that dissipates quickly. But like I said, it may be expired.

Smell - The first thing I smell is orange zest and maybe banana. Wheat and some other spices.

Taste - Very strong flavors of coriander and maybe some clove.. I can also taste a citrusy-orange flavor. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Kind of thick with wedium carbonation.

Overall - This is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of MsRif
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had op-tap at Avery. Poured a nice light golden color with a bit of haziness to it. Nice color. Slight head that did not completely dissipate...lacing was very minimal but still present. Aroma was that of earthy, citrusy witbier goodness. A slight spicy nose came out of it as well, and was more evident in the taste especially as the brew warmed. Also tasted of a nice balance between bitter hops and sweet malts with an undertone of citrus and a slight funky/earthy flavor.

Medium bodied, with good carbonation. VERY, very drinkable. It was actually pretty complex for a witbier, and I felt it had a lot to offer, but still, it wasn't a big standout beer for me during a week of 126 beer tastings. Good, but not amazing.

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Photo of scratch69
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, pale golden color with a thick, foamy head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Spicy coriander aroma with a touch of wheat.

Taste- Strong presence of coriander. Almost too much. I taste the wheat malt towards the finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and very well carbonated.

Overall- I feel this would be a great beer if Avery would tone down the amount of coriander they add to this brew.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a frothy white two finger head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. Very cloudy in appearance. Nose is corriander, wheat, malt, pepper- pretty typical for this style. Nice and crisp smelling beer, and very balanced. Taste is the same profile, although, I'd like just a tad more malt in there. Feel is medium for the style w/ a nice smooth malty finish. Malt and spices last well into the aftertaste. Overall, this is a good Witbier- definitely worth checking out. Not the best I've had, but still solid.

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3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Hazed golden wheat color. Just one finger of fizzy head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Good bit of corriander and clove with pepper not too far behind. Neutral malt sweetness. Earthy hoppiness. A touch of orange peel.

4.0 T: The taste is of moderate intensity, but very pleasant. Less corriander and clove than the nose suggests, but plenty to please. More peppery though. Light earthy hoppiness and just enough bitterness to balance the lightly bready malt sweetness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a touch creamier, but good overall.

4.0 D: I enjoyed this a good bit, but admittedly it's hard to disappoint me with a witbier. Solid all around.

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Photo of znichols
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw, hazy pour with bright white lacing that sat for 5 minutes then dissipated into patches of white bubbles. Looks like a cloudy light beer.

S- Tangy wheat evident with a touch of white biscuit. Some yeasty aroma and just a touch of spicy hops. Intriguing, not quite what i expected from the look.

T- Standard wheat flavor with maybe a little sweetness and a subtle grassy hop flavor on the very end. Nothing lingers long. Very mild flavor, which isnt always a bad thing. I could see myself drinking this while mowing the lawn.

M- Light and bubbly. Medium/high carbonation. A little creaminess to the body, likely from the wheat. Goes down pretty good.

O- I realize most of my reviews tend to be on larger beers, but i do like sessionables as well. I might not seek this out again because while it is light and drinkable, there isn't necessarily anything different about it; nothing drawing me back towards buying it. Light yeastyness, a touch of light bread malt, some grassy hops, and thats about it. Best described as a lighter hefeweizen. Recommended for your sister in law who only drinks Blue Moon. Throw a lemon in there for her.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of Avery (my local taproom) but this style of beer is not my favorite so that needs to be taken into account.

The lacing is excellent for this very yellow, slightly cloudy, beer.
Smell is complex but of course wheaty. As for most Avery beers,
there is more hoppiness than the style would suggest. So, the
tangy bitterness is what makes this beer as good as it is, again,
taking into account that I'm not a witbier fan.
The head and excellent carbonation give it a lush mouthfeel but
a clean taste.

I occasionally have this on tap at Avery but only on the warmest days.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Evolution Craft Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date on bottle.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates fast. When swirled, bubbles slide down the glass quickly leaving liquid clinging to the glass.

S- Nice, spicy wheat nose with a bit of banana, orange and coriander but not much clove. Smells light in alcohol and hops.

T- Great wheaty, yeasty, banana-like flavors right up front. Spices come in next bringing out the style characteristic to a T. A hint of orange. Not too light, not too dark, not much alcohol. sweet but not too sweet. Superb.

M- Very light but not quite watery. Enough substance to make you feel like you're drinking real beer. Low carbonation is the only thing that detracts from its crispness but makes it that much easier to drink.

O- Pretty much everything I look for in a witbier.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


This is honestly the fist time I have seen this color in a beer. It feels like a mix of a yellow and lime-like color. It oddly reminds me of a energy drink, but also of Surge. The head was extremely small and it dissipated in under 30 seconds. Mild carbonation was also present for a short period of time, but with it's cloudy color I am not sure when it stopped being present.


Slightly wheaty with a mix of very light fruits, such as green apples. It even carries a somewhat lime citrus smell and this smell is pretty complex on how many fruit aromas are in here.


It hits the tongue with a citrus-like taste. This does carry a slightly spicy feel to it though and it probably comes through most at the end of its swallow. Tartness and bitterness is what definitely comes through at the end though.


Carbonation is slightly light and the body also feels light. The mouthfeel is nothing special though.


This taste is something different for me, but it's definitely better in a good way. This could easily be a drink that I could knock a few back, not too heavy and it has enough flavor that it's better than a light beer. Even though this beer was solid I'm still in no rush to drink another one though.

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

Thanks to woolyb for this yummy treat from the thrice as nice cans bif.

A pour with decent power puts a pretty two finger head of white atop a light straw colored, cloudy beer.

Light aroma, but nice. Some pepper and coriander front a sweet smell, that also has hints of mineral and saison sort of yeastiness.

Wonderful light flavor, with the same flavors as the bouquet, well balanced and delicate, leading to a lively end of sip that crests with spice and sweet, stays juicy and clean.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, med. carb., spritzy feeling, clean spice resins, excellent finish.

One of the better American takes on a style that usually is over flavored and not refreshing. This one, though, is tastefully designed and very refreshing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single can of Avery's White Rascal yesterday for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a refreshing and easy drinking beer to drink while playing some disc golf so I thought I would give this a try, but I ended up not drinking it on the course so I am going to sit down and see how it drinks. The canning date was too blurry to read. Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A- This can looks pretty good, I like the creepy looking white devil, it makes this beer stick out on the shelf. It poured a hazy and pale straw yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end.

S- At first I pick up some grainy and wheaty aromas but those are quickly overpowered by a large amount of mixed fruits like oranges, green apples, pears, and bananas. The oranges seem to be the fruit that sticks out the most. After that I pick up a those signature spices from the yeast, mainly cloves coriander. The fruits stick out the most.

T- The taste is pretty much a subdued version of the aroma. At the start I get a slight grainy and wheat taste that is quickly overtaken by lots of those nice fruits that I got in the aroma. The oranges still stick out the most but bananas also show up pretty well. The spices are still there just much lighter then most Witbiers and I like that. Coriander stuck out the most. I didn't pick up any hops and the finish was smooth and had a spicy aftertaste.

M- Crisp, smooth, refreshing, and on the medium side of being light bodied. It also had a light amount of medium carbonation. No complaints here.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty damn good Witbier and so far it is the best one I have had. I find most beers in the style have a 50/50 mix of orange zest and spices but with this beer the oranges taste more fresh and juicy then zesty and they outweighed the spices, I liked the this combination it was pretty different from most Witbiers and pretty tasty. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, the fresh oranges really stuck out and it wasn't overly spicy. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance, the color could have been brighter with much better head and retention but that isn't that big of a deal. This beer had great drinkability and I could see myself enjoying a couple of these on the disc golf course. I will for sure buy this beer again and I would recommend this beer to any Witbier fan. This was my first beer from Avery and it made for a good first impression, I will be on the look out for more of their beer.

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,459 ratings.
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