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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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Reviews: 756 | Ratings: 2,397
Photo of BeerWizard
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a six of cans for a little over ten bucks, but I've seen it cheaper by as much as a couple dollars. Pours a hazy yellow with a short-lived airy head, but the carbonation keeps a layer of foam on the top. Smells citrusy and a little sour-yeast. Flavor is citrus and yeasty and has some mineral quality. Not a lot jumps out at you but still a solid wit. More dry than sweet and nice carbonation, really refreshing. ABV is pushing 6 so not crazy and you could definitely have a few. Nice summer beer - actually bought it because it was nice earlier, now raining! Still enjoying the beer though. Good stuff. Not the first time I've had it and won't be the last.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-murky hazy golden beer, with a head that didn't last
-very good scent from the orange and coriander
- taste is yeasty but with alot of orange and coriander, finishes with a wheat finish
-slightly over carbonated but other than that very smooth
- overall a great wit beer but like most of this style not anything really stands out. but a less conservative brew than most of its brothers.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those love or hate beers in my opinion, it has a strong yeasty flavor but at the same time has a good hop balance. Color is golden and has a fluffy white head that rests perfectly upon this brew. Had good lacing as one would expect from Avery brews. I feel this would be a wonderful summer time brew for a hot day, I certainly will be having a few more as the summer months come upon us.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Rascal brewed by Avery Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.60% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color, with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most witbier on the market. The smell is rich with citrus grains, and malts. You kind of pick up on a sour sweetness in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor. There is citrus and a nice smoothness of grains. The mouthfeel is rich , but smooth. There is a lot going on in this brew. Avery Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew. There is not overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall i'm giving White Rascal 4 out of 5.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent representation of a Witbier. Although not a 'blow you away' offering. Worth a drink, but not to seek out.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Beer taste is subjective. I should have read the label more carefully. I hate coriander. This beer might be someone else's favorite. The spice flavor makes this taste bad to me. I bought a six pack and took it back to the store. To be fair I will have to try a beer from them that is more suitable from my taste preference I'll try Avery Brewing Co. IPA or Stout next. This stuff I wouldn't ever buy again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Good frothy pale white head and a slight cloudy golden body.

Smells robust of cloves and other spices, plus a touch of lemon and sweet bready malts.

Taste is true to nose, spice-heavy with clove and banana notes, plus a thick bread taste and sweetness. Banana bread, I guess, but with a touch of tartness maybe.

It's medium-bodied and not necessarily something you can easily throw back, which I find interesting because I feel this brew (and many witbiers) appeal to the type of folks looking to drink a lot more than enjoy a lot.

I don't mean that as a diss to this beer, I find this to be reasonably tasty, but something prevents me from enjoying it fully. Wish I knew what that was.

I actually think this is a great beer to bring to a party, either winter or summer, since it's in cans and seems to be conservative enough for those not necessarily into beer and good enough for the beer-obsessed.

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

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers of white suds over a cloudy body of pale yellow; high amount of visible carbonation, very thin trail of lace

S - funk, lemon, spice

T - citrus, slightly funky yeast, fruity notes, peppery spice, grain, light sweetness, dry finish; fairly complex

M - light watery body, medium/high carbonation

O - White Rascal is an ok Belgian white.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a 3 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Has that slightly citrus, Belgian yeast funk to it. Slightly peppery. Taste is bready with citrus undertones, slight orange peel, ending slightly spicy with a strong clove taste and aftertaste. It is a good beer. Easy to drink, goes down smooth and can drink multiple ones in a single setting.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow, and forms a thin white head that fades quickly to a ring. Decent, if spotty, lacing.

S: Fruit esters, so many of them, swirl out of the glass. Apple, pear, banana, melon, wreathed about some pale wheatiness and a touch of spice.

T: Tart and then sweet, the flavor palate opens with a surge of citrus, which yields way to a pear-melon combination. Coriander and a herbaceous tinge color the entire tasting, growing stronger as it moves along, until the finish is primarily those flavors.

M: Light bodied, but just heavy enough to feel like a decent beer.

O: Not an overdone, overblown reach, but a more subtle approach to the style. What hop presence is there does not overpower and command everything for me, the way many more hop-prevalent beers do. J'approuve.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy light straw color. Active looking carbonation. Virtually no head, however, there are some splotches of lace in the middle. Aroma is quite fruity; like apples. Taste is sweet; the prevalent tastes are apple and spice. It is a very clean feel. Light bodied. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Crisp and refreshing and a slightly dry finish. A delightful beer which I enjoyed.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Like blue moon but bored with it? This is blue moon with a boost! More flavorful, more orange and coriander, definitely a solid beer choice if you are a fan of blue moon

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Photo of ChristWill
5/5  rDev +35.9%

I gave this a higher rating not because it stacks up with the classy barrel aged beers but because it is a solid beer.
if we only had standard beers that didn't get all fancy then this would be the leader. I have a keg of it and drink it whenever i don't have a $13 bottle of something aged.
As far as standard beers go this is a 5

just a nice smooth wheat (white) beer heavy handed on the spice and cloudy as hell. just the way beer should be.

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Photo of bark
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The cloudy liquid is cold yellow-orange (10 EBC), the finger thick white head leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is semi-sweet and spicy with distinct notes of bitter orange peel, wheat dough and herbs.

The taste is fresh and slightly bitter. Sweet notes of orange peels, exotic spices, phenolic herbs/spices, orange juice and some metallic off-flavours. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is a bit sticky with herbs, spices and tree sap. The finish is sweet and a bit frowsy.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is light and a little sticky.

Just below average, the flavours aren’t fresh enough.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.11.14.

A: Straw yellow. See through. 1 1/2 finger head.

S: Lemon, spicy clove, wheat.

T: Lemon, sweet clove, wheat, orange.

M: Smooth.

O: To me, this did not taste like a wit. Maybe the bottle was old, but this tasted like a hef.

Rating: C

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Photo of dcscientist
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes, a witbier that I actually liked. I had this on tap and didn't really know much about it beforehand, then came to find out that it's a Belgian white, which made me feel better because I just don't go for straight wheats. This style works better for me, and I'd actually drink this one regularly. Really nice flavor, mild and very easy to put down a few. Update: After having had several other witbiers since I wrote this review, I've come to like this one more and more. Probably my top choice now when I'm wanting this style.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy yellow body. Sweet spiced aroma. Hint of banana smell. First thing I got was a dull taste from the back of my tongue. A little spice on the sides and a hint of salt.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hazy straw colored pour with a small white head that fades quickly and moderate carbonation. Nice strong grain and lemon aroma. Flavor is full of grain, spice and lemon. Can taste yeast, wheat, coriander, citrus and a little clove. Very light bodied. Finishes with a lingering spice flavor.

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Photo of beerman21
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a bright straw yellow white soapy head dissipates rather quick. Almost appears like perfectly made mimosa, perfect proportion of champagne and orange juice.

Aroma; very fragrant! Citrus, strong spice aromatics a lot cardamom, nutmeg.

Flavor, picking up more spice, bright floral and citrus specifically tangerine, lemon peal... Lacks body, yet makes up in the refreshment end. Impressive beer for the style. I think it represents it well.

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Photo of spoony
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a stang-type glass. Reviewed from notes dated July 5, 2015.

A-The beer is a very-light yellow-orange hue with a short white head that fades quickly to a collar. There is some lacing on the glass. The beer is murky and nearly opaque.

S-The aroma is heavy on the Belgian flavors like bubblegum with a bit of banana, some orange tartness, bread, and wet grain. Spicing is milder than expected, but noticeable.

T-The taste is slightly grainy and grassy for the style. I detect orange, a good bit of spice (coriander mostly), some lemon, and a bubblegum flavor that lingers on the finish.

M-The body is medium to light in heft with a moderately crisp carbonation.

O-This is not my favorite wit beer or my favorite from Avery, but damn if the stuff isn't popular. The beer is serviceable and worthy of a summer day, but I'll take other wit beers (including Hoegaarden) all day over this stuff.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a lemony straw color, lingering white head. Aromas of peach and wheat dominate initially, fading to bubblegum esters, light banana, and a hint of coriander. Clove surfaces late. Flavor is less intense, with a lightly bready, crackery backbone supporting pear and peach undertones,a bit of coriander and clove, into a slightly earthy, dry finish. Lacks a bit in mouthfeel and wheat character, but a fairly characterful example of the style.

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Photo of travolta
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy straw color. No head retention or lacing. Not a very attractive beer at all.

Nose: Banana, clove, and spice. A tiny bit of lemon.

Taste: Same as the nose but with some crispy mouthfeel. A bit more lemon in the taste.

Taste: A very popular beer, and good in terms of style adaptation.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It had a bright yellow slightly orangish color. The head is fluffy and white foam. I could smell some sweetness, and mild spice, and strong clover as well. I could notice some faint citrus. It has a sweetness taste to it. It also has a light body to it as well.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle from SPIN! Pizza in Kansas City. I didn't catch the bottling/enjoy by date on this one, unfortunately. Poured into one of those tricky "pint" glass tumblers that has a ridge inside the glass so that it only holds 12 ounces in spite of looking like it would hold 16.

Appearance - Body is bright yellow and sunny with a slightly orangish twinge that gives it overall a hue similar to egg yolk. The consistency is cloud, preventing light from passing through, but giving it that glowing tone from the reflection on all the particulate. Atop the body sits a one and a half finger head of fluffy white foam that seems to dissipate pretty quickly, and leaves nothing in the way of lace. There is a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass as well as a film of bubbles that is slightly thicker in some places across the surface of the liquid.

Smell - Pretty standard witbier characteristics, with Hawaiian sweet bread and mild spice along the lines of coriander and a fairly strong presence of clove. Overall, it's rather nondescript--not unpleasant, but not particularly wowing either. Some faint citrus, but the spice and wheat are the primary players here.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is a blend of unassuming bready sweetness and baking spices with clove and some coriander. And like the smell, the taste isn't particularly stunning--it's mild and easily consumed, but lacking that little twinge of tartness that comes in the best witbiers (in my opinion anyway). There is a nice gentle sweetness of orange peel as well, but it's faint, and comes in only slightly on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low to moderate carbonation, with a round, wheaty mouthfeel and a semisweet finish with low bitterness--almost none at all.

Overall, a reasonably tasty beer, and I will say that the fact that it comes in cans gives it a head start on the usual suspects I reach for when I want a wit. Definitely a great beer to take out on the lake. And truth be told, this is probably one of my preferred offerings from Avery--at least out of their regular lineup.

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Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 !

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White Rascal from Avery Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,397 ratings.
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